June 12, 2019

Online Indigo Workshop!

Register to participate in our Online Indigo Workshop, from wherever you are in the world, with the ability to ask questions during our live class session and also watch the recorded version of the class at your own pace after the live class session is over!

Pause when you need, fast forward when you need, ask questions in the comments if you aren’t able to watch it live! We want this to be a fun, lifelong learning and community-building event for everyone that chooses to participate.

In this online workshop, you’ll be learning:

-How to make indigo stock
-How to begin your first indigo vat
-How to dye fibers (wool, cotton and possibly silk) in your indigo vat
-How to troubleshoot with your vat

June 29th, 2019 at 11 a.m. CDT (6 p.m. in CEST/Sunday June 23rd, 4 a.m. KST and JST)

Nutmeg will be live streaming the class beginning at the time listed above for those that are registered! The class will be approximately 1 1/2 hours long, with time built in to answer questions from those of you that have them!

As we live stream, you’ll be able to pause when needed to follow along at your own pace. But also, the recorded version of our live class will be available shortly after the livestream ends for any of you that registered!

This means that if our CDT time zone isn’t convenient, you can still watch it anytime, anywhere and learn at your own pace! You will receive an non-expiring link to our class session to keep as a resource for you whenever you need it!

Class fee is $15 for individuals and $50 for group registration.

For full details or to register for this online workshop event, please visit our website!


June Knitting Season is Here!

  • A woman wears a pink and grey cropped sweater with an orange skirt.

Happy June from Pancake and Lulu Yarn, aka PLY! I love changing seasons and for us here on this half of the planet, summer has just about arrived.

For me knitting is always in season, and with summer, I feel like a fresh start is in order, so I am in a casting-on frenzy at the moment. This is due to finishing three sweaters in the last week! Here I am showing off my Soldotna Crop. It seemed like this was literally a “must knit” this spring, didn’t it? I have had some requests for kits, so they are coming to my shop soon.

Another little finished object is my Tincture Hat. I knit this up in three days as part of Andrea Mowry’s Memorial Day Shift-Along Challenge. It was a lot of fun participating in this tradition for the first time and I am very pleased with this quick knit. I will soon be stocking kits for this project as well.

Check out the delightful Yellow Owl Stitch Markers and Abacus Bracelets available in my shop. The glass beads are adorable as well as functional and totally snag-free!

Jade is my favorite new semi-solid color in my shop, available on any of my 18 full skein or five mini bases and Merino fiber for spinning or felting. It is a cool and refreshing green and perfect for colorwork and would make a pretty summer tee.

I want to thank all of you who have signed up for my 2019 Advent Mini Calendars. I have been blown away by all the early sign ups. There are still some pre-order slots available in my shop!

New June projects for me include another Caitlin Hunter pattern, Sipila, shown here with Navy as the main color and a one-of-a-kind sparkly club colorway as the contrasting color — join my yarn club for these exclusives! Other cast-ons: a Cocoknits shell top called Gretel and the new Ochre Cardigan by Ambah O’Brien. Follow along on my Instagram for daily updates on my projects kits and yarns. Enjoy the new season of knitting!

xo, Aimee at PLYarn

June 5, 2019

Limited Edition Lace

  • Laceweight yarn in grey and brown.

I’ve dyed up a few of my favorite colourways on two gorgeously soft and fluffy laceweight yarns. Both are delicate but strong with a gorgeous halo. Perfect for creating a wispy lacework feature or floating along with another yarn like my Choufunga Sock base.

Float Your Goat: Brushed Kid Silk Lace – 72% Kid Mohair and 28% Silk.
Each 50g hank is about 459 yards / 420 meters. Colourways pictured are Not So Fresh Zombie and Siren.

Fluff Lace: Suri Silk Lace – 74% Baby Suri Alpaca and 26% Mulberry Silk.
Each 50g hank is about 328 yards / 300 meters. Colourways pictured are Turquoise No. 1, Green as Glass, Fawn and Selkie Coat.

I have limited amounts of these yarn bases, so won’t be dyeing up a large selection. But if there are any of my repeatable colourways you would like to have, I’m happy to dye then up as special orders.

May 29, 2019

Introducing Kindred Spirits!

“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.” ~ L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

These 100g fingering-weight skeins are comprised of two individual 50g skeins – allowing you to do perfectly coordinated stripes, slipped stitches, stranded colourwork, or helix knitting.

May 29, 2019

Hello! About Me, Shop Update, Sailor Sweater & Show Schedule

  • A collection of skeins of pastel hand-dyed yarn.

Hi! My name is Beckie, I’m the sole worker bee behind Shirley Brian Yarn… wait what? Your name is Beckie and you’re Shirley Brian Yarns? Huh? Shirley was my grandmother’s name — she was an epic knitter. She made sure that our family was never cold, and that my Barbie had the best knitwear collection in the world. Brian was my father, we lost him much too soon, and this is a way to keep him close daily. And there you have it: SBY.

I live and work with my pup Oliver in Ottawa, ON, Canada, and ship my yarns all over North America (hopefully worldwide soon). I’ve been in the yarn business for the better part of a decade. First as yarn store owner and then, after selling the store, I have been dedicated full time to SBY. I like to write patterns when there is time, I knit constantly and playing with blank yarns and colours is my full-time job and passion.

I like tomatoes, avocados, soup, and wine. I have travelled far and wide and continue to do so as much as I can. Reality TV binges fuel my knitting time and I consume a ridiculous amount of books on Audible monthly. I have a weakness for vintage knitting, spinning and weaving tools and notions, and would be embarrassed if you saw the size of my knitting bag collection.

And that’s me in as brief of a nutshell as I could manage. I hope you’ll join me on Instagram, my newsletter and in my Indie Untangled posts here for more SBY happenings! I’ve got so many exciting things coming and cannot wait to share them with you!


Shop Update!

I’ve got a shop update happening on Thursday, May 30th @ 7 p.m. EDT. I’ve added 23 new colourways and some old favourites on the Sailor Sock base. The shop update will go live here.

Shopping from the U.S.? Due to a very favourable exchange rate from CDN to USD you’ll find a great deal on our yarns as we charge in CDN dollars!


Sailing Sweater

My Sailing Sweater pattern was recently released on Ravelry. It’s a super simple quick knit and the easiest sweater to throw on for running around in. The pattern includes both completely written and charted instructions, and it is the perfect sweater to knit for those who prefer to work on accessories over garments, as it is like knitting shawl. The pattern is easily adjustable, with clear instructions on complete customization. It’s a super quick knit, too! I’ve just completed a navy blue version in a week!


Festival Season!

I’ve got a fully loaded fibre festival season ahead of me, and am adding dates in between already scheduled events. If you’d like to follow along and meet up with me at an event they are all listed here.

Want to have us visit your store for a trunk show, or a brioche class, or stock my yarns? Please get in touch!

Thanks so much for taking the time to spend reading my first post here!

What’s New at Fluffy U Fiber Farm

  • A collage of magenta yarn with various variegated skeins.

Summer is upon us and the lambing season is finally done. If you are looking for a lightweight yarn to knit with this summer, our hand-dyed wool, linen and silk blend is perfect. I just finished Wave by Kristen Finlay with our wool, linen and silk blend and it knit up beautifully.

We are participating in the Save Em to Save Em Campaign and we have raw Shetland and Leicester Longwool as well as Leicester Longwool yarn. We will have Shetland yarn for the fall festival season.

If you are in the Dover, Pennsylvania area, give us a call and stop by and see the farm, our baby lambs, all the sheep and the shop, located on the farm.

Happy May!

  • Purple and pink variegated yarn

Hello from Pancake and Lulu Yarn, aka PLY! This month, I am so inspired by the color combinations my lovely customers have been ordering lately.

I’ve had a run on purples and pale pastels like the ones pictured here (Violet Icing, Limelight, Lobster Bisque). It makes me want to drop all my WIPs and cast on a new project! Sometimes it is hard to part with a package I am sending off. It seems ridiculous since so many of my yarns are repeatable, but the truth is, I get distracted by the next color combo or project and never use the inspiring combo I coveted. I recently created the multicolor speckle shown here, called Nubula, to knit up Stephen West’s Speckle and Pop Shawl. And I did stash one away for myself! More are in the shop.

I’m working away on the Roselle Tee KAL by Patty Lyons and I’m learning so much. I dyed two new bases and am holding them together for this project. The pink in the photo is a Merino cotton and the peach is a luxurious lace-weight sparkle alpaca silk Cashmere. I am loving these new bases and soon will offer them in a limited supply in my shop, so keep a lookout on my Instagram.

There are some new Lulu Batts in my shop — these batts are so much fun for spinning or felting. Each are made up of lots of different fibers with some sparkle stellina mixed in — super crazy and super gorgeous. Oh, and this weekend, I’m off to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival where my daughter and I are taking a Indigo Shibori Dye class together, so that will be so much fun. Maybe I will see you there!

xo, Aimee at PLYarn

April 2, 2019

Daylight vs. UV Blacklight

  • Photos of UV reactive yarns in bright colors.

Some yarns enjoy a secret nightlife!

My expanded range of UV reactive solids on Choufunga Sock have now been added to the shop. Gorgeous in the daylight, these bright beauties are also perfect for festivals, bowling, Halloween parties and anywhere else you might bask in the glow of a fluorescent black light. Get your self a 10 miniskein UV Party Pack or the 15 miniskein Mega Party Pack, which includes the original UV Heels and Toes set along with the new colourways. Packs come in sets of 10g or 20g minis. Full 100g skeins and single miniskeins are also available, perfect for making your own combo or set.

March 27, 2019

Egg Mug Rug & Mini Skein Sets

  • A knitted Easter egg with colorful yarn sticking out.

The yarn included in this set is dyed on our popular Treasure Dust Minis made up of 75% Superwash Merino, 20% Nylon and 5% Lurex. A lovely yarn that is soft, yet durable with a just enough sparkle and is machine washable in cool water on a gentle cycle. Hand wash normal and lay flat to dry.

The colorway for this set is “Speckled Easter Eggs” made especially for this set and Easter.

The mug rug is quite cute and will hold your cup of tea or coffee and a small snack while you are working on your project! It is a machine embroidery design by Embroidery Garden and is available at www.embroiderygarden.com if you would like to make one yourself 🙂

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