February Fiber Artist of the Month!

 As you know, every month we choose an awesome crafter to be our knitter/crocheter/spinner of the month.  Between the yarn club and shows, I'm late for February, but that's no reason to skip it!  So, without further ado, February's contestants are:

Tonya Willett

Quincy Q Monster by Dangercrafts out of Winter Peacock Sock

Midsummer Night Socks out of Lime Peacock Sock

Socks out of Bluegrass Peacock Sock

Socks out of Sun Conure Peacock Sock

Tonya is a very accomplished knitter who has been a fan of UPP from way back.  She always visits us for shows in North Carolina.

Jeniffer Cox

Green Crochet Shawl out of Blossom Silk Merino Lace

Jeniffer crocheted this shawl for her sister's wedding from yarn she got at Sunflower Fibers in Fayetteville, NC.  When she is not making gorgeous shawls, Jeniffer is serving in Afghanistan, and she has taught knitting classes there!

Sherry Roberts

Handspun including wool from our Icelandic Sheep

Sherry is an accomplished spinner and fiber artist who enjoys making her own fiber blends.

Jackie Murton

Java at Sunset in Superwash Merino Sport and Carnival Bulky in Sunset

Anyone who follows this blog is no stranger to Jackie's work, since she's been incredibly prolific in making patterns out of UPP yarns!  This one is a new freebie which will help you reduce the amount of waste in your life - with a reusable coffee mug and sleeve instead of a throwaway!  Jackie is also helping design patterns for the Fairy Tales Yarn Club - her first release will come in March!

So, who do you think should become Fiber Artist of the Month?

Who should be February's Artist of the Month?
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Interested in becoming Knitter or Crocheter or Spinner of the month?  Upload your pictures onto our website, or email me photos!   It's easy to do - just find the color of your yarn and upload it onto that page.  You may win a prize!

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Congratulations, Leslie Rueff, January's Crocheter of the Month!




Leslie Rueff, lover of the mountains and Virginia Beach native, has been crocheting for over 2 decades (larcyarn on Ravelry). She is a member of the Crochet Guild of America, enrolled in their Master’s program, and founder of Roanoke Crochet Club, a non-profit service group of crocheters. She’s openly addicted to Indy hand paint yarns and became bi-craftal just over a year ago through Cate Leonard's positve knit coaching.  When not with her middle school choir students, Leslie can be found performing as a Soprano soloist in the community as well as teaching yarn classes at Mosaic Yarn Shop in Roanoke. 



Waves of Warmth Hat, out of Lagoon Superwash Merino DK

Leslie has started designing crochet patterns, and she has done two with Unplanned Peacock Yarns.  Her latest is the crocheted Uberyarn V-Stitch Chunky Scarf pattern


Interested in becoming Knitter or Crocheter or Spinner of the month?  Upload your pictures onto our website, or email me photos!   It's easy to do - just find the color of your yarn and upload it onto that page.  You may win a prize!


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Congratulations Cat Leonard, December's Knitter of the Month

Cat is a regular and familiar face at yarn shops and knitting get-togethers in Roanoke and Blacksburg, VA.  She's always a friendly face who can teach anyone how to knit.  She's a frequent Unplanned Peacock Knitter!

A Hat for All Seasons, knit from Dragon Twisty Aran

When Cat Leonard was seven years old, her mama taught her to knit and purl.   Then she proceeded to NOT do it for the next 45 years.  She grew up, married her high school sweetheart, raised a bunch of young'uns, and one day found herself with an empty nest, no marketable job skills, and nothing to do but housework.   Yikes!   She had to find something and find it fast to avoid doing all that housework.  Quilting?  Naw.....too fiddley.   Painting?   Hmmm, don't you need talent for that?  Martial arts?   Not with worn out old knees!   She wondered if she remembered how to knit and purl.  A quick trip to Walmart, one skein of Ugly Plasticky Red Heart Yarn (but, of course, she didn't know any better), and a cheap set of Bates Highly Annoying Aluminum Needles (remember she didn't know any better) later and  Cat was in business.   YES! She remembered how to knit.   And YES!  She remembered how to purl.  And YES!  She could continue to avoid housework while diligently justifying a sedentary lifestyle as long as those needles were clickin'.   Happily, her skills improved, she learned how to read patterns, and her taste in yarn and needles reached Rolls Royce levels.  Today, her stash is impressive and her collection of UFO's (unfinished objects) is legendary.  Her favorite item to knit is socks(because that is the only project she ever really finishes), and her favorite yarn with which to knit them is Anything Unplanned Peacock. 

My name is Cat Leonard and I approved this message. :)

Would you like to be Knitter, Crocheter, Spinner, Weaver or Felter of the month?  Simply send me your photos of your completed projects!  We have a contest every month and you could win free yarn!

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What should our Yarn Club be this year?


    Victoria Socks designed and knitted by Laura Goodman out of Victoria Peacock Sock from our 2012 yarn club

Every year, Unplanned Peacock has a yarn club for people who love surprises, gorgeous yarns, and neat patterns.  We come up with a different theme each year.  This year was Victorian Vintage.  I'd love for you all to vote on next year's yarn club!  

If we pick either the classic literature or the Shakespeare's plays, we could have a knit and read along :)  I can't wait to see which one wins!

The 2013 Yarn Club Theme should be...
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The yarn club consists of each person getting 8 shipments of either a variety of yarns, sock yarn, or fiber.  You get to choose which "club" you are in.  Each installment, you get a pattern designed for that yarn, a special treat, and of course, yarn or fiber.  The colorways and patterns are exclusive to you in 2013.  If you pay for a half year or a full year at one time, you get either one or two free skeins of yarn, our choice.

Want to sign up regardless of the theme?  Do so here.
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Let's give someone a very happy holiday - Vote for Knitter of the Month!

We had lots of great submissions in November - all of these knitters are very talented and friends of UPP!  Check out their projects and then vote for your favorites at the bottom!  The winner will get a guest spot on the blog and a free skein of yarn!

Erika Mosley

Doll hat out of Superwash Merino DK in Hummingbird

At the Maryland Alpaca Breeders show, we met a lovely young lady whose mom owned a yarn shop - Jolene at Cloverhill Yarn Shop.  Even though she is in grade school, Erika is already an accomplished knitter.  She looked long and hard and finally found just the perfect skein of yarn to make a hat for her American Girl Doll, and just a few days later, sent me this pic.  Erika, I am sure great things are in your future!

Jean Hogle

Travelling Woman out of Chicory Diva Sock

June Bunnies Shawl out of Chives Diva Sock

Jean has been a long time friend of UPP and is a prolific knitter.  She is currently taking her Master Knitter Certification from the TKGA.  Jean is frequently found at the local Roanoke yarn shops including Yarn Explosion.  Thanks for your constant support, Jean!

Cat Leonard

A Hat for All Seasons (coincidentally by Jackie Murton, our next entrant) in Dragon Twisty Aran

If you knit in the Roanoke/Blacksburg area, you undoubtably know Cat's friendly face.  She is an accomplished knitter and all-around nice person.  Cat has been supportive of Unplanned Peacock since the beginning.   Cat is the most creative wordsmith I've ever met and is behind the funniest product reviews on our site.

Jackie Murton

At Autumn's End Set in Sunset Superwash Merino Sport

Wallflower Legwarmers in Snakeroot DK

Jackie officially gets the longest running streak of being nominated for knitter of the month - because she's just taken off with her designs!   This month she has designed the cutest set for the youngster in your life.  Both of these patterns were designed with her niece in mind, who is taking dance lessons and braving the Pennsylvania winters.  Jackie's patterns can be found on Ravelry.

Joanna Roye

Espiritismo out of Seance Twisty Sock (available in 2013)

Joanna is a knitting pattern designer, who is also a librarian.  She is at the website Made with Sticks.  She has been one of the designers for the 2012 Victorian Vintage Yarn Club, plus she has many other unique patterns on Ravelry.  This design is one of our club designs, it will be available for purchase in 2013.

Pick out your favorites!  Show these wonderful knitters that you appreciate their hard work by voting for them!

If you are interested in entering Unplanned Peacock's Knitter of the Month (or spinner, or crocheter, or weaver) contest, just email sheep  AT unplannedpeacock.com a picture with permission to put it on our website, and the pattern and yarn name.  You may win a free skein of yarn!

Who should be December Knitter of the Month?
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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.

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Congratulations to Orla Carey, October Knitter of the Month!

photo by Erika Morton

Orla Carey has been crocheting since her mother taught her as a child, but for the last 4 years has been concentrating on knitting.
She is a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), which is a medieval and renaissance re-creation group.  She makes bobbin lace, bakes and sews in her spare time.  She lives in the Washington DC area with her two housemates and her cat.  A friend introduced her to Unplanned Peacock yarn at an event several years ago and now Orla collects hand dyed yarn whenever possible.

I have known Orla for years now, although we only get to see each other when I rarely go to SCA events.  Alas, that entertaining part of my life pretty much ended when I started travelling to fiber festivals.  I highly recommend doing things with the SCA  if you are interested in the medieval and Renaissance time periods, or if you have kids that are.  The people you meet are amazing, and you can take classes in almost any craft, taught by experts, for free or inexpensively.

Orla has knitted extensively with UPP yarns.  Here are some of her projects:

Marywarmers knit with Frog Superwash Merino Fingering

Twirl knit with Starling Alpaca Sport

Hand Charmer made with Sun Conure Superwash Merino Fingering

Thanks so much Orla, for making such beautiful projects with our yarn!

If you want to enter into our monthly Knitter of the Month contest, send us pictures of projects you have made with our yarn.

Orla Carey


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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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Mucho Mini Skeins!

(and other guilt free fiber snacks)

A few weeks ago I took a survey about what people wanted from the new website, and Unplanned Peacock in general.  There was one thing that really stood out:


Your wish is my command.  You can now get all the types of Unplanned Peacock yarn in 10 g skeins which range from about 12 yards for the bulkies to about 85 yards for the laceweight.  You can also get 1 oz samples of our spinning fiber, everything from our raw Icelandic fleece to our silk top.   This way you can try any type of our yarn or fiber without fear of a huge financial outlay for yarn you don't like.  

Since I can't take 10% off of the length of dozens and dozens of different color skeins, I will pick the colors of the mini skeins.  (However, if you REALLY need something specific, it doesn't hurt to ask. I aim to please.)

These mini-skeins will only be available on the website, not at shows.

What can you do with 10 grams of yarn?  Quite a lot.  

Here are a list of patterns.

Unplanned Peacock Tiny Socks 

Owl Puffs by Retro Lemon Studio

Stjarna by Karolina Eckerdal

Bunny Nuggets by Rebecca Danger

Chubby Chirps by Rebecca Danger

Deck the Balls Christmas Ornaments by Sonia Ruyts

Huggy Bunnies Egg Cozy by Sandra Paul

We're All That Awesome Cup Cozy by Allyson Dykhuizen

Leaf me Alone, I'm Reading! Bookmark by Leigh Myers

Pioneer Cuff by Laura Nelkin

These are all quickly knit, great for little stocking stuffers and pick me ups for friends!  Enjoy!

Looking for more of a challenge/marathon/insanity-maker involving dozens and dozens of mini-skeins?

The Beekeeper's Quilt by Tiny Owl Knits

The Apiary Puff (crocheted Beekeeper Hexipuffs) by Valerie Lawson

Sock Yarn Blanket by Shelly Kang

I'm looking forward to seeing all your mini-skein creations!

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Welcome to Unplanned Peacock 2.0


Hi all!  I'd love to welcome everyone to my fancified new website!  I am hoping it will be a better user experience for my customers and myself.  One thing that is going to be a lot of fun is this blog section where I can keep you up to date in a more complete and personal manner on what is happening at the farm, with the yarn, and with our wonderful customers.  Notice also that I will now be using Twitter to update all my friends on timely basis, and this will show up on the front page of the website.  (I've resisted Twitter in favor of Facebook and Ravelry up until now.)  For any new found friends who might be meeting Unplanned Peacock Studio (UPP for short) for the first time, let me tell you about our little dyeing and farming operation.

I'm Natasha Laity Snyder, and I started UPP in 2008.  I have a degree in costuming, and dyeing and painting costumes was my favorite part of the job.   After I learned to knit, it was a natural transition for me to start dyeing yarn.  I have been lucky to find many supportive friends and yarn shops that have helped me build my business.  I started attending fiber shows in 2009, and more and more people have gotten to knit with Unplanned Peacock Yarn as the years have passed.  We are still a tiny business though.  I do all of the dyeing, my husband, Mark, helps me skein the yarn, and friends like Jolaine Kooger, Courtney Vengrin, and Joanna Roye help me at fiber shows.  

Unplanned Peacock has been fortunate to partner with many yarn shops in the area (there's a current list here), and we are thankful to them for supporting our business, and to their customers for purchasing our yarn.  If you live in an area where UPP yarns aren't sold, we are always happy to work with local shops, so please refer us (we even give a free skein to you if your LYS starts carrying our yarn!)  

In addition to all the dyeing, we take care of our flock of gorgeous Icelandic sheep.  Icelandic sheep are an artist's dream sheep (along with Shetlands) because they come in all the colors of the fiber rainbow - black, grey, white, brown, and cream.  They are also extremely intelligent animals (for sheep, anyway).  I think my sheep merit their own blog post, so I'm going to stop talking about them now.  (Trying to get a shepherd to stop talking about their sheep is like trying to get a parrot to stop chattering.) Our sheep's fleeces are for sale, and I'm happy to sell it to you raw, washed, or washed and carded.  I don't dye the Icelandic wool, because it's lovely enough in it's natural state. 

Any questions?  I'm happy to answer them.  Comments?  Let me know how you like my new site.   Please, send me pictures of what you make with my yarn!

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