Posted January 23rd, 2012 by Cheryl
Well the day has arrived. I’ve official begun my studies to get back into nursing. It is going to be time consuming but well worth it in the end. In the mean time, DyeCauldron will not be forgotten, just shifting its focus until I have more time. For 2012 I will be focusing mostly on the Full Moon Sock Yarn Club and custom dye work, including group and wholesale accounts. Being able to plan out my dye time is going to be very valuable this year as I struggle to manage my time. I will be posting small lots of hand dyed items into the Etsy Shop from time to time, and I will keep the newsletter coming out so you can keep up to date with how things are going. Remember, if you see something in the gallery that you would like I can dye it up so just contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your support and understanding this year,
Posted October 24th, 2011 by Cheryl
Wow how quickly the seasons change. I spent the weekend making and fixing Halloween costumes for the boys so they could go to the first of many Halloween events taking place over the next week. I think we’re all good now so I can focus on yarn. I’m trying to knit up a quick scarf in Halloween colours to wear when I volunteer at the school next Monday morning. Halfway done, should have it all done soon, unless something else comes along.
More importantly, since I seem to have missed out on getting a table at any of the local fairs, I have time to get ready for a Fall Yarn Sale and Tea to be held on November 20, 2011, between 2 and 4 PM, at 3076 Meikle Ave, Kelowna. I’m looking forward to meeting local knitters and sharing a pot of tea while you browse the current hand dyed yarns. My favourite is the new Moon Magic Lace done in Ravenclaw Blue. At $34.00/100gm skein and over 800 m, this superwash merino, silk, and stellina blend is perfect for a Christmas party wrap or gift.
I look forward to meeting you soon,
Posted September 27th, 2011 by Cheryl
It has been way to long since I’ve blogged. Something to do with moving 600 kms to the west of the Rockies has side tracked me.
So here I sit looking out into the backyard of our rental home in Kelowna watching the quail and loving the warmth and sunshine in September. I think it will be some time before the snow flies here, which is a good thing since I’m now dyeing outside in a little canvas tent structure. It’s only blown over once in the wind over the weekend but is now firmly anchored. I’ve managed to get out one little yarn update last week. It included the start of a new colourway collection ” What’s Your Sign”. Yes, I’m delving into astrology. Virgo and Libra are done. Next up is Scorpio. It has been interesting to read up on the colours associated with the signs and try to create a colourway with them. Here’s a peek.
Virgo Classic Sock is a blend of navy, bark brown, and foliage greens.
I’m hoping to blog a little more often now that the boys are in school full time. Keep coming back for more updates and teasers.
Posted April 11th, 2011 by Cheryl
Shhhhh do you hear that……silence. The kids are finally back to school this morning and I can get back to work. The last two weeks have been fun with trips to Calgary, play dates, lots of new snow and no time to sit and do any work. On top of that our little kitten, Luna, ate a pipe cleaner resulting in surgery, and the subsequent revelation that she is allergic to suturing material. She is home now and almost fully healed. Never a dull moment around the cauldron.
Now onto the yarnie stuff.
First a big thank you to the Gillyhook Knitters from Calgary. I really enjoyed meeting all of you and having the opprotunity to share my yarn with you. I hope we can do it again sometime.
Next, welcome to April. As you have probably figured out things are a little behind around here. Over the next two days I’ll be prepping for Easter and Earth Day. The store clean up and newsletter will be the priority. And then there is the yarn. In celebration of Earth Day I’m introducing a new yarn called Gaia. Gaia is a fingering weight yarn made up of some of the finest fibers the earth has to offer….70% baby alpaca, 20% silk, and 10% cashmere. The dyes will be plant or insect based. A new adventure for me and a great new product for you. Come and check out the store on April 18th, 2011, at 0900 MST for this new and exciting yarn.
Now off for a tea refill and more work.
Posted February 28th, 2011 by Cheryl
DyeCauldron is now ready to accept wholesale accounts. If you are interested in offering DyeCauldron products in your shop please contact me via e-mail at email@example.com.
Posted February 28th, 2011 by Cheryl
Hello all from the land of ice and snow this morning. It is cold, snowing and blowing. A perfect day to sit around and get some work done. Sadly, I’m sure we will have many more days like this until spring actually arrives here.
Until then, I am going to work on putting a gallery of base yarns and colourways on this site. It is the last step I need to do before I can start to accept wholesale accounts. So if you are a retailer interested in carrying DyeCauldron Yarn please contact me for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m looking forward to sharing the products brewed up in the cauldron.
After that it is off to create some more socks for the upcoming sock class at the end of March. It is going to be a classic top down sock which is the perfect place to start when learning to knit socks. We will discuss yarn, needles (pros and cons of dpns and circulars), measuring for perfect fit , and the architecture of socks. All this information should help even the beginner create a comfy sock. I hope to see some of you here.
Posted January 24th, 2011 by Cheryl
I can’t believe it is the endof January already. Things around here have been busy with cleaning up after the holidays, birthdays, hockey games, and home fix ups (thankfully the furnace broke after the really cold snap;).
However, now it is time to get back on track. This month I started a new routine for DyeCauldron that feels sustainable given our busy life and my desire to create quality products. As you will see Mondays are going to be very important over the next year.
The 1st Monday of each month is dedicated to cleaning up the Etsy shop. I will be putting a special theme section up to hopefully inspire you for the upcoming month and moving products into the sale section.
The 2ndMonday of the month is dedicated to producing and distributing the newsletter. If you haven’t already signed up please do so. This is the best way to see sneak peeks of new colourways andfind out about upcoming specials.
The 3rd Monday is the best one…the Etsy Shop update will take place at 9:00 am MST. This year I will be focusing on larger dye lots and not so many colours with each update. If you have colourways you would really like to see on a particular base please e-mail or convo me so I can add them to my dye plan.
Lastly the 4th Monday is when I will make use of this website. My goal is to keep something new on the blog, update the class offerings and create an on-line catalogue for you to browse for colourway and base yarn ideas.
Now it’s back to the cauldron to start on some special orders I couldn’t get to last week as my laundry room/dye space was full of kitchen stuff as the plumbing was re-done in the kitchen to make room for a new dish washer and garburator. I hope February is much quieter on the home front.
Posted August 30th, 2010 by Cheryl
The first day of school here and the house is eirely quiet. So what to do with my time…..if I had my new skein winder I would be winding up yarn for a yarn release…unforunately it hasn’t arrived yet and since the poor swift I was abusing has finally broken there isn’t much work I can get done. So in a fit of boredom home renovations have begun. The storage room has been gutted to make room for the freezer and get a total cleansing. It is half way done and we are now waiting for shelving brackets to arrive. Once that is done then the new door to the basement room can be put in and a wall built to divide the basement into the sports room and my new work room. I can’t wait to have more space since I’m currently all over the place. It should be good enough to actually use as bit of a show room. The room I’m vacating is going to become the kids play room…with any luck 90% of the lego will remain up there instead of under my feet all over the main floor. We shall see!
More importantly, everything is ready for the Canmore Mountain Market on Thursday, September 02, 2010. I’ll be there with all my current stock, which means the Etsy shop will be closed on September 01 and re-open on September 03. I hope to see you all there.
Posted August 12th, 2010 by Cheryl
Things here are a little crazy since the kids are at the mid point in summer vacation and starting to drive me insane. Needless to say there is very little time to be painting and dyeing, however, there has been some new product put into the shop lateley.
The Hogwarts House Colours are all now available in Classic Sock and Classic Sport. Hogwarts School Subjects will all be available for the August 30th update, just in time for our Welcome to Hogwarts KAL on the Ravelry group. I hope you will be able to join us.
I will also have a booth at the Canmore Mountain Market on September 2. I hope you drop by and find something to sink your needles into as the fall weather begins.
Posted July 26th, 2010 by Cheryl
Hello Everyone. The weather here has finally turned for the better. Nice hot days makes for quick drying yarn out on the patio. This weeks chore is to do some Harry Potter House Colours and a few other things up for the Canmore Mountain Market this week. I hope to see some of you there.
I also was very excited to see my yarn mentioned on Graceysgoodies. Take a peek and see what she is creating today.
Off to dye more yarn. There will be some sneek peeks on Ravelry later this week so be sure to check it out.