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A drop of drive by news…

I’m going to be going to exhibiting at both I Knit Fandango and Fibre East  – both shows are targeted at small suppliers and exquisite yarns, fibres and tools, so I should fit right in! More specific news on these closer to the time.

I’ve also taken the choice to not be at Spring Knitting and Stitching – Baldly put, it’s just too expensive for me to attend for what it will give back to me.

I’m also just getting ready to dye up for the next round of club yarns, want in? Come join here: Fibres Exotica – Club

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[Fibres Exotica News] Summer Survey – Get me creating what you want

Are you enjoying the sun? Even though it looks like the utter heat of the last few weeks has broken for now (and boy, am I thankful for that! Love the sun, hate the heat!) it’s still glorious weather!

Summer is always a time of year I find invigorating and inspirational. I tend to do my “Spring cleaning” in Summer for this reason. I work on getting rid of clutter around the house, tidy up loose ends and make fresh starts on both stalled and new projects.
One of my projects for this summer is working on changing the shop over to focus on my crafted products as well as making sure that what I am generally offering is actually what my customers want to buy!

After all,  there is no point in my creating yarns, fibres and stitchmarkers that no-one then wants to love and create with in turn.

So, I’ve created the Summer Survey 2014 – all feedback on what I want to offer, style, colours & potential costings appreciated.

I’ve also popped a section at the end, if there is anything you would like me to sell/offer/do that I haven’t thought to cover in the survey.

Summer Survey 2014

Part of this project is creating investment capital. Because if I’m going to grow the business, I’m going to need some help.
As my current undyed stocks are rather random in nature, and some of the wonderful yarns I have I can no longer obtain, I want to create a standardised base-yarn range from known, mostly UK, suppliers and in a good range of animal fibres that will give consistency and longevity to my dyeing work. I also need to buy a few “industrial grade” tools that will make working with the yarns easier.

I’ve found 3 yarn suppliers that I want to work with that produce consistent and beautiful undyed yarns and based solely on my whim of “I like dyeing and working with fatter yarn”, here is what my currently predicted yarns and expected pricing are:
DK Silk – 100g – £15
DK 70% Long Staple Cashmere 30% Mulberry Silk – 50g – £25
Aran Wenselydale Longwool – 100g – £9
Aran Bluefaced Leicester – 100g – £8
Chunky Baby Alpaca – 100gm – £12
Chunky Worsted Spun Pure Angora – 100gm – £25
Chunky Loop Kid Mohair – 100g – £18

I also know however that not everyone else likes the fatter end of the yarn ranges, so, based on what the survey says, this may well morph to include Lace and 4-ply.

To use up my current stocks, and gauge interest for new ranges, I’m creating a few “club” items, based around the dye-jobs I love doing. You will find these over here:  Bundles, Clubs and Kits – and I’ll update you on new clubs in the next few weeks as I work on putting more in there.
I’ve also created the Investor Club item in the shop – and what you put in you will get back in beautiful yarn, silver stitchmarkers or maybe even something else new project wise…

I’m hoping you will help me; even just a quid from everyone would take me a long way towards achieving my goals.

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Don’t you just love inspiration when it hits?

I’ve had a brainwave… I’m sure that you are all aware of the various hand dyed yarn “Sock Clubs” around yes?

Now, as I all know, I just don’t “do” sockyarns, so I was wondering if a 3 month run of “Hat and Scarf Club” would inspire the same sort of YarnLust… 3 skeins, 3 different patterns sets, 3 rather individual and natty snuggly things for the coming months.

I’m also thinking about creating the “Six Skein Special” range… One dye run using colour families rather than a specific colour way for 6 skeins. Enough for a unique jumper, and lovely illiteration to boot… 😉

Thoughts and answers on a comment please!