Thursday, August 10, 2017

36 SILK YARNS!

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.

Best,
Sue @ Catnip Yarns
www.catnipyarns.com




Sunday, July 30, 2017

WHO TAUGHT YOU TO KNIT, CROCHET, OR WEAVE?

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
www.catnipyarns.com  

Thursday, July 13, 2017

FREE YARN SAMPLES!

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
www.catnipyarns.com

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

WHY BUY FROM CATNIP YARNS - Part 2

  • 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 right...no 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
www.catnipyarns.com

Thursday, June 22, 2017

THE PEAS ARE BLOOMING!

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?

Okay...now 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
www.catnipyarns.com

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

WHY BUY YARN FROM CATNIP YARNS - Part I

  • Catnip Yarns is a small, independent yarn seller. We sell yarn and only yarn and are currently offering over 100 first quality undyed natural yarn choices - the most anywhere on the web. (Click here to read a bit more about us and our yarns.)
  •  Catnip Yarns sells coned yarns - perfect for weavers, production dyers, and those who like bigger yarn quantities and the ease of working from a cone. In addition to our skeined yarns, we are now stocking over 75 coned yarns, including wools, silks, cottons, organics, rayons, mohairs & others.
  •  We offer FREE yarn samples! If you're thinking about buying some undyed yarn but hesitating because you're unsure about exactly what you'll be getting sight unseen, we'll be happy to send you up to 5 yarn samples free of charge to any U.S. mailing address. Details here.
That's it for this post. Stay tuned for more great reasons to buy from Catnip Yarns.

Our best,
Marty & Sue @ Catnip Yarns
www.catnipyarns.com


36 SILK YARNS!

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