July has felt like molasses.

Sluggish. Distracted. Trying to focus on work. Having lotsa teensy details to attend to with our move.

A brief rundown:

  • We bought a house.
  • We move in 16 days.
  • We are 90% packed.
  • Except the yarn room, which isn’t packed at all.

expression fiber arts efa yarn room

  • We’re hiring movers. Thank Gawd.
  • Our house is echoing. It’s so empty. Hello? Hello. Hello. Hellooooo…. loooo

empty house moving

black and white photo room with spinning wheel

  • We got rid of a ton of stuff. I’m keeping my crocheted poof:

crocheted poof

  • We’re part giddy. Part stressy. Mostly giddy now. Yes, mostly.
  • We’re pooped. All of July has felt so…slow. Like I’m walking through molasses each day. Could this have anything to do with the fact that I’ve had virtually no caffeine? I randomly quit drinking coffee. No reason. I had my first Starbucks in 3 weeks and it was heaven. Heaven is real. I feel my vibrance seeping back into my veins.
  • Now we wait.
  • And wait.
  • And wait.
  • Finding it hard to concentrate on work since… we are moving. Impending move. Move move move!
  • My current workspace is… here, in our sunroom, with most of the furniture gone.

chandi work space

blogging computer macbook cover

  • We did find time to have dinner with our new neighbors so I actually managed to get dressed one day. I was quite impressed with myself.

chandi black and white

THANK YOU for all your moving tips. Whoa. So helpful. We have resorted a little bit to our previous move technique which involves selling everything for dirt cheap or giving it all to Goodwill and rejoicing in the feeling of freedom and emptiness once again. 🙂

As for shop updates, we’ll have a new kit for you soon! It has something to do with this:

rose water cowl

Stay tuned. You won’t want to miss it.

On the reading front I’m currently engrossed in 2 books which I recommend:

How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships  – by Leil Lowndes
– if you’re socially awkward like me and feel like small talk is of the devil, read this lil’ sucker. You can thank me later.

Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life – by Glennon Doyle Melton – she is so open. So honest. So hilarious. I fell in love with her writing on page one. If you’ve ever felt like you’re the only one with problems, don’t. You’re not. We’ve all got our junk and Glennon shares her heart and life so freely that it’s just flat out refreshing. And did I mention hilarious?

On the Knitting and Crocheting Front…

I made a hat. Crocheted. I will share the pattern, but it’ll be a few weeks or more down the road.

vintage crochet hat pattern

I started another hat and it did NOT turn out as expected so got frogged. It’s good for a laugh, though. What was I thinking?

unfinished failed crochet hat pattern

Here’s a sneak peek at another cowl pattern I’ll be popping up in the coming weeks:

sneak peek sugar ribbons cowl pattern crochet

So keep a watch out for all the goodies. Knitting patterns coming soon too, of course. And as usual, I’m listing new shades or restocking old favorites virtually every day.

I do have some NEW yarn bases being spun in the mill right now. Holy mother of all that’s righteous. They are amazing. Hints: A sport weight merino tencel that is plump and shimmering and beautiful for everything from baby blankets to sweaters to shawls.

Also… brace yourself.

A fingering weight version of our wildly popular pearlescent single ply superwash merino wool/silk worsted weight yarn. Hooooooo my gawd. You hafta see this stuff to believe it. I’ve received the first samples, made some changes to how thick I want it and the second round of samples will be arriving any day now. Once finalized, they will be spun and sent to us within 6-8 weeks and then another week or two after that, you’ll start to see them on the site.

new merino wool, tencel and silk yarn samples

And I’ll be designing lotsa patterns for both new yarns.

I’m also debating on carrying this new cotton/wool/alpaca blend yarn. Each fiber would take the dye differently, resulting in super cool effects! We’ll see.

new woolen spun yarn sample

As for new yarns right now, we finally, finally have back in stock our beloved shimmering cashmere. It’s a 50/50 blend of mulberry silk and yes, real cashmere. Delicious. Creamy. Fluffy. Glowing and glimmering. Sensational drape so ideal for shawls and scarves. Fingering weight. I’m currently letting it tell me what it wants to be designed into. I really have a wild love affair going on with shawls and cowls right now. So I have a sneaking suspicion it might be one of those. We shall see. *Insert sinister laugh.. Muahahahahahahaaaaa.

Okay, I’ve blabbered enough.

Holler at me in the comments below with ANY and ALL patterns you want me to design. I will say I generally (not always) like to stick with items that:

1. Most knitters or crocheters can do. So beginner to advanced beginner level.

2. The design is such that it doesn’t matter if you run out of yarn. These are my favorite. Nothing worse than working for months on a project, having 2 rows to go and… you run out of yarn. And since most of our yarn colors are limited edition or semi-limited edition, well… need I say more?

3. Women’s accessories. Sometimes men’s. I currently don’t have children to try cute kid’s patterns on. But if that changes, I’ll let ya know.

4. Simple 2 or 4 or 6 row repeats. Or something. You can create absolutely stunning projects that are super easy to create. Love themmmm.

Watch my next design NOT fit into any of those rules just to be obstinate. Ha ha ha. Such is life.

So let me know!! I always value input. So long as it’s helpful/constructive/kind.


HEY! Have a great day. I said so.

Bye now.