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Back to the drawing board; a pattern redo

November 13, 2014

Hasn’t everyone had to go back to the drawing board and take a new approach to knit design gone awry? This is just one example of how I fixed a seemingly lost cause, without ripping out a single stitch! I love to design knitwear. Unfortunately, the design does not always come out the way I…

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Fair Isle Knitting

October 15, 2014

Who can celebrate Shetland Wool Week and not think of Fair Isle Knitting?! This style of knitting was developed on Fair Isle, Scotland centuries ago. Along with fishing and crofting, knitting became a significant part of the economy. Fair Isle knitting has been a popular trade item for centuries.  Everyone loves to wear Fair Isle…

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Shetland Wool

October 7, 2014

With Shetland Wool Week upon us, we wanted to provide a little more information on the history of Shetland Wool!                                Photo provided from Wikipedia The Shetland Islands are a chain of islands in the northern most part of Scotland. The Shetland Islands have been described as glacier scourged, windswept barren land. Yet, these islands…

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Shetland Week

September 30, 2014

Shetland, a well-known type of wool, is internationally known for its rich textile heritage and traditions. This year the week of October 4-12 has been deemed the Shetland Wool Week. This celebration takes place in the Shetland Islands and stands for education and commemoration of the sheep, their wool, and the beautiful hand knitted and…

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Today is THE day! NEW YARN DAY!

September 16, 2014

We are so excited to announce yet another addition to our growing domestic line. Willamette is our newest fingering weight yarn. This 80% Superwash Merino / 20% Nylon 4 ply yarn is available on approximately 3lb cones (1736 yds/lb). The Merino is US grown, and the yarn is spun right here in the United States.…

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Mohair Yarns Return!

August 15, 2014

Welcome back to the flock, Mohair Yarns!   We have brought back our most popular mohair yarns. Boucle Mohair yarn, Boucle Kid Mohair and Brushed Kid Mohair yarns are now in stock and ready to ship. Knit or woven, mohair yarn creates a lightweight but warm fabric that is soft and incredibly durable. The boucle…

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Introducing our newest yarn, Jillian!

July 29, 2014

We are so excited to welcome our newest addition to the Ashland Bay yarn line, Jillian! This yarn is a super bulky, super soft (20.5 micron) merino wool roving yarn. It is available in 250 gm, 140yd skeins. Jillian knits up quickly, perfect for a one day project. This yarn is ideal for cowls, scarves,…

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Roving to knit product – how differences in color blends effect end products

June 24, 2014

There has been a visual change to some of our multi color blends. For some people, this is very exciting! For others, we have received a less than enthusiastic response… It is our goal to produce color-ways that are fresh and exciting and more important, irresistible. Our recent shipments of multi colored merino/tussah silk have…

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New Introduction: Rainier

May 27, 2014

For those of you who loved Tahoe, we have a great new addition to our yarn line! Rainier is a 3-ply, 100% Superwash Merino, 100% product of the US! Rainier has a tight twist, great for stitch definition, but necessitates conditioning prior to use.  This yarn has next to skin comfort making it ideal to…

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Washing instructions for Lotus

May 8, 2014

Even though the merino in our Lotus yarn is superwash treated, we recommend that you hand wash/lay flat to dry. In the picture below, I knit the swatch and blocked it to the size of the white outline. As an experiment, I washed it in the washing machine hot wash/warm rinse regular cycle. You can…

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