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Fancy Dye: What’s in the Name?


I am a very bad blogger.  This is something that I just can’t keep up in doing on a regular base.  There are too many things taking up my time in a day….
Yes I knoooowww!!  Plannnn!!  Do a little bit at a time!
I am one of those people that have to focus on one thing at a time.  The minute I get distracted I just can’t get my focus back and then I move on.  With 2 six year old young ladies, distractions happen every 5 seconds….like just now! “Mamma, I want prestic!”  And that sentence was not even finish then it was: “Mamma, can I have one of your stickers?”  And then, 2 seconds, “Mamma, can I go to my friend next door?”  Sigh…..

And that is what life is all about, isn’t it??  Our families!
The Fancy Dye yarns are exactly what this is all about.  Family and life events.

Fancy Dyed Yarns page 1

The Self striping yarn.  We just started with Grade 1 and we are homeschooling!  I know, crazy!!  But I’m a very determined person and it is something that I decided to do even before I had children.  It is a personal conviction and hey! we survived our first few weeks!!  So, with all the craziness of sounds, words, writing and reading, I thought of bringing some of the fun into my yarns.  The names for the self striping yarns are mainly homophones that I use with the “wrong” meaning like: Lazy Daze instead of Lazy Days and Sow Easy instead of So Easy.
Isn’t that fun?

Lazy Daze - Selfstriping

The Variegated yarn.  This is all about family and life.  I chose important life events to name these yarns like: Mom’s Birthday….which is obvious!! (wink-wink), Road Trip….which is always a good idea to have as a family, Make Me Proud…for those moments when you feel proud of a child’s accomplishment or your husband’s promotion (don’t we all???) or when you yourself mastered that pattern that was written for the Bachelors Degree student.


Click on the photos to see more Fancy Dyed yarns!


Variegated_Grandmas Wisdom Variegated_Me Time Variegated_Road Trip Variegated_Her First Word


Life is short!  Enjoy it!

But enjoy it with the ones you love!!



Btrix Yarns: Emanating Happiness!


Oh my!   I can’t remember the last time I’ve been so nervous and excited all at the same time!

I’ve been working under the radar for almost two years now.  I was busy writing the book last year (of which I will post about soon as well), we were moving from city to city, hubby working overseas with a few challenges during the year with that as well, and then….Then something amazing, Inspiring and Delightful came across my path of creativity.

Colour!! And lots and lots of it!!

Crochet Class #7 Colour Wheel_2.1

I love colour!  I love playing with colour! I love putting colours together!  I love analyzing people’s colour palette (I did that for many years when I was a dress designer), I love the psychology of colour, the symbolism of colour, I purely just love colour!

So, my dear friend, Carlé from Nurturing Fibres introduced me to the art of hand dyeing yarn!

I was hooked immediately!  I considered natural dyeing for a long time now, but I never thought that I would ever get the opportunity to play around with this fabulous art as I do now.  Deep inside I admired it and wished for it! Then Carlé partook in making this dream come true!

And today, I can announce the release of my own yarn label, Btrix Yarns!


Okay, let’s get to the obvious matters.  Btrix Yarns???  Why the name?  Isn’t that just too obvious?

Well, I thought so too when I just started to think about a name for the yarn.  I wanted the name to mean something inspiring, get people excited, joyous, happy, ecstatic!  These are the feelings I want to spread!  I tried a few names, but nothing quite did it for me.  Then, it hit me!  Whether I liked it or not, my own name was the perfect denotation for what I wanted to accomplish.

The name “Beatrix” in Latin, means “she who brings happiness”.  Isn’t that just amazing?!  So, with the variation I use for writing my name for my business, I use the same way to name the yarn.  And with that, I hope to emanate the happiness I want to bring, every time you see, hold, feel, work with Btrix Yarns!

merino_mended-jeans     merino_cosmos

merino_sable-brown     merino_oyster-shell

Peach Basket_100% Alpaca     Tree Moss_100% Alpaca

Ruby Cabernet_100% Alpaca


Currently, I play with two animal fibers and blends thereof; alpaca (which is my main focus) and merino. And to extend that feel of inspiration and delight, I respectively call the two fiber ranges INSPIRED by Alpaca and DELIGHTED with Merino.

inspired-by-alpaca   delighted-with-merino

The yarn will be available in my online shop, but first, I will have the privilege of showing it to you at the local HobbyX that takes place this coming weekend, 7-9 October 2016 at the Cape Town ICC.  The yarns will be available at Nurturing Fibres’ stand on Saturday and Sunday and if you are around, come and get Inspired and Delighted with all the yarns and colours!



After this creative event, the yarn will be available in my online shop, for you to indulge yourself in.

I hope to have it in your LYS (local yarn shop) soon as well, so if you are interested in stocking Btrix Yarns, please feel free to contact me.

Do you understand my nervousness and excitement all at the same time, now?  Nervous, because I hope that you will find happiness, inspiration and delight in the product I give to you and excited, because this is the start of a new beginning for me, emanating happiness!!

Keep your eye on this space for much more colour inspirations and yarn delight!!




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