Friday, May 29, 2009

Postcards from Home Sock Club - May 2009 Spoiler

Here's the colourway for May's sock club! And as you all know by now, my month was themed on the famous Niagara Falls here in Canada and the yarn is named Falls to represent that. In an attempt to capture the blues and greens of the water of the falls, I ended up with a colourway that was a mix of blue and green. For some reason, the digital camera couldn't quite see it properly and erred on the side of blue. I am still not sure I have the colour exactly right but it gives everyone a bit of an idea of how the colourway turned out! I can't wait to see everyone's projects! Enjoy :)

If you are wanting to stash the yarn on Rav, here's the link to the yarn.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Flora & Fauna - May's Dyer

Anne guessed it! This month's dyer is Libby at Northwoods Dyeworks, located along the shore of Lake Superior (literally) in Ashland, WI. Email me at info AT or pm me on Ravelry to make sure that you get your prize tossed into this month's package!

The next clues start the first Wednesday in June! We've got a week until the May shipment goes out. We'll all give you shipping discounts if you purchase regular inventory to be shipped with the club shipments, so we give you at least a week to order before shipment. I plan on posting a few items over on etsy Monday evening so that out of towners can order items to their club shipment if they wish. Our etsy address is

So Congratulations to Anne, and be sure to watch for June's contest to start in two weeks!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

May's Fiber Dyer - Final Clue

Did you know that two of our Fiber Baristas are bricks & mortar Yarn Shop Owners as well? Alongside her dyeing and wheel customization business, this month's dyer owns and manages a yarn shop (by the same name) that is nestled along the South Shore of Lake Superior.

Ok, last clue! Final guesses need to be in by Midnight on Saturday, I'll announce the dyer on Sunday, May 17th. You can feel free to change your guess if you like, the winners are ranked by how early they got it right.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Postcards from Home Sock Club - May 2009 Teaser

Hello! I'm May's dyer and the sock club packages are on their way tomorrow! Squee & woot! LOL This month's yarn is a new one for ZYG so it'll be a surprise for everyone and as for my theme, well, I tossed between 2 and landed on one that is a wonderful representation of Ontario, Canada. Hope you like it! 

And that grayscale photo? It's a little teaser of what's to come. Yes, I know there's no colour but if I showed even just the slightest hint of colour, you'd know what it was so to keep it a surprise, I grayscaled the yarn...LOL  However, it does look pretty squishy don't you think?!

Mailing time from Canada to the USA is 4-10 business days by airmail. Mail tends to take about 5 days on average so packages should start arriving sometime early to mid next week. Enjoy!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

May's Fiber Dyer - Clue #2

There must be a magical connection between major bodies of water and excellent dyework! Looking through the Fiber Baristas' ranks, more than two thirds of our dyers currently live on or very near an ocean, major river, or sea (inland or not.)

This month's dyer is no exception. She is one of the three dyers currently located in the Great Lakes Basin. Only one more clue to go, can you guess the dyer?

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Fiber Club Contest: A Few Explanations

Ok, I've gotten a few questions, and here are some answers: 
  • The first clue is going to be hard. If you don't know the answer right away, you probably won't. The second clue should be Google-able, or found right on the dyer's website or blog. The third clue will be blatant.

  • So, if you don't have a clue, just guess! You get three guesses, who knows, you might guess right! There is a list of the dyers to your right -->

  • Or speculate, and guess on Saturday before you lose your chance on this clue.

  • No, I'm not going to say who was right until the dyer is announced, so you can change your guess from clue to clue.

  • We kept the club small, so your odds of winning once or twice are pretty much 100%, so just have fun and learn a few new things about our dyers as the 6 months progress :)

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

May's Fiber Dyer - Clue #1

The Fiber Barista dyers have a rather interesting mix of previous professions and degrees from linguistics and library sciences to politics and psychiatric nursing.

This month's dyer insists that she was only 3 credits from a formal degree in Chemistry, but according to our fact checkers, her actual credentials stand with a bachelor's degree in Wildlife Management (Natural Resources) and a certificate degree in Small Business Administration.

Flora & Fauna Contest Rules

Ok, 2009 Fiber Club Members, the club contest begins today, so I'm going to explain how this works! It's pretty straight forward. Shipments go out the last week of the month, and the dyer claims the month their shipment goes out in. So, starting on the first Wednesday of the month, I'll post a clue as to that month's dyer. I'll warn ya, they do start out pretty vague! (The hard part for me is making sure, no matter how vague, it still only applies to a single Fiber Barista.) They'll get easier each clue, I promise.
    The "Roolz"

  • I'll post clues on Wednesdays and Sundays. I'm not going to say when.
  • You get one guess per clue.
  • Make your guesses in the comments section on the blog.
  • I'll announce the dyer early enough so that there's a full week before the shipment goes out. (That'll give you time to order non-club items directly from their shop and combine shipping.)
  • The first three people to guess right get some special swag in their package!
  • You can only win a max of 3x during the 2009 club
  • Non-members can chit chat, but only current club members can win.
First clue coming up shortly! Enjoy, and Good Luck!