Sunday, June 24, 2012

Introducing the Garden Collection

Spring and early summer on the farm rotates around the garden. As soon as the ground defrosts enough to be dug we are busy with our shovels and by mid June we are starting to reap the rewards of our efforts. We are just starting to get ripe tomatoes and cucumbers, and have been enjoying salad greens for over a month. The corn and watermelon won't ripen till later in the summer, but the plants are growing strong and tall. With so much natural beauty in front of me every day, I couldn't help but be inspired to create some new garden inspired colorways. I hope you enjoy these bright, juicy colors as much as I do! Like all of our colorways, they are available on all of our base yarns and fibers.

Edmonton Cucumber
Sugar Baby Watermelon
Brandywine Tomato
Sun Glow Corn
Mixed Salad

Introducing the Crimped Cardigan by Sarah Wilson

photo courtesy of Interweave Press
It has only been a few months since we announced Sarah Wilson, aka. The Sexy Knitter's Worth Avenue Cardigan in Green Sheep Cotton Bamboo Fingering and now Sarah has released another great cardigan in our soft, cool Green Sheep Cotton Bamboo Fingering. The Crimped Cardigan can be found in the Spring 2012 Knit.Wear published by Interweave. Knit.Wear can be purchased at your LYS or online as a instant download or a print copy. The Crimped Cardigan uses 3-5 skeins of Green Sheep Cotton Bamboo and is shown in colorway "Spiced Chai".

Monday, June 11, 2012

Discount Coupons

We have a bit of a problem and maybe you can help us make a decision that is fair. At the end of every Mystery KAL we send out a coupon to all KAL members for 10% off the next Mystery KAL. We ask that it only be used on orders including the next Mystery KAL (right now that would be Spirit of Guernsey), but the discount will be taken off your full order not just the price of the KAL so many people will add other club subscriptions or yarn purchases to the order to make the most of the discount. We think that is great and encourage it! The problem is that people sometimes use this coupon code on orders that don't contain the Mystery KAL. That's just not what the coupon is for. There are other ways to get coupon codes that can be used on any order-- for example, sign up for our newsletter using the app at the top of the left column on this blog and tell us your birthday and you'll get a 10% off coupon on your birthday*! You'll also earn a coupon for 10%-15% every time you spend $250**! But the Mystery KAL coupons should only be used on orders containing the new Mystery KAL.

There is an easy fix to this problem. Our shopping cart software allows us to specify that a coupon code only be used for certain items. The problem is that then the discount will only be taken off the KAL, not anything else you've added to the order. We'd rather not restrict the coupon that way because we want to encourage you to add more things to your order! But we also want to make sure that these special coupon codes aren't used for orders than don't include the Mystery KAL.

So, for now we are going to ask you not to use Mystery KAL coupons on orders that don't include the next Mystery KAL and hope that asking nicely will fix this problem. We can resort to the other option- restricting the coupon code- if we have to, but please don't make us! Deal?

*you have to have made at least one purchase off our website to be sent a coupon on your birthday
**$250 spent in one calendar year

Friday, June 1, 2012

June's Featured Artisan: Carol Pryer, Soapmaker

This June we'd like to bring your attention to the work of soap maker Carol Pryer. We will be giving away a free bar of handmade soap with every* order placed in June!
Carol sells her soap and body products at the farmers market in Greensboro where Kelly shops, as well as on her website.  You may have already sampled her wonderful soap, lotions and lip balms included as "extras" in our clubs. Each shipment of the Rubber Ducky Club includes one of her bars of hand made soap in a fragrance that coordinates with the colorway for that month! 

Carol also grows and sells produce on her family farm. She blogs about the farming life at

How did you get interested in soap making?

I was losing hair and bought a shampoo bar at a craft show.  Loved the soap and drove a long way for more.  Hubby suggested I make my own, but only formula I could find made 39 bars.  Gave some away and the rest is history.

How did you learn to make soap?

Basically self taught.  Did watch a live demo.

What is your favorite ingredient to use? 
Shea butter is a soap ingredient that is very moisturizing and in several of my soaps and other products.

Part 2:

1. What is your favorite word? -Naked
2. What is your least favorite word? - Should've
3. What turns you on? - Sitting quietly in nature
4. What turns you off? Being told I should've
5. What sound do you love? Hummingbirds
6. What sound do you hate? Dentist's Drill
7. What is your favorite curse word? F____
8. What profession other than yours would you like to attempt? Interior decorator or chef
9. What profession would you not like to do? News Anchor
10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
Yes, all those folks were ME.  I AM has many names.

*offer only valid on non-club/KAL orders over $30. Gift certificates are not included.