The Wild West volume 5: Lace 2

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Just released is LACE 2, the final volume of my The Wild West: Patterns Inspired by the Flora, Fauna, Geology & History of Arizona e-book collection. Previous volumes include LACE 1, CABLES, STRANDED, and TEXTURED.

You can purchase the e-book or individual knitting patterns on Ravelry here.

Patterns included: Cereus, a laceweight crescent; Tricho, a fingering weight crescent with beads and garter stitch details; Ferru, a fingering weight crescent with garter stitch details; Buteo, a laceweight crescent with beads; Opuntia, a laceweight triangular shawl with an ombre beaded effect; Pygmy Owl, a laceweight stole with beads;  and Steller’s Jay, a one-skein fingering weight crescent.

Use code LACE2 to get $3 off the e-book between now and Sept. 26, 2014.

PS: if you’re a newsletter subscriber, look for a special offer in the next newsletter!

Getting On Track for the Holidays

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The weather is cooling and your needles are calling to you … It’s September and in 14 short weeks it will be Christmas morning: 14 weeks may seem like a long time, but remember last year, when you were rushing to finish those holiday gifts? Remember last year when you said “It’s only September. I have plenty of time!”?

To help you keep this year’s resolution to not be that procrastinating kind of knitter or crocheter again this year, the one who’s too stressed to enjoy the season because she’s running out of time to make her gifts, there are lovely new goodies in the shop (and a weekend sale for our newsletter subscribers!). Alpaca DK and lace weight alpaca, DK and worsted weight pure wool, fingering weight superwash wool, and plenty of fit-in-your-purse 8 x 10 hand sewn and fully lined project bags to hold your holiday knitting and notions. We have also begun carrying Knitter’s Pride and ChiaGoo needles in the Cedar Hill Farm Company Etsy shop, making Cedar Hill Farm Company a one-stop shopping experience for that new project you’re itching to start.

And speaking of new projects… Have you checked out the new Whitby Place Hat & Cowl pattern available from Ravelry, Etsy, and Craftsy?

September! Apple buttons!

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Fall is almost here and it’s time to finish up those warm, cozy, sweaters. So, for all of September these apple buttons are only $4.25 for a set of 4 – 3/4″ buttons! They are available in both red and green and also can be made smaller or larger upon request. Almost all buttons in the shop can be made in any color or size, so feel free to contact me if you need them customized. Thanks and Happy Fall!

Natural Dyer’s Club: The Mythical Blue-Red!

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Have you ever wondered what goes into creating a certain color with natural dyes? Now you can find out! Join us on a journey to create the Mythical Blue-Red. It’s the color of dragons, the color of crushed velvet, a sensual deep red. We’ll explore different dyes and mordants in search of the perfect recipe.

Club members receive mini-skeins of 6 or 8 colors, a detailed explanation of the dye process, and the final recipes for each color. We’ll also include ideas for multi-color projects that you can make with the mini-skeins. What if a color really speaks to you and you want a full skein? Or enough full skeins to make a sweater? After you receive your club shipment, you also have a month in which you can order full skeins of any of the club colors for 20% off.

There are only a few spots left — visit our website to get yours! We also have a few yarns on 50% off clearance — it’s a great time to try some Corriedale, Rambouillet, or Small Farm Alpaca!

DK State of Mind

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It’s finally fall, leaves are changing, there is a crispness in the air, kids are back to school and June Pryce has added a new product to its already overflowing shop. Beavertail is a lovely 3-ply DK weight yarn of 85% Polwarth wool and 15% Silk. It has a wonderful hand, great stitch definition and is soft enough for next to the skin projects. While the shop has offered this DK base in full sized skeins, the Dyenamic Dyestress has decided that sock weight lovers should not get all of the fun and has begun dyeing the Beavertail into mini skein sets of its own — 600 yards (100 yards per mini) of gloriously colored sets.

Looking for ombre? No problem, check out “A Latte to Espresso” a gradient dye of warm browns.

Need color? Great! Try “Plum Orchid,” a comprehensive set starting at a medium pink and ending in a ripe plum.

Crisp air needs crisp colors? How about “Arctic Ice?” It’s a cool gradient of dark cerulean that slowly gets paler until it ends in just a whisper of crisp color.

No matter what you are looking for you will find it with June Pryce Fiber Arts. They will feed your fiber (or yarn) fetish!

The Yum-Yum Colors of Fall

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The changing leaves and wood smoke, flannel shirts and fuzzy hats and cool nights, football games and bright, crisp apples dipped in lovely warm caramel… Okay, I admit it – when I think of autumn, I usually think of pies. Cookies and cobblers and crumbles. Pumpkins and plums, lovely spiced peaches and roasted corn muffins, homemade fudge and grapes on the vine and all of the other joys of a bountiful harvest.

When I started working on my Autumn Colors yarn, naturally I tried to capture the colors of the changing leaves, but for some reason, my yarn looked good enough to eat! I’m not going to fight it anymore. So come by my Etsy shop and check out the new Yum-Yum colors of Fall! These yarns are alpaca merino blends, silk blends, and cashmere blends in various weights, as well as lovely merino sock.

Time to Show Off my Gradients!

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I love dyeing gradients! Yes, it takes a little longer, but I love the final effect. I usually can’t wait to start braiding the dry and fluffy wool and my first instinct is always to twist the braid into a roll to see the different color gradations. Well, this time I decided to do my first September update with a few gradients using a couple of different fiber bases. I included a Domestic Rambouillet which is a wonderful and soft wool that has been sourced and processed here in the US and a Polwarth Top. I hope you visit my shop and see what I have available!

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night…..

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It’s getting on to the cooler weather here on the East Coast and it is beginning to show in our products. The time is now to begin to think about our fall/winter spinning projects. While the elements may be nasty and blowing outside you can sit in your warm, comfy home spinning up dream yarns. To help with that we have a new base at June Pryce. It is a lovely 80% ecru Merino and 20% black Tussah silk. This stuff is gorgeous soft and silky. It will spin up both a worsted or a woolen yarn to “dye” for. The two tone base adds a depth and richness to the colorway that you can not get with dye alone. We have tested out this new base on three of our favorite shop colorways to a great response. Keep an eye out for more exciting colorways on this fantastic base.

Happy Spinning!

The Men of the Black Dagger Brotherhood! YOWZA!

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Hi everyone! New this week is my colorway series, “Brotherhood,” which is inspired by the men of the Black Dagger Brotherhood (a book series written by JR Ward). This is the colorway series that made me want to dye yarn. I remember speaking about it with a fellow knitter thinking, “Why has no one done this yet?” and having the revelation that it was time I start dyeing my own yarn. Two years later, and here I am.

This series features several different colors and dye techniques. They range from kettle dyeing (Phury, Rhage, Tohr), black and silver overdyeing (Qhuinn, Vischous), solids (Wrath, Butch), and semi-solids (John Matthew). These turned out so lovely, and I’m very excited to share them with you all.

Available until the end of September, these men need to make their way to your doorstep. Please visit my Etsy shop, linked above, or my Ravelry group for more information.

Thank you!