February 26, 2020

Is Winter Over?

  • Neon speckled yarn.

Hello Friends!

This month over here at Pancake and Lulu, I have been working on having regular mini shop updates along with the release of weekly episodes of my new YouTube podcast. The podcast is going great and I have just recorded Episode 5. Thank you to all who have subscribed, watched, liked and commented! I wasn’t sure if or what it would become when I sat down to record that first episode, but now I have come to look forward to the weekly routine and the connection with the knitting podcast community. So, if you haven’t already, please check it out and sign up for my newsletter for the updates!

Each week, I have been making sure I have some new yarns to list (as well as old favorites). Currently in my shop I have a new colorful primary speckle on white called FUNFETTI. Also just listed is DARK FAIRY, which was a happy accident that I have decided to keep around for a while. I also released a new colorway called RASPBERRY TRUFFLE, which was one of my recent PLYarn Club colors of the month. It was so pretty, I wanted to make it available to all.

In knitting news, I finished my Love Note Sweater in time for Valentine’s Day! I created a kit using my LOVE LETTER colorway paired with my BONE Suri Silk and these are also available in my shop. I also knit up the Every Bit Cowl by Telly Bean Knits in my CAPPUCCINO colorway and added a bobble bind-off. There is a mini tutorial on how to do the bind-off in my latest YouTube episode.

It’s hard to believe that winter is almost over – it has been so mild here in New Jersey – I am still holding out that there will be one more snow!


Happy February!

  • Purple and pink yarn with the word love spelled in rope.

Hello from Pancake and Lulu Yarn!

It has been a while since my last post. I hope you have all had a great start to 2020 and been well.

This Saturday, Feb. 1st, I will be doing a Trunk Show at Do Ewe Knit in Fanwood, N.J., from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. I will have lots of my yarn, pins, and other goodies, so please stop by and say hello if you are in the area.

I’ve been dyeing up some new colorways for Valentine’s Day and they are now in my shop, so please have a look. “Love Letter” is a speckled pinks and fuchsia available on several bases. I’m using this colorway held with my “Bone” Suriously Suri Silk base for a Love Note Sweater by Tin Can Knits – and I can’t put it down — it is such a fun knit! Message me if you would like me to make you a kit in these colors.

I jumped on the Slub trend with a new base called Slubbin It. I recently fell in love with this base while working on my Starflake Shawl by Stephen West. It is a great way to add texture and worked really well in this pattern as one of my yarns.

Also, I started a Pancake and Lulu Video Podcast – check it out over on my Youtube channel. You can hear all about what has been happening with me. I just got back from an amazing time at Vogue Knitting Live NYC! I talk about the classes I took and my weekend – it was awesome! It is my first time doing anything like that (so it is a little wonky????) but it was fun and I plan to continue. So grab your fiber project and beverage of choice and please check it out!

xx Aimee

Sweater Season is Upon Us!

  • Skeins of teal, hot pink, orange, red, bright yellow and light pink yarn

Hello and Happy End of Summer! I took a long vacay this summer up to my lake cabin in the beautiful Adirondacks – it was so peaceful. And it was a big adjustment back to dyeing and business. But I am super excited to be back — it was such a long break that I actually missed my business — but that is because I love what I do!

I did do some work while on vacation — I created a whole new website for Pancake and Lulu! I learned a ton and am so excited to introduce the new site this week. I know it is not perfect but it is live (I just had to go for it, despite my tendency toward striving for perfection — I’m a Virgo ????). Please go check out www.pancakeandlulu.com and let me know how you like it and if you have any suggestions to improve it or notice anything really wonky.

For my friends at Indie Untangled, I have a special offer: use the code INDIEFRIEND and get 20% off any orders placed through my new site. This offer is good through 9/2/19.

Since I have been back to work, I have created some gorgeous color collections for the end of summer and early fall. I am highlighting these here. These are made to order and available on any base — full and minis. Pictured are: Pop Leaves, Squirrel Jam and It’s Always Sunny.

During the summer, I had ample time to knit. My three big projects while on vacation were Drea Renee Knits’ Comfort Fade Cardi (just finished it but no FO pictures yet), Boyland Knitwork’s Sipila and Moon Sisters Shawl — both still in progress. Hopefully they will be done by Rhinebeck! I have a kit for the Moon Sisters Shawl available in my shop, available in both the original shades and my wild violet/lime version.

That’s about it for now. I’m super excited to be a vendor at The Indie Untangled Trunk Show this October and I am busily prepping for that — more on that next time.

xx, Aimee at PLYarn

Happy Independence Day Giveaway!

Happy Fourth of July to all you guys in the US! ???????? To celebrate our Independence Day, I am hosting a contest over on Instagram and giving away a Skein of Choice from my shop (either made to order or ready to ship) to one lucky U.S. Winner!????

The winner can choose any one skein, any base, any color! Check it out and enter over on my Instagram page.

Contest ends on Sunday, July 7th, Midnight EST. Winner will be chosen by random generator and announced Monday! (Winner must have a U.S. address for shipping purposes for this giveaway).

Good Luck! ????????????????????

June Knitting Season is Here!

  • A woman wears a pink and grey cropped sweater with an orange skirt.

Happy June from Pancake and Lulu Yarn, aka PLY! I love changing seasons and for us here on this half of the planet, summer has just about arrived.

For me knitting is always in season, and with summer, I feel like a fresh start is in order, so I am in a casting-on frenzy at the moment. This is due to finishing three sweaters in the last week! Here I am showing off my Soldotna Crop. It seemed like this was literally a “must knit” this spring, didn’t it? I have had some requests for kits, so they are coming to my shop soon.

Another little finished object is my Tincture Hat. I knit this up in three days as part of Andrea Mowry’s Memorial Day Shift-Along Challenge. It was a lot of fun participating in this tradition for the first time and I am very pleased with this quick knit. I will soon be stocking kits for this project as well.

Check out the delightful Yellow Owl Stitch Markers and Abacus Bracelets available in my shop. The glass beads are adorable as well as functional and totally snag-free!

Jade is my favorite new semi-solid color in my shop, available on any of my 18 full skein or five mini bases and Merino fiber for spinning or felting. It is a cool and refreshing green and perfect for colorwork and would make a pretty summer tee.

I want to thank all of you who have signed up for my 2019 Advent Mini Calendars. I have been blown away by all the early sign ups. There are still some pre-order slots available in my shop!

New June projects for me include another Caitlin Hunter pattern, Sipila, shown here with Navy as the main color and a one-of-a-kind sparkly club colorway as the contrasting color — join my yarn club for these exclusives! Other cast-ons: a Cocoknits shell top called Gretel and the new Ochre Cardigan by Ambah O’Brien. Follow along on my Instagram for daily updates on my projects kits and yarns. Enjoy the new season of knitting!

xo, Aimee at PLYarn

Advent Calendar Preorders!

Hi Everyone!

The 2019 PLYarn Mini Skein Advent Calendar is going to be awesome! Preorder now to receive by mid-November (with plenty of time to start opening December 1st). These are limited edition, so order now to be sure to get one — last year they sold out. I have been receiving requests to preorder, so here we go!

Each day of December until Christmas, you will get to open a surprise mini skein of yarn (with other adorable holiday or fiber-related goodies added in here and there)! Each day’s gift is individually wrapped — what could be more fun for a knitter or fiber crafter?!

I’m super excited about this year’s calendar because now you have your choice of five base yarns, including a DK option! This year we also have some new add-ons. There is a surprise special project bag for the 2019 Advent Calendar as well as the option to add a coordinating full size skein in your chosen yarn base.

The 2019 collection will be a surprise — a beautiful flow and fade of color consisting of speckles and semi-solids, which can be combined as they are unwrapped or used in a modular project or in many other ways (see the photos in the listing of my shawl from last year using all the 2018 skeins).

Order early before they sell out!

xo, Aimee at PLYarn

Happy May!

  • Purple and pink variegated yarn

Hello from Pancake and Lulu Yarn, aka PLY! This month, I am so inspired by the color combinations my lovely customers have been ordering lately.

I’ve had a run on purples and pale pastels like the ones pictured here (Violet Icing, Limelight, Lobster Bisque). It makes me want to drop all my WIPs and cast on a new project! Sometimes it is hard to part with a package I am sending off. It seems ridiculous since so many of my yarns are repeatable, but the truth is, I get distracted by the next color combo or project and never use the inspiring combo I coveted. I recently created the multicolor speckle shown here, called Nubula, to knit up Stephen West’s Speckle and Pop Shawl. And I did stash one away for myself! More are in the shop.

I’m working away on the Roselle Tee KAL by Patty Lyons and I’m learning so much. I dyed two new bases and am holding them together for this project. The pink in the photo is a Merino cotton and the peach is a luxurious lace-weight sparkle alpaca silk Cashmere. I am loving these new bases and soon will offer them in a limited supply in my shop, so keep a lookout on my Instagram.

There are some new Lulu Batts in my shop — these batts are so much fun for spinning or felting. Each are made up of lots of different fibers with some sparkle stellina mixed in — super crazy and super gorgeous. Oh, and this weekend, I’m off to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival where my daughter and I are taking a Indigo Shibori Dye class together, so that will be so much fun. Maybe I will see you there!

xo, Aimee at PLYarn

April Fun and Spring Refreshing

  • A set of fluorescent yellow, purple, pink, orange and teal yarn with a shawl using the same colors.

Hello and happy spring from Pancake and Lulu Yarn, aka PLY! For April, fun colors and spring refreshing are on my mind.

In yarn news, I am still on a speckle experimentation kick. I have been creating some new Speckle Semisolids, which read like solids from afar, but are more speckle-y when viewed up close compared to my regular semisolids. I am having so much fun using these with some more traditional speckles in my latest cast-on: the Soldotna Crop by Boyland Knitworks. This is my first Caitlin Hunter project and I see right away why she is so popular — the pattern is very addictive!

I’m also planning to create some really special spring miniskein sets this month. So keep an eye out for those. Some of these combos will be based off of my versions of the All You Need is Love hat by Swift Yarns and my Shortcut Cowl by Stephanie Lotven. Another will be based off of my version of the Nightshift shawl by Andrea Mowry.

Speaking of Andrea — I met her!! I attended Andrea Untangled in Brooklyn. It was such a fun event and a great evening with Andrea and the incomparable Kristy Glass. It was a thrill to meet both of them and to show off my Nightshift made with PLY yarn. They are both so friendly and fun, as are all the wonderful knitters who attended.

Lastly, in My Dye Studio news, I am in the process of creating and moving into a brand new huge (compared to my old) workspace! I have completely cleaned and painted the basement under my kitchen and am installing a large restaurant sink, ventilation system and work tables. Check Instagram this month for my progress reports. It will be a total dream space for me to work in. Yay for fresh spring projects!

Well, that’s about it for now. Hope you are enjoying your spring so far (or cozying up with your knits for fall, if you are in the other hemisphere!)

xo, Aimee at PLYarn

New Colorful Spontaneous Skeins in the Shop!

Hi Everyone,
Just a mid-month mini update to let you all know, I have been on a Spontaneous Speckle Dyeing Spree recently! Just about everyday, I am trying to dye a batch of totally spontaneous skeins and there are some in my shop now – so check them out and get ’em while you can – these are one of a kind!

Pictured is BUNICORN, a beautiful Merino/Angora fingering sock weight. I’m knitting the Shortcut Cowl by Stephanie Lotven with 1 skein of this as the main color and it is super soft and luxurious. She is having a KAL over on Ravelry, so grab a skein and join us!

xo, Aimee at PLYarn

What’s Up at Pancake and Lulu Yarn!

Welcome to Pancake and Lulu Yarn, aka PLY!

This month is all about Rainbows and Green!

Speaking of rainbows, I have a huge selection of 80+ colors and my minis are now available in five base styles: Euro Fingering, Sparkle Fingering, Merino Nylon, Single Fingering and, the newest addition, a DK-weight Merino Nylon. (All colors are also available in full-size skeins too.)

Don’t forget to wear green this month! My favorite green has recently been VERDIGRIS. The base shown here is PLY Merino Nylon DK, available in mini or full-size skeins.

CAPPUCCINO is always in style. This gorgeous shade has been one of our best sellers recently and here’s why: it’s a yummy neutral that goes with everything. Shown here on my Merino Nylon Fingering and my Kid Mohair Silk Lace. Or choose one of my other 20 bases. I love this color — there is something magical about this dye that sometimes creates bits of slightly darker reddish speckles naturally.

I finished my Pierre Shawl, by Westknits! I used PLY Sparkle DK in VERDIGRIS, SLATE, TWILIGHT and JET. It knit up super fast — gotta love those DK projects.

I have been having so much fun experimenting with new speckle formulas. This PINNNK speckle in PLY Bulky is one I am keeping for myself — I’m kinda obsessed with it!! But, I’m going to try to repeat it so check out my shop for NEW SPECKLES this month. I’m on a kick! They will be popping up on my instagram too.

And I just wanted to highlight the PLY Clubs: I have three different clubs currently: Yarn, Fiber and Mini. AND have just added an exciting new option for the PLY Yarn Club. You now have the option of receiving all your yarns with one base of your choice. For example, do you love single fingering yarn? Now you can receive only that base, if you choose. Of course, you can still choose the combo of bases. You can join my clubs anytime for three, six or 12 months.

Well, that about wraps up this post — it’s been a busy and awesome 2019 so far!

xo, Aimee at PLYarn