January 24, 2020

DyeSigner Alliance: Session 1, A Different Way to Yarn Club

We’ve already had an amazing response to the first few weeks of Session 1 of the DyeSigner Alliance, but some of you may be wondering how this yarn club works:

Designers receive pay for every single member enrolled, just as they would when people purchase their designs off Ravelry! That means that the more people that enroll, the more benefit the amazing indie designer receives!

Dyers are paid at a much higher consignment rate rather than a wholesale rate for their work…meaning a kit/club event like this has a chance to be much more beneficial project after all their hard work than a traditional wholesale arrangement allows for.

Help Nutmeg Fiber Arts support the continued work of wonderful indie dyers and designers with our DyeSigner Alliance!!! Session 1 registration is open now until February 7th, and will ship out in early April to you!!!! Included in your kit are two skeins of Camellia Fiber Co. yarn, Dawn Henderson’s Original Design and a special gift from Nutmeg Fiber Arts!

For all the details, check out the full page listing below!

xo, Nutmeg

January 23, 2020

Connecting Hearts and Memories

  • A dark blue and green yarn.

Have you ever created something for others based on a memory you share together?

We’ve been going to Lopez Island, Washington, as a family since we were children. My grandparents had a home there and we have so many memories of our visits. Lopez is a magical place of unspoiled beauty with moody seas and verdant forested hills. I wanted to capture the beauty of the Island in yarn to create Christmas gifts for my family so we would all have a concrete memory of a place we love so much.

After some experimentation I came up with “Slo-pez.” A nod to the slower pace of life on the Island (and not a name I came up with!), Slo-pez has all of the inky blue and teal colors of the sea, mossy greens of the hiking paths, and deep greens of the forested hillsides that encapsulate the Island. Of course I had to throw in a little rust to round things out and make this colorway perfectly “Pacific Northwest.”

I was so lucky to be able to join my brother and his family on Lopez to ring in 2020, and we hiked out to a bay on New Years Day to take this photo of us wearing our Slo-pez hat and headband together.

My webshop update this week includes Slo-pez on several base yarns: Simple Worsted, Delightful DK, 2 Ply Bouncy Fingering, Cashmere Blend Fingering, Silky Cashmere Fingering and Magic Mohair.

The update will be “Live” on Friday, January 24 at 10 a.m. Mountain Standard Time.

January 22, 2020

The Magnolia Kit

  • A pink and white floral bag with pink and white yarn.

Alisa of KnitSpinQuilt and Debbie of Murky Depths Dyeworks have teamed up again to create another exclusive, limited edition kit — The Magnolia Kit.

We were both drawn to this Arts and Crafts Movement-style print, evocative of the textiles of William Morris. The claret colored magnolias with pop of magenta offset by the grey eucalyptus leaves are sure to bring a glimpse of springtime straight to your door.

THE BAG
You have your choice of either a medium (sock) or a large (shawl) drawstring bag.
The sock bag measures 10″ x 7″ x 3″. It will hold one or two skeins of yarn, great for a hat, sock or other small project.
The shawl bag measures 13″ x 8″ x 4″. It will hold two to four skeins of yarn, perfect for a shawl or small sweater.
We selected a claret satin ribbon with a picot edge as the perfect complement to the fabric.

THE YARN
You have your choice of one or two skeins of this gorgeous hand-dyed yarn.
Deep Sock is a soft, springy two-ply yarn with great stitch definition. Next-to-skin softness makes it perfect for garments and the added nylon makes it suitable for socks and other hard wearing items. These are 400 yds per 100 gram skeins of 80% SW Merino wool and 20% nylon.

SHIPPING DETAILS
This item is a PRE-ORDER. Orders will open on Friday, January 24 and close on Friday, February 7. Kits will ship on or before Friday, March 6. We know that’s a bit of time to wait, but we need to be certain we can deliver the highest-quality product possible, so we’re setting a conservative timeline to be sure!

We will be donating 5% of all sales to Direct Relief, an international charity doing work in Puerto Rico to assist with hurricane and earthquake recovery.

January 20, 2020

#LotsOfSocks Initiative

  • A set of blue and yellow yarn.

Lisa K. Ross, the talented designer behind Paper Daisy Creations, started the #LotsOfSocks Initiative last year in her Ravelry group as a way to raise funds and awareness for Down Syndrome. Over $21,000 was raised!

I’m proud to once again be a sponsor for this event and thrilled that Lisa has chosen to use our #LotsOfSocks Halfsies colorway for her soon-to-be-released featured design this year. See the second pic for a sneak peek! Blue and yellow are the Down Syndrome colors, which inspired our choice for the Halfsies sets. There are two 50g skeins in in each set, for a total of 100g/400yds.

Our #LotsOfSocks colorway is now available in the shop. We will be donating $3 from each set sold to National Down Syndrome Society. That amount will increase to $5 per set if/when 20 sets are sold! Donation will be made on March 21 and will be for all skeins sold through March 20, 2020.

If you’re not familiar with the program, here’s an glimpse at what Lisa has posted in her Ravelry group:

“Do you know about the #lotsofsocks initiative? Those with Down syndrome have a 3rd copy of chromosome 21, so on 3/21 (March 21) the world celebrates World Down Syndrome Day. The idea behind #lotsofsocks is that everyone wears two different colorful socks to highlight the uniqueness of these individuals and show their support for the Down syndrome community. This KAL was designed to create LOTS of socks that will also generate support and awareness for a great cause! Tag your Ravelry projects #lotsofsocksKAL.

SALE INFO:
Each day from February 5-19, a different featured designer will have a sock pattern on sale for 50% off. Some of these are new designs and some will be their existing designs… each day will be a surprise! On that day, ALL sales of the highlighted design will go to supporting Down Syndrome International. Sign up for my newsletter or follow me on Instagram (@paperdaisycreations) to be the first to get notified of the sale patterns!”

More details can be found on Ravelry. Join us for the fun!

There are, of course, more items available in the shop. Look for more sock weight skeins and a special Sock Madness colorway soon!

January 15, 2020

Moonlight Maze Preorder Available For A Limited Time

  • Skeins of blue, purple and yellow yarn.

Moonlight Maze is a new color and I thought it would fun to start of the new year with a preorder of this gorgeous color. You have the option of ordering this color on a variety of bases from fingering to worsted. And since this is a preorder it is the perfect opportunity to snag sweater quantities of this particular color. Preorders for this color will remain available for a short time and will end at 8pm EST on Sunday Jan. 19, 2020. All items from this preorder are scheduled to ship in late February.

January 14, 2020

Fabulous New Yarn and Kits at VKL NYC

  • A woman models an oversized gray sweater.

I’m thrilled to be exhibiting at Vogue Knitting Live, New York City on Friday through Sunday this weekend. I will be in the same booth as last year, 208 on the Fifth floor right by the entrance with lots of new yarn bases and colors, gorgeous knit kits and Landscape Dye kits.

I have a ton of new products for you this year. I have expanded my in-house hand-dyed yarn line to include Snow City Yarns, alpaca and alpaca blend bases in soft luxurious colors and Au Naturale, extra fine untreated Merino dyed up in ultra saturated colors. The Au Naturale non-Superwash yarn is available in 25g and 50g skeins, perfect for all your colorwork needs. Come and squeeze these new yarns. You won’t believe how soft and luxurious they are.

Along with my in-house yarn line, I also have a lovely selection of hand-dyed Handmaiden/Fleece Artist, ArtYarns and The Buffalo Wool Company yarns. These yarns are made of luxury fibers such as camel down, silk, Cashmere, bison down, extra fine Merino, mohair, suri alpaca, hycuna alpaca and fine linen.

I’m also excited to announce that I am one of two licensed retailers of Landscape Dyes of Australia in the United States. These professional acid dyes are perfect for professionals and hobbyists alike because they are colorfast and as easy to use as Kool-Aid. I have starter kits and undyed yarn in the booth at great prices and would love to talk to you about dyeing yarn.

I have lots of new kits this year designed by the Sweater Sisters team of world class designers including Tiam Safari, Kathryn Folkerth, Susanne Visch, Lynette Meek, K.M. Bedigan, Christy Furlan and myself. All the designs for Sweater Sisters kits are tech edited and test knit for your knitting pleasure.

Hope to see you this weekend!
Selena

January 13, 2020

New Colors!

  • Skeins of pink, purple, green and orange yarn in front of a painting with the same colors.

Winter is here but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream of spring! I have released a new colorway to help us all do just that. “Beneath Wandering Thoughts” is inspired by a bright pink and green painting of the same name, with pops of purple and yellow to brighten the mood even more.

Available in my light, sock and silky single bases, this colorway is sure to help do away with the winter blues.

January 13, 2020

New Year, New Colors

  • Skeins of brown variegated yarn.

Happy New Year! We’re celebrating with lots of gorgeous new colorways! Plus, we’ve dyed up old favorites too.

Monthly subscriptions to our monthly La Societe D’Orsay club have opened up and due to several requests we’ve also opened up a few three-month subscription spots. We’re getting very close to capacity so if you want to join now is the time! January’s packages will ship out next week and our first painting will be Lucie Cousturier’s “Femme Faisant Du Crochet,” of course.

We’re offering IU readers a special 15% discount off everything in the shop with the coupon code: IUNewYear. Code expires January 31st.

We hope the new year holds lots of opportunities for you to create and try new things!

January 11, 2020

Gothic Colorway of the Month signups are open!

Hello all and happy belated New Year! We are ringing in the new decade with lots of new products and ideas that I know you’ll be really excited about.

We are so excited to offer, for the first time, a monthly mystery yarn subscription inspired by all things Gothic!

If you love Victorian Gothic styles, black clothes, hauntings, or have a general love for the darker side of life, then this mystery club is for you!

Here’s how it works:

• You’ll have many customizable options to choose from including base and subscription duration.

• You choose your base! Available bases are:

-Sadie Singles (100% SW Merino no pill, single ply, 400yds)
-Tralala Sock (75/25 SW Merino, nylon, 4 ply, 463yds)
-Ewetopia DK (100% SW Merino, 4 ply, 231yds)

• You can choose between one-month, three—month and 12-month subscriptions. Our 12-month subscription is discounted so that one of your skeins is FREE!

• Your skein will ship on or shortly before the last day of each month via USPS First Class mail.

-Current month (one month) subscription shipping is added at checkout. You will have until the 21st of each month to order your current month’s colorway. After the 21st, you will be added to the next month’s colorway list. (i.e. if you place your order on January 22nd, you will receive February’s colorway).
-The three-month subscription has two months’ domestic shipping included, and one added at checkout. These will also need to be purchased before the 21st of the first month in that series.
-12-month subscription has 11 months of domestic shipping included, and one month’s shipping added at checkout. You will have until the 21st of January to purchase the full year’s subscription.

**International customers will receive an invoice for additional shipping, as these numbers can not be added to individual orders.

This is a mystery subscription club. Colors will only be revealed when you receive them.

January 9, 2020

Introducing: The Wandering Flock

  • Hands hold up pastel skeins of yarn.

After leaving the world of fast fashion, I was determine to start a business that would be committed to sustainability. While becoming an indie dyer was not the immediate solution that came to mind, it was something I soon discovered gave me the outlet of creativity I craved so much that was lost after I stopped working in fashion.

I had always been a knitter, long before I started working in the world of fashion and always had trouble finding yarn in the exact shade I was hoping for, or patterns I was dying to knit. Having always been a product designer, the only natural solution was to just make it. I’ve always enjoyed the process of creating my own unique creations, so I almost exquisitely never knitted with any patterns but my own.

Finally, in the summer of 2019, I took a leap of faith and decided that I would start The Wandering Flock, a knitwear design studio and hand-dyed yarn line. At the same time, I also took a chance and submitted a couple of sweater designs to Pom Pom Quarterly. I never expected to hear back, but miraculously they choose one of my designs for their Winter 2019 issue, and gave me an opportunity to not only showcase my design, but my yarn as well.

While The Wandering Flock has only been around for three months, it has been an incredible journey, from appearing in Pom Pom to working with Indie Untangled and meeting knitters who have FOs knitted in my yarn!

Drawing from my experience in fashion, I approach dyeing with a lot of intention, and focus on the final product your creations. While a skein of yarn is where my process ends, I think about what you will make with it. My hope is to create a line of yarn and classic, yet contemporary, knitwear patterns that will fit into your everyday wardrobe.

I’m excited to announce that I will be presenting my line of yarn and patterns at the upcoming Vogue Knitting Live Marketplace in New York City (Booth 1101-1103). There you’ll get to experience my full line of yarn and see the sweater I designed for Pom Pom.

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