Category Archives: Ravelry


Just a few hints about upcoming projects:


Yarn Bowl idea…




Soft flannel pillowcases in the making…

Meanwhile, preparations for the Newport Spin-In are proceeding a bit slower than I’d like, but what can ya do? Three hundred ideas, only 24 hours in the day…

Almost Famous!

Thursday was incredibly busy after a very busy Wednesday. Heck, the whole week has been non-stop running in the very best way. Lots of new ideas and projects in the hopper for upcoming events and hopefully the website will be up in the next week or two. Sleep? Ain’t nobody got time for that!

Last night I shut down the computer after putting out a few fires so I could get the last 10 rounds done on the sock for class today. It was 9:00 PM and I turned on the TV for some soothing distraction and what did I find but Tim Gunn’s new Project Runway spin-off Under the Gunn. I had looked at the cable listings and thought it was on at 10:00 – too late for me to stay up – and had planned to catch it today or Saturday. Boy, am I glad I decided to watch!

If you aren’t familiar with it, Under the Gun brings three Project Runway winners (Anya, Mondo and Nick) back to mentor a group of designers through Project Runway type challenges. Last night was the first episode and eight designers were tested to see if they could impress the mentors enough to be chosen for their team – each mentor gets to choose four designers.

Imagine my surprise to see Natalia Fedner among the designers! You might recall that I spun some angora rabbit yarn for her line back when the weather was somewhat warmer than witches’ boobs in brass bras. Here she is wearing my yarn –

Can I get a squeeeee?!? Okay, the yarn is only embellishment, but hey, it was on TV. Not only that, but they showed pictures from each designers portfolio on the show. That’s right! A picture of my yarn was in the same room with Anya, Mondo and Nick! On TV!! Tim Gunn actually LOOKED AT something I spun!!!

Yes, yes, I know that no one looked at my yarn and thought to themselves, “Gee, I wonder where Natalia got that fabulous yarn? Maybe I can contact the person who made it and have her make me some that I will buy for a gazillion dollars and make her rich and famous…” but it could happen, right?

So, yeah. I was almost on TV last night. Natalia made it through to the next round so maybe we’ll see more of my yarn on the runway.

Go Natalia!

Busy, busy, busy!


Endorsement Kitty is ready for his close-up!

Although nothing much is happening here on the blog (what second OFFF post?!?) preparations are moving forward for a Craft Event next month. Details later.

At the request of the Knotty Knitters, I have finally re-knit and worked up the pattern for my very favorite cabled neck warmer. The pattern is available for free download on Ravelry. It’s still in rough, abbreviated form, but will soon be updated with charts and more comprehensive instructions. It was screaming to be released into the wild and I could do nothing but comply. There will be a matching hat and gauntlets in the near future, so stay tuned.

Tonight after the weekly get together at Knitty Gritty, Mr. Nosey, Crazy Helper Dog and I will be getting ready for the Great Soap Making Marathon of 2013. This entails fishing all of the equipment and ingredients out from under the kitchen sink, finding a place to stash them out of the way for a day or two while some sort of kitten-proof set-up is devised to house the curing bars.

The soap will then be made (after some recipe research – we never make the same batches from year to year) and set aside to cure for 4-6 weeks until it’s ready for use. The whole place will smell like a French bordello, but there’s nothing to be done about that. No pain, no gain.

It’s slightly more complicated than staging a war on three continents because Revy is Very Determined to have his way and his way is Into Everything. No matter what. Nothing will stop him. Laundry day is a nightmare and he has taken to hiding my (dirty) wool socks.

My new studio space is rumored to be available on November 1, so expect a Moving Day post and some pictures of the space once it’s all set up. Oh, who am I kidding? I’ll post pics as soon as I can get in there to see the space in person. I am over the moon about finally having a place to let my creativity run rampant with no one to put a damper on it. Who knows what might happen?

All this as the leaves turn and fall and the weather gets cooler. The last week has been chilly but sunny every day after morning fog and I am loving it! The soft light is perfect for photos, but I have been inside the office during the short daylight hours, so you will have to wait for another day.

And with that, I must be off. Happy Knitting!