See us at the Indie Untangled Pre-Rhinebeck Trunk Show!

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Hello, yarn lovers! We’ve been heads-down working on SkeinMinders for the past several months, and the dye pots have been a bit neglected. But we’re coming out of hibernation just for Rhinebeck!

We’re excited to be part of the Indie Untangled Trunk Show for the second year, we can’t wait to leave the California heat behind and experience some real New York fall! We’ll be squishing as much of our vibrant yarn as we can into two suitcases and pouring our naturally-dyed rainbows into a small booth for you to enjoy. We’ll have:

Rangeland and Wander, our USA-made superwash Merino in fingering and DK weight
Mighty Fine Rambo, our Wyoming-grown and made super springy light fingering weight
Sylvan Sock, our Vermont-made, sturdier fine wool and tencel fingering-weight blend
Three Little Corries, our heavy sport-weight small farm Corriedale spun semi-woolen for lots of airy loft.

We can’t wait to see everyone!

Swedish berries

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I’m a life-long book collector. In addition to piles of books of knitting, fiction, art, counted cross-stitch, needlepoint, gardening, as well as a fair number of other things, I have always been attracted to stitch dictionaries, and little books of patterns on a given theme. All three motifs in these designs came from a slim volume of Swedish stranded colorwork designs that I’ve had so long that I no longer know where or when I acquired it. Once I had these lovely motifs working together, I needed a name for the cowl design. I thought that something Swedish would be appropriate. A dear friend of mine is actually from Sweden, so I went to her for inspiration. Without my telling her, she thought the main motif looked like berries, and so suggested Vinterbär for the cowl, which is Swedish for “winter berries.” When going for a name for the coordinating mitten pattern, Björnbär, I named it after the blackberries that grow wild around my house. I named this small leaflet after the main berry motif used in both designs, with a twist. It’s also in Swedish.

Both designs are knit in the round, and feature the same three stranded colorwork motifs, though the main motif on the back of the mittens has been slightly modified to work on a hand. The mittens can be worked whatever method best suits the knitter: DPNs, two circulars, magic loop, or anything else that gets the job done.

Introducing the Purl Diver Exclusive Color Club!


We’re pleased to introduce our brand-new subscription service to deliver the finest hand-dyed yarns in exclusive colorways, straight to your mailbox: the Purl Diver Exclusive Color Club!

Members of our new club are guaranteed to be the FIRST people to see each new colorway added to our Purl Diver Collection. Since Susan opened the shop, these colors have been created by the best hand-dyers around, inspired by the deep sea photos taken by Susan’s husband, Murray, as he travels the world. Each colorway is exclusive to A Good Yarn and reflects the diversity and beauty of underwater life; there will be different weights and bases, from fingering to worsted.

Each shipment will include a skein of limited-edition, hand-dyed yarn from some of the best indie dyers around, a pattern, and a goodie. We will not be releasing the color in the shop or online for up to a week after you receive your yarn, giving you time to order from the same dyelot if you want more for a project!

There are three ways to join:

6 Months paid up-front $180
6 months billed monthly $33 a month billed through paypal.
3 months billed 1st, 3rd, and 5th month $35 every other month billed through paypal.
By signing up for the 6 month subscription up-front, you will also receive an exclusive Namaste Oh Snap! pouch set with the A Good Yarn Logo with your first shipment. Signups are available Oct 1-31st, 2015, after which the opportunity to sign up won’t happen til Spring 2016!

Our dyers will be:
Lorna’s Laces – November
Fiber Seed – December
Mountain Colors – January
Dream in Color – February
Anzula – March
Fleece Artist – April

Click here to reserve your spot in our exclusive new club!

7 New Hand-Dyed Colorways of Lhasa Wilderness + a GIVEAWAY!


We’re pleased to introduce 7 extra-special colorways hand-dyed by Lattes & Llamas on our yak and bamboo blend, Lhasa Wilderness! These colors made their debut in our booth at the Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival last weekend, and they are now available in our online store!

Colorways include: Black Cherry, Black Forest, Cinnamon Teal, Coastal Breeze, Mango Salsa, Treasure and Very Berry. Quantities are limited and once they’re gone, they’re GONE!

These colorways would also pair nicely with our semi-solid palette of colors in the Outlandish Collection, so get creative and mix and match! To celebrate our newest colors for fall, we’re giving away 7 skeins of Lhasa Wilderness yarn in the winner’s choice of colors. For more contest details (and to enter), go here.

We’re looking forward to a colorful fall!

New Fabrics, New Bags!

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I make each one-of-a-kind Seaside Knitting Bag in my studio on Florida’s beautiful Gulf Coast. I love to play with fabric and enjoy the process of choosing just the right combination of fabrics for each bag. Designed for knitters who appreciate luxury yarns and well crafted knitting tools, Seaside Knitting Bags are constructed from the finest fabrics, with careful attention to detail and fine workmanship. New bags have just been posted to the website. Remember, it’s not too soon to leave a hint for Santa if one of these is on your holiday wish list!

I hope you will visit the website to see all the available bags. While you are there, read about my process, and check out the blog posts on various knitting-related topics. Happy knitting!

SkeinMinders are here!

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We’re excited to announce that SkeinMinders are now available on our website! Thanks to a our Kickstarter campaign, and special thanks to many of you Indie Untangled folks, we successfully finished the project and recently delivered all the units promised to our backers. Now we’ve started to build them on a continuous basis, in smaller quantities, and they’re available at We’re also offering free delivery to those of you who will be at Rhinebeck!

What is a SkeinMinder, you say? It’s a device that automates skein winders, making it an essential tool for any indie dyer with a motorized winder. Just set the number of rotations you want, press the Big Red Button, and that’s it! The SkeinMinder will automatically stop your winder when it gets to the right count, freeing you to do other tasks in the meantime. It also shuts your winder off if the yarn gets jammed.

Use the SkeinMinder to:
– Wind skeins from cones
– Wind minis from larger hanks
– Re-skein full skeins
– Keep your sanity

Check out the dyers who are using SkeinMinders in the Hall of Fame, or on instagram: #skeinminder
(This also serves as quite the excellent enabling list, by the way.)

Happy Winding!

A little louder, indeed!


My last post said that I would go a little quiet to get a little louder… and that’s exactly what happened at Knitters’ Day Out last weekend! Thank you to everyone who came out, stopped by, and just plain made my first big show a resounding success. I came home excited, inspired… and wiped out! 4th graders at their first band lesson have nothing on fiber people looking for a new project! (Almost.)

Between what sold out and what I’ve taken down to Wooly Minded (should you find yourself on Market St. in Corning), there’s still enough for a very tidy shop update. Look for it on Sunday!

Mountain Laurel

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Green. I’ve had a lifelong love affair with plants, and all the shades of green they come in. Plants became especially dear to me when I lived in southern California, and had such a hard time getting them to grow. I wasn’t the only one who wilted down there. Many plants I’d had for decades withered and died. Here in the Pacific Northwest, however, plants of all kinds practically leap out of the ground. In spring and summer, there are so many leaves on the trees by our house that it sounds like it’s raining — even when it isn’t — because the wind makes the millions of leaves rustle together. This sweater started with the back, with a delightful leaf stitch I found that reminds me of my new home. A dear friend suggested that I make the sleeves lace, too, but that I use a different, coordinating, stitch. I knew the perfect one.

Knit in one piece to the armholes. Simple reverse stockinette stitch in front, party in the back. The boxy, loose ¾-length sleeves, also knit from hem up, have their own party happening.

Heat Lighting and Socktober

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I’d like to introduce my latest sock design, Heat Lighting in Unplanned Peacock’s Cozy Sock. This is a super fun and easy to knit sock that is worked from the cuff down and incorporates a modified short row heel. The lace pattern is simple enough to knit while watching TV or going to a game. Unplanned Peacock’s Cozy sock was a delight to work with. It’s a blend of 20% super soft alpaca, 60% merino and 20% nylon. It had a luxurious hand and literally just glided over my needles.

In celebration of the release of Heat Lighting and Socktober, ALL of the sock patterns in my Ravelry Pattern Shop are 50% until October 1. Use coupon code: Socktober when you check out.