Friday, April 25, 2008

Farmhouse Yarns and Patterns

When we were at the TNNA convention, last January, the Farmhouse Yarns booth really stood out to us. They had tons of colorful hand painted yarns in all kinds of fibers all the around the booth. But also we really enjoyed meeting the owner and hearing her story and the company's philosophy. The people at Farmhouse Yarns truly love sheep, yarn, fiber and color!! They have their own flock of sheep that they try to utilize as much as possible for their yarns. Of course some of their yarns, like Cotton Blossom by Dixie and Bonnie's Bamboo do not come from sheep!! If they don't have enough wool for their yarns, they try to buy from smaller farms rather than huge mills.

The owner, Carol, hand dyes most of the yarns herself. She loves color and you can tell this by the color combinations she chooses. Her relatives help with the cellulose fibers (cotton and bamboo) as this uses a different type of dye and process.

She has also developed a lot of patterns. Most of them are easy to follow and are fairly straightforward and designed to show off the unusual colors and fibers. I think you will fine quite a few pretty and fun lightweight sweaters to knit for the spring and summer as well as fall and winter items. We will be adding a few more of her yarns and more fall patterns towards the end of the summer......

We hope you will give Farmhouse Yarns a try. We carry the Cotton Blossom, a gorgeous worsted weight cotton/rayon blend, Fannie's Fingering, a soft fingering weight yarn, the Bonnie's Bamboo-a beautiful DK weight pure bamboo with gorgeous shine and softness and Lumpy Bumpy by Charlene, a very fun to knit bulky weight yarn that knits up quickly......

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Spring Showers!

Our spring surprises continue! We are happy to announce the release of our newest pattern in our beautiful Lanas Puras Clarissa, the Simple Sweater Vest designed by Sara Lucas. The vest is a simple, classic design perfect layered over a Tee shirt or a button down blouse. It is available as a pattern download or as part of a Complete Knit Kit which includes the pattern and your choice of Lanas Puras Clarissa colorway. Clarissa, a 50/50 cotton/merino blend yarn, is a lovely DK weight handpainted yarn exclusive to One Planet Yarn and Fiber is a fabulous yarn for spring. Like all of our patterns, we are proud to offer the Simple Sweater Vest in sizes XS-3X. We are committed to providing patterns for all women!
We just received a new shipment of handpainted spinning fiber from Fleece Artist. This fiber is absolutely gorgeous. Our last order flew out of the store in just a few days so be sure to order yours soon.Another new arrival is Fleece Artist's Woolie Silk, a soft and silky 3 ply yarn. This yarn is a DK weight, perfect for shawls and lace tops and available in a variety of colors.
We have also added a new 100% silk lace yarn from Kaalund Yarns of Australia, called Enchante'. The colors are based on The Australian landscape. The yarn is truly luxurious and will make a lovely heirloom quality lacy shawl or scarf with the drape, color and shine only silk can provide. We have more yarn, patterns, kits and other surprises still to come. When it rains, it pours!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Kaalund Yarns From Australia!

We are very excited to introduce Kaalund Yarns from AustraliaKaalund is a small company that specializes in hand painted natural fibers. Right now we have just listed their Classic2 2 ply Australian lace yarn and a few patterns. We are waiting for the Enchante Silk Lace yarn and more patterns to come in. All of you lace lovers will love these yarns! The colors are incredibly beautiful!
We have many new exciting yarns and fibers coming this month. New spinning fibers from Fleece Artist along with four new yarns from Fleece Artist and Hand Maiden Yarns- Woolie Silk 3 ply, Flaxen, Somoko and Swiss Silk Cashmere in a multitude of colors plus more sea silk, casbah, etc!!

Watch the "What's New Page
" for new items as they are added to the site. We are also adding new yarns from Farmhouse Yarns including their hand painted Cotton Blossom, Bonnie's Bamboo, Fannie's Fingering and Lumpy Bumpy by Charlene Yarns. Plus we have many Farmhouse patterns coming soon-most are fun, easy and take advantage of the texture and beauty of their beautiful hand painted yarns.