July 9, 2020

Dreaming of that beach vacation you had to cancel?

  • A purple and gray striped shawl sits on a dress form.

This summer is definitely not going the way we planned, but we can still have some magic in small ways. Electric Beach is a new design created by Shellie Anderson of Shel Knits Designs. She used one skein of Electric Raspberry Merino fingering, and one skein of Agate Beach mohair to create this dreamy new shawl.

I don’t know about you, but I’m a fan of whimsy and stripes, so this shawl hits all the right notes for me. Choose from a selection of colorways in my Magic Mohair Bundles or Featherdown Suri Bundles and pretend you’re knitting on your favorite beach. *Yarn and pattern sold separately.

Also included in this week’s update is a new tweed fingering base. A blend of Superwash Merino and tweed neps, this new base would make such a perfect striped or colorwork summer tee or cardigan. I have my eye on the Weekender Light by Andrea Mowry, but I could also see myself knitting up a striped Rock It Tee by Tanis Fiber Arts. Choose from a sophisticated collection of mix and match hand painted or tonal colorways to create your perfect project.

10% of profits from this weekend’s sales will benefit the Idaho Black History Museum. Thank you so much for your support!

Happy Making!
Xx, Heather Jane

Fluff and Buff-New DK Colors!

  • Teal and teal and green speckled yarn.

While these last four months have been a challenge for all of us, it’s also been a rare opportunity for me to let my creativity fly. I’ve added so many new colors in my fingering bases that I’ve lost count! Now that it’s time to start plotting our fall projects, it seems like the perfect time to add some of the most popular of these on my Neptune DK. The base is a 100% SW Merino 4ply with a plump round construction that gives great stitch definition and is a pleasure to knit and crochet. With these new additions, there are 29 colors of Neptune now available.

Perfect for fading or colorwork are Destroyed, Brackish, Lagoon and Celadon — these just make my murky, blue-green-loving heart sing. Also new are The Real Casanova and its companion color, Justine, and Deep Forest, a rich dark chocolate which doesn’t lean too yellow or red, making it wearable for a wide range of skin tones.

If you like these colors but are looking for a lighter weight, they are all available in Deep Sock or Harbour Singles fingering as well.

Since I love this base for sweaters, I’m offering 10% off sweater quantities this week only with code SQS10 at checkout with a four-skein minimum (the code will work on any of my bases).

July 9, 2020

It’s Beach Time!

  • Green glow in the dark jellyfish.

It’s beach season, and WeeOnes has new stitch markers that are the perfect tools to use while relaxing in the sand. Check out the new glow-in-the-dark jellyfish stitch markers! Real jellyfish are bioluminescent, so it only makes sense that jellyfish stitch markers should be, too. If you love surprises, check out the July surprise stitch marker set. It’s beach themed and you get six stitch markers for the price of four. If you REALLY like surprises, the Cold Cutie set may be up your alley. These are designed to mentally cool you down when the weather outside is really hot. You get 12 individually-wrapped surprise cold-loving-animal stitch markers. They are perfect to keep for yourself or give to a friend. Preorders for the Cold Cuties set goes through July 12th and the orders ship later this month. Soldered rings or lobster claw clasps are available on all sets.

July 9, 2020

More new bases from Eden Cottage Yarns

  • Cream yarn with flecks of purple.

Plenty of news coming from ECY Shedquarters this time! First up is news of a new yarn for our next update…

Actually, there are two yarns as it comes in both fingering weight and DK weight. I’ve named it Keswick Fingering and Keswick DK (the w is silent so it is pronounced Kez-ick!!), and it is an 85% Superwash Merino base with 15% Donegal neps mixed in. The neps are made of polyamide as it’s soft and doesn’t take dye, so that means the neps are always visible. Obviously when I’ve dyed lighter shades you can see the darker coloured neps more, and on darker dyed shades you can see the lighter coloured neps more. That’s added to my dyeing fun, I have to say!

I’ve been swatching these in both crochet and knitting, and I’ve absolutely loved working with both. The 4ply is a high twist and the DK is normal twist, and for both I’ve found that at a tighter tension you get a really nice firm fabric (although still soft enough for next-to-skin wear), and as the tension gets more loose the yarn starts to soften and drape more.

I’d recommend both for a wide variety of projects – I’ve had a nosey at other companies’ versions of the fingering weight just to check on whether people are making socks with it and they are, so although I haven’t tried it yet myself (I will do!) I feel confident in saying you could make socks with it. I can’t feel the neps against the texture of the yarn, so although you can see them they don’t really interfere with the knitting or crocheting process.

I will be releasing a Shedcast all about them shortly, so most importantly… the updates goes live on Saturday the 11th of July at 5pm UK time.

There’s still lots of beautiful yarn from our last update too, so that’s all ready and waiting! There’s Bowland DK, our classic BFL – this is a pretty woolly yarn, but it’s soft and hard wearing. I’ve got garments that I made in it in 2011-2012 which still look new (honestly)! There’s also the brand new sparkly Silverdale DK! The sparkle is fairly subtle which I think is nice – it just catches the light. The yarn is soft, smooth, and satisfyingly solid, somehow! It’s very easy to crochet or knit with. I’ll be doing a blog post about it as soon as I get chance so there’ll be more info coming soon.

I’ve been meaning to make up more yarn packs for ages but kept forgetting! Stephen West’s latest pattern releases reminded me, though! I’ve put together yarn packs in both 4ply/fingering weight, and DK weight, and with varying quantities. So some are just 3 x 100g skeins, and they go up to 6 x 100g skeins for the biggest one. I can always make more or bigger ones though. 😊
They’re great for all sorts of projects – we first did them for things like Skimming Stones, and Starting Point. There’s often only one or two of each for the hand dyed ones so they are quite unique! To make things easier to find we have renamed packs we made for previous patterns, such as Fading Point and What the Fade?! These are all now five-colour or six-colour 4ply/fingering weight yarn packs.

Another option for multi-coloured projects where you only need a little bit of a handful of colours would be to get your hands on a lucky dip of five DK Yarnlings™. DK Yarnlings™ aren’t new to ECY but they haven’t been available on the website for a while. They now come in the same glassine bags that the 4ply Yarnling™ lucky dip comes in. They work perfectly in the original DK version of Quadratic by David O’Kelly.

We’ve put the aran and chunky for the Cat Knits projects on sale to clear at 20% off! So that’s Bowland Aran, Pendle Aran, and Pendle Chunky. The associated kits for these yarns from Cat Knits are discounted with 15% off, too. There’s no code needed and the discounted price shows on the website I’m keen to make room for a whole load of incoming new yarns so now feels like the right time to do this!

It has been a while since we shared a plan for future updates, partly because it has been impossible to plan that far ahead! But as we settle into the new normal we are able to look a bit further ahead so this is what is in progress:

Brimham High Twist and the return of Harewood Fingering (also a high twist yarn) – update penciled in for 19th July
Keld Fingering – This was so popular it nearly all sold out in the first day and so as soon as we could get our hands on it again (yarn supply has been impacted by COVID-19) we did. It is in the dyepots and we are hoping to have the update go live towards the end of the month!
Coniston Fingering and Hayton DK updates are in the planning stages so will likely be in August.

Our free shipping offer ended on 30th June 2020 to correspond with regrettable but necessary increases to costs associated with shipping to the US. There is a blog post with more information about this on our website. The offer has been replaced with a 10% discount to orders with a pre-tax value of over £100, excluding shipping costs which are calculated separately. The code 100THANKS is active now and can be used in place of the existing codes ahead of the changeover.

You can still only use one discount code/offer per order but the new code can be used on orders of ANY size!

July 7, 2020

Join the Mermaids in the Waves Knit Along!

  • Green and teal yarn with the words King Triton Jilly & Kiddles.

Do you love the idea of a mystery knit along, but kind of prefer to know what your project should look like while you’re making it? If so, this is going to be the perfect fit for you.

Lena of SoftYarn Designs has created a gorgeous and unique two-color shawl pattern with Jilly & Kiddles yarn. We are offering kits on our website which include the yarn and a code to download your copy of SoftYarn Designs Mermaids in the Waves shawl pattern from Ravelry. Bonus: you save $5 on the set when you order the kit from us! ust choose the set you love most and you’ll have everything you need to make this fun two color shawl. (If you want the original colors, you’ll want to order the King Triton set.)

The pattern will be a “mystery” until it’s released on July 28th. Once it’s released, you’ll be able to see the shawl, so you can knit along with confidence. In the meantime, preorder your kit now and it will arrive in plenty of time for the KAL kickoff on 7/28! Use your code to download the pattern on that date, and you’ll be ready to go. Lena is hosting a chat group for the KAL and there will be prizes, too. I can’t wait to see all of your beautiful shawls and get to know you during the KAL!

Kits are available in the Featured section of the home page.

(This item is a dyed-to-order PREORDER. Kits will ship between July 20th and 25th. Orders will be dyed and filled in the order they are received. You must order by July 20th to assure delivery by the kickoff date; kits ordered after that date may not arrive in time, but will be fulfilled as quickly as possible.)

July 3, 2020

Pay It Forward with LoLo

  • Silver tins with an orange and cream label.
  • Silver tins with an orange and cream label.

Have you ever been someplace like a coffee shop, ordered, and when you got ready to pay the cashier they told you it had already been paid for by someone else? What a surprise! That feels so amazing. Recently we heard from Ms. A., a registered nurse who reached out to us for support. The staff at Woodwind Hospital was experiencing severe dryness from the hospital soap and continuous handwashing. Ms. A. had heard that LoLo Bars were hand-savers, keeping hands moisturized and healthy. When Ms. A. reached out for donations, she indicated that 155 would be enough for the medical staff. Because of generous and loving Pay It Forward support, 200 LoLo To-Go Bars were sent helping the housekeeping staff as well.

Some of the messages included were:
“Thank you for being heroes!”, “YOU make a difference!”, “Thanks for taking care of us,” “I so much appreciate your selfless service.”

In the past few weeks, we have donated over 500 LoLo To-Go Bars. We want you to be the reason someone in your life feels that way. Do you know someone who deserves a Pay It Forward? If so, we’re all in.

Our “Pay It Forward” spin:

Spend $30 (subtotal, BEFORE shipping) and we’ll send a person of your choosing a free To-Go Bar.
Spend $60 (subtotal, BEFORE shipping) and we’ll send a person of your choosing free a Body Bar.
What you need to do:

Choose someone you want to receive a “Pay It Forward”.
Fill in our easy form.
What we’ll do:

-Handcraft your request with love, sign the card as you requested, and slip it in the mail.
-Send you an email which will include the tracking number so you know it’s on its way.

July 2, 2020

Our Latest Sweater Quantity Discount is here!

  • Gray, purple and teal yarn with the words Sweater Quantity Discount.

We’ve just opened up signups for our July/August Sweater Quantity Discount colorway… Black Magic! It’s a gorgeous coal black with peeks of rich purples and teals. We are so excited to offer this option to make a hand-dyed garment more accessible no matter what size you are! Once every two months, we pick a fan favorite colorway and take pre-orders for quantities of three skeins or more. This allows us to spend a couple of days in the dye studio dedicated to one colorway, streamlining our process enough to offer a close to wholesale discount. We keep the listing open until we reach our capacity of what we can dye in a two days and they fill up quickly.

We also have eight spots left in our Halloween Advent – 13 Nights of Potions Class. 13 wicked minis to help you count down to Halloween!

The shop is stocked with lots of ready to ship lovelies too, including a variety of colorways on our newest base, Classic Merino Sport. It’s a springy soft 100% New Zealand Merino that is such a pleasure to work with.

June 27, 2020

Blush & Brown: Meet Arkose and Muskeg

  • A twisted hank of rustic cream-colored yarn.

The last few months have been big for us in terms of new yarns. Last month we debuted Aswan, our golden Muga silk, lace weight yarn (pictured here in the last two images). This month we introduced two more yarns into the mix: Arkose and Muskeg.

Like all our yarns, Arkose and Muskeg are made from blends of undyed, naturally colored fibers. Arkose is a blushing sport-weight yarn — white with just a hint of warmth. This hue comes from blending white Rambouillet Merino and shiny white mohair locks with just a hint of red Huacaya alpaca fleece. The yarn gets its name from Arkose sandstone, a variety of rock known for its range of red tints.

Muskeg is a rich natural brown, DK-weight yarn. It’s made from a mix of amber mohair locks and dark brown Rambouillet Merino wool. The yarn is the color of soil, with a soft feel and full body.

We debuted both Arkose and Muskeg at the Virtu-Wool Fiber Festival earlier this month, a fiber fest where vendors shared their wares entirely on Facebook Live. Announcing a new yarn over Facebook Live was a new experience for us. But it was fun to connect with a whole new audience of fiber enthusiasts! We’re taking part in another fiber fest this weekend, the virtual edition of the Houston Fiber Fest. To make the whole occasion feel a bit more normal, we’re offering free U.S. shipping this entire weekend, June 27-29. There are no coupon codes and no minimums. Just select free shipping at checkout.

We know it’s not the same thing as walking away from a booth with an armful of yarn… but just give it a good squeeze when it shows up in your mailbox. 🙂

June 27, 2020

Seriously handy, handmade bags

  • A purple patchwork tote.

Are you looking for a colorful, unique, high-quality project bag that will carry your WIP’s from socks to bulky sweaters? My online shop was just updated with many colorful, summery project bags of all sizes.

You will notice that most of my bags are one of a kind in design and color combination. I block print, paint, splatter or stamp all my own fabric by hand in my Boston studio. I use waxed canvas fabric for the sturdy bottom, and handles of all the bags.

For this shop update I added a bigger size of my popular notion zipper bag and many quilty-scrappy tote bags that will carry many, many skeins of yarn. The scrappy bags make use of all my fabric cut-offs so reduces waist in the studio. I use waxed canvas fabric for the sturdy bottomland handles of all the bags.

Zipper bags all have a super sweet, handy dandy, 1-inch ruler as a zipper pull.

A teal bag with a lining of gray yarn balls and a tan leather strap.So many indie dyers. One email.
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