August 15, 2019

Give me all the warm, toasty colors

This week the temperatures have been dipping lower and the days are getting just a tiny bit shorter. I know I shouldn’t rush the seasons, but I’m so ready for fall. Even though it’s going to stay warm here for another month or so, I’m already planning my fall knitting projects.

Cinnamon, caramel, brown sugar, red wine, pumpkin, crunchy leaves, golden light… I can tell by my dye pots that I’m ready for it all.

Join me on the website and let’s get our needles ready. Don’t see what you’re looking for in my ready to ship collections? Be sure to visit the Dyed To Order Listings and get exactly what you want on your favorite base yarn.

Xo,
Heather Jane

August 15, 2019

August Bag of the Month: Stranger Things

This Friday, join us in the upside down.

We have four indie-designed tributes to the awesome show Stranger Things. These limited-edition bags will be available for full preorder Friday, August 16 to Monday, August 19 ONLY.

Mark you calendar, set your alarm and make sure you reserve your favorite bags in these truly unique and fun prints!

Stranger Things preorders are scheduled to ship out on or before September 20!

August 14, 2019

Fall Into Halloween 2019

It’s that time of year again when my mind tends to think about fall and all things Halloween. To start off the season, I will be having the first of a few fall/Halloween updates on the website. This particular update will include some new colors, tote bags, stickers, and even a small preorder kit.

All of these new items can be found in the Fall into Halloween Collection on the website starting this Friday, August 16 at 10 a.m. EDT.

Final Shop Update at Spirit Trail Fiberworks!

The last shop update is now live at Spirit Trail Fiberworks!

Who would have thought, when I took that dye workshop with a friend at Stony Mountain Fibers in Charlottesville, VA, way back in 2002 that, 18 years later, I’d still be dyeing yarn? When I came home from that workshop and announced I was going to start a business dyeing yarn, my family thought I was more than a little bit wacky. Yarn? Really? Who’s gonna buy yarn from you? It was pre-Etsy, pre-Ravelry, pre-Instagram. It was even pre-Facebook. Hard to believe.

It was one of those weird experiences in life: I just knew I was going to do it. I had such a strong image in my mind, it’s no surprise it happened pretty much the way I saw it. The picture in my mind was that strong and vivid. It was a “lightbulb moment.”

I never really thought about how long I’d be doing it. I wanted a business where I could work from home, so I could be with my kids and have a flexible schedule. They were toddlers at the time, so their whole lives up until this point have been Mom dyeing yarn in the laundry room (or, starting in 2016, my studio), and stinking up the house with that wet sheep smell (I kind of love that perfume; the rest of my family, not so much).

It’s been a great ride, and was a helpful second income for our family. This business did just what I needed it to do: it allowed me to stay home with my kids but still work. It gave me a job that was creative and flexible. It permitted me to bring color and a little bit of beauty into my life as well as yours, and gave me the great honor of creating something which, in turn, sparked your creativity and inspiration to make beautiful things.

I can honestly say that every moment of dyeing yarn has been a joy, and that’s remarkable. It’s been the best experience — creating colorways, playing spontaneously with the lucky pot one-of-a-kind colors, having the great fortune to meet customers in real life at the festivals, retreats and other events I’ve done over the years — and having many of you become friends in real and cyber life. Traveling to shows with some of my best and closest friends, who I met because of this business. It’s given me so many gifts, and I’ve treasured each moment, each friendship, each meeting, each email and each message.

It’s been a great ride, but it’s time for me to retire my dye gloves and move on to my next adventure. My last shop update is now live! Thanks for checking it out!

August 14, 2019

Back to School Sale!

As I begin my fourth year of teaching art, I wanted to celebrate with a yarn sale! All items — yarn and prints — in my Etsy shop are 20% off through the end of August, no code needed.

I recently added two new colorways, Clouded Winter Whispers (Blue/gold) and Rusted Morning Shore (Jewel Tone/Rainbow), and I offer all of my colorways on several different bases: sock, light fingering and worsted.

Pop by, check out my yarns and celebrate a new year with me!

August 14, 2019

New this month in the HandmaineKnits Etsy shop

I have just added beautiful yarn and knitting-inspired mugs in three exclusive designs with original artwork to my Etsy shop!

The orignal “Sweater Knitter’s Crest” – Whether it symbolizes your heritage, achievements, or aspirations, everyone should know you are a Sweater Knitter.

“I Turn Coffee into Sweaters” – Let your friends and family know you’re going to need that second cup, you have a sweater to finish!

Perhaps you are a bit of a “Yarn Snob”? It is okay to admit, we know you’re not judgmental, you just like what you like (we do too). This mug would also make a great gift for your knitting bestie.

These ceramic mugs are dishwasher and microwave safe, and are made to order right here in the U.S., typically shipping within 3-5 days.

August 14, 2019

September’s clubs are still available!

Hey fiber friends! Say hello to September’s featured yarn from Forbidden Fiber Co. This month, we are featuring these three colorways from their Outlander Collection:

-New World (blue)
-Lallybroch (green)
-Dragonfly in Amber (orange)

These are on a 100% SW Merino base with 231 yds/100g. It’s super soft and with that yardage the pattern options are endless. I have already found quite a few Outlander-inspired knit and crochet patterns that would go well with this yarn.

If you aren’t familiar with Stash Yarn Club, we are a monthly yarn subscription service. Each month we send you a 100g skein of yarn from our featured dyer in one of three colors (it will be a surprise which one you get) and some pretty awesome little extras to go with it. In previous months we’ve sent faux fur pompoms, notebooks, stitch markers and stamped project bags. It’s like giving yourself a gift every month!

September preorders are open now, so head over to the shop to claim your spot.

August 10, 2019

Spooky Holiday Advent-style Calendar preorders are here!

Happy August everyone!

I can’t believe the summer is almost over, but I’m so happy to be in Autumn/Winter mode. This week I’m thinking way ahead to the holidays by opening our first preorders of the season.

The Spooky Holiday Advent-style Calendar preorders are live as of this morning and will be available until August 24th, 11:59pm ET.

Much like the October calendars, this kit will be inspired by all that is creepy and unsettling during the holiday season, such as dark, eerily silent snow covered forests, and frightening footsteps on your roof!

Kits will include 24 20g mini skeins, one full-sized 100g skein (both on our Tralala Sock Base), and a few extra goodies for you to enjoy, and will ship NO LATER than mid-November.

Don’t wait to order these kits, though. Spots are limited!

Hope to see you in the shop soon!
Shanna

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