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Merry Beltane!

I have been quiet for the most part lately but there has been a lot going on behind the scenes. There are a few testings going on (releases in June!) and I have been thinking a lot about how I want to structure my business model moving forward.

There has been a lot of conversation about accessibility and inclusivity in the fibre arts community (which is great!) and what we can do as a community to ensure diversity and provide opportunity for all to participate and have a place. As someone who is currently on disability and has lived in the lower-economic bracket for most of my life, this is a topic dear to my heart. I know what it means to have to count pennies to afford the next project or not be able to create a pattern calling to me because it was simply too financially prohibitive. I know what it means to look at the cost of a pattern and think “Geez if I want that I have to be willing to give up food or clothing or gas money”. I have always wanted Wolf & Faun to be inclusive and diverse. I have always wanted everyone from all walks of life and backgrounds to feel like they belong here because you do.

To be perfectly honest with you, the whole reason I started designing and selling patterns in the first place was due to financial hardship. My daughter had just been born, money was tighter than ever before and I had to decide to either stop knitting or generate income from it to cover its costs.

Two years ago Wolf & Faun begun a pay-what-you-can model on two patterns, “Pay It Foward” and “A Random Act of Kindness”. I have also had a policy where anyone who contacts me asking for a pattern they cannot otherwise access due to financial hardship will receive a copy of the pattern they desire no questions asked.

These models have worked with varied success. I don’t have to get into all the details now but I was hesitant with the current model to expand it to all of my patterns. I did not feel I was serving people as well as it could nor providing an opportunity for others to compensate me in a way that felt good for them. There were some definite perks to it as well but as with all things in life, there is room for growth and expansion.

Recently a fellow knit designer and friend, Frenchie of Aroha knits drew inspiration from my model and tweaked it to suit her own. This renewed attention and discussion around accessibility inspired me to really reflect on what I did and did not like about my own model. I had several discussions with a variety of fibre artists over social media and their thoughts and feelings helped me gain some perspective (so thank you to those who went through the emotional labour of exploring this topic with me and sharing your own experiences with poverty, disability, and accessibility).

I have come up with an experimental model that I wish to “roll out” for the month of May. I encourage anyone who participates in this model to provide me with feedback should you feel called to.

So, in a nutshell, here is my idea.

1) I have always felt uncomfortable asking people to approach me for free patterns in the event they could not afford one. Some of my recent discussions echoed my discomfort and confirmed that for some, asking for an item they feel as value to be free can instil a sense of shame, discomfort or guilt… this is especially true when the individual wants to be able to pay for it… but cannot at this time. I don’t want that for my supporters… SO here is my proposal: I will create a newsletter specifically for people who self-identify as someone who may not be able to access my patterns due to financial constraints. This is much less uncomfortable than contacting me directly I hope.

2) I will send out a monthly newsletter to this list of people. In it, I will provide a fixed number of coupon codes for 1 free pattern of choice through my Ravelry page.

3) I will trust that subscribers to my newsletter will decide if and when they would like to access the offer and use the code for a free pattern. This way, no one has to approach me asking for a free copy of a pattern.

This model will be based on the philosophy of “take what you need”. I trust that not everyone will need to use a code each month and will only do so when they intend to use a pattern in the immediate future. If we all use the codes only as needed, then hopefully, in theory, everyone will have access to a free pattern most of the time when they are ready to use it  This understanding is an essential part of this model to be sustainable and long term for all.

4) In my newsletter and on social media, I will provide a “Paypal Me” link to anyone who desires to pay-what-you-can when they use the coupon code (as many have requested this be an option) OR for people who wish to support the program by paying-it-forward or otherwise contributing to my ability to offer free patterns while also making it financially sustainable. Should I receive a higher-than-anticipated number of donations, I will use it to provide more coupon codes per month. You do NOT need to pay me to use the coupon codes. It’s only for people who desire to do so.

5) I will be rolling out a modified pay-what-you-can structure with my other patterns over the next month to reflect a more sustainable model for me. In this way, I hope to be able to maintain financial sustainability so that I may continue to operate while also offering others a variety of options to access my patterns when they may not be able to otherwise.


Do you want to sign up for the Patterns for All Newsletter? Do so Here.
If you wish to support the Patterns for All project you can Paypal Me here.
If you wish to check out my Ravelry page, do so here.
Thoughts? Comments? Please let me know.

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Every New Years I like to create a theme or pick an intentional word as a point of focus for my designs for the year ahead. In years past it has been: "Self Care", and "Collaboration". 

This year I had a difficult time picking a word... I have to be honest I didn't have one by New Years. I felt a little sad and rather disappointed that one hadn't come to me so easily as years before and it even made me question my creative flow a little bit. I had put a superficial timeline on myself (New Year's Eve) and then was disappointed when that deadline was not met. 

I should know better... in the past, I never had to work to know what my guiding theme was... it had just popped into my head and felt RIGHT with no effort or debate... but foolishly I felt I could place expectations on when and how that would happen. Lesson learned: things come in their own time and for their own reason. Patience is a must when we follow our intuition and inner-callings. 

and then it happened! 

One of my goals (outside of knitting) has been to reconnect with my Gaelic roots. My Grandfather is Scottish and as I get older I have had an increasing desire to learn about my Gaelic ancestry and the Gaelic language. I had started off this year by gifting myself a Gaelic dictionary and some coursework in learning the language. As I flipped through the dictionary I randomly opened a page and my eye was immediately drawn to the word dùsgadh... which means "re-awakening" or "revival".  And that was that! That zing I was waiting for hit me and I had found my word... a word I had always known was under the surface just waiting to be found.

Dùsgadh, or revival is something I have been thinking about for quite some time and have been preparing myself to do these last few months... without have the word to describe it. 

I have to be honest. I have not felt like myself in a long, long time. Years. I was in a significant car accident and some other major life events with on-going post-concussion symptoms. I went from an active, busy, energetic, social person to a sore, inactive, somewhat depressed, anxious and withdrawn shell of myself. As my 35th birthday approaches, I was committed to not spending the second half of my thirties the way I had spent the first half. I am going to find my way back to myself.  

I have also felt a deep longing for some time to re-awaken the ancestral lineage within myself and now it all makes sense why no English word appealed to me while I patiently waited for the right one to come along. I am connecting to my ancestors... I am reawakening a dying language by speaking it. 

Dùsgadh is also an important word related to my work at Wolf & Faun. These past few months I have been reflecting on my business model, my designs, my products, and even this website and this blog post will signify the intentional revival of this creative endeavour that is Wolf & Faun. You will notice (if you have visited my website in the past) that I have spent some time this Winter changing things up a bit and I expect to be quiet on the surface for the next few months as I do some deep work within and behind the scenes to continue to bring forth quiet and sleeping parts of myself and my creativity. 

So there you have it... my word! I am excited to see where this takes me... I feel inspired to delve deep into language, into design techniques, into traditions and into folklore and manifest it through creating and exploring. I feel anticipation to begin my journey to health and have started that path already but intend to dive much deeper in the next weeks and months to come. 

It's going to be a most wonderful year... I can feel it in my bones, in my hands, and on my tongue. 

Do you have a word? What is your word? If you never thought about it before, what word jumps out at you? Comment below! 
Many Blessings and Happy Knitting 
Nat 
Wolf & Faun

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Wow! I am just so blown away by how many people have shown some BIG LOVE to my Hedgewitch Shawl pattern during the Hedgewitch Shawl KAL hosted by Fiber Trek and The Gentle Knitter.  

Since so many people have become interested in the pattern, I feel called to share a little write up I posted around the time of its initial release... a background story of sorts about what inspired me to create it and why I named it Hedgewitch. 

It began with me wanting a thicker, more substantial shawl in the hap-style that I could use in place of a sweater (or a jacket) when I was out during cooler days and nights. What is a hap you ask? I think Interweave explained it most succinctly in their online article Knitted Shawl or Blanket: What is a Hap?

“A hap is a garment which anyone can use to wrap up warmly [in]—that’s the definition of the word,” says native Shetland spinner, knitting designer, natural dyer, and teacher Elizabeth Johnston. Indeed, according to Collins English Dictionary, the Scottish definition of hap in its verb form is “to cover” or “to wrap warmly.”

So now that we know what a hap-style shawl is... 



What is a Hedgewitch? 

The term is from Celtic / Gaelic origins. A Hedgewitch is a healer, a medicine woman, or man who travels past the boundaries (or hedges) of their villages into the wilds and beyond. Nature is their religion, often practising healing modalities in herbcraft, wildcrafting and nature reverence. They have a special relationship with plants and have an uncanny knack for knowing which ones grow where, when to harvest them and how to use them. The Hedgewitch is the ones willing to cross borders, confront all manner of wild things (sometimes befriending them) in the name of bringing back medicines and wisdom to their communities benefit and wellbeing. 

They are spirit workers… travelling between this world and the next. They don’t stick to the well-known paths but cross borders and follow their instinct to where most would not. To the Hedgewitch, there is no separation of magic form normal life as normal life is magical. 

Historically, Hedgewitches were the wise ones of the community that people relied on for healing. They were the brave ones that would go into unchartered territories and defy the boundaries of the village most would spend their whole lives contained within. 

There are still Hedgewitches practising alive and well in the world today… sometimes preferring to keep to themselves, sometimes offering their talents to the world under the guise of many titles. They are healers, community leaders and activists. They are protestors, immigrants and feminists. They are those who are willing to cross the lines in the name of what they know to be true and right and to facilitate healing in their communities.

The Hedgewitch Shawl is a tribute to these ancestral and modern-day wise people. It is a reminder of the old ways, a connection to the past, and a promise that there are indeed Hedgewitches still in the world today. It is a garment intended to keep one warm while journeying through wild terrains and beyond borders (or just to wrap up in cozy by the fire, on the beach or in your garden). 

The Hedgewitch Shawl is being offered for 20% off during the Hedgewitch KAL (Ending January 20th 2019). Please use the code HedgewitchKAl to receive your discount. 


Find the Hedgewitch Shawl on Ravelry or on wolfandfaun.com

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Hello Friends

It's that time of year again when we offer our annual Wolf & Faun Black Friday/ Cyber Monday sale and this year is the BIGGEST sale EVER!

We are offering 40% off STOREWIDE and all Wolf & Faun patterns on Ravelry using the coupon code BFCM40. 

Items are going to go FAST so please shop early to avoid disappointment

The sale is set to begin Nov. 23rd,  8 am PST and end at midnight Nov. 26th,
Nat 
Wolf & Faun Knits 
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Hello Friends

I have some exciting news to share with you all. 

First I want to say how incredibly full of gratitude I am to even be in the position to write this email to you. I am so touched and inspired about how much support I have received from you, which has allowed me to be able to even come to this place of choices and decisions. 

It was just two years ago that I envisioned opening up Wolf & Faun the shop and set to work putting together a collection of artisan-made tools and treasures I was so happy to share with the world. I would have never guessed that within a few short months of opening my shop I would meet with hundreds of people all over the world who enjoyed and supported what I had to offer.

This shop allowed me to support my family, explore my art and connect with so many amazing friends and artisans.

Over the last two years of running wolfandfaun.com I have experienced many shifts and growths. I wear my heart on my sleeve and have been very open and public about the changes and shifts happening in my world as we go on this journey through life.


In addition to being a business owner and designer, I am also a mother, a full-time teacher, a lover, and an artist (and in the middle of all that, still going through some very intensive therapies to heal from a car accident). Life is so full and while I could not be any more grateful for all of these facets of myself I also have been struggling these past few months with maintaining balance, and self-care which is important!

I have been contemplating for about 6 months what my priorities are, and how best to serve myself, my family and my art and I have come to a few decisions around how Wolf & Faun will work into it all.

I have decided to shift Wolf & Faun’s focus (don’t worry, I am not going anywhere!) and there will be several changes that you will see us slowly transition to between now and the New Year.

What will stay the same
~ I will continue to design, and publish Wolf & Faun knit patterns and offer them on the various platforms I already do, including the wolfandfaun.com.
~ I will continue to create and offer handmade and locally sourced tools and treasures through my website however the quantity and regularity may change.

What will change
~ For a short period of time after Jan. 1st, 2019 I will be shutting Wolf & Faun the website down to give it a bit of a makeover. You will not have access to Wolf & Faun tools and products until the website opens again (you will still have access to patterns on other platforms).
~ I would like to spend more time collaborating with other fibre artists to bring you more unique knit designs. 
~ I will be less focused on keeping wolfandfaun.com stocked with a wide variety of regular items. Rather, I will focus on small batches of goods from time to time, and offer more one-time-only goods rather than sourcing items I will supply consistently or regularly. 
~ I will occasionally bring in select artisan products (like Moss Grey) but for the most part, I will no longer be stocking or carrying many third-party items. 
~ I will no longer regularly stock and carry Lykke products. Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE these needles and still use them as my only brand of needles but I want to focus my energy on bringing you unique items you cannot source elsewhere. When I first started stocking Lykke they were hard to find. Now that they are so well known (and rightly so!) I am confident you can find their products from many wonderful retailers. Once I stock I have is sold out, that is it! 



What this means for you right now

If you had your heart set on a particular product and was waiting for just the right time to treat yourself…well the time is now! While I look to reduce, minimize and simplify the retail end of things,

I am going to be offering all my current stock for 20% off starting on Nov. 12th using the code WINTERSALE

(please note, that due to the reduced price of all stock, I am not currently able to offer free shipping). This gives you a fantastic opportunity to stock up on many marvellous tools and treasures for yourself or loved ones just in time for the Holidays!

Keep an eye out on Black Friday / Cyber Monday for additional sales and even deeper discounts.

Thank you so much for your understanding and support during this time of transition. I am feeling very lucky to have the problem of too many choices. I look forward to this next chapter of Wolf & Faun and what creative adventures are just around the corner!

Happy Knitting! 
Nat 
Wolf & Faun Knits 
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Merry Samhain, also known as Halloween or the Witches New Year. 

The veils are thin and it's time to share my latest release, the Bean Nighe Shawl 

Bean Nighe is an enveloping, hauntingly beautiful, top-down crescent-shaped shawl with an i-cord edge and picot border. The textured body stitches interchange with lace sections, making it both an interesting and easy-going knit with memorable stitch combinations. Its generous size allows it to be draped around one in many different ways. 


This design was born of a time when I found myself unable to communicate or even fully realize the grief I was experiencing. Through my search for a way to express myself, I found kinship in the folklore of the Bean Nighe (ben- neeya), the Scottish phantom prophetess, who would sing of grief and misfortune. To encounter a Bean Nighe was said to be terrifying; however, she is known to grant wishes and her protection to those who gain her favour. The Bean Nighe (like her Irish cousin the Banshee) is often described as wearing or holding the burial shrouds of those who are about to perish. 



Ready for a raw, vulnerable post with some swearing? So as many of you are aware,  I was in a car accident (actually two) and suffered various injuries.  My counsellor encouraged me to journal about my grief and frustration with having my physical and cognitive abilities affected but writing is not for me. 

The design alludes to the burial shrouds that the Banshee and the Bean Nighe are said to wear and is a symbolic declaration of the grief and pain I've endured through this process. It's probably the most personal piece I've made to date. It's also a symbolic burial of my old way of experiencing the world as I learn how to operate the way I am now.

Thank you for reading this far... it's hard to share the grittier dirty parts of one's world at times. Have you ever used your fibre arts to process hard or negative emotions? 



 

I want to thank my Husband Ron Pogue, my family and counsellors for the support you have given me through this process, my test knitters and tech editor for helping this piece come to life and all the wonderful knitters and fibre artists that reach out and connect with me through our love of all things wool! 

Happy Halloween, Merry Sahmain! 

Nat 

Please find the Bean Nighe Ravelry page for the pattern here

Please find the Bean Nighe pattern page on this website here

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For the month of September for #SSBKAL a number of talented and amazing designers have offered discounts on their designs using the coupon code “SSBKAL”

All Wolf & Faun patterns are 30% off using this code, patterns on Ravelrty can be found here: https://www.ravelry.com/designers/nat-raedwulf

In addition, all items in the wolfandfaun.com shop are 15% using the code "September" from Sept. 1-7th 2018 


Please see below for details for many great discounts, and THANK YOU to all the amazing designers who have participated!

September Stash-Bust KAL Pattern Discounts:

Designer: Jessica Anderson Designs | Jessica@JessicaAndersonDesigns.com Jessica Anderson likes to design fun , whimsical and quirky knitting patterns that are easy to finish
#SSBKAL Promo: 30% off all single patterns in my pattern store.
Patterns can be found here: https://www.ravelry.com/stores/all-in-a-days-fun-designs

Designer: rhyFlower Knits | Melinda Measor | melinda@rhyflowerknits.com
I'm Melinda, a knitwear designer and tech editor out of Alberta Canada. I've been designing for a couple years now and am obsessed with every step of the process. My heart swoons over lace and cable work, so you'll find my patterns must of my patterns will contain either or a combination of both. Good luck to all in the KAL, I wish you all stash busting success! :)
#SSBKAL Promo: 30% discount on all individual patterns in the Raverly store. Patterns can be found here: https://www.ravelry.com/designers/rhyflower-knits

Designer: Yarning for Whimsy | Christy Furlan | yarningforwhimsy@gmail.com
Hello, fellow yarn lover! My name is Christy Furlan. I am from the United States of America but I love traveling all over the world and learning new languages. Knitting has long been a source of healing joy for me - a place where I can relax and revel in beautiful colors, interesting textures, and new ideas. Now, I am trying my hand at making the whimsy in my heart come to life through knitwear designs. I seek to tell stories through my stitches to sweep knitters away into the whimsical little details so they too can find that happy, yarny place I call home.
#SSBKAL Promo: 20% discount off all Yarning for Whimsy patterns (No limit on how many times the code can be used)
Patterns can be found here: https://www.ravelry.com/designers/christy-furlan

Designer: Cassandra Bibler | cassandra.bibler@gmail.com
Social media marketer by day, distracted designer by night! Specializing in quick, fun crochet & knit projects with a variety of techniques.
#SSBKAL Promo: 10% off all patterns in Rav shop.
Patterns can be found here: https://www.ravelry.com/designers/cassandra-bibler

Designer: Josefina Sanchez Martinez | josefsanchezmartinez@gmail.com
I started knitting a few years ago and I have always made changes to the patterns I bought, so I decided it was time to write my own patterns. I love shawls and scarves, so right now I am focused on them. Playing with colour and texture is my main feature. I am @patchwork_and_cakes on Instagram
#SSBKAL Promo: 30% discount on any pattern of my Ravelry store. There is also a free scarf, very popular.
Patterns can be found here: https://www.ravelry.com/designers/josefina-sanchez-martinez

Designer: Talvi Knits | Susanna Winter | susanna.winter@gmail.com
Talvi knits is all about knitting patterns with clean lines and interesting contrasts in both color and texture.
#SSBKAL Promo: Enjoy 20% off three stashbusting scrap yarn patterns during the month of September: Free Falling, Sorelle, and Highlighter Hat.
Patterns can be found here: https://www.ravelry.com/designers/susanna-winter https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/free-falling https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sorelle https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/highlighter-hat

Designer: Gabrielle Knits | Gabrielle Vézina | hello@gabriellevezina.com
Gabrielle Vézina is a knitting pattern designer living in Montreal, Canada. Her easy to wear knitwear designs are enjoyed for their simplicity and clarity and are published in magazines, books and online platforms. She's also a loving mama and a pet lover who enjoys walking, crafting and drinking tea.
#SSBKAL Promo: 15% off any patterns
Patterns can be found here: https://www.ravelry.com/designers/gabrielle-vezina

Designer: Merry Rubins | merryknitsdesigns@gmail.com
Hi, I am Merry of Merry Knits Designs. I focus on quick, knitted accessories inspired by where I live, New Orleans, Louisiana.
#SSBKAL Promo: 25% off of my patterns.
Patterns can be found here: https://www.ravelry.com/designers/merry-rubins

Designer: Knit3together | Emily Lipa | Emily@knit3together.com
I am a knitwear designer and tech editor. I design knitwear that is enjoyable to knit and fun to wear.
#SSBKAL Promo: 20% off all self published patterns
Patterns can be found here: https://www.ravelry.com/designers/emily-lipa

Designer: ScrappyDaisyKnits | Ashley Hoggard | Scrappydaisyknits@gmail.com Scraps and stash busting is my pattern aesthetic! I love using up all the bits and bobs in my stash with easy-to-memorize patterns that aren’t boring. I’ve got blankets, a shawl, and a hat that are all ideal chances to use up stash. 
#SSBKAL Promo: All paid patterns are 50% off with code SSBKAL.
Patterns can be found here: https://www.ravelry.com/designers/ashley-hoggard

Designer: Yarn Over New York | Jessie Ksanznak | Yarnovernewyork@gmail.com
Jessie Ksanznak is the dyer, designer and owner of Yarn Over New York. She has lived in Harlem, NYC since 2003 (except for that 6-year stint with the circus in Europe and Asia) and is proud to call this vibrant neighborhood home to her small hand-made business. When not dyeing yarn or crafting fiercely in her uptown pad, she is probably traveling somewhere as a stage manager for a dance show.
#SSBKAL Promo: All “$2 Stash Busters” are always buy 2 get a 3rd free. Discount applies automatically.
Patterns can be found here: https://www.ravelry.com/designers/jessie-ksanznak
Designer: Spivay Song Knits | Ann Luckmann | SpivaySongKnits@gmail.com Spivay Song Knits designs patterns with whimsical, nostalgic and feminine details.
#SSBKAL Promo: 25% off
Patterns can be found here: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bavaria-leaves

Designer: Dana Gervais Designs | Dana Gervais | Hello@DanaGervaisDesigns.com
I am a knitwear designer specializing in socks! I see socks in every skein of sock yarn and have devoted my life to setting them free! I create unique, beautiful, knitting patterns that are graded for multiple sizes. A well-written pattern allows you to express your creativity and focus on enjoying your craft. You will create beautiful, stylish, one-of-a-kind socks for yourself and your loved ones. I am a sarcastic, nerdy, yarn-loving, obsessive knitter who finds inspiration in anything and everything.
#SSBKAL Promo: I can create a 25% discount code for any one pattern for all participants to use during the KAL
Patterns can be found here: https://www.ravelry.com/designers/dana-gervais
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Please join us for the second annual September Stash Bust Knit-a-long, hosted by Nat Raedwulf of Wolf & Faun Knits. Last year was amazing, we had hundreds of people from all over the world share in the fun. 

Ever feel like it's about time you go on a yarn diet and use up what you've got? Or maybe you have some treasured prized skeins that you love but were never sure what to do with it? Or maybe you have some WIPs that have been in hibernation you’d love to finish up? Well this KAL is for you (and all of your friends)!

 

Join us for the September Stash Bust KAL #SSBKAL, hosted on both The Knitting Studio FB group and on Instagram.
on 
September 1st, 2018 - Sept 30th, 2018

 The purpose of this KAL is to inspire, and motivate each other to use up our unused stashes in the spirit of Slow Fashion, Resourcefulness, Simplifying, Reducing, De-Cluttering while also sharing and connecting to the GLOBAL Fibre Arts Community. The second purpose of this KAL is to celebrate our talent, inspire each other and promote our favourite fibre artists. Please SHARE and give credit to all of those wonderful fibre artists out there who helped you build such a lovely stash and those talented knit designers out there who help us transform those skeins in beautiful finished pieces.

Here's How It Works aka the Rules

  1. Sign Up for the KAL. We use a sign-up to keep track of participants for prizes at the end. We will not share your information with anyone else or for any purposes beyond the KAL. Link to sign up is here: https://goo.gl/forms/s6rxcOuribvjlts03
  2. Dive into your stash and challenge yourself to use what you've got! Your project MUST be at least 50% compiled of yarn you owned BEFORE Sept. 1st. Use the hashtag #SSBKAL to show off and connect with others doing the KAL alongside you! (hint: check out what other amazing people are up to by checking out the #SSBKAL feed).
  3. Make as many projects as you want! There is no limit. Celebrate your stash-busting success and use the hashtag #SSBKAL to show off (and inspire others!) with what you've done with your stash.
  4. Help each other out! Know you want to use a special skein but need inspiration about what to do with it? Ask for pattern suggestions! Need help with colour combos? Post a photo and let our amazing community of knitters help you out.
  5. Prizes will be awarded after the end of the KAL (Sept. 30th), with prizes being awarded for Participation, Finished Objects and Helpfulness. Prizes will be randomly selected and verified. The Prize for Helpfulness will be awarded to those who are nominated by other participants (please private message me anyone whom you feel deserves to be nominated).
  6. You are more than welcome to purchase new yarn during the challenge or work on projects using new yarn. This challenge is NOT about discouraging you from supporting all of the amazing dyers and yarn suppliers out there or refraining from visiting your favourite LYS or Fibre Fest. Please by all means support and enjoy these amazing businesses during this challenge. It's not about refraining from but rather celebrating and utilizing what you have! You only need to be working on and/ or completing projects that use your current stash.

This is all about having fun, challenging yourself while going at your own pace and making some positive connections and contributions to the Fibre Arts Community.

I know I already have some stash waiting for this Knit Along to begin... do you?

It's just under two weeks away so start planning, dive into your stash and get ready for Sept. 1st, #SSBKAL 

Nat

Wolf & Faun Knits

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A Random Act of Kindness is a quick knit with big heart designed to inspire kindness to one another. It is a textured triangular scarf knit on a bias in dk weight yarn, making it a fast knit ideal for gift knitting or as an act of kindness to yourself. This is a functional yet versatile knit, perfect as an accessory to dress up an outfit or as a garment to keep one warm during cooler weather. 

Yarn: approximately 393 meters/430 yards of DK weight yarn

Specific Yarn Used in Sample: 2 skeins of Barnyard Knits Yak Silk DK in “Natural" (you do not have to use this yarn in your test knit)

Needles: 4.5 mm / US 7 circular needles

Notions: tapestry needle for weaving in ends, blocking tools

Deadline: Testers will be given the pattern on or before August 10th. Projects & project requirements such as the project page need to be completed by Sept 1st Please do not apply for the test if you do not believe you can make this deadline. Of course, life happens and throws curve-balls at you and I am happy to work around those but please only apply if you believe it is reasonable that you will complete it within the deadline.

Necessary skills: Knitting, purling, optional picot bind off, yo, kf&b, knitting on a bias; Intermediate Beginner knitting skills required.

Requirements/rules:

I conduct most of my communication via my private Facebook testing page. You must be able and willing to participate in this Facebook group format. I find it the most helpful for testers as another tester is usually able to answer a question if I am not available AND everyone is made aware of possible mistakes and corrections more frequently.

-Each tester MUST create a project page with photos on Ravelry within 24 hours of the pattern being published.

-Each tester MUST fill out the questions asked (to be posted in the Facebook group) by the deadline posted.

-Under no circumstance must the pattern pdf be distributed, shared, copied or posted with anyone.

-All correspondence in regards to the pattern is private and confidential. Please communicate via email to wolfandfaunknits@gmail.com or through my Ravelry account: nattery, or through Facebook groups specifically for testers.

-Testers are expected to maintain regular correspondence with the designer (Nat Raedwulf) check in once weekly with updates as to progress and feedback.

-Preference will be given to testers who’ve successfully completed past Wolf & Faun test knits and/or testers who are active members of Instagram, Ravelry or Facebook. Sharing your progress and linking back to Wolf & Faun FB, Insta and Ravelry are highly encouraged and appreciated.

Acceptance will be determined by the testers skill ability, by their Ravelry project portfolios and by the selection of yarn choice for the project. Please be very specific in what brands, colorways, etc you hope to use for your best chance of being accepted. I am unable to accept testers who wish to use wool in a different weight or who intend to modify/adapt the pattern at this time.

Testers agree to these terms and the requirements BEFORE requesting to be a tester. Requesting to test means you agree to and are capable of fulfilling the requirements and have the materials and skills necessary to complete the test. 
Once the test is complete and pattern published, testers will be sent an updated copy of the pattern.


How to Apply as Tester:

-Read over and agree to the Requirements and Rules. By contacting me to be a tester, I am assuming you have read and agreed to this terms beforehand.

-Please send me a message on Ravelry, or my email info@wolfandfaunknits.com with “Test Knit” in the subject. Include why you think you’re a good fit for this test knit and your email address. Include what specific yarn you intend to use. Please ensure you send me a message and not just comments in posts.

I will respond to all accepted testers with adding you to the Facebook group and a copy of the pattern when it’s ready. Once you have been added to the Facebook Group and receive the pattern you are considered an official tester.

Thank you to everyone who shows interest in testing my patterns. While I try to respond to everyone interested, I may not always have the ability to do so but very much appreciate all of your offers.

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Hello Friends

Tomorrow is the beginning of Wolf & Faun's annual Mother Day Sale, and here is all you need, including the coupon codes to score some sweet deals for the nurturers in your world (especially you!)

The sale starts on Friday May 11th at 7 am (PST) and ends Sunday May 13th at midnight (PST) on both the Wolf & Faun website and my Ravelry shop. 

Remember, orders over $75 in Canada and $100 in USA receive FREE SHIPPING to boot! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me info@wolfandfaun.com or check out the FAQs at the bottom of this email. 



Use the coupon code "Mother15" to receive 15% off storewide on your wolfandfaun.com purchase

 

Using the coupon code "Mother30", receive 30% off all Wolf & Faun patterns on Ravelry and wolfandfaun.com


Happy Knitting! 
Nat 
Wolf & Faun Knits 

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