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WIP Wednesday: April 29, 2015

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DONE!  I finally have the huge wholesale order (which I can reveal is for the Knitcrate subscription service - I'm the featured artist for May!) completed, and boy is THAT a load off my plate!

Sekret Knitting:

Working on the final repeat of my bonus project sample - that should be off the needles and ready for a photo shoot in the next week so it can be released when the preorders are announced for my Interweave book on Amazon.  I haven't touched the Heroines shawl - I want to rerun some numbers and make sure I've actually got written what I'm knitting!I also have started swatching/charting for a colorwork project I'm working up in Finullgarn - I'm anxious to actually start knitting that one.  I love colorwork.   Not much going on in personal knitting right now - I'm still dithering about whether I want to cast on for a pair of Jane's Dancing Stockings for myself......

Or if I want to knit something out of this handspun, like a hat or mittens:
The stashd…

Weekending

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Trying to get back in the groove of things here, but today, it's cold and snowing/raining outside and all I really want to do is have a nap for about 6 hours.

Yesterday, I got going in the dye room early, worked on the last bits of the huge wholesale order (which I can review details about shortly - but the yarn colorway is Murky Depths shown here)



and after lunch, met up with an awesome gal who is going to do some modeling for me in early May to pick up a few things I needed to finish up the styling looks.  Today, as soon as I'm off the computer here, I'm heading back to the dye studio.  I don't think I've got enough oompf today to finish the dyeing I need to for the wholesale order, but I have one more custom dye from the Denver show I want to finish and I'll get some things skeined.

Tonight, I'll be knitting along on the sample I'm working up for a free pattern giveaway when my book with Interweave launches for preorders (which will also have details…

WIP Wednesday: April 22, 2015

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Whew!  That's pretty much the operative word here 24/7 right now.  I am back from the Interweave Yarn Fest, which was a GREAT show.  Wonderful folks came through my shop, and I had time to chat with one of my editors for the Interweave book, plus Spin-Off magazine editor, Anne Merrow, as well!  I had a ton of sales, and I also picked up some other custom indie design work, which is great!

So just a quick recap and then I really hope I am getting back to normal around here, despite still having the ABQ Fiber Fiesta in a month.   I'm still working on the ongoing wholesale orders list, but I'm just about there with the MONSTER one, and I've got the fiber club for this month done, and just a few more skeins to go for the next Heroines club.

Sekret Knitting:

I finished up a contract knit for Jen at Spirit Trail Fiberworks that will be featured in her booth at Maryland Sheep and Wool this year, my Fragaria Shawl. Knit from just 1 skein of her Brigantia yarn, it features straw…

WIP Wednesday: April 8, 2015

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While I haven't been very productive with my knitting recently (since I am finally in the home stretch of the 1200-skein wholesale order and getting ready for Interweave's Yarn Fest in a week), I want to get back on track with posts and have a few things of note to share:

Personal projects: Furrow Mittens:  DONE!  These are ready to go into the donation box for Mittens for Akkol.  Fun project and would be a great scrappy pair as well. I knit mine from stash Harrisville Worsted in 3 colors (there's a bit of black in the slip-stitch cuff).
The Long Dark of Moria socks:  No progress on these, but they are up next to be worked on once the insanity of my current dye room schedule eases up. Sekret Knitting projects: In between my last post and this one, I finished up a pretty summer shawl for Jen at Spirit Trail Fiberworks.  Knit with her Brigantia yarn, it'll make it's debut at Maryland Sheep and Wool in another few weeks. Working on the next Heroines Club shawl - I've…

2015 Reading Challenge: Week 13.

Week 13? I think it's week 13 - I'm kind of behind and out of order at this point, but at any rate......

I finished up The Winter Palace which is about Catherine the Great.  Positives:  I learned more about this Russian ruler than I knew before.  Negatives:  I found this one kind of slow and a bit fragmented. The narrative is told through a young woman who winds up as a maid-of-honor at the Russian court, but her story wound up shadowing the story of Catherine, and about 50% of the book has Catherine only very peripheral to the rest of the story.  I think it could have used more editing.

At any rate, onward to The Fossil Hunter this week.  I had read Remarkable Creatures (a fictious account of the same town of Lyme Regis on the coast of England where many amazing fossils were found in the early 19th century) by Tracy Chevalier last year and enjoyed that very much.  This is the nonfiction version of the same set of facts.  Just a couple of chapters into it, but so far, a very …