9.03.2014

maine & a new twist to our yarn

We're in Maine. What's led us here? Well, we've been very busy over the last several months putting together our yarn line to release online and along our journey we have stumbled into roadblocks, as all start-ups encounter. I really do believe that things happen for a reason and being here in Maine this week has really brought us full circle. Our experience with releasing YOTH Yarns at Tolt Yarn & Wool earlier this year has been an unforgettable experience that we have been humbled by and very grateful for. The warm reception and support of all the wonderful folks at Tolt has been incredible! It has brought us to seek a dye house that values what we do, is as quirky as us at times, and doesn't laugh at our sometimes obnoxious and demanding requests, to help be our source of beautifully dyed yarn in sophisticated color ways that we hope everyone will love as much as we do.

I'm proud to say that we have partnered with Saco River Dyehouse to bring our color palettes to life and allow us the time to stay creative on our end. Our goal is to bring you more colors, yarn bases, and designs in addition to making all of it available online for the folks who are sadly unable to visit Tolt Yarn & Wool. I took some great pictures today of our tour of the dye house and our first run of the Raw Palette, a collection of 12 stunning neutrals that we are very proud of, in Big Sister our DK weight and Little Brother our fingering weight. I hope you enjoy the photos!

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Welcome to the gigantic buildings of the old textile mill in Biddeford.

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One of the first machines we were introduced to was this beast that takes the cones of yarn and turns them into lovely skeins that can be dyed.

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Here we have the machine skeining away. What was even more impressive though was the sweet lady who ran it and was able to tie off the skeins at lightning speed.

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Our yarn anxiously waiting on beautifully worn wood poles that I wanted to take home.

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This is the receiving area where all the fiber and yarns are delivered. Those bundles are massive in person!

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Ben, our tour guide/dyehouse mechanic/boiler man/office organizer/all around nice guy, explaining to us what a magnificent old school scale this is.

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If you know me at all, I'm terrible with names! Poor Alden, Aldy, Aldon, Alfred... did such a nice job prepping everything and running the dye vats.

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I can't explain in words how cool it was to see our yarn in these large stainless steel cages. Malik, the head dye master and chemist, was explaining the process to us. We were able to also meet his wife, Raana, who I corresponded with during our color development process. Seeing their lab dip area felt like we were opening the door into our garage and their enthusiasm and love for the art was apparent.

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There's Oyster having the water just spun out of it. Love this color!

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This is not our yarn, but it was awesome to see how the twisting machine works and what will be the last step of the process before the yarn heads over to us.

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Little Brother & Ben at the end.

Meeting everyone at the dye house today was truly a pleasure and we're very excited for what the future holds. Until next time... happy knitting!

-Ve

5.18.2014

lys tour 2014

We just had our LYS Tour shop hop in our area. Tolt Yarn and Wool decided to participate this year and back in December, Anna, the shop owner, asked me if I wouldn't like to have our YOTH Yarns Big Sister and a design of mine featured for the event. I was so happy and honored that she asked me; however, you all know how long 5 months can feel. I had the pattern designed, knitted and written up by the beginning of the year deadlines, and I can't say that I had forgotten about it, but it sure did fall to the back of mind while waiting for the big weekend.

The four long days are now over and all I can say is WOW! We had such a fun time at the shop and it all felt a little surreal when I had to keep restocking 50+ skeins of yarn everyday, because the previous day's quantities were diminished and looking a bit sad. "Little Brother" made an appearance 3 out of the 4 days and boy, did the ladies love him! He was so sweet and did his best directing customers to one of us when a knitting question arose. I feel very blessed for all the support and it was such a wonderful experience meeting everyone that came by during the tour.

If you are interested in the patterns that our shop offered for free (only) during the event, here they are (now available for sale on Ravelry)...

RutherfordCover

Pattern: Rutherford (knitting)
Designer: me!
Yarn: YOTH Yarns Big Sister
Colorways: Cacao & Oyster
Modeled by: Little Brother, Daniel, & his lovely girlfriend, Jane.


EntwistleCover

Pattern: Entwistle (crochet)
Designer: Tif Fussell AKA Dottie Angel
Yarn: Erika Knight Maxi Wool
Colorways: Artisan
Modeled by: Tif's stunning daughter.

Hope to see everyone next year. Hugs & stitches!

-Ve

4.23.2014

eastside knitters guild

Just dropping by to say that Little Brother and I are going to be speaking at the Eastside Knitters Guild this upcoming Monday, April 28th at 6:30-8:30pm. We'll be there with our One of Kind Trunk Show of yarn skeins that are limited quantity and unrepeatable, and we'll be chatting about our adventures in starting up a hand dyed yarn business. It should be a good ol' time! Join us if you can.

Hugs & stitches!

-Ve

3.23.2014

what i've been up to

You're probably wondering what I've been up to lately! I don't call, I don't write... well, I've been a busy bee working to create my own hand dyed yarn line. And, it hasn't been just me. Last year when I left my corporate job, I sat down with my family: hubby, daughter, brother, his long time girlfriend, my mom and dad, and I told them my hopes and aspirations. I've been wanting to hand dye and sell yarn since I began knitting almost a decade ago. You remember back when hand dyers were just starting to emerge and gain some popularity. All those years I imagined myself over a dye pot man handling some wool, but life, work and you know whatever else us moms do seemed to always get in the way. Well, now my baby is almost a teenager (eeek!), I've kicked the steady paycheck and mind numbing computer work to the curb, stopped cleaning my house, convinced my non-knitting little brother that dyeing yarn is about the coolest job of jobs on earth and decided to throw caution to the wind and follow my dreams. It's all so very exciting and scary all at the same time.

I don't want to bore you with the details, but I've definitely not been able to do all of this alone. I have an amazing support system, my family, close friends and a new job and co-workers at Tolt Yarn and Wool that has filled a void in my heart I didn't even know I had. Just yesterday, we had our very first trunk show at Tolt and it was a huge success! If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen these pictures already...

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If you're wondering, the yarn isn't available to the online public yet. It's exclusively available at Tolt Yarn & Wool in Carnation, WA, for now; however, we're working hard on getting our remaining palettes of colors chosen, dyed up, photographed and online at YOTH Yarns for your hot little hands to get to knitting soon. In the meantime, I have a new pattern I released on Ravelry today. Her name is 'izel', and originally I was shooting to have this be my holiday time freebie last December.

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You can see that never happened, so here she is now. Better late than never! And, because she is priced at $6, here is a coupon code for my knitting blog friends so you can get her for FREE. Use: myYOTHpeeps during checkout from now until the end of March 30th. Merry Christmas a few months late!

Happy knitting!

-Ve

2.13.2014

medicine pouches

I was a guest blogger and designer on Tolt Yarn and Wool’s blog today. It was a lot of fun to put it all together! The post includes a sweet little freebie pattern called Medicine Pouch. I hope everyone enjoys it!

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Ravelry link: Medicine Pouch

Happy knitting!

-Ve