October 18, 2017

We put the FUN in Functional!

Hi Folks this is an update for the rest of October!! (I know right!? How is it almost over already?)

We’ve got some great things happening in the shop!

Wednesday, October 18th, we are releasing our Limited Frida Kahlo, Cactus, and Unicorn fabrics! These are complimented by some really awesome enamel pins that are sure to add some personality to any WIP, FO, or Project bag!

Friday, October 20th, Join us at 9 a.m. PST for the release of our HOCUS POCUS extras! This fabric is an exclusive homage to our favorite (next to Nightmare before Christmas, of course) Halloween Movie! The pre-orders are shipping the rest of the week and Friday the extras will be released to the public!!! Don’t miss this one chance to get something in this WITCHY new fabric!!

Make sure to join our Facebook page because EVERY Wednesday we have a Facebook Live, and NEXT Wednesday, October 25th, we will be pairing up our LAST CALL monthly online Flash Sale (up to 20% off on select designs!) with an awesome Facebook Live sale! It’s so fun to show you all the physical products, while giving discounts, and watching everyone race to shout “MINE!” You won’t want to miss this! We are at facebook.com/SlippedStitchStudios

And… last but not least- Next Friday October 27th, please join us for our very special, exclusive October Bag of the Month: Pinky & The Brain!!!! SO GOOD!

Have a great week! And we hope to see you soon! <3

October 18, 2017

New York Sheep & Wool Festival 2017!

I can’t believe it’s time once again for the New York Sheep & Wool Festival! This will be Spirit Trail Fiberworks’ 14th year at the Festival, and every year we’re just as excited as our first year. It’s such a fantastic weekend (even if this coming weekend doesn’t look like it will be sweater weather).

We’ll be at the Festival in our regular spot: Building A, Booths 3-4. We have loads of new colorways, a few new yarn bases, and lots of new booth samples to inspire you. Shown here are just a few of the great new colors we’re bringing with us. We hope to see you at the Festival, but if you can’t make it, no worries. We’ll be having an online shop update of new colors and bases as soon as we can!

October 17, 2017

SkeinTwisters, Special Yarn, and Cool Swag!

Hello, Untanglers! It’s been a busy summer & fall at Alpenglow Yarn, as we’ve been getting ready to launch our second product for indie dyers – the SkeinTwister! This tool helps with the final task that dyers, yarn companies, and mills do before mailing yarn to you – twist up those loose hanks into nice, tidy skeins. This is almost entirely done by hand, and you can probably imagine that it gets tiring and can even be painful if you’re twisting a large batch, or already have joint pain. Enter the SkeinTwister! It’s a motorized hook that does the twisting part, all the dyer has to do is fold the skein in half and push one end through the other to fasten it off. We’re excited about it, dyers are excited about it, and even if you’re not a dyer, there are several ways you can join in the fun too!

For fans of naturally dyed yarn, Alpenglow Yarn and Sincere Sheep are getting together at the dyepots to bring you AlpenSheep – a collaboration! We’re always talking dyes, and are excited to get together and work with a variety of dyestuffs and combine techniques. We’ll be dyeing her Cormo Sport yarn, which is entirely sourced and spun in the USA and is amazingly soft and springy. You can order as many skeins as you’d like, and request either all on color or multiple coordinating colors if you have a colorwork project in mind.

If you’re a little bit on yarn overload at the moment, we have a bunch of really fun Pirate Red gear! Pirate Red is the SkeinTwister’s sassy mascot, and you can drink some rum with her on our rocks glasses, or sport her on a coffee mug or t-shirt. We can offer a variety of styles and sizes thanks to on-demand printing, which also cuts down on textile waste because only the shirts that are ordered are made.

We hope you’ll get twisted with us – orders for SkeinTwisters, yarn, and gear will be open through the end of October!

October 17, 2017

New Bucket Bags! – Small but Mighty!

New this year!

Bucket Bags, with a drawstring closure that will allow your working yarn to flow freely while keeping your project close at hand.

Round-bottom, satin double-drawstring bag, perfect for that small project – socks, tank top, scarf.

Cotton webbing handles. Mini spring link carabiner to clip to another bag or purse or whatever…

Made of quilting cotton prints and a heavy canvas bottom, this bag has a sewn in plastic bottom and will stand up.

6.5″ diameter round bottom, 10″ high. 8″ to gathered neck

October 14, 2017

Shop Update- NEW COLORS

I have been very busy the past few weeks dying some new tonal and speckled colors. The website has been updated and all of these colors work well together to create a variety of fades. Colors are currently available on several of my fingering weight bases. Just visit the **New** section of the website to view them all. There are even a few OOAKs sprinkled in there.

October 14, 2017

Vintage No. 3: Home-grown & Farm-fresh Yarn, Available Friday, October 20

Vintage No. 3 comprises fleeces from my own Shetland flock, blended with CVM fleeces, prime alpaca, and cultivated silk. The yarn offers a buttery soft handle, with exceptional loft and integrity. No. 3 is spun more smoothly and consistently than previous Vintage yarns, resulting in an even, warm and airy fabric with crisp stitch definition that is perfect for cables.

Natural Brown comes from blending my mioget (caramel brown) Shetland, Roobie, with a black CVM fleece. Prime black alpaca and white silk round out the colors to produce a warm milk chocolate brown.

Natural Grey comes from blending my two black Shetlands, Poppy and Quin, with cream CVM roving, along with a prime silver alpaca fleece and white silk.

Natural White is a blend of cream CVM roving and a white Shetland fleece from Oregon, mixed with prime silver alpaca and white silk.

As with all Vintage yarns, fleeces and rovings are hand-selected as the best of its kind and for the unique qualities it contributes to the final blend. I look for fibers that are are extremely soft but resistant to pilling. Minimal processing means there may be the occasional bit of vegetable matter, but it also means that the yarn retains its sheepy characteristics and feels full of life.

Gauge: 16 – 20 sts = 4″ (10 cm) Needles: 6 – 8 (4 – 5 mm)
Weight / Yardage: 3.5 oz /220 yds (100 gr/ 201 m)

Available at the Indie Untangled Trunk Show, and online starting Friday, October 20, at 5 p.m. EDT at middlebrookfiberworks.com

October 13, 2017

Eyelet of the Tiger Knitted Cowl Project Kit

We have a new project kit available in our newest yarn, Himalayan Summit! Eyelet of the Tiger is a lacy cowl designed especially for us. It’s a fun knit that uses a succession of stitch patterns to complement our hand-dyed colorways (shown here in Old Fashioned Villian by Modeknit Yarn). It would also look great in any of the semi-solid colors from our Autumn Spices palette!

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