Thursday, January 26, 2012


The February Knit-A-Long from WoollyWormhead is a brand new design, called ', 'Arkanoid' and it has been made with my semi~Precious :) *BEAMS PROUDLY*
I have 'North Lyme' on the needles at the moment, and it's looking great, and I am SO making 'Arkanoid' next :)
If you'd like to join in with the KAL, just pop yourself over to Woolly's Ravelry Group at the beginning of February, as I am sure there's a LOT of semi~Precious in various stashes out there!!

To coincide with the KAL, I will be offerring free UK P&P on all my shop stock of semi~Precious, and the SP custom dye too, for the first week of February... if you want to buy some to make the hat :-)
Just add AKANOID into the discount box at checkout, to claim your free P&P (will go Live on February 1st)
If there isn't a colour there you like, just pop me a message somewhere on the internet Facebook/Twitter/Ravelry... hahaha, and I'll dye you some up.
Happy Knitting, Lovely Peeps!

(All pictures reproduced by the very kind permission of their owner)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

More Perfection!

Well, here they are, the remaining skeins of my new base yarn, a 100% Silk sock weight, 'Perfection' ...
I can't rave about it enough... from a dyers point of view.
For me, it's the perfect canvas for deep, intense colours, and I think you all know by now, this is what rocks my world.
The best description I can give it, for visualisation purposes, is imagine coloured aluminium needles... the luminosity and shine is stunning. I have worked with it too, and it isn't all that splitty, I think blunt~ish needles are the way to go with it, as it has so many plies.

Look, I even made a new banner for it *GRiN*

I am going to add them to the shop and offer free UK postage on them (as it's my birthday on Saturday)... so 7 lucky people can get a sneaky peek, before I can actually order it properly.
You know, I nearly had to sell a kidney to get these!! hehehehe

Expect it to go into my usual updates from the second~ish week in February... but if you just can't wait until then, I fear a little stalking may be in order :-) Don't worry, there will be plenty of notice :P

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Pigeon Street

The lovely ladies in my Ravelry group gave me a challenge this week, so in amongst all the dyeing, laundry and cooking this week, I made time to answer the challenge :)
It's basically a rainbow colourway, but I was careful to try and match the colours in the picture as closely as I could...

And here it is, on Flump sock and Radiance :)
They will be available to purchase in the shop later!

Monday, January 16, 2012

An obsession with Holes....

So, the obsession with 'holey' knitting continues...
You might remember my 'Cornish Cheese' scarf?
Well, this one is taking the holes to a whole new level (hahaha)...
This WIP is a mixture of two patterns, Spoilt For Choice by Anne Thompson and the aforementioned/used 'Swiss Cheese scarf' by Winnie Shih
I have added the edge holes, because I didn't want it to have rigid boundaries, and it also means it will be stretcher. I am loving the way all the edges are curling, showing the two textures... I don't think I will block this away either.
Am again using Radiance sock, because I love it's unique way with colour and it's squooshy nature.
I am confident this scarf will be a show stopper when it's done!!


Here's the results of Rachel's inspired request :)
It was so hard to get an accurate photo though... looks a lot more pink on my screen than it really is!!
Trust me... I nailed it :D

Saturday, January 14, 2012

fun... Fun... FUN :)

Woke up today, feeling decidedly in need of my rose-tinted Spectacles, but, the sun was shining and I was determined to pull myself up and make the day count.
I had a kilo of BooLace to dye up for Meadow Yarn and that was going to be pretty easy to do, as Anj and her lovely customer peeps like my colours... but what else was I going to do?
Devoid of ideas, I turned on my Twitter, and asked people what they'd like me to do today...
I got various requests, via Facebook mainly, as I have the two networks linked (I tweet and it automatically goes to my Babylonglegs Facebook page) ...
The wonderful Rachel Coopey 's request grabbed me the most though... she said 'Pomegranate' sock yarn...
This picture was my inspiration ....

I chose to dye it on semi-Precious, as I think the silk content will make the colours PoP when it is dry...
So, pictures to follow... it is currently half frozen on the washing line :P

Friday, January 13, 2012

Rose-coloured Spectacles

Rose-coloured spectacles - if someone thinks about or looks at something with rose-coloured glasses, they think it is more pleasant than it really is ...

Yup, it's a sure fire sign, that if I am wearing them... I am probably feeling rather glum. But there is also another reason why I wear them... the rose tint makes colours SHOUT at me.
It quietens the greens, (who are complete limelight stealers btw) and allows the reds and yellows to take their rightful place on Natures' stage.
Looking at an Autumn scene through my awesome spectacles is a breathtaking experience :D

Friday, January 06, 2012

Happy New Year, Stuff and a KAL *WiNK*

First of all, I'd like to wish you all a very Happy New Year, I hope 2012 brings you all you truly desire and deserve...
There are many exciting things in the future for Babylonglegs (especially some pure silk yarns that I cannot WAIT to get my hands on!) and some exciting/scary things happening in my real life too !!
Above all, I hope 2012 is kinder than 2011... *fingers crossed*
I don't make resolutions, but I do need to try and see things in a more positive way. This is going to be quite hard, especially when one week out of four I feel like either throwing myself under a bus or murdering everything in sight, or both, at, the same time :P
My lovely Dad, who is both a Pharmacist AND a Homeopath, has suggested I start taking a remedy called "Lachesis" (snake venom doncha know) when I feel like that, and so far it seems to be helping...

But the one resolution I will make is to try and tempt you all OFF your boring Yarn diets :D

Now, who fancies a Knit-A-Long??
The lovely ladies in my Ravelry group have demanded (heehee) I dye them all yarn to make a stunning hat, "Escargot", which was featured in the latest issue of Knitty

There are slots already listed in my shop for 200g of MeriSilk Aran...
I will dye the two colours you want and then send them to you, so you can join the KAL for this gorgeous hat in no time at all :D

(Both images are reproduced with the very kind permission of their owner)

I am also planning a shop update for tomorrow night, Saturday 7th January at about 8pm... the preview for it is up now :)

Much love to you all!!!