Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Quality Time

OK -- so what is new around The Verb for Keeping Warm house? I have not had enough quality time with Maia's drum carder. I know that for sure. This is what I have made so far:

Content: merino, bluefaced leicester, and silk. Gotta love some silk.

Stay tuned to see how it spins. Otherwise, around these parts we have been busy dyeing more yarn and fiber. We just created a new platform for store. Hopefully, this will make adding new products easier and faster. I literally have pounds of beautifully dyed fiber no one knows about. Hello? That's silly. We are going to work on the website this weekend. Fingers crossed, we will have it running by the end of next week. Let me tell you, if everything goes as planned, this change in website maintenance will eliminate hours of potential therapy Adrienne and I would have to attend under the current website circumstances.

Also, I don't think that I mentioned that I joined Etsy and started selling A Verb for Keeping Warm products there too. There platform is so damn easy and affordable. And, the other artists selling there make such beautiful things. So much creativity and good company! I have to say that Aija has had a large influence over this decision. I love her Etsy Fridays and the artists she features.

Otherwise, I am in the process of receiving lots of delicious new yarn and fiber: merino/ silk blends, tussah, and yak to name a few. I was so excited to receive these that I literally fell down the stairs. Hydroplaned. I was running up to our porch to see if the package had arrived. When I saw that it had not, I ran down the stairs, hydroplaned, and before I knew it landed on my a**. Ouch. But that couldn't stop me from winding skeins and dyeing more... of course with a little lifting help from Adrienne.

I hope everyone out there is having a beautiful Autumn day!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Hide your fiber!

Because I am on a rampage and may put it through my drum carder. Listen to me, calling it mine. I was at my friend, Maia's today. She is on her way to Rhinebeck and has graciously loaned me her Patrick Greene drum carder.

The Beast:

My practice batt: merino, silk, carbonized bamboo, silk noils.

Have you ever seen a drop spindle look so happy?


Knitty bo bits.

Maia better watch out I may hold this little beast for ransom until my lil' lady coughs one up! My birthday (30th) is coming up... In the meantime, thanks Maia.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Do you know what love means? Pomatomus of course!

Well, let's see where we are at with life. I shift from right to left in my chair, pull the chair a little closer to the desk, as it gently rolls back to the position it was just in, oh the pull of gravity, that's right I am on Earth. Proudly, I will announce I have been knitting. These days, although they may be full to the brim with fiber and yarn, I feel like it is as scrumptious as a dirty little secret when I get the time to sit down and knit.

I actually see the light at the end of the tunnel -- It's 2 FO's!

1. Pomatomus Socks -- I absolutely love this pattern. My brain feels like a sponge soaked with serotonin, or maybe it's more like my brain is a beach ball floating along a serotonin sea as I knit the lace pattern and watch the colors change along the strand of yarn. I literally knit in one position so long that my jaw became sore. Ah, the physical detriment of my addiction.

2. The damn Toe-Up Socks -- Again, 3/4 done with these suckers! Bored with the pattern, bored with the yarn, but oh so close!

Then there are the WIP, these have not faired as well, but will get much more love shortly:

1. Tangled Yoke Sweater -- on hold for the moment. But still as beautiful as ever.
2. Chevron Scarf -- I tell ya, this little f***er. I guess somewhere along the line, I added a stitch, because this scarf has gotten wider. I must frog and re-configure.
3. The Alvaros Sweater -- I am dying to get back to this sweater. I love this pattern, love the yarn. I miss you Alvaros!

Switching topics, on Saturday, Adrienne and I drove northeast to the Hoes Down Festival at Full Belly Farms. This is a 2 day event. And, just too much fun: farm tours, workshops on olive oils, wine, fruit trees, good soil, mushroom gardening:

3 stages with live music, bar-b-ques smoking with local food, beer, oysters, an herb yurt, a strawbale house, and tooooonnnnns of stuff for kids! Oh, and you can stay over and camp on the farm.

Here is an amazing woman, named Kathy Wallace, demonstrating her basket weaving skills:


Weaving Supplies

Probably my three highlights of the trip were:

1. Touring the strawbale house. Adrienne and I would love to build one of these in our lifetime. Complete with little strawbale cabins for our friends and family to stay in.

2. Listening to one of the owner's of Full Belly talk about how important their 200 sheep are to the livelihood and success of the farm. And, he didn't even know how fond I am of sheep and their wooly delights!

3. Learning about how the farm started, their fits and starts, and feeling completely and totally inspired to dream and create my fiber farm.

Farm tour: Who is that crazy lady holding a Pomatomus sock?