Introducing the Killer Fall Collection - Six new colorways of hand-dyed yarn and one new DK base

I'm so excited to announce the launch of With Pointed Sticks Yarn's newest colors and base - the Killer Fall Collection!

Inspired by imagery from songs by The Killers, these colors are perfect for autumn!

Killer Fall Collection on Ballpoint Sock

Killer Fall Collection on Ballpoint Sock

I heard The Killers' debut album, Hot Fuss, at my best friend's house in 2004. We were almost 15, and baking cookies to impress boys we liked at a pool party later that day. Those boys are long in the past, but Hot Fuss and all of their albums thereafter still live in my heart, and remind me of being a kid dancing in a kitchen with her best friend.

This collection features six new colorways and one new base.

Sunsets on the Eastside Inspired by imagery in the song "Smile Like You Mean It" by the Killers

Sunsets on the Eastside
Inspired by imagery in the song "Smile Like You Mean It" by the Killers

Shimmy and a Shake Inspired by imagery in the song "On Top" by The Killers

Shimmy and a Shake
Inspired by imagery in the song "On Top" by The Killers

Current Lets You Go Inspired by imagery in the song "River is Wild" by The Killers

Current Lets You Go
Inspired by imagery in the song "River is Wild" by The Killers

Talks Like a Gentleman Inspired by imagery in the song "When You Were Young" by The Killers

Talks Like a Gentleman
Inspired by imagery in the song "When You Were Young" by The Killers

Gold-Hearted Boy Inspired by imagery in the song "All These Things That I've Done" by The Killers

Gold-Hearted Boy
Inspired by imagery in the song "All These Things That I've Done" by The Killers

Blue Jean Serenade Inspired by imagery in the song "Dustland Fairytale" by The Killers

Blue Jean Serenade
Inspired by imagery in the song "Dustland Fairytale" by The Killers

New Base!
Flex DK
100% Superwash Merino
231 yards/100 grams

I'm thrilled to introduce With Pointed Sticks Yarn's newest base in the lineup - Flex DK! This 4-ply yarn is soft and squishy, and perfect for winter accessories or garment knitting.

The Killer Fall Collection colorways will be the first to be featured on this base, and others will follow.

Killer Fall Collection on Flex DK

Killer Fall Collection on Flex DK

This collection will be in the shop on Wednesday, August 10th at 7:00 pm EST in the With Pointed Sticks Etsy shop. Full skeins of each color will be available on Ballpoint Sock and the new Flex DK bases. Mini skein sets of all 6 colors will be available as well, on Ballpoint Sock.

Hope to see you there!!

Tour de Fleece 2016 - Small Successes

I’m terrible at committing myself to anything with a deadline that is meant to be recreational. Knit-alongs, Stash Dash, Ravellenic Games, Tour de Fleece, whatever. Working on something I love alongside other people who share that same passion seems like a great idea. But the second I commit to it, it turns into a chore. Now I have to do it by a certain date, or else. I’m the least competitive person in the world, which doesn’t help. As soon as something gets competitive, my eyes glaze over. I’m the worst person to play board games with.

I tried recently to participate in the Cookie Jar KAL, held by the hosts of the Pinfeathers and Purls and The Fawn Knits podcasts, where all I had to do was to knit a pair of socks by Cookie A. I had a good start with my No-Purl Monkey Socks in Hedgehog Fibres Sock in the Genie colorway. I was excited, I was motived, I was determined. For about two days. Then I was all, “I have to finish TWO WHOLE SOCKS in a MONTH? Is this a JOKE?” Never mind that I finish socks in that time frame all the time. This voluntary KAL turned into a chore thrust upon me against my will. I got belligerent.

“Oh, this KAL is going to force me to knit socks? When actually what I want to be doing is knitting OTHER socks? Who do they think they are?”

Needless to say, that deadline has passed and those socks are no more done than they were pre-temper tantrum.

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So no one was more surprised than me when I met my Tour de Fleece goal. Albeit, one day late, but that still feels like it counts, especially since I wasn’t officially participating.

I was smart this time. I didn’t announce that I was doing it. I didn’t even really plan it. It just so happened that the day the Tour started, I got a package in the mail from Hobbledehoy (battlings in the Crater Lake colorway) and my favorite spindle (from Tina's Angoras) was free.

I wondered if I could spin and ply this 2 ounce package of battlings during the Tour, just to see if I could. It seemed like I should be able to. 2 ounces is NOT a big commitment, though spare time is hard to come by these days.

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And at only one day late, those battlings (which ended up being over 2 ounces, thank you very much) were spun and plied!

Great success!

Blogging - A New Hope

Hello friends!

As you can tell, I have a new website. My old website served me well for several years, but then a Very Bad Thing happened to it involving... ahem, adult content... and I thought this is probably a good opportunity to do a total refresh. Also to put a better system in place so that never happens again because it was unpleasant. So many butts...

All of my old blog posts are lost in the abyss, but as I have time I plan to copy and paste some of my favorite posts via the Wayback Machine. This, though, seems like a good time for a reintroduction!

My name is Susan and I'm the lady behind With Pointed Sticks Yarn. I’m a knitter, spinner, indie dyer, and writer. I live in southeastern Massachusetts with my husband and our cattle dog. My husband is very supportive of my yarn habit, and can frequently be seen with me at yarny events. Jackson, the blue heeler/corgi mix, is less supportive because he's not allowed to play with the yarn and therefore it serves no purpose and is just a distraction from me petting his ears. His ears are very big and so require lots of pets.

I went to school for fiction writing, with the intention of working in children’s book publishing and writing novels on the side. But I graduated college in 2011, when jobs in publishing were hard to come by and even harder to keep. So I took the sensible, if not exciting, route and sent out 100 resumes and took the first job I was offered. Which is how I ended up a secretary in a hospital despite my complete and total lack of medical or scientific background. But I did the “fake it 'til you make it” thing, and four years later I was promoted to the Communications Department where I get to write and edit and manage websites all day.

I love my day job, but somewhere along the line I decided one full-time job wasn’t enough, and I added a second full-time gig to my plate – indie yarn dyer.

Like most dyers, I started dyeing just for fun using food coloring and cheap wool I bought at Michael’s. Then I moved up to professional-grade acid dyes, and yarns that I actually wanted to knit with. Then my house was overrun by more skeins of hand-dyed yarn than I could ever knit in my lifetime, so I opened an Etsy shop. Then people ended up liking my yarn, so I kept making it, and that’s how this venture has ended up being one of the most fun and rewarding things I’ve ever taken on.

In my spare time (LOL no one has spare time, who are we kidding), I knit like a fiend – mainly socks and shawls, but occasionally I throw in a sweater – and spin yarn on my numerous drop spindles.

I’ll be posting here about all of the things I’m working on, but in the meantime, follow me on Instagram! I’m super active over there unlike Twitter which I’ve never gotten the hand of and Facebook which has the tendency to make me hate people I previously enjoyed.