Tuesday, March 29, 2011

an oldie but a goodie

a few years ago the lovely annie modesitt used my handspun in a project featured on knitting daily tv. these cute fingerless mitts were made with one strand of handspun and one strand of solid. her (free) pattern is a great introduction to stranded knitting. while i'm really anticipating spring right now, these bright, happy handwarmers have me feeling a little less cranky about our long winter.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

cat stretch



so i have been spinning. and spinning. so much that my right hand is kinda numb. it was already suffering a blistered thumb after a hot candle incident in mexico. yes, i should know better.. but who lets wicks get that close to the glass jar? i sizzled off a good part of my right thumb. my spinning thumb. so this week it's been bandaids  and pain. and even with the bandaid, i had to be careful. those little brown filaments in a fabric bandaid can catch in the wool and before you know it, you have bandaid fibers in your yarn. gross. i can deal with a few cat hairs, but not icky bandaids.

so the thumb is trying to heal, the wrist is sore in it's own funky way from excessive spinning and i feel like a cold might be coming. everyone in my office has been sneezing, hacking and snorting all winter. it's getting to me. so, i'm trying to bring a little balance into the routine. a couple of yoga classes a week get me stretched out and centered (sort of). i have been enjoying the classes at yoga fresh here in woodbury. it's a pretty little studio, a space that looks and feels very un-woodbury. the late saturday afternoon class was really nice. something about all the windows and the warm afternoon glow on the remaining snow filled the room with the nicest light. i felt like little fontina (above) on my yoga mat.

remember the roving i dyed last sunday? here are some finished yarns. i'm very happy with this new blank roving from the sheep shed studio. the wool is from nebraska, colorado, and wyoming. not local-local, but pretty local, for wool anyway. here are three skeins i made this week.




 and what a cool, cool discovery i made today while killing time looking at knitting on the internet...



one of my favorite and most supportive local customers made this stunning kindle cozy with some of my dyed bulky-weight yarn. see more on her blog. her use of herringbone stitch for the flap is genius, right?

Monday, March 21, 2011

smells good

check out this beautiful spring tabletop featuring my candles! my friend jennifer created this tableau a few days ago for a photo shoot. isn't it pretty? you may remember jennifer from the two books we worked on together. she does lovely work!

the scents pictured are green tea and rose. these and many more will be available at my booth at craftstravaganza on april 30. what candle scents are you drawn to? i'm leaning toward fresh florals for springtime gift-giving. mother's day is just around the corner...

Sunday, March 20, 2011

a good day to dye

finally, a batch of roving caught on film.



well, i had been putting this off for a while so now that we're back from vacation i have fresh motivation to get my hands dirty in the dyepot. i sent the family out on some errands this morning to give me the time to quickly dye up some nebraska roving from the brown sheep mill and some really soft alpaca from northern minnesota. now it's drip drying in the basement. i'll take some fans down to speed things up.

i'm digging that murky camo-hued batch that's second from the left in the middle photo.

i have tons of already-dyed purple/green/dark blue on hand that i can't wait to mix in with the variegated blue alpaca. stay tuned, as soon as this batch is dry i will be spinning like crazy.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

mark your calendar

For April 30 as Craftstravaganza comes a little early this year. All those last minute Mother's Day purchases can now be made with a week to spare. Based on the success of my grab-n-go holiday candle gift boxes at No-Coast, I'll be doing the same with floral scents for the spring. Right now my workshop smells of rose, orange blossom and lilac. New photos coming, too! Complete show vendor list here.