Color Study Club 2015

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Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 18-12-2014

The 2014 Snapshots from Maine Yarn Club is coming to a close, and I’d like to issue a HUGE thank you to all the club members who made this such a fun and exciting year.  It was so nice to be able to share my Maine with you!  I can’t wait to see all the projects as they appear on Ravelry and other Social media.

Of course, since this year’s club is almost over, it means that an announcement needs to be made about the 2015 club.  All the pertinent information is below.  If you have any questions please email me at highlandhandmades@gmail.com.  Feel free to leave a comment below if you are excited!

Theme: Color Study.  Each month’s colorway will have a dominant color, but will have some variations throughout – tonals, semisolids,  complementary color(s), a pop of contrast, etc.  The colors (in no particular order) are: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, brown, black/gray/white, turquoise/teal, salmon/coral, and one color of your choice that will be overwashed with black.  As there are a variety of shades in each color, an element of surprise will still be present.  For example: will orange be neon? Pumpkin?  Peach?  All of the above?  It’ll be a mystery until your package arrives.

Each month I’ll post in the Rav group looking for color inspiration photos, paintings, etc.  Post as many as you like and if your image gets selected, you’ll get a $10 discount code good for anything in the shop.  Dyeing from images is one of my favorite things to do, and I can’t wait to see how y’all interpret each color.

Product Choices: Lace Yarn, Sock Yarn, Worsted Yarn, Fiber.  A variety of bases and fiber contents will be sent to you, although they will repeat after a number of months.

Lace bases: Black Cherry Lace, Pin Cherry Lace, Mountain Laurel Lace

Sock bases: Sugar Maple, Silver Maple, White Maple, Red Maple, Mountain Maple

Worsted bases. Red Ash, Green Ash, White Ash, Black Ash

Fiber bases (dependent on availability): Falkland, Corriedale, Targhee, BFL, Polwarth, Merino/Bamboo, Polwarth/Silk, Tussah Silk (2oz), Mixed BFL, Wensleydale, Masham

Amounts: You can purchase club memberships in single or double dose sizes.

How to sign up:  Sign ups are a two-part process.  First step: go here and fill out this form (go here if you’re international).  This secures your spot and gives me the information I need when it’s time to ship packages.  Second step: On January 1st, you will be emailed a link to set up a PayPal subscription.  That’s when you actually pay for the subscription (which you can either do all at once or monthly).  You won’t be billed until you fill out the subscription form, so don’t forget that step!  Please make sure that you check your spam folders if you don’t receive the email.  Payment is due by Jan 7th.

You will be charged the same day every month (or just the once if you select the lump-sum option), which will be between the 1st and 7th of the month.  Your yarn/fiber will ship by the last day of that same month.  It will mean that the first month, you will make two payments before you receive the first shipment.  That will only happen once and will even out at the end of the year, when you get two shipments after your last payment is done.

Cost:

Single Dose (4oz)

USA                                  Canada                                  International

Lace:                $422 (35.17/mo)              $452 (37.67/mo)                   $500 (41.67/mo)

Sock:                $327 (27.25/mo)              $387 (32.35/mo)                  $435 (36.25/mo)

Worsted:         $309 (25.75/mo)             $369 (30.75/mo)                  $417 (34.75/mo)

Fiber:               $217 (18.03/mo)             $277 (23.08/mo)                   $325 (27.08/mo)

 

Double Dose (8 oz)

USA                                  Canada                                  International

Lace:                $826(68.84/mo)              $862 (71.84/mo)                   $892 (74.34/mo)

Sock:                $636 (53.00mo)              $702 (58.50/mo)                  $762 (63.50/mo)

Worsted:         $600 (50.00/mo)             $666 (55.50/mo)                  $726 (60.50/mo)

Fiber:               $416 (34.67/mo)             $482 (40.17/mo)                   $542 (45.17/mo)

Five Years

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Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 06-11-2014

businesscard-3.5inx2in-h-frontI recently noticed that it has been five years since I opened Highland Handmades.  That time has gone by so quickly!  I have had an incredible run so far, and the future has never looked brighter.  I thought I’d share a few of my favorite moments from the past half decade, as both a reflection and a Thanksgiving.  To all of my customers, friends, family, and viewers – thank you for the last five years.  You truly make this the best job in the world.

HH Highlight Reel:

  • Opening my shop and having plurkies as my first few customers (KarenB and Tempted were both incredibly kind).
  • Seeing people post finished yarns and projects in the HH group on Ravelry.
  • Being mentioned on Lime and Violet.
  • Vending at my first show (Fiber Frolic, June 2010).
  • My first ever sell-out shop update.
  • Leaving Etsy and starting my own online shop.
  • Being asked to vend at a show as opposed to applying (KnitEeast).
  • Vending at retreats (SSK, KitM, GGPL, HotF).
  • Traveling for the business (Nashville, Atlanta, Connecticut, New Brunswick).
  • Designing my own label suite.
  • Quitting my day job to pursue my dream.
  • Hosting my own retreat.
  • Meeting customers and fans.
  • Being featured in PLY Magazine.

There are a thousand more things that I have been fortunate to experience; too many to mention here.  I am overwhelmed by the love and support you all have shown me every day, through trials and triumphs, sorrows and successes.  Thank you seems so inadequate a phrase; and yet, it is all I can say.  Over and over again, a thousand times, for all you’ve helped me accomplish and for all the support you’ve yet to give –

 

Thank you.

 

Heather

Fighting with Fru Update

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Posted by admin | Posted in HH | Posted on 26-10-2014

Hey everyone!  I wanted to give everyone a quick update on the yarn I sold to help raise money for Wendy Sillyfru’s medical bills.  I’ve had several people email me asking where it is, so I figure there are even more out there wondering.  I’m happy to give you all an update.

First off: together we have raised $2,380 for Fru.  I’m very pleased with this total, and it totally blew Fru away.  Thank you to everyone who bought yarn!  At this point, I do not know if I will be dyeing a second round.  Fruju is incredibly labor intensive, and 238 skeins of yarn is a LOT of intensive dyeing for just me.

When I put up the pre-orders, I mentioned that it would be at least a month before those orders could go out.  October 21st marked one month, and as of November fourth, 137 of the 238 skeins have been mailed.  I am, obviously, a little behind schedule.

Please understand I am dyeing as fast as I can.  When Fru got sick, I had already committed to a large show and a retreat for the month of October.  Both of those events make me money to live from during the winter when there are no shows.  Thus, the events took priority and I wasn’t able to stick to my original (somewhat overly optimistic) dye schedule.  I was further hindered by very wet weather here in Maine which prolonged the drying time of the yarn, preventing me from dyeing more.

In addition, I have a commitment to my year-long yarn club, which receives yarn at the end of every month.  So I need to find time to dye that, too.  They paid for their yarn back in January, so I need to be sensitive to their expectations as well.

Finally, I am waiting on a re-stock of the two yarn bases used in the Fruju/FHB yarns, and that will cause one final delay.  It currently looks like it will be the first week of November before all of the yarn is sent out.  I realize this is beyond the date the custom order quoted, I apologize for that and hope that you can be as understanding and patient as you been thus far.  I promise you I am doing everything I can to get you the yarn you paid for.

If you have any questions about your yarn, you can email me.  If you’d like an update on Fru (who is, unfortunately, still in the hospital), please visit her YouTube channel where she has been posting updates.

Thanks everyone!

EDITED TO ADD: As of today (October 28), Fru is HOME!  She has been discharged from the hospital.  Way to go Fru!

 

Win a Little Skein in the Big Wool Monster Kit!

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Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 15-07-2014

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As mentioned on Episode 156 – Monsters and Matrimony, Annielightknits and I are giving away a luxe Wild Rumpus monster kit to one lucky viewer.  The rafflecopter is below – you get a point for every task you do/have done.  MAKE SURE you give us your email address so we can notify you if you win.  Winner will be drawn August 1st.

 

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In Search Of Shop Samples

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Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 20-01-2014

Update: Here’s where my list stands now, all thanks to awesome knitters!

Here’s what I need (crossed out items mean I already have them):

Black Cherry Lace: Belle Greene Shawl (Alynxia)

Pin Cherry Lace: Rock Island Shawl

Mountain Laurel Lace: Bee Leaf Pi Shawl (Keli)

Sugar Maple Sock: Don’t Cage Me In Sock, Mystery Shawl #2

Mountain Maple Sock: Level Up Socks (Tara)

Silver Maple Sock: La Vie de Bois Socks (Erin)

Red Maple Sock: Under the Wire Cowl (Charis)

Striped Maple Socks: Thumbless Mitts

Butternut DK: Hoaloha Sweater, In August Away Cowl (I’ll be knitting this one)

Black Ash Worsted: Stargazing Cowl, Drizzle Hat

White Ash Worsted: Susan the Sociable Crab,  Lined Beanie (Sara B)

I am, as always, blown away by the generosity and fabulousness of knitters.  I am so lucky to be in this business!  For updates and to see the finished items, be sure to check out the podcast.