Long Weekend Knitting

Happy belated Thanksgiving and Black Friday/Craft Friday to everyone!

After all of the cleaning and prepping, Thanksgiving went off wonderfully smoothly. We had 11 people here, but didn’t have to do all the cooking. My dad makes the turkey and gravy, my mom the cranberry-apple sauce and green jello (we are midwestern, after all). Mike made his famous garlic green beans, my brother brought two kinds of mashed potatoes and I was in charge of the pies. Because our family now comprises several special diets, we only made pumpkin pie, but two good ol’ Libby’s pumpkin pie, one gluten-free pie and one low-carb/no sugar pie.

pumpkin goodness!
pumpkin goodness!

Every year, Thanksgiving means taking out the Wedgwood at our house. We don’t have much family on my Dad’s side, so using my grandmother’s wedding china always feels very special. We always unwrap each piece from its newspaper cradle very carefully and save the same newspaper for next year.

they don't make it like they used to
they don’t make it like they used to

Because our family’s  a melting pot of religions, right after Thanksgiving and before we pulled out the handmade Advent calendar, Grammy and Buppa invited us for Hannukkah dinner. (We lit all of the candles because  Buppa will be out of town for the last half of Hannukkah).

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And, remember how I’m not doing any holiday knitting? Well, I might sneak in one project….

IMG_1795My dad has been hinting for years that he would love some heavy ski socks to replace the ones our dear departed Grandma Misa made way back when. It’s a perfect chance to try out the 100% Blue-Faced Leicester superwash base I’ve been dyeing up. (This is the Enchanted Forest colorway). My darning skills aren’t up to snuff, but I may track down somebody at the Sow’s Ear or Knitting Tree to patch up the originals, too.

We didn’t really participate in Black Friday, or Craft Friday, having a Baseball and Movie Friday instead, but I love the #CraftFriday idea!

Saturday and Sunday, I spent a good deal of time in the Lair, working on yarn for a big wholesale order (shhh, it’s a secret) and getting packages together for the All Wrapped Up and Gradient clubs. Both are just waiting on final pattern layout to start hitting the mailboxes!

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Yarn Sale Continues

Thanks to everyone who’s purchased yarn in the Yarn-a-palooza kettle-dye sale! It’s not just a Cyber Week thing; I’ll probably keep it up for the next couple of weeks, since I still have more kettle-dyes and handpaints to add!

Happy December, everybody!

Jaala

 

 

 

Fiber Friday: in the Dyeing Studio

It’s snowing steadily here; hope you’re keeping cozy wherever you are!

For some Friday fiber fun, here are some scenes from the Evil Lair:

I’m really excited; my skeins from Green Mountain Spinnery arrived! Can’t wait to dye up these made-in-the-USA goodies…

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…and some skeins-in-progress…

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Have an excellent weekend,

Jaala

Still Flying Yarn Collection

Joss Whedon’s a genius, and after we worked our way through all of the Buffy and Angel episodes, Mike and I decided to give this Firefly series a try. At first, I thought, “Okay, it’s Han Solo with a new crew,” but after one episode, the complex characters hooked me for good.

Recently, I re-watched the show’s 14 episodes all again, and found myself loving the bright, western-style landscapes contrasted with the ship’s beat-up interior all against “the black,” or deep space.

Big, geeky fangirl? Yep, I even have  a couple of Firefly books. Combing through them for “research” on costumes and characters, no trouble at all.

Firefly fans, or Browncoats, are legendary for their passion for such a short-lived show, and have a reputation for helping out charities and the like. So in the Browncoat spirit, for every Still Flying yarn sold, Knitcircus will donate a dollar to Kids Need to read, a group cofounded by Nathan Fillion.

Of course, I’ve got a huge crush on Malcolm Reynolds; who doesn’t? So Captain Tightpants was the first out of the dyepot.

Followed closely by

Wash’s Coveralls, based on our favorite wisecracking, dinosaur-playing spaceship pilot.

Shiny! Independent businesswoman Nandi definitely deserves her own glitter yarn.

And The Black.

These 14 episodes offer a lot of inspiration, so watch for more Still Flying colors in the nest few weeks, including Truthsome, Registered Companion, Cunning and Real Nice Party.

Knitcircus Yarns Grand Opening

Please come join the party!

Harvest colors, inspired by all of your comments…

Midnight stars…

Fresh fruits…

To celebrate the Knitcircus Yarns Grand Opening, you’ll receive a free gift with each purchase:

With a worsted-weight yarn, a free printed copy of the Silk Moon Crescent pattern:

With each fingering weight yarn, a printed copy of the Juniper Lemon Shawl Pattern.

Going down into the Evil Lair to mix color potions always lifts my spirits; hope you’ll enjoy browsing the colors!

Take care,

Jaala