July 24, 2017

Catch Up!!

This summer has been about Balance. Balancing Family, Work and Me Time! It's been a struggle to get these 3 to balance but the easiest way I've been balancing it is, depending on the weather! If it's nice, I take the kiddos to the beach or the splash park. Basically soaking up as much nice weather as I can before we transition into fall and winter! 

I've been doing work when the weather isn't ideal. Sewing, dyeing, stitch markers, basically whatever I feel like doing for the day. 

One of the first child free "Me Time" was when I went to the Calgary Stampede with Kim of GingerSnapThat

We had a super fun time and I'm sure I chatted her ear off the whole time πŸ˜‚


We partaked in the rodeo events for the day ❤️



Checked out the Agriculture / Livestock of the Stampede! 





And of course there were Tanks!



Mr SnapThat (AKA Colin) made an appearance after the rodeo events! We hit up the beer garden and some mini donuts! 

It was an awesome time! Thanks so much to Kim and Colin for showing me the Calgary Stampede! I'm quite embarrassed to say that I have never been there before!! I'm hoping to make it an annual event ❤️

July 19, 2017

❤️❤️Customer Fav's Shop Update ❤️❤️

I've snuck some customer favourite colorways into my Online Shop today 😍 I was feeling totally inspired by the Painted Horse colorway as pictures of it kept popping up in the most random places πŸ˜‚ So I dyed up a pot of it as well as a few other popular colorways!

Painted Horse on Anna's Sock


Columbia Icefield on Anna's Sock


My Old Black Powder on Anna's Sock



And I was totally inspired by these photos! Dendrobium Orchids were my favourite when my mom owned her own Flower Shop! 


Dendrobium Orchid on Anna's Sock


This is my favourite colorway so far! The magic between the blues and purples are beyond drool worthy and totally my colors ❤️❤️

Happy Shopping

July 16, 2017

Donate to the Red Cross for those affected by the BC Wildfires

This is completely heartbreaking for me. For Albertans (and Canadians) it's only a year since the Fort McMurray fire and now our friendly neighbors to the west have several Wildfires. Many people have lost everything and are evacuated. My heart goes out to everyone in British Columbia that has had to evacuate or will be evacuated! 

In times like these the best way to help is to donate to the Canadian Red Cross for the British Columbia Wildfire Donation ! To encourage this I am offering up a $100 gift certificate to my Online Shop. To be entered just send an email of your receipt of donation to prairiedyestudio@outlook.com . This ensures that people have indeed donated and aren't just trying to take advantage of the giveaway. 



Photo Credit given to the Vancouver Sun


Thinking about our friendly neighbors and sending prayers to:
❤️ those affected by the Wildfires
❤️ and those fighting the Wildfires in British Columbia πŸ™

July 05, 2017

Last Few Vendor Spaces for the Prairie Fibre Festival

When I started the Vendor Call for the Prairie Fibre Festival I wasn't sure what the response was going to be! I know a lot of vendors from the Fibre Arts Markets and the space at the Lacombe Memorial Centre was HUGE! There's always that irrational thought in your head that says your going to fail and that no one will apply as a vendor and no one will show up the day of πŸ˜‚ 

Well I'm quite happy with how this market is progressing and there has been lots of positive response for it! I've contacted all the Yarn Stores in Central Alberta within a 4-5 hour drive and have asked them if they would consider hanging a poster in their yarn shop. There's been blitz advertising across Ravelry, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! There has been shout outs from Podcasters and a very overwhelming positive response from everyone! 




So much so that there is only a few Vendor Spaces left for the Prairie Fibre Festival!! There is only 2 Booths left out of 19 Booths! And 6 Tables left out of 21!

Booths are $175 each and measure 8'x8' aprox and are not side by side! 

Tables are $150 each and measure 8'x3' approx. you can easily choose to not have a table and use wire racking or your own display for these spaces! You can also get a discounted rate for multiple tables for a larger space! 2 Tables for $200, 3 tables for $250! The table isles are 3 tables long but if you would like a larger space than 3 tables let me know! 

If your interested in becoming a vendor and securing your spot send an email to prairiefibrefestival@outlook.com to fill out a Vendor Application πŸ˜„ Only completed application forms will be accepted and  to become vendors ❤️

This is super exciting and if you follow the Prairie Fibre Festival Facebook Group, Ravelry Group or Instagram Feed I've been sharing a Featured Vendor every few days! I'll continue sharing new and exciting products from the Prairie Fibre Festival Vendors up until the day of September 24 ❤️❤️ Because that's the fun part! Seeing what products they have! 

If your a possible customer this is a great way to see the quality and diverse vendors we have for Central Alberta's first Fibre Festival😍


Here's to an awesome first Prairie Fibre Festival ❤️❤️ 



July 03, 2017

πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦Thank You πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

I am so blessed to have so many orders for the Oh Canada Yarn and Project Bags! I've been making them up 3 at a time every day and the turn over from date ordered is usually about 1 business day before they get shipped out! I've added the last of the quantities of the project bags in my Online Shop  I've precut everything so I knew how much I had of each bag so there was no surprises and they could be over sold! So whatever is in my Online Shop is what's left! 

Here's a little picture parade of the Oh Canada Project Bags 😍❤️

Oh Canada Sweater Project Bag

Oh Canada Sweater Project Bag 

Oh Canada Medium Project Bag

Oh Canada Medium Project Bag

Oh Canada Small Tall Proect Bag - Just 1 available

Oh Canada Small Project Bag

And there's just 2 skeins left of Oh Canada on Anna's Sock ❤️❤️

Happy Shopping ❤️❤️







June 27, 2017

πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ Oh Canada Update πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

I've loaded a few Oh Canada Project Bags in my Online Shop!! 

 

They are Made To Order and will be sewn and shipped within 5 business days 😍

I've also opened up a Dyed To Order for Oh Canada on Anna's Sock 🍁🍁

 

Oh Canada is a Kettle Dyed colorway with Tonal Reds and white! This colorway has a high variance so alternating is recommended πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

I'll be leaving the Dyed To Order for Oh Canada open until July 2! 

Happy Shopping πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦πŸ❤️

June 20, 2017

Last of the Button Pins!!

I have a very limited amount of Button Pins left! I offer flat rate shipping for all Button Pins of $3 within Canada, $4 to the USA and $7 Internationally! This is just for orders with Button Pins, Progress Keepers or Snagless Stitch Markers because they can be shipped Lettermail! 

 

So if you've been eyeing up any Button Pins, Nows the time to snag them. I won't be bringing in anymore of these Button Pins after this stock sells out πŸ˜„

Check out what's left for my Button Pin stock in my online shop HERE

Happy Shopping ❤️

June 17, 2017

Relax, Enjoy, and get back to Work...

The last couple weeks have been all about Relaxing and getting back to my equilibrium! Spending time with my kiddos, family and knitting! I had 2 Markets that were close together (about a month apart) and even though I planned out my work extremely well, it can be a little stressful. I had all my work done 2 weeks before the Frolic and the last 2 weeks were all about getting the little things done. Overall I'm happy I wasn't a complete mad house the final week πŸ˜‚

So right after the Frolic( which was AMAZING!!!!! Thank you for all the Love Edmonton and Northern Alberta ❤️❤️) I took a bit of time to relax and recharge! Which has been going super well! Although I've noticed the last week I've been creatively itchy. It's like Knitting's not helping. So I ordered some yarn (which should be in, in a week) and started cutting out project bags πŸ˜‚ Apparenty this was an itch that only creative work can sadisfy πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ bc it went away! I find this completely humorous but not unexpected bc my business is a creative outlet for me! 

I have some pretty awesome projects bags cut out and I'm aiming for a Canada Day Update! It will be fairly small and have a few items but then after,  I'll be getting back into the swing of things. 

 

I've also been busy planning the Prairie Fibre Festival! There's confirmed vendors and I've been announcing them on Facebook , Ravelry and Instagram . So be sure to follow in all the above links to keep in the loop! There's some pretty fabulous vendors! I'm well over 50% occupied. Which is awesome! There is only 4 booths left out of 23 and only 6 tables left out of 24! I would say that's a raging success! 

I'm planning on having a food truck there, there's a knitting / spinning area where you can have a coffee or tea and chat, there's some Machine Knitter Crankers there that you can watch (like who DOESN'T want to see that), there will be some mini courses, door prizes and of course Shopping!

Speaking of courses, be sure to pop into the Prairie Fibre Festival Group and vote for your favourite courses in the course thread! I'll be choosing the courses shortly after July 1 so the instructors can book the day! Courses will range from 30-60 minutes and can be spinning, knitting or Felting related. They will be free to the public but any supplies will be to be purchased through the Instructor. Usually they range from free to $5 I think. 

I'm so excited to make this event as big as I possibly can for the first year ❤️

May 25, 2017

Full Preview for the Edmonton Fiber Frolic!!

Full Preview of the Yarn I'll be bringing to the Edmonton Fiber Frolic on May 27 are in the Prairie Dye Studio Facebook Group  ❤️❤️

 

There will be  2 skeins of Enchanted Fairy available, first come first serve at my booth πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

If you in the Edmonton area come check it out! There ar some fabulous vendors!!

 


May 22, 2017

Fibre Frolic Prep!

It's now down to within a week until the Edmonton Fibre Frolic! I did most of my prep work already but you'd be surprised of how much small things need my attention the last few days before a market. Display layout, making sure that everything's priced, making a trip to the bank for change ect. Lots of little tasks. 

 
Anyways, I'll be shutting down my Online Shop from May 25-29 for the Frolic and it'll be reopened shortly after. I have to do inventory before I reopen it so it can take up to a day after the 29th. 

Like my other Markets, if there's something you've had your eye on I can't guarantee it'll still be there after the Frolic. So if there's only a few left you might want to get it before the 25th πŸ˜„ 

If you'll be attending the Edmonton Fibre Frolic and want to pick up an order there just select Local Pickup from the shipping methods and I'll be sure to bring it to the Frolic! 

I'm going to try to do a full preview of what I'll be bringing to the Frolic later this week! 

Happy Shopping! 

May 14, 2017

❤️❤️Online Shop Update is Live❤️❤️

 

Online Shop Update at www.prairiedyestudio.com is Live!! There is 3 skeins of each colorway in each base for as long as they available! If anything sells out there will be another update after the Edmonton Fibre Frolic! I can't guarantee if any colorways will be left after this awesome market 😍


Happy Shopping!! 

Full Preview in the Prairie Dye Studio Facebook Group!!

 

I'm getting ready for my first Online Shop Update at www.prairiedyestudio.com and I'll be adding a selection of yarn that I've dyed up for the Edmonton Fibre Frolic!  I've added a full preview in the Prairie Dye Studio Facebook Group and will pause my Online Shop while I add the inventory! Then I'll announce on Instagram and Facebook when my Shop goes live with the new inventory!! 

Happy Shopping ❤️❤️

May 12, 2017

Online Shop Is Open!!

 

I would say this is one of the biggest steps I've had to take with my business. The first was registering a business name. This is a close second. I've spent about 4-5 days setting up my own Shopify shop and it was well worth it. So far I love the layout and aesthetic I can create with my own online shop. 

Find my new Online Shop here :


The major difference is that notions will ship for a flat rate ( until they exceed 110grams then they will be shipped Expedited Parcel which is charged by weight) and all other purchases are shipped by weight. So Shipping is calculated during the paypal process. 

I'm going to have a mini Update next week that will include a few skeins in the colorways I dyed up for the Frolic. Date is to be announced soon! 

Thanks so much for the love and support in this transition 😍

May 10, 2017

Inspiration

Sometimes I have a hard time getting inspired. There's always the same colorways that customers love and it's easy as a dyer to get stagnant when you dye up the same ones time again. I've come to this hurdle many times and each time I've went more indie and have done a creative dyeing session. 

  

I follow Emily (daughter of Paula from Bayview Fiber Arts) and she shares inspirational color palettes. This one has been stuck in my head for a couple weeks. It's a photoshopped picture but highly inspirational! 

 

Here's the pot of yarn πŸ’œπŸ’™ There was a few more layers to go on but I'm loving how it's progressing so far! 

There's nothing that beats the feeling of being allowed that creative freedom with your own business. When I started dyeing yarn (then Prairie Knitting) it was all about developing this creativity and selling my creativity. Then I registered my business name (PrairieDyeStudio) and transitioned to a creative business. It's easy to get caught up in the business aspect of a creative business. Then you lose perspective on what it is you love about your business. I've transitioned my business a few times this year to balance what I love about my business and what I don't love about it. My true passion lays with being Indie and not commercial. I don't write down Dye recipes, I don't calculate the volume of my water, and I eye ball the temperature of my pot. I really fly by the seat of my pants and put caution to the wind when I dye. It's creatively freeing and if something doesn't turn out, overdyeing does wonders. 

I'm sure there are people out there that are losing their minds right now reading this πŸ˜‚ How can you reproduce colorways? 

 I Dye by feel. When it feels right the colorway is done. There will never be an exact match between dyelots and there will never be a regular appearing colorway in my updates. This is part of my next transition for my business. I'm transitioning to a creative dyeing | creative sewing | creative making policy for my creative indie home business. 

Part of this decision came about because I have a husband, 2 kiddos ( 1 yr and 4 yr), 3 fur babies and no time to myself for my own knitting πŸ˜‚ My spare time was about fulfilling custom orders and I was being overwhelmed by doing this. So I have chosen to not do any custom orders. If it's available in my shop, it's available. If it's not, I've moved on to another colorway, fabric ect. There will be some colorways that make appearances in updates here and there but I won't be dyeing to order or request. Follow me on Instagram, Facebook or the Prairie Dye Studio Ravelry Group to keep in the loop with full previews of what will be available in each update 😍

I will be aiming to do a monthly update where the yarn dyed, a few Project Bags and some stitch markers will become available and will remain in the shop until they sell out. 

Thanks so much for understanding and your support ❤️❤️

May 09, 2017

Online Shop in Progress!!

 

I've been working on getting my online shop going the last day and am aiming to have it active by the end of the week. 


There will be a couple price increases for some progress Keepers, as some of the charms are more expensive than others. So the enamel Progress Keepers will be $5 as soon as my online shop goes active. I'll also be increasing Anna's Sock from $26 a skein to $28 a skein. 


All other prices will remain the same for the foreseeable future. So if there's anything you've had your eye on snag it while you can in my Etsy Shop! 


Another change will be that my online shop will be charging shipping by weight, so flat rate shipping will end when my online shop is active. You can still get flat rate shipping through my Etsy Shop until the end of the week!


Happy Shopping!!

May 05, 2017

Discontinuing Button Pins

 

The Last of the Button Pins!! As you know my good friend Marlene of LadyDragonflyStudio makes up these fabulous Button Pins and she now has started her own online shop πŸ˜ I'm so happy I could support her in this important time, so after my stock of Button Pins sells out you will only be able to get them exclusively through her ❤️❤️ I will be discontinuing Button Pins from my Shop and will continue to support her and all the designs she will create 😍❤️ All the Button Pins in my Etsy Shop have been double checked and they all have pin backs! So no need to worry! Happy Shopping πŸ˜„❤️

πŸ•ŠπŸ₯šBird Bags in the Etsy ShopπŸ₯šπŸ•Š

 

I just added the last of the Bird Bags to my Etsy Shop! There is 2 Sock Sized, 5 Smal Sized and 4 Medium sized!! Both fabrics are discontinued and it too some considerable time to source out some more after they sold out last time! So this will be the last batch with this fabric combo!! Snag one while you can 😍

May 03, 2017

Transitioning

This has been a year of rapid growth and change for my little home business! I thought I had it balanced out (the best I could) and then Etsy decided to change up their payment policies. So after lots of positive comments (and a few encouraging words in Instagram from TheBlueBrick and TheCozyKnitter) it helped solidify the decision it's time to get a Shopify online shop. For a long time I was resigned that if Etsy was working I would keep with it. I would sacrifice how the itemization was and the FEES!!!! My bill had been going up steadily the last 4-5 months and I felt like I was constantly reorganizing and fiddling with the categorization for my Shop. The last straw was being forced to accept Etsy Payments. Maybe it's an old way of thinking but I don't think a company should hold your money (that you don't have access to) until it's deposited into your account. It's like they are trying to take out PayPal and collect the interest for the time they are holding Etsy Sellers funds until they deposit them. I know you can ask for an earlier date to deposit but does it really change the fact that they are trying to profit even more on Etsy Sellers. At least with PayPal I have access to the funds that I can use for buying more product or transfer it to my business bank account. 

So saying that, I will be transitioning to a Shopify online shop. I am in the midst of prep mode for the Edmonton Fibre Frolic so I don't have the time to dedicate setting it up until after the Frolic. So on March 17 I will be removing all items from my Etsy Shop, switching on Etsy Payments and leaving my shop vacant and empty for the foreseeable future. Then after I'm done the Edmonton Fibre Frolic I can dedicate my time to setting up my Shopify account 😍 I'm sure there will be trials and errors but having an area that I can customize to how I want it and save on the FEES! I'm sure I'll find out more when I get my first bill from Shopify but the monthly fee was $79usd, 1% of transactions going through PayPal and listings are unlimited. Which is still cheaper than Etsy. I paid just under $300 in fees for last month on Etsy......

Since all this change is happening before I can get a Pre Frolic Etsy Update I'll be offering a sweet deal in the mean time! 

 

I have a few skeins left of Local Icelandic Lopi left and they are taking up a bin I'll need for the Frolic! So I've decided that all purchases where yarn or Project Bags are purchased get a skein of Local Icelandic Lopi for free! Just let me know your colorway preference in the comments and I'll add it to your order ❤️❤️ This is in effect until the supply runs out!  It helps me transition to the lighter weight yarns for spring | summer AND it's a little spring cleaning for me 😍

Happy Shopping!!

May 01, 2017

Online Shop Possibly Coming Soon!!

 

There may be changes on the horizon for my online customers!


Etsy has been sending me emails for the last month or so about updating my Payment Policy and accepting Etsy Payments. The new email I got this morning stated that any Etsy Seller that doesn't accept Etsy Payments will have their account deactivated on May 18. I prefer using PayPal as the funds are received instantly, the customer is protected and I can ship via PayPal (which also protects the seller). Basically the difference between Etsy Payments and PayPal is that Etsy would hold onto the funds until a deposit date. So I would have to use Etsy's shipping method and they would hold onto all the funds until they deposit it. So i emailed my concerns to them, since I was grandfathered into the previous payment policy. So if they decide to force me to accept the Etsy Payments I will be shutting down my Etsy Shop on May 17 and sourcing out an online shop domain. Sorry for the inconvenience to all my customers and more info will be announced as I know it πŸ˜„

April 29, 2017

The Vendor Call for the Prairie Fibre Festival is Open ❤️❤️

 

The Vendor Call is open and will remain open until June 1 or until all the booths are filled 😍 I've completed a Vendor Application Form and if your interested in being a vendor send me an email at PrairieFibreFestival@outlook.com and I'll forward you the HTML and PDF files for the application!

 I'm looking to provide a broad selection of goods provided by the Fibre Community and since this is Indie Made Market I'll be selecting vendors that have processed, dyed, spun, made or designed (for use in the Fibre Arts) the majority of their items (excluding equipment).  All Applications will be numbered in the order received for future table selection πŸ˜„

Any Potential Vendors that are looking at selling just fleeces or any Farmers looking to display just fleeces can contact me directly at prairiefibrefestival@outlook.com .

And all potential Instructors can contact me directly at prairiefibrefestival@outlook.com . There will be a limited amount of courses available and they will be available to everyone that will attend the Prairie Fibre Festival. They should be about 30-60 minutes in length. 

Thanks so much to everyone for you support and continued support ❤️❤️ My Fibre Baby is becoming a reality 😍



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FO Splatter Socks!!

How spectacular are these tonals in my Pastel Splatter Socks!!


My supplier started selling sock blanks and so I ordered some to try out. I had an aesthetic I wanted to stay with for the finished product. Meaning that I didn't want to have sock blanks that were aesthetically pleasing to the eye but when Knit up customers think, "well.... that looked better in the sock blank". 

As a customer myself, I struggled with the aspect of buying a gorgeous sock blank and when knitting it up it looked completely different ........... and not in a good way. 

So the outcome were sock blanks dyed with a splatter effect.

 
 

They were overall aesthetically pleasing and not repulsive to look at. They even look a little lack lustre. 

But when Knit up..... 😍😍

 

Like how can you NOT love these tonals in these socks! How each of the 3 colors meld into each other!!

 

The overall finished aesthetic is exactly what I was going for too! Two socks that look like they belong together! There are subtle differences but they look like they are related. Not thrice married, twice removed and like 8th cousins on your maternal side πŸ˜‚ 

I'm thinking that after the Edmonton Fibre Frolic I may have to do some more sock blanks for my Etsy Shop 😍❤️ In the mean time there's only 2 left in my Etsy Shop!! 

April 28, 2017

Local Icelandic Lopi is on Sale 😍

We're moving into Spring so I decided to put the Local Icelandic Lopi on sale ❤️❤️ It's normally $28 each and is currently $20 a skein! There's only 12 skeins left in my Etsy Shop on 3 colorways!! Local Icelandic Lopi is Local to Alberta and was spun at Custom Woolen Mills. It's a fabulous Bulky Weight that takes Dye wonderfully and is soft, light and lofty but is a bit rustic. It's perfect and warm enough to make a nice light, lofty and WARM Toque :-)

Grizzly - 2 skeins left
 
 

Maligne - 5 skeins left 
 

And Rosebud - 5 skeins left!!
 
 
 

Snag one while you can 😍

Happy Shopping!!

April 24, 2017

We Have a Date for the Prairie Fibre Festival!!

 

As I hinted before, after the Calgary Fibre Shindig it was going to bring about a flurry of planning for the Prairie Fibre Festival!! I booked the Lacombe Memorial Centre as the banquet area is HUGE and is adjacent to a coffee bar area that I also rented out! I have plans to use the Coffee Bar area for a Knit in / Spin in area 😍 

The banquet area can easily hold 30-40 vendors! There will be a vendor and Instructor call shortly. Over the next few days. I just need to finish making up the applications. So keep your eyes peeled!

In the mean time, I've opened up a Guild Call for Central Alberta. Specifically the Red Deer area. Many guilds are struggling and don't have the financial means to pay for table fees. So there are a select few tables I have reserved for guilds. I want to have attendees be aware of their local guilds and the untapped knowledge they have in the Fibre Arts! So if you know anyone or are a part of a guild in the Red Deer and surrounding area please email prairiefibrefestival@outlook.com for more info!

I'm a firm supporter that knowledge should be passed down through the generations. This is a great way to support that and support local guilds❤️