Kansas City Bound!

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The Walnut Valley Festival was great fun and after just three days home we’re packed and ready to head out on the road again. This coming weekend Lost City Knits will be “representing” with hand dyed yarns and knitting at Kansas City’s 80th Annual Plaza Art Fair.

I’ve spent every day between the two shows in the studio dyeing, skeining and restocking. There will be new colorways in sock yarn and silk this weekend!

Leonids Night in Lost City Silk

Rumplestilskin in Lost City Silk

Alchemy in Lost City Silk
Rose’ in Lost City Silk
New colorways in Lost City Sock Yarn!

If you’re in the KC area, or know knitters who are, we hope you’ll come out Friday evening (5-10pm), Saturday (10am-10pm), and Sunday (10am-5pm) to “represent” knitting as well! See you there!

Summer Monday Dyepot Special August 8 – 10

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A birthday is precarious thing. It can be a joyous milestone or one that emotionally kicks your backside. Or maybe it’s just another day on the calendar.

When my friend Sue Young recently had a birthday I wanted to honor her with a new colorway. Sue’s favorite color is purple – and it suits her. She’s energetic, she’s passionate, and spiritual. But just any purple wouldn’t do, I wanted something vibrant to match her personality. So I mixed and played in the studio until I was happy with a colorway I call Young at Heart.

The first skein of Young at Heart was given to my friend Sue at her birthday dinner. I don’t think she’ll mind if you have a skein or two as well to celebrate the joy of being Young at Heart.

Shown below in Wool Tussah Silk FIngering I’ll be dyeing Wool Tussah Silk Sport and Oak Barn Merino in this colorway as well this week and you can get in on the celebration by clicking any of the add to cart buttons below.

Young at Heart in Wool Tussah Silk Fingering

Young at Heart in Wool Tussah Silk Fingering 400 yds – $21.25 (regularly $25)

Young at Heart in Wool Tussah Silk Sport 220 yds – $21.25 (regularly $25)



Young at Heart in Oak Barn Merino Lace Weight 1000yds – $25.50 (regularly $30)

Trunk Show at Stringtown August 13th!

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Next Saturday Lost City Knits will be on the road again! We’ve had a long stretch of Saturdays at the farmer’s market in Tulsa and it’s time for a change of pace so I’m dusting off my travelin’ shoes, loading the van with some great new yarns, and driving to Fort Smith, Arkansas for a trunk show at Stringtown Yarn & Fiber!

Stringtown is a fun yarn shop owned and operated by Elabeth. The shop used to be in a wee little space in the back corner of a building, but now Elabeth has moved the shop into a larger space that really allows her to stretch out! Chris and I drove up to Ft Smith not long ago and I was excited by how much larger the new shop is and how much parking room there is as well.

One item is making its debut next Saturday – our new Knee Sock Yarn! Shown here in a few of the colorways (there are more – I promise – this photo was taken several days ago), this large skein of wool/bamboo/nylon weighs in at a generous 130 grams. The general rule of thumb is that a pair of socks requires 100grams of fingering weight yarn. We think this big skein might be about right to make a nice pair of knee socks – which are going to be the rage this Autumn and Winter. Of course, the amount of yarn needed depends on your foot size and how long your legs are, doesn’t it?

Several months ago after I shipped off the wool for the sock yarn to the mill I called them and asked, “can you add a little extra twist?” The answer was a definite yes. The result is a springy yarn that I think you’ll really enjoy. I know I am! Yes, I’ve already got a pair of knee socks on the needles. The springiness of this yarn gives it more elasticity to help combat the problem of socks puddling around your ankles or into your boots or shoes. That’s never pleasant.

Also on hand will be plenty of new colorways in Wool with Tussah Silk Fingering and Wool with Tussah Silk Sport. There will of course be the ever popular Oak Barn Merino along with llama and alpaca yarns.

We look forward to seeing you at Stringtown Yarn next Saturday! 

If you’re not in the Arkansas or Oklahoma area – don’t worryKnee Sock Yarn will soon have its own online shop very soon.

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Summer Monday Dyepot Special August 1-3

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What’s summer without swimming? Our Summer Monday Dyepot Special this week is a tribute to that first dip into the icy cold water found in rural creeks, streams, and swimming holes, the kind of dip that takes your breath away and makes you squeal in delight.

We have such a swimming hole on our farm. The trees shade this special spot and the running water of the creek keep the water so clean you can see down to the gravel bed even when the water is over your head. An early morning dip right after the sun rises is a special treat. The birds are just waking and there’s no sound of machinery or cars to obscure their song. The sky above is a soft blue and the water is a pale blue-green.

Our new colorway Skinny Dipping is offered this week in both fingering and sport, we think you’ll enjoy this little bit of summer in whatever you decide to knit.

To celebrate the release of the Secluded Copse Shawl we’re also offering a free copy with each yarn purchase.

Skinny Dipping in Wool Tussah Silk Fingering Weight 400yds $21.25 (regularly $25)

Skinny Dipping in Wool Tussah Silk Sport Weight 220 yds $21.25 (regularly $25)


Happy Knitting!
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Secluded Copse Shawl!

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There are many beautiful spots on our farm in Oklahoma, and while we’ve built a house here, there is evidence that we were not the first to do so. We’re aware of a couple of spots on the acreage where small houses once stood, though nothing remains but negative space among the trees.

One such location stands on a rise between the creek and a shallow canyon. I like to imagine that the trees here, though now mature, were once planted by the homesteaders, arranging for shade from the harsh summer sun and a break from the cold north wind of winter.

The Secluded Copse Shawl incorporates leaf and thicket motifs as well as several paths.


I hope wrapping yourself in your finished Secluded Copse Shawl will give you the same satisfied and happy feeling as the homesteaders of yesteryear.

This shawl was knit using Lost City Knits Wool/Tussah Silk Fingering Weight Yarn in colorway Secluded Copse. 400 yards and a size 6US needle. Finished size (using 350 yards) was approximately 57 inch wingspan and 27 inch center spine. Knit from the bottom up this shawl could easily be expanded to a larger size.

The pattern can be purchased here for $5.00 as a Ravelry download.

Summer Monday Dyepot Special July 25-27

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Summer Monday Dyepot Special time again!

Last week Chris installed a replacement air conditioner in the studio so I stretched out the dyeing sessions and enjoyed the cool air blowing while standing over the steaming pots of color. I think you’ll like the results.

Today’s colorway is an especially sweet summer concoction called Pink Lemonade.  It’s being offered in Wool Tussah Silk Fingering and Wool Tussah Silk Sport.

Pink Lemonade in Wool Tussah Silk Single Ply Fingering Weight

Pink Lemonade in Wool Tussah Silk 2 Ply Sport Weight

Wool Tussah Silk Single Ply Fingering Weight Yarn 400yds $21.25 (regularly $25)

Wool Tussah Silk Two Ply Sport Weight Yarn 220yds $21.25 (regularly $25)

Summer Monday Dyepot Special July 18-20

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Summer Monday Dyepot Special – Week of July 18-20!

This week’s Dyepot Special is a lovely red-purple multi-color.  It’s not a handpaint with striping repeats. Instead, the color changes happen as randomly as clouds passing overhead on a hot day. This seasonally appropriate colorway is called Summer Plums, and I think you’ll find these skeins as sweet as the summer fruit they’re named for.


Offered this week in both Wool Tussah Silk Fingering and Wool Tussah Silk Sport.

Wool Tussah Silk Single Ply Fingering 400 yds $21.25 (normally $25)


Wool Tussah Silk 2 Ply Sport Weight 220 yards $21.25 (normally $25)



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