Friday, August 11, 2017

Annual Sale

It's that time again, time for a sale, yippeee!!!

 Quarterly taxes are coming up, help us out.


Are you ready for our annual sale?  We sort of missed it by a month but better late then never. This time we are doing things a bit different. 
  • Giving you a whopping 25% off of any custom yarn order, gradients, Fade, Kits page, etc.
  • Twist page, take 35% off, yup huge discount.
  • Hiya Hiya, Chiagoo, Stitch Markers pages 10% off

Send me an e-mail with your order and I'll get up an invoice for you with the discount on it. One invoice per bullet type discount.
"Fine Print": Applies to above items ONLY, no Kit 1's-they are already discounted, doesn't apply to beads, clubs or anything else, all others excluded.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

July update

     Hi Kiddies, long time to see eh? Need to let you know that there's been a Twist update. If this is the only place that you find these things out, you need to get on our other social media platforms, all are found in the bar on the right (full screen PC only). The first place I write to is the Yahoo group, then Ravelry, Facebook then finally Instagram. It takes longer to write to IG and I'm not faithful with FB so I recommend one of the first two methods. Also we have been doing videos and people have been purchasing off of the wet skeins from there before it even gets to the Twist page. More about that below.
     We have been very busy getting things in order for shipping.  It's been a whirlwind of activity here, with it all landing in massive bags throughout the front rooms. Every surface was covered and slowly we are beginning to see chairs and tables again. I'm sure ya'll have seen, via paypal notification, your orders are all out, custom, Jo, Twist, Kitties and now the first shipment of the 3rd quarter Fae Yarn Club is shipping. That one I can't set notifications for.
     Last, but far from least is the Breed Study. We will be working on it through the weekend making up bags and boxes, just needed to clear space to stack all the boxes up.  The text is almost complete but I find we are going to need to dye more roving last minute.  I ordered tons of fiber that didn't get here on time so we can do this again and again until all the breeds are represented.
     Been seeing a lot of doctors and having a bunch of testing done. They might actually have found out what's wrong with me, 15 years later. Crazy right? Seems I have Lupus, which might have been medically induced! Yup my heart doctor told me I had to be on a beta blocker for the rest of my life,,, all those years ago when this all started. We are still awaiting the results of that test, should be here on Monday. Meanwhile, I continue to focus on all the things I "can" do instead of focusing on all the things this old bag of bones can not do.  I continue to hit my 5,550 steps most days and some days go over 10,000 I have smaller goals due to my Achilles going out from walking. I have stopped all the high blood pressure medicine and have cut way back on the salt which was low already.  Last nights meal had 180 mg of salt and we LOVED it so it will be repeated. You can find the recipe here.
     Speaking of the things I can't do. FB can be a real PIT! Someone on there posted on one of our video's that my stove was an embarrassment and I needed to get out the comet. I don't believe she knows that the tendons in my hands and elbows are on strike. Not to mention all the rest.  It's just unkind, thoughtless and flat out mean to judge someone like that, grrr, nuff said.
     Next week I'm going under the knife again which is why we have been pressing so hard to get all the orders out. The tendon on my right hand knuckle, the one closest to the hand slips off of the knuckle when I clench the fist. Writing and attempting to feed myself has been funny at time, more often then not, just flat out frustrating. This will not in any way shape for form,,, change anything. I promise, Pixie #1 has stepped into my shoes before and she will do it again, very professionally I'm sure and take care of me while she's doing it. We will still dye and do the KAL's, design and produce Twists for you. We are well prepared for it though as we have dyed up all the clubs in advance. The Spinning Club is drying now (oh dear I need to those labels) they are so pretty. Yarn club just needs goodies now and we have made all of our fiber up for the Spinning Box which we are in monthly. There's one thing that I'm really looking forward to while I'm laid up, that's Pixie #1 making Pixie Dust AKA sprinkles. Oh gee! I didn't get a photo of the sprinkles I loved. Oh! You can still see it here... I rave about them in the latest video.  
     Speaking of video's are ya'll subscribed? Hit subscribe and then notifications. That way you'll be first to know of new yarns. I have been doing video's well before the Twist is loaded. Great time to see the goods before anyone else can claim them.
   Plenty of stuff for me to do during the 2 weeks I'll be in recovery. I got a bed desk (HAHA like my feet aren't going to work) and a book stand as well as several books. I just love the feel of of the paper in my hands, the smell of it and everything just really does it for me. I buy all my books on half com as I can get them really cheap. Most of it's just fiction and I end up tossing the books when I'm done.  I read chronologically so I have the last 4-5 Ann Rice books. 
     Found a new to me author who came so very highly recommended, Patrick Rothfuss has a trilogy that's not complete. Normally I don't dive into things that aren't complete but I had too. When the books came in they have review from Orson Scott Card and Anne McCaffrey as well. AND these books are hefty! Nothing I love better then a beefy novel that can make the pain recede for a time. The right book can be better then pain meds.  
     Also have the Buffy set on DVD sitting here waiting for me to get through it. Yup, I'm all set in that department. First the sleep though, 2 days of it. Please don't allow this to stop you from writing, I can't emphasis this enough. 
     Peeps, you keep me on the straight and narrow, your support keeps me going, your notes encourage me, your prayers see me through. Your requests for fun and funky stuff like the Kitty KAL get me to painting which I love over all things. Allow me to continue to do that which I love and don't let this stop you from contacting me. We wouldn't exist without you and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Be blessed, safe, healthy and happy. Enjoy each day as it's a blessing. 
Clean your toilets as that's what I'd do if I could, never take your health for granted, never go to sleep angry. Climbing down from my soapbox now, ya'll have a great day.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Dye Week

     Whoohoo! ChiaoGoo added fixed 00 and 000 needles to their line! We've wanted these for so long it's not funny, happy to have them do this. We will still carry the HiyaHiya micros as well.
     Did you get to watch the quick video from yesterday? Anything in there you want to swoop on? We are rinsing and drying today, photos will be available by the end of this week.
Check out Purple Rain! Here's the inspiration photo. There are only 2 skeins available on Pixie Single Sock but this will be added to our color line up as a permanent. The gradients on Elf Kisses are OOAK and wont be repeated.
     Tomorrow we hit the vats again and will be dyeing up a storm. Anything you want to see, just give a holler as we have room to add more and will probably be dyeing through the end of this week. We will then label, pack and ship next week. We will dye again on the 17 & 18th and then be taking a bit of a breather, so do let us know what you need now.
     All clubs will be shipping next week, everything will be outta here! So if your waiting for something, the wait will be over shortly. Oh and if you joined the spinning club in June, we are sending you a special little something with your July shipment, that's how we figured out how to handle the various buy in dates.
     Breed Study, went to ship the lovely box we bought ya'll and found out that paper weighs much more then fiber. It's going to cost us more to ship it then we'd anticipated so next time we are probably going to ship thumb drives. Unless of course I can get them in by next week... off to see if that's possible. ENJOY!! and go spin something.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Update

     Just wanted to give you a quick heads up. We have new Neko Kitty stitch markers for you, some really cool ones are just below the large collage of Neko here. We still have the tin deal too, any marker order over $20 will get one (or another) free OOAK tin. If you have an existing order (that didn't ship last week) we can add your marker order to it and will ship free from additional shipping fees.
     Hedgehogs have been added to the hand carved critter markers.  These have been added to the existing sets (only 2 available) at no additional charge.
     We have a snap contest on Instagram, it is in full swing under Yarn Fairy and the Pixies.  There are great prizes for this one, instead of just a skein of yarn we have a sock blank, knitting notions complete kit in a box and mini sock blockers. The contest ends when we hit 1,000 followers and it should finish fairly quick so head on over on your mobile device.
     There's still a few more Pirates skeins left from the Twist update, my favorites are still up there. I loved the Captain Jack so much I ended up painting it on 2 bases.  
If you put both of them together you'd have enough for a large coat sweater, blanket, car cozy? Head on over to the Twist page.
     We got a LeClerc Gobelin loom in this week. What a chore to set up a brand new loom. All the extra fiber from the breed study is going to go into making rugs on the loom. These rugs will be 32x54 (ish) and will look something like this. Well what do you know, below is the photo that got all this moving in the first place. It will be fun to see what colors I end up with as the rug wont look like the one at right (stripes) so much as designs going over the length of it. 
Eventually we will begin to sell them. After I cover the floors, walls and beds here, get a lot of practice under my belt then we will roll them up and ship them to all points N S E & W.

   Happy 4th of July, hope you have a great, safe weekend.


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Tour De Fleece 2017

     We have an unofficial YF group in our Ravelry group for ya'll to share your photos and maybe even a prize for everyone's favorite come the end of the tour this year.
 ALREADY SHIPPED in time for Tour Aida our super fine super lovely alpaca. This was dyed up turquoise/purple with hot pink and dots of another dark color to settle the hot colors.  In a word, AMAZING, hopefully will have photos shortly.   
     We will be dyeing a variety of raw fibers up for you, we aren't nearly done, only just started.  Then we will split everything for each participant and away the fiber will go to you to spin up into something lovely.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Mojave & quick update

Do you remember the Mojave gradient color we painted on Elf Kisses? 
The finished product, well, WOWSERS!!

It was used for the Just Be You shawl by Boo Knits and I have to say I'm in love! Such a pretty gradient.
     So quickly, I'm needing to give you an update. Spankie Spun's almost sold out, if you want some of the yarn, please hurry. We have painted more of the roving and will be loading Rainbow and Indian Corn on the roving next week.
Hope all my fiber friend are ready for this. We have been gathering sheep fiber sheep from everywhere and will be offering up large sampler boxes of fiber for spinning.sheep It will all be dyed in our fab colors and some new OOAK’s. Everything from pristine fat roving to raw dyed fiber and our Spankie Spun sliver.
 The list so far contains all these breeds:
Lincoln Locks already dyed some of these.
Wensleydale lamb baby locks 
dorset down 
bfl x cormo sooo soft 
Teeswater XL locks 
Rambolliet Cormo X 
Corriedale, 
Dorset Down, 
Texel, 
Jacob, 
Shetland 
   Plus all the roving we have on hand, 
Cellulose mint 
Cellulose pearl 
merino and merino blends 
polworth 
Targhee 
BFL 
Corriedale X 
Cheviot 
Spankie Spun
  so that the box will contain both locks and roving.
     And anything else I can get my hands on. We will be dyeing only ONE pound of each breed and then making up a sampler box of every breed with label containing breed information. I can see it now, this amazing rainbow of colors to play with. ONLY 16 people will be able to participate. The list is forming in our Rav group. There are only TEN more slots available so please hurry.
     Then when you fall in love with one we will have a few pounds left to purchase since we are attempting to buy just 5 pound increments. In some cases we purchased an entire fleece, but that’s a personal sort of thing. I can’t wait to play!!! What about you?sheep sheep
     Next up an unofficial Tour De Fleece, any regular customer can get in on this. We are gifting you (for the price of shipping) about 8 ounces of dyed fiber, 4 ounces of alpaca and another sheepy fiber. That list has been started here
      The Mini’s are now available to order from the Order Yarn Here page in a button all there own, just below there 100g skeins. Brand new we have 50g skeins of our Silver Shot Sock available, no more hanking from skeins. Also the merino cashmere sock will be here next week. We are getting cones to wind off 20 and 50g skeins of these to make gradients in. Now you will have THREE choices for your gradient sets.
     Speaking of gradient of gradient sets… we have a OOAK 3 skein set which will be available first to our Instagram Peeps for 24 hours before we open it up everywhere else. This is a 50g set of 3 called Spring Heat Fade which is hand painted, multi colors and goes from a medium blue to purple… radically! It’s called Heat for the hot/fluorescent colors in it. Hop on over to our IG account (Yarn Fairy and the Pixies) for a chance at this lovely fade.
    We have 2 others available from yesterdays dyeing, a lovely pale blue on Imp DK I’m calling Baby Blues, this skeins got a touch of pink or purple in it as well… lovely pale colors, weaving in and out but all very pale for a mostly solid look. The last is an Imp Sock also named Spring Heat as it has the same characteristics of the Fade. If anyone thinks they might be interested in the later 2 skeins, sight unseen, PM me.
     As you can tell, yesterday was dye day, we will have a photo shoot on Monday, label on Tuesday and Cleo will be revealed shortly thereafter. As will a lovely G6 with turquoise border for Kaleidoscope. Amazing color! And a Phoenix fade from red to purple to blue, totally love it! So will all ya’ll who are on the receiving end of these new colors.
Have a great weekend. ENJOY!!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Kitties!!!

A special request was made for our yarn to be used for the upcoming summer MKAL of Donna's. πŸˆπŸ±πŸˆ
     The more I thought of this, the more the color theme spoke to me.


Top 2 were painted on Milky Silky but would look the same on Elf Kisses.
Seal Point Siamese

Tan Siamese


Siamese on Imp Sock


George on Elf Kisses
You can send in your photos of your kitty for painting differently cause we can do all breeds. I'd love to paint a tabby kitty! Or a deep gray one, YUMMY.
      Meanwhile Cleo is a dark saturated multiple brown in color and shade in our Meldy Deep technique so that it's purrrrfect for cables and lace. πŸ™€
You will find several browns, blacks and even some deep golden brown colors riddled throughout the skeins for the main color. 
This is how she came out on silver shot sock. We are toying with the idea of making the contrast the color of your cats eyes. Still dyeing for this one.

She's almost calling for a gunmetal (ear tips) but I'm not sure I want to go there. We could do London Calling Dark done in super saturated for a gray/brown kitty, something like this on the right, super saturated but as you can see, still capable of lace.😻
     The contrast is an almost undyed with tiny blips of gold and a touch of brown sprinkles which turns into brown, gold and even tiny orange dots when applied in our special method. This will result in a slightly darker then cream color which will go a touch into gold and in the final rinsing but still read mostly a pale tan color. πŸ˜Ή

     You can have Cleo, or your own kitty, painted on any of our sock bases which can be found here.
     πŸ˜½After determining which of our 435 yard (or higher) sock yarns you'd like, put 4 skeins into the cart. The shipping is in a separate button, you need to add $11 for the 4 skeins. Think about doing this on Gold Shot sock as the gold would be nice for those of your with golden kitties. If you prefer, PM me all of your information for an invoice.  wmdress at sbcglobal dot net 😺


    Many of you know we have an amazing Cats collection of 27 stitch markers in a cute cotton bag all for just $17.50 you can find them on the stitch marker page.  There's also a Chunky Monkey bracelet you can have to complete your MKAL set. 

     Kitties rule! 😸 Even when they jump on you, you loose your bead box 😼 and your stitches fly off of the needles. 😾 Then they give you love and all's well in the world.

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 $5.5 per oz



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

Update

     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?
FUTURE
     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.
πŸ‘     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 Jet.com 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. πŸ˜‡ 
     Sorry this is so long, perhaps next time it wont be so very long between updates.  Have a great day! πŸ™‹πŸ¦‹