Thursday, September 7, 2017


Here in southern Maine, it feels like Mother Nature throws a switch this time of year. One day the weather is hot and summery and the next day fall is here. (And, if you live in New England, you know that winter isn't far behind!)

It's time to start thinking about fall things - leaves turning color, cool temperatures, sweaters, blankets, and, of course, __________ (knitting, weaving, crocheting, spinning - fill in the blank with your favorite fall fiber project).

This change in the weather has made me think about dyeing up some Kona superwash yarn and getting started on my holiday knitting. Can't wait too much longer - my fingers are itching to grab those needles and knit.

Hope you're thinking about your own fall fiber projects. Whether it's knitting, weaving, crocheting, spinning, or dyeing, now is the time to get the fall fiber party started!

Sue @ Catnip Yarns

Thursday, August 10, 2017


If you love working with silk, take a few minutes to browse through our extensive collection of beautiful silk and silk blend yarns.

We are currently stocking 36 silks and silk blends in lace, fingering, sport, DK, and worsted weights.

100% SILK  - 14 choices, including cultivated silks, noil silks, and Tussah silks. Click here to view.

SILK BLENDS - 22 choices in beautiful combinations with baby alpaca, cashmere, merino wool, rayon of bamboo, sea cell fibers, linen, mohair, and baby camel. Click here to view.

Sue @ Catnip Yarns

Sunday, July 30, 2017


I'm a knitter and a weaver.

When I was about 8 years old, my mother taught me to knit and I've been loving it ever since. I started out with the usual beginner scarf project - full of dropped stitches, crooked edges, and lumps and bumps, but to my eyes it was beautiful. I used a Red Heart variegated yarn in bright primary colors and was fascinated watching the colors change as the scarf slowly but surely grew longer. That scarf was the first of many, many projects over the years and I have to admit I still love variegated yarns, especially those I dye myself.

I taught myself to weave about 20 years ago, using Deborah Chandler's book "Learning to Weave," and then took a week-long beginner weaving class with her at Harrisville Design Center in New Hampshire. My first loom was purchased for $25 at a yard sale and it served me well for many years.

Think back to how you began your fiber journey. Were you a learn-it-yourselfer or did you have a mother or grandmother who patiently helped you learn to wrangle knitting needles, crochet hooks, or loom problems?

My best,
Sue @ Catnip Yarns  

Thursday, July 13, 2017


That's right....FREE!

Are you thinking about buying some undyed yarn but hesitating because you're not sure exactly what you'll be getting sight unseen?
There's no substitute for actually seeing and touching yarn before you buy, so please don't hesitate to request samples.
If you have a U.S. mailing address, we'll be happy to send you up to 5 yarn samples free of charge. Each sample is about 12" long and is complete with a description card including yarn name, fiber content, and number of yards per pound.
To order your free yarn samples, just email us with a list of the yarns you'd like and your mailing address. Please be specific with exact yarn names. We cannot respond to requests asking us to pick out general yarn types or weights (i.e., cotton, linen, bulky, etc.).

Our best,
Marty & Sue @ Catnip Yarns

P.S. You'd be amazed at how many requests we receive for Red Heart yarn, Sugar 'n Cream yarn, acrylic yarn, purple yarn, pink yarn, fluffy yarn, and many, many others, so please note we do not carry any colored yarns, acrylics, Red Heart or other name brand yarns.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017


  • Flash sales. Twice a week - on Mondays and Fridays - we feature one or more undyed natural yarns on sale at 15% off the regular price. Flash sales run for 24 hours or until our current stock has been sold out, whichever comes first. Depending on the flash sale yarns, savings can range from $3.00 to $6.00 per skein and from $5.00 to $12.00 per cone. If you'd like to be notified immediately when Flash Sales are posted, contact us with your email address.
  • $6.99 shipping to all U.S. addresses. That's matter whether you order one skein or 20 cones, the shipping charge is only $6.99. And, your yarn will be sent by USPS priority mail so it arrives quickly.
  • We have organic yarns, produced in a natural way without the use of chemicals. Organic yarns are becoming increasingly popular and are especially sought after for use in baby and children's clothing and blankets. We carry several organic yarn choices in merino wool, cotton, and cotton/rayon blends.
That's it for this post. Stay tuned for more great reasons to buy from Catnip Yarns.

Our best,
Marty & Sue @ Catnip Yarns

Thursday, June 22, 2017


News from the Catnip Yarns garden...

It's almost time for peas. It's so great to be able to go out the back door and pick some beautiful fresh snap peas for our lunch salad. From the looks of the pea vines this morning, it won't be more than another week or so and we'll be picking.

This year, we have a local summer CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share from Wolf Pine Farm in Alfred, Maine, and will be getting fresh, organic veggies and fruits on a weekly basis from them, but we always like to plant a few things in our own raised beds. We are growing peas, tomatoes, cucumbers, pak choy, kale, & chard - all good for tasty salads and summer meals.
What's in your garden?

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

HOW BIG IS YOUR STASH? is the moment of truth! Just how big is YOUR yarn stash?

I admit mine is pretty big and just when I think it is finally under control, I find "one more" yarn to add to the mix. I'm pretty sure the plastic storage tub count for the yarn stash is now up to about 6, but there might be one or two more somewhere that are buried underneath my fabric and craft tub stashes! I can't help it - I love fiber and textiles and there is something so wonderful about all the colors, textures, and possibilities.

In fact, right now, after thinking and writing this about my yarn stash, I just might dig out a couple of those storage tubs and see what inspires me for my next project!

My best,
Sue @ Catnip Yarns


Here in southern Maine, it feels like Mother Nature throws a switch this time of year. One day the weather is hot and summery and the next d...