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The Race to Nowhere

I feel lately like I am on a race to nowhere in particular because there has been so much to do and so much going on from work deadlines to craft shows and needing to get things done. Since getting back from vacation, I want to run away on another one. I feel like I seriously need some time in a part to just sit and knit and listen to water crashing about and birds singing.

I have started to update Yarn a Day again. That blog is kind of my mojo to keep myself spinning, which I need to do a lot of because many people need yarn from me. So, I am working away on Mt. Yarnuvious! Lastnight I sat down and spun a yarn that I am so completely happy with. I am spinning a series of woodland yarns right now. I think that woodlands combined with kitsch is a decor that makes me really super happy. I wish I was more patient with sitting to felt little mushrooms and things. It’s just so much work and so time consuming to make certain kinds of supplies.

This yarn is called Autumnal Home for Birds and it has some black rubber grapes and those lovely little mushroom birds, orange ones.

I am also starting to do some early promotion for Worldwide Spin in Public day which is September 18, 2010.

You can do so by sending an email to editor@spininpublic.com with subject WWSIP DAY EVENT. Please include the following:
Tel# or email address:
Contact Person:
Ravelry Event Link(if you have one):
Any other important info.

Also, we have started a Ravelry event and a group for the 2010 event planning. You can RSVP on Ravelry here:

Join the Ravelry group here: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/wwsip-day-2010

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/?sk=events#!/event.php?eid=105420532835552

In happy knitting news, I finished my Super Mario Bros. socks.

But, it is that nagging time of the morning where I need to get ready for work…so more, later.

PS…there are new yarns in the shop: http://www.studioloo.com/handspunartyarn.htm

Overwhelmed, Busy, Oh Bother!

This week has been a complete whirlwind. Of course most of which can be attributed to my day job which has basically tied me up in knots of stress, worry, confusion and disorganization very unlike me. I could probably rant about that for a really long time, but I don’t think it would accomplish much and doesnt’ meet my ‘push forward’ way of trying to feel all the time. So, the long story made very short is that my company has sold the business that I am a part of. Luckily I am still gainfully employed in the same role, and likely still working in the same building. The actual change doesn’t even take place for a year, so all in all, it is a cushy transition…I get to keep my seniority, vacation allotment, wage increase, etc. So, what am I whining about? Well, mostly that my team has been fragmented. I feel like I already do the work of two employees, but now that is going to go up to about four from what I can tell. People used to always say to me ‘How do you find the time?’ with all the artsy stuff I do. Lately I have felt that suffer…not having time or energy to spin, or do many things I love doing. I am receiving so many emails for engagements and opportunites that I am answering very slowly, so if you are someone who has emailed me recently, I apologize for the delay. Life is kind of exploding a bit at the seams right now. I need to feel the winds of change…..so, much is to be thought about, calculated, discussed, and accomplished. There are exciting days ahead when none of this stuff going on right now will matter and I just need to keep reminding myself of that. Things change…

Anyhow, here is this week’s reef progress:

Pottery lastnight was fun although kind of one of those nights where I could’nt make things work. I was having trouble centering my clay on the wheel and handbuilding just wasn’t happening in the way I wanted it to.  Those kinds of nights happen sometimes and I end up spending 10 minute windows where I kind of sit pensively gazing around me wishing I were on the inside of a warmly baked loaf of bread or something. Alas, I did finish a no-brainer kind of bowl, where you take little balls of clay and sort of mash them into a mold and end up with a bowl. I did a pinch pot and a couple turned pieces that I am only semi-happy with. Everyone has those days sometimes. C’est la vie.

I did finish a few more buttons and some little caste forms that I need to bring in so they can be bisqued. This week I am going to try to work on some inspiration things at home and see what I can come up with. Also, this is a skein of yarn that I dyed this week – kettle dyed in an amber shade – the result of a yellow and iris dye mixed together and leftover from an overdye project. I quite like it.

I also think I have finally finished the pages of my friend’s art book. Here is a collage I finished setting yesterday.