Winter Eves – Advent Calendar

The idea for this year’s Advents is to evoke all sorts of wintery eves, as the name says,  and not only the most famous one of the 24th of December. We thought of the changing shades that can take an evening in winter, whether in a snowy or a starry sky. As a result, we are inspired by the contrasting hues of warm homes, fireplaces and kitchens filled with deliciously simmering pots.

We built up four different color groups: Blues, Purples, Greens and Browns in different tones and variations, faded, light and dark, solid and speckled… for every taste! We then added a hint of gold, copper and silver tones, so that altogether the minis could be beautifully matched with the Stormy Luce or Perla as main colors.

You’ll be able to choose if you prefer Luce or Perla for your main color, and you’ll then get a delicately warmer, or chillier mood for your bunch of yarn.

Also, one of the things we love most about our Clubs — and special bundles like Advent Calendars — are the collaborations that we build with artists and artisans around Italy. For this occasion we introduce you to Alice of Little Pine Alice.

She’s an amazing illustrator, able to paint enchanted worlds to take you in, with the delicate touch of brush and watercolours. We thought that the dreamy figures and landscapes she could create would be just perfect for our concept. So be prepared to enter a space of winter nights lit by fireplaces, where you can meet creatures of the snowy woods, you can stare at starry nights or wait every eve warmly packed inside, preparing your comforts and knitting just until Christmas comes.

This journey will be made of yarn, of course, but not only… Alice‘s creations will evoke our colors and guide you through our mood one day after another.

We really hope you’ll enjoy this voyage along Winter Eves, rich with gently contrasting shades, just like nightfalls and candlelights.

Please make note of a few useful information about the CALENDARS:
-Subscriptions will be listed in our Shop from JULY 30, 18.00 h CET.
-Subscriptions will be open until SEPTEMBER 05, unless they sell out before; shipping will be scheduled in late October.
-We decided to list only a limited quantity of bundles, because they are handcrafted especially for this event and are all unique.
-Each box will include 200g of our A Stormy Blend – Perla or Luce, a blend of Italian Wool and Alpaca in its natural fawn or grey hues, 16 of 20g mini skeins in A Chic Blend, hand dyed exclusively for this event, a secret bundle by Alice @littlepinealice, illustrated for this event… and a final surprise!

Yarn content is:
A Chic Blend – 2 ply fingering weight mini skeins of 20g – 90m
60% wool – 20% alpaca – 20% mohair

A Stormy Blend – 2 ply fingering weight full skeins of 50g – 225m
70% wool – 30% alpaca

LITTLEPINE ALICE
Alice is a freelance illustrator based in Brescia (Italy), mainly focusing on watercolor technique. When she has a little spare time she loves to explore mountains around the nearby Alps. In fact, the main influences on her subjects come from nature, but also art and movies.

All About Alpacas

  • A white mini plastic alpaca with green knitting.

The last few months have been so busy that I haven’t had time to really sit down and have a think on our end minder friends. Luckily, I received excellent feedback at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, which left me feeling inspired for July’s special debut. Without further ado, let’s get to know the Adaptable Alpacas!

These extra fluffy friends await your yarn to make their fleece fabulous. With the soft speckles of marble gray, they’ll easily pair with any shade — no matter how you put them to work.

Keep your ends tidy, store yarn for repairs, tame your joins, or make a handy portable color swatch for your next trip to the local yarn shop!

Each set includes six of these limited edition animals, kept safe and secure in their own crystal corral. The Adaptable Alpacas are prepared for anything, just pop them in your project bag and you’ll always have an ally on hand for tricky stitch-uations.

2021 Advents are here!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The first day of July can only mean one thing here at Forbidden Fiber Co – our Advent calendars go up for preorder! We work at these year-round to make sure it is the most fun box you open all year long.

Our 2021 Advent theme is Random Acts of Kindness. We feel that there can never be enough kindness in the world, and we want to do our part to spread it throughout our community. So accompanying each colorway (and each extra), will be a simple act of kindness that you can do for a friend, or even a stranger!

That said, we like to do our Advents a little differently. Instead of an Advent box with 24 (or 25) mini skeins of yarn, we like to shake it up a bit! First and foremost, we work with a knit and crochet designer to bring you an exclusive MKAL/MCAL pattern to go along with your yarn. It’s a little bit different each year, but this year is truly outstanding! We’re focusing on several smaller projects instead of one big wrap or shawl. The knitting patterns are designed by Afifa Knits, and the crochet patterns are designed by Katie Clark Crochet.

Our Advent Calendar this year features 25 wrapped gifts – 18 of them will contain a 25g skein of our Fortitude DK yarn (Superwash Merino), as well as a piece of this year’s MKAL/MCAL pattern. The other seven (7) packages are what we call “rest days,” where you have a chance to catch up on your project if you’ve fallen behind. December is a busy month and we want to make sure there’s no stress involved in this Mystery-along! Each “rest day” package will have a fun little extra for you to enjoy along with your stitching – some are knit/crochet related, and some are just fun! Most of them are handmade by our team at the FFC studio, and all of them are bigger and better than ever this year!

I truly think that this will be our best Advent Calendar yet. So preorder yours and join in the fun!

Pearls That Twirl

  • A copper swirl with a pearl on a cake of turquoise yarn.

With the start of summer, I got to thinking about unique ways to celebrate the season. My Twirl design was retired several years ago when the Penannular debuted, but I’ve decided to bring it back in shining silver and bronze with one simple, classic, and elegant accoutrement — the freshwater pearl! If you are a newer member of my community, you might not be familiar with just how this unusual shape works to style your shawls. If that’s the case, I have just the blog post for you. In the spirit of my alliteration-loving nature, it’s entitled Give A Twirl A Whirl. 💙

Next, we have a new addition to my Charmed Celtic collection! I chose the Triquetra to expand this crowd-favorite line because of its many meanings, giving each member of our community an opportunity to connect with its infinite design in their own way. Two of my favorite interpretations are that the endless curves represent infinite love or an uninterrupted life, often given as a gift with best wishes for longevity.

June 30, 2021

Un Besito Fiber – 2021 Advent PreOrder Closing Soon!

A model plane, a map, passport and sunglasses.

The Un Besito Fiber 2021 Advent Calendars celebrate travel around the world. Let’s all pack our bags, grab our passports, and load our favorite project bag to explore the world, even if it is from our couch this year.

Your chance to “Book your Reservation” for our Advent Calendar Preorder is coming to an end soon! Our Advent Calendars will ship during the first week of November 2021.

Each skein will be individually wrapped and labeled for each day of December, if you can wait that long to open them all. You can expect to find tonals, veriegated, and speckled skeins. Each day will also contain a special surprise goodie, including a notions pouch to make it easy for you to pack your bags!

June 25, 2021

Summer Fun Boxes going FAST!

  • Boxes with yellow tissue paper labeled summer fun box.

Our first ever installment of the Jilly & Kiddles Summer Fun Boxes are almost gone! I've enjoyed every second of planning and curating this box for you and it's such fun to watch everyone receiving them. Thank you for the great reviews! If you forgot to purchase one or haven't heard of it until now, it's not too late to check them out. Each Box is full to the brim (does a box have a brim? …you know what I mean) of summery fingering weight mini skeins and extra-special extra goodies, including a custom tote bag you can put everything in. Want to get in on the summer fun and knit or crochet along with us?

June 17, 2021

Summer Fun Boxes Ship Monday!

Dreaming of a relaxing summer getaway? Need to feel the sun🌞 on your skin and your toes in the sand? We’ve got you! I can already hear those calming ocean waves… can’t you? Let me bring those lazy day vibes to you. (Don’t worry—no seagulls to swoop down and steal your snacks!)

Introducing the Jilly & Kiddles Summer Fun Box!

I can’t wait to share these summery treats with you. This special box will include coordinating minis and some very fun summer/beach-themed goodies with a little bit of sassy flair. Everything in this box is friendly to all fiber arts, so it’s perfect for a knitter, crocheter, weaver — whatever you like to do! You’ll have everything you need to head out and relax somewhere and get your stitch on. These boxes ship on Monday, June 21st. You’re not going to want to miss this one, trust me. Bring the vacation to your own door!

So. Much. Fun.

June 9, 2021

New Yarn Jewels for the Summer!

  • A silver honeycomb necklace with knit stitches next to a cake of blue yarn.

We hope everyone is enjoying the weather. We’ve been busy creating new jewels for the summers and dipping our favorites in gold. Visit the Shop Update Section on our website to see new work like the Honeycomb Knit Necklace and the Swinger Chevron Stockinette Earrings. Free shipping with order of $150 – use the code “FreshipUS”. Take care and enjoy the summer!

May 27, 2021

Early Bird Pricing Ends Friday!

Join us for the first Jilly & Kiddles Summer Fun Box Club!

Dreaming of a relaxing summer getaway? Need to feel the sun on your skin and your toes in the sand? We’ve got you! I can already hear those calming ocean waves… can’t you? Let me bring those lazy day vibes right to you. (Don’t worry—no seagulls to swoop down and steal your snacks!)

This special box will include five coordinating mini skeins and some very fun summer/beach-themed goodies with a little bit of sassy flair. Keepin’ it clean, but still having a little fun, you know?

Everything in this box is friendly to all fiber arts, so it’s perfect for a knitter, crocheter, weaver–whatever you like to do! You’ll have everything you need to head out and relax somewhere and get your stitch on. The graphic above hints at the vibe of the box gives you an idea of the sort of colors you might expect.
So. Much. Fun.

Early Bird Pricing ends after Friday May 28th! The price goes up on 5/29, so take advantage of the early bird discount.

The Summer Fun Box includes:
–Five coordinating 15 gram minis of Jilly & Kiddles Fancy Sock base
–Tote Bag – custom themed and made from GOTS certified 100% organic cotton
–FOUR additional Summer Fun themed Extras
a Total value of over $60 in your box!

You can even choose an add-on Upgrade Option for a full skein of yarn in one of the mini colors. See website for details and a closer look.

Everything in this box is friendly to all fiber arts, so it’s perfect for a knitter, crocheter, weaver–whatever you like to do! You’ll have everything you need to head out and relax somewhere and get your stitch on. Don’t forget to snag one before the price goes up tomorrow!

May 27, 2021

Pretty With Pink

Spring has sprung with rhodonite shawl pins! Some say that rhodonite is a stone of compassion, an emotional balancer that clears away emotional wounds and scars from the past, and that nurtures love; that it stimulates, clears and activates the heart; that rhodonite grounds energy, balances yin-yang, and aids in achieving one's highest potential; and that it heals emotional shock and panic. We say it is beautiful and adds a touch of pink sophistication.

MAB Elements shawl pins are perfect for keeping you shawl in place with style, but also so much more. Wear on your winter coat, sweater, hat, cowl, you name it!

Gift certificates available.

Free shipping on all U.S. orders over $50 / Reasonable international shipping.