September 17, 2020

Trick-or-Treat

Polymer clay animals in costumes.

These little cuties will help you get into the Halloween spirit! They are all dressed up and ready to go collect candy. This set of Costumed Hedgehogs is available with soldered rings or lobster claw clasps. You get one hedgehog with a witch hat, one dressed up as a flower, one as a bunny, and finally — one hedgehog dressed up as a duck. They are 10% off through Sunday – no coupon code needed.

September 17, 2020

Meet us at the River’s Edge

  • A pink cabled sweater.

Visit Sew Happy Jane this weekend for a discount on a dyed-to-order selection of DK yarns perfect for knitting the River’s Edge pattern collection by Hanks and Needles.

After a year of dreaming and scheming, Heather Best of Sew Happy Jane and Makenzie Alvarez of Hanks and Needles are thrilled to finally share the results of a special collaboration.

Inspired by the quiet banks of a winding river, the River’s Edge Cardigan and Hat patterns echo the flowing life and serene landscape of a river bank. Makenzie’s goal was to balance simplicity and flow to showcase a tonal hand-dyed yarn with this seamless design. The cardigan begins at the collar and winds its way down the back with a flowing cable panel that is easy to work via chart or written instructions. Using an innovative method you’ll work the collar and the body all at the same time and the finished garment will be a classic you’ll reach for over and over.

Not quite ready to commit to a cardigan? The single skein River’s Edge Hat will give you the perfect opportunity to play with cables again or try your hand at them for the first time.

Heather has put together a thoughtful palette of colorways perfect for showcasing the River’s Edge hat and cardigan. The dyed-to-order listing will feature a selection of options at a discounted price on a choice of three DK base yarns. Choose from Delightful DK, Delightful Tweed DK, and the new Dreamy MCN DK. Shown in colorway Electric Raspberry.

The pattern is available on Ravelry, and LoveCrafts for 25% off through the weekend.

LANIVENDOLE’s Advent Calendar

  • A sepia toned ohoto of yarn and leaves.

This is our very first Advent Calendar, we’ve been eager to make one since we started our own yarn production, for many reasons, from celebrating childhood memories to making a very special color collection inspired by winter and Christmastime… but truly in this so troubled and scary year we wanted even more to celebrate and share some sheer joy, and this seems quite the perfect treasure to make and to give.

We’ve had tons of ideas to theme this special event, but at last we thought that yarn had to be the focus, our hand-dyed colors had to tell our story, and a few treats had to be the fun and extra delight. So we worked on a bundle of hand-dyed shades to cheer up winter days, and bless both the snowy skies and cozy fireplaces; we got inspired by the atmosphere of simple bliss and intimate happiness that we feel gathering with our loved ones, just for the sake of staying together and enjoying the moment.

We chose to use A Chic Blend for the yarn base, which is our most iconic perhaps, fluffy and warm on one side, and carrying a quite good yardage to be used in plenty of patterns requiring color playing.

For the treats included, we worked again with the talented Carla of @laboratorioindie to make the cutest stitch markers we’ve ever handled, all molded and engraved by hand, in shiny metal, inspired by the mood that will accompany this whole bundle.

Please make note of a few useful information about the Calendar:

Listings will be visible on our Webshop from September 18, 18.00 h CEST.
Listings will be open until September 30, unless they go sold out before; shipping will be scheduled in early October.
Each box will include 24 mini skeins of 20g – 90m + 1 full skein of 50g – 225m of our A Chic Blend fingering yarn, a blend of Italian Wool, Mohair and Alpaca in hand dyed hues, inspired by this special time of the year, and a set of hand molded stitch markers by Carla of Laboratorio Indie, realized especially for this edition.

September 15, 2020

September Studio Series Yarn Club Open Enrollment

We are super excited about the fabulous 🍂 fall vibes we are feeling with the September installment of the Queen City Yarn Studio Series Yarn Club!

That’s our friend Kelly rocking the Want S’more Cowl by Janis Ficker Designs from the August Club shipment pictured.

Sign ups are live for the September Studio Series and enrollment is open through September 20th!

Will you join us? You can purchase a subscription for yourself and/or a fiber-lovin’ friend and join us for one, three, six or 12 months of fun as we explore color, dye techniques and yarn bases.

September 15, 2020

First part of my biggest launch ever!!

  • Pink and green speckled yarn.

Hello fellow yarn lovers! 🙂

I’m so happy to announce that I have released my first out of three yarn launches tonight!

This release features
~10 new multicolor tweed colorways
~10 new neutral tweed colorways
85% Superwash Merino, 15% Donegal Nep
2ply yarn
438 yds/100g

~5 mohair colorways
72% Kid Mohair 28% Silk
1ply yarn
459 yds/50g

More colorways and bases coming within the next week!

September 11, 2020

New Sweater Pattern Release – Variation on a Twist

  • A chartreuse sweater with a striped yoke in blue and brown.

I’m happy to announce my latest sweater design, Variation on a Twist. It is a top down, short-sleeved pullover with gentle waist shaping that leads to a slight A-line silhouette. A long-sleeved option is also included in the pattern. A simple garter and twisted stitch pattern adorns the yoke with only one color is worked per round. The short-sleeved version is perfect for the summer into fall transition or can be used as a layering piece in winter to add a touch of color to your wardrobe. The long-sleeve version results in a casual, cozy garment perfect for those gray, winter days.

This sweater is designed to be worn with 0” to 4” of positive ease. There are 18 sizes ranging from 32″ to 66″ finished bust circumference. Gentle waist shaping gives way to a slight A-line look at the hips resulting in an approximate 2” larger hip circumference than the bust circumference. Three additional options for body shaping are provided in the pattern along with the two sleeve-length options.

Variation on a Twist works up quickly with a stitch pattern that is easily memorized and once completed, results in rounds of soothing stockinette stitch. Both sweaters are knit up in Marianated Yarns Playtime DK; a wonderfully scrumptious superwash merino base that has a lovely drape and softness. Marian has put together kits for the sweater on her website or you can choose your own color combinations.

Autumnal Equinox – New Hat and Mitt Set!

  • A woman models a brown cabled hat and mitts.

Autumnal Equinox Hat and Autumnal Equinox Mitts are debuting Friday, September 11th. These patterns are being featured at Knits & Knots Tahoe for the Sierra Nevada Yarn Crawl. Kits including the yarn and pattern can be purchased from Knits & Knots Tahoe.

The perfect hat and mitts to keep you cozy while you sip on the warm fall beverage of your choice. A row of cute acorns runs just above the hat brim and along the center of the mitts. The acorns are formed by slipped stitch cables with seed stitch and are framed by columns of simple cables. The hat is a standard beanie, but if you prefer slouchy beanies there are instructions included to make the hat longer. Grab a PSL or a hot apple cider and knit yourself a festive fall accessory set. One skein of fingering-weight yarn will be enough yarn to make both the hat and the mitts!

Vakyrie Fibers dyed up two perfect fall colorways Woodland Realm (shown in photos) and Mirkwood. These are available on a Fingering Weight BFL Tweed base exclusively from Knits & Knots Tahoe for the kits!

September 10, 2020

More tweed yarn on the website

September is here and the mornings are already feeling cooler. Renovation work is still underway at ECY Shedquarters but I am managing to work around it so far. Moving the kettle into the dye shed was a great choice. 🤣 Our most recent update went live on Wednesday but you haven’t missed out! New batches of our tweedy Keswick Fingering and Keswick DK are ready and waiting for you. If you want to know more about these yarns check out the Shedcast introducing it on our YouTube channel. You can also find all the information covered in the Shedcast in our handy blog post which you can find on our home page.

In the few weeks before this update we had added a few different yarns to the website, including Hayton DK (Merino/Cashmere/nylon), Tempo 4ply, Brimham 4ply (both Merino/nylon sock yarns), Pendle 4ply (pure Merino), Titus Lace (Merino/silk), Keld Fingering (Merino/linen singles yarn) and Coniston Fingering Merino/mohair singles yarn). 😍 Coming soon we will have updates of Titus 4ply, Keld Fingering, Rosedale 4ply and Nateby 4ply with plenty of sparkly mini skeins so sign up to our newsletter to find out about the timing of these updates!

Over the past few months we have been working on a revamp to the pattern for Chromium. Designed by Mr ECY, David O’Kelly, Chromium started life as a really nice, versatile scarf but has evolved into a generous, snuggly wrap. This versatile pattern is ideal for beginners to get to grips with knitting on a bias and simple increases and decreases; as well as for more experienced knitters who want a nice, easy, satisfying project. The small contrast bands are handy for using leftovers too. It uses seven skeins of DK yarn, two of each main colour and one skein for the contrast bands which gives you plenty of scope to really personalise your wrap. The pattern is currently only available as a download from our website. We sneakily added a handful of Pendle DK to the website last week so make sure to have a look at those if you need yarn for your Chromium. Pendle DK has a lower meterage per skein than Bowland DK so you may need more yarn if you choose to use this yarn but you can also combine it with any of our other DK yarns.

We are often asked about colour combination suggestions, you may be considering putting two Milburn 4ply colours together to personalise your Droppe Sweater by Emmy + Lien which was recently released. This is a gorgeous and practical crochet sweater that will go nicely with a range of outfits. The pattern is written for 10 sizes (71 – 162cm / 28 – 63¾in bust) and being worked from the top down is easily adaptable at all stages. The pattern is available on the Emmy + Lien website (https://www.emmyandlien.com/pattern-shop/droppe-sweater-crochet-pattern) and also on Ravelry. I love the idea of Charcoal as the main colour and then Fern as the border for a lovely pop. I had great fun putting together some of my suggestions for this stunning design and they have been added to the Milburn 4ply album in flickr. I have also added some ideas for creating rainbow effects. This album is really useful for getting an idea how the different shades of Milburn work together!

As the weather starts to get cooler and the nights start to draw in you may be looking for larger projects to keep yourself busy or you may even have your eyes on some winter accessories. We can help with both of these! We have a few multi-colour yarn packs still available on the website. These are three-, four-, five-, and six-colour packs in DK and 4ply/fingering yarns, perfect for those multi-skein projects if you find it difficult to choose colour combinations. In each pack you get 100g per colour, so this is either in single 100g skeins or two 50g balls of Milburn and all yarn packs come at a lower price than ordering the individual yarns separately.

We also still have many colours of Aran and Chunky yarns available on sale, perfect for if you want to be prepared for the cold months. There are great selections available in the Reduced section of the website. This also extends to out Cat Knits Yarn Packs so now would be the ideal time to get cracking on a Cosy Cat Sweater by Marna Gilligan. We also still have copies of the Cat Knits book available.

While on the subject of yarn packs, do you remember the Woodbine Sweater by Fiona Alice? We know a lot of you loved it and as we are out of stock of the original yarn packs we thought it would be fun to pull together some new alternative colour combinations. These are very limited in numbers but we are sure you will love them!

September 10, 2020

Rhode Love Hat knit pattern

  • A woman models a purple and gray hat on a beach.

Rhody Love Hat is a cozy knitted hat named for the lovely little state of Rhode Island. It gets chilly in the autumn in New England and stays cold until springtime. Whether you are exploring Providence in October or walking on one of the many beautiful beaches in the ocean state in early spring, wearing knitwear is definitely needed in Rhode Island. The designer — that’s me — and my collaboration partner, indie yarn dyer Jill of Jilly and Kiddles, live, work and create in Rhode Island. Rhody Love Hat can be made in any two colorways. Try contrasting colors for exciting pops of color, or mix your favorite two colors for fun stripes. Visit Ravelry for the pattern and Jillyandkiddles.com for yarn options! This hat is the perfect accessory as we head into fall!

September 10, 2020

The Aquarelle Collection is here: Hand-dyed project bags

  • A cotton bag with handles dyed peach.
  • A stack of colorful bags.

Rediscover colours with our special collection of organic cotton project bags hand-dyed and handmade in our atelier in Alsace, France.

*The cotton is organic*
This collection is made entirely of organic cotton, both the outer fabric and the lining. The cotton is sourced from European suppliers extremely conscious and aware of all the ecological and social problems involved in the supply chain.

*The dyes are fiber reactive*
The dyes I chose to create my colours are fiber reactive dyes: they blend with the fiber and will permanently stay there. No bleeding, no fading! I have longly debated with myself if to use natural dye or chemical dyes: I have read tons of literature on both choices, considering both the tinctorial proprieties and the ecological impact.

At the end I have chosen fiber reactive dyes: they last longer, they environmental impact is minor (see below), they do not fade and are light fast.

*The Technique is Unique*
The technique I have developed to create all these intense colour nuances is rather unique.

Each bag is dye individually, making it exceptional and distinctive.

I cut and wash all cotton before beginning the dyeing process. I then batch dye similar colours in small sessions. Each piece of fabric is dyed by itself: it is the only way I can control the effect I want to achieve and the intensity of the colours.

*The Process is Mindful*
In developing my dyeing technique I have payed the uttermost attention to use as less water as possible.

Each bag is dyed with less than 10 cl (3.5oz) of water. As I apply a special technique I have developed, before each dyeing session I calculate exactly how much dye I should make and use.
If there is some dye left I then use it to dye the lining fabric or even some bags pieces and handles.

*The Final Touches are conscious*
Once every bag is dyed and cured for 48 hours (at least), I plan the last fixing wash.

I batch similar colours together, saving not only water but also electricity.

I use my handmade unscented Marseille Soap washing liquid, and vinegar to fix the dye.

Once the rinsing water from the washing machine is completely clear, the fixing process is complete and eternal. I then let each bag dry before the first ironing.

*The Sewing is by Me*
Once the dyeing process is done, then there is the sewing left.

I sew everything myself, with the occasional help of my mother, in my atelier in Alsace, France.

I decide colour pairing, thread colours (all cotton!) and handles.

Each bag is sewn with the highest attention to details: each stitch is loved. The occasional rogue stitch can escape our watchful eyes, but there is no end to the perfect finishing touches.