June 12, 2019

Online Indigo Workshop!

Register to participate in our Online Indigo Workshop, from wherever you are in the world, with the ability to ask questions during our live class session and also watch the recorded version of the class at your own pace after the live class session is over!

Pause when you need, fast forward when you need, ask questions in the comments if you aren’t able to watch it live! We want this to be a fun, lifelong learning and community-building event for everyone that chooses to participate.

In this online workshop, you’ll be learning:

-How to make indigo stock
-How to begin your first indigo vat
-How to dye fibers (wool, cotton and possibly silk) in your indigo vat
-How to troubleshoot with your vat

June 29th, 2019 at 11 a.m. CDT (6 p.m. in CEST/Sunday June 23rd, 4 a.m. KST and JST)

Nutmeg will be live streaming the class beginning at the time listed above for those that are registered! The class will be approximately 1 1/2 hours long, with time built in to answer questions from those of you that have them!

As we live stream, you’ll be able to pause when needed to follow along at your own pace. But also, the recorded version of our live class will be available shortly after the livestream ends for any of you that registered!

This means that if our CDT time zone isn’t convenient, you can still watch it anytime, anywhere and learn at your own pace! You will receive an non-expiring link to our class session to keep as a resource for you whenever you need it!

Class fee is $15 for individuals and $50 for group registration.

For full details or to register for this online workshop event, please visit our website!


June 12, 2019

Perfect Kits and KAL for all you Whovians!

  • A collage of yarn

Are you ready for a KAL?
Well, then: Allons-y!

Fairy Tale Knits has partnered up with Tabitha’s Heart Design on an all-new Doctor Who inspired KAL! The pattern is a gorgeous shawl inspired by the pan-dimensional surfboard from Doctor Who, and I’ve got four different sets of companion colorways ready to go as kits.

Order yarn by June 17
Cast on June 29
Cast off July 20

The yarn is my Mermaid’s Hair DK base, which is a 45/45/10 blend of Superwash Merino/alpaca/multicolored Stellina. It’s a perfect combination of study, soft and sparkly!

The KAL starts June 29, so grab your favorite kit below before it begins.

This asymmetric crescent is knit sideways using two contrasting colors in a series of alternating lace and texture patterns connected by slipped stitch stripes. The shawl is finished with a knitted-on edging. You will never get bored with this project. The pattern is suitable for the adventurous beginner to intermediate knitter. Skills required: basic stitches, simple lace, two-color stripes, knitted-on edging.

Color options (in order of collage picture)

Born of the Time War/Slitheen
This pairing matches up the deep blue Born of the Time War with a bright, bold Slitheen green. Named for a villain we all just love to hate, the Slitheen green is sure to brighten your wardrobe and your spirits. This is the kit that Tabitha used in her original design sample.

Heart of the TARDIS/13
Go bold with gold in this companion set, including the rich golden “Heart of the TARDIS” colorway and the delightfully fun 13. Don’t look directly into this colorway matchup – just grab it and cast on!

Sonic Screwdriver/Exploding TARDIS
Fans of Van Gogh will love this last set, featuring a rich, deep blue Sonic Screwdriver colorway and Exploding TARDIS, which is bursting with blues and golds on a background of neutral cream. Knit your shawl in this set and it’ll be your go-to accessory every time.

Harriet Jones MP for Flydale North/Time Vortex
This kit features the deep plum purple colorway inspired by Harriet Jones, MP Flydale North (look at her go!) and the jewel-toned speckled Time Vortex. Speed through space and time and your next knitting project with this set!

June 3, 2019

So Many New & Wonderful Things Are Happening!

  • Advertisement for the Urban Craft Uprising.

Hello, my dear fellow Yarnies!

I hope the beginning of summer is treating you well and finding you and yours happy and healthy.

A lot of new things to share: first, I updated my logo and am so very happy with it. Next, I have a list trunk shows and craft fairs to share:

June 22nd & 23rd: Urban Craft Uprising summer craft fair at the Seattle Center Armory

July 14th: **tentative** Hellbent Brewey Pop-Up with two other fabulous makers. Please keep an eye to my Instagram for updates, as this planning is in process.

August 3rd & 4th: Urban Craft Uprising Magnolia Summer Days Arts & Craft Fair

August 31st: Pop-Up Shop at Serial Knitters in Kirkland, Washington

November 10th: Yarn Revolution

March 13th, 14th & 15th Vogue Knitting Live Seattle!

As always, you can visit my shop to see what I have available. A new delicious base was recently added: 80/20 Superwash Merino and silk. I call this base Woolly Worm and it is a delight. So soft with a lovely drape and a sheen to “dye” for!

See you soon my dear fellow Yarnies. 🤗💜🧶


May 29, 2019

Hello! About Me, Shop Update, Sailor Sweater & Show Schedule

  • A collection of skeins of pastel hand-dyed yarn.

Hi! My name is Beckie, I’m the sole worker bee behind Shirley Brian Yarn… wait what? Your name is Beckie and you’re Shirley Brian Yarns? Huh? Shirley was my grandmother’s name — she was an epic knitter. She made sure that our family was never cold, and that my Barbie had the best knitwear collection in the world. Brian was my father, we lost him much too soon, and this is a way to keep him close daily. And there you have it: SBY.

I live and work with my pup Oliver in Ottawa, ON, Canada, and ship my yarns all over North America (hopefully worldwide soon). I’ve been in the yarn business for the better part of a decade. First as yarn store owner and then, after selling the store, I have been dedicated full time to SBY. I like to write patterns when there is time, I knit constantly and playing with blank yarns and colours is my full-time job and passion.

I like tomatoes, avocados, soup, and wine. I have travelled far and wide and continue to do so as much as I can. Reality TV binges fuel my knitting time and I consume a ridiculous amount of books on Audible monthly. I have a weakness for vintage knitting, spinning and weaving tools and notions, and would be embarrassed if you saw the size of my knitting bag collection.

And that’s me in as brief of a nutshell as I could manage. I hope you’ll join me on Instagram, my newsletter and in my Indie Untangled posts here for more SBY happenings! I’ve got so many exciting things coming and cannot wait to share them with you!


Shop Update!

I’ve got a shop update happening on Thursday, May 30th @ 7 p.m. EDT. I’ve added 23 new colourways and some old favourites on the Sailor Sock base. The shop update will go live here.

Shopping from the U.S.? Due to a very favourable exchange rate from CDN to USD you’ll find a great deal on our yarns as we charge in CDN dollars!


Sailing Sweater

My Sailing Sweater pattern was recently released on Ravelry. It’s a super simple quick knit and the easiest sweater to throw on for running around in. The pattern includes both completely written and charted instructions, and it is the perfect sweater to knit for those who prefer to work on accessories over garments, as it is like knitting shawl. The pattern is easily adjustable, with clear instructions on complete customization. It’s a super quick knit, too! I’ve just completed a navy blue version in a week!


Festival Season!

I’ve got a fully loaded fibre festival season ahead of me, and am adding dates in between already scheduled events. If you’d like to follow along and meet up with me at an event they are all listed here.

Want to have us visit your store for a trunk show, or a brioche class, or stock my yarns? Please get in touch!

Thanks so much for taking the time to spend reading my first post here!

What’s New at Fluffy U Fiber Farm

  • A collage of magenta yarn with various variegated skeins.

Summer is upon us and the lambing season is finally done. If you are looking for a lightweight yarn to knit with this summer, our hand-dyed wool, linen and silk blend is perfect. I just finished Wave by Kristen Finlay with our wool, linen and silk blend and it knit up beautifully.

We are participating in the Save Em to Save Em Campaign and we have raw Shetland and Leicester Longwool as well as Leicester Longwool yarn. We will have Shetland yarn for the fall festival season.

If you are in the Dover, Pennsylvania area, give us a call and stop by and see the farm, our baby lambs, all the sheep and the shop, located on the farm.

May 23, 2019

An introduction, Stitches United and an online event

  • Hanks of teal, orange and grey yarn.

Hello to those of you who just discovered my company and to all my longtime followers! I’m excited to be part of the Indie Untangled Marketplace!

I thought I’d take the opportunity to let you know a little more about me and my growing business. Eight years ago, I learned to crochet, and then to knit, launching what was then called Adella’s Crochet Cottage while my husband Jimmy was teaching in Afghanistan. Like many of you, I became obsessed with all of the different colors, textures and compositions of the different yarns I’d come across. Frustration with not being able to get quality yarns locally, and the discrimination I sometimes faced in yarn shops, further strengthened my desire to dye my own yarn. So, I did.

Dyeing came very naturally to me and I was encouraged by my friends and family to start my own business and sell my hand-dyed creations. The rest is history.

After the birth of my daughter, I realized that I had much more to live for and be grateful about. I decided to rebrand my company in honor of my little princess, in hopes that one day I would be able to pass something down to her and keep the legacy alive. As a woman of color, I want to show my daughter, and hopefully inspire others, that we can achieve success regardless of the circumstances.

A lot has happened as Lola, and my business, has grown…

I’m in the middle of prepping for my first big show — Stitches United in Atlanta, just a couple hours from my home and studio in Grovetown, Georgia. If you’re planning to go, please stop by Booth 623 (see the map here) and say Hi!

You can get a sneak preview of what I’ll be bringing to the show (and, of course, photos of my biz’s adorable namesake) on Instagram. I’ll be bringing some of my most popular colorways, like Steampunk, Queen Bean and Funny Bones, as well as some new ones, plus a new Georgia Peach enamel pin from Shelli Can.

If you’re not able to make it, I will be having an online event that will run from May 30th to June 2nd. All of my colors, even seasonal ones, will be available for preorder on several different bases. I’ll be donating 20% of sales during this event to pediatric cancer research through the D10 competition, a major athletic event that my uncle Duane is participating in on June 8 in NYC (his goal is to bench press 175 lbs. 20 times in a row!).

Also, if you’re local to any of these stores, you can “visit me” at the shops listed here.

Little Lambs for your loose ends

  • Tiny black and white sheep holding blue and green yarn.

Thank you all for the wonderful reception of my Suavest Sheep! After working on a project with a very short loose end I decided it was time to grow the family to include a smaller size. Thus the Lovable Lambs were born! This new addition to your herd is perfect for both thinner and shorter loose ends. The lambs function best when wrapped in six inches to one yard of lace, fingering, or sport weight yarn.

I designed these lambs to corral your loose ends close to your work or carry spare yarn for color matching, repairs, or for the joy of having a bit of your favorite yarn always within reach. Each lamb and sheep is printed on a 3D printer in my studio using PLA (polylactic acid – a plastic made from plants which is renewable and non-toxic)

What project would you like to see these lambs dancing on?

If you’d love to see the sheep and lambs in person I will be attending three events in the next three weekends!

May 25th & 26th
Great Lakes Fiber Show in Wooster, Ohio

May 30th-June 2nd
Stitches United in Atlanta, Georgia

June 7th-8th
Blue Ridge Fiber Fest in Sparta, North Carolina

New Fun-ctional Notion: Suavest Sheep

  • A mini white sheep wrapped in teal yarn.

After months of development, testing and trying to keep these cuties under wraps, it’s finally time for the big reveal:

Meet the Suavest Sheep!

These happy little notions will tidy your cast-on end, hold yarn joined in the middle of your project, act as a handy color swatch to carry with you, or make for an adorable display of your favorite yarns.

These cuties are 3D printed in my home using polylactic acid, which is made from plant-based renewable resources.

What do you think? Will you be adding a few to your flock?

These sheep will be making their event debut in my booth at Maryland Sheep and Wool! Find Crafty Flutterby Creations in barn 3. Hope to see you there!

New Penannular Shawl Pin Collection Now Live!

  • A skein of blue yarn with a silver shawl pin.

This functional design has been around since the Iron Age. Vikings, Romans, Celts, Scots and Irish all wore them! Take a journey through history and add timeless fashion to your handmade wardrobe with a Penannular shawl pin.

Treat yourself now or seem them in person at:

The Yarn Lady in Ocala, Florida, March 27 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This is also their open knit time so bring a project and make yourself at home.

DFW Fiber Fest, April 4-7. So excited for my second year at this fun festival! Find Crafty Flutterby Creations in booth #807.

Traveling to these fun events means that the shop will be on vacation from. March 22-April 1. Orders placed during those dates will ship by April 3.

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