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!