March 26, 2020

Keep calm and ‘Cat Knit’ on

  • A woman in a gray colorwork hat with a black and white cat.

I wouldn’t normally go for the “Keep calm and…” trope but on this occasion it does fit in perfectly here, I’m afraid! I do hope that wherever you are and whatever your situation, you are staying safe and well. It’s such a weird time, isn’t it — being cheerful and talking about lovely new things seems a bit off, but at the same time being negative is hardly helpful either.

ECY is still going — Laura works from her bat cave at home in Cambridgeshire anyway, and obviously I work from home anyway too, I just now don’t have any physical help. I called our post office this week to ask how they feel about me continuing to send post (David drops it off on his way to work and he’s still working full time, so it’s no extra travel) — they asked me to please keep sending post over as often as I can (I did ask if it would help to bring it in on fewer days per week), as they are a small self-employed business and really need to keep afloat for as long as possible — and I am their biggest customer. So I’m still sending post at the moment — obviously if that changes I will let you know. It will take longer for me to dispatch orders though now as I’m packing them in between dyeing, processing yarn, photographing said yarn, and doing all my usual social media and stuff. Again, if anything changes I will let you know!

With all that out of the way I wanted to tell you that we have a VERY exciting update happening on Saturday at 8 a.m. UK time! Now… we wouldn’t have planned to have a huge update right in the middle of a pandemic, especially not one that involves a lot of investment in yarn, merchandise, books, and so much time… but it’s been in the offing for 12 months and we couldn’t possibly have known what would happen!

This weekend sees the launch of Cat Knits by Marna Gilligan of ‘an caitin beag’ (she of sinister cat fame!). Cat Knits is a book of 16 knit designs all featuring Marna’s signature kitties on a mixture of garments and accessories. It’s a wide-ranging book actually — it feels like there’s more than 16 items in there. Each chapter covers a different yarn weight, so there’s a 4ply section, and DK section, an Aran section, and a Chunky section, all using our yarns. Each section has a garment AND matching accessories included, and they range from nice simple textures, to stranded colourwork (like sinister cats), to intarsia.

With everything that is going on globally, plans for the launch have changed many times over the past few weeks and may still change again, but the CURRENT plan (correct as of the time of writing!!) is that Marna, Laura and I will be going live online on Instagram at 2 p.m. UK time on Saturday. We really hope that you will join us as together we talk through each of the designs, the yarns required and other items that have been produced to accompany this fantastic book. If you can’t join us don’t worry — I think the video will be available for playback (I am a bit clueless about live streaming if I’m honest), and we will turn it into a blog post too for better accessibility.

In the update we will have:
– copies of the book
– yarn packs for each of the 16 designs in the book
– Eden Cottage Cats project bags
– some of Marna’s items (tote bags, stitchmarker sets and pin badges)
– plus our own exclusive Eden Cottage Cats enamel badge (due for delivery next week so we might have a slight delay on those).

There will also be a few additional colours of Pendle Chunky that can be used in place of Silver Birch for the Chunky chapter. We also have an option for you to buy all the merchandise with one click. The “very catty merch” bundles are limited so get in quick if you want to get hold of them!

Although this update has taken a large proportion of our focus that hasn’t impacted other yarns being added to the website. Only last week we added a selection of colourways in our alpaca/silk yarns Askham 4ply and Askham Aran.

WKNC Yarns is helping to support local yarn shops across America

A wall of yarn.

With plenty of time to dye, my stocks are full and I have added over 150 new colors to my website (more fingering, worsted, & bulky this weekend). Please visit my website and read how with every on-line purchase I will be sending a check to your locally-owned and operated yarn shop.

The fiber community will stick together and will get through this.

Keep those hand busy,

March 24, 2020

Meet Whimsy and get 10% off the pattern!

  • A teal crocheted shawl.

Starting as a humble half-circle, Whimsy develops with a pop of color and an explosion of lace. Simple stitches make this easy to crochet, but shhh, that’s our secret! Just imagine all the color-combinations that would make this shawl shine!

This pattern is written in US terminology.

54 inches (137cm) wide × 26 inches (66cm) deep at center, blocked

800 yards (732m) fingering-weight yarn (4-ply – UK / AUS)

Sample uses Trilogy Yarns Glamorous (80% SW Merino, 20% Nylon; 3.5 oz = 100g / 400 yards = 366 m) in the colors (A) Bad Boy Blue and (B) Aurora Borealis

US Size E/4 (3.5 mm) or size needed for gauge. Be sure to take the time to verify your gauge.

19 dc and 8 dc rows = 4 inches (10cm)

Lace pattern at bottom = 8 inches (20cm) total

Get Whimsy 10% off through the end of March 2020! Use code 10offmarch when checking out!

March 20, 2020

Love in the Time of Coronavirus

  • Yellow to orange ombre yarn.

“Courage did not come from the need to survive, or from a brute indifference inherited from someone else, but from a driving need for love which no obstacle in this world or the next world will break.”
― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

Most of us are anxious and feeling isolated right now. Whether we are self quarantining and/or have seen our income dwindle as events close down around us, our world is experiencing a massive dislocation. We are told this situation is likely to persist until May, and perhaps longer. We are being advised to think in months, not weeks. It boggles the mind.

Much going forward is uncertain, but one thing is not. The power of love to overcome adversity, heal broken hearts, and bring us all closer together.

Let’s turn social distancing into social knitting and support not only our community, but raise funds to support others at the same time!

I have set up a group for a KAL here. We can introduce ourselves, share our yarn choices, tell our stories, and enjoy the comradery of others.

The shawl will be a deep crescent lace shawl, requiring 800 to 1000 yards of fingering weight and a US size 5 32 inch or longer circular needle.

Clue release dates:
April 17
April 24
May 1
May 8

While the shawl is designed for a gradient, ultimate yarn choice is, of course, up to the individual knitter. If unable to find a gradient of sufficient length, I recommend using two to three shorter gradients and alternating to get a longer color run. Pattern will include directions for doing so.

The proceeds will be split evenly between the CDC foundation and Meals on Wheels Covid-19 Response Fund.


This non profit organization, helps serve ALL OF US, all of the many needs that arise during an emergency response that the federally-funded CDC cannot cover.

Your dollars will:

Help communities prevent, detect and respond to COVID-19
Deploy emergency staffing with the skills required to meet the needs on the front lines at the state and local level
Fund and deliver critical home essentials, such as food and medical needs to quarantined and isolated individuals
Develop education and awareness campaigns to advance prevention and reduce stigma
Build capacity and infrastructure for global response efforts and other immediate needs as they evolve


Vulnerable seniors are at the greatest risk amid COVID-19. Local Meals on Wheels programs are on the front lines every day, focused on doing all they can to keep older Americans safe and nourished in communities across the country. The costs and efforts needed to protect seniors from COVID-19 require additional emergency funds, and that is why we are asking federal lawmakers, corporations, foundations and the general public to remember these vulnerable seniors in our national response. Give to the Meals on Wheels COVID-19 Response Fund to help local communities across the country meet the increased demand for nutritious meals that can keep our seniors safe and healthy.

I am already partnering with Twisted Fiber Art (TFA) and Fiber Optic (FO). Color options pictured here are:
2) TFA PB and J
3) TFA Spice
4) TFA Berry
5) FO Damson to Gold
6) FO Tangerine toUltraviolet

I invite other dyers to participate. Please contact me and I will add a link.

At this time, the pattern will be available in English and German. If anyone is willing to donate their time to translate, please contact me directly.

March 20, 2020

New base, new kits, and a discount!

  • Blue, pink and gray speckled yarn.

Hello all,

We have a lot going on this week! Saturday’s update (March 21st at 10 a.m. EDT) is a big one so you won’t want to miss it.

Our new Faun base is making its debut! Faun is the softest base we’ve ever dyed. It is an 80/10/10 blend of SW Merino, Cashmere and nylon on a springy 3-ply twist with 414yds/skein. Faun is just a touch heavier than sock weight yarn, but not quite a sport weight, making it perfect for projects that require either weight.And did I mention the drape? It’s incredible! The 3-ply twist and Cashmere make for such an interesting fabric that takes the dye a little differently than the other bases we carry. The speckles soak in a bit more and the tonals are much more balanced. You’ll have to feel it to believe it!

Have you seen the new Side Trip cowl by Samantha Guerin?! It is a reversible colorwork cowl that only takes two skeins of Lambstrings Yarn Ewetopia DK. She’s so talented! We will have kits for the Side Trip cowl available in the update.

Of course, we have to acknowledge that these are weird and scary times for all of us. I’m well aware that so many are going forward without the security of finances and/or are dealing with this epidemic in isolation and fear. We need to be taking care of ourselves and others, it is so incredibly important! Whatever your situation, we would like to be supportive.

Beginning Saturday, March 21st at 10 a.m. EDT, EITHER use code “STAYHOME” to receive 10% off your entire purchase -or- choose not to use the code, and 10% of your purchase will be donated to Direct Relief, an organization that provides doctors and those affected by the COVID-19 outbreak with medical supplies and critical patient care. Please visit their website to learn more or make a personal donation.

Donations from Lambstrings Yarn will be made weekly to help expedite funds.

I hope you are all staying safe and healthy, and crafting like crazy!

Parallelominis Spring Knit along!

  • A purple and blue shawl.

Join your fellow knitters in a stroll through their stash for the scraptastic Parallelominis KAL and create your own colorful wrap for spring. Camaraderie is the name of the game — just have fun! The KAL is happening now through May 17th. Every participant that shares their FO gets a free pattern and a chance to win a $50 gift certificate for Crafty Flutterby Creations. Let’s get this party started with an Indie Untangled special 60% off the Parallelominis pattern through the end of March with code ”INDIELOVE”.

Create a reversible parallelogram from your favorite mini skeins, scrap yarn, or both! With the Parallelominis pattern yarn weight, length, and width are all adjustable to best suit your signature style. While working with so many fun colors, keep your ends tidy and add whimsy by wrapping the yarn tails around a sheep, bunny or lamb end minder.

⁣Another added benefit of designing with mini skeins is the ability to support many of my fiber friends all at once. My sample includes yarn from Miss Babs Hand-Dyed Yarns & Fibers, Black Cat Fibers LLC, Unplanned Peacock Studio, SpaceCadet, A Hundred Ravens, Bumblebeeacres Farm, Why Knot Fibers, Amanda Hope Yarn, Oink Pigments, Fairy Tale Yarn Co, and Destination Yarn. I can’t wait to see which dyers you combine for your creation! 🧶

See you on Ravelry soon for this knit-a-long adventure!

March 19, 2020

All Dressed Up with No Place To Go

  • Bright blue and purple yarn.

Like many of your favorite indie makers, I’ve watched a busy booked season of shows, yarn crawls and trunk shows grind to a halt. Beyond the loss of income, I have a room filled with skeins waiting to go to their new homes.

One of the items I was most excited to show off is my newest base, Nautilus BFL Aran. Nautilus is a 100% British Bluefaced Leicester with a 2-ply construction that results in a bouncy, lofty fabric that works great in a wide range of needles sizes, from around US #8 to US #11. With great stitch definition, this one would be fabulous for cables and other structured stitch patterns.

Currently available in 10 colors, Nautilus, as well as everything else in my shop is available for a 15% discount using code CXL15 at checkout.

On a personal note, I wish you all well in this unprecedented time. I’m using my time to let my creativity have full reign, experimenting with new colors and dyeing techniques, and getting a ton of knitting done. If you are not suffering from financial insecurity, now is a great time to support us small businesses in our beloved industry. I know at least two of the LYS in my community have created GoFundMe campaigns so they can pay their staffs for as long as possible — even though I depend on my dyeing for my income, I managed to find a way to contribute to these. There are opportunities to help if you can afford to do so. I can’t wait ‘til we can all get together again, when we’re on the other side of this.

A Chic & Stormy Blend Update + Isabel Kraemer pattern release!

  • Gray and red yarn.
  • Pink yarn.

This month’s update is dedicated to the very first blend we created starting our small company. A Chic Blend now has 17 intense and bright hand dyed semisolid shades, and they will all be listed to be mixed and matched, perfect for your colorwork pleasure.

We conceived this yarn and its vibrant colors to be used in striking stranded knitting and more subtly in combination with our undyed grey shades of the Stormy Blend.

What’s better than a special pattern release dedicated by Isabell Kraemer to these yarns? She is planning to release her Gianluca sweater on Ravelry on Friday, March 20, and a Lanivendole shop update is set for the same day at 6.00pm CEST

In this tragic situation, we are having problems due to shows postponed and wholesale orders put on hold, but still we want be active during this wait, and believe it’s important to bring our woolly pleasures to you, knitters and crocheters around the globe, to stay connected and positive together.

We thank from the bottom of our hearts anybody who’ll support our small business.

*A Chic Blend Yarn Composition:
60% italian “brogna” wool
20% italian alpaca
20% italian mohair

*A Stormy Blend yarn composition:
70% italian “brogna” wool
20% italian alpaca in fawn – grey – black natural color

Fingering (UK 4ply) weight with 50g-225m per skein
Gauge: 10cm in 24-26 sts and 3.5mm needles

You’ll find all yarns available as ready to ship, unless they go sold out, and will then be dyed on order, don’t worry!

According to current COVID-19 situation, we are working with national post service to be able to ship safely all parcels through Registered Mail service, in order to avoid as much as possible that items are lost on their way. You’ll have the possibility to ship with an express courier service as well, and in that case we’ll update you in case some companies stop/delay their services, and we’ll sort it out together!

Sign-ups are open for the Botanically Dyed Yarn of the Month Club

  • Blue and yellow yarn.

Hello! My name is Vanessa Ewing and I own my own hand dyed yarn business called Cape May Fiber Company. My hand dyed yarns are inspired by the sea and shore where I grew up. Taking my fine arts degree and my knowledge of yarns and fibers, my goal is to produce extraordinary colors on yarns that bring joy and comfort to those who knit and wear them. I use traditional acid dye as well as botanical dye to produce one of a kind, small batch colorways.

My newest ad(venture) is an exciting new club, my Botanically Dyed Yarn of the Month Club. Signups are on a running basis, which guarantees you will have a full year of color.

An Annual Calendar of Foraged Color

START your journey into naturally dyed yarns! The next shipment I will be sending out is for April, which is GRAPE HYACINTH.
SHIPPING IS INCLUDED in the price for all 12 shipments.
This SUBSCRIPTION will include ONE SKEIN per month and will be mailed out the 15th of the month for a total of 12 months.
Each plant will be foraged and dyed according to the seasons.

Choose your base- Do you just love a surprise? This is a great way to get a wonderful surprise colorway delivered to you on your favorite base.

The following plants will be used to dye each month:

January- ACORN
September- POKEBERRY
December- PINE

For more info or to sign up, click the Visit This Shop button.

March 17, 2020

By Popular Demand!

  • Purple and speckled yarn.

Ladies and Gentlemen! Princes and Princesses! After receiving an abundance of requests I am proud to introduce my Fairy Tale Ensembles! I would like to invite you to be our guest and put my yarn to the test. These are colorways that are truly love at first sight. They even seem to be made for each other. They are sets of two or more colorways that truly match, they would make the most perfect shawls, sweaters, or any other projects that require colorways that go together gorgeously. I am very ecstatic to see what you create with these Fairy Tale Ensembles.⁠

A purple sweater with two skeins of yarn.So many indie dyers. One email.
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