Knitting Our National Parks!

A Note From Clementine

June 2017: After six years on Etsy, I now find myself doing more in-person events and special collaborative projects with some of the talented Indie dyers I am lucky to count among my friends. Needing a more versatile online presence, I finally took the leap and opened my Indiemade shop! If you aren't already familiar with my work, I invite you to take a peek at my Etsy shop, where you can see photos of more than 600 sold items, review my 100% 5-star rating, or read some of the 300+ reviews from buyers. I am grateful for my customers' great reviews, encouragement, and support of Indie makers.

(  Click here to visit That Clever Clementine's Etsy Shop  )

It feel like the opening of this new shop should also be the kick in the pants that I apparently need to start blogging again. If you've found me here, I reckon you are interested in some of the same things I love, including yarn, fiber arts, knitting, and sewing. Oh, and perhaps food. So here goes ... let's just jump right in ...

As a solitary craftsperson, it's always especially fun to collaborate with other indies. The indie fiber community is also lucky to be supported by the work of Lisa Chamoff at Indie Untangled, whose blog and weekly newsletters help bring together the offerings of a wide variety of indie dyers and accessory makers. (In addition, Lisa hosts special projects, yarn clubs, and the very popular Indie Untangled Trunk Show. Go get on her mailing list, you won't regret it!)

Lisa's latest project is "Knitting Our National Parks." She is assembling a really interesting series of exclusive yarn colorways, coming together in sort of a "virtual" knitter's road trip around the country, visiting some of the awe-inspiring National Parks. Each exclusive colorways is being created by a different wonderful indie dyer; in each case, they've been inspired by photos from the U.S. Department of the Interior's Instagram feed. And? A portion of proceeds from the yarn sales will be donated to the National Park Foundation!

Our road trip starts with Backyard Fiberworks' beautiful "North Cascades Night," inspired by photographer Andy Porter's photo of North Cascades National Park in Alice's native Washington State. Alice's yarn is available for pre-order until June 30th.

For my part, I released a limited edition project bag, titled: POP Thru the Parks! (Because there's nothing like a nice cold soda pop on a summer day, it's refreshing as the great outdoors.)

I will offer an exclusive yarny accessory to coincide with the release of each yarn installment (June, August, October, December). Each offering in this collection will be available for pre-order for two weeks, or until the limited edition is sold out, whichever comes first.

All items in the collection will feature this wonderful fabric, part of Amy Peppler Adams's Soda Nation collection, on the exterior. The June zipper bags have cheerful Soda Pop Top "Sunshine" lining. Subsequent installments of the project will each feature a different complementary lining, so items will be coordinated but not matchy-matchy.

I'm excited to say that the bags sold out in just about twelve hours ... which means now, the work begins!

I'm already scheming about the next release ... so if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you'll no doubt start seeing teasers in another several weeks. Stay tuned, and join us as we explore the Parks via this wonderful yarny road trip!