August 31 Shop Update

Hi folks! It’s been a busy few weeks, and I’m sorry I haven’t posted more. My husband has been out of town for work and my daughter has been keeping me hopping!

I have an update ready to go for 8/31 at 1pmET. This time there are two skeins of Superbulky, and 5 gorgeous one of a kind sock blanks.

August 31 Update

August 31 Shop Update

I will likely have an update next week on 9/7, and might do one on 9/14, but will take 2 weeks off after that since I will be coordinating Into The Wool 9/21-24 and then recovering from said coordinating the following week. 😉

Thanks so much for stopping by, everyone! You can find the shop here. Have a great week!

XO-
Dana

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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:

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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

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.

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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