Terrace Hat

I hear the question “what can I make out of 240 yards?” fairly often. This is referring, of course, to the 240 yard mini skein sets I sell. There are a lot of things, but designer Scott Scholz has stepped up to the challenge with a hat pattern that really shows off the gradient of the sets to their full advantage.

Denim colorway in American Sock

This hat takes one, yes, that’s right, ONE set, in this case the Denim in American Sock set.  This pattern also uses the yarn doubled, which just highlights how much you really can do with the yardage! Oh, and did I mention it’s a FREE pattern?


mirrored decreases

Yes, it’s a great hat. But what really sets it apart from just being another hat is the attention paid to the decreases of the hat. Meticulously mirrored decreases not only look fantastic, they also make the hat fit the head beautifully. I’ve had the privilege of seeing other hats he has designed, and every single one has the most elegant decreases that turn the top of the hat into a symmetrical work of art. I’ve never seen such attention to detail like this before.

I’ll try to get some modeled photos soon, but in the meantime, you can download the free pattern on Ravelry here, and you can purchase the mini skein sets on the website, but I’ve also started making sets available in the Etsy shop. Follow Scott on instagram here.

It’s the perfect carry-along project, or when you need some instant gratification while slogging through a larger project, maybe the Chamei Pullover by Bristol Ivy in the Winter Knitscene….

Mini Skein Grab Bags!

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As I make the mini skein sets, there are often left over ones and left over smaller skeins. They’ve been piling up, and I finally compiled them altogether into 250 gram grab bags that are up in the Etsy shop. The majority of the yarn is American Sock. At 250 grams, with it being fingering weight, you get a hefty amount of yarn to play with!

Dredge and Berry Jam


Dredge” and “Berry Jam“, merino/depigmented yak/silk one of a kind colors, up in the Etsy shop! This blend with the depigmented yak is a beautiful variation of the regular yak blend which gives a darker base ground; the colors on this blend are bright and clear. (I do love both though!)



Streamlining and regrouping. The naturally dyed yarn will be moving to their own online shop soon–but I need to clear out some inventory! All naturally dyed yarn is 15% off. Closing out the super wash merino singles, Siren Two Sock, rustic silk lace and rustic silk worsted. All of these are at least 20% off. Help me clear these out! On the website, www.pigeonroofstudios.com

p.s…..for those of you who will bemoan the closeout of Siren Two Sock, there may be some OOAK that will show up in the Etsy shop at some point in the future. But sadly, it just hasn’t been selling and I need to focus on the products that do sell.

Happy 4th of July!

Happy Fourth of July, everyone! I’ve been having those kind of weeks these last few weeks where personal life seems to swamp everything…like blogging. Not bad stuff, just swamping! So here’s a few things that have been going on, PRS wise:


The Beacon Shawl by Megi Burcl, from the most recent Knitscene Accessories 2015. It uses 1 skein of American Sock in Charcoal and 1 240 yard Mini-Skein Set of American Sock in Sherbet. I also made up kits for these, available both in the shop and in the Etsy shop. Knit in garter stitch, it’s a simple, yet stunning accessory!

New colorway of the 240 yard Mini-Skein Sets…Wheaten. Available both in High Twist Sock and American Sock.

Clayton and I take very, very different notes. Same recipes….but mine is on the left and his is on the right.

Building a Natural Dye Reference Library, Part 4 (and part 1 of 2)

dyes from nature bookAfter reading– poring over, really– A Dyer’s Garden by Rita Buchanan, I used her name as a search word on Amazon, which brought up the above gem, Dyes From Nature, by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Record, published in 1990, with Rita Buchanan as the guest editor. (I have two more booklets by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, which I’ll talk about in the next library post.) Whereas the two other booklets I have are mainly black and white (published earlier), Dyes From Nature is gloriously colorful. It’s also packed with information.

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Miriam Rice was the first in the world to publish a book on the subject of mushroom dyes. Her research inspired the formation of International Fibre and Fungi Symposia, which convenes every two years in different countries, drawing participants from all over the world, as well as being instrumental in forming the International Mushroom Dye Institute. Dyeing with mushrooms fascinates me, and one day I will take a class on it! Rice’s article is a mini-instruction manual on dyeing with mushrooms, giving directions– and results- on dyeing with 3 different types of mushrooms.

dyes from nature 3Anne Bliss, who I’ve wrote about in this post, also has an article in here, on dyeing with– what else—weeds! She’s really made me love dyeing with weeds. She focuses on ten different weeds here, and the different colors you can get with them by varying mordants and additives.

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One of the most poignant articles in here is on Mexican Indigo. The author visited the Niltepec village, which was apparently the only place indigo (Indigofera suffructicosa) was still grown…and that there was a single family producing and selling the indigo. However, there was a drought the year the author visited, and they produced a tenth of what they normally produced, making the family decide to switch to cattle ranching. However, a master weaver begged the family to continue making the indigo; the weavers would pay whatever was necessary.

These are only a handful of the riches contained within this slight paperback; there are articles written by names you will recognize: Rita Buchanan, Miriam Rice, Jim Liles, Trudy van Stralen and Anne Bliss, amongst several more. The articles range from the above to ones such as “Dyemaking with Eucalypts in Australia” and “Traditional Plant Dyes in Japan”. While looking through it to write this blog post, I am reminded that I need to sit down and really read it thoroughly again. There’s just so much to learn.