September 17, 2020

Meet us at the River’s Edge

  • A pink cabled sweater.

Visit Sew Happy Jane this weekend for a discount on a dyed-to-order selection of DK yarns perfect for knitting the River’s Edge pattern collection by Hanks and Needles.

After a year of dreaming and scheming, Heather Best of Sew Happy Jane and Makenzie Alvarez of Hanks and Needles are thrilled to finally share the results of a special collaboration.

Inspired by the quiet banks of a winding river, the River’s Edge Cardigan and Hat patterns echo the flowing life and serene landscape of a river bank. Makenzie’s goal was to balance simplicity and flow to showcase a tonal hand-dyed yarn with this seamless design. The cardigan begins at the collar and winds its way down the back with a flowing cable panel that is easy to work via chart or written instructions. Using an innovative method you’ll work the collar and the body all at the same time and the finished garment will be a classic you’ll reach for over and over.

Not quite ready to commit to a cardigan? The single skein River’s Edge Hat will give you the perfect opportunity to play with cables again or try your hand at them for the first time.

Heather has put together a thoughtful palette of colorways perfect for showcasing the River’s Edge hat and cardigan. The dyed-to-order listing will feature a selection of options at a discounted price on a choice of three DK base yarns. Choose from Delightful DK, Delightful Tweed DK, and the new Dreamy MCN DK. Shown in colorway Electric Raspberry.

The pattern is available on Ravelry, and LoveCrafts for 25% off through the weekend.

September 11, 2020

New Sweater Pattern Release – Variation on a Twist

  • A chartreuse sweater with a striped yoke in blue and brown.

I’m happy to announce my latest sweater design, Variation on a Twist. It is a top down, short-sleeved pullover with gentle waist shaping that leads to a slight A-line silhouette. A long-sleeved option is also included in the pattern. A simple garter and twisted stitch pattern adorns the yoke with only one color is worked per round. The short-sleeved version is perfect for the summer into fall transition or can be used as a layering piece in winter to add a touch of color to your wardrobe. The long-sleeve version results in a casual, cozy garment perfect for those gray, winter days.

This sweater is designed to be worn with 0” to 4” of positive ease. There are 18 sizes ranging from 32″ to 66″ finished bust circumference. Gentle waist shaping gives way to a slight A-line look at the hips resulting in an approximate 2” larger hip circumference than the bust circumference. Three additional options for body shaping are provided in the pattern along with the two sleeve-length options.

Variation on a Twist works up quickly with a stitch pattern that is easily memorized and once completed, results in rounds of soothing stockinette stitch. Both sweaters are knit up in Marianated Yarns Playtime DK; a wonderfully scrumptious superwash merino base that has a lovely drape and softness. Marian has put together kits for the sweater on her website or you can choose your own color combinations.

Autumnal Equinox – New Hat and Mitt Set!

  • A woman models a brown cabled hat and mitts.

Autumnal Equinox Hat and Autumnal Equinox Mitts are debuting Friday, September 11th. These patterns are being featured at Knits & Knots Tahoe for the Sierra Nevada Yarn Crawl. Kits including the yarn and pattern can be purchased from Knits & Knots Tahoe.

The perfect hat and mitts to keep you cozy while you sip on the warm fall beverage of your choice. A row of cute acorns runs just above the hat brim and along the center of the mitts. The acorns are formed by slipped stitch cables with seed stitch and are framed by columns of simple cables. The hat is a standard beanie, but if you prefer slouchy beanies there are instructions included to make the hat longer. Grab a PSL or a hot apple cider and knit yourself a festive fall accessory set. One skein of fingering-weight yarn will be enough yarn to make both the hat and the mitts!

Vakyrie Fibers dyed up two perfect fall colorways Woodland Realm (shown in photos) and Mirkwood. These are available on a Fingering Weight BFL Tweed base exclusively from Knits & Knots Tahoe for the kits!

September 10, 2020

More tweed yarn on the website

September is here and the mornings are already feeling cooler. Renovation work is still underway at ECY Shedquarters but I am managing to work around it so far. Moving the kettle into the dye shed was a great choice. 🤣 Our most recent update went live on Wednesday but you haven’t missed out! New batches of our tweedy Keswick Fingering and Keswick DK are ready and waiting for you. If you want to know more about these yarns check out the Shedcast introducing it on our YouTube channel. You can also find all the information covered in the Shedcast in our handy blog post which you can find on our home page.

In the few weeks before this update we had added a few different yarns to the website, including Hayton DK (Merino/Cashmere/nylon), Tempo 4ply, Brimham 4ply (both Merino/nylon sock yarns), Pendle 4ply (pure Merino), Titus Lace (Merino/silk), Keld Fingering (Merino/linen singles yarn) and Coniston Fingering Merino/mohair singles yarn). 😍 Coming soon we will have updates of Titus 4ply, Keld Fingering, Rosedale 4ply and Nateby 4ply with plenty of sparkly mini skeins so sign up to our newsletter to find out about the timing of these updates!

Over the past few months we have been working on a revamp to the pattern for Chromium. Designed by Mr ECY, David O’Kelly, Chromium started life as a really nice, versatile scarf but has evolved into a generous, snuggly wrap. This versatile pattern is ideal for beginners to get to grips with knitting on a bias and simple increases and decreases; as well as for more experienced knitters who want a nice, easy, satisfying project. The small contrast bands are handy for using leftovers too. It uses seven skeins of DK yarn, two of each main colour and one skein for the contrast bands which gives you plenty of scope to really personalise your wrap. The pattern is currently only available as a download from our website. We sneakily added a handful of Pendle DK to the website last week so make sure to have a look at those if you need yarn for your Chromium. Pendle DK has a lower meterage per skein than Bowland DK so you may need more yarn if you choose to use this yarn but you can also combine it with any of our other DK yarns.

We are often asked about colour combination suggestions, you may be considering putting two Milburn 4ply colours together to personalise your Droppe Sweater by Emmy + Lien which was recently released. This is a gorgeous and practical crochet sweater that will go nicely with a range of outfits. The pattern is written for 10 sizes (71 – 162cm / 28 – 63¾in bust) and being worked from the top down is easily adaptable at all stages. The pattern is available on the Emmy + Lien website (https://www.emmyandlien.com/pattern-shop/droppe-sweater-crochet-pattern) and also on Ravelry. I love the idea of Charcoal as the main colour and then Fern as the border for a lovely pop. I had great fun putting together some of my suggestions for this stunning design and they have been added to the Milburn 4ply album in flickr. I have also added some ideas for creating rainbow effects. This album is really useful for getting an idea how the different shades of Milburn work together!

As the weather starts to get cooler and the nights start to draw in you may be looking for larger projects to keep yourself busy or you may even have your eyes on some winter accessories. We can help with both of these! We have a few multi-colour yarn packs still available on the website. These are three-, four-, five-, and six-colour packs in DK and 4ply/fingering yarns, perfect for those multi-skein projects if you find it difficult to choose colour combinations. In each pack you get 100g per colour, so this is either in single 100g skeins or two 50g balls of Milburn and all yarn packs come at a lower price than ordering the individual yarns separately.

We also still have many colours of Aran and Chunky yarns available on sale, perfect for if you want to be prepared for the cold months. There are great selections available in the Reduced section of the website. This also extends to out Cat Knits Yarn Packs so now would be the ideal time to get cracking on a Cosy Cat Sweater by Marna Gilligan. We also still have copies of the Cat Knits book available.

While on the subject of yarn packs, do you remember the Woodbine Sweater by Fiona Alice? We know a lot of you loved it and as we are out of stock of the original yarn packs we thought it would be fun to pull together some new alternative colour combinations. These are very limited in numbers but we are sure you will love them!

September 10, 2020

Rhode Love Hat knit pattern

  • A woman models a purple and gray hat on a beach.

Rhody Love Hat is a cozy knitted hat named for the lovely little state of Rhode Island. It gets chilly in the autumn in New England and stays cold until springtime. Whether you are exploring Providence in October or walking on one of the many beautiful beaches in the ocean state in early spring, wearing knitwear is definitely needed in Rhode Island. The designer — that’s me — and my collaboration partner, indie yarn dyer Jill of Jilly and Kiddles, live, work and create in Rhode Island. Rhody Love Hat can be made in any two colorways. Try contrasting colors for exciting pops of color, or mix your favorite two colors for fun stripes. Visit Ravelry for the pattern and Jillyandkiddles.com for yarn options! This hat is the perfect accessory as we head into fall!

September 4, 2020

Fall in love

  • Yarn on a plaid blanket.

Fall is almost upon us. This means colder weather, warmer knits, and the joy of finally getting to knit sweaters, hats and toques after enduring a crazy hot summer!

After a few months of thinking, we decided that “warmth” had to be at the heart of our fall collection. We wanted to bring warmth to you not only through our (wonderful) wool, but also through colors and what they evoke. Rich browns, soft yellows and deep reds make the base of our collection. We complement these base tones with bright pink mohairs, a dash of orange and a bam of moss green. With those colors, we hope to transmit the essence of what fall is: a beautiful season to pull round and enjoy a slow transition to winter.

We hope you get to enjoy it with lots of love and wool, and do hope to be part of your knitting journey.

September 4, 2020

Teaching at VKL September edition!

  • A woman with long brown hair and black glasses.
  • An orange sweater.

1st class: Knitting with Beads and Sequins: Why not?! Ever considered incorporating some beads or even sequins into a sweater? In this class we will explore ideas to make a unique sweater with your own twist! Participants will be taught how to work bead knitting and (if you like the idea) how to add sequins as well. Participants will receive a few charts with beading ideas (for circular yoke, for cabled fabric, cuffs, etc).

2nd class: Knitting the Petite Boxy! Class Details:
With a fitted yoke, fitted sleeves, some ease on the body, and a “kinda” cropped shape, the petite boxy is a sweater for everyone! In this class, we’ll break down and explore the steps to knit your new favorite sweater! Participants will receive a sweater pattern as a gift. The pattern will be helpful as a guide to follow the steps of the Top-down seamless circular yoke sweater.

September 1, 2020

Hope and Feathers: a free shawl pattern

A moss green and dappled pink shawl.

Named for an Emily Dickinson poem, this sweet boomerang-shaped shawl uses only two skeins of sock yarn and begins with a tiny one-stitch cast on. The solid color sections make for practically mindless knitting while the slip-stitch colorwork is much easier than it looks — you only every use one strand of yarn at a time, and just slip a stitch here and there.

The pattern is on sale at 25% off on both Ravelry and Payhip with the code hope2020 through Sunday, Sept 6th, or you can get the pattern for free when you sign up for the Lyrical Knits newsletter (you’ll be sent a welcome email with download instructions once you confirm your subscription).

August 27, 2020

Tie Dye Your Knits!

  • A tie dyed tank top.
  • A woman models a purple and blue tie dyed knit top.

Our exploration of Tie Dye-inspired yarn, has finally led us to releasing the “Tie Dye Your Knits” kit.

At the beginning of Summer, I created the Tye Dye Yarn Collection, a series of Tie Dye-inspired yarn, a series of three fun cheerful colors: Cosmic Tye Dye, Lavender Highlights and Ombres Skies, which are now also available in Mohair Silk. However, while having Tye Dye-inspired yarn was amazing, it still did not satisfy the full Tie Dye look I was hoping to achieve at The Wandering Flock, so I decided the create the “Tie Dye Your Knits” kit, a DIY tie dye kit, where we encourage you to Tie Dye your FO.

The kit comes with two skeins of Organic Pima Cotton Yarn in DK weight, the Tilly Crop Top Knitting Pattern, which is a quick easy knit, and all the materials and dye needed to tie dye your project. Don’t think you could tie dye your FO? Well, the beauty of our kit is that you can tie dye the yarn instead. We have two color choices available: PeriPinkie Winkie and Cosmic Speckles.

The kits are available for preorder until August 31st and will be shipped the following week. After all the kits have shipped, I will be hosting two Zoom Tie Dye Party sessions, where we’ll demo various tie dye techniques, how to manipulate to dye to get the shade you like and all the tips and tricks we know to get the results you want — kinda like a virtual workshop, but we like the sound of a party better.

Each kit comes with enough dye to also tie dye a couple of T-shirts with your tie dyed FO. We do have a limited amount of kits available and additional skeins can be bought with your kits.

Bubble Tea shawl, a new one skein project perfect for speckled yarns!

  • A woman wearing a purple speckled shawl sips purple bubble tea.

Bubble Tea Shawl is releasing on Friday, August 28th! It will be available on both Ravelry and Payhip.

Bubble tea isn’t just a pretty Instagram-able beverage, it’s also delicious and fun. Just like how super speckled yarn isn’t just pretty and Instagram-able, it’s also fun! It can be hard to find a pattern that will play nice with all those colorful speckles. This one-skein shawl features a simple lace pattern meant to show off all the fun colors in a highly speckled skein of hand-dyed yarn. Instructions are included so you can maximize your yardage used. Bubble tea is a half circular shawl that is light and airy enough to wear any time of year.

I used a single skein of Hawari Bazaar Anpanman on Nova Sock that I had been hoarding away in a prized position of my stash. I wanted to create a shawl that would allow the lace pattern and extremely speckled yarn to complement each other rather than fight for dominance. I think the result is a super fun and wearable shawl!

Bubble Tea is a top down half circle shawl. There is a garter stitch selvedge along the top edge of the shawl. Instructions for maximizing your yarn used are included in the pattern. You could even use multiple skeins to make an extra large shawl!

Save 10% now through September 4th to celebrate the release! No coupon code needed on Ravelry, on Payhip use code BUBBLETEAISYUMMY