Thursday, May 11, 2017

Spankie Spun

Who's ready for Spankie Spun? Our very own yarn line!
 I'm so stinking excited!!!  Yes while we are closing for a vacation we are combining it with a bit of work as we are picking up all that fiber we dropped off down south while we were there last time. 

The entire back of our Sequoia was packed! We dropped of 6 large fleece which turned into only 11.4 pounds of roving, such a small amount, the fleece were at least 4-5 pounds each with one well over that which was turned into a sport weight yarn.  

I thought it will be best as sweater yarn. Much of the fiber was from Spankies descendants but the sport weight yarn is his actual coat! I'm so jazzed. We will offer up the dyed yarn for cost and a touch over for our dyeing. 

Oh and your thinking itchy! NOPE! You know micron counts? Our standard merino is 21, that's a lot of our bases. Going up to 25 in our silk/merino lace weight so. Spankie is Suffolk cross, the micron count standard is 26-28 Spankies actual fleece was probably the finest cause he's just super soft, we made that one into the yarn.  
While I don't have a method for figuring out the micron count, my person is a great barometer as I find the higher the number the more itchy I get. When I try a new yarn I'll tie it around my wrist and leave it there. If I can forget it's there it's a fine yarn, if it turns red, then it's an itchy base and we wont carry it. That said, I spun Spankie and there's NO itch, it's just lovely.

Then we took all this other stuff down, see video here. Bats, fiber from all over, a dyed fleece from Spankie, others that I'd dyed over the years.  Sent down the fiber from our own animals and another fleece from Spankie.  

Here's the list

  1. Spankie Spun Pencil/Sliver Roving (can be knit like this for a bulky effect) only 11.4 pounds $17.60 per 3.5 oz
  2. Spankie Spun Sport weight yarn $19.85
  3. Misc - pre Dyed roving that will be barber pole, totally unique, can be overdyed to tone it down, price TBD
  4. Handspun? Wondering if I can produce even a small amount on my Roberta for ya'll.  If my hands hold out that's exactly what I'd *LOVE* to be able to do.

There's just a small amount of each type of the process and then it's gone forever as Spankie and his herd is gone :-( can't get any more. What can I put you down for?  :-) PM me at wmdress at sbcglobal dot net (replace @ & .)

Friday, May 5, 2017


     Been aching to bring ya'll an update but haven't had one spare moment of late so here we go.
     Still dyeing for Moriarty and all the completed KAL's, if you missed something feel free to hit it's page and order. You can even get in on the year long blanket, Weasleyghan and the year long shawl Star Heirloom
 Dyeing for Kanuck still, feel free to order these items Peeps. 
     Speaking of Kanuck, the very last of the Imp Sport is rapidly leaving the earth. Score some now (bottom of the page) before it's gone forever. This yarn has been discontinued by the mill.
     Scarlet Pimpernel MKAL has begun, so far we have done the gloves, next week we have the scarf and two weeks later the hat. Love this set, will fast become my go to for winter wear.
     Secret Garden has begun to ship. This is a full circle shawl split up the front for ease of wear. The panels each make a petal which in turn makes an entire flower, lots of beads and glorious! When we all get together we will be a bouquet of flowers. Paint job is a fade of solids like our Cupcakes. You can have any color you'd like and we can even paint any of the cupcake colors onto your flower.  Which will you choose?

     Next up we have Kalidescope, finally we get to play with another multi colored yarn. This shawl is so plain (beginner in the middle) that we can use multi colored yarn. We LOVE to paint multi colored yarn for ya'll. The outside edge of this circular shawl has a cable braid in matching solid. This makes the entire shawl more of an intermediate knit. You can choose from ANY color we've painted in the past that can be repeated or we can paint from a photo, your favorite colors, to match a room, whatever you like. I've been playing around with the above photo. What do you think of: black, turquoise, royal, hot pink and gunmetal dots with violet, SMASHING! Any takers?
     Currently in test knit phase we have Miss Bates from Emma, as we continue the Year of the Classics.  This is a stole made from a silky, slightly slinky, fine fingering, our Elf Kisses, love this new base! It also comes in sport and worsted but for the KAL we are using the sock in gradient solids.  This is a heavily textured cables and lace shawl with beads.
     Not sure which shawl will come first but we also have Josephine AKA Jo, from Little Women. This design is a heart shaped, single skein shawl, which is worked on both sides for REAL lace!  It starts off easy enough with garter stitch which lulls you into a false sense of security as it then takes off with real lace and becomes quite the challenge. Worked in a 45/55 BFL/silk this is a very drapey, lustrous knit.  As you can well imagine, I didn't design this but Pixie #1, she's really hit her stride.  Just like Meg differs from Elizabeth (Zimmerman's) Pixie #1 has altered the playing field a whole lot and she's addicted. Which is a good thing for us all cause more shawls will surely come out. 
The colors are left to right Beth, Meg, Marmie, Laurie (such a pretty carmel brown!) and Jo.  They are all solid but with tiny dots to keep you knitting, "just one more row".
     FREE TINS, yup one of a kind (OOAK) designer tins from yours truly, Artsy Girl, each signed, numbered and dated. These are for holding your new stitch markers, that's how you get them.  Every order over $20 in stitch markers (KAL markers not included) will get a free tin. Value commensurate with value of marker order. Some are made with top dollar, high end semi precious gemstones... down to acrylic and resin for a $20 order.  All are very fun keepsakes of your time spent with us. No two are the same, each one an individual work of he"art". We do this because we love it and only a box full of tins are available, supply dwindling fast. There are scads of new sets up on the marker page, go check out our latest large sets, Supernatural, Coraline, Doctor Who, Cats, Dogs so many more. Constantly adding to the stock and more will be loaded as they come in.
🐑     Good news! The price of the Fae Yarn Club is dropping, again!  We are giving you another option of opting out of the goodies and dropping the price of the frugal club all the way down to just $81!!! The Lux down to $128! Cool eh? When everyone else is raising their prices we found another way to drop them. 
     Did you hear about our Sticky Jar's? I was shocked to see the price of this type of item and purposed to make our own. Slowly it came to me what all was involved which resulted in our own Sticky Jars
I made the above photo on the right darker so you can see the sticker on the bottom. Cool eh? This is used for beading, the beads in the container will stick to the lid until you put a crochet hook through them and pull them off. I don't recommend using this jar for storage but one of our other bead organizers for storing your beads.  This way when the jar tips you wont loose your stock.  Then too, the weight of all the beads in the jar might make the tape come off.
     Have you noticed how slow Amazon Prime has gotten? My orders used to go into shipped status in hours, now it's taking days and I'm not getting things for weeks.  I'm totally moving away from Amazon, cancelled all my subscriptions, Kindle, Sub & Save and Prime is next.  I've been shopping at which I found from reading the forum posts of others who have had the same shipping problems this year.  Get this, I ordered a blender, one of the expensive ones, there were 3 in stock.  A FULL week later I wrote and said what's up and of course by then they were out of stock!  Yeah out of Amazon, so put off by their "2 day" shipping.
     Partially closed from 5-12 (last day to ship orders) through to 5-23, Pixie #1 will be in charge of e-mails and orders. Why are we closing? It's time to head down south and pick up our Spankie Spun! I can't wait to see how all the fiber turned out. I believe all that will be ready is the roving but we also have yaaaarrrrn, eventually. Our very own yarn line! It will have to be shipped to us but it will be in a much smaller box and so a lower price to ship. And of course while we are there, it's a long drive, we are staying down there for a little more then a week. If you want to see photos of the lovely place we are staying in, head on over to Instagram (Yarn Fairy and the Pixies) where I'll be making ya'll wish you'd come with us. The pools are so inviting! When we return Secret Garden will commence and a dyeing frenzy will begin so get your orders in early as we do them in order.
     Speaking of Instagram, did you know we  host giveways there? We have given away pounds of fiber for spinning, a skein of Marbrisa and a set of Elf Kisses.  Head on over and follow us so that you don't miss out on the next give away.  We'll be doing this on Facebook here shortly as well. Still need to figure out just how that works though. 😇 
     Sorry this is so long, perhaps next time it wont be so very long between updates.  Have a great day! ðŸ™‹ðŸ¦‹

The Process

Ever wonder what it looks like around here while we work? Here to share that with ya'll today. 

This is a panograph which made it look a very odd shape but it's a square pad at the back. Left to right, soak overnight in tubs, rinse station, you can just see Pixie #1's purple gloves and feet before the table.  We set the very light colored yarns on the table to keep them from getting other colors on them.
Another panograph but this one is less weird. Left to right, shipping, our dyes, see the table on the right? This is where all the magic happens, our dye table.  I'm at the closest station and Pixie #1 is by the door. See all the jugs? They are full of the dyes we'd used that day.
Our outdoor drying solution, this is 200 skeins of yarn. This is 3 corners of a 4 corner fencing unit which we can then hang horizontal poles between. We've never packed it completely but I imagine it can hold about 500 skeins when packed.
Skeins are pulled from the poles and put into massive bed in a bag type zippered bags.  This protects the yarn from any contaminants while we are in the labeling process. The guillotine cutter is on the bay window seat, we print all labels in house. Since our base list is so very large we haven't figured out how to make one label which could work for us... still thinking.

When we make up a wholesale order we line our largest boxes and can then put 100 skeins each into them. This order required 10 boxes.

When we aren't working wholesale the post office sacks will do. We fill about 2 every other week on a normal week. Here's Pixie #1 wrapping up your orders for Secret Garden. I'll try to update this for ya'll here one day.  We have video's up on YouTube if you'd like to see more. ENJOY!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Secret Garden

We continue the Year of the Classics with The Secret Garden, it's now open for pre-orders.  This one is a lovely gradient in LACE weight!  We haven't painted a lace weight before. If you don't see a color you like, feel free to choose from the Cupcakes or work with me to build your favorite color. Yes, you can have more then one set of the yarn. Seeing as we don't normally work gradient lace I can understand why you'd want to have more then just the one you need for the KAL.
     This one has been great fun to design, all these heavily beaded flower petals come together to form a lovely shawl.  Speaking of shawls, it's a circular shawl split up the front for ease of wear.  :-) SHHH mystery KAL, tee hee hee.  I do love this one though, such a pretty knit, you will all be a beautiful bouquet of flowers.
     Go see the goodies and come join the fun.
     While your here check out all the new stitch markers, there are some really cute and fun ones up on this page. I love the cage with the rhinestones inside and the coffee cup! So very Starbucks. The Bird Watcher set has binoculars that actually MOVE! FUN!!! Some new loop markers that start out at just 10 cents each! A steal go check them out.
     Coming up we have Mrs. Bates "tippet" in our newest acquisition, Elf Kisses... it's a stole with all this texture, sure to be a fun knit. Just need one more test knitter for this one. Mrs. Bates in Emma is running after her dear Jane Fairfax hollering out for her to put on her tippet.  "You know how quickly you catch cold my dear." Course in the BBC production it's just a wee boa looking thing that couldn't warm anyone.  Ours will be more substantial in the sock weight.
     Dyed extra purple for my Kanuck shawl, if anyone would like another skein, PM me. Speaking of that yarn, we don't have a lot of Imp Sport left and once it's gone, that's it.  We can't get any more. I LOVE this base and am sad that it's gone which is why I bought out the mill when they told me it was discontinued.  ðŸ˜ŠSo yeah, got a bit left, not enough to run another KAL though.
     ENOUGH! Chatty Patty appeared outta no where. ENJOY Peeps.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017


Another snap Instagram contest to increase our followers there.  Sylvan is up for grabs, go enter!  We are Yarn Fairy and the Pixies over there.

Enter on Instagram.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017


     Just needed to pop in with our last calls and tell you about another new base we have.  Remember the new Elf bases?  Well, I don't know if I told you about one that we didn't get dyed.
So without further ado I give you our NEW base, Elf Merino a very high end merino, extra fine, for a super low low price.  We can paint any of the new colors on the Twist page or anything you'd like for just $13 per skein!  Yup, you heard me! This super fine, super soft and sprongie yarn that you've come to expect from us with the below market price tag of just $13 per 288 yards/100 gram skein.
     For that price you'd expect VM, baling wire and a super crunchy yarn... which you know we don't sell, wont sell and avoid like the plague. The best part, we can make your skeins up in any size you want.  Desire a gradient hand paint? We can make these up in 50g hanks if you'd like.  Want one of the older colors from the base page? Feel free to ask for it, lets get this amazing yarn in your hands so you can feel the majesty.  PM me and lets talk.

LAST CALL for Scarlet Pimpernel - Can’t believe how fast the time is flying through here… it’s already the beginning of April and this KAL starts on 4-25, so we have a LAST CALL!!!!

More of the yarn is due in here today so we will be dyeing on Thursday, Friday at the latest. Did you get your order in? Your going to love LOVE LOVE this set, it’s so pretty, fast knit but has enough going on to hold your interest through to the end.
LAST CALL for Fae Yarn Club 2nd quarter, this closes tomorrow so that we can dye the yarn on Thursday or Friday, did you get in?
Come out and play.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


     2nd quarter Fae Yarn Club-music- closing in a few days, did you get your order in?
     Moriarty's first clue to come out tonight at midnight, Kanuck's last clue at the same time. Kits are still available.
     Scarlet Pimpernel, did you order your kit? Looks like the silk has been the more popular of the items. We hope to begin dyeing by the end of next week. 

 If not me then Pixie #1, it's her color after all.  We have a lot of the goodies ready to go so it should move swimmingly after dyeing.

     Year of the Classics, the Secret Garden will open for pre-orders soon.  This is lovely gradient hand painted lace.  A beaded, floral themed circular shawl cut open up the front.
     I'll be in surgery Wednesday for my back,,, but things will still move along as always. Any questions or TK issues will take a bit longer for me to handle.  Hope you are all well and happy enjoying the spring time.