Monday, May 12, 2008


Do or dye

Not funny, but don't worry, eventually I'll run out of "die/dye" puns...

I normally get in a couple blog posts each week. However, sales are up, meaning that production is up, too. Here's what I've been up to.

Gratuitous yarn smut pic! I bought the biggest plastic bin I could find at Jo-Ann's and am determined to fill it up in the next few weeks. These are just a few of my colorways, left to right: Raga, Xanadu, Casual Friday, Andes Mints, That 70's Colorway, and Bananarama.

There has also been some knitting. Another BSJ, this one made with 2 skeins of Malabrigo.

I thought a new camera would be the answer to true color representation of purples, but alas, it isn't. Trust me, this shade of Malabrigo, "Jacinto", is a drool-inducing grapey lilac. By sewing little pansy buttons on it, I guess I've assigned it a gender. All I know for sure is that I love making these little buggers! Yes, I've cast on for another one, this time using some of my handpainted worsted merino.

The other night the Cat House Band (my husband and daughter's band) played at a birthday party for the bass player, who by the end of the evening was feeling no pain. It was his 50th, so party on dude! Unfortunately I forgot to bring the camera, but there was lots of good food, great music, plenty of people, and dancing.

Hope all the moms reading this had a lovely Mother's Day! I did. Michelle took me to Starbucks, J. made dinner, then we rented some videos and watched them all evening. We saw "I Am Legend" and "Gone Baby Gone". Both were pretty good, even if the second one was rather gritty.

I did manage to dye some roving in the past few days. Here is some merino in a colorway I call "Hydrangeas".

Because there are dyers far more talented than moi whose yarns I lust after, and I want to keep the Etsy lovin' going, I bought some sock yarn from the awesome Lindsay of Whimzy Pinzy, who bought my Embers BFL roving and turned it into gorgeous handspun. The colorway of the sock yarn is "Coral Reef".

Oh, and shameless self promoter that I am, I started the "Jonesin' for Stitchjones" group on Ravelry! I'll be putting up the newest yarns and colorways there before I can get the blog updated, so if you're a Raveler, come on over!

One last thing: I got a fabulous deal on some undyed, thick/thin, single ply wool wrapped with an acrylic thread. It's actually Dark Horse Yarns' "Chile", but for dyeing I renamed it "Crinkle" and tried it out. This colorway is "Momiji" (Japanese maples).

That's about all I've got for now, but as the governor of California says, "Al B. Bock".

Ooo, your colorways are so pretty!
Oooh, I love those hydrangeas. I'm going to bring some of the pink/berry alpaca roving that you dyed to Knit Nite. It has spun up so beautifully!
Thanks Lydee, Kathleen! K--I love your handspun, can't wait to see it!
Andes mints! Aptly named; looks yummy. And the hydrangeas is/are beautiful.
Drool drool over all your gorgeous yarn!! It all looks so loverly! I am sooo already a member of the jonesin' group!
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