Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Yarn Pirate the offer

Yarn Pirate yarns are hand dyed using professional acid dyes. They are washfast and lightfast. The base yarn is high quality, with a tight twist. The tencel provides a silk like softness and a beautiful sheen. Yarn info: 50/50 Merino-Tencel. Fingering Weight.
Use YarnPirates beautiful colourways to make a gorgeous pair of socks. It is also perfect for gloves, lacey scarves, sweet baby items or anything else your heart desires.
Yarn Pirate knows there's nothing worse than waiting for yarn you've ordered to arrive! Upon receipt of payment, your items will ship within 24 hours. For Sp9ers this shipping is Free!
Code to obtain discount? please enter "SP9" in the note to seller field

Check out Heatherly's favourite: String Theory! perfect socks for a knitting scientist!

yarn pirate the interview


How long have you been dyeing yarn/beading?
I began dyeing yarn in early 2006

What motivates you?
I love hearing that people are happy with their yarn, and I really love getting pictures of finished projects.

What was your favourite product you have ever made?
My favorite colorways are Rosie, Sadie and Frost

Have you ever been a participant in a Secret Pal swap?
Not yet

Any advice for the fiber/beading artists?
Follow your instincts!Are there any designers, fiber artists or any other artist you consider role models? I take a lot of inspiration from fine art and vintage textiles. I try not to be too admiring of other fiber artists. I want my work to be as fresh and unique as possible. :)

Friday, November 24, 2006

Fluffenstuff the offer

Nikola is one of our UK vendors. At her store Fluffenstuff you will find Jewellery standard stitchmarkers for 5mm and up needles using lampwork beads.

The fluff in her store comes in a variety of fibers such as: Alpaca, Merino Blue Faced Leicester, Wensleydale, Mohair, Angora and blends. These are hand dyed Art Yarns in Aran weight and over. Also you can contact her for custom dyed fibers of your choice.

Code to obtain 10% discount? SP9

Heatherly's favourites: the berry coloured yarns! beautiful saturation!

fluffenstuff the interview

Another UK vendor that you will love!
Fluffenstuff carries some wonderful hand dyed Art Yarns and Jewellery standard stitchmarkers .

How long have you been dyeing yarn? About 7 months. Like so many others, I started with the Kool-aid,which I still love to use, but recently moved to professional Acid-dyes. I'm currently playing withabout 4 different methods of dyeing, but mostly I'm using the Microwave.

Making Stitchmarkers?
About a year on those. It is amazing how quickly then come togetherwhen the mood grabs you, so you can make many, many more than you would every need forpersonal use the the course of a beading session. I love working with Precious metals and Glass.Its all so sensual and exclusive.

What motivates you?
Producing tactile, sensual and vibrant things. Also, as a "bigger,faster" knitter, who hates small needles and thin yarns, I found that most of the handdyed yarns on the market are all for socks, and rarely do you get stitchmarkers for needles above7mm. As an entrepenuer, I saw the available gap in the market, making a product that I love,so I decided to just go for it.

What was your favourite product you have ever made?
Some chunky weight Tie-dyed Alpaca. When I bought it, it just feltlike a cloud, and it immediately wanted to become a skyscape. Some yarns just tell youwant they ned to become after all! So, I tied the skeins together, wrapped them in the correct manner,and then dip dyed them. I used a pale blue bath, and dipped so that half of the skein was aslightly deeper blue than the other. My fav Stitchmarker is this one (see attached). As it is not forsale, the picture isn't particularly clear, but I just love that the bead has a scarf in it! From a technicalview point, I've made better since this one, and some of the beads I get in the random ebay auctions I tend to buy from are simply to die for, but this one just makes me smile. It's definitly a keeper!

Have you ever been a participant in a Secret Pal swap? Yep, SP 6 and 7, and now 9!Any advice for the fiber artists and beaders? Just have fun! Play with materials and find your own styles.

Are there any designers, fiber artists or any other artist you consider role models?
Annarella, Woolly Wormhead , Pixeldiva, ErrsieKnits

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Scott Mountain Crafts the offer

Hand Forged Shawl Pins made from Copper, Brass/Nugold and Sterling Silver, Stitchmarkers and Jewelry For your Fiber and YOU! Always open to custom work.

Free shipping in the US and Canada On Anything you purchase for your Secret Pal . Be sure to wait for an adjusted invoice because you will be charged shipping by paypal.

Code to obtain discount? SP9 in notes from buyer, wait for me to invoice you.
Heatherly's favourites: I love silver, but my mom adores copper. i have seen alot of brass and silver shawl pins, but rarely copper. Have a teacher to shop for this holiday season? look at the copper apple shawl pins! lovely! With the custom work option the possibilities are endless!

Scott Montain Crafts the interview

How long have you been dyeing yarn/beading?
I’ve been making Shawl Pins and Stitch Markers for 5 months now. But I’ve been a Fiber Artist for most of my life – learned to crochet at 4, knit at 26, spin and weave at 30 – fiber is a life long, constant passion of mine and creating these lovely accessories to add to my fiber creations is just a further extension of that.

What motivates you? Everything! I love creating different shapes and designs out of metal to accentuate the beauty that comes through on all the wonderful knit/crocheted items. I love shapes and curves, spirals are a particular favorite and you will find them in some way in most all my designs.

What was your favourite product you have ever made?
I would have to say my favorites are my free form shapes - the ones I just let happen while I’m working with the metal.

Have you ever been a participant in a Secret Pal swap? Yes, I’ve enjoyed being a part of 3 Secret Pal swaps – great fun and great friends to be found!

Any advice for the fiber/beading artists?
Don’t let anything discourage you – work through the bumps in the road you may encounter and do your utmost to stand apart from anything else out there. Love what you do and do what you love! Enjoy the time it takes to create something – it will show in the finished object and people will see the work you put into it. Most importantly, let your creativity have the freedom it needs! Don’t be afraid to try anything.

Are there any designers, fiber artists or any other artist you consider role models? Oh my. That’s a hard question to answer. I really have looked up to and received so much encouragement and help from Sara Lamb, Leslie Wind and Fred Ullom – I can’t thank any one of them enough for helping me through the very clumsy beginnings of this new journey. Not only did they offer me support and encouragement, they were generous with their time and knowledge and didn’t hesitate to offer help! They have shown me that there is room enough for all of us out there to be creative and share our work. Words just aren’t enough to express my gratitude and admiration for them and their work. I’m especially grateful to the countless other bloggers, Etsians and Friends that have shown their support.

Friday, November 17, 2006

the knitting zone the offer

The Knitting Zone offers 10% off to Secret Pal participants. Free shipping over $50 for most items. The KnittingZone Award program that offers additional discounts. They also have a great selection of quality yarns on sale at 40% off now. You can see the specials by going to:

products/websites? They have well over 4,000 products on the website. If you see it, it should be in stock!

Code to obtain discount? secretpal

Heatherly's favourites: mummy needle tins,
yak/merino yarn, the sock challenge free patterns...you really need these and they are free!, Great Adirondack Yarns, Silky Sock in Jade.

the knitting zone the interview

How long have you been dyeing yarn/beading?
I'm a retail store owner, occasional dyer, lace and bead knitting fanatic, spinner and knitting needle distributor. I taught myself to knit at age 10 and decided then I wanted to own a yarn store. I thought it would never happen. I'm a lucky person to be able to live my dream.

What motivates you?
The creative process. Ripping things out doesn't deter me.

What was your favourite project you have ever made?
It would have to be my first project, knit at age 10 (well, ok age 11 too). It was a cables and lace afghan. My mom never thought I'd learn to knit on my own. I gave her the completed afghan and she kept and used it until she passed away, many, many years later.

Have you ever been a participant in a Secret Pal swap?
No! I've always been interested but I thought it would be "cheating" for me to participate.

Any advice for the fiber/beading artists?
Enjoy the process...it isn't always about finishing the design as much as it is about learning and creating.

Are there any designers, fiber artists or any other artist you consider role models?
I love Lucy Neatby. she's seems fearless about doing her own thing. Anyone who could name a pattern "Cables After Whiskey" is ok with me!

how they got started, the background of their business?
In 2000 I left my demanding job at an Aerospace company with the intent of taking the month of December off and getting myself reemployed after the New Year. During my break I decided that I needed some way to keep track of my gigantic knitting stash. Being a database person I began developing the product now known as NeedleTrax. Next came The Sole Solution and The Knitter's Desktop Companion and I started retailing/wholesaling my software. This opened the door to adding interesting knitting items and the next I knew I had a 1300 square foot shop and well over 4,000 products! It has been an amazing 6 years and I've loved every minute of it!

do you knit, do your employees knit on the job? (because that is the dream of all knitters)
Unfortunately (ok fortunately) we are so busy that we don't have time to knit at work. We try to ship the same day whenever we can! We always have time to pet yarns and pick out our next project!

Are there any new products you were/are dying to come out?
We have begun importing our own line of quality knitting needles at a more affordable price (HiyaHiya brand). We currently stock bamboo and steel needles but we will soon offer more affordable rosewood and ebony needles. We offer wholesale pricing to retailer stores as well.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Yarn4Socks the offer

Yarn4Socks is Donna and Valerie, and we are SOCK ADDICTS. If we don't have three sock projects going at the same time we are not happy. Sad but true, we just can't get enough sock yarn.
Our offer is 15% off on all merchandise. All merchandise includes yarn, books, patterns and needles. Excluding already discounted items. We also offer to all our costumers free shipping on orders over $50. U.S. Shipping is just $4.00 for orders under $50.

Check out heatherly's favourites: peanut butter yarn, and J Knits colourways named for states/cities. What a great way to reveal your location to your pal!

Yarn4socks the interview

How did you get started, what is the background of your business?
We were a retail business that sold all kinds of yarn, but we wanted more freedom. Freedom to specialize in one type of yarn. We really enjoyed knitting socks and realized that a lot of knitters are also crazy about knitting socks. So we decided to open an online store to provide a wide selection of beautiful sock yarn to sock knitters. We searched what was available, from handpainted to more commercial yarns and selected the ones we liked the best and that our customers would enjoy knitting with.

Do you knit, do your employees knit on the job? (because that is the dream of all knitters)
Because we are an internet business we dont actually knit on the job. But we do knit socks all the time. We test all of our new yarns by knitting socks for ourselves. That way we know how the yarn works up and if we love it we make it available on our website. One of the benefits of the job is that we get a lot of free yarn!

what do they like to use?Our favorite are really all the hand-dyed yarns. We love how each artist puts their colors together and to see how they knit up.

what your offer is?Our offer is 15% off on all merchandise. All merchandise includes yarn, books, patterns and needles. Excluding already discounted items. We also offer to all our costumers free shipping on orders over $50.

We carry sock yarns for all tastes and budget:- Artyarns Supermerino- Austermann Step- Cascade Fixation and Sassy Stripes- Fleece Artist Merino Sock- J.Knits Superwash me Light Sock and Sock- Various Lana Grossa sock yarns including Mega Boots Stretch, Meilenweit Cotton and different Meilenweit wool/nylon yarns- Lorna's Laces Sheperd Sock- Brand new Luna Park- Noro Kureyon- Various Regia sock yarns including Bamboo, Nation Colors, Silk, Tweed and Reinforcing Thread- Schaefer Anne- Seacoast Handpainted sock yarn- Sisu- Trekking XXL

Code to obtain discount?Just type in SP9 in the coupon code section.
Have you ever been a participant in a Secret Pal swap?Valerie is currently participating in Secret Pal 9. It is her first Secret Pal participation.

Are there any new products you were/are dying to come out?
We are dying to find an artist that will make for us some hand-dyed self-striping sock yarn. We love self-striping sock yarn!

Friday, November 10, 2006

EweHoo The offer

Shop for the ModSquad! Valerie has created some wonderful stitch markers. Some using lampwork beads and Swarovski crystals . She searches for unusual beads and try new styles & techniques to make each stitch marker unique. You won’t find markers like this anywhere else – which is good! Split rings are used so your yarn won’t get caught and the wire wraps are finished cleanly so the edges won’t catch on your knitting or YOU!

Any order placed from now to the end of Secret Pal 9 will receive a free Breast Cancer Awareness Stitch Marker - to keep or gift as you choose! (free stitch marker must be shipped to the same address as the purchased set)
Free Shipping - either to the buyer for inclusion in a larger package, or directly to the pal (anonymously, of course!).

Code to obtain discount?
Just let her know you are from Secret Pal 9.
In order to get the free shipping you must let her know you are involved with Secret Pal 9 and ask for an adjusted invoice. If you pay directly from the automatic invoice that Etsy sends, it will include shipping. If that does happen, you will have a credit for any future purchases even after SP9.

Heatherly's favourites Cherry,Cherry , Milk and Honey and Just Ducky.

Ewe Hoo the interview

How long have you been beading?
I have been beading for over a year now, but I have been involved with crafting, painting, creating, etc. for more years than I can remember.

What motivates you?
The love of creating something with my hands, the same thing that motivates me with knitting. Since I have added beading to my daily life I have a constant sense of accomplishment and I’m ridiculously happy. Who wouldn’t be motivated by that?! :)

What was your favourite product you have ever made?
I don’t have one favorite, but I do always like anything created with a handmade bead. The time and effort that goes into creating each bead is incredible - I hope I do them justice!

Have you ever been a participant in a Secret Pal swap?
Yes! Two very successful Secret Pal swaps, SP6 and SP7 (and a couple of other knitterly swaps as well) - I was spoiled rotten and I am so happy to be able to help others spoil their Pals this time!

Any advice for the fiber/beading artists?
Yes, create what you love. Sure, if you are going to sell your work, you want to appeal to as many people as possible, but if you love what you are doing, the finished product will be better because you will take care with it and have pride in it. Your happiness will show in your work and that will appeal to everyone.

Are there any designers, fiber artists or any other artist you consider role models?
In truth, I am inspired not so much by a particular designer, but by the beads themselves. If I see a particularly beautiful bead, I will want to create something with it. Each design starts with the focal bead and goes from there. The colors, the size of the accent beads, and even the size of ring that fits on the needle is decided by the focal bead and what will look best with it.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Shelby designs -the offer

Shelby of Shelby's Designs is offering 10% off and free shipping for all items in her etsy store!
She has also designed 3 special edition sets to coordinate with the 3 SP9 colorways! They are available on her blog and from her etsy store. For each set of the special edition stitch markers that are sold, I will donate $2 of the proceeds to the Leukemia and Lymphoma society, in memory of my friends' 14 year old sister who just lost her battle with leukemia a month ago. On these stitch markers, I will only waive the shipping, so I can donate more of the proceed to charity.

If you'd like to order the Special Edition stitch markers, the easiest way to do that is to e-mail her directly, so we can avoid the fees from etsy. But she does have them listed on the etsy store as well if you'd rather go there.
Code to obtain discount? SP9

Heatherly's favourites: the green leaves and ladybug notecards

Shelby Designs -the interview

How long have you been dyeing yarn/beading? I've been beading since grad school, I went to a local bead store and took a class with my mom. I've been stamping cards for about a year.

What motivates you? Everything! I get ideas from all over the place. Some times it's from colors I see in nature, other times I just start from nothing and see how things come together.

What was your favourite product you have ever made? I actually really love the "Waltz" stitch markers. And some of the "millifiore" glass bead stitch markers.

Have you ever been a participant in a Secret Pal swap? I've been a participant from SP5-present, as well as a hostess from SP7-present. I love getting to know so many new people!!

Any advice for the fiber/beading artists? Go crazy! If you get an idea, go for it! Don't be afraid to try something new, you might just come up with something really special!

Are there any designers, fiber artists or any other artist you consider role models? All of the indie designers out there are fabulous! I really love how we can all put our creativity out there for others to see.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Savvy Minx the offer

100% superwash merino fingering weight sock yarn, 460 yds. per skein (enough for a pair of tall socks)
There are lots of different colorways to choose from, including anything you see in the sold items section of the Etsy shop as anything can be recreated. Sarah's most popular colorways are Phosphor, Cobalt and Ultraviolet. They are dyed with a majority of the skein being a deep black, with one small section of vibrant color. This product line is expanding to include other colors and variations on the theme, like Phosphor Blip, and Andromeda, and the new Lime & Violet, dedicated to the lovely ladies of the popular blog and podcast.

15% off for SP9 participants
put "SP9" in the "message to seller" box when ordering from the Etsy store. Then wait for her to send you a PayPal invoice with the adjusted price.

Heatherly's favourites
Violet Beauregard, Andormeda, Slytherin, Serendipity, Malachite, Sly Violet
Just the names are soo much fun!

Savvy Minx the interview

How long have you been dyeing yarn/beading?
I have been dyeing yarn for about a year, and I opened my Etsy shop in late April, 2006.

What motivates you?
I'm always trying to come up with a new colorway or combination or technique that I haven't seen before. My dyeing tools include all kinds of odd objects, including saran wrap, cable ties, skewers, spray bottles, syringes... Every single skein of yarn I make must be something that I would personally want to knit with.

What was your favourite product you have ever made?
Back to the Phosphor again! Just last night I was listening to an awesome mix CD in my car that a good friend made for me, and I heard the song that inspired the colorway to begin with. I can't remember the name of it, but the chorus goes, "Danger, danger! High voltage! When we kiss, when we touch..." and it's just a super fun song. I started thinking about how to make a really bright green pop out and look super vibrant, and Phosphor was born. My boyfriend gets the naming credit because when he looked at it, his first thought was of the old-school monochrome computer monitors.
Have you ever been a participant in a Secret Pal swap?
I did the hand-dyed sock yarn swap a few months ago, and ended up paired with Scout as my secret pal. When she received my yarn she posted a picture of it on her blog. I'm so jealous of her beautiful clear blue New Mexico skies and all that wonderful natural light.

Any advice for the fiber/beading artists?
Use quality materials. If you're going to put all the time and love into making something, start with good yarn so you can treasure it forever.

Are there any designers, fiber artists or any other artist you consider role models?
I'd have to say Scout, Sweet Georgia, and Sundara were big inspirations when I first got into dyeing yarn commercially.