Sunday, June 21, 2009

Swap for Scraps - Round III

For those of you registered and partaking in all the goodness that is Ravelry: Round III of the Swap for Scraps has begun!

Have no idea what all the excitement is about? HERE is a short post about the first time I joined the swap, and HERE is a post about the finished product spun up from the scraps I received.

Great, now that you know what I am talking about...

Guess who is hosting this round?!
Good guess! I am so excited to play swap host!

Over the next few weeks I anticipate the arrival of some 30 or so packages of fibery goodness from around the world. It is then my privilege to open each and every one, fondle, admire, tear apart into little bits of squishyness, then repackage into random selections of scrappyness!!

If your interested in spinning some scrappy-crazy yarn, I highly recommend joining! All the details are listed on Ravelry.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

2009 Hudson River Stitch & Spin

Check your day planner!

The Hudson Valley Stitch and Spin is just over a week away! You have plenty of time to get your project and picnic planned and packed. Yea, sorry about that - I got on a roll and ran with with it.

For those of you considering attending, here are the details:

Date: Saturday, June 27 2009
Time: 12-5 p.m
Location: Dutchman’s Landing Park, Catskill NY 12414
Directions: Complements of Google Maps

Monday, June 15, 2009

Pure talent!

I just wanted to share with everyone that, well, I like stuff...

Especially like handmade stuff.

Now that everyone knows my little secret, I want to share with you some beautiful hand embroidered magnets that I received as a gift from one very talented artist by the name of Alison Tauber - aren't they precious!! These little gems are only 3/4". Tiny, perfect, hand stitched bits of awesomeness.

This women is so talented, and it does not stop at embroidery. Rather then me telling you how awesome she is and how incredible her shirts are, or how delightful her hand sewn pillows are, or even how exquisite her scarves are, why not stop by her shop and and decide for yourself?

Sunday, June 14, 2009

8:04 minutes

The June Phat Fiber videos are up in YouTube!

...boxes go on sale today, Sunday June 14, 2009 HERE

Falkland wool top and batts in the "Mercer's pier" colourway debuting in the June Sampler will soon be listed in the shop!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Time to start training...

... for the Tour de Fleece of course!!

Now, before I say another word, if you are unable to access that link it means that you have not yet joined Ravelry; and that just makes me sad. So, join the party and get yourself a Ravelry account. In a few days you will see what I am talking about....

Now, where was I? Ah yes, the Tour!

I read about the Tour last year, told myself that I would do it this year, then promptly forgot about it! Thankfully an awesome customer linked my name to a forum message and I found my way to the main message board for the 2009 Tour. I promptly joined the group, offered up some prize donations and poured over the rules and the forum posts.

So here is what is involved:
1) Join the Ravelry group
2) Join a team, join two, or not - the choice is yours
3) If you have a Flickr account, join the group

Here are the rules for those who are considering the race:

1) Spin every day the Tour rides, if possible. Saturday July 4th through Sunday July 26th. Days of rest: Monday July 13th, Monday July 20th. (Just like the actual tour)

2) Spin something challenging Wednesday July 22nd. (The Tour’s densest mountain stage with 5 mountain passes)

Oh, and last but not least, there are PRIZES!

Okay, now that you are all informed, I need to choose my team and decide my challenge. See you on the Tour!

Friday, June 5, 2009

A little colour from the studio...

So amidst the insanity that took place this week I was able to get a couple days in the studio. I am SO thankful that things will slow down after this weekend; even if it is just for a few weeks...

I just wanted to share some photos from a batch of four individual colourways for a custom order based on a sample (an undocumented one at that) I sent off to a customer.

Hopefully one of them hits the mark!

custom order - pending review

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Phat Fiber Sampler & The American Red Cross

Just a quick post...

I wanted to do my part in spreading the word on the incredible idea that the creators and contributors of the Phat Fiber Sampler have brought to life: The Super Box. In a nutshell, a massive box of samples has been assembled for one lucky drawing winner. But the awesomeness does not stop there - to get a chance at winning this you need to do a good deed: Donate at least 5.00 to the American Red Cross. Each 5.00 donation = 1 drawing entry.

Now, I bet that your wondering how to partake in this drawing...


Step 1:
Visit the Red Cross website and donate to either your local chapter or a fund of your choice.

Step 2:
Forward the email receipt you get from The Red Cross to

Step 3:
Keep the number(s) you will be assigned after your forwarded receipt is processed by the the fine folks at Phat Fiber HQ.

Step 4:
Look for a special video number drawing on the Phat Fiber Blog at the end of the June to see if you're the lucky giveaway recipient!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Been meaning to share this...

So, do you remember when I joined the swap for scraps?

Somehow those little bundles of randomness sneaked to the front of the line. Wow, they were so much fun to spin!!

After showing James how pretty it all was - many, many, many times - I swear; that man is saint, I filled the satchel that hangs on my spinning wheel with bits'o'prettyness. Every time I reached into that satchel and pulled a bit of fiber out it was such a surprise!

I have since decided that my fiber stash needs an expiration date - if a bump of fiber is not spun by X date; it will be torn apart and tossed into a scrap bin to be spun into crazy yarn. Same goes with ITW fiber - anything that does not sell within the allotted time on Etsy will be torn down into samples or bits to be sold as scraps.

For those of you have never broken free from the daisy chain of fiber - go ahead, get crazy, tear it up, you won't regret it.