April is finally here. The snow has melted and the birds are making their way back into our lives. I love taking that first deep breath as I leave my house in the early morning. The smells of spring, of new growth fill me and put me in such a great mood. I’m ready to conquer the day! The very first day it was above 50 degrees (F) I grabbed my afghan, a nice fluffy sweatshirt, a glass of wine and my knitting and made myself comfy out on the back porch.
Check out these awesome small projects, great for a quick knit in the fresh air!
“Why do you go away?
So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors.
And the people there see you differently, too.
Coming back to where you started is not the same thing as never leaving.”
– Terry Pratchet, A Hat Full of Sky.
We are all big Terry Pratchett fans here at the studio and were saddened to hear of his death this past month. Over the years Meg has created two different colorways based his works. Ankh is in reference to the city-state of Ankh-Morpork, and Octarine is the color of magic.
This April in memory of Terry Pratchet we will make both of these colorways available. When we firs heard of his passing Meg went to her most creative of places and developed two more colorways in honor of this most wonderful author.
We are honored to introduce to you Discworld and Unity.
Long Repeat Striping
Many of you have used our classic striping skeins to make socks, hats, scarves and more. This month am highlighting one of our products that I think is often under-appreciated and under-utilized. Jumbo – Long Repeat Striping skeins are similar to Classic striping skeins but the bands of color are much wider and add a dramatic effect to the finished product. Long repeat striping can be used in a variety of products. It works great for scarves, hats, kits and gloves, sweaters, shawls … you name it! All of the featured projects above were made using Jumbo skeins. To get a better idea of how the two vary, here are two projects that our own KnitterlyAnne knitted side by side.
In Rotation this Month
Available starting April 10, 2015
Out of Rotation this Month
Available until April 10, 2015
The Skein Minder
Twisted has discovered a very cool new tool that we think can help our little business immensely! The Skein Minder was developed by Carrie Sundra as a way to be more efficient in her job as an independent yarn dyer. Sound familiar? We love her product and have backed her as fully as we are able to in her Kickstarter campaign, but we can’t do it alone. Please consider helping Carrie to meet her goal so that indie dyers (like TFA for example) can take advantage of this unique technology and process your yarn faster and more efficiently. There are several yarn and beer rewards, you don’t have to pledge for the unit to support the project!
Have an idea or inspiration for a new colorway? Drop us a line.
Need inspiration? Check out what people in our Ravelry Group are knitting!
Come see the show!
If you are too far to stop into our shop but still want to experience our yarn and rovings first hand why not plan a trip to join us at one of the yarn shows we attend? You can find our current list below but keep on the lookout for new additions in a town near you! Do you attend a show that we are missing and want to see us there? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and give us a heads up!
Saturday April 18th – Sunday April 19th 2015
YarnCon is Chicago’s homegrown yarn-centric exhibition — a place to promote, sell, and celebrate the yarny arts. YarnCon aims to be the premier market for independent producers of yarn, knitted/crocheted objects, fiber for spinning, tools, gadgets, books, patterns, instructions, and gifts related to spinning, knitting, crochet, and weaving.
Thursday August 6th – Sunday August 9th 2015
Join us at the Schaumburg Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center in the Windy City!