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By Rob Colon on 2020-05-01

Inspired by the coziness of our homes and the desire to learn new things, we’re turning lemons into lemonade - almost literally! This month, we’re giving you a blank canvas to create your own adventure and make a splash in the time we’re spending at home.

We’ll guide you along the way, taking you as close as we can to the process of sheep to shawl in your own home for your most personalized project of 2020.

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Like every other month this year, this crate was curated with a little help from our friends! This month, we’ve partnered with Rebecca Brown also known as ChemKnits Tutorials on Youtube. She has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology and specializes in applying her scientific training to the fiber arts. We love getting together as a team to watch her fun tutorials and get a behind-the-scenes look at the fiber magic she creates. Subscribe to her channel today to watch them with us while you wait for your next crate!

When we found out our mill closed down for quarantine a few weeks ago and couldn’t deliver the yarn we originally had planned out for May since last year, we knew we had to make some changes. With some help from Rebecca and our sister store Dyer Supplier, we put together something special for this month’s crates. For the first time ever, we are bringing you a DIY Crate, where you’ll learn to dye your own yarn with us! Just wait until you tell your friends that you not only stitched up your project but hand-dyed it too!

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KnitCrate Membership

This month, we partnered with our sister company, DyerSupplier to bring a variety of industry standard bare yarns to your crates! Your crate will contain 2 skeins of undyed yarn to act as a blank canvas for you to make your own unique creation. Your crate will come with 2 identical skeins of any of the following bases.

2-Ply Superwash Merino

A classic 2-ply yarn with a bit of air within the spin. Perfect for a wide range of gauges and projects, this fingering weight 100% Superwash Merino yarn measures at approx. 399 yards/ 100g.

75/25 Superwash Merino Nylon

A 75% Superwash Merino 25% Nylon fingering weight blend, durable for any project and soft to the touch. Each skein measures at 415 yards/ 100g.

Nice & Round

This base looks and feels just like the name- nice and round. Ideal for crisp speckles and textured stitch definition, this tightly plied 100% Superwash Merino measures 415 yards/ 100g and is fingering weight.

Merino Singles

Wispy and soft, this singles base is an indie dyer essential and best seller! It is a fingering weight made up of 100% Superwash Merino with 415 yards/ 100g.

Energize Me: Ember

Like a warm campfire or fireworks in the sky, this color combination brings a burst of life to any stash. Each Energize Me Crate will come with 1 orange and 1 cherry packet to create 2 skeins of any of the pictured combinations!

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Chill Out: Spritzer

This tart combination can be toned up or down depending on how much dye you use! Each Chill Out Crate will come with 1 grape and 1 cherry packet to create 2 skeins of any of the pictured combinations!

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All Natural: Husk

Reminiscent of purple corn and pumpkins, 1 packet of grape and 1 packet of orange come together to create strikingly different colorways! Mix both packets for an unexpectedly natural colorway surprise!

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Sock Crate Membership

DyerSupplier has filled our Sock Crates with every sock maker’s staple. A soft 80% Superwash Merino Wool, 20% Nylon fingering weight yarn, plied and ready to support those heels and toes! This base is 400 yards/ 100g.

Energize Me: Daiquiri

Blended with bits of undyed, this cherry flavor feels like a refreshing frozen drink by the pool. Each Energize Me Crate will come with 1 cherry packet to create 1 skein of a tonal or speckled sock yarn!

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Chill Out: Fairy Floss

Like soft cotton candy, this yarn gives grape a chance to show its different colors! Each Chill Out Crate will come with 1 grape packet to create 1 skein of a tonal or speckled sock yarn!

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All Natural: Creamsicle

Orange and cream- a familiar, nostalgic, and delicious combination. Each All Natural Sock Crate will come with 1 orange packet to create 1 skein of a tonal or speckled sock yarn!

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Patterns: 

Because we were unable to come up with new patterns for all crates in time, we reached out to some designers that we admire to provide free and discounted patterns from their Ravelry Shops! 

Laura Fahlin/lfahlin: Knit Socks 40% off in Ravelry Shop

Liz Salazar/lsalazar: 80/20 Crochet Sock pattern- free to subscribers

Rohn Strong/rohnstrong: Any pattern in Ravelry shop - free

Renate Kamm/oberpfalzerin: Select patterns - free

Stephanie Erin/ByStephanieErin: Any pattern in Ravelry shop - free

Bonus: 

Kate Atherly/kateatherly: Any pattern in Ravelry shop - 50% off

Hortense Maskens/knittingwithchopsticks: Any pattern in Ravelry shop - 30% off

Lauren Gates/seraphymfibres: Holly Socks - 30% off

Corrado Lark/corradolark: Kingdrape Shawl- 25% off

Katrina Walser/oliphantkat: Any pattern in Ravelry shop - 20% off


Malabrigo Quarterly Crate

April has been quite a month! We appreciate your patience while we completely redesigned this crate with Malabrigo.

Now…who’s ready for a quick peek at what will be inside our May 2020 Malabrigo Partner Crate?

Inspired by our May theme of Blank Canvas, we’ve partnered with Malabrigo to bring members luscious hand-dyed skeins of Washted, the superwash version of their Worsted Merino base. It features 210 yards (192 meters) per 100 gram skein.

Here’s a quick look of the colorways we’ve selected:

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Colorways will vary from crate to crate. Each crate will include 2 identical skeins with matched lots of Washted for your next masterpiece PLUS 2 knit patterns, 1 crochet pattern, and an exciting extra (these will still be a surprise).


INTRODUCING:

Asylum Fibers x KnitCrate: Limited Edition Mother’s Day Crate

We are so excited to announce a very special collaboration with some incredible independent makers! From the yarn, patterns, to the extra, each element of this crate has been handpicked and exclusively made to celebrate Mother’s Day.

Stephanie Jones of Asylum Fibers has treated us to Alstromeria- a bouquet inspired exclusive colorway on DyerSupplier’s base, Elegance. This bulky weight base is a 45% Superwash Merino, 45% Kid Mohair, and 10% Silk blend at 167 yards/ 100g. These skeins would normally retail for $30 each. Every Limited Edition Mother’s Day Crate will include 3 skeins, 1 knit pattern, 1 crochet pattern, and 1 handmade extra by Anita Wentz of Walnut Farm Designs.

Click here to get yours today for $69.99 while supplies last!

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Patterns

The featured knit pattern in the Mother’s Day Kit is Motherly by Nathalie Francis / clemandhercat. It is a simple-in-stitch top down cardigan with intricate shaping. 

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The featured crochet pattern in the Mother’s Day Kit is Abbraccio by Aimée Hansen/aheemai. This shrug is meant to feel like the coziest hug. 

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It’s always fun to see how each dyer chooses to interpret the monthly theme. This month’s Contemporary theme had a colorful mood board, but most of our boxes ended up fairly muted and classic. Not in the Artisan Crate, though! This crate, dyed by the talented hands at Fleece Artist, who created a vibrant, beautiful colorway on their Tree Wool: a blend of 70% Superwash Merino and 30% Tencel. Each...

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