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Viola needs a larger workspace! We're building a new studio in a 100 year old general store, and we need your help to make it happen.
building a new work space and home for Viola in beautiful Mooresburg Ontario...
building a new work space and home for Viola in beautiful Mooresburg Ontario...
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Viola meets Mooresburg

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Since the beginnings of Viola way back in 2010, my studio space has always been rather makeshift. That's actually an understatement; it's been in my parent's basement! And so, for the first time ever in the life of Viola, a proper dye studio is about to take shape!

dark and cramped old studio
dark and cramped old studio

This new studio will allow me to do so many things I've only been able to dream of in the past. Most importantly, I will be able to dye a lot more yarn. Designing my studio from scratch has allowed me to get the most out of my space (which is a lot bigger than my former basement cave!) More yarn will mean larger online updates, returning to select wholesale as well as the odd knitting show. I know how difficult it is to buy yarn in a frenzied online update, and am doing my best to offer a few more options for those who don't feel up to battling cartjackers… I'm looking out for you!

the storefront
the storefront

With this larger studio space, proper equipment and efficient new dyeing setup I will also be able to focus on colourway development, experimenting with technique, tools and process. The goal here is to offer a larger selection of repeatable colourways alongside the ever changing limited colourways that I love so much.

treasures found digging out the old earth floor
treasures found digging out the old earth floor
new cement floor in the studio, and wall boards ready to go up!
new cement floor in the studio, and wall boards ready to go up!

So, how is all of this going to happen exactly? The shed is already in existence. It has a red metal roof, cedar shingles, electricity, and one very cute chipmunk living in there too… it will be sad to see him go. The renovations have already begun, financed with my savings and credit cards, but I have nowhere near enough money to finish the job. And that’s where you come in! By supporting this campaign you’ll be financing the completion of my new studio space, a permanent home for Viola from which I’ll be able to dye more yarn, more efficiently and share it with MORE people around the world!

a lot more yarn!
a lot more yarn!

This is not just any new work space I'll be moving into either. Viola's future home is the side shed of a 100 year old general store in Mooresburg, Ontario, a tiny little town of about 17 people smack dab in the middle of the wide open farmland of Grey County. Apparently there has been a store in this specific spot from the mid 1800s (that's old for Canada!) and I am pretty happy to be continuing the tradition in my own little way.

new windows going in!
new windows going in!

In all of the renovations and modifications we have made and plan to make, the goal is to retain as much of the store's original character as possible. This is why selecting natural and local materials has been very important to us. Spending time there conjures thoughts of life in the county 100 years ago; inspiring the rustic, wild and simple lifestyle of Canada at that time (even if the neighbours do have a diesel powered log splitter...it's pretty fun!) In short, it's a beautiful place that makes me feel so lucky to be Canadian and I cannot wait to share it with all the lovely knitters out there!

floor plan of the new studio!
floor plan of the new studio!

Happily, everyone involved in this project has been creative, resourceful and very hard working. So many friends and family members have been unbelievably generous with their time and energy in order to get the project to this point. I've managed to come quite a long way through thinking (and shopping) out of the box, finding more affordable solutions to some logistical problems. But I can only get so far on my own. That's why I'm asking for help with the remaining costs of this project.

Here’s what needs to be done:

  • New doors: The current doors are beautiful and very old indeed, but would let in a dreadful draft come winter time. We intend to make replacement doors that are still in keeping with the building, but a bit more cozy. No more drafts and no critters wanting to make a nest in my yarn! ($2000)
  • I will be adding a second cooktop to my setup in the new space, which will double my production. ($500) So I’ll be buying an additional dyeing tray as well. ($200)
  • Undyed yarn storage space: Yarn waiting to be dyed has no home at the moment. It is a nomad traveling around the house in boxes and bags. In the new studio It will be safely tucked away in moth resistant storage carts ($600).
  • Drying units: This is one of the most exciting parts of the new studio for me. I have grown used to drying yarn anywhere and everywhere I can find space (the backs of chairs. dangling from stair railings, clothes lines outside...you name it!) This drying hodge podge is about to be replaced by wooden racks suspended from the ceiling where yarn will be able to dry in peace. ($400)
  • Insulation! Once this is done, work in the space will be a lot easier (and warmer through the long and snowy winter) ($2000).
  • There are quite a few other little bits and bobs that will be needed (something squishy to stand on rather than the hard cement floor, chalk board for dyeing schedule / list making fun, stainless steel work surface, faucet for sinks, hose for directing water about the room, buckets and washtubs for wet yarn, gaskets for draining sinks, broom and bucket for clean up - I can be a little messy - lighting fixtures, kettle, stereo, you get the idea) ($2000)

Here’s what we’ve done already:

  • Remove the old earth floor and replace with a concrete floor. ($1,400)
  • Electricity (for my dyepots, lighting and spin dryers) ($3,000)
  • New Windows. Because more light helps when you’re looking at colours ($300)
  • Wallboards (from the Amish sawmill down the road) ($600)
  • Things get pretty steamy in there with all that simmering. I have upgraded to a stronger ventilation system to battle the damp. Luckily I tripped over a used one for a great price! ($50)
  • Before plumbing running water into the space, I need to have all the water that I pour down the drain tested for any dangerous bits that might cause trouble to the frogs and snapping turtle who live in our pond, plus the livestock, plants, wells and river nearby. ($1500)
  • Plumbing in sinks ($300)

As I said above, I have managed to pay for much of the renovations already, but need help to finish the project. So I am asking for $5000 from this Kickstarter campaign.

I think I’ve come up with some fabulous rewards too...

favourite socks pattern shown in Sea Storm with Barouni and Nut Brown contrast colours
favourite socks pattern shown in Sea Storm with Barouni and Nut Brown contrast colours

 The Favourite Sock pattern is knit in Viola Sock yarn, and is available as a PDF download as well as a kit! You can also choose to have Viola Sock dyed in a selection of 6 favourite Viola colourways! The sock options are endless.

from left to right, Dew Drop, Wild Rose, Pebble, Winterwood. Bottom, Black Lodge. Shown in Viola Sock
from left to right, Dew Drop, Wild Rose, Pebble, Winterwood. Bottom, Black Lodge. Shown in Viola Sock
from top left: Blot, Mustard Seed, Ghost and Sea Storm
from top left: Blot, Mustard Seed, Ghost and Sea Storm
MOORESBURG COLOURWAY shown in Mooresburg Double Knit yarn
MOORESBURG COLOURWAY shown in Mooresburg Double Knit yarn

The brand new Mooresburg colourway and Mooresburg Double Knit yarn are exclusive to Kickstarter backers at the moment. The colourway is inspired by the colours and the landscape of Mooresburg, Grey County. Mooresburg DK yarn is raised and spun close to the new studio, just about as local as it gets!

This brand-new-for-kickstarter colourway is available on Sock yarn as well as Mooresburg DK, and will be exclusive to Kickstarter backers until the very last rewards are sent out!

There are some more ways to get your hands on Mooresburg DK yarn, one is through the first ever Viola yarn club! Over the course of 2016, you will receive 4 packages, each containing 3 skeins of Mooresburg DK in exclusive colours for club members only! Each colour will be inspired by a season of life in Mooresburg.

The last way to get your hands on Mooresburg Double Kknit yarn this year is through the surprise leeleetea kit! The lovely Natalie Selles is designing a top secret pattern using Mooresburg DK, and you can get the kits here first!

Rewards and not cumulative, meaning that they are specifically listed for each level.

RED tote with illustration of the store
RED tote with illustration of the store
BLUE tote with hands knitting
BLUE tote with hands knitting

 If it happens that I surpass my goal of $5000 through your support and generosity, the extra money will be well spent. Beyond all of those unforseen expenses that inevitably pop up with a project such as this, any funds that surpass my goal will be put into building up an inventory of yarn that I have not been able to afford or sustain as of yet. With my efficient new dyeing set up, I can't wait to get cracking on bigger lots of yarn. Being able to keep more base yarns permanently in stock will mean filling orders faster as well as larger and more frequent online updates. I will also use any extra money in developing more specialized lines of yarn, sourcing more local wool and fibre up in Grey County and developing more yarns with my friends at John Arbon Textiles as well! So that's all good, isn't it?!

I'm thinking big here, and my long term plans for the studio and Mooresburg include all of this stuff too...

  • solar panels
  • harnessing the energy of our river
  • skylights. because more natural light is a good thing!
  • another shed for yarn drying...which means more space for dyeing!

The goal is to be as self sustainable as possible and minimize the effects I have on the surrounding environment...and to dye lots of yarn!

Very big thank you to Jane Smart for creating the video!

Thank you so much for reading over my proposal!!!

Risks and challenges

This plan relies on being able to do lots of things at the same time, but luckily I'm used to that! I feel that I have given myself a reasonable amount of time to complete the project and deliver rewards on time. Ready to get going, bring on the multitasking!

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    Pledge CA$ 2 or more About $1.50

    Your name on the Viola meets Mooresburg thank you poster and illustration. This will be an original illustration that will hang in the new studio and be decorated with the names of all Kickstarter backers! It will also be shared with great pride all over the interwebs!

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    Emily's Favourite Socks digital PDF pattern. This pattern is available in 3 adult sizes, from women's small to men's pretty big. Their ribbed pattern allows for a flexible and loose fit on most feet. It also offers different cuff options and great suggestions for colour and stripe variation...which is endless! These socks are knit in a simple rib pattern from the top down. Easy to make, addictive and so much fun, they do make the perfect gift!

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    Set of 4, 2" round, glossy stickers. Professionally printed with 4 of Emily's Mooresburg inspired Viola illustrations. Stick them on your knitting journal, diary, phone...wherever you fancy!

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    Secret Surprise PDF pattern designed by the lovely and talented Natalie Selles (leeleetea), fellow Canadian! Natalie is writing up a surprise hat and mitten pattern using Black Lodge Mooresburg DK. No one knows just what it will be yet, but knowing Natalie it's going to be seriously lovely and fun to knit too!

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    Viola meets Mooresburg canvas tote bag! 100% cotton, gusseted tote bag printed in RED with Emily's illustration of the store and future studio location.

    15.75" x 16.5" x 3.5" gusset.

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    Viola meets Mooresburg canvas tote bag! 100% cotton, gusseted tote bag printed in NAVY with Emily's illustration of some knitting hands, hard at work!

    15.75" x 16.5" x 3.5" gusset.

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    Your name on the Viola meets Mooresburg thank you poster and illustration. This poster will feature the names of all Kickstarter backers. You will also receive a printed, copy of the poster! This will be an original illustration that will hang in the new studio. It will also be shared with great pride all over the interwebs!!

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    VIOLA project bags!
    Hand sewn with lightweight cotton canvas and hand printed with a selection of Emily's Viola meets Mooresburg illustrations!
    Bucket bag with a drawstring closure.
    7.5" diameter base.

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    Pledge CA$ 45 or more About $34

    1 100g skein of Viola sock yarn in your choice of one of these favourite Viola colourways:

    Ghost
    Sea Storm
    Dew Drop
    Soft
    Blot
    Winterwood

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    1 100 g skein of Viola sock yarn dyed in the Mooresburg colourway! This colourway is inspired by the sights and sounds of Mooresburg and available to Kickstarter backers before anyone else!

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    1 100g skein of the brand new Mooresburg DK yarn. It's spun in Ontario from sheep raised in Ontario. it's local alright! The sheep are Cotswold / Dorset cross and the yarn is light, soft and rustic. This yarn will be exclusive to Kickstarter backers until the last of the rewards have been sent out!
    It's a light Double Knit weight, perfect for sweaters.
    available in these favourite Viola colours:

    Ghost
    Sea Storm
    Dew Drop
    Soft
    Blot
    Winterwood

    each skein is 237 meters.

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    PRIVATE shopping event at the Purple Purl in Toronto!
    It's going to be great! I'm bringing as much yarn as I can carry (actually, a lot more than that!) to the Purple Purl on Monday March 7th 2016 for a private shopping event for Kickstarter backers only! It's going to be a fab evening of yarn, shopping, and hanging out in the lovely Purple Purl. I'm looking forward to chatting about all things knitting and helping anyone with Viola related questions and queries.
    Hope to see you there!

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    1 100g skein of the brand new Mooresburg DK yarn. It's spun in Ontario from sheep raised in Ontario. it's local alright! The sheep are Cotswold / Dorset cross and the yarn is light, soft and rustic. This yarn will be exclusive to Kickstarter backers until the last of the rewards have been sent out!
    It's a light Double Knit weight, perfect for sweaters.
    Dyed in the exclusive Mooresburg colourway. Available only to Kickstarter backers before anyone else. You saw it here first folks!

    each skein is 237 meters.

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    Favourite Sock Kit!

    This kit has all the goods you'll need to knit your own pair of favourite socks, with contrasting heels and toes. The kit includes 1 100g skein of Viola sock and 2 20g balls of Viola Sock in carefully chosen contrasting colours, so you can mix and match and play around with stripes and contrasts. It also includes a full colour, printed copy of the Favourite socks pattern, which is jam packed with helpful suggestions for stripes and colour ideas!

    available colours combinations are:
    1. Pebble (main), Black Lodge, Soft
    2. Sea Storm (main), Dew Drop, Ghost
    3. Blot (main), Mustard Seed, Soft
    4. Black Lodge (main), Mustard Seed, Dew Drop

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    Secret Surprise leeleetea KIT!
    Secret Surprise pattern designed by the super cool and talented Natalie Selles (leeleetea) a fellow Canadian! Natalie is writing up a surprise hat and mitten pattern using Black Lodge Mooresburg DK. No one knows just what it will be yet, but knowing Natalie it's going to be seriously lovely and fun to knit too!
    The kit consists of a full colour, printed copy of the pattern and 2 skeins of Mooresburg DK in your choice of the following colours:

    Black Lodge
    Mooresburg
    Ghost

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    SURPRISE grab bag!
    I love surprises, and if you do too, this is the reward for you! You will receive a hand sewn and printed Viola project bag stuffed with goodies! Every bag will contain Viola yarn in an Eclipse* colourway (all yarn will be of equal value, $50, the type of yarn will determine the quantity you receive) along with lots of Viola goodies! No two bags will be the same.

    *Eclipse colourways are never repeated, so your yarn will be one of a kind!

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    PRIVATE knitting circle and Viola yarn sampling party at the Purple Purl!
    This one is going to be so much fun! The wonderful Jennifer and Miko of the Purple Purl in Toronto are letting a little group of us into their shop to knit, eat cake, drink tea and hang out!
    I'll be bringing along my favourite Viola yarns and colours for you to test knit. There will be tea, cake and a handsome goody bag on offer, but best of all we get to hang out!
    This afternoon of tea and knitting is happening Monday, March 7 2016 from 4pm and will roll into the Private shopping event that the Purple Purl is hosting the same evening. In backing this reward you are automatically included in the private shopping event as well.
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    HAND KNITTED SOCKS!
    For the non-knitter's out there who would like comfy cozy feet this winter, I'll knit you a pair of my Favourite Socks with my own two hands! Not much more to say except that they're my favourite socks for a very good reason.

    You can choose 1 main colour and up to 2 contrasting colours for heels, toes and cuff stripes, so that's a maximum of 3 colours per pair of socks. Take your pick from any of the following:

    Sea Storm, Soft, Ghost, Dew Drop, Blot, Pebble, Mooresburg, Black Lodge, Mustard Seed

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    Pledge CA$ 350 or more About $263

    8 skeins of Viola MCN Worsted. This yarn makes one dreamy sweater, and 8 skeins should do the job. Dyed in your choice of the the following favourite Viola colourways:

    Ghost
    Sea Storm
    Dew Drop
    Soft
    Blot
    Winterwood

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    DYEING WORKSHOPS at the finished studio!

    In these workshops you will have the opportunity to experiment with acid dyes and dyeing techniques, explore the studio and (of course) dye your very own yarn to take home! I'll share some of my dyeing tricks and cook a yummy lunch!
    Whilst at the studio, you will also have the opportunity to shop in the Viola store room!
    The studio is in Mooresburg Ontario (You know this by now because I won't shut up about it!) just to be sure that you are able to get there - there are no buses, but it's a great carpool destination for a group of friends.

    Max 4 people per workshop
    Saturday, July 23rd 2016

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    Pledge CA$ 400 or more About $300

    DYEING WORKSHOPS at the finished studio!

    In these workshops you will have the opportunity to experiment with acid dyes and dyeing techniques, explore the studio and (of course) dye your very own yarn to take home! I'll share some of my dyeing tricks and cook a yummy lunch!
    Whilst at the studio, you will also have the opportunity to shop in the Viola store room!
    The studio is in Mooresburg Ontario (I'm sure you know this by now) just to be sure that you are able to get there - there are no buses, but it's a great carpool destination for a group of friends.

    Max 4 people per workshop
    Saturday, July 9th 2016

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    8 x 100g skeins of the brand new Mooresburg DK yarn. It's spun in Ontario from sheep raised in Ontario. That's local alright! The sheep are Cotswold / Dorset cross and the yarn is light, soft and rustic. This yarn will be exclusive to Kickstarter backers until the last of the rewards have been sent out!
    It's a light Double Knit weight, perfect for sweaters.
    Dyed in the exclusive Mooresburg colourway. Available only to Kickstarter backers before anyone else. You saw it here first folks!

    each skein is 237 meters.

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    MOORESBURG YARN CLUB

    Viola's first every yarn club is exclusive to Kickstarter. Over the course of 2016, you will receive 4 shipments of Mooessburg DK yarn. Each package will contain 3 skeins dyed in an exclusive colourway for club members. The colourways will be inspired by the seasons of Mooresburg, and will not be repeated ever again!
    So that's 12 skeins of Mooresburg DK over the course of 2016, in 4 different surprise colours! I'm already thinking about a fair isle jumper...

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    YOUR OWN COLOURWAY

    I will design a colourway just for you, based on any source of inspiration you want to provide. We can have a skype chat, you can send me pictures, mood boards, or just a short description. Whatever colour ideas you've got, pass them along in any way you choose and I'll run with it.
    The result will be a colourway designed just for you! I won't repeat it for anyone else, but I will dye you a garment's worth in your choice of the following Viola yarns:

    MCN Worsted
    Sock
    Mooresburg DK

    We can have a chat about how these yarns take dye differently and how that will affect your colour, so that you can make the best possible selection.

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