The octopus that attacked my boat….

Or I sheared my sheep. Actually, neither of those things are true. I paid someone to shear my sheep professionally so the fleece would be nicer but I definitely didn’t meet an octopus along the way.
My little monsters before:
all-before
Look how floofy.
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So much fleece. And really that’s all I see as they pile in the “notme” corner.
notmecornerpile

Angel (that white one in front of everyone, in two of those pics) now has the nickname of USS Angel because she’s roughly the size of a barge and had issues during shearing because of her excessive weight. I had a talk with her afterward about pushing everyone away and eating all the foods. Only time will tell if she listened to me. Here she is post shearing with Agnes (the floofy one in the almost solo pic)
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Angel had a hard time because of the largeness issue. Everyone else was good as gold until we got to Ash. Ash took a nose dive but her fleece is so amazing I didn’t give her a talking to.
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Seriously. Look at it!
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I know, it’s hard to tell from there but trust me.

Everyone has been sheared
sheep-shorn-notlooking
and I have all the fleece piled up in a bag in the hay tent. After the festival season is over, I need to go through it and decide if it’s sold off as is, made into roving, made into yarn, or I make it into batts. So many options and only 50ish lbs of fleece.

I won’t have any of it done for the festivals this spring but I will have lots of other goodies. This weekend (Memorial weekend) I head out to spend some time at Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft. I hope to see some of you there.

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In April….

The first weekend of April, I taught a couple of classes at WEBS. Not only is that a fantastic store but the students that show up for the classes are pretty spectacular. I’m always happy to drive to Western MA and teach there. Pre class selfie action:
webs-pre-class
And my very hard working students that made a ton of amazing yarns.
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The next weekend I was invited by the lovely NH Spinner and Dyers guild to their annual meeting. What a great group of people who were very attentive as I talked about color for an hour and a half. Color. I love talking about color. It was a lot of fun.
NHguild

Then I captained a small boat which got attacked by a massive octopus. My crew got off safely but I nearly went down with the ship. One helpful crewmate captured this as I was sinking….
octotrouble
Luckily I made it out and soon I was on a plane to Plyaway!
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Where I got to hang out with my friends
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Who I only managed a selfie with one of them…..ok, there is another pic out there with all of us but I’m mid swear word so I decided to leave it at this pic, ok? I taught for 3 full days
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To some amazing diligent and very attentive students. It really was a wonderful experience.
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The second Plyaway is in the planning stages and I only hope I get to teach there again. I’m still amazed at how on task and excited to learn everyone was even on Sunday afternoon. This really was a large group of people that wanted to learn. I love that.

There may have also been some pen shopping and enabling but I’ll save that for a later post….
I also sheared sheep in there somewhere. Maybe instead of captaining the Octopus ship, I sheared. It’s all a little blurry at this point. We’ll see what the next blog post holds.

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Hair Dilemma?

Oh the first world problems we have. Yes, I’m going to talk to you about my hair. I just left a few teaching engagements and a Craftsy class started and I completed 2 vending shows and I have 2 left. Yet I’m talking about my hair. Every time the weather gets warm, my urge to shave all the hair off gets stronger. Sometimes I just get a severe pixie. Sometimes I do actually take the clippers to my head. Last year I went back to the mohawkish look. Shaved sides with longer hair down the center:
summer2015
I love this cut. I love it enough that I really honestly want to keep it but I’m not sure what to do with it. Here’s how it looks now:
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Do I keep growing? In the winter I think I want this:
hair ideas
I like that at the length it’s at now, I can put it in a ponytail or a braid and it’s easily out of my face. But if I cut it down to where it was a year ago, it mostly stays out of my face anyway and I can easily puff it up and keep it down the center like in that pic up there. I actually got a tiny bit long once before:
summer2014
And then cut it off a week after this pic was taken.

Hair dilemma, indeed.
With all I’m doing, I won’t have time for anything more than a self side-clip for the next month (thanks to the help of that 10 year old in the pic up there) so I’ll likely change my mind a few times. I managed to make a hair appointment for June so we’ll see if we go back in time or I keep trudging forward towards long tresses.

Also… there are updates coming up as to what’s been going on. It’s not all hair around here.

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Journal – May 2016

pic-may Here’s the thing. We all know how horrible I am at remembering to post on time. If there are people out there enjoying the journal prompts I wanted to make sure that they were here and ready to go. I’ve finished a bunch of months ahead and I’m setting them up to publish on a schedule. I figure if I manage to be on time, I’ll have changed this post and you won’t even know that it’s on a schedule this month. If I didn’t, I hope you still enjoy your prompts and hopefully I’ll be back to talk about the journal stuff next month.

PDF of journal prompts for May

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Journal – April 2016

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Here’s the thing. We all know how horrible I am at remembering to post on time. If there are people out there enjoying the journal prompts I wanted to make sure that they were here and ready to go. I’ve finished a bunch of months ahead and I’m setting them up to publish on a schedule. I figure if I manage to be on time, I’ll have changed this post and you won’t even know that it’s on a schedule this month. If I didn’t, I hope you still enjoy your prompts and hopefully I’ll be back to talk about the journal stuff next month.

PDF of journal prompts for April

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I made a pair of socks!!!

YES. This is a post that is worthy of that level of excitement.
I never finished a pair of socks. I finish one sock, cast on for the second one and put the project away. In a few weeks, I buy a new set of needles and cast on for a new pair. Seriously. It’s an illness. Not that it distresses me any but it’s still an illness of some sort.

Remember this post?. That was 2 years ago talking about my “One Sock Wonder” habit. Well. If you look at that post, there is one pair that I have finished. I found another pair that was almost finished that didn’t make it on that list (don’t worry, I didn’t finish those) and I started 4 new fresh pair. Pair. That’s laughable. We all know pair is just an idea. It’s not reality.

So, I did manage to finish one of the new pair I started and it’s these:
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Handspun (2ply) from Spunky Eclectic “Gerbera” on Shetland.

TADA!!!!
I finished a pair of socks! I’ve been using the single sock as a class sample. I’m teaching at Webs this weekend so they will be used as a sample on Saturday and on my feet Sunday. I guess this means I should start knitting a new class sample then.

Speaking of classes – My Craftsy class has a giveaway and is being released next week! Click here for the sign up

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Singles

A few months ago someone in a Facebook group accused me of not having a good understanding of singles yarns and that I obviously hated them when I gave her advice that was contrary to what she was thinking. I think she wanted to argue but I had to laugh and click away. I didn’t want to have a classic Facebook pissing match. Anyone that knows me knows I love singles yarns and have a pretty darn good knowledge of them. I even teach a whole class all about them. Actually now it’s more than I just have a Singles Yarns class on my teaching roster;
I teach the Craftsy class in Singles Yarns.
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That’s right! You heard it here first! That’s the class I went to Colorado to teach. That’s the class that will be going live in a couple of weeks. woohoo!!!!

For those not in the know, singles are yarns that are not plied. They are a stand alone single. If you’re a knitter/crocheter that doesn’t spin yet, think of Malabrigo or Noro yarns. If you don’t do anything in the fiber arts singles yarns look like:
mermaids-singles
and like this:
daylily-yarn
But not just limited to those, in the class we did some fancier ones like:
rincewind-sparkle-done
And more. More.

I also talked about the things they make but this post could get really long and picture heavy so I’ll save that for another one. You know I’m going to keep talking about this for a couple of weeks, right? I love this type of yarn and I’m so glad Craftsy chose this class for me to teach. I mean, I loved the Foundations class that I taught (Pssst that’s a discounted link if you want it) but there is something even more special about the Standalone Singles. Singles have a special place in my little black heart.

Stay tuned. I'll have more pics of projects, yarns, and stuff from the Craftsy studio.

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