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Exceptional Shawl Pin Styles From Eras Past!

  • A spiral-edged pin with a mother of pearl button in the center sits atop a cake of green yarn.

With just one event left for the year, I knew that I wanted to create something special to celebrate. There were plenty of perfectly pretty options on my wishlists with some of my favorite bead vendors, but somehow they just didn’t seem to fit the bill. While I was at Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival, I went wandering (as I often do) and came across a wonderful little button booth sharing vintage designs from decades past. I may have gone a little overboard with my selections, but I just couldn’t resist!

Since we still have a couple of weeks before SAFF arrives, I thought I’d put together a little sneak preview collection for the Indie Untangled community. All of the buttons chosen for this collection come from anywhere between the 1930s and 1980s. From Lovely Lotus to Pinwheel Pearl, each etched mother of pearl button has its own singular shimmering pattern.

Explore these styles and my one-of-a-kind Victorian Button Shawl Pin collection in the Crafty Flutterby booth at SAFF from October 22nd-24th. Which elegant era will you embrace?

October 6, 2021

PREVIEW: Indie Untangled Everywhere Exclusives

  • A coil of brown rustic yarn.

We’re less than two weeks away from Indie Untangled Everywhere, the big virtual show hosted by Indie Untangled!

Many of the vendors will be offering show exclusives, including us! We’ll be debuting a brand new yarn and roving. Read on to learn a bit more about our show specials. And remember to get your tickets before the big day (Friday, October 15) by going here.

First the yarn, Terra Pretta. This yarn is a soft, tri-blend of bay black alpaca fleece and dark colored wool from Shetland and Jacob sheep. The yarn gets its name from an ancient cultivated soil found in the Amazon rainforest. Indigenous people created the soil by compositing a variety of the organic matter. Like its namesake, our yarn is a rich brown and brings together different ingredients into a cohesive whole.

The roving is called Cottontail. A blend of mohair locks and Shetland sheep wool, this roving resembles a soft, white bunny tail in both color and handle (or so I imagine!). When spun up into yarn, the yarn has a soft halo to go with its buttery soft feel.

Show attendees will have first dibs on these two products! Learn more and get your tickets.

Sincere Sloths To Swing On Your Stitches!

  • A plastic sloth wrapped in green yarn.

With summer flying by and fall just around the corner, I thought that we could all use a little friendly reminder to take it easy once in a while. That’s why I’ve invited our newest limited edition friends, the Sincere Sloths, to join the end minder family

The Sincere Sloths are sure to make you smile as they swing along your stitches. They’ll tame your yarn tails, hold joins secure, and act as a softhearted swatch for handy repairs or easy yarn shopping. Sloths are nature’s advocate for slow living. Each time you use them, I hope you’ll be reminded to take a mindful moment away from the daily hubbub.

Swing over to website or mosey into my booth at a festival to treat yourself before they disappear at the end of September!

Find us at :
Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival
September 10th-12th in Jefferson, WI

Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival
September 25th-26th in Berryville, VA

May 26, 2021

NJ Fibershed Spring Fleece & Yarn Sale

Need fiber? We’re having a Fleece & Yarn Sale on Sunday, May 30, 2021, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The sale will feature fleece, yarn, spinning fiber, natural dye plants, honey, and other farm products from local fiber producers. Are you a spinner? Join us for a Spin-In, hosted by the North Country Spinners and the South Jersey Guild of Spinners & Weavers! This is an outdoor event, with field parking and shopping.

Windswept Acres Sheep Farm, 173 Whitebridge Rd, Pittstown, NJ 08867
Sunday, May 30, 2021 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
(Rain date Sunday, June 6, 2021)

May 21, 2021

Stripes in Space MKAL

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

This is a Fiber Coven MKAL. The pattern is available to Fiber Coven Patreon members for $5 exclusively it is $10 for non Fiber Coven Patreon members. You only need to join the Coven for one month to get the exclusive price.

Inspired by fashions from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, this modular shawl is the perfect accessory for a hyperspace journey. The shape is a take on a triangle shawl but uses modular techniques to show off a self striping yarn and make the shape easier to wear. Grab a coordinating tonal, solid, or speckle yarn to pair with your self striping yarn and create an out of this world shawl. The shawl features a clean modern look that would be at home on any starship.

Pre-Order the pattern here

Fiber Coven exclusive coupon here

If you do not want to use Ravelry, email fibercoven@gmail.com with the subject link MKAL and we will get you set up with a PayPal invoice and you will receive pattern clue updates via email!

Yarn:
Fingering Weight in 2 colors
C1 Solid/Tonal/Speckle: 460 yds / 420 m
C2 Self Striping: 460 yds / 420 m
Sample shown in Valkyrie Fibers Matte Sock in Ghost Crew and Spectre 5.

Yarn Color Tips:
The sample shawl uses a coordinating skein that is the same color as one of the stripes in the self striping. It will look good whether you do this or choose a totally separate color! It will also work with either high contrast or low contrast pairs.

Needles:
US 4/3.5 mm 50”/135 cm circular needle

Gauge:
24 stitches x 36 rows = 4” in stockinette, unblocked

Notions:
Darning needle for weaving in ends
Stitch Markers

Clue Release Dates
Clue 1 – June 1st
Clue 2 – June 8th
Clue 3 – June 15th
Clue 4 – June 22nd
Clue 5 – June 29th

Full pattern will be released in a single PDF on July 1st, 2021. Pattern will retail for $7 to all on this date.

Accessibility Note:
All videos include auto generated YouTube captioning.

Grow Together, Save and Celebrate with Crafty Flutterby!

Gold swirled metal shawl pins atop a skein of light blue yarn.

I’m celebrating my birthday weekend with dazzling debuts, a weekend-long sale, and a free gift for every Flutterby friend! 💙

I was inspired by how we as a fiber community have grown together while apart and used that concept to create my MDSW festival exclusive. The sparkling leaves of the bead are kept snug and secure by an intricate wrap of wire — with graceful curves and spirals that complete the piece with flair. My signature Noteworthy style holds your shawl in place throughout the day and enables you to try your hand at new styling techniques, just as we have all helped to hold each other up and learn new skills.

Starting right now through Monday, you can preorder the Laurel Leaves MDSW 2021 Exclusive Shawl Pin in your choice of Shining Gold or Vintage Bronze. Along with FREE shipping within the U.S. on all orders over $15, you’ll save 10% sitewide with code MDSW2021 now through Monday. Each shopper who uses the code will find a free goodie bag of mystery notions in their order as a special birthday treat!

April 13, 2021

The Sheep Camp Sweater KAL with Native Knitter and Native Fibers starts April 23

  • A long-haired woman in a wide-brim hat models a black and white colorwork sweater.

Meghan Bailey of Native Fibers and Jennifer Berg of Native Knitter will be hosting a Knit-A-Long beginning April 23rd and running through May 21st.

Details:
Open to everyone. You don’t have to use Native Fibers yarn, but if you do, Native Fibers is offering a 15% off coupon for kits on nativefibers.com; just use coupon code SCSKAL15

Dates:
Cast-on date is Friday, April 23rd. We will have a Zoom kick-off party.
WIPS are welcome, just come and join us.

Zoom Date:
April 23rd at 5:00 PM Mountain Standard Time and 7:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

KAL End:
May 21st

We will do Zoom events once a week where you can chat with both us and we will be knitting right along with you! We are SO excited!
We will also have prizes!

You can follow along by joining the Native Fibers and Native Knitter email lists.

Here’s a link to the KAL thread on the Native Fibers Ravelry group.

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.