November 21, 2018

Free Shipping & Multi-Item Discounts

After Indie Untangled, I’ve been gradually updating the shop. Those of you who follow me on Instagram will have seen large bags go up, and box bags, and medium bags and DPN cases.

For Black Friday through Cyber Monday (starting now and running through November 26) I’m offering free domestic shipping on all orders and discounted shipping on international orders.

But that’s not all: If you buy four or more items (and that includes the small things!) you get 25% off your order.

I’m doing this in part to say thank you to you all for being amazing customers (because you are!). I’m also doing it in part because it looks like I’m going to be abroad for school next spring — and I’d much rather have bags be in happy customers’ hands than sitting on a shelf in my office gathering dust for several months.

No codes are needed — the updates will apply automagically in my Etsy shop.

October 4, 2018

Collaborative Kit with Murky Depths Dyeworks

This week’s update is brought to you by two Indie Untangled makers who have teamed up to bring you the Koi Pond kit.

Alisa Beer of KnitSpinQuilt and Debbie Bresler of Murky Depths Dyeworks both live and work in New York City, and, ironically, met on Ravelry.

Alisa and Deb have teamed up to create a exclusive, limited-edition kit that spoke to both of them. It features one skein of fingering-weight yarn, dyed by Deb, and one medium drawstring project bag, sewn by Alisa. In line with Alisa’s habit of donating to charitable causes, 10% of the purchase price of each kit will be donated to RAICES to help in the ongoing effort to reunite migrant children with their parents. If all the kits sell out they will donate an additional 5% to RAICES for the excellent work they are doing in these troubled times.

When Deb suggested an aquatic theme, Alisa went on a deep dive (hah!) looking for the perfect fabric. After some consultation, she ended up with a subtle dark teal with kelp foliage and flashes of tonal and bright orange fish. The tops of the bags are a coordinating geometric print that Alisa bought on a whim, and which ended up being just what was needed to pull it all together.

The bags are made of 100% Kona Cotton — a fabric that is slightly denser and sturdier than most quilting fabrics, which is Alisa’s go-to for her bags. The bags are long wearing and machine washable. The ties are grosgrain ribbon, and each bag has a key ring you can attach a lanyard or carabiner hook to. The medium size bag is Alisa’s best seller and at 10” x 7” x 3” is big enough to hold three skeins of yarn.

The yarn is Murky Depths Deep Sock, a squishy 80% Merino/20% Nylon Superwash 3-ply that’s perfect for socks but next to skin soft — suitable for garments and accessories. Each skein is 100 grams/400 yards. This exclusive colorway was developed specially to match the project bag. In keeping with Deb’s moody style, the yarn is dyed in multiple tonal layers with little pops of goldfish orange peeking through.

This kit will be available for preorder from October 5 until October 25, and will start shipping on November 25. We know that’s a bit of time to wait, but we need to be certain we can deliver the highest-quality product possible, so we’re setting a conservative timeline to be sure! Additional options exist to substitute a large drawstring bag or add an additional skein of the yarn.

July 11, 2018

Semiramis Shawl Kits with Yarn Over New York and Gannet Designs

KnitSpinQuilt is exited to announce the first of several collaborations with yarn dyers!

This very first kit is a collaboration with Yarn Over New York and Gannet Designs. Customize it and make it exactly what you want: you get a medium drawstring project bag, one or two skeins of fingering-weight yarn, a lace shawl pattern, and a stitch marker.

The project bag — a medium drawstring project bag sewn by Alisa of KnitSpinQuilt — is made from a fabric whose pattern was designed by Naomi of Gannet Designs. The lovely, lovely yarn is dyed by Jessie of Yarn Over New York.

You get to customize the kit in several ways. We’re offering it in three different colors (green, blue, and purple) and two different yarns: Times Square Sock (Merino/nylon) or Astoria (alpaca/Merino). Choose your color, choose your yarn base. Finally, choose whether you want one skein of yarn, or two skeins of yarn.

The kit comes with a pattern for a brand new shawl: the Semiramis Semicircular Shawl, designed by Alisa of KnitSpinQuilt using Gannet Designs lace patterns. You can make a shawlette with one skein of yarn, or a large shawl with two skeins. You’ll also get a custom matching stitch marker as a little bonus.

You can pre-order the kit at Yarn Over New York’s new website. Orders are capped at 30 kits, so hurry over!

You’ll receive a Ravelry download code for the pattern as part of your purchase. Don’t have Ravelry? We’ll print it and mail a physical copy of the pattern to you with the yarn — just make a note in your order.

June 12, 2018

Woodland Creatures for Puerto Rico

KnitSpinQuilt is celebrating the incipient summer of 2018 with woodland creatures! Hedgehogs and owls have simply stolen the show for this particular update.

These prints — especially the hedgehogs — were really popular at the Moms and Makers Market on May 12 in NYC. If you’re a fan, check the shop out ASAP!

Each bag is fully lined with white Kona Cotton fabric, and each color of top is cut and sewn in batches of four (for the medium bags) or two (for the large bags). When each color of these bags is gone, it’s gone until the next batch is sewn up, so grab them before this shop update sells out!

As always, 30% of the purchase price for everything you buy from KnitSpinQuilt is donated to the Hispanic Federation for Puerto Rico disaster relief efforts, which are still sorely needed even after all this time: The projected deadline for 100% restoration of power in Puerto Rico has passed, and restoration of power has really not been achieved.

Celebrities such as Lin Manuel Miranda (author and star of Hamilton) have been championing this cause: I figure it’s the least I can do to donate a bit to the cause of helping people get their homes and everyday lives back. See my blog for more information about Puerto Rico disaster relief with links to articles and additional reference posts.

May 2, 2018

KnitSpinQuilt Vending in NYC on Saturday, May 12!

Saturday, May 12, there will be an exciting event in NYC: the first Moms & Makers Market in NYC, hosted by Knitty City and intended to fundraise for Moms Demand Action, against gun violence!

KnitSpinQuilt will be vending at the marketplace all day long (11 a.m.-6 p.m.) with a full selection of three sizes of project bags, stitch markers, notions tins, and a couple of small surprises – stash savers that smell of lavender (packaged in plastic to keep the table safe for those with scent sensitivities) and even some wine glass charms, many of which work as stitch markers for larger needles!

There will be a brand new subway-themed bag available in several sizes at the market – and nowhere else until after the market is over and done!

If you can’t make it in person, be sure to check out the KnitSpinQuilt Etsy shop! New items will go up on May 13, but there’s plenty there right now to catch your eye!

April 11, 2018

Sea Creature Update on KnitSpinQuilt

This month’s update is all about sea creatures: Sea turtle stitch markers and manatee bags.

These bags usually sell out fast, so click through if you like mustard, teal, or coral, and get one for your very own project-safekeeping! 30% of the purchase price will be donated to the Hispanic Federation’s ongoing Puerto Rico disaster relief efforts, which are still sorely needed.

Keep an eye out for more news soon: KnitSpinQuilt will be in New York City at the Moms and Makers Market organized by Knitty City on May 12, and box bags are in development.

January 24, 2018

KnitSpinQuilt: Crafting for Charity in Brooklyn, NY

I’m a graduate student on a limited budget, but I want to donate to charitable causes I support. So I started KnitSpinQuilt in 2015! I make project bags and stitch markers, and I donate 30% of the purchase prices to charitable causes I support. Proceeds from the shop are donated every three months (end of March, June, September, December).

In 2015, the first year I did this, I donated to the Johns Hopkins CTY Scholars fund. In 2016, I chose the Flint Child Health Development Fund (which worked to help families in Flint, MI, handle lead poisoning due to their water situation). In 2017, I split the fundraiser between Doctors without Borders, the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, and the Hispanic Federation’s Puerto Rico disaster relief efforts.

In 2018 I am continuing to donate to the Hispanic Federation‘s Puerto Rico disaster relief efforts, because 40% of the population there still lacks electricity.

I make drawstring project bags and notions bags using a variety of geeky and non-geeky fabrics, and also make dainty stitch markers that won’t catch on your knitting. I’m always open to custom requests — see a fabric in one size of bag that you think would work well for another size of bag? Just ask!

One of my goals with KnitSpinQuilt is to provide quality notions to the crafting community while also giving back to the wider world community at large. If I can sell you a project bag, or stitch markers, then I can afford to donate to a charitable cause, and help someone else, and that’s my purpose. I may not have a large income — being a graduate student in New York City pretty much guarantees I’m strapped for cash — but I can donate my time and skills, and use that to make a difference somewhere in the world if you help me out by choosing to shop with me.

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