Change is in the Air!

“Everything flows, nothing stays still.”-Heraclitus

There is something so comforting about things staying the same. What is it? It makes us feel safe and warm and protected somehow. Like everything’s okay. But inevitably, things change and shift and flow. And in truth, that is the way it should be. We wouldn’t want to stop the ebb and flow of life; the endless springs and summers and falls and winters of life, both literally and figuratively.

And I’m learning to throw my hands in the air and embrace whatever may be coming, even though I may not know what that is.

So on the […]

By | 2017-09-04T14:05:30+00:00 January 30th, 2012|Knitting, Knitting Blog News, Yarn Shop News|4 Comments

Digging Through A Room Full of Yarn

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“People with many interests live, not only longest, but happiest.” –George Matthew Allen

So I’m digging through a room full of yarn and wool!! I have about 50 lbs of alpaca, tons of merino, corriedale and BFL raw fleeces, as well as tons of roving and scads of yarn and more yarn. And batts! Oh, it’s glorious!

I’m going to get this all dyed and bundled and listed in the shop little by little for you. Here’s just a tiny taste of the goodness to come:

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Needless to say, I am […]

By | 2017-09-04T14:05:30+00:00 January 28th, 2012|Dyeing Yarn, Roving and Fiber, Yarn Shop News|3 Comments

Away For Awhile

Just a quick reminder that I’m away to warmer weather for a couple of weeks!

As such, I have put my eBay and Etsy stores on vacation mode.

My actual site shop is still live and you can place orders but they won’t be shipped until I return, so Feb 13.

I’m currently in the Dallas airport marveling at several things:

1. That things as heavy as airplanes can actually get off the ground.
2. That every time I marvel at cool technology I wish I could drag someone from 150 years ago and say, “Look!!! We’re going up in the air in this contraption!!” […]

By | 2017-09-04T14:05:30+00:00 January 27th, 2012|Yarn Shop News|0 Comments

Crazy Cool Colors Coming!

♥ ♥ ♥Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” – Helen Keller
So I’ve made a decision regarding the current products listed in the shop.

1. The current colors will not be continued.
Reason A: Seriously, I have a thing with creativity. I used to own a cosmetic company and although I loved it dearly, I really did not like making the same colors over and over and over, year after year after year. My favorite part was creating new colors. Since this new yarn biz is all about enjoyment and fulfillment and creating fabulous, exciting products for you, I’ve decided […]

By | 2017-09-04T14:05:30+00:00 January 25th, 2012|Dyeing Yarn, Yarn Shop News|1 Comment

Some Unusual Fibery Happenings…

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“If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn

Amen to that!

So, I’ve had some unusual and exciting fibery things occur recently! Without further ado…

1. The gal at work loaned me some of her dog’s down fur:

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-I spun up a bit to take and show her how it would look as yarn:
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hand spinning dog down wool -I swelled with pride that I had spun my very first […]

By | 2017-09-04T14:05:30+00:00 January 23rd, 2012|Roving and Fiber|0 Comments

In The Spinning Mood…

“To create is to live.” -Me

Last week, I suddenly had the irrepressible urge to spin something! I decided to do this cool 3-ply spinning technique and couldn’t wait to see if the colors matched up once plied!

So I dug this gorgeous wool/silk blend roving out from the bottom of my roving stash (one of many such stashes!):

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I then divided it into 3 “equal” parts, lengthwise:

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I spun each one onto its own separate bobbin:

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I ended up with […]

By | 2017-09-04T14:05:30+00:00 January 19th, 2012|Hand-Spun Yarn|4 Comments

An Easy Way to Block A Knitted Hat

I’ve always wondered how to block a hat. You knit this gorgeous creation and want it to be finished “just so” and yet, how do you block a rounded object?

Well, for starters, just in case you’re wondering, “blocking” is the process of wetting your knitted or crocheted object and then placing it into position to dry. It’s really an excellent technique for animal fibers or plant fibers, but doesn’t work on acrylics or other synthetics.

Some options including laying your hat flat on the ground or for a beret-style hat, stretching it around a dinner plate.

But! I came up […]

By | 2017-09-04T14:05:30+00:00 January 13th, 2012|Crochet, Finished Objects, Finishing Techniques, Knitting|6 Comments

Turn A Square Hat

Over the holidays, I made several of these easy and fun Turn A Square hats by Jared Flood. They only took me a few hours each (maybe 5 hours or so? Didn’t time it) and I loved making them! My nephew is modeling them here on Christmas Eve night, which is when we open our presents!

The hat shown above was made with LusterSoft Fingering yarn, in colorway, Pendulum, held double.

Next!

Yarn: LusterSoft Fingering, in colorway, Diaphanous, held double

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Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted (don’t remember the color, but it’s a nice navy!)

By | 2017-09-04T14:05:30+00:00 January 12th, 2012|Finished Objects, Knitting, Sock Yarn|0 Comments

What Type of Knitter or Crocheter Are You?

What kind of knitter or crocheter are you?

It helps to know your own personal preferences and desires so you don’t fall into the trap of comparing yourself to others, or get disappointed in yourself for not finishing projects. It also helps you to select patterns more easily!

I’ve heard that there are two types of knitters (or crocheters, of course):

Product Knitters: These types of folks enjoy knitting, but mainly knit to have the finished object.

Process Knitters: If you really just enjoy the process of knitting more than actually having the finished object, then this is you!

I never could really decide which […]

By | 2017-09-04T14:05:30+00:00 January 11th, 2012|Crochet, Knitting, Life Musings|5 Comments

How to Maintain Strong, Flexible Wrists for Knitting

I posted a question on twitter a few weeks ago, asking: “Do you have any techniques for keeping your wrists strong and feeling great through endless days of knitting?”

So from responses there, as well as personal experience, I have found a few things that might prove helpful for you.

A bit of background on why this subject is personal for me:

About 2 summers ago I knitted a silk hat for 10 hours straight, with super tight stitches and very grippy, wooden needles. I felt it hurting but continued on as I had never experienced any pain from crafting before and didn’t […]

By | 2017-09-04T14:05:30+00:00 January 1st, 2012|Crochet, Hand-Spun Yarn, Knitting|11 Comments