My 2014 in review and a giveaway

My 2014 in review and a giveaway

Happy New Year everyone! I hope that this upcoming year is a happy and properous one for you and yours with lots of yarny goodness in it. 2014 was another good year for Yvieknits Yarns. I exceeded my sales from the previous year again and I am especially happy that my biggest gain this year was in my retail sales (direct to my customers) at the various events that I attended or hosted throughout the year. I added a new product to my line last January: handpainted silk hankies which has sold well for me throughout the year. My friend and vendor partner, Francine taught “Knitting with Silk Hankies” workshops at the Eastern Ontario Needlers’ Retreat last November and at Yarn Forward in Kanata, ON in the fall. I happily supplied the silk hankies for all her workshops. She has more workshops scheduled at both locations of Yarn Forward in the new year. I held two successful open house in February and August again this year. Both were well attended and everyone seemed to be having a good time. My open house in February was my most successful event so far. I plan to hold open houses in February and August again this year (details available on the Events page). I attended several events as a vendor this year usually sharing a table/booth with Francine of Fancy That including a few new ones. I was a vendor at the Chesterville Spin-In (new event), The Gathering in Port Hope, St. Distaff Day (new event), trunk show at The Loop in Halifax, NS, Twist Fibre Festival, Ottawa Knitting Guild vendors’ night and the Eastern Ontario Needlers’ Retreat vendors’ night (new event). There were 2 new patterns released this year that suggest using one of my yarns. Robin Hunter released her Martine Dubois Crescent Scarf using 1 skein of my Merino Single Ply Fingering yarn in the Raspberry Mocha colourway in September. Natalie Servant released her Cormier Grille Shawl using 1.5 skeins of my sock yarn in the Pewter colourway for the fingering weight option. This is the first pattern from her new Canadian Art Deco Knits e-book. On the retailers front, I sent a shipment of my yarn to Ram Wools Co-op in Winnipeg, MB in September and Yarn Forward in Kanata, ON started carrying my silk hankies in August. I continue to send regular shipments of my yarn to The Loop in Halifax, NS. I would like to start this new year off with another yarn giveaway like I have for the past two years. This year I’m giving away a skein of my Merino/Silk DK yarn in either the Pewter or Berry Twist colourway (winner’s choice). These two skeins...

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Knitted Christmas Gifts

Knitted Christmas Gifts

My friend, Barb received the parcel with the gifts I knitted for her, her two girls and her Mom today. She texted me immediately afterwards to say that she and the girls loved theirs gifts and that she was already wearing hers. Her Mom will get her present the next time that she comes up to Halifax to visit. I made Earth Maiden for my friend, Barb as she really liked my Earth Maiden that I wore when I visited her last summer. Earth Maiden is a rectangular wrap which can be laced up along one side so it can be worn as a poncho. I knit Barb’s Earth Maiden poncho using 3 skeins of my Merino Sport yarn in the Pewter colourway. I knit a pair of socks for each of Barb’s girls. I knit a pair of Caretta Caretta socks for her oldest daughter using a skein of Tanis Fibres Blue Label Fingering Weight yarn in the Jewel colourway. For the younger one, I knit a pair of Man in the Brown Suit socks using 1 skein of my Cash Sock in the Ocean Mist colourway.   Betty (Barb’s Mom) really liked the cowls that I knit for the girls for Christmas last year, so I knit her the same Greenwillow cowl using 1 skein of my Merino Sport yarn in the Robin’s Egg colourway.           For Christmas this year, my Mom bought me a subscription to Natalie Servant’s new e-book Canadian Art Deco Knits when you get a new pattern every month inspired by Canadian Art Deco buildings. My brother gave me a telephone box project bag from...

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3 Pairs of Early Birthday Socks

3 Pairs of Early Birthday Socks

This year, I decided to knit socks for my friend, Barb and her two daughters for their birthdays and to deliver them in person on my visit to Halifax earlier this month. Barb loves hand-knit socks and earlier this year, her youngest daughter decided that she would like some hand-knit socks too. I checked with Barb to see if her oldest daughter, Madeline would like socks too and I was assured that she would love a pair. I managed to have two and a half pairs knit when I arrived in Halifax and I finished the third pair the night before I headed back home. I started the Peleton Shawl for my friend’s Natalie knit-along while I was in Halifax so I was working on both projects during my visit. I did a sock photo shoot before I left with my friend and her daughters’ help. First up is Barb’s socks knit using 1 skein of my Cash Sock in the Morning on a Rocky Beach colourway. The pattern is Hermione’s Everyday Socks which is a great pattern to use for variegated sock yarn. Margaret’s socks are knit out of a skein of Cherry Tree Hill Supersock yarn in the Mango colourway that I had in my stash. I chose this yarn since orange is Margaret’s favorite colour. The pattern is 2luvcrew from the Socktopus book. Madeline’s socks are the ones that I finished just in time and are knit using 1 skein of my Sparkly Sock in the Cherry Blossom colourway. The pattern for these socks is Vorticity and is from the Socktopus book too. It is one of my favorite sock books and I have knit several patterns from this book...

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My Trunk Show at The Loop on July 12th

My Trunk Show at The Loop on July 12th

I had a great time at my (Yvieknits Yarns) trunk show held at The Loop in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Saturday, July 12th. Thank you to everyone who attended and congratulations to the draw winners. Mimi (the owner) offered up some great prizes for this year’s draw: a swift, a shawl kit and a $25 gift certificate. One customer kindly brought in this lovely shawl that she recently knit out of 1 skein of my Cash Sock in the Caribbean Waters colourway to show us. The picture is a little blurry as I took it with my phone. I love seeing in person what someone has created using my yarns. If you didn’t a chance to drop by on Saturday, Mimi did buy more than half of the yarn that I brought with me afterwards so there is a good selection of all my yarns at The Loop now. This includes a few ounces of hand-painted silk hankies which will not be back in stock at the store until mid-November.     Here’s a look at the various displays at the show. This year I brought a good selection of shawl pins and stitch markers made by Francine of Fancy That including some of her new shawl pin designs. I also brought a selection of Natalie Servant Design‘s beautiful shawl patterns with me. Most of my knitted samples are of her designs as she kindly lets me take her patterns with me to various events that I attend.     When I stopped by The Loop on Sunday to pick up my stuff, I treated myself to this Uberwench braid of merino and a felted christmas...

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My Petolon Shawl progress

My friend Natalie is running her fifth annual Tour De France knit along and I joined in this year. The shawl for this year’s knit along is Petolon which is inspired by the Tour de France itself. You can find all the details in Natalie’s blog post here. I’m using a skein of my Merino Light Fingering in the Marmalade colourway and I’m halfway through Chart C. I’m really enjoying knitting this pattern. My friend Lisa (who I’ve met a few years through my friend, Barb, while visiting here in Halifax) has joined the knit along too. She is knitting her shawl using two skeins of my Merino Single Ply Fingering in the Raspberry Mocha colourway. She has made more progress than I have so far as she has already finished Chart C and the following increase row. We have been emailing each other at the end of each day with a progress update and often including a picture too. This is the picture that Lisa send me last night with her progress update. Thank you, Lisa, for joining this knit along with me. You have made it a lot more fun for...

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2 Day Birthday Sale

To celebrate my birthday (it’s on Monday), I’ve decided to have a 2 day sale. The sale starts at midnight est on Monday, June 16th and ends at 11:59 pm est on Tuesday, June 17th. Enter the coupon code BDAY10 to get 10% off your order.

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My interview with Robin Hunter

I met Robin at The Gathering in Port Hope. I recognized her name when she introduced herself because she had done an interview with my friend Natalie of Natalie Servant Designs awhile ago. She asked me if I would be willing to do an interview with her for her blog. I agreed to it and I received the formal email request with the list of questions a couple of weeks ago. My interview with Robin is up today on her blog entitled “How to be a Professional Knitter – Robin Hunter Designs”. This is my first interview and I hope that you find my answers...

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The Gathering and St. Distaff Day

The Gathering and St. Distaff Day

May has been a pretty busy month so far as Francine (of Fancy That – Creations by Francine) and I have already attended two events as vendors. The first event was The Gathering in Port Hope, Ontario on Saturday, May 3rd. This is one of our favourite event to attend and we look forward to spending time in Port Hope the day before. We headed to Port Hope on the Friday and we stayed at the Summerhill B&B again as we had enjoyed our stay there last year. We arrived about mid-afternoon and after we had the tea and scones (it comes with the room), we wandered around the downtown area and did a little bit of shopping before having dinner at the Thai restaurant we liked. After a lovely breakfast, we headed to the Recreation Centre to setup before the show. The Gathering is one of the best organized event that we attend and there are so many volunteers available to help the vendors unload/load that we only need to make a couple of trips to the car. There are lots of chairs set up in the middle of the gym, so people can sit and knit or spin and chat, and of course, do some shopping. This year, the attendance at The Gathering seemed to have increased by quite a bit and we were busy at our booth all day. This turned out to be our most successful event so far. We had a great time that day and we are already looking to attending The Gathering again next year. I also recieved a very pleasant surprise that day. My SIL(ex actually, but we have remained friends), Tanya, plotted with a couple of my friends so that I would be surprised when she showed up at The Gathering to see me. I haven’t seen Tanya in person for a few years, but she has given my birthday present to my friends, Natalie and Debbie at the Sheeps Ahoy booth during the Knitters’ Frolic to deliver to me for the last couple of years. This year, she emailed me to say that she had given the gift to Natalie and Debbie again but she hadn’t. It turned out that she had instead asked them to go along with the pretense so I wouldn’t suspect that she was planning to attend The Gathering the following weekend. Francine said that I had a stunned look on my face when I first saw Tanya talking to her before I raced out from behind our table to give Tanya a hug. Here is the picture of Tanya and me with her dog, Data taken later that afternoon just outside the gym. You...

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