April 18, 2019

Second Peek at the Faux Holidays Yarn Club

  • A black and white image of yarn on a table with yellow lemons.

We need you to know how beautiful the yarn for the next Faux Holidays Yarn Club is, without actually showing you and giving away the surprise! So, we’re resorting to trickery! If you want a really sweet surprise — both in terms of the yarn, and the other lovely items we’ve selected — run don’t walk to our website! Subscriptions close the end of the month!

The second installment is “National Wine Day!” and will contain:

One skein of fingering weight yarn on a sparkle base (SPARKLES!!!)
A pattern
Two other carefully chosen items, one of which is locally sourced
Some other things (I feel compelled to tell you that, once again, we will NOT be sending you any alcoholic beverages…)

Subscriptions close May 1. Ship date is May 16, 2019.

In other Despondent Dyes news, Vintage Vixen is officially here! This is our brand new non-Superwash sportweight yarn. It comes in a gorgeous palette of 15 colors and is perfect for everything from cables to colorwork. The semisolid colors might be different from our bright speckled sock yarns, but you’ll find the same hilarious names with a fun, 1950s housewife twist. To say we are crazy about this yarn would be putting it mildly.

April 3, 2019

The Faux Holidays Yarn Club Second Installment!

The second installment of The Faux Holidays Club is celebrating “National Wine Day” which is May 25! We realize that this is one of those holidays that can trigger bouts of anxiety in the general populace, so we’ve put our heads together and come up with some lovely things to help ease you into the celebration!

The second installment will include:
One skein of fingering weight yarn in a sparkle base and a pattern
Two carefully chosen extras – one of which is from a local source
A little something else (I feel compelled to let you know that, once again, we will NOT be sending you alcoholic beverages!)

The photo is part of the inspiration board for this installment, and gives a couple hints as to what will be in the shipment.

Signups are now open and will remain open until May 1st! Unlike with the Margarita Club, we do not anticipate having any extras, so don’t miss your spot!

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to email us.

March 23, 2019

Introducing Vintage Vixen!

We have been working on a thing. A big thing. When it comes to dying yarn, nothing is more exciting than adding a new base to the yarn family. It is like having a baby, without all the cleanup. Vintage Vixen is unlike anything we have ever had at Despondent Dyes. It is our first non-Superwash base, our first sportweight, and the first yarn we have specifically designed to use in garment knitting/crocheting.

Our first palette of colors includes 12 stunning colors and three neutrals. This yarn is plump and soft and works up in colorwork like it was made for it. We cannot wait to knit all the sweaters, crochet all the tops, and of course, colorwork all the mittens in this amazing yarn.

The yarn officially launches April 15, but this is your special invitation to preorder, because we have a plan….
Maybe you have seen a sweet little top from Pom Pom Quarterly — the Water Clover top? Maybe you thought, gosh I would love to crochet that in a brand new sportweight from Despondent Dyes! Well guess what? Your dreams are all coming true! We are going to be hosting a crochet-along on our Instagram, Ravelry and Facebook platforms and we want you to play along!

The crochet-along will start April 15, the day the sportweight yarn launches. For the next two weeks we will have pre-orders up in our webshop! You’ll get a 15% off discount on two or more preordered skeins of Vintage Vixen, just use the code CROCHETALONG at checkout!

January 30, 2019

Last Chance Call for Margarita Day!

February 1 is the last day to sign up for the first installment of the Faux Holidays Club, Margarita Day! This one-of-a-kind club curated by Despondent Dyes features a very special skein of self-striping yarn with heel and toe mini, a pattern written for the yarn and some fun goodies centered around a comforting beverage.

And we get why you might be holding out — you don’t like surprises, you like your yarn with security. You like your cake naked, so you can see the filling. You never let anyone else put milk and sugar in your tea. But we promise, if you take a chance on this skein of self-striping yarn, you will not be disappointed! And this is just the beginning — there are three more Faux Holidays after this, and trust us, they are gonna be soooo good.

January 22, 2019

Introducing the Faux Holidays Club!

The Holidays can be rough!

If you need a little “something” to help you get through all that cheer and family togetherness (cue grandma asking why you’re still single…) we’ve got your back!

We picked four of the toughest holidays to get through and we’ve put together a special skein of Despondent Dyes yarn and some thoughtfully curated extras — locally sourced whenever possible!

National Margarita Day – February 22, 2019!

This installment will contain:
* One skein of self-striping sock yarn with a coordinating heel/toe skein
* A pattern
* Two other items based around a soothing beverage (hint: I am NOT mailing you a margarita!)

Subscriptions for this first installment close February 1!

November 16, 2016

New Stockist in East Hampton Village, New York

Despondent Dyes has gone Coastal! We are pleased to announce that Black Sheep Knitworks in the village of East Hampton, New York, has just received a large shipment of Despondent Dyes yarns. They join Stash in Corvallis, Oregon, and Wool ‘N Wares in West Linn, Oregon, in carrying our regular colorways.

Black Sheep Knitworks also has a sampling of our special Christmas color. If you are anywhere in the area and in need of some slightly irreverent, but beautiful yarn — go see them! They’re at 47 Newtown Lane.

November 4, 2016

We Set Our Colors With the Acidity of Our Bitter Tears

Offering hand dyed yarn to fiber enthusiasts. During our 2nd year of business, we will be donating $1 — for every skein sold — to charity. The designated charity for September through November 2016 is Hope for Paws, an animal rescue operating out of Southern California.

We are a cheerful mother and daughter duo seeking a creative outlet for our despondent alter ego. Dead serious about color and knitting, but we tend to be a touch irreverent about almost everything else.

So many indie dyers. One email.
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