nido Knit-A-Long: Sheltered Poncho

Announcing nido’s fall knit-a-long, Andrea Mowry’s Sheltered Poncho!

To celebrate the launch of Brooklyn Tweed yarns and patterns at nido, we will be kicking off the #ShelteredNidoKAL.  We fell in love with Andrea Mowry’s Sheltered Poncho, a cozy, stylish poncho knit up in Brooklyn Tweed’s Shelter, a woolen spun offering remarkable warmth and lightness.

BT6Shelter is 100% Wyoming-grown Targhee-Columbia, dyed in Philadelphia and spun in New Hampshire at Harrisville Designs. We are excited to add Brooklyn Tweed yarns to the nido line-up, a company that manufactures breed-specific yarns and supports domestic textile production right here in the USA.

Join us Tuesday, October 11th from 6-8pm for our cast-on party. Pre-order your Brooklyn Tweed Shelter poncho yarn now through Tuesday, September 20th and enjoy 15% off your materials. We have the color card at the shop, so stop by to choose the perfect color for your poncho! Pick up the digital pattern + yarn at the cast on party. Come to craft night Tuesday’s from 6-8pm to share your poncho progress. The KAL will conclude Tuesday, January 10th at craft night with a group celebration in our ponchos!

All KAL participants will be in the running to receive a free pattern from Andrea Mowry, just for being apart of the fun. Thanks, Andrea!

Brooklyn Tweed will be hitting nido shelves the first week of October. Look forward to their full line of yarns, including Quarry, Shelter, and Loft. We cannot be more excited!!!

*photos courtesy of Brooklyn Tweed + Andrea Mowry of DreaReneeKnits.

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September Trunk Show: Madder II

DSC_2510DSC_3656In this follow up collection, Carrie Bostick Hoge has created another beautiful compilation of basic staples, eleven sweaters and 6 accessories. Patterns in Madder Anthology 2 showcase Quince & Co’s Puffin, Osprey and Owl, the Fibre Company’s Road to China Light, Brooklyn Tweed’s Shelter and other scrumptious yarns. These pieces are designed for effortless winter knitting, using garter, stockinette and simple ribbed trims to create wearable silhouettes for wardrobe go-to’s.

DSC_1908DSC_0708Come check out the Madder Anthology 2: Simple Pleasures Trunk Show at nido now through September 20th!

*photos courtesy of NNK Press

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Pom Pom Autumn 2016 is here!

pom pom fall 16Pom Pom’s Autumn 2016 edition is here! This volume, named the Natural Dyes Issue, boasts 11 outdoor-inspired patterns all using naturally dyed yarns.

Thumb through the issue and find tutorials on how to dip dye your own ombré scarf and how to create dyeing mordants using iron and copper. Also included is a wonderful piece on Kristine Vejar, author of The Modern Natural Dyer. She breaks down some of the dyeing lingo and also talks about her preference of natural dyes.

There is a fall project for everyone in this issue, from sweaters to mitts to other beautifully designed accessories. Stop by nido and pick yours up, as this quarterly doesn’t stick around long!

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Les Fleurs

Anna Bond from Rifle Paper Co.’s debut collection Les Fleur’s is here!


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Welcome, Magpie Fibers!

Magpie’s Swanky DK has arrived!

magpieatnidoThis silky blend of superwash merino, cashmere and nylon with beautiful drape and sheen is perfect for sweaters and accessories. We have just finished Magpie’s Something Gradient Wrap and boy, is it lovely! Free pattern with purchase of yarn for the wrap. You will love working with this luxurious, squishy yarn!


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Fringe Supply CO Field bags

Fringe Supply CO Field Bags in BLUE are here at the shop – come get yours!


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Recap: Carolyn Friedlander Workshops

We had so much fun this weekend slow sewing with Carolyn Friedlander! Thank you to all those who came out for her workshops and trunk show. Such an experience learning paper piecing and hand applique from this incredibly talented, modern sewist!

IMG_5161IMG_5248 IMG_5209Carolyn’s Trunk Show Friday evening boasted many of her quilt classics and also new designs. We got a sneak peek of her new fabric collection Euclid, printed on Robert Kaufman Essex, in a rendition of her Facing East quilt. nido is excited to have all 6 Euclid prints arriving in the shop next month.

IMG_5223On Saturday, Carolyn taught one of her recent paper piecing patterns, Outhouse. The paper piecing technique allows the formation of detailed blocks that exhibit precision and character. Don’t you just love the variety of fabrics and personality of each student’s blocks?!

IMG_5234The second portion of the workshop, students created Ebb, a beginning hand applique pattern. This technique is especially desirable during those on-the-go times when you would like to be working on a project, but are not in front of a sewing machine.

IMG_5266On Sunday, Carolyn taught her Everglade hand applique pattern. With her introduction of more detailed hand applique techniques of points and curves, this full-day class created stunning blocks comprised of two layers of fabric. Pat yourselves on the back for these! Everyone’s work is amazing!

FullSizeRenderA HUGE thank you to Carolyn Friedlander for a great weekend full of slow sewing!

Keep your eyes peeled for future artist workshops at nido!

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YOTH + Magpie Fibers at nido

Thanks to all who came out for the Girls Road Trip with Yarn on the House and Magpie Fibers!

image1It was a pleasure to meet Ve and Dami! They are both so creative and knowledgeable about their craft. Such a treat to see their beautiful yarns, patterns, and samples! I have already cast on my Something Gradient Wrap and cannot put it down. Working with their yarns is incredible.

Looking forward to more adventures with those two!

And drum roll please…..

We are so excited to announce that nido is carrying their luxurious yarns in the shop! You will find YOTH’s dreamy Big Sister and Little Brother at nido in 24 gorgeous colors. Stop by the shop and check out all of the lovely colors we carry (including Mango pictured below!)

yoth yarns at nidoExpect Magpie Fibers on nido shelves in August.



We can’t wait to see what projects you will create!

*photos courtesy of YOTH + Magpie Fibers

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TOMORROW: Friday Fun with CF!

She’s here! TOMORROW from 5-7pm join nido and Carolyn Friedlander for a trunk show of her handmade quilts! Come meet this modern quilting icon while enjoying light refreshments at this FREE event.




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Indigo Dyeing with Megan

After the release of The Modern Natural Dyer by Kristine Vejar, we have been diving into natural dyeing projects with both local foraged materials and indigo.

Her book is an informative how-to guide that covers all the basics of dyeing through a series of 20 beautiful projects. Paired with Kristine’s kits, you can create smaller projects from a hand knit chunky hat to indigo dyed bandanas. Larger projects covered in her book include a beautiful resist-dyed linen dress and a clamp-dyed quilt.IMG_7238nido’s resident dyer, Megan, picked up a Waves Bandana Indigo Dye Kit to give indigo dyeing a try. She loved working with indigo for the first time and has given us a full review of her process. Thanks, Megan!

First, Megan reviewed and weighed out all her ingredients to create the “mother,” a highly concentrated indigo solution. If you have a kitchen or postal scale, now is the time to dust it off.IMG_7062Tip: Megan suggests reviewing all kit components, as there are multiple amounts of the same materials used for different steps of the dyeing process. For instance, there are packets of sodium hydrosulphite that are used for both adjusting the pH of the vat and also for creating the mother.

To note: any dyeing pots or supplies should ONLY be used for dyeing. Lye is an integral part of dyeing with indigo, but is also very potent and dangerous.  Do dyeing outside if possible. Protective dust mask , eye protection, and gloves are recommended. Megan used her own elbow-length gloves she purchased at a local grocery store instead of the included wrist-length gloves in the kit, to keep herself squeaky clean.

IMG_7068Next, came the Scouring, or prewashing. This step helps achieve and retain desired saturated colors by removing oils present in the yarn, for example lanolin in wool. This is done with heat and a mild dish washing detergent with a neutral pH for protein-based goods or soda ash for plant-based goods.

Now, time to make the vat. The bandana kit includes materials to make your very own indigo vat. Megan used water to dilute the mother in a separate vessel and then adjusted the PH.IMG_7084The moment you have been waiting for, time to dye that bandana! Megan used resist-dye and dip-dye techniques to create two beautiful bandanas. She recommends using all those fun tie-dye techniques here! Indigo penetrates the fabric well, so tie that thread tight to achieve those bright white contrast designs. IMG_7077IMG_7105Megan had plenty of dye remaining after her 2 bandanas that she also dyed 300g of yarn! We love how her Quince & Co. Chickadee Bare yarn and reclaimed yarns turned out. After a great day of dyeing, Megan kept the mother, which will last up to two more months, and looks forward to more dyeing adventures.  IMG_7220With plenty of dye remaining for projects beyond the bandana, there are a few materials Megan suggests picking up to continue the dyeing fun. PH strips, sodium hydroxide (lemon juice would be a good sub) or soda ash are all necessary ingredients for more projects, but are very easy to source.

Thanks Megan for the great tips and for sharing your dyed creations!

A Verb for Keeping Warm natural dyeing kits and The Modern Natural Dyer book are in the shop, ready for  your dyeing adventures!

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