May 5, 2022

Hand-dyed-to-order colors

Coiled skeins of brown yarn on Polaroids and the text Crème Brûlée, Salted Caramel, Pecan and New dyed to order colors.

Have you ever been unable to find the perfect yarn color for your project? It can be so frustrating when you are envisioning a certain color and then just can’t seem to find the right one. We’ve been there!

That’s why Southern Skeins is now offering new dyed-to-order colors. Picture this: yarn, hand dyed, in the colors, base and quantity you want. This yarn was dyed (and created) especially for you!

If you are unsure of what color yarn you’re envisioning, don’t worry! Our website features unique colors that we guarantee you’ll love.

Shop Update!

  • Fall colors of brown and apple green skeins of yarn.
  • Blue and white skeins of yarn with grey and brown speckles.
  • Blue and golden skeins of yarn.
  • Deep purple skeins of yarn with aqua highlights.
  • Three skeins of yarn in various shades of purple.
  • A set of five mini skeins in bright orange, pink, purple, blue and aqua.

Our most recent shop update features several of our new Outlander-themed colorways, with Cape Town, Drums of Autumn and Dragonfly in Amber all released in the past week. We have also released several other colorways for those who are looking for a little more brightness in their projects. Our new mini skein set features deep jewel toned colors of orange, pink, purple, blue and aqua, and our new shawl set is sure to make any purple lover’s dreams come true!

Our Summer Knitting Boxes are shipping out in the next week or so, but if you missed out on those, have no fear! Our Advent Sets have been released, and this year our theme is none other than the soon-to-be-released Downton Abbey: A New Era! Come join us as we explore a new era with the Crawleys!

We will soon be releasing our very first sock pattern, as well as our Fall Knitting Boxes, so stay tuned and remember to follow us on Instagram at @cashmereandcoconutsstore.

Lastly, as a thank you for the incredible show of support we have seen and our incredible customer base, we are offering a 10% discount in our shop until Mother’s Day (some exclusions apply).

As always, receive free shipping on all orders over $35!

Have a fantastic week!

Summer Knitting: Chevron, Garter, and Suri!

  • Bright lemon yellow shawl draped around mannequin showing off garter and chevron stitches with fingering and suri yarn.
  • Bright lemon yellow shawl draped around mannequin wearing a black moto leather jacket showing off garter and chevron stitches with fingering and suri yarn.
  • Close-up to show off texture of fingering and suri yarn in bright lemon yellow knit in garter and chevron stitches.
  • Chiffon shawl ends showing chevron peaks and valleys giving the bottom of your shawl a beautiful scallop finish along with the I-cord edges. Knit in bright lemon yellow of fingering and suri yarn.

We are nearing those days (or we hope we are) of warm sunshine days and cool nights — but also a time when we may be lucky enough to be chilled out thanks to the A/C in buildings. And so as summer nears, Chiffon will be my go-to for everything! The light airiness of the yarn, stitches, and the bright pop of color to “go with” anything!

Chiffon is an asymmetrical shawl that begins with an i-cord cast-on and alternates two different yarn bases in a growing chevron pattern while maintaining finished i-cord edges. The garter knitting is easy to get lost in while traveling, listening to a book or sharing time with friends.

The yarns used for this shawl design were just the right mix of textures but also happy colors!

This design was inspired by an upcoming venture to Spain for a yoga retreat. I wanted something light and airy for the summer, but a bright accent to pop with any attire or location… a fancy dinner, touring a museum, or hanging on the water.

Designed for fingering weight yarn. For the sample, I purchased yarns from House of A La Mode. Heather is always creating something spectacular in all the bright colors!

About the yarns:
House of A La Mode House Party (84% Superwash Merino & 16% Cotton Acrylic Donegal Nep, 464 yd/424 m, 100 g) in Chiffon (C1). Pattern uses 788 yd/721 m.
House of A La Mode House Suri (74% Baby Suri Alpaca & 26% Silk, 328 yd/300 m, 50 g) in Chiffon (C2). Pattern uses 289 yd/264 m.

Now through Saturday, May 7th, enjoy 20% off. No code needed, just add to your cart! Purchases may be made through my website or Ravelry. If you purchase on my website, just drop your Ravelry ID (if you wish) in the comments and I will gladly add the pattern to your library there too.

With your purchase, you will receive three versions – Print, Mobile, and Low-Vision PDFs. The Low-Vision Accessible PDF includes the following features:
– The main text is black 24 pt sans serif and all text is black on a white background.
– No italics are used
– The directions are in written form in LV pdf
– Images have alt text

Happy Making! I cannot wait to see your versions of Chiffon!

AESTIVA launch

  • Light-skinned arms embracing a bundle of colorful skeins.
  • Skeins spread on a table, in a gradient of neutral shades.
  • Skeins and cakes of pink, white, red and orange yarn and knitted fabric on needles spread on a table.
  • Blue skeins of yarn on a white cloth.
  • A pink shawl on the needles and a pink yarn cake beside it.
  • A white lace triangular shawl held by an olive-skinned woman in profile.

We’re so proud to launch a new base in our range, perfect for lightweight projects, and as always minimally processed, Aestiva is composed of wool and unbleached linen. We actually wanted to keep the natural silvery shade of the flax fibre visible in the yarn, on one side, and to avoid any chemical treatment on the fibres we use as much as possible.

Aestiva is a Latin plural noun used for the summer pastures and fields ready to be harvested, and we thought it was just perfect for the idea we had in mind, to evoke this light and delicate base.

The thickness of this base is a bit lighter than our other fingering yarns, and we’re quite happy with this choice after selecting different samples we had spun; the wool content in fact naturally blooms after washing and balances nicely the typical inflexibility of the linen.

Eri Shimizu designed a stunning shawl for this launch, HARUNO, that is available on Ravelry, with a striking textured stitching that evokes the spring fields’ flowers moved gently by the wind. You may find all details on our page HERE.

We’ll offer a 10% discount on any product available in our shop, only to Indie Untangled readers, from April 29-May 5 using the code AESTIVAINDIE at checkout.

A few details:

Each skein is 50g and 300m
Composition is 70% Abruzzese Wool – 30% French Linen
The base comes in 13 hand-dyed shades plus an un-dyed one.

April 26, 2022

Yarncentrick Indie Pop-up

  • Mustard project bag, skeins of gold and coral yarn, pink speckled yarn.
  • Four skeins of multi-colored speckled yarn.
  • Gray felt project bag.
  • Green speckled yarn and pink yarn.
  • Light aqua speckled yarn.
  • Four skeins of pink and gold yarn.

Start your Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival weekend at Yarncentrick, a new indie pop-up, happening on Friday, May 6, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Mt Airy, Maryland. This one-day event will feature more than 20 indie dyers, artisans, and small creative businesses in an outdoor setting under covered pavilions. The grounds are paved and accessible and tickets are timed to avoid overcrowding. Here’s a peek at some of the vendors. Get your ticket and find the full vendor list at yarncentrick.com.

April 26, 2022

A Woolen Mystery

  • A flower shaped soap, a lotion bar, bird and flower charms, yellow yarn skein with speckles and a floral bag with butterflies.
  • A blue jay and daisy charm set.
  • A lotion bar, flower shaped soap and a candle with orange peel on top.
  • A skein of yellow yarn with green, purple and orange speckles.
  • Yellow speckled yarn, a floral bag, a blue jay and daisy charm set, flower shaped soap and a candle with orange peel on top.

Our A Woolen Mystery yarn club subscription offers a unique and all-encompassing adventure each month to “visit” all the “places you can knit!” Boxes include a handmade soap or lotion bar, a handmade candle to smell all the scents of your journey, a project bag to carry your one-of-a-kind yarn, and charms to mark your progress! Choose from a sock set or single skein. Monthly to quarterly boxes are available! These boxes include one-of-a-kind products with colors and charms you won’t get anywhere else!

Next month is Key West! Subscribe today and get 5% off your boxes when you sign up!

Check it out today on WoolenWomenFiber.com as boxes are limited!

April 26, 2022

For the love of stripes & cables!

  • A knit shawl in gold, magenta and brown draped over a dress form showcasing a cable down the spine and along the border.
  • A collage of photos showing knit accessories in various colors.
  • Close-up of a cable border and stripes of a triangular shawl in magenta, brown, and gold.

Sharing a latest release… the Marmalade Shawl! Marmalade is a basic triangular-shaped shawl that is perfect for a beginner knitter with a little cable experience or for those wanting to try a simple cable. The shawl may be striped as per the pattern, use fewer colors, or more, or even just one. The pattern is perfect for using up scraps, too!

Marmalade uses fingering held double as well as single fingering held with a double strand of mohair to create a luxurious cloud of stitches to wrap yourself in coziness. The sample was knit in Dapper Dye Works’ Lustre and Foxy bases.

A little about the sample yarn:
Dapper Dye Works Lustre (100% Superwash Merino, 437 yd/400 m, 100 g) in (held double):

C1 Fields of Gold 215 yds / 197 m
C2 About Last Night 187 yds / 171 m
C3 Bronzed Barrel 68 yds / 62 m
C4 Marmalade Sun 107 yds / 98 m

And held with Dapper Dye Works Foxy (72% Mohair, 28% Silk, 455 yds / 416 m, 50 g) in Marmalade Sun. Pattern uses 373 yds/341 m.

With your pattern purchase, you’ll received three versions – Print, Mobile, and Low-Vision PDFs.

Speaking of Low-Vision Accessible and Mobile Accessible… a number of my patterns have been converted the three different versions (Standard Print, Mobile Accessible AND Low-Vision Accessible)!

All Low-Vision Accessible patterns include the following details:

The main text is black 24pt sans serif and all text is black on a white background
No italics are used
The directions are in written form in LV pdf
Images have alt text

Patterns featuring these accessible options are:

Marmalade Shawl
Landmark Cowl
Twinkle Cowl
The Grange Cowl
The Grange Hat
Shandy Cowl
Purple Rain Cowl

Please enjoy 25% off any of these patterns using code SPRINGKNITS25 on my website or Ravelry through May 1.

April 23, 2022

Look out! Yarned and Dangerous!

  • A hot pink and variegated pink knit shawl draped over a dress form.
  • A skein of variegated pink yarn and a skein of black yarn.
  • A skein of blue variegated yarn and a skein of purple yarn.
  • A skein of variegated green yarn and a skein of dark green yarn.
  • A skein of gold variegated yarn and a skein of dark brown yarn.

Another exciting collaboration between Chic and Regal Knits and Garage Dyeworks, the Yarned and Dangerous shawl combines a skein of variegated DK yarn with a solid color for maximum impact! We chose Silky DK (100 grams/231 yards; 70% Superwash Merino/30% silk) for the soft hand and fabulous drape.

Kits include yarn, pattern hardcopy, and Ravelry download code.

April 21, 2022

The return of Carlisle Fingering

  • Four skeins of yarn in shades of grey and purple.
  • Four shades of yarn in shades of brown, beige and grey.
  • Four skeins of yarn in shades of green and blue.
  • A light-skinned woman with purple and pink hair wearing a pink lace edged shawl.
  • A light-skinned woman shown from the back wearing a pink triangular lace-edged shawl.
  • Five skeins of reddish-brown yarn.

Hello from ECY Shedquarters! Our Carlisle Fingering (100% Superwash Extrafine Merino) update went live on the website on Thursday. This yarn is brilliant for a great range of knitting and crochet projects – it makes beautiful shawls and accessories of course, but it also makes good garments. It’s far more hardwearing than it looks thanks to the good quality fibre and the high quality of the spinning.

Pair it with fluffy Eldwick Lace (superkid mohair/silk) for a lovely light but cosy and soft fabric; use it on its own; or how about using it in a multi-yarn project alongside other bases? It seems like it shouldn’t work but I have found that mixing singles yarns with plied yarns actually works perfectly well (Claire did it in her Shawlography shawl and it worked beautifully). Anyway, I hope you love this update, we’ve been very excited about it so it’s a real delight to finally unveil it!

My Buttermere shawl pattern has been revamped and tested with a new yarn suggestion. Yep you guessed it, it is Carlisle Fingering in Rose Bed, which is included in today’s update! The new version of the pattern is now available on our website and on Payhip. Thank you so much to our wonderful testers who provided feedback on the updates! You will need 400m of a 4ply/fingering weight yarn for this shawl. The Buttermere kit has been updated to reflect the new version of the pattern, this uses two balls of Milburn 4ply and you have the choice of all 20 shades!  We have also added an add-on kit for the Butteremere shawl. Select your skein of yarn and add the add-on kit to your basket, you will then receive the pattern as a download to your inbox and the yarn and project bag will be sent as a kit.

Earlier in the week I put a batch of Oakworth DK up on the website for you. Oakworth DK is pure Polwarth wool from New Zealand and is a really hard wearing yarn with great stitch definition. This update includes a number of batches that can be used for the Greencress shawl in the new book, Contrast – Textured Knitting by Meiju K-P. The shawl uses four skeins of Oakworth DK. The book sample uses colourway Hazel which was included in the update but sold out. Another batch is in production and will be on the website in the next week or two. We are not stocking the book but I know lots of shops are.

Happy Shopping – don’t forget we ship worldwide!

April 18, 2022

Squaring of the Circle shawl

  • A light-skinned woman wearing a big stole in white and purple. She is holding a bouquet of wildflowers.
  • A light-skinned woman wearing a big stole in white and purple and holding a bouquet of wildflowers.
  • A light-skinned woman wearing a big stole in white and purple and holding a bouquet of wildflowers.
  • A light-skinned woman wearing a big stole in white and purple and holding a bouquet of wildflowers.
  • A light-skinned woman wearing a big stole in white and purple.

Squaring of the Circle is the latest pattern in my brioche illusion series.

This shawl shows an illusion that I find especially intriguing: circles that morph into squares, i.e. the squaring of the circle, a thing that sounds almost magical.

This big stole is worked on the bias with stripes of illusion pattern alternated with relaxing areas of simple garter stitch that are worked in a laceweight yarn. The contrast between the cozy and colorful brioche and the translucent and super lightweight garter stitch makes this shawl unique and also very fun to knit!