Saturday, March 27, 2010

When Life....

gives you a cold yukky weekend...make yarn! We have gone from 70 something degree weather to cold, wind, rain this weekend. From having windows open to having the heat one. But that is okay, because that just provides an opportunity for a little spinning to get done.

A little hand dyed cotton candy blue...



can be spun into something really yummy....



This is just the first of the singles, I'm planning to spin another color to ply with blue to make something super fun. It will be available in the shop. I have some lavender yarn there now. Check it out. Shop Stitches and Stories

The roving I use is from a farm here in Virginia, hand dyed by me, hand spun by me on my Ashford Kiwi. I believe in supporting my local farmers and businesses so whenever possible items in my shop will be supplied or created by a local or regional artisans.

Back to the wheel....

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Spring or should I say Spin into Action

Spring is upon us here at Stitches and Stories, the hosta are trying to poke theirs heads up our of the ground, birds are chirping wildly every morning and the temperatures are in the 70s this weekend. Time to enjoy a little time in the yard and prep the garden for planting.

I realize we are only half way through March and April can be a little "iffy" but the days are longer,nights aren't as cold and and I think we are definitely out of the woods for any more snow!

It really enlivens the creativity. And here is the latest creation....

Handspun

Purple and white handspun, 3ply. Hand dyed with kool aid. It is approx. 132 yards. I am working on plying some more so that I can offer them on the Etsy shop, I will let you know as soon as that happens.

Back to the wheel!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Spring Forward

Well I do not care what the calendar says, to me it is spring, we have had several days with the temperature is in the high 60s and 70s and buds are popping out on all sorts of plants and last night was Daylight Savings Time. Time to spring forward an hour and while I a feeling the results of a lack of sleep this morning, it will be nice to come home from work and it still be daylight now.

There is a sense of renewed energy all around. You'll notice I changed the template for the blog, I felt the cold winter gray scheme need to go and warm weather always makes me think of boats and fishing and the beach so a change was in order. I hope you enjoy it.

In knitting news, yesterday was very productive, I finished a baby hat and a pair of booties to match the blanket I finished last week. Again, I'm going to wait to post the pictures, so not to spoil the fun for the recipient. I also started a baby bowl yesterday too, how fun are those! Super chunky yarn knits up quick. Gotta make more of those. I'll post a picture of that later today when it is finished.

In other news if your looking for a unique gift for yourself or a friend, something handmade or vintage I have a one stop shop for you!
Virginia Etsy Shops This is a collection of artisans located through out Virginia offering you everything from bath and body products, fiber related, vintage or wood crafts. It is a really amazing collection of artisans and products you "have" to go check it out!

Has anyone signed up for Annie Modesitt class yet? You gotta check that out too, a great value for your money, world renown teacher and you can take the class in your PJs! What more could you want?!

Time for some Fiber Fun!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

So much to say, so much to say, so much to say...

It is really hard to know where to begin.

First, let me let you in on something that is just fabulous....Annie Modesitt and her online classes. I just finished the February Combination knitting class and loved it. I had a great time and learned so much! And Annie is so talented and a great teacher as well. I thought learning a new stitch online might be a little tricky, but not at all! She has some other classes as well in March and April. So I encourage you to check it out. Sign up and let her know that you were referred by me, Milly. Here is the link: Annie Modesitt's Online Classes You can also clink the link on the right hand side my the page here and that will take you there as well. Again, just let her know how you found out about the classes, she gives a referral bonus to those students who have taken her class and then refer others. So sign up and refer your friends!

Second, as I have mentioned I have two friends who will be expecting little bundles of joy in the coming months and I have dedicated myself to ensuring they are the best dressed and outfitted babies when it comes to hand knits. I found out this week one of those friends is having a boy! How exciting! Bring on the blues, not that neutral colors aren't fun, but it is nice to having something an little gender specific. With that said, I finished a baby boy related item last night. But I do not want to post a picture and spoil the surprise for the mom and dad to be. So I will save all the pictures until they have been mailed and give you a baby slide show.

Third, went out in search of some yarn yesterday and found a very interesting knitting book I had never seen before. I don't know how I missed it but I have, so I am making up for it now. It has some great fun patterns in it! Toni Carr is terrific!

Books

To that end it peaked my interest in Roller Derby, I remember watching it as a child and knew that it has or was making a come back but hadn't really followed it all that much. But after picking up this book yesterday I decided to google it. And I was amazed, comeback? No kidding! There are like 400 teams in the flat track league and one in my own back yard! I looked up the team's website and I'm excited to find to find a day when they are competing to go watch them! It looks like so much fun!
Dominion Derby Girls

You can check to see if there are teams in your area here: Women's Flat Track Derby Association

And finally, my Nook, ebook reader. I am enjoying that so much! I wasn't sure at first, but now, I'm totally hooked, it is so much easier to read anywhere, without worrying about bending up your book in your purse or knitting bag, or having a really good but heavy book weigh you down just so you can enjoy it with your favorite coffee or tea at your local coffee shop. And I don't know about the other readers but with the Nook I can store pdfs of knitting patterns on it as well!

The sun is shining it is a beautiful day for some fiber fun!