Wednesday, January 28, 2009

lizard yarn spotted in the wild

Look look look, it's my yarn!

Ok, this is probably not exciting to anybody but me, but every time I see someone post pictures of my yarn, I feel like I'm famous or something. Only not the bad parts of being famous like people bothering you all the time and taking your picture with your butt looking fat and lumpy in a swimsuit for the front page of grocery store checkout line magazines, just the good parts where people admire you. Yeah. I've got my imaginary sunglasses on, tooling around in my imaginary Maserati. Think Joe Walsh: life's been good to me so far.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

a new project

Guess what? I'm actually making something! (besides yarn)

This is Suri Merino from Little Barn, the same yarn I used for my mom's scarf only blue. It really is a fabulous yarn. I know I was so tired of the last scarf I wanted to throw it out the window by the time I finished it, but this one is different. A) There's no deadline, not even an imaginary one. B) I've got other things going at the same time. C) It's totally mindless crochet, just one v-stitch after another. It's perfect for my current mental state. So far, I love it.

It looks oddly huge in this picture (at least to me), but in reality, it's about six or eight inches wide. It will be a nice, generous scarf.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

yarn of the day

No time to write, but here are some pretty pictures of my latest yarn for your viewing pleasure.

This is my Love colorway on Joy, the super soft 80% superwash merino/ 20% nylon sock yarn. If you like it, it's on my website.

Friday, January 16, 2009


I can't believe the Phat Fiber Sample Boxes for January are sold out already! If you got a box, you may be getting one of these:

If you missed this one, my yarn will be in the February box too. I think this is such a cool idea for experiencing indie yarn and fibers before you buy them, and the proceeds go to charity, so it's a win all around.

Well folks, it is cold cold cold here. I keep hoping in vain that the university will be closed so I don't have to go to work, but it just hasn't been happening. If I was one of the cool kids, I'd be off to TNNA this weekend. Oh how I dream of being one of the cool kids! So much yarn, so little time! (Oh wait, my life is like that already...)

Thursday, January 15, 2009

New yarn

Check it out, fresh from the dye pot!

Dudes, can I just say I love this yarn? That's my favorite thing about dyeing: nearly every batch, when it comes out of the washer from having the water spun out and I see it in its final state for the first time, my heart swells and I think "This is the best yarn ever!!"
These three are all Joy, my new sock yarn base, which is 80% superwash merino wool and 20% nylon. The nylon makes it durable, and the merino makes it super soft. I adore it. My other base is very durable and practical; this is more of a treat. The colorways are Enchanted Forest, Wildflower, and Shimmer. They're all available on my website. Or, if you're local and prefer to shop in person, Yarn Expressions has a small collection in stock. Good stuff!

Meanwhile, what have I been doing all this time I haven't been writing? Well, mainly freaking out, as always. I'm vending at The Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival next month, and there's a ton of stuff I need to do to get ready. Wish me luck! I attended this festival last year--they even held it on my birthday last year!--and it was a total blast. That's where I re-learned how to knit! It's a really great show, and awesome people like Robyn Chachula will be there. If you're going to be anywhere near Pittsburgh Valentine's weekend, ditch your date and come to the festival! It's worth it! Ok, in the interest of love you could go commune with the yarn all day and then go out with your honey at night: the best of both worlds. See? Some problems have easy solutions.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I hope you all had some fabulous and relaxing time off.
I had a blast myself. You know that scarf that took me three months to finish? I gave it to my mom, and she loved it. She was totally showing it off to everybody. It was all worth it.
Otherwise, my holiday involved a lot of family time, a lot of crocheting, and a lot of driving. It was totally different from my normal life, and I think that was good for me. Now it's back to work and back to the dye pots!
Not everybody has been slacking, though. The creators of the Phat Fiber Sample Box made a video of some of the samples that will be included in the January box, including my yarn. In case you haven't heard of this, it's a box of small samples of a lot of different indie yarn, fiber, stitch markers, and other fiber-related things--a chance to check it out before you buy. I'd say it's very cool but dangerous--talk about enabling! Anyway, I'm always psyched to see my yarn somewhere other than my house.