Kettle Dyed Sock--a new color just snuck in!

We're happy to have a new color on the shelves today!  'Dragonfly' is named for the common Green Darner Dragonfly.  Bright and intense with shades of blue and green, this is a hand painted, variegated yarn that will stripe, pool, and flash depending on your pattern and gauge.  Available in limited quantities here in the shop.  We'll add it to the online shop soon!
 

(Can't live without it? Call the shop, we'll take phone orders until we're sold out!)

COLOR INSPIRATION: LUMEN--Lapis

Summer days bring Lancaster County's usually orderly flower beds into full bloom. Visited by butterflies that travel incredible distances, including a beautiful blue butterfly, the Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax), perennial and annual flower beds are a point of pride for Lancaster gardeners.

LUMEN is 50% silk and 50% merino in a fingering weight, and the color Lapis is a nod to these rare, fine flying visitors.  Each 100 gram skein is a generous 437 yards, enough for most one skein shawlettes, a beautiful scarf, or a pair of fingerless gloves.  Knit, weave or crochet something beautiful with LUMEN yarn.

Stop by the shop in Intercourse, Pennyslvania, or shop HERE in our online store.

BABY BLANKETS

 Colorful Wedges Baby Blanket by PurlSoho

Colorful Wedges Baby Blanket by PurlSoho

What was your first knitting or crochet project? Odds are pretty good that it was a baby blanket!  Learning to knit or crochet with a forgiving pattern (a rectangle!), becoming part of a well loved tradition, and making something with your own hands for a new baby is a pretty great reason to learn how to knit or crochet. 

A quick search on Ravelry reveals 7,911 patterns for knitted baby blankets, and 7,965 crochet patterns.  That's a lot of baby blankets!  Nearly every day in the shop we hear stories about treasured blankets made and given to the babies of dear friends, to our own children, made for our grandchildren, our nieces and nephews.  Many knitters and crocheters participate in charity programs like Project Linus to provide cozy handmade goods to families in need.

We have a Free EVENING Workshop coming up on Tuesday, July 19th to make an eye catching baby (or bigger!) blanket.  We'll choose between Second Time Cotton, a worsted weight, washable cotton yarn or Simplicity DK, a light worsted/DK weight superwash merino/acrylic/nylon blend that is engineered for knitting for children. (Yes! Engineered! It's a twenty-first century yarn!)  The 'Colorful Wedges Baby Blanket' uses short rows to build horizontal triangles of color in garter stitch. It's a satisfying, modern, and appealing pattern.

What colors are trending for babies? We're still hearing GREY, GREY and GREY.  Paired with more traditional colors like pale yellows, baby blues and pinks, or in startling combinations like grey with acid green, white, and purple.  Even 'business casual' palettes show up with shades of grey paired with black and red. Interest in vintage patterns, new patterns, fresh ideas and colors for baby blankets continues to grow. Come make a baby blanket with us!

COLOR INSPIRATION: LUMEN -- Icterus

 Image: A Singer Sewing Trading Card from 1898.

Image: A Singer Sewing Trading Card from 1898.

New World Orioles are a group of birds in the genus Icterus of the blackbird family. A favored, migratory songbird, Orioles weave basket-like nests and fill the woods of the mid-Atlantic with song in the summer. Their brilliant contrasting plumage makes them a stand out beauty in the forests.

LUMEN is 50% silk and 50% merino in a fingering weight, and our Icterus skeins are tribute to the flashing golden orange of the busy orioles nesting in Lancaster County. Each 100 gram skein is 437 yards of silky goodness.  Ready to knit or crochet something amazing?  

 

Stop by the shop in Intercourse, Pennyslvania, or shop HERE in our online store.

We Love Color--& Coloring!

Franklin Habit's latest publication from SOHO Publishing is a coloring book for us!  The dreamy, imaginative illustrations on heavy paper are an invitation for you to find your colored pencils, crayons, or markers and sit down to color!

"A triumph!" 
"Hilarious!"
"Finally, a coloring book about knitting & yarn!"

WWKiP -- Virtual Runway Contest!

We're having a contest!  Join the World Wide Knit in Public day fun with our WWKiP Virtual Runway Show, featuring YOUR projects made with LUMEN from Kettle Dyed Yarns.  One knitter or crocheter will win a wonderful bag of knitting goodies including YARN!  You do not have to be present to win.

You can enter as many projects made with LUMEN as you'd like--send us your best photos for a chance to win!  The winner will be chosen at random, and we can't wait to see what's been on your needles!

Enter by sending an email with one photo as an attachment to lancasteryarnshop@gmail.com for each entry.  Use the subject line WWKiP Virtual Runway. We'll need to know the knitter or crocheter's name, the project/pattern name and which color(s) you used.  Entries accepted starting June 1!

Coming to our WWKiP party on June 18th?  You can also enter by bringing your FOs (finished objects) to LYS before 2:00 pm and we will add it to the Virtual Runway for you! 

Check our pinterest page to browse all the entries!

All entries (virtual and IRL) must be received by 2:00 pm EST on June 18, 2016

*by submitting your picture of a FO (Finished Object) made with Kettle Dyed Sock you are giving us permission to use your photo and first name in any and all online mediums in perpetuity (pinterest, facebook. instagram, our website, etc) copyright remains yours