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 🙂

Spring is right around the corner!

Hey fuzz fam!

As much as we love sweater weather, we’re kind of over big puffy jacket weather. We’re specifically over Chicago winter weather! Yesterday we started our seedlings in preparation for our vegetable garden this summer, and it got us all kinds of excited for everything springtime. The start of baby green leaves and flower buds are right around the corner, and we’re making sure to keep the shop stocked with lots of light and bright colorways.
Come check out our springtime collection!

Here’s to warmer weather… fingers crossed!

March 4, 2019

New Colourways Inspired by The Color Kittens

Introducing 11 new colourways inspired by one of my favorite childhood books, The Color Kittens by Maragret Wise Brown. There are three bright solids: Buckets of Red, Buckets of Blue and Buckets of Yellow, a colourway for each of the lovable kittens, Brush and Hush, plus six gorgeous complementary colour mixes that can be mixed and matched in a variety of combinations: Green as Glass, Purple as Shadows, Pink as Pigs, Brown as and Old Goat, Golden Pears and Orange as the Setting Sun.

Full and mini skeins are availble on Coufunga Sock with full skeins available on Patsy DK and assorted other bases.

What’s Up at Pancake and Lulu Yarn!

Welcome to Pancake and Lulu Yarn, aka PLY!

This month is all about Rainbows and Green!

Speaking of rainbows, I have a huge selection of 80+ colors and my minis are now available in five base styles: Euro Fingering, Sparkle Fingering, Merino Nylon, Single Fingering and, the newest addition, a DK-weight Merino Nylon. (All colors are also available in full-size skeins too.)

Don’t forget to wear green this month! My favorite green has recently been VERDIGRIS. The base shown here is PLY Merino Nylon DK, available in mini or full-size skeins.

CAPPUCCINO is always in style. This gorgeous shade has been one of our best sellers recently and here’s why: it’s a yummy neutral that goes with everything. Shown here on my Merino Nylon Fingering and my Kid Mohair Silk Lace. Or choose one of my other 20 bases. I love this color — there is something magical about this dye that sometimes creates bits of slightly darker reddish speckles naturally.

I finished my Pierre Shawl, by Westknits! I used PLY Sparkle DK in VERDIGRIS, SLATE, TWILIGHT and JET. It knit up super fast — gotta love those DK projects.

I have been having so much fun experimenting with new speckle formulas. This PINNNK speckle in PLY Bulky is one I am keeping for myself — I’m kinda obsessed with it!! But, I’m going to try to repeat it so check out my shop for NEW SPECKLES this month. I’m on a kick! They will be popping up on my instagram too.

And I just wanted to highlight the PLY Clubs: I have three different clubs currently: Yarn, Fiber and Mini. AND have just added an exciting new option for the PLY Yarn Club. You now have the option of receiving all your yarns with one base of your choice. For example, do you love single fingering yarn? Now you can receive only that base, if you choose. Of course, you can still choose the combo of bases. You can join my clubs anytime for three, six or 12 months.

Well, that about wraps up this post — it’s been a busy and awesome 2019 so far!

xo, Aimee at PLYarn

February 10, 2019

Introducing: Abstract Fiber to Indie Untangled

My name is Lori and I’m the dyer and owner of Abstract Fiber. I create intense colors with hand painted skeins of yarn and hanks of fiber, one at a time.

I have a formula for each colorway but each one is its own work of art. One day there may be a little more blue, another day more purple, you never know. That’s the thing about independent dyers, even though we have a list of colorways, no two pieces are exactly the same. That’s what sets us apart from “Big Wool” that crank out massive dye lots with the same color over and over. While these colors are great for making a solid color sweater, for example, you could add a skein of Abstract Fiber for the yoke! There’s enough color for everyone to go around.

We offer yarns in fingering, DK and worsted weight. We have small batches of lace and bulky weights, too. Most of our spinning fibers have a little bit of silk. The crowd favorite, Mixed Merino Silk, is made up of 40% Merino/40% SW Merino/20% silk. It’s super soft and a joy to spin, you’ll get addicted! We also have 75% BFL/25% silk, 60% Targhee/20% bamboo/20% silk, 50% Merino/50% silk as well as Camel Silk and Yak Silk. Other fibers are also available and we are always on the lookout to expand our fibers and yarns.

These colors are made in my garage-turned-studio at my house in Portland, Oregon. My husband is so clever, he built me shelves and a dye table and even a sink! Now my commute is only a few steps away. When I’m not dyeing, I’m knitting, spinning and teaching online for my local university.

You can find all our fabulous colors at our website, abstractfiber.com, at a fiber festival in the Pacific Northwest (sign up for the newsletter to find out about our next event) or at your local yarn store. Not at your store? We offer our fibers wholesale so let the owner know about us. Follow us on Instagram @abstractfiber or on Facebook at Abstract Fiber or on Ravelry at AbstractFiberPdx.

G’day from Australia

Great Ocean Road Woollen Mill is a boutique spinning mill located in the hinterland of the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia. We pride ourselves on being incredibly sustainable: 95% of our power comes from our solar setup and we wash only using rainwater and a low phosphate detergent, with the waste water keeping our orchard green and healthy. We source all our fibre directly off farmers, most of whom live within one hour of our property/mill. Our yarns have the lowest carbon footprint of any commercially produced yarn in Australia, about 225km from farm to scourer to us (the alpaca travels even less distance, being washed by us on site).

Our yarns are yarns with heart. They are small-batch runs, designed to highlight the amazing work Australia does in growing some of the best fibre in the world. The merino we use is 17.5 microns, making it incredibly soft and luxurious, ideal for next-to-skin projects, or just that lovely cuddle factor. All of our fibre is traceable and every yarn has a story behind it: who grew it, where it was grown and how it was transformed into yarn, ready for you to use and love.

Our business is the true definition of small business. It is just my husband, Nick, and I, Isabel, who do everything from sourcing the fibre, processing the fibre and selling the yarn. Every time someone buys our yarn they become part of our story. To find out more, get in touch and say G’day!

January 28, 2019

February Mystery Sock Club


New to the shop is the February Mystery Sock Club. This club is intended for individuals who would like to add some excitement to their sock knitting. The colourway will remain a mystery until February 14th, however, there are some details that are public.

This month’s kit will contain one full skein of MCN Sock Yarn (80% SW Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% nylon), as well as two 15-gram mini skeins of the same base in a semisolid coordinating colourway. Two mini skeins (as opposed to one large one) allow the knitter to visually gauge how much they would like to allot to the cuff, heel and toe per sock without needing a scale to weigh! The full skein is 380 yards and 115 grams, and each mini is approximately 60 yards and 15 grams.

This listing is ready to ship and purchases made will be mailed out either same day or next day. Yarn will be unskeined, but tied in four separate places to ensure it doesn’t tangle, and vacuum sealed flat to ship. Shipping within Canada is a flat rate of $10 CDN and shipping to the United States is a flat rate of $11 CDN. Please see the listing information for International shipping, or contact me directly.

January 16, 2019

Season 4 Outlander Unclub

Outlander is winding to a close as is our Season 4 Unclub. Round 3 will be shipped out very soon, so don’t miss your chance to get yours. Did you miss out on round 1 and 2? You are in luck! There are still a few remaining kits left. These kits are the perfect gift for your yarnie friends or a special treats for you. These bags are limited, exclusive to this club, and will not be reproduced. The bag is a perfect project size with zipper closure, padded to stand on its own as a yarn bowl, and a strap.

January 13, 2019

Harpers Ferry Pattern Release!

Alternating minis, mohair and short rows add a new twist in creating a beautiful canvas, as you watch each shade come together to finalize a beautiful shawl in Harpers Ferry.

I chose a high contrast mohair (pink) to pair with my main color (purple), as well as minis that allow the slipped stitch pattern to pop. You could easily use a set of gradient minis to create a more subtle look if you’d rather a more toned down version.

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