Practically Purple in Every Way – Mystery Boxes!

They say that April showers bring May flowers, so I decided to theme this month’s mystery box around my favorite umbrella-carrying heroine. Whether you’re a fan of Poppins or simply the color purple, you’re sure to find something special. 
 
You’ll notice that April’s mailing is not a preorder. With everything changing so fast right now, I’ve decided to mail them out in batches twice a week. If you know of anyone who needs cheering up, I’m happy to help with these hand-wrapped surprises!  

Of course, I can’t share a peek inside just yet, but I can tell you all of the options so you can find one you adore. Choose from notions only, shawl pin and notions, or shawl cuff and notions to perfectly suit your passion. Each styling solution is completely exclusive to this mystery box.  

April 3, 2020

Eco-Luscious SkinCare for Fiber Artisans

As we’re washing hands methodically and with higher frequency, our skin is taking a beating. Self-care is a hot topic right now, and one way you can combat dry flaky skin is with a plant-based eco-luscious moisturizer. From head to toes, LoLo Body Care has you covered.

The LoLo Body Bar is a quick-absorbing, effective moisturizer that lasts through multiple hand washings and smells delightful. Use it from head to toe! The packaging is reusable and recyclable. What more could you want from an eco-friendly brand? With over 30 scents, it will be hard to choose just one! When your tin is empty, don’t fret! We now offer refills. Your refill bar will arrive sandwiched between two pieces of vellum and lovingly placed in a 100% biodegradable glassine bag and packaged in a box with post-consumer reusable fill.

As artisans, your cuticles take an extra beating. Our Cuticle Intensive is the finishing touch to help your hard-working, hard-playing fingers go from lovely to marvelous, in a snap! Best of all, you don’t have to rub the product in, just swipe your cuticles with this little “magic wand.” Simple application, no rubbing necessary, no messy oil, no problem! Fingers rejoice!

You know artisan, handcrafted soap the minute you pick it up. The density, texture and scent are different, and the way it reacts to water on your skin becomes the defining moment. Once you come clean, soap on the supermarket shelf won’t be an option. Packaged in a biodegradable glassine bag, our small batch soap is stamped with an inspirational saying that will brighten your day.

Stay home, wash your hands and support small businesses if you can — that’s the most caring thing a person can do right now.

We will get through this together!
Kismet, Founder of LoLo Body Care

April Bag of the Month: Snarky to Sweary!

  • An aqua drawstring bag with cartoon sloths.

Happy April! As we all get used to this new way of life, we thought sometimes a little snark can help us get through the tough times! And who better to help the medicine go down with a spoon full of sugar than Cynthia Frenette?!

This month we are spotlighting 18 — that’s right, 18 — of Cynthia Frenette’s best fabrics! From Snarky to Sweary there is something to make everyone smile!

You can pick from any items we sew, mix and match, and make your own awesome sets for the year!

Orders go LIVE Friday April 3rd at 9 a.m. PDT. Shop early, because the window for orders closes Monday at midnight! That gives us just enough time to order, sew and ship by the week of May 11th (or earlier).

Preorders give you the chance to get any item in our shop made custom without additional fees! After we ship, there will be extras, but they are not always available in every item. Shopping the preorder allows you to get exactly what you want without having to stalk the shop later or miss out!

April 2, 2020

KnitSpinQuilt Carries On

Hello to everyone. I hope you and your loved ones are holding up in these trying circumstances. I won’t tell you to be chipper or keep your chin up: I will tell you that I wish you all the best.

Things have been exciting here: I am holed up out of NYC with a dear friend. Since the shop is my only form of income, and most of it is in Brooklyn, I have been scrambling to get ducks in a row. I am safe: I am sheltering in place at home. I have arranged mail runs as part of my grocery run once a week, and I sew in my bedroom, so I am able to keep going for the time being.

I will be focusing on drawstring bags and DPN cases at first. If you have a particular request, PLEASE tell me. My contact form, Instagram DMs, Twitter DMs and email are all open to you, dear customers. If I have access to the fabric in question, I will be happy to sew up a custom bag at no additional cost. (I do hope you’ll understand that my access to fabric is limited at the moment.)

Because I believe strongly in putting my money where my mouth is, KnitSpinQuilt will continue to donate 15% of item prices to charity. In 2020, I have chosen the Ali Forney Center, a charity that works to alleviate homelessness in LGBTQ youth in New  York City. The Ali Forney Center cannot close under current circumstances, because it provides housing to at-risk youth, and is in need of support now more than ever.

Please keep safe, keep indoors, and keep on keeping on. This is going to be hard, but the only way forward is through.

Much care, Alisa

April 1, 2020

New Sock Lines & Shop Update

  • A woman models pink to blue faded socks.

I’d like to introduce a few new sock lines, a new base to the SBY lineup for Spring 2020 and hugely discounted Sailing Sweater Kits! All are available in our next shop update April 5th at noon EDT with new additions to colourways — all prices in Canadian dollars which make shopping in USD a real bargain!

Introducing Deconstructed Fade Sock Sets – the idea for these came to me when I kept looking at prized skeins of yarn that were too pretty to knit with. What if I could take my SBY favourite colourways and have them knit into socks as they appear in the skeins — and to further the idea, take my favourite colourways and fade them into each other in perfectly matched socks? And there you have it – each set is 2x50gm (230yds/ each skein) skeins of 75% Superwash Merino/25% nylon of perfectly matched fades — all you have to do is pick your favourite pattern and knit knit knit.

Second in the new sock line is Sojourn Self-Striping Socks – from 12-24 stripes these socks are fun with long colour runs and unexpected striping patterns. All sets come with a coordinating-but-not-perfectly-matched mini for cuffs, heels and toes to add further dimension to your socks! Sets come with 75% Superwash Merino/25% nylon with 80gm/350yds of stripes and 20gm/90 yds of the mini.

Third in the sock lineup is Sole Mate Self-Striping Socks – these are my favourite pairings of variegated and semi-solids, striping together – all you have to do is knit, no more switching yarns every few rows, darning in ends, or getting your balls all tangled. Soul Mate colourways for our Sole Mate Socks! 75% Superwash Merino/25% nylon, 465yds.

A new base and a quick favourite is the Mariner Mohair Merino Single – so soft, gorgeous halo, and all in one perfect fingering weight single. This yarn has drape, but stability for your favourite sock weight sweaters, the softness and halo of mohair and a sheen as if there was silk in it. 56% Superwash Merino/44% Kid mohair, 100gm/437 yards per skein in a sock/fingering weight. Available now on our website!

I’ve had two shows cancelled this season and wholesale orders delayed and cancelled. As a result, I’ve also loaded my show special to the website for order, now with dyed-to-order options to be included in the update this April 5th at noon EDT – the kits, with gorgeously soft 100% SW Merino, are severely discounted (starting at $62 off the regular price!) and include the Sailing Sweater pattern along with the yarn to make it!

Yarnies to the bone!

  • A purple, blue and black shoulder bag.

We are so happy to get to pair up with Pandia’s Jewels again! Not only does she make amazingly vibrant and beautiful colorways, but she is also a skilled artist — and with our favorite subject matter: YARN! You have loved her Llamicorns, her Yarn Goddess, and Mystic Knitter designs — now we have Knitter to the Bone!

Live Friday at 9 a.m. PDT — while supplies last!

(These bags are made & ready to ship immediately!)

Pandia’s Jewels has a limited preorder for the matching yarn going on now on her website!

And thank you for supporting our small businesses!!! We are so grateful!!

March 17, 2020

20% off Storewide

  • A collage of green yarn.
  • Purple yarn.

My Mama Knits is offering 20% off website orders over £50 until the end of April. Not just good for our scrummy hand dyed yarns, the discount is valid for anything in the shop including, sock rulers, bag pins, stitch markers, project bags, knitting needles and other notions. All items are ready to ship and no coupon is needed.

March 12, 2020

Introducing StarKnits

  • A white bag with a blue and green leaf pattern.

I’m an indie bag maker recently from Wisconsin, formerly from Pennsylvania, and I make everything myself.

The project bags I make are to carry around your knitting, crochet and spinning. I have many shapes, including box bags, pyramids, wedges and backpacks. I make a few bags that snap to hang on spinning wheels or looms in order to hold fiber or tools.

All of the bags are designed by me. I search far and wide for fabric and even have some that I print specifically for my business alone. I always have a variety of prints, some of which don’t stay around long. The fabric baskets and rope bowls are excellent to sit beside your wheel or loom to hold fiber or weaving supplies. I also make stitch markers to hold your place in knitting or crochet. I make orifice hooks for your spinning wheel and crochet hooks with fun handles. The crochet hooks are one of a kind as I play with clay and bake them on the hook. I also just recently have started to blend some different wools together to make batts for sale.
I love doing special orders and I’ve worked with other indie dyers to do collaborations of bags and yarn kits. Please feel free to message me to see about your own collaboration or bag made specifically for you. I also have items that I don’t generally sell online, but if you’ve seen them at a show and you’d like them, message me!

StarKnits was scheduled to vend at Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival in Pittsburgh, PA, March 20-22 and then at YarnCon in Chigago, IL, April 4-5. Both events were canceled due to COVID-19 and I applaud the organizers for being proactive about the health of our community. I’m using my time to take photos and do an update of epic proportions (at least for this one-woman business) starting on the 20th.

Celtic Styles Are In Bloom

  • A silver shawl pin on a skein of pink yarn.

Wander through our Celtic Spring collection and celebrate the rich heritage of the Celtic lands. Whether you dream of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, or Cornwall — there’s a handcrafted journey to take with your handknits.

Our journey begins in a highland forest, the intertwined roots our new Tree of Life Pin are a reminder of how we are all connected to each other and the world around us. As you venture out of the woods into a Welsh or Cornish garden, the Blossoming Pin reminds you to take a quiet moment to stop and smell the flowers. Our journey concludes on a rolling Irish hillside with a flock of sheep grazing on the green fields of clover. This month’s limited edition end minder sets pay tribute to St. Patrick’s Day in a sparkling way. Whether you could use a lucky charm or a pot of gold this treasure trove will tame your ends and dazzle your friends.

A purple sweater with two skeins of yarn.So many indie dyers. One email.
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