April 2, 2020

Spring, Silk and Quarentine

  • A woman holds a gray and purple lacy shawl.

Between the self-isolation and the snow here in Wyoming, I’ll be doing a lot of knitting this month. Because I’m dreaming of spring, I’ll be knitting with silk blends. I love knitting with and wearing garments made with silk year round.

I just released a new pattern on Ravelry called Saratoga Springs. To celebrate my 50th Ravelry pattern release, Saratoga Springs is 50% off through April 12th. Use the coupon happysprings at checkout to receive this discount. Thank you all for your support!

This shape of the lace patterns in this classical crescent shawl embodies the images of hot springs and rivers. This pattern uses two beautiful colors of WayfaringYarns Shangri-La. Choose your own, or order the kit from the Sweater Sisters shop.

This month I will be offering WayfaringYarns Shangri-La yarn by the skein. Shangri-La is our finest yarn made of 75% Ultrafine Superwash Merino (the softest merino in the world) and 25% Mulberry Silk. This fingering weight Merino silk blend feels like heaven running through your fingers and is perfect for shawls and any other garment that calls for drape.

I have 18 different colors of Shangri-La listed in the shop while supplies last.

All of the silk yarns we offer at Sweater Sisters are specifically Mulberry Silk. You will sometimes hear Mulberry Silk called Bombyx Silk. Bombyx mori is the type of moth that is fed mulberry leaves and the resulting cocoons are spun into raw silk fibers.

Mulberry Silk is pure white, odorless and hypoallergenic because it contains a natural protein called sericin, a byproduct of the mulberry leaves that reduces the possibility of an allergic reaction.

Interesting, huh?!?

In shipping my yarn to you, know that my product has never been exposed to the virus. I ordered the yarn before Christmas in preparation for Interweave Yarn Fest, which has now been moved to August. I wash my hands thoroughly before handling and wrapping each order.

Once it is out of my hands and in the postal system, keep in mind that the package itself is being handled by lots of hands. I recommend taking the package out of your mailbox with tongs and putting it in a bin for a few days before opening, just to be safe.

Shangri-La is a part of the WayfaringYarns line, Sweater Sisters in-house yarn hand-dyed by Selena in Alta, Wyoming.

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!

WKNC Yarns is helping to support local yarn shops across America

A wall of yarn.

With plenty of time to dye, my stocks are full and I have added over 150 new colors to my website (more fingering, worsted, & bulky this weekend). Please visit my website and read how with every on-line purchase I will be sending a check to your locally-owned and operated yarn shop.

The fiber community will stick together and will get through this.

Keep those hand busy,
Terri

March 24, 2020

Meet Whimsy and get 10% off the pattern!

  • A teal crocheted shawl.

Starting as a humble half-circle, Whimsy develops with a pop of color and an explosion of lace. Simple stitches make this easy to crochet, but shhh, that’s our secret! Just imagine all the color-combinations that would make this shawl shine!

This pattern is written in US terminology.

FINISHED SIZE
54 inches (137cm) wide × 26 inches (66cm) deep at center, blocked

YARN
800 yards (732m) fingering-weight yarn (4-ply – UK / AUS)

Sample uses Trilogy Yarns Glamorous (80% SW Merino, 20% Nylon; 3.5 oz = 100g / 400 yards = 366 m) in the colors (A) Bad Boy Blue and (B) Aurora Borealis

HOOK
US Size E/4 (3.5 mm) or size needed for gauge. Be sure to take the time to verify your gauge.

GAUGE
19 dc and 8 dc rows = 4 inches (10cm)

Lace pattern at bottom = 8 inches (20cm) total

Get Whimsy 10% off through the end of March 2020! Use code 10offmarch when checking out!

March 20, 2020

Love in the Time of Coronavirus

  • Yellow to orange ombre yarn.

“Courage did not come from the need to survive, or from a brute indifference inherited from someone else, but from a driving need for love which no obstacle in this world or the next world will break.”
― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

Most of us are anxious and feeling isolated right now. Whether we are self quarantining and/or have seen our income dwindle as events close down around us, our world is experiencing a massive dislocation. We are told this situation is likely to persist until May, and perhaps longer. We are being advised to think in months, not weeks. It boggles the mind.

Much going forward is uncertain, but one thing is not. The power of love to overcome adversity, heal broken hearts, and bring us all closer together.

Let’s turn social distancing into social knitting and support not only our community, but raise funds to support others at the same time!

I have set up a group for a KAL here. We can introduce ourselves, share our yarn choices, tell our stories, and enjoy the comradery of others.

The shawl will be a deep crescent lace shawl, requiring 800 to 1000 yards of fingering weight and a US size 5 32 inch or longer circular needle.

Clue release dates:
April 17
April 24
May 1
May 8

While the shawl is designed for a gradient, ultimate yarn choice is, of course, up to the individual knitter. If unable to find a gradient of sufficient length, I recommend using two to three shorter gradients and alternating to get a longer color run. Pattern will include directions for doing so.

The proceeds will be split evenly between the CDC foundation and Meals on Wheels Covid-19 Response Fund.

THE CDC FOUNDATION

This non profit organization, helps serve ALL OF US, all of the many needs that arise during an emergency response that the federally-funded CDC cannot cover.

Your dollars will:

Help communities prevent, detect and respond to COVID-19
Deploy emergency staffing with the skills required to meet the needs on the front lines at the state and local level
Fund and deliver critical home essentials, such as food and medical needs to quarantined and isolated individuals
Develop education and awareness campaigns to advance prevention and reduce stigma
Build capacity and infrastructure for global response efforts and other immediate needs as they evolve

MEALS ON WHEELS COVID-19 RESPONSE

Vulnerable seniors are at the greatest risk amid COVID-19. Local Meals on Wheels programs are on the front lines every day, focused on doing all they can to keep older Americans safe and nourished in communities across the country. The costs and efforts needed to protect seniors from COVID-19 require additional emergency funds, and that is why we are asking federal lawmakers, corporations, foundations and the general public to remember these vulnerable seniors in our national response. Give to the Meals on Wheels COVID-19 Response Fund to help local communities across the country meet the increased demand for nutritious meals that can keep our seniors safe and healthy.

I am already partnering with Twisted Fiber Art (TFA) and Fiber Optic (FO). Color options pictured here are:
2) TFA PB and J
3) TFA Spice
4) TFA Berry
5) FO Damson to Gold
6) FO Tangerine toUltraviolet

I invite other dyers to participate. Please contact me and I will add a link.

At this time, the pattern will be available in English and German. If anyone is willing to donate their time to translate, please contact me directly.

Parallelominis Spring Knit along!

  • A purple and blue shawl.

Join your fellow knitters in a stroll through their stash for the scraptastic Parallelominis KAL and create your own colorful wrap for spring. Camaraderie is the name of the game — just have fun! The KAL is happening now through May 17th. Every participant that shares their FO gets a free pattern and a chance to win a $50 gift certificate for Crafty Flutterby Creations. Let’s get this party started with an Indie Untangled special 60% off the Parallelominis pattern through the end of March with code ”INDIELOVE”.

Create a reversible parallelogram from your favorite mini skeins, scrap yarn, or both! With the Parallelominis pattern yarn weight, length, and width are all adjustable to best suit your signature style. While working with so many fun colors, keep your ends tidy and add whimsy by wrapping the yarn tails around a sheep, bunny or lamb end minder.

⁣Another added benefit of designing with mini skeins is the ability to support many of my fiber friends all at once. My sample includes yarn from Miss Babs Hand-Dyed Yarns & Fibers, Black Cat Fibers LLC, Unplanned Peacock Studio, SpaceCadet, A Hundred Ravens, Bumblebeeacres Farm, Why Knot Fibers, Amanda Hope Yarn, Oink Pigments, Fairy Tale Yarn Co, and Destination Yarn. I can’t wait to see which dyers you combine for your creation! 🧶

See you on Ravelry soon for this knit-a-long adventure!

A Chic & Stormy Blend Update + Isabel Kraemer pattern release!

  • Gray and red yarn.
  • Pink yarn.

This month’s update is dedicated to the very first blend we created starting our small company. A Chic Blend now has 17 intense and bright hand dyed semisolid shades, and they will all be listed to be mixed and matched, perfect for your colorwork pleasure.

We conceived this yarn and its vibrant colors to be used in striking stranded knitting and more subtly in combination with our undyed grey shades of the Stormy Blend.

What’s better than a special pattern release dedicated by Isabell Kraemer to these yarns? She is planning to release her Gianluca sweater on Ravelry on Friday, March 20, and a Lanivendole shop update is set for the same day at 6.00pm CEST

In this tragic situation, we are having problems due to shows postponed and wholesale orders put on hold, but still we want be active during this wait, and believe it’s important to bring our woolly pleasures to you, knitters and crocheters around the globe, to stay connected and positive together.

We thank from the bottom of our hearts anybody who’ll support our small business.

*A Chic Blend Yarn Composition:
60% italian “brogna” wool
20% italian alpaca
20% italian mohair

*A Stormy Blend yarn composition:
70% italian “brogna” wool
20% italian alpaca in fawn – grey – black natural color

Fingering (UK 4ply) weight with 50g-225m per skein
Gauge: 10cm in 24-26 sts and 3.5mm needles

You’ll find all yarns available as ready to ship, unless they go sold out, and will then be dyed on order, don’t worry!

According to current COVID-19 situation, we are working with national post service to be able to ship safely all parcels through Registered Mail service, in order to avoid as much as possible that items are lost on their way. You’ll have the possibility to ship with an express courier service as well, and in that case we’ll update you in case some companies stop/delay their services, and we’ll sort it out together!

March 12, 2020

Virtual Yarn Market and Pattern Release

  • A skein of purple yarn next to a seashell.

Seven Sisters Arts was planning to attend VKL Seattle which was appropriately canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. To help with the loss of income and to make the event more accessible to all, regularly priced yarn will be 15% off with the code VKE from Friday noon EDT through Sunday at midnight. The Steampunk Hat will be released as well on Friday and 50% of all pattern sales for the weekend will be donated to H.O.M.E., an organization that assists homeless and low-income people with shelter and job skills. Stay home, be safe and get your knit on.

March 9, 2020

Tulipa Kit with Au Naturale, our NEW Untreated Merino

  • A bright colorwork hat with pink, blue and gold.

Here in Wyoming, March is the month where we’re dreaming of spring, but still waking up to snow on the ground. A beautiful answer to this conundrum is Lynette Meek’s gorgeous Fair Isle hat pattern, Tulipa! I’m offering the Tulipa hat kit with the perfect amount of Au Naturale yarn for the hat, plus a Ravelry download code for a free copy of Tulipa – and it’s on sale through Saturday, March 21st.

I’m proud to introduce my newest hand-dyed base, Au Naturale. This gorgeous yarn is untreated, extra fine Merino hand dyed using a special two-day dyeing process that results in super saturated color. Au Naturale is the perfect choice for garments, accessories and shawls, and is particularly suited for colorwork. The hand is so soft, the weight is so lofty; it’s an incredible yarn.

I also have Au Naturale single skeins up in the shop. Available in 10 super saturated colors, Au Naturale is available in 100g, 50g and 25g skeins in fingering and DK weight. Please email me if you would like a sweater’s quantity and I’ll make sure your yarn is from the same batch.

Au Naturale is the newest yarn in the WayfaringYarns line, Sweater Sisters in-house yarn hand-dyed by Selena in Alta, Wyoming.

March 5, 2020

The Carly Waterfall Duster

  • A long lacy red cardigan.

Even though the coldest days are over here in California, I find that my wardrobe still wants for knits in the spring and summer, especially with some coverage for my arms! And so I designed the Carly Waterfall Duster.

She’s a super fast knit on size 10.5 US needles (I completed the model shown in just a week), in a comfortable easy-care blend of cotton and nylon with gorgeous colors that are saturated and rich. The lace pattern is deceptively simple and easy to memorize, even for a newbie lace knitter.

Carly is the perfect completer piece in your wardrobe. Wear her beautifully over slacks, a maxi, or a casual jeans outfit as shown here and just know how smashing you look in your newest White Lies Design!

Get the pattern free with purchase until 3/10 and start knitting her in time for spring!

Happy spring knitting!

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