February 3, 2018

Friends Don’t Let Friends Craft With Insipid Yarn

So many stripeys, so little time! White Birch Fiber Arts specializes in long gradients and gradient stripeys, full of riotous color, wit, and daredevil playfulness.

My dyeing specialty is technically complicated and labor-intensive techniques that you won’t find in many other places. I am one of not very many dyers doing long-repeat stripeys, so right away that sets me apart. I also go where other dyers do not tread, doing gradient cakes on bases and at lengths that are very hard to find anywhere else. My gradient cakes come in lengths from 200 to 1600 yards, and are on a superb selection of bases – from the same Vermont-grown CVM/Romeldale that my roving features, to baby camel and silk. Very few other dyers have that range.



Recently, I have also started carrying a unique and very popular line of handcrafted buttons, made of natural materials like agate, antler, fossils, burned wood and semiprecious gems. There are even buttons made from fossilized dinosaur bone! No more perfect accent could be found for your perfect stitchwork.

February 2, 2018

Introducing a New Hat Pattern, Teamh, with IU Discounts!

Meet Téamh, my new hat design! Téamh is Irish Gaelic for “warmth,” and this hat, with its deep brim, cables and garter texture, is sure to warm the wearer. Teamh includes a deep ribbed brim and an easy four-row stitch pattern for the body (pretty perfect for knitting during the Olympics!). Knit it longer for a deeper brim and more ear coverage, or a bit shorter for more of a beanie style.

Téamh is knit in Luna, Spirit Trail Fiberworks’ 100% non-shrink organic wool worsted weight base. My daughter’s hat was knit in the “Sea Shadows” colorway, which is currently out of stock, but there are lots of other great colors in stock. This pattern will also work in STF Verdande, for a super-soft, super-luxurious option!

Luna is really fabulous; I love working with it, and this one-skein project is the perfect opportunity to give this new base a try. It’s been processed organically, from mulesing-free, organically-raised sheep on the farm through processing at the mill. It’s machine washable, but because it’s “superwashed” with a GOTS-certified organic process that uses neither acids to strip the follicles from the fibers, or polymers to coat them, it’s not called “superwash.” Because of the special non-shrink process, it still feels like wool, too. I still recommend handwashing this yarn, or machine washing on gentle, and laying flat to dry whenever possible.

Téamh is now available on Ravelry! And, just for Indie Untangled readers, I’m offering two coupon codes:

In my shop, use “Indie” (no quotations, capital I) to receive 20% off you order of Luna, or any other yarn in stock! It’s a shop-wide discount!

And on Ravelry, use “Indie” (no quotations, capital I) in the coupon code box after you’ve added Teamh to your cart to receive 50% off the pattern!

Coupon codes are good from now through February 28, 2018. Happy Stitching!

February 1, 2018

Groundhog Day Specials

Coupon code GROUNDHOG for 10% off any of the ready to ship items in our Etsy shop. Shipping not included. Coupon code expires Feb. 5, 2018

Most items in the shop are ready to ship. However, club subscriptions, CSA shares, and fiber listings which are made to order are excluded from this coupon.

The January club release – Queenie Goldstein, the first club release of the Fantastic Beast Superwash Club, is in the mail. This weekend I am offering the option to purchase the next club release without a subscription. From now through Feb. 5, you can preorder the February club release.

Details

Yarn Base: Superwash Merino & Nylon (75/25), 3.5 oz., approx. 437 yards

Theme: Fantastic Beasts – more specific theme to be determined

Price: $24.50, includes shipping within the continental USA. I am happy to ship to other areas, but there will be additional shipping charges. Send me a message and I will be glad to discuss shipping costs/options.

Shipping date: the end of February, tracking numbers will be sent when packages ship

How to order: Message/email me. Invoices will be sent via paypal or I can create a special listing in the Etsy shop.

February 1, 2018

Introducing Whole Knit ‘n Caboodle

Hello Indie Untangled Fiber Gurus! I’m Terri from Whole Knit ‘n Caboodle Yarns from Albany, N.Y. (it’s about an hour north of Rhinebeck). I’m from a family of crafters: sewing, painting, woodworking — anything craft related I’ve done it.

After getting back into knitting about 15 years ago and learning so many new techniques from my sister — some may know her as Mary, owner of the LYS Perfect Blend Yarn and Tea in Saugerties, N.Y. — I started dyeing yarn a few years ago and the world hasn’t been the same for me since. My yarn is mostly available through yarn shops and I do a few shows throughout the area. As of right now I have about 10 bases of yarn that I dye, from alpaca to Merino with bamboo.

There is no question that fiber people are the best inspiration to other fiber artists. I have been having the best time collaborating with people from custom colors for Fades to online yarn boxes. The fiber world is filled with fascinating people with so much inspiration. I hope I can inspire some of you to create some wonderful projects too!

January 31, 2018

Bob Ross, Reading Rainbow & Mr. Rogers!? Oh MY!

So Excited for this Friday’s Bag of the Month!

We have a special tribute to the leaders in imagination — 1980’s edition!

We have collaborated with Anzula Yarns & Stay Classy Yarns for three AMAZING colorways!
(Yes, we have brought back the Mr. Rogers Tribute for a special encore.)

AND! Spend $75+ in the shop FRIDAY ONLY to get a special FREE GIFT that will not be available otherwise!!! SO COOL! (You can check out our Wednesday Facebook Kive to get a peek at it — otherwise, it’s a secret!!!)

As always, this bag of the month will only be available until Tuesday or until SOLD OUT! So make sure you shop early! <3 And tell your friends!!

January 31, 2018

Introducing Sandpiper Yarns

Sandpiper yarns is inspired by nature and the colors that surround us. My fiber is sourced from family farms, both domestic and abroad. I hand paint fleece roving and then spin it on my Ladybug wheel, all in my home, two blocks from the ocean on the south shore of Long Island. I choose many sheep breeds, including Merino, Blue Faced Leicester, Polwarth, Finn, Gotland, Icelandic, Corriedale and Targhee. Additionally, alpaca, llama, Tencel, silk and Angora may also find their way into my skeins.

My dyeing process combines hand mixing many colors and then overdyeing for rich saturation. Each small colorway batch is one-of-a-kind and produces between two to 10 skeins per batch.

All Sandpiper yarns are handspun. The spinning process is spontaneous —- deciding in the moment whether it will be bulky, worsted or in between! It is a meditative technique that allows me to be part of a sustainable cycle of turning fleece to garment that has endured for thousands of years!

January 30, 2018

Indie Dyer Pop-Up Event in CT

I am so excited to announce that Gabby from Once Upon a Corgi and I will be having a Pop-Up Shop and knit night at my studio in Avon, CT, on February 10th from 5-9 p.m. and YOU are all invited! There will be yarn to squish and purchase, wine and snacks, and space to sit and knit with fiber friends.

We will also have a special guest: Audrey the CORGI!! Could there be a better combination than yarn and Corgis??

But, wait! There’s more! Some of the other artist studios in my building will be open for you to check out as well. Gabby and I have even collaborated with one of the painters, Christy Corey, and created exclusive colorways based on one of her paintings. You’ll have the chance to see behind the scenes of not only my dye studio, but painters and potters as well.

We hope you can join us for this special evening! Please check my website for links to the exact address in the Events tab on the homepage.

January 26, 2018

Vanuatu

Somewhere in the Pacific Ocean between Fiji and The Solomon Islands is a small island nation called Vanuatu. I’ve been there. Twice. Our plane landed on Vanuatu long enough to refuel, as it wasn’t big enough to make the flight all the way from Fiji to The Solomon Islands (or back again) without stopping part way between. That glorious trip was a long time ago now, but the beauty of those islands south of the equator will stay with me always. What does all this have to do with anything, you ask? It’s color. The bright turquoise and dark sand of the yarn I used for my model remind me of those lazy days in the southern hemisphere, as well as the waters, the islands, and people who live there.

January 26, 2018

If one is good, would four be better?

Everybody loves a bargain, and I love giving people an excuse to look at more of my patterns. So I’m offering one free pattern with every three bought from my Ravelry store. There’s no voucher – just add four patterns to your cart and the cheapest will be free.

There’s something for everyone, from accessories (many offering child-to-adult sizing) to sweaters. I do seem to have a particular cowl thing going on at the moment, though, so if your neck needs a little extra warmth in the winter – and really, whose doesn’t – I might have just the thing! Elfbaby, a hat with three brim options, is a popular baby gift; or if you’re looking for a grown-up lace challenge, how about Pavonis?

Most of my patterns include photo tutorials for special techniques. Whatever level your knitting’s at, there’s always something new to learn.

January 25, 2018

Introducing new self-striping yarn colors

Featuring hand-dyed yarn inspired by the legends of King Arthur, Round Table Yarns is your yarn quest destination, where every color tells a story. Round Table Yarns will be releasing at least a dozen new self-striping colorways in the upcoming months. The first two, Courtly Love and The Underwater Bridge, are now available.

Courtly Love: Multifaceted, love covers a range of emotions, from a softer, more romantic type of love (pink) to a more passionate love (red). Inspired by Valentine’s Day, though not exclusive to the holiday, this two-stripe colorway is easy for you to fall in love with.

The Underwater Bridge: Three even stripes of blue, red, and grey, with some blue flecks/spots.

Newsletter subscribers get first notice of the new self-striping colorways, so if you want to make sure you get access to the colorways first, be sure to sign up for my mailing list.