Sunday, December 09, 2007

The Seaside Tank

What could be lovelier this time of year than a lacy tank designed in buttery soft Black Pearl cashmere? We are so happy to announce the release of the sexy Seaside Tank designed by the very talented Lucia Tedesco. Lucia also designed the Lacy Mock Cable sock pattern in Lanas Puras Melosa fingering weight yarn for One Planet Yarn and Fiber.

The Seaside Tank is a sleeveless lacy top perfect for a special night out or just for your favorite jeans; dress it up or down, the possibilities are endless. The slanted lace pattern is suprisingly easy and flattering for all figures. It is shown here in Black Pearl DK 100% Pure cashmere in Blue Topaz, but would be gorgeous knit up in any one of the Black Pearl colors!

The sweater is sized from XS-3x and is an intermediate/advanced pattern. Sizes XS-Medium use just 3 skeins of Black Pearl DK 100% pure cashmere. The pattern is available as a PDF download or as part of a kit which includes the yarn to make the sweater along with a complimentary pattern.

Please take a look at our entire section of kits now available in Black Pearl cashmere with many more kits on the way!

Friday, December 07, 2007

Felt Studio UK Hand Spun Yarn

We just posted some gorgeous new yarns from Felt Studio in the UK. Daniela is a very very talented fiber artist. Make sure to check out her ETSY shop for more of her handspun yarns. Many people don't know what to do with handspun yarns and there are so many ways to use them. They often can be used on their own or mixed with other yarns to make a one skein project. You can use them as trim on the top of a pair of socks, the cuff of gloves or on the end of sleeves. So many knitters, including myself, stick to the pattern instead of being creative. I keep waiting for a great book to come out showing unusual ways to use handspun yarn combined with other yarns.

Anyhow, give it a try with some of these. Look at this one Daniella hand dyed the fiber, hand carded it and then spun the yarn. She then attached tiny velvet flowers to the yarn. Talk about creative!!

Coming soon, a new Black Pearl Yarns sweater and knit knit, this one is perfect for the holidays. It is so beautiful! We also have new kits from Fleece Artist/HandMaiden coming soon, and several new indie companies we are excited about....

We have a new section we will be adding to the site in the next week, loaded with all kinds of knit and crochet kits for every type of garment.....

Are you on Ravelry? Make sure to join our One Planet Knitters group there!!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Introducing the Brioche Kit

How exciting!! We are celebrating our ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!! Did you get our Holiday Sales Newsletter? If you missed it, drop us a note at and I will send it along to you! It tells about all of our special celebration savings and new products.

We are super super excited to introduce a new sweater kit called BRIOCHE. Brioche was designed by our good friend and talented designer, Wendy Bernard of Knit and Tonic. Wendy's patterns are always so special and we have tried to make it easier for you to knit Brioche by offering a special kit as well as suggesting some alternative yarns for those who may not want cashmere. We have a special discount for you on the alternatives too. Just buy the BRIOCHE KIT if you want the pattern as shown, in Black Pearl Yarns DK cashmere in black onyx, or use the discount code BRIOCHE for one of the recommended substitute yarns. These are Artesano of England's fine Inca Cloud or Inca mist alpaca yarn, Jo Sharp Alpaca Kid Lustre, Silkroad DK Tweed or Alpaca Silk Georgette ,GGH Cumba yarn (merino and alpaca) or Sheep Shop Yarn Company's Sheep Three Merino and Silk.

We are also in the process of a new "KIT" section to the site. There will be some redundancy but for people who love kits, we wanted to put them all in one place, organized by the type of garment, so watch for that soon. We have started listing all of our own patterns and some others in kit form to provide a savings to you for buying a bundle of yarn along with the pattern.

Other new things coming soon? We have some gorgeous (and I mean gorgeous) handspun yarn from Felt Studio in England that we will be putting on the site this week. We are anticipating a new order from Yarn Pirate soon. We'll announce the date here. And we have two other brand new Indie companies which are incredible and we'll keep those a secret for right now!!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! And if you do not get the holiday sales flyer, make sure to let us know so you can see it!!