Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Hand Dye Marr Haven Heathers

You may have heard that we are out of our Natural worsted weight yarn. Unfortunately it is true. We may not have the Natural again in worsted weight due to washing and spinning problems. However it is available in sport weight as well as all our other yarns in worsted or sport.

I have often dyed with the other two naturals, Light Grey and Medium Grey, also Light Heather; recently I dyed with one of our darker colors - Lilac Heather, to see how it would dye. You can see the results on the pages of our website and page 2.

The Light Grey and Medium Grey are still available on one pound cones as well as skeins. The Light Heather has a high percentage of lambswool in it so is exceptionally soft.

The skeins above were dyed by Kristi Pyatt of Tree Frog Knits . They were all dyed together to see how the same dye would show on the different colors. Shown on the left is our Medium Grey, Light Heather (middle skein) and Light Grey. You can see more of photos on her Flickr page.

I hope the photos shown of our greys and heathers dyed, will assure those of you who love to dye our yarn that you can still enjoy it. The greys and heather are mostly (75 to 90 %) white natural with a small percent of natural black or dye blended in.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Midwest Thunderstorms & Tornados

This a picture of the South Haven lighthouse during the 6-19/20 storms shared on the WWMTV website. I love to watch the lightning shows but this past weekend had more than I want to experience again.

The storms began Thursday evening and the electricity went out over a wide area of SW Michigan. Friday we had a couple of huge limbs down that had to be drug away with the skid steer and of course lots of smaller branches, leaves and just plain sticks. The electricity did come on for a couple of hours but went out again that evening, along with the phone. More large limbs and branches were down Sat am plus a 40 ft Mulberry tree that didn't fall over till later during the night.

We found out Sunday how really blessed we are because a tornado was confirmed 1/4 mile north of us. Several lost barns, buildings and homes. Our phone was back in service Monday about 10 am and the electricity was back on Monday at 6pm. We didn't have any flooding but it rained so hard, both days that the city of Holland had several sections of main city streets with wash outs- that means the ground under the road is washed away and the road collapses.

Sat. a Grand Rapids radio station held the annual free country music show at the Iona Fairgrounds called the B-93 Birthday Bash. The fairgrounds is located along the river, shown in the upper right side of the photo. A dam upstream had to be opened and the event attendees did not have enough time to get out. As of today about a thousand cars are still stranded there, many were fully submerged. photo by Terry and Susan Long of Ionia shared on WWMT site.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Locker Hooked Rug

Isn't this a beautiful rug! MaryAnn made it by locker hooking. The black is Merino Top and it just shines. It shows how easily you can make a design stand out and speak. I have a close-up on the Your Pictures page of our website so you can see the stitches drawn by the locker hook.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Natural Worsted Weight is sold out.

If you read any list that said Marr Haven is out of yarn ...... we aren't out of yarn. We are out of Natural in worsted weight and do have a good supply in sport weight.

So many wonderful hand dyers have been using our Natural that I knew last montht a shortage was a possibility, just had no idea it would happen all at once. Anyway, because of the possible shortage, I began doing some hand dyeing with our other yarns. For years I have dyed the natural colored Light Grey, Medium Grey and Light Heather to give unique colorways but I wanted to see what would happen with our darker dyed colors.

This is Happy Blue on the left and Forest Green below. Both came out just as soft and lofty as any of the natural colored yarns. I used Jacquard Acid Dye, the same amount I would have used on the Natural and had total dye takeup, none left in the dye pot.
You can see more of the dyed yarns and links to close up photos on this page and page 2. If you dye for your self or others, I think you will be pleased with these options.