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looking forward

finally! something with some cheer to add here! I’ve been receiving emails most of the day with cheers and encouragement. really, to all of you, thank you! I am feeling *so* much better today than yesterday!

I got some spinning done for a holiday gift!

Funny how the simplest things can clear the fog. My kids have been extra helpful, they know Mama is feeling really low lately. Tonight we’ll bring out the blankets and pillows, spread them across the floor… and I’ll make home made popcorn! yum!

I’m also particularly excited about starting the new round of clubs in 2009. Finally, I can see the end of all the waiting my sock club and a few customers have endured for a *ridiculously* long time. That to me is the most wonderful news I could hope for right now. It means movement. forward. I can have something to look forward to. I really really do enjoy my work and the friends I’ve made in connection with it. Amazing the fiber community is, I tell you.

Thanks for sticking with me and holding me up when I fall.

Blessings of joy and happiness to you!


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2nd December, 2008

Time to focus! I am bringing the blog back to life! (the last post has been made private. If you would like to read it, let me know, I’ll forward it to you)
Today is:Β  my sister’s birthday, my tiny nephew was born yesterday

… AND today I started the 365 photo project. This is a huge step for me. I can think of few things I enjoy LESS than seeing a photo of myself. I am hideously critical and honestly have just never learned to accept myself in the flesh. This is completely opposite of how I view the world. I cannot (literally!) think of a single “ugly” person. I see beauty everywhere, and yet cannot find it close. There are lots of reasons for this, of course… but the point is that I’m ready to shed the old painful thoughts that continually cut me. I’m taking the 365 challenge! (see Flickr box to your left) I may need a little support…. I’m a skeered!

Thanks for reading, I will try to at least update 2 times per week. And do the 365.

Blessings friends!


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Thursday catch up

Good afternoon, fellow bloggers! I am headed out the door to go to Zilker park, but wanted to update on a few fun things first!

New yarn!! Bellissima lace yarns!! The Loopy Ewe will be our exclusive online retailer for this yarn, and it will be in next week! (You’ll have to catch a sneak up, I bet) Here’s your sneak peek… I LOVE doing subtle solids!!
Bellissima lace yarns

And a sneak peek at tomorrow’s stocking in the store:

Bella Nirvana aranΒ Parfait Nirvana

In the Knews: I am working on the last inch of some teeeeeny little longies for a swell little scallywag… finishing up and making test pairs for the new pattern coming out this month. Sadly, I had to set my Pumpkin King Jaywalkers aside from pain again. 😦 I have ONE whole sock for me, though! woohoo!! I think I’ll try again in a few weeks to see if the pain will get better. It’s so weird how it’s shifted. I used to have no pain on the little needles, only the large ones… now exactly opposite for the last several months. ??? weird.

Also! CALLING ALL FABRIC LOVERS!!! Fabric is the one thing I may just have more of than yarn… and it’s time to set it free! I am auctioning off HUNDREDS of yards of fabric for about 1/4 the cost I purchased it at. Something for everyone, from fashion to quilters. Have a look here Β for those…

I also want to THANK YOU all for my birthday wishes. I was not in the car headed west as I wanted to be, but it was a great day none the less.

Have a great weekend ahead, and keep stitching! πŸ™‚


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Free hat pattern ready!

Click here for the pattern! It’s super easy, for 3 or 4 sts/inch… lots of yarns to choose from!

enjoy πŸ™‚

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Friday String Smut

Happy Friday, friends! See, I am getting back into the blog swing! πŸ™‚ I have several finished objects for today’s knews! Though I feel satisfied with the many finished things (especially after my 2 month long knitting hiatus)… it’s a bit alarming as well. You see, I knit when I’m stressed. More stress? More knit. No spinning since my last entry. Spinning is my true zen sport, and I don’t do well at it while stressed and sweaty-palmed. So, I sit and pet… stare longingly at all the fiber that calls to my fingers. poo.

As it is, there’s still a big move ahead… so I’ve gone ahead and cast on a pair of socks for me. The Pumpkin King Jaywalkers on Lotus Toes. I mean, my birthday is coming up… why shouldn’t I have new socks!?

And in the knews:

Thuja socks for Zen Daddy:

Simply socks in Masquerade yarn by Dashing Dachs for the freshly four daughter:

What are you working on??

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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!?


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

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PSA: Nirvana has landed!!!

I know. You could faint. Could it possibly be TRUE!?!?

Yes, friends. It’s true. Nirvana worsted has finally landed after the longest “week” in history. “It will be ready to ship next week.” That week was over 60 days long! πŸ˜›

(No, this is not the most yarn I have ever gotten. In fact, this is perhaps 1/8 the amount of naked yarn in my house. See the table? The bins? Yep. Full. all full. πŸ˜€ ) Sometimes I fantasize that I could casually dye it all up to keep… and swim in… and drape over myself for clothes.

“Look! It’s the crazy naked yarn lady!” “Again!?” <rolls eyes>

Inevitably, there is then a child cacophony that breaks the spell of the wool high. I realize that instead, I must see it all to it’s proper home, where it will be loved… and not made spectacle of. πŸ˜‰

And so anyway… Nirvana is finally here, and I haven’t been online much. I’ve been dyeing COLORING (Zen Daddy prefers I not announce that I need to dye, or I’m going to dye… can’t wait to dye, etc… says it’s disturbing to hear. πŸ˜‰ ) like a mad mama. The secret lab notes will go out tomorrow, I’m terribly excited to see what everyone picks! There of course will be a contest for each club. I can’t get enough pay it forward.

In dyeing coloring news: I did up 4 skeins of sock yarn for me and my buddy, Kristina. We’ll have matching socks, and we’ll be gay and merry with our precious tootsies! Okay well, we’ll at the very least have some colorful ding dang feet!

If I do say so myself, it’s gorgeous. I’ll have to snap up some photos of the skeins. These were still drying on the line here, thus the weird shifting happening with the wind.

In the knews:

I still have this weird and wretched growth on the side of my finger. It still hurts like a __(something that hurts a lot)___ when I knit with any needle larger than a 3. Good for sock knitting, bad for regular knitting. So.. with that, Morocco in progress:

I’ve actually finished this sock and am a few inches into the leg of this little guys’ buddy. The colors in this yarn are so incredible. I find it almost impossible to get the color to come through the camera. This is my best attempt. They still match Bear’s lovely red cast <grumble grumble>, and he still loves them. All is well in sock land.

This blog post has gotten terribly long! But! I will be back with more shots of yarns and purdy fibers soon enough! I also have to take pictures of the COOLEST swap stuff I got from my lovely swap pal in Seattle! AND I got 2 new books in, must review. We must discuss. πŸ˜‰

Have a wonderful weekend, take a picture of what you’re knitting this weekend. Send it to me. πŸ™‚

Be well!


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