A Little Help For A Friend

I write this post with both a heavy heart, and a heart full of hope… not sure how it’s possible to have both things at once, but there you go!

 

As some of you may know, I’ve become very good friends with SillyFru (aka Wendy) of the Sassy Pants Knitter podcast. Fru and I hung out a lot at the retreat I coordinated this year, Into The Wool, and she has graciously offered to help coordinate the retreat in 2015 along with CaffeinatedGert (aka Daniela) of the Caffeinated Knitting podcast. We have all become very close via Google Chat, where we literally chat with each other all day long around our other tasks. These ladies have become some of my closest friends and I’m so grateful to have them in my life.

 

A few weeks ago, Fru had an injury to her leg that just kept getting worse, and has gone down a long and frustrating medical path to finally getting a really scary diagnosis: she has hairy cell leukemia. The prognosis is good, and her spirits are a lot higher than mine would be in her situation, but there is still a scary path ahead of her and she’s only 37 years old. Not to mention the fact that her insurance is set to run out at the end of the month. (for more information on her story, please check out this episode of her podcast)

 

Not being close to her geographically, I have been trying to figure out what I can do to help this wonderful woman with her fight, and I think I’ve come up with the perfect way. My next huge update is set for October 7, and 10% of all sales from that update will go to Fru’s medical fund.

 

Now you may ask, why is this update any different from any other update I’ve had? Well, I will tell you… Caffeinated Gert and I have been collaborating on a special project for several months, and she has designed a pattern collection using my yarns that will knock your socks off. We had always planned for that update to be the big reveal of the pattern collection, and the timing just works out great for me to be able to give a good amount of money to Fru (hopefully!).

 

This update features a lot of Outlander colorways, for one… AND I’m debuting a brand new yarn base called JetSetter Super Bulky. It is identical to Malabrigo Rasta, but with exceptionally better yardage and skein size (250g/140yds of superbulky 100% merino wool). I’m also debuting a brand new Outlander colorway called Highlands, which is one of the colors Caffeinated Gert designed with.

"Highlands" on JetSetter Super Bulky

“Highlands” on JetSetter Super Bulky

 

I won’t show you the finished pattern yet because I feel like that Daniela needs to show that first, but let’s just say that it’s an accessory pattern collection that utilizes every weight of yarn I dye, has a lovely texture, and would make perfect gifts for your loved ones for Christmas! You can check out her post about her own fundraiser for Fru, as well as a sneak peek and some info about the collection on her Ravelry group here.

 

This colorway will be available on several bases, and all of my other Outlander colorways will make appearances on several bases as well. I will also have the Super Bulky yarn in lots of colorways that aren’t Outlander-themed too, in case those don’t strike your fancy.

 

Mainly, I want to be sure that I can make a sizable donation to Fru’s medical fund. You can help by buying things on October 7, and like I said before, 10% of all sales that day will go to Fru’s medical fund. How much money gets donated depends totally on sales that day, but I’m hoping that the enormous size of the update and the desirability of the items goes a long way toward helping the day be huge! I hope you’ll consider making a purchase that day, and I will be sure to post after the day’s sales are tallied with the amount that I am donating to her fund!

 

Thank you all so much for your support of my shop, and for your support of Fru! And don’t forget… any purchases made now through 9/26 will not ship until 9/27 or 9/29 (depending on when I can get out of bed after a full day of travel) due to my vacation.

 

XO-

Dana

9.16.14 Shop Update: TEALtember, Merry Fallmas, and a NEW colorway!

Hi all! If I had to pick a theme for today’s update, it would definitely be “bigger on the inside.” There are only 12 listings in the update, but those 12 listings are comprised of 43 skeins of yarn! If you visit the shop at update time today, here is a sampling of what you’ll find…

9.16.14 Shop Update

9.16.14 Shop Update

Today is the last chance you’ll have to get TEALtember this year, so if you want some… well, you know the rest. 😉 I’m also re-releasing Merry Fallmas today for the first time this year, and there are a lot of skeins of it available for you! (and if you miss it, there will be more in upcoming updates.)

 

I am also releasing a brand new colorway called Truly Madly Deeply. It is mostly purple, but has a lot of other colors in it as well if you look closely. I think it’s just gorgeous, and am so excited to have it available on Journey Sock and Touring DK today.

"Truly Madly Deeply" on Journey Sock

“Truly Madly Deeply” on Journey Sock

The update goes live at 4pmET today. I also wanted to let everyone know that I will be on vacation next week (my first trip to Vegas!!), so any purchase made after midnight on Friday night of this week (9/19) will not ship until 9/29. Thanks so much for your understanding! 🙂 Happy shopping!!

XO-

Dana

9.9.14 Shop Update, TEALtember returns!, and a NEW shop swatch!

Hello all! I’m really excited to share today’s shop update with you. I’m re-releasing TEALtember today, which was probably my most-ordered colorway last year… and based on the response on Instagram, it’s shaping up to be incredibly popular today as well!

TEALtember goodies!

TEALtember goodies!

Just in case you weren’t a customer last year, I want to share some information with you about TEALtember and what it stands for…

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

TEALtember started to raise awareness about this very terrifying and life-threatening form of cancer. For the month of Spetember, women all over the world paint their nails and toenails teal, wear teal, and talk about ovarian cancer to anyone and everyone they come in contact with. We might not be able to totally prevent this cancer yet, but we can raise awareness and hopefully encourage one another to stay up-to-date with our medical exams and know our bodies well enough to recognize symptoms that something isn’t right. Early diagnosis is the key to beating this disease.

This is a cause that I feel very strongly about, and wanted to do a special colorway to recognize. In lieu of me donating money on behalf of my customers, I have discounted all TEALtember yarns and fibers by $2 per item and hope that you will donate that amount (plus whatever else you can afford) to one of the following ovarian cancer foundations:
http://www.ovariancancer.org/
http://www.tealtoes.org/

Because I am discounting this colorway already, PLEASE do not use any sort of coupon code or discount (this includes shop swatch discounts!!!) on this colorway. I want to support this cause, but I do have to make a living too… I’m sure all of you understand this.

TEALtember is up in the shop today on Journey Sock (8 skeins), Honeymoon Sock (4 skeins), Expedition Sport (4 skeins), and Touring DK (2 skeins), as well as on Polwarth/Silk (3 braids), Merino/Silk (2 braids), and Overdyed Gray Merino (3 braids). This colorway is NOT available for custom order at this time. I will have this colorway in the next update too, so if you miss it in this update, be sure to check back next week!

 

And now for the rest of the update:

9.6.14 Yarns

9.9.14 Yarns

Top: Evergreen Touring DK (5), Fidelity Expedition Sport (2), Waterlilies Touring DK (2)

Middle: Waterlilies Journey Sock (2), Teeny Bikini Voyage Aran (4), Love Note Journey Sock (1)

Bottom: Stop & Smell The Poppies Voyage Aran (4), Terra Nova Journey Sock (1), Come Little Children Journey Sock (1)

And a quick note about Waterlilies… this colorway was my January 2014 2 Crafty Girls Club installment, and this is the first time that I have made it available in the shop to the public. It was inspired by my favorite iteration of Monet’s Waterlilies, and I hope you love it as much as I do!

I also wanted to share the most recent shop swatch, this time of Love Note on Journey Sock:

"Love Note" on Journey Sock

“Love Note” on Journey Sock

This swatch was knit in the round on US2 double pointed needles, 60 stitches around, which is the same way I usually knit a pair of stockinette socks. I hope this picture helps you to see what this yarn looks like worked up, and that you love it like I do! 🙂 (and as with all of my shop swatches, they’re available for perusal at any time by clicking the “shop swatch examples” link above, under the blog header.)

 

And now for the fibers…

9.6.14 Fibers

9.9.14 Fibers

Top: Dandy Polwarth

Middle: Cerulean Swirl BFL, Peach Crumble Falkland, Aurora Borealis Corriedale

Bottom: Dandy Polwarth

 

Another announcement…. my husband and I have planned a surprise vacation the third week of this month, so the second update of the month has been moved to next Tuesday, 9/16 at 4pmET. I plan to have more TEALtember, as well as the return of Merry Fallmas (last year’s second-most-popular colorway!) on both yarn and fiber.

 

Last but not least, I hope you’ll follow me on Instagram (my username is dana_of_unwind) to see little sneak peeks of what will go up in updates, behind-the-scenes pics of what it’s like to be a full-time dyer, etc.! My Instagram profile is set to private, so you’ll have to request to follow me; a word of caution though: I only approve people who have their Ravelry name clearly marked in their profile, whose profile contains the words “knitting” or “spinning”, or who have pictures of knitting or spinning easily viewable from their profile (aka not marked private). I’ve had a rash of underage people who appear to be non-knitters trying to follow me (why on earth they’d want to, I have no idea… I would seem very boring to someone like that I think!) so I’m having to be careful about approving people unless I know for sure they are knitters or spinners, or know me in real life. So if I don’t approve you because your profile doesn’t meet the criteria I outlined above, shoot me an email at unwindyarncompany (at) gmail (dot) com and tell me your username so I can add you. 🙂

 

I hope you guys have a great week!

 

XO-

Dana