February 20, 2020

Up To Eleven!

I have a new base I’m totally geeking out over.

Do you love the look of all the new styles made using kid mohair silk but just the thought of it makes your neck break out in hives? Or you just want to up your halo game to 11? Meet Maelstrom, an alpaca and polyamide boucle laceweight that you can swap for any pattern calling for mohair. I promise, it’s as soft as a baby bunny’s butt and the fuzz is glorious.

Use on its own, held double or held together with another yarn. Marl two colors. Have a fade set you’re just not sure about? Pick a color that works with it and it will help blend those colors for the smoothest of fades. The possibilities are endless. And at 874 yards per 100 gram skein it’s about the same price as the average skein of kid mohair silk with almost twice the yardage.

It’s currently available in 10 colors, but I’m so pumped about this base, so if there are any of my solids on other bases you’d like me to dye for you on Maelstrom, shoot me a custom request on my Etsy shop and if it can be done I’m happy to dye it.

February 18, 2020

Norwegian Dreams Cowl Kit Release

Traveling to Norway was never on my bucket list until I started knitting. Now I can’t get it out of my mind. Fjords, mountains and the midnight sun are certainly attractions, but what draws me the most is their traditional stranded colorwork. Fanciful animals, interesting geometric shapes and gorgeous flora and fauna are all represented in their colorful mittens and sweaters.

This cowl, worked in the round with a provisional cast-on and joined with kitchener in the round, is a sampler of many of these images. This kit includes the perfect amount of eight beautiful colors of WayfaringYarns Wayfarer fingering weight yarn and a free Ravelry download coupon for the pattern, AND it’s on sale through Saturday, February 29th.

If you have yarn from your stash you’d like to use, you can purchase the pattern on Ravelry. The pattern is also on sale. Use the coupon code dreamtoknit to receive 20% off the price.

FEATURED YARN FOR THE NORWEGIAN DREAMS COWL KIT

Eight colors of WayfaringYarns Wayfarer, (80% extra fine Merino/10% Cashmere/10% nylon)

Monteverde – 50g
Naples – 50g
Catoctin – 20g
Tulum – 50g
Gatlinburg – 20g
Natural – 50g
Chicago – 75g
Portobello Road – 20g

If you’re interested in full skeins of Wayfarer as well as Snow City SOCK, up in the shop in limited quantity through the end of the month.

WayfaringYarns and Snow City Yarns are Sweater Sisters’ in-house yarn lines, hand dyed by Selena in Alta, Wyoming, and daughter Megan in Salt Lake City, Utah.

February 13, 2020

I’m heading to California for Stitches West!

  • A lacy aqua shawl on a dress form.

I’m so excited to be vending for the second time at Stitches West Feb. 20-23. I’ll be in my same spot as last time Booth 1233. My boxes have already arrived and I’ll be flying out next week to catch up with them.

Stop by my booth on Saturday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. to meet Christina from the Chelsea Purls Podcast.

I’m also collaborating with Louis Boria – Brooklyn Boy Knits – on a new shawl design and he’ll also be at my booth for a meet and greet on Saturday from noon – 1 p.m.

Of course I am bringing lots of yarn and I’ll also have sweater quantity with me. I’ll be featuring several designs of sweaters, shawls, cowls and more!

Designer Katy Carroll will be hanging out in my booth the whole time along with lots of her designs and samples including her Kimber Cowl which was released in December and her DeMarco Cowl which will be released next week.

Deb Gerhard of Spruce Lane Designs is releasing a new sweater – When Twilight Falls – just in time for Stitches West. I’ll have a few of her other sweater designs with me too including Once Again and Twice Again.

Romi Hill released her beautiful Lake Mist shawl featuring my base Aerie Lace – the shawl is absolutely devine.

Sheila Stromberg released Asriel for Bigs and Asriel for Littles a short while ago – I’ll have both samples and more. I love that Sheila’s designs are size inclusive!

Sheldon, my booth mascot, will be joining me in California. Bring a finished object to show off and he’ll have a little giftie for you!

February 13, 2020

Love is in the air

  • A bag with birds and red and blue yarn.

We’re celebrating all things love with a special Valentine’s Day shop update Friday, February 14th at 11am Eastern time. So whether your valentine is a fiber artist, or you just want to show some love to yourself, we’ve got you covered.

This update will include a special Lovebird collaboration with gingeroots bags, and two special pre-order packages inspired by a couple of our favorite love stories — Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre. Each package will include three brand-new colorways inspired by specific cinematic adaptations of each novel and you can choose either a fingering or DK base yarn. To make it even sweeter, each package will contain a pin from the Clever Clove with a famous P&P or Jane Eyre quote, and sweets and tea to treat your tastebuds too.

We hope you’ll stop by and find something to LOVE.

February 13, 2020

Not Your Grandma’s Valentine’s Day Collection

  • A bag with conversation hearts fabric holding purple yarn.

It’s that time again and something is in he air… is it love? Maybe… but it could also be that garbage truck that just drove by… This year we dedicate V-Day to the lesser obvious; Our Love of Reading, Our Right to say “Nah,” and of course, our love of blunt honesty. SWOON!

All three of these themes are evident in this lovely Valentine’s Collection that your Grandmother might not have expected.

Thank you again to artist Cynthia Frenette for being generally awesome and giving us all something to celebrate honestly on this special day.

Collection is live at 9am pst Friday the 14th!

February 13, 2020

Coniston Fingering coming back to the website on Saturday!

  • Blue and white fuzzy yarn.

A few months back we launched an exciting new yarn, Coniston Fingering and we were blown away by how much everyone loved it. Not that this should have come as a surprise as the whole ECY team are besotted with it. Coniston Fingering is beautiful extra fine Merino with luxurious superkid mohair (the finest and softest fibres obtained from the first shearing) all lovingly spun into a singles yarn. We just love the combination of a single ply with a beautiful mohair halo. It is soft, fuzzy, drapey but with a little bounce too, and just a sheer delight to work with.

We just knew that as soon as possible we needed to have more on the website and so this Saturday at 3pm UK time we will have a great selection of our signature muted semi-solids alongside variegated colourways. There should be something for everyone! Head over to the home page of the website on Saturday to find all the lovely new yarn.

We do also have some colourways still available from our most recent update including Pendle Aran and Bowland DK, the DK is in sweater quantities! Plus we have kits available for the final pattern in the Four Seasons Collection, our incredible collaboration with Jayalakshmi of Apoorva Designs.

February 12, 2020

Sorrel Sweater Kit Preorders

  • Plum and pink solid and speckled skeins of yarn.

This Saturday starting at 10am EST I will have several Sorrel Sweater Kits available for preorder and they will remain available through Friday Feb. 21 until 8pm EST. These kits are able to make the faded cropped 3/4 sleeve version of this beautiful sweater designed by Wool & Pine. I will have three color schemes to choose from including a Moonlight Fade (gray to blue), Raven Feather Fade (purple to black), and Vintage Fade (taupe to burgundy). All preorder kits are scheduled to ship some time in late March or early April.

February 11, 2020

New Jewels

  • Gold stockinette stitch earrings.

Hello!

We’ve restocked after a lovely time at Vogue Knitting Live where we met so many of you in person! You made the show unforgettable.

We have new sterling silver shawl pins with stitch markers and a Fade Stitch Marker Necklace with removable markers. We’ve also restocked the Stockinette Earrings In The Round and 4K Gold Stockinette Stitch Motif Minis and Short Row earrings.

Sign for the Porterness Studio Secret Society mailing list on our website for a special announcement about Stitches West.

Thank you for looking at our jewels.

Take care,
Jen

February 7, 2020

It has pockets!

  • A blue bag with white alpaca wearing red scarves.

Have you ever wanted to take your knitting out while you run errands, but also wished your project bag looked slightly more “normal” (but not totally normal, because that’s no fun)? For a while now, I’ve wished that I had a bag that was like my box bags — tons of space, snap closure, and cute prints, but was also more stylish to take out to dinner or events. As much as I love my Large Kellie bags, they… look like a giant fabric block.

These Grace bags were my solution. They are 12″ tall, and 10″ wide when opened, making them just as spacious as the large kellie bag, but in a more classic style. PLUS! There are four pockets on the inside for extra needles, notions, wallets, lifesavers, etc.

The outside has a half pocket on one side with a clear outer layer. This pocket does close with a zipper, but it’s perfect for those things you don’t want to lose track of! I put my phone in there so I never have to dig for it anymore, plus my lip balm and pattern.

But wait — there’s more! The best part of this? It has a nylon adjustable shoulder strap, so you can customize it to fit your carrying needs. Cross body carry? Check. Shoulder carry? Check? Get rid of it because you don’t want a strap, you want to cradle it like a puppy? Check!

This first run of bags debuts with 10 different fabric options, and each option only had four produced, so these are limited prints until Summer of 2020.

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