Saturday, March 29, 2008

If it's spring, I must be doing yardwork...

The crocuses are up, the daffodils want to be blooming, and the sun is out so that must mean I have to do yardwork. I'd rather be knitting or spinning, but I suppose that the winter trash must be removed if I want to look at those spring and summer flowers. Ah well....

Ran a few more colors through the carder this morning in the hopes that I can finish all the Posy Toes colorways, photo them and have them up on Etsy by Tuesday at the latest. These batts take quite a while to produce as I run them through the carder 3 times before I consider them ready to spin. That's a lot of arm-work! But I'm having such a good time playing with the colors, it's like having a box of 64 crayons. One of my fondest memories is the first day of school--really first day, like the first day of first grade--when I went to my desk and there was a box of brand new, never-used crayons on my desk. They smelled sooo good! Why don't crayons smell like that anymore, I wonder? Have they changed the formula?

Anyway, I'm heading outside to clear away old leaves and fallen branches. Perhaps I'll have a look at those seed catalogs tonight and order some perennials, maybe some bittersweet to climb on a trellis at the garage.

Friday, March 28, 2008

The new sock batts are up!

I finished half the new line of sock spinning batts and put them up on Etsy two days ago ( They are all flower-themed, and I have 5 more colorways to prepare before the entire line is in the public eye. BUT, it's been great fun as I adore flowers and colors! This is a photo of the Gloriosa colorway.

Having spent all of yesterday carding batts in Impatiens and Lisianthus colorways and baking bread, I'm just too tempted to spin them up myself. Today, Friday, is for all that dratted paperwork that comes with having a business--pay the bills, make the invoices, enter the inventory---yuk! Isn't this why I left my old paperwork-pushing job, to follow my creative muse?

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

I have a 'digital' headache

I swear, I just wasn't meant to deal with technical stuff. Halfway through my photo shoot today, I had to download the photos because the card was full. Could it be because I accidentally put the camera on video for a few minutes? duh. Explain to me how I can understand the nuances of spinning wheels and spindles and cars, but digital cameras and VCRs and TiVos completely stump me?

All the photos of the new sock spinning batts are finished--phew! Some came out better than others because it's so tough to photograph something with glitter, even without a flash. The nylon just picks up every bit of light even when the lights are softened. As soon as I finish this post, I'll be putting the batts up on Etsy. New sock yarns should go up next week, as soon as the skeins are washed and dried.

And I think I've finally caught up on my everyday life after being out of town and out of the country for the past 4 weeks. Trips to Canada, LA and the Netherlands can sure put a damper on getting stuff done. But we/I had a great time seeing old friends and eating all that good food in North Holland--thanks, Annie and Gre!

Monday, March 24, 2008

I finally made it

Finally found my way into blogdom after retiring from my job, getting my life re-organized around having the time to do WHAT I WANT (shouting cause it feels good to do WHAT I WANT and not what's required of me), and hunting down a host I liked. And having the courage to actually post. No photo of me yet, as the Kodak decided to freeze up on me. Paid $20 for a new battery, charged it, and the camera still doesn't work. Will cost $125 + $48 shipping just to have them look at it. Decided to use hubby's Nikon, only to have the battery go dead on it. Now that $40 battery is charging so that hopefully I can finish my photos tomorrow. I simply must update my Etsy page with all the new spinning fiber I made last week and it's making me nuts to wait for a little bit of metal in a battery wrapper to charge up.