I don’t know one person who doesn’t struggle with the issue of finding time for everything they have to do, need to do, want to do. I grew up in a mostly orderly environment — lots of routine. Monday was wash day. Tuesday was a day for housecleaning. Wednesday was grocery shopping. Dinner was at 5:20 PM every night. My life is not like this now! For many of us, maybe even most of us, life is chaotic, often hectic
Time flies…I look up and it’s been a month already since we rolled out Sock School. It has been a complete thrill to see people making their first socks! I love to see the yarn combinations people put together and help them work through the techniques.
Many moons ago, I became a Sock Knitter. While I dye, spin, weave, knit and crochet, deep down inside lives an eternal Sock Knitter. By a rough estimate, I’ve knit 500,000 stitches in the pursuit of making footwear. Maybe it’s because I’ve always loved shoes that I naturally gravitated towards making socks. It still amazes me that with two needles and some yarn, the curves and angles of the foot can be accommodated so beautifully.
I was asked recently for some of my ideas on becoming successful with a fiber business. I shared my thoughts with that person but thought others might want to hear them as well. And, it’s a great time to talk about it because this is a great time of year for changing things up and perhaps doing things differently. But, first, let’s set the stage for this conversation. There are different types of success in business. Being well known, being
I have been waiting for the last several weeks to see what Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year would be. Some of you may have caught the announcement last week that the color is Greenery. I could not be happier about this choice!!!! It’s fresh, light, happy, and hopeful. This color is a breath of fresh air to me and coincidentally, a color which I’m naturally aligned. Usually, when I write these posts, I scour the internet for examples
Silk, glorious silk!!! Wool is awesome, but I have developed quite the passion for working with silk yarns — especially the chunkier types. They are light, warm to wear and luxurious. A couple of years ago, I happened upon a destash of naturally dyed LaLana Wools silk yarns and it seemed time to bust them out and make something. I was ready to knit a new shawl for fall so, I decided to finally knit the Esjan pattern by Stephen
The reading material on the nightstand is the Fall issue of Vogue magazine!!!! Just like last year, a couple of weeks ago, I ordered myself up a copy from Amazon because it comes in a fancy box. This year, as you can see, comes complete with the cover of Kendall Jenner. I’m no longer at a point in my life where I’m interested in wearing the type of clothing generally featured, but I like to use the colors, shapes, and
Many moons ago, Suzy and I challenged each other to a spinning duel. I gave her a package of stuff to spin and she gave one to me. Now, when I say “many moons”, I really mean that because I think Suzy has moved a couple of times since she got her package and at this point the package I gave her resides in the land known as “Whereabouts Unknown”. But, I have had the one she gave me and
Introduction: Bren Boone is right at the top of my list of artists I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting in person. If you have seen Bren’s work, you know why. Her hand spun yarns are pure perfection. I own a skein and I can tell you, there is nothing else like it. A couple of months ago, I indulged myself and purchased a skein of Bren’s made of 100% cashmere. Delightful does not being to describe the
One of the things that a lot of folks struggle with is defining themselves artistically. I know for me, in the beginning with spinning, I was so eager to try everything. Settling into what I REALLY liked from what wheel to which fibers to what exactly I liked spinning took awhile. This weekend, having finally finished up with a knitting project last week that I’d been working on since October, at last I felt fee to do other THINGS that