Saturday, December 31, 2011

Last Day

I walked around my neighborhood today and took some pictures.

no luck

friendship garden at the nearby elementary school

each letter has a matching plant that starts with that letter: H stands for Hosta

this year the city replaced all the old trashcans with these

 above and below: this building used to be part of a catholic elementary and middle school. It will be razed this year and replaced with a new Mormon church building.

a beam with lichen on it, by my local florist.

even in winter, so many colors:

an elegant bouquet by the side of a building:

Happy New Year, everyone!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays and all the Best for the New Year! Thank you ever so much for supporting me this past year, for sticking around, for not giving up on me when I wasn't writing much, thank you for being you. Thank you for knitting with my yarn and keeping The Periwinkle Sheep going. I love dyeing more than I can say, and I am looking forward to doing a lot more of it next year.

Enjoy your holidays! May you be surrounded by people who love you, be safe in your travels, and if you have time to knit, enjoy every bit  of it.

All my love -


Friday, December 16, 2011

still good


Meggie's brother Murphy told me that the link for the sock club at $24 will remain up until this evening! So you have today, too, to grab a year's worth of awesome, Ireland-inspired (and I mean Inspired!) sock patterns, including 2 bonus patterns, for only $24. AND you'll be donating to a good cause.

The price will go up to $36 after that, which I think is still a bargain.

The way the link works is that you will put in your email, and then Murphy will send you and invoice, to be paid through paypal.

As of tomorrow morning, the club will be live on ravelry and it will be a regular purchase through rav/paypal, but at $36.

Just to entice you a little more, here is the inspiration for February's pattern:

It will be done in watercolors sock yarn, in the colorway Memories of Summer:

Won't that be the best thing to knit in the dead of winter?

OK don't delay now, go get subscribed to the pattern club! You are not required to use my yarn at all, there are other options out there, but I know what I'll be using. ;)

PS: yarn for January and February will go out by December 20th! Order by December 19th. Yarn orders placed after December 20th will go out after Christmas.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Touring Ireland through a Year of Socks

A few weeks ago, I was asked to dye some yarn to go with a sock pattern club! Initially, there were to be 6 colorways from me, and 6 from other sources.

Then Meagheen Ryan decided she wants to have ALL Periwinkle Sheep yarn for her sock pattern club.

It has been a whirlwind of phone calls and discussions and pictures of Ireland sent to me for inspiration.

Of course my back has been giving me trouble this whole time, and Meagheen knew that I would not be able to dye 12 completely new colorways anytime soon. She decided to start with some colorways that I've already done, such as Memories of Summer and her own signature colorway, Meagheen.

When you do a search on ravelry for Meagheen Ryan designs, there will be 11 pages of socks, shawls, scarves, mittens, you name it. Not only are they all beautiful, but every single cent Meggie makes selling her patterns, goes to charity.
Just check out a few patterns, and you will see. That link I gave you is four pages of sock patterns alone.

The Touring Ireland through a Year of Socks pattern and sock club is different from others because it started with the patterns, and all the proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald house. 

If you sign up TODAY, you will receive a whole year's worth of sock patterns for only $24!! As of tomorrow, the price will go up to $36.  Please go HERE to sign up -- you will have to follow a link at the top of the forum thread. That page will also explain how the sock club works, and what you are going to get. There are not a lot of secrets here - you won't pay money and then hope month after month that something nice will be in your e/mailbox.

You do not have to be a member of the Ryan Eejits forum, though we would love to have you participate in the KAL.

The patterns will be sent out every first Wednesday of the month, and there are bonuses throughout the year.

If you decide to go for the yarn club also, I am sending out the yarn on the 20th of the preceeding month, before the pattern is released, so you will have your yarn in hand when the pattern comes out and are ready to start. Right now I have January and February ready to go, as I was able to dye a bit of yarn the last 2 days. You have different options, individual months or a 6 month subscription for now. The second half of 2012 is still in the works!

But first and foremost -- don't lose out on the pattern subscription!

I will talk about the yarn in the next few days. For my loyal local fans, this club is available online only as of now.

ETA: when you sign up for the club today, just leave your email where it prompts you to. You will then be invoiced.  The club will go live tomorrow, and then it will be like any other ravelry purchase.