10.7.14 Shop Update For SillyFru

Hi all! Today’s update is very important… not only am I celebrating the release of Daniela Richardson’s new Inverness Diamonds patterns that utilize my yarn, but 10% of any sales made today will go to SillyFru’s medical fund to assist in her fight against hairy cell leukemia.

 

A little preview of the patterns…

A selection of Inverness Diamonds cowls

A selection of Inverness Diamonds cowls

Inverness Diamonds cowl (super bulky version) knit in JetSetter Super Bulky in "Highlands"

Inverness Diamonds cowl (super bulky version) knit in JetSetter Super Bulky in “Highlands”

Inverness Diamonds Cowl (fingering weight version) knit in Journey Sock in "A Bushel & A Peck"

Inverness Diamonds Cowl (fingering weight version) knit in Journey Sock in “A Bushel & A Peck”

The patterns are available in an all-encompassing eBook, or as individual patterns. There are patterns for long and short cowls in fingering/sport, worsted/aran, and bulky/super bulky, as well as a hat pattern, long and short mitts pattern, and a fair isle cowl pattern (available in the eBook as a bonus pattern). For the first week (10/6-10/12), 50% of the proceeds from pattern sales will be going to SillyFru’s medical fund.

 

And now for the update…

All Outlander colorways!

All Outlander colorways!

All Outlander colorways are available today on a variety of bases, not just what’s shown above, including a brand-new Outlander colorway called Highlands.

"Highlands" on Wanderlust Worsted

“Highlands” on Wanderlust Worsted

This colorway is based on the opening sequences of the Outlander television series on Starz.

 

JetSetter Super Bulky

JetSetter Super Bulky

The newest yarn base for Unwind Yarn Company is here! I’d like to introduce you to JetSetter Super Bulky, a lovely 100% merino wool fulled single that comes in huge 140yd/250g skeins. This yarn is identical to Malabrigo Rasta but has much better yardage so you can get a larger project out of one skein. It’s available in the update in 7 colors today.

Extras!

Extras!

These are some extras I’m listing today to round out the update and give you more to choose from. A Bushel & A Peck is a new colorway that I used to knit a sample of the Inverness Diamonds cowl, and there are three skeins available. There are other really special things in this “extras” category today and not all of them fit in the mosaic, so be sure to check out the shop for more info!

 

I hope you’ll consider purchasing today, both to support my shop and to support SillyFru in her fight against cancer.

 

XO-

Dana

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

8.5.14 The ALL-HALLOWEEN Update!!

Ok I know if you love Halloween and Halloween colors as much as I do, you’ve probably been waiting for all of your favorite indies to come out with their Halloween colors for this year. I have been working very hard to make sure that my colors this year are the best I’ve ever done, and if I do say so myself, I think I outdid myself. 😉

This week’s update is all-Halloween. I not only have the four new colors for this year, but I am re-releasing all of the past two years’ colorways as well. Here ya go!

A sampling of the yarns!

A sampling of the yarns!

This is just a sampling of the yarns that will go up today. Each of the new colorways are available on multiple bases, and the older colorways are available on one base each.

Top: I Put A Spell On You Twinkle Sock (1), Transylvania Tramp Honeymoon Sock (2), O Negative Luxe Sock (2)

Middle: Halloweenie Luxe Sock (3), Come Little Children Twinkle Sock (2), Goth Girl Twinkle Sock (2)

Bottom: Burning Rain of Death Twinkle Sock (2), Ghoulish Honeymoon Sock (2), Amuck Amuck Amuck Twinkle Sock (2)

 

8.5.14 Fibers

8.5.14 Fibers

Top: Burning Rain of Death BFL/Silk (2), Moldy Pumpkin Falkland (2), Goth Girl Gray Merino (2)

Middle: Teen Wolf Falkland (2), I Put A Spell On You Corriedale (2), Come Little Children Merino (2)

Bottom: Ghoulish BFL/Silk (2), Transylvania Tramp Merino (2), Amuck Amuck Amuck Merino (2)

As you can see, there are 2 each of all of the fibers.

8.5.14... the ones that wouldn't fit in the 9 tile mosaics!

8.5.14… the ones that wouldn’t fit in the 9 tile mosaics!

And these guys wouldn’t fit in the mosaics above, so I made a special one just for them! Pictured are the Halloween MiniSkein kits (more about those in a second), O Negative Gray Merino (2 available), and Teen Wolf Honeymoon Sock (2 available).

Now, about the MiniSkein kits…

Halloween MiniSkeins Kit

Halloween MiniSkeins Kit

These kits are a special edition, and there are only 13 of them available in this update. Once they sell out they won’t be repeated, so if you would like one, be sure to be on time for the update! There are minis of each of my colors that I’ve done for Halloween over the last 3 years…

From 2012: Ghoulish, Transylvania Tramp, O Negative, Halloweenie

From 2013: Teen Wolf, Goth Girl

From 2014: I Put A Spell On You, Amuck Amuck Amuck, Come Little Children, Burning Rain of Death

Each miniskein is 30 yards are there are a total of 10 in the set for a total of 300 yards. They are all dyed on my Honeymoon Sock base, which is 100% superwash merino and a true fingering weight (7-8 stitch = 1″ on US1-3 needles). This kit would be great for any of the popular miniskein projects out right now: Barn Raising Quilt, Beekeeper’s Quilt (aka hexipuffs), scrappy scarves, funky socks… lots of ideas out there! Just be sure to be on time for the update if you want one!

I also want to show you some shop swatches knit up of my new Halloween colorways, so you can get an idea of what they’ll look like if you purchase them:

2014 Halloween Colorway Swatches

2014 Halloween Colorway Swatches

Top: I Put A Spell On You, Burning Rain of Death

Bottom: Come Little Children, Amuck Amuck Amuck

As you can see, these yarns tend to spiral pool when knit in the round. The swatches are knit in the round, 60 stitches, to emulate a sock leg. I think the color play is really interesting and fun, and hope you do too! (the swatch pictures will be a part of my permanent shop swatch page, linked at the top of the blog under my logo) Also, thanks to Daniela of the Caffeinated Knitting podcast for helping me knit two of these swatches! 🙂

Also, another announcement… next week’s update will also be all-Halloween (although markedly smaller…), and after next week I will be going to scheduled updates in the shop. I have a really big dye project going on right now, as well as getting ready for fall festival season, so I need to be able to focus a little more on other things in addition to regular updates. My updates will still be on Tuesdays, and I will have a update schedule available in the sidebar of the shop blog once I set it (as well as on my group page on Ravelry, on the front page of the shop, etc.- you’ll be able to find it easily!). The updates will be bigger since they won’t be happening quite as frequently, so you’ll have more to choose from when I update. I hope you guys understand my need to make this transition, and continue to support my shop.

Thanks so much for reading this far, and I hope you’ll pick up some fun Halloween goodies for yourself today at 4pmET!

XO-

Dana

NEW 2014 Halloween Colorways Preview!!

Hey all! As promised, I want to give you a preview of this year’s Halloween colorways… imagine a drumroll here…

2014 Halloween Colorways

2014 Halloween Colorways

Top: Burning Rain of Death, I Put A Spell On You

Bottom: Amuck Amuck Amuck, Come Little Children

 

These colorways are inspired by one of my favorite Halloween movies, Hocus Pocus. I watched this movie a LOT before I started dyeing these lovelies up, and I wanted to show you a couple of the inspiration pictures.

Inpsiration for "Come Little Children"

Inpsiration for “Come Little Children”

Inspiration for "Amuck Amuck Amuck"

Inspiration for “Amuck Amuck Amuck”

Inspiration for "I Put A Spell On You"

Inspiration for “I Put A Spell On You”

Burning Rain of Death was more from my imagination than from an inspiration picture… but I think the colors suit the name, don’t you?

 

As I’ve mentioned, next week’s 8/5/14 shop update will be all-Halloween. I will have each of these colorways on a variety of yarn bases (and fiber too, but just a few on fiber), as well as re-issues of all of my previous Halloween colorways that you know and love. You’ll be seeing more of Teen Wolf, Goth Girl, Transylvania Tramp, O Negative, Halloweenie, and Ghoulish, on both yarn and fiber. Also new in the shop in the update: mini skein sets of ALL of my Halloween colorways! Each kit will have 10 mini skeins of 30 yards apiece, for a total of 300 yards! There will be a limited number of these kits available, and when they’re gone they’re gone, so be sure to get to the update on time if you want one!

I’ve been busy knitting swatches of these colorways so you can see how they knit up, and will be posting them later in the weekend. Stop back by to see! 🙂

 

XO-

Dana

7.8.14 Shop Update and a NEW base is available for preorder!

Hi all! I am working on getting today’s update up in preview mode, but I wanted to go ahead and share the mosaics now so you can plan your shopping. 😉

Going up today you will find:

7.8.14 Yarns

7.8.14 Yarns

Top row: Fidelity Touring DK (1), Laura Loves Unwind Luxe Sock (1)
Middle row: Magnolia Blossom Journey Sock (1), OH DEER Twinkle Sock (1)
Bottom row: Abalone Twinkle Sock (1), Wedding Orchids Journey Sock (1)

7.8.14 Fibers

7.8.14 Fibers

Top row: Bougainvillea Polwarth, Amazon Polwarth
Middle row: Evergreen Gray Merino, Aurora Borealis Corriedale
Bottom row: Amazon Polwarth, Bougainvillea Polwarth

Sometimes I see a base that’s available from my mill and I think “WOW” but I’m not sure if it’s right for my line. This base has intrigued me for a long time, but because of the price point I didn’t want to commit to adding it permanently until I saw what my customers thought about it.

"Gracie Pearl" on Glisten DK

“Gracie Pearl” on Glisten DK

Here are the details about it:
Name: Glisten DK (tentatively named… it might get renamed if I add it to my line on a permanent basis)
Weight/Yardage: DK weight 4ply, 231yds/100g
Composed of: 75% superwash merino/20% silk/5% nylon
Gauge: 5.25-6sts = 1″ on US 5-7 needles
Care instructions: machine or hand wash gentle, dry flat away from sun (I REALLY recommend hand washing all handdyed yarns though!!)
Price: $30 per skein

I only ordered a few skeins of it, and have 18 of them going up today as dye-to-order. I haven’t done this method of ordering a whole lot, so here’s what it means for you:
1. You put the number of skeins in your cart that you’d like to order.
2. Put in the “notes to seller” area what colorway(s) you’d like to order, and the quantity of each so I know exactly what to dye for you (ie. if you order 4 skeins, be sure to put “colorway A” (2) and “colorway B” (2) so I know how many to dye of each).
3. This is a custom order, so it’s subject to my regular custom order policies: nonrefundable once dyed, subject to my dye schedule which is about a 2 week wait right now, etc.- see my Custom Orders page on my shop for more info).
4. Once these skeins are gone, whether or not I reorder them depends on demand, so if you want some and they are sold out OR if there aren’t enough for your project, please send me an email at unwindyarncompany (at) gmail (dot) com and let me know.

I hope you’ll give this base a try! It’s such a lovely yarn, and has an even softer hand than my Touring DK (and I didn’t think that was possible!). If you’ve knit with the Touring DK base, this one will knit up exactly the same, but has the added luster of silk plus the stellina sparkle. It’s definitely special!

 

Thanks so much for looking, and I hope you’ll give Glisten DK a try! 🙂 See you next week!

 

XO-

Dana

 

P.S. Don’t forget about the Tour de Fleece coupon that’s available for your use until 7/27 at midnight ET! TOURDEFLEECE14 entered in the coupon code box at checkout will save you 10% off your fiber order! (coupon good on fiber only)

6.10.14 Shop Update, NEW Colorways, and NEW Pop Art Necklaces!

Hey loves! I hope this post finds you well. I’m running a bit behind today in showing you what I put up in the shop at 4pmET. Some of these have already sold out, but most are still available for purchase. Head on over to THE SHOP to find out!

6.10.14 Yarns

6.10.14 Yarns

Top row: Arabian Nights on Honeymoon Sock (2), Craigh na Dun on Luxe Sock (4), Bonnie Wee Thing on Luxe Sock (4)

Second row: Lava Flow on Twinkle Sock (2), Bloody Big Scot on Luxe Sock (4), Copacabana on Honeymoon Sock (1)

Third row: Peacock on Luxe Sock (2), Your Face Is My Heart on Luxe Sock (4), Sherry in Crystal on Luxe Sock (4)

Bottom row: Patina on Honeymoon Sock (2), More Than Words on Journey Sock (2), Unchained Melody on Journey Sock (2)

 

I also listed these fibers, as well as some new KNITTING Pop Art necklaces.

6.10.14 Fibers and Knitting POP Art Necklaces

6.10.14 Fibers and Knitting POP Art Necklaces

Top row: Big On Color 1 (1), Graffiti 1 (1), Grassy 1 (1)

Middle row: Magnolia Blossom on Swirl BFL (1), Big On Color 2 (1), Graffiti 2 (1)

Bottom row: Save The TaTas on Merino/Silk (1), Lake Lure 1 (1), Lake Lure 2 (1)

 

I released all of my Outlander colorways on yarn today to celebrate the release of the newest book…

 

6.10.14 Outlander colorways on Luxe Sock

6.10.14 Outlander colorways on Luxe Sock

Left to right: Your Face Is My Heart, Craigh na Dun, Sherry In Crystal, Bloody Big Scot, Bonnie Wee Thing

I also marked quite a few things down since they’ve been in the shop a little too long. Just look for the sale tag!

As always, thank y’all for your support and love. My customers are the best!

 

XO-

Dana

6.3.14 Shop Update and a NEW Product!

Oops, totally didn’t post last week’s update. I have no idea why, except that I just forgot. Sorry folks!

 

Anyhow, here are the lovely yarns and fibers that will be available for purchase at 4pmET today. I am working on the listings right now, so they’ll be up in preview mode as soon as they’re finished til I push them live at 4pmET.

6.3.14 Shop Update

6.3.14 Shop Update

Top row: Gracie Pearl Journey Sock (2), Wedding Orchids Superwash BFL (1), Black Walnut Expedition Sport (4- a sweater quantity)
Middle row: Dog Days Are Gone Falkland (1), Birth of Venus Luxe Sock (1), Graphite Wanderlust Worsted (2- a sweater quantity)
Bottom row: Love Note Honeymoon Sock (1), Magnolia Blossom Falkland (1), Easy Like Sunday Morning Weekend Sock (2)
Also going up today is a skein of Goldenrod Expedition Sport.

And a NEW product is going up today for the first time! Introducing… Pop Art Necklaces!

6.3.14 Pop Art Necklaces

6.3.14 Pop Art Necklaces

I started making these fun necklaces a short time ago and thought they’d be a great addition to the shop! All are housed in sterling silver plated bezels, and feature an 18″ long leather cord with a 1.5″ extender and silver plated hardware on the cord. There is one of each variety of necklace available, with more planned for next week’s update!

Thanks so much as always for your patronage and support, and I hope you see something you can’t live without!

 

XO-

Dana