September 17, 2018

Yarn Sock Sale! Buy 3 Get 1 Free!

We have been getting great feedback on our new Yarn Socks in the shop! So much that we have been having trouble keeping them in stock! So to remedy that I have picked 29 fresh new fabrics (and a couple old favorites) and they are in the shop to preorder now until Friday, September 21 at midnight! All preorders will ship out on or before October 8th!

AND YES! You heard right! If you buy three, you get one free! And there is no limit!


Sale and preorders will only last till Friday @ midnight! Don’t miss it!

September 5, 2018

Outlander Revisited

What are we supposed to do as we wait eagerly for the new season of Outlander to return?

Make Outlander-inspired project bags and yarns, of course!!

We have two original fabric designs inspired by the book and TV series available in all of our most popular project bags and supplies. We are also excited to have Forbidden Fiber Co.’s exclusive colorways on two bases!

Orders will be open for a limited time, so make sure to set your alarm for 9 a.m. Pacific time this Friday, September 7th!

And dinna fash! <3

August 22, 2018

Treat your yarn better!

Box style bags are one of the most popular project bag styles out there currently. All of these bags close with a zipper and keep your items snug inside, right? But what happens when you go to knit your project? You either have to leave the bag completely open, allowing your yarn the opportunity to hop out and go sightseeing, or you zip it almost completely closed and risk your fabulous indie dyed yarn snagging on the zipper and damaging its integrity.

Why do we accept this? There’s a better way!

in 2013, a friend told me she loved box shaped bags but HATED the zippers. So, I set out to create an alternative for her. The solution was so simple, but no one was doing it. *Why not use snaps?”

The Kellie bag is a result of that interaction. These started out with the snap tape used in most home sewing projects, but have evolved to use sturdy plastic snaps that are easy on the hands but won’t pop open on their own. Kellie bags seemed to be the perfect answer — the snaps don’t snag or catch your yarn the way a zipper does. The snaps also operate as built-in yarn guides, so you can set your colorwork project up in the bag and be good to go! I used to struggle with my colorwork twisting horribly every few rows, although that might be due more to my technique than anything else, but using these bags as yarn guides allows me to keep my yarn separate and more easily see when it’s starting to get overly twisted in a single direction.

And these aren’t just for small projects! The large size holds approximately six skeins of worsted weight yarn. Recently an entire adult sweater was completed from a large bag — the sweater in progress and all the yarn for that project stored in it the whole time. No more searching for that one last skein you swear you had to finish your project — they are all right there in your bag!

Your yarn deserves better than zippers. You deserve happy yarn.

August 15, 2018

A Bag for Every Project and a Project in Every Bag!

Tired of rummaging through project bags and opening them all, just to find a specific WIP? MidMitten Designs’ “Whatcha’ Making?” project bags, with “windows” on the front, make it super easy to see what’s inside.

Made in several sizes by a persnickety home economist, these bags are as good looking on the inside as they are on the outside. Zippers have everything that could catch removed and covered with fabric. All interior seams are bound with bias tape or serged to prevent raveling and keep your projects safe. The XL project bag, with seven (!) interior slip pockets, is perfectly sized for sweaters and afghans and has a vinyl pocket on the front of the bag that’s perfect for keeping the pattern visible while you knit (and the zipper on the pocket keeps all the notions from escaping).

This is Halloween! Almost…

We have zoom through 2018! It’s almost Halloween, and that means we have something ghoulishly special to enjoy! This weekend join us, foolish mortals, for a visit to Halloween Town and some villainous guests! We have a special Nightmare before Christmas treat as well as some of the baddest gals from your favorite stories! On sale Friday at 9 a.m. Pacific until Monday at midnight! These will ship on or before the second week of September — so you will have plenty of time to tote your projects in some festive designs!

August 3, 2018

Outlander Inspired Kits

C.C. Almon of Java Purl Designs and I have once again combined our powers to bring you a beautiful Outlander Wrap Kit. The full kit inspired by book 4 will include: a skein of my Bauble Heavy Lace Base in color “Nothing is Lost,” a medium size tote bag with a thistle design I created, a spiral notebook, stitch markers and a Ravelry pattern download code.

Only a small number of full kits will be available, but there is the option to purchase a smaller kit which will consist of just the Bauble Lace and pattern code. Kits will be available for pre-order on the website through August 19, until 8 p.m. EDT. All orders placed during this time will ship in late September/early October.

Binge-Worthy TV to Stitch To!

We have a very special Comedy TV themed Bag of the Month this month!

A completely Exclusive Gilmore Girls fabric, a Hi-larious Parks & Recreation Theme, and a riotous Office Tribute!

We have made limited edition stitch kits to go with each that you will not want to miss!

AND! Of course we will have our awesome YARN SOCKS in each design! Woot!

Don’t miss out! Our BOM is only on sale until the end of the month (Tuesday, July 31)!

July 25, 2018

Toad Hollow Book Club – The Night Circus Edition

Here we are for the fourth installment of the Toad Hollow Book Club. This month, we’re reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I know that some of you have read it already — might I suggest listening to the audio book read by Jim Dale? Helen and I have read the book MULTIPLE times (best book ever!!!!) and we both got a new appreciation for it when listening to it.

This month we are joining up with Jake and Rae from Dogstar Knits Makecast to bring you not one, not two, but three (that’s right, THREE) different takes on Night Circus yarns. Jake’s yarn, Le Cirque Des Reves — which is awesome! — is available only on his site.

For our contribution, we have Tsukiko’s Cloak (dyed by me, Mary Beth) which is 100 grams of pure gorgeousness (on our Sock Toad base — a 80/20 Superwash Merino/nylon mix with 400 yards). Then Helen just lost her mind and dyed five mini skeins because, basically, she just couldn’t make up her mind which of the colors she wanted to choose. They are all based on parts of the book: Chandresh’s Gift is a lovely orange for the kittens he gives the twins; The Wishing Tree is greens and browns and bits of yellow for the wishes; The Carousel is grey with orange, brown and black based on the animals described on, you guessed it, the Carousel; Circus of Dreams is a mixture of red, black and white for the cover of the book and the circus overall; and Open What Is Closed, which is golden yellow and green, is from an impression she got from reading about Widget’s tent of scents (if none of this makes sense to you, it will after you read the book). Each of the minis are 20 grams/92 yards for a total of 100 grams/460 yards.

Patterns: We wanted a pattern that used mini skeins and having just fallen in love with the Gradient Band Cowl from Joji Locatelli while we were at Yarnings in PA, we decided that’s the one! The pattern calls for 650 yards of the main color and 44 yards of the minis. We are altering it just a bit so you don’t have to buy two full skeins and a set of minis. You will have a little less of the main color and a bit more of the minis. It’s going to be spectacular — trust me! And we are offering the super secret extras again this club.

In other news:

The Toads are hitting the road again. This weekend, July 28, we will be at Wool Works in Putnam, CT for a trunk show. Then, when we get back from that, we have to hit the ground running because the Lancaster Fiber Festival is just over two weeks away (OMG — so much to do)! We have just upgraded our booth size to a 10′ x 10′ because our original 5′ x 10′ space will not hold all the yarn and bags we are bringing. If you are a local maker and are free that weekend, there are still spaces available and it’s a fiber festival in August that is INSIDE with AIR CONDITIONING!! Come see us and say HI! we are in booth 323. After Lancaster, it’s full steam ahead for our favorite event of the year, the NJ Sheep and Wool Festival, September 8 and 9.

July 23, 2018

Woodsy and Wild- Unique project bags and accessories for discerning knitters

At Woodsy and Wild, we’re obsessed with gorgeous natural fabrics and clever construction details. Which means our project bags, notions pouches, needle organizers, and other accessories are sturdy, timeless, versatile, and easy to clean and care for, so they will last for years!

We’ve just released the latest collection of colorways for our popular Birch Bag for summer! Simple, natural, and sophisticated, the Birch Bag is our ideal project bag, made with soft, sturdy lightweight linen/cotton canvas and packed with clever features designed specifically with fiber artists in mind. We think you’ll love this roomy, workhorse bag, and the new colors are as bright and fun as summer sunshine!

Looking for a smaller bag, or a giant of a project bag for your Rhinebeck sweater project? We’ve also just added a big crop of new zippered wedges and drawstring bags in a bevy of beautiful, summery fabrics. They’re all waiting for you on our newly launched website — we hope you see something you love!

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