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Farm fresh stitch markers for your needles

It finally feels like spring again. Last night a spring storm rolled through, knocking off a branch from the fully-blossoming magnolia tree. This morning I found magnolia petals trapped between the screen and the window where the wind had blown them in the midst of all that thunder and lightning. So in honor of spring, I’m adding to the Farm Fresh Series I started last year around this time.

These newest limited edition stitch markers are made using vintage mid-century beads from the Baltics. They look particularly like sky blue berries (the kind that have little drupelets on them). When I was looking at the types of berries that are related to the raspberry, I was tickled to discover the unassuming cloudberry, a mainly European species of berry that is rare but well-known in the Scandinavian and Baltic regions. Yes, the real cloudberries are actually a light to reddish orange color, but I like to think this is a “tip of the hat” to them. Enjoy my take on cloudberries.

 

Cloudberries

These stitch markers join my Farm Fresh collection, which includes a few of my favorite fruit-related sets.

Strawberry Fields Forever

When possible, I’ve tried to use some of my favorite classic song lyrics that relate to the farm fresh fruit in question.

On Blueberry Hill

Check out the rest of the Farm Fresh Series on Etsy!

It’s beginning to “stitch” a lot like Christmas

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…”

Take a look at these awesome Christmas-themed stitch markers and other goodies I’ve got up in the Exchanging Fire shop:

A few of these designs are old favorites,like the one of a kind Jingle Bell Rock markers (only two left in stock!), but I’m especially proud of my newest creations. They are the Wonderful Christmas tree lights ones:

“The party’s on / The feelin’s here / That only comes / This time of year / Simply having a wonderful Christmas time…” – Paul McCartney. “Wonderful Christmas Time”

…and these gorgeous Silver and Gold ornament stitch markers:

“Silver and gold, silver and gold / Mean so much more when I see / Silver and gold decorations / On ev’ry Christmas tree…” – Vanessa Williams, “Silver & Gold”

Shop like crazy on Black Friday at Exchanging Fire!

Use coupon code SPECTACULAR to save 10% off anything in my shop through Cyber Monday! Customers who spend $100 or more will also get a free gift of one of my favorite things (just specify gourmet chocolate or yarny treat in the Notes to Seller area).

Want to get exclusive coupons for even deeper discounts at my shop? Just sign up for my newsletter to receive a secret coupon offering fabulous deals throughout the weekend!

Celebrate Customer Appreciation Week with Exchanging Fire!

Late one night at the beginning of August I had an idea. It suddenly occurred to me that it might be nice to give back to my faithful customers in a big celebratory way. I’m close to reaching 3,000 sales, after all, and I want to reward all of the awesome people that have helped make my hobby into a job I love. So I thought, what if I held a Customer Appreciation Week, with a coupon, free gifts, and lots of love and confetti?

I may have been feeling a little brain freeze from the air conditioning and perhaps too many hours spent winding minis while sitting Indian-style on the floor, but whatever the reason, my idea turned into a full-fledged brainstorm – what if I invite the Phat Fiber members to join in with me, to have a big, blow-out spectacular? I wasn’t sure they would like the idea, but my worries were unfounded – everyone thought it was great, and so in just under a month the Phatties over on Ravelry and I have put together a huge shopping spree for all of our loyal fans.

From Sept. 1 through the 7 you can shop at most of your favorite Phat Fiber-participating shops and find deals and gifts just for you! And of course, stop by Exchanging Fire, where I’ll be giving away special gifts to new and returning customers. Use the coupon CustomerLove to receive 15% off your order this week!

Check out the official Customer Appreciation Week thread on Ravelry to find out what goodies and gifts you could get by shopping with your favorite Phatties. Most shops, including me, are participating by using the coupon code CustomerLove, but there are a few other secret codes out there so make sure you read the thread well.

Mad Men Starts Tonight (and I’m having a sale)!

In honor of the AMC television show Mad Men, whose Season 5 premiere is tonight (eee!) I’m offering a special one day sale on my Women of  Mad Men stitchmarker series! That’s right, take 15% off any of the stitchmarkers shown below with the coupon code MADMEN15 – today only! In case you missed this series of markers, they are in tribute to the fiery trio of women who make up the show’s core group of ladies: Joan Holloway, Peggy Olson, and the former Mrs. Don Draper, Betty. See if you can match up the stitch markers below with their counterparts!

Win Free Stitch Markers from Exchanging Fire!

So during TNNA this January I met Lisa Bogart, who is the author of Knit with Love. She saw me wearing my Mini Mania Scarf and sort of pointed at me and said, “The Scarf! I get to meet The Scarf!” Yes, she had recognized The Scarf from Ravelry, and was thrilled to see it in person. I was just thrilled she knew what the heck it was! I felt a little famous, I must confess. She very kindly signed one of her books for me and then we concocted a plan…a grand plan! And that plan was for me to participate in one of her monthly giveaways on her website.

So I’m very pleased to announce that this month, March, you can enter to win a BRAND NEW set of stitch markers that I have released especially for the occasion! They are called Orange Blossom Special, and are an ode to the fabulous bluegrass folk song of the same name. Funnily enough, they also happen to be the Pantone color of the year, which is Tangerine Tango. Ha! Anyways, I just love oranges, which in ancient times were called  “golden apples” by Europeans because they were so joyfully bright and lush and delicious. There’s some magical about them, and I hope you enjoy their juicy delight as much as I do.

And, not only could you win a these fabulous stitchmarkers, but if you head over to Lisa’s giveaway page you’ll also find a SUPER SPECIAL discount code for 10% off anything in my shop! This only lasts until the end of March, so you’ll want to hop to it!

Want to hear the song that inspired these gorgeous stitch markers? Check it out below:

Check out the Phat Fiber Holiday Studio Tour!

Artichoke Bake

A bunch of us Phat Fiber ladies got together this Christmas and decided to offer our customers a holiday studio tour, just like when you visit a cluster of mom and pop shops during the holidays. We figured that while we couldn’t serve you hot wassail and a lovely nutty cheeseball when you come in out of the cold to browse in our stores, we could offer you our favorite holiday (and sometimes family secret) recipes while you click away at the computer!

I decided to offer my mother’s famous artichoke bake, which is a family favorite. At Christmastime my family has a long-standing tradition – we don’t have one big Christmas dinner, but instead serve a late luncheon of hors d’oeuvres and finger food. We’ll fill up our plates with baked brie and water crackers, shrimp cocktail, mini ham and mint chutney sandwiches, veggies, and of course, the artichoke bake. After stuffing ourselves we take a leisurely afternoon of opening gifts, one by one, all while sneaking away for my food from the buffet. My mother’s artichoke bake is a hit all-season long, and I’m always happy to share it with others!

So get yourself a nice cup of tea, settle down in from of the computer, and take a whirl through our “studios.” Enjoy perusing our shops and browsing through the fun recipes we are offering you for free. This is just our “thank you” for all of your support this season.

The full list of participating Phatties can be found here on the Phat Fiber blog. You can also browse many of them (with pictures) in this Ravelry thread – stop by and check out their delicious recipes, some of which have already been tried out! If you’re short on time and just want to look at all the pretty pictures, one of our Phat Fiber members was kind enough to turn those Phatties who have Etsy shops into a Holiday Studio Tour Treasury. Extra listings that couldn’t find into the treasury are linked in the comments below.

Happy Holidays from Exchanging Fire! Thanks to all of my blog subscribers – it warms my heart to know that you care enough to read my blog on a regular basis. May you have a wonderful winter break and head into January feeling renewed and refreshed.

Exchanging Fire featured again in Knitting Naturally podcast

Knit Naturally, the knitting-related podcast by Dawn, featured Exchanging Fire again this year in her annual “My Favorite Things” podcast! In case you haven’t heard of Dawn before, she’s a fun-loving Texan who considers her podcasts to be sort of like sitting around on the front porch with your friends. The casts are full of her rapier wit and stories about her family and life, interlaced with knitting tips and tricks.

This year’s annual “My Favorite Things” podcast, which just came out today, featured Exchanging Fire’s Mini Mania Miniskein sets. How exciting! If you’d like to take a listen to the podcast, she talks about my shop right at the beginning, and links to all of the stores she mentions in the cast are listed in her Ravelry group.

I do have two new sets of mini skeins in my shop right now, True Blood Reds and Honeycomb, so this coincides nicely with these sets’ release.

True Blood Reds

Honeycomb

Celebrate 1,000 Sales at Exchanging Fire!

I am so excited! I just hit 1,000 sales in my Etsy store and I’m tickled pink and want to share the love with all of my friends and fans! Technically it’s 1,000 products sold, but Etsy marks milestones by products so that’s how I’ll do it too.

It’s sorta surreal. I don’t consider myself a big Etsy seller at all (all of my finished stitch markers fit in this little drawer beside my desk) and to have that many sales blows my mind! I crunched the numbers a bit and most of my sales came through in just this past year. I think a big tip of the hat goes toward the Phat Fiber Sampler program for being so wonderful. They are a motivating force in my business life and I love them!

A big thanks goes out to my supporters, friends, fans, and even complete strangers! Enjoy this special, limited time sale as a thanks for all the great support you give me!

April/May 2011 Stash Peek

As usual, it’s the end of April, and I find myself a lying liar with three new yarns to share with you. Actually, I’d recommend not looking in my stash on Ravelry, because you will see a LOT more than three new yarns. I know! I’m so ashamed. 😉 And, since I missed my April deadline and this is now May, I’m going to lump these two months together and share four different yarns with all of you.

The first yarn I want to talk about is Black Trillium Fibre Studio‘s gorgeous Trinity Sock in Herbs and Spices. This yarn is an absolutely divine blend of merino, nylon and cashmere, and when I saw this one-of-a-kind colorway in her shop in April during her blowout Twitter sale, I knew it had to come home with me. There’s a reason that Black Trillium has over 1,2,00 sales in her Etsy shop – she’s doing an amazing job. Her colors are rich and lush and have that particular semi-solid appeal with subtle hue variations that create pops of unexpected color without pooling. In essence, the perfect sock yarn.

Black Trillium Fibre Studio Trinity Sock

The second yarn I got this month came to me through an unexpected means – a competition over at the Fairmount Fibers blog. Fairmount Fibers is the distributor of Manos del Uruguay’s yarns and patterns, and they were having a colorway name contest. I said their pink colorway reminded me of Cherry Blossoms, and they picked me! Here are all of the new colorways and their names:

Manos del Uruguay Spring 2011 Colorway Contest, courtesy Fairmount Fibers, Ltd.

My prize for being one of the winning colorway namers was my choice of a skein of yarn, and boy did that thrill me. A you well know, my love affair with Manos yarns is unparalleled, so a free skein Wool Clasica made me feel yippy-skippy-dee-do. I decided to go with a color I haven’t had the chance to try yet, Mermaid, and OH MY LORD I did not choose wrong. Just look at this gorgeousness. I want to paper my walls with pictures of Manos.

Manos del Uruguary Wool Clasica in Mermaid

Next up is a yarn I found in a sweet little destash for a song. Castle Fibers Castle’s Royal Sock is nice and squishy, but what really shines here are the colors. I don’t know what it is, but once it started turning spring-like outside, I got this weird craving for greens with shots of pretty rosebud pink in them. Green and pink, green and pink, green and pink. I’m sure by June I’ll be f-ing tired of green and pink, but for now, I cannot get enough of it. I’m even wearing pink right now!

Er, anyways, I’ve found that the Castle Fibers dye job of this Central Park colorway is really lovely – the variety of tonal qualities in her greens range from chartreuse to emerald to hunter, with the pink shades adding that bright variety I’m in love with. The dyer currently doesn’t seem to be selling her yarns in her shop on Etsy, so I’d check out some destashes on Ravelry if you are interested in trying her yarns out.

Castle Fibers Castle's Royal Sock

My last yarn just arrived yesterday, and opening up my package from Maiden Yarn and Fiber was like unwrapping the best treat all spring. Considering how many yarns slip through my fingers, I was beyond impressed with her presentation. She shipped my stuff Priority and outer box was all cute and wrapped by this packaging supply place so it said “Packed for you by…” To top it off, inside, the yarn and fiber I had ordered from her was carefully wrapped in white tissue paper, with a single ribbon of navy blue artistically twining around it. In the center of the ribbon, a fine cream-colored tag that said “Maiden Yarn and Fiber” was mounted on a rich, crepe-like navy blue card. The effect made my jaw drop. And that was just the wrapping!

Her yarns, on the other hand, leaves you breathless. I purchased some Hand Dyed Meriboo from her with the enticing name of “Sea Glass.” And oh boy, this yarn is glorious. It’s a delicious blend of ocean blues and algae greens with shots of seaweed-colored browns for contrast. I eyed this yarn for weeks before succumbing to it’s siren call.

Maiden Yarn and Fiber Hand Dyed Meriboo in Sea Glass

Ok, I lied again. I want to share one more yarn with all of you. This may seem an odd choice, because it’s just one solid color and it’s not especially different or exciting, but it’s near and dear to my heart. I have finally gotten my hands on a skein of Ella Rae Bamboo Silk and I’m tickled green. This yarn belonged to my friend knittingale, and I coveted it like the green-eyed monster I am. A couple of years ago we’d both gotten prizes in a swap we were playing in, and while my prize was some random yarn of which I neither liked the color or base, while hers was this gorgeous, lush, grass green silk yarn that absolutely killed me.

Well, guess who got lucky! My friend swapped me the skein finally, and I know just how I’m going to use it. It’s going to be the most perfect Ruched Sleep Eye Mask ever. I am going to The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA) for work this summer, and my beloved original sleep mask is sort of grody and not appropriate for showing off in public. Yes, even in a hotel room. So I’m going to make myself a new mask. This yarn will be perfect for the mask – I can tell just by feeling it, because it has a nice weight and smoothness from the bamboo, and the silk keeps it from being too slinky. Yummy.

Ok, thanks for letting me share with you during this combined spring “stash peek” session! I’ll be back in June for more yarny goodness and fun, I’m certain.