2016: Dye To Order!

Hello all! I hope 2016 has been kind to you so far. I haven’t written on the blog in a while because I haven’t had much to say, but I wanted to give you some updates on what’s going on with me personally, as well as what’s going on with the shop.

 

As most of you know, I had my daughter in May 2015, and motherhood has been a huge adjustment. I can’t imagine my life without Madelyn now, but it has meant that I have had to change pretty much every aspect of my life to put being her mom first, and my chronic ailments have given me quite a bit of trouble postpartum as well. As a result, I have not been able to work as much as I have in past years, although I have done my best to keep the shop well-stocked.

 

I have embarked on a series of collaborations with some very talented bagmakers, namely Kim of Kicks And Giggles Designs and Rick of WhimzeeStitches Designs, making some very adorable limited edition kits of yarn from me and a bag from them.

Collaboration Collage

Left: “Peppermint Party” kit with Kicks and Giggles Designs; Right: “Mariposa” kit with WhimzeeStitches Designs

 

 

These kits have been very popular so far, and I have collaborations with other amazing bagmakers planned for the future too!

 

Running the kits on a preorder basis has given me a chance to try out a new model for running the shop that I have been contemplating, and it has given me the confidence to go forward. Starting today when I reopen the shop, Unwind Yarn Company will mostly be run on a dye-to-order basis. This means that you can select a yarn base and purchase the number of skeins you want, let me know what color you want it dyed in, and I will dye it to order for you and ship it within 3-4 weeks of purchase. Why such a long lead time? Well, I am my child’s sole caregiver during most of the day, and I get limited dye time each week, so I don’t want to promise that something will be shipped sooner and disappoint anyone. If you should need something faster than that, then please send me an email and we will try to work something out (there might be a small “rush” fee if I currently have a lot of orders ahead of yours). There will still be some ready-to-ship items in the shop at any given point, new colorways will have both ready-to-ship options (in limited quantities) and dye-to-order options, and miniskein sets and sock blanks will always be listed as ready-to-ship (not available for custom order). I really feel that this business model will allow me a lot more freedom, as it requires that I store less dyed inventory, and that the skeins I dye will actually go to new homes within a reasonable period of time. The number of skeins available for dye-to-order will be limited to the amount of undyed stock I have on hand, just to keep things from piling up too much in my to-do list, but I will do my best to keep a decent amount of stock of all of my bases available at any given point. If you wish to order a particular base and do not see a listing for it in the shop, please feel free to email me (unwindyarncompany@gmail.com) and I will be happy to order the yarn base in so that I can dye it for you. All of my repeatable colorways will be available for order (except for the ones specifically noted), and there are no minimum lot sizes. You can see the list of available yarns in the header, as well as links to the repeatable colorway pages. I hope this works out, as I think it will suit everyone’s needs!

 

I hope you are all doing well, and I look forward to hearing from you soon!🙂

 

XO-

Dana

August 4 Update: Halloween and Ovarian Cancer Awareness Colorways

Hi all!

Sorry for the long silence… I was busy having a baby.😉 Madelyn is now almost 11 weeks old, and the absolute light of my life. I’m now easing back into work after taking a much-needed leave from dyeing, and my creative juices are definitely flowing!

Today’s update will be focused on two particular themes: Halloween 2015 Colorways and my brand-new Ovarian Cancer Awareness colorway for this year!

This year’s Halloween colorways are based on one of my favorite movies, Practical Magic. For those that have not seen this movie, it is about sisterhood, love, loss, and hope, with a good dose of magic thrown in! It has a bad guy of course, and a good guy too! (and the fact that it stars Nicole Kidman & Sandra Bullock, along with two of my favorites, Diane Wiest and Stockard Channing, makes it a must-see for me every year!)

I designed these colorways as loose interpretations of how the characters and situations in the movie made me feel. For example, The Aunts rarely wear color in the movie, but I wanted their colorway to be vibrant and exciting like they are! The Death Watch Beetle isn’t colorful, but I feel like the magical portents it represents would be, and some beetles do have that iridescent shimmer. Jimmy Angelov is just a bad guy all around, so his colorway had to be dark and mysterious with some shocking acid green thrown in to denote his evil side, and Midnight Margaritas had to have night colors (navy and black) along with strawberry and traditional lime green!

Top row: Death Watch Beetle, Jimmy Angelov Bottom Row: Midnight Margaritas, The Aunts

Top row: Death Watch Beetle, Jimmy Angelov
Bottom Row: Midnight Margaritas, The Aunts

Each of these colorways is available on Journey Sock, Honeymoon Sock, Twinkle Sock, and Expedition Sport, and there are multiple skeins available of each. Two colorways (Death Watch Beetle and Jimmy Angelov) are also available in shawl-sized skeins (500yds/125g) of Journey Sock- perfect for you shawl knitters! They are available on a limited basis, so if you want one of those, you might want to be on time for the update!

I also knitted up some swatches of these colorways so you could see what they look like knitted up into a sock leg. I did my regular sock leg of 60 stitches on US2 needles, and knit them out of Weekend Sock (a discontinued base that knits up exactly like Journey Sock) so you could see how they pattern; but as always, your unique gauge and number of stitches cast on will affect the finished patterning. Be sure to knit a swatch so you can see the effect you will get before beginning your project!

Top row: Death Watch Beetle, Jimmy Angelov; Bottom row: Midnight Margaritas, The Aunts.

Top row: Death Watch Beetle, Jimmy Angelov; Bottom row: Midnight Margaritas, The Aunts.

I will have Halloween colorways available in this update, the August 25 update, and the September 15 update only, so if you like them, be sure to get what you want! (especially shawl skeins- they will only be available in this update!) In the next two updates I will also have select colorways from prior years’ Halloween collections, and in the August 25 update I will have miniskein sets as well.

UnTEAL We Meet Again, pictured on (top row) Honeymoon Sock, Journey Sock; (bottom row) Twinkle Sock, Voyage Aran

UnTEAL We Meet Again, pictured on (top row) Honeymoon Sock, Journey Sock; (bottom row) Twinkle Sock, Voyage Aran

Three years ago I was asked by the podcaster CoggieTM of the High Fiber Diet Podcast to create an ovarian cancer awareness colorway, and it was a runaway hit. A lot of people enjoyed knitting with “TEALtember” so much that I decided to create a new colorway this year, and I am pleased to introduce “UnTEAL We Meet Again”!

I discount this colorway by $2 per skein, and hope that you will donate that amount (and whatever else you can afford) to one of the following ovarian cancer foundations:
http://www.ovariancancer.org/
http://www.tealtoes.org/

This colorway will only be available in the two August updates this year, and only in limited quantities, so please don’t hesitate to pick some up if you want some! It will be available on a variety of bases including Journey Sock, Honeymoon Sock, Twinkle Sock, and Voyage Aran.

Some facts about ovarian cancer (taken from http://www.cdc.gov):
* causes more deaths than any other female reproductive cancer, but it accounts for only about 3% of all cancers in women
* each year, about 20,000 women in the United States get ovarian cancer
* among women, ovarian cancer is the eighth most common cancer and the fifth leading cause of cancer death, after lung and bronchus, breast, colorectal, and pancreatic cancers

Thanks so much for sticking with me while I took some time off to be with my daughter, and for your continued support of my business! You can preview all of the items going up in today’s update until 4pmET at the shop, when everything will go live for purchase.

XO-

Dana

3.17.15 Shop Update and NEW Pattern Release!!

Hi everyone!

I’ve had an extremely busy beginning to this month, so this is the first shop update in a while. I’ve tried to make it really big and awesome for you though, so here is your preview…

Sock and Sportweight Yarns

There are two skeins each of the sock yarns, plus four skeins of the brand new colorway Gulf in sport, which is pictured in the upper right corner.

Fibers

Fibers

Today I have listed a pair each of every colorway, plus several braids of undyed gray merino and undyed swirl bfl, and a couple of panda spin your own socks kits. My fiber supply is dwindling (as is my ability to prepare fiber for dyeing) so I anticipate only 2-3 more updates will have fiber in them before I’m unable to dye any more to list.

Worsted Weight Sweater Quantities

Worsted Weight Sweater Quantities

I am really excited today, as the incomparable Amy Christoffers has just released her brand new sweater pattern Arborvitae, which is designed especially for my Wanderlust Worsted base.

Arborvitae by Amy Christoffers (photo courtesy of designer)

Arborvitae by Amy Christoffers (photo courtesy of designer)

This gorgeous sweater is an excellent shape to fit a variety of body types, and depending on the amount of ease desired, uses 2-3 skeins of this base. I am listing 9 sweater quantities today (8 colors total) with plans to restock in my 3/31 update. I am still not taking custom orders per se, but if there’s a colorway you absolutely can’t live without, please feel free to email me via the shop and I’ll see if I can get it dyed up for that update. (no reserve listings though, sorry!)

Also, I am the podcast sponsor for my podcast Just One More Row this month, so if you listen to episodes 103 and 104, there is a coupon code available for listeners that can be used on any coupon-eligible item in my shop through midnight ET on 3/31.

As always, thanks so much for your continued support of my shop, and I hope you see something you love in the update today!

XO-

Dana

1.13.15 Shop Update: NEW Colorways!!

Hi all, and happy new year!! I hope 2015 has been kind to you so far. I had sinus issues for the first week of the year, so getting this update ready was a Herculean feat of sorts for me.

Going up today you’ll find the following lovelies:

1.13.15 Yarns Part 1

1.13.15 Yarns Part 1

1.13.15 Yarns and Fibers Part 2

1.13.15 Yarns and Fibers Part 2

As you can see, this is a BIG update. I worked really hard to get some colorways that are always popular dyed up, as well as four NEW colorways that I’ll talk about in a second. I also dyed quite a bit of fiber: the last of the Merino/Silk and the last of the Falkland that I have in stock are listed today. I will not be restocking these fibers, so if you like any of these braids it would be in your best interest to go ahead and purchase while they’re available.

I dyed two brand new colorways on fiber that will be available on yarn soon as well:

Meyer Lemon on Falkland

Meyer Lemon on Falkland

Raspberry on Merino/Silk

Raspberry on Merino/Silk

 

I also dyed two colorways on yarn that are very special (and will only be available on yarn):

Bird On A Wire on Journey Sock

Bird On A Wire on Journey Sock

Trunkless Elephants on Journey Sock

Trunkless Elephants on Journey Sock

I didn’t get a chance to get Bird On A Wire swatched for you to see, but a friend is knitting with Trunkless Elephants on Glisten DK right now and graciously sent me a picture of her work-in-progress so you can see how it knits up.

Trunkless Elephants swatch

Trunkless Elephants swatch

As you can see, it knits up beautifully variegated with no pooling. I hope you love it as much as I do! I have a skein of it on Journey Sock set aside for a pair of socks (or maybe a shawl?) very soon!

Now I get to go record a podcast episode with Brittany, so I’d better hustle! Don’t forget that the update goes live at 4pmET, but you can go check out the listings beforehand if you choose to. Happy shopping!

XO-

Dana

 

End of Year SALE, Last Shop Update, and Announcements for 2015

Hi all!

 

Well it has definitely been a rollercoaster of a year! I appreciate you guys and how you’ve stuck with me more than I can easily express, and I want to wish every one of my customers a happy, healthy, and blessed holiday season and start of 2015!

 

I did want to tell you guys some important stuff today, so here goes:

  • The End of Year SALE starts at 12:01AM Eastern Time on Christmas Day (12/25), and coupon code ENDOFYEAR14 will save you 20% off  your entire coupon-eligible purchase (this is everything but the few remaining yarn-and-pattern kits, and Kookaburra wash). This is the single biggest sale I have all year, so this is a great time to buy those things you’ve been eyeing in the shop but haven’t “pulled the trigger” on yet.
  • The shop will close for inventory from January 1-6. I plan to leave the shop itself up, but make all listings either hidden or say “coming soon” as to not cause any confusion.
  • The shop will reopen on January 7, and the first shop update of 2015 will take place on January 13 at 4pmET.
  • The new shop update schedule for the first quarter of 2015 is available for you to look at in the sidebar. Please note that my shop updates are now further apart, as I’ll be super busy trying to dye 8 months worth of stock (and Into The Wool vendor stock) in just a 3 month period. I also need to take some time to enjoy being pregnant and preparing for my daughter’s arrival, as I’m sure you all understand!
  • As of right now I do not plan to reopen custom orders until I resume a full-time dye schedule sometime in the fall of 2015. I apologize if this makes anyone angry, but I don’t want to take on more than I can physically handle, and I also don’t want a ridiculously long wait for those that want to order.
  • I plan to begin dyeing my remaining stock of fiber right after the new year, and will release the dyed braids over a period of updates until they’re all gone. I will inventory what bases I have during the January 1-6 period, and will try to post here so you can see what will bases will be dyed. I will not be reordering any bases I do not currently have in stock, and plan to try to dye as many of my popular colorways as I can so there will be a good selection. I appreciate your understanding as I make this transition.
  • Unfortunately because materials costs have risen a lot this year, I will be forced to have a price increase in 2015. Fiber prices will stay the same due to the limited nature of my stock, but all yarns will be going up $1 in price. (Journey Sock and Honeymoon sock will go from $24/skein to $25/skein, etc.) This is necessary in order to continue to pay myself a living wage for the work I do, and I’m sure you all understand that. The great quality of Unwind handdyed yarns is worth paying for, isn’t it?🙂

 

That’s pretty much all of the announcements I can think of right now! I will be doing an update sometime in the evening on Christmas Day (probably between 10pm-midnight Eastern) with these beauties:

12.25.14 Shop Update

12.25.14 Shop Update

They are all included in the sale as well, and are currently up in preview mode until they go live. I will be posting to Instagram and Twitter when they are live.

 

Again, thanks so much to ALL of you for your support in 2014. This has been both the hardest and most exciting year of my life, and I appreciate your sticking through it with me!

 

XO and blessings,

Dana

12.17.14 Shop Update

Hi all! I’m sorry about having to move yesterday’s update, but it was really unavoidable.

 

Without further ado, here is a sampling of what’s going up in today’s 6pmET update:

12.17.14 Yarns and Fibers

12.17.14 Yarns and Fibers

 

There are a few more than what is pictured here, too. I hope you see something you love!!

 

Please keep in mind that any purchases made between now and 12/20 will ship by 12/21, and have guaranteed domestic US delivery via first class mail, so there is still time to purchase gifts for yourself or for a crafty friend!

 

Thanks so much for your continued support, and be sure to check back between now and Christmas, as I am about to make the 2014 first quarter shop update schedule and will be posting that soon.

 

Best,

Dana XO