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Time to introduce the inspiration for my latest colour series. Meet Herman and Marguerite, the resident peafowl pair from At Birkhill House in the Scottish Borders.

Peacocks have enchanted me since childhood. Their indescribable ever-shifting colours are almost otherworldly. And yet they are noisy and territorial enough to be a somewhat common substitute for guard dogs. I have wanted to play with their colours in the dye pots for a long time, but always put the idea aside for other projects. I mean, loads of dyers do a peacock colourway. Does the world need another?

Then the stars seemed to conspire and I started volunteering at Birkhill, where Herman has provided me with a variety of fleeting faraway glimpses and up-close encounters that started with a single stray tail feather which I found on the road. So, suffice to say, the call of the dye pots grew stronger and I’m excited to finally share the results. I hope you like them. For the months of February and March, a portion of sales will be donated to Birkhill to help expand their fibre program, among other things.

Being involved at Birkhill has been a real blessing to both myself and my daughter. The healing energies of animals and crafts are so important and I think even more powerful when combined. I so want to help ensure their success, so others can also benefit from the magic space of positivity that Lara is trying to create. Check them out if you can. There are not just peacocks to love. Fibre enthusiast will appreciate their gorgeous alpacas and Castlemilk Moorit sheep!

Miss out on the 2020 Surviving the Storm Advent? Grab one of the re-dye sets, available unwrapped, on Choufunga Sock as the full 24 skeins, or split into the stormy and rainbow halves of 12 mini skeins each. Many of the colourways are also available in full 100g skeins on a variety of bases.

My new 2021 Bright Garden Monthly Mystery Set is also ready to ship. Fill your year with yarny surprises with this garden themed mystery set. Think of it as a monthly mini skein subscription without the multiple postage costs!

Twelve colourful organza bags are labelled with a month of the year and contain two minis in each for you to open and enjoy when the time comes. Each set includes 24 new colourways inspired by exhuberant garden flowers, colourful nature and floral illustrations like those of the talented Marcella Wylie.

The set is wrapped in an order that is suitable for creating a beautiful piece of work using each month as it comes, or feel free to choose random days from the set for your own unique order. I’ll be revealing each month’s colourways throughout the year on Instagram and Facebook and full skeins of each colourway will then be up for grabs as well.

To celebrate the release of my two new hat patterns, the Tabby Heid Hat and Team Badger Beanie, all my knitting designs are currently 30% off on Ravelry until 31st May 2020. No code needed – the discount will appear at check out. The selection of patterns pictured here are: Tabby Heid Hat, Stitch Up Mitts, Team Badger Beanie, Masked Superhero Hat, Don’t Leaf Home Without It Tote, and the Head and Tails Fox Hat and Tail Set.

This year’s Advent set is inspired by the mythology and folklore of Scotland. From colourful creation myths to fairies, stone throwing giants, fantastical creatures and local lore this new set of colourways is sure to delight. The set will be a complementary mix of a few existing colourways and at least twenty new repeatable colourways. Speckled and variegated, the set will be wrapped in an order that is suitable for creating a beautiful piece of work using each day as it comes or feel free to grab random days from the set for your own unique order.

All Advent options will include 24 individually wrapped and numbered mini skeins all on Choufunga, a 75/25 Superwash Merino and nylon sock weight base. Sets are available in different mini skein size options to suit. A full 100g skein can also be added separately to your order.

Choose from yarn only or spoil yourself with a deluxe set. Deluxe sets include fun goodies and surprises, including this year’s specially themed project bag.

Option 1 – Yarn Only – 24 x 5g (23 yards / 21 meters ea.)

Option 2 – Yarn Only – 24 x 10g (46 yards / 42 meters ea.)

Option 3 – Deluxe – 24 x 10g (46 yards / 42 meters ea.) + goodies

Option 4 – Yarn Only – 24 x 20g (93 yards / 85 meters ea.)

Option 5 – Deluxe – 24 x 20g (93 yards / 85 meters ea.) + goodies

Full Skein Add on – 1 x 100g (465 yards / 425 meters)

Looking for the perfect pattern to showcase your set? There are a variety of suitable and exciting patterns available, such as Jane Murison’s Rainbow Relay Shawl for the smaller sets and Ambah O’ Briens’s ADVENTurous Wrap and Adventurer Scarf & Wrap for the larger. These patterns along with many more are available on Ravelry direct from the designers.

Want to join in on a holiday KAL? Following the success of her previous Advent KAL’s, Ambah will be hosting another Advent KAL with the launch of a new pattern for 2019. Keep an eye on her Ravelry group for details.

I’ve dyed up a few of my favorite colourways on two gorgeously soft and fluffy laceweight yarns. Both are delicate but strong with a gorgeous halo. Perfect for creating a wispy lacework feature or floating along with another yarn like my Choufunga Sock base.

Float Your Goat: Brushed Kid Silk Lace – 72% Kid Mohair and 28% Silk.
Each 50g hank is about 459 yards / 420 meters. Colourways pictured are Not So Fresh Zombie and Siren.

Fluff Lace: Suri Silk Lace – 74% Baby Suri Alpaca and 26% Mulberry Silk.
Each 50g hank is about 328 yards / 300 meters. Colourways pictured are Turquoise No. 1, Green as Glass, Fawn and Selkie Coat.

I have limited amounts of these yarn bases, so won’t be dyeing up a large selection. But if there are any of my repeatable colourways you would like to have, I’m happy to dye then up as special orders.

Some yarns enjoy a secret nightlife!

My expanded range of UV reactive solids on Choufunga Sock have now been added to the shop. Gorgeous in the daylight, these bright beauties are also perfect for festivals, bowling, Halloween parties and anywhere else you might bask in the glow of a fluorescent black light. Get your self a 10 miniskein UV Party Pack or the 15 miniskein Mega Party Pack, which includes the original UV Heels and Toes set along with the new colourways. Packs come in sets of 10g or 20g minis. Full 100g skeins and single miniskeins are also available, perfect for making your own combo or set.

Introducing 11 new colourways inspired by one of my favorite childhood books, The Color Kittens by Maragret Wise Brown. There are three bright solids: Buckets of Red, Buckets of Blue and Buckets of Yellow, a colourway for each of the lovable kittens, Brush and Hush, plus six gorgeous complementary colour mixes that can be mixed and matched in a variety of combinations: Green as Glass, Purple as Shadows, Pink as Pigs, Brown as and Old Goat, Golden Pears and Orange as the Setting Sun.

Full and mini skeins are availble on Coufunga Sock with full skeins available on Patsy DK and assorted other bases.

Did you know that My Mama Knits offers more than just gorgeous hand dyed yarns? Whether you are shopping for yourself, a good friend or getting to know a new fibre swap partner, you will find something sure to delight in our Needles, Notions, Gifts and Goodies section. There you will find a quirky selection of hand-sewn project bags made especially for us by Amelia X Joy, stitch markers in singles or themed sets, and hand made birch wood Socker’s Rules by Fleece Loved Products.

We also stock a range of HiyaHiya products perfect for the knitter, such as cute animal snips, glitter cable needles and short 9″ circulars in bamboo or steel. Need a birthday or gift card for that special fibre loving friend? We also have a range of stationary featuring luscious photos of knitting in nature and our yarn.

Come and check us out and find something you love.