I realized late last night that it was Wednesday and I didn’t post to the yarn along. I think that it’s because the kids were off from school or had delayed openings and it threw off my whole schedule. We had quite a bit of snow during the blizzard on Saturday. I’m not complaining because I love when it snows. I’ve been solely working on the Stories from Snoqualmie Valley shawl. I’m halfway through the cable repeats and so excited because it’s going to be so big and cozy. My other free time has been spent dying yarn. I love the process of choosing the colors and the technique. The only difficult part is waiting for the water to cool down. It’s like waiting to unwrap a gift, which I’m not so patient about. So far, I think it’s been going well and it’s just so much fun! I’ve also been doing some sewing. The podcast Hue Loco has some great sewing tutorials and pdf’s that you can download for free with the patterns for a project bag and the little notions bag that I sewed up. My daughter loved the little bag so much I made one for her and she’s using it as a pencil case. I really enjoy her podcast.
I’ve been wanting to dye yarn for a while and finally got all the supplies in the mail yesterday. I couldn’t wait to start, so I dove right in. The skein that I made came out great! I just need to saturate the dye a bit more and make sure that the yarn on the bottom gets enough dye. I knew that I wanted to use green, since that’s my favorite color, so I paired it with pink and grey. In the picture the yarn is not reskeined. Right now I have another skein in the dye pot. This time I let my daughter choose the colors. Let’s just say she likes bright colors. So we’ll see how the turquoise and orange skein turns out. Thank you to Nicole at Hue Loco for creating such great tutorials!
I had told myself that I wasn’t going to start a new project until some of my other ones were done and that my next project was going to be a cardigan. Well, that went out the window when Leanne from Arrow Acres posted a shawl (Stories from Snoqualmie Valley) that she wanted to work on as a KAL for the winter. It is beautiful and I thought that I would get a lot of wear out of it so I joined in. The cardigan will need to wait. The yarn that I’m using a Cascade merino/silk combination. I love the shine from the silk and I’m hoping that it will make the beautiful cabling stand out. I also chose this burnt orange color because I just love orange and I thought that it would be a nice color to wear to Rhinebeck in the Fall. We have a great knitting group that Leanne has fostered by inviting us to the farm to knit every so often. We hadn’t gotten together in a while and it was so nice to see everyone. We always have such a wonderful time. I’ve decided to get the book Brooklyn and will begin reading it tonight!
For Christmas my mom was so generous and got me so many things to be creative. I’ve been wanting to dye yarn for some time now and she gave me everything except the dye and yarn because she didn’t know what colors or yarn I wanted. I’m just waiting for the dye and yarn to come in the mail. She and my sister also got me gift cards to Joann’s Fabric. I was a kid in a candy store. I bought as much fabric and thread as I could. As you can see I have a thing for birds. Looking at my stash now, I think it might last the year! It has been so nice to relax and sew. I just love handmade things. I hope your January has been creative as well!
The holidays are over and while it is nice to get back into a routine, I still love everyone being home. My husband always takes off from Christmas to New Year’s and we just do everything as a family. It is so nice to not have any obligations or responsibilities. I did want to do a little more knitting over break than I did, but I was having too much fun playing with my kids. You can see the tails of the birds and the beginning of the bodies. I really need to finish it soon. It was 70 degrees on Christmas Eve and now it’s 20 degrees. New Jersey weather has been so crazy. My husband did finish up my new website enough to put it up. It’s still a work in progress, but I love it. I’m still trying to find a good book to read. I was thinking about the book Brooklyn. For some reason it just always takes me a little while to commit to a book. I just need to dive in. Joining Ginny!
I had asked my husband to make me a logo and a website a few months ago. When I started blogging, he just set me up quickly so I could get started. I did want a nicer site, but it still needed to have a clean feel. I also wanted a logo with the same aesthetics. So here it is! I love the logo he created for me! He even found a way to incorporate my favorite color green. For Christmas, he ordered me a stamp and tags to make everything official. Now that I have the new site, my goal for this year is to post more than I did last year. As for resolutions, I have a sense of calmness leading into this new year that I would like to keep. Last year was such a rollercoaster ride that I want to be more mindful of the small accomplishments of everyday things. I believe that I have found that being creative has brought that sense of calmness back into my life.