Archive for March, 2011

Episode 29 – Wicked Excited

27 Mar




Maine Maple Sunday – a Maine tradition I can now say I’m a part of.  We went to Bob’s Sugar House in nearby Dover-Foxcroft after having a public breakfast at the Dover Fire Department.  It was wonderful!

White Ash Worsted – new colorways are Out of Africa, Romeo & Juliet and Beowulf.

Sugar Maple Sock – new colorways are Empress, Trixter, Holiday and Greenwood.

Black Cherry Lace – new colorways are Moss, Ladyslipper, and a custom colorway I can’t share yet.

Pitch Pine TopWait a Minute in falkland, Cherry Blossom in bfl and Eadha in silk.  Both silks are spoken for, but when I have more I will be dyeing this colorway again.

Spindles are on the way!  It’s a goal of mine to get several listed.  I’m out of corriedale, so the next set of kits I’ll be making will have bfl instead.  Try it – you might like it!

Find me on plurk and ravelry (as boutrosbabe), Etsy (highlandhandmades), and on my blogs The Fiberista Files and Highland Handmades.

I’m almost to my 200th sale – whoever buys the 200th item will get a surprise gift! Thanks to everyone who has left comments and messaged me this past week.  I really appreciate the feedback!

The Wicked Big Toddlah by Kevin Hawkes is great.  You should get it!

Still working on Girasole (link takes you to my Rav project page)

Will O the Wisp soaps – these are awesome!  I love them so much.

Finally – in case you are unaware, play commercials at the beginning and end of podcasts.  The revenue these ads earn goes directly to the podcasters and helps to defray production costs.  If you watch the podcast on iTunes, we do not earn that revenue.  If it’s all the same to you, we’d prefer you watched us using the player.  Thanks!






Episode 28 – To Dye For

20 Mar




Heather shows off her newest creations, talks about spindle kits, silk, gridwalls and customer comments. It’s kind of long … get comfortable!
Dyepots: Lots! Corriedale, BFL, and silk.  Look for new learn-to-spin kits!
Processes: “Snapping” silk to make it pretty and less intestine-like.
Growth: Considering changing displays to gridwalls.  Not totally sure, but thinking this is the way to go.
Shout-outs are causing tremendous growth in my business, which I appreciate!  I’d especially like to thank Mommyneedsyarn, DramaticKnits, 90% Knitting, and Knittin’ on the Fly for their support.  Love you all!

Episode 27 – Miscellaney

13 Mar




This week is a bit random, but here’s what I have:

  • New fibers are up in the shop, but the MOST recent will be up after they’ve been photographed.
  • I’m officially on the list of vendors at Fiber Frolic – you should come!


  • Sign up for the Highland Handmades newsletter if you want advance notice of the sale I’ll be having soon!
  • Is anyone interested in having a Knit-Along with Highland Handmades lace if I design a pi shawl for the yarn?
  • Patterns I mentioned this week: Girasole (I’m on the start of chart G, people! The last chart before the edging!!) and Evenstar (I’m somewhere on clue 5, I think).

Episode 26 – Show and Tell

06 Mar


New fibers are up in the Shop – Falkland, sw merino/tencel, and silk (silk will be up tonight).

The waiting game has now begun for my instructor applications for Fiber College.

It’s that time of year again … the time to renew my hosting.  If you’d like to donate, please do!  Every donation over $25 gets your choice of HH or TFF t-shirt.

You can now find me on iTunes!  Just search “The Fiberista Files”.  I’m still available on YouTube, the blog, and elsewhere.

If you want a skein of Focus from Intention Yarns, get it quick.  Once the new Limited Edition Intention goes up the old one will be retired.

Visit the Intention Yarns blog to learn about how to get involved in the blog train.

The story Woolbur by Leslie Helakoski is a fantastic book.



The Fiberista Files

Do what you love, love what you do.