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in the mountains

and the mountain lakes…

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Off on a little retreat with the Mister, which includes yarn of course.  I’m working on writing up the pattern to this:

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And trying to figure out PDFs and how to upload them so you can download them.  I added my two patterns listed in the menu bar to Ravelry, and that links them back to here.  But I really would like a better version of a PDF to link it to.  Oh…. so many brain cells needed, so many dying off…

And having a little fun too, like doing a little hiking (11k today and boy am I tired!) and hanging out in the cool green places with local critters.

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This little guy was trying to lure me, I’m positive, to a bear.  I’m sure he had an exchange… nuts for man woman flesh.  He’d pose, then lure me to the next post just as I was trying to get his photo… But I caught on, little scamp!  ;)

Carry on!

 

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ripple, baby!

Something soft, something small, and something colourful of course!  A new baby in the extended family means baby crafts!  I knew I only had a short while to whip something up and so I went to my stash and found the Deramore’s Stylecraft Special DK that I have been hoarding, picked out some colours that did it for me, and hopefully will for the babe, and whipped this “baby” off in just a few days.  Of course it also happens to be when we’re experiencing our hottest weather of the year (hovering around 30 celsius), but that’s what fans are for, right?  But yeah, I’m that weird lady crocheting a blanket in hot summer weather.

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It’s been nice to take a wee break from the yarn making business and do something fun and totally addicting.  Crocheting always grabs me tight and I can’t stop till it’s done.  I wake up thinking about when I can get back to it!

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  • The Pattern is Attic24′s Neat Ripple.  This is my second Ripple and her pattern is written very clearly and it is detailed with photos.
  • Five colours: Aspen, Spring Green, Pomegranate, Cloud Blue and Saffron.
  • It measures 24″ by 32″.
  • Ravelry project link.

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I’m waiting for a huge shipment of yarn to be delivered tomorrow so that I can get the dye pots fired up again.  One thing I learned from our market booth is that the blues are hot.  Give the people what they want is my motto!  And I love the blues too, so I’ll be happy quite to be tangled up in blue yarn!

In the meantime, I’m spinning some lovely merino/silk roving into yarn.

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I dyed them last week and have a fan parked next to my wheel, which is next to my big container of ice water to sip on, which is next to an open window, which looks out on my garden, which needs a good watering before I sit back at that wheel this morning.

Hope the summer is treating you well!

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market day

Our day finally came, July 5th.  We spun, dyed, wove, knit, crocheted, priced, tagged, hauled it and our tables and tent to the market… and we sold!  It being our very first market booth, we really weren’t sure what to expect.   Some things we thought would do well, didn’t.  Some things we weren’t sure about, did well.  But we’re calling it a success and have already made adjustments in our planning and we have set new game plans in motion for our next booth, August 30th.

Despite the bit of rain we got… rats… we had a blast and the best part in this whole endeavour is doing it together.  Our mom and dad would be very happy.   We had great support from our family and friends;  friends who were able to stop by and visit us on Saturday, and support from our friends who were unable to.  We are very grateful!  Everyone who has encouraged us and given us positive feedback, we thank you so much!

Here are a few snaps we took, with our iPhones, of the day.   We started with an all-day work day on the 4th of July, finalizing the inventory, tagging everything and deciding on our final set up for the booth.  But we did manage to sneak out for a walk, grab a latte and smell the most amazing roses along the way.

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And take selfies with our yarn.  We are not the best at taking selfies… I kind of hogged our selfie space here… oops, sorry Sis!

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We arrived bright and early and with the help of our husbands, were able to set up our table of goodies.  Next to us, setting up, was Jonboy Caramels.  Lucky us!  They were really good.

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We were feeling pretty darn professional with our sign.

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We were very lucky to have open space on either side of our tent and we had the good fortune to have some folk singers set up and sing their hearts out.  The two young men came first and asked to borrow our stools to play, and we let them, provided they take requests (ahem, Bob Dylan).   Then the two ladies came, the four of them jammed on a couple of songs, then they performed on their own until the unfortunate rain came.  They were amazing to hear.  Darn that rain!!

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We made our last sale as we were getting ready to pack up for the day.  We met so many nice people and got great feedback on our items.  Lots of note taking ensued afterwards!

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After the wine, that is.

Now I’m back home, resting up, ordering more yarn and fiber to get dyeing for the next market!  Cheers!

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25 Years

It’s been 25 years since we moved here to live in beautiful Canada.  We loaded the baby in the car and headed north from Southern California and didn’t look back.   I wouldn’t want it any other way…. we love it here.  Happy Birthday Canada!   You’ve been such a great place to live and raise our family.

I’ve had a very quiet day making labels for my yarn, finishing off a sock pattern give-away for the market booth, getting things packed up and ready to go.   It’s really warm and lovely today too and it feels so good taking an iced latte break on the patio and enjoying the summer flowers.

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Cheers!

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dyeing and spinning

work is in progress

As the countdown to our market booth is fast approaching (July 5, Edmonds Summer Market), I’ve been spending my days making sure every bit of fibre I have is dyed, spun, woven… whatever it takes!  The latest batch is handspun that I dyed.  They are each 100grams of Peruvian Wool Top and spun mostly to a worsted weight, with a few DK weights thrown in.

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Top:  Emerald Rose, 196 yds, 10wpi/worsted

Middle:  Sea to Sky, 181 yds, 9wpi/worsted

Bottom:  Tropical, 171 yds, 10wpi/worsted

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Top:  Citrus, 185 yds, 12wpi/DK

Middle:  Poppy Field, 220 yds, 10wpi/worsted

Bottom:  Cobbler, 215 yds, 12wpi/DK

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One of the joys of crafting is having different things to focus on.  Sometimes all I want to do is weave and do that exclusively for weeks.  Then it’s over to the wheel and spinning, which is where I’ve been the last week or so.  Sometimes it’s a combo of both.

Now that the spinning has all been spun, I’m going to knit up some samples using a superwash merino fingering weight that I dyed in a two-tone, hopefully striping, colourway.

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Details of the handspun is on my Ravelry site.  Off to find my needles….