Sunday, February 03, 2008


Actively ignoring the Super Bowl

I don't think the game has started yet, but my daughter hates the Patriots and is spewing so much hate and discontent that I retreated to the bedroom where the computer is. Me, I grew up in the Boston area and am just happy they have successful sports teams to celebrate over! Whatever. I ran out of sock yarn to dye, but I ordered more over the weekend and it should be here in a couple of days. I'm declaring another indefinite moratorium on buying yarn to stash; I'm being a good girl, knitting from my existing stash, and staying out of the LYS's (except to try to sell them my hand dyes, hehe).

Here is a smallish watch cap, your basic 2 x 2 rib, made in Butternut Woolens handpainted yarn. I bought this skein from Shelly last September at Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival, and now I can't remember if it is her sock yarn. It's a bit on the sport weight/DK side. I loved working with it--a great color palette, soft and sproingy feel. If I could be half the fiber artist Shelly is, I'd be very happy.

Biz Notes

About a dozen years ago, when I was a Mary Kay lady and went to the weekly success meetings, I heard a lot of slogans that have stayed with me, and I believe they can only help me as I try to make a go of it as an indie dyer. "Treat your business like a business" was one such slogan. I'm trying to make good financial decisions, and make sure all my business and marketing materials are as professional looking as I can make them. I am not a graphic artist or designer, but I did get my sock pattern printed double-sided on pastel paper. I have a couple of sales opportunities coming up, and I've got major butterflies. Trying to avoid tranqs, as I don't want to become hooked. Those of you who know me, know the last thing I need is another addiction!

Today I fought the mob at Ikea and bought this, except in birch, not white. I'm building a good size inventory, and need a place to put it. In the meantime, though, I'm having fun dyeing, and just for schnitzengiggles I made these.

Colorway: "Alice Cooper". I custom-mixed a shade I call "goblin green," and combined it with stage blood red and raven black. It's getting tons of hits on Etsy, which is encouraging.

This colorway is "Gene Simmons". Stage blood red, kabuki makeup white, studs 'n' spikes silver and raven black. I put it on my favorite Ravelry discussion board, "Love to Dye," and it got positive comments. It's good to know there are other sick individuals out there.

Because I don't want to limit myself to sock yarn, I kettle dyed a couple small skeins of superwash worsted weight merino last week. This is the prettier of the two.

I call the colorway "Salmon Dave" but wait, it isn't my bad pun! A few years ago there was an R&B ensemble in the Portland area called Salmon Dave. They were smokin hot. I imagine they have disbanded by now, because I haven't paid much attention to the local music scene since Sweaty Nipples, but I hope they reunite sometime.

And that's about it--I'd better get back in the TV room before they eat all the chips. Ciao!

Well, girl, the Patriots lost, so your daughter should be happy. :P

I love that Gene Simmons colorway! Somehow I think he'd approve, too. :)

Good luck in your meeting at the shop tomorrow (RaNaye mentioned it to me). I'll be there around 3:00 to teach a class. Not sure what time you're meeting with her. She's great, so don't stress. She'll be in a good mood, too, because the sale today was quite successful. :)

Hope to see you soon!
I'm liking Alice Cooper. But, then, I always was a fan. :-)
I am so oblivious to professional sports that I scheduled my son's birthday party for 3:30-5:30 on Sunday. One of the dads was so outraged that I doubt he'll ever forgive me, even though I changed it when it was pointed out to me.

I'm glad you're branching out into worsted weight. I have accepted that I am not a sock knitter, but I'd love to have some of your yarn!
I really like the heat in this colorway. Mmmmmm. Nice blend of color in the same range, but with depth.
I love Salmon Dave!!
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