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Kitsch it Up, Water it Down!!

kwkg fair badge vendorThis weekend is Kitchener-Waterloo’s annual KW Knitter’s Fair!  We will be there in booths 69 and 70 and I will have a ton of new things for this show – including a few new small batch lines of yarn and some other goodies!

The  the map can be found below:

KW Fair vendor outline 2015

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!

 

Pods and Prep

I have been a lazy blogger – but not a lazy maker. My day job has been really demanding of late and I have been preparing for shows which will bombard my life in April.

I have been working away on felting pods, dyeing yarn, spinning, potting – new bowls and buttons and all sorts on their way. I am also thankfully preparing for a much needed vacation in a couple weeks.

 

I recently decided I would join the Neilson Park Creative Centre and the Etobicoke Spinning and Weaving Guild so that is a nice thing to be excited about and have some more involvement in. I hesitated for a long time to join a guild because I am not a good rule follower when it comes to my work and I have been in a lot of guilds and groups where your work can get sort of …bossed around, or stifled by those around you. However, the folks I have met so far are wonderful. I am just going to try not to dedicate myself too much to responsibilities on a board type situation. I do enough of that already and I am feeling like in the next few years I need to take a hiatus from those sorts of things to allow myself more time for research and development on my craft and to discover new things and organize what will work for me on a longer term basis.

I should also mention the shows that I have coming up soonish!

April 14th – Stitch n Kitsch

April 21st – PENDING – Waiting to hear if I made the cut to get into the Made by Hand Show. I know there were about 60 extra vendors than the venue had room for so we shall see.

April 28th – Downtown Knit Collective – Knitter’s Frolic – I will be in The Black Lamb’s booth with all my goodies.

I am also happy to announce that I solved an issue I was having with a few dyes that I recently purchased. I had a couple of customers advise me that their yarn was bleeding a bit of colour when they washed it. Of course for a yarn dyer, this is a BIG deal so I immediately started researching the issue and found that for a few dyes I use there have been some recipe changes and they need to be mordanted a little differently. So, I have worked out the kink and tested it and now all will be well. Thank you to my customers who let me know about this problem. Things like this cannot be fixed if they are not identified.

And, I have managed to finish the Dark Birdcage hat for a recent show that I entered.

 

I have done a lot of photography today, and I am planning on updating this blog more and doing sort of an ‘object a day’ thing where I may not have anything to say..but I will try to post pictures frequently of things that inspire me, that I covet or make. I think this will be a good way for me to get myself back into blogging. It’s good ‘me time’.

 

 

Requiem Dream Toast

I am between travels as I write this – just returned from NY for Rhinebeck! (NY Sheep and Wool for you non-fuzzies) and heading on out to Maryland next week. But tomorrow is the Woodstock Fleece Festival so ya’ll should come on out and see me. I will be in The Black Lamb booth with Laurie selling many pretties.

I can’t believe I haven’t blogged about the new love of my life, well, actually my husband’s life (as he was kind of a birthday present) – oh yes! Meet Toasty!!!

He is almost 12 weeks old and has finally reached 1 pound. He is a deliciously sweet puppy with a great attitude, and is unbelievably cute. He started puppy classes last week and handled being in class with all bigger dogs like a champ. I could not be happier that we got him. He’s awesome.

He is always climbing on Lulu and she has been very motherly and sweet about the whole ordeal. She loves him to bits.

Rhinebeck was a blast – I got some lovely fleeces, yarn and only a wee bit of fiber. It was great fun on Sunday though going antiquing in Catskill, NY and then driving through Albany. There are a lot of great flea markets and galleries and I got a lot of great stuff…he’s a peek – sorry for the bad photo.

I got a lot of great anthropomorphic ceramics, a box of dental molds, incredible doll molds from a pre-50s NY factory, fat quarters, little art pieces – great stuff.

Albany has this weird half-egg shaped building, among a ton of lovely, historic buildings.

Cutest goat at Rhinebeck:

Not much else happening, but look at these lovely mushrooms from my backyard:

Massive Shop Update!

The shop has been updated with a massive amount of new yarns!

First off, my new line of worsted weight merino hand dyed yarn – Wink Wink Worsted. You can get it HERE. And a sneak peek:

And, the Fall 2011 colours of Bootsie sock yarn are posted! You can pick them up HERE! And a sneak peek:

Plus, Candy Sprinkles has been re-stocked! Right HERE!

And, there are new shades of Foot Fetish – Merino/Cashmere/Nylon fingering weight! Right HERE!

Not Always Warm, but Always Fuzzy

Today is one of those days you just want to stay inside, bake cookies and drink tea, whilst curled up to a puppy with a good book. However, I am thankful I am not near the Mid-Atlantic where buckets of snow are falling.  I did venture out to the book store and the art supply store and I am glad I did! I found that  Intertwined has come out in soft cover which is lovely, as I lug mine around with me all the time and this will save the hard covered one all that travel.

Speaking of Pluckyfluff, I have finished my yarn and my statement on what spinning is to me and it is all ready to ship out for the Handspun Revolution in Lillehammer! Because we can’t all be in Lillehammer, I will share a sneak peek of my yarn and statement here.

I just sketched up a little drawing/writing and wrote whatever came to mind..because that is how a lot of my yarns are born, very spontaneously. The yarn I spun is one that I felt had my signature attached to it. It is white merino/bamboo and pink/purple Polypay locks with doll heads spun in.

I have picked the Super Mario brothers socks back up again and I just finished all of the gusset decreases so now it is just finishing off the foot and toe and I will have one sock done.

I have also been thinking a lot lately about the basic elements of art and wanting to sort of write something, perhaps a journal or activity book for myself, that I can go back to when I feel I lack inspiration to work on things. It doesn’t often occur that I can’t muster up an idea, but sometimes I have trouble harnessing what I am trying to start or finish. I think when you simplify and try to look back at the beginning, or your purpose in making something, things seem a lot less overwhelming and insurmountable.

  • Line:  A line is a pathway; either visible or implied, that moves the eye through a piece of work.
  • Shape:  Shape is the two-dimensional area taken up by an object.
  • Form:  This element refers to the illusion of a three-dimensional object on a two-dimensional surface.
  • Value:  Value is the lightness or darkness of a colour or of black.
  • Texture:  Texture in drawing or painting refers to the way we discern the qualities of the object’s surface.
  • Colour: We all know what a ‘colour’ is, but not everyone realizes how an artist’s choice of colour impacts the viewer.
  • Space: Space is the area within the borders of your work; it is what fills the length, width, and perceived depth of a work of art.

(As quoted – Elizabeth T. Gilbert)


A New Studioloo for 2010 and Other Stuff!

Welcome to the new Studioloo blog and website! I decided late in 2009 that I needed a new space to keep up a daily blog with loads of pictures of what I am up to and share things like recipes, photos, patterns, etc. So, this is it! There are also a bunch of improvements to Studioloo in general – namely the shop! It is scaled down with a focus on fiber arts and has cart functionality, finally!

I have for some time enjoyed doing the graphic part of web design, but have fallen out of love with the coding and configuration of it all, hence why this has taken so long. The many ecommerce options out there all present a lot of different kinds of challenges but I have settled on a solution I am happy with.

Anyhow, January has me feeling really renewed with a focus on wanting to be creative and find new ways to live my life and prepare myself to be more involved in the things I love doing. This blog will be a reflection of that and a frequent window into my life and what I am working on. I have a huge yarn and fiber update underway. I didn’t want to do it right away, but instead allow myself to focus on getting the current stock up on the new platform. I have yet to add all the non-fibery artsy things that I do to the shop. That will come with time.

For those of you who aren’t already aware, I started the Muststashyo podcast late last year with Mat from Manspun and I am really enjoying it. I have dyed up a few skeins of our Cindlebar Matstash bamboo sock yarn that we do for the podcast. We are working on some fun colour development for 2010 among a few other fun projects, giveways and so on.

Mat has also been working on a bunch of yarn for his shop – really yummy merino, cashmere, nylon sock yarn that he has hand dyed in some awesome colours.

Another thing I want to focus more on is photography and recording my process in creating things. I used to be really good at that but in the last year I have had a lot of business goals and personal ones that have pulled my time away from this. So, I am going to try to get back into that. I have been trying to photograph my fiber palettes in the ‘before the spin’ stage a lot more. I find them to be really inspiring and fun to remember and look back on. Here’s one that I spun up this weekend for a line of yarn called Transcends that I am trying to stock up on. It is characterized by long colour repeats that actually only appear one time in the skein.

The theme for this one was purple so all of the fibers in the yarn have purple incorporated in some way, either as the main colour or as flecks in a coordinating colour.

Here are a few other yarns I have finished in the last week or so:

Gold Rush of Sugar:

And an action shot:

And this one was a lot of fun. I mentioned it a bit on the last podcast – Bird and Button Consortium. This was just a phrase that popped into my head one day and came out of my mind as a yarn. It was a lot of fun to make. I carded up really soft batts of merino, seacell, bamboo, soysilk and gold angelina. The yarn is a natural white with a bit of hemp and gold sparkle and throughout it are vintage buttons in really lovely patterns and adorable little birds.

So, welcome to the new blog and the new studioloo!