May 24, 2017

Introducing Alpaca Luxe

Long Dog Yarn is adding a new yarn to our lineup! Meet Alpaca Luxe, a luscious blend of baby alpaca, cashmere, and silk. This fingering-weight yarn comes with a generous 436 yards per skein and is an absolute dream to work with, producing a light and airy fabric with lovely drape. It’s perfect for everything from a lightweight sweater or a gorgeous, lacy shawl. If you are looking to treat yourself to some scrumptious summer knitting, LDY has you covered. You can find Alpaca Luxe in the Long Dog Yarn shop in a number of bright, summery colorways.

Joining Alpaca Luxe in today’s update, you’ll also find the shop restocked with a bundle of bright, happy colors in many of my fingering-weight bases, including Sock, Bounce, and Single. LDY has your summer knitting needs covered, so kickstart the upcoming long weekend with a pile of summery yarns to add to your stash.

May 22, 2017

Shop Update Tuesday, May 30th!

Hello everyone! I’m new to Indie Untangled, so I just wanted to let you all know about my shop, Tuskenknits! I’m a full-time indie dyer, coming to you from the countryside near Seattle. I love dyeing unique, earthy shades that are also incredibly wearable and timeless. I have a great selection of soft, luxurious bases (lots of fingering weight!) for knitting everything from socks to that cozy cardigan you reach for everyday.

My updates are usually every other Thursday, but due to the Memorial Day weekend coming up, I am postponing the next update until Tuesday, May 30th at 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time. I hope you can make it!

May 21, 2017

Exquisite Color

Little Fox charms with exquisite color. We have an ever evolving color palette of rich, livable colorways on squishy soft yarn bases inspired by beautiful spaces inside and out. Our colors are subtle with complex undertones that give depth to each skein. It’s important to us that we create a beautiful skein of yarn so that you will one day use it to make a beautiful finished object. Visit our shop now to see all the colors we love and maybe you’ll find something to love too.

Yarn Love from the North Shore <3

Hi All! I just wanted to take a moment to introduce you to my little yarn shop! My name is Kayleen, and i’m the principal fiber artist and indie yarn dyer behind Littlebean Loves Yarn (I also host a small weekly podcast on YouTube to share my crafty exploits). I have been involved in the fiber arts for over 20 years, and bringing my creativity to dyeing yarn has been such a welcome and fun change! I love to bring inspiration to all my fellow fiberistas out there – whether you knit, crochet, weave – I hope that you find my colorways inspiring and well-suited to your project! I am so happy to have found the Indie Untangled community!

I host shop updates usually Saturdays at 1 p.m. Eastern Time, and many of my colorways are based off of “fandom” inspirations. This year has been quite heavy on the Harry Potter front, but you won’t hear me complaining about that! I just go with the flow, and dye what inspires me. What catches my eye is usually what will end up in my dyepot! I hope that you enjoy what I bring to the indie yarn community — and I’ll see you all around! Much love! and HAPPY STITCHING!

May 9, 2017

Hi from Long Dog Yarn!

Hello!

I’m brand new to Indie Untangled, so let me introduce myself. I’m Brandy, the one-women indie dyer behind Long Dog Yarn. I specialize in spectacularly speckled yarns with complimentary bright tonal colorways. Long Dog Yarn was started just about a year ago while I was finishing my PhD at the University of Toronto, but recently my husband and I, along with our “long dog,” a dachshund named Rufus, just relocated to Los Angeles after we both finished our degrees. Now I’ve set up in our big new kitchen to dye, dye, dye and continue growing the business.

If you’d love to learn more about LDY, you can find my online shop at longdogyarn.com. The shop has just recently been restocked with lots of colorful colorways in my favorite fingering-weight bases to celebrate summer knitting, including lots of my best-selling Sock sets. Socks make the perfect portable summer knitting project and my Sock sets, which include a full 100g skein of speckled Sock yarn + a 20g mini skein in your choice of complimentary color for working heels/toes/cuffs, are perfect for on-the-go knitting. They are totally addictive to dye and to knit with! You can also find me on Instagram – @longdogyarn. I love sharing colorful inspirations and shots of beautiful projects that used LDY.

There are lots of exciting things in store for LDY this year and I’d love for you to come along for the ride!

Siide-Gfroit – An exciting new silk and cotton summer yarn!

An exciting new yarn has been introduced by the Swiss indie dyer Siidegarte! –Siide-Gfroit, a delightful worsted weight silk and cotton mix!

It’s the perfect yarn for quick summer garments like a lacey tank or a beach sweater… quick to knit and oh-so-soft to wear! Siide-Gfroit, which means “enjoyable” in Swiss German — comes in 10 colours, inspired by the Pantone Spring 2017 palette: five soft colours and five strong ones, easy to mix and combine with each other.

A Siidegarte collection for this new yarn base is in the works and will be introduced soon. In the meantime, why not knit Cowl Cockaigne, a delightful double face summer cowl by Swiss designer Meret Buetzberger. Other designers are working with this yarn base already as well… it’s going to be exciting!

Get more information on the website and use the code “Hello-Siide-Gfroit” to get an introductory 20% off, valid until May 21st only!

Meet Ruth and Meg

Spring comes to Spencer Hill with two new bases, “Ruth” and “Meg.” “Ruth” is a Superwash Merino fingering-weight single that takes dye like WHOA. I think it’s destined to be a favorite. Currently available in a limited color range, I can’t wait to dye up more and see where it goes. Put-up is approximately 400 yds/100g. “Meg” is a 100% non-Superwash organic wool, in a sporty/DK-ish weight, and put up at about 166 yds/50g. I give that kind of nebulous weight description because I was able to knit it up with a wide variety of needle sizes. It’s very versatile. The smaller skeins are nice for colorwork yokes and small colorful projects.

I didn’t mention our last new product in the title…FRANKENBLANKS! Naturally-dyed sock blanks of 75/25 superwash Merino/nylon blend, with approximately 436 yds/100g, FrankenBlanks add the element of surprise to your sock, shawl, or scarf knitting as you ravel them while you knit (or wind them into a ball before you do-your choice).

Thanks to everyone who came out to see Spencer Hill in the last few months at For The Love of Fiber! in Bellefonte, PA; Steel City Fiber Festival in Allentown, PA, and RaggZ Fiber Affair and Wool Market in Delmont, PA. Next up will be a booth at GlassFest in Corning, NY (Memorial Day weekend…runners, there’s an 8K, too!), and the Central New York Fiber Festival in Bouckville, NY the weekend of June 10-11. Hope to see you there!

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!

Introducing Vintage No. 2

Sophistication assumes the slightest touch of rustic.

Vintage No. 2 contains deluxe long-staple fibers from a few hand-selected fleeces with an added touch of cultured silk. The resulting blend balances a shimmering-soft hand with surprising strength. The yarn is loosely spun with a subtle thick-and-thin texture, yet it knits up into a durable fabric with crisp stitch definition and lovely drape. It is perfect for both cables and lace work.

This blend comprises 40% Cormo x Merino lamb’s wool, 35% superfine Shetland, 15% prime alpaca, and 10% cultivated silk. The Cormo x Merino superfine lamb’s wool comes from Marshall, a lamb hand-raised in the Hudson Valley. As with all Vintage fleeces, it was hand-selected as the best of its kind and for the unique qualities it contributes to the final blend of fibers. Marshall’s wool is sleek but sturdy, with long fibers that are extremely soft but resistant to pilling. The Shetland fleeces are even softer, providing phenomenally light and warm fiber that assures both body and drape. The prime alpaca fleece comes from Angel, and won Best in Show at the 2016 Garden State Sheep Breeders Fleece Show.

Small quantities of Vintage No. 2 have been hand-dyed in soft, complementary colors. It is pre-washed, but swatching and blocking are always recommended.

From left to right:
CIRRUS (variegated) – charcoal and blue grey
BRACKEN (variegated) moss green with tints of rust
PERSIMMON* (semi-solid) – cool orange
POOL (semi-solid) – clear pale blue
APPLE WOOD* (solid) – muted chartreuse
*PERSIMMON and APPLE WOOD derive their base colors from botanical natural dyes (brazilwood and apple bark, respectively), and the final colors are achieved with tints of primary acid dyes. As with all natural dyes, minimal amounts of dye run-off may occur when washed.

Gauge: 20 – 23 sts = 4″ (10 cm)
Weight / Yardage: 2 oz /140 yds (56 g / 128 m)