March 11, 2021

Stardust Yarn Club – March Box

Blue yarn and the words Stardust Yarn Club March Box Lilo and Stitch.

Hello from Stardust Fiber Studio!

For those who don't know, we have a monthly subscription box! This month’s colorway is Ohana inspired by Lilo and Stitch, and features a lovely ocean-themed yarn.

Each month, you will receive two skeins of our Andromeda base (437 yards each of 100% Superwash Merino wool in fingering weight) and one exclusive enamel pin with Stitch (either knit or crochet) only available to Stardust Yarn Club subscribers!

We also have our Stardust Sock of the Month club available as well!.

A bonus about our clubs is that we do not auto-charge you every month. You will receive an invoice on the 5th asking if you would like to renew.

Interested? Check out the link to the Stardust Yarn Club and the Stardust Sock of the Month Club for more info!

February 12, 2021

The Little Red Dress Knit-Optional KAL

Born in the Shanghai Ghetto after her family fled Germany in 1939, Judy Fleischer Kolb donated her little red dress for the 2009 opening of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center. Kolb’s story is told in detail in the Little Red Dress of Hope on Modern Daily Knitting, which invites each of us into the story of Kolb and her family, who were among 20,000+ refugees who fled Nazi persecution to Shanghai, the last safe harbor in the world.

As an homage to the endurance of this piece of clothing, the piece includes a link to a contemporary little red dress knitting pattern by designer Melissa Shinsato, available for purchase on the knitting website Ravelry.

Kolb, a former nurse and museum volunteer, uses her dress to urge children to have courage and to “realize their heroes are right in front of them.” Kolb continues, “I’m so happy my dress can bring hope to others. I only wish I could share the impact of the little red dress with my family who made my life so special.”

Starting Feb 17, a Knit-Optional KAL will be held on Facebook, accessible via the Little Red Dress KAL Facebook group, which is comprised of people who have been touched by the moving story, will have the opportunity to meet Kolb, Singer and Shinsato as they knit the dress step-by-step.

The little red dress is on display at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, IL. Museum volunteers have knit 60 copies of the dress, which are sent to classrooms around the nation to teach about the Holocaust, reaching more than 1,200 students each month.

January 28, 2021

Need a Winter Pick-Me-Up? Try our Sock of the Season Club!

Have you tried the SOS Club yet? The Sock of the Season Club is a collaboration between Jilly & Kiddles Yarn and BritStitchery Design. Traci and I create seasonal mystery sock kits in which all the items are curated around an inspiration photo and theme! You’ll receive a package in the mail that’s all wrapped up just for you (or great for a gift) to enjoy.

Club installments include:
-100 gram skein of club exclusive Jilly & Kiddles colorway on Fancy Sock base, inspired by Pansies
-Club exclusive, brand NEW sock pattern by Britstitchery
-Two surprise extras (this season features a special collab with Birdie Parker Designs for one of them and a goodie from Katrinkles for the other!)
-Invitation to join us for a virtual Makers Social March 5th
-Everything wrapped up individually just for you and delivered to your door!

Spring 2021 SOS Club ships on Feb. 26th, but orders close on Monday, Feb 1st. Read more about the club in the shop or peek at past season on IG. These are so much fun that we had to offer subscriptions because no one wanted to forget to order a season! You can sign up for one installment or subscribe to have the chance to order first when the next season opens. What could be better than a curated, nature inspired, mystery sock kit? It’s like a special treat just for you. So go ahead, treat yourself.

December 11, 2020

Our Winter Wonderland Collection is out now!

Hello from Stardust Fiber Studio!

Our newest collection, Winter Wonderland, has been released! This collection contains eight colorways, from beautiful winter colors to fun Christmas themes. We also have a festive stitch marker set to match the collection! The collection is dyed on our signature fingering base, Andromeda. Looking for a different weight? We can custom dye any colorway on your pick of weight!

Take a look at our website for this current collections, one-offs, and many handmade stitch markers. Be sure to like and subscribe to our Youtube channel to watch all our shenanigans in the studio, follow us on Instagram, like us on Facebook and join our new Facebook group to stay up to date on all the new and exciting things we have in the works!

Shop Small and Save on Sparkling Shawl Pins, Cuffs, Patterns and Notions!

  • A bronze shawl pin on pink yarn.

The Crafty Flutterby Creations shop small sale starts now! Save 20% sitewide through November 30th at 11:59 PM ET, no code required (discount auto applies).

I designs and handcrafts shawl pins, cuffs, patterns and notions to make stitching a joy from start to styling. My end minders tame your yarn tails and bring a smile to your face as soon as you open your project bag. My shawl pins add wearability, versatility and a beautiful accent to your stunning handiwork. The sale includes my newest pins: sparkling Czech glass and timeless Celtic knot. The dove of peace pin has returned from the archives to bring hope for the days to come. Check out the bestsellers collection full of pins, cuffs and notions selected to brighten anyone’s day. Looking for a fun easy knit to wear your pins or cuffs on? The latest pattern Ages Hence has got you covered.

With designs for every yarn weight and a wide variety of pins with beads, charms and metal settings, I’ll be by your side this Saturday to help you find the perfect piece for your personal #ShawlPinStyle! Tune in to the Virtu-wool Festival November 28th at 11 a.m. ET on Facebook for shawl styling tips with pins and cuffs.

Virtu-Wool Fiber Festival: Tricks and Treats

Join 22 of the best and brightest in the fiber industry for this two-day virtual fiber frolic. We will have vendors presenting everything from fiber and yarn to bags and stitch markers. Each vendor will have a 45-minute slot every hour on the hour to present their company to you. Each vender will be sharing with us some “tricks” of the trade. Whether it is introducing you to the animals that provide fiber or a dyeing demonstration, each hour will have something new and unique to share. Come learn how to wind a skein of yarn into a ball without a swift or ball winder! Watch a pottery demonstration. Come see something set on fire! And as an even more special “treat” the vendors have collaborated with a show color palette with special yarns and products available to coordinate your next project!

The date is this weekend, October 31-November 1 beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern time and running until 9 p.m. both days. We hope to see you there!

October 19, 2020

Join our Stocking KAL for November!

  • Christmas greens border and the words Stocking Knit-a-Long

Want to get a head start on some holiday knitting? Us too! We are casting on for a holiday stocking Knit-a-Long on November 1st, and hope you’ll join us. There will be weekly prizes, encouragement, help if needed, and we’ll share our progress with each other. Plus, we’ll have a blast knitting a straightforward, two-color stocking in DK weight.

We’ll be using the Deck Your Halls pattern by Stacey Lewis (Aka The Knitting Tutor) and you can purchase Jilly & Kiddles kits which include the pattern. The designer will be knitting along with us as well, so there will be plenty of support if you need any. Don’t worry — you’ve got this!

The goal is to knit the stocking during the month of November, but you don’t have to finish by Nov. 30th to join in OR to win a prize. Just do what you can — we’re in this for fun! Kits are available in four different color options. Order yours today.

October 8, 2020

New classes at VKL

I am very happy to be teaching at VKL October edition with two new classes:

• Knitting in Two Directions: The Modular Elongated Triangle Shawl (Saturday Oct 10) – The Modular Elongated Triangle (or Triangular) Shawl that will be taught in this class is knitted in two different directions! The idea is to use the Talyse pattern to demonstrate the details and techniques of this construction, which creates a very elongated triangle (Wingspan 68” / 173 cm x Center Depth 15” / 38 cm after blocking) shawl with just one skein of fingering or sock yarn! The participants will received a code for downloaing Talyse pattern for the class!

• Create with What You Have: Upcycling Your Stash! (Sunday Oct 11) – I am very excited about this creative class! Everything in your stash is very welcome on this class! It is possible that we have leftovers from previous projects, some skeins found on a thrift store, or maybe a gift from a friend! We would love it if you bring to the class different yarn weights with all kinds of fiber contents, because in this creative class we will renew the way we look at those yarns, mixing colors, fibers, textures creating macro motifs and opening a whole new world of possibilities for our stash. Concepts covered in class:

– Focus on giving info and tools to encourage the knitters to upcycle what they already have in stash; a playful way to be confident to explore creativity
– Using a few macro motifs as a template, the participants will be invited to approach colors, textures and fibers in a more freely way.
– The more crazy or tacky the yarn, the better!

September 23, 2020

Join our Knit-a-Long and Advent Calendar!

  • A woman holds a green and white lacy striped shawl.

Hello from Stardust Fiber Studio!

Time has almost run out to sign up for our studio’s first virtual Knit-a-Long! Sign up by September 30th, 2020 to join us in all of the fun! The pattern we will be doing is the beautiful Waiting for Rain shawl by Sylvia McFadden. We are extremely excited to be able to showcase our new base collection with this gorgeous pattern! The Knit-a-Long will be for the one color pattern, but for those that are up for a challenge, the pattern also comes with modifications to add a second color, more lace, and different cast-offs. We will be listing color combinations to choose from for those who want two colors. This knit-a-long will run from November 1st to December 31st. The Knit-a-Long kit comes with two hand dyed skeins of our signature yarn and an exclusive Knit-a-Long stitch marker set for your project!

During the Knit-a-long, we will host a weekly Knit and Sip via Zoom Wednesday nights from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM PST, so that you can hang out and chat with other knitters. Break out your favorite tea or drink and join us. You can be a part of the Zoom calls by joining our new Community Group on Facebook. Not only will you finish this knit-a-long with a beautiful new shawl, there will also be giveaways for participants along the way! We are so excited to have you join us. The kits for the knit-a-long will be available for purchase through the end of September in order to give us time to dye before the start date in November.

September 30th, 2020 is also the deadline to purchase our first annual Advent Calendar! These gift boxes will include 24 individually packaged mini skeins to open throughout December and one full skein to open on Christmas. All of the yarn in this calendar is in our signature fingering weight base, Andromeda. There will also be lots of little gifts and surprises in each day’s box as well. This is a perfect gift for yourself or your favorite fiber artist this Christmas. There will be a few “traditional” Christmas-themed skeins, as well as a variety of jewel tones and timeless colors that can be used in a variety of projects!

Not only will we have our yarn Advent calendar this year, we will also have a stitch marker Advent calendar available for the avid collector. You will receive daily presents to open with unique, handmade stitch markers, and on Christmas you will receive one of our new Analog Row Counters. Both the yarn and stitch marker advent calendars will be available for pre-order until September 30th.

You don’t want to miss out on either of these exciting opportunities!

Autumnal Equinox – New Hat and Mitt Set!

  • A woman models a brown cabled hat and mitts.

Autumnal Equinox Hat and Autumnal Equinox Mitts are debuting Friday, September 11th. These patterns are being featured at Knits & Knots Tahoe for the Sierra Nevada Yarn Crawl. Kits including the yarn and pattern can be purchased from Knits & Knots Tahoe.

The perfect hat and mitts to keep you cozy while you sip on the warm fall beverage of your choice. A row of cute acorns runs just above the hat brim and along the center of the mitts. The acorns are formed by slipped stitch cables with seed stitch and are framed by columns of simple cables. The hat is a standard beanie, but if you prefer slouchy beanies there are instructions included to make the hat longer. Grab a PSL or a hot apple cider and knit yourself a festive fall accessory set. One skein of fingering-weight yarn will be enough yarn to make both the hat and the mitts!

Vakyrie Fibers dyed up two perfect fall colorways Woodland Realm (shown in photos) and Mirkwood. These are available on a Fingering Weight BFL Tweed base exclusively from Knits & Knots Tahoe for the kits!