It’s Friday

Have to say, my Village Fest shoppers are the best. I’m going to be working like a mad woman to replenish the stock of chiffon embellished hats for next week!

If you’re in the mood, please click on over to, and “like”, my Facebook page. I’ll have a drawing for a skein of yarn or a pair of boot toppers (the winner’s choice) when I reach 100 likes! https://www.facebook.com/NidaKayDesigns

Here are the results of recently placed special orders. I love helping your vision become a reality, so long as you can give me two to three weeks to make it happen. 🙂

custom embellishment

custom embellishment

felted hat, natural ecru

felted hat, natural ecru

custom dyed yarn

custom dyed yarn

boot toppers / cuffs

boot toppers / cuffs

Completed Shawlette

Completed the shawlette I first shared with you in the October 5 post. It’s gorgeous, and it’s gonna be another one tough to part with when the time comes to sell.

hand spun / hand dyed with one commercial sparkle yarn

hand spun / hand dyed with one commercial sparkle yarn

up close

up close

I dyed a few silk hankies awhile back. Last night I decided to try spinning them with a drop spindle. I’ve never been successful using a drop spindle with wool, so I was kind of skeptical about using a spindle at all. Hooray – I can spin silk hankies on one!! Then I crocheted a few flowers with the resulting yarn. Trying to think of a way to embellish a shawlette with them.
crocheted flowers yarn spun from hand dyed silk hankies

crocheted flowers
yarn spun from hand dyed silk hankies

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

10% of all October ‘Nida Kay Designs sales will be donated to the Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center in Rancho Mirage, CA. I think back 25+ years to women I knew who died from breast cancer, to the last 10 years or so to present, and the women who have survived because of better diagnostics and improved treatment. I vote for continued improvement!

Along the same line, but moving into the fiber realm, if you’d like to knit a prosthetic breast for women who have undergone a mastectomy, here’s the link to Knitted Knockers Project. http://theknittingexperience.com/knitted_knockers_program/

If you’re a crocheter, here’s a free pattern I found on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/faux-boob

The Knitter’s Haven in Indian Wells, CA, has participated in the Knitted Knockers Project. When I popped in for a quick visit today, I believe I saw a basket with the pattern. If you’d like to stop by to pick up information, you’ll meet the nicest group of yarnaholics one could ever hope to find! Located at 75270 Highway 111, Ste. 206, Indian Wells, CA. 92210. Phone: 760-408-0207 for hours. In the meantime, visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/desertknittershaven

Think pink, and save the ta-tas!

October!

Ahh, fall, with it’s crisp cool air, colorful leaves… (sound of brakes and crash!) Except in Southern California this week. Having lived in the desert portion (Coachella Valley) for 34 years, one would think I’d be ready for MORE HOT WEATHER, but no. Every year I think October 1st will be the magical date that means I don’t have to run the a/c 24/7, I can comfortably wear long pants, and use the oven to bake bread to go along with homemade soup for dinner. Wrong, wrong, wrong. …I’m gonna make soup for dinner, anyway… Hope I can nuke corn bread!

On to fiber related fun. I’ve been spinning 6 – 7+ ounce skeins on my Columbine wheel (her name is Indie Chic). My little blue and white plastic ball winder can’t manage that much yarn. Enter the jumbo ball winder from Fiber Artist Supply Co. It arrive earlier this week, and handled a 348 yard / 7.2 oz skein, no problem!

jumbo ball winder

jumbo ball winder

Just when I should be spinning or crocheting, I start a new 4′ shawlette on the tri-loom. (an artist’s creative process is a skittery thing!) All handspun this time, except for one textury, sparkle “add-in” yarn. Yep, those fall colors!

4' shawlette

4′ shawlette

Oh, and Village Fest! Here’s a photo of me in my booth opening night!

Village Fest, 2014 - 15 season

Village Fest, 2014 – 15 season

Would love to see you next Thursday!

Sock Yarn for Village Fest

I start my Palm Springs Village Fest season, http://www.VillageFest.org , in nine days. Life around here is a flurry of finish work, plus the usual spin-dye-crochet routine. Today has been sock yarn dye day. 80% superwash Merino wool / 20% Tussah silk, this is my favorite sock yarn, that works for any of your fingering weight yarn projects. The process in pictures!

Living in a desert, I’m aware of my water usage. With California’s drought, I’m super-hyper-mega aware! I’ll re-use as much water as I can. I have dedicated tubs for pre-dye soak and finish rinse, and, of course, dye pans. I’ll continue to add just enough water to use, rather than run all new water.

Sparkling clean and ready to work.

Sparkling clean and ready to work.

Ready and waiting for the yarn.

Ready and waiting for the yarn.


Manipulating dye into the yarn.

Manipulating dye into the yarn.

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Pull-over Cowl Capelets

Hearing so many women say they need only their shoulders covered against the chill, be it grocery shopping, under an a/c vent at work, or at home trying to save on the heating bill, I designed a capelet to meet those needs. I’ve hand dyed some of the soft, 100% Merino wool yarn, and left some natural. The neck is a bit wide to accommodate turtle neck tops (for those of you who actually live in the land of the chilly), and the shorter lengths aren’t too bulky to wear under a coat. I’m experimenting with different design elements – I’d love to hear your opinions!

Sea glass green

sea glass green

natural / ecru

natural / ecru

Tri-loom Weaving

Nothing like a little tri-loom weaving to clear the spin-dye-crochet palate! I’m in love with this one, the colors are so yummy!! I hand spun / hand dyed all yarn except the black (alpaca from Irish Meadows Alpaca Farm https://www.etsy.com/shop/irishmeadows ) and a sparkle commercial novelty yarn.

getting started

getting started

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edges finished, ready to come off the loom

edges finished, ready to come off the loom

from the back

from the back

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Back in the Desert

I have been so lucky, and spoiled, to have spent the bulk of this month in the most northwest corner of California. Spinning along the banks of the Smith River is divine!

Ready to Ply.

Ready to Ply.

Spinning by the Smith River

Spinning by the Smith River

Plied.

Plied.


More to come in the following days!