Thursday, October 29, 2009

a new retailer

My yarns will be debuting at a brand new retailer, Pulling at Strings, owned and operated by my friend Jenn. She’s celebrating her grand opening this Saturday, October 31, with some fun contests, so be sure to check it out!

Also, I’ve donated two items for a fundraiser for two charities that have been supporting a friend through the loss of her full-term baby. One item is a skein of hand-dyed Licorice Twist, a DK/light worsted yarn with a ply that takes dye more vividly, creating a cool marled effect. The other item is a pair of longies (baby pants) with my flowering plum embellishment. With the purchase of a $2 ticket, you’ll receive a PDF with some fun craft ideas, and will be entered into a drawing for the item.

I also have another retailer announcement coming up in the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

just a few more to go

I have just 17 skeins to go, and I'll be finished with my current wholesale order. Well, dyeing it, anyway. Still need to do a little reskeining of the really tangled hanks, and all the labeling. My husband accidentally threw one of the skeins in with the laundry today, requiring a redye (argh! yes, it's superwash, but the results after heavy agitation aren't pretty) so I think I can get him to help me with the labeling. He owes me.

My yarns will be debuting with two retailers over the next few weeks, so in preparation I've started a Ravelry group for my yarns and fibers. I'm kicking it off with a knit-along and contest. Make a project with my yarn (or spin some of my fiber), complete it by December 31, post it in my group, and get entered into a random drawing for a store credit worth $20. Get cracking!

Friday, October 16, 2009

fiber show tonight and tomorrow

I dropped off some yarn this morning for the Whatcom Weavers Guild's Fibers and Beyond show. This will be my second year doing the show. I was a little surprised by how well my sock yarn sold last year, so I brought a bunch of my Willow BFL sock yarn and Cascara merino/cashmere/nylon sport, plus some silk/merino, Targhee and BFL spinning fiber, and a few other random things. It's marked down a bit as I have some plans for new colorways and sock clubs, and I'd really like to clear out some storage space.

I'm working the floor tonight, which I'm excited about because I'll get to see all the goodies early. When I was there, there was already a rack of handspun and three giant baskets of gorgeously dyed fiber. I saw a woman with a pile of vivid felted wall hangings getting checked in. And the weaving! Oh my, the weaving. We have some brilliant weavers in the guild.

I love how pretty the show floor is, too. There are some people with a real knack for display and merchandising, and every year it gets more and more polished looking.