Thursday, July 24, 2014

Milky Robot Newsletter

After years and years, I have finally set up a newsletter for Milky Robot! I'm working on my first one and it will go out next month, yay! If you are interested in signing up, I promise I will not clog your inbox. I am aiming to send out a newsletter once a month right now (unless I have super exciting news that just can't wait).

To sign up, here HERE

Blank Yarn + Knitting

Woot! Sock base has landed! Yesterday I got a fun package filled with 75/25 sock yarn base and new dyes. I have to replace all my dyes since most were messed up in the love last year, boo. Lots more dye will be ordered again over time, but I'm starting out slow this time around and trying to be more business savvy! If all goes smoothly today, I will be dyeing up some test colorways... I am itching to get back into the grove of things again!

This morning I finished up the toe's on my Exploder socks. I could have done them quicker, but I knit when I can around my 5 year old... (did I mention school starts on the 6th?!). Loving this yarn, it's by Spun Right Round, colorway is Exploder, hence the name of my socks, ahem.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Halloween in July

It's been a while since I've really been able to knit and relax a bit without feeling guilty. I've had so much work piling up that even when I did anything for myself I felt such guilt since I should be working on other things. Now that work has been caught up and done, I picked up my sock knitting the other day and finally finished them yesterday! While these are by far my least favorite socks, I'm glad they are off the needles and done, rather than frogged.

I tried out Jeny's stretchy cast off on these for the first time and it worked like a champ! I only knit these as ankle socks because I just couldn't stand knitting with the yarn anymore, but hand knit ankle socks are SO not for me. I have *ahem* wide ankles, so they tend to roll slightly, but if I cast off like normal I won't be able to get them past my heel. So my next pair will be taller, normal socks. I've only ever knit ankle socks to... you would think I would learn my lesson, right?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

New Logo!

Milky Robot has really never had a logo, always just text but it was always changing. When I decided to start getting serious about my store and brand, I decided it was time I got a proper logo! Inspired by one of my recent sketches called The Lovers, the MR logo was born!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Yarn Love

These Halloween socks have been on the needles since LAST June. Gasp! Can you tell I've been too busy to knit?!

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen me post a sneak peek about yarn coming! The rumors are true! I'm working my way into getting back to my first love, yarn. I'm starting things slow and sticking with dyed yarn again to start out with, to kind of get my feet on the ground again. It's been nearly 6 years since I put the "closed" sign up on my yarn sales on Etsy... I miss it every day. Now that my 5 year old is starting Kindergarten next month, it dawned on me that I can finally refocus back to my yarn shop.

I have and order of sock yarn bases coming this week. It's a 75/25 blend of superwash merino + nylon, super soft! I'm not sure I will be keeping this as my sock yarn base, I may move to a 80/20 blend so we will see!

I do have plans to start dyeing roving again as well, so that will be next once I get the sock yarn flowing again! My goal is to slowly build up my stock through the rest of the year... very exciting!