Friday, February 26, 2010

The Snowicane has hit, and so have the yarns!

The storm has settled in here, and there is no reason for me to leave the house. Instead, I spent the day taking pictures of the yarns I dyed up on Weds.
I started taking pictures of the various yarns, and I had a hard time deciding on names. Thankfully some dear friends came to my rescue and helped.
I give you: Snapdragons
All of the yarns have the same
Yarn Vitals:
Yardage :306 yards
Weight: 3 ounces 100 grams
Yarn Size: sock weight
Fiber Content: 92% superwash wool, 8% acrylic

This is Parrot Tulip,

Then there is Cornflower, which is a nice 2 tone blue, but somehow it managed to obtain a few stray red flecks. See them in the pic?

Sweetheart Roses turned out so pretty, I can see it becoming a beautiful pair of socks, or even the main design coloring of a pair of warm mittens.

Finally I leave you with Hydrangea.

The first two are listed in my shop now, the others will be going up soon.
Stay warm this weekend!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Colors Spring to Life

Today was a dye day for me. Yarns arrived and skeins were tied.

Then the magical dyes were opened and colors began to scamper across the skeins.

There is a storm that is to be moving in, and I was thinking about that as I started. But soon the spring that will come came sweeping into the dye pots, and beautiful flowers began to jump into the skeins. While some of the skeins may look similar in the above picture, they truly are each one of a kind skeins.

Waiting for them to dry tonight, and tomorrow I will get pictures. I am thinking of re-skeining them, but I may leave them in the skeins as they are now.

Keep an eye on the shop - the beautiful spring sock yarns will begin blooming soon!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

From Roving to Yarns.....

In keeping with the earlier post this week on habits, I pulled a roving from my shop and decided to spin it up. The first colorway I pulled was the Portulaca colorway of handpainted Superwash BFL.
I decided since I am going to be refeshing the shop with new fibers soon, I was going to play with the various techniques of spinning the rovings.
For this one, I divided the roving in half length - wise and weighed it. Then I divided each half into 4 smaller lengths.
I spun trying to keep the color stripes in order, but there was some variation in each length. The resulting yarn is soft, lofty and has some thick and thin sections that vary from sport to worsted weight in spots.

The colors softened nicely once spun and plyed giving me a wonderful marled effect.

The variations and flow is so nice, I can see this being used in scarfs, hats, or even a very nice pair of thick fair isle mittens. Especially if paired with a solid cream color to allow this yarn to take center stage.
I almost decided to keep it for myself, but decided to offer it instead. Its listed here and here. Another beauty shot:

So now I have pulled another colorway, this time I chose Firecracker, another Superwash BFL roving.

Once again I split it length wise and weighed it.

Then divided each half into two sections. I am going to try to keep the colors a bit more defined.

The first bobbin is done:

This yarn should turn out about fingering, but it really puffed up when washed, so since the last skein did that, I am spinning it thinner.

I hope to finish the 2nd bobbin and ply it tonight.

Its turning out really cool, don't you think?

Monday, February 15, 2010

Habits in Business

Habits -
defined in Websters Online Dictionary definition
6 : a settled tendency or usual manner of behavior
7 a : a behavior pattern acquired by frequent repetition or physiologic exposure that shows itself in regularity or increased facility of performance b : an acquired mode of behavior that has become nearly or completely involuntary

What habits do you have? Most times I hear the word habit I think of negative connotations. But habits can also be very beneficial. When we try to make new habits, we often refer to them as resolutions.Sad that we only are encouraged to make new resolutions on New Years. I came up with a whole list of new habits or resolutions yesterday, a bit late for it to be a New Years resolution right?

I pondered this a bit then realized - Yesterday was Chinese New Years! I was right on time.
So I give you my resolutions of new habits for this year:

1. Blog 2 times a week minimum. This might be the hard one to get into. But I intend to do this. You are warned that some posts may be lame.

2. Work on promotion of Shop. Look into more ways to do advertising, and do it daily!

3. Get your packaging items in all one place, keep them stocked and be prepared.

4. Make a to do list weekly for the shop. Do not put this off.

5. Work on a new business plan. Set reasonable goals. Put it into action.

What new habits are you going to do? Feel free to let me know of other habits you find helpful in your business!