Wednesday, June 30, 2010

a giveaway!

To celebrate 103 hearts in my etsy shop, I am having a giveaway. A triple giveaway, to be precise.

I have set aside three colorways of yarn from my etsy shop. To see them you will have to go to the etsy shop. (Since I am giving away three skeins of yarn, I had to say the words "giveaway" and "etsy shop" three times, of course.)

The three colorways are:

pool side


sweet plum ( in the suri merino laceweight).

Go check out the shop, and report back here in the comments. You have until Friday, July 2nd, midnight, to leave me a comment. Any comment at all will do, but I prefer the nice ones. :) Tell your friends, too!

On Saturday morning, July 3rd,  before Germany plays their next World Cup game at 10 am EST, I will randomly select three winners and announce them here.

And to keep the theme of threes going, there's two more pieces of good news to report:

The shop is featured in the Local Lovelies section on etsy.

AND: Bluepeninsula started a Fans of Periwinkle Sheep group on Ravelry!!  Thank you so much, Bonnie.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010


Just got back from my trip! There are now 101 hearts!! Thank you so much.

OK I have to unpack and do some laundry then we have to go to a soccer game.

Rules for the give-away will be up tomorrow.


Sunday, June 27, 2010

who hearts me?

Or rather my ETSY shop? As of this morning, there are 93 people who heart the shop.

I can feel a give-away coming soon as the hearts hit 100!

I'll be out of town until Tuesday, details to follow then!


Friday, June 25, 2010

road to Rochester

Here's a selection of colors going to the Yarn Boutique in Rochester, NY next week.

The top three are  colorways inspired by three lovely ladies (may have something to do with Tall Son's girlfriend, her mom and her sister, all of whom are knitters). Not sure the dad wants his own colorway, too?


Please let me or your local yarn shop know if you are interested in these.

Tasha (left) , Tina (right).

Below is a new colorway: Embers

The new edition of Suits Him

And a color which I can never resist dyeing: Hot Pink

There are also some new offerings in my etsy shop.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Beekman Street art district in Saratoga Springs, NY. Common Thread is there, a yarn shop which I stupidly forgot to photograph. (I'll be back there for sure, and soon.)  Tall Son and I went up there a couple of weeks ago to deliver yarn, have lunch, and look around.  He was being very patient.

This is my find.

Never have I seen a greater variety of hand woven cloth in one place.

Who wants to go on a field trip with me?

Thursday, June 17, 2010

back in business!

The following colorways are now available in my etsy shop:

pool side


memories of summer



Thank you so much for looking! ( feels good to be able to dye again.)

June flowers

I realized the other day that I am rather ageist in my portrayal of flowers in my garden.

Today I want to show you the beauty of roses just past their prime.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Cummington loot

I still owe you pictures of my purchases at the MA sheep and woolfest: at the same time, I am trying to learn working with the new post editor I just found on blogger.

Yeah I went a little nuts with the spinning fiber....(I also bought two skeins of yarn for a stealth project.)

Here is the pin from Leslie Wind. It's a cool one-handed design! No fussing with a pin. This easily hooks into your shawl with one hand!

Since Leslie was so generous and gave me the pin, I had to puchase this:

I love anything to do with sheep, and this little sheep pin - about 3/4 inch wide - was just too sweet to pass up.

This weekend I am going to take a spinning class at WEBS in Northampton, "Hone your Handspinning". I can't wait! My little wheel is going to get quite a workout. Barbara Parry of Foxfire Fiber is the teacher.

Friday, June 11, 2010


1) I have not fallen off the face of the earth.

2) The doctor lowered the dose of my thyroid medication, and my body doesn't quite know what to think yet. Last week I was running around like a headless chicken for a lot of the time; that has now abated, and I'm tired more. Not sure if I'm just recovering from the running around or what. Next bloodwork is July 6th.

3) I dyed a bunch of yarn on Monday and Tuesday, and promptly sold most of it to local yarn shops - thank you so much, Trumpet Hill, and Common Thread in Saratoga! I was a complete idiot (I blame the yarn fumes) and did not take pictures of new colors before they were snatched up.

4) My goal for tomorrow is to photograph some of the remaining skeins and put them in my etsy shop, which has been empty for too long.

4a) There is a new bamboo blend coming right up.

5) Once again, I want a new camera in the worst way. Someone talk me out of spending $700.- .

6) Especially since I have to get new glasses, which the insurance barely covers.

7) I still want to show you the Cummington loot (I was very restrained).

8) I need to show you pictures of a really cool textile studio I found in Saratoga.

9) I have way too many WIPs.

10) Maybe the World Cup will help in that department and I will finish some things while watching games.

11) TTFN!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Cummington & Northampton

Last Saturday, my friend Anna and I went to the Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair in Cummington.

We admired hand crafts of all kinds, such as these beautiful baskets:

Spunky Eclectic was on my shopping list (no loot photos yet!).

I got a copy of Amy's book, which she autographed for me.

Then we visited my yarn in the Sliver Moon booth :0

and admired the amazing work that Kay and Laurie do.

Of course one must stop to say hello to some fiber animals.

This jewelry maker had contacted me before the festival because she saw my Citron shawl on my blog.

She absolutely insisted on giving me one of her shawl pins! I was blown away by her generosity. (I still have to take an adequate picture of it.)

The Tidal Yarns booth is always a delight -- all natural wool dyed with plant dyes. I am working on a stealth project for which I didn't have enough, so I got two more skeins.

At Holiday Yarns, I spotted the Tsock Tsarina next to Jennifer.

And this just so much eye candy... a dream for felters and spinners....

Well. And as if all that wonderful fiber wasn't enough, we decided after our picnic lunch to drive (well, Anna did all the driving) the 20 miles down to Northampton and go to Webs, where in the warehouse, I saw some ecologically packaged yarn.

The Webs store....

...and one of the aisles in the warehouse. Not sure where the shoppers went when I took the pictures!

We ended our expedition by going to a coffeehouse, and knitting for a while....

Ahhh. A good friend to share the day with. Just what the doctor ordered!