Celebrate with me! I recently wrote my first guest post for another blog. This is a big milestone for me. I hope you’ll read my post. I wrote about using hand spun yarn. Check it out here on the Purple Lamb blog.
Carla Hansen owns Purple Lamb. Her Etsy store is full of beautiful spinning fiber and hand spun yarns to die for. Here are a few pictures of her creations to lust over.
Let me know in the comments if you have questions about knitting with hand spun yarns. I’d love to hear your tips too!
Just a very short post to make my readers aware of the Black Friday weekend special in our Etsy store.
As a token of appreciation for all of my wonderful customers (many of whom come back over and over), I am offering $10 off all orders in the continental U.S. of $50 or more November 26 through 30. Use coupon code 10OFF50.
Perhaps you are making a holiday gift list. Here are a few items currently in our shop that you might like for friends, sisters, daughters, and even yourself!
“You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting – over and over announcing your place in the family of things.” ― Mary Oliver, Dream Work –
Mr. Money Mustache solves the world’s problems here. Ok, maybe not every problem, but he has some great ideas about things we all see around us. I love that he recommends a book on personal happiness by the Dalai Lama in this post.
Here’s a post about from NPR that discusses why old women are often the face of evil in fairy tales and folklore. I found this fascinating!
And for the fiber lovers, here is something for you. What would you create with these glorious colors? You can see more pictures of these wool rolags in my Etsy shop.
We all have our favorite sources of inspiration and learning. Right now I’m intensely interested in personal development, marketing and fiber arts.
Five of my favorite blogs (today and in no particulary order) are: Marketing Creativity by Lisa Jacobs. Lisa is a marketing genius. She says so many things that resonate so deeply with me. I learn so much from every post she shares! For example, this post is a direct result of her post titled “27 Blog Topics You Can’t Wait To Write About“.
Mr. Money Mustache writes about living the good life frugally. I took real control of our finances last year after paying little attention for 25+ years (hanging my head in shame), and MMM, as his readers fondly call him, was instrumental in me getting my act together. I have saved a lot of money and paid thousands of extra dollars toward my mortgage principal this year and will finish my mortgage years early, all thanks to this blog. His slogan is Early Retirement Through Badassity. All the swearing is an extra plus!
Technically this isn’t a blog but a website, but I love it anyway. A Prairie Home Companion is my favorite thing on the radio. I usually can’t listen to it live, but can catch up here. I always laugh out loud at some point during this show. Garrison Keillor is a god. Smart men are so sexy!
Declare Dominion is a blog for women who want to be Epic Fucking Badasses. Anna’s motto is If You Want To Have A Beautiful Life You Have To Be Fierce About It.
Fierce is a badly overused word right now. If I hear Tyra Banks say “fierce” one more time, I might have to leave the room when the kids watch America’s Next Top Model. Anna uses “fierce” properly. The dictionary says “fierce” means showing a heartfelt and powerful intensity. And that is the way she writes her beautiful stuff.
Her post on “Make Your Own Meant To Be” is a good example of her writing and outlook. She encourages women to create the life they want. Another blog with plenty of swearing which I consider a plus.
There are lots of great blogs out there, and if you ask me next week, I can guarantee that my top five will be somewhat different. I’d love to hear from my readers about other great blogs that you consider to be required reading.
Last week I competed four new hand dyed rovings. I love them all and secretly halfway want to spin them all myself. But, I’ve decided to list them in my Etsy shop and share the fun. As you see, I was having a brightly colored kind of week.
I also finished two skeins of worsted weight 100% wool yarn. The colorway is Hydrangeas.
Soon I’ll be taking a short trip to Western Michigan where the hydrangeas will be sensational. They’re one of my favorite things about summer on the Great Lakes. I’ll be keeping my eyes open for other color ideas while there – watch for more nature inspired colorways in the near future.
This week I made two Etsy treasuries that I’d like to share. I also have one other item that I think is very cute and I’ll show you that too!
It’s strawberry time here in Central Indiana, in honor of that I made an Etsy treasury called Strawberry Festival which features strawberry items. Be sure to check out the strawberry beret, which is not in this image, you’ll have to click on the link to see it.
Today’s blog post shows a couple of Etsy treasuries I made this week. Here is the first one, entitled “Yarny Goodies I Love”. Find the other images and links to the products here. This one has a very loose color theme, which I find interesting, because I certainly didn’t set out to create it that way – but I love the way it came out.
The second treasury is less organized and really mostly for spinners, but I love it! “Just A Little Eye Candy for Spinners” is here.
Etsy makes it so easy to find gorgeous things. I’m going to try to show my treasuries every Friday that I can, so keep watching. More beautiful stuff next week!
People ask me how they can wear hand knit accessories in the spring and summer. Here are some examples that I think work well.
This frothy lime shawl is knit in 100% pima cotton, so it’s light, soft, airy – just right for cool summer evenings or chilly movies. It’s an asymmetrical triangle, so it’s a bit unusual, not like anything commercially produced, perfect if you like to be just a bit different.
Lime not your thing? How about coral? This is a rectangular scarf, it makes an excellent sarong. It’s cotton, so it dries in a flash.
Looking for a gift? Finding it tricky to buy colors for someone else? Teal looks great on almost everyone, and this 100% cotton is soft, fluffy and generally fabulous. This is another one of those rectangular scarves that you can wear in several different ways. Doesn’t it look great with the seahorse shawl pin?
Spring Knitting, Part 3 will be coming soon. We just keep creating the beautiful stuff!
After a brief vacation from blogging, I’m back (well, at least for today). Been quite busy with kids, knitting, etc, so blogging fell by the wayside for a bit.
Nicer weather has finally arrived, after a cool, wet spring here in Indianapolis. I hear conflicting predictions on what the summer will bring, I’m hoping for cooler than average – last year was murderous.
Been knitting a lot (to put it mildly) and there are a lot of fun new items in the Etsy store. We’ve been knitting many things that will work for spring and cool summer nights, like this pale yellow open weave shawl. I love this primrose color, it’s perfect for women with delicate coloring, and 100% organic cotton makes it super soft. This is an asymmetrical triangle and it’s super versatile, wear it as a wrap or scarf, or fold it and wrap for a sarong. It dries in about 30 minutes if it gets wet, so it’s great for the beach.
We found a great buy on Noro Nobori yarn this spring, so we’ve done several different things with it. I knit this scarf; think this is the perfect pattern to show this yarn’s unusual texture and beautiful color changes. This one reminds me of a zinnia garden in the summer sunshine. Cheryl, my business partner sees fireworks. How about you? What do you see?
Cheryl knit the yarn in a different colorway, this one makes me think of a spring rainbow, cheesy I know – but how would you describe it?
This scarf is just right for women with fair, golden complexions – what we might call “Spring” or “Dressing Your Truth Type 1”. I plan to write more about this color typing stuff in a future post.
Cheryl also knit this black fishnet type rectangular scarf from organic cotton. We found a fabulous buy on Mirasol Samp’a, 100% organically grown and dyed cotton, so we snapped up a lot – watch for lots of cool new things to appear in the shop.
I love this pattern, it’s so easy to wear, it makes a nice soft scarf, a shawl or wrap and a perfect sarong. Do I even need to talk about the possibilities for a sexy Halloween costume?
I’d love to hear what kind of hand knits you’d like to see in our Etsy shop for spring and summer. Please let me know through the comments if you have other ideas or know of patterns that would make useful (and beautiful) hand knit items for warmer weather.