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Shop Update and FREE SHIPPING Sale!

17 Sep

I updated the Storied Yarns shop on Etsy! (I’ll get around to Artfire this weekend, too.)

I added the following yarns:

and these batts:

The shop is nice and full of sock yarn, handspun yarn, and batts! There are even a few combed tops snuck in there. 🙂

Remember, if you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for, just send me a message and I’ll create a custom order for you! I can re-create my repeatable colorways on any yarn, roving or batt base and I can also dye up a new colorway inspired by your favorite stories and characters! If you’re not a spinner I can spin the yarn for you and if you’re not a knitter I can even knit something up!

Use the code September to get FREE SHIPPING this week in my Etsy and Artfire shops!

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Fiber Arts Friday: Winner!

2 Sep

Thank you so very much to everyone who entered my yarn giveaway from last week’s post. Your comments were VERY helpful in my preparations for the fiber festival in October! I hope you will all continue to visit my little corner of the Web from time to time. This past week I have tried not to post too much so as to keep the giveaway post at the top, but I usually try to post at least a few times a week.

Anyway, without further delay, congratulations to Zilliah who was the randomly selected winner of the give-away! I have contacted you on Etsy about your prize.

For everyone else, I hope you’ll check out my Storied Yarns shops on Etsy and Artfire! I just finished updating them with a few new items, see?

Next week I’ll have an update of sock yarn, so if you didn’t win the give-away you might still be able to get your hands on your favorite colorway!

Also, I’m hosting a Knit-Along in my Ravelry group, inspired by the Wicked Lovely novel series by Melissa Marr. You can knit one of these two fabulous projects:

Visit my Ravelry group for further details, and purchase your spot in one of my shops!

Thanks again for visiting, everyone! Head on over to Andrea’s Blog and catch up with the rest of the Fiber Arts Friday fun!

Fiber Arts Friday: Color Preferences

26 Aug

I’m preparing for my first fiber festival this year, and it has me both excited and nervous at the same time! I wish I had the time and budget to dye and card up one of each of my colorways in yarn, roving and batt form before the event. Heck, I’d love to do two of each! But that’s definitely not a possibility; I’ve got way too many colorways. So instead, I’m hoping to bring the ones that are the most likely to sell. The problem is, as the person who created those colorways I love them all. I definitely play favorites, too, and I have the colorways that call to me more than others. I know, however, that just because I like something doesn’t mean everyone else will.

For instance, one of my favorite colorways is The Other Mother:

On the other hand, Phileas Fogg is a colorway that just isn’t my favorite, but it sold relatively quickly when I listed it:

So the problem is, which colorways to dye/card before the fiber festival?

That’s where you come in! Please head over to my Flickr Available Colorways set and pick a favorite – or two! Tell me WHY that item is your favorite if you don’t mind, and I’ll read over them and try to get a better idea of which colorways people like the best. As a bonus entry, leave another comment with some helpful fiber fest vending advice for me! If you’re a veteran vendor, what advice do you have for a newbie? If you’re a shopper, what do you like to see when you go to a fiber fest in terms of booth setup, customer service, or whatever?

Here’s the best part: I’m going to dye up a skein of 2ply Superwash Sock yarn for one random commenter to this post! As long as your comment involves one of my colorways and why you like it (or fiber fest advice – limit to two total comments per person), you can be randomly selected to win. When I choose your comment I will dye up a skein of yarn in YOUR favorite colorway, so choose wisely! Also, please leave me a way to contact you in your comments (e-mail, Ravelry ID, Etsy ID, etc.).

No purchase necessary to win. Simply look at photos of my colorways and pick a favorite, then tell me why (or give me fiber festival advice). I will mail you the yarn free of charge, it doesn’t get any better than that!

The contest will end NEXT Thursday, September 1, at Midnight CST. The contest is open to US/Canada and International participants.

As a thank you to everyone who participates in this little experiment of mine, use code FAVORITES to save 15% off your order in my Artfire Studio or Etsy shop. The code is good through 9/2/2011. While you’re there, if you happen to be sale 100 in Etsy or sale 110 in Artfire you’ll find an extra surprise tucked in with your order!

Here are the newest items I added to my shops yesterday:

Thanks for browsing, and thank you in advance for your helpful comments!

When you’re finished with all of that, head on over to Wonder Why Gal’s blog and check out the rest of the Fiber Arts Friday fun!

Storied Yarns Shops Updated Today!

15 Aug

Today I updated my Etsy and Artfire shops. I included some rovings/combed tops, a set of handspun yarn skeins and some project bags!

One of the project bags (top left) is quilted and interfaced so it’s ideal for carrying a spindle and some fiber. The others are smaller, great for one-skein projects. The handspun is a whopping 298 yards of worsted weight squishy goodness and the combed tops include BFL, BFl/Firestar and Superwash merino in my nursery rhyme colorways and a NEW Harry Potter inspiration!

Swap Preparations

14 Aug

So, as I’ve probably mentioned here before, I’m a moderator for the Heartfelt Handmade swap on Ravelry. The whole point of the swap is to make ONE handmade item for another person who will actually appreciate it because they’re crafty, too. Then we just add in one extra, very small item to finish the package and mail it off! It’s a low-cost swap with the emphasis on the craft and the spirit of the swap, so I love being part of it.

A few times a year I jump in and participate in the swap as well. This round, August to October, we’re swapping something for the hands – mittens, gloves, arm warmers, fingerless mitts, you get the picture. At the risk of giving too much away I’ll just say that I decided it would be the best option for my recipient if I dyed up some Faux Cashmere spinning fiber to make her mitts.

I chose my “Irial” colorway which is a blend of some of my recipient’s favorite colors (deep red, burgundy, purple and black). I dyed it in a graduated pattern instead of variegated this time, so I’ll split this braid in half lengthwise and then spin a single from each half and n-ply those singles on themselves to maintain the color progression from start to finish.

Here’s the fiber:

I’ve never spun straight Faux Cashmere before, but I’ve been wanting to for a while, so this will be exciting for me! I’m going to knit my Rainbow Brite Mitts pattern b/c I’ve been wanting to see how that will look in a graduated pattern instead of a striping one. I hope my recipient likes the mitts!

In other news, I sewed up a little bag of some sort. I’m not really sure what to call it! I wanted to make a sturdy project bag so I could use it to hold a spindle and not risk damaging that spindle too much. This design is okay, but it’s not 100% what I had envisioned, so I’m going back to the drawing board. In the meantime, I’ll be putting this one in my shop some time on Monday in case someone else finds a good home for it:

The bag is made from a sturdy canvas fabric on the outside. It has interfacing and batting on the inside and it’s quilted, with a regular hot pink cotton lining. It has a nylon webbing strap on it and some binding on the top edge. In the pictures you can see I have put some stuff in there to show off the size – that’s 4 oz of superwash merino top and two of my spindles to show that the bag is plenty large enough to hold those items and more. 🙂

Watch for a Shop Update in Etsy and Artfire on Monday – it will have some roving/top and a few project bags in addition to this one!