January 31, 2018

Scheduling my 2018 Market Season ❤️

It’s that time of the year again where I figure out what Markets I’ll be doing for the year! 

So far my 2018 Markets that I’ve applied to and attending are:

Hippy Strings Knit All the Things Retreat - Pop Up Shop ❤️ - approved vendor
Grande Prairie, Alberta
March 16-18 
Facebook Event Page HERE

Edmonton Fibre Frolic - approved vendor 
Edmonton, Alberta
May 26, 2018
Facebook Event Page HERE

Calgary Fibre Shindig - Spring - Applied
Calgary, Alberta
April 2018 - to be announced
Facebook Group HERE

Prairie Fibre Festival
Lacombe, Alberta
September 8, 2018
Facebook Event Page HERE

Calgary Fibre Shindig - Fall - pending application
Calgary, Alberta
October 2018 - to be announced
Facebook Group HERE

I’ve narrowed it down to these markets just because it doesn’t pay off for me to do multi day markets. My expenses are higher to do multi day markets (that aren’t local to me) and when I add up what my break even point in sales are, it’s a bit shocking at times. I need to compare this to my sales trends and seeing my profit after my break even point sometimes makes the deicision for me πŸ˜‚  Not to mention that my kids are at the peak of cute and ornery-ness so I don’t like to be away from them for long. 

I’m attending the Hippy Strings Knit All the Things Retreat as a attendee and was asked to bring my goodies that the Hippy String Ladies will be selling in their pop up shop for me πŸ˜„ So it’ll be like a mini vacation for me ❤️ It’s so rare I actually get to enjoy an event❤️ Usually I’m in my booth watching everyone else have fun πŸ˜‚ So I’m really looking forward to this event ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

I’ll be updating dates and links to the markets I’m attending as they are confirmed! 

Thanks so much 

January 29, 2018

❤️Fibre Share 2018❤️

I’ve took part the last 3 times in Fibre Share and it’s a fabulous and fun experience ❤️ I love putting together a gift for a fellow Knitter or Spinner and mailing it off πŸ˜„

This year I decided to add a Fibre Share Discount Code for the Fibre Share team! So you can save 15% on everything in my Online Shop until Feb 18, 2018! This includes all SALE items as well πŸ˜„

Shop HERE for the Fibre goodies πŸ˜‰

Happy Shopping ❤️

January 16, 2018

❤️Selected Project Bags on Sale❤️

I have new fabrics that have come in and need to make some room in my inventory ❤️❤️ So I’ve marked down a few Project Bags to make room! 

Sweater Project Bags are SALE priced at $50 each, Medium Project Bags are SALE priced at $40 each and Small Project Bags are SALE priced at $30 each for as long as they last! A lot of the Sweater Project Bags only have 1-2 left in each kind. Small Project Bags can be shipped Lettermail if purchased individually. All other sizes ship via standard shipping rates and is calculated at checkout. 

These are the last of the Oh Canada Project Bags! These were my hottest seller last year and I have used up all the fabric. I am exhausted from sewing with this fabric ❤️πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦❤️ Its super gorgoeus and I love it but I so need some more variety in my sewing πŸ˜‚ So what’s listed is all that’s left of them! There is 3 Sweater Bags in different fabric combos and the usual Medium and Small Project Bags! 

Link to my Online Shop is HERE ! 

Happy Shopping ❤️❤️

January 14, 2018

Summary of the Discontinued and Sale Items ❤️

Super excited that my Discontinued and Sale Items are dwindling down! I have a couple of bases I want to introduce in 2018 and my Online Shop only allows me so many tabs for products before I have to Up my plan! So hence the decision of what direction I wanted to go with my business! It also helps me pear down my inventory so I can continue making the products I love to make most ❤️

This is it for the BFL Sock! I’m down to my last 15 Skeins and there are only 5 colorways left! I’m going to be discontinuing BFL Sock as the Base has quite a bit of variance from batch to batch when I order. 

Top to Bottom: Gourd, Siren, Valley Of the Five Lakes and Sea Urchin

Right: Blue Morpho Butterfly

I’m also down to the last few Kelmscott Embroidery Scissors! I’ve decided to discontinue them as they are becoming readily available at all yarn shops and scissors are more of a fit to feel item! Each type of scissors has a different feel to them.

A highlight of the more tradional Silver and Gold Scissors I have left. Most have 1-2 left in each type! 

And a highlight of what’s left for the Flower Power and Little Loves Scissors! Most have just 1 left! 

I’m down to the last 15 kinds of Brass Progress Keepers! Most have 1 or 2 left! They are SALE priced at $4 each and qualify for Lettermail shipping if they are ordered with other Notions ❤️ 

There’s also the last of the $2 Sale Progress Keepers! There’s 14 kinds left and a good portion of them have 1-3 left! 

There is also a few Snagless Stitch Marker Sets available! There are 7 types of Snagless Stitch Markers and 5 our of the 7 only have 1 left of each instock! I will be doing a small update sometime this year with whatever minerals I have left but it might not a be a large amount of Stitch Marker sets available! 

And last but not least, I listed a very limited amount of I ❤️ Big Balls Enamel Pins by Brick Bubble! 

They were in the Prairie Dye Studio Christmas Advent Calendar and I exclusively had them in there and not my Online Shop until the Calendar was done. I had to order a certain amount to get Wholesale pricing so the remaining amount were listed today! As of right now there’s only 2 left and once they are gone, they are gone. I won’t be stocking Pins in my Online Shop anymore. 

Phew, that was a lot ❤️ So many goodies to be had in my Online Shop for while they last! Shop link is HERE if you want to check it out. The Big Balls Pins are listed with the Needle Gauges until they sell outπŸ˜„

Also, there’s no need for Prairie Dye Studio customers to worry❤️ I usually change up my Online Shop a bit at the end of each year so I can move forward in the direction I want to go for the upcoming year. I’m not the kind of person that likes doing the same thing repetitively and I like to change things up for where I am in that moment in my lifeπŸ˜„ 

2018 will the the year of color and creativity for me. There will be a couple more bases introduced, my Progress Keeper supply will be smaller, and my Project Bag supply will have some additions to it throughout the year. I’ve introduced Free Shipping for Canadian Orders over $200 and Free Shipping for USA Orders over $250. 

Thanks so much for all your Love and Support ❤️ Every customer and supportive person help me to to do what I love to do for my business. Thank You ❤️ 

January 03, 2018

Discontinuing BFL Sock!!

I’ve decided to discontinue BFL Sock to make way for a couple New Bases in 2018! Use Coupon Code BFLLOVE2018 to save 20% on all BFL Sock in my Online Shop! The Coupon Code will only work for BFL Sock and will remain active until it all sells out ❤️

Happy ShoppingπŸ˜„


January 01, 2018

Happy New Year!!

Every year I struggle with coming up with a New Years Resolution. Most years I choose not to have one. It adds extra pressure to accomplish something πŸ˜‚ 

-Losing weight. No way. If eating the food I want when I’m hungry keeps me happy, then I guess I’m going to be 10-20lbs overweight πŸ˜‚ Love handles are in right πŸ˜‚

-Getting more fit. Takes away from my knitting time and if there’s one think I hate, it’s running. I only run when someone is chasing me. My idea of stress relief is knitting with a coffee/tea/wine/whiskey. Maybe a couple pieces of chocolate. Obviously the wine/whiskey if for after the kiddos go to bed for the night πŸ˜†

- Knitting goals. Nope. I have knitting ADHD and have a hard time focusing on 1 Project for a long period of time. I usually have anywhere up to 10 WIPs in the go at any given time. 

The only goal I’ve decided to put in place is to have more Family Outings with my Husband and Kiddos. It’s too easy to stay home and relax but then we’re not doing the Family Bonding thing and that’s how memories are created. Plus 99.9% of the time it’s fun πŸ˜„ 

There’s always the time when you realize, “now I know what my parents went through on Family Outings”. Or, “now I know why my dad was so grouchy on Family Outings” πŸ˜†. Which is bound to happen when you have 2 kiddos fighting in the back seat. Even on the Outings where I was emotionally spent after, they were funny or positive memories! 

So that’s my goal for 2018! 

There will also be a couple business goals I’ll have for myself but I consider that a business plan for 2018 and basically it just gives me a general direction for my business. There will be a few things discontinued and refining a few other things but, overall, Prairie Dye Studio will remain the same. 

I’ll be doing 4 events a year and my updates will happen sporadically. If I sew up some bags they’ll be listed. If I Dye up some skeins, all the skeins will be listed. 

I’ve been experientating with new dyeing techniques, so some old colorways will be updated sometime this year. 

Thanks so much for your support and understanding ❤️