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New creativity!

I just want to spend my day making stuff!

I love creating! New yarns, new fabrics, new designs – if it’s makeable without requiring a whole manufacturing plant on stand-by then I probably want to try it; at least once.

I’ve been enjoying new color dyes and new (to me) methods of hand painting. Twisting, turning, and coiling the fiber prior to dyeing is way more fun than I thought it would be. Initially, I wanted to experiment with more organic and less structured but I’m finding that waiting for the ‘big reveal’ is as much fun as waiting for Christmas morning present exchange. (I’m just a big kid when it comes to anticipation participation)

 

 

New items in the store!

I’ve begun adding new items to the store in addition to new yarn colorways and handspuns.  Occasionally I take a quick break from yarn making and look for other creative projects.  My latest extracurricular project is designing fabric and sewing up yarn totes. I’m absolutely hooked! You can expect more project yarn totes and more designs in the future.

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Yarn never gets boring

Ebb & Flow knit lace scarf pattern by Color Energy Designs
Finally getting organized!

There are so many things I enjoy about knitting – the patterns, the shapes, the history, the yarn, the community. And it never gets boring which is a huge bonus for me. I know it seems like I get bored for the amount of WIPS I currently have but the truth is I get so excited when a new yarn or a new pattern crosses my sights that I have to stop what I’m doing and cast on right that second. I do cycle back around to those less sparkly projects….eventually.

Right now I’m enjoying a Craftsy class (Lace Shawl Design with Miriam Felton) and you know what that means – more projects! And with any luck, more patterns for my shop. Right now I’m midway through a simple lace design scarf project. Ebb & Flow is knitting up in a nice rustic wool yarn in burnt orange. It’s going to be perfect for the autumn.

As I’m taking the course I can’t help but look through my handspun yarns. The worsted weights are nice but I’m still trying to decide how to incorporate some negative space in future knit pieces. There’s so many stitches, so many yarns and just plain not enough hours in the day. But that doesn’t stop me from absolutely filling as many minutes as I can with yarn. And you know what? I’m never bored. 🙂

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Where you spend your money matters

The Holiday season will soon be upon us so it’s a good idea to start your craft projects soon. Chances are you’re the crafty type who enjoys making a heartfelt gift for the special people in your life. And if you’re not particularly crafty then you probably either know someone who is or have local crafty people that operate a small business. Where you spend your money matters. If you are crafty, why not buy your yarns from your local yarn store or a local dyer and spinner (if not local, consider someone in your home state). Or if you make your own yarn, consider buying your spinning supplies from the market down the street. I know, why highlight what would seem to be the competition? Because small businesses matter and in the spirit of small business camaraderie I’ve spent some time searching online for local businesses (by state) you should consider patronizing for your holiday shopping needs. (NOTE: None of the businesses listed paid for advertising – I used a search engine and included the sites that appear to be in business at this time. I’ve also included notes for any business I have personally shopped).

Alabama

Weaving Alabama

Alaska

Far North Fibers

Arizona

Studio Thre3 Yarn & Fiber

Arkansas California

Beesy Bee Fibers (Great fibers & great service!)

Colorado

Treenway Silks (Excellent customer service & fun fibers!)

Connecticut

Yarns to Inspire

Delaware Florida
Georgia Hawaii

Hanalei Hand Dyed Yarn

Idaho

Apocalypse Friday

Illinois

Gnome Acres

Indiana

Yarn Daze

Iowa

Heartland Fiber

Kansas

Yarn Barn of Kansas

Kentucky Louisiana
Maine

Tess Designer Yarns

Maryland Massachusetts

Bohemia Fibers

Michigan

Indie String

Minnesota

Saga Hill Designs

Mississippi
Missouri

Diabolical Yarns

Montana

Mountain Colors

Nebraska
Nevada New Hampshire

Yarn and Fiber

New Jersey
New Mexico

Weaving Southwest

New York

Spinning Bunny (I love their fibers!)

North Carolina

Black Mountain Yarn Shop

North Dakota

Prairie Yarns

Ohio

Noah’s Landing

Oklahoma
Oregon

Alexandra’s Crafts

Pennsylvania

Yarn Wench

Rhode Island

The Mermaid’s Purl

South Carolina South Dakota

Athena Fibers

Tennessee

Miss Babs Hand Dyed Yarns & Fibers

Texas

W.C. Mercantile (I bought some beautiful silk hankies from this store – great service!)

Utah Vermont

Knit or Dye

Virginia Washington

Spincycle Yarns

West Virginia
Wisconsin

Ewetopia Fiber Shop

Wyoming

Jeny Originals