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Normally I consider myself to be an early riser. I am, in fact, the only early riser in my household.  I like to be in bed around 10:30, and wake around 6:30.  However, even though I am a native Washingtonian (such a rare breed these days), November is a difficult month for me.  I am fat and sleepy.  I’ve been a vegan for over a decade and I know that many people think that we are all emaciated anemics, but those types clearly don’t have my awesome inherited metabolism which hoards every calorie, like a greedy dragon sitting on a big, round, bulging pile of jewels.  I have been on enough diets to know that I can’t lose anything unless I’m eating 1000 calories or less per day (15-20 points on the ol’ weight watchers system) which I am clearly not doing, but dang it! I’m hungry! It is cold outside and I just want to eat soup and bread all day. Even when the bread is gluten free, and I’m topping it with Earth’s Balance organic vegan margarine, and even when the soup is basically fat free…somehow I’m still managing to round up.

But let me tell you….when the system collapses, my people will still be healthy while my husband’s tribe, the 5000+ calorie a day type, perish within weeks.  My people are savers.

So I’m hungry, and I’m tired.  I am dragging myself out of bed at 8:30, which wouldn’t be so bad except that I WENT TO BED AT 7:30.  Seriously.  It is just so darn dreary in November.

A few years back, we had some visitors who were thinking of moving to our farm.  One was originally from Israel, and the other from California.  They asked me “Some friends told us that you can’t see the sun here for months at a time, is it true?”  I sputtered and told them of course we could see the sun!  I didn’t know where their friends got the information but they were clearly misinformed.  A few overcast days later, it occurred to me that I was thinking of northern Alaska weather, with their months of darkness.  I asked the visitors “Do you mean can we see the actual sun?  Like actually the orb in the sky, not just the light from it?  Oh. No, we totally can’t see that.”  We get about 97 inches of rainfall per year in my little microclimate, and about 1/6 of that (12+ inches) happens in November.  Although Seattle is behind several other major US cities in terms of rainfall…we are hours from the city and it’s a heck of a lot wetter in this neck of the woods.

I’ll stop bellyaching about the darn weather, and get back to the good stuff.

The weather (and bowls of hot soup) officially signify the beginning of knitting season. I am spinning and knitting my days away, and gearing up for a couple of big shows in December…not to mention my biggest sale of the year. What? You forgot?  Mark it on your calendars!!!!

  • November 28th –Dec 1st 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 2013.  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.  This only happens once a year!!!
  • 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, new blog subscriber, new Facebook follower, or new Ravelry project through Dec 15th, your name will be entered into a drawing.   I’ll be giving away three $25 gift certificates on Dec 16th.
  • 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!
  • Event schedule:Belling ham Farmer’s Market on Saturdays, Urban Craft Uprising  in Seattle Dec 7th and 8th, and Crafty Wonderland in Portland Dec 14th and 15th.
  • SHOP EARLY FOR THE BEST SELECTION!  I have SO many upcoming events, don’t wait until the last moment!

I’m serious about those yarn club memberships making great gifts.  Don’t forget to put it on your wish list!  I have them in 3, 6, and 12 month increments, you can get handspun or sock yarn or a combination of both. You can upgrade any of them to a deluxe membership which includes luxury fibers and art yarns…oh the possibilities!  I have had several customers use their membership to make a sweater or wrap–I chose themed colors (fall, jewel tones, etc) and each month was a new and wonderful addition to their growing project.

Speaking of projects, I have a couple to share. The first is a lovely lace cowl made with 1/3 of a skein of sock yarn-the pattern is free on Ravelry here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/horseshoe-lace-cowl

DSCF8594 DSCF8595 DSCF8596I didn’t make this one myself, I did a trade with a wonderful woman on Ravelry…but I think I’d better start knitting because I can make three of these babies from one skein and they’ll make excellent gifts!

The next one is a cowl I made a couple of years ago. The pattern was on my blog, but I can’t seem to locate it. It is super easy, a great use of art yarn, and uses less than one skein.  Plus, it can be used as a cowl or headband…what’s not to love?

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This pattern uses Yarnarchy art yarn, made with uncarded locks of kid mohair. I find the woven look of the seed stitch to look great with the contrast of the unruly locks.  The photos feature the Haint colorway, made with handpainted roving in smoky charcoal and ebony paired with bright sulphur yellow mohair locks. You’ll need  about 80 yards of yarn (heavy worsted, about 2.8 oz per 100 yards), and size 7 or 8 needles.

Cast on 22 stitches.

Row 1: K1, P1 to end

Row 2: P1, K1 to end

Continue in this manner until the cowl measures about 20-22 inches in length (depending on head /neck size and desired fit).  Beginning with a row 1, K,P,K,P Bind Off 1, continue to end. You should have 17 stitches on your needle, with a bound off stitch on every 3rd stitch.

On the next row, begin with the P1, K1 pattern but cast on one stitch in each place where one was bound off previously.  This should return you to 22 stitches on your needle, and 5 small evenly placed button holes across the edge.  Knit 1 row, then bind off next row.

If you want to use larger buttons, you can bind off two and adjust spacing to include 4 buttonholes.  I generally prefer to make tighter buttonholes as they have a tendency to grow over time. I rarely if ever unbutton my cowl, preferring to slide it over my head. This means the buttonholes can be fairly tight.

Sew 7/8” or 1” buttons on the opposite end and you’re ready to go!

If the locks are not popping out as you’d like, take a small crochet hook to pull the ends through to the right side of the fabric.

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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.

 

November Update!

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!

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“Why is this yarn ‘radical’?”  I love this question and wished I was called to answer it on more occasions.  Although I’d love to think my yarn was radical because of some particularly clever design on my part, the real reason is much simpler.  It’s handspun. Handmade. Hand-dyed.  Handspun yarn is sometimes difficult to discover in your local yarn shop, but US made handspun is virtually impossible to find.  There are lots of reasons for this: we mostly utilize more efficient machines and technology to make our yarn and we are taught that all technological advances are not only better but absolutely necessary, and in choosing outdated technology we are practically branded a social pariah or nutcase.  Another reason is imported goods, but I’ll come back to this later. Onto the technology rant…

I am not a cell phone person. I regularly receive comments when it is discovered that I don’t have a cell number but what if I decided to cart around one of those early cell phones? Remember those?  They were about a foot long and had a big antenna on the end,  circa 1989, I’m thinking.  What if instead of a Blackberry, I installed one of those really early car phones complete with huge black box and car receiver?  But wait, there’s more! Let’s step further back into the dark ages…all the way to 1974, the year I was born. I’m talking CB Radios.  Got a handle?  Ten four, good buddy.  But a CB radio isn’t quite at the same level of spinning wheel technology.  Rotary phone?  Shortwave radio? Party lines?  Switchboards? Telegraph? These still use electricity, so I’m going to go out on a limb and compare the spinning wheel with “the lover’s phone” or tin can telephone.  Remember making one as a kid? We’d take a piece of string, connect it at each end to the bottom of a cup or can, stretch it out and use the cans as diaphragms to help transmit our voices as soundwaves traveling along the taut string.

Can you imagine what might happen if, when asked for my cell number, I rifled through my shoulder bag and presented the inquiring party with one end of a tin can telephone?  How eccentric!  How delightfully retro! But it’s a joke, right?

I know, dear readers, that none of you would be shocked by someone sitting in front of a spinning wheel, using pedal power to put twist into fluffs of fiber. But you are knitters! Or crocheters!  For pete’s sake, you make fabric with two sticks or a hook!  You are already carrying a tin can telephone in your shoulder bag, so you really can’t be counted on for an “average” view.  Knitting and crochet has continued to be fashionable through the ages, and although it’s no longer an absolute necessity or taught to each child in school, it’s a recognizable activity.  When knitting in a coffee shop, I receive comments like “My grandma used to do that” or “I have a sister who’s totally into knitting lately.”  Spinning is a different story altogether.  When spinning in a coffee shop yesterday, observers expressed the typical gamet of responses.  I’ve had this experience so many times, I can play a game in my head trying to guess which response the approaching person will present and am usually quite accurate.  80% have never seen it before and ask what I’m doing.  Of this 80%, about a third will walk away thinking I’m a total nutter and wasting my time, the others are fascinated but most can’t imagine choosing to make yarn when one can just buy it.  Also, nearly all of the men and usually none of the women will ask questions about the mechanics of the wheel and ratios, not leaving until they are nodding with satisfaction at having mastered the mystery of the machine.  Of the remaining 20%, three quarters will stand about 10 feet away and speak in a stage whisper to child or husband, explaining in detail what it is that I am doing.  I try not to correct them unless asked, because they’re proud to be an authority and recognize what I’m doing even if they sometimes call my wheel a loom, or say that the fiber winds around the big wheel and up into the bobbin. The remaining 5% are spinners, or used to be spinners.  Sometimes they are super nice and we gleefully talk shop for a few moments, and sometimes they are braggers. You know the type…if you’ve managed to get front row seats, they remind you that they’ve had season tickets for years.  Box seats, even.  To sum, spinning yarn is no longer part of our reality. We don’t even recognize it in our vocabulary even though we still use words such as spinster, spin doctor…heck, we see flax seeds and flax seed oil everywhere but I’ll bet that more often than not, folks don’t know that flax is used to make linen fabric.

I think handspun feels so much different than machine spun. I use rainwater or springwater pumped 150 feet into the sink. Sometimes in the winter the water lines are frozen for weeks on end and dozens of 5 gallon buckets are hauled by hand, one at a time, from the spring and creek  for dyeing days (this alone could be responsible for my miserly attitude with regards to water usage).  I heat the fiber on a 1930’s gas stove and use about 5 gallons of gas a year.  I also heat and dye on the woodstove.  I dry the colorful roving behind my woodstove or in the sun, and I do the same with yarn blocking.   Although I do use electricity for the pump and gas for the stove, this isn’t a necessity. I can easily do the whole works without relying on technological gadgetry or electricity.

I really like non-electric technology.  I also like old things, and bygone eras, and I like anything that helps me be less dependent.  That’s one of the reasons I knit and crochet. I greatly appreciate handmade goods and I like the idea of being able to create what I need myself or being able to source other needed items from local people like myself.  If I buy acrylic yarn at Jo-Ann’s (which of course we’ve all done from time to time), I’m depending on a whole network of non-sustainable practices and technology to bring me that yarn.  The fiber itself is man-made from petroleum!  The lab or factory where it is created is dependent on electricity to operate (more petroleum and coal) using machines made from mined metals and plastics (more petroleum), and the factory workers in foreign countries are paid practically nothing and working in poor conditions. It is transported (more petroleum) across the world, sent to various distribution centers before winding up at my local chain fabric store which is built with all manner of non-sustainable materials, uses far too much electricity, and pays most of their employees minimum wage.   I don’t like that I can’t make a baby hat without participating in this system.   If I think about it, I start to get pretty angry actually because there was a time that one could visit the local dry goods store and purchase yarn made from natural fibers, produced locally or at least in the US.  It’s practically impossible to find in chain stores, and when we are able to, it’s so much more expensive!

This is true for both commercially spun yarn and handspun, particularly the handspun.   Yarn companies like Manos del Uruguay are found in most larger private yarn stores and are well known for their women’s cooperative and humanitarian award winning reputation.  But in Uruguay, a decent yearly salary is about $6,000. In the US, the average cost of renting a two bedroom apartment for a year costs twice that amount.   Because wages are so low in Uruguay, Manos is able to wholesale their handspun yarn for about $7 per skein to yarn shops….and that’s after paying customs fees and taxes, shipping costs, administration/sales/marketing, distribution costs, and materials,  so one can imagine the worker’s wage is quite low.   I consider myself to be a pretty fast spinner but if I offered a comparable product for the same price, I’d be making about $3.50 an hour.   Low foreign wages are also the reason that Manos was able to achieve 4 million in sales last year (70% in exports) with big name contracts such as J. Crew, Banana Republic, Bloomingdales, Ralph Lauren, and Victoria’s Secret buying the yarn at an even cheaper price, and outsourcing sweatshop labor to knit all manner of high end retail goodies.

Since most of my readers are knitters or crocheters themselves, they understand all too well the problem with imported goods.  The easiest way to be taken off my handmade gift list is to compare an item I made with something purchased at Walmart for $4.99. We all know how difficult it would be to make all or even part of our living from our handwork.  If we look at handknit socks for instance, we can probably estimate 10 knitting hours in the making of them.  If we were to pay ourselves $11 an hour…which, just so you know, is the Federal Poverty Level hourly wage for a household of four, if we paid ourselves that wage we’d need to charge $110 for a pair of socks.  And that isn’t even counting materials costs which could easily add another $100 if you were talking about locally produced, handspun sock yarn made with the same poverty level wages.  Since basically no one I know is willing or able to pay $210 for a pair of wool socks, I can pretty easily draw some conclusions about our economic system and culture. Some obvious conclusions:

1. Most of us do not place an appropriate value on handmade items.

2.  Our dependence on non-sustainable technology, particularly fossil fuels/petroleum, is causing us to have a distorted view of the actual value/cost of goods and items.

3.  Exporting labor and manufacturing to areas like Asia and South America mean that we pay much less than we “should” be paying for goods.  Again, this causes us to have a distorted view–I can get a kids t-shirt made from polyester (oil) manufactured in China for a dollar!!!  Even at stores like Walmart and Target, they can be easily found for $5.  If I consider this to be a “good price,” paying $15 for a US made 100% cotton one suddenly seems outrageous when in fact it is much closer to an accurate cost.   $25 for a Union made, organic one….suddenly we start realizing why most folks only had a week’s worth of clothing prior to the whole car thing.  They were much closer to paying the real cost of goods, whether manufactured by their own hands or at a local shop or factory.

I have this idea that pops up from time to time, about turning Yarnarchy into a real handspun yarn collective.  About replacing Manos del Uruguay in yarn shops with handspun yarn made in the United States by owners all making the same living wage.  About knitters understanding and valuing handspun yarn in the same way they value their own handknit items and making an effort to use sustainably produced yarn.

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I found a few more project photos and couldn’t wait to share…  First, another great creation from elfguts on Etsy, a lovely headband:

Sarah from Australia has been making wonderful dolls for her family with the yarn!  I love all of them but I’m coveting the Harry Potter one!

Allie B’s Photography on Etsy made this darling hat and photo:

Normally my yarn is used for Waldorf dolls, but Kim (sew2beunique on Etsy) made these fabulous dolls!  I love them!

Amazing! Inspiring!!  Thank you!!!

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I posted a few new colorways today, one of which is called “Aunt Dot.” Although I do manage to write more detailed listings than most, I try not to ramble too much on Etsy but my blog is the perfect venue for a wee bit of backstory.

She’s my great-aunt actually, my Grandma’s sister and the youngest of 12.  I named my daughter after another one of her sisters, my aunt Violet.  Aunt Dot and Violet are peachy keen in my book. Aunt Dot looks quite a bit like my Grandma, who died of cancer when I was 20.  Red hair, green eyes, petite and shapely, strong and always productive.  Like all of the sisters in that family (there were originally 9), she is outspoken and fiery. Irish.

She lives on a 40 acre homestead across from the 150+ acre farm on which she was raised,  on top of Signal Mountain in Tennessee.  Aunt Dot has a large rambler style house built by her husband who was a brick mason, a huge yard dotted with oaks, a dozen cattle, barn, creek, chickens…There are muscadine grapes, many berry varieties, fruit trees, and probably a half acre in annual garden space.  Since it’s Tennessee, they can grow all manner of plants that seem downright exotic to those of us from the colder northern regions; okra, yams, and peanuts are among the many I long to cultivate.  Aunt Violet has a house about 35 minutes away in Chattanooga but she has always spent part of her week at her sister’s place.  They run the tiller by themselves, do all of the gardening, food preservation, lawn care, landscaping, animal husbandry…  They put up cases and cases of canned goods and always seem to be busy cleaning, making, doing.  Aunt Dot also happens to be a dandy of a wine maker. A few years ago, I visited after she’s undergone a hip replacement.  I asked about the wine making and she said “Oh honey, you know I had my hip replaced and I just haven’t done hardly much atall with the wine this year, nothing hardly atall.” I peeked in the garage and counted approximately 50 five gallon carboys of wine!  Yeah, hardly much indeed.  She drinks a glass after supper,  gives the wine away as gifts, probably trades it, and I suspect a bit of moonshine here and there.  Actually, one of my favorite Aunt Dot stories starts out with some of her moonshine (the making of which she credits to her “neighbor”).

We were visiting about 5 years ago and both of my Aunts (who were in their mid seventies) were all a-flutter because there was some Victoria Secret fashion show on that evening.  The spoke of it all day, made sure to speed us through supper and even called Aunt Violet’s husband and other kin to remind them to turn on the television. Aunt Dot offered us wine or moonshine (disapproving glance from Aunt Violet who doesn’t drink), and I chose moonshine–she poured about three fingers in a small jelly jar. During that period, Robert and I were in a fairly heavy drinking phase as we performed weekly with our bands or burlesque troupe at bars or clubs–sufficed to say, I felt my tolerance to be quite high at the time.  The program began, and I can honestly say that I was shocked. We haven’t had television since 1994, and although I’d certainly caught a show here or there, I hadn’t realized that thongs were acceptable on major network channels.  Aunt Dot and Violet were mesmerized. I slowly sipped my ever-so-smooth jelly glass of moonshine and attempted to rise after drinking about a half inch of the clear liquid, finding that I could barely move my legs. I sat in silence for the rest of the program, until the last sexpot sashayed down the runway. My Aunt Dot sighed, turned to her 77 year old sister and said “Violet, we were born too soon.”

Dang. I love those women.  This colorway is for Aunt Dot, who loves orange and brown.

I am getting ready to go to ELAW, the environmental law conference held at U of O in Eugene (www.pielc.org). Willow and I attend every year and I’m looking forward to it.  I have quite a few adventures planned for this year-mostly working vacations but I’m of the mind that those are the best sort of vacations.  I’m not exactly the lying on a beach type.  Good grief, the very idea of that makes me tense.   I am in the process of putting together a list of events, festivals, fairs, and conferences for 2012 and will post it soon.

I also want to learn more about what my customers create with Yarnarchy products!  I don’t have time to make much out of my own yarn, and I must live vicariously through my delightful customers.  If you email a Yarnarchy project photo to me, I will send you a coupon code for 10% off of your next order.  Here are some project photos I have received:

Cassie’s great Slouch Hat

Kathryn’s iPad cover. Not having an iPad, I hadn’t even considered such a thing but I love this!

Brenda Bush Photography on Etsy sent me a photo of a darling baby hat:

Molly Jones from Ravelry made this doll!

She also made this hat:

Melanie2 from Ravelry made this mitts:

And this headband for her daughter:

Elfguts on Ravelry and Etsy made this hat:

And this pullover:

And Julie from FeeVertelaine on Etsy makes wonderful dolls too! Her shop is at http://www.etsy.com/shop/FeeVertelaine, but here’s a doll she made with some of my yarn last summer:

I love my customers!  They never cease to amaze me! Such creativity…it’s an honor to create supplies for their creative endeavors.

Wait! One more thing! To cure your winter blues, to encourage the coming of spring, and in celebration of all things Irish (St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th and my own birthday on the 19th!), I will offer a fantastic March sale. All of my green toned colorways will be offered at 10% off the normal price for the entire month of March.

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