May 10, 2018

Jewelry for the Contemporary Yarn Connoisseur

Porterness Studio creates yarn functional statement jewelry for fiber arts community. The new spring line includes a stitch marker bracelet, stitch marker necklace, shawl/scarf ring and sterling silver markers.

The stitch marker bracelet and necklace are made of bronze with gold-filled clasps. At first glance, the pieces look like charm bracelets and necklaces, but the charms are actually stitch markers.

The shawl or scarf ring are made to adorn a handmade fiber arts garment. Crochet the garment directly on the ring or sew any handmade item on afterwards.

Each piece is either hand carved out of wax or 3D printed in wax, cast in sterling silver or bronze and hand finished by the artist.

Enjoy your spring with a 20% off for the Indie Untangled community!
Discount code: Indie20

Take care,
Jen

Warwick Reflections Shawl Knitalong

Introducing my newest shawl pattern, Warwick Reflections! A KAL starts May 28th!

Take a tour through Shakespeare country with us as we meander along the river Avon. Warwick Castle’s crenellations, towers, and medieval arched windows have inspired the cabling in this pattern. The lacework resembles the reflection of the castle in the river. Kits are available for pre-order featuring four stunning colorways from Fairy Tale Knits! Kits include the pattern, two skeins of yarn and a shawl pin. The pattern on its own is 50% off through the start of the KAL with no code needed.

MDSW sneak peek!

Can you believe it’s May already?! I sure can’t! Every year just seems to fly by faster than the last. It’s hard to believe it’s already time for the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, but it is!

We’ll be there in our regular space in the Main Building, Booth A30 (about 3/4 of the way down the left wall from the front door). This is our 14th year at the Festival, which also confounds me!

We’re bringing loads of yarn: Nona, Aurora, Sunna, Andromeda, Birte, Selene, Verdande, Luna – everything from heavy lace weight to worsted. This year, I’ve dyed a bunch of new repeating colorways and, new this year, a whole bunch of my one-of-a-kind, totally non-repeatable Lucky Pots. I’ve been posting a lot of sneak peek photos on my Instagram feed, so do go check it out if you’d like to see more.

I have so much fun with these Lucky Pot colors, and oftentimes I really wish I’d written down the recipe and the instructions. They’re so good, and I love them so much, I wish I could make certain colors again. But that would defeat the intention of them, which is fresh, spontaneous creation. A potter friend, Del, once told me: “You only create something once. After that, it’s production.” For artists, no matter what the medium, creation and production can at times really be at odds with each other. It’s sometimes easy to get into a “rut” of reproducing the same thing over and over again, no matter how beautiful or popular these items might be. My friend Del, an incredibly talented potter, built himself a salt-fired kiln to force himself out of production, which was, of course, a huge, necessary, and integral part of his business. It made him switch gears and get into that truly creative space, with no concern about being able to do the same thing again, because he could not predict or fully control the results of these salt firings.

I’ve always remembered his words, how excited he was about his salt-fired pieces, and how truly amazing this work was. And I realized that I was in the same place in my own creativity: creating repeating colorways is necessary and integral to my business; they’re fun and I love them. But, I create these colors once, and then it’s reproduction. I needed to do something that was completely spontaneous and unreproducible. This truly creative process is freeing, and it’s also amazing how it spills over into everything else I do.

That’s a long explanation for what and how my Lucky Pots came to be. I hope if you’re coming to MDSW, you’ll swing by my booth and check them out! I have lots of them dyed on very base!

Also for MDSW, I have special 2018 MDSW-themed stitch markers sets from Katrinkles (while supplies last), and a new order of my popular camp mugs which include my personal mantra – Life is short, knit the good stuff.

Hope to see you at the Festival! But if you can’t make it, I’m planning a shop update for when I get home which will include lots of Lucky Pots and more!

May the Fourth Be with You!

It’s May the 4th — and that means Star Wars Day! Our annual tribite to your favorite movie will be live at 9 a.m. PST! We have three fabrics, our New Yarn socks, and an awesome princess Leia enamal pin! Too Much fun to miss! These items are limited, made, and ready to ship! Set your alarm and shop early so you don’t miss anything!

May 2, 2018

KnitSpinQuilt Vending in NYC on Saturday, May 12!

Saturday, May 12, there will be an exciting event in NYC: the first Moms & Makers Market in NYC, hosted by Knitty City and intended to fundraise for Moms Demand Action, against gun violence!

KnitSpinQuilt will be vending at the marketplace all day long (11 a.m.-6 p.m.) with a full selection of three sizes of project bags, stitch markers, notions tins, and a couple of small surprises – stash savers that smell of lavender (packaged in plastic to keep the table safe for those with scent sensitivities) and even some wine glass charms, many of which work as stitch markers for larger needles!

There will be a brand new subway-themed bag available in several sizes at the market – and nowhere else until after the market is over and done!

If you can’t make it in person, be sure to check out the KnitSpinQuilt Etsy shop! New items will go up on May 13, but there’s plenty there right now to catch your eye!

Knitting is my Happy Place!

Slipped Stitch Studios has been tantalizing fiber artists with their innovative designs, quality stitching, and epic fabric selection for almost 10 years! From Project bags and tool cases, to stitch markers and pattern keeping solutions, Laura and her team have the tools you need for your next project!

Introducing our New Line of Bags: Knitting is my Happy Place!

In collaboration with Insomniac Designs, we are very excited to release our newest fabric exclusive!

Set your alarm, and get ready for awesome: only on sale Friday-Monday!

AND! Orders over $100 get free shipping and a free gift ALL WEEKEND!
WOOT!!

New Rose Gold Shawl Pins and Upcoming Event

So excited to add a new color of wire to our lineup! After years of silver, gold, and vintage bronze it was time to add something new. Rose gold is as shiny and stunning as the other wire colors. It stands out and looks gorgeous on a wide range of yarn colors. These shimmer beads are also new! The shimmer on them changes slightly when viewed at different angles.

If you would like to see the new wire color and beads in person, stop by our booth at Maryland Sheep & Wool; May 5th & 6th. We are located in Barn 3.

April 17, 2018

Updates from FiberCrafty Shops!

Do you go in search of that PERFECT hand dyed yarn or are you looking for luscious new fiber? Whatever your mission, the FiberCrafty shops have been busy with new listings that include plenty of both, not to mention other goodies you will love!

Here are the latest updates, pictured above:

The Spun Bunny has just added some beautiful new sock blanks, rolags and yarn.

GreenHeronHandmade, one of our newer shops, specializes in gorgeous handspun yarn. Also listed are handmade yarn bowls that can be custom glazed.

The Girl Who Crafted has gorgeous fandom yarns.

Duchess Fiber Arts has a shop with many yarns that coordinate beautifully together (and fiber, too!).

If you are all about spinning, ShariArts specializes in stunning fiber.

Split Rock Ranch has a huge variety of custom blend combed top, not to mention unique types of fiber like Pearl Infused Rose fiber! There is also a new fiber prep tutorial on the FiberCrafty YouTube channel. It features a trick new to me and from what I have heard, new to many others also!

In addition to what’s pictured above, PussNBoots Hand Dyed Yarn has been quite busy with updates and has lots of choices with beautiful variegated and tonal yarns, and Wild Hair Studio has just listed a selection of Tour de Fleece boxes available for pre-order.

These updates aren’t all that’s new on FiberCrafty, so have fun exploring. If you want to hear about sales and coupon codes, let us know here.

Camp Mug!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always loved enamelware. Something about the feel of it in my hands conjures cool mornings by the campfire with a steaming cup of tea. We have the traditional speckled enamelware as part of our camping gear, and many times I think about bringing it into the kitchen so I can use it on a regular basis. It’s nearly indestructible, and lasts forever. We’ve had ours for over 20 years and it shows little to no sign of wear and tear.

A few months ago, I was on an internet search for something (I don’t even remember what it was now), and came across these cut enamelware mugs that I could get my logo put on. I ordered samples (which my kids have since claimed as their own), and loved them. So, I had some made.

These 12-ounce mugs are white, with a dark gray lip. Just like traditional enamelware, they’re a go-anywhere kind of accessory, no worries about breakage. Of course, they’re not microwave safe, since they’re made of steel, but they are dishwasher, campground and travel safe. Take it along to a knitting retreat, or knit night. Or, of course, camping :-).

My logo is on both sides, and then my current mantra — “Life is short, knit the good stuff” — is on one side, too. I have so many conversations with people who have that special skein of yarn lovingly held in their stash that’s too special to use. To which I say, while I totally understand the feeling, phooey! Find a pattern you love, and go ahead and knit it. And then enjoy wearing it for as long as possible :-D. Carpe Diem!

Mugs are $12 each.

Handmade Celtic Inspired Shawl Pin

Looking for a lightweight handcrafted shawl pin? Here it is! This pin elegantly adorns shawls without weighing them down. Enjoy the variety of styles a shawl pin can create with a single shawl. The Classic Celtic Knot Pin coordinates perfectly with any shawl, scarf, wrap or cardigan. Check out my website’s Product Tips section for pin wearing inspirations!


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