A new blog post… Oh my darling readers, we have so much catching up to do! I have had such a busy autumn and looked at the calendar yesterday to realize that we’re halfway through November. Somehow seems an impossibility.
Those of you who have spent at least a little time in Cascadia can appreciate the oddity of having 50 days without rain, broken only by an afternoon shower before another 25+ days of drought. I know in some parts of the world this would be normal and people would go about their day, secure in their expectation of friendly, convenient, dry weather. In our neck o’ the woods though, folks were downright disconcerted. We spoke in hushed tones to one another in the bank, worried that we would jinx ourselves into an instant deluge. We scanned the weather forecasts each day in rapt disbelief as a line of 7 smiling sunshines gazed up at us, bold as brass. Our theme was incredulity, skepticism, dubiety, confusion.
At my house, we actually left some of our things OUTSIDE. Like I could just leave my jacket draped over a log in the yard and four days later there it would remain, intact. Definitely not found completely soaked, spotted with mildew, and home to half a dozen slugs.
The weather was dandy and warm and we left during the second week of October for the Okanogan Family Faire, or Barter Faire. Typically folks from the west side of the mountains practically freeze at this event with temperatures often in the teens. This time, it was positively balmy. Both Robert and I were coordinators this year… and between running the booth, monitoring kids and teens, and working for the fair, we were totally swamped. Upon our return, we discovered that the drought had ended with gusto. It was a mad rush to take care of produce before everything cracked from the increase in moisture, and more than one wet, sluggy jacket was tossed in the wash.
After gallons of applesauce and apple cider, bushels of dry beans and crocks of sauerkraut, we finally wrapped up most of what we had to accomplish and I was able to spend some much needed time on fiber. My poor family! If I had less pride I would post a photo of what they’ve been dealing with for the past 6 weeks. As most of you know, I live in a small stone cottage. It’s basically a 400 square foot main room, with two little bedrooms in the tower and another little (we’re talking 70-100 square feet here) room. I have a corner of this room for spinning. A nice antique arm chair, a couple of wheels, a 1940’s sideboard filled with yarn, and a small shelf with hooks to hang bags of roving. Maybe the whole works takes up 40 square feet. Lately though, I seem to have built myself a giant nest of fiber spilling out into nearly a quarter of the room. I’m not kidding. Bags, baskets, boxes of fiber, loose piles of pounds of wool roving…starts at the floor and stacks to about 7 feet high all around me. I literally sit and spin surrounded by loose fiber 2 or three feet deep. See? I wasn’t joking about the nest thing.
Sometimes I wonder if I could develop a hairball. I know I lean heavily towards hypochondria, but surely it’s possible. I must inhale a pound of airborne fiber a year. Can I get a hairball in my lungs? Dang. How do I google that?
Anyway, I spent some time last night reorganizing the fiber nest and I think I have it almost under control.
Speaking of control, I seem to have entered stage one of hibernation mode and am eating like a little piggy. Or I guess that would be a bear, duh. Once I start baking, it’s all over. My recent favorite was a gluten-free/vegan decadent brownie torte with a lavender infused chocolate ganache. I am often told that I should write a cookbook and although I would love to, the truth is that I would have to spend all of my royalties on fat camp when I was through. I inherited this great combination: a total love of food and an incredibly slow metabolism. My sweetie basically eats and looks like a long distance runner without ever having run 50 yards in his life. Our older daughter and I were on weight watchers a few years back and were counting points. My recommended daily allotment was 24 which I changed to under 20 since I can only maintain and not lose at 24 a day. I think 24 points is somewhere around 1300 calories. Robert was watching us and suggested that he hadn’t eaten much that day and would like to count his own points. We would up with pen and paper and measuring cups—his total, before supper mind you—his total was 160 points. He had snacked away in one day what I was allotted for an ENTIRE WEEK and he hadn’t even eaten dinner yet!! That’s okay. If a big collapse of civilization ever happens, I’m totally going to survive and he’ll be dead of starvation in a week. My body practically hoards each and every calorie.
Wow. I had totally meant to write a post about yarn, and the Knit Fit event in Seattle a couple of weekends ago, and dollmaking. Rain, hairballs, and too many calories later and I’m running out of time.
I’ll post again quite soon-I have a new pattern I want to post. Also, I’m looking for folks who may want to test knitting or crochet patterns. I will also be having a great big sale and fun promotions in November for Yarnarchy. Here are some details, followed by some photos of new and exciting yarns.
The holiday season is upon us! I will be offering some GREAT deals in November, so read on.
- November 22nd-25th SALE-free US shipping from all three of my Etsy shops. For international customers, I will subtract and refund the cost of US shipping from your order.
- Additionally, you may use a coupon code for 10% off nearly everything in the store-no discount on bulk pricing listings or membership/yarn clubs although you may use it on gift certificates. This coupon is good in all three of my Etsy shops. With free shipping and 10% off, this is my largest sale of 2012. The coupon code is: BUYNOTHINGBUTETSY
- I will still be offering my Buy 6 Get 1 Free promotion, and the coupon code may be used for that as well.
- For those of you shopping other times throughout the month, please feel free to use this coupon code for free shipping: WINTERSHIPPING
- Drawings! I like to offer some customer appreciation around this time of year—with each Etsy order through Dec 15th, your name will be entered into a drawing. For an even greater chance of winning, subscribe to my blog, follow me on Facebook, or post your Yarnarchy project on Ravelry. Each will get your name entered an additional time. Three fabulous prizes will be drawn on Dec 16th which include two $25 gift certificates and the grand prize: a three month subscription in my yarn club!
- Speaking of gift certificates, I can offer them in any dollar amount. These make fabulous gifts, as do my yarn club membership packages. You may want to add these to your holiday wish or gift giving list!
- All orders placed in November will also receive a free pattern!
Check my blog or Facebook in November for updates on amazing sales and my upcoming craft fairs in Seattle and Portland—I would love to meet you in person!