Yarn

May Yarn Bliss Box

I have a yarn subscription box update for you today!  For the second month, I’ve subscribed to the new Yarn Bliss Box from Speckled Finch Studios.  Let me tell you…  This box continues to surprise.  Last month was wonderful but May took this box to a new level, especially as far as extras are concerned.   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!   May Edition The May Yarn Biss Box was such a lovely surprise.  The theme for the month was Bees and Honey and the contents of the box were wrapped in the most beautiful tissue paper….with bees!   First, the yarn…  This month’s colorway, Oh Honey, is a glorious, speckled gold.  While I don’t knit with a lot of yellow-ish colorways, because I can’t wear them, I’ve always loved yellow.  And I love this colorway! The extras this month were so cool!  Just like last month, there were  progress keepers – a bee and honeycomb!  How adorable!  Also included was a super cute bee notions tin from Twice Sheared Sheep.  And lastly, there were honey sticks to put in your tea!  I didn’t know these even existed!  These were from Sister Bees.   Conclusion Yes… I’ve already subscribed to next month’s Yarn Bliss Box.  I can’t resist!  I’ve never done anything like this and I love the surprise!  I also love that the monthly themes aren’t predictable; I never would have thought about bees!   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 – May 2022

Cape May Fiber

I’m excited to have another independent yarn dyer to share with you today.  I get newsletters from Cape May Fiber and, earlier this year, just had to place my first order.  Vanessa is the dyer and knitwear designer behind Cape May and she lives in New Jersey.  Her colors are inspired by the sea and are beautifully dyed in subtle, rich, and variegated colors.  And there’s even self-striping colorways! Let me tell you more… Bases Cape May Fiber is dyed on a variety of bases, including… Butterfly Lace (Lace – 80% Extrafine Merino/20% Silk) Brushed Alpaca Silk (Lace – 74% Baby Suri Alpaca/26% Mulberry Silk) Kid Silk Lace (Lace – 72% Kid Mohair/28% Mulberry Silk) Sock (Fingering – 75/25) MCN Sock (Fingering – 75% SW Merino/15% Nylon/10% Cashmere) Sparkle Sock (Fingering – 75% SW Merino/20% Nylon/5% Stellina) Yak Sock (Fingering – 75% SW Merino/20% Yak/5% Nylon) DK (100% SW Merino) Chunky Merino Superwash (Chunky – 80% SW Merino/20% Nylon) American Super Bulky (Super Bulky – 99% American Wool/1% Nylon) Super Bulky Merino Superwash (Super Bulky – 100% SW Merino) Availability Vanessa keeps her web shop well stocked.  There’s always something beautiful to buy, as well as kits and monthly clubs.  I love it when dyers put kits together for me! Ease of Shopping The Cape May website is super easy to use! Shipping I was surprised at how fast shipping was when ordering from Cape May!   Conclusion I continue to drool over Vanessa’s yarn so I hope you will check her out.  And follow her on social media to see what’s coming to her shop!

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Cape May Fiber

Stress Knits Garden Club

I’ve long been an admirer of Stress Knits Yarn.  Stacy, the dyer behind Stress Knits, is so charming in her podcasts!  Her yarn is definitely unique as her colors are soft and calm…and so very versatile!  Recently, Stacy started offering a monthly mystery mini club called the Garden Club.  I just had to jump on this… What It Is Stacy draws a lot of inspiration from plants and flowers.  This is evidenced in her colors and colorway names.  For her Garden Club, she dyes 5 mini skeins (20g each) based on a flower theme.  For March, it was Daffodil.   Along with the mini skeins, you get a postcard of themed artwork and a sticker.   (I’m not showing these because they got hopelessly bent in the packaging.) Why  No, I don’t usually like mystery clubs for my yarn.  But I’ve been thinking of stocking up on mini skeins for a variety of reasons…. -Heel, toes, and cuffs of socks! -Projects like my All Together Now Cowl, which I adore! -My Battenberg Blanket needs a bit more color variety! -You can never have too many minis! And so I took the plunge…and plunged again in April! March For the Daffodil theme in March, Stacy dyed up some gorgeous minis!  Yellow is one of my very favorite colors, though I can’t wear it very easily (hence why I don’t knit with it), and orange is quickly becoming a color I’m drawn to.  And pink….ah, I do love a good pink!  So these minis are just incredible! I love each and every one of these skeins.  Truly!  If you have any interest in this club, be sure to follow Stacy on Instagram to learn when the listings go live!

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Stress Knits March Garden Club

Freckled Whimsy

Y’all know how much I love self-striping yarn by now.  My first yarn love, ever, was Must Stash and it took me quite a while to look at another self-striping yarn dyer.  But when I started looking at other dyers, I found some very talented, lovely dyers, one of whom is Freckled Whimsy.  Karrie is the dyer behind this lovely yarn company and she lives in Illinois. Let me tell you more! Bases Karrie has several bases upon which she dyes her fabulous Freckled Whimsy colors, including… Serendipity (Fingering – 75/25) Dreamy (Fingering – 75% SW Merino/15% Nylon/10% Tencel) Happenstance (Fingering 4-ply – 80% SW Merino/20% Nylon) Kismet (Fingering 3-ply – 80% SW Merino/20% Nylon) Glee Base (Fingering – 90% SW Targhee/10% Nylon) Serendipity DK (75/25) Availability Freckled Whimsy has an abundance of mystery clubs you can join.  I’ve been so tempted!   There always seems to be something beautiful for sale on the website but be sure to follow Karrie on Instagram to see what she’s dyeing up next! Ease of Shopping The Freckled Whimsy website is super easy to use! Shipping Shipping from Karrie is always super fast.  I’ve been extremely surprised and satisfied whenever I order from her! Conclusion Karrie is a dyer that I’m constantly stalking online.  Her colorways are just beautiful and I cannot get enough!  Last year, Karrie dyed her first Advent Skein, similar in theory to the Cozy Knitter’s and I was so tempted….  This may be the year I buy it! Be sure to watch and see all the lovely colors Karrie is dyeing up!

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Freckled Whimsy

Yarn Bliss Box

I’ve long been a follower and newsletter subscriber of Speckled Finch Studios. Nina, the dyer behind the studio, is such an amazing artist with a keen eye for color.  Many, many times, I’ve come so close to ordering yarn from her.  Recently, I just couldn’t resist a purchase…  Nina introduced the Yarn Bliss Box a little over a month ago and I just had to finally take the plunge…. What It Is The Speckled Finch Studios Yarn Bliss Box is a monthly yarn subscription.   Each month you get one, or two (your choice), skeins of 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 by Nina for a year.   Generally, I like to pick out my own yarn, instead of subscribing to such services.  But since you can cancel anytime, I chose to try it for a few months.  Because…why not?! April Edition The April edition of the Yarn Bliss Box arrived just around the first of the month and was a delight to open.  The theme: April Showers.   First off, the yarn.  Oh my!  I was so ecstatic with this colorway – muted pinks and greens….  I love this color combination and, as always, Nina has such a light, lovely touch with her dyeing.  This is a lovely colorway. The other goodies were rain drop stitch markers and a progress keeper….in the form of an umbrella!!  These adorable markers were made by Firefly Notes Online.  Also in the box was a beautiful sticker and a seed bomb – plant it and you’ll get some lovely wildflowers!  How adorable is that?!  (This was from Free Mountain Designs.) Conclusion I’ve already kept my subscription for May because, how can I not?  Sure, I don’t need more yarn but yarn doesn’t expire and I’ll use it all eventually…  Hopefully I live a long time and can just sit and knit away in my old age….  I digress. There’s currently a wait list for the Yarn Bliss Box.  If you’re at all interested, I suggest you join the wait list because I cannot wait to see what Nina comes up with in the coming months! 

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Yarn Bliss Box – April 2022

Zebra Yarns

By now, you’ve seen my Christmas sock obsession as I try to knit socks for this holiday season.  When I went searching for yarn to help me along this process, I happened upon a skein of yarn from Zebra Yarns that I had to get. I had heard of Zebra Yarns before but this skein pushed me to finally buy from this dyer.  Anna is the dyer behind Zebra Yarns.  She lives in Oregon….and her yarns are beautiful! Let me tell you more… Bases Zebra Yarns is dyed on one base, a fingering sock base made of 75% Superwash Merino and 25% Nylon.  Since this is most people’s preferred base for knitting socks, it’s perfect! Availability Anna sells her yarn through Etsy and there always seems to be yarn available to buy.  Be sure to follow her on Instagram as she posts about shop updates and the colorways she’s dyeing.  There are some lovely Spring colorways listed now…. Ease of Shopping Zebra Yarns is sold exclusively through Etsy for now.  Etsy is always easy to use…and dangerous!   Shipping Anna has a lot of skeins listed on Etsy that ship for free.  How amazing is that?!   Conclusion I’m loving how my Zebra Yarn is knitting up.  Anna is such a talented dyer!  If you’re looking for some amazing striped yarn, definitely check out Anna’s Etsy shop.  You will not be disappointed! 

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Zebra Yarns

Chelsea Yarns

For several years, I’d seen the Chelsea Luxe label on yarns here and there but it wasn’t until Advent, last year, that I really became familiar with Chelsea Yarns.  And I did this by watching Vlogmas!  Christina, the dyer behind this indie dyer, and her husband, Tad, invited us into their New Jersey home this past Advent and it was so much fun watching them bake, dye yarn, and take care of their backyard chickens.   I finally ordered some yarn from Chelsea Yarns and I can’t wait to tell you more about this dyer…. Bases Christina dyes Chelsea Yarns on a variety of bases, including… Mohair (Lace – 70% Mohair/30% Silk) 80/10/10 (Fingering – 80% SW Merino/10% Cashmere/10% Nylon) Cobblestone (Fingering – 90% Merino/10% Nylon) DK (100% Merino) Duet – Cobblestone and Mohair twisted together Chunky (100% SW Merino) Availability Christina dyes a lot of yarn and it shows!  There are always skeins available on the website, as well as accessories, and Tad’s candles!  Yes, Tad is making candles and I can’t wait to order one!  There are also mystery skeins based on the chickens called the Coop Collection.  And Christina offers other boxes and goodies throughout the year.  (And her Advents go on sale on April 1!) Ease of Shopping The Chelsea Yarns website is super easy to use and navigate. Shipping Shipping within the United States is fairly reasonable – and fast!  You do not have to wait long for your yarn! Conclusion Christina is a dyer that I will continue to watch – literally and figuratively!  Her Vlogs are so much fun and seeing what she dyes up is always a surprise!  Be sure to follow her on Instagram and subscribe to her on YouTube! 

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Chelsea Yarns

Color Me Sheepish

In December, when I decided to knit more Christmas socks for the next Christmas season, I went searching for some fun, different colorways.  As I searched Instagram, I ran across a new-to-me dyer, Color Me Sheepish.  Susan is the dyer behind Color Me Sheepish and, even though she’s only been dyeing since 2019, she delivers a beautiful product!   Let me tell you more… Bases Susan appears to only be dyeing on a 75/25 sock base right now.  I hope she has plans to expand her bases in the future but considering she’s such a talented self-striping yarn dyer, this is such a great base to offer! Availability There appear to always be some yarn for sale in the Color Me Sheepish Etsy shop.  Be sure to follow Susan on social media, as she frequently shares what will be coming to the shop in the future. Ease of Shopping Etsy is easy to use and Susan’s photography is very nice.  It’s always good to be able to see the colors of yarn correctly! Shipping When purchasing from Color Me Sheepish, the shipping is very reasonable.  And very fast!!   Conclusion Susan’s operation is still growing so please support her!  I love the yarn I purchased from her and you’ll see it on the blog, knit up soon! 

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Color Me Sheepish

Republic of Wool

Today I’m excited to share with you an indie dyer whose colors always bring me immense joy.  When I take note of what catches my eye on Instagram, I’ve realized that this dyer consistently  makes me pause and/or gasp while scrolling through my feed.  Republic of Wool yarn is dyed in small batches by Michele in Portland, Orgon and I know you’ll find something to love from this dyer. Let me tell you more… Bases Republic of Wool offers a few mighty bases, including… Flossy Fingering (Light Fingering – 75/25) Twist Fingering (80/20) Plush Fingering (75/25) DK Superwash DK (100% SW Merino) Handspun in a variety of fiber/weights Availability Since Republic of Wool is a one-woman operation, updates and availability are limited.  However, I’ve almost always found yarn listed on the website.  Be sure to follow Michele on social media to see what she’s dyeing and when she’ll have shop updates.  And if you want even more information, sign up to receive her newsletters. Michele has had a monthly sock club in the past but I’m not sure when or if that will be offered again. Ease of Shopping The Republic of Wool website is super easy to use and navigate. Shipping Shipping rates in the United States are very reasonable. Conclusion I cannot wait to knit with my yarn that Michele dyed.  I’ve wound it up and I’m ready to make socks!  Republic of Wool is one of those dyers that makes such unique colorways…and they bring me such joy to see, feel, and knit with.  Be sure to be on the lookout for what Michele dyes up next!

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Republic of Wool

Lavender Lune

One of the first independent dyers I found online, way back when, was Lavender Lune.  I loved scrolling through the beautiful colorways on their website.  It was a few years before I bought any yarn and it did not disappoint in person, at all. Lavender Lune is dyed by Sam, a homeschooling mom of four, in Minnesota.  Sam has an amazing eye for color and you should definitely peruse her colorways! Bases Lavender Lune yarn is dyed on many bases, including… Suri Alpaca (Lace – 74% Suri/26% Silk) 80/20 Fingering (Merino/Nylon) BFL 150 (Fingering – 100% Bluefaced Leicester) MCN (Fingering – 80% Merino/10% Nylon/10% Cashmere) Glitter (Fingering – 75% Merino/20% Nylon/5% Stellina) Cotton Fluff (Fingering – 38% Alpaca/37% Pima/25% Merino/25% Nylon) Single Ply Linen (90% Merino/10% Linen/Flax) DK (75% Merino/25% Nylon) Sabino Sport (80% Targhee/20% Cormo Non Superwash) Worsted (100% Merino) Availability Sam always has yarn available on her website.  And she’s been adding so many amazing bases!   Be sure to follow here on social media to see what she’s dyeing up!   Ease of Shopping The Lavender Lune website is very easy to navigate.  Sam even has kits available for popular patterns, as well as yarn clubs to subscribe to! Shipping The shipping rates are very reasonable when ordering directly from Sam. Conclusion Though I only have one skein of Lavender Lune yarn in my stash, I will be buying more.  I love the yarns Sam offers online, especially her non-superwash options.  Her colors are just lovely!  Be sure to look to see what this dyer offers in the future!

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Lavender Lune