April’s Inpiration & New Knitting Kit!

This month’s color inspiration comes from BreeAnn from Bristol, RI.  On a recent trip to New York City, BreeAnn ran into this amazing street artist in Washington Square.  I did a little investigating and found out that the name of this artist is Joe Mangrum. The medium for Joe’s art is colored sand!  His detailed, one-of-kind pieces can take 7 to 9 hours to complete.  When it is done and time to go home, he sweeps up this beautiful swirl of colors into a dustpan. I love this type of art! It is in the moment.  I guess that is why I have loved my work in live theatre.  It is a shared experience that happens in that moment and then is never recreated in the exact same way ever again.
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This artist’s vibrant and playful colors were a perfect inspiration for this month’s new yarn.  As I have been working towards becoming an accomplished knitter of socks, I decided that I wanted to try my hand at dyeing self-striping yarn.  The colors that Mr. Mangrum uses in his sand art inspired me in our first offering of self-striping yarn.  After much reading on the topic, the building of a warping board, and enough math to make my head explode, I present to youSidewalk Sand.  Thank you BreeAnn for the photo and the inspiration.  If you want to know more about the artist Joe Mangrum there are several YouTube videos that you can check out to see this amazing artist at work.
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Tumbleweed Yarn will be offering this self-striping yarn as a kit, which will include the 400 yards/100gms of Sidewalk Sand self-striping yarn and 30 yards of a matching pink yarn.  The pink yarn can be used for a contrasting heel and toe if you choose to knit socks–or the pink can become fringe on a very festive striped scarf.
Kitman has also designed a beautiful lace collar that we will offer as a free pattern when you purchase our Rust yarn.
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This is a simple, fast pattern for those of us who need immediate gratification.  The open lace pattern makes the collar light and it can dress up a simple T for the spring weather or would be a nice addition to a sweater come fall and winter.  Kitman knitted this collar using our Aubrey Fingering weight yarn in the colorway Rust. Aubrey is 100% Superwash merino wool.  This collar scarf only uses 55gms of yarn so this would be a nice project to knit in order to use up some of that extra yarn you have left over from other projects.  Read a more detailed description of this collar scarf and the kits we are offering on our Etsy website www.tumbleweedyarn.etsy.com.
Happy knitting and crocheting,
Diana and Kitman
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