Mini-skeins and Hexipuffs

Pack 1 MiniSkein Collage

The beekeeper’s quilt is a pattern that I will always come back to because it is so beautiful and each little puff is a project in and of itself.  What got me thinking about hexipuffs are those adorable little yarn skeins called mini-skeins.  They are so lovely, versatile, and provide just enough yarn to create something fun and quick.  With all of this yarn that I have been dyeing, I was wondering if I would every use any myself to knit something. Well, mini-skeins provide me that opportunity without having to use an entire skein!

To that end, I have been quite busy with my yarn dyeing today!  I woke up this morning and remembered that when I originally started this whole hand dyeing business that I wanted to sell mini-skeins.  I originally started out with dividing a 100 gram skein into 10 mini-skeins and then dyeing each one individually.  Needless to say, that was rather labor intensive and not at all efficient. I decided to put a halt on the mini-skein adventure and dye up a bunch of full skeins and get an inventory started so I could get the Etsy going.

Fast forward a few weeks and I finally have the inventory to get back to it!  I am dividing skeins that I have already dyed into 10 gram/45 yard mini-skeins.  Since I created 2 skeins of each of the Spring collection, I decided to scale each of the 8 colorways back to just one on sale and use the additional to make my first batch of mini-skeins.  Yay!  I completed one set today as a trial and am pretty happy with it!  The colorways included in the picture above are, clockwise – ‘daffodil,’ ‘tulip bouquet,’ spring dawn,’ and ‘flowers in showers.’

I am going to create mini-skein sets by dyeing more of the yarns that are currently in my store, namely the yarns that I consider part of the “complementary connection” collection.  I dyed up additional skeins of ‘quisquos’ and ‘telary’ today and plan to create another ‘eadness’ and a new colorway that I haven’t posted my Etsy store yet called ‘mabsoot.’  For now I have just the one set up for store, but there will be many more to follow!

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Grand Opening Day for Yarny Cakes!

Yesterday was the first day of my Etsy shop being open, yay! This entire project has been several months in the making, but has been slowed a bit since the birth of my daughter on January 25. (An extremely happy occasion so I haven’t minded the change of pace.) Emmaline and I are getting to a good point where I have a bit more time to work on my projects (and by more time I mean 30 minute blocks here and there throughout the day!). I’m pretty impressed with how efficient I’ve become.

My Etsy shop opened with my first collection based on the Spring season. I decided that 8 colorways per collection were enough to offer variety, but not so many to be overwhelming.

Spring Collection 2013 2Spring 2013 Collection 1

I’ll also have an ongoing collection based on cupcake flavors that I’ve started working on too.