June 17, 2021

Summer Fun Boxes Ship Monday!

Dreaming of a relaxing summer getaway? Need to feel the sun🌞 on your skin and your toes in the sand? We’ve got you! I can already hear those calming ocean waves… can’t you? Let me bring those lazy day vibes to you. (Don’t worry—no seagulls to swoop down and steal your snacks!)

Introducing the Jilly & Kiddles Summer Fun Box!

I can’t wait to share these summery treats with you. This special box will include coordinating minis and some very fun summer/beach-themed goodies with a little bit of sassy flair. Everything in this box is friendly to all fiber arts, so it’s perfect for a knitter, crocheter, weaver — whatever you like to do! You’ll have everything you need to head out and relax somewhere and get your stitch on. These boxes ship on Monday, June 21st. You’re not going to want to miss this one, trust me. Bring the vacation to your own door!

So. Much. Fun.

June 15, 2021

Backstage Lights Yarn Club

“There’s no business like show business!”

🎭New Yarn Club Alert!!!🎭

The Backstage Lights Yarn Club has come to Holly Dyeworks! Having majored in musical theater and having been a part of over 30 productions, this inspiration is near and dear to my heart. The shows I picked are personal favorites of mine (which was hard because I love a lot of musicals), some I’ve acted in and some I’ve seen on Broadway/professionally: Oklahoma, Wicked, Les Miserables, and Into the Woods.

I will be creating sock sets (one full skein and two minis) inspired by the setting and characters of each musical. These will not be mystery colorways, so you will be able to see what each yarn looks like before they mail out. This is a seasonal club so each yarn set will come out once per season: Oklahoma (summer), Wicked (fall), Les Miserables (winter), and Into the Woods (spring). I am offering the whole club (at a discount) and single installments depending of your preference.

Sign up for your “ticket” today!

June 10, 2021

13 Days of Halloween is back!

Last year’s 13 Days of Halloween was such a hit that we decided to do it again…magnified. What does that mean? Last year’s box was so last-minute that we were only able to do a knitting version. This year we planned ahead to have knit, crochet, AND cross stitch – and we’re super excited about all three! The knit design is by Afifa Knits, the crochet design is by Karen Whooley, and the cross stitch design is by the FFC team!

This year we’ve been inspired by some of the spookiest places around the world. These are not just your average haunted house; they have some crazy stories to go along with them! We plan to explore thirteen of them with this box, and to give you a few survival tools should you find yourself in a haunted locale.

As always, I’m super excited about everything we’ve put together, and I can’t wait to share it with you. The boxes will ship in September so you have plenty of time for an October opening and have an FO by Halloween!

June 10, 2021

Tweedy Stuff DK

  • Orange tweedy yarn.

Check out our new beautiful semisolids on tweed dk! If you’re looking for sweater quantity for the Olive Knits Fireworks KAL we’ve got you covered! Or if you just need some tweed in your stash!

Tweedy Stuff DK – 85% Superwash Merino Wool 15% Donegal NEP – 100gr/ 231 yds

June 9, 2021

New Yarn Jewels for the Summer!

  • A silver honeycomb necklace with knit stitches next to a cake of blue yarn.

We hope everyone is enjoying the weather. We’ve been busy creating new jewels for the summers and dipping our favorites in gold. Visit the Shop Update Section on our website to see new work like the Honeycomb Knit Necklace and the Swinger Chevron Stockinette Earrings. Free shipping with order of $150 – use the code “FreshipUS”. Take care and enjoy the summer!

June 8, 2021

Hand-dyed for the yarn nerd in us all!

  • Skeins of mossy green yarn.

Nerdy Fibers started in a small apartment kitchen. It was a scary jump, but this was something I had wanted since I was 16 years old. After years of working for others and never being home for my daughter I decided to take the leap. This has been the scariest, and the most fulfilling, work I’ve done. I’ve never regretted this decision even after starting right before March of 2020. I’m grateful I get to wake up and do what I love everyday. There has been a lot of learning curves and speed bumps along the way, but I wouldn’t change it for anything. I love what I do and I’m happy it’s given me the time to be around my daughter. It’s been a dream to be surrounded by beautiful yarn everyday and it’s finally happened.

One Plus One Plus One Equals One

  • A blue, green and gray knitting swatch over skeins of yarn.

I love to go into a new season mixing up a fresh range of solids that the changing landscape inspires in me. This spring I was definitely pulled towards the sand, the mountains and the sea. Developing a wide range of colors with similar values, that create harmony together is one of the best parts of my job.

The real magic comes next — combining these building blocks into variegated yarns brings the whole collection together. My goal is always to create these mixes in such a way that yields a smooth wash of color, even when the individual elements are in high contrast. Since it can be a challenge to visualize how some colors will knit up, I swatched them up so we could see. The best part is that for every one of these new multis there are two or three or even four solids to use as companions.

Some of my favorites this time around are Angelfish, Butte, Painted Desert and Lupinus. I’ve dyed these on an assortment of Deep Sock, Harbour Singles fingering and Triton, my luxe Merino, Cashmere and nylon blend DK. And of course, there companion mohair colors to choose from.

June 3, 2021

Do you have enough fiber for your Tour de Fleece?

  • A braid of green and blue fiber.

There are only a few more days until the Tour de Fleece starts. In case you haven’t heard of it before: it is a worldwide (online) event for spinners to challenge themselves and cheer each other on. It happens every year during the time of the famous Tour de France.

As I am an enthusiastic spinner myself, I have washed, picked, carded and dyed up a storm for you and added some more fibers to my shop. They are all ready to ship, with free shipping in the U.S., and I will in fact add more in the next few days (some batches are still drying as I am writing this).

So check out my shop and get all the fiber for your Tour de Fleece!

And if you are not a spinner:
I also have handspun yarn, like “Green Spring” that you can see in one of the pictures above.

And if you are really adventurous: why not learn to spin? I also offer beginner’s kits with written and video instructions and should you ever have any questions, you can always contact me.

Enjoy!

June 3, 2021

From sheep to shelf: British yarn at its best

  • Gray yarn piled on gray and gold handknits.

We are a small family farm nestled in the rolling hills of the Hampshire countryside in Southern England. For over a decade we have been producing quality yarns from our specialist fine wool flocks. Farming for fibre we take every care not only to our woolly ladies but also to the landscape they inhabit. Working to increase the biodiversity of our meadows and also to conserve our ancient chalk downland, which has seen summer grazing flocks for over a 1000 years.

Shorn by our shepherdess Susie with care and kindness, we sort and spin and hand dye on the farm to ensure we maintain the quality at very stage. From the lamb to the skein we work to ensure we farm ethically whilst producing yarns that will knit beautifully.

June 1, 2021

Price drop and new yarn pack!

  • A rainbow of yarn skeins.

Memorial Day was the unofficial start of summer (even though it felt more like early April here on the East Coast), and we’re celebrating by dropping all the prices on our yarns, kits and yarn packs!

Our 50-gram skeins of 100% Shetland Wool are now $10 each, and our 25-gram mini skeins are now $5 each. All our kits and yarn packs reflect this drop, so it’s the perfect time to select yarns for your next project!

New in our yarn pack collection is Isabell Kraemer’s Emsworth (pattern available on Ravelry). It’s a classic slipover with a cute lace/texture pattern panel in front and on the back, worked seamlessly from the top down. Like all of Isabell’s knitwear, the pattern is clearly written and comes in a wide range of sizes.

We’re offering yarn packs in a range of our natural colors for this wardrobe staple. We knit ours in Bramble, a rich, warm grey. Between the yarn, the pattern, and the design, it was a joy to knit (and even though we’ve just dipped our toes into summer, I can’t wait for fall to wear it!).