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Spinning Fiber Debut

It’s probably about time that I started carrying spinning fiber in the shop, and what better time to make it available than during the week of the Tour de Fleece? So, here it is, the first of much fiber that will be added to the shop. I am starting with 100% superwash merino top, hand painted in a variety of colors that are sure to make you want to do nothing all day but sit and spin! Two “sizes” are available: 3.8 oz (108 g) and 4 oz (113 g).

As with our yarns, all of our dyed fibers are done with an eco-friendly acid dye that is well-fixed to avoid bleeding, fading, and dye transfer to your hands while spinning. This merino top is perfect for beginning spinners who want to move away from spinning long wools to something soft and next-to-the-skin wearable. I like the superwash merino top for spinning sock yarn, myself. The 3.8 oz that is currently stocked is dyed for long color repeats, which makes it a really fine choice for spinning self-striping fingering weight yarn.

Also being added over the course of the next week will be undyed, all-natural luxury batts of alpaca and llama blends in a variety of weights. These drum carded batts were worked up here at the farm, but the fiber comes from some of the best alpaca and llama breeders in Georgia, Florida, and Virginia. Fine micron, top quality. So be on the lookout for those!

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Sumptuous Velvet!

Tis the season for the introduction of a variety of sumptuous new colorways. In addition to the new line of Calliope 100% silk yarn that debuted last week, we are now beginning to welcome a few fall/winter colorways, and these three new shades of Velvet are certainly eye catching! You’ll want to check these three out: Davy Jones, Burlesque, and Badlands.

Can’t you just picture yourself wrapped in these rich colors? With the cooler autumn months just down the road a piece, now is the perfect time to cast on for a new fingering weight shawl for those cool evenings of September and October. Hand dyed right here on the farm, this 3-ply fingering weight works up much like Tosh Merino Light, only with the added softness and slight halo of alpaca. It may very well be my favorite of all of the yarns on the market. I know I have at least one shawl project in my own queue for the Davy Jones colorway, and I have a pair of Jaywalkers on the needles right now that I’m working up in the Little Pigs colorway. And of course, we have also re-stocked with previous colorways that may have been sold out when you last visited the online shop. Now is the time to stop in and see what your stash has been missing!

Calliope Has Arrived!

June brings a new addition to the shop: Calliope! This fingering weight, 100% raw silk yarn is kettle dyed in crisp, vibrant colors. I don’t know about you, but I always cringe at the price of imitation silk yarns. As well, I think it’s just crazy to pay an arm and a leg for non-synthetic silk that has been scoured, bleached, and degraded into something that is soft and shiny, but very different from what nature intended. Neither scoured nor chemical treated, Calliope drapes like linen, plus it retains all of the elasticity that those little silk worms intended it to have. Instead of that high-polished industrial shine that you get with most silk yarns, Calliope retains its natural opalescent sheen, even after dying.

Each hank is 400 yards (100g) and retains that OOAK quality due to the kettle dying process. Colors are fixed so, unlike many raw silks out there, the colors will not bleed or fade. Current colorways include: Blue Agave (pictured), Flamingo, French Lilac (pictured), Cardinal, Cove, and Java (pictured). The weather has been kind of crazy here on the farm lately, so look for additional colors to arrive in the shop in the next week or so.

I can’t think of a more perfect summer-weight yarn, especially for lacey accessories like shawls and long, draped scarves. Choose Calliope in place of any fingering weight sock yarn for your next summer project and wrap yourself in the luxury of silk!

Gypsy!

This week you’ll find five new colorways in my Gypsy Sock label, one of our most popular fingering weight yarns, debuting in the Cedar Hill Farm Company online shop. New colorways include: Wicked Watermelon, Little Fish, Iris, Gumdrop, and Cherry Blossom.

Gypsy is a 100% superwash Australian merino 2-ply that is great for socks, but also makes for an amazing heavy weight lace yarn. My favorite go-to lace scarves and shawls are knit in this super squishy merino. Australian merino is known for its incredible softness, but this superwash also has an elasticity that just won’t quit, which means that once it’s blocked, you don’t have to worry about stretching and sagging. Light as a feather and perfect for summer classics, you’re going to love the yarn you’re with if your yarn is Gypsy!

Project Bags!

I don’t know about you, but I’m a woman who keeps a project handy in her purse, just in case. As a matter of a fact, I think I choose my purses based on how reasonably well I can fit a knitting project into them. With that in mind, I’ve two types of project bags that make carrying your project with you wherever you go a snap.

First, there’s the self-locking drawstring bag. Fully lined, these 8″ x 10″ bags are washer/dryer safe and 100% cotton. Each bag holds a center-pull ball of up to 1200 yards of fingering weight yarn, plus there’s room to add a small notions bag, whatever you are working up, and your pattern. The self-locking nature of the drawstring allows you to keep everything safely inside without worry of the contents spilling out.

Second, there’s the zippered bags. Also 100% cotton and fully lined (no messy seams exposed), these bags feature a plastic, low-snag zipper, a square bottom that allows the bag to stand upright by itself, and 2 nickel grommets. This medium-sized bag, which can also double as a toiletries bag in a pinch, is 9.25″ x 7.25″. Each bag will hold up to two 450 yard center-pull balls, a notions pouch, needles, and a small in-progress project.

Third, there’s the sock project bag. Although I am a 2-at-a-time sock knitter, I know that most people prefer to work with DPNs. The smallest bag, 6.5″ x 7″ is perfect for your take-along sock project. These bags feature a single nickel grommet and enough room to easily house your center-pull ball, DPNs, a small notions bag. Like their larger counterparts, these sock project bags are fully lined, 100% cotton, and washer/dryer safe.

Although the shop has plenty to choose from now, coming soon are also some Dr. Who and Marvel comics bags, as well as some really cute prints that you won’t want to do without. As always, you’ll find these handy must-haves at www.cedarhillyarns.com.

The New Colorways Just Keep Coming!

This week let’s talk about medium weight hand painted fingering weight yarn. Why? Because even though many have predicted that the sock-knitting craze would wane, it’s still going strong. And, if you are also a sock knitter who enjoys cables as much as I do, then you know that you just can’t get that crispness that a cable pattern demands in a 2-ply fingering weight sock yarn.

Enter Rocket Sock Medium. This 4-ply superwash wool yarn (that is NOT of the super scratchy variety) is exactly what light-weight cabled patterns demand! Hand painted for total OOAK uniqueness, Rocket Sock Medium holds its shape and gives your cables the raised crispness that you want, especially if you have plans to share pictures of your finished pair of socks or gloves on your favorite social media site.

You are in luck this week if the perfect sock yarn is what you’re searching for because there are plenty of new colorways in the shop to choose from! Some colorways, like Roller Derby, Wacky Duck, and Venetian, are hand painted multis in a collection of amazingly deep colors. Others are self-striping, including Sexy Cyclops, Pickles & Jam, and Solitude.

Check out Rocket Sock Medium and our many other yarns at www.cedarhillyarns.com because you ought to love the yarn you’re with!

And they just keep coming!

New to the shop are five new Rocket Sock colorways that will make you say “I need that!” These new colorways include: Soul Sistah, Poodle Skirt, Might Be Magic, Lizard Lips, and Tea Cake. I’m really into bold, bright colors right now, and I can’t decide if I’m more in love with Lizard Lips (self-striping) or Soul Sistah. Also self-striping are Poodle Skirt and Salt Marsh, depending on your stitch count, of course. The Carolina Fiber Fest was so good to me that I sold pretty much sold out of this yarn line, so you can expect to see the return of more popular colorways of the past (coming soon: Firefly, Supergirl, and Tuscan) plus whatever I can dream up between now and then as I rebuild my stock.

In case your are new to the shop or to this particular line of yarn, Rocket Sock is the perfect summer-weight sock yarn! 75% superwash Merino, 25% nylon, this ultra-high twist 2-ply is the perfect choice for socks and lace wear in the summer months. It’s light, it has an amazing elasticity, and it both washes (machine wash) and wears well with little to no pilling. If you are a sock knitter, this is a great choice for those times when you want to break away from the same ol’ square heel flap with a round heel turn and go for short rows, garter stitch, hat-top heels, or square heels — you won’t get that bulkiness under the heel that you will with a traditional 4-ply yarn. As well, unlike less elastic, more loosely-spun fingering weight yarns, Rocket Sock stays where you put it on the blocking board and doesn’t stretch out or sag with wear.

And heads up: I took advantage yesterday of the first sunny day in 2 weeks and I spent all afternoon dyeing up a new round of Rocket Sock Medium in seven knock-your-socks-off colorways. Those should be hitting the shop soon, so be on the lookout!

Introducing: VELVET!

It’s been a very long time coming, but I have finally found the PERFECT alpaca/Merino fingering weight yarn! 20% alpaca/60% Merino/20% nylon, this 4-ply fingering weight yarn is kettle dyed in jewel tones that will stop you in your tracks! This yarn is so sinfully soft, so fabulously squishy that you will want to knit every pair of socks from now on in VELVET!

If you attended the Carolina Fiber Fest last weekend, you’ve already seen (and fondled) this incredible yarn. If you weren’t in the area and couldn’t attend, then the only thing to do is to order some for yourself right now! I am so in love with this yarn that I think I am going to have to re-assign my sock yarn stash as a “shawl stash.” VELVET is just that amazing.

So stop by my online shop and check it out for yourself. You’re absolutely going to love this yarn!

Happy crafting!

P.S. We are featuring SIX new Rocket Sock color ways this week that will knock your socks off!

February 4, 2015

Wicker

Wicker is a new asymmetrical (and completely reversible!) shawl pattern that is perfect for fingering weight yarns, especially my Journey (100% superwash merino) yarn. The name of this pattern is directly tied to the openwork panels of this shawl. The design, when blocked, appears to be very similar to the traditional wicker furniture pattern that I grew up with. If you grew up in the ’70s and ’80s like I did, then you will recognize this pattern from the wicker furniture craze. A nifty feature of this pattern is that, because it involves quick-knit garter stitch, it knits up and blocks equally well no matter what your knitting style happens to be. It also happens to be a great shawl pattern for novice knitters.

If you are like me, then you want your shawls to have the ability to double as scarves. This pattern makes a very attractive scarf, by the way.

Wicker is available on Ravelry, on Craftsy, and on Zibbet.com in my shop as a pdf download.

January 14, 2015

New Yarn for a New Year!

2015 is going to bring a few changes in the label line-up for Cedar Hill Farm Company yarns. The first change to announce is the addition of a new yarn altogether: JOURNEY. Because it marks the beginning of a new direction for our yarns, and because it is ideal for lacey and cable-y socks and shawls, we think that this is the yarn that you will want with you on whatever your 2015 journey may be. 100% superwash, this 4-ply Merino is squishy-soft and absolutely luxurious! Journey yarns are hand painted in very small batches of 3 and 4 hanks to ensure that colors are vivid and uniform, and because of the nature of our dye process, each hank retains a one-of-a-kind quality.

In the spirit of going on a journey, all of the colorways of this collection will be named for the spectacular destinations that are worthy of anyone’s bucket list. Even if you are unable to travel there, you can wear the colors of the world’s most beautiful landscapes and cityscapes. Each colorway in this label debut has a story to tell, as well. For example, Avignon is so named for the lavender gardens that surround the stone monastery of Abbaye de Senanque near the historic town on Avignon, France. The colorway Cappadocia, of course, is named for the area in Anatolia, Turkey, where the landscape is rich with cordovan and the colors of desert sands. Additional colorways making their debut include: Lerwick, Glen Coe, and Norris Point.

Also, look for Journey as a featured yarn in Tangledmania’s “Knit-the-Book” event in 2015. One of these color ways will be used to knit the Ivy Trellis Mittens from Alana Dakos’ Botanical Knits.

JOURNEY is now available in limited quantities in the Cedar Hill Farm Company shop at Zibbet.com.