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Twinkle Armor Shawl

   

Twinkle, twinkle, tough little shawl! This intriguing mesh creation by Irina Poludnenko takes two skeins of Twinkle Cruise (70% silk, 30% cotton, 120 yards per 50-gram skein). A project for advanced knitters, the final shawl is a 15” x 68” (not so little) triangle. You will need US #6 (4mm) needles; kit includes pattern and yarn only.

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A Little Bit of Germany in Manhattan

Ladies and gentlemen, presenting…(drumroll)…DyeForYarn! We are so proud to be the exclusive Northeast retailers of fibers from this amazing German company! DyeForYarns beautiful laceweight yarns are hand-dyed in lots of no more than six skeins at a time, and skeins are often one of a kind. Gorgeous in intricate lace projects, they are usually solid to semisolid colors---however, they are sending us exclusive and rare variegated colorways as well, including a brand-new colorway created just for The Yarn Company! We have DyeForYarn’s 100% Tussah silk fingering yarn in six colorways: Aurora Borealis (luminous aqua blue in the night, variegated), Chilly Sea Breeze (solid icy blue, great sheen), Chocolate Cosmos Ceasing to Be (fading chocolate cherry, variegated), Fainting Gothic Princess (the purply dream hair of every young girl), Petrol Drops on Tarmac (iridescent blue green gray), and . . . Solar Flare (exclusive to The Yarn Company!!! A fiery ball of yellows & oranges).

 

Tussah comes 875 yards per 200-gram skein (wow), 19 stitches, 28 rows = 10x10cm after washing and blocking (Tussah silk expands once, when you wash it), US # 5 needles.

 

Also, in DyeForYarn’s gorgeous MeriSock, 75/25 Merino/Silk superwash fingering: Aurora Borealis, Dancing Gothic Princess (sleek purple & black), Drag Queen (fuchsia & black, oh la la), Lavender Steel (Silver with hints of purple), Looking Down on Earth (sweet blue & green), and Solar Flare (look out, world!). This base is 437 yards per 100-gram skein; gauge in stockinette stitch, on US # 2.5 needles, 27 stitches, 35 rows = 10x10cm after washing and blocking.

DyeForYarn is the brainchild of Cordula and Nicole, scientists who met at the University of Erlangen in Germany. Cordula had earned her PhD in Molecular Medicine and was working with Nicole to finish hers in Biology, when out of the blue Nicole started knitting lace shawls. “I was intrigued, too,” Cordula writes, “and soon both of us were hooked on lace knitting. We discovered Ravelry, which wasn’t known in Germany at that time. Finding the right yarns in solid colors here in Germany turned out to be rather difficult, so we decided to try dyeing them on our own.”

Acing this process, and becoming more passionate about yarn, the friends discovered Etsy, and opened shop there in early 2010. Nicole’s love of Monty Python led to colorway names such as Sloth in Procrastinator’s Paradise, Ex-Parrot, and Raven Being No More. But, no joke: their yarns were fantastic. Word spread on Ravelry, and DyeForYarn took off. In October of 2010 DyeForWool, a second Etsy shop for woolly yarn bases, was born. Meanwhile, Cordula and Nicole took classes in business administration, meant to help them find work beyond academic research. But, “yarn was crowding our homes, and dyeing yarn took up more and more time (and space) in our lives. One night, Cordula dreamed of having a brick-and-mortar shop, so the next day we went looking for one. This was the final spark it took to change our lives. We decided to work together, uniting both Etsy shops under one label, DyeForYarn.” Halleluiah!

Owner Cordula now lives with her husband and pet frogs in Nuremberg, and Nicole lives with her boyfriend and cat in nearby Erlangen. The two most enjoy the process of inventing new colorways, and naming them. DyeForYarn uses only the highest-quality natural fibers, and only of animal origin (silk, cashmere, baby camel, merino, alpaca), as their dyes (Ashford acid dyes) are not compatible with plant fibers.

 

We are thrilled to be on the receiving end. Willkommen!

 

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String Theory Hand Dyed Yarns

A warm welcome to String Theory Hand Dyed Yarns! We are very excited to be carrying these gorgeous yarns, personally hand-dyed by Tanis Williams in her home studio in Blue Hill, Maine. We have the wildly popular, luxurious Caper Sock as well as durable Bluestocking and gorgeous Merino DK (see below for details), all in a glorious rainbow of original colors---and you can bet they will be at our Knit-in-Style Weekend at Mohonk! After that? Only in the store, so come on over to see them in full glory.

     As a child Tanis learned knitting and other fiber arts from her talented grandmother and great-aunt, who were serious handcrafters in the Maine tradition, and she spent many a car ride knitting. Tanis later enjoyed a16-year career as a labor and delivery nurse---but when the hospital she worked in closed, she was forced to reassess her life. Ah, fate! Now Tanis’s beloved great-aunt passed away, leaving her boxes of antique lace. What to do? Tanis was determined to start crazy-quilting with it, but she could not find silk in the colors she envisioned, so painted her own. Aha! Fortunately for the world, she tried home-dyeing yarn as well, and liking the results brought some samples to a yarn store a few towns away. Of course they loved it! Tanis opened a yarn store, too, featuring a wide range of yarns. Once she realized people wanted her own yarn more than anything, she phased out the other brands, expanded her own line, and started doing shows and attracting designers.

     This year Tanis closed her brick-and-mortar store---but her gorgeous yarns are available at The Yarn Company! Caper Sock is fingering sock weight, 80% merino, 10% cashmere, and 10% nylon, 400 yards per 4-ounce skein, 7 stitches per inch on US #3 needles; also fingering sock weight, 3-ply Bluestocking is 80% Bluefaced Leicester and 20% nylon, 420 yards per skein, 8 stitches per inch on US #1 needles; and soft, 4-ply Merino DK is 100% superwash merino wool, 280 yards per 4-ounce skein, 6 stitches per inch on US #5 needles. Tanis handles every skein herself, with truly small lots, never more than 7.5 pounds. She writes, “My dyeing process is only marginally mechanized---just to lift the wet (heavy) yarn out of the dye bath. The movement of the yarn in the dye bath is done only by me, every time, which is how I achieve the colors and interplay of colors that my customers have come to know and appreciate.” And we do!