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August 26, 2008

We’re Going to the Farm!

Filed under: Life,News — by SpinningYarnsOnline @ 2:29 pm

Just a quick update to let you know that we will be taking a quick trip up to my brother’s farm for a couple of days.  I am processing all orders received before tomorrow.  If you place an order on Thursday or after, it will not be processed until after the weekend.  Sorry for any inconvenience, but we are going to meet all  the new sheep and cows.  It should be a fun filled trip.

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August 12, 2008

Answer Some Questions – Maybe Win a Prize…

Filed under: News,Store Updates — by SpinningYarnsOnline @ 5:28 am

In preparation for the fall/winter knitting season I’ve been doing some thinking.  When I decided to sell my hand painted yarn I had to start somewhere so I only offered fingering and sport weight yarn. In addition,  I knit all my socks using superwash merino so I decided to start by working with this wonderfully soft, washable yarn.  The response has been great so I am wondering if you would like other wool blends and possibly worsted and bulky weight yarn.  Personally, I love the feel and the drape of a merino/tencel blend.  I don’t necessarily love socks knit out of it because (for me) they tend to be more “slouchy” than I like.  I love to knit scarves and shawls and the merino/tencel is absolutely perfect for these.  I’m also pondering the idea of a merino/silk blend. 

So here’s my question(s) — Would you all like to see some yarns that are a merino blend (merino/tencel and merino/silk)?  And… how about some worsted and bulky weight yarn in pure merino.  I love bulky yarn.  I always appreciate a quick big needle knit.  So how about you?  Leave a comment regarding the merino blends and whether you would like hand painted worsted and bulky yarn.  All those who leave a comment will be in the running for a special prize that will be picked (by the random generator) on Monday, August 18th. 

Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you.

August 11, 2008

New Stuff Coming Soon!

Filed under: Life,News — by SpinningYarnsOnline @ 8:06 am

Whew!  Where did that last week go??!!  It seems like this summer is just flying by.  My girls have their last week of camp this week.  They are both away on trips for most of the week.  They then have the last day of camp which is spent watching a dvd recap of the whole summer and lots of “I’ll miss you so much” tears.  All in all I think they both enjoyed their summer and now have a couple of weeks to regroup and get their heads into school mode.   We have so much to do during the 2 weeks between camp and school that I have no idea how we are going to get it all done.

I have been playing with dyes and testing some new colorways.  I have also been working on different dye methods.  Up until now, all our yarn has been hand painted.  It is a labor intensive process but I love the way the dye takes on a life of its own.  Each skein has its own depth and character.  I have been doing some research about other dye methods and have been working with a new sort of  semi solid that is accomplished by dyeing the skein of yarn and then re-dyeing numerous times until the dye exhausts.  You get great tonal differences that give an almost tweedy effect.  Yarn using this method will be up on the site in the next couple of weeks.  I have been loving the way they are coming out.

I am also working on a launch of a totally new product.  Can’t let you know what it is yet, but I am so excited about it.  A big announcement of the launch of the new product should be by the beginning of September.

Stay tuned, we’ve got a ton of great stuff that will be available soon!

August 3, 2008

Free Sock Patterns On The Web Galore!

Filed under: Life,News — by SpinningYarnsOnline @ 2:36 pm

So I finally was able to copy all of the wonderful links for free sock patterns that you all sent me.  Here are most of them.  I will be going through the list myself in the next couple of days to make my plan for hand knit holiday gifts. I hope you all enjoy this list.  When you knit some socks using SpinningYarnsOnline yarn we would love to see a picture.  In fact, the first person to knit up some socks from a pattern on this list and email the pic to me at info at Spinning Yarns Online dot com (get rid of spaces and make it a real email.  Just trying to outsmart the stupid spammers….) will get some free yarn of your choice.  So let’s get knitting!

Free Sock Pattern Links:

http://www.royea.net/sockdemo1.html

http://www.spunkyhats.com/boogie_freepatterns_socklinks.htm
http://kathleen-dakotadreams.blogspot.com/2008/05/freebie-wednesday-simple-stripes-fair.html
http://www.wiseneedle.com/patternpage.asp?pattern=knitpatksox

http://nonaknits.typepad.com/nonaknits/2007/06/sidewinders_the.html

http://www.pepperknit.com/patterns/anastasia.html
http://files.blog-city.com/files/aa/3830/b/river_rapids.pdf

http://www.helloyarn.com/cabletwistsocks.htm
http://docs.google.com/View?docid=dggcqpgj_40hnxv4jdf
http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer06/PATTrpm.html I’m working on this
http://www.jfcampbell.us/anne/patterns/show_off_stranded.pdf
http://www.thedietdiary.com/blog/lucia/630 sock links
http://trekcelt.blogspot.com/2005/08/free-patterns.html lots
http://www.knitpicks.com/kpimages/pdf/50631220.pdf
http://woolyheaded-baby-leggings.blogspot.com/
http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter02/PATTstraightlaced.html
http://www.cometosilver.com/socks/2mlsocks_start.htm
http://katinthebag1958.blogspot.com/search?updated-min=2008-01-01T00%3A00%3A00-05%3A00&updated-max=2009-01-01T00%3A00%3A00-05%3A00&max-results=8
http://pinklemontwist.blogspot.com/
http://www.dailyknitter.com/patternsdetail.php?type=SO
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/go-gryffindor#

http://www.socknitters.com/Cyberexplain.htm
http://larisknit.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/dark_isle_socks.pdf
http://pixiesparaphernalia.net/pixie-patterns/

http://www.freepatterns.com
http://www.knittinguniverse.com
http://www.knitpicks.com
http://www.funknits.com
http://www.Bevscountrycottage.com

http://www.knitaddicted.com/html/20.html
http://www.garnstudio.com/index_lang.php

http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer08/PATTziggy.html
http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer08/PATTspringforward.html
http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer08/PATTmuscari.html
http://knitty.com/archiveFEET.html

http://www.knitty.com/issuesummer07/PATTbreeze.html

http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/directory/socks.php
http://www.knittychick.com/free_sock_patterns.htm
http://webhome.idirect.com/~quanah/patterns.html

Machine knit baby socks pattern:

http://www.pineymountaincottage.com/beginnersock.html

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