A brief hiatus, and new ventures!

Hello all! It has sure been a interesting Winter. I realize I haven’t been very good with keeping up with my blog, and I promise I will be doing better. So, if you don’t mind… A little recap of whats been going on.

In January, I received the unfortunate news that the awesome gallery I had my stuff at was closing. The economy stinks, and the sales weren’t there at that location to keep it going. I was surely bummed, something I feel hinders my sales pitch now, saying, “No, I don’t have my stuff anywhere right now…” So a happy Spring goal of mine is to find another shop to carry my wears. Are you interested? 😉

February was a swift and crazy month. Many of you don’t know all my hobbies and talents. (I am giving into my dislike for the word talent, and am going to go with it for once. Most people do not do what I do, and I have skills, and owning all of them is a talent. ) Not only do I make jewelry, draw, paint, and fire dance, I also am an avid hula hooper. Yes, hula hooping. And cats. There are always cats around. (3 currently in a pile on my lap as I type…) Anyways, yes I hula hoop. Its amazing and fun, and creative, and the group I belong to, Hoop Twin Cities, invited one of my most favorite- est hoopers to do a one day class with us, all the way from Oakland, CA, Tiana Zoumer.

First and foremost. youtube this chick. She is amazing, and will blow your mind. Not only was she encouraging and fun to have in class, she was positive, and enlightening and beautiful outside her hoop as well. We had dinners, and laughs, and talked hoops. Total geek out weekend. Our class on Saturday was extremely fun with about 20 beautifully skilled hoopers taking a 3 hour intensive on punctuation and body rolls. Afterward, the majority of us went out for drinks, and food. 15 girls, 2 tables, one very patient waiter, and we are all twittering about this move , that move, how we fell in love with hooping, hoop mamas, and what kinda music we get our jam on to. Its not much of a secret, but my jams are typically pop music, nsync, bsb…, its embarrassing, but you know the beats, you know the words, and because the songs are ridiculous, you can have tons of fun. (my hoop jams are fairly different to my normal hangout music, so its fun to see what people respond to. I respond to that… ) The evening ended at one of the hooper’s houses, with a lyra on her porch, and hoopers in the living room dancing with a solo mini. An enlightening evening for sure, and discovering I need more of it in my life. We also had a afternoon jam that Sunday, reminding us that even though we are tired, we still want more. I was a sponge that weekend.

February also brought some very cold days to the Minnesota folk, and a couple dumpings of snow. Yes, talking of the weather is small talk, but in Minnesota it isn’t. Here, it is life, and we have to share our experiences to find oneness in another. A way to alleviate the pain of this harsh, cruel winter. We all are hopeful of a quick spring, some more than others. To my disappointment, February brought little by way of fulfilling creativity. Don’t get me wrong, I had moments of creative bursting energy, but it wasn’t as continuous as it normally flows. March will be better.

A recap of February:

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I tried my hand at core-spun.

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I celebrated a meeting.

 

 

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I started painting Silk Scarves (soon to be in the shop), and had another rockin Derwent Inktense demo.

 

 

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Hula hooped at the halftime show for the roller derby.

 

 

 

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Met this lady. (Its TIANA!!!)

 

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Hoop Twin Cities Co-Organizers!

 

 

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Class picture!

 

 

 

May your March rock more than February. I’m looking forward to mine (its my birthday month!)

xo

 

 

 

Oh tes. And, I made a hoop video for all to see! Its not great, but its great on progress!!! <3

30 Etsy Posts in 2 days

I never though it could be done. I made 30 Etsy posts in 2 days. New yarn, new jewelry. Super pumped and proud of myself. Didn’t do much else during that time, but woooo! 30!

I thought I would share and let everyone know I have plenty more where that came from so stay tuned! I am excited for what the year will bring me. With this big post I also want to announce a COUPON! For 20% off, use the coupon code “HEARTS” at checkout. This will expire at midnight on Valentines day, so please plan accordingly! Reminder, it does not apply to handspun, I will be doing a deal when you write in notes to seller “love” I will send you a pair of earrings-my choice! (Worth $20)

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Keep it creative!
Xo

New Year, New You, New Projects from Kaleidoscope Kitty

First, let me start this post off with a Happy New Year! May your past be behind you, your future be bright, and 2014 bring much splendor to your life!

I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season. As much as I love the holidays, it wore me out a bit more than usual. I kept busy with my normal projects, but the combo of the weather (crappy) and retail, and holiday stressors got me a bit down. It happens, its over, I am done with it. Instead of worrying about those things, I am throwing myself into new projects.
1) I started a lovely tunisian stitch cowl done in Malabrigo Rasta. It is so thick, I can only do a couple rows at a time, or my hands start cramping up. Its real attention getter on the bus though, since its not a stitch normally seen, I catch people all the time hovering over and trying to take a peek. Its ok! You can ask. 🙂

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2) My neck gets cold at work… In enters the new neckwarmer (yarn by Freia, I love this stuff)

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3) The Bobble Stitch. I have always been fascinated by intricate stitches. Since my learning was off books and not by a family member, there is always a different gap in learning. I am envious of thosse who can freeform crochet at the drop of a hat, and often wonder why my mind wont take me there. One of my conclusions is that I dont know enough “weird” stitches. The bobble, popcorn, bullion, stuff like that. It also could be that my mind doesnt think on that level, but I am not giving up on learning yet. SO last year I learned tunisian. It is not the kind of stitch you can really throw into a freeform project (or so I think) and 2 days before new year I decided I could learn one more.
This scarf has a couple delicious handdyed yarns to it. One is Madelinetosh, another is Sonoma, and the third is Ella Rae. The Ella Ray is a tiny bit larger of a yarn and where it might bother me in other projects, I am enjoying the extra textures quite a bit right now.

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4) Super Secret Spinning Wheel Project. I have been holding onto this lovely Alpaca roving for many months, waiting for the right time to start playing with it. My holiday gifts are done and I have decided that January is time for me. I have 1lb 7oz of Cria fiber (cria means baby) to work on spinning. I started it the other night. Its so soft, its hard to describe spinning with it. Maybe like spinning little wispy clouds. Yes! wispy clouds. Anyway it is beautiful and I cant wait to continue sharing this journey of fiber.

20140101-103739.jpg On a side note, I have been officially spinning yarn for one year! It feels like longer, but this shift in my art feels so natural, and amazing.

December 22 had a lovely booth- I realized now I haven’t shared it. My booth is ever changing, sometimes dependent on the venue, sometimes on the product I am bringing. My show at BE Coterie had a bit of it all and I look forward to coming back and vending my wares again.

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Christmas brought me a very artsy holiday. I received the 72 count set of Inktense Blocks- Which will expand my demonstrating capabilities even more. I got one whole pound of roving for me to work on dying. It is superwash and has silk and silver in it. GORGEOUS. A gift card to my favorite yarn shop went very fast on Sunday, and I got the full set of the symfonie hooks that I like so much. Art holidays are the best aren’t they?

My New Years Eve was spent having delicious filet mignons and watching 200 Cigarettes. It is my New Years tradition, I have to watch it every year. Its my favorite. So if anyone wants a quick synopsis, they smoke a lot of cigarettes on NYE 1981, a whole lot of awesome people are in it, and they swear, more than I remember. The music is good. Its just a cute movie.

I don’t make resolutions. I make mini goals and demolish them. Every year I have to learn something new. Every year I want to be more successful with Kaleidoscope Kitty and my art. This year I made great strides in getting my brand more well known. I started my little blog, which I am enjoying very much, and is getting better and better with each bit of info I am learning about WordPress (prepare for big things, my friends) . I made my first international sale with my yarn. I shipped yarns from Utah to Maryland. Jewelry from California to Pennsylvania. Overall, I feel that is a good year. I dream of a day I can see people walking down the street wearing my designs, or a show where I can sell out an entire basket of OOAK yarns. Workshops that people clamor for (workshops are coming btw). I know I am meant for art and it is meant for me, I am still working on getting there.

Look out 2014- this is going to be a big one! <3

I’d love to hear some of your thoughts on resolutions, do you make them, how often they are kept. What crazy projects you are up to fresh into the new year. <3
xoxo

Happy Holidays from Kaleidoscope Kitty!

Just a couple days left!!! Are you ready? I finished up with a few of my last minute gifts, and still think I need to do more. There comes a time when I just have to give up and be happy with all I did.

I got into a last minute pop up market at a place called B.E Coterie this Sunday from 10-2. I have been very mellow about my table, not freaking out, not making anything new, because I don’t need anything new for this booth. I will have my jewelry, handspun, a few drawings and my crochets. Opal will be there, so I can demonstrate spinning my yarns. B and I worked on how my booth will look, and I am overall very pleased. I will post pictures of the ever evolving booth.

I am finishing up a super long scarf with yarn by Freia. Its a handpainted and handspun single ply wool yarn. Its absolutely fantastic to work with. The color is intense and the way it stripes itself is amazing. Since it is so long, I needed to use two balls. Its not exactly the most economical but really nice stuff rarely is. It is truly a treat to play with.

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I took 2 photos just to show how beautiful it is. Can’t wait for it to be finished! I am still not sure on whether I want to sell it or keep it for myself.

I posted two new necklaces tonight. A lovely wire wrapped druzy and and a wire wrapped artistic jasper. I even posted it from my ipad- it was surprising how easy it was. I took the pictures with my phone, so I still have a lot to learn on posting from my phone. Progress!

Hoping to have time to make another post before Christmas, we’ll see what happens. 🙂
Holiday happiness to all!

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It’s HERE! My favorite Cheesy Potato Recipe!!!

Ok gang, so I think I have covered a few things about my tastes in food. I don’t like spicy, and I hate to reheat food, with the exception of a couple foods. It’s wasteful I know, but it never tastes the same… Along with my Sweet Chili Chicken I am adding another recipe to the foods that taste delicious reheated.

This meal has been tweaked a bit… from a Good Eats episode. Ok, tweaked alot. When I ended up watching this episode I felt like it was a completely different food, and I was curious on what Alton Brown had made. Anyways, this is my take on it.

First off, if you do not have a Mandolin slicer- GET ONE. Ours has paid off in the time we save on making this meal (its at least once a week in the winter)

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Gratin Potatoes

This is a simple dish that’s quick to make if you have a mandolin slicer and a great way to use up all the stagnating leftovers in the fridge.

Equipment:
Casserole pan
Mandolin Slicer

Ingredients:
3 pounds of medium starch, potatoes (Yukon Gold, Superiors, California Longs)
1/4 cup Half & Half
Salt & Pepper to taste
2 or more cups of filling. This could be various herbs, spices, meats, vegetables, cheese, pretty much anything you think would be good. This is an excellent way of getting rid of excess leftovers.

Directions:
1. Wash and slice the potatoes around 1/16” or 1/8” thick
2. Grease pan with a light coat of butter
3. Make a layer of potatoes on the bottom of the pan
4. Sprinkle in part of the filling, add salt and pepper
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until pan is completely filled
6. Distribute Half & Half evenly on top of pan, then press down lightly with your hands to push out air bubbles.
7. Cover loosely with foil and bake for 45 minutes at 400 degrees
8. Remove foil and cook for 10 minutes
9. Remove from oven and let sit for at least 15 minutes before slicing and serving

Good Eats, Season 1, Episode 2: This Spud’s For You

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Potatoes part a: Start browning your beef while you are slicing potatoes with your mandolin. By the time you are done with those you can start chop chop chopping your carrots up and add them to the beef with corn! Stir stir- add seasonings! (We also add a bit of Worcestershire sauce to give the beef a little zip, just a little bit.)

 

Potatoes step one: Buttered pan, lay one layer down of potatoes, salt and pepper.

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Step 2: First layer of Cheese! (We use Mild Cheddar here) photo 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Step 3: Another Layer of Potatoes!

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Salt and Pepper! Don’t forget it!

 

 

 

 

 

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Step 4: Add ingredients!

We have 1 Bag of baby carrots, 1 can of corn, and 1 lb of ground beef.

You can obviously add some other tasty variety, but this is what works best in our home. Oh yes, and Steak chopped up is really good too!

 

Step 5: Another Layer of Potatoes and Cheese!

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Step 6: Last layer of potatoes- Now before you put the half and half on you will want to squish it down with your hands, not a extreme squish, just something to push out any crazy big airbubbles and allow it to cook more evenly. Now we add about a quarter cup of half and half evenly to the top.

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Lastly is the final layer of cheese. We use Sharp Cheddar here- it browns the nicest, but you can use pretty much what you like.

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Lightly cover with tinfoil. You don’t want to burn the cheese to the tinfoil, but it also needs to be covered, unless you like smokey burnt messes. No thank you!

Pop it in the oven at 400° with tinfoil on. Bake for 45 mins. Remove tinfoil! Bake for another 15 or until you see fit. (I like a nice crispy top)

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Voila! Cheesy potatoes. Delicious. Customizable, and reheats OH SO WELL!!! 🙂

 

Enjoy!

An update and a new project.

Ah, I am finally feeling better, I hate being down for the count. And although my week wasn’t going to be super exciting, I did feel like I was missing out on some even in the world that my presence should have been at. SO if I missed yours. I am sorry.

I am realizing with every passing day I need a new computer. For some reason PCs don’t like me. Do I know why? No. They crash, they freeze, they slur their words when I watch movies. I had an android phone, I zapped it with my energy and had to replace it 4 or 5 times before I went to an iphone. I hate to say it, but Operation Buy Christine a New Computer has commenced for this holiday season, and I am looking at a fruity variety. All holiday dollars made will be going twards a new computer for me to work on. So let’s do this! I got awesome things to sell and people got Christmas gifts to get. (A little motivation for myself, my computer situation is somewhat disappointing and depressing.)

On the plus side, I already finished one holiday gift. Its absolutely lovely. Now I have to wait to give it. And not post photos. How am I to do this successfully? I am known in the past to be too excited for some holiday gifts that I give them at Thanksgiving. I guess I can do that, but its still not the same. I always feel weird, like, “um, so I don’t have anything for you because, well you remember I gave you that thing a month ago?” Yea… No matter what I always like I came empty-handed. I started on another gift. Some of my handspun and I am struggling. 4 times I have frogged this yarn. Its lovely and I have a great idea for it, its just not coming out right. So I am going to put it aside and keep working on other things. A few more things to sell first. I finished another cowl- but I am debating on whether I would like a new cowl or if I should sell it. I am going to do a couple more, and really finish the pattern so I can post it up here! In the mean time, here is a couple shots of some recently finished pieces that I love.

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The color looks a little off here, but it has a lovely assortment of raspberry, a smidge of green, some purple and blue. Its from Madelinetosh A.S.A.P. The color used here is Alizarin. Its very soft and chunky- my ballwinder couldn’t wind this stuff because it was so soft. The lower picture is featured in Fog. photo 1 I tried winding that one 5 times before I gave up and did it the old fashioned way- using B.’s hands and me winding it. One time the ball flew off the winder and all the way across my work table and onto the floor! I was a bit skeptical on whether or not I was going to like working with it because it was so soft. But I was very pleased. It makes a nice substitute for Rasta in a pinch (not as thick thought)

2 skeins was all it took!

I know the pattern by heart but I am going to do it at least one more time before I post the full pattern. A test in something thinner should be a good challenge. I got some Prism yarn its a hand-dyed merino from Amazing Threads that has a nice softness, but not as thick so we’ll see how this challenge goes. I wasn’t super happy when I balled it, it likes to felt on itself, so frogging might not be much of a possibility if this is a failed experiment. Let’s hope for the best!

I posted a few new items on etsy the other night. One of them was modeled by B. since I wasn’t feeling super photogenic that day. Its a pretty feminine infinity scarf but he pulls it off quite well. photo 4 (3) photo 5

 

Other than that its same ol same. I picked up S by JJ Abrams and Doug Dorst, but dont know when I will really have any time to go through all the book and its accessories. I have many goals. The third Unwind book is also in queue on my kindle which I am itching to read. So many things to do and not enough time!

 

Tomorrow B. and I will be making potatoes. A favorite of mine. We will be taking lots of pictures so we can post them on my site. My sweet chili chicken recipe has been a very popular post, and I have seen some great numbers in visitors. So I want to share another one of my faves. (It reheats suuuper well!!!)

 

xo

-C

A summary of the last week

Well the trunk show went well, you can always hope for more sales but are happy with what you got. My late night frenzied working has caught up with me. I started to get sick. My worst nightmare. I hate being sick, not that anyone particularly enjoys not feeling well but I am a very bad sick person. I am far too active in my activities to allow myself a moment to relax and start to get better, plus I get crabby. Not just crabby, but old man ornery that no one wants to be around. So now I lay in bed, hoping my body will rebuild itself rapidly, drinking a “soup” of sorts that my cats can probably taste from here- I am particularly craving strong flavored foods so I can taste them. My midwestern taste buds would freak if they knew what I think sounds good right now.
So here is to getting better. And a picture of my table at the trunk show last night. 🙂

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Oh yes, and finally, I finished plying that Moonglow with the glow in the dark thread!!! enjoy!
xo

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Just a few more stitches.

This skein is seeming to go on continuously. Its beautiful, and is working up nicely, but I feel every time I reach down to double check where I am in my skein, I realize I haven’t made much of a dent.

We had our first snow tonight. I hear the snow settling on the roof in odd foot patterned noises. I am ready for spring.

Tonight on my bus I was fully decked out in Kaleidoscope Kitty‘s knitty wear. Hat, scarf, cowl and my fingerless gloves. I look like a Malabrigo poster. I am working on my infinity scarf still- my fingers beginning to cramp. A lady behind me comments on my hat and cowl and tells me they are so beautiful. I thank her, and feel awkward to push a business card her way, so I don’t. I put my earbud back in and continue on my row. A family of three hops on my route, two boys and their father. The youngest is mesmerized by my handwork. I try not to pay attention to the fact he is staring, it messes up my stitching. The older boy starts talking to the dad and the brother about what I am doing, I wonder what she is making, II think it might be a sweater, I wonder if she learned when she was little, etc. The conversation is audible, but it is still their conversation, so I don’t interrupt, after all, I have my earbuds in and they could be talking about something else. I zone in on my stitches…. my music plays a rhythm that I sink into as I hook. I continue on.  I hear a bit of “what are you doing?” “EXCUSE ME MISS, WHAT ARE YOU MAKING?” Boom. All eyes are on me. I feel a rush of pink to my cheeks, I have to answer all the way across the bus what I am working on, and all these people are suddenly watching. Am I naked? “Oh I am working on an infinity scarf, See?” I stretch it out and people crane their necks to see. More pink to my cheeks. They were very sweet boys and they had a couple more questions, and asked if I made all my warm weather accessories, I said yes and they asked why I was making something on the bus, I told them it was a good way to use my time, and I like making things. I had even made the yarn in this scarf I am making. People stood up to look. It was like a strange impromptu show and tell that no one wants to do. The boys were interested still in the artform and continued to chat about it once I went back to my work. Maybe someday I will see something by those boys. Until then, I have more stitching to do.

Countdown, 5 days. I need more time.

Holiday Goodies and Updates!

Time flies. Each year I start with a plan of ” I am starting my holiday gifts early this year. I will not be a last minute scrambler…” I dislike being that person. Maybe it makes me more stressed out, maybe it is my years in retail and the person saying, ” but I need a present, its two days to xmas and you don’t have it?” kinda drives me nuts. I will not be that person. I will not be that person.

I unfortunately am wavering on the possibility of being that person. I don’t have many people to give presents to, I don’t have a huge family, but the presents I do give, I want to be really special. This year I have taken on the idea of not just making warm things for people, but now I am making warm things for people and spinning the fiber to make said items. One more step. Still the same amount of people. I always want to give something special. Always. Since I do all my gifts handmade, they take longer- sometimes waaay longer, because if you rush art, you get crappy art.

I have a Trunk show in 12 days. Am I freaking out? Yes.

Not only am I to have my handspun yarns, but I am also to have a selection of ready made items too. Exciting, yes. Easy? no. Like wall art the wrong choice in mat can make or break your piece. A bad selection in framing can turn a serene landscape into a big erratic mess. Choosing the right pattern, or in my case, looking at a pattern, and deviating from that pattern is the exact same thing. I can’t remember if I have mentioned this before, but I struggle with reading patterns, I have forever. I lose track of counting, my mind thinks about too many things at once, and before you know it, I have created a new piece that looks similar, but not exactly like the original. Thats what makes my pieces special right? So the choosing of the patterns are eating my precious time… my precious precious time! I know I have many items to choose from, but I always want to have just that extra thing, just in case it is THE item that someone has to buy. When I did the RAW show in August, I made jewelry up until the moment I had to put my dress on and leave. Apparently its my way of coping with stress? I also get to look like a crazy person.

So I am currently working on 4 WIPs. I have another Malabrigo hat in the works- I can’t say just how much I love these hats (I am currently wearing mine now.) I am working on another pair of boot cuffs- I love love love mine, they look so cute with my boots! I am just finishing a handspun hat, from a really large skein of yarn, the other part of the skein will be up for sale in a short while. (it was a jumbo 8oz) so I thought It might be wise to split it into 2. The hat is really cute though. And I am also working on a neckwarmer in Beesybee’s Summer SAL, which I named Candy Crush It looks like the candy crush game colors. I spun this one up while I still played the game, ( I am not right now, I don’t have time to get all crabby from it. – I currently only play Happy Street on my phone) On Sunday, I will be on the hunt for a few buttons to add a little something. Or, if I get really really ambitious, I might just make a pin out of some sculpey and attach it that way.- its just large enough to not need buttons anyway. The important thing is that it is really really cute.

I am also hoping to have at least 3 new skeins of yarn done and ready for sale on the 11th- including the Crosspatch Creations I have to ply. Its the lovely moonglowy one, I’ve been neglecting Opal the past couple days and I am sure she will be crabby when I start working with her again, but my mission is to ply. I try not to stop a ply job in the middle- it can turn out kinda funky- so if I plan on plying, I get my water ready, my shows ready and stay the whole time. I ran out of my normal lineup of shows while spinninng, and I decided that I was going to watch…. eek, “Gossip Girl”. Its got 6 seasons, its no longer running, and I don’t have to pay attention to it as deeply as I would with something like Sherlock or Breaking Bad (both have come highly recommended, but require too much of my attention.) What shows are you watching? Any new recommendations? I have both Netflix and Amazon.

I will be hosting a Crocktoberfest again this year with a game day- mixing up the crew of friends I invite, more people should know each other, see how the dynamics change. Its not very fun when more than half your guests all hang out on a regular and then you sprinkle in 3 non clique friends. So the rules have changed, the groups have changed and if everyone will be ok with me spinning at the game table I will be set! If this does happen I will take pictures.

Oh yes and my Halloween Nightmare. Many months ago, I spun up a skein of yarn. I called it lemonade. A lovely pink and yellow mix of Merino. Its lovely. Things in life happened, work got stressful, I skeined it on my niddy noddy and left it for setting the twist. 2 weeks later I am ready to toss it in the pot. As I put it in and give it a quick stir, I realize I never put the skein strings on. I had a good 300yds loose in a pot of hot water that I couldn’t just reach in and pull out. AND I gave it a stir. I got it out finally and where it “didn’t look that bad” I knew I was going to have some issues with it. To the point of I questioned my decision to be a spinner, and briefly BRIEFLY thought, I should sell my wheel and just be done with it. I hate telling this story because it breaks my heart to think I would do such a thing since I LOVE my wheel and LOVE spinning so much. Anyways, I left this big knot of yarn to sit in a basket for months. A reminder of my mistake. I finally pulled it out and worked thru it. I may have 3 really tiny skeins of yarn now, but I have one decently sized skein, and I feel better about fixing my problem. SO here is a picture of my mess of yarn. I will feel much better once it sells.

xoxo

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Winter is coming, it is cold, warm up with new creations from Kaleidoscope Kitty!

For a born and raised Minnesotan, I am a pretty poor speciman of Minnesota living. Its been 40’s all week and I am wearing a scarf, a cowl, and a hat. Don’t forget those fingerless mitts! I hate being cold, I don’t like snow, winter sports do pretty much nothing for me. Why do I still live here? I don’t have a very good answer for that., because I don’t know. What I do know is that winter is great for wearing cute scarves, cowls, and hats- so my yarn and crochet line really excel in this area. I posted the other day a few of my new works that I am extremely happy with. I am also doing a trunk show for my handspun yarn and crochets on November 11 at Wunderkammer. The event page is on Facebook right here.

I will have Opal, my wheel, a crazy assortment of new handspun and some hats and scarves. I am working my fingers like crazy trying to get as much done as possible for this event. My hands hurt.

Anyways, picture time!

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This one here is mine, I love this colorway and waited over a year to get it in! It reminds me of the lovely color patterns bubbles make as they swirl. I made a little pom to go on it, and I really think it adds a bit extra cuteness to it.

 

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This one is a new favorite, with the same yarn. Thick and warm and oh so soft. With or without pom (shown without pom)

You can find it on my shop HERE.

 

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The magical thing about this yarn is that it comes in super small batches, and I think that makes it very special. My cowl in this picture is actually from the same colorway. Its incredible how they can be so different, and it makes me appreciate handmade and hand-dyed items so much more. This cowl is not for sale, but I can make more! The hat however is for sale- with or without a pom pom. Check it out.

 

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Another struggle artists face everyday is the Target syndrome, Can I pay you $30 to make something? I saw something at target for that much and I figure you could get the same thing. My item sells for $90. She offered me $30. That doesn’t even cover my yarn- or even the time it took me to make it. What people don’t realize these days is that Target has people in other countries making things for them. I work a full 9-10 hours a day, come home and am lucky if I have time to keep my eyes open, let alone crochet for 4 hours. My supplies are not cheap, I do not use cheap goods. As I have continued my artist journey, I have realized life is too short to be using cheap materials I will not be happy with. Sure I could, and have in the past, but I also think I would be providing an inferior product and a lesser value of service, plus I like the feel of nicer things in my hands. So yes, my product may be more expensive- but the time I took to work on a pattern, pick out the yarn, and work with it is worth it. I think all your artist friends are probably worth it, and a whole lot more. I never want to come off as rude on this subject, but there are reasons the “starving artist” exists. Please do yourself and your favorite artist friend a favor and buy from them this year. I have made all my own holiday presents for years now, with the exception on my father, who I don’t feel would like a pair of sparkly earrings or a sassy new cowl (I think he would agree as well). Big companies are opening earlier because the people want it. They buy into it. Everyone complains about Christmas trees popping up in August, yet we start banging on the retailers doors earlier and earlier each year. Support your local artist. <3 Buying from one person each holiday makes a world of a difference. I am not saying it for me, I am saying it for everyone.

And now I am off my soapbox. I just had to say it. Its a stress maker for Holiday and I had to voice it.

A few more pretties before I say goodnight. I spun up another winner from Beesybee Fibers, and plyed it with a simple copper thread. It is absolutely stunning.

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The plying process is fun and still very exciting. Its amazing to see the combos you can come up with by adding one simple thing to the mix.

 

 

My next up is a colorway called Pansy and it comes from Crosspatch Creations. This was a fiber bump from Playing with Yarn in Knife River, MN. I picked up a bunch from this shop and have had such a great experience with this line of fiber. I think my version will be called moonglow, since I will be plying it tomorrow with glow in the dark thread!  photo (13)