July 7, 2020

Join the Mermaids in the Waves Knit Along!

  • Green and teal yarn with the words King Triton Jilly & Kiddles.

Do you love the idea of a mystery knit along, but kind of prefer to know what your project should look like while you’re making it? If so, this is going to be the perfect fit for you.

Lena of SoftYarn Designs has created a gorgeous and unique two-color shawl pattern with Jilly & Kiddles yarn. We are offering kits on our website which include the yarn and a code to download your copy of SoftYarn Designs Mermaids in the Waves shawl pattern from Ravelry. Bonus: you save $5 on the set when you order the kit from us! ust choose the set you love most and you’ll have everything you need to make this fun two color shawl. (If you want the original colors, you’ll want to order the King Triton set.)

The pattern will be a “mystery” until it’s released on July 28th. Once it’s released, you’ll be able to see the shawl, so you can knit along with confidence. In the meantime, preorder your kit now and it will arrive in plenty of time for the KAL kickoff on 7/28! Use your code to download the pattern on that date, and you’ll be ready to go. Lena is hosting a chat group for the KAL and there will be prizes, too. I can’t wait to see all of your beautiful shawls and get to know you during the KAL!

Kits are available in the Featured section of the home page.

(This item is a dyed-to-order PREORDER. Kits will ship between July 20th and 25th. Orders will be dyed and filled in the order they are received. You must order by July 20th to assure delivery by the kickoff date; kits ordered after that date may not arrive in time, but will be fulfilled as quickly as possible.)

June 23, 2020

As soothing as a walk in the woods

  • A cowl in purple and salmon colors.

Feeling the need for some comfort knitting? I got you. Viandar uses those mini-skeins you can never resist, and gorgeous garter stitch short rows, to create a stack of colour wedges that settle around your neck just so. It’s a very soothing project, perfect to pack in your holiday bag (or take to the pool). So simple, there’s really nothing else to say except that it’s 20% off until Sunday, June 28!

June 17, 2020

Tiny Dancer Sweater Pattern

A grey pullover with a purple and green variegated front.

Lyrical Knits’ latest sweater pattern is designed to help you use up a skein or two of variegated sock yarn, minis, or even Fade leftovers. The colorwork pattern involves occasional slipped stitches, and you only ever use one strand of yarn on any round. The pattern is 30% off through June 22nd with no coded needed — the discount will be taken in your cart.

Vivid, Saturated Color!

  • Green, aqua and purple speckled yarn with the words Maelstrom Fiber Arts Barefoot in the Grass.

I love color. I mean, I REALLY LOVE color. A lot. As a small-batch indie dyer, I get my inspiration from the world around me. This summer, my little patio garden where I like to relax in the morning with my coffee is an explosion of blooms. This wonderful place is where I got the inspiration for my latest preorder colorways! “Barefoot in the Grass,” “Bourbon & Lime” and “Luminous” are the latest beauties to come out of my dye pots. Once ordered, they will be ready to ship in around two weeks.

We are also doing a first-time-EVER special October Mystery Gift Box! I have been planning this forever and ever and it has finally materialized! Although I can’t spill ALL the tea, I can tell you that it is a spooky-themed mystery weaving project with a bit of knitting incorporated into it (you must be able to knit in the round to complete the project according to the pattern.) It is super fun to do and will make a STUNNING wall decoration for that big Halloween party!

The kit includes yarn, pattern, accessories, loom frames and extra goodies. Once you open the box you are all ready to go — the only things you will need are your knitting needles, hooks and scissors. It makes a wonderfully unique and fun gift! There are a limited number of kits being produced this year so don’t miss out! The order deadline is September 15, 2020, and boxes start shipping on October 1!

HAPPY HALLOWEAVE!

Tavolozza Shawl & Bag Bundles

  • Skeins of blue and silver yarn over a hand-dyed tote bag.
  • A cream-colored shawl with orange, navy and mustard stripes.

We’re delighted to share our collaboration with our dear friend Sara of La Cave à Laine!

To celebrate the release of Tavolozza, a cozy shawlette that Sara has designed with our yarns, we’ll have a special shop update with lots of bundles, that were to be brought to Woollin – Ireland’s Festival of Yarn this weekend.

The yarn required for this mindless, relaxing summer shawl consists of a full skein of A Heavenly Blend in undyed Avena Heathery Pearl and three minis of A Chic Blend in different combinations we chose from our hand dyed palette, including some shades of the From Home Collection.

The gorgeous kits will include yarn and a code to download the shawl pattern on Ravelry, plus you’ll be able to choose between a hand-sewn zippered pouch or a hand-dyed organic cotton tote bag that Sara prepared for this special collab.

We assembled many yarns + accessory options to cover a wide range of colors from bold to pastel, but please note that they’re all limited quantities, as we’ve composed for this occasion from hand-dyed yarn and handcrafted accessories.

Kits will go live on our web shop on Friday, June 12 at 6 p.m. CEST

Some details you may find useful:

Pouches are made of 100% cotton, are hand sewn in different fabrics and feature a full zippered closure and multiple pockets inside.

Totes are made of 100% sturdy organic cotton, feature two long handles and are hand dyed in subtle gradients with fibre reactive dyes.

A Heavenly Blend is made of:
50% Aquilana wool
25% Italian alpaca
25% Italian cashmere

A Chic Blend is made of:
60% Brogna wool
20% Italian alpaca
20% Italian mohair

Fingering (uk 4 ply) weight; Mini skeins are 20g – 90 m – Gauge: 10cm in 24-26 sts and 3,5mm needles

Please remember that each hand dyed batch is fairly unique because we apply several layers of colors, to get the perfect deep hues of our range.

June 11, 2020

Fiber Coven – A Patreon for ‘Yarn Witches’

  • Hands holding a jar of brightly colored yarn balls.

We’re a coven of two yarn witches trying to craft fiber magic. It’s a long distance coven, so we thought we’d open it up to yarn witches across the globe so we can spread our black magics far and wide.

Who Are We?
Emily O’Brien of Kitty With a Cupcake – Knitwear designer, podcast host, generally crafty AF.
Lauren Brien-Wooster of Valkyrie Fibers – Yarn dyer, maker of foods, creative boss witch.

We love collaborating together to make hand-dyed yarn and indie patterns that were born to be together.

Why Fiber Coven?
We’ve both broken into this weird and wonderful little world of fiber and we’d love to share our tips and experience with those who are looking to do the same. This is a space for fans who love our work and want more, aspiring fiber artists and curious yarn alchemists who want to see behind the scenes of what makes an indie fiber business tick.

What can I expect from Fiber Coven?
We will be sharing sneak peaks and behind the scenes content to our Inner Sanctum Patrons about our dyeing and design work. We will also be releasing weekly exclusive blog posts. These blog posts may feature magic such as tutorials, techniques, ideas, bujo layouts, recipes, homesteading tips, business knowledge and whatever other tinctures and potions we come up with! We have a Discord forum for patrons to chat amongst themselves and with us. We also are releasing weekly Office Hours videos where Lauren and Emily chat about their collaborations and projects via video. Exclusive patron only MKALs are coming!

Fiber Coven is committed to giving 10% of our proceeds each month to the cause/charity of our choice, prioritizing marginalized voices.

June 11, 2020

Aquarelle, a shaw pattern and kit

  • A shawl with geometric patterns in shades of cerulean, coral and cream.

I love designing shawls. They are the perfect canvas for painterly color touches. Aquarelle was inspired by my favorite French painter, Marie Laurencin. In her watercolors, women in flowy scarves, with flowers surrounding them, take the center stage. Her colors lean towards peaches and celadons with a unique translucent quality.

Aquarelle echoes Marie Laurencin’s colors, with celadons and peaches in two different saturations. The creamy background against which the colors play illuminates them.

The naturally dyed colors, which I created for Aquarelle, marry beautifully, in perfect, peaceful harmony. Colors and geometric shapes appear in a random fashion, like the flowers in a wild garden. The shawl grows organically.

Aquarelle is knitted almost entirely in garter stitch with a fingering weight yarn on US5 needles. Chevrons and bobbles, as well as a very simple, very open edging bring dimension to the shawl. The changes in color and pattern keep you entertained, guiding you to the next section.

I chose to make Aquarelle a large shawl, so you can easily wrap yourself in it. The arched crescent shape makes it easy to wear.

The Aquarelle kits are hand dyed using natural dyes only. I am offering two kits, one dyed on our Pure base, a 100% non Superwash Merino, and the other on our Amelie base, a Superwash Merino.

Visit our website to get the pattern, which will be free for the first 24 hours after its release, and to purchase your kit.

June 11, 2020

Our next hand dyed yarn update – Hayton DK and Bowland 4ply

  • A trio of dark to light pink yarn.

Our next update will be on Friday 12th June at 8 p.m. UK time. This update will be the beautiful Hayton DK and Bowland 4ply so we have a great combination of British bluefaced leicester in the Bowland, and Merino, cashmere, and nylon in the Hayton. Both are gorgeous yarns but in totally different ways! If you want to know more about the differences between the fibres of the two breeds check out our blog post on the subject. Hayton DK is soft, squishy, and cosy.. whilst Bowland 4ply is much more woolly, soft in a different way, and has a sort of light drape to it. If you’ve got really sensitive skin then something like Hayton DK will suit you better than the BFL yarns. I’ve done larger batches of the DK (as usual!) so that you can get sweater quantities if you wish, and there are lots of semi-solid colourways so that you can do things like lace and textures without losing the stitch pattern amongst lots of colours. There are variegated colourways too though, of course! Also worth noting is that Snow Leopard is back! It sold out in minutes last time so I thought I’d best make some more for those who missed out. ❤️

While planning our Bowland 4ply update Laura reminded me about the Royal Mile shawl by Justyna Lorkowska aka Lete’s Knits. We released this as a collaboration at Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2017. It uses two skeins of Bowland 4ply and you can play around with the colours to really personalise it. The sample below is made using two balls each of Milburn 4ply in Althaea and Natural. We have copies of the pattern available on the website and we also have add-on kits. Add-on kits let you choose the yarns and colours you want for your kit and we package them up with the pattern, a project bag and a sachet of soak. Simply add the yarns and the add-on kit to your basket and we’ll do the rest. Check out the Kits section of the website to find all available add-on kits — there are loooooads!

June Virtu-Wool Fiber Festival

  • An illustration of a laptop with a blue ball of yarn on the screen advertising the Virtu-wool Fiber Festival.

Bewitched Pigments is proud to sponsor the June Virtu-Wool Fiber Festival being presented on Facebook. We will present 19 other vendors throughout both Saturday and Sunday, June 13-14, 2020 with a new vendor starting a 45-minute live video showcasing their fiber related products with a new presenter beginning on the hour each hour from 10 a.m. EDT until 8 p.m. EDT.

Vendors will present a wide array of products including bare and hand-dyed yarns, yarn bowls and boxes, shawl pins, buttons, bags, stitch markers, patterns and fiber tools!

Bewitched Pigments will be the final presenter rounding everything out with a special announcement at the end of their live video. The Virtu-Wool Fiber Festival is an inclusive and welcoming event and we hope you will all join us throughout the weekend.

A teal bag with a lining of gray yarn balls and a tan leather strap.So many indie dyers. One email.
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