We are so happy to announce new and improved project bags now available from our print-on-demand partner. These new project bags are made with organic cotton and are eco friendly! Better quality than the bags we previously carried, these bags are also less expensive to purchase, and we've passed those savings on to you! Get your favorite design on one of these bags, and use them to carry your knit or crochet projects around with you everywhere. They also make a great base to pin your Tina's Toasty Toes enamel pins onto!
Say goodbye to plastic, and bag your goodies in this organic cotton tote bag. There’s more than enough room for projects like sweaters, shawls, and even afghans. Your knitting needles, crochet hooks, and all the Tina's Toasty Toes yarn you can think of will fit well into this bag. This bag also makes a great tote to bring along to fiber festivals to carry your indie-dyed yarn haul home with you.
• 100% certified organic cotton 3/1 twill
• Fabric weight: 8 oz/yd² (272 g/m²)
• Dimensions: 16” x 14 ½” x 5”
• Weight limit: 30lbs (13.6 kg)
• 1” wide dual straps, 24 1/2" length
• Open main compartment
These bags are print on demand items. This means that these bags will ship from the product manufacturer directly to the address you specify at checkout. All print-on-demand items will ship separately from all other Tina's Toasty Toes items. Please allow up to five days for the manufacturer to print your item before it ships to you. You will receive a separate shipping confirmation for this item when it ships. If you purchase our hand-dyed yarns or our enamel pins, they will arrive separately from any print-on-demand items. There is no extra charge for shipping these items separately, and you do not need to go through checkout more than once. If you have any questions about our products, use the contact us page to get in touch!
The Dyeing Process
I often get asked what it’s like to be an indie dyer and what my process is like.
When it comes to indie-dyed yarn, so much goes into the planning process. One of the most important aspects of the hand-dyeing process is choosing the yarn base and the colors.
What is a yarn base? A yarn base is the bare yarn that gets dyed. Many dyers have several bases to choose from, ranging from merino wool, to wool/nylon blends, to bamboo, silk, alpaca, cashmere, and even yak! Yarn bases also come in different weights, ranging from the very lightweight lace yarns, to fingering weight, sport weight, DK weight, worsted weight, Aran weight, and chunky or bulky yarns. The base of the yarn will affect the type of dyes needed and the processes for getting the dye to bend with the yarn.
The fun really starts when it’s time to pick out dye colors. Color theory and artistic inspiration are what drive the choices dyers make when they dye their yarn. Finding colors that work well together is both challenging and fun. Every dyer has a method (or two, or three) for applying the dye to their yarn and producing skeins that are unique to their shop. The exact dye recipes are often a closely guarded secret for each indie-dyer.
After the yarn is dyed and dried, it needs to be skeined up and photographed before it is listed for sale. After the yarn is purchased it needs to be safely packaged and shipped. The best part of this process for a dyer is seeing the great projects you knit, crochet, or weave with our yarns.
Meet the New Kids on the Block!
Five amazing new collectible enamel pins now join our original two enamel pins in the shop. We've got two great new crochet-related pins, along with our logo yarn heart, and two great "It's Not Hoarding if it's Yarn" pins to go along with our original I Love Knitting and Rainbow Sheep pins. Right now you can get them while they're all on sale AND use the Fibreshare Coupon Code BFFsFOREVER to get them for the lowest cost you'll ever see them. These fabulous enamel pins are professionally made and look great on your project bags, jackets, shirts, and more. Show off your Fiber Flair even when you can't be knitting or crocheting! Find all of our amazing pins here. Sale and coupon code end on July 31, 2019, so hurry up and get yours before they sell out!
Tina's Toasty Toes is proud to have been selected to be a Featured Vendor on Fibreshare again this round! Now through July 31, 2019, use code BFFsFOREVER during checkout for 15% off of your entire purchase. This code is valid whether you are participating in Fibreshare or not. So go ahead, find something great in the shop for your Fibreshare partner, or for yourself (we won't tell!).
We are excited to introduce Toasty Sparkle Toes, our newest base! 411 yards of soft goodness, with sparkles to boot! Toasty Sparkle Toes is 90% superwash merino wool and 10% lurex. Unlike stellina, lurex will not unravel from your yarn! Those glittery sparkles are spun right into the yarn itself. Treat yourself to some Toasty Sparkle Toes today!
We've also introduced some great new colorways. Be sure to check out That 70s Vibe, Thank You Teacher, and Confetti Cake!
Collectible enamel pins are now back in stock in the shop! Be sure to check them out!
Vogue Knitting Live was awesome. There's no question about it. I spent the entire time with Helena of Oink Pigments in her booth. We were so busy from start to finish that I don't think I snapped a single photo. Helena had an incredibly successful show, and I am so proud of her! Maybe one day Tina's Toasty Toes will be just as successful. A girl can dream, right? :)
Speaking of Vogue, I did hand out some business cards and being with all of those dyers and designers has really stoked my creativity. I have ideas for a new shawl pattern in the works and I have a couple of new colorway ideas as well. Look for those new colorways and patterns to make their way onto the site very soon. If you'd like to be updated when they become available, be sure to join our email list here.
I also connected with the woman who runs the Kings County Fiber Festival, and got more information on the Long Island Fleece and Fiber Festival. Looks like Tina's Toasty Toes may soon be coming to a fiber festival near you!
We'll be at Vogue Knitting Live in Manhattan, New York again this year, helping our wonderful friends over at Oink Pigments in their booth. While our time there will be focused solely on promoting Oink's products and assisting them with their sales, Tina will be shopping around during breaks and will be wearing handmade items in our Tina's Toasty Toes colorways. If you see her out shopping, stop her and ask for a Tina's Toasty Toes pin!
Vogue Knitting Live takes place at the Marriott Grand Marquis in Times Square, January 25-27. Check out their event on Facebook. While you're there, give our Facebook page a like too!
Our grand opening is in full swing! All of our current yarns are listed in the shop, with more to come. All first time buyers get 15% off their first purchase if they use coupon code GRANDOPENING at checkout.
How exciting is it to start something new? For me it's really exciting. I've been crocheting for years, struggling to sell my finished objects, and I really wasn't happy with it. It was always great to make a sale, but it got tiresome hearing people say they could get the same item at a big box retailer for less money. People didn't understand that they were not getting the same item at a big box retailer. They were getting something mass produced with inferior quality materials at a big box retailer. Everything I make is done using hand-dyed luxury yarns. Every piece I sell is unique. I put my heart and soul into the items I make. Sometimes the message got across, and people would leave with a new appreciation of handmade items. That's always what made me happy.
I love yarn, and I love crafting with yarn, I love people who love yarn and crafting with yarn, so it was just a natural progression that I move into dyeing yarn. And that's just what I've done. I've been practicing for months. I even flew to London to train with Lola Johnson of Third Vault Yarns. I've done my research and practiced my new craft. And now I am ready to introduce it all to you.
I hope you'll join me in this new venture and let me know what you think of my products. And if you've read this far, you deserve a coupon code to use in the shop. Take 15% off of any order with coupon code GRANDOPENING. Hurry! This coupon code expires on December 31, 2018.
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Tina's Toasty Toes Updates
This is the place to be when you want to find out what's going on in the dye studio. News and updates will appear here. So stop by often! You never know when a coupon code or two might show up!