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Did you know there are around 1,400 sheep breeds? And that more than 50% of the world’s wool is Merino?

Tunis is one of the other 1,399 breeds. It nearly became extinct during America’s Civil War and currently is on the Livestock Conservancy’s Conservation Priority List — meaning it’s existence isn’t out of the woods yet. With its long history, Kelly’s Tunis yarn is a perfect choice for natural dyes — and for you to start exploring the wonderful world of wool.

This wool has a nice warmth to its color — more ivory or cream — which gives a brightness to yellows and oranges, and a softness to other colors. It’s fairly soft, but some might feel it’s a little scratchy for next-to-skin wear. Its chunky weight makes it perfect for quick, sturdy sweaters, hats, etc. It’s lofty and lightweight courtesy of being woolen spun. (This yarn was spun in Frankenmuth, MI). The sweater shown is Amy Christoffers’ Felix pullover with the gauge adjusted. See the Kelly’s Tunis product page for more pattern suggestions.

Kelly lives near Ann Arbor, MI, and the wool for this yarn came from her Tunis sheep, which were shorn by my brother, Kirk. Kelly no longer has these sheep, so this is a really special, limited-edition batch of yarn in so many ways.

The name Tunis describes the breed’s connections to foundation stock from Tunisia in North Africa. North African sheep, variously described as “fat tailed,” “broad tailed,” and “Barbary” sheep, were imported to the United States as a gift by the Bey of Tunis to George Washington in the late 1700s. They nearly became extinct during the Civil War. Visit The Livestock Conservancy website to learn more about this breed’s interesting history.

Our two new natural black yarns — La Brea and Carbonado — are now available in the online shop. Each one offers a different take on undyed yarn in natural black!

Named for the famous tar pits of Los Angeles, La Brea is a rustic worsted-weight yarn made from 100% Navajo-Churro wool. Navajo-Churro sheep are a dual-coated breed with a downy undercoat and a hairy outercoat. Some of the sheep fleeces used to create this yarn had white overcoats and black undercoats, leading to the smattering effect you see in the final yarn, which blends both coats together.

Carbonado is a sportweight yarn and a restock on a reigning favorite. It’s a tri-blend yarn, with its main ingredient being true black alpaca. This fiber helps give the yarn its dark hue and smooth feel. The yarn also contains Gotland sheep wool, which adds a silver shine and halo, and Coopworth-cross wool, which helps keep everything together!

Embrace the black sheep of the world with either of these beautiful yarns!

The holidays can be full of joy, wherever you find it: time spent with family and friends, baking yummy treats, time away from work to rest, read, craft. The most joy often comes from crafting! Oh, the possibilities we see in a brand-new hank of beautiful yarn! We are excited to combine some of those joys in the Spin Me a Yarn Literary Society, our newest subscription box. This delightful quarterly subscription combines the best of a book club and a yarn club! You choose your yarn base and number of hanks and we’ll provide you with beautiful yarn, related goodies, the book title and discussion questions, along with an invitation to our private Spin Me a Yarn Literary Society Zoom online discussion group. We hope you’ll join us! You can learn all the details here.

For an overview of our 2024 subscription programs, check out the video in our Yarny Ewes Facebook group. The Yarny Ewes is our full-of-fun, no-drama Facebook group that gets the inside scoop on specials and new offerings.

Join us for a trip to Scotland in the spring of 2024. We have a magnificent 12-day trip planned that starts in Edinburgh and provides a wealth of all things crafty, yarn-y, sheep-y, brewery, and distillery, history and stitchery, and Highland Coos, too! Our last trip to Scotland was such a joyful experience, full of good times, interesting activities, time to relax and knit and chat with good fiber friends. Read all the details here and make plans to come along.

While you are on our website, take a moment to create an account, in order to use our WISH LIST program. You can curate your own wish list to send to loved ones to help them pick the perfect gifts for you. It’s a win-win!

Also, please join us every Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. Eastern when we go live on our YouTube channel, The Traveling Two Ewe Knit. We have a great time talking about yarn, knitting, crochet, and crafts of all kinds, WIPs and FOs and all kinds of things. We hope you’ll grab a beverage and get cozy with us. Fiber friends are the best friends!

Don’t miss out this holiday season. Amy’s Trinket shop is filled with great gifts for fiber artists. Yarn, stitch marker sets, stitch stoppers galore, project bags, and moth deterrent linen sprays are just a sampling of some of the goodies you can find for sale. Shop for yourself, a loved one, or a friend; there is something for everyone. We look forward to shipping your order next business day and pride ourselves on excellent customer service. Custom orders encouraged and happily accepted. (Shipping on custom orders will vary depending on the details of the order.) Don’t wait, check out Amy’s Trinket Shop today.

We have added four new winter colors to the shop as well as three NEW organic (non-Superwash) bases! They are each made of extra fine Merino. Every skein is squishy and so soft that you probably won’t believe it is non-Superwash. Each has beautiful stitch definition and will hold it shape well. Everything is available in the Dyed to Order section of the Yarn Jam website. The new NSW bases will be 20% off through Dec. 8.

New colors are pictured (L toR): Fir, Spruce, Fig and Cedar.

We also have a holiday FREEBIE for you! A downloadable sheet of holiday tags. Customize them for the handmade gifts you’re giving this year. Print them at home and mark on the tag how to care for the item you’re gifting. The link to the download is on our homepage.

Happy Holidays All!!

If you’re still hoping to fit in a few handmade gifts this season, naturally-dyed Peaceful Worsted is your answer!

This heavy worsted/Aran-weight yarn works up quickly, and is perfect for colorwork hats, snuggly cowls, or a warm Elisbeth headband (one skein makes two headbands!).

Woolen-spun from soft American-grown Rambouillet and Texas mohair adds a dreamy halo. And the soft shades from natural dyes add an extra special touch. This lovely non-Superwash yarn is spun in the U.S. and naturally dyed in Ohio. Visit the Flora Adora Fibers website for more information and pattern suggestions.

All of the colorways in Wild Violet Fibers’ Into the Woods collection are now available and the corresponding Into the Woods Beanie pattern was just released on Ravelry.

The colorways in the collection are inspired by the seasonal change of the forest’s palette, from lush greens, to vibrant reds, oranges and yellows and, finally, to misty shades of grays and browns. The collection includes both semisolid and variegated colorways: September Grass, Secluded Glade, October Leaves, Lost in the Woods, November Rain and Through the Mist.

The design of the beanie is inspired by walks through the woods and makes a great accessory for autumn and winter hikes. The pattern as written includes a bit of slouch, but can easily be customized for a snugger fit. The beanie pattern includes sizes for youth, adult small, and adult large.

We’ve just done a massive update of our NeverMoor yarn base at Undercover Otter!

This amazing fingering-weight yarn base consists of 60% Exmoor Blueface — fleece from a crossbreed between Exmoor and a Bluefaced Leicester sheep that gives the yarn strength and shine, 20% Corriedale to add softness and 10% Devon Zwartbles — originally a Dutch/Frisian sheep breed that adds a springy bounce and an amazing heathered look to the overall yarn. For extra security, and to make this yarn perfect for all your sock knitting needs, as well as colorwork, 10% nylon is added to round out this yarn base. ⁠

NeverMoor is perfect for sturdy, warm garments without sacrificing any comfort. It can be used in colorwork that needs to last a while and blooms into a beautiful soft and sturdy yarn after blocking. The NeverMoor base is sourced and milled by the lovely people over at John Arbon Textiles and I’ve fallen head over heels for it. If you are looking for solids to go with our hand-dyed skeins, check out the Exmoor Sock section on the John Arbon website, since this is the same yarn base.⁠

Hello from ECY Shedquarters. We have been very busy with getting lots of yarn ready for the website and preparing our Seasonal Stash Boxes. This week alone we have added Titus 4ply and our sparkly festive Rosedale 4ply update. This includes Festive Fun (cream with green and red speckles) alongside Apeldoorn Tulip (a rich red) and Larch (dark green). Rosedale 4ply is a Merino/nylon sock yarn with gold Stellina sparkle running through it. You may think that the sparkly fibres would be itchy against your skin but even the more sensitive members of our team find it comfortable to wear against the skin.

We also have an update of Hayton 4ply hitting the website on Monday 26th November. Hayton 4ply is a delicious blend of Merino Cashmere and nylon giving all the best qualities you would want in a yarn: softness of the merino, strength from the nylon and luxury from the cashmere. If you are a fan of Liz Corke and her patterns you should be very familiar with this blend. Liz’s latest pattern Tar-Sgàil uses Hayton 4ply as do many of her fingerless mitt patterns!

We are down to four Seasonal Stash Boxes left at the time of writing so if you are interested in getting your hands on one don’t delay! The listing now also has a link to a folder which shows the contents for anyone who would prefer for it not to be a surprise!

For readers in the UK we have been confirmed as vendors at East Anglia Yarn Festival on 9th-10th March 2024. Tickets for the show go on sale on Saturday morning so if you want to see us in person it would be great to see you!