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!

xo
Nutmeg

June Knitting Season is Here!

  • A woman wears a pink and grey cropped sweater with an orange skirt.

Happy June from Pancake and Lulu Yarn, aka PLY! I love changing seasons and for us here on this half of the planet, summer has just about arrived.

For me knitting is always in season, and with summer, I feel like a fresh start is in order, so I am in a casting-on frenzy at the moment. This is due to finishing three sweaters in the last week! Here I am showing off my Soldotna Crop. It seemed like this was literally a “must knit” this spring, didn’t it? I have had some requests for kits, so they are coming to my shop soon.

Another little finished object is my Tincture Hat. I knit this up in three days as part of Andrea Mowry’s Memorial Day Shift-Along Challenge. It was a lot of fun participating in this tradition for the first time and I am very pleased with this quick knit. I will soon be stocking kits for this project as well.

Check out the delightful Yellow Owl Stitch Markers and Abacus Bracelets available in my shop. The glass beads are adorable as well as functional and totally snag-free!

Jade is my favorite new semi-solid color in my shop, available on any of my 18 full skein or five mini bases and Merino fiber for spinning or felting. It is a cool and refreshing green and perfect for colorwork and would make a pretty summer tee.

I want to thank all of you who have signed up for my 2019 Advent Mini Calendars. I have been blown away by all the early sign ups. There are still some pre-order slots available in my shop!

New June projects for me include another Caitlin Hunter pattern, Sipila, shown here with Navy as the main color and a one-of-a-kind sparkly club colorway as the contrasting color — join my yarn club for these exclusives! Other cast-ons: a Cocoknits shell top called Gretel and the new Ochre Cardigan by Ambah O’Brien. Follow along on my Instagram for daily updates on my projects kits and yarns. Enjoy the new season of knitting!

xo, Aimee at PLYarn

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.

Happy May!

  • Purple and pink variegated yarn

Hello from Pancake and Lulu Yarn, aka PLY! This month, I am so inspired by the color combinations my lovely customers have been ordering lately.

I’ve had a run on purples and pale pastels like the ones pictured here (Violet Icing, Limelight, Lobster Bisque). It makes me want to drop all my WIPs and cast on a new project! Sometimes it is hard to part with a package I am sending off. It seems ridiculous since so many of my yarns are repeatable, but the truth is, I get distracted by the next color combo or project and never use the inspiring combo I coveted. I recently created the multicolor speckle shown here, called Nubula, to knit up Stephen West’s Speckle and Pop Shawl. And I did stash one away for myself! More are in the shop.

I’m working away on the Roselle Tee KAL by Patty Lyons and I’m learning so much. I dyed two new bases and am holding them together for this project. The pink in the photo is a Merino cotton and the peach is a luxurious lace-weight sparkle alpaca silk Cashmere. I am loving these new bases and soon will offer them in a limited supply in my shop, so keep a lookout on my Instagram.

There are some new Lulu Batts in my shop — these batts are so much fun for spinning or felting. Each are made up of lots of different fibers with some sparkle stellina mixed in — super crazy and super gorgeous. Oh, and this weekend, I’m off to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival where my daughter and I are taking a Indigo Shibori Dye class together, so that will be so much fun. Maybe I will see you there!

xo, Aimee at PLYarn

What’s Up at Pancake and Lulu Yarn!

Welcome to Pancake and Lulu Yarn, aka PLY!

This month is all about Rainbows and Green!

Speaking of rainbows, I have a huge selection of 80+ colors and my minis are now available in five base styles: Euro Fingering, Sparkle Fingering, Merino Nylon, Single Fingering and, the newest addition, a DK-weight Merino Nylon. (All colors are also available in full-size skeins too.)

Don’t forget to wear green this month! My favorite green has recently been VERDIGRIS. The base shown here is PLY Merino Nylon DK, available in mini or full-size skeins.

CAPPUCCINO is always in style. This gorgeous shade has been one of our best sellers recently and here’s why: it’s a yummy neutral that goes with everything. Shown here on my Merino Nylon Fingering and my Kid Mohair Silk Lace. Or choose one of my other 20 bases. I love this color — there is something magical about this dye that sometimes creates bits of slightly darker reddish speckles naturally.

I finished my Pierre Shawl, by Westknits! I used PLY Sparkle DK in VERDIGRIS, SLATE, TWILIGHT and JET. It knit up super fast — gotta love those DK projects.

I have been having so much fun experimenting with new speckle formulas. This PINNNK speckle in PLY Bulky is one I am keeping for myself — I’m kinda obsessed with it!! But, I’m going to try to repeat it so check out my shop for NEW SPECKLES this month. I’m on a kick! They will be popping up on my instagram too.

And I just wanted to highlight the PLY Clubs: I have three different clubs currently: Yarn, Fiber and Mini. AND have just added an exciting new option for the PLY Yarn Club. You now have the option of receiving all your yarns with one base of your choice. For example, do you love single fingering yarn? Now you can receive only that base, if you choose. Of course, you can still choose the combo of bases. You can join my clubs anytime for three, six or 12 months.

Well, that about wraps up this post — it’s been a busy and awesome 2019 so far!

xo, Aimee at PLYarn

January 13, 2019

Club CVM

The Livestock Conservancy identifies breeds of livestock that are in danger of becoming extinct. Currently the Romeldale/CVM breed is classified as Threatened. According to the Livestock Conservancy, breeds classified as Threatened have less than 1,000 registrations per year and less than 5,000 individuals worldwide.

I have been working with this wonderful breed since 2008. I maintain one of the few flocks of Romeldale/CVM sheep in the southeastern U.S. It is a unique situation to work with an endangered breed. Issues taken for granted in other breeds become a major undertaking and expense in a breed with small numbers and few breeders.

Club CVM is a quarterly fiber club. Each club release will be a Romeldale/CVM wool and/or Romeldale/CVM wool blend roving, batts or smidgens (mini batts) from my studio. The Romeldale/CVM wool is from my flock. The fleeces are professionally sheared each spring. I carefully skirt my fleeces and send them to the mill for washing and carding. The wool is returned and I create the final roving, batts or smidgens in my studio. Purchases of this club or any other products from my studio help to support my farm and conservation efforts for this wonderful breed.

The Club CVM boxes (first release) is available in the Wild Hair Studio Etsy shop. The Club boxes are for sale during the month of January. Then I will dye and prepare the fiber. Fiber boxes will ship in March and yarn boxes will ship April.

The first club release contains:
4 oz of Romeldale/CVM roving
2 oz of Romeldale/CVM wool and other luxury add-ins batts
A short news item about my flock/sheep with a photo. It may be a feature about a specific sheep or about the flock as a whole.

*The roving in the photo is the sample I carded for the first club release. It is a natural-colored dark brown, combined with hand-dyed blue and green. The batts will be in a coordinating color scheme.

I am also offering the option to receive this club release as handspun yarn. If you choose the handspun option, there is no choice of yarn weight. I will hand spin the 4 oz of roving and send this as 1 or 2 skeins of 2ply yarn. The 2 oz of batts will be spun and sent as one to two skeins of 2ply yarn. These yarns will not be super bulky, but also not super fine – more of a medium weight.

Wild Hair Studio is a participating fiber supplier for Leicester Longwool wool and Romeldale/CVM wool for the Livestock Conservancy’s Shave ’em to Save ’em Challenge. This Club CVM release has 4 oz of Romeldale/CVM roving and will qualify for the Shave ’em to Save ’em Challenge.

January 7, 2019

Ready to ship yarns! January theme is antique!

I will be making small batches of unique and gorgeous colorways each month all with a unique theme!

These colorways will be different than the colorways featured in my Made to Order yarns section in my shop.

Once they are gone they are gone!

Each skein is $22 plus shipping.

This months colorways are the following:

1. Rusty Old Keys
2. Lavender End Table
3. Yellow Flowers
4. Antique Floral Arrangement
5. Rusty Bicycle

Yarn information:
Sock Weight Yarn
75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% nylon
462 yards/100grams

December 21, 2018

FIberCrafty Spotlight: The Spun Bunny (plus a sale!)

Bunny Shepherdess is only one of the hats Marissa wears. Between cuddling bunnies, she also dreams up the colorways for her yarns and fiber and creates delightful rolags, batts and mini skein sets. Of course, angora fiber is also available from her beautiful and mighty cute bunnies, as well as a 2019 calendar featuring them. One of my favorite things about Marissa’s FiberCrafty shop, The Spun Bunny, is that she offers a wide variety of types of fibers, bases and preparations. She really offers a well-curated selection from her studio in PA!

To make room for new inventory in 2019, Marissa is offering a 35% discount off items in her shop between December 21 and 30. Her bunny calendars are not included in this offer but EVERYTHING else is! Use code THANKYOU at checkout.

FiberCrafty is a marketplace with many more independent shops all specializing in supplying the fiber community. Do you follow us on Instagram? It’s a great way to see what’s new in our shops!
Shop owners — if you are looking for an easy to use, cost-effective place to host a shop front, take a look at FiberCrafty! We provide a lot of information in our FAQ and it just takes a few minutes to open a shop. Questions? Just hit the Contact Vendor button!

December 2, 2018

Give the gift of hand dyed yarn this holiday season

I have some new and exciting colorways, including:
Vintage Luggage
Love Letter
&
Siren

In addition to crocheted velvet hair scrunchies with FREE domestic shipping!

Be sure to SPIN THE WHEEL when you visit my store, you have the chance to win discounts from 5% to 25% off!

Welcome to Heather’s Yarn Barn!

Heather’s Yarn Barn is a small, independent business providing you, the customer, with an impeccable handcrafted buying experience. I have turned my love for yarn and art into my own hand dyed yarn company. I purchase my bare yarn wholesale right here in the U.S.A. With over 40+ colorways to choose from, each skein of yarn is hand dyed in small batches and dyed up upon purchase. Each skein is 100% unique and will surely make your knitting or crocheting project really stand out from the crowd!

If crocheting is your passion… don’t forget to visit my blog at fallingforcrochet.com.

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