September 20, 2017

It’s Just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus

It’s our favorite time of year! This year we are very excited to have created a tribute to a beloved holiday favorite! We have paired up with indie dyer Lazer Sheep for a special Sanderson Sheep Colorway you wont want to miss! Set your alarm for 9 a.m. Pacific Time Friday, September 22!

They will ship just in time for Halloween! <3

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!

September 19, 2017

Halloween-Inspired Self-Striping Colorway

Halloween is 6 weeks away, which means you have just enough time to knit or crochet yourself a special pair of Halloween socks. This special Halloween-inspired colorway has four stripes: pumpkin orange (thin), black (thin), pumpkin orange (thick), black (thick). This colorway will be available through Halloween.

The name of this colorway is Tarn Wathelene. Where did this name come from? Well, a medieval story called The Awntyrs (Adventures) off Arthur contains a scene in which Gawain and Guenevere encounter a ghost! The Tarn Wathelene is the name of the lake where the ghost appears. I share more about the story on the inside of the yarn label.

Note: I’m dyeing batches of this colorway as they are ordered. Sometimes the yarn will be ready to ship and sometimes the yarn will be a preorder with shipment within a week. The listing will be updated and clearly marked whether the yarn is ready to ship or a preorder.

I hope you have fun with this Halloween-inspired self-striping colorway!

September 17, 2017

Voyage Through Time- Outlander inspired Color

The Voyage Through Time Outlander-inspired color sold out very quickly when I had initially posted it.

This time I am offering up the color as a preorder on the website until 8 p.m. Saturday Sept. 23, 2017. The color will be available to order on my Snug or Super Sparkle bases and is scheduled to ship in late October/early November.

September 11, 2017

Fresh new colors in our Indie Dyer Series, PLUS a new sock yarn base!

Gorgeous new colors from ModeKnit Yarns and MJ Yarns have arrived in our online store! Sock yarn lovers can choose from five new speckled colorways and three new handpainted variegated colors, and we have more on the way! We recommend following us on Facebook or Instagram, or signing up for our newsletter so that you’re the first to know when new colors are added to our online store.

We also have an exciting new yarn base for this fall: Himalayan Summit is a 50/50 blend of yak and merino in a fingering weight yarn. We debuted it in our booth at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool festival this past weekend, and it was a hit! We’re quite certain you will love working with this yarn: it’s soft, luxurious yarn and has an excellent hand…but you don’t have to take our word for it, give it a try and see for yourself!

September 11, 2017

It’s Fall Y’all!

Introduced mini sets and self Striping sock yarn in fun fall colorways!

I have been busy this summer dyeing up all the things! New luxury bases — Merino/silk 50/50, Merino/silk/Yak, BFL… too many! — new colorways, and some other fun things coming up soon! One of my new favorites is “Sugar Skull” on Silky Yak DK. It’s a blend of Merino, silk, and yep you guessed it correctly — yak! So squishy and soft!

We are on the final round of the Luxury Sock Yarn club for the year — can you believe 2017 is winding down to an end!? No more Sock club until next spring!

While there are still items for sale in the Etsy shop (click the Visit This Shop button above), you can hop over to www.bigfootfibers.com and check out the almost-finished website while I’m transitioning from Etsy.

Also, when you sign up for the BigFootFibers monthly newsletter, you’ll get a free PDF to help you get gauge like a Boss.

September 4, 2017

Hand-dyed Yarn to Match Original Art

After a long absence from the Indie Untangled Marketplace, I am happy to be returning with some amazing news! The Knitting Artist is back and as active as ever, now featuring gorgeous hand-dyed yarn in colorways that match the original paintings that I have created. Each skein is hand-painted with washfast and lightfast dyed in a manner that best represents the original work of art that inspires it. And while each skein was dyed at the same time, in a sense they are all One of a Kind. This lot will never match the next so get these while you can!

The yarn used, 100% wool, is light and airy, with a soft plied twist. While listed as fingering, it is closer to a light fingering weight. But don’t let that fool you! This yarn has a wonderful drape and blocks out amazingly into wonderful shawls and accessories.

Currently I am offering three different colorways in my 100g skeins of hand-painted. I also have three different tonals in 50g skeins to match each of the hand-painted. Limited quantities in each, but working on establishing a more set inventory as time goes on. Use code COLORSET to save $5 when you buy a hand-paint and a tonal together. Included with each purchase of a hand-painted is a greeting card with a printed image of the inspired painting on the front.

September 2, 2017

Speckle and Pop Westknits Kits from Asylum Fibers

Asylum Fibers has created three colorful kits for Speckle and Pop, Stephen West’s Mystery Knit Along, due for cast-on September 29th. This mystery shawl calls for a speckled fade of three colors along with five mini “pop” skeins. If you’ve never done a Westknits MKAL, why not start this year? It’s so fun to participate with other knitters around the world and see how all the color combos work up into his inventive designs through the magical powers of social media and Ravelry. Kits are available starting Sunday, September 3rd at 10am EDT.

September 1, 2017

Fall into Halloween

Fall is absolutely my favorite time of year in the Hudson Valley and I am happy to announce that the Fall into Halloween Collection launched today on the website. This collection includes some old seasonal colors as well as a bunch of new colors. And there is a large variety of colors that range from speckled to fall-inspired tonal colors. All of the colors are in stock, ready to ship, and are also available on a variety of yarn bases. A few colors are even OOAK, which means they are one of a kind and usually dyed in small quantities.