Welcome Crocheters!

Unplanned Peacock is proud to have many excellent crocheters using our yarn!  In this blog post, a picture is worth a thousand words, so I'm going to share with you some of the skilled projects our customers have shared with us over the years.  People have crocheted with Unplanned Peacock yarn in all weights from lace to super bulky.

First off, an out of the box project, a Short Scarf made with our clay buttons and our thick and thin Carnival Bulky yarn.  This project was crocheted by Kelley Gillespie.  

Our next featured project is a lovely light crocheted cowl, Vetheuil, designed and created by Jackie Murton.  This project shows off the amazing color richness of our Kinky Sock.

Doesn't this hat look cozy?  It would be perfect for next winter.  This is another of Jackie's patterns - A Mid Winter's Hat.  It is perfect for your favorite guy made out of our Superwash Merino Worsted.

Rohn Strong is a well known crochet designer who has designed several patterns with our yarn.  Here are two of my favorites:

The Jo Dee Hat is made of our bouncy and smooth Superwash Merino DK.

Rohn's Wynonna Mitts are an updated classic, using a soft color scheme, again in our Superwash Merino DK.

An amazing crafter who specializes in jewelry and fiber arts design, Michelle Stead is designing crochet patterns with her own unique style.  Her latest is Dappled Sea Hooked.  This delicate and airy piece only takes one skein of our decadent alpaca, silk, and cashmere Whisper Lite

Have you crocheted anything with our yarn?  We'd love to see pics!  Maybe you'll get luck and win the free skein of yarn we give away every month to people who sign up for our newsletter, or the skein of yarn that's a prize on the blog tour!  To enter, comment on this post and let me know you were here!  Drawing will be on March 5.
If you like what you see here, join our Tailfeathers Club for discounted yarn, a skein a month, and prizes!
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120 Yards of Awesome

As a treat for my knitters, I'm giving away mini-skeins of Whisper Lite. Here's a small pattern that works well with these little skeins:


Whisper Neckerchief:

120 yards of Whisper Lite

Size 9 needles.
CO 5.  
Set Up
Row 1:  K2, kfb, k2.  (6 sts)
2:  K2, p2, k2. 
3:  Knit
4:  K2, p2, k2.
5:  K2, kfb, k3.  (7 sts)
6:  K2, p3, k2. 
7:  Knit
8:  K2, p3, k2.
9:  K2, kfb, k3.  (8 sts)
10:  K2, p4, k2. 
11:  Knit
12:  K2, p4, k2.
Stitch pattern
Row 1:  K2, kfb, (sl 1 wyif, k)*, repeat * until last 3 sts, k3.  (odd # of stitches). 
2: K2, p1, (sl 1 wyib, p)*, repeat * until last 2 sts,  k2.
3: K2, (sl 1 wyif, k)*, repeat * until last 3 sts, k3.  
4: K2, p1, (sl 1 wyib, p)*, repeat * until last 2 sts, k2.
5: K2, kfb, (k, sl 1 wyif)*, repeat * until last 2 sts, k2.  (even # of stitches). 
6: K2,  (p, sl 1 wyib)*, repeat * until last 2 sts, k2.  
7: K2, (k, sl 1 wyif)*, repeat * until last 2 sts, k2.
8: K2,  (p, sl 1 wyib)*, repeat * until last 2 sts, k2. 
Continue rounds 1-8 of this stitch pattern until you have about 10 yards left.  
Row 1 and 2:  Knit.
Row 3:  K2, (yo, K2Tog, K1)* repeat * until last 2 sts, k2.
Row 4: Knit
Bind off loosely.  Now you can thread the long pointy end of this shawlette through the yarn overs to make a little neckerchief cowl.  
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2014 Spring Preview

I have made the decision to retire a vast majority of UPP's traditional colors.  Never fear, BRAND NEW colorways are around the corner.  Starting in January 2014, I will be dyeing limited edition colorways which will be available for six months.  I am hoping this will keep things fresh and exciting for my customers! 


So, without further ado, let me introduce the 2014 Spring Colors in their sketch form!  I'll be dyeing samples all month, and putting the new colors up here and on Facebook, but here is a preview.  These colors are inspired by plants and animals of the seashore. 


I hope you enjoy them!  The nice thing about this grouping is that all the all yarns should look good together, which will help in colorwork.  All of the colors can be dyed on all of our yarns.

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Welcome Holla Knitters!

I'm thrilled to death to be a part of the wonder that is the Holla Knits pattern club. Katie Canavan has written a pattern that is just perfect for hand dyed yarn.  The beauty of this pattern is that while it looks stunning in tonal yarns, the more variegated yarns would be highlighted by the interesting stitch pattern.  

Isn't it just perfect?  Introducing the Julep Jacket.


For those of you who are new to our Unplanned Peacock Yarns, let me introduce myself - my name is Natasha, and I've been dyeing yarn for about 5 years now, and previous to that, I was a theater costumer.  While I was working in the theater, I did a lot of costume crafts, which included a lot of dyeing and painting of fabric.  When I learned to knit and spin, and became TOTALLY OBSESSED with fiber arts, I decided that dyeing yarn was a natural progression of my career.  It allows me to be creative, messy, and best of all - people can make stuff with my stuff!  It's a collaborative art form when the dyer meets the knitter (spinner/weaver/crocheter!)  This partnership is made even better when patterns are designed especially for the yarn that's been dyed.  It's an amazing feeling knowing that my work is being used to make heirloom and well-loved crafts.

Shawl knit by Jean Hogle out of UPP Chives Diva Sock


The number one question I am asked is "what's the deal with your name?"   

When we first moved to our farm in Ferrum, VA, we had sheep that were happily eating the weeds in our yard.  One day, I went out to tend to them, and a big elegant blue head poked up out of the weeds.  We had been hearing this mournful cry every night, and even though I was an avid bird watcher, I had never heard one quite like it.  Now the mystery was solved.  The peacock was a male with a glorious tail.  We named him Picasso, and he's stayed on the farm ever since.  UPP was just a glimmer in my mind at that time, but when this peacock appeared, I thought the name "Unplanned Peacock Studio" was just the perfect mix of metaphor and fun.  


My dyeing is a bit out of control. I can never quite tell what color I'll get, even through the best efforts of making it reproducible.  It's a bit unplanned, which to me makes it more enjoyable.  That element of beautiful chaos makes it interesting and challenging all at the same time.

Picasso, our mascot.  He will be getting a girlfriend this year.


If you haven't knit with our yarns yet, be assured you will be getting the very highest quality wool yarns and fiber.  The colorways are complex and typically non-pooling, because of my dyeing process.  I dye with acid dyes, and the yarn is very colorfast.  People have knit socks and sweaters that they have worn for years without durability issues.  Because my colorways are very complex, it is very important that people buy the correct amount for a project at one time, as it is very difficult to exactly reproduce dyelots.  When you have up to 5 colors flowing and mixing together on a skein of yarn, you get a stunning result, but if you try to get the identical result again, it's incredibly difficult.  If you have any questions about the quality of our yarns, you can order a mini-skein to test out.  


A bunch of our Silk Merino Laceweight


In fact, throughout the month of May, as a gift to our customers, we'll send you a free mini-skein with any order from our website!


Random sheep picture

Aries our Icelandic ram modeling a Honey Cowl out of Superwash Merino Worsted in Fuchsia


Don't forget to Like us on Facebook and we are @unplannedpeack on Twitter!  There's also a Ravelry Group.  We welcome wholesale orders and custom dyeing as well.


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Congratulations to Laura Goodman, November Knitter of the Month!

Laura is a terrific knitter and designer.  She has been a long-time supporter of Unplanned Peacock Studio, and she designs patterns as well.  She specializes in detailed lace and cable designs.  You can see her work at Dragonwing Arts and her patterns are for sale on Ravelry.

As you can see from her awesomeness in this photo, which was taken during last year's Unplanned Peacock Open House, she has knitted a lot of things from Unplanned Peacock Yarn!  She is one of the guest designers for this year's Victorian Vintage Yarn Club, and she is planning on returning to design for our 2013 yarn club.  Some of her designs include:

Victoria Socks for the UPP yarn club - Pattern will be for sale in 2013

Nasturtium Mittens done with Nasturtium Twisty Sock - these were from the Herbal Yarn Club 2011

Chicory Shawl done with Chicory Diva Sock - This was from the Herbal Yarn Club 2011

Spring's Beginning Scarf done with Bluegrass Twisty Sock

Aeolian, by Elizabeth Freeman, from Knitty, done with Moss Merino Silk Lace

Tapestry Socks done with Tapestry Peacock Sock for the 2012 Victorian Vintage Yarn Club

You can tell she is prolific AND talented!  Join me in congratulating Laura as UPP's November Knitter of the Month!

Do you want to be Knitter of the Month?  Email us pictures of your finished projects to sheep@unplannedpeacock.com!  The winner gets a free skein of yarn and is featured on our blog!

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November Knitter or Spinner of the Month!

 It's election day!  (no, not that election, we don't talk about such ugly things near the yarn!  BUT I HOPE YOU ALL VOTED!)

It's time to elect our November Knitter of the Month!  Our nominees are:

Jennifer Crow

Jennifer knit up a plethora of darling baby and doll clothes out of UPP!  

Doll Socks out of Twisty Sock in Ultramarine and Peacock Sock in Poppy

Array Baby Sweaters out of Quaker and Kiskadee Superwash DK

Tiny Socks out of Quaker and Kiskadee Superwash DK

Otis Baby Hat out of Quaker Superwash DK
(she got all of these DK projects out of 2 skeins of our DK yarn!)

Vanilla Socks out of Primrose Superwash Merino Fingering

Jennifer has been a booth helper for Unplanned Peacock, and she used to work for Wyrd Sisters Yarn in Roanoke, VA, before moving to Maryland to pursue a career in museum work.  

Sheri Leigh Houghton

Sheri works at the two locations of A Row of Purls in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and Whiteville, North Carolina, where she manages the shop with her mother, Barbara Blackmon. 

Baby Sweater made of Snakeroot Superwash Merino.

Laura Goodman

You will remember Laura from our contest last month, but she's a productive knitter and pattern designer!  Here is her latest design (not published yet, will be published in 2013).  Laura's patterns are available for purchase from Dragonwing Arts on Ravelry.

Socks in Peacock Sock

Jackie Murton

Jackie has been designing things right and left with Unplanned Peacock Yarn.  She sells her patterns (including this one) on Ravelry.

A Hat for All Seasons made from Twisty Aran in Botanical 
(Twisty Aran is not on the website - it is being discontinued, but you can substitute either Superwash Merino Worsted or Bulky)

Christy Straight

Christy is an old friend of Unplanned Peacock, and she's a terrific spinner.

Handspun 3 ply fingering weight yarn out of Lychee Merino Top

We have a lot of great entries this month, show them some love by voting for your favorite!  

Vote for your favorite fiber artist!  They will win free yarn and a guest spot on our blog.  
Support all of our artists by purchasing their patterns.  All of these people are working very hard to bring you awesome things to knit and crochet.

Voting will close on Friday, November 9, midnight!  
We have this contest every month, so be sure to send in your entries for December!  Email to sheep@unplannedpeacock.com.

Who should be November Knitter or Spinner of the Month?
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October Knitter or Crocheter of the Month

Check out the fantastic projects submitted by our knitting and crocheting friends for the month of October!  

The competition is stiff.  
We are so lucky to have such talented and creative people designing and making gorgeous things with our yarn!

Jackie Murton


Jackie designed this pattern, and you can buy it on Ravelry.

Sunburst Hat designed by Jackie and made out of Pumpkin Diva Sock

Orla Carey


Handschmeichler (Hand-Charmer)  made with Sun Conure Superwash Merino Fingering

Twirl made from Starling Alpaca Sport

Laura Goodman

Tapestry Socks made from Tapestry Peacock Sock 
(only available to our yarn club members).  
Laura designed this sock pattern, and it will be for sale in 2013.

Rohn Strong

Jo-Dee crocheted from Pomegranate Superwash Merino DK

Vestal crocheted out of our Slate Peacock Precious

Wynonna crocheted out of our Wheat Superwash Merino DK

Rohn Strong has designed this whole series of patterns with our yarns.  
You can buy them all on Ravelry as a book, Southern Crochet.

Vote for your favorite fiber artist!  They will win free yarn and a guest spot on our blog.  
Support all of our artists by purchasing their patterns.  All of these people are working very hard to bring you awesome things to knit and crochet.

Voting will close on Friday, Oct 5, midnight!  
We have this contest every month, so be sure to send in your entries for November!  Email to sheep@unplannedpeacock.com.

Who should be October Knitter or Crocheter of the Month?
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