Violaceous – March 2017 Tiger Club

Purple is one of my favorite colors, second only to green.  Due to a commission from PLY Magazine, I had an excuse to purchase some Gotland.  The deep natural gray of this fiber lends itself to amazing overdyes, and I wanted to see what a deep purple would do.  Yum!

Violaceous Gotland Tiger Club March 2017

I mixed up two different ways to get purple all together, knowing the component colors would strike at different temperatures. I folded the fiber and yarn gently so that it would create it’s own resist, and poured over the color. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.

Violaceous YakkityYak Tiger Club March 2017

Oh, and that yarn? It’s a new one to Painted Tiger, a luxuriously soft blend of Superwash Merino, Yak (!!!) and Nylon. It’s spun to smilar specs as our Journey yarn, making it practical as well. I used up all my supply for club, but I’ll be ordering more soon. I want to do gradients on this!

Are you interested in joining the fun? I do have openings in yarn, fiber, and combination clubs at this time!! Click over to The Painted Tiger Yarn and Fiber Clubs.

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Shop Update – Panda Sock Yarn

Well, Tiger Fans, here we go! For several years, the only way to get variegated yarn from me was to belong to Tiger Club. I had stepped away from them to focus on fiber and self-striping yarn, but I really miss making them, and I’ve come up with some really great colors through club that have been requested often. So, I’m sticking my toe in the variegated pool again with these 5 colors, with more to come in the future. Stop by and see them all at The Painted Tiger!
New Hand Dyed Panda Merino Bamboo Sock Yarn at The Painted Tiger

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New Yarn and Fiber in the Shop!

First up, I’d like to share my recent work that I’m pretty excited about.  I love gradients for yarn, but the conventional way of doing them has been dyeing knitted blanks, and I just have not been thrilled with unknitting them and dealing with the kinks.  I’ve figured out a way to dye them that is totally un-kinky, and as a bonus, all 4 in a lot are exactly the same…..so if you want to use several together, that will absolutely work!!  I have three beautiful saturated colors for you, on a new yarn….Sparkle – it’s a 4 ply yarn….3 plies Superwash Merino, and one ply Silver Lurex….for a consistent sparkle that won’t shed.  You can find Jeweled, Out of the Deep, and Periwinkle to Petunia gradient on Sparkle here.

Jeweled Sparkle Gradient
Out of the Deep Sparkle Gradient
Periwinkle to Petunia Sparkle Gradient

I also have quite a collection of fiber for you! In Falkland, there’s Sea Breeze, and Periwinkle to Petunia.
Sea Breeze Falkland
PeriwinkletoPetuniaFalkland

On BFL I have Northern Lights, Evening Haze (in mixed BFL/Silk), and two ends of the spectrum….Elemental in Cool and Warm.

Northern Lights SW BFL
Evening Haze Mixed BFL Silk
Elemental - Cool SW BFL
Elemental - Warm SW BFL

Have you been reading the latest PLY Magazine? If you are interested in trying a down-type wool, I have Cheviot in Winter Berries.
Winter Berries Cheviot

Not a Down breed, but sometimes grouped in, here’s Shetland in First Day of Fall and Autumn’s Breath.
First Day of Fall Shetland
Autumns Breath Shetland

Besides Elemental on BFL, there are a couple of other rainbows….Lollipop on 19 Micron Merino Top, and Tropical Rainbow (Variegated) on Targhee.
Lollipop 19 m Merino
V Tropical Rainbow Targhee

Tiger Eye on Merino/Tencel is pretty and shiny….
Tiger Eye Merino Tencel

Finally, this is Wood Duck on 19 micron Merino.  (Yes, I posed it in a duck shape….quack quack!)
Wood Duck 19m Merino

This week was spent dyeing Club, I’m looking forward to working on some new yarn for you next week! Thank you for stopping by The Painted Tiger!

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Orchid – February 2017 Tiger Club

Yellow and Pink Orchids on Blue

I wanted to get some spring into your hands in time to work it up for the upcoming season. This inspiration photo of a spray of Orchids was just the thing!  I had fun working up the bright green and pink, a soft and stronger yellow, and the perfect blue to tie it all together (I erred a bit more toward sky than the teal in the photo….artist’s license….and the color the picture printed out as!).

Orchid Falkland Wool - February 2017 Tiger Club

The fiber is Falkland, one of my favorites, especially when I want to dye clear and pale colors.  It’s a great all-around fiber, soft enough, but with a bit of sturdiness, too.  Spin as-is back and forth across the colors, or divide up to keep the colors in order….or do your own thing….I can’t wait to see your yarn!

Orchid Panda Sock Yarn - February 2017 Tiger Club

The yarn is Panda, a blend of superwash Merino, Bamboo rayon, and Nylon.  It’s quite sturdy, and has enough memory for socks….or a great drape for shawls, scarves, and clothing items.  It’d be pretty for baby, too.  It’s dyed in the round for longer color repeats, and will likely mini-stripe on socks.  It might be fun in a modular type pattern, such as entrelac or domino knitting, diagonal stacking sock like Skew, or shortrowing like Diamondback.  Or try stacking the colors by knitting a cowl in the round.  Or weave a scarf on your rigid heddle loom!  Stop by the Facebook page, or our Ravelry group and show us what you make!

Interested in receiving a beautiful surprise of fiber and/or sock yarn each month?  Try Tiger Club…..you can join for as little as one month, stay as long as you like.  I have openings in all clubs right now….until March 15th (or when they fill up)!

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Chocolate with Sprinkles – January 2017 Tiger Club

Color Inspiration - Chocolate Cupcakes with bright flower sprinkles

Late January, and those pesky resolutions are tossed aside – because the grey days of winter call for some serious carbohydrates!  These delicious fudge chocolate cupcakes with bright sugar flower sprinkles on them are just the thing.  I had a lot of fun with this color, painting on the bright colors, then tieing so I could overdye the brown.

Chocolate w/ Sprinkles - Tiger Sport Sock Yarn - January 2017 Tiger Club

The yarn is Tiger Sport, and I’m sad to say this is the last of it.  Ah well, yarn comes and goes, I’m sure I’ll find something else great!  Need to extend the yardage?  This would be a great yarn to do solid heels and toes in any of the colors….or even stripe them!

Chocolate w/ Sprinkles 19 Micron Merino Wool Combed Top- January 2017 Tiger Club

The fiber is a beautiful soft 19 micron Merino.  This stuff is so cottony….it took the brown more like milk chocolate!  It is always interesting to see how different materials take the exact same colors.

Are you interested in Tiger Club?  Drop me a line through the shop, I’ll double check my spots and see if I can’t find one for you!

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Twenty Below – Tiger Club December 2016

You know I like to treat my club members around the Holidays, and this year is no different. Often early winter is fairly warm here in Iowa, but this year we experienced several very cold days, resulting in a few late starts for school. Hence inspiration for Twenty Below (with a little tongue in cheek of the inspiration picture being a dandelion!!)

Twenty Below - Dec 2016 Tiger Club - 60/40 Polwarth Wool / Tussah Silk
The soft and sparkle are handled in fiber by a luscious new blend I got my hands on.  60 percent Polwarth and 40 percent tussah silk.  Oh, the shine!!!  You will have the best luck spinning this from the fold (or going all the way and making rolags).  Besides keeping the wool and silk together, this will lend some loft to the finished yarn.
Twenty Below - Dec 2016 Tiger Club - Sparkle Sock YarnNot to be outdone, I have a new yarn for sock club, too!  This is simply named “Sparkle”, and is a great 4 ply…three of superwash Merino with a hosiery twist, and one ply of silver toned Lurex.  It lends a great regular sparkle to the yarn without being over the top, and it won’t shed out.  I dyed this yarn for a shawl, and the colors are roughly even, so start with whichever end you like.  The technique used is a ‘blended gradient’, meaning that there are not stark separations between the colors, but they will variegate between the two neighboring colors.  Sea Breeze from January 2016 was also dyed this way….it’s really fun, and I plan to make more of these in various colors for the shop this year.

Thank you for a great year of Tiger Club!  I’m holding on new subscriptions for January, it’s inventory and tax time, so consistency is good for this month!  I will have some new openings on February 1!!
 

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Winter Berries – November Tiger Club

Inspiration for November’s club came from the bright berries you see against the snow in winter….red, blue, purple, against rich evergreens and a flash of white snowflakes.

Winter Berries - Nov 2016 Tiger Club - Cheviot Wool Combed Top

The fiber is Cheviot wool, which is a great all around wool.  It resists felting, so would be great for outer-wear….boot socks, mittens, hats.
Winter Berries - Nov 2016 Tiger Club - Super Single Sock
The yarn is a new one, Super Single Sock…..100% Merino with enough twist to keep it together in a soft single.  It would make a great scarflet, cowl, or perhaps fingerless mitts.

Thanks for being a part of Tiger Club for November!!!

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