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October 23, 2007

SEMI SOLIDS ARE HERE!

Filed under: New Colorways,Store Updates — by SpinningYarnsOnline @ 8:51 am

We’ve just added our new Semi Solid line of colorways.  There are eight colors available in both fingering weight and sport weight 100% superwash merino wool.  Here are a few pictures:

This is Teal.  We also have Gun Metal.

And Burnt Orange.

The Semi Solids are hand painted so there are tone variations but they are much more subdued and subtle than the variegated multis.  These will be perfect for lace work in socks, shawl, scarves and the like.   Enjoy!!!

October 14, 2007

Carding Wool-Suburban Style

Filed under: News — by SpinningYarnsOnline @ 4:44 pm

My brother and his family live on a beautiful farm in New England.  My husband and kids and I went to visit them over the summer to experience farm living.  We live in suburbia.  We have three Target stores within 10 miles of our house.  We have at least 4 supermarkets within 3 miles from home.  My kids’ schools are not more than a mile away.  Your basic run of the mill suburban lifestyle. 

My brother left this lifestyle a few years ago and moved to a wonderful 100+ year old house on a whole bunch of acres in the middle of the Berkshires.  On his farm he has laying hens (for those of you not familiar with the term…that means they lay eggs as opposed to the meat chickens that are now no longer chickens they are just meat….yuk!  I’m not at all a vegetarian, however I don’t want to know my food before I eat it.  I just want to know that it came from ShopRite or the like.  Whatever….)  He also has Guinea Hens that make this wonderful “peep peep” sound.  I’m not sure what else they do.  The farm also has 3 Cotswold sheep that are shown by my niece and nephew at shows with the 4H.  Again, we live in suburbia so I’m not exactly sure what the 4H is but I went to a sheep show and it was quite cool.  Steven also has a black llama named Equinox, or Nox for short.  So they have laying hens,  Guinea hens, sheep and a llama.  Oh yeah, and Puck the dog. 

Steven came down with his kids, Ella and Jack, and brought with him a bag of Cotswold locks sheared from the sheep.  Here are some pictures of my suburban kids and his more rural kids carding the wool.  (Yes, we are using dog brushes.  It’s the best we could come up with in suburbia on short notice!)

Cousins Carding

Here we have  Olivia, Ella and Emma carding the wool.  You can see the uncarded wool in the bag in front of them.

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Here is Olivia showing her work with Steven in the background.

Emma & Ella carding

Ella and Emma are doing their part to get the wool carded.  A great time was had by all.  In case you were wondering, I do have a nephew, Jack, but he was down on the dock fishing with Uncle Larry.  All of this carding and fishing fun took place at my parents’ house which is on a lake.

So what does one do with dog-brush carded Cotswold wool?  You spin it of course!

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Here is my brother making his first attempt at spinning on my Louet Victoria.  Very cool! 

I have to soak the yarn that Steven spun to set the twist and then I’ll be sending him his first handspun from his own sheep. 

 

 

 

 

October 10, 2007

OMG! It’s Crazy Aunt Purl!!

Filed under: News — by SpinningYarnsOnline @ 9:15 am

One of the blogs that I faithfully read is Crazy Aunt Purl (go here:  http://www.crazyauntpurl.com/).  It is written by an incredibly funny and smart woman who has been through quite a bit and has come out of it stronger and wiser.  She has a new book out called Crazy Aunt Purl’s Drunk, Divorced and Covered in Cat Hair .  I read it one Sunday afternoon and laughed until I cried.  She is witty and funny and sad and uplifting all at the same time.  It’s a great read.  Anyway….. I sent her an email telling what a wonderful afternoon of reading her book gave me.  She actually emailed me back.  Crazy Aunt Purl emailed me!!!  I was amazed.  She’s like a rock star in knit bloggerland.  I told her about my yarn  store and she told me about a raffle basket that she was going to be putting together for her first book signing.  You know where this is going….. My yarn is in Crazy Aunt Purl’s raffle basket!  And even better, SpinningYarnsOnline got a great mention on her famous blog.   I am so honored!!  I am so proud that she included my yarn in her “Divorce Survival Basket”.  Here is her mention of the yarn:

• And gorgeous amazing hand-dyed, supersoft merino yarn from SpinningYarnsOnline.com. The softness and the colors of this airy, beautiful yarn made me want to keep it myself (oh, and there’s a cute tape measure, too, if you’re planning to make legwarmers with it and need to measure your legs… I am just saying…)

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Gorgeous hand-dyed yarn!

Such a thrill for me!  I hope she comes to New Jersey or somewhere nearby.  I would love to meet her in person.

October 3, 2007

Spinning Yarns is in a Local Yarn Shop Near You!!!

Filed under: News,Store Updates — by SpinningYarnsOnline @ 10:02 am

Guess what??!!! I couldn’t be more excited… SpinningYarnsOnline.com’s hand dyed yarn is now being sold in two local yarn shops in New Jersey! You can find our yarn at the wonderful shop called Knit-a-Bit in Westfield, NJ. (You can check out their site for directions: http://www.knit-a-bit.com/) Our hand dyed yarns are also being sold at the fabulous shop called Modern Yarn in Montclair, NJ. (You can check out their site for directions: http://www.modernyarn.com/) If you are in the neighborhood, stop by and go experience our yarn up close and personal. Come back here soon, we have some other great things in the works as well!

October 2, 2007

Black Butterfly

Filed under: New Colorways — by SpinningYarnsOnline @ 10:38 am

Hey there.  We’ve added a new colorway called Black Butterfly.     This colorway was inspired by a picture of a beautiful butterfly that I saw on JenLa’s blog.    Go to our site, www.SpinningYarnsOnline.com and check it out.

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