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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. ūüôā

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!

The Stomachalypse, Appreciation and Spring

It feels so good to be blogging, in that it feels so good to be upright! Last week was what I am referring to either as the Exorcist of my Stomach or The Stomachalypse. I somehow contracted a stomach virus that was so entirely violent and icky that it basically took me totally out of reality for all of last week. In six years of working for my company, I have never used a real sick day…but I used two last week. Then stayed home for the rest of the week. At first I was obsessed with the thought that it was some kind of food poisoning but this week as I chat about where I had disappeared to, a lot of people are sharing stories with me about friends and family with the same kind of virus. Not even being able to keep water down is really difficult. I am down 14 lbs. and didn’t eat a real meal all week. It actually took almost 3 days to eat anything at all. However, it’s over! Thank goodness!¬†

      

I do have to mention how thankful I am to have a really awesome, loyal dog though. Dogs are such a gift of sweet, unconditional love. Poppy was by my side while I stayed up all night between bed and my new friend, the toilet. He sad on the floor beside me looking at me with the expression that ‘It’s going to be fine, you’ll see!’ He is so totally perfect!¬†

    

¬†I have been a little surprised, well not really, more perturbed….just about how sometimes the internet tends to put this crummy mask on people. I don’t like when people assume that other people are available 100% of the time – be that by internet, cellphone, whatever. That simply isn’t the case. I have been feeling a lot lately that the e-Life that a lot of people choose to lead impacts my happiness. There is nothing more annoying that receiving a snarky email because someone had emailed you while you were deathly ill in bed, and they find your behaviour ‘rude and unnacceptable’ because you have not returned their email. That just really insets a WOW reaction in me….it’s actually quite mind blowing. This kind of behaviour and the sense of entitlement I see in so many people these days can be so ugly. I think my opinon on this recently got worse because of a documentary I watched that CBC had done…it basically asked the question ‘What’s worse than a nation of ME-FIRSTERS?’. I am yet unable to answer that question, and hopefully I will never have to. Parents, don’t forget to teach your kids that the world doesn’t revolve around them…because it get’s ugly when they get older. Deep breath…¬†¬†Anyhooo….¬†

¬†This week has been a whirlwind of getting caught up at work but today I am feeling great because I had a really concentrated kind of business day and finished a lot more than I expected. I guess it was also a good mental breather for me to be at home…although it didn’t feel that way at the time. I am also getting geared up to teach an art yarn spinning workshop to a local guild which promises to be a lot of fun. It is being hosted by the Warkwarth guild and The Black Lamb.
I have been really busy also trying to get some yarn spun for the shop because yarns are flying off of the shelves right now. I need to do a lot of dyework and I am hoping that this weekend is a fruitful and busy one.¬†I have booked my ticket for 2010 Maryland Sheep and Wool and I am totally excited. I also need to gear up for the Stitch n Kitsch show in May that will be happening right about the same time. Lastnight was Stich n Bitch and I finished the first pattern repeat of my second Super Mario Bros. sock. I am definitely feeling the second sock syndrome this time and not wanting to finish it. But, I do want to get these socks on my feet and I have been trying to live by the rule of knitting only one pair of socks at a time.¬†Tonight I am going to pack up for the spinning workshop and get that all prepared because tomorrow night is pottery, which I missed due to the stomachalypse, last week. I then want to focus as I get closer to the weekend on recording a couple of things to prepare for Episode 8 of the Muststashyo podcast. It’s in the works – so if you are reading this, dear listeners, bear with me. The craziness of my day job, coupled with my vacation time, and then slammed with this stomach flu has left me sort of reeling in that I am really behind.¬†However, I can’t not be inspired by the beauty of Spring starting to come out. It has been around 10 degrees for the most of this week and it was a lovely weekend. I have been trying to take walks on lunches and breaks to just soak up some of that peeking sun.¬†I definitely have so much more to write about, including some Muststashyo giveaways that are coming up, and some shop update stuff, a new line of yarn, and more Candy Sprinkles sock yarn. But for now, I will leave this post by sharing a few more pretty photos from Longwood gardens, as I blogged about in my last entry.¬†