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So Happy I Could Dye

It’s hard to believe this past week was only my second week at The Twisted Purl… I’ve learned SO much in such a short amount of time.  Thanks to Cyndi, I’m already comfortable with a number of terms and pieces of equipment that, just two weeks ago, I didn’t know existed.  I feel as though I’ve been initiated in to the secret world of fiber arts, and I’m loving every second of it.

Tuesday, after discussing a number of important topics– namely women entrepreneurs and haunted mansions– Cyndi put me to work practicing and perfecting techniques I learned last week.  I relied on trusty old ROY-G-BIV to make several carded batts, and labeled many many felted soaps.  Although the above tasks are somewhat repetitive, I sincerely enjoy them.  In truth, repetitive tasks tend to be my favorite.  There is peace in the process, in addition to that lovely feeling I get when creating anything with my hands.  In the short time I’ve been an intern, I’ve already noticed that after a morning of creative activity at The Twisted Purl, I face the rest of my day with a calmer, more joyful attitude.

On Thursday, Cyndi taught me a few methods for dyeing and painting wool roving.  As usual, I was hesitant about choosing my colors, and unconfident in my final product.  I am, however, excited to see how they look as carded batts and/or spun yarn! Cyndi said that if she has time, she might spin one of them this weekend (ahh!).  Although I’m a little worried, I’m not too worried, because if it’s really ugly we can just sell it to my mom. I don’ have a picture of the first roving I dyed (which was very “Springy”), but the second is pictured below in the shape of a pizza.

Yeah, I know, it kind of looks like that rainbow bread they used to sell at the grocery store.

And here it is again, steaming to set the colors:



My favorite roving I dyed, though, was a solid color “in-bowl” experiment.  It turned out (I think) to be a nice lavender.  We shall see! Also, while all of this dyeing was going on, Cyndi managed to learn how to arm knit and made a scarf using the technique. I can’t keep up with this lady! Next week, she is going to help me make a more “artful” carded batt, and my homework is to come up with a theme to base the colors on.  (Check out Zoe and Cyndi’s Monet yarn, it turned out so beautiful!)  Time to start looking around for inspiration–


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Time Management

Here is a picture of my Americana Roving. It was part of my productive day yesterday 🙂 I also made some yarn, I will try to post that later today.

Any good business owner knows you have to have good time management to be successful. With this being said, I am trying to implement better time management into my day. Actually starting a daily routine will help. So, experiment with me! If any of you are on Etsy, you know what a full time job/obsession it can be. Promoting, chatting, promoting…flickr, etsylove, myspace, facebook, forums…really there are just not enough hours in the day! When can one find time to even make items to sell?

So, here I go…time management. I am quite sure I will complain about this, but something has to be done. I am going to put myself on a work schedule. This will include house cleaning as well (yuck!) But as much as I wish it would do itself, it just isn’t happening. AND my studio is a mess! I need to clean it like you wouldn’t believe. So, three hours in the morning of computer time, in between taking the kids to school and getting them ready…by 9:30 I will be done. *Looks at clock 9:38….hum. I will blog at 9:30. At least that way I am being a good blogger. I will have to think a bit more about my schedule and post more later. Anyone have any ideas? What has worked for you? I would love to know!
By the way, the sock monkey is coming along amazingly! I love it. I want to make a whole sock monkey army. I will be sure to post pics of it later too! Happy Crafting!