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Okay, let’s throw this one back

To when we were definitely style setters!

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When we took ballet class together, back in the day, our instructor, Tony, dubbed us the Dolly Sisters. And that name has stuck with us since. We try to live up to their style.

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Melissa came up for a few days this week so we could talk to a local shop owner about collaborating on a secret project that we are so excited about! And it’s happening right here in my back yard, for this fall!!! Not my literal backyard, mind you, but very close to here. More details soon ~~

For now I’m working up a new pattern for our lace weight yarn and knitting away while dancing plies and arabesques in my mind.

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Cheers!

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ready, set…

And we’re off! We have Etsy open again, yay! Like our market booth, we’ve scaled back what we are offering for sale, choosing to focus on hand dyed yarn, handspun yarn, kits, patterns and a few woven shawls. Both Melissa and I love dyeing yarns and spinning, so that is what we will have!

We will be slowly adding items to Etsy this week. Nothing is as easy as it would first appear… a motto that my husband has muttered for many, many years and it is true. It took us a couple of hours on Monday to get where it is now. We had our computers out, our iPads on FaceTime and worked away.

Besides the yarn and kits, we are offering a couple of patterns for sale. The first one listed on Etsy is the Ripple Wave Fingerless Mitts.

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I sold many of the kits at the market and have only 3 left, and those are listed in the shop. I’ve been busy dyeing up yarn the last few days and will have them ready to list in the shop later next week as well. Also, I have the pattern for sale, via PDF file, for anyone who would like to knit it using their own yarn, and that is available on Ravelry and Etsy.

Here are the Ripple Wave Fingerless Mitts, as modelled by my daughter, the Lovely Sarah, hand model extraordinaire!

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The pattern starts with ribbing and the Ripple Wave pattern low enough on the wrist that it will not peek out from under your coat sleeves.  The thumb is worked with a gusset and then the top of the mitt has a fold-down cuff in ribbing.  I find when I go out for a walk and it’s chilly, and yet I want to be able to take a photo with my phone or text or something requiring the use of those digits, it’s nice to fold down the cuff.  Or to keep the fingers warm, unfold it and they stay snug.

The gentle ripple wave pattern shows off the colour changes of variegated yarn, and the kettle-dyed tonal yarns give just a hint of colour variation.  Here is the latest I’ve dyed up in the last few days.

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Oh boy, I’ve got a lot of skeining and winding to do!

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quick recap

Wow.  I mean, WOW!  What a weekend we had!  Missy and I had our second market booth at the Edmonds Summer Market and we had a blast.  I think our location was better, or the cooler rainy weather brought out all the yarn lovers!  We had so much fun meeting up with old friends, new friends, people who weren’t sure about us, chatting with the Mustard Man next to us, the Garden Box man on the other side…  It was exhausting and more fun than I’ve had in a long time.

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It’s taking a few days to decompress, assess what we sold, what we learned, what we made mistakes on… I think because this wasn’t our first time, we were more relaxed and were able to enjoy it more.  I think because we edited a lot of things out, (sort of the 15-page menu versus the 2-page menu theory, or Less is More), it was more clear and easy to interpret who we are and what we do. It seems all kind of wrong to leave things home in boxes, but then we were able to focus on what we’re really passionate about right now.

Also, layout. Before we had a U-shape and we had the hardest time getting people to come IN to our booth. Maybe they thought if they were in, they’d be trapped! This time we were the ones trapped in the middle and we had the tables around the perimeter. Quick and easy escape if needed for them…. for us we had to jump over a stool to our friend, the Mustard Man, and scoot out between our booths. Much better. Melissa’s gorgeous quilts that served as our table cloths also, I’m sure, drew people over.

So today I’m up to my eyeballs in dye, replenishing the kit yarn for our Mitt Kits. I joked with Missy before Saturday that I hope we’re not sitting over coffee on Sunday morning saying, “Geez, I really thought those kits would have sold”. They sold. I can’t wait to see how everybody’s come out, so we’ll be scoping out photos of them and hopefully getting some feedback.

Now that I’m home, I’m trying to get organized. We hope to get our Etsy shop up this afternoon, or tomorrow by the latest.

The view of Puget Sound on the train coming home was spectacular. A very fitting end to the weekend!

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market date

Well time sure has flown by since last I was here, but it’s been a very busy couple of weeks. We’re getting ready for our market booth this Saturday, August 30th at the Edmonds Washington Summer Market, from 9am to 3pm. We’ve been editing what it is we want to present, adding new products and doing what we enjoy. Both Melissa and I are loving the process of dyeing yarns and fibres and coming up with new colour combinations. We’re finding our way.

Something that we are adding to sell at the market are kits that are our hand dyed yarn with patterns. She is putting together kits for her adorable handspun baby hats, “Little Bits”. There will also be finished little hats for sale.

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I’m adding my fingerless mitt kits, using handspun mini-skeins and a pattern I wrote up, Ripple Wave Fingerless Mitts, using hand dyed fingering weight yarn.

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And the third kit we will be offering is my Eyelet Ridge Shawl pattern using our long-colour changing handspun, which is also hand dyed. It’s a soft merino and silk blend, perfect for keeping the chill off your neck and not scratchy at all.

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I’ll be adding these patterns for sale on Ravelry and our Etsy shop (once I figure out how to do all that!)

Melissa came up for a few days last week so we could work together. As much as we enjoy our texting and FaceTime daily meetings, it’s so much more satisfying to get up early in the morning, make our coffee and get into it together. And going for our daily walk is good planning time too. And just hanging out and knitting is not goofing off… it’s work!!

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And then the lad came home! He’s been away at school since January and let us know a week before he came home that he’s accepted an internship in our province, a mere 4.5 hours by car! We’ve enjoyed the short time he’s been home, getting things ready to go, cooking for him and just loving having him here. I can’t believe he was here… and now gone! I’ve missed him so much :(

So the last couple of weeks have been chaotic but fun…  I’ve got the patterns ready to go and the yarn packed up and ready to travel south. We have new tags printed. We plan to have our Etsy shop back up by Sunday or Monday, with our new yarn and kits listed to sell. And we’re both working on new patterns and kits to add in the next couple of months.

And now I’m off to dye more yarn!

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If you are in the area, please stop by and visit us on Saturday!  Click on the link below for a map:

Location: Downtown Edmonds on 5th Street from Main at the fountain to Bell and east up Bell Street around Centennial Plaza.