It’s been an exciting summer!

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It’s been an exciting summer at The Queen’s Ransome as we’ve settled into our new home along North Carolina’s intercostal waterway. The colors here, and the light, so different from the Mountain West, have given me a great deal of inspiration in the dye shop.
We’re going to carry three alpaca fingerings this year — alpaca Merino twist, alpaca silk Cashmere, and alpaca silk linen. Each of these fibers brings something exciting to the table. We’re also going to carry a larger quantity of worsted weight yarns, and can custom dye a sweater’s worth of worsted in your colors — just send me a note at the Etsy shop.

We’ve also started free shipping worldwide for the rest of 2015.

Inspirations Straight from Nature

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This week’s shop update at Kim Dyes Yarn is drawing from Mother Nature.

You won’t want to miss Robin’s Egg dyed on a supremely squishy and soft USA Merino Sock yarn. Also, new colorway Quiet Lake dyed two ways — gradient on a soft organic bulky Merino yarn and variegated dyed on beautiful and lustrous BFL/Tussah silk top. Another new colorway, Sweet Sunset will make you dream of fluffy clouds, a quiet evening sunset and sweet dreams. This has been dyed on the BFL/Tussah silk top as well.

New customers may receive 20% off of their first order on the website with NEW20 at checkout.

If you are local to the Northern Virginia/DC Metro Area, Kim will be at the Fiber Farmers Market in Vienna, VA next Saturday the 8th. Please stop by and introduce yourself!

Handcrafted in the USA

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I make each Seaside Knitting Bag from start to finish, in my cottage studio on Florida’s beautiful Gulf Coast, using the finest upholstery and decorator fabrics available. Designed for the discerning knitter who appreciates luxury yarns and beautiful, functional tools, these are elegant and functional bags you’ll be proud to use wherever your knitting carries you. All have multiple pockets, no zippers or velcro to snag your yarn, and have sufficient structure to sit open by themselves allowing you to work from them as you would from a basket or yarn bowl.

Welcome to LiliaCraftParty


LiliaCraftParty is an innovative and enthusiastic way to learn to knit and crochet, through the accomplishment of creating warm, comfy, colorful and beautiful pieces to wear, decorate, play or just admire as personal treasures.

All patterns are carefully designed by me, Lilia Vanini. I was inspired by my own clients that a few months ago asked me if I sell the patterns of my knitting and crocheted items on my Etsy Boutique LiliaVaniniBags, so I decided to start! And just like that, I discovered another passion, so now you can enjoy and make my creations. You will find in my shop original knit and crochet designs. Each item is designed so that you can enjoy every moment and pleasure of the handmade, giving you peace, full relaxation and joy. Knitting is used for therapy and is supremely relaxing, which is extremely important for reducing stress and anxiety, so don´t stop knitting, it keeps you healthy!

All patterns are created using easy and detailed instructions that include pictures. LiliaCraftParty also offers continued support in case you need help or have questions about the pattern — all you need to do is contact me and I will be very happy to help you.

I want to present the almost lost stitch scarf, which I named Angel Wings. The name of this scarf was suggested by one of my dear knitting groups and since the beggining I loved the idea of using this name, due to the lacy design, which looks like open wings in the air — a very eclectic and statement accessory to make any outfit beautiful!

This gorgeous scarf was knit using 650 yards of medium weight yarn, so it’s easy and fast to knit. It has a lovely rib stitch at both ends and large buttons that add a nice finish. You can find this unique pattern here.

Happy Knitting!
Lilia / LiliaCraftParty

Engaging Designs for Hand Knitting

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Interesting construction, modern shapes and the beauty of creating something wearable inspire the knitwear designs of Jennifer Dassau. Topdown seamless sweaters, contemporary wraps and simple accessories define her catalog of knitwear that is both delightful to knit and beautiful to wear.

Always a creative maker and writer, Jennifer left her career as an attorney to work in garment production on Seventh Avenue, and eventually to pursue the path of an indie knitwear pattern designer. Her designs highlight the construction and fibers that define current knitting, while incorporating a strong element of technical knowledge and technique. Her patterns are carefully arranged to provide detailed instructions, helpful sidebar notes and charts as needed, as well as links to both her photo and video tutorials.

Explore raglan, contiguous and simultaneous set-in sleeve constructions to create well-fitted sweaters, or choose an innovative shawl shape created with short rows for a unique wrap. Jennifer’s patterns are designed to make the knitting experience as rewarding as the triumph of the finished object.

Find Jennifer on Ravelry, Instagram and everywhere as knittingvortex. Her knitwear patterns are available on Ravelry and on her website at

New Exclusive Colorways & More!

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Summertime is heating up, and we have lots of new shop exclusives in our online store!

Sea Lilies is a bright and cheery new colorway dyed for us especially by Sweet Georgia on their a-MA-zing Silk Crush yarn base.

For lace weight lovers, we’ve just added Sea Turtle, which is dyed exclusively for us by Black Tie Affair yarns on their Opera lace weight yarn base.

We also have some of our team-inspired colorways dyed by Lorna’s Laces on sale, just in time for back-to-school knit and crochet projects!

Last but not least, for project bag enthusiasts, we offer two exclusive fabric options in Binkwaffle Dumpling Bags (choose from large and small options).

While you’re visiting our website, don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter so that you can find out when our next limited-edition Yarn Club colorway is released (hint: it’s so exclusive, we always give our newsletter subscribers first dibs!)!

Happy knitting!


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Congratulations to @sweetsfordinner, the winner of our Instagram Magpie Mirla cowl Giveaway!

To celebrate the release of Lynn Di Cristina’s Mirla cowl, we’re having another giveaway!
The prize: One skein of Magpie Fibers’ Swanky Sock — you get to choose the colorway!

All you have to do is:
1. Knit the Mirla cowl, using two skeins of Magpie Fibers Swanky DK
2. Post your finished cowl to Ravelry and link it to Magpie Fibers and Mirla cowl pattern by September 1st

Winner will be chosen on September 2nd! Good luck and happy knitting!



It’s been a while since I have made new things for the shop, but I have been keeping busy. And this coming month I will be relocating to a new apartment! As I prepare to move apartments I have decided that I need to clear out some inventory. What better way than to offer FREE THINGS!

• Using coupon code SBOshoes will get you a free $5 item (cards, markers, etc) with purchase of a pair of shoes
•Using coupon code SBOprints will get you a free $5 item (cards, markers,etc) with purchase of a fine art print (any size)
• Using coupon code SBObogo will get you a free item of equal value with purchase of a $5 item (cards, markers, etc).

Shipping fees still apply. Add items you wish to receive for free to cart and enter codes at checkout.

Bioluminescence crescent shawl from Fiber Dreams

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This gorgeous yarn (Nebula from Anzula) sparkles like the night skies, so when looking for a name for the pattern, I originally looked toward the skies, at the innumerable things in our solar system and the distant reaches of space. It occurred to me suddenly that the sky isn’t the only thing that sparkles at night. Millions of tiny little lights glimmer in our seas, too. One of my favorite things to do when SCUBA diving at night is to turn out my light, and in the total darkness wave my arm through the water. The thousands tiny creatures living there, normally invisible to the naked eye, sparkle in return. It’s breathtakingly beautiful.

The construction of this shawl is simple: it’s knit from the lace edge up, then shaped into a crescent with garter stitch short rows. However, eight of the wrong-side rows include lace manipulations. These wrong-side lace rows aren’t too bad to do, but make sure you count right!

For sale now on Ravelry. Pattern also open to shops who participate in the in-store program!