Thursday, December 23, 2010

merry christmas

as promised, i present the yarn ball wreath. it's made with three sizes of styrofoam balls, scrap yarn, a tube of christmas balls from the dollar section at target and a few miscellaneous floral picks and glass ornaments secured onto a wire wreath form with florist's wire and several dabs of hot glue. if i made it again, i might use a different base and more glue and less wire. it turned out cute but it was a lot of work!

here's to a fantastic holiday. i hope you can find a little time for yourself and give yourself the gift of a bit of stillness and peace.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

just putting it out there in case anyone is looking....

we're all sold but we have friends who need good homes.
if you were running a certain st. paul springtime craft show you'd want a handspun yarn vendor there wouldn't you? yeah, i knew you would.

hey, in other news, i have been working on a little holiday-inspired craft. a yarn wreath. no pics yet because it's not done AND i dont really know what i'm doing so no step-by-step tutorial. stay tuned, with xmas right around the corner i need to get this finished and up on the door. stand by!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

my favorite kind of project

is one borne from necessity that can be made without a trip to the store. it was thanksgiving weekend and i had just made todd some mittens for his birthday. i was still on a "i love mittens!" high, and decided that lydia needed some, too. i just started with a bunch of scraps and she liked the look. so for the next one she requested an un-matched mate. what do you think? i dig the scrappy, wacky look. and yes, that's snow. we got a bunch last weekend and it's the pretty, fluffy kind.

Monday, December 6, 2010

and just like that it was over

Me and Jennifer. Photo by

The big craftapalooza weekend was super fun and a great way to cap off my first real year of being a legitimate crafty business person. One cold afternoon last January I was soaking in the tub feeling a little sorry for myself, wondering what I could do to make the coming year a little more fulfilling than the last. A flash of inspiration popped into my head at that very moment. Apply for Craftstravaganza. And I did. There were about five days left before the deadline and I rushed to get all my paperwork in order to become a business. I was stunned to get in. And now, almost a year later I have done four craft shows. I am feeling very blessed.

The table was full!

I got good feedback on  my colors.

The candles were popular. Everyone loves to sniff them.

I liked getting feedback from other yarn geeks.

Wow. Just wow. I really don't know how to properly summarize the fantastic experience that was No-Coast Craft-O-Rama. Yeah, I sold a ton of yarn and candles, but it was more than that. I met so many interesting shoppers who were so incredibly passionate about their knitting and crocheting that they actually inspired ME to focus more on one of my favorite hobbies instead of just being so fixed on the production side of things. I got to spend a lot of time with my gracious friends Annie, Jennifer and Rhonda who all assisted me in the booth when it got busy or when I needed a bathroom break or a bubble tea. It felt great to also have the support of my coworkers. Thanks to Rick, Kathe, Kathleen, Cindy, Sarah, Jenna, Ben, Mrs. Barnes, Connie and Kim for seeking out my booth. It really meant a lot to me!  It was an exhilarating and exhausting couple of days.

Here is my haul from the show. Body products from the lovely Rachel of Lusa Organics, cute greeting cards from Lucky Nielsen, soaps from St. Paul Soap, a new orange! belt from Miss Alison and a recycled belt cuff bracelet from Waist2Wrist. I think I  made out real good!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

a yearning for yarn? i can fix that.

Everyone needs yarn!
I'm fired up and ready to go!

No time to waste now... No-Coast is just a couple days away. Right now I have the cutest pink yarn drying in the basement ready to make it's debut on Friday afternoon. Why the last minute rush? Well, the other day I was feeling all gloaty about my progress and decided to set up my booth on the guest room bed. Whoa! I had a distinct orange and blue thing happening like crazy and needed some color diversity STAT! No time to spin, I kettle dyed some new lamb's pride worsted in shades of pink, purple and red. And that, my friends, was just what I needed to save the color wheel from falling out of balance.

Now I'm tending to last-minute stuff like packing up, making signs and trying to get everything crossed off my to-do list. I hope to see you all at the show. My booth is B8, near the hallway that leads from the common area down to the Salty Tart, inside what used to be Jade Restaurant.

I'll be peddling: Handspun yarn (bulky weight, local wool blend)
Soy votives in festive gift boxes
Hand dyed yarn (superwash sock, merino sock, sport, worsted and bulky)