April 25, 2019

Dreamy, Dreamy!

  • Pink mohair silk yarn paired with a beige yarn

This week’s update is all about melty, soft luxury. From ethereal Magic Mohair to creamy Silky Cashmere; you won’t be able to resist treating yourself.

I’ve seen so many lovely mohair projects lately that my queue just keeps getting longer and longer. From floaty, light-as-air shawls to kitten-soft sweaters and hats, there is an endless array of choice. I’ve had fun dyeing loads of new colors to coordinate with my other bases. If you’re having trouble deciding let me know! I love to help with ordering.

Happy making, friends!

April 23, 2019

New Yarn! LYS Day! Maryland Sheep and Wool!

  • A collage of yarn trios from Dragonfly Fibers

It’s been a busy spring at Dragonfly Fibers! A few weeks back, we introduced a lustrous new laceweight – a stunning mohair-silk blend we call Faerie. There are so many patterns that feature a yarn like this, but we especially love Elton by Joji Locatelli and Birds of a Feather by Andrea Mowry. Here it is shown in Peach Melba.

We’re so excited for LYS Day on April 27th! Casapinka is once again creating a special design that will be free with yarn purchase! It’s a pullover shawl called Magical Thinking, and we are offering five options in our squishy Dragon Sock. You can find pictures of all of the kits and a list of participating shops here.

Be sure to get out and support your favorite LYS (or two or three!) on Saturday!

One short week later, Maryland Sheep & Wool will be taking over the fairgrounds in West Friendship, Maryland! As always, we’ll be in the Lower Outside Corral with loads of yarn, fiber and kits. We’ll also have our show exclusive colorway, Carroll Creek Park. Quantities are limited, so be sure to come early for the best selection!

Happy spring knitting and crochet from all of us at Dragonfly Fibers!

April 23, 2019

Mojo Kits are Here and On Sale

  • A woman wearing striped knee socks lounges on a fence with sheep.

Sweater Sisters’ newest team member, Dana Gervais, has released her fabulous new knee high pattern, Mojo. This knee high sock features 16 Bimini sparkle minis and I am offering the kit in two color sets. Here’s the best part: the kits are ON SALE for one week only!

These socks are as much fun to knit as they are to wear. Whether you choose the classic blue and gold color set or the feminine pink and purple color set, you will love knitting up this wonderful pattern. All Sweater Sisters team members have their patterns tech edited and test knitted for your knitting pleasure.

The first color set is shown on the sample and starts from the toe with NYC, a rich, glazed blue, and continues up to the knee with Channel Islands, Tulum, Chicago, Sanibel Island, Rockaway Beach, Montmartre and Naples.

The second color set starts at the toe with Chacchoben, a bright cherry red, and continues to the knee with Shoujiji Sakura glazed, Shoujiji Sakura marbled, Pink Sands Beach, Chicago, Sanibel Island, Pfeiffer Beach and Provence.

Sale ends Friday, May 3rd.

WayfaringYarns Bimini mini is a beautiful sock yarn. Lurex added to the super soft Merino gives this bouncy yarn a brilliant sparkle. Bimini minis are 75% extra fine Superwash Merino/20% nylon/5% Lurex, 20 grams, 83 yds/80m.

WayfaringYarns is Sweater Sisters’ in-house hand-dyed yarn line. All my bases are ethically sourced from suppliers with the highest standards in regards to animal husbandry and the environment. No animals are injured to provide our fiber. I only source yarn made with shorn fiber and fiber that has shed naturally from the animal.

As always, I offer free shipping in the U.S. and flat rate shipping to Canada. Expect shipment within two weeks of your order.

April 19, 2019

DK Sale!

  • A trio of teal and gray yarn

Sometimes you just need a quick, simple, satisfying knit. The Odyssey shawl by Joji is just that, and I couldn’t help but cast one on this week. SilkyYak is the height of luxury and has amazing sheen and drape due to the silk and yak fibers, with enough Merino to hold its shape. If you needed a good excuse to cast one on, all DK in my shop is 20% off through April 30 using code “DkSale”
Happy Knitting!
xoxo Sheila

Shop Update, Advent Calendar sign-ups, Goods for Good, and new Collection colorways!

  • A skein of white yarn with gray and purple speckles.

This Saturday, April 20 at 10 a.m. PDT we’ll be having a shop update where you’ll find lots of squishy sock yarn and brand new Afternoon Tea and The Office Collection sock sets!

You’ll also find a brand new section of our website called “Goods for Good,” where you can find all of the items we create that have a designated percentage donated to various organizations. Included in that section are our latest creations, “Winter Is Coming,” a colorway created to help raise money for the Southern Poverty Law Center, and “Rainbow Unicorn Balloons,” a colorway created to help raise money for the Children’s Heart Foundation.

And last but not least, you’ll find sign-ups for this year’s Advent Calendar, which will be a delicious mashup of our Great British Bake Off yarn club and our Afternoon Tea Collection. The calendar will include lots of yarn, patterns designed just for the calendar, with a knit and a crochet option, and some incredible handmade goods created by artists just for the calendar as well!

April 18, 2019

Second Peek at the Faux Holidays Yarn Club

  • A black and white image of yarn on a table with yellow lemons.

We need you to know how beautiful the yarn for the next Faux Holidays Yarn Club is, without actually showing you and giving away the surprise! So, we’re resorting to trickery! If you want a really sweet surprise — both in terms of the yarn, and the other lovely items we’ve selected — run don’t walk to our website! Subscriptions close the end of the month!

The second installment is “National Wine Day!” and will contain:

One skein of fingering weight yarn on a sparkle base (SPARKLES!!!)
A pattern
Two other carefully chosen items, one of which is locally sourced
Some other things (I feel compelled to tell you that, once again, we will NOT be sending you any alcoholic beverages…)

Subscriptions close May 1. Ship date is May 16, 2019.

In other Despondent Dyes news, Vintage Vixen is officially here! This is our brand new non-Superwash sportweight yarn. It comes in a gorgeous palette of 15 colors and is perfect for everything from cables to colorwork. The semisolid colors might be different from our bright speckled sock yarns, but you’ll find the same hilarious names with a fun, 1950s housewife twist. To say we are crazy about this yarn would be putting it mildly.

April 11, 2019

Dottie Jane

  • A brioche shawl in teal with pink speckled yarn.

Dottie Jane is a beautiful, feminine shawl designed by Lesley Ann Robinson of Knitgraffiti. Lesley Ann is known for her drop dead gorgeous brioche patterns, and when she chose to work with my signature colorway Hattie Jane I was very touched. We talked a little bit about how my colorway was named after my grandmother Hattie Jane who had passed away long before I was ever born, and her grandmother Dottie who had recently passed. It was decided that both of our grandmothers would be a part of this design, and Dottie Jane was born.

This week I’m stocking the shop with two skein bundles perfect for knitting Dottie Jane or any two-skein shawl. And as a nod to the Walla Walla, WA, shop Purl2W2 KAL that this design was inspired and organized by, I’ll be donating $5 from the purchase of any two-skein bundle from April 11 to April 15 to my local YWCA. I appreciate the work they do to eliminate racism and empower women in communities across the nation.

Lesley Ann knit her shawl using Hattie Jane, and my shawl sample was knit was Whiz Bang and Teal-E-O. I also have several other bundles in the shop for you to choose from.

Happy Spring! This shawl is perfect for a little dose of happy to brighten your knitting basket.

April 11, 2019

Spring Adventures in Wonderland

  • A bag in floral fabric with skeins of pink and green yarn.

Hooray for spring! It’s like sweater weather part two around here — you can finally ditch the heavy overcoat, but still wear your knits before it gets too hot. Plus, we have two exciting spring collaborations to let you know about…

First, Amanda of Little Bitty Delights has created a stunning progress keeper for our April Club, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. We still have a handful of spots available, but once they’re gone they are gone! You can choose whether you’d prefer heavier or lighter yarn and if you’d like a single or double dose. The colorway is a surprise, but you can expect spring speckles inspired by Alice’s amazing adventures.

Second, we’ve joined forces with GingerRoots Bags to create a gorgeous spring set: a full-sized skein of sock yarn, a 90-yard mini skein for a pop of color and a coordinating project bag all created to celebrate the excitement of the shift from gloom to BLOOM! We have a very limited number of sets available, so be sure to grab yours quickly.

April 11, 2019

Time to say goodbye to Game Of Thrones

A skein of navy, teal and white yarn with a bag in a Game of Thrones fabric.

Winter is here.

We have waited for years for this, and have dreaded it at the same time. Why must great things come to an end?

To celebrate the last season of Game of Thrones, and commemorate the stunning series finale, we have reopened purchases of the first installment of our Throne’s-themed club.

The first installment was a skein of Game of Thrones-inspired yarn called Origins of Snow and a marvelous dumpling bag using licensed GoT fabric designed just for this club. After securing additional fabric we have opened this up for purchase of round one alone for those that are not fans of mysteries.

We have very limited openings, so don’t wait!

April 11, 2019

We have two exciting new yarns for you!

  • Light pink yarn.

Edinburgh Yarn Festival is starting to feel like a distant memory, but it was so great to get the chance to meet so many lovely people from all around the world. Thank you to everyone who did come and say hello to us and to those who couldn’t make it this year we hope to see you at a future event.

We are back to work with an update to tell you about and two exciting new yarns:

The first is available on the website now and is called Askham Aran. This soft, dreamy yarn is such a joy to work with and wear — it creates a warm, fluffy, and drape-y fabric which can feel heavy to work with but is still lovely and light to wear. The gentle sheen shows through the alpaca fluff, meaning that stitch definition is not crisp but is still visible. The yarn is the same luscious blend of baby alpaca and silk that is also be found in Askham Lace and Askham 4ply and we have a number of our signature colourways available to choose from. It has undergone rigorous testing (knitting and crochet) and the whole ECY team adores the combination of shine and warmth. It also definitely passed the squish test with everyone who tried it at Edinburgh!! You can find our finished projects on Raverly here.

Our next update will take place at 8 a.m. (UK time) on Monday 15th April and will include Titus DK, Pendle Chunky and our second BRAND NEW yarn, Hayton DK. Hayton DK, like its 4ply counterpart, is a beautiful mix of smooth, bouncy Merino, a little nylon to make it more hard wearing and a dash of Cashmere for the ultimate luxury. It knits with both bounce and drape in equal measure — using larger needles and a lacy pattern creates drape, whilst smaller needles and a closer stitch type creates a nice warm, cosy fabric. The mix of fibres combines the best of both worlds. We have also tested this yarn and can confirm it is every bit as lovely as the 4ply version. Our finished knit and crochet projects using this yarn can be viewed on Ravelry here.

With all this focus on the new yarns, you would be forgiven for thinking the other yarns in the update are purely filler, but you would be so wrong! Titus DK is a beautiful and subtle yarn. It is a very luxurious blend of Superwash Merino and mulberry silk. The silk gives it a gorgeous shine (especially in dark or rich colours). It is ideal for all sorts of projects, from gloves to garments and everything in between. It washes well in the machine, and the silk gives it strength so it can take a lot of use.

Pendle Chunky is a smooshy, soft, warm, bouncy and smooth Superwash Merino yarn, which has great stitch definition, making it perfect for a wide variety of projects. We particularly love it in hats and cowls, although its next-to-skin softness makes it just as good in sweaters.

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