Our Fall Plans

Hello all!! Hope this finds you well, and possibly rested after the Labor Day Holiday here in the US last weekend. I did a crazy thing, and didn't check any work related emails or info for the whole weekend.....I thought I'd go crazy, worrying I was  not getting back to someone quickly enough, but then realized that everyone is allowed to take time for themselves, so why not me?

 Taking a little me-knitting time...with Jared Flood's Channel Cardigan. It'll never go out of style. 

Taking a little me-knitting time...with Jared Flood's Channel Cardigan. It'll never go out of style. 

Anyhow! So, I have some fun yarn-tastic events coming up this fall that I wanted to share with you! First up is Vogue Knit Live later this month in San Francisco! It's always great to visit the west coast knitting scene, and I can't wait to see everyone! This is their first event in San Francisco and the vendor list looks truly amazing, so I'm really thrilled to get to see some great fiberfolk for a weekend of fun in San Fran! 

If you're planning to attend this, but haven't registered yet, make sure to use the special discount code VKLSFVENDOR25 when you register, and you'll receive a seriously great, 25% Off discount off your total registration fee. And also, when you go to the marketplace, make sure to come visit us at Booth #241! I'm really excited to be having Girl on the Rocks' wonderful knitting tools at my booth for the second time, also. She's making some just for Nutmeg Fibers that I can't wait to see in person!!! Here's a peek below at the wonderful knitters tools that Girl on the Rocks makes. 

I'll also be bringing some fun new colorways, including some that will be available only at VKL: San Francisco, so make sure to come check it all out. Booth 241!! For the full details on VKL, check out our events page here. 

Not far away now, we also have some trunk shows scheduled for this fall at some of our wonderful stockists LYS! More will possibly be added to the schedule, so keep up to date on our events page. So far on our schedule are the following dates:

We'll be bringing some special colorways just for these events, as well as a variety of colors in all four of our Nutmeg Fibers bases. We have a special kit in the works as well, that I'm excited to be able to send out for these events! 

This is a lot of info for now, but we also just wanted to remind you all that our Winter 2018-19 Call for Design Submissions are due in to us by October 15th. To see all the details regarding this, visit our information page here

Thanks all!!! Can't wait for this next knitting season! What's on your needles right now? I'm working on a Channel Cardigan from Jared Flood! 

xo

Nutmeg

Indigo for a Moody Blue Day
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I've been in a bit of a funk lately while getting settled back in here in Nashville after our trip. So, in efforts to shake the moody blues away, I decided to just have some fun and play out in the dye studio today. I had a lot of fun working on the Limited Edition summer colorway back at the end of June, so I decided to just have a day of playing with some new color application techniques. I worked on some indigo speckles with a very high tech, wrist flick method (haha). Alfie was in a bit of a funk too, and so he decided to work on some hand-painted techniques with the indigo and lac after his schoolwork was done. Here are a few pictures of us attempting to get our dye on, while simultaneously clearing our brains of cobwebs and Negative Nelsons. Can't wait to share these in the shop! Definitely helped to get my mind into a more positive space. (And I'm trying so hard not to stress about how overgrown all the plants in our backyard are in these pictures....but...does it really matter in the grand scheme of things...NO!)

xo

Nutmeg

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 Not sure how he managed to keep his hands so clean...but his hand-paint techniques were looking stunning by the time he was done! Can't wait to see how these look after they dry for another day.

Not sure how he managed to keep his hands so clean...but his hand-paint techniques were looking stunning by the time he was done! Can't wait to see how these look after they dry for another day.

Our Day in Kyoto

Ok...so full disclosure, this is about the third time I've attempted to write this post. I was using Tumblr before, for my blog posts, but it kept crashing and completely deleting posts when I was halfway through. Ack!!!! 

Anyhow....so I wanted to take a minute, again, to share with you guys some memories of our day trip to Kyoto! Yuri from Eylul Yarns, took time out of her schedule to travel with us and be our guide for the day. We were really grateful and had such a wonderful time. 

So, we met up mid-morning with Yuri and took the subway to Osaka Station. We had planned to meet Francoise, of Aroha Knits, here, since she wanted to go up to Kyoto also. 

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We were able to get seats on the train, luckily, since it was about 40 minutes up to Kyoto. After a few stops, the aisles began to fill up with other travelers. Since we happened to be there during an intense heat wave, even the air con on the train didn't work very well once so many people were on board. But, even so, train travel is so relaxing. We were able to just sit and look out the window at the countryside, letting our minds wander wherever they wanted to go. Then, suddenly, we were there! 

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Our first stop on our day trip was to go and visit Walnut Shop. Most anyone reading this will know about Amirisu magazine, a stunning knitting publication that is out of Kyoto. A few years ago, Meri had interviewed me for their issue about Nashville. I was really flattered to have tiny little shop front featured, and even still today, many people tell me that they discovered Nutmeg Fibers because of Amirisu! So, it was really great to be able to stop by and see their shop, Walnut Shop: Kyoto, in person. 

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As I expected, the shop was full to the brim with wonderful fibers, some Japanese cloth fabrics, beautiful samples, and a lot of knitters gathered around a table working on something. I highly recommend making the time to go and visit this shop while you're in Kyoto, because you won't be disappointed! 

After spending plenty of time at the Walnut Shop, we decided to grab lunch. Cold noodles, since it was so hot outside. It was the middle of a month of festivals in Kyoto, so there were lots of people walking back and forth in traditional clothes, heading down the side streets towards the street festivals. We, however, headed towards a temple instead. Yuri had told us about it, and we'd never visited one before, so we hopped in a taxi and drove across town to Sho-Ren-In Temple. 

This was absolutely the perfect place to visit on such a hot day. We wandered around the temple, sitting in the shade and looking out across the koi pond. Yuri had brought her knitting, I foolishly hadn't, so while we sat and rested, she worked on her project. Next time, I'll be prepared. 

Alfie, especially, was really moved by the temple. He really drank in the beautiful nature that was there, and said it was his favorite place to have visited. I think there's a tiny little monk inside him sometimes, always thinking about great things and about how to be more peaceful in this crazy world. I took so many photos, but here are some of the better ones. 

Needless to say, when we finally arrived back in Osaka in late afternoon, we were tired and happy. It was a perfect day trip, and I think that the memory of Kyoto will last for a really long time in our minds. 

...thanks for reading. I swear, technology gods were against this post since it self-deleted so many times. I feel like I had so many better versions of this written up before, but oh well. At least I got these pictures up finally! 

xo

Nutmeg

 

 Something very exciting coming soon!!!  

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Something very exciting coming soon!!!

#Repost @kouvive
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With sleeves🌳
#nutmegfibers
#nutmegfibersretreat



#yarnlove #handdyedyarn #iloveyarn #knittinglove #knitstagram #yarnlove #alwaysknitting #knitting_inspiration #knittersofinstagram #amimono #編み物

6th Anniversary!

So, as I’ve been busy this past week, re-acclimating to Tennessee time zones, catching up on emails, getting my daughter ready for her Freshman year of high school, etc….I failed to realize that it’s Nutmeg’s birthday month!!! As I looked back at posters and instagram, I realized that my small business, started out of my kitchen, with a shoestring budget and most of my heart that wasn’t taken by my kids, is now 6 years old! What the f&*#!! Pardon, my French. But, seriously! I can’t even believe it’s already been 6 years. 

As I think back over all of the things that I’ve done as “Nutmeg Fibers” so far, I really am mostly sitting here feeling truly….lucky and honored to be able to do this as my full-time career. The fact that I can say to someone, when they ask, that I’m a small business owner…as a single mom, it truly means more than words can properly express. And even more, the fact that the fiber community, which I so love, has supported my business this past 6 years, helping it grow to where it is now, it’s really something that I never saw coming, and am constantly grateful for. 

A few years ago, when people would ask that dreaded “So what do you do?” question that seems to come with a first meeting with a new person, I began to respond with the answer that I was a small business owner. Then the answer became an “Indie Yarn Company” owner. More recently, I’ve occasionally, timidly added the word “Designer” to that as well, which seems so strange to me…but in good ways. More often than not, people respond with, “Oh, that’s cool! Is that your only job?” When they aren’t fiberfolk themselves, they often have difficulty seeing how someone could make a business from something as specific as yarn. I’ve even had some people who are complete strangers say to me, “So….how do you pay your bills every month? Like, you mean, you really don’t have to do any other work?” After I get over the initial shock of such a straightforward (and none of their business) question, I usually just say, “Yeah, it’s my full-time job,” without going any further into the specifics they’re fishing for, but that they aren’t privy to. People are strange sometimes. Haha! 

But, there is something in me that has felt so satisfied with the fact that I’ve been able to say to people that I own my own business. That, yes, business is going good. That, yes, it’s the only work that I do (besides homeschooling my kids and being a single mom). And that, yes, I built this on my own. I say this with so much understanding and gratitude towards those that helped my business to grow bit by bit, but…just for a second…I’m going to say out loud that I am very proud of what I have worked to build over the past 6 years and where Nutmeg Fibers is right now. It seems strange to say that…cause I still have so much I feel I want to improve on and grow towards and be more consistent with and learn and…and…and……..

But for this week, our anniversary week, I’m going to sit for a minute on the fact that I’ve come this far as a small business, and I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen over this next year. I’m going to sit on the fact that I’ve done this without one bank loan. I’m going to remember that my motto has always been to start small, grow slow, and grow big. And when something didn’t seem to work, instead of throwing my hands in the air and quitting, I figured out another direction. I say this so that those of you out there that might be considering starting a new endeavor can see that it really is possible. You just have to work hard towards your goal, and not get too overwhelmed in the process of it all. And find some good shows to watch on those nights when you’re up late doing spreadsheets and business taxes, so that you don’t feel like you’re working hard, all on your own, all the time. Haha! 

So, we’re going to celebrate this week at Nutmeg, by filling up our online inventory!! Now that I’m back in the dye studio, stock updates will be coming soon. Plus, we’re giving 10% off to any purchases this week, as a birthday celebration. If you’re an international customer, this is a perfect time to buy, ‘cause that will cover a lot of your shipping costs! 

Anyhow…full of love for the fiber community, and all my Nutmeg Fibers friends out there. Happy Birthday Nutmeg! You’re a 6 year old now!

xo

Nutmeg

 Finally back in my dye space today after several weeks away. There will be a big stock update soon, so if you’ve been waiting for something, be sure to keep an eye on our Instagram or newsletter for info on when all the new skeins go up online! Shown here are (l-r) Cabin in Silt and Cottage in Madder Root.  
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드디어 몇주 후에 오늘 내 염색 공간으로 돌아왔어. 곧 큰 재고 업데이트가 있을 예정이므로 무언가를 기다리고 있었다면 새로운 제품이 모두 판매되는 시기에 대한 정보를 위해 우리 인스타그램이나 뉴스 레터를 꼭 지켜 보시기 바랍니다 온라인으로! 
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数週間後に,ついに今日染料のスペースに戻ってきた. 近々ウェブサイトで在庫が大量更新されるので,お待ちかねの方は,新作がいつネットで販売されるかについて,インスタグラムやニュースレターをご覧ください! 
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#nf2018 #community #fiberfolk #handdyed #손으로만들다 #핸드매이드 #털실 #knittersofinstagram #knittersofjapan  (at Nutmeg)

Finally back in my dye space today after several weeks away. There will be a big stock update soon, so if you’ve been waiting for something, be sure to keep an eye on our Instagram or newsletter for info on when all the new skeins go up online! Shown here are (l-r) Cabin in Silt and Cottage in Madder Root.
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드디어 몇주 후에 오늘 내 염색 공간으로 돌아왔어. 곧 큰 재고 업데이트가 있을 예정이므로 무언가를 기다리고 있었다면 새로운 제품이 모두 판매되는 시기에 대한 정보를 위해 우리 인스타그램이나 뉴스 레터를 꼭 지켜 보시기 바랍니다 온라인으로!
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数週間後に,ついに今日染料のスペースに戻ってきた. 近々ウェブサイトで在庫が大量更新されるので,お待ちかねの方は,新作がいつネットで販売されるかについて,インスタグラムやニュースレターをご覧ください!
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#nf2018 #community #fiberfolk #handdyed #손으로만들다 #핸드매이드 #털실 #knittersofinstagram #knittersofjapan (at Nutmeg)

 Eylul Yarns in Osaka now carries our Retreat base and Summer Zine! She has a variety of colors available! Check out her full post for all the details.  

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New base and magazine from @nutmegfibers !🌸🌸🌸 
Dreaming 50%US alpaca +50%US merino 
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Nutmeg Fiberから新しいベースの糸が届きました!半分アルパカ半分メリノのしっとりした肌ざわりのDKです。 
ぜひお試し下さいね。 
#nutmegfibers #madeinusa #localyarnshop #japan #osaka #毛糸#yarnlove #knittingislife #yarnstagram #alpaca

Eylul Yarns in Osaka now carries our Retreat base and Summer Zine! She has a variety of colors available! Check out her full post for all the details.

#Repost @eylulkilim
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New base and magazine from @nutmegfibers !🌸🌸🌸
Dreaming 50%US alpaca +50%US merino
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Nutmeg Fiberから新しいベースの糸が届きました!半分アルパカ半分メリノのしっとりした肌ざわりのDKです。
ぜひお試し下さいね。
#nutmegfibers #madeinusa #localyarnshop #japan #osaka #毛糸#yarnlove #knittingislife #yarnstagram #alpaca

 Some things for today, to help me get over my jet lag. Memories of new fiber friends, pattern ideas and plans for my queue, going into my journal. Getting a gauge swatch going with the wonderful, recycled @saredo_watanowa cotton I bought at @eylulkilim in Osaka so my eyes don’t close before the sun goes to sleep. Sending a few emails to (hopefully) potential stockists which I met at @handyartykorea and getting my daughter’s high school registration details all sorted out.  
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오늘은 시차를 극복하는 데 도움이 될 만한 것들이 있어요. 새로운 섬유 친구들에 대한 추억들, 패턴 아이디어들, 그리고 제 줄을 위한 계획들이 제 일기장으로 가고 있습니다. 멋지고 재활용된@saredo_watanoa면과 어울리는 게이지 스왓 치를 오사카의@아이 글루빌에서 사서 해가 뜨기 전에 눈이 감기지 않습니다. @handyart.orea에서 만난 잠재적인 상점가들에게 이메일을 보내고 내 딸의 고등 학교 등록 세부 사항을 정리하게 하는 것이다. 
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#nfsummer2018 #ourgrandadventure #grandadventurepart2 #실 #손으로만들다 #한국어조금말해요 #핸드메이드  (at Nutmeg)

Some things for today, to help me get over my jet lag. Memories of new fiber friends, pattern ideas and plans for my queue, going into my journal. Getting a gauge swatch going with the wonderful, recycled @saredo_watanowa cotton I bought at @eylulkilim in Osaka so my eyes don’t close before the sun goes to sleep. Sending a few emails to (hopefully) potential stockists which I met at @handyartykorea and getting my daughter’s high school registration details all sorted out.
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오늘은 시차를 극복하는 데 도움이 될 만한 것들이 있어요. 새로운 섬유 친구들에 대한 추억들, 패턴 아이디어들, 그리고 제 줄을 위한 계획들이 제 일기장으로 가고 있습니다. 멋지고 재활용된@saredo_watanoa면과 어울리는 게이지 스왓 치를 오사카의@아이 글루빌에서 사서 해가 뜨기 전에 눈이 감기지 않습니다. @handyart.orea에서 만난 잠재적인 상점가들에게 이메일을 보내고 내 딸의 고등 학교 등록 세부 사항을 정리하게 하는 것이다.
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#nfsummer2018 #ourgrandadventure #grandadventurepart2 #실 #손으로만들다 #한국어조금말해요 #핸드메이드 (at Nutmeg)

 Look at this stunning hat!!!! Made in our Retreat Lilac Heather colorway, I believe…It’s a repost. Well done @ayuchikurin this is stunning!!! 

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とんがり帽子 
毎日の手編み小物p15ページ 
糸→NUTMEG 
アルパカ50% 
メリノ50% 
針→輪針4号、6号 
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こないだ @eylulkilim  さんで購入 
nutmegの糸 
やっぱり実物触って 
見て選んだら違うね~ 
悩んでこの微妙な色合いにして良かった。 
アルパカ混じりにして良かった♡♡ 
毛糸選び楽しいし 
それを作品に変えるのも楽しい! 
お値段良いので1カセしか買ってこなかったけど 
もっとたくさん買えばよかった… 
最高に良い毛糸だったわ♡♡ 
なんたって手紡の素朴感たまらない♡♡ 
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#handmade  
#knittingaddict  
#nutmeg 
#とんがり帽子 
#knitting 
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#編み物好きさんとつながりたい  
#編み物 
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Look at this stunning hat!!!! Made in our Retreat Lilac Heather colorway, I believe…It’s a repost. Well done @ayuchikurin this is stunning!!!

#Repost @ayuchikurin
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とんがり帽子
毎日の手編み小物p15ページ
糸→NUTMEG
アルパカ50%
メリノ50%
針→輪針4号、6号
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こないだ @eylulkilim さんで購入
nutmegの糸
やっぱり実物触って
見て選んだら違うね~
悩んでこの微妙な色合いにして良かった。
アルパカ混じりにして良かった♡♡
毛糸選び楽しいし
それを作品に変えるのも楽しい!
お値段良いので1カセしか買ってこなかったけど
もっとたくさん買えばよかった…
最高に良い毛糸だったわ♡♡
なんたって手紡の素朴感たまらない♡♡
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#yarnlove
#handmade
#knittingaddict
#nutmeg
#とんがり帽子
#knitting
#knit
#手編み
#編み物好きさんとつながりたい
#編み物
#nutmegfibers

 We said goodbye to our neighborhood of the last two weeks in Seoul yesterday, with hearts full of memories. I’ve been so bad about updating Instagram while we were gone, as well as blogging. I’m processing all of it now, so I can share a lot with you all about it today and tomorrow. #ourgrandadventure #홍대 #서울 #실 #knittersofinstagram  (at Seoul, South Korea - 서울)

We said goodbye to our neighborhood of the last two weeks in Seoul yesterday, with hearts full of memories. I’ve been so bad about updating Instagram while we were gone, as well as blogging. I’m processing all of it now, so I can share a lot with you all about it today and tomorrow. #ourgrandadventure #홍대 #서울 #실 #knittersofinstagram (at Seoul, South Korea - 서울)

 It’s our last day here at @handyartykorea and we’re hoping to sell the last few items we still have in the booth!!! Come visit us! 2+1 sale today only!!!! #handyartykorea #손으로만들다 #실 #털실  (at Seoul, South Korea)

It’s our last day here at @handyartykorea and we’re hoping to sell the last few items we still have in the booth!!! Come visit us! 2+1 sale today only!!!! #handyartykorea #손으로만들다 #실 #털실 (at Seoul, South Korea)

 Yesterday was unfortunately a story of me in bed with stomach issues. But today I’m back at it, in Booth p121, with so many amazing makers around! Come visit!!!  (at Seoul, South Korea)

Yesterday was unfortunately a story of me in bed with stomach issues. But today I’m back at it, in Booth p121, with so many amazing makers around! Come visit!!! (at Seoul, South Korea)

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The @handyartykorea event is hopping! Glad to have met some new fiber friends today! Visit us in Booth P121! (at Seoul, South Korea)

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 We are open for business for the next 4 days here at @handyartykorea !! Booth P121 near all sorts of wonderful handmade sewing and knitting vendors!  (at Seoul, South Korea)

We are open for business for the next 4 days here at @handyartykorea !! Booth P121 near all sorts of wonderful handmade sewing and knitting vendors! (at Seoul, South Korea)

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 Beautiful sunset over the Han River tonight on our way home from setting up our booth at the @handyartykorea event today. We’re tired and ready for bed, and really excited for this event this weekend! Can’t wait to meet a whole lot of amazing makers here in Seoul. #handyartykorea #handmade #handdyed #손으로만들다 #뜨개질 #털실  (at Dangsan Railway Bridge)

Beautiful sunset over the Han River tonight on our way home from setting up our booth at the @handyartykorea event today. We’re tired and ready for bed, and really excited for this event this weekend! Can’t wait to meet a whole lot of amazing makers here in Seoul. #handyartykorea #handmade #handdyed #손으로만들다 #뜨개질 #털실 (at Dangsan Railway Bridge)

Osaka, pt. 2

So, if you’ve been following along, you’ll see that while we were in Osaka, the main purpose of my trip was to have a Trunk Show at Eylul Yarn. The event was scheduled for Friday July 13th, and we left it set up throughout that whole weekend as well. 

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The night of the 13th, there was also a Knitting Night planned. We gathered together with lots of delicious food, provided by Yuri, and laughed, knit, spoke in English and Japanese (well…I didn’t speak Japanese….but at least my translation app did), and had a really wonderful time. It is always so great to be able to come together in that way over a common love of knitting. I didn’t get too many great photos of it, because I was enjoying it too much, haha! But here is one of the first few ladies that showed up! 

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Here’s another shot of the beautiful and delicious food! From L-R, rice cakes and sushi, spring rolls, sushi, octopus dumpling, fried chicken and fried octopus!

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It was a wonderful night, and I had so much fun meeting a lot of the knitters in person who have been supporting and championing my yarn for a while now. Looking back now, after being gone for about a week, I am really grateful for the time we got to spend there, and the new fiber friends I was able to meet. Here are a few other photos of Yuri’s shop, and the beautiful things inside!

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I couldn’t stop looking at this beautiful, Japanese cotton that Yuri had in stock. There were  several different bases, including a wool blend, 100% cotton, cotton and silk. Finally, before the end of my trip, I grabbed two cones of a dark purple 100% recycled Japanese cotton to make a new cardigan that’s in my queue. I really love this yarn! It’s from Saredo, and you can grab it from Eylul Yarns here. 

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Open for business! It was such a fun weekend. Alfie was my messenger, running up and down from the apartment upstairs when we needed things. Haha! 

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So, that’s part 2 of our Osaka trip. More on our Day trip up to Kyoto soon! 

xo

Nutmeg

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 Thinking of projects while I’m away on this trip. There are still a few left of this special colorway, Bleeding Heart, shown here in our Cabin Base. What ya gonna turn into, yarn? #nfsummer2018 #cabin #limitededition #goodthings

Thinking of projects while I’m away on this trip. There are still a few left of this special colorway, Bleeding Heart, shown here in our Cabin Base. What ya gonna turn into, yarn? #nfsummer2018 #cabin #limitededition #goodthings