Spring Yarn Update


New colorway Blake in Heartwood

New colorway Blake in Heartwood

If you have seen the date of my previous post, you know I’m terrible at blogging. My hands are just so busy with yarn lately!

New spicy colorway Paprika.

New spicy colorway Paprika.

New colorway Monique in Heartwood

New colorway Monique in Heartwood

And there’s been a whole lot of this, too:

My son enjoying the puddles during a sunbreak.

My son enjoying the puddles during a sunbreak.

Perhaps the most exciting thing to happen in April (other than our parked car getting smashed by a drunk driver) was the Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival! I got to go out to Hood River and hang out with a friendly bunch of knitters, crocheters, weavers, and spinners. There were all kinds of workshops and a beautiful, cozy fiber marketplace. Here’s my booth:

Bumblebirch booth ready with lots of yarn!

Bumblebirch booth ready with lots of yarn!

Piles of lush yarn!

Piles of lush yarn!

It was such a beautiful weekend. If you can get out to Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival next April, you won’t regret it!

Heartwood Heather

Heartwood Heather

You can see from the pictures that my booth only had a handful of samples, so I’m working on building up the collection. I chose this bright, orchid purple colorway Heather to make an Orchid Thief shawl. It’s such a simple pattern (as far as lace goes) and I’ve been making quick progress.

My Orchid Thief shawl, in Heather.

My Orchid Thief shawl, in Heather.

Do you have some new Spring projects? What are you working on?

Mitten Kit Giveaway Winner

The winner of the Hodgepodge Mittens pattern and 3 mini-skeins of Wellspring yarn has been randomly chosen…

Andrea,  who said “These would be gorgeous in kale, dandelion, and celestial. Thanks for such a wonderful giveaway!”

Congratulations Andrea! And thank you all for your lovely comments and participation. If you didn’t win this time and would like to get 3 mini-skeins in colors of your choice, you can contact me through etsy or comment on this blog and I can make a custom listing for you.

(Note: A “mini-skein” is actually a 50g skein, half of the usual put up of 100g, which is plenty for this pattern.)

Holla Knits Accessories 2013 ** Giveaway CLOSED **

Hodgepodge Mittens knit up in fun colors of Bumblebirch Wellspring

Hodgepodge Mittens knit up in fun colors of Bumblebirch Wellspring

This cold weather makes me want to get cozy. As winter approaches, I find myself choosing smaller projects that are quicker and cover up what my sweater doesn’t: hats, cowls, and mittens. Accessories make such great holiday gifts since they’re so quick!

Bumblebirch Wellspring is perfect for these smaller knits since it’s so squooshy and warm, keeps its shape well, and is ultra-soft merino. It’s superwash, too, so you don’t have to worry about felting your fabulous new mittens.

Solid or variegated? What's your style?

Solid or variegated? What’s your style?

Holla Knits has released another fun collection of sweet accessories! Here are a few of my favorites:






Today is the last stop on the blog tour but you can visit these other blogs too!

Nov 12 – Wattsolak
Nov 13 – Mari Knits
Nov 14 – Knitters Pride
Nov 15 – Emily Greene Blue

Nov 18 – knittingkirigami
Nov 19 – Knits in Class
Nov 20 – Claire Sandow Designs
Nov 21 – Baah Yarns
Nov 22 – Jill Draper Makes Stuff

Nov 25 – Lee Meredith
Nov 26 – Wooly Wonka Fibers
Nov 27 – Bumblebirch


**Update: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks for playing!**

And now for the giveaway…You can win a mitten kit! The winner will a receive copy of the Hodgepodge Mittens and 3 mini-skeins in Bumblebirch Wellspring in the colors of your choice. All you need to do is comment on this blog post telling me any 3 colors you’d use to make the Hodgepodge mittens! One entry per person, please. International entries are allowed. Just be sure to include your email in the comment form so I have a way to contact you! Contest closes on Dec 1st at midnight and the winner will be announced Monday, Dec 2nd.

Winter Yarn Club subscriptions now on sale!

Winter Yarn Club 3 month subscription

Winter Yarn Club 3 month subscription now available in the Bumblebirch Etsy shop!

I’m pleased to announce that you can now pre-order your subscription to the Bumblebirch Winter Yarn Club! The Yarn Club includes 3 months of new yarn, each one an exclusive, limited edition, or first-run colorway.  Shipments go out on the 10th of December, January, and February, so the first shipment will arrive in time for holiday gifting!

The Yarn Club is a great way to try out the different yarn bases I offer, or be surprised by something new. It also makes a great gift for someone special. Why not add on a handmade project bag for your knitter to carry her project in? Or maybe some stitch markers in her favorite color?

The feature I’m most excited about this time around is your option to “Double Up!” one month and get 2 skeins of worsted weight yarn instead of 1. A single skein of Forage is 218 yards of worsted weight yarn, plenty for mittens, a small cowl, or a hat, but 2 skeins gives you the option to make a big cowl, an infinity scarf, or even a toddler sweater.

So I guess I gave away part of the secret: one of the 3 months will feature Forage yarn. Oops. At least the colorway will still be a surprise!

New Website

As you can see Bumblebirch has a new website! This project has taken a long time but with lots of help from a pro, I finally have my own little space on the internet. You’ll see that I imported all of the archives from Blogger, so you can still read those posts. If you haven’t yet subscribed to the blog, please click that fantastic orange button to the upper right. You can also find me elsewhere on the internet: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. I haven’t yet found a Ravelry icon, but until I do, you can find me there as bumblebirch.

Yarn and Tea

In my mind, nothing goes together better than yarn and tea. In the winter (and Fall and Spring), I love knitting chunky, wooly hats and scarves and sweaters while sipping hot tea from my favorite teacup. Well, one of my favorite teacups.

Too many choices.

In the summer, when I’m cranky and hot, I knit smaller and lacy things and drink iced tea. My current favorite is mango ceylon. I also love coconut oolong and my herbal mint blend. I make a big carafe of double-strength tea in the morning, add honey (or not), and pour it over ice throughout the day. My preferred summer teacup is actually a mason jar:

Knitting mini-man socks and waiting for tomatoes to ripen.

The natural pairing of yarn and tea led me to start the Yarn + Tea Club four years ago. Here are a few from the past. And then this guy happened in 2010, so I took a break from the yarn clubs. But now Yarn + Tea is back! It’s a little different this time…

August Summer Yarn + Tea kit includes a fun project bag!

The first exciting change: you don’t have to subscribe to 3 months. Each month is its own Yarn + Tea Kit. The second big change: a new handmade project bag. I used to include a bunch of paper goods or even candy, but a project bag is more practical and can hold the whole kit together. I can’t compete with sample boxes and I’m all about simplicity and functionality, so this really reflects what Bumblebirch is all about.

The things that haven’t changed: the yarn is first-run or exclusive to the club. This month, the yarn is a brand new colorway inspired by summer which will be available to everyone in the Fall. The tea is still very high quality and comes in a 4oz tin, which should last about a month. The most important thing that hasn’t changed is it’s all a surprise! I might drop a hint here and there, but the flavor of the tea, the yarn colorway, and the project bag all coordinate and are a surprise each month. The new Yarn + Tea Kit makes a great gift, and it’s all bundled up in a bright project bag instead of wrapping paper.

So it’s time to pour a cup of tea—over ice, of course!—and get started on a new project. Tell me your favorite summer tea in the comments.

Rose City Yarn Crawl this weekend Feb 28-Mar 3

I’m pretty excited to participate in the Rose City Yarn Crawl here in Portland this year. I was unable to go the last couple of years mainly due to having a spirited, constantly-eating, never-sleeping baby instead of a car. Now I have a grabby, talkative toddler AND a car, so I’m much more mobile and super ready to go. I think little mister is excited too and it will be a good opportunity for him to learn greater respect for yarn and knitters.

Oh. There’s something you should know. I dyed up a special collection of new yarn for this event. And I donated a precious skein of Wellspring in the new Fuchsia colorway to RCYC for the prize basket. Do you want to win this?

Bumblebirch Wellspring Fuchsia

Make sure you download the passport sheet from the Rose City Yarn Crawl website and visit all of the stores. Then your passport gets dropped into the grand prize drawing!

Secret Garden collection for Spring 2013

You can find all of my new Secret Garden colorways at Pearl Fiber Arts in downtown Portland. I’ll be tweeting and Facebook-ing my adventures so be sure to follow me on Facebook and Twitter. See you there!

Scallop of the Sea Pattern Giveaway Winner!

Scallop of the Sea by Katie Canavan

October has been one heck of a month. It seems like one or more of our household has had a cold or flu every week. On the plus side, I had a fun trunk show over at Pearl Fiber Arts in downtown Portland. It was so great to meet Bumblebirch fans and find out what people like to knit. Many beautiful skeins went home with loving knitters to become shawls, socks, and special gifts. 

Anyway, it has been busier than busy around here. So, thanks for your patience, fiber lovers, and on to the pattern winner! And the winner is…

Congratulations Tammy! I will contact you shortly with a PDF copy of the Scallop of the Sea Pattern from Holla Knits. Happy stitching!