Celebrate Gradients! NYSW & A Give Away!

We’ve been madly skeining and packaging gradient kits for NYSW (and boy, do I have A LOT of them!!), and found several more bunches that had 6 skeins in the dyelots instead of 5, leaving an uneven number at the end (because, of course, they couldn’t ALL have had 6 in one gradient set. That would have been too easy). So, miscellaneous leftovers are strewn around the studio, and I’m giving them away again!


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One lone 100-yard skein of Nona in the Daydream gradient, along with one lone full skein of Nona that surfaced when I was moving into the studio. It somehow ended up under the table at my house and didn’t get prepped for dyeing. So, I dyed it in a dark charcoal gray, rather like The Witching Hour but not quite, to go with the lavender/gray/purple of Daydream. 730 skeins total (100 in the mini skein, 630 in the full skein).


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Miscellaneous mini skeins from two different gradients that I actually LOVE together (why I don’t think of this color scheme when I’m actually dyeing, I don’t know, but I love turquoise and oranges together. I’ll definitely do some like this in the future). This is from the Glass Bottom Boat gradient (I *think*) and the Spanish Tile gradient (this I’m sure of). 600 yards total (100 each).

** A note about my gradients: I’ve been dyeing the colors really close together, so that the transition is really subtle as it moves from one to the next, rather than being able to see a specific line where one ends and the next one starts. My thought was knitters could wind a skein and use it before winding the next, so as to keep track of which color came next (or, wind them and put them into bags labeled 1, 2, 3, etc. What do you think? Do you like it this way, or would you rather there be more contrast between skeins?

So, if you’d like to win one of these, just leave me a comment with which set you like best, and mention a pattern you think would work well for it and, mention your preference on colors in a gradient set (closer to each other and more subtle color changes, or more distant and contrasty?). I’ll again draw two random winners, one for each set.

This post will stay open the entire time I’m away at NYSW, because I’m loading the trailer today, running around like a maniac trying not to forget anything, and then heading out on the road tomorrow. Two crazy days at the beginning of 4 more action-packed days!

I’ll pick the winners out of the proverbial hat sometime after October 19 (and will be sure to make a note at the top of this post when I’ve done so!).

Hope to see as many of you as possible at NYSW this coming weekend!

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72 Responses to Celebrate Gradients! NYSW & A Give Away!

  1. Michaela Rimer says:

    I live in Montana, it gets pretty cold up here. Love both sets, but would gravitate to the second one for a cowl and matching mittens. Would have to find the perfect pattern though, first.

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  2. stitchalong says:

    I love set number one and think it would make a beautiful Piazza Revisited 2015 by Sue Grandfield. I prefer the more subtle gradients where one color gradually blends into the next with the big contrast being between the first color and the last color.


  3. Tammy says:

    Drachenfels with the nona

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  4. WIlli says:

    I love both sets but the second one is my favourite. I love turquoise/brown combos. I think I Would make the Laura Aylor Point of Libra shawl. I would either have to add more yarn to the set or make the shawl smaller but I think the gradients would look great.

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  5. Sandy says:

    Both sets are beautiful. I lean towards the purple/grey set. A set of fingerless mitts and a hat is what I would make

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  6. Amy says:

    Wish I could go to Rhinebeck. Have a great time. In the meantime I will live vicariously through blog posts and instagram pics. 🙂 Oh and I love both your sets of yarn but have to admit the charcoal and purple are calling to me.

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  7. Ruby Cruse says:

    I think gradient set #2 would work up awesome. I want some and would buy it. My colors.

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  8. Sue Dralle says:

    The Spanish tile colors are beautiful. I have a crochet pattern that would work amazing with this. I can send you a photo, but can’t remember pattern name.

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  9. judydonovan says:

    I love the second gradient. Has ALL my favorite colors in it. would love to knit the Pyropa shawl from Knitty http://knitty.com/ISSUEff16/PATTpyropa/PATTpyropa.php with it. Or a bundled in brioche scarf by Stephen West.

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  10. Judy Donovan says:

    I like gradient #2. Those are ALL my favorite colors! I would love to knit the Pyropa shawl from Knitty with this awesome yarn. http://knitty.com/ISSUEff16/PATTpyropa/PATTpyropa.php

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  11. Kristin Coon says:

    Both are so beautiful! I would knit a “Leftie” by Martina Behm with the purple & charcol.
    I love subtle changes in gradient sets, but also enjoy contrasts sets, I’m not that great at putting colors together, but I love them when someone else picks them out.

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  12. Lena says:

    I am drawn to the charcoal gray and purple Nona and think Jared Flood’s Rock Island would be beautiful. Personally, I love gradient sets which are closer to each other and more subtle color changes.

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  13. Jeanette Liptrap says:

    AI like both and would make a long scarf with the first and a shawl with the second, Drachenfels, pattern by Melanie Berg. Would love to win!

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  14. Samantha Ritchie says:

    The orange and blue color set! I think maybe I’d try the Inspira cowl by Graphica.. Looks like it could be very pretty. So many projects in my queue and in my favorites!

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  15. Suzanne says:

    Love the Glass Bottom Boat and Spanish Tile. Lovely colors.

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  16. Judy Malone says:

    I love both gradient sets, but the Spanish Tiles and Glass-Bottom Boat would be my first choice. I love that there is a very subtle color change, and I think it would knit up beautifully in Thorne (probably even enough yardage for TWO cowls it the colors were reversed!)

    Have a wonderful time @ Rhinebeck, Jennifer. I do look forward to reading posts in the different ravelry.com threads!

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  17. Paula says:

    The second set, the mini skeins in two different gradients, is a beautiful combination. All your colors are gorgeous! The Antarktis by Janina Kallio would be lovely knit in those colors. Thanks for the giveaway.
    See you at Rhinebeck!

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  18. Issy Thomas says:

    The mini skein set it beautiful. I think it would lovely knitted up in the Sagitta shawl.
    Safe travelling up to NY. Went there a few years back with 3 friends. We rented a house for a week and had blast! Must go again soon.

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    • Jennifer says:

      Yes, you should come to NY again! Renting a house is the best ~ I rent a house every year for all my friends who help in my booth (anywhere from 5 to 7 or 8). It’s so great to have space to relax, and a kitchen. Much better than a hotel, if you can get a group together!


  19. sophy0075 says:

    I live in the south, where what we call “winter” would make a New Yorker laugh. Lace weight (and fingering weight) suffice for 95% of our needs. I’m into muted colors right now, and love purple, so for me the grey/purple Nona are perfect. I gave away a colorwork beret I’d knit to a charity, and would like to make a beret for myself. Mary Triplett’s “Find the Hearts – Fair Isle Tam” would use almost all of the Witching Hour and much of the Daydream, with just enough of the latter left over to make some “Sugar Plum Lace Mitts” by Taiga Hilliard. I have small hands, and this fingerless mitten pattern offers a 6″ circumference – so no maths!

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  20. Donna Clanton says:

    I love the Spanish Tile/Turquoise gradient. Those colors just sing together!
    I like both types of gradients, but I’m more partial to the subtle changes. I’d make the Mardyke scarf (by Carol Feller) with the Spanish Tile set.

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  21. J. Elliott says:

    Oh I wish we were headed to Rhinebeck this year! These are both really great combinations but I’d have to say that the Copper/Teal combination is my favorite. I think it’d look really great in the Reverse Psychology pattern. Plus, it’d be a great color combination for our Greek Islands cruise next week — all coppery earth and teal-y mediterranean waters!

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  22. Franna Pitt says:

    Just gorgeous! I, too, love the russet colors with blue/greens, and the gray/purple is singing to me. I’m thinking of doing a two color brioche moebius cowl and haven’t settled on a pattern yet. Likely will design my own, and probably would put the purple at about a third into the cowl as a stripe… unless it was a longways, intarsialike stripe. I prefer a gradient to have gradual transitions

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  23. Yarngiraffe says:

    In terms of gradient. I think it’s nice to have both. For a shawl or something, I’d prefer a gradual, non-jarring color change. For a hat or something, I think I’d prefer big color changes.

    In terms of a pattern. In looking at my library, the 2016 Mystery Shawl by Miriam Pike might be a good match?

    See you at Rhinebeck!

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  24. Gloria Ross says:

    Love them both. The gradient could be the Kalari shawl that I have been wanting to knit but I always love Nona….and purple. Like the subtle gradients a lot.

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  25. Lorna Lyon says:

    I would love to win the rust and blue six mini skein giveaway!! Absolutely beautiful colors together…I would combine it with a neutral taupe base color and knit a spice market shawl by Melanie Berg. I had that pattern on my future project list for quite a while…fingers crossed!!

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  26. Vicki Parker says:

    I would LOVE to have the orange and turquoise set. It would be gorgeous in the Raindrops on Maples shawl by Alina Appasov!

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  27. Kim Nagle says:

    Was great to meet you that day I stopped by your studio. Hope to see you at Rhinebeck…referred a friend to you, J. She loved your colors so much that she said she ordered some, how great to hear of your huge appeal, way to go! So wonderful to have you in our unique community.
    As for your give away….thanks for doing this…I think the lovely turquoise and rust right next to it would be stunning in a caplet, alternating rows with a border. I have not design the pattern yet but would likely do a border of two rows of the rust with the body in turquoise blended with the rust.
    Are you driving from Sperryville using the more western route of New York Throughway vs the slightly southern one that passes WilkesBarre? Still deciding myself but think the northern route is easier. Excited to attend….


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    • Jennifer says:

      Great to meet you, too! And hope to see you in NY! I’m in Building A, two booths down on the right wall :-). Yes, I drive up 81 through Wilkes Barre / Scranton and then across NY via 84, to 87 / NY Thruway and over the Kingston Bridge. I’ve found this to be the fastest with the least traffic, which is a big benefit when pulling a trailer (you’d be surprised at the number of people who totally cut me off, as if I can stop on a dime when pulling this thing!). Once off 81, it’s a beautiful, peaceful drive. And really, 81 is so much less congested than 95. I absolutely recommend it over 95 (YUCK!) and I like 84 MUCH more than 78, which usually has a ton of traffic and big trucks, too.


  28. Deirdre says:

    Oh, the second set is calling me, I’m picturing a pullover with irregularly sized stripes… And I love the look of a subtle gradient, personally…
    Have a great time!

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  29. Loretta Steinman says:

    See you Saturday…this purple girl favors Nona with any type of gradient that would look gorgeous in the Miss Potter shawl!,

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  30. LoveCraftsandBeer (Claudia) says:

    The Nona purple/grey set would look fabulous as a small Vesa shawl, with the purple as the top border. And I think that subtle color gradients are the way to go. Have fun (?) in Rhinebeck!

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  31. Donna Schmidt says:

    Love the purple and gray! Have a great time at Rhinebeck.

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  32. Rachel says:

    Oh! I think the first set would look fantastic in Jared Flood’s Rock Island if done well. 🙂 My preference on contrast versus subtle shift depends greatly on the pattern, but I do prefer subtle when I choose a gradient–otherwise it’s just color work! 🙂

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  33. Stephanie B. says:

    The purple and grey. I think I would make the Breton cowl in the new MDK field guide.

    Personally, I love the subtle contrast.

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  34. Pam Mellinger says:

    As usual I would love either one of them, but am partial to the turquoise and caramel colors together. I would make the Adara shawl as I just love the look of it. I never win anything, but it certainly is worth a try. I am addicted to your yarns Jennifer. You are the best!!!

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  35. vi says:

    you all better miss me at rhinebeck……sniff
    and either set would be good…… damn i can’t believe i am missing rhinebeck AGAIN

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  36. Kyrie Garretson says:

    Wow! The second set is droolworthy! It would make a beautiful shawl in lots of patterns, but I have Radiata in my sights. Would probably put the darker blue at the top and then shade down to the darker Spanish Tile at the bottom. Yummy.

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  37. Liisa says:

    Both are beautiful! I would use either one in Laura Aylor’s Miss Potter Shawl, which has been in my favorites for awhile. I am partial to the orange and blue color set. For my gradient preferences, I enjoy the subtle color change instead of a clear line of difference. But I do need to label the skeins well before I start working. Have a great weekend!!

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  38. Melanie Smith says:

    Some day I’ll get to Rhinebeck. In the meantime I like them both, but I am pulled to the second.

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  39. Linda Collins says:

    I like less contrast between the skeins. I like to wind them as I use them. Hope to see you at Rhinebeck!

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  40. Patricia Barbour says:

    Sage travels, see you Saturday!

    Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE smartphone

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  41. Kristina says:

    Your second set is absolutely beautiful. I could easily see these colors together in a linen stitch scarf. See you in Rhinebeck!

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