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Do not adjust your screen…

…it really is me, and I am updating the blog! Okay okay, pick yourself up out of your chair… πŸ˜€ So I’m going to go ahead and condense the last 4(!!) months into a little tiny paragraph, then we’ll move on…

This summer started off with a bang, then some shoves, and then a few punches. We were greeted with massive backorders, mill screw ups, several bouts of illness in the house with children and adults, and did I mention the computer loss in June!? So, uh, yeah… that’s what I’ve been doing. What have you been up to!? I don’t have much in the way of Knews, as I injured my wrists, all the way to the shoulder! Tiny needle knitting (my beloved socks!) is out of the question still. ouch. But, I have been able to whip up two pairs of pants for my Em, the bulky yarn and huge needles seem to be gentler on the hands.

Sadly, she’s coveted the other pair, so I don’t have photos just yet. This one is Bart & Louise in the Garden Nirvana bulky, used about 8.75 oz:

Β (nothing like a cactus drying rack!)

I have been spinning!! Let’s review, shall we? πŸ™‚ (go ahead and pull up a chair and get a drink..)

Through The Looking Glass superwash BFL, first navajo ply (THANK YOU ANNA!!!)Β 

2 ply BFL “Mulberry Bright” by the lovely Carrie of Funky Carolina:

“Splendor” superwash African merino: (super soft!!)

“Pinwheel” Targhee dyed by the ever talented Julie at Selah (bulky 2 ply, you could use this as a pillow!)

“Esquire” Targhee 2 ply, worsted to aran weight. Zen Daddy insists that it is a hat for him. hmmm?

“Hopi” superwash BFL 2 ply, to become socks for one of the sons…

“Neopolitan” BFL by the amazing Georgia Yarn Pirate: (I’m thinking the lace vine hat resized for Em?)

And most recently a test spin of last month’s FotM, Sea Glass superwash merino/Tencel (yum!)

Gosh, that was a lot of spinning!! I can’t wait until I can knit it all up!

So what’s next? Lots of goodies stocking very soon at The Loopy Ewe!! I sent Sheri a batch of Bambewe with many many new colorways!! Here’s just a little peek:

The Twisted ladies should be opening a big box of goodies today! So don’t forget to stop by if you’re in the Portland area! Lots of the exclusive Twisted colorway in both sport and fingering!

Wool Girl will be stocking a great variety of yarns later this month, too!

In store news:Β  Recently, we made the hard decision to stop taking custom dye orders. Instead, we will focus on keeping our retailers and our own store stocked. Please feel welcome to put in requests for yarns and colorways to be stocked! We’ll even email you to let you know it will be in the store. πŸ™‚

Okay, I’ll be better about updating!! Something about blogging when you’re really feeling cruddy just doesn’t jive, and I apologize for the quietness in bloggity land. We’re finally on the upswing, and we have lots of really exciting projects on the horizon… so stay tuned!!

Peace & Blessings~

Namaste!
Angelina
(and the whole Zen crew)

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Sneaking out of the dye pot….

I am ALIVE!! We’ve been up to our eyeballs in yarn these past weeks… would you believe we’ve sent over 400 skeins out in the past 4 weeks?! I am a bit exhausted, but pleased and blessed nonetheless!

The first round of the clubs seems to have gone off well, I love the photos coming in! This month, I am keeping ONE of every option. I’ve been inspired this month by Earth, and the wild colors she flashes for us. So the sock yarn and fiber stash grows… (eh hem) See what I mean? Here are a few photos taken in the past week or so:

Nope, these aren’t the photos that inspired this month’s clubs. You’ll have to stay tuned for that! πŸ˜‰

In the knews:

I finished the Morocco socks for Soloman:

My boys have the tiniest little legs and ankles. Despite the ribbing all the way to the foot… these buggers still sag! Eh well, he loves them! Also, do not fret: he is well trained in string first aid. He is not harming any yarn in this photo. πŸ˜€

I immediately cast on the next pair of socks for April’s Socktopia:

Lotus Toes in Strawberry Fields forever… this one will be a pair of almost-knee-highs for my 3 year old daughter. She already has all the fabrics picked out for a skirt to make the outfit complete. I have not made much more progress than this in over a week. Again, I’ve been busy with string playing. Next, I have to whip up a matching pair for the 16 month old little sister. THEN, it will be a pair of Jaywalkers for me, with Strawberry Fields Forever on Harmony Fingering. If there is any time whatsoever: I plan on making this lacy nightie out of bamboo yarn I dyed just for the occasion. Zen Daddy approves of the colors, now I just need an extra 2-8 hours in every day. πŸ˜‰

I joined the Sockapalooza, and am so excited!! You remember my Patchouli socks? (The first, and ONLY thing I ever knit for myself…) I gave them to my oldest. He loves them, and they fit just fine. I guess they just were never meant to be mine! At least this way, I’m assured of owning my own pair of hand knit socks… right?! πŸ˜› I can’t wait to find out who my partner is. Speaking of partners: I sent out my L & V partner swap. I went straight into the yarn, and skipped the candy. I hope that was okay!? I’m nervous she didn’t enjoy my picks. If that is true, hopefully she can swap the skeins for others. πŸ™‚

Okie dokie… off to dye more solids. It’s rainy here, so solids are a good thing to do. What are you knitting!?

Namaste!
-a.

Don’t forget your Mama on Earth Day, April 22nd!!!

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Silly

I’m off to the Austin Knitty circle! yeah!! We’re having a book swap today… can’t wait to see what the ladies bring! πŸ™‚ I’ll update more this evening. Enjoy your day!

my pet!

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Playing catch up…

finally. I’ve updated zenstring.com!

I could NOT believe some of the old photos I still had up there! yuck! Over a year old, even! What do you think? Anything I missed? I also finally made up a little banner:

I have no idea what I’ll be doing with it yet, but there it is!

In other news: Here are the *mostly* finished soakers! Just pretend that back one has it’s other leg finished, okay? πŸ˜‰ Excuse the terrible pictures today, lighting has been the pits.

Progress on the Monkey socks: not much to report, turned the heel, working on the gusset. I’m worried I won’t be finished in time for Socktopia this month! eep!

(ETA: This awesome Scrabble stitch marker was made by Caro of Split Yarn! My set spells W O O L)

Fiber updates: I will be getting oh about 150 lbs of wool this coming week, with another 100 lbs coming again next week… I’ll be a busy mama! Here are the latest dyes:

Root, Rock, Reggae BFL silver:

And Koi BFL silver (the pictures just don’t do this fiber justice!)

(more photos on Flickr)

That’s all to report today… Hopefully I’ll be back with hoards of yarn photos… and a *completed* Monkey sock! Enjoy your day!
Namaste-

a.

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Oh yeah… we’ve got color, baby!

sff2, originally uploaded by zen mama.

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I’ve stocked full!!! I have sooo many more colorways set to release in the coming weeks as well… so excited!! I’m also getting together the Fiber Clubs at Zen String, too. Life is good. πŸ™‚

Happy Yarnings everyone!!

Namaste!
-a.

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Catch up on some knitting…

ksock, originally uploaded by zen mama.

These here are The Bean’s new socks! He adores them, of course. They were knit on size 0 DPNs, from Yarn Pirate’s “Vincent” super wash merino. Yarn Pirate is my favorite not-in-my-dye pot dyer! Other than Zen String yarns, #2 is Yarn Pirate in basic stash quantity! Seriously, I lurve me some booty… http://www.yarnpirate.com. πŸ™‚

Before I get flack for knitting “baby” socks… this kids feet are a mere 1/2 shorter, and 1.5 inches narrower than MINE! πŸ˜›

More soon… must wash and block…

-a.

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