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November 1, 2020

Canadian Holiday Gift Sets Now Available!

  • A collection of yarny treats.

Alley Cat Yarns of Ottawa, Canada presents: Canadian Holiday gift sets! These curated sets include a range of Canadian-sourced goodies perfect for the yarn crafter in your life (that includes you!).

The complete set includes all of these curated items:

1. A hand-thrown smooth porcelain clay cat-themed yarn bowl, from Robin Badger Pottery in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. Fired to 2250 degrees F and glazes are lead free and food safe.
2. A pattern for the Ripple Wave Beanie by Amanda Albers of ALW Handmade in Ottawa, Ontario.
3. A flooftastic giant 6-inch pom pom with which to adorn your hat, also from the talented Amanda at ALW Handmade.
4. A hand-epoxied notions tin, cat stitch markers, and progress keeper from Sandy at Firefly Notes, a fantastic British Columbia-based craft business
5. A surprise beautiful and useful notion from Quebec’s Twill and Print.
6. A skein of Queenie Merino/Cashmere/nylon Aran-weight yarn, well suited to the Ripple Wave Beanie pattern, by Yours Truly at Alley Cat Yarns.

Quantities of these unique sets are very limited and will sell out quickly — shop early to avoid disappointment!

August 10, 2020

Introducing: Alley Cat Yarns!

  • A box of colorful yarn.

I’m Melissa, dyer and all else behind Alley Cat Yarns– a brand-new indie-dyed yarn shop that launched this summer in Ottawa, Canada. Creating wearable, vibrant, and interesting colorways on beautiful yarns comes naturally to me, and sharing these with others has been a great joy!

To celebrate the launch of Alley Cat’s first set of 14 repeatable, dyed-to-order colorways, we’re offering free shipping within North America and 20% off purchases of $150 (CAD) or more. Discounts apply to dyed-to-order as well as the many unique colorways that are in stock right now! What a great time to plan fall sweaters and holiday gifts! Offers expire August 31, 2020.

Alley Cat’s yarns come in seven different bases, ranging from light fingering through light worsted: CLEO 4-ply sock Merino light fingering; MINOU 3-ply Merino/Cashmere/silk fingering; MINETTE single-ply Merino/Cashmere/silk light fingering; BOOTS 3-ply Merino/nylon sock; LEO Bluefaced Leicester/nylon sock, LUCKY extrafine 100% 17-micron Merino light worsted; and CHESTER 100% Superwash Merino light worsted. Each of these has something great to offer, and all are so pleasant to work with.

At the moment, my personal favorite Alley Cat yarn is our LEO 80% BFL/20% nylon sock yarn. LEO is a lofty fingering weight yarn ideal for strong socks, sweaters, mitts, and other projects that call for a formidable yet cozy fiber. Owing to its long staple length, BFL is known for its light natural sheen, drape, and subtle halo. I’m eyeing a simple, elegant BFL pullover for fall, perhaps in the Golden Amber colorway… but Grass Green is calling my name, too.

Come visit the shop to explore all we have to offer. While you’re visiting, be sure to sign up for our newsletter to be the first to know about upcoming shop updates, promotions, and to get ready for some special limited-edition yarn base announcements in the near future!