April 9, 2020

Introducing Lowther Lace!

  • Pale purple fluffy yarn.

Long before the lockdown, we started planning for two brand new yarns to add to the ECY stable (actually there are more, but these are the first two!). Rosedale 4ply, a new gold sparkle 4-ply yarn is coming later in April. But first we have Lowther Lace which is coming to the website on Sunday 12th April at 5 p.m. UK time. To see the colourways that will be going live on the website on Sunday you can find an album of these over on flickr.  

Lowther Lace is a sumptuous blend of baby suri alpaca and mulberry silk. The alpaca fibre gives this yarn a wonderful cloud-like fuzzy halo and offers a great alternative to mohair. This yarn is ideal for using on its own in both knitting and crochet and can also be held double with other yarns to add a wonderful soft, fuzzy halo. It does not have great stitch definition due to the fuzziness of the fluff so complex lace patterns might get lost in it.

I have recorded a YouTube video about this yarn – I did lots of swatching and stuff so that’s all included. It’s just gone online, so you can view it on the Eden Cottage Yarns YouTube channel. This will be followed up with a blog post with some pattern inspiration and lots of other information about the yarn.

Also over on YouTube you can still find the video recorded going through all the designs in Cat Knits by Marna Gilligan, discussing the techniques, yarns used and possible alternatives. If you missed that, or prefer to read through information in a leisurely fashion, we have also published a blog post with all the same information plus a few extra bits which you can find on the home page on the website. Yarn packs are still available for all designs in the book along with project bags, pin badges and copies of the book, all of which you can find from the home page of the website.

PLEASE NOTE: This Friday and Monday are bank holidays and as such we will be closed. I know it won’t make a difference to a lot of people at the moment but in all honesty I am knackered and ready for a four day break! I’m setting up auto-posts for social media in case I am not online over the weekend, but I’m sure I’ll dip in to the ECY Garden FB group now and then. If you have any questions that’s probably the best place to post them, as the community is very lovely and helpful. I will be back on Tuesday, full of the joys of spring. 🥰

April 9, 2020

PRIMA shawl bundles Re-Stocked and a Knit Along

  • Pale pink speckled yarn.

Did you see the beautiful PRIMA shawl by Shellie Anderson last weekend? Shawl bundles sold out so quickly that I had to hurry and order more mohair so I could offer more. My website is now re-stocked and all bundles ordered by Saturday, April 11th will ship by Wednesday the 15th. The pattern must be purchased separately and is now available on Ravelry.

Don’t like mohair? There is now a Suri Alpaca option available! And pssst…you can use these bundles to knit any mohair project you’ve had your eye on! Love Note anyone?

Shellie and I are excited to offer a KAL starting April 20th that runs along side the Indie Untangled KAL happening now. If you purchase yarn for the PRIMA shawl from my shop you’ll qualify to enter both events!

PRIMA knit along details can be found on my website.

Practically Purple in Every Way – Mystery Boxes!

  • A paper bag with a purple and white geometric pattern.

They say that April showers bring May flowers, so I decided to theme this month’s mystery box around my favorite umbrella-carrying heroine. Whether you’re a fan of Poppins or simply the color purple, you’re sure to find something special. 
 
You’ll notice that April’s mailing is not a preorder. With everything changing so fast right now, I’ve decided to mail them out in batches twice a week. If you know of anyone who needs cheering up, I’m happy to help with these hand-wrapped surprises!  

Of course, I can’t share a peek inside just yet, but I can tell you all of the options so you can find one you adore. Choose from notions only, shawl pin and notions, or shawl cuff and notions to perfectly suit your passion. Each styling solution is completely exclusive to this mystery box.  

April 3, 2020

Eco-Luscious SkinCare for Fiber Artisans

  • Tins of body butter with orange and aqua accents.

As we’re washing hands methodically and with higher frequency, our skin is taking a beating. Self-care is a hot topic right now, and one way you can combat dry flaky skin is with a plant-based eco-luscious moisturizer. From head to toes, LoLo Body Care has you covered.

The LoLo Body Bar is a quick-absorbing, effective moisturizer that lasts through multiple hand washings and smells delightful. Use it from head to toe! The packaging is reusable and recyclable. What more could you want from an eco-friendly brand? With over 30 scents, it will be hard to choose just one! When your tin is empty, don’t fret! We now offer refills. Your refill bar will arrive sandwiched between two pieces of vellum and lovingly placed in a 100% biodegradable glassine bag and packaged in a box with post-consumer reusable fill.

As artisans, your cuticles take an extra beating. Our Cuticle Intensive is the finishing touch to help your hard-working, hard-playing fingers go from lovely to marvelous, in a snap! Best of all, you don’t have to rub the product in, just swipe your cuticles with this little “magic wand.” Simple application, no rubbing necessary, no messy oil, no problem! Fingers rejoice!

You know artisan, handcrafted soap the minute you pick it up. The density, texture and scent are different, and the way it reacts to water on your skin becomes the defining moment. Once you come clean, soap on the supermarket shelf won’t be an option. Packaged in a biodegradable glassine bag, our small batch soap is stamped with an inspirational saying that will brighten your day.

Stay home, wash your hands and support small businesses if you can — that’s the most caring thing a person can do right now.

We will get through this together!
Kismet, Founder of LoLo Body Care

April Bag of the Month: Snarky to Sweary!

  • An aqua drawstring bag with cartoon sloths.

Happy April! As we all get used to this new way of life, we thought sometimes a little snark can help us get through the tough times! And who better to help the medicine go down with a spoon full of sugar than Cynthia Frenette?!

This month we are spotlighting 18 — that’s right, 18 — of Cynthia Frenette’s best fabrics! From Snarky to Sweary there is something to make everyone smile!

You can pick from any items we sew, mix and match, and make your own awesome sets for the year!

Orders go LIVE Friday April 3rd at 9 a.m. PDT. Shop early, because the window for orders closes Monday at midnight! That gives us just enough time to order, sew and ship by the week of May 11th (or earlier).

Preorders give you the chance to get any item in our shop made custom without additional fees! After we ship, there will be extras, but they are not always available in every item. Shopping the preorder allows you to get exactly what you want without having to stalk the shop later or miss out!

April 2, 2020

Spring, Silk and Quarentine

  • A woman holds a gray and purple lacy shawl.

Between the self-isolation and the snow here in Wyoming, I’ll be doing a lot of knitting this month. Because I’m dreaming of spring, I’ll be knitting with silk blends. I love knitting with and wearing garments made with silk year round.

I just released a new pattern on Ravelry called Saratoga Springs. To celebrate my 50th Ravelry pattern release, Saratoga Springs is 50% off through April 12th. Use the coupon happysprings at checkout to receive this discount. Thank you all for your support!

This shape of the lace patterns in this classical crescent shawl embodies the images of hot springs and rivers. This pattern uses two beautiful colors of WayfaringYarns Shangri-La. Choose your own, or order the kit from the Sweater Sisters shop.

This month I will be offering WayfaringYarns Shangri-La yarn by the skein. Shangri-La is our finest yarn made of 75% Ultrafine Superwash Merino (the softest merino in the world) and 25% Mulberry Silk. This fingering weight Merino silk blend feels like heaven running through your fingers and is perfect for shawls and any other garment that calls for drape.

I have 18 different colors of Shangri-La listed in the shop while supplies last.

All of the silk yarns we offer at Sweater Sisters are specifically Mulberry Silk. You will sometimes hear Mulberry Silk called Bombyx Silk. Bombyx mori is the type of moth that is fed mulberry leaves and the resulting cocoons are spun into raw silk fibers.

Mulberry Silk is pure white, odorless and hypoallergenic because it contains a natural protein called sericin, a byproduct of the mulberry leaves that reduces the possibility of an allergic reaction.

Interesting, huh?!?

In shipping my yarn to you, know that my product has never been exposed to the virus. I ordered the yarn before Christmas in preparation for Interweave Yarn Fest, which has now been moved to August. I wash my hands thoroughly before handling and wrapping each order.

Once it is out of my hands and in the postal system, keep in mind that the package itself is being handled by lots of hands. I recommend taking the package out of your mailbox with tongs and putting it in a bin for a few days before opening, just to be safe.

Shangri-La is a part of the WayfaringYarns line, Sweater Sisters in-house yarn hand-dyed by Selena in Alta, Wyoming.

April 2, 2020

KnitSpinQuilt Carries On

Hello to everyone. I hope you and your loved ones are holding up in these trying circumstances. I won’t tell you to be chipper or keep your chin up: I will tell you that I wish you all the best.

Things have been exciting here: I am holed up out of NYC with a dear friend. Since the shop is my only form of income, and most of it is in Brooklyn, I have been scrambling to get ducks in a row. I am safe: I am sheltering in place at home. I have arranged mail runs as part of my grocery run once a week, and I sew in my bedroom, so I am able to keep going for the time being.

I will be focusing on drawstring bags and DPN cases at first. If you have a particular request, PLEASE tell me. My contact form, Instagram DMs, Twitter DMs and email are all open to you, dear customers. If I have access to the fabric in question, I will be happy to sew up a custom bag at no additional cost. (I do hope you’ll understand that my access to fabric is limited at the moment.)

Because I believe strongly in putting my money where my mouth is, KnitSpinQuilt will continue to donate 15% of item prices to charity. In 2020, I have chosen the Ali Forney Center, a charity that works to alleviate homelessness in LGBTQ youth in New  York City. The Ali Forney Center cannot close under current circumstances, because it provides housing to at-risk youth, and is in need of support now more than ever.

Please keep safe, keep indoors, and keep on keeping on. This is going to be hard, but the only way forward is through.

Much care, Alisa

Creativity in the Time of Corona

  • Skeins of teal Merino and boucle yarn.

Like all your favorite indie dyers, I’ve watched all my spring events get cancelled while I’m surrounded by thousands of skeins of dyed yarn. I’m using this break from the usual demands as a rare chance to just let my imagination go wild, so I’ve issued a personal “New Item of The Day” challenge. Some days this means adding a new base to a beloved colorway, but more often I’m experimenting with brand new things. I’m a little scared of how many more than my current 200 offerings I’ll have on my shop when this is all over! Here are a few of my favorites from the few last weeks.

True to my deep and murky character, I’ve added Guac in both Harbour Singles and Mirage kidsilk lace, along with one of my favorite colors-Destroyed to the Maelstrom Boucle line up. But I can’t ignore the spring awakening that’s going on outside my house in the beautiful Lower Hudson Valley that have inspired new colors like The Winks, Cirrus and Thistle Pass (hope you’ll forgive the bad pun).

Since this is my family’s primary source of income, I’m running a 15% off sale store-wide, using code CXL15 at checkout. We small producers thank you all so much for helping us through this time, to the best of your abilities. I can’t wait to see you all at the other side!

April 2, 2020

PRIMA shawl pattern release update

  • A lacy shawl in pale pink.

Light as spun sugar, this shawl was inspired by my popular Sassy Ballerina colorway. Designer Shellie Anderson and I met while I was vending at Stitches Salt Lake and we instantly connected. Her fresh, classic style drew me in immediately, and we knew we could make magic together. Just last month we re-connected at the Rose City Yarn Crawl where she fell for Sassy Ballerina and its parter Ballerina (mohair). She headed home and immediately cast on this dreamy shawl in a fit of COVID-19 stress knitting. When Shellie shared the photos of PRIMA with me I couldn’t hardly wait to show the world.

The PRIMA shawl pattern will be available Friday morning on Ravelry and I’ll have yarn bundles in the original Ballerina colorway as well as several other confections perfect for spring.

PS: Enter code FREESHIP50 for free shipping on orders over $50. Applies to all ready to ship collections. Take a peek at my scrumptious selection of Silky Cashmere while you’re shopping!

Shawl photos are courtesy of www.sheldesigns.net

April 1, 2020

New Sock Lines & Shop Update

  • A woman models pink to blue faded socks.

I’d like to introduce a few new sock lines, a new base to the SBY lineup for Spring 2020 and hugely discounted Sailing Sweater Kits! All are available in our next shop update April 5th at noon EDT with new additions to colourways — all prices in Canadian dollars which make shopping in USD a real bargain!

Introducing Deconstructed Fade Sock Sets – the idea for these came to me when I kept looking at prized skeins of yarn that were too pretty to knit with. What if I could take my SBY favourite colourways and have them knit into socks as they appear in the skeins — and to further the idea, take my favourite colourways and fade them into each other in perfectly matched socks? And there you have it – each set is 2x50gm (230yds/ each skein) skeins of 75% Superwash Merino/25% nylon of perfectly matched fades — all you have to do is pick your favourite pattern and knit knit knit.

Second in the new sock line is Sojourn Self-Striping Socks – from 12-24 stripes these socks are fun with long colour runs and unexpected striping patterns. All sets come with a coordinating-but-not-perfectly-matched mini for cuffs, heels and toes to add further dimension to your socks! Sets come with 75% Superwash Merino/25% nylon with 80gm/350yds of stripes and 20gm/90 yds of the mini.

Third in the sock lineup is Sole Mate Self-Striping Socks – these are my favourite pairings of variegated and semi-solids, striping together – all you have to do is knit, no more switching yarns every few rows, darning in ends, or getting your balls all tangled. Soul Mate colourways for our Sole Mate Socks! 75% Superwash Merino/25% nylon, 465yds.

A new base and a quick favourite is the Mariner Mohair Merino Single – so soft, gorgeous halo, and all in one perfect fingering weight single. This yarn has drape, but stability for your favourite sock weight sweaters, the softness and halo of mohair and a sheen as if there was silk in it. 56% Superwash Merino/44% Kid mohair, 100gm/437 yards per skein in a sock/fingering weight. Available now on our website!

I’ve had two shows cancelled this season and wholesale orders delayed and cancelled. As a result, I’ve also loaded my show special to the website for order, now with dyed-to-order options to be included in the update this April 5th at noon EDT – the kits, with gorgeously soft 100% SW Merino, are severely discounted (starting at $62 off the regular price!) and include the Sailing Sweater pattern along with the yarn to make it!

A purple sweater with two skeins of yarn.So many indie dyers. One email.
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