August 16, 2017

More than just a shop update

Dia duit, friend!

I’ve got a shop update happening this week — but not just this week! I’ve changed my update schedule to every week instead of every other week. This will give everyone an opportunity to snag what they love! For the next few weeks I’ve got some gorgeous colorways that are perfect for Autumn.

Additionally, in case you haven’t heard — I’m teaming up with 9 other AMAZING dyers to bring you the Indie Artist Yarn Collective mini kits! These gorgeous kits will have a mini skein from each dyer plus a beautiful matching project bag. There are two kits — Flick Faves, which has colorways inspired by each dyer’s favorite movie and Something Wicked, featuring spooky colorways from the wicked imagination of each dyer. One of my favorite movie is Steel Magnolias and I’ve always wanted to make a colorway like that armadillo cake! My wicked colorway is inspired by black cats and their haunting eyes. The dyers are Black Cat Fibers, Darn Yarn MN, Hulahut Yarns, Leon Alexander, Old Crow Art Yarns, SewhappyJane, Siren String Arts, Tinsel Factory, Wee Chickadee Woolery, and yours truly. You can buy your kit here and then join us in the Facebook group here.

And finally, have you heard of The Yarnpreneur Society? Not sure what a Yarnpreneur is? Well, if you have a business in the fiber industry then you’re a Yarnpreneur and need to join us! We’ll help you grow your passion from a hobby business to a thriving, sustainable business you can be proud of. Join us here!

Summer is finally coming to an end (thank goodness, I hate it! lol) and Autumn will be here soon! There will be Pumpkin Spice everything, gorgeous landscapes from Mother Nature, cool crisp evenings, and we won’t have to sweat under our latest WIP. I can’t wait!

Slán leat,
Melanie

August 3, 2017

Huge Harry Potter Update!

It’s the first Friday of a new month which means a new Harry Potter club color is being released in the shop and we are dyeing up all of our Harry Potter colorways to celebrate! There will be eight Harry Potter colorways going into the shop on a variety of bases, including newly-released the April 2017 Club colorway, Beauxbatons, and a new Halloween colorway called Dementor’s Kiss. The shop update is 8/4 at 5PM CST. This is the perfect time to get a skein or two for one of the many Harry Potter KAL’s currently running. And of course, September’s Harry Potter Mystery Club spots are available as well for those of you who like a little mystery!

July 18, 2017

A rebrand and a shop update!

Go Knit Yourself is now Baad Mom Yarns! And I’m celebrating with a huge shop update.

Every business grows and evolves. We try things, realize they don’t work, and move on to something else. Sometimes the original intent and vision of the business changes. And other times businesses need to change their product lines for various reasons.

Several things happened that made me realize change was necessary. My number one goal is your happiness and if I’m not passionate about the business you will be able to tell. If I’m doing extra work behind the scenes that takes time, then I won’t be able to produce the volume of yarn that you desire. I am only one person, after all!

I was having issues with my main supplier that cost me hours every week. Hours that could be spent dyeing up more beautiful yarn for you! There was nothing wrong with the yarn and if you’ve bought from me in the past you can rest assured that you have a quality product. However they were frequently out of stock, sent skeins that had knots in them, and even sent tangled skeins! Tangled skeins meant extra time spent untangling them because the last thing I want is for you to have to deal with a tangled skein!

Additionally, my vision for the business changed. Originally I started Go Knit Yourself with the intent of selling kits and me teaching you how to knit. I would sell the yarn and pattern in a kit and have instructional YouTube videos. That’s how the name came about — Go Knit (It) Yourself! Plus, it was a nod to my personality of always pushing the envelope. For various reasons, that didn’t work out and I realized that I needed to change more than just my yarn bases.

That’s when Baad Mom Yarns was born! However, you don’t need to be a bad mom (or a mom at all!) to love my yarns. You just have to love yarn. I’m the bad mom. Have you ever seen the movie Bad Moms? Yeah — I’m totally Amy, the main character. Always trying to be the perfect mom, the perfect wife, the perfect friend — the perfect woman — when really I’d much rather be lounging around in my favorite holey T-shirt (with no bra, of course!), sipping on a fruity beverage (it’s 5 o’clock somewhere!), while cursing at my kids to be quiet because The Real Housewives of Orange County is on and the more they talk to me the more likely I am to lose my stitch count. I’ve been told I’m a good mom. I’ve been told I’m the worst mom to ever walk the planet. I’m pretty sure I’m somewhere in between. You’ll also notice a Celtic vibe here, as a nod to my Irish heritage.

I hope you love the changes! If you have any questions, feel free to email me.

Slán leat,

Melanie

July 13, 2017

Color Craze Yarn & Fiber

I am Charisse from Color Craze Yarn and Fiber. I’ve been the dyer behind Color Craze for about 11 to 12 years now, recently expanding from dyeing yarn along with fiber. I love what I do as every indie dyer does, while supporting other indie dyers as it is hard to resist. I get to pick a project and play the fun part and dye what’s in my mind instead of standing in front of a color wall and thinking what goes with what.

What’s in the shop? There are fiber braids of all colors and hand-dyed fingering-weight sock yarn of Superwash Merino/Cashmere/nylon (MCN), Superwash Merino and much more.

June 23, 2017

Pigeonroof Studios Greatest Hits

Pigeonroof Studios has been in business for over 10 years! I can’t believe it; so much has changed in our beloved industry since then. Although I have come up with many, many colorways over the years, there are ones that have been perennial favorites. There are so many, in fact, that this update will be Part One of several over the next couple of months! The update will go live June 24, Saturday, at 12 noon PST, but I’ll try to restock as necessary over the following week. Electric Rose, Ricochet, Ghost Orchid, Pansies, Marvel… remember any of those? Marvel is fairly new but the others have been around for years. I’ll have them on American Sock and polwarth/silk and superwash merino spinning fiber. And for Indie Untangled fans, use the discount code INDIEUNTANGLED for 10% off until July 8th!

June 21, 2017

Buy the Yarn, Take the Ride

As your attorney, I advise you to take a trip with My Mama Knits new set of twelve speckletastic colourways inspired by Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Available on Superwash Merino and nylon in both sock and DK weights as well as sparkle silk and Merino DK. Can’t decide which one to get? Try them all in a sock weight miniskein set.

Colourways available: Bat Country, Lizard Lounge, Desert Race, Circus Casino, Grapefruits, Surrealistic Bathtub, High-Water Mark, Flamingo Suite Adrenochrome, The Whole Pie, Don’t Judge a Taco by its Price, Tarmac Whale, and The American Dream

May 3, 2017

The Gift of Yarn Program — perfect for Mother’s Day!!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and what better gift is there than YARN?! Our loved ones know we love yarn but do they really know which yarn we love? Probably not. Well, I’ve got the perfect solution!

My Gift of Yarn Program is a fun and unique one! Your loved one buys the package of their choice and then you choose the color and fiber! You can choose from anything that I have in my current stock. If you don’t see something you like you can wait ‘til the next stocking to see if something appeals to you. There is no expiration! Your loved one can choose to buy one month, 6 months or a full year! During checkout, they’ll give me your email and a date when I can contact you. After that date, I’ll email you asking what color and fiber you want. Send your loved one here!

This week is Small Business Week and to celebrate I’ve got a coupon code for 15% off anything in my shop. Hurry, though – it ends Friday May 5 at midnight! Use coupon code SMALLBIZWEEK at checkout.

Have you found your fade yet? I’ve got a fun KAL going on over in my Facebook Group. It’s super chill and relaxed. You’re welcome to join us if you’re in the middle of it, almost finished, or haven’t even started! Click here to join us.

And finally – Friday means I have new inventory! Head on over to my shop to see what I’ve got!

April 27, 2017

So Faded Kits

If you enjoyed the Find Your Fade Shawl as much as me, you were probably really excited to hear about Andrea Mowry’s new pattern, the So Faded sweater!

I am all about this, and since I’m working on my own So Faded right now, I can say what a great pattern it is. So many options, and as a top-down, seamless knit, it’s easy to try it on as you go and make it fit exactly the way you want. The simplicity of the style is perfect for featuring hand-dyed yarns, so I’m working on some killer fade kits.

Right now, the pictured kit is available for pre-order, expected to ship on or before May 16th. I also plan to work up a whole bunch of OOAK kits. I’m using two different base options, Funny Farm, a super soft Merino/Cashmere/nylon yarn, and Twisted, a plump, 2-ply sock yarn. Expect to see these start popping up in shop the week of May 12th.