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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!

September 4, 2020

Teaching at VKL September edition!

  • A woman with long brown hair and black glasses.
  • An orange sweater.

1st class: Knitting with Beads and Sequins: Why not?! Ever considered incorporating some beads or even sequins into a sweater? In this class we will explore ideas to make a unique sweater with your own twist! Participants will be taught how to work bead knitting and (if you like the idea) how to add sequins as well. Participants will receive a few charts with beading ideas (for circular yoke, for cabled fabric, cuffs, etc).

2nd class: Knitting the Petite Boxy! Class Details:
With a fitted yoke, fitted sleeves, some ease on the body, and a “kinda” cropped shape, the petite boxy is a sweater for everyone! In this class, we’ll break down and explore the steps to knit your new favorite sweater! Participants will receive a sweater pattern as a gift. The pattern will be helpful as a guide to follow the steps of the Top-down seamless circular yoke sweater.

August 27, 2020

Tie Dye Your Knits!

  • A tie dyed tank top.
  • A woman models a purple and blue tie dyed knit top.

Our exploration of Tie Dye-inspired yarn, has finally led us to releasing the “Tie Dye Your Knits” kit.

At the beginning of Summer, I created the Tye Dye Yarn Collection, a series of Tie Dye-inspired yarn, a series of three fun cheerful colors: Cosmic Tye Dye, Lavender Highlights and Ombres Skies, which are now also available in Mohair Silk. However, while having Tye Dye-inspired yarn was amazing, it still did not satisfy the full Tie Dye look I was hoping to achieve at The Wandering Flock, so I decided the create the “Tie Dye Your Knits” kit, a DIY tie dye kit, where we encourage you to Tie Dye your FO.

The kit comes with two skeins of Organic Pima Cotton Yarn in DK weight, the Tilly Crop Top Knitting Pattern, which is a quick easy knit, and all the materials and dye needed to tie dye your project. Don’t think you could tie dye your FO? Well, the beauty of our kit is that you can tie dye the yarn instead. We have two color choices available: PeriPinkie Winkie and Cosmic Speckles.

The kits are available for preorder until August 31st and will be shipped the following week. After all the kits have shipped, I will be hosting two Zoom Tie Dye Party sessions, where we’ll demo various tie dye techniques, how to manipulate to dye to get the shade you like and all the tips and tricks we know to get the results you want — kinda like a virtual workshop, but we like the sound of a party better.

Each kit comes with enough dye to also tie dye a couple of T-shirts with your tie dyed FO. We do have a limited amount of kits available and additional skeins can be bought with your kits.

August 21, 2020

Join the Dark Romantic MKAL

  • Purple and green yarn next to a note with the words Dark Romantic.

Join Fiber Coven for a gloriously gothic inspired MKAL. We will be knitting together during the month of September so you should have the perfect accessory ready with plenty of time for October festivities. Find out more about Fiber Coven here!

Inspired by all things Romantic (that’s with a capital “R”), this lacy shawl is the perfect accessory for curling up by candlelight for some dark spooky reading. Or perhaps you’d rather be in the story, roaming some misty and quite possibly haunted moors, either way this shawl is a dramatic piece to drape yourself in. Pick two colors to bring together to add to the dramatic gothic architecture inspired lace. This shawl is an ode to this era of exploring emotions that lead us to supernatural works of fiction that continue to light our imaginations aflame.

Clue Release Dates
Clue 1 – September 1st
Clue 2 – September 8th
Clue 3 – September 15th
Clue 4 – September 22nd

Full pattern will be released in a single PDF on October 1st, 2020. It will be available to non Fiber Coven members at this date.

Dark Romantic Pattern
The pattern is Emily’s Ravelry store for $100. The totally bananas price is how we are keeping it Fiber Coven exclusive. There is a coupon code for Fiber Coven members that makes the pattern only $4. The pattern PDF will be an information packet with all the info listed here, and materials needed until Sept 1st, when the first clue drops. If you are not using Ravelry email [email protected] and we will get you set up with the Info Page and Clues via email. Unfortunately Emily’s Payhip store does not support PDF updates like Ravelry can so the MKAL cannot be purchased through Payhip.

Rules
This is a Fiber Coven exclusive MKAL, please do not share the pattern with friends who are not members of Fiber Coven. The pattern will retail for $7 when it releases on October 1st. It is available to Coven members for $4, the lowest tier of our Fiber Coven Patreon is $3, so people who wish to participate can join the Coven for 1 month and not pay any more than you would for the regular pattern price.

Please use the promotional image featured on the first page of this PDF or a picture of your unknit yarn as the 1st photo on your Ravelry projects for the month of September to preserve the mystery for others.

Dark Romantic Yarn Kits
Yarn Kits from Valkyrie Fibers have sold out but Serendipitous Wool has made up some very special yarn pairings that you can see in a Fiber Coven Post.

Prizes
We have prizes we will draw for from both knitters who complete the project and knitters who join in the MKAL. You may make as many Participation Entries as you like. One FO Entry per person.

Participation Entries – Post your yarn/progress/excitement/whatever on Instagram with #DarkRomanticMKAL

FO Entries – Post your finished shawl in our Fiber Coven Ravelry Group in the FO thread, or email us a photo at [email protected] to be entered in the drawing.

Materials Needed

Yarn:
Fingering Weight in 2 colors
C1: 386 yds / 353 m
C2: 327 yds / 299 m

Sample shown in Valkyrie Fibers Matte Sock in Ruby Red (C1) and Huginn and Muninn (C2)

Needles:
US 6/4 mm 50”/135 cm circular needle

Notions:
Darning needle for weaving in ends

Chat about the MKAL is happening under #darkromanticmkal on Instagram, in our Inner Sanctum Discord Channel, and in our Ravelry Group!