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Winter Eves – Advent Calendar

  • A sepia-toned photo of yarn.

The idea for this year’s Advents is to evoke all sorts of wintery eves, as the name says,  and not only the most famous one of the 24th of December. We thought of the changing shades that can take an evening in winter, whether in a snowy or a starry sky. As a result, we are inspired by the contrasting hues of warm homes, fireplaces and kitchens filled with deliciously simmering pots.

We built up four different color groups: Blues, Purples, Greens and Browns in different tones and variations, faded, light and dark, solid and speckled… for every taste! We then added a hint of gold, copper and silver tones, so that altogether the minis could be beautifully matched with the Stormy Luce or Perla as main colors.

You’ll be able to choose if you prefer Luce or Perla for your main color, and you’ll then get a delicately warmer, or chillier mood for your bunch of yarn.

Also, one of the things we love most about our Clubs — and special bundles like Advent Calendars — are the collaborations that we build with artists and artisans around Italy. For this occasion we introduce you to Alice of Little Pine Alice.

She’s an amazing illustrator, able to paint enchanted worlds to take you in, with the delicate touch of brush and watercolours. We thought that the dreamy figures and landscapes she could create would be just perfect for our concept. So be prepared to enter a space of winter nights lit by fireplaces, where you can meet creatures of the snowy woods, you can stare at starry nights or wait every eve warmly packed inside, preparing your comforts and knitting just until Christmas comes.

This journey will be made of yarn, of course, but not only… Alice‘s creations will evoke our colors and guide you through our mood one day after another.

We really hope you’ll enjoy this voyage along Winter Eves, rich with gently contrasting shades, just like nightfalls and candlelights.

Please make note of a few useful information about the CALENDARS:
-Subscriptions will be listed in our Shop from JULY 30, 18.00 h CET.
-Subscriptions will be open until SEPTEMBER 05, unless they sell out before; shipping will be scheduled in late October.
-We decided to list only a limited quantity of bundles, because they are handcrafted especially for this event and are all unique.
-Each box will include 200g of our A Stormy Blend – Perla or Luce, a blend of Italian Wool and Alpaca in its natural fawn or grey hues, 16 of 20g mini skeins in A Chic Blend, hand dyed exclusively for this event, a secret bundle by Alice @littlepinealice, illustrated for this event… and a final surprise!

Yarn content is:
A Chic Blend – 2 ply fingering weight mini skeins of 20g – 90m
60% wool – 20% alpaca – 20% mohair

A Stormy Blend – 2 ply fingering weight full skeins of 50g – 225m
70% wool – 30% alpaca

LITTLEPINE ALICE
Alice is a freelance illustrator based in Brescia (Italy), mainly focusing on watercolor technique. When she has a little spare time she loves to explore mountains around the nearby Alps. In fact, the main influences on her subjects come from nature, but also art and movies.

Enchanted Woods Yarn Club

  • Skeins of pale pink yarn.

It’s Club time again, after nearly one year!

We’re pretty excited to prepare this new round, that we themed around the charm we feel for forests and woods; quite like magical places, both peaceful and bright, or mysterious and evocative.

We wanted to celebrate spring bursting forth each year at this time, when forests and woods change from one day to another,  getting more colorful with local flowers and trees, shiny with dew or rain showers, and so wonderfully misty at dawn or twilight.

So we could not avoid being inspired by the studies that Gustav Klimt, along with other gorgeous artists, made on trees and woods This was our source of inspiration to translate our ideas into hand dyeing.

The result is our personal interpretation of an enchanted wood, as seen when laying on the ground staring at the sky between branches and leaves, or on the rocky shore of a pond, surrounded by trees that are highlighted by the rising sun while the mist slowly vanishes.

We ‘ll be dyeing inspired by this environment, and the colorway will be exclusive to the club — you’ll just have to try to imagine all the little treasures that you may find in a walk through ancient trees, trying to smell the fragrant air all around.

As usual, we searched for artisans that could translate these ideas in their artwork, with an aim to provide awesome, and also useful, accessories.

Please make note of a few useful information about the CLUB:

Subscriptions will be listed in our Shop from MAY 09, 10.00 h CET.
Subscriptions will be open until MAY 16, unless they sell out before; shipping will take place in early June.
We decided to list only a limited quantity of bundles, because they are hand crafted especially for this event and all unique.
Each club box will include 200g of our A Stormy Blend – Perla, a blend of Italian Wool and Alpaca in its natural fawn hues, hand dyed exclusively for the Club, and two different accessories, curated by our lovely partners Anna of La Pinotteria and Marika&Sara of Cera una bolla.
You’ll have the possibility to add more skeins if you’d like to have a wider yardage of the exclusive color.

Nappe Shawl kits

  • A pink, red, orange and gray shawl.

We’ve teamed up with the lovely Justyna of Letesknits to create an easy and effective shawl. It was in the heart of winter when Justyna chose the warm and earthy combination of shades that became Nappe Shawl, and now the pattern is available on Ravelry and we’ve prepared some vibrant kits with different color options.

We’re knitting ours as fast as we can, because it’s just that perfect dimension to wrap in even in springtime.

*** Please note that kits are sold on our website as a PREORDER that will close on the 12th of April — Kits will be shipped out by the first week of May.***
***Pattern is not included in the yarn kit but can be purchased separately on Ravelry.***

Here are a few details of the possible color options, from the original sample shown to our own favorites, and as we organized the launch of the shawl together with the gorgeous Lisa, owner of This is Knit, a fab LYS in Dublin, Ireland, she added her favorite combo, too! (If you’re local to This Is Knit, you’ll be able to find the same kits on their website as well as on ours.)

Justyna’s combo:
A Chic Blend Cipria as CC 1 – 1 skein
A Heavenly Blend Braci as CC2 – 2 skeins
A Chic Blend Carbone as CC3 – 2 skeins

Stefania’s combo:
A Chic Blend – Ramarro CC1 – 1 skein
A Heavenly Blend – Coralli CC2 – 2 skeins
A Chic Blend – Carbone CC3 – 2 skeins

Giulia’s combo:
A Chic Blend – Libellula CC1 – 1 skein
A Heavenly Blend – Luna CC2 – 2 skeins
A Chic Blend – Nautilus CC3 – 2 skeins

Lisa’s combo:
A Chic Blend – Senape CC1 – 1 skeins
A Heavenly Blend – Nebulosa CC2 – 2 skeins
A Chic Blend – Seia CC3 – 2 skeins

Some details you may find useful:

A Chic Blend is made of:
60% Brogna wool
20% Italian alpaca
20% Italian mohair
Fingering (uk 4 ply) weight; skeins are 50g – 225m – Gauge: 10cm in 26 – 28 sts and 3,5mm needles

A Heavenly Blend is made of:
25% cashmere
25% alpaca
50% abruzzese wool
Fingering (uk 4 ply) weight; skeins are 50g – 225m – Gauge: 10cm in 26 – 28 sts and 3,5mm needles

All our yarns are non-Superwash, nylon free, they’re made of local fibres processed and blended for us in Italy, and hand dyed in small batches.

AURA – a new base with a soft halo

  • A smiling woman holds a basket of colorful yarn.
  • Skeins of white, blue, purple, pink, orange, yellow and navy yarn.

We’re thrilled to release this new yarn that was born unexpectedly last summer and has already conquered us.

Aura, the Italian translation of the word halo, is our 100% Italian Alpaca sport-weight yarn, and it’s soft, smooth and shiny. In fact, we named it after the shiny hair that comes out after washing and dyeing the skeins, and it takes the dye so deeply that it gives the yarn a sort of colorful halo, making the whole shade beautifully changing.

This yarn is produced with a very fine fibre from a farm based in Southern Tuscany that was recommended by our spinning mill keepers, and we happily decided to give it a try; the fleece is actually great, and we’ll probably use it also in our other recurring blends, but we fancied to try a pure alpaca thread, and here it is!

For this first batch we luckily were able to have the natural white base, which we hand dyed in springy vibrant shades, along with a pitch black and a fawn in the natural fleece colors of the animals, that we kept undyed. You’ll be able to make some quite striking combinations, matching pastels with both dark shades and vibrant ones.

The whole palette is quite out of our comfort zone in terms of developing colors, but we felt it was time to welcome the upcoming season with braveness and positivity, and that’s what inspired this mood; by the way, the name game we always do when releasing a new collection, a bit unconsciously this time turn out focused on winds, weathers and environments of our precious globe. We hope you’ll enjoy them and the inspiration we saw in each shade!

Each skein is 100g – 350 m
We recommend to knit it with a needle range from 3.5mm to 4mm, because these threads are quite drapey, and hold their volume in the knitted fabric without blooming after washing and blocking. We suggest this base for shawls and neckwear, since it’s so soft and squishy. We’re already swatching for a few patterns, so you may have a look at our Instagram feed to get an idea!

AURA palette will be available in our Shop starting from:
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 26 @ 19.00 CET

A few useful notes:
• All yarns are ready to ship unless it goes sold out.
• Shipping runs regularly to the U.S. and Canada, though it may take longer due to the pandemic situation, but we’ll keep track of each parcel with you in case you need help.
• All our yarns contain Italian fibres and are minimally processed in a small-chain production, are nylon free and non-Superwash.

Winter Sale Update

  • Skeins of orange, pink and gray yarn.

We made a last-minute decision to put some yarns on sale for our next shop update!

We decided to start this new, promising, year with a sale, with all the good vibes it conveys, hoping to cheer up these freezing winter days, and jump into upcoming months with bags filled with yarn!

We put on sale selected bases and colorways, such as A Chic Blend and The Twisty Chic, and we built some kits featuring a few color combinations that we fell for, in order to give you some knitting ideas.

We suggest these kits to knit the beautiful and cozy Stay Soft Shawl by Veera Valimaki, as we did with our sample, but you can easily use these bundles of six 50g fingering-weight skeins to knit other designs.

A kit contains two skeins of each of the following yarn: A Chic Blend – The Twisty Chic – A Heavenly Blend

And, also A Stormy Blend in DK weight is on sale!

Quantities are limited, because this batch has almost gone sold out last autumn, but still we dyed some shades, and still have a few natural undyed skeins; this is quite exciting, as we‘ll be ready to produce the new batches soon.

WINTER SALE UPDATE will go live on Friday January 29 @ 7.00pm CEST

Some details you may find useful:

A Chic Blend and The Twisty Chic are made of:
60% Brogna wool
20% Italian alpaca
20% Italian mohair
Fingering (uk 4 ply) weight; skeins are 50g – 225m – Gauge: 10cm in 26 – 28 sts and 3,5mm needles

A Stormy Blend is made of:
70% Brogna Wool
30% italian alpaca

DK (double knit) weight; skeins are 100g – 225m – Gauge: 10cm in 21 – 24 sts and 4mm needles

Each hand dyed batch is fairly unique because we apply several layers of colors, to get the perfect deep hues of our range.

Please note that:
-Discount rates vary from one base to another, but prices are already set, and you won’t need any coupon code.
-Some shades have really limited quantities, so we composed a few bundles matching colors and yarns, to help you in good stash boosting.
-Stay Soft kits are also comprised of two skeins of A Heavenly Blend, and that is not on sale, so the kit price is set with discounted rates for Chic and Twisty and the full rate for Heavenly.

WINTER MOOD – a crossover bases collection + dedicated jewel stitch markers

  • Blue and white speckled yarn.

Approaching the beginning of winter, we had almost three weeks of recurring storms, heavy snow and freezing winds, that made us dive into our woollies and stay home mostly knitting and dyeing. As it often happens, we get to have ideas when we are at work at the pots, watching our colors develop… and this time we came to a sort of mood-palette that grew in our minds: our Winter Palette, made of a selection of shades that reckon with this dark and cold season coming.

We wanted to insert all the colors that would lovely match our mood and that could be used together in cozy project. To do so, we took a few recipes from one base, and dyed them over others, mixing up our current array of shades.

We played this game only on our fingering hand-dyed bases, A Chic and A Heavenly Blend, so that you can use them both in a pattern requiring the same gauge.

But we’re not finished yet! We added to the shop limited edition stitch markers that are hand moulded by our talented friend Carla @laboratorioindie, with whom we already collaborated for a club and Advents. She created four super cute figures perfect to jump into our Winter Mood, made in copper, brass and aluminum.

All sets and the Winter Mood palette will be available in our Shop starting from:
FRIDAY DECEMBER 12 @ 18.00 CET

!!Plus, in the shop you’ll find a few copies of the lovely Yedra Knits – ISSUE 1, that contains many awesome patterns and the gorgeous Cornelius sweater featuring our A Chic Blend Nubi!!

A few useful notes:
All yarns, magazines and markers are ready to ship unless they sell out. Shipping runs regularly to the U.S. and Canada, though it may take longer due to the pandemic situation, but we’ll keep track of each parcel in case you need help.

Yarns featured in the Winter Mood palette are:

A Heavenly Blend: 50g – 225m per skein, 50% Aquilana Wool – 25% alpaca – 25% cashmere, hand dyed.
A Chic Blend: 50g – 225m per skein, 60% wool – 20% alpaca – 20% mohair, hand dyed.

All our yarns contain italian fibres, and are minimally processed in a small chain production, nylon free and non-Superwash.