kicking things off

I’m definitely getting my holiday buzz on… much earlier than usual, but why not? It’s dark, dreary, rainy. I need sparkly lights, wool in my hands, wool on my feet, music, hot beverages.

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We had a great day at Room6 on Saturday! We arrived to see our yarn and kits artfully arranged and I set up our winder and swift. I brought my spinning wheel and plunked myself in everyone’s way.

We met new friends and saw old friends. The day flew by and we are so grateful to Megan and her team for making us so welcome and providing a fun atmosphere. We had tea and cookies provided by Sunnyside and Provisions12, there was music and amazingly, there was sunshine!

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Again, a HUGE thanks to Megan and her crack team at Room6! โค Our yarn/handspun/kits will be there through the holidays and hopefully we can sneak it past into the new year too… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Yesterday I spent the whole day in my pjs. It was wonderful! Nothing that needed to be done where people would see me. Instead, after seeing my favourite sister off to goย home, I sat by the fire and spun all day. I also dyed some yummy peruvian top that I will get spun up this week to bring down to the cove.

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I finally got around to photographing the latest Ripple Wave Mitts… these are in the Vineyard colourway. I love them to bits… if I can say that without sounding like I’m bragging. But they really are lovely ๐Ÿ™‚

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Melissa finished our Deep Cove Cowl in this gorgeous Madeline Tosh DK she got in Portland a while back. I love seeing how it came out in a yarn with more variegation. Yum! She adapted the pattern for DK and it looks great! I’m thinking of trying it in some bulky yarn.

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This week I’ve got to get a friend started on her cowl, do more dyeing and spinning and knit a pair of mitts for my friend.

Over on Ravelry, we’ve started an Emerald Lotus Fiberartists Group. Please come and join us and we can catch up with each other and our projects! I’ve also added our yarns into their database, so if you enter a project, our yarn should pop up when you type in “Emerald Lotus Fiberarts”. Melissa is going to be adding some things to our Etsy shop. We had to close things down for a bit while we did our holiday market booth and getting our items ready for Room6, butย soon there will be some pretty things listed.

Sorry this post was a bit scattered, but that’s how life has been lately! I’m looking forward to spinning today and listening to podcasts. I need to download and listen to “Serial” which my daughter and her friend have been raving about. And I’ll finally get out of these pjs and look presentable. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Have a great week!

market date

Well time sure has flown by since last I was here, but it’s been a very busy couple of weeks. We’re getting ready for our market booth this Saturday, August 30th at the Edmonds Washington Summer Market, from 9am to 3pm. We’ve been editing what it is we want to present, adding new products and doing what we enjoy. Both Melissa and I are loving the process of dyeing yarns and fibres and coming up with new colour combinations. We’re finding our way.

Something that we are adding to sell at the market are kits that are our hand dyed yarn with patterns. She is putting together kits for her adorable handspun baby hats, “Little Bits”. There will also be finished little hats for sale.

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I’m adding my fingerless mitt kits, using handspun mini-skeins and a pattern I wrote up, Ripple Wave Fingerless Mitts, using hand dyed fingering weight yarn.

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And the third kit we will be offering is my Eyelet Ridge Shawl pattern using our long-colour changing handspun, which is also hand dyed. It’s a soft merino and silk blend, perfect for keeping the chill off your neck and not scratchy at all.

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I’ll be adding these patterns for sale on Ravelry and our Etsy shop (once I figure out how to do all that!)

Melissa came up for a few days last week so we could work together. As much as we enjoy our texting and FaceTime daily meetings, it’s so much more satisfying to get up early in the morning, make our coffee and get into it together. And going for our daily walk is good planning time too. And just hanging out and knitting is not goofing off… it’s work!!

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And then the lad came home! He’s been away at school since January and let us know a week before he came home that he’s accepted an internship in our province, a mere 4.5 hours by car! We’ve enjoyed the short time he’s been home, getting things ready to go, cooking for him and just loving having him here. I can’t believe he was here… and now gone! I’ve missed him so much ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

So the last couple of weeks have been chaotic but fun… ย I’ve got the patterns ready to go and the yarn packed up and ready to travel south. We have new tags printed. We plan to have our Etsy shop back up by Sunday or Monday, with our new yarn and kits listed to sell. And we’re both working on new patterns and kits to add in the next couple of months.

And now I’m off to dye more yarn!

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If you are in the area, please stop by and visit us on Saturday! ย Click on the link below for a map:

Location: Downtown Edmonds on 5th Street from Main at the fountain to Bell and east up Bell Street around Centennial Plaza.

 

monday report …

Happy Monday! I had a great weekend spinning and dyeing. The weather was absolutely perfect to sit in front of my little window and a breeze would come in… keep my iced latte cool, listening to my podcasts. But today it’s supposed to be up to 33C/86F and it just might be a bit too warm to spin wool. Might… but I’ll try anyway!

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I’ve got 3 skeins ready for shawl kits and 4 in the works.

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I have to get the patterns finished and printed. I have more dyeing to do. Photos to take. Labels to make. Lists to update.

Kittens to love. Mine…

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And the neighbour’s…

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I plied this yarn and it’s always a challenge not to have any wasted singles. It’s a mission to me to get my spools equally loaded, but I always have leftovers on one. Now I just save them up and ply little mini balls together to give to my sister who is knitting her handspun knit-bit baby hats, so it doesn’t bother me anymore (although I still want maximum yardage!) This is the best I’ve ever done. I had about 8″ left and I felt victorious. Until the next one…

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Better get to work! Have a good week and enjoy these dog days of summer!