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Jul15

in which there is an announcement, and it is very hard

 

This will be, hands- down, the hardest entry I’ll ever write in this blog.

 

Folks, we’re closing.

 

I wish there were another way, but there just... isn’t. I’ve been trying for almost exactly a year now to find a way to make Cephalopod Yarns, dyeing in general and my health compatible, and it just isn’t working out. Multiple sclerosis and heat- especially the high temperatures that are inherent to dyeing- they just aren’t compatible. I’ve tried everything I can think of--- from changing my primary disease- modifying medication, to changing our business model, to beginning to transition myself over to a more of a teaching role--- and my body just isn’t holding up. Those of you who’ve seen me in person over the last twelve months might not be that surprised, but I’ll tell you, I still sort of am. I really thought that somewhere, someone might have some magical answer that would let us keep on doing this wonderful thing together. Sometimes, though, there just isn’t any magic to be had. 

 

I’ve written about all of this in a lot more detail on my personal blog- the entire mess of trying to sort this out, what it meant to me, and the bullheaded, ridiculous way I went about trying to bulldoze through being sick and still doing what I love- but I need to tell you, our friends, supporters, customers and cohorts what this will mean to you over the next few weeks. 

 

Here are the important bits: 

 

Everything on the website is direct- order; there won’t be any more dye to order, so if you purchase something, it will ship immediately. We’ll be adding more yarn, fiber, and scarves over the coming days, so if there is something you’re looking for, keep an eye out. We'll have a schedule of what's being added when on our Ravelry forums and Facebook page shortly after this post goes up, and we’ll keep updating everyone as we add things, too. Keep an eye on Twitter, too: I’ll be sure to keep folks posted there, as well. 

 

The Afghans For Afghans book is complete; the edited photography is in as of this week and everything has been handed over to the publisher. A fair amount of the delay had to do with my illness, and I can’t apologize enough to our amazing designers for their kindness and patience. That hasn’t been the only hold- up, but for my part in it: a million apologies. The images are truly amazing, and the book will be released in time for Rhinebeck. I’ll be posting previews in the Ravelry thread. (We will have a separate Paypal address for all Afghans For Afghans funds which will go directly to the charity itself, in case anyone is wondering.)

 

We’re closing almost immediately, because, well, summer. We’re open for as long as the yarn lasts, essentially. We’ll be fulfilling our current wholesale promises- we’re nearly finished with those now- and we are then selling off what stock we have. I have a trunk show at Knit Long Island in Roslyn, New York on the 21st of July and honestly, I couldn’t think of a nicer way to close things out--- they’re lovely folks, and this will be my third time going to visit them. If you’re in the area, I highly recommend coming out to see them, and not just to see us: they’re a genuinely sweet bunch. 

 

I expect doors to be closed by early August, which both absolutely breaks my heart and gives me the tiniest sliver of relief, because I just don’t know if I could handle another August in the studio. I’m so sorry, everyone. 

 

We are considering a small open house at the end of everything, because we have some items that will sell best “in hand”, if you know what I mean; odds and ends, experiments and tests. Anyone interested? 

 

Here’s the part that is for you, though: Thank you for being a part of this. This has been so much more than a business for all of us; this has been a lifestyle, a family, a community. We have enjoyed every damn minute of this so, so deeply. It’s been much, much more than just the pleasure of working with color, yarn and fiber: this has been playing with all of you, listening to your lives, admiring your projects, supporting your causes, and giving hugs at shows. It’s been putting faces to Ravatars and squealing with excitement to see yarn “in the wild” on friends we’ve never met in person before. None of this would have been possible without all of you, and our gratitude- my gratitude- is endless. Thank you, thank you, thank you. This has been so incredibly beautiful, and I will miss it- and you- so very much. 

 

 

 


By Sarah Eyre   41 Comments


May27

We have a fix for that pesky gift card issue, and we think it's a pretty good one, too!

 

We are pretty over those Paypal gift cards, and we're pretty certain you are, too. In fact, we recently put up a poll about it, and the results were awfully damning: 

 

 

 

If that isn't a conclusive result, I don't know what is. 

 

So here's what we've done: we've discontinued selling the Paypal gift cards and begun offering Shopify Codes as Gift Cards. We know these work! They've always worked. And best of all, we have full visibility and control over these; if there's ever an issue, we can be the ones helping you instead of sending you over to the never- quite- as- helpful- as- hoped Paypal Customer Support. 

 

We're offering the Gift Cards in $10 increments, from $10 to $100. If enough folks ask for an amount larger than that, we'll offer it, but for now that seemed pretty reasonable as a starting point. 

 

We will still honor any existing Paypal gift cards- no worries!! We're just replacing our current system with something better. The goal is to make it as simple as possible for folks to get to their sweet, squishable yarns. 

 

There are a few restrictions on the Shopify codes (which I'll get into after this paragraph), but we think & hope that this will be a much- needed improvement on the current gift card situation. While we're still actively searching for our Perfectly Dreamy Gift Card Solution, this is a fix, and it's one that we know will actually function. 

 

On the Shopify Gift Card/ Code restrictions:

 

 

  • -You can only use one code per order. If you have two codes that you want to combine, you will have to place multiple orders to apply them both. 

 

  • -The codes are one time use only. If there's a remaining balance left after your purchase, you won't be able to redeem it (e.g. if you have a $75 gift card and purchase $68, you will lose the remaining $7). We do not issue new codes for unused funds.

 

  • -If you misplace your code and can't find it, we will do our best to either find your code and resend it to you. However, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to find your code. No refunds will be issued for lost codes.

 

 

So, as I said- this isn't our 100% Perfect Dream Gift Card Solution, but we still think it's a lot better than Paypal. We'll be on board to help out if you have any problems, and we're really excited about moving on from the issues we've had with Paypal. There are very few things quite as frustrating as selling someone a product and then not being able to help them when they can't use it. :(

 

So, happy Tuesday- which- feels- a- bit- like- a- Monday! Have some working gift cards. Hooray!


By Sarah Eyre   0 Comments


May23

On Bugga, dye classes, and Memorial Day

 

 

Folks, I have to tell you something and I'm not going to beat around the bush: I need to raise the price of Bugga. I know! I don't want to do it, and I've put it off as long as I can, but the prices of wool & cashmere* just keep going up, so we don't have any other choice. Ack. So on the 1st of June, the price of Bugga will be raised to $34. 

 

(*- Gas & oil prices have been steadily rising, too, which is part of the entire equation; the transportation of all this fiber is expensive, which gets wrapped up into the price. LIFE, WHY DO YOU COST SO MUCH?)

 

Until June 1st, though, Bugga is still $32, and we just got a shipment in yesterday. I know, right? I'm really happy about that, too. It's good timing: if I had to give less- than- awesome news, I'm glad we have a lot of Bugga on hand for anyone who wants it now, at the old price. 

 

In other news, we had our first dye class, and it went really well! We actually had our first dye classes- there was a secret, stealth class in which we tried out our course syllabus on brave test subjects Austin & Ashton, and our first official class was this last week. I can't even begin to tell you how exciting this is for us--- both opening up the studio for folks, and the actual teaching itself. There's a blog post in there, too, about the privilege of helping to create new fiber artists, but that's for a different day.

 

I'm off to get things taken care of before the long Memorial Day weekend. The studio will be closed for Memorial Day, and after a working weekend last week (a trunk show at the amazing Westport Yarns in Westport, CT--- they're so great, I love them!) I'm really looking forward to the rest. It's beautiful here in Baltimore today, too; 70 degrees, sweet fluffy fat clouds, and a slight breeze. The weather report is calling for more of the same, and I'm reminded of all the things that made me fall in love with this place- it should be a lovely few days. We're planning on games with Kiddo, her boyfriend and my brother- in- law this weekend, then grilling with Thom and friends on Monday for Memorial Day. For our friends in the States; any good plans this long weekend? 

 

 


By Sarah Eyre   0 Comments


Apr18

Dinner Before Dessert (or: a series of announcements)

 

 

When I was a little kid, I always ate my meals before my dessert. Not just when my parents were around, either: I was that weird kid that ate the bologna sandwich in her brown- bag lunch before she ate the apple her folks packed as a treat, you know what I mean? It's just part of my makeup: dinner before dessert. So let's start out with a little bit of less than awesome news: you guys, we're running low on Skinny Bugga. 

 

I know, right? I'm less than thrilled, too. Some slightly better news though: it's already on its way, and should be here late next week. We'll make an announcement as soon as it gets here. In the meantime, we've pulled the "dye to order" capacity for Skinny, so what's listed on the site is what we have on the shelves; if you order it, it'll ship right away, so that's a plus, right? (C'mon, I'm trying, here.)

 

It isn't a huge wait on the Skinny, though, so that's a goodness. I'm happy about that. As much as I dislike being out of anything, at least I know it's headed to the studio. 

 

Wait, I'm already starting to wrap this up---- but wasn't there mention of dessert?

 

We've been thinking: the studio is awfully close to the Maryland Sheep & Wool Fairgrounds in Friendship, MD, everyone. With so many friends in town that week, why not open up the studio the evening before the festival for a little pre- game get- together? At first it was just idle chatter around the studio--- maybe just letting a few folks that we knew stop by--- but then we thought, why not just fling open our doors? (This was mostly Beth and Sam, by the way. They're brilliant.) 

 

So, we're doing it! On Friday, May 2nd, we'll be having a MDS&W Pre- Game Party at Cephalopod Yarns. Our doors will be open from 4- 8:30pm to anyone who wants to stop in for fellowship, refreshments, and of course, yarn! You can find us at 1547B Ridgely St, Baltimore, MD, 21230. Most of us will be attending the festival itself, of course, but we're excited to have a chance to really see everyone individually, as well as to show folks what we've been up to here in the studio as we've been preparing the space to be a more public place. 

 

Let us know if there's anything specific you're looking for, if you'll be stopping by! I can't make any promises (that Skinny will be coming just in time!), but I can promise to try. At least it looks like we might get some good weather for the festival this year, folks. It's been Sweater Weather like you wouldn't believe in Maryland lately, for those who aren't local. I have very high hopes. 

 

 


By Sarah Eyre   0 Comments


Apr07

Doings Around The Studio!

 

Bugga, drying on the lines

 

Cacie and Thom have moved on to new adventures, and the studio feels emptier these days without them. There are Thom & Cacie shaped holes where they used to be, and to fill the space I’ve been working on what feels like half a million things. Change is always disconcerting- it throws everyone off their stride- but we have so much to do in order to get ready to open up for the public, and we’re trying to keep ourselves focused. It’s odd, though. After a life full of change and transitions, you’d think I’d get good at navigating them. I’m still so resistant to change.

 

We’ve started having our Knit Nights on Wednesday evenings, and that seems to be working out. It’s a goodness to have a little bit of time to just be in the studio, without working--- to actually relax and enjoy this place we’ve made! What an idea. Why didn’t we think of this before? We needed this just for us, I think. Cookies and tea and sitting in a space where I’m 100% not mopping my floors or chasing my dogs or tempted by my TV--- but also obligated not to work. HEY WHAT A TERRIFIC IDEA, YOU GUYS.

 

We’re looking to start up our stove rentals and dye classes later this month- I’ve gotten the studio rules written, along with the safety guidelines, and we’re working up class descriptions, etc, right now. It’s all this weird mixture of brainstorming, meetings, careful typing and an impending sense of WAIT WHAT WE’RE REALLY DOING THIS, SERIOUSLY, which is surreal. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, and while it’s more than a little intimidating, we’re also really excited to get it off the ground. There’s this feeling in the studio that knowledge should be shared, and we’re always interested in building community.

 

I’ll let everyone know once we list classes and stove rental blocks, and if you’re on the website you’ll see the scheduling page go up, too. (The tab is already there, but we’re still sandboxing the software.)

 

Wish us luck! This will be a blast. And stop by some time. We’re having a lot of fun lately. 


By Sarah Eyre   0 Comments


Feb14

Custom Half Pounds of Traveller

The way we get our Traveller always leaves us with a large amount of remnants, and we usually save it up and do a big update of Oddities, which gives us a chance to experiment with new colorways and get people excited for one-time-only specials. This time, we're doing something even MORE special: on Wednesday, February 19th (10:30 AM ET) and again on Saturday, March 1st (12:30 PM ET), we're going to offer a limited quantity of custom half pounds of Traveller. 

 

These "half pounds" will average just over 9 ounces, so the price of each custom lot will be $52 (instead of $92 for 4 full-weight skeins). We will only list the number of half pounds we have on hand, and once they're gone, they're gone. Here's how it works: 

 

You place your order on the site and then send an email to me at cacie@cephalopodyarns.com with a photo (or multiple photos) and/or description of what you'd like. If the photo and/or description is ambiguous, we will give you our best interpretation. It will take us 1 - 2 weeks to get through each batch, and we will ship them out as they're finished. If you order more than one half pound, you can either request each one to be different (with different photos/descriptions) or you can request that they all be based on the same photo. 

 

PLEASE NOTE: we can't possibly keep track of all the recipes we're creating, so if you really like what we send you on the first order and want to order it again, well... we almost certainly won't be able to find the original recipe, so we'll have to start from scratch and there is no guarantee that the results will be similar enough to use in the same project. 

 

ANOTHER NOTE: All custom half pounds are final sale. We will not accept returns or exchanges. If you aren't happy with what you've received, you're more than welcome to try selling it or trading it on Ravelry, but we can't take it back in the studio. 


By Acacia Sears   0 Comments


Feb12

News, news, news!

News, news, news!

 

Let me start off with what I know you don’t want to hear, because I’m dinner- before- dessertsort of girl: we have to raise the price on Skinny Bugga, folks. We’ve held off for a long time, but we just can’t put it off any longer. On March 1st, the new price on Skinny will move to $30.

 

I know. I’m not thrilled about it either, to be honest, but it’s necessary. We’ve been losing money on it for a little while now, and it just needs to happen. We have Skinny Bugga on the website, and we’ll have Skinny at STITCHES West  (21-23 February, booths 704- 708, in Santa Clara, CA, BTW) too, if you want to pick some up at the current price. A word of warning: we have Skinny Bugga now, but we aren’t taking any more dye- to- order requests at this time. (Current dye to order requests are just fine!)

 

Let me answer what we think might be some of the initial questions. The price on Bugga will stay the same- this isn’t about cashmere prices, thank goodness. (It’s actually about the price of wool.) To springboard off of that--- we aren’t raising the price of Traveller, either. This is just for Skinny. 

 

While I’m talking about Traveller, though: Traveller is coming back as Dye To Order next week, folks. NEXT WEEK! I’ll be so happy to have this back in stock. We’re facing Snowpocalypse 2.0 tomorrow, but we’re still anticipating our shipment showing up some time in the middle of next week, so keep an eye open; we’ll be making an announcement as soon as it shows.

 

We always bring a surfeit of goodies to make up for not- so- great- news, so here’s a little something extra: we’ll be dyeing up a storm of Freaks & Geeks this week---  your favorite misfits are coming back to cause trouble this Saturday at about 12:30 pm EST. Come on over and see if anyone strikes your fancy; we always seem to come up with something strange and beautiful when we just let loose and see what happens in the dyepots.

 

Be well, stay warm, and keep on making,

 

 

The Cephalopods

 

 


By Sarah Eyre   0 Comments


Dec17

Frequent Buyer Program

For those who don't already know, we are now offering a Frequent Buyer Program! On each new invoice you receive, you will find stamps on the bottom of the page; see instructions below to understand what they are and how they work.

 

 

Each skein of yarn you purchase will earn you one stamp corresponding with the type of yarn you purchased. Cut these stamps off of the bottom of your invoice and save them!

Mail 10 matching stamps back to us (i.e. 10 Traveller stamps, 10 Bugga stamps, etc.) and enclose a copy of youremail address, and as soon as we receive them we will email you a coupon code for the corresponding value of the specified yarn base. NOTE: your email address will ONLY be used for the purpose of sending you a coupon code; it will not be added to any lists. Here's where you should send your stamps:

 

Cephalopod Yarns
1547 Ridgely Street #B
Baltimore, MD 21230

 

Collect them, save them, trade them, what you do with them is up to you! This is the easiest way to earn free yarn, and it has the added benefit of feeling nostalgic for cereal box tops and mailing them back for a sweet, sweet Dick Tracy pencil case. AH, MEMORIES.

By Acacia Sears   0 Comments


Oct11

Happy We Love Yarn Day!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today only, between the hours of 10:30am and 3:30pm Eastern, we are offering custom dyeing in lots of four to celebrate We Love Yarn Day! Here's how it works:

 

Purchase your listing through our website, here.

 

1. Send an email with an inspiration photo to cacie@cephalopodyarns.com. Be sure you include your name and order number, please! 

 

2. Hover semi- creepily around your mailbox for your yarn for a few days, confusing the mail delivery folks (and possibly your neighbors, too).

 

3. Receive unique- to- you yarn.

 

4. REJOICE!!!

 

A note: we'll be making all- new colors here, so no requests for old colorways, okay? (WHAT I'M TRYING TO SAY HERE IS THAT IF CACIE'S INBOX FILLS UP WITH REQUESTS FOR HAWAIIAN BOBTAILED SQUID SHE WILL MURDERIZE ME, FOR SERIOUS, AND THEN THERE WILL BE NO YARN AND ONLY BLOOD.

 

Have fun with it, and send in pictures of your dream colors! We want to see what you've been wishing, hoping, and dreaming about. 

 

PS: I probably don't need to say this, because you guys are super- rad and wouldn't ever do something like this, but just to be safe--- please do not send us pictures of any other dyers' work, okay? We wouldn't be happy or comfortable trying to lift someone else's colors- that's just poor form. Thanks! 

 


By Sarah Eyre   0 Comments


Oct03

We're having a trunk show at JP Knit & Stitch!

After a blissfully quiet month, it's about time for us to hit the road again. October, we are READY FOR YOU. And we are starting out with one of my favorite cities: Boston

 

 

Cephalopod Yarns is headed to Jamaica Plain this weekend! We'll be visiting JP Knit & Stitch for a trunk show this weekend, and I'll be in the shop on Sunday, October 6th, to hang out and talk about yarn, dyeing, and life in general if you want to come by. Our yarn will be in the shop all weekend, though, if you want to stop in and pay a visit to something soft and snuggly! Come on out and be a part of the Greater Boston Yarn Crawl!

 

Obviously this isn't the end of our October plans, but I don't want to get ahead of myself. I'm looking forward to a weekend in Boston, though, and hoping it's maybe just a wee bit chillier than it is here in Baltimore. Maybe? Please? Could we just pretend it's sweater weather already? Someone out there please tell me they are at least able to pull out their scarves lately. I need a little hope in the middle of out 80- degree autumn. 


By Sarah Eyre   1 Comment


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