A New Leaf

It’s OK that things sometimes spin out of control, as long as you can find the way forward at some point. I’ve picked myself up. I got back on the horse that threw me. Now I ask you, how many mixed metaphors does it take to make a point? I’ve turned over a new leaf this week.

Your adorable little boy will be turning 3 years old and you invite neighbors and friends to celebrate. What would you expect one of those crafty neighbors to do, now that the chill is on hereabouts? Knit a hoodie, of course, based on a free Lion Brand pattern (registration required). I’ve converted it to knitting in the round, though. Methinks Rocky would like a piece of the Fearless Fibers worsted weight wool and mohair in “Stormy Night”. Naughty boy!

WIP: Jack's Birthday Hoodie

If you were in Chicago this past weekend, you may have had the opportunity to stop by YarnCon, our first-ever local indie dyers, spinners and crafters convention. I finally got the chance to see my friend Lisa Mendez’s hand spun and dyed yarns in the wild. Naturally, one or two came home with me, and I just couldn’t resist the urge to turn this artfully painted green-to-deepest chocolate brown merino goodness into something equally full of texture.

That is why “before”

Handspun and dyed yarn

is fast becoming “after.”

Tree bark swatch

Lisa’s vision was that this yarn resemble the color and texture of tree bark. I think she knocked it out of the park!


Speaking of handpainted goodies, bellamoden is having a sale, today only! Rebecca is one of the new dyers for The Loopy Ewe, so get her yarn while you can at this price.

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