Fun with Blended Merino – Shop Update!

I had a great lot of fun creating this collection of blended merino! What is blended merino? This wool came to me as a pale blue combed top….with streaks of yellow, red, and darker blue running through it. When overdyed, this makes for lovely tones and liveliness throughout. I can’t wait to see what you make with these!!

Hand Dyed Blended Merino at The Painted Tiger

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Moroccan Mosaic – October Tiger Club Reveal

October had a double inspiration….this picture of Moroccan tiles, and a special fiber that came my way…..
Moroccan Mosaic - October Tiger Club - Blended Merino

This fiber started out as a blended Merino top….mostly pale blue, but streaked with darker blue, yellow, and red (the pale blue bit on the lower right is close to the original).  I love how over dyes look, it adds such life to the final product.  So, I layered orange and red and turquoise and navy over this Merino, which was a bit crowded and dyed dry so that it could act as a resist in spots, giving many tones of color and peeks of the original.  Want to complete the look and stretch this into a larger project?  Ply with a natural cream merino.

Moroccan Mosaic - October Tiger Club - Safari Sock Yarn

For the yarn, I wanted to have all the color represented, so I went for stripes.  This should make 4-5 row stripes on socks, the colors going back and forth and alternating with the cream.  I can’t wait to see how yours turns out.  If you want to further the mosaic theme, you might like to use this for a Fair Isle project.

I’m looking ahead to November, with December quick on its heels.  If you want these next couple of months, I have a couple of sock and a few fiber spots….sign up here.  I will not be accepting new subscriptions for December unless I have a late cancellation, I need to dye ahead because my family insists I not work during their school break!!  🙂

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Twist of Lime – September Tiger Club

September’s inspiration came from a last splash of summer….some lime and some cool blues…and even black for contrast.

Twist of Lime September 2016 Tiger Club - Merino Tencel

For fiber, I have this great merino top with black tencel blended in streaks. I added the greens and blues, and love the depth this combination makes. Spin from the fold to keep the two fibers together.

Twist of Lime September 2016 Tiger Club - Journey Sock Yarn

The yarn is Journey, a 4ply Superwash Merino and nylon blend. This has been dyed in two matching striped 50g hanks. I’ve been toying with ways to get the sock blank look without actually knitting the yarn up and making those annoying kinks. Let me know what you think once you’ve knit this up!

October Club just went out the door yesterday (yes, this reveal is soooo tardy….we’ve had a wedding and a funeral and the usual crazy busy fall stuff, so yup, I dropped the ball on the blog. *Sigh*). If you’ve been thinking about joining, November 1 is the time!. I will not be opening the club in December so that I can have it dyed and ready to ship ahead of time….the family likes having me around for Christmas!

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Autumn’s Breath – Tiger Club August 2016

This month’s inspiration is just a whisper of fall. It isn’t here yet, but we can feel the softest touches of it. A bit of orangy-brown, pale peach, blush pink, and tones of grey and tan lend an air of autumn without being all in-your-face Pumpkin Spice about it.

Autumn's Breath - August 2016 Tiger Club - Tiger Tweed Sock Yarn

Our yarn is the BFL verison of Tiger Tweed. Yummy soft superwash BFL with bits of Donegal in it add extra life to our breezy autumn theme. The yarn is dyed ‘down and back’, so besides socks, it would be a good candidate for knitting a Planned Pooling scarf or to weave as Faux Ikat.

Autumn's Breath - August 2016 Tiger Club - Shetland Wool Combed Top

The fiber is one I often think of for fall (I’m not sure why), and that is Shetland. I love this batch, it is so soft and bouncy. The color segments are of a good length and also repeat ‘down and back’, feel free to pull the wool apart to order the colors how you like.

I do have fiber spots for the September Club (and I just got my supplies today for the next 4 months….love squishy woolly packages!), so stop on by and sign up!

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Wildflower Riot – July 2016 Tiger Club

We were battling a heat wave during dyeing, so it’s a time for lighter colors, and easy breezy patterning. My yard is full of Echinacea (Purple Coneflower) and other wildflowers, so I distilled it down to three colors….a purple-pink, a refreshing cool blue, and a bright lime green…..then allowed them to wick and blend for interesting colors in-between…that also hint of the Autumn that is soon to come ….a Wildflower Riot!

Wildflower Riot - July 2016 Tiger Club - Targhee Wool

It’s all American this month, our fiber is Targhee from Montana, perfect for pretty much any clothing item you’d like to make.

Wildflower Riot - July 2016 Tiger Club - Tiger Twist Sock Yarn
The yarn is Tiger Twist, the USA Edition. The patterning is truly random on the yarn, although if you want to be extra sure it won’t pool, you can always mix it up by knitting from both ends. It’ll make fun socks, baby items, shawls, etc.

Tiger Club is not officially open, however do drop me a line if you are interested….I can either find you a spot this month, or next!

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Lollipop – June 2016 Tiger Club

Ah, Summertime. The livin’ may not be as easy as the song says, but it’s a time for fun and bright colors, and memories of childhood. I heard Lollipop on road trips with my parents (on 8 track, no less!), and when I needed to find a 5 color inspiration for the new Journey Mini’s I wanted to dye, this picture jumped out at me.

The aforementioned Mini’s are the fantastic 4 ply Journey that is a favorite around here, but in 5 skeins of about 93 yards each. Stripe ’em how you like!
Lollipop Tiger Club June 2016 - Journey Mini Skeins

The fiber is cottony soft 19 micron Merino. To stay true to the colors and avoid mud, I dyed these separately, also. Have fun combining them how you like.
Lollipop Tiger Club June 2016 - 19 Micron Merino

Thanks for taking a look! If you are interested in club, be sure to contact me to be on the waitlist!

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Black & Blue – May 2016 Tiger Club

As mentioned in your Club note, my daughter chose May’s colors. And here’s part of the inspiration….Jay Walker, from the Lego show Ninjago.  As you can see, his power is Lightening, and all the ninjas do the spinning move, called Spinjitsu. (Hey, spinning…we’ll take it, right?!)  She and her brother enjoy this show, and they even dressed as their favorite characters, Jay and Cole, to give out candy last Halloween. Her favorite color is now blue (but preferably an electric or turquoise shade), with a side of black. After the eight color striping craziness of April’s club, I was happy to make something a little more simple.

Dyeing is such a fun thing to do….after a while you learn some neat tricks by accident, and for this club I was able to employ them ‘on purpose’. I used two different blues mixed together (with a tiny shot of yellow for good measure), then used the fiber itself as a resist. The blues split back apart in fun ways, and the black made a nice dappled gray to black effect. The fiber is soft and bouncy Polwarth, and this particular bump is a nice super thick combed top. Split it to make matching plies, do a fractal, make rolags, or spin a thick single!!  Have fun with it!

Black & Blue - May 2016 Tiger Club - Polwarth

For yarn, I used up the very last of my supply of Tiger Twist 365. It borders on sport weight so I called it Tiger Twist Sport….feel free to stash it on Ravelry in Tiger Twist, even though the yardage is a bit less….the structure and texture is the same, even though it’s a bit thicker.  I used a dip dye technique, which allowed the blues to split in a different way than they did on fiber.

Black & Blue - May 2016 Tiger Club - Tiger Twist 365

I think the result is fun and striking. I couldn’t help it, I did a little swatch. Your spiral/pooling will vary depending on your gauge and number of stitches.

Black & Blue - May 2016 Tiger Club

For the sake of my sanity, I’ve closed Tiger Club to new subscriptions for the summer….aforementioned daughter is taking Driver’s Education, and hubby is playing gigs for local summerstock productions, so knowing my numbers so I can dye ahead is helpful so I can drop things and have some fun when we are all free! HOWEVER, do contact me if you want to be on the wait list….if someone drops the club you want, it will be no problem to put you in that spot….I’ll probably already have it dyed, even!! 🙂 Enjoy your summer, and keep cool, like Jay!

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