Showing posts from March, 2015


Whew!  I kind of fell off the edge of the world there this past week.  I had a wonderful show in Dallas/Ft. Worth.  Tons of driving and probably not enough sleep, but it's always a great crowd at the Fiber Fest, and I enjoyed having time to visit with old friends and new ones in my booth.

At home, the puppy wrassling continues.  Lizzie's working hard at figuring out all the rules.  She's not 100% consistent on everything - she is, after all, only 10 weeks today, but she's got the basics on sit, stay, come, no, down and a few others we are working on.  About 5 days after she came home, she wound up with a parasite infection and that made potty-training kind of rough for a few days while we got that treated, but she's on track with that now and we are really happy to say - no accidents in the house or in her kennel at all in the past 10 days.  Woot!

I will be sort of hit or miss on blog posts for the next 20 days or so - I'm trying to get ready to head off to the…

2015 Reading Challenge: Week 11

This week, I finished up the week 11 book, East.  A big thank-you to Laura, who recommended it.  I wholeheartedly enjoyed this book, which is a retelling of the East of the Sun, West of the Moon fairy tale (and one of my all-time favorites).  I wish I had grown up with this book - it's technically young adult, but I think carries itself with so many good things, it's a great read no matter what.  You can see my review over on Goodreads.

I need to scout around and see if I can find a copy of Snow White, Blood Red for my short-story collection, but if not, I'm 99% sure I've got something else I can put in it's place here.  It's not available via Kindle, but I might be able to get it thru the library.  In the meantime, I'm starting on The Winter Palace for this week's read.

WEEKS & TOPICS 1. a book with more than 500 pages: Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth. FINISHED. 2. a romance: Katherine by Anya Seton. FINISHED 3. a book that became a movie: The Hours

Spinning Friday: March 13, 2015.

This week has completely gone out the window for pretty much everything at my end.  Between the new puppy (who is doing great, but she's also 7 weeks old) and getting ready for the DFW Fiber Fest, I haven't done much of anything else.

Before Miss Lizzie arrived tho, I did get my second bobbin of singles spun of the BFL I've been working on.

I have started plying but have a ways to go before this done.  Hoping I can sneak in a little non-work time before I leave for Dallas on Wednesday to finish this up!

And... just because.... a cute puppy photo.

2015 Reading Challenge: Week 10

I've had very little time to read this past week - lots of dye studio tasks I'm working on right now.  I did start East, recommended to me by a bookish friend, and am thoroughly enjoying it.  (It's a retelling of the East of the Sun, West of the Moon fairy tale and it's brilliantly done.)  Hoping to get a little more reading time this week while puppy-sitting the new little one for D in the afternoons - but we'll see how that plan goes.....

WEEKS & TOPICS 1. a book with more than 500 pages: Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth. FINISHED. 2. a romance: Katherine by Anya Seton. FINISHED 3. a book that became a movie: The Hours by Michael Cunningham. FINISHED. 4. a book published this year: The House of Hawthorne by Erika Robuck. 5. a book with a number in the title:  The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. FINISHED. 6. a book written by someone under 30: Eragon by Christopher Paolini. FINISHED. 7. a book with nonhuman characters:  The Greyfriar by Susan Griffith.  FIN…


Whew!  This didn't feel much like a weekend this week.  I wound up working on some freelance copywriting work I do occasionally Friday and Saturday, interspersing that with a ton of dyeing in the studio, plus a photo shoot on Saturday.  While I was working away, D drove to the NW corner of Colorado (about 8 hrs of driving each way) Friday and Saturday to pick up his new puppy.

Here's Lizzie!

She's (obviously) very cute, but even tho she's only 7 weeks, D picked out a pretty strong personality! She's been trying to boss the two older dogs around, and she's absolutely fearless.  Figured out steps already after one hesitant trial and then she was off to the races.  We are getting her into the groove of the schedule here - and D's going to take some time to stay at home the next few mornings and get her onto an established routine.  She's already been pretty good about trying to learn things - she's already figured out her name and she'll come bound…

Spinning Friday: March 6, 2015

This week, I was in the mood for a relatively quick spin - I dove back into my Spin The Bin 2015 project and pulled out a braid of blue-faced Leicester from Two If By Hand.

I'm spinning this up into (hopefully) a DK-weight, 2-ply yarn.  I've got the first bobbin of singles finished and the second one started.

I'm really trying to stick to finding 15 minutes to myself to do a bit of spinning each day - I am so busy right now with show prep and other things that I find myself not making any relaxation time for me, and you know what they say about all work and no play.....

Pattern Release: Kellygnow Shawl

My partner at Stitch Definition, Elizabeth Green-Musselman of Dark Matter Knits, and I had the opportunity to work with the wonderful Kim at The Woolen Rabbit.  Kim has some upcoming spring shows and wanted to garner a bit of new pattern support for some of her gorgeous yarn.  She sent each of us a couple of skeins of her Opal yarn (merino, silk, cashmere) to work with.

I designed the Kellygnow Shawl from my two skeins of Opal fingering-weight.  This is a Faroese-type shawl with a center back panel of leaves, flanked by two side panels of woodland and leaf motifs, and a knit-on border reminiscent of a rocky stream.

I loved how the two colorways Kim sent complemented each other with all those beautiful greens!

Elizabeth worked up the Bettina Cowl and Mitts set using Sporty Opal which is the slightly heavier sportweight version.

The cowl can be worn in several different ways - wrapped and buttoned (shown above), buttoned, but left loose (as below), and unbuttoned to wear as a scarf.


WIP Wednesday: March 4, 2015

Sekret Knitting:
I started the next shawl for the Heroines Shawl club.  I am planning for it to have 4 sections, or maybe a fifth if I've got enough yardage, and I'm almost finished the first section.  My goal is to finish that section, and try to work thru the second section.The other shawl project is still on hold.  Personal Knitting:  I cast on for the Furrow mittens by Kirsten Kapur.  I'm using some Harrisville Worsted from stash in Fawn and Teak with a bit of black for the contrast rows in the cuffs.  I had to drop down two needle sizes to 5s, and I wound up not increasing sts after the cuff was finished, since these were coming out pretty large.  I'm going to try to finish up mitten #1 this week.
I also cast on a pair of socks: The Long Dark of Moria by Claire Ellen.  She had originally knit these using Wooly Wonka Fibers Arianrhod Sock, but I had a skein of Aerten Sock in the same colorway (Avalon), so I decided to use that.  I had originally cast these on thinking…

Pattern Release: Misselthwait Manor Shawl

The March Heroines club pattern, Misselthwait Manor, is now live.

This is a Faroese-style shawl with a center back panel of a climbing roses lace motif, with small floral sprig lace motifs on the side panels.  It is finished off with a floral eyelet border.

I knit this using a new-to-the-shop yarn, Aeslin, which is a light fingering weight yarn, but one of my testers also knit it in Ceridwen, which is a true fingering weight yarn, and it came out beautifully as well.

A big thank-you to Dilshani Tyson Photography for the gorgeous pictures!

2015 Reading Challenge: Week 9

This week, I finished up Seance In Sepia.  A pretty quick and easy read.  It was a little slow to get started, but I gave it the benefit of the doubt and I enjoyed it.  It's a historical mystery (complete with smoking gun), told with a contemporary story - both focused around an old photograph found in a book.  It's filled with all kinds of interesting tidbits about turn-of-the-century seances, police investigations, and Free Love and the feminist movement.

I started East, at the suggestion of a friend - I originally had a book (Jabberwocky) that was billed in the Goodreads blurb as a book about how Lewis Carroll wrote the original poem, but... well.. it apparently was only that in passing and not something I was interested in reading once I looked it more closely.  East, however, is exactly the kind of book I like.  It's a re-telling of the East of the Sun, West of the Moon fairy tale, which is one of my favorites.  I'm just starting it, but I suspect this one will go…


We had actual winter this weekend!  And I know everyone on the east coast and particularly in the northeast is very very tired of winter, but we really need snow.  We've been in a drought for the last several years and March begins our windy season which morphs into fire season, but the more moisture we get now, the less risk of fires.

Of course, in the way things go, my MIL is here for a visit and she lives in the southern part of the US, where she sees snow about once every other decade, and while we assured her we normally have sunny weather (and it has been sunny and in the 60s!), it very much was not this weekend. It's been overcast, snowing or sneeting, and cold the entire time she's been here.  It was bad enough on the roads yesterday that I opted not to make the 2-hour drive up to Taos for a book signing - I probably could have gotten there, but coming home through the gorge in the late afternoon wasn't looking very good.

So we wound up staying here and doing …