Traveler

Cedar Hill Farm Company would like to introduce you to the new love of your life: Traveler!

It’s sock knitting season and you deserve a yarn that will last, wear after wear. This 75/25 British BFL/nylon fingering weight yarn is not only hard-wearing and warm, but it also comes in a generous skein of 464 yards/100g. That’s certainly enough for a stout pair of adult socks or even for a complete shawl.

Because the BFL in this yarn just soaks up the color, Traveler is a deeply saturated yarn in a uniquely dyed gradient. The jewel tones of this yarn will take your breath away! What’s even better is that they don’t bleed out with washing, so your FO stays as vibrant as it was at the cast off.

There are currently six eye-popping colorways available: Guitar God, Dancing’ with Blue Jean, Elton, Chasing the Sun, Thieves in the Temple, and Just Jade.

This Just In!

It’s been a good long while since I was able to add something new to the shop. Spring is always hectic enough with getting the garden started, shearing, and lambing, but this year we’ve been additionally overwhelmed with the building of a barn by ourselves without a contractor. So, I’ve been a wee bit behind lately. However, new to the shop this week are some pretty great project bags in a variety of patterns, all with square bottoms and durable, detachable handles.

This new project bag is the largest that I make, coming in at 10.5 inches x 12.5 inches with a 4-inch square bottom. The zippers are plastic and are not inclined to snag your yarn or your project. The cool thing about these, though, is the handle. I’m not a big “bag with handles” kind of person, and maybe some of you aren’t either, so I made my handle completely detachable. The swivel latch gives your the option or handle or no handle, making it great for any occasion. As well, the D-ring on the side of the bag makes for an excellent means of hanging your bag on a hook in a closet or your very organized craft room.

Additional patterns will be added in the coming weeks, but check out the 14 options currently in stock!

Shop Update: Silk & Sport

After having nearly sold out of both of the new labels, Silk Sheep and Sporty Sheep, the weather finally cooperated for a full day this week and I was able to dye up some rockin’ color ways. (I do all of my dyeing outdoors because, well, yarn dyed and dried in the sunshine is like bedsheets dried on the line — it just soaks up the energy of the sun and knits better!). If you’ve been stalking these yarns, and you’ve been waiting for them to be restocked, you are in luck!

Also, I’ve added some springy color ways to each. Silk Sheep gets Margaritaville, which is a tonal pale to medium kelly, and Sultan of Swing, which is a super-unique shade of teal blue that made me think of silk turbans and the waters of Fiji at the same time. I almost didn’t list this one. It took considerable will power not to hide it away in my stash. Sporty Sheep gets Blue Raspberry, Lemon Drop, and Spring. If you check out this section on my website, you might be inclined to think that someone’s gum ball machine exploded all over the page. I think you’ll be hard pressed to find colors that fun and bright in a springy, squishy sport Merino anywhere else. I’m not usually a sport knitter, but I’ve been thinking hard about working up a striped sweater in Sport Sheep for myself. It’s also super great for mitts, spring cowls, and baby sweaters.

In other news… Spring Fling 2016 (Atlanta) and the Carolina Fiber Fest (Raleigh) are on my yarn show radar this month, so there are oodles of Rocket Sock, Rocket Sock Medium, and Journey colorways that are not going to be available online until probably mid-April, but which will be completely available in my booth. There will also be some new double-grommet project bags available at these shows made from some limited availability fabrics. If you are in the area, or are in need of a day trip, I hope you will visit me at one of these events, both of which promise to overflow with yarn and fiber awesomeness.

Happy crafting!

February 2, 2016

Fun New Project Keepers

Now that January, the dreariest month of the year is finally behind us, it’s time to begin brightening things up a bit. New for February at Cedar Hill Farm Company are two-grommet, zippered project bags (7″ x 9″) that are totally perfect for carrying along your favorite small projects. These bags are especially great for anyone who is in love with Magic Loop knitting, two-color stranded knitting, or multi-color crocheting because the grommets allow you to keep your yarn cakes separate while your work and still allow you to tuck your project back into the bag for safe keeping. The grommets will accommodate up to a bulky weight yarn, but are still small enough that loose notions, stitch markers, and tapestry needles won’t escape. I like my bags, particularly, for sock and mitten knitting. If you are a one-at-a-time knitter or a crocheter, we also have single-grommet project bags for those take-along projects that will fit nicely into virtually any purse or bag. My personal favorite right now is the Glow-In-the-Dark Star Wars bags–Darth Vader actually glows in the dark, which gives a whole new dimension to movie knitting!

And speaking of knitting, don’t forget we’ve introduced a new label this year: Silk Sheep. Dyed in gorgeous jewel tones, this 50/50 pure silk/Merino is sure to be a favorite for Spring knitting, especially shawls and lace scarves.

Visit www.cedarhillyarns.com to check out all of our hand-sewn project bags and totes.

January 20, 2016

Silk Sheep is Here!

Each year, I try to begin the new year with a new yarn base. This year, I’ve chosen a 50/50 silk/Merino fingering weight that goes by the name of Silk Sheep. The special thing about this yarn is, once you own it, you won’t be able to keep your hands off of it! This very round 4-ply, medium twist yarn is not only silky smooth and luxuriously drape-y, but it has all the squish and spring of what must have been some of the cuddliest sheep on the planet. I’m not a huge fan of silk blends, myself, but this is the kind of yarn that I would knit with again and again. It’s not overly shiny like some yarns whose silk is synthetic, either. The pure silk in this fiber blend has a gentle sheen that will ad luster instead of glare to your finished project, and who wouldn’t want that? Available colorways include: Lipstick on His Collar, Kozmic Blues, Veridian, Lost in a Daydream, and Eleanor Rigby.

Silk Sheep also comes in a generous hank of 438 yards (400 m) per 100g. That’s far more yarn in a single hank than you will find from most commercial companies. As well, the eco-friendly, non-toxic dyes are fixed to eliminate the bleeding and fading that you so often get with the commercial “hand paint” yarns. Dyed in jewel tones, Silk Sheep is a dream come true for shawl, scarf, and lace knitters. So, stop by Cedar Hill Farm Company and check out the very unique and very beautiful Silk Sheep today — your stash will thank you!

November 18, 2015

New Pattern Release: Inverse Mitts

So, I was looking for a way to jazz up a hand-knit gift for my mother-in-law, and the end result was a brand new colorwork pattern that is both a quick knit and the perfect all-occasion accessory!

Meet the Inverse Mitts, a stranded colorwork pattern that is worked up in my new hand-dyed yarn base, Sporty Sheep. These gloves, which can be knit for pre-teens, teens, and women alike, have an easy repeating hand and palm pattern. You will need less than 200 yards, combined, to work up a pair. The vertical striping pattern of the palm also gives it greater durability, density, and warmth over the traditional color work glove/mitten pattern. The thumb is worked as an afterthought thumb, which is one of the easiest ways to work a thumb, I think. It took me about a day and a half in my spare time to work up the pair that is pictured, so even if you are a cautious knitter, this pattern is a great option for last-minute holiday knitting and gift giving.

And just a note about the yarn used for this pattern: Sporty sheep is a round, 3-ply, superwash Merino of amazing squishiness and softness. The elasticity of this yarn is fabulous! The hand-dyed quality of the yarn is perfect for contemporary colorwork and non-colorwork patterns, alike. I like it for baby items and cowls, as well as mittens and gloves.

The Inverse Mitts pattern is now available on Ravelry, Craftsy, and the Cedar Hill Farm Company online shop as a downloadable PDF knitting pattern.

October 15, 2015

October SALE!

It’s finally starting to act like October at Cedar Hill Farm instead of July, and everyone is enjoying the return to cozier clothing and, my favorite, SOCKS! When the weather changes, it’s also time to begin working on that holiday gift list since there’s only about two months until Christmas. I can’t believe it’s almost that time again! Not only have I begun adding new self-striping Rocket Sock Medium colorways, but we also have a new custom-designed tote bag that you’re going to love!

To celebrate the return to my favorite season of the year, I’m having a little sale this weekend. Use coupon code OCTOBER at checkout to save $5 on orders of $30 or more.

September 15, 2015

New for Autumn

We’re back from a truly energizing weekend at the Georgia FiberFest and I’m all about making a few much needed changes around here. The first change — and it’s been a big one, not to mention a bit time consuming — is the new look of the online shop. The new set-up should make it easier to shop — just click on the individual listing instead of working with a drop-down box and trying make sure that you are actually ordering the colorway you want. The side bar scrolls up and down, now, too, so I you can click the link to go directly to your favorite yarn. It’s neater, faster, and brighter!

You will notice, though, that some of the yarn labels are “missing.” I’ve decided that it’s time to retire a few labels, what with changing suppliers and adding new yarn lines this year, and the wonderful shoppers at the Georgia FiberFest were more than happy to help me close out that stock. Belle Luxe, Cielo DK, Flock 195, Flock 225, and Flock 335 have all gone away.

Now it’s time to look to autumn for jewel-toned yarns and a darker color palette. I’m looking for natural, earthy tones for my autumn colorways and these can be found in the Journey, Rocket Sock, Rocket Sock Medium, and our newest line, Single Sheep. Single Sheep is our version of the fingering weight single (think Tosh Merino Light) and Blanche, Stella, and Oliver have been gracious enough to give us the fleece off of their backs to make it. Because it’s our first yarn run ever with fleece grown right here at Cedar Hill Farm, quantities are limited. In other words, if you place an order you will want to order exactly what you will need the first time. We also have new colorways of spinning fiber and a bunch of new project bags with grommets.

So stop by the online shop to check out the new yarns and colorways. As always, we also do custom orders and wholesale to LYS and you can contact me through the online shop or by email if you are interested in ordering.

See you there!

The 4th annual Georgia FiberFest, Georgia’s largest fiber festival, is a week away! Cedar Hill Farm Company is a sponsor again this year and I will have a booth (you can’t miss us; we’re at the front door!) full of seriously gorgeous autumn yarns that won’t hit the online shop until AFTER the event, unless I sell out at the show and then they’ll just be gone (so you better come to the show and shop ’til you drop!!). I’m also going to have 50 new grommet knitting bags that aren’t listed in the shop, stitch markers, knitting needles, patterns, hand-painted roving, natural alpaca and llama roving, and THE VERY FIRST YARN FROM THE SHEEP OF CEDAR HILL FARM.

I am also teaching some knitting classes — go here to register for more than 50 classes in every area of fiber craft that there is — so you’ll want to get in on that, too. This event is also being sponsored by Kromski North America and several other amazing companies. Plus, the Handweavers’ Guild of America will be there doing some fabulous demonstrations. The list of must-see vendors is pretty long (Sheep Incognito, for example, will have a booth…) and the market is FREE, because who wants to spend money on admission when there’s sooooooooo much hand-painted and hand-dyed yarn to buy? As well, there will be a dinner in a restored mill on the river catered by one darned amazing chef, and Pam Powers, who is also teaching two classes during the show, is the guest speaker. You’ll also want to get in on that!

The Georgia FiberFest will be September 10-12 at the Convention and Trade Center in Columbus, GA, which just so happens to be a restored ironworks from the Civil War with its own train! So, stop in or stay over and visit twice! Hope to see you there!

Rocket Sock Goes Tonal!

For a limited time, I’ve worked up some Rocket Sock in a few must-have tonal gradients. This 2-ply yarn is fabulous for socks, especially summer-weight, lacey socks, but have you tried it for lace shawls and scarves? It’s absolutely ideal! A much lighter alternative to 4-ply fingering weight yarns, Rocket Sock tonals will give you a beautiful, radiant fabric without unsightly the unsightly pooling of most hand-dyed yarns. As well, the colors are well-fixed so you don’t have to worry about fading or bleeding. Because the fiber is superwash merino blended with a bit of nylon, you get a clearer stitch definition, longer wear, and better blocking results than you will with a typical superwash yarn.

Four colorways are now available in limited quantities in the Cedar Hill Farm Company online shop: Wild Blue Yonder, Buy Me Roses, Irish Eyes, and Always a Bridesmaid.

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