May 2, 2019

Advent Calendars are ready for preorder!

  • A stuffed sheep surrounded by Christmas ornaments

Celebrate the 2019 holidays in Marianated style!

Advent Calendars are now available to order through October 1st and will ship in November. There are a few different yarn base options and all kits include 24 mini skeins, goodies galore (I’ve been having fun shopping!) plus a custom dyed full skein just for you!

There are a limited quantity of Advent Calendars available. They can be ordered on my website under Kits.

I’m excited to be participating in the Moms and Makers Event hosted by Knitty City on Saturday May 12th in NYC. There will be several other indie dyers plus makers of other crafts. Proceeds from the raffle and a silent auction will benefit Moms Demand Action Against Gun Violence.

March 6, 2019

Once Again and Once Again…

When Deb Gerhard of Spruce Lane Designs first released her Once Again sweater, the yoke was designed using a shaded gradient set in red. The original yoke design was shown in Drizzly Day (MC) and the Unchained Melody Jujubee DK Gradient Set. Due to popular request, Deb updated the pattern to also include separate (non-monochromatic) colors for the yoke. This yoke is shown in Drizzly Day (MC) and the Racing Silks Mixed Marianated Gradient Set.

There is also a bonus pattern included — Sheldon’s Once Again sweater — because booth mascots need a matching sweater too.

All options for the Once Again sweater plus Sheldon will be with me at the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival March 15-17 at the Double Tree Hotel in Pittsburgh. I’ll be in the Oakmont Room, booths 68-69.

January 30, 2019

Once Again

Collaborating with a designer new to me is especially wonderful when it results in a beautiful design. When Deb Gerhard of Spruce Lane Designs originally contacted me about a colorwork sweater in DK weight I was very excited. The excitement grew when she started sending me teaser photos of the sweater. Once Again debuted at VKL NYC this past weekend and it was a blast to wear the sweater – I have never been stopped so many times for something I was wearing.

Once Again is a top-down, pullover sweater; knit in-the-round with a fair isle yoke that is coupled with simple cable stitches. Short rows are used to shape the neckline after the fair isle yoke pattern is completed. Gentle waist shaping gives way to a slight A-line look at the hips resulting in an approximate 2½” to 2¾” larger hip circumference than the chest circumference.

Two different versions are shown: the first uses Marianated Yarns Playtime DK in Drizzly Day for the Main Color with a Jujubee DK gradient set in Unchained Melody for the yoke. The second version uses Playtime DK in Spelunking for the Main Color with Hippy Hippy Shake for the yoke.

I’ll have both samples with me along with plenty of yarn to choose from at my trunk show at The Knot House this weekend in Frederick, Maryland.

In a few weeks, both samples will be traveling me to Stitches West at the Santa Clara Convention Center in California. I’ll be at booth #1233.

November 29, 2018

Knitmas is Coming!

Celebrate the 12 Days of Knitmas with a limited edition kit from Marianated Yarns featuring Katinka Designs! There are two design choices — a shawl and a poncho, and the kit comes complete with all the yarn you need (there are five color choices for each kit), a pattern from Katy Carroll of Katinka Designs, notions, treats and fun extras, too. All you need are knitting needles.

The shawl is a fun challenge for an adventurous beginner as well as an engaging knit for the more advanced. It’s triangular in shape and starts with two stitches and uses slipped stitches for eye-catching stripes of color.

The poncho is an intermediate to advanced knit with its asymmetrical shape that includes cable detail and a subtle color shift.

Both kits are available for preorder now on my website (click the Visit This Shop link). Kits will start shipping December 15th and the pattern will be released after that. There will also be a KAL in the Katinka Designs group on Ravelry.

September 26, 2018

Designers + Dyer = Kits

It’s a lot of fun to collaborate with designers. Sometimes the process is smooth — a design is already in the works and colors are needed. Sometimes the process is a little more raw with lots of changes in design and color options. Either way, the results are beautiful, kits are born and I have a wonderful new knitting relationship.

I recently began collaborating with Carolyn Bloom of Bloom Handmade Studio. Little did I know that we have been quietly stalking each other’s Instagram feeds for awhile. I’m not sure who reached out first but contact was made, yarn was sent and the result is Marilyn’s Cowl and Hat (can you figure out how the name of the design came to be?). The cowl and hat are knit holding multiple strands of different yarns. The resulting texture yields an effortless drape and warmth as well as drawing the eye to the ombre effect of the gradient yarns used. Kits are available on my website and a knitalong will be held in Carolyn’s Ravelry group with a start date of October 8th.

I’ve collaborated with Katy Carroll of Katinka Designs several times — we have miles and miles of text messages. Our latest kits are in celebration of Knitmas! There are two kits available for pre-order: a shawl and a poncho. Choose one or choose both — either way, there are several color options. Kits include all yarns needed to complete your Knitmas project as well as a Ravelry pattern download code, notions, treats and more. The Knitmas Kits have a special introductory price throught October and will start shipping mid-December — in time for Knitmas! A knitalong for both projects will start in January in Katy’s Ravelry group.

I’ll be vending at Knitter’s Day Out this Friday and Saturday in Pennsylvania. I’m also excited to have a trunk show at Knitty City in NYC October 4-6.

August 9, 2018

A new gradient set, the Lancaster Fiber Festival, Casapinka and a new collaboration!

Sometimes it’s easy to put together a new set and sometimes it’s not. Perennial Gardens was one of the easier sets to put together. Naming it was even easier — it’s named after a tea house in Vermont. It will be available at my fall events and available to order on my website in September. Gradient sets are available in three fingering weight sizes and in one DK size.

My first festival of the “fall season” is the Lancaster Fiber Festival Thursday, Aug. 16-Saturday, Aug. 18 and the packing has begun! I’m especially excited for this event because designer Casapinka will be popping into my booth on Saturday! I’ll have kits for her newest design, The Crown Wools, a Mystery KAL that is running right now. I’ll also have samples of many of her designs to show off.

Casapinka’s visit to my booth ties into my next bit of news: visit my blog to check out the prizes for the Lancaster Fiber Festival. You could win a day pass, a class pass OR a Jewel of the Nile Crown Wools kit!

I recently started collaborating with Carolyn Bloom of Bloom Handmade Studio — if you’re not familiar with her work, you need to follow her on Instagram and visit her Etsy shop. I love her creative style and we’re working on something for the holiday season. In the meantime, I will also have a sampling of her wares with me at Lancaster.

I hope to see you there!

May 10, 2018

Knitty City Moms and Makers Market

I’m so happy to be vending at Knitty City’s Moms and Makers Market this Saturday in New York City. The marketplace will feature indie-dyed yarn and jewelry, as well as other arts and crafts. There will also be an auction and raffle with all proceeds going to Moms Demand Action for gun sense in America. I’ll have yarn and color ideas for projects like Pero Shawl by Katy Carroll, Your Slip is Showing by Casapinka, Chevron Cloud by Espace Tricot and more. It looks like it is going to be a beautiful day and if you’re in the area, stop by and support a worthy cause.

Katy Carroll designed her Pero Shawl using a skein of Scrumptious HT and a Perfection Gradient Set. A Knitalong will be kicking off on May 14 on ravelry and there will be prizes including Marianated Yarns! Come join in the fun!

April 11, 2018

Marianated Yarns from head to toe!

I love sending yarn to designers and then waiting to see what they come up with. Sometimes I am asked for input and sometimes it’s just a fun surprise. I had a happy realization a few days ago — a few patterns were recently released (and some will be out soon!) that cover you in Marianated Yarns from head to toe!

Katy Carroll from Katinka Designs is releasing the Millcreek Canyon Hat in mid-April. It’s knit in Playtime Worsted with a pom pom on top!

She also designed the Pero Shawl, which was released today. The photos were taken on the Salt Flats in Utah — one of the places to visit on my bucket list.

Julie Hart’s Crossing Over cowl features cables and lace with garter stitch ridges. It’s knit with either one skein of Playtime DK or a gradient set of Jujubee DK minis.

Sheila Stromberg released the Oliviana Cardigan knit in Playtime DK with Jujubee DK minis for adorable ruffles. The pattern is sized from baby to 16 years old.

I love sock knitting, so I was especially excited when Sarah Jordan designed her Undamo Socks with Practicality 75/25 and a contrasting Marianette for a little bit of stranded colorwork.

There are more designs in the works and I’m excited to see what comes out next.

I’ll be setting up a pop-up shop at Chelsea Yarns in Red Bank, N.J., during the New Jersey Wool Walk from Thursday, April 19 to Sunday, April 22. I’ll have lots of yarn and samples — be sure to stop in!

March 9, 2018

Introducing Aerie!

I admit I have a slight addiction to laceweight kid mohair/silk blends. Not only is it in my personal stash, I’ve started dyeing it too. I’m excited to introduce Aerie 460 yards of 70% kid mohair and 30% silky goodness. Knit by itself, doubled up or knit with another yarn — you’ll love the results. It’s light and fluffy as the name suggests and also very warm — perfect for the month of March in the Northeast where winter seems to putting up a fight.
Select colors are currently available on my website.

I’ll be at Stitches United in Hartford, CT, March 22-25 booth 530-532. Stop by and see Aerie in person!

February 13, 2018

New Gradient Colors / New Gradient Base

It takes a while to develop a new gradient colorway, so it’s very exciting when it’s ready to share. Introducing Beekeeper in six shades of yummy honey. From light to dark it includes Beeswax, Protect the Pollinators, Honeycomb, Dumbledore, Queen Bee and Hive Mind. It is currently available in fingering weight on my Scrumptious HT base, which is 80% Superwash Merino, 10% Cashmere and 10% nylon. Like all my gradient sets, it’s a six-color set and available in three fingering weight sizes: Marianette (40 yards each/240 yards total), Perfection (133+ yards each/800 yards total) and Half (200 yards each/1200 yard total).

I was surprised to realize that with Beekeeper, I now have 19 gradient sets in my line! In addition to fingering weight, I have been dyeing all my gradient sets on a new base — Jujubee DK contains six mini skeins with 50 yards each in a springy 100% Superwash Merino. It’s the same base as my Playtime DK yarn, making it perfect for when you need a main color to go with your gradient. Jujubee DK minis are currently available in 10 of my gradient colorways. The newest additions are Unchained Melody and Mountain Majesties.

Patterns featuring Beekeeper and Jujubee DK minis will be debuting within the next few months.

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