Always exciting in Edmonton are the constant farmer’s, artisans, pop-up and handmade markets throughout the city. I feel very fortunate to be able to take part in these events to be able to showcase my handmade products to locals. I have had much more luck selling items in person than online with Etsy.com
I love that at markets customers can come up and feel my yarns, rovings, batts, scarves and bags. When I have stuff for sale, I know that touching an item is a big part of wanting to purchase it.
Needless to say I’m in full gear for the upcoming Handmade Mafia Market on June 2, 2012. As always, I will have varied selection of hand spun yarns, uniquely dyed roving, crazy blended batts, squiggly scarves and a wonderful project bag.
Here are two Shetland rovings dyed with the season in mind. Bright green spring and late, lovely fall.
Newest from my studio are beautiful blended batts. Ranging from 40g to 75g in weight, these batts contain wool, silk, firestar, locks and sari silk.
Is has become very apparent to me that too much of a good thing can be painful… Which is sad because I love crafting. But crafting too much and too long has forced me to slow down and enjoy the skeins, so to speak.
In the last month I have given myself a painful case of tendinitis… This has come to severely interfere in my knitting, spinning and overall craftiness. My Physiotherapist has told me I should stop knitting, spinning or doing anything involving my wrist & thumb.
As of this post, I have not knit in over 60 hours. I have no knitting or spindles in my purse, backpack, car as to avoid the temptation to pick up a UFO or to start a new project.
On the other hand, I have been able to organise my hand-dyed and hand-spun yarns for sale over the next couple of weeks. That is something that I have put off to complete time-sensitive projects. It feels very good to re-skein, label and track all my yarns, rovings and spindles.
Next weekend, I will likely turn sharply from my Physio’s advice as I will be joining a group of fibre freaks in the Mountains for a bi-annual crafting get-away. I plan on bringing a large amount of spinning to work on, and to show off Walter, my handsome, German spinning wheel.
Organising my sale yarns has become my evening activity that brings me inner peace. I have been able to measure, weigh and label all of my completely skeins, a chore unto itself.
Thankfully, my Hubby and I are setting up my AFHandcrafts website where I planning on blogging, updating local events and selling my fun handspun yarn. I also plan on making tutorial videos as my skill level allows, I’ve very excited to be able to show people how I dye my yarns & fibres.
Hooray for technology!
I love spinning, I spend much of my time at behind my Walter Kircher spinnrad (spinning wheel) working on different styles of yarn from laceweight, to bulky and even art yarns! Right now, I’ve started gathering quite the variety of yarns and I need to clear out my AFHandcrafts etsy shop to make room for the new stuff! If you go to my shop, use the code spring10time to get 10% off your purchase! The sale will be on until April 30th, 2012 or until the items are gone!
'Green Grass' corriedale handspun
Red corriedale handspun
Orange merino handspun
In our home, packages are a common occurrence as we all have busy hobbies and crafts that require items that we sometimes can’t get in Edmonton. The best kind of mail that arrives, in my opinion, is the fluffy kind!
A couple of nights ago I was handed 2 parcels. One was a small bag from Ontario, it was my first in a 3-month Superwash Fibre club. It contained a 4 ounces of beautifully dyed Superwash Merino in a braid.
Wool wash, Braid & Cat shadow
It was immediately squished by the women and was claimed by my fibre-addicted Cat, Bubba.
Bubba claims his prize.
When I started searching for a club to join for a monthly fibre fix, I had two conditions:
1. Superwash fibre, so I could spin the yarn and knit it into an easy-to-wash item for sale in my Etsy store.
2. Canadian supplier/producer.
I was very happy to find both of these criteria in one place, The Sweet Sheep, with their ‘Nothin but Superwash Fibre Club‘. I joined the club, 1 – 4oz braid for 3 months, $80 CAD including shipping. Needless to say I am happy with the first one, and can’t wait to get the next two!
The Sweet Sheep also has a Ravelry group, so I was able to see the spoilers and get quick updates on when the next shipment will take place. Note: You will need a Ravelry account to see their group page.
Unfortunately I know I will have to wait to spin this braid as I am still knitting away on the Great Canadian Toques (90% complete, hooray!), and because of package #2, Fluffy and Spikey Mail!