what i've been up to

You're probably wondering what I've been up to lately! I don't call, I don't write... well, I've been a busy bee working to create my own hand dyed yarn line. And, it hasn't been just me. Last year when I left my corporate job, I sat down with my family: hubby, daughter, brother, his long time girlfriend, my mom and dad, and I told them my hopes and aspirations. I've been wanting to hand dye and sell yarn since I began knitting almost a decade ago. You remember back when hand dyers were just starting to emerge and gain some popularity. All those years I imagined myself over a dye pot man handling some wool, but life, work and you know whatever else us moms do seemed to always get in the way. Well, now my baby is almost a teenager (eeek!), I've kicked the steady paycheck and mind numbing computer work to the curb, stopped cleaning my house, convinced my non-knitting little brother that dyeing yarn is about the coolest job of jobs on earth and decided to throw caution to the wind and follow my dreams. It's all so very exciting and scary all at the same time.

I don't want to bore you with the details, but I've definitely not been able to do all of this alone. I have an amazing support system, my family, close friends and a new job and co-workers at Tolt Yarn and Wool that has filled a void in my heart I didn't even know I had. Just yesterday, we had our very first trunk show at Tolt and it was a huge success! If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen these pictures already...



If you're wondering, the yarn isn't available to the online public yet. It's exclusively available at Tolt Yarn & Wool in Carnation, WA, for now; however, we're working hard on getting our remaining palettes of colors chosen, dyed up, photographed and online at YOTH Yarns for your hot little hands to get to knitting soon. In the meantime, I have a new pattern I released on Ravelry today. Her name is 'izel', and originally I was shooting to have this be my holiday time freebie last December.


You can see that never happened, so here she is now. Better late than never! And, because she is priced at $6, here is a coupon code for my knitting blog friends so you can get her for FREE. Use: myYOTHpeeps during checkout from now until the end of March 30th. Merry Christmas a few months late!

Happy knitting!



medicine pouches

I was a guest blogger and designer on Tolt Yarn and Wool’s blog today. It was a lot of fun to put it all together! The post includes a sweet little freebie pattern called Medicine Pouch. I hope everyone enjoys it!


Ravelry link: Medicine Pouch

Happy knitting!



green gables knits winner

The winner of our last giveaway is:

Becky (gathersnomoss)

Congratulations! Please contact me at yarnonthehouse@gmail.com with your mailing information.

Happy knitting!



green gables knits giveaway

Wow! It's been awhile since my last blog post! To make up for my absence, I have a fun little giveaway for you today. The sweet and talented Joanna Johnson of Slate Falls Press sent over a copy of her newest release Green Gables Knits., and I'm so happy that she did. It's a lovely and unique knitting pattern book that is filled with eight sweet patterns. The collection was inspired by Anne of Green Gables and is so thoughtfully put together. There are quite a few favorites in this book that I have added to my ever growing queue...

Joanna has signed copies listed in her Etsy shop!

Look how adorable this Marilla's Apron is?!

Loving the Miss Stacy's Shawl!

The book is filled with sweet quotes from the series.

Anne's Sweater is my absolute favorite though!

Tolt Yarn & Wool, the shop I work at, is having their first sweater KAL and guess which pattern we have chosen! We'll be knitting the Anne's Sweater and we have well over 20 folks signed up to participate. It's going to be fantastic!

Leave a comment by 1/21/14 letting us know which pattern in the book is your favorite. One winner will be randomly chosen to receive a signed copy of Green Gables Knits.

Hugs & stitches!



darling knits

I love knitting for wee ones. It's very gratifying and little garments are just so darn cute! Friends of ours recently had their second baby girl, so what better way to celebrate the arrival than with knitted goodies?! I knit a tiny baby sweater + hat for baby and a sweater + this doll for the big sister, so she wouldn't feel left out. I got to drop off the gifts last week and hold the day old baby. It was amazing! I honestly don't remember my girl ever being that little, but she was. How quickly it all goes...


Pattern: Baby Hat with Earflaps (unknown online source, purchased at Weaving Works)
Designer: unknown
Yarn: The Fibre Company Acadia
Colorway: Dusk
My Rav project page here


Pattern: Sprinkle
Designer: Juju Vail & Susan Cropper
Yarn: unknown & leftovers
Colorway: unknown
My Rav project page here



Pattern: Wee Ambrosia
Designer: Gudrun Johnston
Yarn: Vermont Organic Fiber Company O-Wool Classic
Colorway: Thistle
My Rav project page here
Custom tags from here.

My favorite knit out of this bunch was the Wee Ambrosia! Gudrun is a master and now I want to knit myself the adult version. A customer who came into Tolt this past weekend actually bought some Cascade Superwash 128 for a child's version (chest size 27", Ambrosia pattern, not Wee Ambrosia) and I'm excited to see how it turns out. Also, the mama was thrilled with the gifts and that made my heart sing.

Happy knitting!