October 17, 2018

Shop updates for Fall

New in the Western Sky Knits shop, I have some mohair/silk 1-ply lace weight skeins.

My skeins have 458 yards/419 meters to 50 grams. You probably know mohair yarn for the beautiful halo it creates on fabric. If you’ve picked up a fuzzy store-bought sweater that feels light as a cloud, chances are you’ve picked up a mohair or mohair blend garment.

Mohair comes from the Angora goat, and keeps you warm in cold temperatures, and wicks away moisture to keep you cool in the summer. The silk in this blend gives the yarn a bit of a sheen, and adds strength. All of these properties make it a great carry along yarn for many projects.

If you want to make something truly indulgent, try carrying along a strand of mohair with your yarn the next time you make socks or a hat! The mohair strand is thin and light, and won’t change your knitting guage, and will feel indulgent and warm next to the skin. The silk acts like nylon, creating a stronger, harder-wearing fabric.

Just added today, is a new single-ply DK-weight yarn. It is 100% Superwash Merino, and the dyes have a lovely bright quality on this base. Shown here in Mother Lode and Iris.

It’s been awhile since I’ve been active on the Indie Untangled blog and I’d like to reintroduce myself. Western Sky Knits is my small indie-owned yarn and fiber dyeing business. I live and work on a cattle ranch in Montana with 1,500 head of cattle, my husband and our three boys. I also knit, spin, and serve on the local education board. The winters are cold and harsh here. I’m just a California girl trying to stay warm in Montana!


October 17, 2018

NYSW Preview and Changes at Spirit Trail Fiberworks

I’m headed to the New York Sheep and Wool Festival this weekend, where I’ve been a vendor for the past 14 years. You’ll find us in our regular spot in Building A, Booths 3-4 (just inside the main entrance, on the right side and down a bit).

I have a lots of new colors coming with me to the Festival; I’ve included just a few here. I’m bringing a ton of yarn, in lots of bases — everything from laceweight to super bulky: Nona, Philomena, Aurora, Sunna, Selene, Birte, Andromeda, Luna, Verdande, and Zaftig. I’m also bringing, for the first time, mini-skeins of Philomena which will be available for purchase in a few gradient kits and lots of single skeins so you can pick your own.

Fun extras coming to my booth are logo enamel camp mugs, temporary knitting-themed tattoos, gleener de-piller tools, and a special set of stitch markers made for me by Katy at Katrinkles.

I have been in the midst of some huge personal changes this year: both my kids headed off to college, and my husband and I are splitting up after 22 years. I’m in some major transitioning, and may actually be moving pretty far away from where I now live. I’ve written about all this in much more detail on my blog, so if you’re interested in reading more about it please check out my blog. Suffice to say, it’s been a crazy, stressful year!

With everything so up in the air, this may or may not be my last year vending at the New York Sheep & Wool Festival. I know it will be my last with my current booth set-up (I may go back to a single booth rather than a double, and a different overall booth set-up, but everything is too up in the air right now to say for sure what 2019 will bring). I made the decision last month that I will no longer be vending at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival and, while I’d absolutely love to continue vending at NY, I won’t know until my future plans and move are finalized to say one way or the other.

I’m offering some specials and discounts over the course of NYSW weekend, in hopes that you’ll support me and Spirit Trail Fiberworks by purchasing something from me at the Festival.

Here’s the run down (and these will all be posted in my booth, too):

Saturday, October 20:

9 a.m. to approximately 1 p.m. (while supplies last):
• A free temporary tattoo with purchase of $50 or more
• Your choice of a free tattoo or fun STF logo enamel camping mug with purchase of $150 or more.
• Your choice of a free tattoo, logo mug, or Gleener de-piller with a purchase of $250 or more.

1-5 p.m. (closing):
5% off purchases of $50 or more
10% off purchases of $100 or more
15% off purchases of $250 or more

Sunday, October 21:

9 a.m. 1 p.m.: 15% off all yarn in the booth; no minimum purchase required.
1-4 p.m. (closing): 25% off all yarn in the booth; no minimum purchase required.

I hope you’ll come see me at the festival if you can, and support me and Spirit Trail Fiberworks if you find something you love!

I’m looking forward to seeing you at the festival!

October 15, 2018

Outlander Unclub Season 4

What is an “unclub”? An unclub is a series of kits delivered over a three-month period of time that can be purchased each month. Perhaps you are not sure about the kits or maybe coming up with $150 right away is just not in the budget. This is a way to participate that is budget friendly as well as exciting and fits in to your lifestyle.

For the first time we will also offer all three in a one-time purchase so you won’t miss anything. We understand that life gets busy and we are here to make purchasing easier. There will be only 25 available listings or this kit, so act now.

Yarn will be inspired by scenes, characters or locations from the season. You will also receive special gifts: one month we have an amazing project bag by 3 Fox Hollow, another month will be a commemorative set of stitch markers based the featured cast of Outlander Season 4 and the last one will be a very special secret surprise.

You will be given the opportunity to order additional skeins each month, and then they will be put in the vault until 2019.

October 11, 2018

October House Fiber Arts – celebrate quiet colors!

What better way to celebrate fall, knitting season and all things October than with October House Fiber Arts!

Named after my favorite month and season, we are turning five years old this month. Our yarns are hand dyed in my home studio, and I love subtle and gentle colors. We offer tonal/semisolid as well as more variegated and speckled colorways. Our shop update today includes a popular colorway, River Deep.

I also design knitting-themed cross stitch designs and kits. Like most knitters, I love all things knitting related and I love having yarny samplers on my walls! As a matter of fact, we have a new design coming out later this month.

Our newsletter subscribers get all the up-to-date information, including notice of shop updates, special offers, sales and free stuff. There will be lots going on this month for our anniversary celebration, so hop on over to our website to sign up.

Happy knitting,

Robin – owner, dyer and designer

October 11, 2018

Sweater Weather

It’s about damn time, isn’t it? Our latest shop update includes our gorgeous new Sweater Weather Collection in both full sized Merino/Cashmere/nylon DK weight yarns and 80/20 Merino/nylon sock mini skeins. The shop is stocked with lots of fan favorites and a few new colorways:

Hunting Tartan is a mix of dramatic deep purples, greens and bronzey golds.
La Vie En Rose has soft rose, deep burgundy and golds.
Vintage is a silvery cream base with speckles of hot pink, deep oranges, aquas and browns and goes perfectly with the whole Sweater Weather collection.

Time to cast on! Winter is just around the corner.

October 11, 2018

Harry Potter Inspired Advent Calendars Available

I am making a limited number of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar.

So what will be in these? Each pack will be 12 small packages, one larger package and a couple smaller, non-fiber surprises. Each of the smaller packages will have a different “flavor” Bertie Botts inside. You will receive approximately 2 oz. of botts and approximately 3 oz. of custom blend roving for a total of 5 oz. of fiber. This batch of botts will all have Romeldale/CVM wool from my farm and Angelina (sparkle), plus some other luxury fibers. The additional luxury fiber will vary from “flavor” to “flavor” and may include crossbred wool from my farm, bamboo, sari silk, Merino wool, Corriedale wool or Shetland wool.

I am shooting for 12 distinct “flavors,” a different “flavor” for each day. The larger package will be 3 oz. of small batch, custom blend roving inspired by the world of Harry Potter. The roving will contain Romeldale/CVM wool from my farm and Angelina along with luxury add-ins.

See the Etsy shop for complete details.

October 9, 2018

New pattern: Saxony Hat

The Saxony Hat has all the options for a cable lover, or someone who’s just getting into the beauty of cable knitting: Instructions include directions for working flat or in the round. Use the included cable chart or work from full written instructions, whichever you prefer. And the hat looks great on both men and women.

The cable panel appears twice on the hat, separated by reverse stockinette stitch. Using Aran weight yarn, it knits up fast, and the cable is fun to work. This hat makes even plain yarn knit up into something you’ll want to wear every day.

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