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Introduction – Yarn Love Challenge

Thanks for visiting to follow me along on my #yarnlovechallenge. My name is Cindy, and I have been a maker of something pretty much all of my life. From the earliest influences in my young life I was taught to try to make something from nothing and I have been obsessed with that concept ever since – both making, and trying to make use of existing things that I have in my stash, or that I can create myself or find in my journeys. I started to sell my work in 2000 and the first iteration of Studioloo as a business actually started on a website called Diaryland.com. I started out selling random things that I was making at the time – sculptural dolls, toys and mosaic and mixed media clockworks. I then started making several other things – t-shirts, fridge magnets, and the crochet bug bit me. I was taking part in a lot of online trading groups – making mixed tapes, making homemade fridge magnets in a group I created called ‘Fridge Love’ and starting to think about making garments and working with yarn. I had been influenced in my youth a lot by different knitters and crocheters and eventually found that the kind of yarn I wanted to use to make things with didn’t exist – so I embarked on figuring out how to make my own yarn. From there, my path narrowed creatively with hyper focus on fibre and I got my first spinning wheel and began to spin yarns – immediately being inspired by themes and the concept of yarns that were functional beyond just the standard traditional use for yarn. I made a lot of hats – sculptural and wild, and I made a lot of other things. You can take a look at a lot of my projects in my Ravelry Notebook.

Fast forward all these years later and I have progressed my fibre education to include hand dyeing, handspinning of mostly art yarns, needle and wet felting, knitting, crochet, weaving, and making a lot of the embellishment items that can be used with fibre goods. I continue to run studioloo.com , sell my goods, and participate in many art and craft shows each year. I have also expanded my hobbies to working with clay, wood, and textiles.

In November, I became a mother to my sweet Matilda Bee so my days are now enriched in so many more ways with baby coos, tiny clothes and the feeling of family that has never been so strong and wholesome. I am blessed with a husband who is very involved in the overall process of my craft and business and I am able to balance my career, art and family life with his support. Most days my updates happen on Instagram or on my Facebook page.

Long Weekend Bliss, Knit Like a Jester and Stuff!

It has been a fantastic weekend! Saturday was spent hanging out at The Black Lamb and doing some letterboxing and hiking in Port Hope. We managed to find this letterbox hidden in the rock cut and it was just a nice afternoon, despite the flash rain shower that seemed to happen just as we were hustling to stamp the letterbox.

This letterbox is planted along the Ganaraska river which is littered with beautiful scenes like this:

After searching out this letterbox, we took Hwy. 2 toward home again and decided to take in all the country air and nature we could find. There is this big field of cows that I love to visit on this route and this time there was a donkey hanging out with them. He was so adorable and when I started to talk to him in my signature ‘oh my gosh cute!!!’ babytalk animal-lovin’ voice, he came running right up to me and was adorably sweet.  Case in point…

We stopped along a stony beach and hid a letterbox, near the town of Bond Head. Then, we made our way into Oshawa and the rest of the routes going back home. I saw this weird anomaly at a car dealership – cars in a dumpster.

Sunday was my day of focusing on web design and lightening the load of the day by drinking lots of summer beer and taking breaks now and then.

Today was really nice too! The weather warmed up and I got some spinning done, photographed the new line of Bootsie sock yarn that will be coming, managed to design and order new business cards and yarn labels and just generally answered a lot of emails that needed answering and got lots done. I got some time in at the pottery studio and have a load of thrown forms to carve and embellish. I am thinking up some new fun themes. There is still loads for me to get working on but I am trying not to overly stress myself about any of it. Today is the day of the floating dandelion fluffs.

I think tonight I will do a bit of spinning and planning out my knitting project for a knit-along that I am doing with Velma and Jacey of our friend Tracy’s court jester cowl.  This will give me a chance to actually knit something with my art yarn which I have been meaning to get to forever. Here’s my beautiful Tracy modelling her own design:

If you want to join in and knit this cowl with us, you can find more information here on Ravelry. Ok, time to get spinning this palette:

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.