Cheers to Another Year!

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its so hard to believe, but my innaugural year of being an Indie Dyer is coming to a close!  It’s been a very exciting year for me, from my first skein, to my first sale, to learning how to do stripes, to creating the infamous No 2. Pencil socks!  The ups and downs have been numerous, but what I’ve enjoyed the most is meeting knitters from around the world.  We are a lovely bunch of coconuts if I do say so myself!

Some  of the most memorable things this past year have been a wee incident where wool caught fire in my dyeing microwave…that smell is unforgettable, haha!  Another time I shattered a full jug of pencil yellow all over my kitchen floors!  Oh, and I’ll never forget when the black seeds of wattermelon just wouldn’t bloody set and I ended up boiling the pot dry and melting plastic and burning wool all in my steamer (joy joy).  I’ve sent wool as far away as Australia, and had customers pick it up at my house.  I’ve gone through ink cartridges on my printer like you wouldn’t believe, two logos and countless pieces of paper.  I’ve navigated government forms, created tax forms and found better wool and dye suppliers.  You know you hit the big time when you’re buying dye powder by the pound!

Im thick in the midst of a big dye order of No 2 Pencils and Not your Mothers Sock Monkey stripes, which is keeping my dye pots humming and my hands interesting shades of yellow, black and red!  With all the kids home for summer vacation I’ve been having to learn the fine art of juggling dyeing and mother-ing, which some days is a job for coffee, other days alcohol!

To to celebrate my big milestone, I want to hear what you guys would like!  Would you like a sale?  Free shipping? BOGO? Or maybe you’d like a huuuuuge giveaway for one lucky (4randomly selected) winner!

Let me know here, on facebook, Instagram, Etsy or by email and I’ll announce it Monday Morning!

School’s out for summah! 

Well almost.  Tomorrow is the last school day for my two oldest, which means no more packing lunches for two glorious months!!!  I am embarrassingly excited about that!  I just hate packing lunches. And by June…they are lucky it’s not just croutons in tin foil!  

I’ve been super busy, went on field trips with both my big kids, which was super special since I haven’t been on one since my youngest was born.  It’s fascinating to see your kids interacting with their peers.  The dynamics they develop blows my mind!  I’ve also been frantically trying to finish that shawl for my daughters teacher, and I’m down to the 11th hour here…ok, maybe even 11:30…if I don’t get it finished by lunch, no way will this bad boy dry/block in time to be packed up to gift tomorrow!  Ah!  Wish me luck! 

I’m done the body chart, just have to do the edging chart…

  
On top of all that, I’ve been mad dyeing to finish up the orders from my anniversary sale, those packages will start shipping today, I hope to have them all out by Friday.  

I’ve been retaking a lot of my colourways’ glamour shots too, I’ve changed the look of how I want my etsy shop to look, which has been a lot of fun!  

I also transposed my ‘greetings Earthlings’ colourway into self-striping socks!! 

Love these

  

In super cool exciting news, Lovesockwool has included her monkey socks in her podcast and my cheeks are rosy with joy!  If you’ve never watched one of her podcasts run, don’t walk, to Lovesockwool’s YouTube check her out! My socks….I mean her socks…are at about 10:20 :)

Well, shawl knitting waits for no woman, so I had been get on with it!  Have a great week!  

What! A post! 

Good morning lovelies!!  I cannot believe how long it’s been since I’ve posted here!  I’ve been a blog slacker and I’m terribly embarrassed!  Life has been moving along at rocket speed…I swear I blink and I miss a day.  How did that happen!  

This spring I had busy weekends juggling being a dance mom as well as being the convenor for my sons lacrosse league.  If having kids didn’t kill my dream of lazy mornings in bed, then dance competitions and lacrosse certainly did!  During the week I have been elbow deep dyeing up a storm, I’m forever thrilled and grateful you all like me, you really like me!!  …errrr, I mean my wools.  You like my wools :p. I have so many ideas kicking around in my wee noggin, just gotta throw the dye on some wool!  

May’s big hits were of course Charlotte…she was a gorgeous girl :) 

 
Not to be outdone by monkeys though…these bad boys have been flying out of the dye pots! 

  

Don’t tell…but I am actually almost finished my second sock!  My hubby, for the first time ever, actually requested a pair of socks in this colourway, so I’ve been knitting on them whenever I could.  I’m at the last stripe sequence on the second (can you believe it! Take that SSS!) and then just have to throw in the afterthought heels.  Woot woot! 

I also introduced some new colourways, my fav being ‘Greetings Earthlings’ ( the name!  So fun!) on top here, as well as ‘sea glass’ which is just so beautiful.  Let’s not forget old faithful pencils too.  Always a crowd pleaser! 

 

I am knitting my daughter’s amazing (and also a redhead, I am genetically programmed to love her!) teacher a ‘Papaya’ shawl in Seaglass and its spectacular.  It’s going to be hard to give away! 

  
I could show off my colourways all day long, so if you’d like to see more, check out my Etsy store, YarnEnabler.

I also have huge news I can’t completely share…but a knit wear designer and author (as in real books!) has asked me to contribute some colourways to her newest book.  I dies!!!!!   It’s like a dream come true!!  This unnamed (but big name!  Oh I can’t wait to tell you!) was looking for a selection of ombre Blues.  This is what I came up with…

 
I’m really happy with them!  I played with the blues for a long time, I wanted the perfect dusty blue undertone.  Not a bright blue, or a black blue…blues can be so intricate!  

Of course during all this our laptop decided to stop accepting the charging cord and promptly died, so it’s been in the shop for a week now getting a new plug thingie and a general clean up.  Three kids and a wild puppy I guess can do a number on it ;). I, of course, never drop the damn thing and never download viruses ;). Hehe

Alright dears, I’m off to the dye pots!  Wish me luck!  
  

Toronto’s knitter’s frolic! 

I made it!  Despite spending the weekend at a dance competition in Hamilton with my girl, she and I made a quick trip to the frolic to gorge ourselves on the yarn fumes.  I’m raising her right ;). ….although all the attention she got because of her medal and stage makeup sure helped her love of wool festivals! Haha! 

She also scored some new sock wool, I looooove turtlepurl yarns self-stripping socks.  Just glorious 

This one’s called city girl

 

Somehow, and I still have no freaking clue how, my girl convinced me her American girl doll needed a hand knit sweater…made out of merino and silk!  

I don’t even have a merino/silk sweater!  Best dressed doll in Canada :/

  

Also scored some beautiful silk/merino for myself.  A new-to-me indie dyer as well, raventwist.  Because I was damned if the doll would get more wool than me! 

  

In my dye pots, I’ve had a big hit with my Sick monkey self-stripping sock wool..

 

You guys have snapped up all the ones I’ve made and I’m busy dyeing more every day!  Ya’ll bought so much I had to order more wool, lol!  My hubby fell in love with it too, I actually finished his first dock and am on to his second!  SSS has hit though, I’m having problems staying motivated…like usual! 

I’m still working on my watermelon shawl (not surprised…) and an alpaca cowl which is pretty much going to hibernate until fall now that I’m back in maxi dresses!  

What are you working on? 
 

Nothing screams “go away snow!” like watermelon!!

I’m rebelling.  I’m saying screw you to winter.  To big clunky boots, mismatched mitts (where do they all go?!), drafty windows, snow piles and layers.

I’m…

knitting a watermelon shawl!

Even the caked skein makes me smile!

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Of course, i smiled seeing the wool on the swift too, so i’m an easy mark, lol!IMG_4786

I dyed the skein off a knit blank, which makes the wool interestingly kinky when you frog it.  I could have just knit straight from the blank but…well…

hello beautiful xoxo

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I have no pattern in mind yet, i’m thinking of doing some form of modified Cladonia because that pattern is to die for. I knit one two years ago as a end-of-year teacher’s present and she still whispers sweet nothings in my dreams. But we’ll see how this develops!  I’m loving the white speckled look to the pink, it looks like a real watermelon!

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Did you see that this week i was featured on The Cozy Knitter‘s blog?!  How cool is that!

linking up with Yarn Along

Shop update and news!

hello hello on this dreary thursday!  Not sure about where you guys live, but Spring in these parts this year still seems like a distant fantasy.  It is literally snowing right now.  Im ready for my flip flops!

But I digress.

Ive got some cool stuff to show ya’ll and some shop business to talk about.  First off, the wooly goodness.  I am so excited to share that I’ve found a new wholesale wool supplier that is actually Canadian!  This is excellent news for me, since it solves a problem I was pretty stressed about. The Canadian dollar is in the pits, the lowest it’s been in…well…before I can remember.  and my previous supplier was American.  So you can imagine ordering wool was a punch in the gut as it got more and more expensive every time. It was at the point I was afraid Id have to raise my prices.  BUT I don’t!  YAY!!  I can now get wool at great canadian prices, and best of all…i can drive to pick it up, so i save huge on shipping.  which means you save!  …or rather don’t pay more, lol, sorry ;P

There is a little bit of difference….  My new wool is a 80/20 mix, as opposed to my old 75/25, and it has a much tighter spin.  It’s still squishy soft and lovely, I’m quite in love with it!  You (darling, lovely, awesome)  returning customers might notice a difference in the look though.  Wanna see?

Here’s my old wool…

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and here’s my new wool…

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the twist is a bit more pronounced, but the squish factor is just the same :)  And the best part…prices stay the same!

But let’s talk prices for a second.  Shipping prices that is.  I try very very hard to enabler every single one of you!  It’s kinda what i live for ;)  SOooo to have high shipping costs is killing me.  This is why Im going to introduce standard packet shipping as my new “standard” shipping.  This means no tracking number, but it is half the price.  I will add an option to upgrade shipping to the tracked packet, because i know there are stalkers out there who just looooove watching their wool make their way to them!  (I might spend an illogical amount of time stalking pkgs too ;)  It’s ok, you’re amongst friends here). Best of both worlds I hope!

In other (big big BIG) shop news….As of this friday, Im changing from a Dyed-to-Order format, to a weekly stocking format!  I’m really really excited.  I will include a few custom slots each week just in case you are really needing something specific and I didn’t dye it that day.  I got you covered, don’t worry.  I’m really excited about this because it means I can introduce new colourways each week!  Keep things fresh, and new and everyone is happy!  And the best part is…it means a shorter turn around time between when you order and when it goes out the door!  Im going to cut the time down from 2 weeks to under 1!  YAY!!  Mark your calendars enabled ones…

Thursday April 2 at 12pm EST will be my first stocking event!

Also starting next week, I’m going to debut my new monthly club…Pencil CRAYONS!  Each month I will be doing one colour of pencil crayons, so you can fill your #operationsockdrawer with coloured goodness!  The club will have a one month, three month or 6 month option, and you will get free shipping with the 6 month option :)  I can’t wait to see everyone’s socks!  I will announce the first Month’s colour Next Thursday.

I think that’s all for today guys!  I will leave you with this picture, because im mean and you love me!

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It’s sale time!

Big days around here…the little sweet baby, who took his sweet time meeting this world (let’s gloss over the 23 hours of labour, shall we?!) and made me a mother…is turning 9 on Friday. What what!! Hard to believe!

One of the best things about having a ‘big’ boy is just hanging out with him and learning what makes him tick (donuts and sugar and Legos it seems some days!). I’ve been pretty excited lately because he’s been taking a big interest in my dyeing and even trying out his own colourway. He’s been saving up for a new bike this year (a Huffy in case that means more to you than it does to me!) so he asked if for his birthday he could list some in my store. Ummm. Yes yes YES! How fun to dye wool with my son!

So to celebrate his birthday, he’s listed his new colourway, and I’ve made a sale! Free shipping on orders of $50 or more :).
Come check us out!!

Www.yarnenabler.etsy.com

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Winter, I got this

Already the 11th of March, this winter has flown by. I bet it’s not often you hear those words strung together! It’s been a great winter for me, I haven’t really noticed the cold (well of course I *have*, in a hibernating, wearing wool head to toe, kind of way) but it hasn’t touched my spirit yet. This time last year I didn’t think I could go on another day. I needed sunshine, I needed warmth, I needed colour!
I’d like to think being surrounded and inspired by my dyes everyday has helped. And the fact my hands are usually a technicolor rainbow is actually kinda cool (although gloves Amanda!)

Now onto the good stuff!

I’ve cast on yet another cowl for my collection. Can we say addicted?!? and that might also be another new mug. I’m shameless.

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It’s like a cloud! Which, huh, would make a sweet name! The grey alpaca is from a Manitoba farmer/dyer called ‘storybook art & fiber’. It’s gorgeous. The electric blue is from my LYS and I shamefully lost the tag. I’m making up the pattern as I go, I want to gradually move to an all blue row, then end with a solid blue chunk so the cowl is split half and half. Like snowmelt ing and turning into rain!

True story…I cast on the gray at my in-laws house this past weekend. My MIL came over to check it out, and she hesitantly commented ‘that’s not your…usual….colour choice….?!’ I had a good laugh as I produced the electric blue and she goes ‘yup, that’s about right!’

So now that you know what’s on my needles, check out what’s come out of my dye pots! Obviously my usual colourways (pencils are still número uno of course) but I also just created this happy guy, which I am going to dye on worsted to make a new hat for my youngest. Because awesomesauce!!

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I’ve also accidentally created some wicked art last night, in the form of my paper towel mess catcher. Isn’t she pretty?!

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An IG follower suggested using a sock blank next time and hola! Brilliant! This would make some very cool OOAK colourways!

I’ve also been tickled pink by finding customer pictures of their yarn enabler yarn being knit. This bad boy came out last night and I’m in lurve

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And of course lolly knitter wrote such an epic post on her blog showing watermelon socks I almost ran out and bought my own watermelon colourway!

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I hope you all are surviving winter! Spring is coming!

My collections of knit themed tea cups and cowls are growing!

How’s that for an informative title! And very true, I’ve been on a bit of a binge for my two newest collections! And who can blame me…this winter just won’t quit. Everybody should have a woolie something around their neck and a warm cuppa in their hands!

Now You all saw my rainbow sparkle cowl the other week, remember?

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Still loving it!

About two weeks ago I finished another using one of my newest colourways, Hot lips. It was loosely based on a pattern by irish girlie knits, ‘summer winds’

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One word for you…cashmere. Oh yes yes yes! Cashmere makes all the fluffy white stuff outside worthwhile! This beauty is extra long to wrap twice around my neck. Love it.

This past weekend I finished yet another cowl. This one out of misti alpaca, my first time using it. Also went with a colourway out of my usual palette. It’s my ‘adult’ cowl, haha!

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I ended up doing it as simple seeds stitch. It’s nice and snug, great for wearing under my coat.

In the tea cup department, I’ve decided to replace my old boring matching mugs with mugs with personality! I am not a matching mug kinda woman, I need mugs that are wild, and funny, and reflect my mood. So this is my new mission!
So far I’ve added a non-knitting one from sea and lake company in Toronto that I giggle at every time I use it….

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Ha! It’s totally awesomesauce. I loaned it to my hubby for the morning after he broke his arm last week ;)

Next up….who can argue with this one?

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This bad boy is extra big and extra cool!

And of course, I needed this one…

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So that’s what I’ve been doing….knitting cowls and drinking tea from cool new mugs to stay warm! Hope you all are staying warm too!

A whole bunch of dyeing, a whole bunch of not-knitting!

It feels like I’ve traded in my knitting needles for my dye pots this winter! I’m not churning out much of anything knit wise, but boy am I turning out lots of wool! I’m thinking this is the same conundrum for those of you who spin, right? You spent time spinning beautiful wool, but it takes up your knitting time! If you’ve figured out a balance, please share it with me ;) inquiring minds need to learn!

I did manage to finish my sparkle rainbow cowl using yarn ink’so beautiful chocolate rainbow wool.

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I’ve been wearing it so much I haven’t even blocked it yet! It’s just perfect for wearing indoors to keep the back of my neck warm and my chest covered. And in this cold weather, sparkle rainbows? yes please!

…I mean, it’s no nipple cozy…

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(Hehe) but I think I’ll survive with just my cowl ;).

Oh! And just out of the studio….

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