Tuesday, April 17, 2007

White Oak Studio creates hand painted Louet Gems yarn, called tvyarn, inspired by tv shows and movies http://www.whiteoakstudio.etsy.com/
http://groups.google.com/group/whiteoakstudio - sign up for shop update announcements, discounts, and contests!
For SP10
With each item (one item is 2 skeins of yarn) the buyer receives a FREE sock pattern from Wildhorse Farm Designs - retail value $5.50. The buyer may choose one of these 4 patterns "Penllyn", "Metropolis", "Rococo", and "Stillwater" ( view patterns here http://www.wildhorsefarmdesigns.com/). Purchase on http://www.whiteoakstudio.etsy.com/ and put secretpal10 and your choice of pattern in the note to seller. And, as always, orders over $50 are shipped free in the U.S.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

White Oak the Interview

How long have you been dyeing yarn/beading?
Your interview question reminds me that I need to create a tvyarn colorway for the "60 Minutes" tv show. But I digress, what was the question? Oh, how long... I've been in love with color my whole life, but started seriously working with it about seven years ago. The pursuit of color (pursuit, that reminds me to create a tvyarn colorway for "The Fugitive" movie... gotta love Harrison Ford) led me to knitting, gardening (I failed miserably with this), painting with watercolors, then beading, then creating polymer clay beads, oil painting, dyeing cotton fabric, art quilting, and now hand painting yarn with dye.

What motivates you? I really don't know. Seriously. The motivation and drive come from within, and then when you starting looking around, you see inspiration everywhere. I write these little notes to myself, like "Colors in Gilmore Girls show?" or "caramel and browns, mochas". There's a note in front of me now that says "red/cool violets/green?".

What was your favourite product you have ever made? The "True Grit" colorway in my tvyarn line is my favorite product, right now. I love that movie and I love those colors.

Have you ever been a participant in a Secret Pal swap? Oh yes, many times; I've been a spoiler and a spoilee. I'm in SP10.

Any advice for the fiber/beading artists?
Pursue your passion. Don't just think about it, scale it down to something doable and then do it.

Are there any designers, fiber artists or any other artist you consider role models?
The Amish quilters have always inspired me. Those women were real artists. The Sweet Georgia blog and fiber dyeing was an influence. The contemporary art quilter Nancy Crow is amazing - huge influence.

Foreign Strand the offer

What your offer is?
Foreign Strand
is offering 15% off everything available on the website, unless it’s already in the sale section.
Foreign Strand currently stocks yarns from:
Tilli Tomas ,American Buffalo , Rio De La Plata and Mango Moon

Rosewood needles from Oso Lanoso beautiful circular needles in bone or horn from Mango Moon and glass needles from Namaste

We have also got the most amazing accessories, a range of Namaste handbags and needle binders to show off at your local knitting group, you’ll be amazed at the compliments you will receive. Plus some handmade stitch markers by Amor de Fio http://www.amordefio.com/

Check out Heatherly's favourites Lana del Artista wools and Oso Lanoso Rosewood drop spindles. Also i have this bag :-) and Luciana has the extra needles "pages" and pockets. If you are looking for them to, here is a good source for them.

Foreign Strand is notbased in the USA for those who need a European vendor.

Foreign Strand- the interview

How did you get started?
The idea of starting an online shop came from picking up a copy of Vogue Knitting International back in 2004 and realising what Americans had available and English knitters didn’t. From there I was on a mission to create a place where English knitters could find some of the most amazing yarns and knitting accessories. Foreign Strand was launched in July 2006 and it’s the UK's only online store dedicated to knitting products from the Americas, however we are currently re-launching with some new products which will be sourced also from other parts of the world.

Do you knit, do your employees knit on the job?

Knitting is my life and work. I knit, when I have the time, which lately is not much. I don’t employ people to knit, I just ask my very dear knitter friends to help me out, in exchange for some new yarns or needles!

Have you ever been a participant in a Secret Pal swap?
I have been a participant since SP9 after a friend participated in SP8. I am now hooked so I expect I will carry on until the day I don’t have any more yarn in my house!

Are there any new products you were/are dying to come out?
I search all the time for new yarns and knitting items to add to my site. On the way is sock yarn by Lulu’s yarn, Tilli Tomas’ new patterns and yarns, Louet North America and lots of new exciting brands...

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

EWE Hooo! the offer

10% offProducts/websites: www.ewehoo.etsy.com – Handmade Stitch Markers, Decorated Knitting Needles, Beaded Stitch Holders

Code to obtain discount: "SP10" – Pretty please, let me know you are part of the swap BEFORE you pay so I can send you an adjusted invoice - otherwise you will pay more than you have to!! Why on earth would you want to do that?!

ok besides that valerie totally rocks cuz she has lady bugs, she cracks me up! go check out, ladybugs of course, and so you have music when you knit...lil pastel bells! and since we always have too many things on our needles, you can slide those stitches on to a lovely stitch holder and not feel so guilty

EweHoo the interview

How long have you been dyeing yarn/beading?
I’ve been beading over 2 years now and have recently launched my own line of jewelry in addition to the stitch markers, etc. The shop address can be found within the above link. For SP10 participants, the 10% discount will apply to both shops!

What motivates you?
As always, it’s the beads. Sometimes the designs and colors just captivate me and I HAVE to make something with them! I’m head over heels for handmade lampwork glass too!

What was your favourite product you have ever made? Ever?
That’s tough, but right now my favorite is the "Pastel Bells" stitch marker set – they’re colorful and they jingle! What more could you want? I think I should make a set for myself – LOL!

Have you ever been a participant in a Secret Pal swap?
Yes, a couple of them! The last one was probably about a year ago, but it was a lot of fun! There’s nothing like getting a package full of knitting stuff in the mail!

Any advice for the fiber/beading artists?
Well, if you have already caught the Bead Bug then I can’t help you! You are just as far over your head as I am :)

Are there any designers, fiber artists or any other artist you consider role models?
No one in particular. If you make things that take skill, time, and dedication, then you are a role model to me. I’m fascinated by what people can create with two sticks and some string or some round glass and wire.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Ariadne Knits the offer

10% off all your secret pal purchases. After that, the buyer will receive via e mail a 10% discount on their next purchase with us. Good for any time in the next 6 months.

products/websites? http://www.ariadneknits.com/Yarn, patterns and tools for the discriminating crafter. Code to obtain discount? SP10PAL

Check out heatherly's Favourites: Amigurmi Rabbit kits and a wonderful supply of sock yarn!

Ariadne Knits - the interview

How long have you been dyeing yarn/beading?
I’ve been knitting for 25+ years, and my partner for about two. Haven’t done much dyeing, just the kool-aid variety . . . and the occasional accidental tea dye job.

What motivates you?
We really wanted to make products available to our local market that weren’t otherwise available. Also, we really liked the idea of providing people with a web source where the products are carefully chosen, well photographed and described.

What was your favorite product you have ever made?
Well, we’re still pretty new so we don’t have a lot of patterns up yet that we’ve designed. In terms of product? The O-Wool is pretty fantastic, and the Silkdream is, well, dreamy to work with. We have Reynolds Whiskey coming soon, and it is really fabulous.

Have you ever been a participant in a Secret Pal swap?
Nope, unfortunately not. They’ve always been closed by the time we figured out it was going on.

Any advice for the fiber/beading artists?
If it’s after dinner time and you notice you’ve made a mistake, don’t try to pull it out and fix it. Go to bed instead. Trust us on this one.

Are there any designers, fiber artists or any other artist you consider role models?
Debbie New is an absolutely outstanding fibre artist. We are also in awe of the knitters of the British Isles and elsewhere who invented, refined and passed down techniques as complicated as Sheland lace, Fair Isle, and steeking . . . all without benefit of books or the internet.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Jordana Paige

Jordana,How long have you been knitting?
About 7 years, I started knitting when I was in high school. A girl in my class gave her friend a hand-knit scarf and hat. When I saw this I had to learn how. I've been knitting ever since.

What motivates you?
The need to be creative and wanting to challenge myself.

What was your favorite product you have ever made?
I will always love the first knitting bag I designed, The Knitter's Purse. It launched my business. But, The Knitter's Satchel is currently my favorite. The pockets keep me organized, I can completely close it and the shape is great. Just don't ask me which is my favorite color because I love them all.

Have you ever been a participant in a Secret Pal swap?
No, not yet. It seems whenever I think of it to sign up I've missed the deadline.

Any advice for knitters?
Measure! Before starting a project measure yourself and compare it to the measurements of the schematic. Check the length, bust, waist, armhole length, sleeve length and neckline depth. You can even compare the measurements to another sweater that you want to copy the fit. It's so much easier to fix size problems before you get started knitting. Take the time to do this because you'll end up with a better fitting garment in the end.

Do you knit at work?
Absolutely. Knitting is my work. I design knitwear for books, yarn companies and magazines including Knitty.com, Vogue Knitting and Knit Simple.

Jordana Paige -the offer

Jordana Paige makes some beautiful bags for knitters. With so many styles to choose from you could really spoil a pal with one of these!

Special offer and code to obtain discount?
Free anonymous shipping for all SP10 participants and a complimentary gift card when you make a purchase from me, Jordana Paige, at http://www.jordanapaige.com.
Just enter the coupon code SP10 at checkout.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Sugar Apple the offer

with several offers just for SP10 you will have to go back again and again :-)

(1) 15% off items in my shop, except Dye-No-Mite Surprise Pack

(2) $21 per custom dyed/painted skein of 60%cashmere/40%merino sport weight yarn, at least 200yds per skein

(3) $25, Dye-No-Mite Surprise Pack (a variety pack of handpainted yarns, at least 350+ yds per pack, but guaranteed 100yds per skein, and all natural fibers. Total pack value will be at least 25% off price in my shop if purchased separately.

products include handpainted yarns, pinback buttons, keychains, needle rolls, other handmade items.

Code to obtain discount? SPX

Check out Heatherly's Favourites: Cute gauntlettes with ribbon lacing ( my girls love these!) availble in pattern only or as kits , a button with a pattern written on it! (really great idea as long as you can find your glasses :-) ), and beautiful boucle cashmere in Amber

Sugar Apple Creations the interview

How long have you been dyeing yarn/beading?

3 years

What motivates you? the various creations and colors by Mother Nature

What was your favourite product you have ever made? ooh- that's too hard to choose!

Have you ever been a participant in a Secret Pal swap? currently in SP10, have also been in other secret crafty swaps

Any advice for the fiber/beading artists? be daring

Alchemic Dragon the offer

Alchemic dragon is a wonderful soap vendor.

Your pal will love the scents that waft out the box when she opens to these!
There are several Soap of the month clubs to choose from, and beautifully sculpted soaps.
Check out Heatherly's favourites :Secret Garden, Blueberry Verbena, and to help that guy in your life feel princely- Frankinscense and Myrrh

She is offering 20% off all purchases for all Secret Pals!
The offer is on all products on the site, and it is available at http://www.alchemic-dragon.com/
Code to obtain discount?SecretPal

Alchemic Dragon -the interview

how did you get started, what is the background of your business?
The Alchemic Dragon was founded in 2000, this has been a labour oflove. From kitchen to kitchen our products have never been tested on pets, unless you include husbands!

do you knit, do your employees knit on the job? (because that is the dream of all knitters)
If I employed more than myself, of course there would allow it, unlesswe were in the middle of making soap, which could get messy.

Have you ever been a participant in a Secret Pal swap?
Yes, I have been in quite a few Secret Pal swaps! I think they are great and a good way to meet someone new who shares the sameinterests.

Are there any new products you were/are dying to come out?
I'm currently working on perfecting a shaving soap. It is going to rock!