Welcome to Jilly & Kiddles Yarn! Limited stock will be available while I'm vending at the Rhinebeck Yarn Bazaar over the weekend. Stock will be back online on Monday, 10/21. Thank you for your patience! Next shop update is Weds 10/23

Jilly & Kiddles Blog

  • Yarn Fortress

    When my younger two boys have extra time in the morning before school, they often go into the spare room and play Hero Factory guys on the pull out couch.  Last week, they started doing something new.  I went down to the family room and found they chose a new place to play, the family room couch.  Once again, the Hero Factory bin was left out, though they had cleaned all the guys into the bin, which isn't bad.  I saw something unusual on the couch, and thought, "Oh no! My knitting!!"
  • Random Thoughts...

    Things have been a bit all over the place around here...

    So in the spirit of chaos that is my life right now, here are some random thoughts.

    Seeing your own ad on Ravelry for the first time is surprising and wild!  I was adding my new project to Rav and I saw a Jilly & Kiddles ad for the first time.  Dudes, it was amazing.

  • Trunk Show!

    Over the weekend, Jilly & Kiddles had it's first trunk show.  What an fun experience!

    I've been preparing for this for weeks, dyeing lots of extra yarn and deciding how I'd like my popup shop to look.  There was a lot to do, but I think it went really well. I enjoyed meeting so many new people and getting to show off my yarn in person.  My husband Brian came with me to help with checkout, and I'm so glad he did.  Without him, it would certainly have been much more chaotic.  I think we pretty much worked out the kinks.  Plus, he provides some stress relief, for sure.  Here he is trying on a slouchy hat for some customers for laughs.  I can't thank him enough.

  • Our Week of Torture

    So, you know what's pretty strange these days?  Not having any cell reception or internet.  Seriously.  It's just bizarre.

    My family is back from our vacation, and it's so good to be home.  The six of us went away on a week long cruise out of NYC, along with my parents, and my sister's family of four.  It was amazing!  The only thing, is we decided not to purchase any sort of internet package, so we were all offline for the week.  What a weird feeling!  Plus, my two high schoolers were, um, not exactly loving it.  We all survived, though, and it almost feels nice after you get used to it.  No need to check email constantly, or see if you got a text.  I didn't realize how often I check my phone until I couldn't.  I'll have to work on that.

    Here's the story of our wonderful week away

  • (Yarn)Bombs Away!

    Well, the word around here is college.  Yup, my first child is about to fly the coup.  You know, in about 9 months or so...

    Last week my daughter, my husband, and I went on a little trip to check out a couple of schools.  We zipped off to NYC for some fun and to see two of the schools on Irene's list.

  • Back to It

    Guys, I don't know if you've ever done anything like this before, but let me tell you, it's an emotional rollercoaster.  Can I tell you something?  Right after I opened the website and I'd posted about it on Instagram, I was overwhelmed with emotion.  It reminded me of the first time my daughter went off to school for the day and I didn't know what to do with myself.  You know what I mean?  Oh boy.  I just had to wait and see if people were interested in what I was putting out there.
  • Photoshoot of the Century

    The photoshoot during which I learned how to capture yarn.  ...So I googled it.  I researched.  I read articles.  You name it.  My shots were getting better, but not quite what I wanted yet.  Naturally, I thought maybe if I had a really great camera, if would make a difference.  Maura agreed to bring the camera along, and sounded excited to use her new skills to help me out.  Trying out a “professional” camera without having to buy it?  Yes, please!

  • Focus on the Good

    Let's discuss the good things in life--the things that take away some of our stress and make everything seem so much more manageable.  Is there knitting?  What do you think?!