Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Closing my Hyenacart

In order to focus more on my family I will be closing my Hyena cart and only operating my main site. I will be moving the sweaterstones and patterns to www.familypendragon.com at the end of the month. They are still available on my HC through the end of November at the discounted prices. All remaining instock will soon become available on FSOT or perhaps Spots. We'll see when I get time to post it :) All previously paid customs etc will of course be honored. I just won't be maintaining my HC site anymore. Email me at familypendragon @ gmail . com if you have any questions or had your eye on anything that was instock. Prices will be discounted.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Reminder! :)

Just a reminder that Woolgirl stocked our limited edition Woolgirl exclusive winter colorways "Shiver" and "Deck the Halls" on Sunday. There were only 10 to 15 skeins created per colorway in both fingering and sport weight. When they are gone - they're gone - never to be repeated! We didn't even keep notes so we wouldn't be tempted ;)They are going fast, so hurry if you want to snag some!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Limited Edition Woolgirl Exclusives!

We have just shipped out the last batch of our Limited Edition Woolgirl Exclusive Holiday colorways to Jen of http://www.woolgirl.com/ These colorways were created for Jen for her Fall/Halloween and Winter/Christmas 2008 lines. There are only 10 to 15 skeins of each and they will  never be repeated ever. So get them when they are stocked or they may be gone ;) I know the Fall/Halloween ones (Feast and Cauldron) will be stocked this Friday according to her BLOG Here is a slideshow of these fabulous new colorways!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Custom Dye Slots Added!

I have opened some custom slots up! http://hyenacart.com/FamilyPendragon/index.php?c=40&p=80569

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Family Pendragon Lotteries ending soon!

Don't forget 2 lotteries end tonight at 7pm et! Find out if you get 10% off or free shipping for tomorrows huge Celebration stocking. And the free yarn winner will be selected at 10am et when the stocking starts! Its our biggest stocking ever with a silk painting, custom tunisian slots, lots of yarn, custom dyed silk, custom dyed cashmerino, gift cards, and sweater stones and patterns are still on sale too! Here is what the winner of the FFS yarn lottery will take home


Our new Antique Roses colorway :)

Friday, September 26, 2008

Biggest stocking EVER!

If you haven't checked out what is listed for the Oct 1st stocking lately - well you just need to go check it out! Family Pendragon There are free lotteries, custom slots, gift cards, spun silk, cashmerino, oh so much good stuff!

Also, to let you know what else we have brewing ;) We are working on a very special order for Woolgirl as well. We will be providing her with Exclusive Limited Edition Holiday colorways for Halloween as well as Christmas. They will be done exclusively for her this one time and never repeated!! I'll keep you posted on when that will be happening so you can get in on the action before they are all scooped up ;)

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

NEW! Guarantee a custom slot in 2009

My customs list is pretty well filled for this year and started for next year already. I thought I would try something new this time. On the October 1st stocking I am offering gift cards for $40 which will apply to the balance of a finished custom. Purchase your desired month's card and you are guaranteed a slot in that month of 2009. At this time I am only offering one slot per month for next year. An actual card will be sent to you through the mail with a unique code for your gift card purchase. January through June and July through December are listed separately to increase your chances in case of stalking ;) Customs info is HERE and yarn info is HERE.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Mother painting

In response to the pleadings of my dye partner I have taken the "Mother" painting out of stock for her, LOL! It was originally designed for her and then I decided to do a larger version - but she wants both now. So it is no longer up for sale. If I get a chance I will do another one soon ;)

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Previewing!

I am having a fairly large stocking on October 1st to celebrate my son's 2 year birthday - and the fact that I have been given the medical green light to have another child! We aren't planning on trying again for at least a year, but it's such a relief to finally know its safe after the nightmare we went through last time :) Yeah!! Right now pics are up - including a Free For Shipping Lottery. All the details will come as soon as I have time.

Thanks for looking!
~Melissa

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

My new thang ;)

Don't worry I haven't stopped dyeing or crocheting - just found another thing I have to do! Painting silk!! I am previewing the first one HERE that I will be offering for sale right now. I'd love to hear what you think!

Friday, August 22, 2008

What a difference a day makes!

Or daylight that is! The new pics are posted at www.hyenacart.com/familypendragon

Yarn now previewing!

Alrighty - that didn't take too long :) I will replace the 2am photos with daylight ones tomorrow though, LOL! The life of a WAHM... hee hee. But the previews are up at least! And here are the sneak peek photos. These photos don't do them justice though I have to say... The last one is my FAVE!

Fire on the Mountain

Squash Blossom

Witch's Brew (not yet re-skeined)

New yarn teaser :)

I have been playing in my dyes again... I have at least 3 sets of "longies" yarn (meaning 8 oz with the option of trim) that will be stocking Monday August 25th at noon EST. I have been wanting to try my hand at turning my Low Water Immersion technique on my yarn. And I had so much fun creating these totally one of a kind yarn sets. I think they turned out gorgeous!! The techniques rendered results similar to kettle dyeing with blends and surprises through out the yarn. They should make some fabulous and one-of-a-kind longies! Of course - I am sure you could do lots of other things too, LOL! Rather than dyeing up trim now I will have it as an option at checkout and then dye it to order so you can pick your color or choose not to have any at all. I will share pics as soon as I can!

Thanks,

~Melissa

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Lowering In Stock Prices on HC!

My son and I are planning our first trip to visit my parents in Kansas at the end of this month - so I am marking in stock items down to raise some travel funds for our trip. Prices will start coming down tonight :) Check it out at www.hyenacart.com/familypendragon

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

The most beautiful longies/capris I've ever made :)



I hate to toot my own horn, especially since nothings selling right now, LOL! But I have to say that the longies/capris I will be posting tonight are (IMO) the most beautiful thing I've ever made. I single crocheted these small longies/capris from the top down in a brand new pattern I created for these which of course is designed to accomodate the cloth diapered babe. I used 8 full ounces of scrumptious Gaia Organic Merino bulky yarn. I first worked it up in its undyed and and unsoaked natural state in single crochet. I then soaked the longies to allow the yarn to bloom (fluff up) creating an even more dense "bulletproof" fabric. Then (and this is the really fun part) I hand painted them like a watercolor landscape painting! It was so much fun! I LOVE how they turned out!!! The have pretty lacey ruffle detailing at the bottom too... I have no little girl to put them on, and it seems silly to frame longies. So I am setting them up for auction in the cart. They will be closing when we get back from our trip on the 13th. I hope some one loves them as much as I do so I can ship them out when I get home! Anything purchased between now and then will be shipped when we get back :)

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Saturday, July 19, 2008

2nds and Surplus sale on our HC!

Over the course of the next week we will be having a "2nds and Surplus Sale". I am unloading any 2nds I find as well as extra skeins that were created for, but not used on previous customs. I will even be loading some light skeins that are under the normal weights. Some items will be regular price, some will be discounts, some will be steals! I also have a few crocheted items that I found sitting hidden on shelves, LOL! Just keep an eye on the store as I will be loading them as I get time :) Working on a few right now!

Woolgirl stocking Family Pendragon yarn Sunday!

Woolgirl will be stocking about $5K worth of Family Pendragon yarn on Sunday - if there is a colorway you've been wanting to try she's probably got it! LOL! There will even be new "Woolgirl" exclusive colorway only available through her site. Check it out at www.woolgirl.com !

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Dyeing and learning everyday :)

As I have gained more dyeing experience, I have found that certain more complex colorways would benefit from space dyeing rather than painting. Please be advised of this change in our dyeing process. This means that many colorways that have more than four colors will now present you with longer sections of each color to work with :) If you have any questions when ordering please feel free to let me know!

Friday, July 11, 2008

4 New Colorway Prototypes



Looky what we have for you! We had fun dyeing today and will be adding the new colorway prototypes to the cart tonight. They will go on sale at 10am Saturday (Eastern Time). They are on Gaia Organic Worsted Merino - soooo soft :) YUM! They are the prototypes for future colorways. They will be named the same in the future, but will be slightly different than what will be available tomorrow - thus you will be getting something that is actually totally unique! One skein had a light spot and will be sold as a 2nd - so someone will score a really good deal on that one ;)

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Coming soon!



226 Luscious skeins are on their way to Woolgirl right now! Which means we'll finally have time to dye up some of that delicious Gaia Organic Merino worsted and bulky yarn that has been taunting us. Look for some new colorways as well as some custom dye slots coming soon... ;)

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Finally got around to it!

I finally got around to adding and updating my policies, prices and custom info. on the Hyenacart. Thanks to Karen for making it possible to have informational sections on our site now! Let me know if you see that I have forgotten something :)

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Customs Dilemma :(

Unfortunately for all the sellers involved there have been rampant chargeback schemes run on various HC WAHMs in the past couple months. One of the things that has come to light is the fact that we, as sellers, are not adequately protected if we accept Paypal for custom orders. Because of this fact I am considering only allowing custom orders to be paid for in full by postal money order prior to starting a custom. I realize this is a scary idea for a customer, but I can only hope that my feedback history will speak for itself. The alternative is to just stop doing customs entirely, and I'd hate to do that - I love my customs! I will be working on getting new policies published on the site as time allows.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Discount time!

I am tired of looking at all these things instock :) I am going to spend the evening marking everything down - you might be surprised just how much some things will come down ;) I am starting right now and will mark the items as SALE once the mark down is taken. First come first served as they say - so come grab them as you see them!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

A look at some of what I am up to...

Just thought I'd take a minute to share some of my current projects :)
First of all, this is one of the custom skeins we just finished that will ship out tomorrow. This is the 3rd time this combo has been requested and I love it too. Its almost Medee but without the black. So we will probably be adding it to the permanent colorway collection. I've asked it's new owner for a name suggestion!
And this is Kelly's custom under way - won't be long now :) This is Bulky BFL in a more vivid version of Pixie Petals. Oh so cute! There will be a butterfly on them when they are all done :)
And here is something I whipped up the other night while waiting for other yarn to dry. It is a Tunisian halter top with Tunisian shell stitch (think thats right), Tunisian simple stitch, Tunisian reverse stitch and Tunisian knit stitch. It is in the Pixie Petals colorway. I am just needing to add a pretty button so the neck is adjustable.

This is another halter I have going with my own custom yarn that is almost the same as the first one except the colors are in a slightly different order. And another something I whipped up while waiting for yarn to dry - using a bunch of what I had laying around, LOL!

Custom crocheting continue into the wee hours each night ;) And next week we wrap up custom dyes and start on Woolgirl!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

New colorway and update!

We are all out of custom dye slots and crochet slots at the moment, but I have added a gorgeous new colorway for Summer 2008. There are 3 skeins of Merlin sockyarn that are previewing now and will be available June 4th at 8 AM ET. In the meantime we are finishing up all the custom dye orders in preparation for starting the Woolgirl order next week! I will continue using my "night owl" time to work on the custom crochet orders. I have also somehow managed to make a couple instock items in my "freetime" that will be posted when I get a chance to take pictures etc. Looks like a great June is in store for Family Pendragon! Thanks so much to you all for helping to make it all possible :)

Monday, June 2, 2008

Updated yarn selection!

Wanted to let everyone know that I updated the available yarns listed in the custom slot for dyeing today ;) http://hyenacart.com/FamilyPendragon/index.php?c=11&p=72619

Friday, May 30, 2008

Busy June!

Well things are definitely looking good for June at Family Pendragon! Along with several custom Tunisian crochet projects we also received an order from our primary retailer, Woolgirl. You can expect to see over 200 skeins of nearly 40 colorways in her stock once this order is completed! This will include many of the new colorways and a brand new colorway exclusive to her shop called - what else - "Woolgirl"! And I have finally begun working on my Ravelry page - but its slow going and I am admittedly pretty clueless ;)

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

SWEATERSTONES - Free for shipping!

I am looking for good quality pictures of some of my colorways worked
up :) The first 10 people that send me a photo/photos of one (or more)
of my colorways worked up will receive a free sweater stone at only
the price of shipping! Don't be shy if you think I already have it ;)
Much of my photos were lost in the computer crash. This offer may be
extended depending how it's received :) Email me at familypendragon@gmail.com

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Father's Day Guest Artist Stocking May 29 8AM ET!



Its official!
Don't miss our cool Father's Day gifts from our Guest Artist at our stocking on Thursday May 29th at 8AM ET! I've also loaded several custom slots for wristbands and lanyards.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Father's Day Guest Artist!


I will be featuring a guest artist for Father's Day goodies - and its even a man! LOL! He is my BIL and a retired paratrooper that does these amazing knotted wristbands and zipper pulls with all these special knots that apparently guys know the names of, LOL! They are really cool, and some will have skull beads, etc on them. Perfect guy stuff - most especially if you happen to have a military man - but all guys like them! Hoping to have everything stocked by the end of this coming weekend. Look for preview photos to begin appearing :) Will let you know stocking date and time when I know when it will all be finished. LOL! Here is a sneak preview:


Sunday, May 11, 2008

Mother's Day Surprise!

Come bid on the beautiful Tinker Bells Tunisian Soaker with an opening bid of only $10!! This is a rapid auction in honor of Mother's Day and bidding will end at 11:59 Sunday night :) Come see if you can get a steal ;)

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Mother's Day Sale and mini stocking!

I will be adding a couple skeins of yarn and a custom crochet slot tonight to become available immediately provided my dear son will sleep long enough to get them done :)

Also use coupon code Momma for 30% off all instock items through Mothers Day! For custom dyes and crocheting, the percentage is off the deposit only. So come see us at Family Pendragon on Hyenacart!

Friday, April 25, 2008

Custom dye slots available!

Having inventoried our available yarn, we decided it is time to post some custom dye slots. We have Bulky BFL from the UK, Big Blue Bulky BFL from Canada, Montana Merino, Licorice Twist Merino, Merino/Nylon Sock, Morgaine sock, and probably others I am forgetting right now, LOL! Look for slots to be posted asap!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Light at the end of the tunnel?

Sorry I haven't been online much lately. Emerson had his dental surgery. It was wretched and not nearly as trauma free as we had hoped. And it ended up costing $2,000 which we ended up getting a care credit loan to cover. But at least it is done for now. We have been warned it may not hold, but we have our fingers crossed that it will. My husband hopefully has 2 part time jobs that will start in May so that we can get back on our feet. We had to night wean immediately after the dental work. We used the Dr. Jay Gordon method, and although it was far from easy - it did work. I had no night time to work for about 10 days, but now he is sleeping all the way till 6am. So we should be back in business soon :) I will be doing some dyeing tomorrow for some special orders that have come in via email. If anyone needs anything just email me and I'll see what I can do!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Ugh....

Update on the situation at Family Pendragon... my husband has still had no luck on the job front and now my son needs $1600 worth of dental surgery for his front teeth which broke when he fell in the driveway. So when it rains... yep, it pours. We made it through March, and will make it through April thanks to our loyal HC customers. Hoping to get halfway through May if needed thanks to the stimulus check... but praying he gets a job waaaay before then. If I am not online much it is because we are scrimping on energy usage - we are now using only solar lights and fans that my husband rigged up with solar panels and stuff he's been collecting for the last 4 years. Hoping to make a dent in our $400 a month energy bill! He also got around to putting up my clothes line (AKA solar clothes dryer) finally which also should help. So there are some advantages to the fact that he's unemployed, LOL! I have to try to see the good side or I'll go nuts. So, just trying to keep my chin up and my head above water.... this too shall pass.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Custom dye slot added!

A Custom Dye slot has been added for 4 - 10 oz of Cestari Columbian Merino :)

Custom slot!

Since we are in a financial crisis and sleep is afterall overrated, LOL! I am going to post another custom slot for April. The one that already sold is being started today early anyway.

Skirty Soaker added instock!


I am adding a skirty soaker instock - S/M from the watercolor dawn colorway :)

Friday, March 21, 2008

Board shorts added!

Just a quick update - a pair of board shorts are being added instock tonight :)

More yarn added!


More colorways and 2nds were added to the site tonight! The photos aren't the best as they were taken tonight indoors, will try to get new ones tomorrow if my son will permit it :) Unless of course they are SOLD - which would be even better!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Trying to pay the mortgage Sale!

As you know, my husband lost his job this week, so I am trying to raise funds to pay the mortgage and electric bill this month. So I'm having a sale! Also, the custom slot is not selling so I am reverting it to a normal slot if anyone is interested.

Sale Details! The Tinker Bells soaker below includes the shipping and insurance :)



And since the skeins of Gaia I thought were 4 really fluffy ounce turned out to be 8 ounces, LOL! You can now use $4 HC per skein to purchase them. Buy more than one item and get an extra dollar per item off your order. For example, buy this fabulous one-of-a-kind sock yarn

and the pattern and you can save $5 on the pattern with the coupon code available on my Yahoo Group , spend $2HC on the skein and get $2 off for buying 2 items. You just saved $9! Add an 8 oz skein of Gaia Organic Merino like this one

and you can add another $5 savings - $4HC and $1 for having a third item!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Hey Night Owls! Surprise :)

Well, I don't know if anyone is awake - but I am in the process of stocking a Small Tunisian Soaker called "Tinker Bells" that is hot off the hooks. It is purple and green with little blue bell like flowers on the drawstring. Perfect for your little pixie! I will make it immediately active - so first come first serve :)

Monday, March 17, 2008

When it rains it pours!

Well, I tend not to air my dirty laundry in public. But at some point you just think - enough already!! I am sorry if I have not been as available this last month or so as I normally am. On top of creating the new website, completing the pattern, stocking my Hyenacart, doing 2 customs, dyeing a huge wholesale yarn order for Woolgirl (shipped it today so be on the lookout for her stocking!) we have been dealing with one thing after another in our personal lives. I don't like to complain because we are very fortunate and our problems are minor compared to so many others'. But I swear I have had enough! This month my husband went to the ER and missed 2 weeks of work, his Father had a stroke, my best friend's step-father had a heart attack, I'm sick, my son is sick and teething and his two broken front teeth are getting worse, my husband threw out his back, and now this morning my husband lost his job! Its going to get better right!!?? Anyway, end of rant - just had to blow off some steam so I can put up a strong front for the hubby when he gets home from applying for jobs. I am sure something better is just around the corner... right?

Thanks for listening,
~Melissa

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Almost done with previews!

Well its 3:15 in the morning and I am calling it a night! Will try to add the last of the previews tomorrow night. I hope you all like the new spring colorways. I had to leave my comfort zone and try some new things, LOL! I wanted to add some "less busy and complicated" colorways - to quote a gentle critic who shall remain nameless ;) I can't wait to see how they work up - should be really pretty - especially where the colors overlap!

Night/Morning!
~Melissa

Monday, March 10, 2008

St Patty's Day Stocking!

Don't miss our St. Patty's Day stocking March 17th at 2PM. We'll be previewing some new spring colorways on our scrumptious Gaia Organic Merino - mmmmm..... yummy yarn! Since Spring is a season of transition we've created our new colorways focusing on lovely blending transitions of color. We'll also have some sock yarns in some of our classic colorways. The long awaited Tunisian Pattern is now complete! It will be available for sale for the 1st time on St. Patty's Day - there will also be 5 FREE Pattern Lotteries for pattern feedback - one slot available in each size! Join the yahoo group linked on the site in order to receive a coupon for the pattern purchase as well. There will also be an auction for an April custom slot for Tunisian Longies or Shorties. So mark your calendars - March 17th 2PM!!! I am so happy its finally Spring!!!! Yeah!

Everyone's Irish on St. Patty's Day!
~Melissa

Saturday, February 23, 2008

New longies are posted on HC

Well, I had to buy a whole new copy of Photoshop because of the crash, but I finally got the photos of the new longies (for the pattern) posted on HC. I am working on the pattern photos - getting them cropped and plugged into the pattern - yeah! Finally!!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

OMG! Its alive!! LOL!

Our new website is online now at www.familypendragon.com ! We haven't had our official Grand Opening yet, but it is up and running ;)

The demo longies are now done - pics yet to be posted on HC. The plan is to spend some time this week and on the weekend trying to finish up the pattern :)

My computer is put back together, although I can't find my photoshop installation disk - so photo manipulation is now a much longer process :( But we may just have to spring for another one... yikes!

Coming right along! Thanks for coming along for the ride - woohoo!

~Melissa

Friday, February 15, 2008

A tale of two websites

It has been a very full week! For those that may not have heard, I experienced a complete hard drive failure. I thought I had lost everything!! I was devastated to think I'd lost all my son's photos... not to mention the pattern, the website photos, all my data.... Luckily my wonderful Brother-In-Law, Austin, was able to retrieve all my data with his techy know-how. Now I have to find all my installation disks and reinstall all my programs on the new hard drive. I know its going to be slow and painful.... but at least it can be done!

In the meantime, Vikki and I have been doing several custom orders and working on streamlining production. The new site is about ready to go online and we've had to make some very hard decisions. Some changes were necessary in order to keep turn around times as reasonable as possible, quality high, and colorways as consistent as possible. We have decided that the new site will not carry yarns heavier than DK/ Light Worsted Weight. Heavier yarns take considerably more time and labor to dye. If we offer them on our new Dye-On-Demand site there will be no way for us to give reliable turn-around times. The Cestari's and Organic Gaia Merino will still be available on a limited basis, but ONLY through our Hyenacart in the form of either instock yarn or occasional custom slots. We have also decided to phase out the BFL yarns. There are many reasons for this - supply has been unreliable and slow, the minimum orders are three times as high, the overhead is high, and most especially the fact that the colors take in a much paler and less consistent way than the merinos. So - once our current supply is exhausted we will no longer carry BFL. That still leaves us with plenty to choose from! We feel we've made the best choices for our customers, and we hope you will love the new site :)

Friday, February 8, 2008

More yarn at Woolgirl!

We received another order from www.woolgirl.com today! Another 90 skeins will be headed for her inventory in March, and she will be premiering our new Merino/Nylon fingering weight sock yarn as well as some sport weight Merino. Look for more of our most popular colorways to include Madi Lu, Medee, and Minoan Temple - and a brand new colorway! Impressionists Rainbow is a new colorway - the first designed by Vikki for the Family Pendragon collection. It's gorgeous! Vikki has several others that have yet to be added to our collection - due simply to lack of time, LOL! Be on the look out for some more lovely spring colorways from Vikki in the near future!

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Thursday, February 7, 2008

Wow - so much going on!

Well, knock on wood, but I think the new website is going to be ready really soon. We're working on ideas to celebrate our grand opening.... any ideas out there?

The longies that are the subject of the photos for the Tunisian pattern are almost done... which means - yes - the photos are almost done! Then I just need to to get everything edited, cropped and put together so it can get tested.... that is where a few FP fans will come in ;)

Woolgirl has let us know that she NEEDS more Family Pendragon yarn, LOL! So as soon as that new order is in we will be hopping again around here - just dyeing up a storm!

We are also going to be adding a few new yarns to our selection soon. They will probably be premiering at www.woolgirl.com with her next order!

I have some new colorways burning a hole in my head, and I want some new pics of some old colorways for our new website too. So that means we may be dyeing up some yarn for instock on our Hyenacart - more on that when it happens! You'll hear about it here first :)

Thanks again for being such great customers and friends!

~Melissa

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Saturday, February 2, 2008

Sunday is the BIG day!

No not football :) YARN of course! www.woolgirl.com is planning to stock our Family Pendragon sock yarn for the very first time - Yippee! Check it out here http://woolgirl.com/cart/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=5_352 in the morning :)

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Its done!

We shipped all this glorious yarn out to www.woolgirl.com today! Now we're working on the order for Twist :)Pile o yarn for woolgirl
The skeins

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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Yeah!! Website!!

Its official! We've taken the plunge :)

We have teamed up with Michelle of Elemetal Muse and are currently setting up our Iris Market Builder Account so that very soon.... www.familypendragon.com will be a fully functioning yarn Mecca ;) I can't tell you how excited I am about this! I am pretty clueless about web stuff - but Michelle is being very patient and helpful with me, LOL! The plan is to set up the site to make it easier for wholesale as well as regular customers to shop with us. Price breaks will also be built in for anyone that shops with us and wants to buy in bulk. I plan to set up a calendar system so that our dye schedule is visible - that should help people to get an idea of when their order will be started, based on how far in advance we are "booked". I am hopeful this will help us to keep a good turnaround as well as provide realistic customer expectations - with out having to "close shop" each time we get a large order :) It's a theory anyway! Wish us luck ;)

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Tuesday at 2 PM stocking

I will be loading custom dye slots to go on sale Tuesday at 2PM. There will be six 8 oz skeins available for dyeing in any of the current colorways. I will be offering 2 skeins apiece of DK Kona Superwash Merino, Montana Australian Merino Worsted, and Licorice Twist Merino Worsted. Its your chance to try something new at Family Pendragon!

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Saturday, January 26, 2008

It isn't much but...

I am tip toeing our way toward having a website outside of Hyenacart in which to sell yarn... www.familypendragon.com

LOL! Now I just need to figure out who to get to do what and how... :)

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Friday, January 25, 2008

Whew!

So we finished up the order for Wool Girl! Now it is just a matter of waiting for the last few skeins to dry, then reskeining, packaging and shipping them Monday :) I promise to post pictures!!

We are also 1/3 of the way done with the order for Twist! So we'll probably be putting some custom dye slots up on Monday or Tuesday for those that want some yarn dyed. The new price info is up, although not much else is there right now besides sweater stones. I still need to get pics done for the pattern... Hoping you are all working on your Tunisian-in-the-round skills so you'll be ready for it! ;)

I have two long promised customs for friends that I haven't even started yet.... sorry your two - you know who you are :) Please forgive me! One will be a pair of longies for Jessica using the scrap yarn concept inspired by her Hudson Pants from Ky Baby knits - she asked me to use those as the inspiration for her Tunisian longies as well. Thanks to Lindsay for permission to carry on her theme with these unique Tunisian longies. I have done something similar in the past, but this one will be a little different. And Paully, I am sooo sorry I have been pushing these back since what.... October I think?? Once I get these two done - I will be listing one custom slot per month as an auction. I think that is the most I can safely plan on doing with all the yarn dyeing going on. If I get done early some months there may be some surprise stockings as well :) You'll hear about them here first!

I love ya' all! Thanks for reading :)

~Melissa

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Dye Heaven!

I just have to say that cranky teething babies notwithstanding - the last two days have been really fun dye days. With Vikki graciously watching Emerson while I work, and occassionally getting to get her gloves wet too, we've managed to knock out 22 beautiful skeins of sock yarn in the last two days! Its sooooo pretty to see all the colorful skeins hanging up drying, LOL! We're painting some, and space dyeing others. Its great to get to do some old colorways I haven't done in a long time. Its also fun to see how differently things take on superwash wool! I will post pictures when its all done so I can share what a pile of 68 skeins of hand dyed sock yarn looks like :) We'll also be doing the order for Twist Yarn shop and a custom dye job for Andrea - since she asked so sweetly ;)

Saturday, January 12, 2008

New colorway and "Hiatus"

A gorgeous new colorway has been added called "Euro Bunny" which was designed for Sam of http://www.mybeautifulgirldesigns.com Be on the look out for a very cute collab on her site with it in the future!

In the meantime, some recent events have made it painfully obvious to me that I must make time to revamp both the pricing and the policies on my site. With the exception of Sweaterstones, the site will be bare for a while. If you need something just email and I will see if it can be worked into the mix :)

The big yarn order has arrived! I have officially made Vikki a dyeing member of Family Pendragon - and we will be doing lots of it starting Monday!!

Friday, January 11, 2008

All done!

All custom orders  purchased from the custom slots listed are complete and shipping today!!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

One slot left!

I have one custom dye slot left! My monster order is due to arrive by Monday, so lets get to dyeing YOUR yarn now ;) You know you want it... I'm not mentioning any names... you know who you are. LOL!

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Updates

For those of you who are interested in my pattern and Tunisian in the round in general, here is the free tutorial I put together a while back to show you how to use the double ended hook. This should help get you ready to follow the pattern once its finally all done :) http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v646/familypendragon/Tunisian%20In%20the%20Round%20Tutorial/?action=view&current=ea971fe3.pbw

I am partnering up with my best friend Vikki - also a dyer that I taught - to keep my yarn turn around times as quick as possible. So Family Pendragon is getting to be an even bigger family :) Right now her main job is to be my ever-handy assistant and to help with my son, but she can always jump in and dye in a pinch as well!

Stephanie - your Minoan Temple is done and will ship in the morning!

Leanne - your 2 1/2 lbs of BFL is all dyed up in the colorways you requested and ready to mail as well.

I have a 68 skein order from Wool Girl in the works and an 18 skein order for Twist Yarn Shop - so things are really buzzing around here. We're starting the new year off right!

I was also asked about undyed yarn recently. I generally keep large quantities on hand and order quite frequently from Cestari, Henry's Attic, Wool2Dye4, and in the future possibly Ashland Bay and/or Fleece Artist if I run low on BFL and want to try some different brands. If you want some undyed, while I am not interested in immersing myself in any co-oping, I would be happy to sell you some of mine for minimal markup if you are interested. Feel free to email me with any questions or interests on that front.

Going to my niece's birthday party tomorrow and then Sunday is.... tax day :( Or should I say - the first of the tax days.... ugh! And of course, in the midst of all this, I have several new colorways swimming around my head - dyeing (pun intended) to get out onto some yarn. They'll just have to wait their turn! It is likely that the pattern will also have to get finished in February instead of January. But miracles do happen - so we'll see!

Thanks so much for your interest in Family Pendragon - YOU are what it's all about :)



Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Longer than normal completion times...

Due to the fabulously large order that was just placed by Wool Girl my normal wait times for any new custom dye orders will be extended. Wait till you see what she's going to have! Woo hoo!


Unfortunately this does mean that my pattern photos will have to wait a bit as well. Bear with me please ;)


Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Its official!

Family Pendragon yarn will soon be available on Wool Girl !



Prices updated

Please note that yarn prices have now been updated to reflect increased costs. Wholesale accounts are available for retailers as well as coops. Email me for more information.