Hi there, a while back I told you about my celebrating my 1,000th sale on Etsy and that there would be 2 lucky customers. N°1 the client that actually purchased the 1,000 item and another one drawn out at random. So I have passed the 1,000 sales limit and informed my lucky customers and shipped their winnings so now I’m going to share those with you.
The client that actually purchased the 1,000th item lives in the USA and she won a skein of yarn and had a choice of either hand spun or hand dyed yarn as well as a choice of colours. She chose hand dyed yarn in purples so off I went and thought about what to do. I chose a fingering weight yarn and then I thought about how to dye the yarn. She said she liked solids, semi-solids and varigated yarn and so I went with varigated. I rewound my skein into a large one approx. 10 m/9 yards and dyed it with 6 different colours in the purple range. She still has not received her yarn but I really look forward to hearing from her and I certainly hope she loves what I did. I’ll keep you informed when I hear from her 🙂
So here for some pictures:
Here you can see the skein after dyeing/washing/drying. I loosely put it on the warp board before cutting off the ties and rewinding into a skein. You can see the different colours well here.
Here you have the skein all wound up. The colour difference has to do with lighting I think – incredible how that can change our perception of colour! The second photo is actually closer to the actual colour of the yarn and I’m rather happy with the outcome.
I only did 1 skein so this is a truly unique skein, no one will have the same so I hope she will make something unique for herself and enjoy the privilege of knitting with a one of a kind yarn hand dyed just for herself 🙂
If you would like to purchase a skein hand dyed just for you, that is always possible. You would just have to contact me and give me your type of yarn, weight, colours and variety (solid, semi-solid, varigated or striping) and I’ll get back to you with a price. Once the dyeing is done, I send a picture for approval before issuing the invoice. So why not? Could also be a great gift for a knitter friend or a special occasion don’t you think ?
Now the second lucky client that was this time drawn out at random won a set of stitch markers and a knitting needle holder. This lucky client lives in the UK and she had a choice for the type of markers – knitting only or locking ones that can be used for knitting and crochet. She chose knitting only and requested ring markers with a glass bead for décoration. I put the markers and knitting needle holder in a cute metal box for easy transport in her knitting bag. And just in case you do not know what a knitting needle holder is: it is a gadget you put on the ends of your needles (spns or circulars) to prevent your stitches from falling off when not working. Here is an example:
A lampwork needle stopper
Now as for her actually winning here it is: Nice don’t you think ?
If you too are interested in stitch markers, knitting needle holders, yarns or other supplies for your knitting and crochet or spinning you can check out my 2 shops here:
Etsy and my own e-commerce shop
Now for some more exciting news from the shop front. I was just contacted by the editor of Knitsy – a digital interactif knitting magazine- and they want to feature some of my hand spun yarns! Yey! I’m super happy my yarns caught their eyes and hopefully this little feature in their future issue will bring some attention to my work and my shop. They specifically asked for pictures of my multi coloured hand spun yarns so I’m thinking pictures such as these:
And to finish for today, I’d like to remind you that I will be participating in the I Knit Fandango show in London this May 15th – 16th. This will be a beautiful show with small but recognised yarn companies, mostly hand dyed yarns and the closer we get to the event the more companies are confirming their presence and I feel I will have to save up some serious money to make my own stash enhancement during the show 🙂 If you are in London during these 2 days I hope you will have the chance to come and see us. You can find information about the show and buy tickets in advance on the I Knit website here
And just before I go, I almost forgot to show you my latest knitting! Shame on me 🙂
So here goes, I have 2 1/2 pairs done The red/brown ones are Jitterbug yarn from Colinette and the multicoloured ones are hand dyed by myself and I will be writing a post about the process here shortly.
I have finished 1 sock and started the second one in this pair. This is part of a Knit From Your Stash KAL I participate in on FB. The yarn is hand dyed by myself.
And then there is one paire I’m doing for my youngest daughter and she asked for a mix of multicoloured and a solid grey. The grey is from a Cascade heritage yarn and the multi coloured is the same as in the socks above. I’m doing a broken seed stitch on the front of the leg and regular jersey/knit stitch on the back/sole. Look at the pictures to see how the stitch pattern changes the perception/look of the socks. On the front the colours are muted by the broken seed stitch where as on the sole the multi coloured yarn really pops. Which look do you prefer?
Thats all for now folks. Thank you for stopping by and sharing my thoughts for a few moments. I wish you all a wonderful and creative week. Until next time,
Take care 🙂