Don’t miss out!

Hello, lovely readers! Today’s post is an attempt to save you from FOMO (or FOMK? Fear of missing kits?)

The kit I collaborated on with Yarn Over New York and Garnet Designs is on pre-order only until the end of the day today, June 24!

Three drawstring bags with three matching skeins of yarn

The kit, which you get to customize in color and in yarn base, is inspired by the ancient Near Eastern queen Semiramis. You get a project bag from KnitSpinQuilt, one or two skeins of fingering weight yarn from Yarn Over New York, a stitch marker, and a shawl pattern for the Semiramis shawl, which uses lace patterns from Gannet Designs that actually encode Semiramis’ name in the main lace pattern.

The shawl pattern uses either one or two skeins of yarn, and the large size looks like this:

A green semicircular lace shawl being held up over the back of someone’s shoulders

You can order the kit here on Yarn Over New York’s site, or here on KnitSpinQuilt’s Etsy Shop (the former has fewer fees for us!)

If you’re a knitter, or a yarn-buying person, what makes you pick a kit? I’m contemplating doing future collaborations with other dyers, and I’d love to know what you all are looking for!

Label Review

Today’s blog post is a product review. Dutch Label Shop reached out to me some time ago and offered me the chance to try out their custom woven labels in exchange for a blog post, positive or negative: whatever I had to say, they wanted to know.

I’m delighted to be able to say that I really like these labels.

My previous solution for labels in bags was printable fabric. I’d print out a sheet (pictured below) and cut each label out with a rotary cutter and ruler, then iron them all in half. Definitely less expensive than buying labels, until you factor in time. And, honestly, I don’t think they look nearly as good.

Sheet of printable fabric with KnitSpinQuilt printed repeatedly

Dutch Label Shop worked with me to create custom text labels (they also do images, and stock labels) that suited my needs.

Two woven labels reading KnitSpinQuilt and giving the KSQ shop URL

These labels, which I had made to my desired size, are sturdy, look professional, and can be customized on both sides, which means I can have my shop URL on the tag, saving anyone who wants to look me up the step of googling my name.

The insides of the labels are clean with good floats, and I haven’t had trouble with fraying yet — and I’ve used nearly 250 of them so far.

Image of the inside of a woven fabric label

But of course, a label can look great on the table, and not look so good on a product. I needn’t have worried about that, either – the way these are made, I added a seam allowance to be sewn in, and I think they work really well.

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I think the legibility of the smaller text might be improved upon in future orders, but I also created labels that are a technical challenge for the weight of thread they weave with, so some of that difficulty is on my head.

The process of creating the labels was a cinch: I went to their site, customized what I wanted on a web form, and uploaded the images. Their customer service reps have been responsive, and I’ve been pleased.

I know some bloggers do sponsored posts without telling you they’re sponsored: I never have and never will. One of the things I was very up front about with Dutch Label Shop when they asked me to do this blog post in exchange for a coupon was the fact that if I didn’t like their product, I’d still blog about it, and speak my mind. They were fine with that — and it turns out they were right to have faith in their product.

If you’d like to try out Dutch Label Shop, I’m happy to be able to give you a referral code: knitspinquilt15, which will be good for 60 days from today.

Back to Quilting

It’s been a little while since I’ve quilted — I’ve been under the weather for about a year now (long story, but I’m on the mend) and I’ve been focused on bags, because small projects were all I’ve had the attention span for.

But this past week, the quilting bug bit me again, and I decided to rearrange my sewing space, and try a baby quilt.

Pardon the untidiness: this photo was taken mid-batch of bags for the Moms and Makers Market (see previous post or my Instagram!)

I grabbed a pack of charm squares, a tutorial from Elizabeth Hartmann, and off I went!

I used an old thrifted sheet for the backing and cut a queen batting in quarters, so I suppose there are three more baby quilts in my future!

The quilting was all done by eye with a walking foot — I just let myself stitch where it looked appropriate, and see what happened! I’m quite pleased.

The backing isn’t quite as pretty — there are a couple of places where the top thread (white) pops through because my tension wasn’t quite right — but overall, I’m delighted with it.

Now to find it a new home! I’m thinking about putting it up on Etsy to help me fundraise for the Hispanic Federation, because god knows Puerto Rico still needs help!

KnitSpinQuilt Vending In NYC on May 12!

Saturday, May 12, there will be an exciting event in NYC: the first Moms & Makers Market in NYC, intended to fundraise for Moms Demand Action.

KnitSpinQuilt will be vending at the marketplace all day long (11am-6pm) with a full selection of three sizes of project bags, stitch markers, notions tins, and a couple of small surprises – stash savers that smell of lavender (packaged in plastic to keep the table safe for those with scent sensitivities), and even some wine glass charms, many of which work as stitch markers for larger needles!

There will be a brand new subway-themed bag available in several sizes at the market – and nowhere else until after the market is over and done!

The market includes a silent auction and a raffle to raise money for Moms Demand Action and will take place between 11am and 6pm at the Loft at W83 Ministry Center. KnitSpinQuilt has donated a hedgehog bag and set of stitch markers to the silent auction: a $35+ value that could be yours if you attend and bid!

The street address for the Loft at W83 Ministry Center is 150 West 83rd Street, New York, NY, between Columbus and Amsterdam, and the venue is accessible: there is also an outdoor terrace where people are welcome to sit and knit, and bring their own snacks.

Take the 1 train to 79th or 86th Street, or the B to 81st Street or 86th Street. Or take the M7/M11 southbound on Columbus Avenue and get off between 83rd/84th streets, or the M7/M11 northbound on Amsterdam and get off between 83rd/84th streets.

 

If you can’t make it there in person, there will be a major shop update on May 14! I’ll keep you posted!

Sea Creatures Shop Update!

This month’s update is all about sea creatures: Sea turtle stitch markers and manatee bags.

These bags usually sell out fast, so click through if you like mustard, teal, or coral, and get one for your very own project-safekeeping! 30% of the purchase price will be donated to the Hispanic Federation’s ongoing Puerto Rico disaster relief efforts, which are still sorely needed.

Keep an eye out for more news soon: KnitSpinQuilt will be in New York City at the Moms and Makers Market organized by Knitty City on May 12, and box bags are in development.