Blog Post, Fiber Arts, Podcast Notes

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/debbieduckyarnsย 

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:ย  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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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

 

Blog Post, Fiber Arts, Podcast Notes

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:ย 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 Shuffleย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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

 

 

Blog Post, Fiber Arts

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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

 

Blog Post, Fiber Arts

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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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Blog Post, Fiber Arts

Flax Finished and Friday Update

Many salutations my merry fiber friends! I hope this Friday foray into HalesBee adventures finds you well and knitting! I had planned to podcast today, but I have a couple of things I would like to make progress on before I do. I need to have plenty to talk about! That said, I do have a few things to share this weekend.

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Flax Sweater off the needles! In my Brewing Wolfsbane colorway.

My Flaxย  Sweater by Tin Can Knits is off the needles! Hooray! I do need to weave in ends and block, and hopefully I can get some better photos once I have. I love how my Brewing Wolfsbane colorway knitted up! Like the naughty knitter I am, I did not swatch for this, so it did end up oversized. But I love it! It is going to be a great comfy sweater for cool nights, winter days or just some protection from the air conditioning.

 

 

 

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I’ve also spent some time this week adding new colorways and mini skeins to my HalesBee Handmade shop on Etsy. I have a number of photos of them on my Instagram feed showing off a few pairings. Definitely great for sock sets, but also perfect for my new Elphaba Shawl Pattern on Ravelry ๐Ÿ™‚ Do check out the shop and my wicked new pattern!

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In other news, I spend my Thursday night at Warm n’ Fuzzy yarn shop in Cary for the regular knit night. Of course, I had to buy some sale yarn! This is Manos del Uruguay Serena yarn, an alpaca/pima cotton blend. Love these colors for spring! I’m thinking of designing a t-shirt pattern in these yarns. Admittedly, this would be quite an undertaking for me being my first garment pattern, but why not give it a go?!

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Lastly, I did receive my April Artisan Crate from KnitCrate! The yarn is by Baa Ram Ewe and is a gorgeous chocolate brown! Its a lovely, squishy aran weight, but I have to say, it’s more of a fall color and weight. I think I will save this yarn for a fall project. I do love the little extra shawl pin! Check out KnitCrate for more of what they have in monthly kits and goodies, it is fun to get a yarny surprise every month!

That’s all for now! I hope you have a wonderful weekend full of knitting! If you have clicked on any of 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!

Until next time!

Love from HalesBee