Tuesday, November 30, 2010

New Yarns...

...are coming and one is called Luminosity, it has sparkles! It's like my Lublu yarn with a nice tight twist and the fiber content is: 75% Superwash Merino, 20 Nylon, and 5% Stellina (the sparkle!) I don't have any dyed at the moment, but I do have plans to do so. I have a few custom orders before I can get to it.

The other two new yarns I'm going to try out before I add them to my regular line up are a BFL sock yarn 75/25 Blue Faced Leicester/Nylon coming in at 460 yards and Sumptuosity Lace weight which is Baby Alpaca, Silk and Cashmere coming in at 1300 yards.

Just wanted to give you the heads up, I might be needing a few test knitters and I'll post for those in my Ravelry Group.

Friday, November 26, 2010

I took a break...

...from the fair isle sweater I'm making for my son and made him this much more needed hat. I participated in an Indie Dyers swap on Ravlery and got this Merino/Silk/Cashmere yarn in the mail, it was the perfect red to go with my sons coat, I did think twice about the yarn fiber and if a little boy was worthy of such luxury...but of course, I love knitting with it and it so perfectly matches his coat and how often do you really need to wash a hat anyway? I wash almost everything I knit by hand to extend its life, after all I spend countless hours making these things and want them to last as long as possible, perhaps so my grandchildren can wear them some day.

It was a pleasure to knit with this lovely yarn and color, the hat will fit him for many years, and I'm glad because I have a list of other things I want to make, with a few things for me included and never enough time as the list is always growing!
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We had a fun day with all of my family.

Remember the sale going on in my shop through Monday. You'll get 10% off with code: BLACKFRIDAY10 and it includes all of my yarn clubs, including the tea and yarn, worsted weight, no-pooling variegated and nearly solid clubs, which are already discounted! (Enter the code at checkout.) Enjoy! ~ Angela

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

What you see....

...is what you get. The December Holiday Special Edition Tea and Yarn club sold out quickly so I'm doing another one. It's the Holiday 2010 Tea and Yarn package. It is now listed in my shop and is available on 3 bases for you to choose from:

Nogi (Fingering)
90% Superwash Merino Wool, 10% Nylon

Opulence (Fingering)
80% Superwash Merino Wool, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon

Resplendence (Fingering)   (Pictured below)
50% Merino Wool, 50% Silk
This is my all time favorite tea, it has a delightful, gentle and yet still flavorful taste and it pares well with any treats or is great alone. You will receive 2 ounces (about 25 cups) of the inspirational Gourmet Teavana tea used to design the colorway for your yarn.  The tea is factory sealed for international buyers concerned with customs.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Black Friday Sale...

...is not only on Friday, but extended through Monday, too. I’ll be having a sale over at All for Love of Yarn Friday through Monday! 10% off everything in my shop, including yarn clubs! WooHoo! This almost never happens, since they are already discounted!

You will need to use the coupon code at checkout (there is a new feature on Etsy that let’s you actually put the code in and the savings are automatically calculated!)

Coupon code: BlackFriday10
Sale dates: Thursday evening after 6pm through Monday around 11pm.
Thanks for looking and have a great Thanksgiving and a fun weekend shopping if you plan on doing some!
~ Angela

Friday, November 19, 2010

Long gone...

...is the November Tea and Yarn for non club members. I have good news though...

Since all of the Holiday Special Edition packages are gone as well, I am going to do another one for December and I'm thinking about Tea and Fiber for you spinners out there, too.  I'll post when they are available!
The next round for the Tea and Yarn Club will be January, February and March, and they are still available for purchase in my shop

Thursday, November 18, 2010


...Season of Light box came today and it's wonderful! I love all the white fiber with a little bit of sparkle! They would go perfect with my new ivory puffer jacket! Hmmm...I have something planned for that already, though. But, who said I can't have 2 hats? I need mittens or gloves don't I? And of course a scarf right? One of my favorite samples was in the votive candle holder that you see in the middle of the photo. I'm off to knit while the kids sleep!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Oh no....

...it's the 17th! I was suppose to have the top 5 photos picked out and up to vote on by now! I'll get to it ASAP! The time has been flying by, trying to catch up on things since the festival and knitting or trying to knit my son's sweater, my first fair isle and it's 1 step forward 2 steps back. I keep going to something else, I'm not liking the process at all. I'm spinning this...
...75/25 Alpaca/Merino dyed by me, it's called earth and sky. I'm spinning it on my new spindle...
...that I got at the Fiber Festival. I like to get a little something at each festival, it's something to remember the event with in years to come. It brings back some great memories. I do this when I travel, or use to travel; I bought wine glasses, that was a lot of fun and makes for great conversation at the dinner table.

Anyway... about the spindle...it's from The Dragonfly Workshop. I broke my other favorite, but this was immediately a favorite for it's long, steady and balanced spin. I got to try it out at the festival, so that was a real bonus, and it was great to meet the person who made it and his family. I'm spinning finer and a more even yarn with it, too. It's all very exciting and now I like spinning even more, can you imagine that?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tea and Yarn...

...November colorway is going to be up for sale within the next 24 hours! There is just 1 available, so keep your eye out for it!
Hint: It's a favorite to keep you warm on the inside and with the yarn it will keep you warm on the outside, too in the cold winter months ahead...

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Remember this...

...photo from the October contest?
Here's the yarn I dyed inspired by it and I love it! I might be taking it to my local LYS in a week, so if you seriously want to purchase it let me know! It's the Nogi base, non-pooling variegated $24.00. My Email
Nah, it's in my shop! Worsted and Fingering Weights.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Let it snow...

...let it snow! As Papa was kissing us good bye early this morning before he left for work he said there was snow on the ground. YEAH! Out of the bed the kids popped racing to the window to see it and stayed there watching for more than an hour! (It's our first snowfall of the year.)
They couldn't wait to go outside and play in it and Katya couldn't wait to eat it. Last year that's all she wanted to do when outside, eat the snow!
David wasn't sure of it at first and wanted to stay on the sidewalk, but soon enough he was trapesing through the snow after Katya.
Oh, ya the pink boots, I haven't gotten his out of storage yet, so he's wearing Katya's.

The snow was perfect to make a snowman, and Katya picked out the rocks for his eyes, nose and mouth and I think he has a Merten (family) nose for sure! He has two arms on one side, too. Katya thought he need an extra one, since David was trying to pull out the other one :) 
I'm not sure if Katya can see much, but she insisted she have it all on, hood all buttoned up and all! 

Thursday, November 11, 2010

I have updated...

...the All Knitted Up section with pattern links! It can be found in the right hand column, at the bottom of the list.

Enjoy ~ Angela

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The PITA winner is...

...Queen of Swords! Congratulations and thank you for your input! Contact me allforloveofyarn@gmail.com and I'll get your yarn out ASAP!

Thank you all for your input on the yarn clubs. I will have a worsted weight club up very soon, hopefully tonight if I ever get my little Miss to bed! I'm still thinking about another sock yarn club and I really appreciate all of your comments and suggestions, they are very helpful.

~ Angela

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

What a whirl wind...

...weekend we had! The Festival was a great success and so much fun! It was so wonderful to see all of my hard work pay off and especially to see everyone's reactions to my yarn in person. It was so great to meet all of you who visited me and get to know some of you a little more. I met some people that I've been talking with via email and ravelry for the past few months and that was so much fun. Thank you for making this festival a great success!
My dear Mom, known as Mama Lu since my daughter could talk, was with me at the festival to help me in whatever I needed. My son David was with us, so she was basically in charge of him. She was a great help so that I could talk with all of you who visited and not worry about taking money and writing receipts. I think she's going to get an extra special gift this Christmas! Thank you Mom!
 The not so much fun part was the flat tire we had on the way home! I was just thankful that it didn't happen on the way to the festival in the morning; God is watching out for us and there must have been some reason that we needed to be delayed in getting home. My Mom would have changed the tire, but we couldn't get the darn spare tire out from underneath the van. Daylight was vanishing quite quickly and while Mom was loosening the lug nuts she made me crawl under the van to see if I could get the spare tire off. Do you think anyone stopped? No! It takes my husband 15 -30 minutes to get it off, extremely poor design on minivans he says. As we waited for my husband to arrive from 45 minutes away at my parents home she told me of the time when she was at a park in the days of no cell phones and no one around with 4 or 5 kids (I'm the first of 6) in tow, and a Suburban. She had a flat and she changed it, there was no choice, she just had to do it. Me, I was like, I have a phone and a husband who is able to come, or our insurance would cover the cost if we had no one to call.  She was quite determined to change it herself, but again the spare tire ordeal...

My husband got there and then 2 cars decide to stop and see if we need help, that would have been nice when I was laying under the van with my skirt on.

We made it home (to my parents) an hour later than expected. Katya was having a grand time getting into Mama Lu's lipstick when Boompa (Grandpa, also named by Katya) wasn't looking and she had her Aunt Hannah's clothes on. She didn't seem to excited to see me that's for sure, I think I was interrupting her fun!

We live 1 hour away from my parents home so I was stuck until Monday when I could get the flat tire fixed. We had planned on getting all new tires anyway so it worked out. I left the kids with Mama Lu and their Aunties and I headed to get the new tires and I actually enjoyed my time there spinning while I waited for the tires to be put on the van. I bought a new spindle at the festival, and couldn't wait to use it. I grabbed some fiber that didn't sell and had an hour all to myself to spin! I love new tires, especially before winter, they are worth every cent I paid.

I made it home Monday late afternoon and finally got the car unloaded this morning, actually my husband did it for me. He is such a wonderful man, what would I do without him I ask myself sometimes. I am a very blessed woman indeed!

I have the shop updated for now with more things coming a little at a time. I have to get an order ready for Kristin's Knit's in Rochester, Minnesota and then I hope to get some serious knitting done! I have a mental list of what I want to get done here pretty quickly. We are enjoying these last few days of nice weather first we spent the morning at the park, I think they are predicting snow come this weekend.

As promised to all of you at the festival I will have photos of my shawls and socks with links to the patterns on Ravelry very soon. I'll do that next if the kids stay sleeping! You can find it in the All Knitted Up! section in the right hand column.

Thank you again to all of you who made this fiber festival a great success for me. 
~ Angela

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Giveaway! PITA...

...yep, I've got another one. It's bound to happen when I'm re-skeining a lot of yarn getting ready for this festival on Saturday. I can't wait, it's getting exciting!

This time it's a worsted weight, semi-solid navy blue coming in at 135 yards/75grams.

I would like you to tell me what you would like to see in a sock yarn club. I'm thinking about doing one totally custom for each customer, send me your photographs and we'll go from there kind of thing.

What about a worsted weight yarn club for those of you who don't like fingering weight much?

Talk about how much you would be willing to pay for your ideas, thoughts. 

Last day to comment is Wednesday, November 10th, 2010


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

November's yarn...

...and fiber, too! As most of you know I contribute to the Phat Fiber box monthly. November's theme is Season of Light and I was in search of some good inspiration and then this great photo came in for the contest. It was perfect, so for my samples I did up the fiber in both Silk and BFL. Of course I did the yarn, too and since I choose this for my phat fiber samples the colorway will be fully revealed this month. The yarn is Nogi 90/10 Merino/Nylon and it's dyed with a minimal pooling technique.

The photos this month were so seasonally inspiring, I have a few more colorways coming, too!

Congratulations to Millamelli (ravelry name) for submitting this awesome photo and winning this months contest! Email me your address and I'll get your yarn out to you ASAP! allforloveofyarn@gmail.com