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Summer 2016

While the blog has been somewhat quiet for a while, behind the scenes Studioloo has been extremely busy planning for the lineup of shows we have coming up:

Aug 14th – Fibre Artist’s Marketplace at Lang Pioneer Village in Peterborough, ON
Aug 20/21 – Twist Fibre Festival in St. Andre Avelin, QC
Sept 10 – Kitchener/Waterloo Knitter’s Festival in Kitchener, ON
Oct 15 – Woodstock Fleece Festival in Woodstock, ON

And…then from there, we aren’t yet sure if we will be doing more shows for 2016 and will have to see how things go as I am due with Babyloo on December 3rd!

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Also, you will likley notice that studioloo.com is looking very empty right now. This is becuase I am in the middle of redesigning it entirely, and also will begin to sell Spinolution spinning wheels again soon. So, there will be lots of new changes coming up and many fun things to share, real soon. Meanwhile, come on out and see me at a show. 🙂

Inspired Weekend

It has been a really great weekend of getting work done! I have put a new face on the Studioloo website which I am quite happy with and will be putting up a lot of listings. I have finished so much work that is not currently posted on the site. I took a bit of a hiatus from the duties of running an online shop. It’s a lot of work – the photography, photo editing, writing descriptions of products, uploading photos, updating inventories, carts, e-commerce, FTP’ing information, website updates, and so on! It can be somewhat exhausting at times. But, I do love to get my work out to a broader audience than those in Ontario. I really enjoy selling my work in person as well – it’s nice to hear people tell you their plans for your yarns or how something you made will accent their homes.

I have done a lot of spinning this weekend. I think I caught the spinning bug remembering Janice Rosema, an incredible fibre artist who passed away last week.  She was a great inspiration to me and overall just a really sweet person. We are having a little spin-along in the Ravelry art yarn community HERE.  Feel free to join in or post your photos of your inspired works for Janro on Instagram or Twitter with hashtag #spinforjanro.  I also did a bunch of crock-pot dyeing of rovings and yarns and managed to finish a bunch of administrative work for shows I am applying to and so on. My to-do list is getting a lot shorter.

There has been a lot of snow here lately so I have been fighting off my cabin fever just working away on things, doing a lot of home cooking and watching documentaries. They have included ‘Sweetgrass’ – a doc about sheep herders going through the Rockies with their flock, a documentary about all of the craziness and politics of the Barnes’ art collection and it’s foundation, a documentary about the making of South Park and how each episode is done in only 6 days, and a bunch more.  I am a documentary addict at this point.

I have also been working away on my Beekeeper’s Quilt and have passed the 300 mark. 300 Hexipuffs! Holy cow – one day this will be a quilt. I also designed a few charts – one of Catbus (for Studio Ghibli fans) and a few for Adventure Time. They are below:

 

 

 

Have a happy Family Day or President’s Day long weekend!

 

Apparently…I am crazy when stagnant!

My poor little pup, Toasty, developed some kind of illness in the middle of last week and through the weekend so I stayed home with him…all….weekend. I have really come to the point in my life where I can’t ever stay inside the house for an entire day. I don’t know why…but it makes me insane…and makes me think about how I could be doing a million different things but I just sit there…and watch TV.  It’s bizarre but I think a testament to the human body and mind needing nature, activity and stimulation.

So, I looked at my to do list from last post…let’s see how I did:

1. Update Art Yarn page in the shop with all new art yarns.
2. Finish reading driving manual and look into booking test.
3. Review required updates to pottery guild website
4. Think about trip to US and PR stuff with husband, start a plan.
5. Determine packaging for wooden buttons and start packaging.
6. Dye sock yarn.
7. Photograph and update Ravelry with rebranding on new yarns.
8. Work on cowl pattern.
9. Walk every day.
10. Work on documentation database for work.

Ok, not too bad…I finished 4 of 10 things but also managed to finish a few things not on the list…like teaching the husband to weave the rope rug I have been working on so he can help me and as a result I finished 2 more circles and he finished a couple. Here are mine:

 

And, I made really good food, including lovely beef short ribs. Here’s a photo mosaic of the process:

On Sunday I finally broke down and had to take a walk. Toasty was starting to feel a lot better but still just wanted constant sleep so we packed him up in his own little, cuddly crate and walked the beach. It was a nice, inspiring walk and was very nice in that I felt like part of a busy, artsy city. It was quiet and had freshly snowed.

The swans that I visited throughout the summer were there. I photographed these babies in various stages of their growing up process. Now they just look like baby swans but in an adult size.

There were guys filming a music video, singing and playing guitar. They had a cool, little rolling track that the camera could move farther and closer on.

There was even a lady letting her wee bunny take a run around on the beach. He was wearing a cute, little purple sweater and I even got to give him a little cuddle but I only managed to photograph his butt.

Then I collected a lot of amazing drift wood, some charred and a bit piece that looks like a bird head from Beetlejuice or something. I love it!

 

And there was much knitting hexipuffs for my ever-loving Beekeeper’s quilt.

And, in the shop there is a big new art yarn update! Check out the shop here: http://www.studioloo.com/handspunartyarn.htm

Take a peek at these handspinnies!

Also, I am in the middle of re-branding, dyeing, and photographing a ton of new sock yarn and other yarns. But, my best friend, Mat of Manspun fame has also written a lovely sock pattern for use with my yarn.  It’s called Man-Tastic Socks! and works for men or women. It’s a fun knit and great with variegates, solids or semi-solids!

Pick up your copy here! http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/man-tastic-socks

 

Where did Summer Go?

It has been a while since I have blogged but life has been really busy. It was a nice summer though, and I am excited for autumn to be peeking it’s face into this part of the world. All I feel like doing is going for long walks, hiking in the woods and taking photos.

I have so much to write about…first of all – I finished my Citron shawl. This is my largest finished knit object and I am really pleased with it.

I spent Worldwide Spin in Public day at The Black Lamb with a bunch of great friends and we had a lot of fun. I got lots of yarn spun, and I have been spinning a lot in general lately. I think it is with the passing of summer that I start to feel more like nesting and creating.

I also received a cute little felted gnome and an adorable pair of socks in a Grimm’s fairytale swap I recently took part in.

These days I am kind of overwhelmed with work and stuff but I have a feeling it is going to get better and there are other fun things happening in life which will hopefully be a representation of the everyday soon enough. Meanwhile, I will putter onward. Rhinebeck is only a few weeks away now and I am totally stoked. Maybe I will run into some of you. I will wear my Ravelry button but I am not one for showing up to planned events when I am at fiber festivals. I get too into the experience. 🙂

There are plenty of new yarns in the shop – so take a peek- http://www.studioloo.com/handspunartyarn.htm

A Car Chase to Great Thrifting and Fun Hunting!

This was a completely good and awesome weekend. I got lots done and it was relaxing and full of good things. Friday night I went out for dinner and knitting with some friends to a great local raw food place, Raw Aura. They serve amazing raw food – lactose, sugar, gluten free – yum! I had a really amazing falafel wrapped inside a big green leaf of…oops I forget! And…taboulleh. Dessert was an awesome chocolate ganache – with hemp ricotta and I had an awesome creamsicle smoothie of hemp milk, bananas and vanilla – it was all divine.

Yesterday I spent from early morning to early afternoon at the pottery studio and had great success throwing some nice big bowls, smaller bowls, and some mugs. They are drying up and I will likely begin trimming them Thursday to work on their embellishment next weekend.

Today was a trip to Port Hope to check out Primitive Designs after a friend recommended it and I totally fell in love with a 1-string guitar she had at her apartment, and I found myself wanting to pick one up.  This shop is the warehouse of an importer and there are amazing things there. I kinda spent more money than intended, but nothing too dangerous. I did however get some amazing things…

A Pinocchio marionette!

This teak chest! It was my biggest purchase but I could not resist and it was a steal at the price I paid. This is because I bought directly from an importer and not from some antique store trying to pedal imports as antiques..which is altogether too common.  It has 18 deep drawers which I will soon fill with my button collection – organized by colour. I cannot wait. I have totally haunted the presence of every multi-drawered chest I have ever seen. I plan to get larger ones when I am a super rich superstar later in life but for now, this makes me happy.

This piece of bark …darnit I forget the name of the tree it came from – but it’s rainforest reclaim and basically can be used as a non-water vase – so for dried flowers or interesting branches. I love the pattern.

And, the musical instruments – that 1-string guitar, an interesting thing…with tongs that make sounds – again..loss of real name for the instrument strikes me ..sorry, and a SLIDE WHISTLE!! Oh yes, I am going to be the most annoying person around with that slide whistle, lemme tell ya! I picture myself using it when people are doing things like sitting down, standing up, picking things up, etc. etc. etc. – endless possibilities right?

I also have to mention how truly in awe I am at the amazing finds I have had recently while thrift shopping. I swear for a few months now it has been nothing with a capital NO! But, lately has been great! I found these today..check it out!

This awesome wooden bowl:

This vintage mushroom casserole:

This awesome book on Textile Science!

But, today was not all shopping. On the long drive back from Port Hope, we decided to take the long scenic route home and we saw these old cars…

They were cool but when the followed us for a really long time, through a couple of small towns and cities, I started to giggle and Mat started to say things like ‘You’ll neva catch me alive coppa!’ and ‘We’ll Loose them at the Pass, ya See!!’ and other crazy phrases as only likely muttered by the most animated of fifties’ era gangster. It was a laugh. I kept my eye on them while Mat sped…well, around 40km/h anyhow..

The complete normalcy of our Toyota eventually saved our lives..allowing us to blend in with traffic and for the gangsters to move on..

Then, after avoiding certain death, we arrived at a sheepy farm with a donka-donk! Look…they are so cute..then suddenly either the donkey or a weird black faced sheep make a weird honking sound and they all ran away. I laughed at their bums!

Also, after hearing about the awesome, button-organizing teak chest that I got, Laurie from The Black Lamb gave me an awesome assortment of vintage buttons, because she is sweetness personified!

And, I haven’t devoted my time entirely to lollygagging – I managed to spin a couple of yarns!

Well, as I write this I feel my eyes getting heavy so I should go brush my pearly whites and get to bed..it’s going to be a bit of a long week. So, night night.

PS..Hippo says hi!

Spoils of Late May

I hope everyone is as excited as I am to have a long weekend coming up! I have so very much to do – work on the website for my pottery guild, design and order new yarn labels and business cards, get some time to letterbox, knit, spin, get outside, go to The Black Lamb, etc. It is going to be a very fun but busy weekend! Phew!

Even Google is in a happy spirit today! To celebrate PAC-MAN’s 30th anniversary they have a playable PAC-MAN game as the header image above their searchbar. Check it out..today only – http://www.google.com

I have had a super busy work week but also managed to get quite a bit done around here. There are a few new skeins of art yarn hanging on the drying rack and I have finished dyeing the 2010 colourways of Bootsie sock yarn.  Here’s a sneak peek:

Also, I have finished one of two of my Totem pole socks. They are my project to use up my leftover sock yarn mini skeins. I cast on sock 2 today and I plan to work on it at drunken knitting at the pub tonight.

Also, I received some incredible mail today. A friend of mine traded me some fiber and yarn for a beautiful shawl that was knit for her but unfortunately she has a mohair sensitivity and it is made from Schaefer yarn with mohair. I of course love mohair…so guess what! I have a new swallowtail shawl! Yum!

I have finished up spinning this palette today:

And, I am about to dig into this one:

I hope everyone has a fun, long weekend (if you are Canadian). I know I will. I am almost finished getting everything together to release episode 10 of the Muststashyo podcast and I have a whole bunch of new stuff going on over the next couple of months that I can’t wait to share…once I get a lot of it ready..ahem. Where does all the free time go?

I think Bettie White will be my next spinning inspiration. She is such a doll.

Shop Update and New Podcast – An Accomplished Weekend!

I finished a big update in the art yarn shop today! You can check it out here: http://www.studioloo.com/handspunartyarn.htm

Here’s a sneak peek:

And, Episode 8 of the Muststashyo podcast is recorded, this one focusing on Mel Blanc – what a fun guy! I am cooking up some really fun things for the podcast that will be pottery and yarn centric. Here’s a look at where my thought process is going:

It was overall a great weekend of knitting, spinning, pottery and just relaxing. I had lunch at one of my favourite restaurants that have this lovely platter of dips they serve with warm pita –  kefalotiri, olive tapenade and hummus are my favourites.

That combined with a great shopping day, beautiful weather, new shoes….life is good!

Spring of Creativity

First off, I was given a massive load of pure cashmere yarn and I am giving a lot of it away here because I simply don’t have the space!

It is starting to feel very like spring outside with the sun waking up so early, birds singing and that last bit of frost finally starting to dissipate. I have been really productive lately trying to prepare for late-April to early-May vacation, Maryland Sheep and Wool, Stitch n Kitsch and all sorts of other things involving yarn and artwork.

Also, I should mention, as many have asked, there is finally new Candy Sprinkles yarn up in the shop.

I have plans to do about a million things beginning with finally podcasting tonight. That is my big priority. There have been endless hurdles getting me to the next episode. Holy cow..hopefully we won’t talk forever. But, otherwise I have been really feeling inspired to work on pottery lately as well as spin. I feel like I just don’t have enough time! My knitting time has been seriously suffering. Can someone please win the lottery and buy me out as an entertainer of the arts or something?

Here’s a bit of what has been happening around Casa del Studioloo!

This is a blue/purple circular pinch bowl that I made by rolling tiny balls of clay and pressing them into a bisqued bowl mold. It’s a fun easy project for when you have days that your clay just won’t cooperate on the pottery wheel but you still want to accomplish something. Beside it are a couple of new yarns that will be heading to the shop soonish. One is my Oak Leaves in Fall for a challenge involving this photograph:

This is a bowl that I handbuilt and printed with a lace doily.

And, here are a couple freeform dishes that I made

I don’t want to overwhelm you with pottery photos however, so for those interested, the evergrowing photo collection of pottery is here.

I am starting to plan for a whole bunch of different types of clubs for yarn and pottery and tea and so on and so forth so more details to come on that very soon. 🙂

For the month of April I have started a ‘Make your own Supplies-along‘ in which you make some of your own creative add-ins for art yarns, share your methods and tutorials or just inspire us with pictures and ideas! So, join in!

Here are some loomed flowers I made:

This weekend also we are having an Easter Bunny Spin-along so, pull out your wheel and spin along with us! It’s the last day of the work week today! Woo hoo!

Much Ado About Everything

I have been a lazy blogger but definitely not lazy at all. It has been a busy couple weeks..since having the stomach flu; I almost immediately contracted the sinus infection from Hades. I assume it was from not eating for a week and having a weaker immune system or something. But I am feeling loads better now and I am sort of just left with a bit of a nasally voice thing..which should be gone in a couple of days. I started recording for the podcast lastnight regardless because it has been eons since I have put out a new episode and I have so much stuff to talk about.  The agenda is written and I was almost ready to get into production mode, when alas…my external hard drive that contains most of the podcast files, and ahem, all of my mp3s….crashed. So, Mat is going to work on having the files retrieved from where we bought it and getting a new external hard drive. I hate that it is so hard to just keep things pristine forever. The whole purpose of buying that thing was to have a safe keeping for certain files. Ah well, it will get figured out I’m sure.

In better news, my membership to the Mississauga Potter’s Guild was accepted and I could not be more excited. I was able to spend some time there over the weekend just throwing clay on the wheel and practicing centering and form. It was nice to be able to do that outside of the time contraints of a class. It has given me a million ideas for different things I want to make and also fun giveaways for the blog or the podcast.

I have also been knitting away on the Willow Cowl that I am making for a secret friend and it is coming along nicely. I found that the picot edge was a little tricky, although it was my first so I can’t complain too much. I just found that it was hard to line up the cast on with the stitches on the needle and seam them together without any kind of twisty action. So, I decided to just stitch through the whole trim with some waste yarn and then pick up the cast on row to seam, then I pulled out the waste yarn and voila! It worked nicely.

I have also managed to spin up a few new yarns that I will be adding to the shop shortly. I plan to do a large update in a couple of weeks with more Candy Sprinkles yarn and art yarns.

Here’s a sneak peek: