Birth of Venus Cowl KAL and Preorders!

Hello all!

I’m sorry I didn’t post about this earlier, but I wanted to let all of you know…

I am so excited to announce that I will be hosting a KAL from March 1 through April 30 for the new Birth of Venus Cowl pattern from talented designer Karalee Harding!
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Karalee is ksh on Ravelry, and she has designed a beautiful cowl pattern for my Birth of Venus colorway (2 Crafty Girls Club Feb 2013), in both fingering and DK weight. Both versions only take one skein, so this is the perfect quick-knit project! Starting February 1, I have Birth of Venus available in the shop for preorder on Journey Sock ($24), Touring DK ($24) (all plus shipping) so that you can make the cowl in the shown yarn, and it will also be offered on Luxe Sock ($29) for those of you who love cashmere bases. There will be a limit of 40 skeins of each type available, and only until February 28; after that  it won’t be offered again as a custom order until July. Please check out the shop listings at unwindyarncompany.com for all details on the preorders. The KAL will be hosted in my Unwind Yarn Company group on Ravelry. The pattern is available for purchase on Ravelry here. Karalee and I hope you’ll join us for this KAL!

1.14.14 Shop Update and a NEW Product Line!!

Hi everyone! Today is a very exciting day for me… I have not only an AWESOME shop update to tell you about, but I am also debuting a brand new product line!

First, here are the yarns and fibers that are going up in today’s 4pmET shop update…

1.14.14 Yarns

1.14.14 Yarns

1.14.14 Fibers

1.14.14 Fibers

And now, the big news! I am proud to announce that I am now a vendor for Kookaburra cleaners!

imagesIf you have not heard of these amazing products, I will tell you a bit about them. Kookaburra is a family-owned, US-run business that specializes in pure, plant-based cleaners that are environmentally safe and septic-system friendly. There are several varieties, including…

Top: Kookaburra Delicate, Kookaburra Power; Bottom: Kookaburra Scour, Kookaburra Wash (available both scented and unscented)

Top: Kookaburra Delicate, Kookaburra Power; Bottom: Kookaburra Scour, Kookaburra Wash (available both scented and unscented)

I have been using Kookaburra Delicate for several months for all of my handknits, delicates, and some of my husband’s clothes, and it has been absolutely amazing. My clothes are showing less wear, have a pleasant scent, and the gentle formula does not irritate my husband’s sensitive skin. Kookaburra Power is a household cleaner that is simply AMAZING at cleaning up greasy spots and stains (and can get pretty much any pet stain up, no matter what it is or how long it’s been there!). Kookaburra Scour is a wool-scouring formula for you spinners out there; it gently gets dirt out of fleece without stripping it of its lovely natural luster and lanolin. Kookaburra Wash is available in both scented and unscented varieties, is perfect for washing handknits, and has a gentle lanolin-enriched formula that is perfect for cloth diapers and other sensitive-skin items.

I will be carrying the 2oz “try me” size for $2.49 as well as the 16oz size for $10.95, and all of all of these varieties are currently up in the shop. There is also a one-gallon jug as well as a 5 gallon bucket available for purchase; just contact me, as I will not have these in stock but they can be drop-shipped from Kookaburra directly to you.

I hope you’ll consider giving Kookaburra a try, because it is by far my favorite wool wash product now and I cannot recommend it enough!

Thanks so much for your support, everyone! Happy shopping!

Dana 🙂

11.26.13 Shop Update, Thanksgiving Weekend Sale, and MORE!!

Hi everybody!

I am so sorry I have forgotten to post on the blog lately! It honestly slipped my mind, and I am really sorry about it.

Here is today’s 4pmET extra-large update…

11.26.13 Yarns

11.26.13 Yarns

11.26.13 Fibers

11.26.13 Fibers

You may have noticed that there are a few new colors up there. I am actually debuting two today, and want to introduce them to you!

 

Merry Fallmas on Twinkle Sock (top) and Falkland spinning fiber (bottom)

Merry Fallmas on Twinkle Sock (top) and Falkland spinning fiber (bottom)

This first colorway is called “Merry Fallmas”, and was designed as a collaboration between me and Sarah of Another Crafty Girl while she was here for a visit. It is very evocative of my favorite time of year- the end of fall and the beginning of the Christmas season! As you can see, this is a very rich colorway that lends itself well to yarn or to fiber. In this update, it will be available on Twinkle Sock, Expedition Sport, Falkland spinning fiber, and Merino/Silk spinning fiber. In future updates it will be available on other bases too. And as always, it’s available for custom order too!

Crafts & Laughs 2013 on Journey Sock

Crafts & Laughs 2013 on Journey Sock

This colorway was also born as a collaboration between me and Sarah. Sarah, Malia of the Yarnraising Podcast, and my best friend Brittany all came for a weekend visit and we wanted to create a yarn that was as much fun as we were having! This colorway starts with a white base yarn, then sprinkles of fuschia pink, bright violet, orange, and blue are added to create a “funfetti” sprinkle style yarn. I named it “Crafts & Laughs 2013” because that’s what we called our weekend visit. It will knit up into a very fun project.

Now I’m sure you’re wondering about the Thanksgiving weekend sale. I am offering 15% off your entire order (even sale items, custom orders & sweater quantities!) with coupon code TURKEY13. The coupon will be activated at 12:01amET on Black Friday morning (so 12:01am 11/29) and will automatically deactivate at 11:59pmET on Cyber Monday (so 11:59pmET 12/02). There is no minimum purchase, but the coupon cannot be combined with any other existing coupon, and is not applicable on orders made prior to or after the dates mentioned. I will do my best to keep the shop full all weekend so you have lots to choose from.

Well that’s pretty much all I have to say today. I hope you guys are having a great holiday week, and I hope I’ll be “seeing” you soon in the shop!!

XO-

Dana

Wanderlust Worsted and Voyage Aran Label Corrections

Hey everybody!

I’m writing to you this morning with a bit of egg on my face.

It was just pointed out to me that the Wanderlust Worsted and Voyage Aran labels have the words “machine or hand wash” on the care instructions. These yarns are NON-superwash and cannot be machine washed or they will felt. I apologize for any confusion if you saw that.

Thanks so much for your continued support! 🙂

XO-
Dana

10.16.13 Shop Update

Hi friends!  I appreciate your patience when I didn’t do a shop update yesterday. A couple of days ago I hurt my elbow pretty bad, and it has put a definite hamper on both my show prep for SAFF and my regular shop work.

Here is today’s shop update preview. The update will go live at 4pmET.

10.16.13 Shop Update

10.16.13 Shop Update

Making their re-entry into the shop today are four braids of a delicious 50% merino/50% yak down fiber blend. This blend is one of my favorites and is definitely the most luxurious blend I carry in my line. Believe me when I tell you: it is soft as a little kitten and an absolute joy to spin. You should definitely treat yourself to a braid of this luxurious fiber!

There will be no shop update next week, as I’ll be finishing up my SAFF preparations, but the week after (10/29) there will be a HUGE update!!

Thanks again for all of your support, and if you’re going to be at SAFF this year, please be sure to stop by and visit me! I’m in booth 13 in the Sales Barn!

XO-

Dana

8.20.13 Shop Update and a few Announcements

Hello friends! I hope this week finds you guys doing well! I am back from vacation and straight back to the dyepots, specifically dyeing all of the TEALtember preorders that have come in over the last few days.

TEALtember on Journey Sock, Superwash BFL Roving, and Panda Sock Roving

TEALtember on Journey Sock, Superwash BFL Roving, and Panda Sock Roving

You guys are SO awesome for supporting Ovarian Cancer Awareness through your purchase of this colorway, and through your teal nails/toenails and talking to everyone you meet about how scary ovarian cancer is. Hopefully through these methods, we’ll save some lives and draw more attention to this deadly disease. And speaking of TEALtember, if you haven’t ordered yet, you have until tomorrow night (8.21) at midnight ET to order your yarn or fiber. Your patience is appreciated though, because I have gotten over 130 orders so far and I’m working my hardest to get them dyed up fast! I want you guys to be able to participate in all of the KALs/SALs that are planned for September.

Ok, so now we’re on to today’s update preview!

8.20.13 Shop Update

8.20.13 Shop Update

As you can see this update is a little smaller, and that’s because I wanted to really focus on dyeing the TEALtember stuff this week. I think there are still some real beauties in this update, though! Maybe one or two will find a nice home with you!

I also wanted to announce that next week’s update is going to be REALLY special. It is going to be an ALL-HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR!! Aren’t you excited?? I am!!! I will be bringing back last year’s Halloween colors, as well as adding in two new ones! In case you’ve forgotten last year’s colors…

L-R top row: Ghoulish, O Negative, Transylvania Tramp; L-R middle row: O Negative, Transylvania Tramp, Moldy Pumpkin; L-R bottom row: Halloweenie, Ghoulish, Fanger

L-R top row: Ghoulish, O Negative, Transylvania Tramp; L-R middle row: O Negative, Transylvania Tramp, Moldy Pumpkin; L-R bottom row: Halloweenie, Ghoulish, Fanger

I will try to have a good representation of all of these colors, but they will also be available for custom order on any of my bases after next week. It’s time to get our Halloween knit/spin on!!!

Well as always, thank you guys for looking! The update today will go live at 4pmET as always. Take care, and I’ll see you next week!

XO-

Dana

 

PREORDERS for TEALtember- Ovarian Cancer Awareness

Hi friends!

I am excited to share some news with you. I very happily agreed to design a new colorway in honor of TEALtember- the celebration of Ovarian Cancer Awareness hosted by The High Fiber Diet Podcast (hosted by the wonderful CoggieTM!).

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

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 the Journey Sock yarn by $2 per skein and the Panda Sock Roving/Superwash BFL Roving by $1 per braid, 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/

The preorders are for Journey Sock, Panda Sock Roving, and Superwash BFL Roving. They will be available until 8/21.  I will dye these as quickly as I can and get them shipped out on a first come, first served basis. All orders will definitely be shipped by 8/30 so that you can use the yarn to celebrate TEALtember and participate in knitalongs and spinalongs to raise awareness of ovarian cancer. I do not have a preset limit on the number of preorders, but if the number of orders begins to exceed what I can conceivably get dyed within the time frame, I reserve the right to end preorders early.

And now I’m sure you want to see the colorway, right??

"TEALtember" on Journey Sock

“TEALtember” on Journey Sock

"TEALtember" on Panda Sock Roving

“TEALtember” on Panda Sock Roving

"TEALtember" on Superwash BFL Roving

“TEALtember” on Superwash BFL Roving

You can order any of these in my shop as of right now. Thanks so much for your support of this deserving cause!!

XO-

Dana

 

4.30.13 Shop Update and Sweater Quantity Special Orders Now Available!

Hi everybody!

I wanted to share today’s shop update preview with you! There are some real lovelies going up today!

4.30.13 Yarn Update

4.30.13 Yarn Update

There are 4 skeins each of Aurora Borealis and Graphite on the Expedition Sport base- enough to knit a summer sweater for some sizes!

4.30.13 Fiber Update

4.30.13 Fiber Update

There are 2 braids each of every colorway except for “Summer Storm”, pictured at right. There are also 2 sets of rolags in this update.

I wanted to show you guys a new colorway that is in the shop for the first time today, too:

"Teeny Bikini" on Merino Roving and Journey Sock

“Teeny Bikini” on Merino Roving and Journey Sock

This is a fun new colorway for summer! It features shades of aqua and purple, and will be available on any base of yarn or fiber in the future. I hope you love it!

I also wanted to let you guys know that I am opening up a new series of listings, starting today. I am going to make custom orders available for immediate order and payment in my shop, by letting customers select the number of skeins they would like to purchase, and letting me know in the “Notes to Seller” box what colorway they would like. The bases that will be available for this type of ordering will be Expedition Sport, Journey Sock, and Touring DK, to start with. Other bases may become available later, if there is a demand. Just send me an email! I will do my best to fill sweater quantity orders in 3 weeks or less. Once the order has been placed, I will email you with an estimated ship date.

Mosaic

Thank you so much for checking out my update! I hope you see something you love! See you next week!

XO-

Dana

4.23.13 Shop Update and Preorders for “Re-Entry”

Hi friends! Sorry for forgetting to post the update on here last week… it went live a few minutes late, and I simply forgot. Regardless, here is this week’s update! It’s so big I’m breaking it into 3 mosaics for you to see.

Mosaic 1

Mosaic 2

Mosaic 3

You might have noticed that I am putting up a lot more fiber than yarn in this update. I haven’t had much chance to dye yarn lately due to my back problems (which are getting better, but I am still very careful not to overstress it). Hopefully in the next 2 weeks I will be back into yarn-dyeing mode and will have more for you guys!

I also wanted to let y’all know that I am opening up preorders for my second 2 Crafty Girls Club colorway, “Re-Entry.”  This colorway is from the Kevin Bacon round of the club, and was inspired by the movie “Apollo 13” and the flames at the bottom of the Apollo space module as the crew made their dramatic re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere.

Re-entry reskeined 2

This is a space-dyed colorway. It will be offered on Journey Sock (80% superwash merino/20% nylon, 400yds/100g), and there will be a limited run of 10 skeins available to start with. If there is demand, I will open more preorder spots. This yarn will take approximately 2-3 weeks to dye and ship.

Thanks so much for reading the blog! I hope y’all are having a wonderful week, and I’ll talk to you soon!

XO-

Dana

4.9.13 Shop Update

Hi everybody! I hope the past week has been great for you guys! I have been hard at work putting together a GREAT update for today! With no more ado, here are the previews…

4.9.13 Shop Update- Spinning Fiber

4.9.13 Shop Update- Spinning Fiber

4.9.13 Shop Update- Rolags

4.9.13 Shop Update- Rolags

4.9.13 Shop Update- Yarns

4.9.13 Shop Update- Yarns

I am making it a point in the future to put up pairs of everything if possible, just in case you have a larger project in mind when you shop with me. As always, I am open to custom orders if you see something you like, but there isn’t a large enough quantity your project.

Today I am introducing a new colorway, in honor of both my first wedding anniversary, and my 6-year dating anniversary with my husband. It is called “6&1”, and is featured today on Journey Sock. It is a space dyed colorway, featuring shades of turquoise, medium blue, chestnut brown, and pecan brown. Because it is space dyed, this colorway will only be available on yarn.

"6&1" on Journey Sock

“6&1” on Journey Sock

Well I guess that’s it for me this week! Thank you all SO much for your continued support of my shop, and I hope you see something you love in the update!

XO-

Dana