June 5, 2018

New Colorways and Yarn Weights!

Our latest shop update is just for you color lovers out there! We have five colorways of Fully Spun Sock Sport, including two new colorways. These skeins are huge at 150g and 400 yds, just enough for a shawl!

We also have launched a new yarn weight with Fully Spun Original DK. We’ve taken a few of our favorite colorways and translated them to a heavier weight yarn perfect for a hat, cowl, or your new favorite sweater! If you are local to the DMV area, come see us on Saturday from noon to 4:30 p.m. for Public Knitoxication at Fabbioli Vineyards. Check out our Instagram post and Facebook event for details!

May 30, 2018

Kemper Wrap Kits / By Hand Serial – Lookbook #6

The Kemper Wrap was designed for By Hand Serial by Mara Bryner (Orange Knits) and we’ve put together some special kits for the release! These kits will be available through June 15th on the By Hand Serial website as a preorder to be delivered before August 1st. The Kemper Wrap combines three elements to make it a totally addictive knit: marling, mohair and a cool construction!

Come join us starting August 1st in the Junkyarn Ravelry group for a Kemper Wrap KAL. Mara will be stopping in occasionally to chat in the threads and we’ll have some lovely prizes to give away!

** Kemper Wrap Kits will also be available this weekend at the Junkyarn Trunk Show at the Knot House in Frederick, Maryland. I hope to meet some of you Maryland and DC-area knitters there! **

May 26, 2018

Huuuuuge update today for the Groovy Hues Summer Shawl-Along KAL/CAL!

Are you ready to get your Shawl-Along on? I hope so! You’ve got your favorite flip-flops, needles, hooks, and a refreshing pitcher of sangria — now get the yarn you need to make that scene complete and bring you the serenity you deserve.

Groovy Hues Fibers is holding a Summer Shawl-Along CAL/KAL. Any fiber art you want, any pattern you want. And you have the WHOLE SUMMER to work on it! June 1 to August 31! Join our social media community to participate – The Grooviest Of Them All on Facebook. Then, join the Summer Shawl-Along group. You must be a member of both groups to participate and WIN some amazing fibery prizes!!

Today at 1 p.m. Eastern time, there is a HUGE shop update to help you pick some yarn. Of course you may use any yarn you wish for your project, but your prizes will be extra-special if you use mine! Take a look at the photographic eye-candy to get some inspiration for crafting in the months ahead, and then head on over to the shop to see just how much more awaits a forever home!

New Shimmery Summery Shawl Pins

Perfect for holding shawls in place on breezy summer afternoons, these new shawl pins are both stunning and practical. All pins feel as light as a butterfly alighting onto your shawl. They are sturdy enough to stay in place and light enough not to weigh lace shawls down. The Shimmering Violet Noteworthy Pin will keep you on trend with the Pantone color of the year. The shimmering shades in this pin look gorgeous on many shades of blue, indigo, violet, lavender and lilac.

See these pins in person Memorial Day Weekend at the Great Lakes Fiber Show in Wooster, Ohio. Or June 1st & 2nd at the Hoosier Hills Fiber Festival in Franklin, Indiana. See the events tab on my website for full list of events.

MDSW sneak peek!

Can you believe it’s May already?! I sure can’t! Every year just seems to fly by faster than the last. It’s hard to believe it’s already time for the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, but it is!

We’ll be there in our regular space in the Main Building, Booth A30 (about 3/4 of the way down the left wall from the front door). This is our 14th year at the Festival, which also confounds me!

We’re bringing loads of yarn: Nona, Aurora, Sunna, Andromeda, Birte, Selene, Verdande, Luna – everything from heavy lace weight to worsted. This year, I’ve dyed a bunch of new repeating colorways and, new this year, a whole bunch of my one-of-a-kind, totally non-repeatable Lucky Pots. I’ve been posting a lot of sneak peek photos on my Instagram feed, so do go check it out if you’d like to see more.

I have so much fun with these Lucky Pot colors, and oftentimes I really wish I’d written down the recipe and the instructions. They’re so good, and I love them so much, I wish I could make certain colors again. But that would defeat the intention of them, which is fresh, spontaneous creation. A potter friend, Del, once told me: “You only create something once. After that, it’s production.” For artists, no matter what the medium, creation and production can at times really be at odds with each other. It’s sometimes easy to get into a “rut” of reproducing the same thing over and over again, no matter how beautiful or popular these items might be. My friend Del, an incredibly talented potter, built himself a salt-fired kiln to force himself out of production, which was, of course, a huge, necessary, and integral part of his business. It made him switch gears and get into that truly creative space, with no concern about being able to do the same thing again, because he could not predict or fully control the results of these salt firings.

I’ve always remembered his words, how excited he was about his salt-fired pieces, and how truly amazing this work was. And I realized that I was in the same place in my own creativity: creating repeating colorways is necessary and integral to my business; they’re fun and I love them. But, I create these colors once, and then it’s reproduction. I needed to do something that was completely spontaneous and unreproducible. This truly creative process is freeing, and it’s also amazing how it spills over into everything else I do.

That’s a long explanation for what and how my Lucky Pots came to be. I hope if you’re coming to MDSW, you’ll swing by my booth and check them out! I have lots of them dyed on very base!

Also for MDSW, I have special 2018 MDSW-themed stitch markers sets from Katrinkles (while supplies last), and a new order of my popular camp mugs which include my personal mantra – Life is short, knit the good stuff.

Hope to see you at the Festival! But if you can’t make it, I’m planning a shop update for when I get home which will include lots of Lucky Pots and more!

Springtime at Claudia Hand Painted Yarns

Spring is back and with it Claudia Hand Painted Yarns’ spring linen colors! Ishmael and Tranquility are just a couple. Come check out the rest on our website!

We will be at SAFF in North Carolina in October. Stop by and see us or let us know if there’s something special you want us to bring!

New Rose Gold Shawl Pins and Upcoming Event

So excited to add a new color of wire to our lineup! After years of silver, gold, and vintage bronze it was time to add something new. Rose gold is as shiny and stunning as the other wire colors. It stands out and looks gorgeous on a wide range of yarn colors. These shimmer beads are also new! The shimmer on them changes slightly when viewed at different angles.

If you would like to see the new wire color and beads in person, stop by our booth at Maryland Sheep & Wool; May 5th & 6th. We are located in Barn 3.

April 11, 2018

Local Yarn Store Day

Since Local Yarn Store Day is April 21, let’s celebrate our small business owners who specialize in yarn! Not only do they create havens of inspiration, friendship and learning, small businesses are so important for the fiber of our community (in more ways than one).

If you buy yarn for my pattern “Local Yarn Shawl” on April 21 from any of the participating LYSs, you will be given the pattern for free. Many local yarn stores are doing special yarns for this, or you may of course choose your own.

The shawl comes in two sizes. Here, it is shown in one 560-yard skein of Fifty Shades of Gradient by Fiber Studio (the small shawl) or you may use two skeins of fingering weight yarn with at least 360 yards each. The large shawl is shown here in Primrose Yarn Company Sophia (the peach and pink) and Anzula Cloud (the white and purple).

Please take the time to visit your local yarn store on April 21 and support them with some love and yarn purchases.

March 9, 2018

Introducing Aerie!

I admit I have a slight addiction to laceweight kid mohair/silk blends. Not only is it in my personal stash, I’ve started dyeing it too. I’m excited to introduce Aerie 460 yards of 70% kid mohair and 30% silky goodness. Knit by itself, doubled up or knit with another yarn — you’ll love the results. It’s light and fluffy as the name suggests and also very warm — perfect for the month of March in the Northeast where winter seems to putting up a fight.
Select colors are currently available on my website.

I’ll be at Stitches United in Hartford, CT, March 22-25 booth 530-532. Stop by and see Aerie in person!

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