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Market Musings

We just attended our first expo last weekend.  Sort of like a market and lots of sales, but also different in that many people were there just for information.  It was interesting.  Let’s hope that information translates into future sales as well!

We love our mobile shop and people seem to be so interested once they are in it, BUT, sometimes people just don’t come in!!!!  I’ve fretted about it, worried about it, thought about it endlessly and have no solution.  We have signage, huge signage.  We have an attractive outside display.  We are welcoming and in no way give a hard sell.  BUT … sometimes people just don’t even approach!

We watched many people come in, park, get out of their cars, and ignore us.  Then they come out, get back in their cars, and never come near us.  We’ve watched this happen at our local farmers’ market as well and are amazed.  Why?  I don’t understand.  Do they just see yarn and think, “I don’t knit, I’m not interested”, and continue on?  Maybe.  It’s strange.  We have so much more and they never see it!

One of our big sellers this weekend were the cedar sachets.  A hand sewn burlap bag stuffed with cedar shavings from Manitoulin cedar and tied with a ribbon.  Just a small sachet to put with your yarn OR to hang in your car, your boat, your camper, your closet – anywhere!  I know others would have loved them, too, BUT because they didn’t come near us, they missed them.  What to do, what to do?

I just want to share with everyone.  To pass the goodness along!

I am so happy with the people who did visit the mobile shop, whether they made a purchase or not.  We had so many positive comments and met some lovely people.  It was a beautiful sunny day, a slight chilly wind, but all in all, nice spring weather.  I know I just need to focus on that and relax about those who missed seeing and experiencing all our wonderful things!  Their loss!

Curling Win!

A big chunk of my winter is always spent in curling clubs.  Great exercise, great social times, and great fun!

This past weekend we participated in the Dr. Jack and Mary McQuay Memorial Mixed Bonspiel in Mindemoya and we won!  Last year we were in the finals, but didn’t manage to bring home the trophy, so this year was extra special.

I’ve also managed to finish another pair of mittens and add to the offerings for Canada’s 150th celebrations.  These are easy and quick mittens to knit with a very subtle maple leaf on the back of the hand.

The pattern is available in the shop – here – and also on Ravelry.  The samples were knit with our own Double Down in a specially dyed Canada Red and there will be more of it available in the shop soon.

Winter Sports

Winter is upon us and that means our local bonspiel season is upon us.  There are five curling clubs on our small island!  That’s a lot of curling for a small population.

Our first ladies’ bonspiel weekend was this past weekend and although there weren’t any prizes for us this time, we had a wonderful time.

My new winter sport addiction is quickly becoming cross country skiing.  I purchased skis, boots, and poles in Ottawa during our Christmas holiday and am slowly learning how to stay standing!

The first few days were a trial!  I was so sore.  Too many new muscles being used!  And, I fell.  A lot.  But, now I’m standing mostly all of the time and can actually go a fair distance without playing out.  Getter better and better.  I’m loving it.  It’s so much fun to go places in the bush and fields that we couldn’t go before because the snow was too deep for me.  It’s never too deep for Dusty!  He’ll go anywhere!

I’ve also been dyeing fairly steadily since Christmas break.  Trying to replenish stock from summer and Christmas markets is taking time!  And, I have two new knitting patterns almost ready to list for sale.  Almost.  Coming soon!  In between curling and skiing!

Surviving the Summer

We’re well into September and hoping that our fall holds calmness and quiet and time and joy.  Our summer was maybe not so much like that.

Just thinking of the last few months leaves me stunned!

We moved to a new house at the end of April.  Todd’s mother died the same week we moved.  We learned that we needed to re-do the weeping bed of our septic system shortly after the move and lived without a septic bed for almost 6 weeks.  Our new trailer arrived and Todd spent many days getting it ready for markets.  Still lots to do on the trailer, but it was useable for this year.  We built a new garage.  Still lots to do on that front as well.  Wool and supplies still in storage but hopefully will be moved by the end of the month.  My old car was starting to worry me and I bought a new car.  Working on selling my old car is a lot of work!  Then, at the end of August, Todd’s father died suddenly as the result of a bleeding ulcer.  We were still dealing with the loss of his mother and all the paperwork and ‘stuff’, and now we are coping with more.  More loss, more paperwork, more sadness.

Enough already.

But, we’re plodding ahead, holding on tightly to each other, and adjusting our plans and timelines as we go.  We’re warm and dry and well fed!  We have each other and the rest will come.  A finished garage, a deck, a completed trailer, time for dyeing and soap making, time for hunting and fishing, time for joy will come.  It will.

Hawberry Bush - Manitoulin Island

Small joys.  A hawberry bush loaded with hawberries just down the road from our new home is glorious this time of year.  Small joys.

Inch by Inch

The summer is rolling along too quickly.  I can hardly believe we’re well into July.  Our spring and early summer has been such a whirlwind of activity.  Never a dull moment!

Our new garage is up and coming along nicely.  Cement floor poured and roof on so at least it’s protected from the rain.  Solar panels are next on the list.

Our new septic is in and I’m enjoying doing laundry at home again!  I re-discovered laundromats and although it wasn’t terrible at all, it’s much easier to do laundry at home rather than lugging everything out and then bringing it back.  Simple joys!

The trailer/mobile shop is working really well at the markets.  It’s such a huge difference in how we feel at the end of the day when we don’t have all that carrying and setting up to do.  Also, customers are able to see so much more product and have more choices.  It’s especially been nice on the rainy and windy days.  We’re mostly dry and warm!

I’ve had loads of visitors to the mobile shop here at home.  People who’ve been to the market, and come again for more! and others who just find me online and want to shop!  It’s wonderful and I think will only get better.

Inch by inch, bit by bit, step by step, we’re getting there.  Living the dream!


And, We’re Back!

We have moved and are no longer living out of and around boxes.  Yeah, us!  Things are getting settled and our new mobile shop is almost ready to go.  We will be going to our first market this Friday and although things won’t be quite as polished and prepared as I’d hoped, at least we’ll be there.

I love my new trailer and my most amazing, fantastic, bestest, wonderfulest, talentedest husband has done magic with shelving.  Pictures to come once I get those shelves stocked!

The online shop is open again for shipping and new yarns and patterns coming later this week.

So happy life is slowly returning to normal!  Moving is stressful!

No Shipping Until May 16

Freshisle Fibers is moving to a new house and a new physical shop space.

Our shop remains open for your viewing pleasure only.  Orders may be placed but will not be mailed until May 16th, 2016

Orders will not be mailed until May 16th, 2016.

Thank you for your patience.

A Start to a Mini-Sale

I got a bit of a start to a sale this weekend.  And, it will continue for at least two weeks.  FREE SHIPPING on selected items!!!

Just type ‘free shipping’ in the search feature on the main page and it will list all products that are selected for free shipping.

More will be added over the next few days – as I take small breaks from packing!

Busy Life

Everyone says they are busy.  Busy lives.  The nature of today’s society.  But, I’ve had a bit of a reprieve from that since retiring from teaching and suddenly, my life is busy again.  Super busy.

We are moving.  In 5 short weeks.  Very short.  Some days I feel overwhelmed and other days, I’m calm and know everything will be fine.  We’re excited and happy and very ready for a change, but that doesn’t change the fact that there’s still so much to do.

Packing up our house and selling things we no longer need or want is manageable and do-able.  I’m making good progress on that front.  My stress is coming from moving and managing the business side of my life.  All that yarn!!!

I’m thinking about some sort of sale for Easter weekend to reduce my stock.  Stay tuned!  I think a sale is coming!

The Next Step

My new site is up and working, orders are working like a charm! Now, the next step. Moving my typepad blog over to this new site. I don’t want to lose all those years of posts and images so I’m hoping the move goes smoothly. Onto the next step!

Coming Soon

Slowly working on the new web site.  It’s up.  It’s there.  Now to add all the yarn products back in to the new shop!  New pictures, new descriptions, new, new, new.  Lots of changes ahead.