Christmas Knitting

I’m not quite finished my Christmas knitting for this year yet. I’m still finishing up the foot of the 2nd sock of the fair isle socks I’m making for my Mom. I had one sock finished by Christmas so I blocked it and then wrapped it up. The sock pattern is Lavender Basket by Ilga Leja and I’m knitting it up using 1 ball Zauberball (orange/red/purple) and 1 skein of Riverside Studio SW Merino Nylon Sock in Green. I also...

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And the winner is ….

Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter my giveaway contest and for all the lovely comments about my yarn and good wishes for this new year. And the winner is Lulu (patmom on Ravelry) who is commenter #4. She said “How lovely! Love this Cosmopolitan shade! Difficult to say, I would probably knit a shawl!”. I have sent her an email and I am waiting to confirm that the cosmopolitan is the skein that she wants. Thanks again...

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My 2015 in review and a giveaway

Happy New Year! I hope that 2016 will be a happy and prosperous one for you and your family. I’m happy to report that 2015 was another year of growth for Yvieknits Yarns as I increased my sales by 15% from last year, now have a second yarn store placing orders on a regular basis, and launched two new yarns. I introduced my two new laceweight yarns, BFL/Silky Select Lace and Silk/Linen Select Lace, at my annual trunk show at The Loop in...

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Handmade Gifts

This year I’ve managed to finish my planned knitted gifts for my best friend and her family earlier than usual and I plan to mail these gifts off to Halifax on Monday. I don’t always manage to have them completed before Christmas. I knit socks for my best friend and her two daughters using yarn from my stash. I’ve been trying out Fish Lips Kiss Heel lately so I substituted this heel into each sock pattern. I like how it fits...

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Winner of Comier Grille Shawl pattern is …

The winner of the Cormier Grille Shawl pattern is Denise who said “I love love love art deco, so the Frond mittens and Hat are my fav!”. I have sent you an email with the details on how to claim your pattern. Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter my giveaway contest.

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Cormier Grille Shawl Pattern Giveaway

My friend, Natalie Servant recently released this Cormier Grille Shawl pattern as the January pattern from her new subscription e-book Canadian Art Deco Knits. Natalie knit her large fingering weight sample of this shawl using about 1.5 skeins of my sock yarn in the pewter colourway. This was my first time providing yarn support to a designer and I’m really glad that Natalie was the first. Natalie is releasing a pattern a month in 2015 as...

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And the winner is …

A big thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway contest and for the kind words and well wishes for 2015. I enjoyed reading everyone’s suggestions as to what they would make with this yarn if they won. And the winner is Heather with comment #10 (I used the random generator at random.org to determine the winner) who said that “I would choose the pewter skein and make a pair of Suzy’s Reading Mitts to help keep my hands warm while...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Silk Hankies, A New Colourway, and Other News

I started dyeing up silk hankies (matawa) in January and recently added them for sale to my website. Matawa are 100 % silk hankies with dozens of layers in each hankie. Each layer can be spun one at a time or can be drafted (stretched) and knitted directly. There are several silk hankies in each 1 oz (28 g) package. I have also created a few 1/2 oz (14 g) packages to enable people to give this a try with only a small investment. A few weeks...

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Chesterville Spin-In

Chesterville Spin-In

On Wednesday, February 12th, I went to the 15th annual Chesterville Spin-In with Francine of Fancy That – Creations by Francine. This was my first time attending this event, but Francine had attended this event as a vendor for the last two years. As our tables were beside each other, we pushed our two tables together and did a combined table as we often do. I tried to take a picture of our whole combined table but I realized when I...

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And the winner is …

Thank you to everyone who entered my contest and for the lovely comments and suggestions as to what they would make with this yarn if they won. And the winner is Josephine Cheung with comment #4 who said that “I would make a shawl, or pair it with another yarn for a colourwork hat.” I have already emailed Josephine and I’m waiting to hear back as to which of the two colourway she is going to chose.

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2013 in review and a give-away contest

2013 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 and yours with lots of yarny goodness in it. 2013 was another year of growth for me with regards to Yvieknits Yarns. I hosted my first open house for Yvieknits Yarns at my house on Saturday, February 9th to celebrate the first anniversary of my website. Everyone who attended seemed to have a great time and several expressed the hope that I would have...

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Knitted and knitting related gifts

Knitted and knitting related gifts

I gave a few knitted gifts and one knitting related gift this Christmas. I am still working on a few other knitted gifts which luckily for me have a later deadline. I knitted a neckwarmer for each of my friend’s two little girls using 1 skein of my Merino Sport yarn in the Springtime Lilacs colourways. I used the Neck Warmer pattern by Brenda Zuk with a couple of modifications. I only cast on 100 sts instead of 120 sts since I was...

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Yarns etc revisited

Yarns etc revisited

Last Wednesday (Dec 11th), I went downtown Ottawa to meet a friend for lunch and to do a little bit of Christmas shopping. While I was downtown, I stopped by Yarns etc to take some pictures of the store since I had forgotten to do that when I was there before. Yarns etc sells quite a bit of locally dyed yarn (Yvieknits Yarns, Turtlepurl Yarns and Riverside Studios yarns). The local yarns are currently displayed on the table in the middle of the...

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Yarns etc in Ottawa, ON

Yarns etc in downtown Ottawa is now carry my yarns. I delivered 64 skeins to the store yesterday afternoon. Seema, the owner, told me that she planned to put my yarn on the table in the front window last night and they would be available for sale starting this morning. There is a selection of the following 10 yarns at the store: Angel Select Lace, BFL/Silk Select Lace, Cash Sock, Merino Light Fingering, Merino/Silk DK, Merino/Silk Fingering,...

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Recent Finished Objects (FOs)

Recent Finished Objects (FOs)

A couple of weeks ago, I finished knitting and mailed off the birthday presents for my friend, Barb and her eldest daughter. I made the Mountain Path Socks for Barb using 1 skein of my Merino Single Ply Fingering yarn in the Marmalade colourway. I knit the first sock back in June when I was test knitting the pattern and then I put them aside while I moved on to more urgent projects. My friend, Barb, loves hand-knit socks so when I was deciding...

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Low in stock at the moment

I’m currently very low in my stock as The Loop in Halifax just bought all of my Select Lace, my fingering weight yarns, and my new Merino/Silk DK. These 71 skeins are on their way to Halifax and they should arrive on Wednesday, October 30 or Thursday, October 31st. I will be dyeing all week and I plan to get some more stock up very soon. I’m expecting a yarn order this week and hopefully my second order will arrive the following...

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Busy September

Busy September

September was my busiest and most successful month so far. I’m slowly catching up on things, like blogging, that I let slide during those crazy weeks. Shortly after sending off my first yarn order off to The Robbins’ Nest in Brighton, Ontario (previous blog post), Francine and I were vendors at the 2nd Annual Wolfe Island Fibre Fest on Saturday, September 14th. The festival was a two day event but as this was our first year...

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My Open House on Saturday, August 10th

My Open House on Saturday, August 10th

My friend Francine of Fancy That – Creations by Francine came over on Friday night to help me setup for my Open House. Francine has a gift of creating beautiful display as shown in the pictures below. She also bought over a selection of her shawl pins and stitch markers with her that were available for sale during the open house. My friend Natalie of Natalie Servant Designs let me have her binders full of her patterns available at my open...

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Halifax

Halifax

I’m in Halifax visiting my friend B. and her family at the moment. I arrived in Halifax very late on Thursday night since my flight was more than 3 hours late. Long story. Usually when I visit, we (B. and another friend) go for a girls day trip out to the Valley (Wolfville area) which we did today. We have a set plan of stops developed over the years. The first stop is the Wolfville Farmers Market, then to Gaspereau Valley Fibres which a...

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