June 14, 2019

Hello from Colorshow Creative!

I have always loved to create! In high school I sewed my own clothes, my mother and grandmother taught me to crochet as a child, and I am a self-taught knitter and quilter. The colors and textures of fabric and yarn inspire me as do other indie dyers. I am now offering yarn and other items on my Etsy store. I look forward to your visit!

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

June 6, 2019

Join Yarnover Truck’s Happiness Gradient Yarn Club

A teal square with the words Happiness is...

The Yarnover Truck’s Yarn Club is open to new members until June 15th, 2019. Our goal is to bring a little more happiness into all our lives though beautiful hand-dyed yarns, new knit and crochet patterns plus some fun club extras!

Apple Tree Knits has once again agreed to be our dyer for the yarn club and she has done an amazing job in turning our themes into six gorgeous gradient colorways. The themes are California Vineyards, Museums & Art, The Yarnover Truck, Fall, Sunsets at the Ocean and Relaxation. We have 12 knit and crochet designers creating new pieces and all club members will be the first to see and work up these patterns.

Packages get sent out every other month, with the first one arriving in July. Sign-up and get all the details on our website.

Pick Your Favorite Steampunk Supplies!

  • Steampunk fabric

Our newest preorder goes live Friday, May 31 until Monday June 3rd!

We have picked eight steampunk designs that are so different and unique that we are sure you will love them! These designs are all hand made by indie artists, including ME (I made one of the eight designs: can you guess which one?)!

Set your alarm and don’t miss out!
Preorders are an awesome way to get EXACTLY what you want. When the Extras go live in about 4-6 weeks they are very limited and we may not have them in all of our products! So get in on it early and design your steampunk dream order!

Advent Calendar Sign-ups: Round 2!

A frosted cake decorated with a sprig of holly, with the words Earl Grey Fiber Co. Advent Calendar.

The second round of Advent Calendar signups will open this Saturday, May 25, at 10 a.m. PDT!

This year’s calendar will be a mash up of our Great British Baking Show yarn and charm club and our Afternoon Tea Collection. Think: baked goods, warm wintery colors, and tea-inspired colorways.

Each calendar will have 24 20g minis and one 100g skein of yarn, all on our Darjeeling Sock base (75/25 Superwash Merino/nylon), and will be accompanied by three patterns written just for this year’s calendar, something special from Pinecone Ceramics and a few extra goodies thrown in for good measure. You’ll have the choice of either knit, crochet, or both if you’d like so that the patterns are geared toward your fiber craft of choice!

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

Not So Sweary On Sale This Weekend!

  • An orange floral bag with I love bad words.

Our May bag of the month is another super-fun-tastic offering from Cynthia Frenette! We have had Cute & Sweary, and Pretty Sweary, and NOW to cap it all off: for those of you who watched in disdain knowing you could not or would not want to walk around with curse words all over your project bag, but you still have a sense of humor and kind of felt left out, well… it’s your turn!!!

Friday May 17th at 9 a.m. Pacific we will be premiering Cynthia’s newest collection:

Not So Sweary!
That’s right! All the mother forking goodness and wholesome sons of benches are welcome to join us for this super fun, super tongue-in-cheek collection finale!

We have two brand new designs debuting in our shop as well as a (rare) second chance at ALL the previous designs!

This preorder is our usual Friday-Monday preorder with all the orders being shipped by June 21st!

Don’t miss this snarky and clean final addition to our Sweary Trilogy!

Advent Calendar Preorders!

Hi Everyone!

The 2019 PLYarn Mini Skein Advent Calendar is going to be awesome! Preorder now to receive by mid-November (with plenty of time to start opening December 1st). These are limited edition, so order now to be sure to get one — last year they sold out. I have been receiving requests to preorder, so here we go!

Each day of December until Christmas, you will get to open a surprise mini skein of yarn (with other adorable holiday or fiber-related goodies added in here and there)! Each day’s gift is individually wrapped — what could be more fun for a knitter or fiber crafter?!

I’m super excited about this year’s calendar because now you have your choice of five base yarns, including a DK option! This year we also have some new add-ons. There is a surprise special project bag for the 2019 Advent Calendar as well as the option to add a coordinating full size skein in your chosen yarn base.

The 2019 collection will be a surprise — a beautiful flow and fade of color consisting of speckles and semi-solids, which can be combined as they are unwrapped or used in a modular project or in many other ways (see the photos in the listing of my shawl from last year using all the 2018 skeins).

Order early before they sell out!

xo, Aimee at PLYarn

Birdie Parker Designs: Fiber Arts Inspired Jewelry

  • Stockinette and garter stitch metal earrings.

Hello Indie Untanglers! I’m Kristi Jensen, the designer behind Birdie Parker Designs. I’m a fiber addict with a degree in metalsmithing, which led me to create a line of jewelry and accessories for fiber artists. All of my work is created by hand in my Northridge, California, home studio using cupric nitrate and electricity to electro-etch stitch patterns into sterling silver, brass and copper. I currently offer earrings, necklaces, bracelets and stitch markers featuring stockinette and garter stitch patterns… and I have a crochet stitch pattern in the works as we speak!

I’m heading to Atlanta at the end of May to participate in Stitches United for the first time. I hope to meet some of you there! May 30-June 2, 2019, booth 709.

As a thank you for welcoming me into your community, I’d like to offer 15% off online orders through June 30 with the code INDIEINTRO.

Happy stitching!

Kristi Jensen
Birdie Parker Designs
Instagram: birdieparkerdesigns

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