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Hello to everyone. I hope you and your loved ones are holding up in these trying circumstances. I won’t tell you to be chipper or keep your chin up: I will tell you that I wish you all the best.
Things have been exciting here: I am holed up out of NYC with a dear friend. Since the shop is my only form of income, and most of it is in Brooklyn, I have been scrambling to get ducks in a row. I am safe: I am sheltering in place at home. I have arranged mail runs as part of my grocery run once a week, and I sew in my bedroom, so I am able to keep going for the time being.
I will be focusing on drawstring bags and DPN cases at first. If you have a particular request, PLEASE tell me. My contact form, Instagram DMs, Twitter DMs and email are all open to you, dear customers. If I have access to the fabric in question, I will be happy to sew up a custom bag at no additional cost. (I do hope you’ll understand that my access to fabric is limited at the moment.)
Because I believe strongly in putting my money where my mouth is, KnitSpinQuilt will continue to donate 15% of item prices to charity. In 2020, I have chosen the Ali Forney Center, a charity that works to alleviate homelessness in LGBTQ youth in New York City. The Ali Forney Center cannot close under current circumstances, because it provides housing to at-risk youth, and is in need of support now more than ever.
Please keep safe, keep indoors, and keep on keeping on. This is going to be hard, but the only way forward is through.
Much care, Alisa
KnitSpinQuilt is happy to offer an extended Black Friday to Cyber Monday sale: it runs Thanksgiving Thursday to the Tuesday after Cyber Monday. That means it’s active right now, as you read this post!
How does it work? Spend $45, get an automatic 20% off. Everything in stock in the shop is included.
On top of that, if you spend $55 (after discounts are applied) you can then also use the coupon code FREESHIP55 and get free domestic shipping! International customers will get a comparable refund on their shipping costs.
Are you looking for small gifts? DPN cases and stitch markers might make excellent options for crafters in your life. Something a little more substantial? Why not look at project bags ranging from sock to shawl to sweater sizes!
KnitSpinQuilt has been quiet recently — I was in England in the winter/spring for graduate school, and then had a very busy summer. But not too busy to bring you something new for sweater-knitting season!
A new bag size — sweater-sized bags — made their debut at the Indie Untangled Trunk Show last weekend.
Did you miss the show? You don’t have to miss these bags!
There are both drawstring bags and box bags in a size designed to hold a worsted weight sweater quantity of yarn. (If you’re knitting a bulky sweater, you’re probably good: if you’re knitting a bulky floor-length sweater-coat, these won’t be big enough.)
Not a sweater knitter? There are new things for shawl, accessory, and sock knitters too! I’ve posted images of the comparative box sizes, and I have notes in my Etsy listings of how much yarn each bag will hold!
Check out the new fabrics KnitSpinQuilt brought to the trunk show — from female rocket scientists to moths and butterflies to origami cats, there’s something for (nearly) everyone. (No foxes yet, but I’m looking, person who asked at the trunk show!)
Please do remember that I donate 15% of the ticket price — not 15% of profits — to RAICES Texas for their ongoing work on immigration justice and reform.
Thank you to everyone who came by to say hello at Vogue Knitting Live in New York City! It was incredible to see so many people, and I had a blast.
KnitSpinQuilt is excited to have some box bags back in stock. These bags are fully lined in white or low-volume print fabrics, have a handle long enough to loop over your wrist or (my favorite) to attach to a clip and hang from another bag, and use long-pull zippers with broad blunt teeth, the better to not snag your yarn. Taxis have been out of stock for ages, but they’re baaaaaack!
There are also a variety of sock and shawl-sized drawstring bags: the manatees are a particular favorite, and are in stock as of this blog post with all three colors of tops!
There are also new rainbow llama stitch markers, as well as dainty enameled flowers and hearts. Do you love coffee? Tea? Wine? There are stitch markers so your knitting can drink with you (bonus: no stains!)
There’s another announcement too: I am going to be out of the country for graduate school (doing archival research in England) starting on February 26th, and the shop will be closing while I am gone — which is until June 1, 2019. There’s just no way for my one-person operation to keep going while I’m spending all my time reading medieval manuscripts in England.
This means that the last day to get your orders in is February 22! If there’s something you’ve been on the fence about, buy it before I leave!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!