September 22, 2022

Blooming Peerie Cardigan by Caitlin Shepherd

  • A young child in a floral sweater holding a bouquet.
  • Front view of a colorwork cardigan with flower pattern.
  • Close up view of cuff and button band of child's cardigan sweater.
  • Close up view of back shoulder of child's colorwork sweater.
  • A grid with orange, brown, blue, green, pink and gray yarn.
  • A grid with gold, black, green, gray, purple and blue yarn.

I have been a big fan of Caitlin Sheperd of @pluckypigeonknits for so many years. It’s hard to beat her original and creative design, especially when it comes to colorwork sweaters. We’ve talked about collaborating for a long time and finally her first pattern release using my yarn is today!

Blooming Peerie Cardigan is a whimsical wee knit that brings to mind the joy of early spring when coveted blooms reappear in the garden. The deceptively easy colour patterning is accomplished through a clever slipped stitch technique and only two colours per row! Blooming Peerie Cardigan is knit in the round with a raglan yoke, steeked button band, and short rows to shape the neck. The pattern is available on Ravelry.

This little cardigan is knit in my soft and lofty Sanctuary yarn. A fine 100% non-Superwash Merino wool, it has a wonderful bounce to it and lovely next-to-skin softness while still maintaining excellent stitch definition – perfect for children’s colorwork. This fun knit is pure colour happiness in wool form. Caitlin used colors Butt Naked with Prince of Darkness, Taos 2000, Salted Caramel and Mystic but I have nearly 30 colors in stock for you to choose from.

Lazy Summer Sale

  • Three skeins of DK weight yarn in pink, purple and gold and the text lazy summer sale.
  • Three different colors of variegated sock yarn in greens and blues.
  • Skeins of yarn in blue, red and gold.
  • Variegated blue sock yarns against a piece of driftwood.

We just returned from a quick road trip to coastal Maine for a little antiquing, lobster roll-ing and fun in the sun. Now it’s full steam ahead dyeing for the fall shows, yarn crawls and a few special projects. Before I get too far, I really need to free up some space on the yarn shelves so I’ve put nearly 100 different listings on sale. Items range from my lace bases to Sparkle Sock, Deep Sock, Harbour fingering, DK and a few sock-weight fade sets. All sale items are 20% off — no coupon code required, discount taken at checkout. Hope you find something you like!

Grackles and Grosbeak and Bears, Oh My!

  • A group of two different multicolored yarns in golds, greens and blues.
  • Four skeins of azure blue yarn with warm olive and gold accents.
  • One twisted skein of stone multicolored yarn and one of olive green on a knitted swatch.
  • Five mini skeins of stone to olive brown yarn laid out from light to dark.
  • Several skeins of deep brown tonal yarns on a stone slab.

Summer is the time I most love my home in the Hudson Valley. After the beautiful but bleak colors of an upstate winter, I soak up the amazing range of hues nature offers. I don’t even have to step outside to enjoy our avian friends, as long as the bears leave our strategically placed bird feeders alone.

New colors Grackle and Grosbeak both feature layers of moody tones, with warm and iridescent golds peaking through, overdyed with a brilliant blue. Tadpole Alley is amphibian green in a sea of azure inspired by activity in our seasonal stream in the late spring. Grackle comes on Deep Sock, Neptune Merino DK and may be the most stunning version on Harbour Merino Singles fingering. Grosbeak, for now, comes on Deep Sock and Neptune, while Tadpole Alley needs the subtle sheen of Harbour to really wow.

Moving farther afield, I am lucky to have quick access to the many mountain groups in the area, which prompted me to create Bear Mountain and The Gunks — the loving nickname for the Shawangunks, a mecca for climbers across the Northeast. Built from layers of stone and verdant greens, they both have subtle specks of sunlight and earthy deep brown. In addition to offering these two on Deep Sock and Neptune Merino DK, I dyed up a five color mini skein set in fingering called Catskill Climber.

Perhaps unrelated but still sitting pretty with this new grouping is French Roast, inspired by one of the most important things in my life! Successive dye baths of three different browns makes this a truly rich brew. Available on Deep Sock and Triton MCN DK.

Since I dyed all of these using my favorite technique of laying bath after bath of different colors, it’s not surprising how they fit so well in my existing range, and that I feel like I’ve been dyeing them forever.

March 15, 2022

Murky Depths Turns Four!

  • Ten skeins of shiny yarn ranging from purples to red with A Very Murky Birthday Sale written across it.
  • P One skein each of dusty blue, mustard and coral yarn on a wood table with a small animal skull.
  • P Three skeins of yarn, in green-blue, orange and purple yarn on a granite slab.
  • One skein each of mustard, dark red and olive green yarn on a stone background.
  • Skeins of cobalt and red-violet yarn laid on unfurled skeins of the same colors.

It’s hard to wrap my head around the fact that Murky Depths launched four years ago this week. It both seems like I’ve been doing this for just a minute and also forever! All I know is that it’s been a great run so far and I look forward to many more years.

To celebrate, I’m having a small sale and introducing my newest base. Everything in my Etsy store will be 15% off from Thursday, March 17 through Monday, March 21. Discount will be applied at checkout, no code required.

Included will be my brand new Yakima Fingering, a Merino/silk/yak singles base. This yarn has it all – feather soft with a subtle halo, and the natural silver grey in its undyed state lends an iridescence that has to be seen. While I’ve offered the lace version of this since I opened shop, I’m so excited to introduce the fingering version which comes in oversized, 120-gram skeins for a whopping 523 yards so you can make an oversized shawl or even a sweater from just two or three skeins.

Thanks for supporting me during my first four years and look for more new spring items to show up soon.

New Colors for Caspian Fingering

  • Three skeins of a purple, pink, blue variegated yarn with multicolored speckles on top of solid skeins in two different blues and dusty pink.
  • Several skeins of porcelein color yarn with Copenhagen blue speckles.
  • One skein each of dusty green, soft red, dusty pink, muted brown and two different blues on a wooden tray.
  • Skeins of solid Cornflower blue, tomato red and soft borwn and several skeins of a variegated yarn in matching colors.
  • Four skeins of yarn in celadon, two different blue variegated and a pastel green on a needlepoint rug.

When I introduced Caspian — my new Merino, alpaca and nylon fingering — at the Indie Untangled Rhinebeck Trunk Show in October, I was hoping people would love it as much as I do. The response was a definitive yes! so I’ve expanded the range to include 20 colors, with more on the way.

The base is so soft, with a beautiful, subtle halo that enhances the appeal of mellow, dusty colors as well as saturated, old-fashioned ones, so I’ve created more than a dozen of these. It’s equally effective for muted variegated combos so there are handful of those to coordinate with the solids. As if that weren’t enough, it takes speckles like a dream, so I’ve added some of those and even a few combinations of variegated with speckles.

Caspian is perfect for your new spring sweaters and I love how it looks in stranded knitting. It’s just as suitable for cold weather accessories and the nylon content means you can even use it for socks.

November 23, 2021

With Thanks!

A collage of hand-dyed yarn and the words Thank you sale!

I’m not one who makes much of a fuss over holidays, and understand the problematic nature of the one we are celebrating this week, but I do have many things to be thankful for. One of the biggest is that you have embraced my work and let me make a living doing what I love. Being a one-person business is a lot of hard work and pressure, but seeing all the lovely creations that are made from my yarn keeps me inspired and ready every day to keep going!

My whole shop will be on sale, 20% off all items, from Friday November 25 through Tuesday November 30. If you aren’t in the market for some yarn this week, I hope you will find another independently-owned business to support on Small Business Saturday.

To sweeten the pot, for Giving Tuesday, Lisa of Indie Untangled will be donating 5% of all her sales to Camba, an organization that provides programs in economic development, education and youth development, family support, health, housing and legal services to people in her hometown of Brooklyn. Better still, if you forward her an email order confirmation of any purchase from my shop from 11/26 through 11/30, I will donate 5% of that purchase and she will make a matching gift to Camba as well. You can send your order confirmation to [email protected] and we both thank you in advance!

November 11, 2021

Time To Get Cozy

  • Skeins of orange, yellow and gray yarn.

The trees are almost bare, the night temps in the Hudson Valley are dropping to the 20s and 30s, and if you’re anything like me, you are approaching your knitting or crocheting with a renewed motivation. It’s the perfect time of the year for me to roll out a new assortment of Sanctuary, my 100% Merino, non-Superwash 4ply worsted. Its plump, round construction makes for great stitch definition, so it’s perfect for cables, complex stitch patterns and stranded colorwork or mosaic knitting. A good soak and blocking renders the fabric pillow soft. I love it for sweaters, hats and mittens, or any other cold weather gear.

The natural finish on this yarn means that dyes penetrate slowly, which lends a soft, smooth look to variegated color ways and a subdued muted finish to tonals. I introduced several of my most popular multis that premiered in the past year along with 15 semisolids.

Time to curl up with your favorite hot beverage and settle in for the long months ahead.

September 9, 2021

Neptune DK 50s

  • Small skeins of colorful yarn in two rows next to a black fan.

How it started… I just wanted to knit a Stripes! Sweater by Andrea Mowry. I started pulling colors from the wall of yarn and even though pulling nine skeins for a sweater is no big deal – plenty more where that came from! it was bugging me just a little. And the gears started turning.

‘Tis the season of colorwork sweaters, gift knitting and all the accessories. I know I’m not the only one who has looked at a pattern and was a bit put off by having to buy full skeins knowing I’d only use half… or less. Coincidentally, I had some 50-gram skeins of my Neptune DK base on hand, left over from a special project and the next thing you know, 15 colors were dyed and added to my shop.

It’s the same 100% Merino Superwash wool as my regular Neptune skeins, in 116-yard/50-gram skeins, so you can mix and match with the 100-gram skeins. Half the yardage and half the price. Let your color impulses go wild!

In other news, I’m starting to add new fall colors to the shop every few days. New favorites in Rambler and Rocky Road which both pair up with the warm, cozy goodness of Honeycomb.

August 5, 2021

Lazy Summer Lace Sale 2021

  • Hot pink and purple yarn with a pink flower.

One of the benefits of running my own business is that I can sometimes choose to do things just for the love it. My biggest indulgence is offering not one, but three different lace weight bases. Out of fashion these days, it is not going to pay the bills, but I feel good knowing that the lace knitters out there can still feed their habits.

I’ve dyed some old favorites as well as some of my newest colors from other bases.

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.

Siren is an 80/20 Merino/silk 2ply. 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.

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.

My annual Lazy Summer Lace sale is my tribute to you and my thank you for letting me dye these favorite bases. All colors in all three are 20% off until August 16. No code required, discount will appear at check out.

In other sale news, my LaMer base (40% Merino, 40% llama, 20% nylon) is going bye-bye, not by choice. Sadly, I can’t get any more. Happily, I’ve found a suitable replacement that will make its appearance at the Indie Untangled Rhinebeck trunk show in October but I have to make space for it on the shelves. Happily for you, this means you can purchase what’s left at a deep discount, I’ve marked down the remaining eight colors in stock to 50% off. A great deal for this super soft base with a beautiful, subtle halo!

Hot Hot Hot!

  • A four-skein fade set of red-orange yarn.

There are days this time of year when tending all the dye pots feels untenable. Longing for an air-conditioned studio, but not willing to pack it up and find a cool lake to jump in, I’ve been using my time dyeing up some new offerings. No surprise I’ve created some of my hottest colors to date!

I’m just loving my Fire Festival fade set on Harbour Singles fingering which includes one full skein each of Tutti Fruitti, Marigolds and Saffron, Tropicale & Heat Wave (also available for individual sale). I liked it so much I added a set of five mini skeins. And since I couldn’t stop there, I added a fifth stand-alone color on Harbour, Confetti, the lightest of the bunch with just a hint of warm and cool yellow and magenta speckles.

Taking things in a much cooler direction, I’ve added a few new fade sets on Deep Sock-Klimtomania, inspired by one of my favorite paintings, Miss Emelie Floge by Gustav Klimt, and The Age of Ore built around one of my oldest and most beloved colors, A Knight In Tarnished Armour.

I’ve restocked a few of my other fade sets, including Deep Waters. Maybe that one will cool us all down!