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Blog Posts - Ancient Arts Yarns

CYO Caroline: TNNA Winter 2016 Show in San Diego, CA

19 January, 2016 |

One of the most enjoyable times of our year is when we have the opportunity do shows and fibre festivals, where we come face to face with the people for whom we dye our yarn and seeing the fantastic things they do with it. However, some of these events are very different because, instead of a …

Big Squeeze: Pattern Inspiration for ME-month

12 January, 2016 |

Ah, the new year has arrived. January is a great time to make some yarn-related resolutions such as learning a new skill or attempting your first sweater. One of our fabulous retailers, Stash Lounge, has declared January to be ME-month, and we can’t think of a better way to start off 2016. To make your resolution easy, …

The Barb Brown: Gauge and Swatch, A Knitter’s Hell (Or, Of Smitches and Stitches)

05 January, 2016 |

I belong to a number of knitting groups, and many of the members of these groups are new or fairly new knitters. They have taken advantage of on-line videos and classes, and learned an amazing amount this way. The members of the groups are very generous with support, and advice, and willingly answer questions. I …

CYO Caroline: Cute Cats! Cute Cats! Cute Cats!

29 December, 2015 |

At this point in the holiday season, we’re guessing most of our blog readers just want to see some cute cats – and if that’s the case, you’re in luck! Today’s blog post is filled with some adorable cat photos from our archives (oh yes, we have cat photo archives!). Many of these fabulous felines have …

CYO Caroline: A Funny Thing Happened While Dyeing…

22 December, 2015 |

Today I thought it would be fun to share with you some of the lighter side of a dyers’ life. When I first started dyeing professionally, people told me many things about what the business would be like. They warned me about the long, long hours, the back breaking physical work (who needs a gym …

CYO Caroline and The Barb Brown: BFL is Back!

15 December, 2015 |

Earlier this fall, our BFL fingering yarn base made its triumphant return after a hiatus. We couldn’t be more pleased! On today’s post, we’d like to offer both Caroline’s and Barb’s thoughts on what makes this yarn base so special, and why we are celebrating its return with cartwheels and backflips (well, in our minds, …

CYO Caroline: My Life with the Fibre Arts

08 December, 2015 |

Today, Caroline shares more of the Ancient Arts Yarn story in a new feature, Diary of a Fibre Artist. Enjoy! I always enjoy reading about the journeys of other people through the world of the fibre arts, learning how they first came to the fibre arts, what interests them, and the path that they follow, …

Quick Gifts for the Holidays

01 December, 2015 |

It’s the first day of December, but no need to hit the panic button just yet – we’ve got plenty of fun, giftable pattern ideas to whip up for those knitworthy AND crochetworthy folks on your holiday gift list! We’ve conveniently sorted each pattern suggestion by yarn base so that you can grab your favourite …

CYO Caroline: Meow & Woof

24 November, 2015 |

With the holiday season upon us, our thoughts turn to gifts – and knitters swing into action! Selecting the perfect yarn and pattern for a gift project can be every bit as enjoyable as the knitting itself. One thing we’ve noticed is that sales for our charity inspired yarns increase, and as part of this …

Designer Spotlight: Carol Sulcoski

17 November, 2015 |

Today, we’d like to introduce you to Carol Sulcoski, who has designed many gorgeous patterns using Ancient Arts Yarn. Carol J. Sulcoski is a knitwear designer, writer, hand dyer, and teacher. Her books include Sock Yarn Studio (Lark), Knit So Fine (Interweave), and Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarns(Interweave), and Carol’s work has also appeared in such …

CYO Caroline: 5 Different Dye Styles

10 November, 2015 |

I have a passion for colour. As I am a dyer by trade, this likely comes as no surprise, but it’s been a central part of my life as long as I can remember. Colour in any form attracts me and pleases my heart. According to science, the human eye can see somewhere in the …

Big Squeeze is Here!

03 November, 2015 |

Our newest yarn is sure to be your main squeeze for fall! Knit and crochet warm and cozy projects in no time flat with our new bulky weight yarn, Big Squeeze. This squishable new yarn is processed and spun in Italy from premium 21.5 micron New Zealand Merino wool. Needless to say, it is not only …

Meet Our Team: Caroline D.

27 October, 2015 |

On our first blog post, we gave a brief introduction to the Ancient Arts Yarns team; today, we are pleased to welcome a post written by our Sales Manager Caroline Dick, a key member of our group. Enjoy! Hello! My name is Caroline Dick. I am the “Other” Caroline on the Ancient Arts team, not …

Curated by Caroline: On Choosing Yarns

20 October, 2015 |

Throughout the course of my long and varied knitting career I have many times wondered how yarn companies choose the yarns they choose. Why this colour? Why that fiber? Why this fiber blend and not that one? What are all these types of wool? It wasn’t until I started to spin my own yarns back …

In the Dye Studio at Ancient Arts

06 October, 2015 |

Today we have a special treat for our blog readers: a behind-the-scenes peek inside the dye studio! Here at Ancient Arts ,we use many dye techniques to create our colours, and we dye over 130 colours!  Even though there are so many they all have one thing in common:  they are all created using some form of …

Behind the Brain of Barb: On The Fringe

22 September, 2015 |

Barb Brown is our resident design coordinator and all-around knitting expert. She will be sharing her knowledge with our blog readers in a series we’re calling Behind the Brain of Barb – we hope you enjoy this inaugural post to kick things off! Fringe. It is back and is being seen more and more on the runways, …

Fall Pattern Round-Up

08 September, 2015 |

Autumn is just around the corner, and with it, the eagerly-anticipated fall issues of some of our favorite knitting and crochet magazines! This month, we’d like to share four of the latest designs to use Ancient Arts Yarn. The Lightweight Pullover by Zahra Jade Knott kicks off our fall pattern extravaganza, appearing in the Early Fall 2015 issue of Vogue ...

Fall 2015 Colour Story

25 August, 2015 |

Fall is just around the corner, and we’re pleased to share our newest colours to keep your needles and hooks busy! As we mentioned in our previous blog post, each of our  colourways has a story behind it, and today we’d like to introduce you to each of our 2015 Fall Colours and share the stories and …

Meet Our Team!

13 August, 2015 |

Welcome to the brand-new Ancient Arts blog! For our inaugural post, we’d like to share a brief history of Ancient Arts Hand Dyed Yarns with you. Knitting has always been a part of Caroline’s life – in fact, she learned to knit when she was only 4! In addition to her explorations of the fibre ...