The Arya Collection

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Needle is a small, slender sword that Jon Snow had made by Mikken for Arya Stark before he went away to the Night’s Watch. The sword is suitable to Arya’s slight build and the style of fencing known as “water dancing” used by the bravos of Braavos. Arya named it Needle as an ironic reference to her hatred of needlework. She sometimes refers to her use of the sword as needlework. Eventually, Needle also comes to represent her previous life at Winterfell and symbolizes the happy childhood with her family, which she still yearns for.

Earlier this year at Maryland Sheep & Wool I was able to spend a little bit of time chatting with Miss Babs. We talked about our favorite characters from Game of Thrones and tossed around a few ideas for a new Game of Thrones inspired pattern. Babs and I both really like Arya’s character. She’s smart, spunky, and doesn’t really back down from anything. On the trip home I worked up a small chart and some sketches of Arya’s Needle and then got to swatching. After a Skype meeting with Babs and Jen, Babs created a limited edition colorway called Arya in Yummy 2-ply. It will be available in limited quantities this weekend in her booth at Rhinebeck along with a hard copy version of both patterns. The Arya yarn will also be available for pre-order at missbabs.com.

Arya’s Needle is a versatile shawl pattern and can easily be knit with three different looks. The edging and center sections have the same number of stitches and can be interchanged if you would like. You could have a shawl with three swords, two swords and lace in the center only, or lace in all three sections. The choice is yours!

The long and slender point of needle will let you Subtly wield your sword with Arya’s Mitts. Instructions are included for a shorter version if you would prefer to wield a dagger rather than a sword! The pattern has two sizes: S/M and M/L and is very easily adjusted by going up or down a needle size.

The patterns can be purchased individually or in ebook format on Ravelry.

Pigeonroof Studios: New Yarns! New Colorways!

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I’m excited to announce that there are several new yarns and colorways in the shop that I think everyone will be as excited about as well!

First, though, SIREN TWO SOCK IS BACK! For those unfamiliar with Siren Two Sock, it is approximately 380 yards of 80% superwash Merino, 10% Cashmere, and 10% nylon. Pretty much the same as the Luxury Sock except that Luxury Sock has 20% Cashmere. People have been asking about this yarn for a while and I’m so happy to be able to bring it back.

Pigeonroof Studios is also making the foray into the ever popular superwash Merino singles yarns with our Superwash Merino Singles, approximately 440 yards of a singles construction superwash Merino that takes dye amazingly.

We’ve had it before, but not for quite some time: Silky DK. Approximately 230 yards of 50/50 superwash merino and silk, making this yarn have amazing drape and shine. It feels so good!

In the DK weight realm as well, we’re offering another new Made in the U.S.A. yarn– American Squishy DK. To say this yarn is squishy is actually an understatement– I’ve not seen such a lovely plump yarn before! Think cables, cables, cables. Like the other American yarns, the stitch definition is superb. And at 300 yards for $25, it’s also an amazing deal.

Last, but not least, Rustic Silk Worsted and Rustic Silk Lace. Both of these yarns are 100% pure silk singles yarns from India. Rustic Silk Worsted (approximately 250 yards) has a lofty, almost woolen feel– it would make a fabulous substitution yarn for those who cannot work with wool. Rustic Silk Lace (approximately 850 yards) knits up into a soft and drapey fabric with a gorgeous sheen. Perfect for lightweight garments or shawls.

All of these yarns introduce some new colorways that I hope everyone will love! There are also some new colorways in High Twist Sock and American Twist Worsted.

October Update on the 23rd

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Berry Colorful Yarnings is having a long awaited update on Thursday, Oct. 23. Head over at 12 noon mountain time U.S. (Denver) for all your post-Rhinebeck shopping. With plenty of self-striping colorways (including some football team inspired colorways) and several overdyes and tonals you will have your pick… You will find:

Saturated Sock in self striping and heels and toes
The perfect base for well-loved socks, accessories and toys, Saturated Sock is full on work horse. You will find this 75% superwash Merino and 25% nylon blend soft soft, but ready to go the distance. All this combined with self striping — what more could you ask for?

Saturated Sport
Saturated Sock is another base that can handle some hard wear. It’s made of 80% superwash Merino and 20% nylon.

Primary… in Fingering and DK
Soft, squishy and strong, this 100% Superwash Merino loves to be loved. Merino is the primary base for knitters searching for next-to-your-skin softness, but is also strong enough to stand up to everyday use. A versatile primary base that works as well for garments as it does accessories and home wear.

And a few skeins of:
Fusion: “Light” a heavy lace to light fingering…
These bases are a heady mix of 80% superwash Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% nylon and add new levels of softness and strength to projects as a result. The drape of this yarn will leave you with a richly soft yet sturdy project. This union helps reduce pilling and the Merino hugging cashmere lends to the cloud-like feel. Perfect for hats, gloves, mitts, socks, shawls, sweaters and blankets. You name it. :)

Berry Colorful Yarnings has proudly been a sponsor of the Down Cellar Studio podcast and the A Playful Day podcast. Head over to their groups and sites and have a listen for giveaway prizes.

See you all on the 23rd…

Hurry and get your BCY before the prices change in December 2014…

Now Entering…THE HOLLOWS!

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Hello everyone! To celebrate Halloween and the final book release of my FAVORITE book series, C.Whitney Knits is featuring a brand new colorway series called “The Hollows.” Inspired by Kim Harrison’s “The Hollows” book series, there are several new colorways ranging from semi-solids, variegated, and graduates! For ordering information please visit me on Ravelry in the C.Whitney Knits group or check out my Etsy store!

Finally, I hope you all have a spook-tacular Halloween!

Shop update this Friday!

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I will be posting a number of blends on the blue end of the colour spectrum tomorrow! A little preview for you above!

clockwise from left: Wimbledon Sport in new colourway After Eight, Islington fingering in L’heure Bleue and Old Smoke, more Wimbledon Sport in an ooak colourway, a new Heath fingering hue called Dungaree Marl, and finally more Islington fingering in Blighty grey.

The shop update is this Friday October 17th at 5pm GMT- check your local time on the Kettle Yarn Co. Ravelry group!

A Sylvan Scarf and a new yarn base

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I’m pleased to announce the launch of my Sylvan Scarf Pattern. It’s the perfect thing to keep you warm on a walk in the woods, wide enough to provide plenty of material to snuggle into and long enough to wrap all the way round. The central lace panel is reminiscent of fully grown pine trees, whilst the edging and borders feature the saplings of the forest floor.

The Scarf is knitted with just one skein of my newly-launched yarn base Tethera 4ply. The sample is knitted in the Sitka colourway. Tethera 4ply is a smooth 4-ply yarn, spun from 100% British BFL wool, perfect for hats, gloves and socks. There are 14 semi-solid colours available now at my Etsy store.

“Sara’s Story” Shawl KAL, pre-order the custom Yarn

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This is a sideways shawl that was inspired by Sara, a dear friend of Tami Dyman of Eternity Ranch. Sara is an inspirational example of beauty, grace, and forgiveness for those who turned her world upside down. The yarn colors Tami chose to honor Sara with were inspired by the breathing, majestic Western Montana Mountains where Sara lives and found the power to forgive. The collaboration of yarn meets design is a delicate, dense pattern that expresses Sara’s strength as well as her femininity, giving the feel of the serene mountains where Sara finds peace.. To read more about Sara’s inspirational story, please visit rubyridgetofreedom.com.

Copied with permission from Penny – Knit-By-Bit-Designs on Ravelry.

I am the dyer of the custom Colorway, Sara’s Story. It is a colorblock of Teal, Tan, and Grey. It shows off the stitch design beautifully.

Kits are available now until October 20th for pre order. If you are on Ravelry please sign in to either Eternity Ranch or Knitbybitdesigns, so we can get the pattern to you. If you are not on Ravelry, you can still order the yarn and pattern we will just send you the pattern via email.

The kit is up in Eternity Ranch Knits on Etsy.

You can join with any yarn if you can’t or do not want the kit yarn. Any Eternity Ranch yarn will qualify you for prizes on both boards, non- ER Yarns will still qualify you in Knit-By-Bit-Designs Group.

Thank you
Hope to see you there!!!

New Autumn Colours

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Mellifera Yarns will be having an update this Saturday, October 11 at 7pm BST and I’m so happy to be introducing some lovely new muted colours for autumn. Warm light neutral Oats, gold with a touch of green Meadow, light silvery blue Reflection and warm dark neutral Ore. There will be Silky Sock, Merino Twist Sock, Singles Sock, Cash DK and Merino DK in sweater quantities. Hope to see you there!

The final updates

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As many of you will know, at the start of this year I made significant changes to the way that I ran Juno Fibre Arts. I stopped wholesaling and focused efforts on direct sales and collaborations with designers. Since that decision, life has been full of exciting new projects, inspiration and most importantly, it allowed me more flexibility to focus time and energy on my family’s needs.

In August, I had to close the shop due to bereavement. It has become clear that time and energy previously used to run a creative business like Juno Fibre Arts, now needs to be focused elsewhere.

Regrettably, this means that from the end of October 2014, Juno Fibre Arts will be closing its doors and there will be no more yarns or fibres for sale.

There will be two last updates on Etsy before the doors close however. The first will be 13th October 2014 and will be mostly Lace weight and the more limited edition/ luxury bases and 16th October 2014 will be all the remaining Fingering Weights. There are a few last braids of fibre and DKs in the shop.

There will be an update preview before each update that will be shared on the JFA blog and on Facebook shortly so that you can plan what you’d like to purchase before the shop closes.

I want to say a huge thank you for supporting me in the past. This journey has been an amazing one and I have loved getting to know you and so many creative and inspiring people thanks to Juno Fibre Arts.

Kings County Fiber Festival

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October is here! It is of my favorite months of the year. Come join us this weekend at the third annual Kings County Fiber Festival. I spent all day dyeing up 11lbs of wool and you could be the first to get your hands on it. It is a great family friendly event. Hope to see some of you there!

Saturday, October 11, 2014
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Old Stone House & Washington Park
336 3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY