Yarn

Ducky Darlings Yarn

Not long ago, by watching a podcast from This Nanny Knits, I learned of a British dyer called Ducky Darlings Yarn.  While I can’t usually justify buying yarn from overseas dyers, I made an exception for this one.  Hayley dyes lovely colorways which I immediately adored.   She also creates Sister Sets of two 50g skeins of yarn that compliment each other, which are meant for socks. (These are like the Share-A-Pair sets from Mandi’s Making, which I’ve mentioned.)   Hayley is so talented and I’m excited to tell you all about her yarn! Bases Hayley doesn’t have a ton of bases, but what she has is great.  These are… Mohar/Silk (Lace – 72% Mohair/28% silk) Superwash Merino Nylon (Fingering – 75/25) Superwash Merino Nylon DK (75/25) Superwash Merino/Yak/Nylon (Fingering – 70% Merino/20% Yak/10% Nylon) Availability There’s always something on the Ducky Darlings website to drool over.  I stalked the site for quite some time before I settled on several Sister Sets I couldn’t live without!   Hayley also sells sock tubes if you want to finish some socks in record time!  And if you’re still in need of an Advent calendar, Hayley still shows some available on her site (and yes, I was tempted!). Ease of Shopping The Ducky Darlings website is easy to use.  I always like knowing when something is sold out on the main page, as opposed to clicking on colorways, and this site is great for that. Shipping Costs Shipping to the United States is not cheap, but it was as expected.  Be sure to subscribe to receive Hayley’s email because she does offer free international shipping occasionally.  And that’s a great deal! Conclusion I’m always so thrilled to find a new-to-me dyer and Hayley is an extremely talented dyer.  I can’t wait to see what colorways she dyes up next!  I only wish I could visit a yarn festival in the UK to see all her products in person!!

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Ducky Darlings Yarn

EuphoriaKnits

Remember fiber festivals?  Well, way back in 2019, when we last had them, I went to my second East Texas Fiber Festival and found some lovely Texas dyers who were new to me.  One of those was EuphoriaKnits.  I picked up a skein of sock yarn and fell instantly in love.  Janessa dyes lovely colors and her 85/15 base is something I wish I could roll around in.   Let me tell you more…. Bases Janessa dyes EuphoriKnits on a variety of bases including… Excitement (Lace – 70% Kid Mohair/30% Mulberry silk) Elation Lace (100% British Superwash Bluefaced Leicester) Frenzy (Fingering – 85/15) Rapture (Fingering – 80% Superwash Merino/10% Cashmere/10% Nylon) Bliss (Fingering – 100% Superwash Baby Alpaca) Exhilaration (Fingering – 100% SW New Zealand Polwarth) Spirit (Fingering – Singly ply 100% Superwash Merino) DK Frenzy (85/15) DK Rapture (80% Superwash Merino/10% Cashmere/10% Nylon) Worsted Glee (100% Superwash Merino) Chunky Glee (100% Superwash Merino) Availability There is always yarn on Janessa’s site and, according to her social media posts, she’s revamping her colorways and website.  I can’t wait to see her new colorways! Ease of Shopping The EuphoriaKnits site is easy to use.  I love it when you can filter by base and easily see what has sold out.   Shipping Costs Janessa charges standard rates for shipping.   Conclusion I cannot rave about the EuphoriaKnits Frenzy base enough. It is delectable and Janessa’s colors are so amazing!  I especially love how the skein I bought is micro-striping.  It’s incredible and I wish I could buy it in every color of the rainbow!   Be sure to watch Janessa’s Instagram posts to see what she’s dyeing!

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EuphoriaKnits

Big Sky Yarn

While in Montana in June, I was super excited to finally get my hands on some Big Sky Yarn Company yarn!  I went to one local yarn store specifically for this yarn – and it did not disappoint.  After spending way too much money on yarn at other yarn stores, I had to choose just one skein of Big Sky and that was a very tough decision!! Big Sky Yarn is dyed by Cassie and, after seeing copious amounts of her yarn, I can tell you she is a very talented dyer! Bases Big Sky comes in many bases, including… Mohair (Lace – 72% Mohair/28% Silk) Star Sock (Fingering – 75/25) Sunny Sock (Fingering – 100% Merino) Super Sport (100% Merino) Squish DK (100% Merino) Hazy Sky Squish DK (100% Merino) Merino Worsted (100% Merino) Availability Cassie has an Etsy shop in which there is plenty of yarn to purchase.  Big Sky is also stocked in yarn stores across the country so be sure to ask yours if they have this lovely yarn in stock! Ease of Shopping The Etsy shop for Big Sky is super easy to use.  There’s even an Advent calendar that’s still available – and that looks amazing! Shipping Costs When ordering from Cassie’s Etsy shop, shipping is cheap, compared to many other stores.   Conclusion Be sure to follow Cassie on Instagram to see what she’s dyeing. And favorite her on Etsy because she is always stocking the shop full of goodies!  I can’t wait to see what she dyes up next!

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Big Sky Yarn Co.

Brediculous Yarn

Earlier this summer, while traveling to Georgia, I got to visit a local yarn store.  It was so nice to be in a yarn store again!  And I found a new-to-me dyer that had colorways that were just stunning.  I had to get  skein.  Though I found Brediculous Yarn in Georgia, this dyer is actually located in the Baltimore area and is dyed by Brea.  And she is such a talented dyer! Bases Brediculous comes on many base options, including… Mohair Lace (72% Mohair/28% Silk) Addy Socks (Fingering – 75/25) Stardust Sparkle (Fingering – 75% Merino/20% Nylon/5% Stellina) Aiden Socks (Fingering – 100% Merino) Britt BFL (Fingering – 75% Bluefaced Leicester/25% Nylon) Joxer DK (100% Merino) Aubs Worsted (100% Merino) Cozy Bulky (100% Merino) Availability Brea has a lot of Bediculous Yarn in her Etsy shop.  There is a ton of yarn to choose from in so many beautiful colors!  And be sure to check out your LYS to see if they have Brediculous in stock!     Ease of Shopping Etsy is super easy to use and Brea keeps social media updated on what colorways are coming to the shop. Shipping Costs Most skeins seem to have a shipping rate of $5, which isn’t too bad, considering how much shipping costs right now.   Conclusion Be sure to follow Brediculous Yarn on social media.  Brea regularly has trunk shows and believe me – you want to see this yarn in person! 

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Brediculous Yarn

Polka Dot Sheep Yarn

Last month, I visited Montana and some of the fabulous yarn stores around the Flathead Lake area.  One such yarn store was Polka Dot Sheep in Whitefish.  I was so looking forward to going to this store because the owner, Aimee, dyes her own yarn under the Polka Dot Sheep brand. And this yarn did not disappoint!   Bases The Polka Dot Sheep store is filled with yarn on many bases, including… Altitude (Lace – 75% Mohair/25% Silk) Iron Horse (Fingering – 75% Merino/25% Silk) Tenderfoot 80/20 (Fingering) Stumptown DK (100% Merino) The Yaak (DK – 60% Merino/20% Yak/20% Silk) Whitefish Worsted (100% Merino) Big Sky Bulky (100% Merino) Availability The best selection of Polka Dot Sheep yarn is in the yarn shop in Whitefish.  But Aimee always has yarn for sale online.  And she’s been selling some handspun  yarn, which is amazing! Ease of Shopping I have also ordered from the Polka Dot Sheep yarn website and it was super easy to use.  The website is very easy and user friendly. Shipping Costs Right now, Aimee is offering free shipping to the United States on her website.  I took advantage of this to buy some yarn I saw in the shop but talked myself out of…and eventually regretted that decision! Conclusion Aimee is a very talented dyer and I can’t wait to buy more Polka Dot Sheep yarn in the future.   The colorways are gorgeous and I’m sure you’ll find something to love.

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Polka Dot Sheep Yarn

Chasing Rabbits Fiber

As you know by now, I love finding independent yarn dyers in my home state of Texas.  And today I have another one to share with you: Chasing Rabbits Fiber Co.  I first happened upon a skein of this yarn years ago in my LYS and was blown away by the vibrant colors.  I soon learned that Dawn Barker, the dyer behind Chasing Rabbits, definitely has an eye for color!  At the Hill Country Weavers Retreat (virtual) this year, I was able to take some classes from Dawn and she is a lovely person and a fantastic teacher!  Let me tell you more about her yarn… Bases Chasing Rabbits is dyed on several bases, including… Gossamer (Lace – 70% Mohair/30% Silk) Fern (Fingering – 85/15) Solo (Fingering – 100% Merino) Remy (Fingering – 100% BFL) Merino Lux DK (100% Merino) Availability Dawn is adding more and more stockists for her yarn!  Check to see if one is near you.  If not, there is always a great selection of yarn on the Chasing Rabbits website.   Ease of Shopping The Chasing Rabbits website is easy to use and Dawn’s photography of her yarn is excellent.   Shipping Costs When shopping from the Chasing Rabbits website, shipping is reasonable. Conclusion Dawn is a very talented dyer.  I have bought her yarn and received some in my Hill Country Weavers Retreat swag bag.  It is all very lovely.  Be sure to follow her on social media to see what glorious colorways she is dyeing up.   Also, Dawn is designs lovely patterns to so be sure to look at those on Ravelry! 

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Chasing Rabbits Fiber

Olann

After seeing Olann yarn once or twice, I really took notice of this yarn, hand-dyed in Ireland, when Helen Stewart used it for a pair of socks in her Handmade Sock Society.  I looked online for colorways and fell in love.  What an amazing dyer!  I bought way too much Olann that day.   Let me tell you more… Bases Olann is dyed on many bases, including… Kidsilk (Lace – 72% Mohair/28% Silk) Sock Light (Light Fingering – 80/20) Lunasa Sock (Fingering – 50% Baby Alpaca/25% Linen/25% Silk) Donegal Sock (Fingering – 80% Merino/20% Other) Singles Sock (Fingering – 100% Merino) MCN Sock (Fingering – 80/10/10) Merino DK (100% Merino) Donegal DK (85% Merino/15% Other) Availability Olann is available at many local yarn stores, in many countries, including the United States.  It may be available at your LYS!  If not, check out the dyer’s own website!   Ease of Shopping The Olann website is lovely and easy to use.  The colorways are well represented and and you can sort by a variety of factors.   Shipping Costs Shipping from Ireland is, indeed, a bit expensive, but not terribly so – around $8-10.   I would be willing to pay that for this yarn! Conclusion After knitting with this yarn (FO to come soon!), I can tell you that is very lovely!  The colorways are unlike anything I’ve seen – variegated with amazing speckles.  I’m glad I bought way too much because I know I can use this yarn for a variety of projects.  It is very special, and well worth the price of shipping!

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Olann

Farmer's Daughter

A few years ago, I started hearing about a dyer from Montana….and I loved everything I saw of their yarn.  Today, I now own a few skeins of The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers yarn and am a huge admirer of this independent dyer.  Candice created this company and now runs it with the help of her husband, Xander, who is now the head dyer.  Candice and her family do a lot for the knitting community – andto help raise money to empower indigenous women and children. Let me tell you more about this great company…. Bases The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers is dyed on many, many bases, including… Mighty Mo (Lace – 70% Mohair/30% Silk)  Oh Dang! (Lace – 74% Suri/26% Silk) Soka’pii (Light Fingering – 100% Rambouillet) Foxy Lady (Fingering – 70% Merino/30% Silk) Moon Sisters (Fingering – 70% Merino/25% Nylon/5% Stellina) Rocky Mountain Purls (Fingering – 80% Bluefaced Leicester/20% Nylon) Squish Fingering (100% Merino) Juicy DK (100% Merino) Craggy Tweed (DK – 85% Merino/15% Manufactured) Squish Worsted Superwash (100% Merino) Availability In the online store, Farmer’s Daughter always has a great selection of yarn available.  They even sell yarn from some other vendors and dyers, as well, like Spincycle and Loopy Mango. Ease of Shopping The Farmer’s Daughter is super easy to use.  I love that you can search by weight and vendor…  The site is extremely user friendly! Shipping Costs Shipping throughout the country is very reasonable when you order from the online store.   Conclusion Candice, Xander, and The Farmer’s Daughter is a great small business and a wonderful advocate for the knitting community.  I am proud to support such a talented, conscientious small business owner and yarn dyer.  Follow them on social media and be sure to sign up for the Newsletter!

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The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers

Panorama

I first saw the beautiful skeins of Panorama Fiber Arts at the East Texas Fiber Festival, pre-COVID.  The colors on display took my breath away – and I subsequently bought two skeins for a shawl.  Heather is the dyer behind Panorama and she lives in southeast Texas.   It’s always a pleasure telling you about Texas dyers! Bases Heather dyes Panorama yarns on many bases, including…. Paquita Lace (70% Alpaca/30% Silk) Hitchhiker Sock – Fingering (75/25) Traveler Sock – Fingering (75% Merino/15% Nylon/5% Tencel) Wanderlust Sock – Fingering (MCN) Passport Fingering (70% Merino/30% Silk) Backcountry – Fingering (100% Merino) Aussie DK (85% Polwarth/15% Silk) Matilda Worsted (100% Merino) Availability There are plenty of skeins available on the Panorama website – and that’s pretty normal.  Hopefully, Heather will be at this year’s East Texas Fiber Festival and she’s usually at the Houston Fiber Festival, as well. Ease of Shopping Heather’s website is super easy to use and search.    Shipping Costs When shopping on the Panorama website, shipping is reasonable.   Conclusion Heather takes Panorama on the road to several events in Texas throughout the year – in normal COVID-less conditions.  So let’s hope things get back to normal soon!  Be sure to follow her on social media to see what events Panorama will be at – and to get the scoop on sales and specials!

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Panorama Fiber Arts

Spun Right Round

I have long been an admirer of Spun Right Round Yarn.  Renee, based in Rochester, NY, dyes stunning yarn!  Her variegated colorways are amazing!  She started dyeing in 2009 and her business has grown and grown.  In fact, I’m sure you’ve seen Spun Right Round in your local yarn store.  What a success story! Let me tell you more about this dyer…. Bases Renee dyes her yarn on a variety of bases, including… Classic Sock – Fingering (100% Superwash Merino) Tough Sock – Fingering (75/25) Squish DK (100% Superfine Superwash Merino) Tweed DK (85% Superwash Merino/15% Donegal Nep Superwash Merino) Chunky Merino (100% Superwash Merino) Big Bad Bulky (80% Superwash Merino/20% Nylon) Mohair Silk – Lace (70% Mohair/30% silk) Availability There is always something to buy on the Spun Right Round website.  This yarn is also for sale at Simply Sock Yarn (the fingering bases), a favorite online store of mine.  But Renee’s yarn is being stocked by more and more local yarn stores so be sure to check yours! Ease of Shopping The Spun Right Round website is super easy to use.  I love the layout of it and the big pictures of the colorways.  So nice! Shipping Costs Shipping rates on Renee’s site are reasonable.    Conclusion Spun Right Round yarn is so vibrant and stunning…you have to see it in person.  In the meantime, be sure to follow Renee on social media to see what she’s dyeing and what is in stock.   I recently bought some of her Squish DK and can honestly say that it is heavenly!   I can’t recommend this base enough!

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Spun Right Round