Tuesday, March 31, 2015

No schedule needed.

I said I wasn't going to blog on a schedule. The nice thing about that is that if I miss a day, no one knows! The bad part is that I don't have to post on a particular day, so when that blurp of inspirational 'oh, I was going to post about that' comes...it can go just as easily.

Ah well. I can be laid back. I can do laid back.

Hi! It's Tuesday. It's March 31st, the end of the first quarter of 2015. Time does fly. Spring has theoretically sprung, though some of you are still seeing snow. Some of us have already begun to dread the summer if spring is this warm.

I have been keeping myself busy, still making strides in my Year of Making Things.

I have a lot of things on the needles. I have never been a person who can work on just one project. Too magpie for that. y'all. I get bored. My attention wanders and then nothing gets done. So, I've got myself on a rotation. At present there are ...*pauses to count* .. six shawls OTN. I love to knit shawls. I don't wear them, really, or haven't, but I love to knit them. One of them is going to a friend, for sure. I started it with that intent. The other five ... may go to people, if they speak to me about a particular person. I have learned the hard way that not all the people you would like to give gifts are worthy of handknitted things.

This is one of my current favorites:

This is the Beetlebum shawl, by Renee Callahan. The yarn is a 100% laceweight wool that I dyed as a gradient variation of one of my Shakespeare colorways. It's hard to see all the color, but I think it's very pretty (she said modestly).

And then, in addition to making knitted things, I've dusted off the sewing machine, been sucked into the glorious world of fabric (because I needed another addiction), and have begun making project bags.

How cute is this fabric?

All this making is a good thing because craft fair season fast approaches. My attempts at selling at the local farmer's markets didn't go so well, but I am hopeful that crafting-specific markets will be better for me. Must have a decent amount of inventory to make those work, though, so back to it I get!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


I'm a fiber hoar.

There, I've said it. This should come as no surprise to anyone who's met me, certainly not lately, but yep. That's my official designation, and I'm not alone.

Like many of my other fiber-loving sisters and brothers, I have a lot of it. Fiber in various amounts and content and color, some mine, most of it from someone else's dyepot. I don't know *exactly* how much I have, because I'm a little intimidated by what I might discover. I live in the happy ignorance of "a lot" and leave it at that.

But, as part of my deal with myself for 2015 (and to keep the Engineer from giving me more nasty looks when fluffy pillows arrive in the mail), I decided I would not buy fiber I didn't intend to spin this year.

And then the MegaSAL happened, but that's not my fault!

I am no longer a member of as many fiber clubs as I once was. I belong to one. I told myself I could participate in the SALs from one group on Ravelry, and if I wanted to do any KALs, I could either dye my own or dip into my stash of already-purcased and/or handspun.

And I'm pleased to relate that I'm doing pretty well so far. For me. I can't compare myself to some of the amazing spinning talent out there in the community. I can only look impressed.

But so far this year, I've finished:

Othello, dyed by me on Shetland. Chain plied, 355 yards.

75/25% BFL/Tussah silk from All Spun Up. 3-ply, 320 yards. This one is available in my shop, actually.

Elizabeth, Finn from Bride Flight Studios. Another 3-ply, 345 yards. This is destined to become a hat for a friend.

And on it goes. I am plying another yarn that should be done in a couple of days, and spinning yet another. Woo, productivity!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Knocking off the dust!

So, hi!

It's been ...two years and change since I last updated this blog?


Anyway, I'm going to do my best to start updating it again. Yay! Right? Right?? Well, I'm going to do it anyway. :)

What I will not be doing, at least in the short term and possibly long term, is doing the podcast. I've tried twice now and it just peters out. If I had a partner, I probably could, but talking on my own, when I'm so slow just means I run out of things to talk about.

Instead, I'll ramble in text. I've got a pretty good handle on that.

I don't have a schedule or anything planned. I'm not great with schedules. It's the magpie thing.

...I should really just change my business name to something to do with magpies. Something to consider.

'tany rate! I decided at the end of 2014 that this would be my year to Make Stuff. To sell, to give to family and friends, just to Make. Might as well keep track of that here, where I can hold myself accountable, and you guys can poke me, too.

So, see you soon!