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.

Creativity in the Time of Corona

  • Skeins of teal Merino and boucle yarn.

Like all your favorite indie dyers, I’ve watched all my spring events get cancelled while I’m surrounded by thousands of skeins of dyed yarn. I’m using this break from the usual demands as a rare chance to just let my imagination go wild, so I’ve issued a personal “New Item of The Day” challenge. Some days this means adding a new base to a beloved colorway, but more often I’m experimenting with brand new things. I’m a little scared of how many more than my current 200 offerings I’ll have on my shop when this is all over! Here are a few of my favorites from the few last weeks.

True to my deep and murky character, I’ve added Guac in both Harbour Singles and Mirage kidsilk lace, along with one of my favorite colors-Destroyed to the Maelstrom Boucle line up. But I can’t ignore the spring awakening that’s going on outside my house in the beautiful Lower Hudson Valley that have inspired new colors like The Winks, Cirrus and Thistle Pass (hope you’ll forgive the bad pun).

Since this is my family’s primary source of income, I’m running a 15% off sale store-wide, using code CXL15 at checkout. We small producers thank you all so much for helping us through this time, to the best of your abilities. I can’t wait to see you all at the other side!

April 2, 2020

PRIMA shawl pattern release update

  • A lacy shawl in pale pink.

Light as spun sugar, this shawl was inspired by my popular Sassy Ballerina colorway. Designer Shellie Anderson and I met while I was vending at Stitches Salt Lake and we instantly connected. Her fresh, classic style drew me in immediately, and we knew we could make magic together. Just last month we re-connected at the Rose City Yarn Crawl where she fell for Sassy Ballerina and its parter Ballerina (mohair). She headed home and immediately cast on this dreamy shawl in a fit of COVID-19 stress knitting. When Shellie shared the photos of PRIMA with me I couldn’t hardly wait to show the world.

The PRIMA shawl pattern will be available Friday morning on Ravelry and I’ll have yarn bundles in the original Ballerina colorway as well as several other confections perfect for spring.

PS: Enter code FREESHIP50 for free shipping on orders over $50. Applies to all ready to ship collections. Take a peek at my scrumptious selection of Silky Cashmere while you’re shopping!

Shawl photos are courtesy of www.sheldesigns.net

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!

March 26, 2020

Fintry: an AnnieDot kit

I’ve fallen in love with Fintry by Knox Mountain Knit Co. and decided I would love to dye yarn for you to knit it with me! It will be a wonderful match for my SW DK base, and it will only require three skeins. If you’ve not had a chance to get your hands on my DK base, this is the perfect opportunity to. It’s so soft and bouncy, perfect for shawls and other neckwear!

The kit is only available for a week, starting with my shop update on Saturday, March 28th at 10am EDT, or until the limited slots fill! The most fun part is that we’ll be hosting a KAL with give-aways in my Ravelry group!

Yarnies to the bone!

  • A purple, blue and black shoulder bag.

We are so happy to get to pair up with Pandia’s Jewels again! Not only does she make amazingly vibrant and beautiful colorways, but she is also a skilled artist — and with our favorite subject matter: YARN! You have loved her Llamicorns, her Yarn Goddess, and Mystic Knitter designs — now we have Knitter to the Bone!

Live Friday at 9 a.m. PDT — while supplies last!

(These bags are made & ready to ship immediately!)

Pandia’s Jewels has a limited preorder for the matching yarn going on now on her website!

And thank you for supporting our small businesses!!! We are so grateful!!

March 26, 2020

Spring Fling Giveaway and Sale

  • Purple, teal and gold yarn.

We’re having a spring cleaning sale and an awesome giveaway to go along with it! Prizes include a gorgeous circular needle wallet all the way from Argentina’s Joji & Co., a $100 shop credit, a $50 shop credit, and a stunning crochet hook from Furls along with some of our yarn so you can make something fun.

Every $20 spent in the shop between now and April 12th gets an entry into our giveaway. We’ll also have some discounted skeins and just listed our March/April Sweater Quantity discount skeins in our Triton color way. We realized a few months ago that we could crowd-source a close to wholesale discount if we offered one colorway at a time in sweater quantities. This way we place a bulk order from our suppliers, have a few major dye sessions dedicated to a single color, and we can offer a great discount that is perfect for sweaters and other larger garments. But spaces are limited so you’ll want to grab yours before they’re gone!

We’ll also have sign-ups open for our April Musee d’Orsay club, which will be inspired by a gorgeous Monet and include a truly decadent treat straight from France via our favorite local grocer/importer. (And yes, we definitely got some strange looks when everyone else was stocking up on TP for the apocalypse and we had a cart full of French chocolates. Priorities, am I right?)

March 26, 2020

Keep calm and ‘Cat Knit’ on

  • A woman in a gray colorwork hat with a black and white cat.

I wouldn’t normally go for the “Keep calm and…” trope but on this occasion it does fit in perfectly here, I’m afraid! I do hope that wherever you are and whatever your situation, you are staying safe and well. It’s such a weird time, isn’t it — being cheerful and talking about lovely new things seems a bit off, but at the same time being negative is hardly helpful either.

ECY is still going — Laura works from her bat cave at home in Cambridgeshire anyway, and obviously I work from home anyway too, I just now don’t have any physical help. I called our post office this week to ask how they feel about me continuing to send post (David drops it off on his way to work and he’s still working full time, so it’s no extra travel) — they asked me to please keep sending post over as often as I can (I did ask if it would help to bring it in on fewer days per week), as they are a small self-employed business and really need to keep afloat for as long as possible — and I am their biggest customer. So I’m still sending post at the moment — obviously if that changes I will let you know. It will take longer for me to dispatch orders though now as I’m packing them in between dyeing, processing yarn, photographing said yarn, and doing all my usual social media and stuff. Again, if anything changes I will let you know!

With all that out of the way I wanted to tell you that we have a VERY exciting update happening on Saturday at 8 a.m. UK time! Now… we wouldn’t have planned to have a huge update right in the middle of a pandemic, especially not one that involves a lot of investment in yarn, merchandise, books, and so much time… but it’s been in the offing for 12 months and we couldn’t possibly have known what would happen!

This weekend sees the launch of Cat Knits by Marna Gilligan of ‘an caitin beag’ (she of sinister cat fame!). Cat Knits is a book of 16 knit designs all featuring Marna’s signature kitties on a mixture of garments and accessories. It’s a wide-ranging book actually — it feels like there’s more than 16 items in there. Each chapter covers a different yarn weight, so there’s a 4ply section, and DK section, an Aran section, and a Chunky section, all using our yarns. Each section has a garment AND matching accessories included, and they range from nice simple textures, to stranded colourwork (like sinister cats), to intarsia.

With everything that is going on globally, plans for the launch have changed many times over the past few weeks and may still change again, but the CURRENT plan (correct as of the time of writing!!) is that Marna, Laura and I will be going live online on Instagram at 2 p.m. UK time on Saturday. We really hope that you will join us as together we talk through each of the designs, the yarns required and other items that have been produced to accompany this fantastic book. If you can’t join us don’t worry — I think the video will be available for playback (I am a bit clueless about live streaming if I’m honest), and we will turn it into a blog post too for better accessibility.

In the update we will have:
– copies of the book
– yarn packs for each of the 16 designs in the book
– Eden Cottage Cats project bags
– some of Marna’s items (tote bags, stitchmarker sets and pin badges)
– plus our own exclusive Eden Cottage Cats enamel badge (due for delivery next week so we might have a slight delay on those).

There will also be a few additional colours of Pendle Chunky that can be used in place of Silver Birch for the Chunky chapter. We also have an option for you to buy all the merchandise with one click. The “very catty merch” bundles are limited so get in quick if you want to get hold of them!

Although this update has taken a large proportion of our focus that hasn’t impacted other yarns being added to the website. Only last week we added a selection of colourways in our alpaca/silk yarns Askham 4ply and Askham Aran.

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 20, 2020

New base, new kits, and a discount!

  • Blue, pink and gray speckled yarn.

Hello all,

We have a lot going on this week! Saturday’s update (March 21st at 10 a.m. EDT) is a big one so you won’t want to miss it.

Our new Faun base is making its debut! Faun is the softest base we’ve ever dyed. It is an 80/10/10 blend of SW Merino, Cashmere and nylon on a springy 3-ply twist with 414yds/skein. Faun is just a touch heavier than sock weight yarn, but not quite a sport weight, making it perfect for projects that require either weight.And did I mention the drape? It’s incredible! The 3-ply twist and Cashmere make for such an interesting fabric that takes the dye a little differently than the other bases we carry. The speckles soak in a bit more and the tonals are much more balanced. You’ll have to feel it to believe it!

Have you seen the new Side Trip cowl by Samantha Guerin?! It is a reversible colorwork cowl that only takes two skeins of Lambstrings Yarn Ewetopia DK. She’s so talented! We will have kits for the Side Trip cowl available in the update.

Of course, we have to acknowledge that these are weird and scary times for all of us. I’m well aware that so many are going forward without the security of finances and/or are dealing with this epidemic in isolation and fear. We need to be taking care of ourselves and others, it is so incredibly important! Whatever your situation, we would like to be supportive.

Beginning Saturday, March 21st at 10 a.m. EDT, EITHER use code “STAYHOME” to receive 10% off your entire purchase -or- choose not to use the code, and 10% of your purchase will be donated to Direct Relief, an organization that provides doctors and those affected by the COVID-19 outbreak with medical supplies and critical patient care. Please visit their website to learn more or make a personal donation.

Donations from Lambstrings Yarn will be made weekly to help expedite funds.

I hope you are all staying safe and healthy, and crafting like crazy!

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