Yarn

Swoon Fibers

I recently went searching for some yarn for an upcoming project (more on that next time!) and happened upon Swoon Fibers on Etsy.  I’d seen this dyer before but when I saw their yarn this time around, I was blown away.  Alida is the face behind Swoon Fibers and she lives in New York. Let me tell you more! Bases Swoon Fibers is dyed on many bases, including…. KidMoh Silk Lace (72% Mohair/28% Silk) Charlotte Sock (Fingering – 100% Merino) Flora Organic (Fingering – 80/20) Peyton Sock (Light Fingering – 75/25) Landscape Sock (Fingering – 100% Wool) Bronze Shimmer Sock  (Fingering – 75% Merino/20% Nylon/5% Stellina) Cashmere Fingering (100% Cashmere goat) Cashmere DK (100% Cashmere goat) Tweedy DK (85% Merino/15% Nylon) Cotton Cashmere (Sport – 100% Cashmere goat) Organic Sport Merino (100% Merino) Puffball (Super Bulky – 100% Merino) Availability Every time I go to the Swoon Fibers shop on Etsy, there is yarn available.  If you’re holding out for something specific, be sure to follow Alida on Instagram to see all about her current dyeing. Ease of Shopping Etsy is always easy to use and Alida’s shop is always filled with gorgeous yarn and goodies! Shipping Shipping from Swoon Fibers was super fast!   I expected my yarn to not arrive until the estimated dates on Etsy but it was well before then and exceedingly fast! Conclusion I will continue to watch what Alida dyes up because I’m in love with her delicate, beautiful colorways.  Alida has a definite gift for dyeing and I cannot wait to knit with her yarn.  It is swoon-worthy, for sure!

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Swoon Fibers

Yarn Bliss Box

It’s time again for a yarn subscription box update for you!  For the sixth month, I’ve subscribed to the new Yarn Bliss Box from Speckled Finch Studios.  Let me tell you…  This box continues to surprise.  The last five months of boxes were put together beautifully and September certainly did not disappoint either, with a pumpkin theme!  This is one of the more predictable themes but it is no less charming! Let me tell you all about this lovely box!   What It Is Nina of Speckled Finch Studios has created the Yarn Bliss Box, which is a monthly yarn subscription.  Each month you get one or two skeins of fingering-weight yarn and some goodies.  Also included in the box is a discount code for Nina’s shop, just in case you need more yarn.   The colorways in the Yarn Bliss Box are exclusive and won’t be dyed for a year.   You can cancel anytime, which helps if you’re uncertain about mystery yarn colors, like myself!   September Edition This month’s yarn colorway, Hello Pumpkin, is, at first glance, not something I’d usually be drawn to.  Orange is not my color; coral, yes, but regular orange is far from my favorite.  But….then I saw the speckles amidst all the orange.  Oh, my!  The speckles are amazingly gorgeous!  Now, I can’t wait to knit with this colorway! In addition to the yarn, this box included an adorable sheet of stickers from Pipsticks.  Also included was a stitch marker, as usual, and this one is too, too cute:  a pumpkin from Whimsy & Sassy.  Also included was a Pumpkin Spice spoon for tea or a beverage from Melville Candy Co. Conclusion This box from Speckled Finch Studies continuously surprises me – Nina’s themes are always unexpected and even her pumpkin theme held surprises (and speckles!). If you’re looking for a yarn subscription box, I highly recommend The Yarn Bliss Box.

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Yarn Bliss Box – September 2022

Moonglow Yarn Co

If you watch any knitting podcasts, I’m sure you’ve heard of Moonglow Yarn.  This yarn is popping up in a lot of people’s stashes and it’s no wonder…  Whitney, based in Wyoming, has created a niche for herself among dyers.  She dyes mostly solid colors but comes up with amazing color combos and kits.  She has tons of sock kits and teamed up with several designers to create lovely projects. Let me tell you more! Bases Whitney dyes Moonglow on several bases, including… Mohair Silk Lace (72% Mohair/28% Bombyx) Merino Nylon Light Fingering (75/25) Merino Nylon Sock 80/20 Merino Fingering (100% Merino) Merino Mohair Singles (56% Merino/44% Mohair) Cashmerino Fingering  (80% Merino/10% Nylon/10% Cashmere) Merino DK (100% Merino) Cashmerino DK (80% Merino/10% Nylon/10% Cashmere) Merino Sport (100% Merino) Availability Whitney always has yarn and kits on her website.  There is so much cuteness on there, it’s amazing!  So many tempting kits! Ease of Shopping The Moonglow website is very easy to navigate!  Be sure to follow Whitney on social media to learn of any new products! Shipping Shipping from Moonglow to the United States was quite reasonable.  I have no problem with shipping when  ordering directly from Whitney! Conclusion You never know what kits or collaborations Whitney has coming up next so it’s always delightful to follow her on social media.  I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!

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Moonglow Yarn Co

Gauge Dye Works

Y’all know by now that my first love in the category of self-striping yarn is Must Stash Yarn.  And a first love is always precious.  But there are other self-striping yarn dyers who are very special.  One of those is Canadian dyer Gauge Dye Works.  Catherine is based on Vancouver Island and her yarn is so, so beautiful. Let me tell you more! Bases Catherine dyes Gauge Dye Works on several bases, including… 2-ply Fingering (100% SW Merino) 3-Ply Fingering (80/20) MCN Fingering (70% SW Merino/20% Cashmere/10% Nylon) Merino Sport (100% SW Merino) Merino Worsted (100% SW Merino) Availability Gauge Dye Works is very much in demand.  The Grocery Girls are huge fans and it seems like Catherine always sells out of her new releases very quickly.  If you want to be sure to get some of her yarn, sign up for her newsletter to learn all about her yarn! Ease of Shopping The Gauge Dye Works website is very user-friendly.  And Catherine even offers kits that are very, very nice! Shipping Shipping from Gauge to the United States was quite reasonable.  I won’t hesitate to order from them due to shipping costs! Conclusion Be sure to also follow Catherine on Instagram to learn all about what she’s dyeing up now.  She is such a talented dyer and I know I’ll be buying more of her yarn in the future!

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Gauge Dye Works

Yarn Bliss Box

Once again, I have a yarn subscription box update for you!  For the fifth month, I’ve subscribed to the new Yarn Bliss Box from Speckled Finch Studios.  Let me tell you…  This box continues to surprise.  The last four months of boxes were put together beautifully and August certainly did not disappoint either, with a ‘plant life’ theme!   Let me tell you all about this lovely box!   What It Is Nina of Speckled Finch Studios has created the Yarn Bliss Box, which is a monthly yarn subscription.  Each month you get one, or two (your choice), skeins of fingering-weight yarn and some goodies.  Also included in the box is a discount code for Nina’s shop, just in case you need more yarn.   The colorways in the Yarn Bliss Box are exclusive and won’t be dyed for a year.   You can cancel anytime, which helps if you’re uncertain about mystery yarn colors, like myself!   August Edition This month’s yarn colorway is perhaps my second favorite so far, after the first one.  This speckled colorway is such a gorgeous pinkish-purple and green skein of yarn!  I love it! In addition to the yarn, this box included gorgeous ‘plant life’ stitch markers.  These are from The Yarn Bliss Box, which means I’m completely impressed by how talented Nina is! Also included was a plant magnet from Happy Laserworks and a Growing Plants sticker from Kpb Designs.  This is such an adorable sticker; I love the artwork!   Conclusion This box from Speckled Finch Studies continuously surprises me – and as the months run together this summer, it’s always a delight to find this in my mailbox so frequently (it seems!).   If you’re looking for a yarn subscription box, I highly recommend The Yarn Bliss Box.

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Yarn Bliss Box – August 2022

Moondrake yarn

One of the newer-to-me dyers from whom I’ve recently purchased yarn is Moondrake.  If you listen to the Grocery Girls podcast, they have used Moondrake yarn a bit and Tracie has even used this yarn dyer for some designs….  Rachelle is the dyer behind this company and she is very talented! Let me tell you more…. Bases Rachelle dyes her lovely yarn on many, many bases, including… Mohair (Lace) Suri Silk Cloud (Lace – 74% Baby Suri Alpaca/26% Mulberry Silk) Merino Linen Single (Fingering – 90% Merino/10% Linen) Cashmerino (Fingering – 80% Merino/20% Cashmere) Falklander (Fingering – 100% Superwash Falkland Merino) Soft Fingering (100% Superwash Merino) MCN Fingering (80/10/10) BFL High Twist (Fingering – 80% Superwash BFL/20% Nylon) Bubble Bubble (Fingering – 90% Merino/10% Nylon) Corriedale (Fingering – 100% Corriedale) Soft Sport (100% Superwash Merino) Cormo Sport 100% Non–Superwash Merino) Corriedale DK (100% Corriedale) Soft DK (100% Superwash Merino) Availability There is always something for sale on the Moondrake site.  And Rachelle has a monthly sock yarn that she dyes and it is beautiful!  (See the picture at the top.)  And she has kits available for some patterns that feature her yarn. Ease of Shopping The Moondrake website is easy to use and navigate.  Sometimes I have problems seeing the pictures of all the colorways, but only when there are a lot of colorways.   Shipping Shipping from Moondrake has always been fast for me – and pretty reasonable. Conclusion Moondrake will always be a dyer that I look to when I need yarn for a garment.  Rachelle has just so many fabulous bases for sweaters and such.  And her colors are stunning!

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Moondrake

Yarn Bliss Box July

I have a yarn subscription box update for you today!  For the fourth month, I’ve subscribed to the new Yarn Bliss Box from Speckled Finch Studios.  Let me tell you…  This box continues to surprise.  April, May, and June were put together beautifully and July certainly did not disappoint either, with a camping theme!  I’m loving the suprising themes and all the thoughtful items in these boxes!!  Let me tell you all about it!   What It Is Nina of Speckled Finch Studios has created the Yarn Bliss Box, which is a monthly yarn subscription.  Each month you get one, or two (your choice), skeins of fingering-weight yarn and some goodies.  Also included in the box is a discount code for Nina’s shop, just in case you need more yarn.   The colorways in the Yarn Bliss Box are exclusive and won’t be dyed for a year.   You can cancel anytime, which helps if you’re uncertain about mystery yarn colors, like myself!   July Edition The July camping-themed box is adorable!  First, the yarn!  This month’s skein is called Moonlit Campfire and it is so unique and lovely!  Dusky blues and greens mingle with golds and pinks….  This is such a lovely skein of yarn! Just like other months, there are stitch markers included!  This set is from Wine Makers Sister and includes camping-related charms…  So cute! An adorable sheet of camping stickers is also included along with a s’mores candy stick.  How unexpected!  And, especially useful, there’s a set of small crochet hooks, which are always needed to pick up those pesky dropped stitches! Conclusion I’m still loving these Yarn Bliss Boxes…  Each month is an unexpected surprise.  I love how the themes are relevant but not traditional.  It’s always fun to open these boxes! If you’re in the market for a mystery subscription yarn box, I hope you’ll consider Speckled Finch’s Yarn Bliss Box!

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Yarn Bliss Box – July 2022

Coloring Book Yarn

I can’t quite remember how I stumbled upon Coloring Book Yarns but one colorway, a Christmas colorway, caught my eye and I just had to have it.  (Y’all know my current obsession with Christmas sock knitting!)  Since Coloring Book Yarns is not dyeing currently – and hasn’t for a while – I don’t know if Ann, the dyer behind this yarn, plans to keep dyeing.  But I sure hope she does! Bases Coloring Book Yarns consists mainly of amazing self-striping yarn.  If you follow Ann on Instagram, you will see just how talented of a dyer she is.  Her colorways are so delightful!   Ann dyes her yarn on two bases…. Sock (Fingering – 80/20) Sparkle Sock (Fingering – 75% Wool/20% Nylon/5% Metallic) Availability Currently, there is nothing available in Ann’s Etsy shop for Coloring Book Yarns.  I still follow her on Instagram, hoping that she’ll post about dyeing sometime in the future.   Conclusion Because I got my skein of Coloring Book Yarns from a fellow knitter, I can’t speak to shipping.  But I can definitely attest to how gorgeous this yarn is!  

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Coloring Book Yarns

speckled finch

I stumbled upon the Speckled Finch Studios website long ago and signed up for the newsletter which brought lovely yarn to my inbox quite frequently.  I came so close to buying yarn from Speckled Finch and then, when they introduced the Yarn Bliss Box, I knew I had to sign up. Nina, based in California, is the dyer behind Speckled Finch and she dyes lovely yearn! Bases Nina dyes Speckled Finch yarn on a variety of bases, including… Fluff Mohair/Silk (Lace – 72% Mohair/28% Silk) Hearty Sock (Fingering – 72/25) Twisty Sock (Fingering – 85/15) Cloud MCN Sock (Fingering – 80% SW Merino/10% Cashmere/10% Nylon) Soft Single (Fingering – 100% SW Merino) Bouncy DK (100% SW Merino) Cozy Worsted (100% SW Merino) Plush Bulky (100% SW Merino) Availability Be sure to follow Nina on social media to see when she has her shop updates.  I’ve always wanted some colorways from her Wildflower Collection – so, so beautiful!  Ease of Shopping The Speckled Finch website is extremely easy to use and navigate. Shipping When ordering from Speckled Finch, shipping is always super fast. Conclusion Be sure to sign up for Nina’s newsletter to find out about all the goodies coming to the Speckled Finch Studios shop.  There are so many gorgeous colorways in Nina’s lineup….  You’re sure to find something to love!

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Speckled Finch Studios

Yarn Bliss Box

I have a yarn subscription box update for you today!  For the third  month, I’ve subscribed to the new Yarn Bliss Box from Speckled Finch Studios.  Let me tell you…  This box continues to surprise.  April and May were expertly put together and June certainly did not disappoint either, with a beach theme!  I’m loving the themes and all the thoughtful items in these boxes!!  Let me tell you all about it!   What It Is Nina of Speckled Finch Studios has created the Yarn Bliss Box, which is a monthly yarn subscription.   Each month you get one, or two (your choice), skeins of fingering-weight yarn and some goodies.  Also included in the box is a discount code for Nina’s shop, just in case you need more yarn.   The colorways in the Yarn Bliss Box are exclusive and won’t be dyed for a year.   You can cancel anytime, which helps if you’re uncertain about mystery yarn colors, like myself!   June Edition The June edition featured a lovely skein of yarn – gold, teal, and raspberry blending into a skein that perfectly resembles popsicles.  I love it!  And I think it would actually go perfectly with last month’s Oh Honey colorway from the same box!  Also in the box was a set of adorable stitch markers featuring all things beachy and sunny!  To go along with that, a vinyl sticker from Lucky Sardine.   And…an Ocean Spray body scrub from Bella and Bear.  This was such a cute theme! Conclusion Yes… I’ve already subscribed to next month’s Yarn Bliss Box.  Again.  I can’t resist!  I’ve never done anything like this and I love the surprise!   If you’re wanting to take a chance on a mystery yarn subscription, I highly recommend the Yarn Bliss Box from Speckled Finch Studios.

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Yarn Bliss Box – June 2022