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!

One Plus One Plus One Equals One

  • A blue, green and gray knitting swatch over skeins of yarn.

I love to go into a new season mixing up a fresh range of solids that the changing landscape inspires in me. This spring I was definitely pulled towards the sand, the mountains and the sea. Developing a wide range of colors with similar values, that create harmony together is one of the best parts of my job.

The real magic comes next — combining these building blocks into variegated yarns brings the whole collection together. My goal is always to create these mixes in such a way that yields a smooth wash of color, even when the individual elements are in high contrast. Since it can be a challenge to visualize how some colors will knit up, I swatched them up so we could see. The best part is that for every one of these new multis there are two or three or even four solids to use as companions.

Some of my favorites this time around are Angelfish, Butte, Painted Desert and Lupinus. I’ve dyed these on an assortment of Deep Sock, Harbour Singles fingering and Triton, my luxe Merino, Cashmere and nylon blend DK. And of course, there companion mohair colors to choose from.

March 10, 2021

Springing Forward!

  • Gray, yellow, blue and red yarn.

This is the best time of year — the excitement of the annual garden cleanup, ordering seeds and dahlias, taking the first pictures outdoors. The glory of warm sunny days and impatience on the cold ones. Moving the clock forward. This year is extra sweet, as we all anticipate life slowly returning to normal after this long hibernation.

We’re having our first 60-degree days this week and I’ve already started cleaning the bearded iris beds and scanned the early daffodils poking up through the snow remnants. It’s the perfect time to release a new group of colors that capture the season — cool, pale neutrals; warm, sunny colors that aren’t too saturated — colors that match the early growth already commencing.

Six new colors of Harbour Singles fingering and five of Triton MCN DK are live in the shop. From the soft fatigue green of Stone Cold and icy clear lemon of Zest, to the soft, warm coral of Collins Ave and the traditional Delft blue of Cornflower, the possibilities for combining and fading these abound.

Is there mohair, you ask? Of course! There are even four new colors in Sparkle sock. Now I’m on the lookout for the first robins of the year and all will be momentarily right with the world.

Hang in there, my friends. Hopefully we will be able to see each other again by the fall.

February 11, 2021

Soft as a baby’s…

  • Skeins of gray and pink yarn.

I confess to being a sucker for softness. While trends are moving towards toothy yarns with character, my snowflake skin yearns for a smooth Merino, enhanced by a touch of Cashmere.

Due to the pandemic, supplies of my Triton MCN DK base have been spotty and I really haven’t done a proper update of it since the end of the summer. Happily, that’s been rectified and I’ve listed 20 colors in the shop, from earthy, rich tones to ethereal pinks and grey, I hope it’s a nice range. And I have a few more ideas up my sleeve.

Triton is an 80/10/10 Superwash Merino, Cashmere and nylon 4 ply with good body and drape. And did I mention it’s soft? Love it for sweaters and shawls, or just a skein or two to make a hat and mittens.

January 26, 2021

Deep Dark Winter Wares

  • Skeins of red, gray speckled and green yarn.

New in the shop this week is my last (and largest) update of Nautilus BFL Aran of the winter. This Bluefaced Leicester Superwash is 100% British stock from the finest sort, and is only spun twice a year, so while I have a small reserve, once it’s gone, it’s gone!

The very lofty 2ply construction allows a wide range of needle sizes and gauge and it’s got amazing stitch definition. I love it for colorwork and for cables. It might just be my favorite sweater base for the cold winter months. Perfect for hats, cowls and mittens too.

I’ve added some brand new colors: Cornbread & Cranberry, Hey Cinnamon, Your Eyes and Brigado, as well as my favorite colors from last winter. Sixteen colors to choose from, ranging from pale amethyst to deep royal blue, with plenty of warm, cozy earth tones in between.

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!

THE BAG
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.

THE YARN
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.

SHIPPING DETAILS
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.