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December 24, 2020

One last gift… for you: the Year End Sale

  • Skeins of purple and blue yarn.

Ahhhh 2020 — we will never forget you! A year like no other, that’s tested us in so many ways. For those who celebrate, chances are this season will not include your usual gatherings and time spent with family and friends. But I hope you have a chance to reset, relax and find joy in your fiber crafts, hopefully to make something just for you.

This time of year, I am drawn to deep comfort knitting: warm sweaters, mittens and cowls, colorwork and cables, boot socks and beanies. My Sanctuary Worsted touches all the right notes with it’s bouncy 4-ply construction. I love the way the non-Superwash fiber takes color, so soft and soothing. I have just done my largest update on this base to date, with 24 colors currently in stock. And while I’ve promised myself a week’s rest, I may just get restless and pop a few more colors in the shop!

My deepest thanks go out to all of you who have supported us indie makers this year. Who knows how long it will be until business goes back to normal, but with your help this one-woman show has managed to stay afloat. In gratitude, Sanctuary Worsted and everything else in my shop is 20% off through January 1, no coupon required.

November 25, 2020

Cornbread and Cranberry, BFL Sock and a Sale!

  • Yarn speckled with red, pink and green on a silver tray.

While the Thanksgiving story I was taught as a child is problematic, nonetheless it has been the one holiday my family has celebrated since I left my childhood home decades ago. The size of the gathering has shrunk considerably as time has passed, and we decided it was more important that my mom will be around to celebrate her 91st Thanksgiving than for us to gather together this year. Perhaps you spent the day like me, cuddled under a blanket, watching old movies and enjoying some knitting or crocheting time.

In a nod to the day, I’ve released my newest color on BFL Sock, Cornbread and Cranberry. It joins the palette of seasonal colors that evoke winter holidays to me. I have a deep love of Bluefaced Leicester-you can’t beat the soft yet crisp hand and its durability. I’ve also dyed it on my Neptune Merino DK. Perfect for creating cozy gifts for your loved ones.

These, and the rest of my shop are 20% off through Tuesday, December 1. No coupon code required.

Additionally, I will be making a matching gift of 5% as part of Indie Untangled Giving Tuesday to Camba, so if you make a purchase, make sure to forward Lisa your receipt! Thank you for all your support during this difficult year. Being an independent small business is always a challenge, but with so many opportunities shut down this year, it is especially gratifying to be able to pay something forward.

October 22, 2020

Third Time’s The Charm: Stained Glass Yarn & Bag Kit!

  • Purple, red and black drawstring bag and yarn.

I’m teaming up with my favorite project bag maker, Alisa of KnitSpinQuilt, for our third collaboration, the limited edition Stained Glass Window Kit. Preorders are open now in both our Etsy shops.

We were drawn to this rainbow stained glass print, which reminds Alisa of the medieval cathedrals she visits on her dissertation research trips to Europe. The yarn is dyed to reflect the fabric, with pops of vibrant color set off by the black window framing. We think this would knit up amazingly in a mosaic or slipped stitch pattern with a solid color, and Alisa is already contemplating making a shawl for herself. We’d love to hear your ideas, too!

You have your choice of either a medium (sock) or a large (shawl) drawstring bag.
The sock bag measures 10″ x 7″ x 3″. It will hold one or two skeins of yarn, great for a hat, sock or other small project.
The shawl bag measures 13″ x 8″ x 4″. It will hold two to four skeins of yarn, perfect for a shawl or small sweater.

You have your choice of one or two skeins of this gorgeous hand-dyed yarn. Deep Sock is a soft, springy 2ply yarn with great stitch definition. Next-to-skin softness makes it perfect for garments and the added nylon makes it suitable for socks and other hard-wearing items. These are 400 yards per 100-gram skeins of 80% SW Merino wool and 20% nylon.

This item is a PREORDER. Orders are open now and will close on Friday, October 30. Kits will ship on or before November 30.

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!
We will be donating 5% of all sales to City Harvest, a food rescue charity that works to combat hunger in New York City.

August 6, 2020

Meet LaMer

  • Skeins of gray, steel blue, dark green and tomato red yarn.

I confess to being one of those fiber artists who is seduced by softness. Bonus points for any yarn that has a slight halo. My new base, LaMer, ticks all my boxes.

LaMer is a 4ply fingering made of 40% llama, 40% Superwash Merino and 20% nylon. The camelid fiber lends a delicate haze I tried to match with a subdued color palette. The overall effect is a slightly heathered look, perfect for cozy sweaters and accessories. The two multis and six solids coordinate for numerous options for your next colorwork project. Live now in my Etsy shop. Did I mention it’s sooooo soft?!

Fluff and Buff-New DK Colors!

  • Teal and teal and green speckled yarn.

While these last four months have been a challenge for all of us, it’s also been a rare opportunity for me to let my creativity fly. I’ve added so many new colors in my fingering bases that I’ve lost count! Now that it’s time to start plotting our fall projects, it seems like the perfect time to add some of the most popular of these on my Neptune DK. The base is a 100% SW Merino 4ply with a plump round construction that gives great stitch definition and is a pleasure to knit and crochet. With these new additions, there are 29 colors of Neptune now available.

Perfect for fading or colorwork are Destroyed, Brackish, Lagoon and Celadon — these just make my murky, blue-green-loving heart sing. Also new are The Real Casanova and its companion color, Justine, and Deep Forest, a rich dark chocolate which doesn’t lean too yellow or red, making it wearable for a wide range of skin tones.

If you like these colors but are looking for a lighter weight, they are all available in Deep Sock or Harbour Singles fingering as well.

Since I love this base for sweaters, I’m offering 10% off sweater quantities this week only with code SQS10 at checkout with a four-skein minimum (the code will work on any of my bases).

Lazy Summer Lace

  • Teal, pink, chartreuse, blue and red yarn and the words Yakima Lace.

I had planned to run my second annual lace sale during the dog days of summer, when those hot, humid days are perfect for working on large, complicated but featherweight projects. Considering many of us are staying close to home this summer, it seemed silly to wait. Now’s the perfect time to cast on that tempting lace project that’s been languishing in your queue forever.

When I started knitting and crocheting in 2007, lace shawls were all the rage. Many of the most beloved indie dyers of the time included lace bases in their ranges. These days very few dyers do, few LYS stock it and honestly, not many people buy it. But every time I promote some on social media a wave of covert lace lovers come out of the woodworks, so I am committed to continuing to dye three different lace bases. Some things you just do out of love, and this is one of those for me.

Siren Lace is an 80/20 Merino/silk 2 ply. Each ply has a tight twist, plied together a bit loosely making it perfect for showing off complex lace patterns that are light and airy, with a soft sheen from the silk.

Harbour Lace is my Merino Singles base which works up beautifully in both shawls and sweaters. It’s perfect for those shawls that are a combo of garter stitch and lace patterns. The soft halo gives a sumptuous feel but the Superwash finish really helps prevent any pilling.

Yakima Lace is my favorite of all. A Merino, silk and yak blend spun as a single, its natural light silvery brown color adds dramatic depth to its after-dye color, the silk adds an iridescent sheen and the singles construction plus the yak down adds a subtle halo. I choose really saturated colors for this base and they really shine.

All told there are around 40 different lace options in my Etsy store and all will be 15% off for the remainder of June, no code required.

The 64 Pack

  • A navy knit hat with pink hearts.
  • A set of gray to green mini skeins of yarn.

As a small child, a visit to the doctor’s office was fraught. Though Dr. Kyman was a gentle soul, the smell of alcohol, the swab down my throat or, horror of horrors, an injection, made for a very bad day. Mom was gratefully big on rewards, so we took a trip to the gift shop for a pack of Lance cheese crackers with peanut butter and, on a really good day, a new box of 64 Crayolas — the one with the sharpener on the back!

When I set out to make some mini skein sets, I felt much the same joy as I did when cracking open that fresh box of crayons and the unlimited possibilities to come. I dumped several hundred mini test skeins on my work table and lost myself in combining colors. My first eight sets of Deep Dips were born, but I love mixing colors so much there are sure to be more to follow. Each set includes five 20 grams/80 yards of Deep Sock, for a total of 100 grams/400 yards. Perfect for making hats, fingerless mitts or fair isle socks, or for trim or colorwork details on a sweater. Match up to stash yarn or grab some full skeins of coordinating Deep Sock for your large scale projects.

Is life back to normal yet? No? Well then code CXL15 will still get you 15% off at checkout.

Samples shown are Heart Head by @tellybeanknits, MoreEnds by @theresaschabes, Northeast Kingdom Hat by @savoryknitting and Eska by @ysolda.

April 23, 2020

Murky Fades Too!

  • An aqua to teal yarn fade.

Whenever I create a new yarn color, my mind inevitably jumps to ideas for a companion color (and another and another) in an endless progression. I plot and plan so many shawls and top down sweaters it would take three lifetimes to knit them all. I think about which color mohair or boucle to add to bring the whole idea to perfection. I think about which one of my lovely friends I can barter with to knit another sample for me!

When we think of fades, what usually pops to mind is a progression of speckles, most likely with a generous helping of neon. Not that I have anything against unicorns, mind you, but I’m here to tell you that deep and murky fade too. Having all the time in the world these days, I’ve built five new fade sets using Deep Sock or Harbour Singles Fingering, with several more to come soon. Each set includes four 100 gram skeins for a total of 1600 yards per set. And until life gets back to some normalcy and we can all get back to work, all items in my Etsy shop remain 15% off using code CXL15 at checkout.

Creativity in the Time of Corona

  • Skeins of teal Merino and boucle yarn.

Like all your favorite indie dyers, I’ve watched all my spring events get cancelled while I’m surrounded by thousands of skeins of dyed yarn. I’m using this break from the usual demands as a rare chance to just let my imagination go wild, so I’ve issued a personal “New Item of The Day” challenge. Some days this means adding a new base to a beloved colorway, but more often I’m experimenting with brand new things. I’m a little scared of how many more than my current 200 offerings I’ll have on my shop when this is all over! Here are a few of my favorites from the few last weeks.

True to my deep and murky character, I’ve added Guac in both Harbour Singles and Mirage kidsilk lace, along with one of my favorite colors-Destroyed to the Maelstrom Boucle line up. But I can’t ignore the spring awakening that’s going on outside my house in the beautiful Lower Hudson Valley that have inspired new colors like The Winks, Cirrus and Thistle Pass (hope you’ll forgive the bad pun).

Since this is my family’s primary source of income, I’m running a 15% off sale store-wide, using code CXL15 at checkout. We small producers thank you all so much for helping us through this time, to the best of your abilities. I can’t wait to see you all at the other side!

March 19, 2020

All Dressed Up with No Place To Go

  • Bright blue and purple yarn.

Like many of your favorite indie makers, I’ve watched a busy booked season of shows, yarn crawls and trunk shows grind to a halt. Beyond the loss of income, I have a room filled with skeins waiting to go to their new homes.

One of the items I was most excited to show off is my newest base, Nautilus BFL Aran. Nautilus is a 100% British Bluefaced Leicester with a 2-ply construction that results in a bouncy, lofty fabric that works great in a wide range of needles sizes, from around US #8 to US #11. With great stitch definition, this one would be fabulous for cables and other structured stitch patterns.

Currently available in 10 colors, Nautilus, as well as everything else in my shop is available for a 15% discount using code CXL15 at checkout.

On a personal note, I wish you all well in this unprecedented time. I’m using my time to let my creativity have full reign, experimenting with new colors and dyeing techniques, and getting a ton of knitting done. If you are not suffering from financial insecurity, now is a great time to support us small businesses in our beloved industry. I know at least two of the LYS in my community have created GoFundMe campaigns so they can pay their staffs for as long as possible — even though I depend on my dyeing for my income, I managed to find a way to contribute to these. There are opportunities to help if you can afford to do so. I can’t wait ‘til we can all get together again, when we’re on the other side of this.