We're getting ready for our local fiber fair, Fibrations, this Sunday. See you there?
Sunday, Aug 21, 10:00 - 4:00
Fairfield Gonzales Community Place, 1330 Fairfield Rd, Victoria, BC
We will be bringing lots of self-striping yarn for shawls and socks, plus a few special extras: studio seconds and a Fibrations-inspired limited-edition colourway.
Fun, right? It absolutely looks like clown barf in the skein*, but knit up, it's a stripy-gradient starting with rich reds through oranges and yellows to bright, grassy greens. These socks** are too short to fully show the greens, but can you tell we are heading in that direction?
I only dyed up about a dozen of these skeins, so if this is your thing you have two options: A) be in Victoria on Sunday and swing by our booth at Fibrations, or B) go check my instagram account for a chance to win one.
I'm loving this new dyeing technique, so there will be more of these stripey-gradienty colourways in the shop soon! (Soon-ish, anyway. September is crazy busy for us all, right?)
Finally, a quick note about studio seconds. These are all high-quality yarns that didn't quite make the cut for being sold in the web shop. Some of them have a knot or bulky join in the yarn. Some are underweight. Most are simply one-of-a-kind and that's awkward to sell online. All of them will still knit up beautifully and since I can't manage that much personal knitting, I'm selling them at a huge discount. Win-win.
* You might think it still looks like clown barf when knit up? That's fair. But it's organized clown barf.
** These socks being Rose City Rollers by Mara Catherine Bryner.
With a Canada Post strike on the horizon, we have made alternative shipping arrangements.
Within Canada: Flat rate of $10, shipping FedEx Ground. Tracking numbers are provided and delivery times are 1 - 7 days.
To the USA: Flat rate of $15 CAD, shipping FedEx Ground. Tracking numbers are provided and delivery times are 1-7 days. Despite the price increase, I think this is pretty good news, since it means shipping will be faster and guaranteed.
Overseas: Absurdly expensive shipping costs mean we will be suspending sales to overseas customers for the time being. If you'd like to make alternate shipping arrangements, please contact me.
[ETA: I'm still working to find a reasonable solution for shipping overseas. And as soon as the labour dispute at Canada Post is resolved, we will go back to our usual shipping policies and rates. As soon as anything changes, I'll be sure to let you know!]
With any luck, this will all be unnecessary, the contract dispute will be resolved within days, and we can all go back to taking Canada Post for granted.
With a Canada Post strike looming, I'm making alternate shipping arrangements. Shop update and new shipping policies coming soon!
If you're waiting for a package from me, don't worry, I got everything in the mail before the cutoff dates. :)
I'm going to cast on for a (second) Playground Shawl this Wednesday. Will you join me?
I'd like to keep it fund and casual with a few prizes thrown in for good measure. The knit-along (KAL) will run June 15 - July 31. All the details are in our (new!) Ravelry group. Current WIPs are welcome; using caterpillargreen yarn is smiled upon but not required.
Even if you decide not to cast on with us, you can cheer us on by checking out the #playgroundshawl tag on social media. As a bonus, if you look back to the first images on instagram with that tag, you can watch Justyna working through her original prototype for the design.
Introducing phi, a collaboration with Laura Nelkin.
This yarn and pattern? They go together like "rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong". I believe Aristotle said that.
Maybe not Aristotle. Freud? Einstein? Travolta? Anyway, the point is that this shawl and yarn were literally made for each other.
Laura designed Phi For You as a top-down, half-pi shawl with crescent shaping and a gorgeous beaded lace border. She then sent me a spreadsheet to work from and, inspired by the pi construction, I used the golden ratio, phi, to determine the widths of the stripes.
To knit the pattern exactly as shown, you will need one regular (115 g) skein of self-striping shawl yarn, and 40 g of beads (which you can find in Laura Nelkin's Etsy shop).
After Wednesday, phi will join our regular rotation of colourways and will be available in future updates.
Laura also knitted up a sample of Phi For You in Olive Branch and it turned out so beautifully that we decided to include some of that colourway in this week's shop update as well.
Chang chang changitty chang sha-bop, that's the way it should be.
I hope 2016 is treating you well so far! We have lots of plans for the new year, including trying something new with this week's update.
Rather than announcing the update in advance, we quietly added a big batch of in-stock, ready-to-ship yarn to our shop. Stock is low already (we gave our newsletter subscribers first notice) but please do head on over and see if there's anything that catches your eye!
This isn't how we will be doing every update from now on, just something we are trying out in order to avoid the rush of our past few updates and allow for a more relaxed shopping experience.
We will start shipping out orders first thing next week, but please keep in mind it may take up to 2 weeks for us to process all orders.
The other change you will notice is that we've updated our prices for 2016. As a Canadian shop, it is important to us to keep our prices in CAD, despite the sinking exchange rate with the USD. We think our new prices are fair and reasonable for the high quality of the yarn we make and hope that you agree.
Also note that our shop has a currency selector at the very top (or bottom if you're on your phone) so you can view prices in the currency of your choice. However, all transactions are processed in CAD, so the price at checkout will be the Canadian dollar equivalent of the prices displayed throughout the shop.
Finally, let's end by ogling some yarn, shall we? Aren't those fun socks? We've had many requests for this colourway ever since a similar pair got a nice mention here. (Thanks, Stephanie!) That pair of socks requires a single skein and provides the perfect solution to Second Sock Syndrome: two First Socks!
Wishing you all the best in 2016,
Our next shop update will be this Friday, December 18 at 10 am PST. (Click here to convert to your time zone.)
Have you seen our new classic/sock yarns yet? We've dyed them so that each hank is more like a mini-skein kit, with two complementary half-skeins. One half is a gradient (in either blue, yellow or black) and the other is self-striping. So many possibilities!
Here are two options to get you started: pictured above is a Brioche for Beginners cowl (free pattern by Emma Knits!) worked in the Blue Light colourway, and below is a pair of mis-matched socks in the Yellow Light colourway. We've also got some grey-on-grey colourways for those of you who prefer something a little more subtle.
All yarn will be dyed-to-order and will ship within 6-8 weeks. Please note that we are only able to accept a limited number of orders.
All our colourways will be available in this update. We will be dyeing shawl yarns in our luxurious merino/cashmere yarn, and sock yarns in our durable (but soft!) Merino Twist.