August 17 Shop Update

Hi folks!

My shop updates are a bit sporadic right now, as my husband is out of the country for work and I’m single parenting. 🙂

I divided my time since the last update between the Unwind Yarn Company shop, and my Unwind In Stitches Etsy shop, and am doing updates in both today.

First, the yarn portion, which is going up in the Unwind Yarn Company shop:

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Top Row: Mariposa on Touring DK, Earth on Touring DK; Bottom Row: O’Bannon on Touring DK, In Dreams on Touring DK

As you can see, all the listings going up this week are on Touring DK (which happens to be my favorite non-fingering-weight base). All four of these colorways have at least two skeins available; In Dreams (bottom right) has 4, so you could easily get a short-sleeved sweater out of it! They will be available at 2pmET for purchase.

In my newly revamped Unwind In Stitches Etsy shop, I am focusing on sewn items and small gifts. This week, I have listed some knitting project bags, pincushions, and pencil bags:

August 17 UIS

All of these items are priced perfectly for gift giving, or as a small treat for yourself. They are all currently listed and available for purchase. Be sure to check the Etsy shop often, as I likely won’t be doing scheduled updates in it, but will be listing items as I finish them.

Thanks so much for checking out my updates, and I hope you see something you love!

XO-
Dana

August 3 Shop Update

Hello everyone!

It’s been quite a week here in southeastern Tennessee. We have been struggling with over 100 degree heat index temperatures with 80% humidity, and now the weather has finally broken and is only in the low 90s with 50% humidity. It’s been a real treat- and I know how ridiculous that sounds.

Regardless, time marches on, and it’s time for the start of this year’s Halloween updates! I decided against doing brand new colorways this year, and instead dyed a lot of my most popular colorways from prior years.

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Left side from top: Amuck Amuck Amuck on Luxe Sock, Death Watch Beetle on Luxe Sock, and Halloweenie on Luxe Sock.  Right side from top: Ghoulish on Luxe Sock, Midnight Margaritas on Rendezvous Sport Sock, Transylvania Tramp on Twinkle Sock, and I Put A Spell On You on Journey Sock.

There are limited quantities available in this update, as I always find it difficult to predict what people will want to purchase when it comes to Halloween yarns. If there is a large demand for a single color or another I would be happy to dye more of it- and the same goes for any of my other Halloween colorways that I didn’t dye in this round (they are listed in the Special Editions tab linked under the blog header). Feel free to place a custom order if you want something different, or if the yarn you want sells out! I’m running at a 2-3 week turnaround right now so you’ll definitely get your yarn in plenty of time to make that Halloween-themed project of your dreams!

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Limited Edition Miniskein Set, featuring (left to right): Amuck Amuck Amuck, I Put A Spell On You, Midnight Margaritas, Death Watch Beetle, Halloweenie, Transylvania Tramp, & Ghoulish.

There are only 3 of the miniskein sets available this time, and once they sell out I do not have plans to dye them again. So if you love this set, be sure to get to the update on time at 2pmET!

Thanks again for all of your continued support of my business. By shopping with me, an independent dyer and small business owner, you’re allowing me to be able to stay home with my daughter and still earn an income, which is so amazing and wonderful. I can’t thank you guys enough.

Happy Spooky Shopping! 🙂

 

July 27 Update

Hi folks!

After a very long hiatus, I’ve decided to attempt to start blogging again. I can’t guarantee any sort of regular schedule, but I’d like to try to give my customers more insight into the workings of Unwind, my creative process, and give proper accolades for projects made out of my yarns. 🙂

Today I am doing a shop update at 2pmET, and these beauties are available to buy:

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Top: A Good Place on Twinkle Sock; Middle: Shampoo Accident on Twinkle Sock; Bottom: Birth Of Venus on Luxe Sock

I’m sure longtime customers will remember Birth of Venus, as it’s been one of my most popular colorways since I dyed it for the 2 Crafty Girls club back in 2013. Indeed, it is one of the most beautiful, in my opinion, and knits up into fascinatingly complex projects.

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The Birth of Venus cowl, designed for this colorway by Karalee Harding and knitted by me

The other two colorways are new today though, and one in particular bears a fun name I’d like to explain.

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Top: Shampoo Accident, Bottom: A Good Place

As my friends could tell you if you asked them, I’m only borderline adventurous. I love my tattoos, and I’ve been known to dress crazy just to irritate my very taupe-loving husband. He is very simple and “Steady Eddie” in his appearance choices, and would rather I be the same. I, however, disagree and took his absence during his last work trip to South Korea to get my hair dyed in an ombre of pink, purple, and peach. I nervously waited for him to arrive home, thinking there would be some sort of blowup, but he said nothing until we went to bed that night. While lying there in bed, he said “um… did you know your hair is a weird color?” to which I put on a huge act of saying “WHAAAAAT? What do you MEAN?!” (like I had no clue) and he said “Well I thought maybe you’d had a shampoo accident and didn’t notice.” (I truly had no idea I was such a good actress. Apparently I missed an awesome career opportunity.) So there you have it! The story of the colorway name, and something I will tease him about until death do us part.

I hope you love these new colorways as much as I do, and take a look around the shop to see what else is new! 🙂 As always you can find the shop at unwindyarncompany.com.

Best,
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.

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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