Bundle Up with the Bumblebirch Winter Yarn Club

2014 Winter Yarn Club etsy graphic

I’m proud to announce that subscriptions are open for the Bumblebirch Winter Yarn Club! I have something special planned for this season. After the finer, fingering weight yarns of the Fall Yarn Club, I’m shifting to heavier weights for the next 3 months.

The Winter Yarn Club yarns will be 100g skeins of superwash merino in DK, worsted, and bulky weight yarns: lofty, squooshy, ultra soft, and ready to be knit or crocheted up into thick and cozy winter garments and accessories. I’ll be focusing on rich, wearable, semisolid colorways.

Here are your options:

SINGLE SKEIN: 1 skein each month in bulky, worsted, and DK weight yarns. This is great for quick, small projects.

MULTI SKEIN: 2 skeins bulky, 2 skeins worsted, and 3 skeins DK. Perfect for larger accessories such as infinity scarves, shawls, and hat-and-mitten sets.

Yardage:
Bulky – 106yd/97m per 100g skein
Worsted – 220yd/201m per 100g skein
DK – 231yd/211m per 100g skein

Shipments go out around the 10th-15th of each month (December, January, February). US domestic shipping is included, international rates are reduced, and the price covers all 3 months of shipments.

Joining a yarn club is a great way to try out new yarn and add some variety to your stash. You subscribe for a season and receive a shipment of yarn in a brand new surprise colorway each month for 3 months. Bumblebirch Yarn Club subscriptions make a great gift!

The thing I’m most excited about is knitting along with you each month! I’ll be posting ideas for projects that work with the weight and yardage of each month’s yarn, both free and paid patterns from Ravelry. I hope you’re looking forward to it as much as I am!

Website Update and Summer News

New gallery of colorways
New gallery of colorways

You may have noticed I’m not the most frequent blogger. It seems that my hands have been so busy creating yarn and keeping up with life that I forgot to stop a minute and update you lovely readers.

First: I updated the website! It’s now sleek and straightforward and includes lots of colorful pictures of yarn. I’m still working on gathering photos of my process, since I rarely stop in the middle to snap pictures.

So glamorous, right? Prepping yarn for dyeing, putting labels on finished yarn, and packing a couple of boxes for delivery.
So glamorous, right? Prepping yarn for dyeing, putting labels on finished yarn, and packing a couple of boxes for delivery.

Second: You might have noticed a couple of new stores on the Shop page. Yes, Bumblebirch is venturing North to Washington! You can now find my yarn at the Tea Cozy Yarn Shop in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, as well as Tolt Yarn and Wool in heavenly Carnation (just 45 minutes East of Seattle). A couple months ago I took a trip up from Portland to visit both stores and was so tempted to stay and knit. If you’re in either neighborhood you should go check them out! They are both beautiful stores, welcoming and friendly, and stocked with inspiring yarns and samples.

Third: It’s summer and crops are in full swing, so it’s preserving season! This is what I’ve been working on when I’m not dyeing yarn. Each year I get a little more ambitious. Last year I put up peaches 4 different ways. This year I bought pickling cucumbers in bulk and put up 20lbs of blueberries my family and I picked at Blue Bee Farm on nearby Sauvie Island.

Shanna of Blue Bee Farm, a family-owned, sustainable-practice blueberry farm on Sauvie Island.
Shanna of Blue Bee Farm, a family-owned, sustainable-practice blueberry farm on Sauvie Island. Those are our bags of blueberries on the table.
Brining 20lbs of cucumbers is a big job, but my pickles will turn out crunchier.
Brining 20lbs of cucumbers is a big job, but my pickles will turn out crunchier.
A productive day in the kitchen.
A productive day in the kitchen.

I still have plans for blackberries, peaches, tomatoes…and anything else that catches my fancy.

Fourth: Autumn is coming quick on the heels of August, so Fall Yarn Club subscriptions are already available. There are limited spots so get yours quickly! The price includes 3 months of surprise yarn AND shipping. What a great deal!

Lastly: There’s a PNW-style heat wave going on right now (anything over 82F is too hot for Portland) so I’m going to turn off the heat-producing computer, make myself some iced tea, and get to knitting something small. Stay cool, friends!

The perfect combination in the summer: iced tea and wee socks.
The perfect combination in the summer: iced tea and wee socks.