July 21, 2017

This Kit is Beary Special

For our newest project kit, we’ve chosen our super-soft yak and Merino blend yarn to create a snuggly friend using a quick & easy knit pattern by Frankie Brown that’s great for knitters of all skill levels!

Each kit includes a pattern, 1 skein of Himalayan Trail yarn in Natural Brown, poly-fil stuffing, and a small amount of black yarn to embroider the features. BONUS: We’ll send you a coupon for 20% off your next order when you share your finished BBR Teddy bear on Instagram with #bijoubasinranchbear in your post!

At the request of the designer, Bijou Basin Ranch will be making a donation to her favorite charity, the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation, for the use of her pattern.

Click here to get yours.

If you’re new to knitting toys, be sure to check out our toy-making tips on our blog.

July 18, 2017

Fade Kits Now Available!

Hello all! Due to popular demand, I have created fade kits! If you’re anything like me, the idea of wearing too many bright colors in a shawl or a sweater can be bit overwhelming at times, so I tried my best to make a fade that is earthy, feminine and wearable, but still has that unique indie-dyed touch.

You can either choose the entire 5-skein fade set or one of the 3-skein sets. I offer them in my Fir merino singles, and my Fife base.

These will be available as pre-orders until the end of July.

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

Gigi Bonin Hand Dyed Yarn. Sweet. Soft. Sassy. Savvy.

As the owner and dyer of Gigi Bonin Hand Dyed Yarns, I love vibrant colors and soft, squishy yarn. My color forays take me from the sublime to the ridiculous and back again…and (to paraphrase Edith P.) I regret nothing! I am currently experiencing a sock/fingering weight crush. Summer popsicles have influenced my recent color choices, although I revere more subdued palettes as well.

My adventures in dyeing currently find me preparing for the Indie Untangled Trunk Show in October. Soooo excited!

Happy knitting and bonne chance.

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.

July 7, 2017

Master Color Series 3: Summer’s Here!

Sunny days and warm weather doesn’t have to mean a vacation from knitting or crocheting. We’ve created a new palette of refreshing colors inspired by the colors of summer: think cool, fruity treats like sherbet, Italian ice, sorbet, or ice cream! These scrumptious colors are our latest installment in the BBR Master Color Series, dyed exclusively for us by MJ Yarns.

When we were developing our summer palette, it seemed only natural to use our yak/bamboo blend Lhasa Wilderness as the base. What makes this yarn such a great choice for warm weather? The addition of bamboo not only adds strength to the yarn, but breathability, too, thanks to microscopic holes in the cell structure of bamboo fibers which provide rapid absorption and evaporation of moisture. Bamboo is also naturally antibacterial, a property that is sustained even after washing (in The Knitter’s Book Of Yarn by Clara Parkes, bamboo fiber is said to retain its antibacterial properties through 50 washes of a garment).

We have two new project kits in these colors: first, the Summer’s Here Striped Tank, a figure-flattering sleeveless top that’s knit seamlessly in the round from the bottom up. Our sample is shown in Raspberry, Pineapple and Lime. Our second kit is the BBR Chevron Tank, which is knit in the round from the bottom up (shown here in Pineapple, Orange and Strawberry). Of course, you can mix and match colors from our Master Color Series 3 palette as you please, because they all coordinate with one another!

Click here for more info.

July 3, 2017

Science is Real (Fingering Weight Mini Skein Set) from Three Fates Yarns

Science is Real is one of many new curated color sets from Three Fates Yarns. Six color sets contain 100 yards of each color and four color sets contain 40 yards of each color. I recently used them for a Toolbox Cowl and a Cuba Hat. They are particularly effective when paired with a contrasting color, making them great for shawls like Saturate, Find Your Fade or Solaris.

Three Fates Yarns is a one-person operated dye business based out of my home in Oregon. I travel to four shows a year in the Pacific Northwest and can otherwise be found on Etsy or through Instagram.

July 2, 2017

Highlands Knit Kit

I am pleased to share with you the Highlands Knit Kit, which includes everything you need to make the I Left my Heart in the Highlands Wrap. This is a large warm wrap that is perfect for both winter and spring and can be worn in a variety of ways. Each kit will include the following: 5 skeins of my Aran Tweed yarn — each skein is (85% SW Merino/ 15% NEP; 183 yds/100 g) giving you an approximate total of 915 yds — one shawl pin and a copy of the pattern.

There are two different kits available for preorder:
1. The Highlands: which moves in a gradient from gray to dark green
2. Heather on the Hills: which is various shades of green and pinks.

The pattern is for intermediate to experienced knitters. Must be familiar with the following stitches: cables, YO, increase stitches on both right and wrong sides, decrease stitches on both right and wrong sides and slipping stitches.

I only plan to make a certain amount of each kit and they are currently available for preorder on the Pandia’s Jewels website until July 16, 2017 at 8 p.m. EDT. All kits are scheduled to ship late August/early September 2017.

Spirit Trail shop update!

The Spirit Trail Fiberworks shop has been updated with loads of new yarns and colors. This update is primarily DK and worsted, but there are more fingering weight kits, too, as well as kits with super fun vegan pompoms! There are loads of speckled yarns, and tonal solids. I’m happy to help put together color kits for customers, too; just email me to let me know what you’re looking for.

Brand new yarns and kits are shown on the Shop Update page, but there is stock in other bases, too. Just click on the individual yarn pages to see more. I have lots of Brigantia (DK weight Polwarth/silk) and Zalti (100% U.S. grown and processed Targhee), as well a Birte and Verdande (both Superwash Merino, Cashmere, silk). It seems silly to be thinking about sweaters when it’s summer, but I know autumn is just around the corner and I’m already starting to mull over my Rhinebeck sweater. These things take time, right?!

Two new additions to my shop this update are sock/knit blanks, and a market featuring some of my favorite tools and accessories. I had a ton of fun dyeing these blanks, and there are some really fun, wild colors. And, if you’re not a huge lover of knit blanks but love one of these colors, just leave me a comment on your order form and I’ll happily unwind it, soak and wind it into a center pull ball for you.

The market section includes an adorable set of signature stitch markers from Katrinkles Knitting Jewelry, plus notions bags, mugs, project bags, and more.

Check it all out now in the shop!

June 29, 2017

The SpaceMonster Mega Yarn Club is Open for Subscriptions!

The SpaceMonster Mega Yarn Club has been closed for six months but is now open to new subscribers for a very limited time!

This awesome club is all about the big smooshy yarns — there is nothing in the whole world like a skein of lovely, smooshy, thick yarn to make you want to pick it up, squish it… dive right into it! Big, bulky yarns call out to you, beg you to pick them up and press them against your cheek. And when you cast on, they always work up so fast! Big yarns are gorgeous. And the SpaceMonster Mega Yarn Club is alllll about the big smooshy yarns!

As a member of the SpaceMonsters Mega Club, you receive:

• A fantastic parcel delivered to their door every other month, containing a beautiful skein of SpaceCadet® yarn in worsted or bulky weight, hand-dyed in an exclusive colourway created to bring out the best in thicker yarns.
• The SpaceCadet’s Log exploring the inspiration for each colourway.
• A fantastic SpaceMonsters gift tucked into every third parcel. We’re known for the great gifts we include in our club parcels — and for this club, we’re seriously upping the fab. You’re going love it!

But bigger yarns mean bigger projects, right?
Don’t you worry — in this club, you can buy extra skeins! For a whole month after you receive your parcel, you’ll have an exclusive opportunity to order more skeins custom-dyed in the latest club colourway. You’ll receive an email with all the details about a week after your parcel goes out — and then all you have to do is pick your project!

And the price is pretty exciting too!

• A 6-month subscription (3 parcels) is only $99
• A 12-month subscription (6 parcels) is just $194
• Plus, you can choose a double subscription for two skeins in each parcel, or a triple for three, giving you the option to cast on your project as soon as you open the box!

The SpaceMonster Club is a ton of fun — the perfect treat for a friend or for yourself! But subscriptions are open for only a short time and spaces are limited… so grab your spot now!