February 11, 2016

Rainbow and Harry Potter kits available

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Berry Colorful Yarnings has two fantastic kits now available for purchase, perfect for those knitters who love color, Harry Potter — or both.

The Rainbow kit includes a 12-color self-striping rainbow skein and a matching chevron and dots zippered project bag created exclusively for the kit by The Ultimate Bag Lady.

The Harry Potter-themed kit, the fourth in my popular Potterful series, is themed around the Ravenclaw house colors. The three-color self-striping yarn is based off the hues in the movies and the drawstring project bag is handcrafted in fun wand fabric by Suburban Stitcher.

Both kits will be available in Saturated Sock, a 75/25 blend of Superwash Merino and nylon with a generous 463 yards, and will ship on or before the 1st of March. We couldn’t be more excited for these two kits. They are limited, so don’t delay too long or you will miss out!

February 11, 2016

Themed Quarterly Yarn Club

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Still a little sore over Firefly’s cancellation?

Very much still in love with the Crew and the best goram ship in the ‘verse?

Want something to knit/crochet whilst you relive the joy of the series and the film?

Join us for the inaugural yarn club and the shiny, shiny theme! Sign ups are open here.

Third Vault Yarns has launched a new Themed Quarterly Yarn Club, so you can get some squishy yarn inspired by your favourite fandoms and some fun themed goodies too!

Every quarter starts with voting on three themes; At the end of the month one theme is chosen based on your votes and then sign ups open. Throughout the second month you get some glorious teasers of what’s in the box, but most of it will stay a mystery until you receive your club box in the last month of the quarter.

So what are you waiting for? Either sign up for the Firefly themed first club box or join the yarn club mailing list for more voting power and first dibs on next quarter! The mailing list can be subscribed to on our Facebook page.

February 10, 2016

New Pattern Release: Pyramus Beret and Thisbe Cowl

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The tall, skinny cables in this matching hat and cowl resemble the crack in the wall through which star-crossed lovers Pyramus and Thisbe communicated. The length of the cowl provides warmth as well as a nice drape so it can be worn comfortably. The beret is knit from the top down in the round. The patterns are both fully written out and charted, so you can use whichever type of instruction works best for you.

Yarn
Malabrigo Arroyo (100% superwash Merino wool, 335 yds/306 m per 100 g); 1 skein for each project; samples use colorway Reflecting Pool; or 300 yds (274 m) of another sport weight yarn for each project

Beret Materials
US 6 (4 mm) 16” (40 cm) circular needle plus DPNs, or size needed to obtain gauge
US 5 (3.75 mm) 16” (40 cm) circular needle, or one size smaller than needle to obtain gauge
Cable needle
6 stitch markers (one different to mark beginning of round)

Cowl Materials
US 6 (4 mm) 24” (60 cm) circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
Cable needle
Stitch marker

Gauge
22 stitches and 40 rounds over 4” (10 cm) in stockinette in the round on larger needles, blocked

Finished Measurements
Beret: 20” (51 cm) circumference and 11.5” (29 cm) diameter
Cowl: 29” (73.5 cm) circumference and 6.5” (16.5 cm) tall

Skills Needed
Beret: knitting in the round, working cables, increases (kfb, M1L, M1R), Emily Ocker’s cast on (video tutorial available)
Cowl: knitting in the round, working cables

Credits
Thank you to the women of Stitch Definition, who provided photography (Anne Podlesak), tech editing (Maureen Hannon), and graphic design/layout (Elizabeth Green Musselman).

February 10, 2016

Callistemon Beanie & Mittens

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It’s the middle of summer where I am and we’re currently in the grip of a heatwave, so I find myself reminiscing of winter and of cool weather. Of grey skies, of rain and of bundling up in knits instead of melting under them. I find myself recalling those long stretches, when winter gets endless with days upon days of grey skies and I need a pop of bright colour to cheer me up. I found these two skeins of The Verdant Gryphon Traveller in Painted Grasshawk in my stash and knew immediately they could cure all dreary ills. Not only that, but they needed to be a matching beanie and mittens.

Callistemon Beanie is knit in the round and begins with a 1×1 brim deep enough to fold up. The head is worked in the tiny bowknot pattern and the beanie is finished off with an optional pompom. Callistemon Mittens are fingerless mittens worked using the same pattern, but have two ‘finger cuff’ options. You can knit the finger portion with a short cuff, or a long cuff (pictured). The long cuff is deep enough to cover your fingers and can be folded back out of the way.

Both patterns are available on Ravelry for 20% off until midnight Wednesday, Feburary 17th 2016, AWST. No coupon code required.

February 8, 2016

Dreaming of Summer Skies

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Our popular “Summer Skies Rainbow Brite” is now available on DK 100% Merino yarn for self-striping hats, as well as on Platinum Sock and Sparkle Sock. It’s a delight watch the “clouds” emerge from the blue “sky” as you knit, and the rainbows are super vibrant! This yarn is very even, for beautifully neat stitches, and has a wonderfully soft smooth handle for really snuggly finished objects.

February 4, 2016

You’ll LOVE this V-day Special: Free pattern with any BCY purchase

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In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’m giving you a little treat: Any purchase from the Berry Colorful Yarnings shop, now through Feb. 14, will include the pattern of your choice from any of the Indie Untangled designers listed below. You could pair one of the gradient sock blanks or a skein of self-striping yarn with one of Lara Smoot’s sock patterns, a knit a gradient Holden from Mindy Wilkes, a gradient Eugene by Jennifer Dassau… the possibilities are endless.

As always, two or more skeins ship free in the U.S., and if you want to throw in a set of Buttonalia buttons or an in-stock yarn ball or Untangling project bag, any extra shipping will be refunded. *Limit one free pattern per customer. I will get in touch with you after you complete your order to find out which pattern you would like and to get your Ravelry ID.

Barbara Benson Designs
Casapinka
Dark Matter Knits
Designs by Laura Aylor
Fiber Dreams
Heather Anderson Designs
Janina Kallio Design
KarenDawn Designs
Knit Eco Chic
Knitwise Design
Lara Smoot Designs
M K Nance Designs
Meiju Knits
Michael Harrigan Designs
Mindy Wilkes Designs
Mitenae
Nancy Whitman Knitting Patterns
Sand And Sky Creations
Sunset Cat Designs
The Knitting Vortex – Designs by Jennifer Dassau
Toby Roxane Designs

February 4, 2016

Self Striping Rainbows!

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Mothy and the Squid specialises in bright self-striping rainbows on a selection of premium sock weight yarn bases. Pictured is “Grey Skies Rainbow Brite,” which self stripes beautifully on socks of all sizes. This colourway is available on 75/25 Merino/nylon Platinum Sock and snuggly soft 100% Merino High Twist Sock. Variations on the theme include almost every background colour you could wish for — and if I don’t have it in stock I custom dye at no extra charge!

February 2, 2016

Fun New Project Keepers

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Now that January, the dreariest month of the year is finally behind us, it’s time to begin brightening things up a bit. New for February at Cedar Hill Farm Company are two-grommet, zippered project bags (7″ x 9″) that are totally perfect for carrying along your favorite small projects. These bags are especially great for anyone who is in love with Magic Loop knitting, two-color stranded knitting, or multi-color crocheting because the grommets allow you to keep your yarn cakes separate while your work and still allow you to tuck your project back into the bag for safe keeping. The grommets will accommodate up to a bulky weight yarn, but are still small enough that loose notions, stitch markers, and tapestry needles won’t escape. I like my bags, particularly, for sock and mitten knitting. If you are a one-at-a-time knitter or a crocheter, we also have single-grommet project bags for those take-along projects that will fit nicely into virtually any purse or bag. My personal favorite right now is the Glow-In-the-Dark Star Wars bags–Darth Vader actually glows in the dark, which gives a whole new dimension to movie knitting!

And speaking of knitting, don’t forget we’ve introduced a new label this year: Silk Sheep. Dyed in gorgeous jewel tones, this 50/50 pure silk/Merino is sure to be a favorite for Spring knitting, especially shawls and lace scarves.

Visit www.cedarhillyarns.com to check out all of our hand-sewn project bags and totes.

February 2, 2016

Follow your heart

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Add heart embellishments to your craft project! Choose from a vintage style polka dot heart or a lacey textured heart button. Add them to the cuffs of mittens, crazy quilt, mixed media work, the brim of a hat. Of course they can be used to button up a cardigan, but also try decorative buttons on a pocket, collar or cuff!

Use code INDIE and your order will ship free!