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 3, 2017

Halloween is here at My Mama Knits!

Halloween is nearly here and I couldn’t be more excited! All through October I’ll be sending out 20g mini Sock Yarn Spiders as a free treat with any order over £40 (not including shipping). Qualifying orders can be comprised of anything form the shop, yarn, patterns, notions, etc.

Plenty of spooky colourways and haunting notions to treat yourself with. Pick up a Zombie Breath or Frankie on Fire single stranded sock blank for some speckled delight. Or fancy something UV responsive? Try a set of my UV Heels and Toes mini skein packs or a Sock Yarn Spider for glowing black light fun. Decorate your projects with some fun Day of the Dead Skull or Zombie stitch markers.

Happy Halloween

September 19, 2017

USVI Hurricane Relief Sale

Hello, naturally-dyed yarn enthusiasts. I grew up on the island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, which got/is getting hit by two category 5 hurricanes in the space of two weeks. Smaller hurricanes are relatively common, but direct hits by category 5s are rare. The result of Irma was devastating, and as I write this, everyone is hunkered down and waiting for Maria to blow by. While the island of St. John is farther away from the eye this time, there is much debris strewn about and so little sturdy shelter, that there could be just as much damage. The eye is due to clip the island of St. Croix, which has been a source of supplies and relief for St. John and St. Thomas. So all 3 islands may very well be in dire need after today.

A brief summary is that after Irma, the majority of houses were no longer habitable. Emergency food, water, and medical supplies were being dropped by helicopter. Some provided by FEMA and the military, but most provided by private citizens who took a 30+ mile boat trip from St. Croix or Puerto Rico, as well as a couple of celebrities who are fundraising and championing the islands, like Tim Duncan and Kenny Chesney. The USVI has a relatively small population, they do not have voting representation in Congress, and anyone living there is not allowed to vote for President. They really have to fight for both media attention and federal aid, and usually get the scraps. I know my efforts are just a drop in the bucket, but hey, that’s how buckets get filled.

I rounded up the last of my remaining naturally dyed Alpenglow Yarn inventory, and have listed it at $25/skein on the SkeinMinder website (sorry if that’s confusing — it was already set up for ecommerce and quicker to get up and running). $15 from each skein will go toward local community foundations that not only provide immediate aid and relief, but also continue to employ people, and help the residents rebuild. If the skein you wanted is already gone, try the Yarny Surprise! I have many perfectly awesome one-off skeins from test batches and test yarn that are just too time-consuming to photograph and post. There’s some good stuff in there, and you’ll definitely get $25 worth. There’s also information for direct donations on my website, and if do you do that instead, please drop me a screenshot of your receipt and your mailing address and I’ll send you a little thank-you.

Lastly, if the only thing you can do is share a news article about the USVI, that’s actually quite helpful and would be much appreciated. Most of my Facebook shares about the hurricanes are now public, please feel free to look them up on my wall and share them out.

Thanks so much, and please keep the Caribbean in your thoughts!

August 29, 2017

Stitch Up Mitts Knit-A-Long

Need a quick weekend project or started looking to start your knitted Christmas gifts? Why not join in the #stitchupmittsKAL in Instagram?

The Stitch Up Mitts pattern can be found as a free download on Ravelry here. They come in child and adult sizes and are knitted in the round with any DK weight Yarn. Finish a pair before September 20, 2017 and post a photo of the finished gloves on instagram tagged with #stitchupmittsKAL and #mymamaknits for a chance to win a prize pack which will include at least 200g of my hand dyed yarns. Two additional entries can be gained by 1. using my yarn in your project and 2. posting the project on Ravelry, linked to the Ravelry pattern page.

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.