Mulberries – July Tiger Club Reveal

July brought plenty of excitement…we bought kayaks and took a family vacation in the lovely Wisconsin Northwoods.  The excitement didn’t stop when we returned home…..a new yarn AND a new fiber were ready to greet me, begging for color.

My inspiration this month is a childhood memory.  Generally considered a weed, my parents did allow one mulberry tree to grow in the fence row of our farm.  It provided a bit of shade for the sheep, and was just the right size and shape for a little girl to climb in.  I spent many summer days in that tree, contemplating life and staining my hands red and purple from the juice of the fruit.

I’m very excited to announce the triumphant return of Tiger Twist.  Not just a return, but an improvement….now the yarn is completely American.  The sheep live here, the superwash treatment is done in the US, and the yarn is spun in an American mill.  I am proud to offer this tight twist two ply, perfect for socks and more.

Tiger Twist Returns

Naturally, I needed to do a striping yarn for this debut.  Our Mulberry Twist has a pattern of about 8 rows dark burgundy, four rows red, four rows pink, and 8 rows medium burgundy, then the pattern reverses.

Mulberries - Tiger Club July 2014 - Tiger Twist - Self Striping

I’m always excited when I find new wool, I want to try them all! This month is Gotland, straight from Sweden. It’s a courser wool with a nice wave to it and a long staple…about 6 inches. Gotland is very wearable, however. Just spin it worsted style to capture the ends, and be sure to keep your hands far apart if you have trouble drafting. A special breed of Gotland was used to make the elven cloaks for the Lord of the Rings movies. The natural grey color made a perfect background for the reds and burgundies of Mulberry.

Mulberries - Tiger Club July 2014 - Gotland WoolAre you interested in receiving a lovely surprise every month?  There are several spots open in Tiger Club.  You can try it for a little as a month, and may stay as long as you like.   We’d love to have you!


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Tiger Club – May and June 2014

Summer hit, and well….as usual I’m expecting to relax.  Instead, it’s a new kind of hectic, and even though they are fun activities, it takes a toll on the schedule.  So, please accept my apologies for not getting the May reveal of Club done….until now!

May Flowers is a take on this beautiful mountain scenery. Purple, blue, peach, red, white, pink, gold, and green are splashed in short color segments for more blending.

Our yarn is Bengal, a smooth 4 ply of Blue Faced Leicester yarn.
May Flowers Bengal Sock - May Tiger Club

The fiber is Falkland, a versatile favorite that shows off color brilliantly.
May Flowers Falkland - May Tiger Club

For June, I stuck with nature (can’t go wrong!). I wanted something summery, so to the beach we went with Conch Shell…..shades of sand and coral.

Broken Conch

Our fiber is Hemp sliver, a bit of a different challenge! Crunch it up and loosen it, then spin like flax. Do a quick YouTube search, I know there are a couple of videos.
Conch Shell - Hemp - June Tiger Club

And finally, our yarn is Panda, a blend of superwash merino, rayon of bamboo, and nylon. The bamboo makes a wonderful shine to bring out the pearly qualities of our subject.
Conch Shell - Panda - June Tiger Club

Thanks for bearing with me! July club will continue with our summery nature theme, and I will have a new yarn and new fiber. The clubs are full for this month, but we will open for new subscriptions on August 1.

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Finally Fiber Friday…..

I quietly uploaded a number of new things to the shop this week, and I’m excited to share them with you.  There are a few kinds of wool, plus silk in both fiber and lace yarn! I found some Shetland in the supply closet, and I couldn’t wait to dye it up.

Autumn Maples Shetland Combed Top

Autumn Maples Shetland

Fairy Ring Hand Dyed Shetland Wool

Fairy Ring Shetland

Bands of Autumn Shetland Wool Combed Top

Bands of Autumn – Shetland Duo (Half Autumn colors, half rich brown to make a marl yarn).

Spiced Chai - Moorit Shetland Combed Top

Spiced Chai – Moorit Shetland

I also started replenishing the Zephyr Lace Yarn…..these are some fun semi-solid and kettle dyed lace yarns.

Aubergine Zephyr Silk Merino Lace Yarn

Aubergine Zephyr Lace Yarn

Hand Dyed Abyss Zephyr Merino Silk Lace Yarn

Abyss Zephyr Lace

Chestnut Hand Dyed Lace Yarn

Chestnut Zephyr Lace Yarn

Dawning Kettle Dyed Zephyr Lace Yarn

Dawning Zephyr Lace Yarn

18/2 Hand Dyed Merino Silk Zephyr Lace Yarn Lemon Lime

Lemon Lime Zephyr Lace Yarn

Kettle Dyed Pine Forest Zephyr Lace Yarn

Pine Forest Zephyr Lace Yarn

And there are some new Mawata Silk Hankie sets!

Mawata Silk Hankies Pink Green Hand Dyed

Rose Mawata Silk Hankie Set

Hand Dyed Mawata Silk Hankies Grey, Blue, Green, Gold, Tan, Brown

Cascade Mawata Silk Hankie Set

And last (but certainly not least!), I have a number of creamy lovely Falkland braids for your spinning pleasure.

Hand Dyed Falkland Wool Combed Top Pink White Brown

Neapolitan Falkland Wool

Hand Dyed Falkland Wool Spinning Fiber Blue Turquoise

Inky Depths Falkland Wool

Tropical Rainbow Hand Dyed Falkland Wool

Tropical Rainbow Hand Dyed Falkland Wool

Dove Hand Dyed Falkland Wool Combed Top Grey Gray Blue Pink

Dove Falkland Wool Combed Top

Hand Dyed Gradient Wool Combed Top Pink Coral Orange

American Beauty Falkland Wool

Water Lilies Hand Dyed Wool Spinning Fiber Blue, Green, Pink, Yellow, White

Water Lilies Falkland Wool Combed Top

Forest was requested by a lovely lady who has followed my Forest Fractal Shawl project.  I rearranged the colors to alternate between the greens and the browns.  You can click here to start following my project.  I have dyed these Forest braids, and the following Raspberry Mocha braids specifically for a triangle shawl project….each color is a longer run than the one before it.

Hand Dyed Falkland Wool Greens and Browns

Forest Falkland Wool Gradient

Hand Dyed Falkland Wool Combed Top Pinks and Browns

Raspberry Mocha Gradient Falkland

Whew!  Hope you enjoyed the update.  I also hope you are enjoying your summer.  Are you taking part in the Tour de Fleece this year?  I’d like to invite you to spin for our team, The Painted Tiger.  I’m offering a gift certificate, plus there will be other prizes….and a discount code for everyone who participates.  We’re a ‘wild card’ team, so we’ll be eligible for prizes from the larger Tour community, also. Enjoy that lemonade or iced tea, and I’ll talk to you again, soon!

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Storm Cloud – April 2014 Tiger Club Reveal

‘Tis the season for showers, and upon closer inspection there is a lot of beauty and color in storm clouds. Look at these shades of teal, blue, navy, purple, all toned with brooding gray and black….

Storms a Brewing 2 - Otter Cove Saint Charles IL
Storm clouds
Storm Clouds
Storm clouds over Port Lincoln South Australia.

With all that inspiration, it was time to head to the dyepots. Only a totally random kettle dye would do, which is such a fun way to dye.  I layered the blues and purple on randomly, then overdyed with shades of grey and black.

Storm Cloud - April 2014 Tiger Club - Merino Silk Sock Yarn

The yarn is a brand new one for TPT, a luxury 4 ply yarn of 80% Superwash Merino and 20% Tussah Silk. It is twisted enough to make a great sock yarn, and silky enough to make a great shawl yarn. I love it and the kettle dyeing, and I’m hatching a plan to bring both to the shop.

For fiber….well, we needed something soft as a cloud.

Storm Cloud - April 2014 Tiger Club - Alpaca Merino Tussah

I think this delivers…. 50% fine micron Huacaya Alpaca, 30% Merino, and 20% Silk. Due to the different fiber lengths, I highly suggest spinning this from the fold. It’ll be a great yarn to try spinning with beads to make some sparkly rain drops.

April was our largest club yet, and I plan to hold at about this level through the summer. There is one spot open in the sock club for May, then we are full. If you’d like to be on the wait list, use the contact form in the shop, and if a spot opens I’ll let you know.

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I’ve been hard at work in the studio the past week and a half cooking up scads of self-striping sock yarn. They are all now listed in the shop!

Striping Sock Yarn Update 4/17/14In this update:  Column 1 – Favorite Sweater, Forest.  2 – Iris, Mississippi Mud.  3- Rainbow Stripe, Raspberry Mocha.  4- Woodland Wildflowers, Tropical Rainbow Stripe

Thanks for stopping by!



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Tertiary – March 2014 Tiger Club Reveal

I love rainbows.  All. The. Colors.  I’ve had an idea rattling around about making a new rainbow….one that embraces all the lovely transition areas between the main colors.  So I took Tropical Rainbow, and mixed each of the colors half and half with their neighbors.  Tertiary is the result of that experiment……a new rainbow of red-orange, orange-yellow, yellow-green, green-blue, blue-violet, and violet-red.

Terteriary - March 2014 Tiger Club - Romney Roving

The fiber is lovely Romney Roving, an all USA product…grown by Michigan Sheep and small mill processed. It is such a fun fiber to spin. Let the twist into the drafting zone to produce an airier, more matte yarn; or smooth as you go for a shinier worsted style. You can’t go wrong.

Terteriary - March 2014 Tiger Club - Safari Sock Yarn

We were due for some stripes in the Sock Club, and this color was fantastic for it. In the sample, each color stripes about 8 rows on a 64 stitch tube.  The yarn is Safari, a blend of Corriedale wool and Nylon.

Barbara Johnson has designed a sock pattern based on this size of stripe, you can download it from Ravelry for free.  (Shown on Journey.   Safari is a slightly thicker yarn, so you may need to adjust the pattern.)

Another pattern idea is Entrelac. Check out this scarf by IowaKnitter.

Today is the last day to sign up to receive April’s Tiger Club. We’ll be exploring the weather a bit with this one, plus it is a new fiber blend AND a new sock yarn.

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Hibiscus – February Tiger Club Reveal

This has been the winter of my discontent. Well, ok, not really. But it has droned on and on and on. Color to the rescue! Enter a favorite flashy flower of mine, the Hibiscus.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

I love the way the yellow goes into the orange and then the pink, hovering in shades of coral. To make this happen in wool, I needed for my dye colors to ‘break’. This happens when you blend a couple colors of dye, but they attach to the fiber at different times, so you get a lot of variation where one color stuck more in one spot, and more of the other over there. The best candidate for this is always Superwash, as the conditions don’t need to be as extreme to make breaking happen.

Hibiscus - February Tiger Club - Superwash Corriedale Wool Combed Top

Our wool is Superwash Corriedale, which I surprised myself by liking a lot (I have a love-hate relationship with Superwash Merino. Corrie is much easier to handle).  Anyway, I decided to dye this in a gradient, which is my favorite for designing a yarn, as you can do so many things. Spin it straight and chain (or split and ply), make a fractal, pull it all to bits and grab them randomly, use it to load your blending board for striped rolags….seriously, there is so much you can do, and I’m excited to see what you club members come up with!

Hibiscus - February Tiger Club - Tiger Twist II Sock Yarn

The yarn is Tiger Twist II, and I went back to a dyeing technique that I haven’t used for a fair while, and is frankly a lot of fun. These are dipped in the round, which gives me really great transitions between the colors. The yarn will make a mini-stripe spiral up around a sock, or you could try your hand at planned-pooling in the round.

Are you missing the fun? Join us for March, the color’s fine!

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