Splog... where the spinsters blog about yarn. Well, mostly yarn.
FIND US THIS FALL...! October 04 2017
Here's our Fall/Winter 2017 schedule, in a nutshell. Check back for updates!
Saturday, October 14th --- Starlight Knitting Society, Portland OR
Friday, October 20th --- Indie Untangled (w/ Magpie Fibers & YOTH), Rhinebeck NY
November 4th & 5th --- Vogue Knitting Live, Bellevue WA
November 11th & 12th --- Knit Fit!, Seattle WA
December 2nd --- Makers Market, Tolt Yarn & Wool, Carnation WA
WE BOUGHT THE MILL!!! July 27 2017
Yep, we did! It happened kinda unexpectedly... the owner of the mill we've been working with for the past five-ish years decided she was ready to move on. She gave us the news, we made an offer, the bank said okey dokey, we signed a lease on a warehouse, our contractor pimped it out, we hired some movers, they moved stuff, we hired a rigger, he moved some real heavy stuff, and there ya go.
Um... you're right if you're thinking that little summary sounded a bit simple. This summer has been an exhausting, stressful, expensive summer. But we've also felt incredibly lucky, really proud of our growth, so pumped about the future, and grateful beyond words for the support of our friends and families, and, most of all, our wonderful customers who have made this possible!
Of course, it's still a work in progress. We made our first in-house skeins of Dyed In The Wool last week... too bad you can't break a bottle of champagne over a spinning frame... and we have finally unpacked the last few boxes of inventory. Even as I am typing this, Kate is dyeing the first batches of wool in our newly finished dye room.
So thanks. To all of you. We couldn't have imagined this over a decade ago. Sometimes I wake up in the morning and I still can't imagine it. Until I remember that this is my life. Ok, now I'm getting misty...
We out here! (Winter/Spring '17 schedule) January 16 2017
We're packing bags, organizing travel-worthy knitting projects, kissing our babies and hitting the road. Picture us globetrottin, cuz that's real.
First stop, Madrona, in Tacoma WA. We won't be there in person for this one, but we're sending a Madrona exclusive colorway! Find the official Spincycle pop-up shop in the Acorn Street Shop booth!
Then we're heading for Stitches West in Santa Clara, CA. We have so much new stuff and so many surprises for this show... I wouldn't know where to start. Want to see a BRAND NEW line of yarn??? Well, come see us!
The following weekend we will be in Portland, Oregon, for the Rose City Yarn Crawl, appearing at Starlight Knitting Society and For Yarn's Sake!
And finally, we're heading across the pond March 10 & 11, for the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. We will have show exclusive knit kits featuring a brand new colorway and a new pattern from Andrea Mowry! Find us in the Loop London booth!
2016 Holiday Schedule! November 07 2016
We're not traveling too far from home this holiday season, but if you are in the Seattle area, you won't have a hard time finding us! Click the banners below for more information!
We will be at Knit Fit! on November 12 & 13. Knit Fit! is Seattle's own independent knitting festival. It's small but it's amazing. Come visit us in the marketplace. We will be having our annual spinning fiber sale and we plan to make you some deals you can't refuse!
Then we will be vending at Seattle's Urban Craft Uprising, December 3 & 4! Find our booth and shop tons of kits, yarns, merch, mugs, and our only-every-once-in-a-while SAMPLE SALE!
And if that's not enough, we will be splitting up on December 3rd so that we can also be at Tolt Yarn and Wool's Makers Fair. We have a very special, limited run SURPRISE YARN that will only be available at Tolt on December 3!
See y'all soon!
What should you knit? Here are some of our faves! August 16 2016
There’s just the slightest hint of fall in the air, and it’s giving me cast-on urges. We get a lot of queries here at Spincycle HQ about what to knit with our yarn, so I wanted to point y’all to a few of our favorite patterns using our yarns!
Debauchery is our tonal lace weight. We started with our take on a rainbow-ish palette… seven colorways named after the seven deadly sins. We’re slowly filling in with new colors all the time, and since we’re out of sins, we’ve started to use the queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race as inspirations. Yeah, you read me right. One of our absolute favorite FO’s in Debauchery comes from Fancy Tiger in Denver, CO. They chose our rich yellow colorway, Greed, to knit a pattern called Imogen Spring. It’s the perfect summer sweater! And even up to the medium size takes less than two skeins.
As for Dyed In The Wool, it’s been used for every kind of knitting pattern! There are so many choices. My current favorite project, though, is Circular Reasoning. It’s an amazing fair isle circle cowl, knit in the round and then grafted together at the end. I knit it using two skeins of DITW in Overpasses, paired with Sincere Sheep’s Equity Fingering in Cumulus. You could use any one of your favorite solids for this pattern, or visit the Kits section of our online shop to see the combinations we’ve put together. And our kits come in handy little muslin bags, to keep your knitting nice and neat!
Independence is currently my favorite line, though. It’s a heavy worsted weight, American wool singles yarn. We designed a two-color brioche cowl, using a skein each of two colorways. It’s called the Hawkshaw Cowl, and I love the pattern so much. Ok, I wrote the pattern, for full disclosure. And it is awesome. Pick two skeins of Independence, or pair one skein with a solid from your stash! Oh and we also offer Hawkshaw kits that come with two skeins, the pattern, a Spincycle sheep stitch marker, and a muslin bag!
And though the afternoons still get hot, let’s not forget Knit Fast, Die Young, our super bulky 2-ply! One skein projects are so satisfying, right?! I’m living for Waldeinsamkeit, by Caitlin ffrench. This simple slouch hat pattern takes almost as much time to say as it does to knit. By which i mean, if you start now, you’ll be done by bedtime!
Dottie Angel + Spincycle Yarns = a Hatty New Year! December 01 2015
We know you're busy as bees, knitting away at holiday presents for loved ones... So we hope that you'll join us for some selfish post-holiday knitting! We are joining forces with Tif Fussell, the creative maker known as Dottie Angel on Instagram (@dottieangel), for a knit-along we are calling Hatty New Year!
Tif knit a pattern of ours recently: Tilly, a simple cloche with a ruched ribbon detail. She fell in love with the simple little pattern, but she didn't stop there! She worked her woolly tattoo magic on it... and voila! Isn't it fantastic?
So here are the details...
- While you're here, visit the Dyed In The Wool collection and pick your skein. Use the coupon code you found by following either Spincycle Yarns or Dottie Angel on Instagram! We are recommending Tif's own favorite colorways - Salty Dog, Deep Bump, Pick Your Poison, or Robin's Egg. But they're all excellent. The sample is shown in Salty Dog!
- Head over to Ravelry to purchase the pattern and join the KAL group!
- We will begin the Hatty New Year Knit-along on January 1st and end on January 31st. (We suggest you purchase by December 23rd to receive your yarn by the 1st. Overseas orders should be completed by the 15th of December, though we can't guarantee they won't get delayed in customs.)
- A couple of weeks into the KAL, Tif will begin to release little videos on her Instagram account showing her woolly tattoo process! You can view them for inspiration!
Stay tuned for details by following us on Instagram! And YES! there will be prizes!
xoxoxoxoxo, the spinsters
Fall's Official. October 14 2015
But you probably already knew that. Maybe you've picked up your knitting again - finally! - after a long, hot summer, or maybe you've hit Level Manic and simultaneously cast on for three sweaters and more hats than you'd care to admit. Ok, that's what we did. So no judgment here. But we're not too busy knitting to make yarn... We just came correct with a new Dyed In The Wool colorway, Frosty Night! Behold!
We thought we couldn't possibly be busier than we were this summer after our first trip to TNNA, but we were wrong! (TNNA is the biiiiiiiiiiig trade show where all your favorite yarn shops go to find out about new yarn companies and place orders from their old favorites... if you've suddenly noticed that your LYS is carrying Spincycle Yarns, TNNA is probably why. We opened an amazing number of new accounts. We came back filled with gratitude. Gratitude and a very long to-do list.) Now we are in the midst of filling fall orders and getting ready for a few really fun winter shows up here in our little corner of Washington!
But we did take a short break last month to celebrate Rachel's 39th birthday. Maybe you've cracked the Knit Fast, Die Young code and you know the words to all the songs we reference in our colorway names. If so, you might appreciate the cake that Rachel's sister, of Cherry Bomb Cakery here in Bellingham, whipped up:
Yeah. Uh huh. That is who you think it is.
But back to business... We are super thrilled to be returning to Knit Fit! in Seattle next month. We could tell you all about the amazing lineup of teachers and classes and yarn companies slated for this show, but you should probably just follow this link and see for yourselves: Knit Fit! November 13-15!
And then we are returning to our ABSOLUTE FAVORITE handmade craft fair OF ALL TIME. (Can you tell we're stoked?) Urban Craft Uprising has been around for over 10 years and it is just getting better and better! This year they are bringing back VIP night! For a small fee, you can have a private shopping experience on Friday night, before the crowds (10,000-ish) descend. So if you like the pick of the litter, or you're just socially awkward, get your VIP ticket now! Go to Urban Craft Uprising for details! December 4-6 in Seattle.
And follow us on Instagram to find out about trunk shows in the area. We've got 'em booked for Makers' Mercantile in Kent, WA, and Apple Yarns in Bellingham, WA, just for starters!
Kate and Rachel
You asked... and we heard ya! We have kits! April 03 2015
We never meant to turn a deaf ear to the pleas of the partners and friends of you crazed knitters... we just move slowly on some things! But finally, we joined forces once again with HomeTown Knits and Jūl Designs and came up with these awesome cowl kits. Now all it should require on your part is a gentle nudge in our direction, and your significant other can TOTALLY NAIL IT on your next birthday!
We can even put together a custom pairing of colorways. Just drop us a line!
From the listing:
Introducing a lovely trifecta: a collaboration between Spincycle Yarns and Hometown Knits, featuring the lovely leatherworkings of Jūl.
The Kirstin Kit includes
- two skeins (400 yards total!) of Dyed In The Wool, one in colorway "Deep Bump" and the other in colorway "Idle Nights", OR two skeins (400 yards total!) of Independence, one in colorway "Slumbering Heart" and the other in colorway "Idle Nights",
- the pattern for Kirstin, simple colorwork cowl from the design genius Simone Barry of HomeTown Knits, in one-size-fits-all,
- and brown leather closures from Jūl. .
Heidi + Lana, Spincycle Yarns, & Vogue Knitting Live NYC! January 12 2015
We were so smitten with Heidi and Lana when we saw this LYS booth at VKL Chicago back in October. Rather than taking the "everything but the kitchen sink" approach that many shops take when vending at a big show, H+L were simplifying... Offering a small but thoughtful selection of needles and accoutrements, the feature of the booth was Margaret Craig's original pattern "Touring Cape" as a kit. Knitters could choose from the many curated color combinations and walk away guaranteed a satisfying project.
We were so flattered when, at the end of the weekend, Heidi and Lana wanted not only to carry Spincycle Yarns in the shop, but to feature us in Margaret's upcoming pattern kit "Passage," to debut at Vogue Knitting Live NYC, January 16-18.
For the pick of the litter, get to VKL NYC early! Read on for details about the pattern!
1. The act or process of moving through, under, over, or past something on the way from one place to another.
An edge of buttons that can pass through any of the openwork holes which are lined by bold tracks of stockinette make the possibilities of this scarf endless….
5.5 stitches/inch in St st
400 yds Sport/Heavy Fingering Weight Yarn
(shown Spincycle Dyed in the Wool - Kimono)
4 Buttons (7/8”) (shown with Heidi & Lana buttons)
5 US Straight or Circular
Check out this video to see some of the fun ways you can wear Passage.