A Year in Review

2017 was a VERY BUSY year for Round Mountain Fibers! Here are a few highlights:

The New Studio!

We were quickly outgrowing our little studio, and desperately needed running water for the winter months. So we launched our Kickstarter campaign in late spring to help fund the move to a new, larger studio with running water! We raised $13,526 from 290 wonderful backers, who purchased our Kickstarter colorways to help fund this project. We’re still working on getting settled in the new studio, and no doubt will be rearranging the furniture for a while to come!

The Old Studio 

The Old Studio 

Brrrr! 

Brrrr! 

The basement undergoing construction to make way for our new studio!

The basement undergoing construction to make way for our new studio!

The new studio! Yay!

The new studio! Yay!

Another shot of the new basement! 

Another shot of the new basement! 

100g Fingering Kickstarter Fade Collection

100g Fingering Kickstarter Fade Collection

Monica knitting with the Kickstarter Fade Collection!

Monica knitting with the Kickstarter Fade Collection!

NEW: Botany and Entomology Collections:

We launched our new Botany and Entomology collections in time for the Summer TNNA show in Columbus, Ohio, adding 6 new colorways and 8 coordinating semisolids to each of these new collections, as well as added 3 new CLUB offerings:

The Entomology Collection Colorways. Left Column from top to bottom: Hubbard's Caterpillar, Cecropia Caterpillar, and Praying Mantis. Right Column from top to bottom: Luna Moth, Burnet Moth, and Leaf Hopper.

The Entomology Collection Colorways. Left Column from top to bottom: Hubbard's Caterpillar, Cecropia Caterpillar, and Praying Mantis. Right Column from top to bottom: Luna Moth, Burnet Moth, and Leaf Hopper.

The Entomology Collection Semisolids, Caterpillar Purple, Caterpillar Blue, Leaf Hopper Blue, Luna Blue, Mantis Green, Mantis Yellow, Caterpillar Orange, and Burnet Pink.

The Entomology Collection Semisolids, Caterpillar Purple, Caterpillar Blue, Leaf Hopper Blue, Luna Blue, Mantis Green, Mantis Yellow, Caterpillar Orange, and Burnet Pink.

The Botany Collection Colorways. Left Column from top to bottom: Jack in the Pulpit, Elderberry, and Wild Mustard. Right Column from top to bottom: California Poppy, Prickly Pear Cactus, and Succulents.

The Botany Collection Colorways. Left Column from top to bottom: Jack in the Pulpit, Elderberry, and Wild Mustard. Right Column from top to bottom: California Poppy, Prickly Pear Cactus, and Succulents.

The Botany Collection Semisolids, Elderberry Purple, Cactus Fruit, Pulpit Berry Red, Poppy Orange, Mustard Yellow, Pulpit Green, Succulent Green, and Pulpit Brown.

The Botany Collection Semisolids, Elderberry Purple, Cactus Fruit, Pulpit Berry Red, Poppy Orange, Mustard Yellow, Pulpit Green, Succulent Green, and Pulpit Brown.

November's Botany Club: Fade Collection in Black Tacca, Colorway in Black Tacca, and Coordinating Semisolid in Tacca Blue.

November's Botany Club: Fade Collection in Black Tacca, Colorway in Black Tacca, and Coordinating Semisolid in Tacca Blue.

CLUB 2017:

2017 was the year of the club subscription! Here are all the gorgeous club offerings from all three collections. They were very well received, and we really enjoyed making new colors every month!

June 2017 Club (left to right) Tanager Green & Green Headed Tanager, Wasp Purple & Cuckoo Wasp, and Lilac Purple & Lilac.

June 2017 Club (left to right) Tanager Green & Green Headed Tanager, Wasp Purple & Cuckoo Wasp, and Lilac Purple & Lilac.

July 2017 Club (top to bottom) Nuthatch & Nuthatch Blue, Blue Cohash & Cohash Blue, and Horned Caterpillar & Caterpillar Orange.

July 2017 Club (top to bottom) Nuthatch & Nuthatch Blue, Blue Cohash & Cohash Blue, and Horned Caterpillar & Caterpillar Orange.

August 2017 Club (left to right) Cecropia Moth & Cecropia Pink, Merganser & Merganser Brown, and Helleborine Orchid and Orchid Green.

August 2017 Club (left to right) Cecropia Moth & Cecropia Pink, Merganser & Merganser Brown, and Helleborine Orchid and Orchid Green.

September 2017 Club (left to right) Hopniss & Hopniss Flower, Rufous Red & Rufous Tailed Hummingbird, and Leopard Moth & Leopard Moth Blue.

September 2017 Club (left to right) Hopniss & Hopniss Flower, Rufous Red & Rufous Tailed Hummingbird, and Leopard Moth & Leopard Moth Blue.

October 2017 Club (left to right) Jewel Weed & Jewel Weed Stem, Barn Owl & Owl Brown, and Caterpillar Green & Monarch Caterpillar .

October 2017 Club (left to right) Jewel Weed & Jewel Weed Stem, Barn Owl & Owl Brown, and Caterpillar Green & Monarch Caterpillar .

November 2017 Club (top to bottom) Violet Backed Starling & Starling Pink, Black Tacca & Tacca Blue, and Bush Grasshopper & Grasshopper Purple.

November 2017 Club (top to bottom) Violet Backed Starling & Starling Pink, Black Tacca & Tacca Blue, and Bush Grasshopper & Grasshopper Purple.

December 2017 Club (left to right) Pine Grosbeak & Grosbeak Gray, Dragonfly & Dragonfly Blue, and Juniper & Juniper Berry.

December 2017 Club (left to right) Pine Grosbeak & Grosbeak Gray, Dragonfly & Dragonfly Blue, and Juniper & Juniper Berry.

Pattern Support:

We continued to offer pattern suggestions through Facebook, and made those pattern suggestions searchable with hashtags #RMFfingering etc. To search our suggestions, see the post pinned to the top of our FB page!  

Here are a few examples of gorgeous garments knit up in our yarns in 2017: 

Pattern: Miss Winkle by Martina Behm   Knit by: Tina (Ravelry: Tinoose) Collection: Entomology Colorway: Cecropia Caterpillar

Pattern: Miss Winkle by Martina Behm  
Knit by: Tina (Ravelry: Tinoose)
Collection: Entomology
Colorway: Cecropia Caterpillar

Pattern: Terrain by Janina Kallio Knit by: Danielle (Ravelry: scarvesandstars) Collection: Botany Colorway: Elderberry

Pattern: Terrain by Janina Kallio
Knit by: Danielle (Ravelry: scarvesandstars)
Collection: Botany
Colorway: Elderberry

Pattern: Reyna by Noora Laivola Knit by: Elizabeth (Ravelry: atlasphere) Collection: Ornithology Colorway: Dark Eyed Junco

Pattern: Reyna by Noora Laivola
Knit by: Elizabeth (Ravelry: atlasphere)
Collection: Ornithology
Colorway: Dark Eyed Junco

Pattern: Find Your Fade by Andrea Mowry Knit by: Sarah (Ravelry: sparker) Collection: Ornithology Colorways: Rosy Finch Purple, Black Rosy Finch, Cardinal Brown, Pink Browed Rose Finch, Rose Finch Brown, Mot Mot, Jay Green

Pattern: Find Your Fade by Andrea Mowry
Knit by: Sarah (Ravelry: sparker)
Collection: Ornithology
Colorways: Rosy Finch Purple, Black Rosy Finch, Cardinal Brown, Pink Browed Rose Finch, Rose Finch Brown, Mot Mot, Jay Green

Pattern: Puerperium Cardigan by Kelly Van Niekerk Knit by: Hannah (Ravelry: birchhl) Collection: Ornithology Colorway: Blue Jay and Jay Blue

Pattern: Puerperium Cardigan by Kelly Van Niekerk
Knit by: Hannah (Ravelry: birchhl)
Collection: Ornithology
Colorway: Blue Jay and Jay Blue

Trunk Show and collaboration with Jennifer Kirchenbauer:

We discovered the work of the incredibly talented Jennifer Kirchenbauer, who designed a series of really fun, elegant, and unique garments to showcase our yarns! Her garments are currently on tour with the Round Mountain Fibers Trunk show, and have made an appearance at Vogue Knitting live, Seattle, as well as Vogue Knitting Live, NYC! We are super excited about her work, and are offering kits through our LYSs, as well as our International Outlet Store.

The Pass Key Scarf knit and designed by Jennifer Kirchenbauer of LavishCraft. 

The Pass Key Scarf knit and designed by Jennifer Kirchenbauer of LavishCraft. 

The Pass Key Scarf pattern kit in Wild Mustard and Succulents.

The Pass Key Scarf pattern kit in Wild Mustard and Succulents.

The Oriflamme Shawl knit and designed by Jennifer Kirchenbauer of LavishCraft.

The Oriflamme Shawl knit and designed by Jennifer Kirchenbauer of LavishCraft.

The Oriflamme Shawl pattern kit in Prickly Pear Cactus Collection (Prickly Pear Cactus, Cactus Fruit, Mustard Yellow, and Pulpit Green)

The Oriflamme Shawl pattern kit in Prickly Pear Cactus Collection (Prickly Pear Cactus, Cactus Fruit, Mustard Yellow, and Pulpit Green)

The Divisionism Shawl knit and designed by Jennifer Kirchenbauer of LavishCraft.

The Divisionism Shawl knit and designed by Jennifer Kirchenbauer of LavishCraft.

The Divisionism Shawl pattern kit in Bird's of a Feather #8 (House Finch, Bunting Brown, Finch Blush, and Anna's Hummingbird)

The Divisionism Shawl pattern kit in Bird's of a Feather #8 (House Finch, Bunting Brown, Finch Blush, and Anna's Hummingbird)

To see where the Trunk Show is going next, CLICK HERE!

We Launched our International Outlet Store!

As a wholesale business, our priority has always been our relationship with our Local Yarn Shops, as they are the reason we’re in business! However, we did need an outlet for our seconds and one-of-a-kind experimental colorways. So we launched our Seconds Store through www.roundmountainfibers.com. We discovered that we had a significant fan base in Canada, and after being in touch with several Canadian LYSs we realized that the exchange rate and cost of importing made the sale of our yarns prohibitive for Canadian shops. So we decided to launch our International Outlet Store, at www.roundmountainfibers.biz so that we could offer all of our products to our international fans. We’re super excited about this venture, and look forward to shipping our yarn all over the world. So far, we’ve shipped to countries far and wide, including Australia, Vietnam and Germany!  

New for 2018!

We are super excited about our NEW Pooling Semisolids for 2018! These are yet another monthly club option available to our LYSs (and to our international customers)! Pooling Semisolids have a greater range of shades in each skein, for a more nuanced semisolid, with pools of color throughout:

Bittersweet Berry and Bittersweet Berry Pooling Semisolid.

Bittersweet Berry and Bittersweet Berry Pooling Semisolid.

Dogbane Blue and Dogbane Blue Pooling Semisolid.

Dogbane Blue and Dogbane Blue Pooling Semisolid.

Bee-Eater Blue and Bee-Eater Blue Pooling Semisolid.

Bee-Eater Blue and Bee-Eater Blue Pooling Semisolid.

We had lots of giveaways this year and look forward to many more in 2018! Here are a few examples of the beautiful yarn we gave away this year!

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Here is our CURRENT Facebook giveaway: 

Win this yarn for you and a friend! See giveaway details below!

Win this yarn for you and a friend! See giveaway details below!

Win this yarn for you and a friend! See giveaway details below!

Win this yarn for you and a friend! See giveaway details below!

Want to win this FREE yarn? All you have to do is:

1. Like our Page

2. Tag a friend who would love to win free yarn.

When we reach 5,000 'likes' on Facebook, we'll give you AND your friend this yarn!

Each skein contains 400 yards of hand-dyed superwash Merino deliciousness. One is our regular semisolid, and the other is our NEW for 2018 Pooling Semisolid!

2017 Holiday Newsletter!

Happy Holidays everyone! 

Here is the December Club round up...

Ornithology: Pine Grosbeak and Grosbeak Gray

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Entomology: Dragonfly and Dragonfly Blue

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Botany: Juniper and Juniper Berry

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We have added a lot of Club extras and new seconds/one of a kinds to our retail shop! Shop them here: www.roundmountainfibers.com/retail-shop

Through this weekend only (ends 12/17) use code 'INTERNATIONAL' for 25% off your order at our International Outlet Store! We are now shipping all over the world! Shop them here: www.roundmountainfibers.biz

We hope you have a wonderful holiday season filled with warm beverages, cheery companions, and lots of squishy yarn! 

 

November 2017 Newsletter!

It’s November, which has been cold, flu and general ickiness season for us here at Round Mountain Fibers. So, without further ado, I give you November’s Club colors which have all shipped out to participating LYSs! Check here to see if your local yarn shop carries our club colors! And if they dont, click here, Scratch Makerspace offers a monthly yarn subscription with our club colors through their website! 

November’s club draws its inspiration from a warmer climate: National Park Gorongosa, in Mozambique. When the weather gets cold, and the hard frosts come, and everything is just a little bit too cold and windy for my taste, I like to snuggle up with Bunny and watch documentaries about warmer climates. I found a delightful series on youtube complete with a compelling soundtrack, intimate portraits of beautiful creatures, and the droning voice of the narrator that painted a picture of incredible hope and rebirth in a country ravaged by civil war. If this sort of thing appeals to you, you might want to check out the trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJTUPbK5NNo&t=447s.  And to learn more about this incredible national park, go to www.gorongosa.org.


November’s Ornithology Club:

Colorway and Fade Collection: ‘Violet Backed Starling’

Semisolid: ‘Starling Pink’

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November’s Botany Club:

Colorway and Fade Collection: ‘Black Tacca’

Semisolid: ‘Tacca Blue’

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November’s Entomology Club:

Colorway and Fade Collection: ‘Bush Grasshopper’

Semisolid ‘Grasshopper Purple’

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Our Trunk Show has begun it’s journey around the country! It made it’s debut with Wildfibers at Seattle Vogue Knitting Live, and is now en route to The Knitting Post, in Santa Clara Utah. Click here to see where the Trunk Show is heading next!

Well, it is time for us to curl up with some throat coat tea, and weather this nasty cold.

Meanwhile, we are pretty well stocked, and encourage you to place an order for the holidays! Check out our retail shop for mystery bundles, roving, art batts, and more!

October 2017 Newsletter!

Oh my goodness, there is so much going on at Round Mountain Fibers!

Of course there is the usual excitement of another month of Club. This month’s colorways are:

Wish YOU could subscribe to club? Now you can! Our wonderful LYS, Scratch, is now offering Round Mountain Fibers club subscriptions online! Check them out and sign up for Club at: https://www.scratchmakerspace.com/collections/yarn-clubs

We are also super excited to announce our First Ever Traveling Trunk Show! The trunk show will be making its debut at Vogue Knitting Live, thanks to our wonderful Washington LYS: Wildfibers! The trunk show will travel all over the US, spending two weekends at each shop. The show features 7 gorgeous fingering weight patterns from the very talented Jennifer Kirchenbauer of LavishCraft. We’ll be posting updates on Facebook, and will be posting a Trunk Show calendar on our website http://roundmountainfibers.com/trunk-show/.

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As you know, if you’ve been following us on Facebook, and/or contributed to our Kickstarter campaign, we are working on building a New Studio! The cement trucks are coming on Thursday morning, and we are so excited! This new, much-needed space will allow us to work more efficiently, as well as allow us to expand our offerings (more on that next month)!

With all this growth we needed some help. Drum roll please… We’d like you to join us in extending a warm welcome Sofia, Selena, and Selena’s adorable dog Bianca!

 

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Finally, we’d like to invite you to purchase all the patterns from our Trunk Show here! http://roundmountainfibers.com/patterns


And as always, purchase Round Mountain Fibers seconds, club leftovers, and one-of-a-kind colorways at 50% off at http://roundmountainfibers.com/retail-shop/. Follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/roundmountainfibers and Instagram @roundmountainfibers for additional weekly coupon codes!

September 2017 Newsletter!

Happy September!

Here are your CLUB colorways for the month:

For The Ornithology Club, we have the ‘Rufous Tailed Hummingbird’, and coordinating semisolid ‘Rufous Red’. For The Ornithology Club, we have the ‘Rufous Tailed Hummingbird’, and coordinating semisolid ‘Rufous Red’. The Rufous-Tailed hummingbird is a medium-sized hummingbird that breeds from East-Central Mexico, through Central America and Colombia, east to western Venezuela and south through western Ecuador to near the border with Peru. I am famiiar with this hummingbird, as I grew up in Central and South America! So this one is a childhood favorite.

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For the Entomology Club we have the ‘Giant Leopard Moth’ and brilliant blue coordinating semisolid ‘Leopard Moth Blue’. The Giant Leopard Moth is dramatic: It is a pure white, covered with brilliant blue and turquoise spots ringed with black. The Giant Leopard Moth is similar to the Rufous Hummingbird in that it ranges far and wide: From Ontario, Canada, to the Southern and Eastern United States, through New England, and south from Mexico to Panama!

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For the Botany Club we have one of my favorite local wildflowers: ‘Hopniss’ and it’s coordinating semisolid ‘Hopniss Flower’. Known locally as the Ground Nut, the roots of the Hopniss vine bear round tubers like strings of pearls. These tubers are edible with some simple preparation (I like them boiled, peeled, then fried) and were a significant part of the Native summer/fall diet of this place we now call New England.

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Coupon Codes:

Love a deal? Tune in to Facebook at noon on September 4th, where I will go live, and give you a Birthday Edition coupon code for 38% off your next order from our seconds store! That’s 38% off our seconds, one-of-a-kinds and club leftovers, many of which are already marked 50% off! So make sure your facebook account is set to notify you when I go live!

August 2017 Newsletter!

Oh my goodness this newsletter is LATE!
Good thing you guys are all so wonderful and understanding ;)

So what’s new for August? Our August club colorways and coordinating semisolids, of course!

August’s club colorways and semisolids were all based on living things I saw in my own backyard this month!

The ‘Helleborine Orchid’ and coordinating ‘Orchid Green’ from the Botany Club are inspired by the delicate native orchid I found growing in the middle of my vegetable garden, where it’s been popping up every year. I love it’s muted elegance.

 

 

The ‘Merganser’ and ‘Merganser Brown’ from the Ornithology Club are inspired by a slim-beaked duck that lives in the rivers and streams of my neck of the woods. I was pleased as punch to see a family of them feeding at the edge of the Meadows (my favorite spot in the world) as I went paddling by in my kayak.
 


The ‘Cecropia Moth’ and ‘Cecropia Pink’ from the Entomology Club are inspired by the beautiful moth of that name. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see a photo of one that stopped by to visit me one evening as I enjoyed some live music at our local pub and brewery.


Though the days have been scorchers, the evenings have started to get crisp here in Southern Vermont. This month’s colors are perfect for Fall. They’re also ideal for those awesome Fade projects that are so popular right now! This month’s club colors are all based in a similar palette. Use them all together, for a gorgeous Find your Fade shawl.

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Wish you could subscribe to club? You CAN! Scratch Makerspace now offers Club subscriptions online!!! Visit https://www.scratchmakerspace.com/collections/yarn-clubs to sign up!

Our latest Coupon Code is available by participating in our latest game of Coupon Code Tag! Don’t know what I’m talking about? Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/roundmountainfibers/photos/a.186091144922919.1073741827.181361642062536/685023701696325/?type=3&theater

 

Have a wonderful day, and we’ll be checking in again soon, with our September newsletter!


In the meanwhile, why not treat yourself to one of our awesome Mystery Bundles, always 50% off retail at www.roundmountainfibers.com! We all need a little squishy surprise in the mail once in a while!

New for Summer 2017!

Welcome to our new Blog! We decided that a searchable blog made a heck-of-a-lot more sense than our old mailing list. We hope you enjoy it!

If you weren’t aware, we have:

  • Hashtags on our Facebook Page, making it easier to find pattern ideas. Please see the post pinned to the top of our Facebook Page for a list of searchable hashtags! Facebook: RoundMountainFibers
     

  • An Instagram account. If you only follow us on Facebook, consider following us on Instagram as well! Instagram: roundmountainfibers

New products, pages, kits, collections and patterns:

  • NEW across all of the collections: 50g Worsted mini-skeins! ALL of our colorways and semisolids are now available in both Fingering AND Worsted miniskeins! Kit them up with your favorite Worsted pattern, or visit our Facebook Page for some pattern ideas! 

  • NEW COLLECTIONS! Haven’t checked out all our new colorways and semisolids? Visit our website to browse the new and exciting Entomology and Botany collections! Each feature 6 brand new colorways and 8 coordinating semisolids.
     
  • The Entomology Collection is bright and flashy, perfect for those of you wanting to add a little excitement to your knitting life!
  • The Botany Collection, in contrast, is a dark and moody palette. These colorways offer those of you who prefer a more subtle palette the opportunity to bring a little splash of fun and unpredictable into your work! These colorways are dyed using a very different (and labor intensive) process that makes each skein an individual work of art, with splashes and splotches of color, mixing and separating with minimal pooling and striping.  
  • NEW for Drunk Yarn: A new website, www.drunkyarn.com, with clear directions and photographs to guide you through dyeing your own yarn! This includes instructions for our NEW Drunk Yarn Gradient kits. These kits contain Three 50g miniskeins, for a total of 150g to dye to make a lovely gradient! These gradient kits are available in BOTH fingering and worsted weights.
  • New Mini-skein Collections: In addition to our Gradient Gray Collections (offered across all three collections -Ornithology, Entomology and Botany- in both Fingering and Worsted mini-skeins) we have:

    -18 new Ornithology Mini-skein Collections featuring each of our Ornithology colorways, and two coordinating semisolids. 

    -9 new ‘Birds of a Feather’ collections, featuring two colorways and two coordinating semisolids. 
  • New Kits! The very popular ‘One Way or Another’ shawl, featured at the TNNA fashion show, and designed by the very talented Jennifer Kirchenbauer of LavishCraft, is now available at your favorite LYS as a kit, along with her lovely worsted weight ‘Squelch’ cowl, and the elegant ‘Lava’ Wrap! Feeling thrifty? Purchase the patterns here, and then purchase the yarn through our Seconds Store! Just specify that the yarn is for one of these three patterns, and we’ll put together the perfect combination!
     
  • New Clubs! Club allows your Local Yarn Shop the opportunity to carry an exclusive, brand new colorway and coordinating semisolid in all three of our collections (Ornithology, Entomology and Botany)! In addition to those clubs, we’ve now added a new Miniskein Fade Collection! For a list of participating stores, go here

 

As always, shop for seconds and one-of-a-kind colorways through our online store, at www.roundmountainfibers.com. Happy knitting! Or crocheting, or weaving, or tatting, or spinning, or felting, or macrameing… is that even a verb? If it isn’t it should be.