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Surprise Dye Day

Today ended up being a surprise dye day.  For the most part I schedule my days, but sometimes I just feel the urge to dye something, or I remember a birthday that had slipped my mind.  A combination of the two ended up happening today, and it turned into a lot of fun.

A while ago I ordered a tweed base because I love tweed. After having this base for about two months I finally got to play with it, and I wasn’t disappointed.  Originally, I had just intended to do the purple, but blues and greens have been calling to me lately.  I’m excited to knit up some samples with these to see if they make their way into the shop. Tweed Practice

Before playing with the tweed, I was reminded that I wanted to send something to a dear relative. I  usually they send them a knitted item or two throughout the year,  but this year has been particularly crazy, and the time slipped. I decided to dye some Iceberg in DK, and make a slouchy beanie for one of my fave people. So, that is what is next on my needles!

Iceberg DK

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Busy Busy Busy

This past week was kind of crazy. I caught a cold, and then my husband caught a cold, and then there were just a lot of errands to get done. Luckily, many of these errands required us to sit in a waiting room / reception area, where I was able to get some knitting done.

I love how knitting drums a conversation with people. They either knit/crochet themselves, know someone who does, or they are just curious about what it is that you are doing. I love it! I especially love when people share stories about their relatives who made them things. It is excellent reminder that the love and time we put into projects is remembered and appreciated for years to come.

Depending on where you were last week, you might have had some warm temperatures like we did. I always have happy memories of sitting outside with my family, and it makes it hard for me to resist relaxing outside and getting fresh air, even if it is February? Well, today it feels more like February than last week.

reyna-shawl-progress

Yarn: Gabby on Sock

Some progress on my Reyna Shawl, and the latest book I am reading that I got from my Owl Crate (sorry if I spoiled it for someone; they should mostly be out to everyone now.)

I highly recommend the Reyna Shawl; it’s a free pattern, yay! It is also a great way to start lace work.  It is knitting up beautifully, and I cannot wait until I can wear it.

Happy Wednesday!

How is everyone doing this Wednesday? I hope your week is going well, for most of us we are halfway through! This week has been a bit busier than I anticipated, but that is not a bad thing. I got to catch up with one of my closest friends, which is always nice.

Mostly I have been alternating between knitting and dyeing, both of which bring me to a rather happy place.

For sometime I have been telling my husband that he can dye with me, but I usually do it early in the morning during the week when he is at work. This Sunday I decided to get some done since it was supposed to be nice out; it wasn’t. He has had an idea for a while, and I thought it was neat. Here are the results:

matts-glacier

I really love how this came out, and I can’t wait to work with it. Most importantly, it was great to share this with him, and have his input.  He has, and continues to be my biggest support throughout this journey.

Friday there will be an update in the shop! I was going to have it a bit earlier, but I will be teaching then, so the update will take place in the afternoon. I will have a little treat for everyone!

Here is a sneak peek at Friday’s Update:

gabbydk-and-glaciersock

Can’t wait for these babies to dry!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fiddling Around

Today is turning out to be quite productive. I am getting the non-creative stuff done for the shop. It’s not my favorite, but it makes things run a whole lot smoother, and leaves me more time to dye and knit fun things. This should free me up to have an afternoon of knitting, provided cats don’t get in the way.  Cats always get in the way; it’s kind of their job.

In my head I like to consider myself a fairly organized person, but the truth is I would be kind of lost without my planner / calendar. Right now I use two planners, one for day to day household things, and I have my smaller one that is specifically for the shop. Since it is small, I can keep it with me and write down things that inspire me. I try to keep it around me while I am working on things at home, so I can keep on top of things.

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This is my shop planner, which is a Mini Happy Planner. I was not sure that I would like the small size and the horizontal layout, but I am pretty sold on it. I am one of those people that like to decorate their planners to an extent, but for my shop I really just need something functional that keeps me on task.

Hope everyone has a good rest of the day!

Post Giveaway

I want to first mention how much it means to me that so many people participated in the giveaway. I love doing them, and it truly warms my heart to see some of the lovely comments people wrote and what they would like to create with something I put a lot of myself into.

Honestly, there are so many talented people out there and having people create these beautiful pieces out of yarn I dye up is such a huge compliment.

One woman commented on how she would love to see a darker, rich green. I am pretty excited to say I am working on such a thing, and that I hope to have a sample knit up in the next week or two.

In the next week or so, maybe even this week I plan on having an update schedule/ calendar, as well as an idea of what will be in each update. I can say for this next update I will be adding the recently released colors in DK. There will be some other surprises too!

Hopefully everyone has been having a good week, and that continues into the weekend!

Happy Crafting!

January Shop Update and Giveaway

Hey everyone! The shop is now updated and I am hoping you all love the new colors as much I do. I am really loving how everything came together!! All of these are in our sock base.

The Giveaway is being held on my Instagram page and my Facebook page.  You can join in on either one. It runs through Monday 1/30 at Midnight EST.  Good luck!!

Here are the new colors:

Filter:

I am completely in love with the grays and and yellows.  It really goes well with the Rock and Marigold colors, depending on whether you are looking to make a more subdued project, or a project with a little more pop.

 

Rock:

I am just going to go ahead and admit my lust for gray. I am absolutely blown away by it, and I am completely enamored with each and every shade. Long live gray! Now that I have gotten out of my system, back to Rock. I love it by itself, but it also pairs well with a lot of the other colors we have. It draws out some of the gray hues that show up in other colors, or it can compliment another color that really pops.

 

Monochrome:

This happens to be my husband’s favorite color from this update. I was kind of surprised at first, but if you look in our closet, this is a pretty good reflection of what you will see. The subtle shifts in this remind me of a nice ebb and flow.

 

Marigold:

This color is not actually new, it’s just been updated to give it a richer tone. I am currently working on a shawl with this yarn.

 

Gabby:

First let me say that purple is my favorite color. It also happens to be the favorite color of my younger cousin Gabby. She is now in college, and long past the days where she would be at my heels, but we are still close, and this just reminded me of her, and our shared love of the color.

The only thing I love more than purple and gray separately, are purple and gray together. I am just enamored with the richness of the tones and the subtle shifts in tones.

Lessons

About once a month I teach a beginner’s knitting class at Joanne Fabric. I enjoy sharing knitting with others, so it usually ends up a happy part of my day, without being a huge time investment.

The other week I had the pleasure of teaching three women, all from different generations. A grandmother, mother, and a young woman who will be going off to college next year. I have enjoyed all  of my classes that I have taught thus far, but I felt such a connection with these women. There was a sense of solidarity and sisterhood that can come with crafting in communities. We discussed how crafts and skills used to be passed on from generation to generation, and how that is not only useful, but it forges a bond like none other.

It seemed to tap into something that I didn’t realize I was maybe missing, and has giving me ideas on how to maybe fill the absence in my own little world/ community. There is something inherently beautiful and serene about it.

Here are some of the organizations, communities, blogs, that inspire me, and drive me to do more:

The Yarn Mission

The Healthy Knitter

Knits & Grits

There are actually many more blogs I could list, but that will be another post that delves into my fan girl status towards these amazing people.  Also, I can’t forget that I am inspired by you, and and the wonderful projects that I stumble across. I love the stories behind them, whether someone is tackling their first sweater, knitting with some amazing yarn they found, or making a project for someone dear to them. It always puts a smile on my face.

 

 

 

 

2017

I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays! It feels as though time is flying by, and I am trying to play catch up on everything. I am hoping to be caught up on everything  by the end of this week, *fingers crossed.* I had set a good pace last week and then I ended up catching the stomach flu, and I was down for the count.  Several naps, Gatorade, ginger ale, and an amazing husband later, I am back to normal.

The shop has been closed for a little over a month, but I have been working on some new colorways to add to the shop. The shop will re-open Saturday, January 28th! I am really excited to reopen and share some of the things I have dyed up for you guys.

After some back and forth, I have decided to keep primarily sock yarn and some DK yarn in the shop. If someone wants a custom order of Worsted or Bulky yarn in a certain color I would definitely be up for that, but for the time being I will be stocking sock and DK.

There is the possibility of a giveaway that will coincide with the reopening of the shop. It has been quite a while since I have done one, and I love doing them!!!

What has everyone been working on this January? I have seem some really amazing projects on Facebook and IG, and I am always inspired by what people manage to create.

Here are some of my projects that I have been working on so far this year:

(The hat is the Croft House Beanie by Kelbourne Woolens and the shawl is Alpine Sunset Shawl is from Helen Stewart/ Curious Handmade)

Please feel free to share what you have been working on in the comments!

Post Thanksgiving Unwind

Hopefully everyone had a wonderful  Thanksgiving, I had a pretty good one. This was my first year hosting, my sister and her fiance came up, nothing crazy but I might have stressed myself up a little wanting things to be perfect.  Things went well, and we all had a nice time.

Last week I also decided to do a Black Friday sale, which ended up being fun and I got to have some fun dyeing.

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Confession: sometimes I am not sure how I feel about the yarn until it dries.  Once it dries I feel as though you can see those subtle shifts in color, which I absolutely adore.

I was kind of iffy about the berry color but once it dried I ended up really liking it, and it can go with so many other colors to make a really fun project.  Here are some of the finished yarns:

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What is everyone working on?

Happy Crafting!

 

Busy Day

Today has been really busy with a whole bunch of adulting. I was hoping to play with some dye today, but I think that will have to wait until tomorrow.

 

roving

I’m taking a little break right now and staring longingly at some roving that I would love to spin at some point. Maybe after the holidays?

And now for a random picture of my cat because he seems as reluctant as I do to get back to getting things done around the house. I also think he is ridiculously adorable.  ❤

jimi