Shop Update – Go getcha some!!

Last weekend, I dyed like a wild thing.

Today, I listed a few of them in The Shop.  Here’s a peek:

I still have seven others to list…but I’ll post them next week…or perhaps a few here and there during the week.

I hope you like!!!


25 Days and Counting…

That’s what I have left until school starts… 25 days…it seems like nothing and SO LONG at the same time. As my last post stated, I have a ton I would like to get done before school starts and only 25 days to get it done in. UGH!! I also have to freaking wait a whole 25 days until school starts!! UGH!!

See what I mean?

I’m struggling here lately, on the knitting front. I have these things that I NEED to do which is vastly different from what I WANT to do. After these NEEDS are done… It’s gonna be a whole lotta WANT for a long while…at least until school is done. I will have precious little crafty time and I ain’t making nothing I don’t want to. : )

I think one thing that is gonna be at the top of my WANT list is a sweater for myself. I have a sweater’s quantity of Brooks Farm Mas Acero in a lush, snappy grass green that will just make you swoon it’s so lovely. I haven’t decided on a pattern yet… But I have 1600 yards of loveliness to use!!! Tho… I may stick to small, easy, portable knits while in school. Projects I can pick up and knit a few rows on here and there. I think my brain will be pretty much occupied with school stuff, work and lack of sleep and I will just need some serious brainless knitting. I may lose my mind with the dullness of it, but at least I will have things that I will actually finish…maybe. ; )

I’ve been spending some time lately reading the blog of one of my favorite designers, Jared Flood . I’ve been following the new version of the blog for a while now, but I decided to go back to the beginning and start reading from the oldest entry… I’m almost done with the second year of the blog…I am stunned in what a short time frame he went from what seems like a relatively new-ish knitter to a awesome, inspiring, fresh, hip designer (no, I don’t like him at all..can you tell??) ; ) And now even has his own freaking yarn line, Shelter Wool ! I am so very impressed by his talent and growth over the short five years since he started the blog. I hope to accomplish as much some day. For now, I will collect all my ideas and keep dreaming!

Speaking of designers…my top fave’s (at this moment), in no order…

Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark

Jared Flood

Josh Bennett

Stephen West

Amy Herzog

There are, of course, a million others…but these seem to be catching my eye in a very good way…especially Mercedes… I have yet to see something she has designed that I don’t want, NEED, to knit….hmm….perhaps her Girl Friday will be the answer to my Brooks Farm yarn!!

Time is not my friend right now…


Ever make a list of the things that really need to be done ASAP and realize that unless you have 50 hours in a day, 12 days in a week, need NO sleep, have six versions of yourself and each one has about 20 sets of hands that it is all just not gonna get done in a timely manner???, too.

Welcome to C.H.O.C.(pronouced: ‘choke’)- Club Hopelessly Over-Committed. I’m the freakin’ president. Sit down and we’ll begin.

I’ll start: My name is Heather and I am CHOC-ing.

In the few short weeks before school starts, while working full time and on top of normal household duties, I need to finish:

-Writing up my vest pattern – (75% done)
-Knit and write pattern for Frank Hat – (10% done)
-Finish Traveling Wrap Group, Knit – (90% done)
-Finish Traveling Wrap Group, Crocchet – (80% done)
-Get Dye Swap package out in the mail – (95% done)
-Photo and list 21 newly dyed skeins of yarn in Etsy shop – (0% done) (but YAY!!!!!!!)
-Clean out closet – (lmao)
-Move studio/craftiness/yarn back to 3rd floor (snort)
-Move bedroom back down to 2nd floor of house – (roflmao)
-Clean and organize studio space – (roflmaopimp)

There’s more…but it’s getting too depressing as it is!! LOL

What?? More than one sentence? Shut the front door!!

So…it’s been awhile since I’ve posted more than one line or so… What’s up, you ask?

Dye Update:

I haven’t dyed anything since January… Life has been super busy. I have set aside some time the last weekend of this month to dye up the remainder of my undyed yarn…and if I have time, some roving. After that, the dyeing will be on hiatus for a while…and/or happen very sporadically for a good chunk of months (see Life Update for reason). I will be trying to keep small crafty bits in the shop during the hiatus, just to keep things going. Look for stitch markers, jewelry, hair accessories and other little bits in the coming months.

Knitting Update:

Vest: The vest pattern is currently being written up (by me) albeit, slowly and will then be making its way into the hands of test knitters. I do not have a release date for it yet, but I will keep you updated. I would love to show you photo’s but that has to wait… What I can tell you it is a wonderful, simple-to-work, lots of bang for your buck multi-color slip stitch pattern. Love it!!

Frank Hat: My friend Erin, over at Fiberolio, has charged me with the task of writing a pattern for a Frankenstein-stlye topper, out of her lovely hand-spun yarn, due for release before Halloween…again, no date yet, but I’ll keep you updated.

Personal Knitting: I’ve been working on a few things, but most of them are for other people…in that I am in two Traveling Shawl Groups right now (one knitting, one crochet) so that has been keeping me busy. I have also made a few baby items for a friend who is due to pop in August!! (Yay!! Baby!!! One that I can give back!! Double YAY!!) The shawl I mentioned a few posts ago has been patiently waiting for me to have the time to concentrate on it again…my mind has been jelly lately…and it’s a tough lace pattern. I am about to pull out Avery’s cardigan again, I’ve promised it to him by the time it gets cold enough to wear it and I plan on making good on that. (Keep your fingers crossed for me on that one!!)

Life Update:

So…what’s really up with me?? I’ve decided, after 20 years of dragging my feet, to go to Cosmetology school. I’ve looked into it several times since high school and just never done it…even tho I was pretty sure I’d be happy and be good at it. Now…now it the time! I took the plunge and got myself registered and enrolled and classes start August 22nd. For the next 20 months my life is gonna be INSANE. I will work full-time days and attend school Mon-Thurs, evenings. It will be worth it…I can feel it….but I can also feel the exhaustion that headed my way, as well. Wish me luck!! 

Speaking of going for it…is there anything that you’ve always wanted to do??????  GO FOR IT!!!!!