Progress

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Slow and steady wins the race, right? I certainly hope so, because I’ve been feeling like a snail lately…

I’m making some great headway in my show prep, trying my best to use each snippet of time I get in the wisest ways possible, but also remembering: one day at a time. Which all sounded great until I realized the holiday market is exactly one month away! But, typical me, it just isn’t right if I haven’t put myself under some sort of time crunch. Luckily, I’ve been maintaining my peace and grace throughout all of this, my husband has been a huge help, my kids are keeping me excited (although they think I’m participating in a “crab show”), and I’ve got a soild foundation of cheerleaders looking forward to seeing me succeed. So things are equally as awesome as they are crazy.

Here’s a sneak peak at some yarniness:

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Hope everyone is having a glorious fall so far! Back to work I go! Happy crafting!

 

What’s on the Wheel Wednesday!

For today’s post, I’m joining Ginny over at Small Things for the Yarn Along! Join us there, or leave a link in the comments below, showing off what’s on your wheel this week!

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Hey folks! Is it just me, or is time passing by at lightning speed? It’s only gonna get worse, what with the approach of the holidays and the fact that 4/5 of us have birthdays coming between now and Christmas! Good news is, I’ll have plenty of reasons to take lots of photos, so I’ll at least have some recollection after it all blurs past.  Another good thing is that I haven’t lost any of my crafting mojo! I’ve lost most of my focus and forgotten completely about prioritizing for said birthdays and holidays, but I’m making, nonetheless. Starting with spinning!

That there on the bobbins is my The Sky at Sea colorway (from my Lazy Days of Summer series). I’ve not done much traveling in my life, but whenever I enter into that season, I’d love to go to a place where you can just barely differentiate where the sea ends and the sky starts on the perfect beach horizon. This was a two ounce sample that I’m spinning completely from end to end, and then I’ll Navajo-ply it on itself. This is another skein I’m working on as inventory at the shop, along with these:

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As usual, I’ve got several WIPs going at once, but the one I’m most excited about now is this:

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It’s Granny-mania here at headquarters! I was doing some deep cleaning yesterday and realized just how much scrap handspun I’ve stashed up since last year, whether it was the remnants of FO’s or some of those earlier, not so pretty skeins from when I first started spinning. I decided a great use for them would be granny squares for a big, scraptastic blanket, something I’ve always had on my bucket list, but hadn’t ever attempted. This is a great way to pursue this goal, and for cheap– a blanket like this would be SUPER expensive if I was buying yarn specifically for it. Another plus: granny squares are SO forgiving, especially of those first wonky skeins of handspun! I’m pretty excited about the outcome and hope to have it done in time for Christmas, if not sooner.

I’ve got a few FO’s for y’all:

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This is Zuzu’s Petals, knit out of some of my early handspun. I actually dyed the yarn after I’d spun it, which helped me to achieve this fun variegated look. I was a wee bit short on yardage, so I couldn’t complete the lace chart, but whatevs, I love it!

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This is The Age of Brass and Steam, also out of handspun. I churned this out in a matter of the week, as a part of A Yarn Loving Mama‘s spin-along/knit-along in honor of this pattern. And that week included the spinning and knitting. Talk about instant gratification! Sadly, it just isn’t my color, so it’ll be gifted. I started with 4oz of BFL top that I dyed in big chunks of red, grey, blue, orange, and a bit of brown. I split the braid in half, then ran each half through my drum carder which gave me this awesome color blending, which is exactly what I wanted, I just think it’ll look better on someone else. So here’s a tip: if you ever get stuck with a braid of fiber that just isn’t doing it for you, or you want to avoid super obvious striping, run it through the drum carder for a more subtle, tonal effect.

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One down, one to go! This is the Paulette tunic, and this particular one is for the 3 (1/2) year old. The yarn is KnitPicks bare, something or other, that I hand-dyed (and eventually over-dyed) this lovely autumnal shade of red. This pattern is so cute! Super quick and easy, and very easy to modify, which I did; I kept the eyelet pattern only on the bottom portion and never realized until much later that there were supposed to be buttons on either side of the neck… So, funny story, once I finished this (and it’s been done for weeks actually), I gave it to the 3 (1/2) year old, beaming inside, so proud of myself. Her response? “Let’s give this one to ‘the kids’ and then you can make me a yellow one!”

FYI: “the kids” = Goodwill

Nothing but beanies and mittens for her for awhile. But, that’s what’s going on around here! Have you started any holiday crafting yet?

❤ Dawn

What’s on the Wheel Wednesday!

For today’s post, I’m joining Ginny over at Small Things for the Yarn Along! Join us there, or leave a link in the comments below, showing off what’s on your wheel this week!

 

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Talk about a hiatus, eh? Sheesh! I’ll admit, things were a teensy bit crazy around here for a few weeks, but with a new season, comes a change of pace, and I’m looking forward to both! And lots of pumpkin-flavored treats 🙂 The good thing is, I’m still spinning! Pictured above is a bobbin full of sweet, Strawberry goodness on 100% Merino, but in actuality, I have three bobbins in rotation right now, switching them in and out as the mood strikes:

 

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The front bobbin is the start of some Internet Celebrity on 100% BFL that I’d been hoarding for myself. It’s only 2oz worth of fiber, so I’m thinking I’ll spin it all onto one bobbin and then Navajo ply it and hopefully end up with some decent yardage. Same goes for the Strawberry. Both of those will likely be set aside as inventory at Wild Yarns (whose grand opening is TODAY! SQUEE!!). The fiber in the middle was gifted to me by the lovely Stephanie of the Intertwined Stitches podcast, waaaayyyy back when I was still a hopeful Harry Potter House Cup participant. I’m pretty sure it’s Corriedale, and is getting spun into a simple 2-ply and knit into a Hitchhiker (which she also gifted me the pattern for some time ago). She basically spoils me as if I’m her only daughter.

Over in my Ravelry group I’m hosting a handspun KAL and have a new FO to show for myself!

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This is the Spring Hoodie pattern by Purl Soho knit up in some handspun SW Merino from Sweet Georgia. This was an easy enough pattern, and I may even knit another for myself! It’s essentially a cowl, but with defined hood shaping (as opposed to just being a really big cowl that you can pull over your head). I modified things a bit, as the pattern only comes in one size, and that was HUGE on my little one. There’s also supposed to be some kind of I-cord edging all around the opening, and the top of the hood is kitchen-er’d together, but neither of those things were happening for me. By the time I got done with this thing, I had a killer headache, so I just did a 3-needle bind off to graft it together and skipped the I-cord jazz altogether. The Kid didn’t mind one bit. Her favorite part of the whole thing is the pom-pom on the back (also of handspun– staying true to the KAL)!

Other FO’s you might have missed:

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My mom’s birthday socks

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A beanie for Jr.

Have you gotten started on your winter or (dare I say) holiday knitting yet? You better get to it! Happy crafting 🙂

 

 

What’s on the Wheel Wednesday!

 

 

For today’s post, I’m joining Ginny over at Small Things for the Yarn Along! Join us there, or leave a link in the comments below, showing off what’s on your wheel this week!

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The wheel is clear today, and  I think The Queen deserves a day of rest, because she’s been working hard! My thighs deserve a bit of a rest too, for that matter. Up there, you have 792 yards of lacey goodness, my friends. Dance Fever, 2-ply, 100% merino.

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Ain’t she a beaut?! This has been my best yardage to date, and I must say, I’m pretty proud. I’ve already picked out a pattern for her too; a little ambitious for me, but how can I not knit this into something absolutely magnificent!  And speaking of knitting with handspun, I do hope you’ll join me over in my group where I’ll be hosting a Back to School Handspun KAL running alongside the Must Stash ladies (so, yeah, double dip it up)!

In other news: an FO!

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…sort of. Still gotta weave in those ends!

And my most favorite WIP this week:

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Paulette is working up quick as lightening, quite possibly because I’m using the wrong needle size, but no matter. Chances are, I’m gonna have to frog the whole thing because of a shortage of yarn (since the needles are too big), but hey, maybe not! We’ll see what happens. This one is for my 3 y/o and now that I think about it, I think I accidentally cast on for the size 6 (instead of 4)… Anyhow, the yarn’s some self-dyed (over-dyed actually) Knit Picks-something-or-other in my Strawberry colorway.

That’s it from me, for now! What are y’all working on? Whatever it is, happy crafting!

The Happenings

Things have (sort of) calmed down a bit with my mother’s departure (although with all of the extra cleaning she did, it still seemed like it was a mess in here when I woke up). Now we can just kick back with our coffee and chit chat for a few, yes?

Speaking of my mom’s return to New Orleans, here’s a little farewell photo we took before my husband chauffeured her to the airport:

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Anyhow, there’s lots of new things in the works here at DBDW! First, and possibly the biggest of the news, is that I’ve been taken on as a consignment account at a local yarn shop here in Denver! Woohoo! Now, ideally one of my long term goals is to begin offering my products at wholesale (for resale), but you’ve gotta start somewhere.   So, within the next few weeks, you’ll be able to find a (small) selection of Daybreak Dyeworks handspun yarns and hand-dyed spinning fibers for sale at Wild Yarns!

Next, I’m officially a Phat Fiber contributor, which I made quick mention of in yesterday’s post. If you’re not familiar with Phat Fiber sampler boxes, definitely visit their website and check them out.  It’s a pretty amazing idea and a great way for indie fiber artists (and anyone else with knitting/fiber- related goods) to get their name out to a broader audience and just build community and comradery with other small businesses in similar fields. You can get a few sneak peeks by visiting their Ravelry group.

I have something new I’ll be introducing to the shop that coincides with the whole Phat Fiber stuffs, but I’ll get into all of that in another blog post.  If you simply CAN’T wait, the details are here (P.S. join my group)!

Amongst other things, I’ve been busy spinning up some handspun samples:

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This is just the first little batch and I have another skein that needs to be split into  sample-sized mini skeins. These babies will be donated to Sunrise Fiber Co. as I’m “sponsoring” her yarn club for this month. More free publicity, folks 😉

Here’s the other skein that’s soon to be split into sample skeins:

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This was a failed version of my Koi Pond colorway. There was way too much white space (for my liking) on the original fiber, but I absolutely LOVE how it spun up! I almost don’t wanna let it go 😦

Glamour shots:

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I’m pretty in love with this yarn. It makes me think of laying on a picnic blanket and looking up at the sky through a canopy of autumn leaves. It’s almost poetic.

That last major thing going on around here is the impending start of the upcoming school year! What happened to my summer?! Sheesh! We’re gearing up for second grade and another round of preschool around here. If anyone’s interested, we’ll be basing most of the 2nd grader’s curriculum on what’s found on Ambleside Online (Charlotte Mason-style curriculum) and the preschooler will be following along with most of the Ambleside reading, but will have more of a Montessori-style environment to work in. Perfect for her kinetic nature (and short attention span). Look forward to some homeschool-themed posts in the future!

Anyhow, that’s about it for now. It’s literally taken me about 3 hours to write this post with all the starts and stops that’ve happened since I first sat down, lol! Everyone seems content for now though, so off to spin a bit! Happy crafting!

What’s on the Wheel Wednesday!

For today’s post, I’m joining Ginny over at Small Things for the Yarn Along! Join us there, or leave a link in the comments below, showing off what’s on your wheel this week!

 

This week’s post will be very condensed. It’s my mom’s last day in town, and I don’t want to spend too much of it on the computer.  It’s been a bittersweet visit as always– I’ve been reminded of how much I miss my hometown family, but things have been crazy for the past week, so I’ll be glad to get back into our normal rhythms. Anyhow, the photo-bombardment starts NOW:

 

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Did some experimental dyeing…

 

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Ready to ply…

 

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Phat Fiber samples…

 

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Friends

That’s all I have for today! Hopefully I can check back in tomorrow with more chatter, photos, announcements, etc. Until then, happy crafting!

 

What’s on the Wheel Wednesday!

For today’s post, I’m joining Ginny over at Small Things for the Yarn Along! Join us there, or leave a link in the comments below, showing off what’s on your wheel this week!

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Today’s post is gonna be a quick one because things are BUSY here at headquarters! My mom is visiting for a week, which is tons of fun! I’m hoping that will equate to lots of spinning time for me though, because I have a lot going on in the fiber world! More on that later though– I’ve gotta keep this post short and sweet.

For my spinning, I’m halfway through the 2oz sample of my Lazy Summer colorway. This was dyed on 100% Falkland with big color repeats of dark pink, tan, and a turquoise shade of blue. The long chunks of color lend themselves beautifully to fractal spinning, so that’s exactly what I’m doing. I started spinning up the half that was split for short color repeats first– for some reason that always seems to spin up faster for me. I’m deliberately not spinning too fine, as I have a deadline to get this complete, so my singles are about a fingering weight, and I’m guessing I’ll have a decent sport-dk weight when the yarn is complete. I’m dyeing to see how this looks plied!

On the knitting front, Junior’s new longies are done, minus the drawstring:

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As you may very well see, one ball of yarn (self-dyed) came out much darker than the other, hence the two-toned legs, but that’s okay. Color-blocking is in 🙂

That’s all I have for today! Lots of things are in the works for DBDW, but I’ll save those details for another post! Things may be quiet here for the next few days, with my company and all, so I hope y’all have a great rest of the week! Happy crafting!