October 17, 2019

The Spanish Lace Cocoon

  • A taupe lace wrap.

It’s cooling off here in the California Gold Country with our Fall just underway!

Leaving the house in the morning and evening definitely requires a wrap. Not a coat, just a light layer to keep off the chill.

Enter the gorgeous Spanish Lace Cocoon!

This lace stitch is a true lace; yarnovers/increases/decreases occur on both sides of the work.

Fast enough to knit on size US 9 needles to be ready to wear in a couple of weeks, pretty enough for dressy occasions, bohemian enough for wearing over leggings or jeans for errands about town. It’s also a great style for around the house or office when it’s not quite chilly enough to turn on the heat.

The cotton/nylon blend is just enough to chase the chill and so easy care! You’ll live in this wrap all fall and into winter!

(We also offer this style in a wool blend. Email me for pricing/colors.)

The pattern is written in two sizes, Sm/Med (for 5’4′ and under) and Large/Xlarge (over 5’4″).

This week, enjoy some savings! Buy the kit for our Spanish Lace Cocoon at 20% off and get the PDF pattern for free (a $12 value!). Offer is good until 10/20/19.

October 17, 2019

It’s Just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus!

  • Purple bags

We’ve got our Hocus Pocus-inspired Bag of the Month collection shipped out EARLY! So you can get the awesome extras in time for Halloween! These bags are a glorious purple and black and have all your favorite quotes from the movie. This a very special limited-edition fabric only available in our shop!

Also: don’t miss out on our other spooky offerings, lots of fun Halloween-related items are in the shop. Stock up so you can enjoy the season year round!

October 17, 2019

Monty Python Advent Calendar

  • Christmas packages

Is your mother a hamster? Does your father smell of elderberries? Or do you just need a shrubbery? This year I’m excited to bring you another unique advent calendar! Introducing, Monty Python Advent Calendar!  

The Fairy Tale Yarn Co Monty Python Advent Calendar includes:

A full-sized skein of yarn in my Pegasus base (75% Superwash Merino Wool/25% Nylon, 463 yards per 100 grams). This larger skein will be a tonal colorway, the perfect background to pair with the minis or to use on its own for a special project.

24 individual mini-skeins of yarn in the same base (20g or 92 yards each), individually wrapped so that you can open one per day (or night). The minis will be a variety of speckle dyed and tie-dyed. (If you’re counting, that makes it a total of 480 grams of minis!) Each mini-skein will take you back to those times watching the Quest for the Holy Grail.

Each individual skein (full-size and mini) will be wrapped and numbered, so you can put it somewhere special as soon as it arrives and unwrap a little fun each day thereafter for 25 days.

Are you ready for a yarnie advent calendar full of geeky fun? Then order yours today! There’s a limited number that I’ll be dyeing. These also make fantastic gifts for your favorite knitter, crocheter, or weaver.

Listings will be available until Oct 31. Kits will ship in by November 23rd.

Note * the greyscale picture is from a previous advent calendar and given as an example of my previous advent calendars.

October 15, 2019

Special collection launching at Indie Untangled

  • A woman models a mustard textured sweater.

Presenting a capsule collection made exclusively for Indie Untangled — a collaboration between Murky Depth Dyeworks, Hello Mello Handspun and me, designer Paula Pereira.


1. Aglae is a circular yoke pullover with, what I like to call, a “petite boxy” shape, where the body has a certain amount of positive ease (not as much as a traditional boxy top) and fitted sleeves. I must say that “petite boxy” is one of my very favorite styles, because it looks beautiful on any body type! I really love it!

The pullover has a textured fabric, created by different combinations of fingering weight and mohair yarns with a slip stitch motif that is very easy to memorize and fun to knit! The back neck is shaped with short rows, for a nice fit.

Aglae is available in nine sizes:

Finished Size
33 ¼ (37 ¼, 41 ¼, 45, 49 ¼) (52 ¼, 56 ½, 60 ¾, 65)” / 84 (95, 104.5, 114.5, 125) (132.5, 144, 154, 165) cm bust circumference.

Ease between 2 ¼ and 3 ½ ”/ 5.5 and 8.5 cm.

To fit bust size range 30 (34, 38, 42, 46) (50, 54, 58, 62)” / 76 (86.5, 96.5, 106.5, 117) (127, 137, 147.5, 157.5) cm – XS (S,
M, L, XL) (2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL)

Sample shown measures 37 ¼” / 95 cm (size S); modeled with 3.25″ / 8 cm of positive ease.

Murky Depths Harbour Singles Fingering 100% Superwash Merino wool – approx. 400 yds / per 100 g skein
Tobacco Road (MC) 3 (3, 3, 4, 4) (4, 5, 5, 5) skeins;
Murky Depths Mirage Kidsilk Lace [72% kid mohair 28% silk – approx. 459 yds / per 50 g skein
Round Midnight
(CC1) 1 (1, 1, 1, 1) (1, 1, 1, 1) skein;
In Yards / Meters ***IMPORTANT: The yardage is estimated and may vary depending on yarn used, gauge variations or modifications.
MC (fingering single-ply yarn) = 923 (1016, 1138, 1277, 1389) (1502, 1642, 1783, 1997) yds / 844 (930, 1041, 1168, 1270) (1373, 1502, 1631, 1827) m.
CC1 (Kidsilk Mohair) = 193 (212, 237, 266, 290) (313, 343, 372, 417) yds / 177 (194, 217, 244, 266) (287, 314, 341, 382) m.

2. Yabel is a rounded / circular yoke pullover that also has a “petite boxy” shape. The stranded colorwork stitch motif at the yoke and sleeves is rich in texture because of the yarn: a single ply fingering, sock with silver sparkle and mohair!

For a contemporary look, the sleeves are shaped to create a bishop / balloon style. The back neck is shaped with short rows for a great fit.

Yabel is available in 9 sizes (details below)

Finished Size
33 ¾ (38, 41 ¾, 45 ¼, 49 ¼) (52, 57 ½, 60 ¾, 65 ½)” / 86 (96.5, 106, 115, 125) (132.5, 146, 154, 166.5) cm bust circumference.

Ease between 2 and 4”/ 5 and 10 cm.

To fit bust/size range 30 (34, 38, 42, 46) (50, 54, 58, 62)” / 76 (86.5, 96.5, 106.5, 117) (127, 137, 147.5, 157.5) cm – XS (S, M, L, XL) (2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL)

Sample shown measures 37.93″ / 96.5 cm (size S); modeled with 4″ / 10 cm of positive ease.

Murky Depths Harbour Singles Fingering 100% Superwash Merino – approx. 400 yds / per 100g skein
Tobacco Road (MC) 3 (3, 4, 4, 5) (5, 5, 6, 6) skeins;
Murky Depths Sparkle Sock – SW Merino/20% nylon/5% Stellina – approx. 400 yds / per 100g skein Porcino (CC1) 1 (1, 1, 1, 1) (1, 1, 1, 1) skein;
Murky Depths Mirage Kidsilk Lace – 72% kid mohair/28% silk – approx. 459 yds / per 50g skein
Kid Grove (CC2) 1 (1, 1, 1, 1) (1, 1, 1, 1) skein;

In Yards / Meters ***IMPORTANT: The yardage is estimated and may vary depending on yarn used, gauge variations or modifications.
MC (Fingering Single Ply yarn) = 1009 (1164, 1347, 1457, 1636) (1773, 1993, 2162, 2403) yds / 923 ( 1065, 1232, 1333, 1496) (1622, 1823, 1977, 2198) m.
CC1 (Sock with sterlina) = 111 (124, 142, 152, 166) (176, 193, 207, 224) yds / 102 (114, 130, 139, 152) (161, 177, 190, 205) m.
CC2 (Kid mohair and silk) = 41 (46, 53, 57, 62) (66, 72, 77, 84) yds / 38 (43, 49, 53, 57) (61, 66, 71, 77) m.

3. Yullana is a cropped pullover, with texturized stitch motif at the front central panel and sleeves, created with simple knit and purl stitches, and bobbles. With a flair of peasant blouses, Yullana has bishop/balloon sleeves in smaller proportions, for a contemporary look.

I like to think this pullover has the characteristics of an all-day piece, with some cute and stylish details! I hope Yullana pullover becomes one of your favorite handknits!

Yullana is available in 7 sizes (details below)

Finished Size
32¾ (37, 41¼ , 44½ , 48¾ , 53, 57¼ )” / 83 (94, 105, 113, 124, 135, 145) cm bust circumference.

Ease between 2½ and 3¼ ”/ 6 and 8.5 cm.

To fit bust Size range 30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54)” / 76 (86.5, 96.5, 106.5, 117, 127, 137) cm – XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)

Sample shown measures 37″/ 94 cm (size S); modeled with 3″ / 7.5 cm of positive ease.

Hellomello Limited Edition small batch yarn milled in NY/Hand dyed in Brooklyn, NY – 100% fine Cormo Wool –
approx. 275 yds per 100g skein
Dark Gray 4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 8) skeins.
In Yards / Meters ***IMPORTANT: The yardage is estimated and may vary depending on yarn used, gauge variations or modifications.
986 (1136, 1270, 1414, 1565, 1774, 1985) yards / 902 (1039, 1162, 1293, 1432, 1623, 1816) m.

4. Ambara is an elongated triangular shawl, knitted from the top down, back and forth. Worked over four sets of Right and Left Wing Charts, Ambara alternates different stitch motifs knitted with two colors of Merino fingering single-ply as well as kid mohair silk yarn and, sometimes, both held together. The effect resultant of those variations is a textured fabric with a little transparency between curvy motifs.

One thing I do love about shawls and wraps (and I hope you do too!) is they are reversible! After all, those pieces are made to casually be thrown in our outfits, adding that special detail to the overall look! All this coolness does not match the worry to have to be checking if we are wearing it at the correct side, right?! And even better if we can add different yarns to make the reversibility even more interesting!

Finished Size
Wingspan 84” (214 cm) and Center Depth 31” (79 cm)
Murky Depths Harbour Singles Fingering – 100% Superwash Merino – approx. 400 yds/per 100g skein
Turmeric (MC) 1 skein;
Murky Depths Harbour Singles Fingering 100% Superwash Merino – approx. 400 yds/per 100g skein
Silvery Moon (MC) 1 skein;
Murky Depths Mirage Kidsilk Lace 72% kid mohair/28% silk – approx. 459 yds/per 50g skein
Salted Carmel (mohair) 1 skein;

Yards/Meters ***IMPORTANT: The yardage is estimated and may vary depending on yarn used, gauge variations or modifications.
MC (Fingering Single Ply) = 392 yds (359 m).
MC (Fingering Single Ply) = 394 yds (361 m).
Mohair = 442 yds (405 m).

5. Diamond socks and/or slippers is a great pattern for beginners! Knitted from the toe up to the cuff, Diamond has a fun to knit geometric stitch motif, where small diamonds creates a big one, and most of the fabric is worked circular in stockinette stitch. The pattern is adjustable and you can try as you knit, as we can do with top down sweaters!

I hope you enjoy and have a fun knitting time with Diamond socks and/or slippers!

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Sample shown in size 1 with 9” / 20.5 cm length uses 320 yds / 293 m of the pattern yarn with indicated gauge.

***IMPORTANT: The yardage is estimated and may vary depending on yarn used, gauge variations or
modifications. Keep in mind this is an adjustable pattern.

Foot Circumference: 8 (9)” / 20.5 (23) cm
Foot Length: Adjustable

1 (1) skein of Murky Depths Dyeworks Deep Sock Superwash Merino wool/20% nylon – approx. 400 yds / per 100 g skein, shown in Salted Caramel.

October 10, 2019

Button Barrel Button Shop Now Online!

Red and black floral buttons.

Find antique, vintage, handmade, altered and recycled buttons at ButtonBarrel.com.

New designs uploaded daily!

In addition to a collection of vintage and antique sewing buttons, artist Duska Martovich offers a variety of handmade reproduction buttons as well as one-of-a-kind up-cycled and hand altered buttons in durable resins.

October 10, 2019

Patisserie Series

  • Pink and gold yarn with the word Patisserie.

Our Patisserie Sock Club was our most popular club so far, and I’ve had lots and lots of requests for all these colorways since the spring. And now they’re available to everyone!

Each Sock Club is exclusive to club members for three months after the club ends. That time is now over for the Patisserie colorways… woo hoo!

I’ve been working on a lovely three-color shawl by Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade called Impressionists Shawl. I’ve still got a ways to go on it, but knitting with these yummy yarns is – dare I say it – delicious! 🙂

Visit our website to view the Patisserie Series.

October 10, 2019

Preorder Harvest Color Set and Haunted Lighthouse Colorway

  • White, green and orange yarn.

This week I have two preorders available on the website. The first is a Harvest inspired three-color set which includes my Whisper, Rhinebeck Or Bust and Pumpkin Caramel colors.

Also available for preorder are individual skeins of my new Haunted Lighthouse color inspired by the Lighthouse in Saugerties NY. This color is hauntingly beautiful as it moves through various shades of teals, purple, gray, and black.

Both can be dyed on a variety of bases from fingering to worsted and will remain available for preorder until this Sunday, Oct. 13 until 8 p.m. EST on the website. These particular preorders are scheduled to ship in late November or early December.

October 7, 2019

Bigger and Better!

A kit with blue and gold yarn, a bag stamped with pink flowers and Soak wash.

We just launched our brand new seasonal membership! We now offer a quarterly subscription box made just for yarn lovers. Whether you knit or crochet, this box is perfect for you.

Each season we will send you a box filled to the brim with fantastic yarn finds including:
-Three skeins of hand-dyed yarn (weights vary per season)
-An exclusive knit and crochet pattern included in our PDF mini-mag
-A hand-stamped project bag made in house with stamps we carve ourselves
-Other fun goodies.

PLUS, included with your membership, you not only get to participate in our quarterly make-a-long, but you also get the chance to earn cash by referring your friends, 15% off everything in our shop automatically and double entries in our monthly yarn giveaway.

Each month we are giving away two skeins of hand-dyed yarn to one lucky email subscriber.

Winter boxes are on sale now for a short period of time, so hurry and get yours. These will ship in time for Christmas!

Treat yourself — you deserve it.

*the items in picture are just an example of what you will receive in your box and not the actual items.

October 5, 2019

Knit Kit featuring Hanks and Needles!

  • Purple socks.

Preorders for our second Fall Knit Kit are open! Makenzie from Hanks and Needles designed a brand new pattern and we get first access to knit it! The Rogue River sock was inspired by the flowing Rogue River where it meets the edges of the mountains as it twists and turns. Hiking along the trails or floating down stream, these socks are perfect for any adventure.

Choose from two fall-inspired colorways, Misty Morning and Oh My Gourdness. Preorders close October 12th and boxes will be shipped by November 1st.

October 3, 2019

New Size Options Available!

Hello all! I’ve been working with an amazing tech editor/grader to help me offer even more size options for my first sweater pattern that debuted last spring. It’s available now on Ravelry, with bust size options from 32″ to 60″, with 7″ of positive ease built in to the design of this cropped sweater. From now until October 12th on Ravelry, the Stella Crop Sweater pattern will be $2 off to celebrate!

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