Holiday Bustle, and SHOWS!

Its crunch time kids, less than 20 days to Christmas, am I ready for this? Not in the slightest!

A recap of November! Sales have been steady and crazy at i like you- (yay!). We had our annual holiday ornament show, and I made yarn ball ornaments for your knitty friends, and yarn kitties. OMG the cutest cat faces ever. Each one is special in its own way, and the faces… I mean purrsonality. Seriously, one of the funnest gifts I have ever made. I got to send one out to Colorado and one to Michigan through my etsy! My mission for tomorrow, make all the yarn kitties…. all of them! Army of Yarn Kitties!!!

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I have two shows this week. Art and Soul is Dec. 11th 4-9pm (6-9pm Adults only for opening party) I am planning on bringing my wheel for some demo time.
Dec. 12th 4-9pm Also bringing wheel, dependent on customer traffic on demo time.
Dec. 13th 12-5pm

I will have my gear there all three days but will only be able to attend the first two, B will be covering my booth on Saturday (12/13) since I had previously committed to another show at CoExhibitions from 10-6. If you are in town, please stop by one or both of them, I will have different items at both since I will be having 2 booths simultaneously, and the artists I get to sell with are really fabulous at both locations, I dont know which one I am more excited for! I am trying to keep it all together, I need sleep but I want to keep making all the fun things!

I still have no idea what I would like for Christmas, I keep asking B, hoping he will get me to think about something I would really really like, but I am kinda at a loss. I have been blessed this year with a whole new attitude, a new job that I love, a new creative side, I have no real needs. So this year’s Christmas will be just icing on the cake. 2015 is going to be even more amazing than 2014. AMAZINGER. yes, I said it.

xo

The busy holiday season is coming!

Hi all!

I wanted to make a quick post and give an update on what has been happening for me. As revealed in a previous post, I left my job of 7+ years and ventured out to focus more on my artwork and craft while working at a super awesome gift shop. I figured I would have tons of time to work on all the art I wanted to, and do housework. Little did I know, I would be busier than I have ever been! These 3 months have flown by, which have been all very awesome, but man! Where did that time go?

I have my yarn at the textile center in minneapolis.

I have new jewelry and my knits at i like you in NE Mpls. Coming soon are knit and crochet gift sets!

A holiday ornament show is November 22 at i like you, and will be absolutely amazing. You should go if you are available. 🙂

November 30 and December 1 (Makers Monday) I will be home working on my tables and having a presale. If you would like to get your gifties before my next shows this is the time to do it. Contact me for times.

December 11-13 I have a show at Art and Soul in Richfield. I will have a large assortment of my handspun yarn, wearables, ornaments and small assortment of my jewelry.

December 13 I have a show at the CoExhibitions World Craft Fair in NE Minneapolis. Will have a large assortment of all I sell.

More details on the shows will be available soon. I just wanted to post what I have so far. I am so pumped!

– A few new items I should note, I am whipping up some adorable Swarovski necklace/ earring sets, a super deal at $50. Sterling Silver. Will be listed on Etsy this weekend! And of course I am up for special orders!

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Holiday Ornaments! Yes this is happening. They are so cute I can’t contain myself. Yarn Kitties are purr-fect for that cat lover in your life and Knitter Balls are just the ticket for a fiber fiend!

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I also want to take a moment out to thank those who have supported me and my venture throughout the years, I could not have done all this without you, and I truly appreciate your continued support by reading my blog, liking my pictures, and buying my product. Even if your purchases are not with me this holiday season, please think about buying handmade. It means more than you will ever know.

xo-

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Where has the time gone?

I am slowly realizing with my new job I have not been given the gift of time. Instead, I am busier than ever! I have two wedding jewelry jobs this month, one show officially booked for December, two potential shows, the textile center, AND I have ornaments I have to make for our ornament show in November, plus restock the store, while still making all my holiday gifts! Am I loving all this new work? YES!
– On a side note, if you have special commissions from me needed for xmas, please contact me asap. My time is filling up fast and I will need time to get it done the way I like things to be completed! <3

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A sale, an update on my yarn progress, and a feature on Hooping.org!

Excitement is brewing over at Kaleidoscope Kitty studios!

Fall is in the air and I am keeping my hands warm with lots of projects! As the weather cools, I thought it might be nice to have a little sale. 🙂 “FALLSALE” gets you 15% off my store good until October 4! Check it out!!!

I am currently spinning up a fantastically bright pink skein of yarn, that (I believe) will be plyed with a lovely oceany blue. I have to think on that one a bit more before I make my decision on it but they will go together so beautifully, it would be a shame not to spin them together. When B is working on music, I am spinning, when we go watch a couple episodes of LOST (finally powering thru the whole season after so many years) I am working on a new scarf. So far I have made 7 scarves that are adorable. I am weighing my options on taking on commissions, whether or not I will have time to do them, I always want to help everyone out, but stress myself in the end. I aim for a low/no stress holiday!

Sparkling Necklaces I just finished up some wedding jewelry that turned out simply gorgeous. I am so happy with the result. I think I will be doing some sets for the holidays and my upcoming shows, and necklace and earring sets are great!

I will be dropping off my yarn to the Minnesota Textile Center almost 2 weeks early for I Love Yarn Day (October 10)! So exciting. If you are in the area, please treat yo self. Beautiful things are at their shop, and they are from artists. Since I have moved on to the store I am working at now, I am much happier buying a coffee mug that is $25 from an artist than getting one at Target for $4. Its unique and beautiful. Watching customers fall in love with handmade stuff everyday makes my job so much better.

And last and certainly super awesome…. I was featured on Hooping.org. For the non hooping folk, I am sure this is no big thing, but I am super proud of it. Check it out here! Hooping.org 

Thanks again for reading, I really appreciate you. I promise to keep updating with new and interesting goodies as they happen on a more regular basis.

xo

-C

 

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

New year, new possibilities!

Wow, January is sure flying by! I have been a bit more quiet as of late, I can’t keep up with it all. Work, friends, home projects. My work life is still continuing busy. I like being busy, if you arent busy, you get bored. I finalized a demo schedule for my staff to work on and I have 2 (yes 2!) demos in February. Inktense IS on that schedule, so get excited. I sure am! I think for March I will be doing some more on Acrylics again, getting back to my roots. Either way, I am pumped for teaching!

The home is ever changing, got new carpet in the office, where I am writing this note, and downstairs in the basement. I haven’t spent much time downstairs since the flooding in June, it was pretty sad and in disarray. Now, I have new carpet, and shelving. And decorating… oh the decorating! Next will be paint!

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Like all new things they take time, so I am trying to be patient. Because patience makes awesome.

Oh yes, speaking of new!!! I bought my computer! I am now typing on Jazz, my new iMac. For those of you who do not know, Jazz is a type of apple… 🙂 I can be clever every now and then.

 

 

Having a real Saturday off and not having to do anything really confuses my body. I want to sleep all day and stay up til weird hours doing nothing like reading about celebrities. Yup, I can be that person. I was determined to get some etsy work done. I was pleasantly surprised that my new computer has a nice photo editing software, and was mildly easy to manipulate and size. Then comes the descriptions…  I so far have 7 posts completed. I will call that one a WIN.

Check out some of the pretties I posted today!

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1 Fancy Jasper Bracelet

2 Swarovski and Pearl Bracelet

3 Swarovski Bracelet

4 Spessartite Bracelet

5 Spiral Bracelet

6 Aventurine Necklace

7 Garnet Bracelet

 

 

I am still plugging along on my bobble stitch scarf, its getting long!!! I am regretting not weaving in the ends as I change colors, for a couple reasons, one, it looks messy, people see it as I work on it and go, “ooh whats that?” and then see it and kinda step away in horror. 2) finishing the piece will be that much harder because when I am done, I am done. Taking the extra time to frame something or put a coat of varnish on (something I ALWAYS do by the way) I hate it, well, no I should revise that statement, I do not take enjoyment in doing it. It feels very chore-y and annoying. Maybe I can work on that.

Anyways, keeping on! Thanks for reading

xoxo

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

Holiday Deals from Kaleidoscope Kitty!

Happy Saturday! I am starting my holiday deals a bit earlier this year!
On my etsy shop– enter “GIFTGIVING” at checkout to receive 20% off!

Note this discount does not apply to my handspun yarn. The time that it takes for me to spin, ply, set, and tag is more a labor of love than a major money maker. (I spend at least 4 hours with each skein, many on the upwards of 6-8 hours. If we do the math, how much I sell my yarn for, and minus the roving cost, my wage can sometimes be as low as $2- $3/ hour)
Due to those circumstances, I am doing a different offer for all handspun yarn purchases! At checkout, in notes to buyer- enter “holidaylove” and I will send you a special thank you- a pair of Sterling Silver and stone earrings (normally $15-20) for free. My way of thanking you for buying my handspun and your support.

Please let me know if you need help with etsy- I am happy to help!

On a side note, I am trying to figure out a day I can host an open house for my local buyers, but my retail schedule is proving to be a challenge. Until then, if you would like a private visit, please let me know.

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NaNoBloMo Day one- ish and a recipe!

Ok, so its November. Happy November. I had an unfortunately lame halloween but on the good side…we still don’t have snow. So that is a happy moment. Ben is getting busy for a November challenge for writing music and I am super excited for him to work on his goal He is very goal oriented, and when he has one, he always seems to succeed at it. Me, I get close, real close but many times I get distracted by other things. (That “I have A.D.D joke – ooh shiny!” was truly written about me.) But I will try this one. Apparently not only is it a music writers month, but also a national writers month as well. Along with those, I was also notified it was a blogging month. One blog a day for November. Can I do this? I think I can. Since I didn’t know about it until now, I don’t want to fully disqualify myself from it so I will make 2 blogs on two different days to cover from me starting on November 3rd. Maybe a few followers will help. I found one of my blogs was reblogged on Tumblr and I got super excited! People do read these things!

A quick recap. On Friday, I worked, and made some cards with some nice ladies, we pushed past our comfortability zone and I had them try some new techniques and played a bit. I felt everyone enjoyed their card making experiences. I went with a Dia de Los Muertos theme- I don’t know how much people give cards for that celebration, but I liked what I worked on.

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Saturday I had off but came into work for a demo on Inktense. It went great! I had at least 20 people watch, and learn and remind me I am doing what I am meant to do. I just have to figure out how to do it. A gentleman was turning 77 next week and he told me I have inspired him to do art. THAT is WHAT I WANT TO HEAR! I welled up from his praise- I want people to be inspired. The demo taught me a few things as well that the internet world is lacking… A proper demo of the amazingness of these pencils. In the near future, once I am done with my trunk show, and possibly my other holiday gifts, I want to sit down with Imovie, and start making time-lapse paintings of how amazing inktense can be. Two hours can be really intense to sit and work and chat thru the whole time but a video would be so amazing. So that is another goal of mine.
Ran home for crocktoberfest- what a fun night! delicious foods, friends and games. We tried Ladies and Gentleman for the first time. It was a fun game and I think with the right crowd it would be really fun, but the startup is slow and the rules feel long. so only about half of the table as into that one, we will play it again and it will be amazing. We got to make my favorite crockpot sandwich stuff Sweet chili Chicken!
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Sweet Chili Chicken

1 1/2 frozen chicken Breasts
1 bottle of Franks Red Hot – Sweet Chili Sauce
1 dry packet of Hidden Valley Ranch

Put the frozen chicken breasts in the crockpot, cover with sweet chili sauce. Cook on Low for 6 hours. Pull out the chicken, shred with two forks, put back in crockpot. Add dry Ranch packet and cook for another hour or so. This can cook for longer, but the sauce will reduce more, and could potentially burn on the sides.

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Serve on toasted buns- I prefer Kaiser Rolls and some shredded cheese. The extra ranch or buffalo sauce is optional depending on your tastes.

Another variation- the pinterest recipe we originally pulled it from had Franks Hot Sauce instead of the Sweet Chili. As someone who doesn’t care for the hot part, this was far too hot for my tastes. And I also felt it was more hot than flavorful, and the sweet chili is perfect. Bit please try your own and see what works best for you.

Oh yes, and I am one who does not like leftovers, I LOVE THESE AS LEFTOVERS. I call this a win! Its SOOOOOO GOOD!
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I did do some super productive things this weekend though that made me feel pretty good.
I woke up with a crazy idea to move furniture around, to help organize my spinning area. It can get a bit out of sorts and I need as much organization in it as possible. I woke up, dwelled on it all day, came home and BAM! Took care of it myself, no shopping trip to ikea or target for me! Yeah! Hind sight would tell me to measure first. I just lucked out enough with it fitting in the closet perfectly.

I nailed another shopping day out of the park. Last week I figured I would have to go to 4 different stores to get what I wanted. I got everything in one store. Today was the same. Found exactly what I was looking for, it fit, I felt amazing in it. Ring me up lady, I am outta here! Next is shoe shopping!

After the first of the year I also will be working on a new facet of my shop. Bridal fascinators. I just like fascinators in general, and I am thinking, put a pretty russian tulle with some handspun handmade flowers, and a little bling? OOOH that just sounds delicious.

Until next time!
xo

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)