Thursday, October 30, 2008

Weaver's Guild Sale reminder

Don't forget to stop by the Weaver's Guild sale at Brentwood Community Center this Friday and Saturday. Today I dropped off all my yarns, unspun and spinning fibers listed in my last post, with the exception of Wicked Garden and Themyscira.

I stayed after checking my things in to help set up and display the merchandise. Amazing! There are literally hundreds of beautiful handspun skeins of yarn, some hand dyed yarn and quite a bit of spinning fiber. There are two rooms at the sale. One is for yarn, spinning and wearables (knitted, crocheted, felted and woven). The other room is for housewares and gifts, such as baskets, rugs, ornaments and sewn/felted animal and dolls.

The sale is open Friday 10-8 and Saturday 10-5. If you are there Saturday morning, say hello! I will be demonstrating knitting and spinning from 10-3.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Yaaaarn

If you are here from Susie's post, welcome! There is much mutual adoration for that woman and her yarn and fibers, especially this roving. Someone go buy it, please. It has been staring at me on my favorites page for months. It is completely unreasonable for me to buy superwash roving when I have pounds and pounds of it right here, but man-oh-man those colors speak to me.

Is it just me or has October been crazy? It started with the Strange Folk Festival which was wild and wonderful. Then launching the website (woefully understocked). The What's on Watson fair was next. Next weekend is the Weaver's Guild sale which will have woven garments, accessories, baskets, hand crafted jewelry, yarn, spinning fibers and more. I saw a few other artists while I was waiting to be juried. Yowza. I predict that I will spend more than I make at the Weavers Guild sale. [For a preview of what I'm planning to take to Weavers Guild, see my next post]

In between preparing and working at those fibery events, I have been doing a lot of worrying. It is an exhausting sport. Our friend Jennie, daughter of a very good friend Selena, was airlifted to St. Louis with complications from a recent transplant, namely one type of rejection. She was released from the hospital almost two weeks ago and unfortunately was only home for a day or two before having to return with more rejection--this time two kinds of rejection. She is currently in the hospital having her immune system, as her doctor phrased it, "destroyed". As awful as it sounds, as awful as it is, her immune system has to stop rejecting her new lungs. As her mother, another dear friend, says "prayers, karma and good wishes welcome". If you want to help materially, you could donate to the Children's Organ Transplant Association.

In the meantime, another friend was diagnosed with cancer and had surgery to remove the tumor (which proved to be the cure) and is starting a bout of preventative radiation just in case. Other friends have been struggling with frustrating ailments and I worry about them. I have been moving at a break neck pace to keep everyday life moving forward, including starting a new job (that makes 3), dealing with expensive car and home drama, trying to mitigate the stress of the factory closing (it happens this week--we still don't know what's going to happen) and going through the sniffly sneezing coughing aching fatigued fibro/allergies/asthma amalgamation that is the change of seasons. [Update--add to that the flu. Stupid flu. Go away.] Plus, I've just not had enough time to be a good friend. Through all of the craziness some corner of my brain has been sitting and worrying, holding my friends' collective hand and wishing I had more of myself to give and trying to forgive myself for not having enough for everyone.

Friends, I need a nap. BUT, this is a knitting blog so lets talk knitting.

Remember what I said last holiday season when I said I was only going to knit for people who asked for it? I have a brother-in-law with a standing order for socks, a mom who will wear anything I make her, a stepmother with cold feet and a request from another brother-in-law for a warm scarf. That's one scarf, one pair of socks and one whatever. Totally manageable, so I decided to make a vest for my mom (nearly done), a sweater and hat for Scott*, a scarf for me (already abandoned due to boredom) and a pair of socks for each of my sisters (not for Christmas, just because). Still manageable, enough to keep my needles busy through the end of the year, and the bonus of no self-induced holiday knitting pressure. So naturally....

Scott knitted a scarf for last years extended family swap. It was so well received that I decided to let rest of the family know we were starting to knit for winter. Historically they have said they weren't interested, but they loved Scott's scarf so much that I thought there might be a few takers. I let them know that if they wanted something we would be thrilled to try to accommodate. If not, no worries and no offense. The response was...well, unexpected. The Holey Shepherd and Old Man Winter must have joined forces to spread the Word of the Wool to the chilly and shivering. Nearly everyone in the family responded positively to offers of knitting.

First off, Wahhoooooo! I love gifts that I know are wanted and appreciated. Even better that they are knitted for I love the knitting. I am thrilled at the response, especially from those who have been lukewarm to the idea of knitted gifts in the past. Second, OMG What Have I Done? The preliminary total for knitted and crocheted gifts this year? 5 scarves, 5 pairs of socks, 1 sweater, 1 possible afghan and a pair of gloves. Third, this is karmic payback for all those nasty things I say every year when I'm up in the middle of the night the week before Christmas watching Harry Potter over and over again. [4 Harry Potter movies = 1 sock] Fourth, if I didn't love the pressure I wouldn't do it. I wouldn't do crazy Christmas knitting. I wouldn't do the Tour de Fleece. I wouldn't start a 101/1001 and I wouldn't ever entertain Knitting Olympics. Fifth, when the night before Christmas has rolled around and I'm saying all those nasty things, someone remind me how much I love this and how happy I was on this day. Because really? I love the pressure and I am so happy that I can make something for the people I love and know that they will appreciate the time, money and love that goes in to it.

*Poor Scott. He's like the cobbler's kid. I have knit him a grand total of one pair of socks and then promptly felted them so much that he can't get it over his heel. The silver lining is, he now has a nice pile of felted potholders and coasters. By the way, older Jitterbug labeled as machine washable totally isn't.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

I needed a new slogan

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[My mother approved, at least.]

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[Aw, you're so sweet!]

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[You do want to prevent forest fires, don't you?]

A real post coming soon...

Thursday, October 16, 2008

What's On Watson Festival

Hey kids, I am splitting a table with Amber Castle Stained Glass and CopperHead Designs at this Saturday's What's On Watson Fair. I will have everything that is currently listed in my etsy shop and on my online store, plus new colors of superwash merino roving/top and a few new colors of the fingering weight silk. I'll be at Knitorious working most of the day (come visit me!) but Scott will be there to answer any questions about the yarns and fibers. Be sure to stop by the tables to say hello to Scott, Sandy, Tammie, Amy, Pat and Suzanne and co-owner of Amber Castle, Fiona.

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(from the Knitorious newsletter)

WOW Festival

October 18th, from 11 to 4 p.m.

Come see What's On Watson.
Sample restaurant fare, peruse craft and shop booths, and listen to local musical artists. Don't leave the kiddos at home either because there are special events and activities just for the younger set too. Knitorious Knitsters Rachel, Tammie, Amy, Pat and Suzanne will have craft wares and yarnie things for sale, along with other local crafters.
Featured Restaurants:
  • LoRusso's
  • Stelina
  • Tratoria Marcella
  • Chris' Pancakes
  • Biggies
  • Brazzies
Parking is available one block north of Knitorious at Watson and Scanlon.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Website Sale

Strange Folk ended two weeks ago and it has been non-stop ever since. Scott and I went straight from the festival to the hospital to see Jennie and her family, the next day another friend got some worrisome health news, a few days later another friend. Follow that up by stress, stress, stress. I forced myself to take two days off in the middle of friend and family stress to launch my website, update my etsy store and put everything on sale. Then I made quick arrangements to go out of town to help a friend who had just had surgery, came home and wondered why sales were so down. I thought about it all night and finally figured out why--I didn't tell anyone I had launched my website. D'oh! Let me fix that right now.

DYEABOLICALYARNS.COM IS LIVE!

I will continue to list items in my etsy shop and now I will be selling from my own website, too. If you order from both websites I will combine shipping. To celebrate everything in the Dyeabolical Yarns shop is on sale this week, plus all the lace yarn in my etsy shop is also on sale. For a limited time, all DyeabolicalYarns.com and dyeabolicalyarns.etsy.com orders totaling over $75 (separately or combined) qualify for free shipping.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Lots of random

  • I can't stop fondling the alpaca roving I picked up from Prarieland Peruvian Alpacas at the Artisan Guild of Southern Illinois booth at Strange Folk. It spins like a dream with very little VM and the color! We picked up some handmade ginger spice soap from another guild member (whose name I didn't catch) that is some of the best handmade soap we have had in ages. It is cleans well and more imporantly, holds up. It is so frustrating to buy a nice handmade soap and have it dissapear quickly down the drain.
Alpaca RovingAlpaca on the bobbin
  • I'm a little bit in love with the Artisan Guild of Southern Illinois. They wooed us good. They are a small group of mostly fiber artists excited about their craft and in learning new techniques. They have one general meeting per month and 3 study groups for spinning/dyeing, knitting/crochet and weaving. If there are 5 weeks in a month then they have a demonstration or study group for a different art, such as iron working or wine making. Scott and I are crazy busy this month, but I think we will be checking out a meeting in November.

  • The tiara party and trunk show at Knitorious was fun with many tiaras and silly hats.
Katie Oh KatiePrincess Katie and Tonks

Woodland FairiesThe Woodland Princesses

QueensThe royal court

My boss about to sucker punch my momTwo Royal Hams
  • There has been a lot of good in this week, but a lot of stress, too. Friends are in the hospital or having surgery, other friends are dealing with relatives in rapidly declining health and the job security roller coaster continued on. Stress. Stress. Stress. Stress. Stress.
I have been cheering myself up with the new Norah Gaughan collection, a skein of the Opal Harry Potter sock yarn in the Dumbledore colorway, reading up on Lance Armstrong's return to cycling, and looking at recent things knitted from yarn I dyed. There are some talented folks out there:

Recent FOs  made with Dyeabolical Yarns
1. Socks in Alter Ego (Slither) yarn by Gerda
2. Armwarmers in Super Ego (Firefly) by 7-letter Deborah
3. Gaiter in African Grey one-of by TalesofYarn
4. Star in Alter Ego (Themyscira) by Spinnerin
5. Capelet in Unspun BFL (L. Green and Blue Rooster) by Lavendargrrl
6. Socks in Strong Arm (Joker) by Katie oh Katie
7. Socks in Sporty! (Frogs IAB) by Bunkybobos
8. Handspun in SW BFL (Dance Mistress) by Ann
  • Tonight my friend Elizabeth is having a release party for her newest book, Abaddon. There is a write up on Elizabeth in today's Belleville New Democrat. The "Abaddon" release party will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. today with deejay music and wine at the Blum House, 408 W. Main St. in Collinsville. Admission is free. Book supplies are limited, so people who want copies are encouraged to reserve them in advance at booksales@elizabethdonald.com. The cost is $8. For more information, visit the Web site at www.elizabethdonald.com
  • Annnnnd that's all the random I have today. See you!