DTK Pop Up Makers June Market

Hello Fiber Sisters and Brethren!

I am late to the game getting this post up. For shame! Life does happen, tho, and part of my self love right now is not to be mad at myself. So here it goes!

In June I had an opportunity to go back to Downtown Knits in Apex to take part in the Indie Dyer and Makers Pop Up Market! It was lovely to meet some new makers and of course, meet all the lovely fiber friends who came see and support us!

Even if you are not local to Raleigh, NC, you should definitely check out these lovely human beings and their goods!

First up, Oak City Soap, Kevin and Brenda! They are a husband and wife team creating, as their awesome tag line says, “Luxury soaps for dirty people.” Don’t you love them already?!

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I got to sit next to Kevin and Brenda and chat them up during down time, they are charming and friendly and everything you want in small business owners! Their products are gorgeous and smell even better!

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I bought some guest soaps for my aunt and my sisters for our trip to New York (blog later), a bath bomb for myself that smells like Fruit Loops cereal (incredible!), and some bath bomb sprinkle as a gift for my aunt. They were a hit!

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If you are in the market for pampering yourself, you much check out Oak City Soap, even if they aren’t local to you. I will say, too, they have items for men like beard oil and shaving soap. I think men are often left out when it comes to luxury soap and shower sundries, so I appreciate that I can get gifts for everyone from Oak City Soap!

Across from me at the market was the very sweet Michelle of Full Bloom Coffee Roasters in Dowtown Garner, NC. She shares my taste for buffalo chicken and also for delicious coffee!

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Full Bloom Coffee Roasters has a brick and mortar location in Garner where they serve their hand crafted coffee drinks, breakfast and lunch grilled panini sandwiches as well as locally brewed beers- what else could you want?! Besides to bring your knitting!

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I couldn’t resist trying their Honey Brew, a cold brew coffee in a very cool brown glass bottle that makes me feel like I’m drinking an old timey magical elixir from one of those traveling apothecary carts. I don’t know about you, but I enjoy that feeling! And the coffee was spectacular! What I love about their coffee is that it has coffee flavor and does not have that burned bitter taste that big commercial chains (you know who they are) tend to have.

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If you are in the Garner area, do stop in and see them! Have some coffee and panini, maybe stay long enough to enjoy a beer and some knitting! If you aren’t able to stop in, then check out their website for Full Bloom Coffee Roasters and order online! You won’t be sorry and you’ll be supporting the kind of small business that cares about creating a quality product that also happens to be Organic, Fair Trade, and Rainforest Alliance Certified. So you can feel even better about that glorious caffeine kick!

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You know the last maker that joined me at Downtown Knits for the Pop Up Market: it’s Miss Barbara from Super Stitchy!

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As per usual, Miss Barbara had a beautiful booth full of all the knitting and yarny goodies you could want! Here always amazing self striping colorways, her yummy variegated skeins, all the progress keepers and stitch markers you could need to bling out your projects and fabulous fun project bags to house it all!

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All in all, it was another fun and rewarding experience to hang with some hand makers and meet new fiber friends! Thank you again to Michele of Downtown Knits for putting it on in her wonderful shop! Stay tuned for the next Pop Up Market!

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As I have rebranded, I will have to rethink my booth set up to fit my new magical, mystical theme. I’m excited to relable my yarns and think up how to work my new mystical mojo to create a more cohesive brand! Wish me luck!

Thank you all for stopping, reading, and maybe even clicking to shop these lovely makers!

See you for the next installment in the Sisteresque Fibers saga!

Happy Friday the 13th!

Hello Fiber Friends!

You may or may not have noticed – there’s a new look, a new logo and a new name! I have rebranded to Sisteresque Fibers!

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No need for you to change the blog you follow, the Instagram or twitter, not even my Etsy shop. I have updated it all to reflect the new branding.

Change is good! As I am working on self love, self acceptance and just being more me, I needed a change to my business that would better reflect my particular interests. I love the occult, the creepy and the weird and I always have! In fact, some of you may have noticed, I also have brand new audio podcast with my sister called Sisteresque (like how I keep it in the family?) which you can find at www.sisteresque.com as well as on Stitcher, Itunes, and hopefully soon Spotify and Google Play!

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A Coven Wedding – you’re all invited! One of my new colorways for the new brand!

I hope this new brand will help me to have a more specific focus and that you, my yarniac followers, will grow and explore the mystical, the magical and the self with me.  If I can teach myself the website ropes a bit more, I hope to move my shop here to my website rather than Etsy, but baby steps. Part of my self love and self acceptance is knowing I can’t do it all at once.

Also, I’m pretty proud of my logo. I went ahead and figured out how to make one myself! Its a simple and a bit slap dash, but I love it for that.

Thank you all for checking out my site and for your continued support! Every like, every comment, every follow and yes, every purchase from my shop, gives me a boost in more ways than I can tell you. I love you all!

Happy Friday the 13th!

I’m with you Sisters and Brethren 🙂

Episode 3: You Won’t Believe It!

Hello Fiber Friends! Barb and I are back with another So Cute We’re Dying Episode!

You can watch it on YouTube and check out the goodies we talk about here in the notes!

Yarns we talk about:

Tina Tape Yarn by Wool and the Gang (Persephone Tee)

Super Stitchy

Machete Shoppe Yarn

Desert Vista Dye Works Yarn

Carillon Fiber Studios Yarn

Haute Knit Yarn

Olann Yarns

Hey Lady Hey

Patterns we talk about:

Persephone Tee by Haleigh Overseth (that’s me! still in tech editing, stay tuned!)

Sock Head Hat by Kelly McClure

The Hitchhiker Shawl by Martina Behm

Gull Beach Shawl by Super Stitchy

Boxy Sweater by Joji Locatelli

Mesa Sweater Wrap by Romi Hill

Bags and Notions makers we mention:

High Flying Kiki

Shop Sew Flo

Knit for Brains

Molly Klein Designs

Needles we talk about:

Signature Arts Needles

Knit Pro Zings Melodies of Life Set

ChiaoGoo 9 Inch Circs

Hiya Hiya Sharps 

Addi Turbo Sock Rockets

Thanks for watching everyone! Until next time!

 

Too Many WIPs!

Hello my dear yarniacs! HalesBee is here with a howdy and here’s what I’m up to! I have been a bit busy with a new part time gig and some other creative exploits, but I have a few new things to show. So lets get started!

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I did finish a quickie project, just to feel I have accomplished something. This is just a plain stockinette hat with a 2 by 2 ribbed brim. What makes it fun and gorgeous is my yarn from my friend Debbie of DebbieDuckYarns. This is her DK Superwash Merino in her colorway “Mood Ring.” I love it! And I have plenty left over to be able to make a matching accessory, though I have yet to decide what. I used my Hiya Hiya Sharps interchangeable needle set, and as I do everything in the round, I magic looped that baby!

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I’m also making slow progress on my T-shirt design, which I love! It’s looking amazing in the Wool and the Gang Tina Tape Yarn I’m using, which is super silky and breathable and has lovely drape. I’m using my Knit Pro Zings on a size 9, so this should be a super quick knit once I have it written up. True confession: because writing knitting patterns is very involved and takes a lot of editing, I have totally been dragging my feet on this one. I could have probably knit two of these by now. Oh well! I’m going to get there and you’re all going to love it!

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In my feet dragging moments, I decided I needed to cast on some new things of yarns that have been calling to me. This one is the ever popular Hitchhiker Shawl by Martina Behm, a quick garter shawlette that is just the mindless project I need! I’m using a beautiful one of a kind skein from Machete Shoppe, that I actually won in an Instagram giveaway from @countrysideknits and finally found the perfect project for! I have it in my adorable Halloween themed Japanese Knot Bag from Super Stitchy – you know, my podcast girlfriend! 🙂 I’m loving knitting this on my ChiaoGoo fixed circulars, which I do need more of!

I have also been needing to knit with some of my own hand dyed yarn lately. So these beauties on my PlumpleeBee Sock will soon be a Gull Beach Shawl, a brand new, first time design by Super Stitchy that she is currently test knitting. The main color is Aresenal of a Princess, available in the shop. The mini is my Aquarius colorway, included in a number of mini kits in my shop and soon to have more singles. I’m excited to knit these up!

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Remember how the title is Too Many WIPs?! I have more I want to cast on! These four beauties will soon be knit into a Mesa Sweater Wrap by Rosemary Hill. My knitty friends at Downtown Knits in Apex are doing a knit along for the Mesa Wrap, and these yarns have also been calling to my from my stash! The far left is Haute Knit Yarn, the two middle are Olann Yarns, and the far right is Hey Lady Hey. I plan to buy myself some circular ChiaoGoo needles just for the pattern from Downtown Knits, but if you don’t have a local yarn shop, you can find them on Amazon, too!

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The hand dyed yarns you see above are available in my Etsy Shop and you can touch them, live and in person, at Downtown Knits in Apex at the up-coming Pop-Up Market! June 23rd, Saturday from 10 to 4, come see me and some new makers!

I won’t bore you with the other WIPs for now, but I hope you have enjoyed this installment of my yarny adventure! If you click on some of the affiliate links above and make a purchase, I do make a small commission, which means you are supporting my content. For that, I thank you!

Love from HalesBee

So Cute, We’re Dyeing Podcast, Episode 2

Hello yarniacs! I hope your long weekend has been relaxing and full of craft time! Don’t fret that its ending, watch the new episode of the So Cute We’re Dyeing Podcast! I have my friend Barbara, Super Stitchy, back on the scene in her future dye studios for Episode 2: Stuffed Lambs – you’ll have to watch to find out why the title!

Watch on my YouTube Channel here:

Here are all the things you saw this episode!

Yarns:

HalesBee Handmade

Wool and the Gang

Biscotte Yarns

Desert Vista Dye Works

Carillon Fiber Studios

Craftsy Cloudborn

Hey Lady Hey

Wollen Boon

DebbieDuckYarns

Unplanned Peacock Studios

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Patterns:

Gull Beach Shawl (working title) by Barbara of Super Stitchy

Touchstone Shawl by Laura Aylor

Serenity Now Shawl by Jenny Faifel (Craftsy Kit)

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Bags and Notions:

Shop Sew Flo

Truffle Shuffle on Etsy (@truffleshuffle on IG)

Molly Klein Design on Etsy

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Other Stuff:

The Cute Plushie Rams are from Sorbet Jungle

My ‘Wine Goblet’ is from Full Lotus Pottery

Support Spindle and Fiber from FolkTalesPl on Etsy

Bowl is from Spinerosity on Etsy

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Thanks for watching everyone! I will also include some affiliate links for the needles we were using (yes, I do get a commission if you click and buy, thank you in advance).

Don’t forget to check out the sale I’m running in my shop!

30% Off DK Yarn  10% Off Minis, Mini Kits and Stitch Markers

Go to HalesBee Handmade to shop the sale thru June 2nd, 2018!

Have a great week everyone!!

Needles we were using:

Signature Arts Needles

Knit Pro Zings Melodies of Life Set

ChiaoGoo 9 Inch Circs

Hiya Hiya Sharps 

Addi Turbo Sock Rockets

DTK Pop Up Market Makers

Hello Fiber Friends and Fellow Yarniacs! HalesBee is back with some fellow makers and pals for you to meet! This past Saturday I took part in the first ever Indie Dyer Pop Up Market at Downtown Knits in Apex, NC. I was joined by a few fellow dyers and makers and we had a wonderful day!

I have a little video introducing my friends, you can see it here on Youtube:

To find everyone you see on the video:

DebbieDuckYarns

Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/debbieduckyarns 

Instagram: @debbieduckyarns

Facebook: www.facebook.com/debbieduckyarns

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Handmade by Zan

Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/handmadebyzan

Instagram: @handmadebyzan

Facebook: www.facebook.com/handmadebyzan

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Full Lotus Pottery

Shop: www.fulllotuspottery.com

Instagram: @fulllotuspottery

Facebook: www.facebook.com/fulllotuspottery

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Super Stitchy

Shop:  www.superstitchy.com

Instagram: @super_stitchy

Facebook: www.facebook.com/superstitchy

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Hey Lady Hey

Shop: www.heyladyhey.com

Instagram: @heyladyhey

YouTube: Hey Lady Hey

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Thank you so much to everyone that came out to support us! It was awesome meeting everyone! Thank you to Michele at Downtown Knits and her helpers, Nikki and Rachel – you ladies are awesome! And thank you to Debbie’s daughter, Rachel, for going on a coffee fun for us 🙂

I hope you enjoy meeting these lovely makers! Do come knit with us at Downtown Knits in Apex on Tuesday nights from 6 to 9! We always have a good time and we’re happy to make new friends!

Have a wonderful week, y’all yarniacs!

Love from HalesBee

 

Pilot Episode? So Cute We’re Dyeing Podcast Show Notes

Hello Yarniacs! The latest podcast episode is up and it I have a special guest! My fellow dyer and friend, Barbara of Super Stitchy has joined me! I am trying to get her to do a podcast with me on the regular, so do love this video and comment to help me convince her!

Thank you so much to Michelle of Downtown Knits for letting us record in her beautiful shop!

Watch the video here:

Find all of my social media links here on my blog and definitely follow me on Instagram @halesbeehandmade for all the fun updates!

Find Barbara on the social medias at these links:

Shop: www.superstitchy.com

Instagram: @super_stitchy

Ravelry: SuperStitchy

Twitter: @SuperStitchy

Facebook: SuperStitchy

Here are all the fun yarny things we talked about!

Patterns:

Elphaba Shawl by Haleigh Overseth (Me!)

Gull Beach Shawl (working title) by Barbara of Super Stitchy

Touchstone Shawl by Laura Aylor

Lucy Cloche by Carina Spencer

Serenity Now Shawl by Jenny Faifel (Craftsy Kit)

Brioche Pussy Cat Hat by Jenga Knits (Dragon Hoard Yarn Co.)

Also here is the video I watched for how to knit a sock inside of a sock!

Yarns:

Super Stitchy

HalesBee Handmade on Etsy

Spun Right Round

Life In The Long Grass

Craftsy Cloudborn

Wollen Boon

Dragon Hoard Yarn Co.

KnitCrate Sock Crate

 

Other Makers:

Truffle Shuffle on Etsy (@truffleshuffler on IG)

Knit for Brains Designs on Etsy (Also a podcast on YouTube!)

Molly Klein Design on Etsy (She has podcast, too!)

Hey Lady Hey

Don’t forget to come see us at the first ever Indie Dyer Pop Up Market at Downtown Knits in Apex! If you’re a yarniac in the Raleigh area, come see Barb and I and our other dyer and maker friends: Debbie Duck Yarns, Hey Lady Hey, Handmade By Zan and Full Lotus Pottery!

Thanks so much for watching! If I forgot anything, please comment or message me 🙂 If you have clicked on any affiliate links and made a purchase, I do make a small commission. This means you support my content, and for that, I thank you!

Love from HalesBee

 

 

Touchstone Shawl And Other Updates

Hello my dear fiber friends! Life has been hectic and I have missed you!! I am finally back for a Friday update. I have a few things off the needles, some new projects going and fun podcast surprise to tease! Let’s get into it!

 

My Touchstone Shawl by Laura Aylor is finally off the needles! I have had a number of distractions, I have never been a monogamous knitter, but here it is! I used my own hand dyed DK weight yarn and my Knitter’s Pride Zing needles. The colorways from my shop in this shawl are: Remnants; Coffee and Pie, Oh My!; and Chateau de Bleu.

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I did very much enjoy this shawl. The pattern itself is simple to follow and the lace is not complicated. It’s definitely a shawl you can knit while watching Father Brown on Netflix without worrying about making a mistake. (I just love those BBC detective style shows, don’t you?!) I love the way this shawl can be wrapped up and accessorized and I’m excited to have it ready for cool nights!

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I also started and finished a two color brioche Pussy Hat this week, finally! I’m always behind the curve on trends, but I just had the perfect yarns for some brioche and thought a hat would be a quick, satisfying knit. I was right! The blue colorway is The Water Is Fine from Spun Right Round and the pink is Wild Roseberry by Life In The Long Grass. Both super gorgeous, luscious yarns! I loved working on this hat!

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Lastly, for this Friday, I am working on a Lucy Cloche by Carina Spencer with the left over Life In The Long Grass yarn from my Pussy Hat. I chose this hat because one of my dogs is Lucy 🙂 It has a contrast color band, and I will use the blue Spun Right Round for that. I’m hoping to have this hat done by Sunday, when I will be podcasting with a special guest! You will have to stay tuned to meet my guest, and if we’re all very lucky, my guest might join me regularly! So watch for the new episode and wish me luck in finishing my hat!

That’s all for the knitting update. I will show off my four at a time socks soon!

Before I go, I want to tell my Raleigh area yarniacs to mark your calendars for May 19th! I will be at the first ever Downtown Knits Indie Dyer Pop Up Market! I will be selling my squishy, fun yarns and my cute stitch markers up close and in person! Do come to Downtown Knits in Apex to see me and my other indie dyer and maker friends: Super Stitchy, Debbie Duck Yarns, Handmade By Zan, Hey Lady Hey and Full Lotus Pottery! Stop in and see us!

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Thank you for joining me and I wish you all a wonderful weekend full of whatever craft makes your heart happy!

If you have clicked on my affiliate links and made a purchase, I do get a small commission, which means you are supporting my content. For that, I thank you!

Love from HalesBee

 

Downtown Knits Has My Heart

Hello my dear fiber friends! Welcome to the latest entry into the diary of HalesBee Handmade adventures! In the last two weeks I have twice gone to a Tuesday knit night at Downtown Knits in Apex, NC. I adore this shop and the knitters I’ve met here!

The owner, Michele, above on the left, is super sweet and right in the mix! She’s energetic and welcoming and definitely sets a tone of comfort, fun and openness. I had a great time sitting, knitting, chatting and venting. It’s a genuinely a wonderful space!

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Downtown Knits has a great selection of yarn and a spacious set up. It almost feels like wandering about in a yarn resort with little alcoves adorned with samples and seating. And I love being able to touch sample fabric and who doesn’t love a place to sit?

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Knitting for kids or grand kids? There’s an alcove for you, too! Did you look close at the wall? There are knitted mounted animal heads! Definitely prefer knitted heads to real stuffed ones 🙂

Downtown Knits isn’t just for knitters, sewers rejoice! There’s a full classroom for sewing classes, which I fully intend to sign up for! From beginner to more advanced classes, you can learn from the ground up, refresh your skills or learn something new. Just look at that fabric selection! Michele has patterns, notions and even machines available for use in class if you don’t have your own!

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You didn’t think I’d get thru two knit nights without treating myself, did you?! Of course not! Downtown Knits has some awesome indie dyers and I have never tried Woolen Boon before, so I was super excited to grab myself a skein of this Pop Rocks colorway!

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If you are a knitter in the Raleigh/Durham area, you simply must stop in at Downtown Knits in Apex! Come in for a knit night on Tuesday or pop in for some yarn! There’s a pizza place and a cupcake shop on the same block – lunch, dessert and yarn anyone? I’m down if you’re down! Sign up for a sewing class and maybe you can have a new adventure right along with HalesBee!

I hope you have enjoyed this virtual visit to Downtown Knits with me! Do visit in real life and maybe I will see you at knit night!

Love from HalesBee

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