Weekly Affirmation: Dotti Potts

Every Thursday we post a comment, tweet, email or secret message we’ve received from one of our Soakworthy customers (stores, fans, consumers, friends). Sometimes, on a rough day, it’s really helpful to read an inspiring message from someone in our community. Someone who appreciates what we do. Someone who is as passionate about Soak as we are. We appreciate all the love that comes our way. Really we do.

You might not know this, but Jacqueline Sava (our Director of Possibilities here at Soak), also consults with other small artistic businesses. She works with them to help find out how they can streamline their packaging, marketing and media approaches so that they can expand and develop to their full potential. Jacqueline worked most recently with Sandra Silberman of Dotti Potts. We received this message from her a few weeks ago.

“Had my first session with business coach Jac Sava, wow my brain is over flowing with new knowledge and excitement about taking my business to the next level. Thank you, you were fantastic, I look forward to our next meeting!”

You can read more about Jacqueline’s experiences working with Dotti Potts and other businesses on her (new but growing) blog, Maker to Making a Living.


Weekly Affirmation: Spun Out Creations

Every Thursday we post a comment, tweet, email or secret message we’ve received from one of our Soakworthy customers (stores, fans, consumers, friends). Sometimes, on a rough day, it’s really helpful to read an inspiring message from someone in our community. Someone who appreciates what we do. Someone who is as passionate about Soak as we are. We appreciate all the love that comes our way. Really we do.


 

Here at Soak we tend to be pretty up on our social media. Natalie and Jacqueline are active on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram under their own handles and the Soak brand on a regular basis. We know that we throw a lot of Twitter affirmations at you, which is why this week we are excited to share one from Instagram instead. It is so great to hear about how people love  Soak from all corners of the internet.

This story starts out when Rebecca, posted a photo of a finished sweater she had knit.

Jacqueline favourited it, which got Rebecca excited.

“spunoutcreations: @jacqueline_soak feeling a bit star struck. I use soak for everything!! Thanks for checking out my stuff.

jacqueline_soak: Yippee! @spunoutcreations your work is totally Soakworthy!”

We couldn’t agree more.


Weekly Affirmation: Easy Peasy

Every Thursday we post a comment, tweet, email or secret message we’ve received from one of our Soakworthy customers (stores, fans, consumers, friends). Sometimes, on a rough day, it’s really helpful to read an inspiring message from someone in our community. Someone who appreciates what we do. Someone who is as passionate about Soak as we are. We appreciate all the love that comes our way. Really we do.


Another affirmation from The Shopping Channel reviews!

“This product has made my life sooo much easier. I just fill the sink and toss my sweaters in with it for 30 minutes or so, and they’re good to go; not to mention the fact that all the fragrances are absolutely delicious. I wish that I had it all winter. I have one favorite cashmere sweater that I would have worn every day!”


Knitter’s Frolic in TWO days!

Knitter’s Frolic

We’re busily preparing for this year’s DKC Frolic!
We’re packing new bottles of Yuzu Soak and Handmaid luxury hand creme,
Yuzu Twosome
Soakboxes galore,
Soakbox #1
Basins,
Carrie
Stick n’ Soak tattos,
Temporary Tattoos
And of course bottles and bottles and bottles of Soak!
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Come see us. Come shop. Come say hello. We look forward to seeing you there!

Knitter’s Frolic

15th Annual Knitter’s Frolic

Saturday & Sunday, April 27-28, 2013

Marketplace: Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Workshops: Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
6 Garamond Court, Toronto, Ontario


Guest Maker: Megan Kreiner

We are excited to present a series of guest bloggers to the Soakworthy space. They will be posting on all sorts of topics, from Lingerie design and production, to knitting and sewing as art. We look forward to expanding our idea of what is Soakworthy. As usual, the opinions expressed are those of their author, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Soak Wash Inc, but we probably think that they are making an excellent point. Enjoy!


Hello! My name is Megan Kreiner and I am the author of “Crochet A Zoo”. If you’ve ever delved into wild and cute world of crochet or knitted toy making, then you’ve probably given at least one or two of your creations away as gifts.

In this post, I thought it would be fun to talk about using the toys in the “Crochet a Zoo” book in gift baskets! The sky is really the limit when it comes to putting a perfect gift together and I hope that these 3 gift baskets might inspire you to mix and match toys along with other wonderful extras to make the perfect gift for any occasion!

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Crocheter’s Basket

Inspire that new crocheter in your life with a basket full of basics and essentials to get them started! This basket features:

– A variety of yarn skeins ~ 110-125 yards is more than enough to make 1 crochet animal.
– Felt for patches, stripes and spots.
– A full set of crochet hooks ~ I love the Amour Crochet Hook Set from Clover!

– A bag of toy stuffing ~ I padded the bottom of the basket with the stuffing.

– The book “Crochet A Zoo” ~ there’s a great “basics” section in the beginning.
– A few bottles of Soak to keep critters made with delicate yarns nice and clean.
– A small notions bag with tapestry needles, stitch markers, row counter, a pack of 9mm-10mm plastic safety eyes, an automatic pencil, post-its, marking pins, sewing needles,and thread ~ this can be tucked inside the basket with the stuffing.
– A few finished animals from Crochet a Zoo for inspiration!

I recommend using a fabric or fabric lined basket for this gift basket to keep the yarn from snagging. You can also pack up these goodies in a large canvas bag instead of a basket so your new crocheter can travel with their projects.

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Baby Shower Basket
Impress that mother to be with a beautiful basket full of adorable baby essentials and some handmade toys! This basket features:

– A selection of animal themed clothing ~ Check out the “Safari Animals” collection from the Janie and Jack online shop or retail store featuring elephants, rhinoceros, giraffes and zebras!
– A set of new shoes wrapped with a bow ~ also from Janie and Jack.
– A selection of crochet toys to complement the clothing you’ve selected.
– A few bottles of SOAK for handwashing baby delicates!

For baby toys, I recommend using french knots instead of plastic safety eyes in my book. I also recommend being selective about the yarns you choose to make your toys with as some babies may be allergic to wool. Fortunately, there are many wonderful options now in organic cotton yarns. You can even order organic stuffings as well from online shops like NearSea Naturals.

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Zoo Keeper Basket

Let their imagination run wild with a basket full of zoo animals! Surprise your budding zoo keeper with a selection of your favorite animal themed books and an adorable “pith helmet” for them to take on all their animal related adventures! This basket features:

– As many crochet zoo animals (and zoo keepers) as you can fit!
– A child sized pith helmet (available on Amazon.com).
– A selection of your favorite animal themed books.

If you’re feeling particularly inspired, you can also add additional pieces to your zoo keepers ensemble like a vest and binoculars. Choosing a basket with a lid can also be a good choice in helping to keep an unruly pack of animals neat and tidy.

I hope that these 3 baskets will inspire you to try out new ideas when gifting your handmade toys! They can be as fun to put together as they are to receive!

* Looking for even more animal patterns, links to resources, or signed copies of the Crochet a Zoo book? Check out www.mkcrochet.com for more information!


Weekly Affirmation: Lace Kelly

Every Thursday we post a comment, tweet, email or secret message we’ve received from one of our Soakworthy customers (stores, fans, consumers, friends). Sometimes, on a rough day, it’s really helpful to read an inspiring message from someone in our community. Someone who appreciates what we do. Someone who is as passionate about Soak as we are. We appreciate all the love that comes our way. Really we do.


We found this great affirmation from Lisa on the Jimmy Beans Wool webiste this week. They have a great e-commerce site, where you can also leave text and video reviews of products they sell. What a great idea!

“This is the PERFECT gift for a knitter – great yarn, great pattern and lots of little goodies to make it interesting. I bought one for myself, even though I don’t even wear nail polish and am so pleased with it. Once again, Lorna’s Laces and SOAK have a winner!”

Thanks so much Lisa! We are so happy to working with Lorna’s Laces, and have lots of new plans up our sleeves for the coming months. Stay tuned!


The Workroom at City of Craft

CUTE!! @art_attic stitched up the Horned Owl doll.

One of our favourite local Toronto events are the City of Craft shows. I could not be happier that they have decided to start doing a Spring show on April 20, in addition to their usual Winter one!

Our local sewing shop, The Workroom, is going to have a booth. They are going to be selling Soakboxes and Soak in both 3oz and 14oz bottles. They have all 5 scents, so this is a great opportunity to check out the our new Yuzu in person.

The Workroom will also have a number of products by local artists, such as these super cute  Kiriki Press Embroidery Kits, Uppercase Magazine and sewing patterns by Victory Patterns.
Victory Patterns