January 25, 2017

Sock Fever!

I don’t know about you, but January has given me a serious case of sock fever! I have more or less cast all WIPs aside in favor of sock knitting, and I can’t seem to cast on enough! If you find yourself to be suffering from sock fever, then you’ll definitely want to check out the Traveler base. Like the Cedar Hill Farm Company website, Traveler has a new look that I know you’ll love! If you haven’t tried superwash British BFL for sock knitting, you have been missing out. This soft, hard-wearing fingering weight yarn is everything you want from a sock yarn with the added advantage of being available in a rainbow of tonal colorways.

And, ever new sock project deserves a new project bag, so also be sure to check out the seven new fabrics available for the double-grommet project bags, including some serious sheep love, yoga farm animals, a trendy floral, and butterflies! Whether you knit two-at-a-time or you have two different sock projects on the needles and want to keep them both close at hand, these 7″ x 9″ bags are perfect for taking your sock projects wherever you go.

November 23, 2016

Holiday Weekend SALE!

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are upon us again, and you know what that means: YARN SALE! So, from Friday, Nov. 25 through Monday, Nov. 28, save 20% off of all in-stock items at Cedar Hill Farm Company. This sale includes holiday bags, needle cozies, and already reduced yarns in our Sale section with coupon code BFCM20.

It’s also gift exchange season. I know that I have a few swaps going in my Ravelry groups and I am sure that you do, too. Cedar Hill Farm Company has kitchy cool project keepers, hand-sewn project bags in a variety of sizes, needle cozies for DPNs and circular needles, Chiaogoo Red Lace circular needles, and, of course, some pretty darned gorgeous indie dyed yarns and roving. Take advantage of this weekend’s savings to stock up on everything you’ll need for those special holiday swaps and gift exchanges!

November 16, 2016

Verge

It’s been quite a while since I’ve been able to publish a new pattern. Since I am currently in the process of co-authoring a pattern book, all of my energies this year have gone in that direction and everything is very hush-hush. However, it’s basketball season at my house, and that means that something simple and fun needed to be on my needles to keep me in my seat instead of up and yelling at the referees. That’s exactly how the Verge Shawl, and its name, has come about–“verge” meaning on the edge, which is where I spent most of my time while knitting it.

Knit on the bias in light worsted weight yarn (Miss Babs Yowza), Verge is a versatile and reversible shawl pattern. This triangular shawl is worked in garter stitch, making gauge optional. It is finished with a broad openwork lace edge that gives just enough of an elegant touch. Not only is this pattern visually reversible, but it is also incredibly versatile. The size and shape make it wearable as a shawl, a scarf, or a cowl, which is perfect if you live in an area of ever-changing and unpredictable weather like I do. Although the pattern was initially worked up in worsted weight, it can also be knit in DK weight and instructions are included in the pattern for this yarn substitution.

The aspect that I enjoy most about this shawl is that it is simple enough for both beginning knitters and experienced knitters who knit while their attention is focused elsewhere, like on a sporting event or a television program. This pattern is available on Ravelry, Craftsy, and at CedarHillYarns.com.

October 12, 2016

Single Sheep is Here!

We spent an entire year growing it, then waited between four months for it to come back from the mill, but the 2016 batch of Single Sheep is finally here! This American-grown, Corriedale Cross yarn is a 100% wool single-ply fingering weight yarn with a luminosity that will make your head spin! Every hand-dyed, semi-solid skein literally glows in the sunlight. There’s absolutely nothing on the market like it. Each skein weighs in at 400 yards per 100 grams, and this is a perfect yarn choice for fingering weight garments and accessories. Guilty secret: I dyed up a sweater’s worth of it for myself and have already squirreled it away for my November sweater cast-on. If you are interested in a sweater’s worth for yourself, please contact me for a custom order. I am only dyeing and listing this limited quantity base in small batches.

This year’s colorways include: Blackberry Moonshine, Butternut, Cypress, Green Apple, Tickle Me, Blue Spruce, Coal Dust, Autumn Sky, Stormy Afternoon, Crocus, Rain Barrel, and Natural. We also have a few skeins remaining of our 2015 run in Still Waters.

On a side note, Cedar Hill Farm Co. will have a booth at Fiber in the Boro in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on Saturday, October 22nd. If you are in the area, we hope you’ll stop by and say “hey!’

Shop Update: Needle Cozies!!

Although I have never been a prolific user of DPNs, a recent project requires them. One of the greatest hassles of knitting with DPNs is the management of them between using them. If you have ever lost a DPN in your car, between the sofa cushions, or, like I did this morning, down the heating/air vent in the living room, then you know what I am talking about! Well, lose those DPNs no longer!

Introducing the Cedar Hill Farm Company version of the needle cozy! I started by making one for myself, and then I just couldn’t stop making them. These handy little cases come in two sizes: 8.5″ x 2.5 ” (21.5 cm x 6.5 cm) and 7″ x 2.5″ (17.5 cm x 6.5 cm). These hand-sewn needle keepers are designed to protect the live stitches of your knitting projects, as well as both DPNs and circular knitting needles. This case will allow you to keep your DPNs in place while storing them between knitting sessions, but it also is ideal for storing your DPNs when not in use. As a case for circular needles, the 8.5″ size allows you to snap the cable into place to prevent it from moving or becoming tangled in your project bag, while keeping your live stitches in place. Because these cozies are 1/2″ deeper than most cozies out there, they are also great for storing you circular needles (both interchangeable and fixed) between projects.

There is quite a variety of patterns and colors in both sizes currently available at cedarhillyarns.com. Check out this new addition to the shop and save yourself a little knitterly aggravation as you knit your way through Socktober!

September 15, 2016

Shop Update

There has been a serious shop update at Cedar Hill Farm Company! New colorways have been added to nearly every available base, especially to Rocket Sock and Traveler, because sock knitting is in full swing and Socktober is on the horizon. You’ll love our selection of self-striping and multi-colored yarns that not only work up like a dream in your hands, but are also completely colorfast and machine washable.

We have also begun carrying kits for two patterns: All About That Curve (ankle socks with a Sweet Tomato Heel) and Inverse Mitts (fingerless stranded color work mitts). Each kit contains notions necessary for pattern completion. Choose your colorways or let us do it for you. Both kits create perfect accessories for the much-anticipated cooler weather of Autumn.

In addition to all of the new yarns, we also have plenty of new project bags to choose from. Our ever-popular two-grommet bags are perfect for small take-along projects and fit easily inside a purse, tote, or backpack. Our set-in zipper design allows you to keep your project tucked safely inside the bag without the worry of catching your yarn in the the zipper. Our sweater-size bags feature and nylon webbing wristlet and are just the right size for taking your sweater project on an outing. Both types of project bags are completely machine washable/dryable and are fully lined with no visible seams.

Finally, a new shop section has been added: Needles & Such. Beginning in September, Chiaogoo Red Lace needles and other needle favorites will be available, as well as a variety of other knit-knacks like fun project keepers and stitch marker sets, including the full collection of Dr. Who project keepers.

Stop by the shop today to see what’s new and replenish your stash or pick up a few holiday gifts (because you’re already getting a jump on your gift list). Knitting season is definitely upon us!

New for Summer

It seems like there’s a new KAL every minute and the sock craze is in full swing now that summer has officially arrived, so why not join one and work up something stunning in one of the new summer colorways from Cedar Hill Farm Company? This week’s shop update includes new colorways of Journey, Traveler, and Gypsy. All of these Merino yarns are squishy, hand-painted fingering-weight yarns that are perfect for lightweight summer projects, especially your favorite summer project and mine: socks!

New colorways of Traveler include: Newsprint, Hot Chocolate, and Pink Sunglasses. Each one is dyed in a unique gradient fashion that gives you sock knitters a gradient striping pattern.

New colorways of Journey include: Ellis Island, Tokyo, and a livelier lot of La Rue de Paris. I’m so in love with these three new colorways that it’s taking all of my will power to share them!

Finally, new colorways of Gypsy include: Cupcake, Gaugin, and Abstract Butterfly. These Australian Merino (2-ply) speckled yarns work up perfectly for socks, lace scarves, and baby items.

Happy crafting!

Keya Kuhn
Cedar Hill Farm Company

Traveler

Cedar Hill Farm Company would like to introduce you to the new love of your life: Traveler!

It’s sock knitting season and you deserve a yarn that will last, wear after wear. This 75/25 British BFL/nylon fingering weight yarn is not only hard-wearing and warm, but it also comes in a generous skein of 464 yards/100g. That’s certainly enough for a stout pair of adult socks or even for a complete shawl.

Because the BFL in this yarn just soaks up the color, Traveler is a deeply saturated yarn in a uniquely dyed gradient. The jewel tones of this yarn will take your breath away! What’s even better is that they don’t bleed out with washing, so your FO stays as vibrant as it was at the cast off.

There are currently six eye-popping colorways available: Guitar God, Dancing’ with Blue Jean, Elton, Chasing the Sun, Thieves in the Temple, and Just Jade.

This Just In!

It’s been a good long while since I was able to add something new to the shop. Spring is always hectic enough with getting the garden started, shearing, and lambing, but this year we’ve been additionally overwhelmed with the building of a barn by ourselves without a contractor. So, I’ve been a wee bit behind lately. However, new to the shop this week are some pretty great project bags in a variety of patterns, all with square bottoms and durable, detachable handles.

This new project bag is the largest that I make, coming in at 10.5 inches x 12.5 inches with a 4-inch square bottom. The zippers are plastic and are not inclined to snag your yarn or your project. The cool thing about these, though, is the handle. I’m not a big “bag with handles” kind of person, and maybe some of you aren’t either, so I made my handle completely detachable. The swivel latch gives your the option or handle or no handle, making it great for any occasion. As well, the D-ring on the side of the bag makes for an excellent means of hanging your bag on a hook in a closet or your very organized craft room.

Additional patterns will be added in the coming weeks, but check out the 14 options currently in stock!

Shop Update: Silk & Sport

After having nearly sold out of both of the new labels, Silk Sheep and Sporty Sheep, the weather finally cooperated for a full day this week and I was able to dye up some rockin’ color ways. (I do all of my dyeing outdoors because, well, yarn dyed and dried in the sunshine is like bedsheets dried on the line — it just soaks up the energy of the sun and knits better!). If you’ve been stalking these yarns, and you’ve been waiting for them to be restocked, you are in luck!

Also, I’ve added some springy color ways to each. Silk Sheep gets Margaritaville, which is a tonal pale to medium kelly, and Sultan of Swing, which is a super-unique shade of teal blue that made me think of silk turbans and the waters of Fiji at the same time. I almost didn’t list this one. It took considerable will power not to hide it away in my stash. Sporty Sheep gets Blue Raspberry, Lemon Drop, and Spring. If you check out this section on my website, you might be inclined to think that someone’s gum ball machine exploded all over the page. I think you’ll be hard pressed to find colors that fun and bright in a springy, squishy sport Merino anywhere else. I’m not usually a sport knitter, but I’ve been thinking hard about working up a striped sweater in Sport Sheep for myself. It’s also super great for mitts, spring cowls, and baby sweaters.

In other news… Spring Fling 2016 (Atlanta) and the Carolina Fiber Fest (Raleigh) are on my yarn show radar this month, so there are oodles of Rocket Sock, Rocket Sock Medium, and Journey colorways that are not going to be available online until probably mid-April, but which will be completely available in my booth. There will also be some new double-grommet project bags available at these shows made from some limited availability fabrics. If you are in the area, or are in need of a day trip, I hope you will visit me at one of these events, both of which promise to overflow with yarn and fiber awesomeness.

Happy crafting!