My year in review and a give away contest
Happy New Year everyone! I hope that this upcoming year is a happy and properous one for you with lots of fibery goodness in it.
2012 was a year of change and growth for me with regards to Yvieknits Yarns. My friend Nelly encouraged me to open my own website and she even went so far as to host and create this website for me. She also taught me what I needed to know to maintain and grow the website myself with a little support. This website, www.yvieknits.ca, was launched in early February.
I also collaborated with a couple of friends of mine to create shawl kits that combine my yarn with a shawl patten from Natalie Sevant Designs with a co-ordinated shawl pin created by Francine of Fancy That. They both kindly let me sell their items at my table/booth when I attend a show and we work together to promote each other.
I attended my first show on my own as Yvieknits Yarns in April at the Gathering in Port Hope, Ontario. My Mom kindly attended this event with me and was a big help.
In July, I visited a friend and her family in Halifax and while I was there I approached Mimi at The Loop with my yarn. We agreed to a trial period of selling some of my yarn and shawl kits while I was in town. The trial was very successful and Mimi now carries 7 of my yarns in her store and she places regular orders with me. Based on this success, I decided to commit to working full-time on Yvieknits Yarns.
In August, I shared a booth with Francine of Fancy That at the first Twist Fibre Festival in Saint-Andre-Avellin, Quebec. It was great to attend my first big show and meet so many people and other indie dyers.
In October, I had my own table at the Ottawa Knitting Guild vendors’ night for the first time. At this event, I met Beckie from Unraveled in Merrickville. Later in November, I visited Unraveled with Natalie and Francine and I had the chance to show samples of my yarn to Beckie. I delivered a small order to Unraveled in early December.
I saw a big increase in my yarn sales in the last six months which resulted in my total sales for 2012 more than tripling my sales from last year. To celebrate this fact, I would like to give away a skein of my Merino/Silk Fingering yarn in either the Maramalade or Cosmopolitan colourway (winner’s choice). These two skeins are still listed on the Merino/Silk Fingering page so you can see the details but I have temporarily removed the “add to cart” buttons.
For a chance to win your choice of the Merino/Silk Fingering skeins shown:
- add a comment to this blog post stating what you would make with this skein if you won
- one entry per person please
- contest closes at midnight on January 8th, 2013 est
I will use a random generator to pick a winner on January 9th.
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