April 26, 2022

Yarncentrick Indie Pop-up

  • Mustard project bag, skeins of gold and coral yarn, pink speckled yarn.
  • Four skeins of multi-colored speckled yarn.
  • Gray felt project bag.
  • Green speckled yarn and pink yarn.
  • Light aqua speckled yarn.
  • Four skeins of pink and gold yarn.

Start your Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival weekend at Yarncentrick, a new indie pop-up, happening on Friday, May 6, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Mt Airy, Maryland. This one-day event will feature more than 20 indie dyers, artisans, and small creative businesses in an outdoor setting under covered pavilions. The grounds are paved and accessible and tickets are timed to avoid overcrowding. Here’s a peek at some of the vendors. Get your ticket and find the full vendor list at yarncentrick.com.

March 30, 2022

Yarncentrick: A New Indie Pop-up

  • Purple and blue fiber, pink, black and gray yarn, blue and green stitch markers and the Yarn Centrick logo.
  • Burgandy and blue yarn.
  • A project bag made from yellow flowered fabric.
  • Multicolored striped hand knit socks.
  • Three skeins of gray and pink speckled yarn.
  • Skeins of pink yarn next to pink cherry blossom flowers.

Yarncentrick is a new pop-up happening on Friday, May 6, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Mt Airy, Maryland. This one-day event will showcase more than 20 indie dyers, artisans and small creative businesses in an outdoor setting under covered pavilions. The grounds are paved and accessible and there is plenty of parking. Here’s a peek at some of the vendors. Get your ticket and find the full vendor list at yarncentrick.com.

February 24, 2022

Mystery Knit-a-Long Kits are Here for the Fairy Correspondence Shawl!

  • A whimsical, tiny mushroom house sits in a forest. Text reads "Fairy Correspondence Shawl Mystery Knit-a-long" with four yarn kit options.
  • Four groupings of yarn lay on a gray surface, bathed in light. Each group contains two full skeins and one mini skein of different colors.
  • Two purple skeins of yarn, one light and one dark, with a small green mini skein.
  • Two gray skeins of yarn, one light and one dark, with a small red mini skein.
  • Two skeins of yarn, one natural and speckle and one ochre, with a small blue mini skein.
  • Two green skeins of yarn, one light and one dark, with a small orange mini skein.

It’s almost time for the Softyarn Designs annual winter Mystery Knit-a-Long and this year will be more fun than ever! Lena designed the Fairy Correspondence Shawl pattern in my Fancy Sock base and there are FOUR different kit options available for you. There’s totally something for everyone. Which is your favorite?

Fairy Correspondence MKAL Kits will include the yarn needed for the shawl and a pattern download code, too, so you’ll have everything you need.

My kits will also include special postcards I had made JUST for this MKAL. Lena’s offering a special bonus called Correspondence Connections (it’s optional — you don’t have to do it, but it sure will be fun if you do!) and you can sign up to be matched with one to two people to connect with outside of the KAL chat threads and Instagram! We will be sending ACTUAL mail to each other, and you can use these postcards for this extra bonus if you’d like. Of course, you could just use them as regular postcards anytime you’d like, or toss one in with a gift you’re giving… whatever you want!

We hope you’ll join in on this MKAL! Lena always does a great job with the details and her Ravelry chat forum is always hopping. Preorders for the Fairy Correspondence Kits placed by Saturday 2/26 will ship in plenty of time for you to be ready by the MKAL Kickoff on March 21st. Orders placed after that will ship on a rolling basis, so don’t worry — I’ve got you covered. My kits include the pattern at a GREAT discount — if you buy the yarn, I give you the pattern at no extra cost! Check out the Fairy Correspondence MKAL kits in the shop today and learn more about how it works and get a better look at the kit options. I hope you’ll join the Mystery Knit-a-long with us. We’re going to have a total blast!

January 20, 2022

SOS Club open for Spring 2022!

Close-up of tiny white flowers in a green field with a sunny, blue sky above. Text reads Inspired by Nature, Sock of the Season, Mystery Sock Club. Logos shown are for BritStitchery and Jilly & Kiddles.

Want to feel the warm sunshine on your face as we journey through a spring meadow (figuratively, that is)? Join us for our third year of the SOS Club! Jilly & Kiddles is collaborating with knitwear designer Traci of BritStitchery to bring our beloved mystery yarn club with a special “social” twist. The Spring installment ships on Feb 25th, so be sure to sign up now and enjoy this fun mystery club, full of individually-wrapped yarn, sock pattern, and goodies curated just for each season. This club is preorders only, and preorders will be open until January 31st.

Spring 2022 is inspired by a Walk in the Meadow! Won’t you join us for this fiber-filled journey? Details about the kit and the Sock of the Season Club can be found in the shop, and as always, feel free to reach out if you have any questions at all. Read all about the SOS Club and sign up for your Spring Club Kit today.

THE CLUB KIT INCLUDES:
One 100-gram skein of Jilly & Kiddles Fancy Sock base in an EXCLUSIVE club colorway, inspired by the Season
One hardcopy of a brand new EXCLUSIVE sock pattern by BritStitchery, also inspired by the Season
Ravelry Download Code for the pattern
TWO Themed surprise treats (We love to share products from our favorite makers or hand make something special ourselves)
Attendance to our Virtual Makers Social the week after kits ship

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 [email protected] 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.

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