Thursday, January 8, 2015

What to do when it's this cold?


It's winter time and with the snow on the ground and the temps below 20 degrees F, I'm feeling more like sewing than anything else.  It's not that I don't want to dye the lovely yarn and fiber sitting in my closet, waiting for me and to go into my shop, it's just too cold!  Too cold to be out in the garage dyeing, and without being able to open a window, I just don't feel comfortable dyeing in my house.  I don't think my hubby would want me making the place smell like Kool Aid either.  At least it's warm enough to sew some new bags for my shop!  

This week, I managed to get three new bags made and added to The Purled Ewe.






Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Goodbye to 2014, and Hello to 2015


It's the end of 2014 and I feel like the year was mostly consumed with buying our first house!   We started looking in May, made an offer in June, and moved in August.  As I look back at my first post of the year here on my blog, and read through my goals for 2014, I realize that I didn't accomplish any of it!  Well, OK, I did make some more hexipuffs, but that was it.  My crafting definitely took a back seat to our house buying adventure!  

It was also harder to get things accomplished as we started doing IVF treatments this year.  If you have ever done fertility treatments, you know that crafting + fertility meds does not equal productivity.  My brain was so scrambled from the meds, that any attempt at knitting ended up with a lot of ripping out and starting over, my sewing machine appeared too daunting to touch, just thinking about dyeing yarn made me exhausted, and spinning, well, spinning is probably the easiest out of all the above, but even that didn't get accomplished.  I'm actually considering writing a blog about our fertility journey because I feel like it might be a therapeutic and helpful way to process all that goes into it.  

So what did I get done this year?  Here are a few knitted items I was able to crank out despite life getting in the way...

"Whimsical Wallingford"
Hand dyed by my friend, Beth
Knitted by Me
Pattern is "Wallingford" by Jen Lucas
"Pogona"
Yarn:  Mountain Colors Barefoot
Pattern:  "Pogona" by Stephen West

"Preparing for Kalamazoo Cowl"
Yarn:  Three Irish Girls Springvale DK in You are my Sunshine
Pattern:  Ingot by Lisa Mutch

"Kool Socks"
Yarn is BFL hand dyed by Me
Pattern from the book "Sensational Knitted Socks"

For 2015, I'm not going to make a list of goals for my crafting.  It just seems like too much pressure on me right now, and that's the last thing I need.  Instead, I'm just going to go into the New Year with an open mind and see what comes of it.  

Wishing you a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Friday, November 28, 2014

The Purled Ewe is having a SALE!


I'm so thankful for all of my fans and customers!  

My gift to you is 10% OFF at my Etsy Store, THE PURLED EWE!  Use coupon code THANKFUL10 at checkout.  Offer is good through Tuesday, December 2nd.




Monday, October 27, 2014

The Winner is....

The Colorway Naming Contest is now finished and the winner has been announced.

The winner is....Ravelry user CRINOIDEA!  

Thank you to everyone who participated in this contest!  It was not easy to choose the winning name given that so many names fit this colorway so well!  

The new colorway name is "Fuchsia"!  Check out this lovely colorway on 100% merino top roving at my Etsy Store today.  

Click HERE for the listing.



Monday, October 13, 2014

Colorway Naming Contest on Ravelry

I'm hosting a Colorway Naming Contest over at my Ravelry Group, The Purled Ewe.  Contest will run now through Oct 27th.  Help me name this lovely Merino fiber that I dyed with food grade dyes.

To enter the contest, visit The Purled Ewe on Ravelry. Join my group and you'll find the contest below.

The winner will receive a 10% off discount to my Etsy store.  :)


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Purled Ewe is Back!

I'm happy to announce that The Purled Ewe is back online as of today!  Now that things are settling down around the new house a bit, I can get back to my fiber and fabric fun!  :)  

Thank you for your patience while I've been busy!


Friday, August 8, 2014

Sock Success!

August is here already, and I haven't had a lot of time to knit or spin this summer.  Certainly haven't had time to dye!  We are waiting to take possession of our new house and we have other things going on so we are just super busy!  I did, however, manage to successfully make a pair of socks!  

If you remember back to one of my earlier posts from this year, one of my knitting resolutions was to enhance my sock making skills.  I've tried doing 2 socks at a time using magic loop, one at a time on double pointed needles, and now one at a time on 2 circular needles.  My socks have turned out OK, but by no means great.  I think my best pair was a small pair I made for my oldest nephew when he was younger.  Out of all these different methods, doing one at a time on two circular needles is my new favorite method! 

I also LOVE the yarn I used for these.  Some of the pairs I've made in the past either didn't fit me well or they were way too itchy (I can't stand Opal yarn yet I have 2 pairs of socks made out of the stuff!).  This is BFL yarn that my friend, Beth, gave me to dye.  She and I dyed it using Kool Aid and wow, is it soft and lovely to knit with!  This is my "Purple Sunset" yarn.  


And here are my Kool Socks!


So soft!  So comfortable!  They feel wonderful on my feet right now!  


If you are a member of Ravelry, you can visit my project page HERE.  

I never thought I would enjoy making socks this much!  I'm already planning a pair for my husband now.  :)