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Peace

In the past I have shown off some pretty interesting bags of barn yard fiber.  After a trip to the Liberty Flea Market, owned by my Great Aunt and Uncle, I stumbled upon bags of  old lace and bits and pieces of ribbons.  These two combinations piqued my interest.  With my recent voyage into the land of Art Yarns…What better combination than old rustic barnyard and vintage lace?  Introducing Handspun Barnyard Lace:

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After Jeanetta spotted a small skein of it, she had to crochet it up to see how it would look.

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Isn’t it cool?  We both just adored it and agreed it would make a fantastic bracelet, or a bag, or even a necklace.  Our husbands both looked at us like we were a little nuts, but you understand!  We even talked about what a cool vintage embellishment it would make for crafters.  It is such a cool looking yarn, it will be a nice addition to my new line of hand spun yarn.

Here’s one more for my Thick N Thin Art Yarn Series.  It’s pink, and orange, and curly, and full of fun and wonderful twists.  It will calm a bit and bulk up more as well in places once it gets set, but it’s beauty will only improve.  Really, I’m enjoying this yarn series so much, I see no plan of series being short lived.

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My recent spinning has given me such a nice, peaceful feeling.  Typically, I am pretty anal about how even my spun yarn is.  Every little tiny part that’s a tab bit thicker or thinner, I see a flaw and not an unique addition to the yarn.  But, with my Art Yarns, my perfectionism is thrown out the window.  I just let the creativity flow.  The fiber can be thick or thin and locks can be left out  and I’ll over spin here and put in stings and lace and do whatever there.  I get frustrated with life’s little pains and I just put that extra spin in the yarn or just leave it bulky.  Like magic, my frustration is gone and I am left with a gorgeous, unpredictable skein of yarn, as precious as a work of art.  It is a very fun process and it is good for the soul.  In my Art Yarn I find Peace.

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I snapped this shot of the boys on one of our yarn shop trips in Vermont.  Isn’t it just so cool, sometimes in the insanity of it all, you find peace.

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Ferry Tony

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The boys, Daisy, and me on our way home on the “Ferry Tony”. It’s really the Ferry To New York, but when a person quickly writes “take the Ferry TO NY” (with the letters T O N Y) close together, you can see how a person can easily think the ferry is called Tony.

Always good times and fun at The Shed:

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Top picture: Meg and Me

Bottom Picture: Brady, Granny, and Austin

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Hope you have a happy and fun crafting week. ♥

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Sappy Motherly Post

I miss my boys! I didn’t think it would happen. I am not one of those mothers. Don’t get me wrong…I love my boys, but they are BOYS! They are wild, crazy, and into everything. I rarely get to sit down for long. The thought of actually unloading the dishwasher without having to breakup a wrestling match is just a daydream. They are loud, they fight and they can not pick up anything to save their lives. Boys!

My 11 year old step son, Drew, is with his mom, in California for the summer. It’s killing me to be away from him for so very long. He has been a part of my life since he was three and growing into being his step-mom has been a long process. Now, I can proudly say, he is the son I got to choose. He lives with us full time and is a source of much joy in my life! As for Austin and Brady, my four and five year old, they are visiting their granny, my mom, in Vermont. They have only been gone a week and it has just been too long.
The weeks prior to the youngest boys leaving, I bragged to friends about how my home would be a child-free zone. The perfect solace. The vacation of all vacations. I would get so much done. Spinning, dyeing, listing on Etsy, painting my bathroom, the list could go on. My bathroom sits with half the wall paper striped, the wheel is collecting dust, the dyeing room is cluttered and in no shape for work, my poor Etsy shop has not had a new listing since May, yes MAY! So, I still sit, with my long list of to do’s and all I can think to do is drive myself to Vermont and go spend sometime with my boys and my mom. Watch the cows and visit my one of my favorite fiber farms. My to do list will be here when I get back, and I am used to dealing with trying to get things done in the midst of the insanity. At least now, I may appreciate the craziness of my boys.

I plan on taking my computer, and blogging along the trip. I will share the awesome yarn shops I visit, I have a few favs that are a must for my trip. And I will be sure to show off some of the cuties I get fiber from as well. ♥

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Sappy Motherly Post

I miss my boys! I didn’t think it would happen. I am not one of those mothers. Don’t get me wrong…I love my boys, but they are BOYS! They are wild, crazy, and into everything. I rarely get to sit down for long. The thought of actually unloading the dishwasher without having to breakup a wrestling match is just a daydream.

My 11 year old step son, Drew, is with his mom for the summer. It is killing me to be away from him for so very long. He has been a part of my life since he was three and growing into being his step-mom has been a long process. Now, I can proudly say, he is the son I got to choose. He lives with us full time and is a source of much joy in my life! As for Austin and Brady, my four and five year old, they are visiting their granny, my mom, in Vermont. They have only been gone a week and it has just been too long.

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Crafty Color Predictions for Fall & Winter

Recently, I was asked how I pick my colors for the skeins of yarn or roving. I find inspiration in the world around me and am inspired by words and even an occasional cartoon. There is also a bit of science behind my madness. I wanted to share the color forecast for Fall and Winter of 2008/2009. These colors are from an article written in Handwoven Magazine by Daryl Lancaster. The Mosaic below is the combination of four color schemes highlighted in the article: I adore them all together. One of the dye companies I like to use has them listed under four colorway/scheme names. The schemes are: Quiet Simplicity, Autumn Patchwork, Theatrical Fantasy, and Classic Architecture. The above Mosaic could be titled “The Architecture of Classic Simplicity in a Quiet Theatrical Autumn Patchwork Fantasy”.

I see loads of yummy colorways and skeins of delicious yarn coming out of this color forecast. Hope it can help you in all your crafty planning for this upcoming Fall and Winter. ♥