Posts Tagged ‘dye’

Easter Kitties!

April 20, 2009

Presenting the kitties all decked out for Easter.  Rocco (who I’ve recently nicknamed ‘Tigger’):

And Ranger (new nickname ‘Flopsy’):

They are currently taking turns ambushing each other and being generally cute in a naughty kitty sort of way. 

I’ve been busy knitting and dyeing lately.  This what I submitted for the April Phat Fiber sampler box.

50 mini-skeins of 100% organic merino wool in an earthy colorway to go along with the ‘Green’ theme.  I have more available in my Etsy shop,  Sneaky Pig Yarns.

I’ve also been very busy knitting and am participating in 3 swaps for blankie yarn for the sock yarn blankie.  I have dubbed mine ‘The Never-Ending Blankie’ because I think it might take a while, especially since it’s not of high importance.  I did finally get around to blocking and photographing my Icelandic vest.  I love how it turned out, but will use softer wool next time.

I also made a new running accessory set to house my Nike+ sensor and iPod.  The yarn came from my January Phat Fiber box and the pattern is one I dreamt up all by myself!

I bought a new spinning wheel!  I went to The Spinning Loft in Howell, Michigan for a new spindle to spin laceweight yarn on and came out with a spinning wheel.  It’s a Kromski Prelude and she’s the prettiest thing I’ve ever seen!  I’ve tentatively named her Greta, but we’ll see if it sticks.  I also came home with 8 oz. of top and 1 oz. of silk hankies.  I’ve fallen in love with the hankies!  I dyed them in a Mardi Gras inspired colorway and am actually proud of my first completed project on my new wheel!  The ounce of hankies produced 300 yards of pretty, shiny yarn.

That’s all for this time, thanks for reading and I’ll talk to you soon!

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My first sale!

May 8, 2008

I guess it’s not a traditional sale, but I was able to procure a custom order.  I am doing a batch of small skeins of fingering weight yarn for an Etsy user to make doll clothes with.  She gave me some guidance about what she wanted, but I’m also doing some of my own colorways.  Mostly I’m excited about getting paid to do it!  It’s not a huge amount and not what it’s worth.  It will cover the materials and then some, so I’ll basically be working really cheaply. 

In the process of researching and getting things going, I stumbled across a green-living book at Target.  (I love Target.)  I learned a lot from this neat little book and made some decisions about my business.  I’m going to try and make it as green as possible.  I’ve been looking for organic base yarns and researching environmentally friendly dyes as well.  I think I’ve found some of my base yarns, still looking for the fingering weight and I’ve placed an order for my original batch of dyes.  So my yarns will be as green as possible while still being as cool as possible. 

The quest for supplies continues.  I’ve been looking for garage sales to dig through this weekend to find supplies that don’t matter if they’re new.  I’ve also been combing craigslist for used things, but unsuccessfully so far.  I’m looking forward to finding yard sale treasures.

My other activities pertaining to Sneaky Pig Enterprises (cool, huh?) are working on a business plan and working out a records/accounting system.  I’d like to have it all on the computer, but I also like looking at sheets of paper and making notes there.  The computer would be greener and I don’t want any redundancies, but I may configure some sort of hybrid system that has most of my records computer based with some items on paper.  I’m waiting on my tax packets that I applied for yesterday, so that should be exciting when they arrive, can’t wait to deal with that!  And otherwise, more research.  Reading books/magazines/websites, basically anything that pertains or could pertain to what I’m doing.

In other news, my knitting has been non-existent and will probably remain that way until I get some stock built up and all my paperwork in order.  I have some lovely tealy blue handdyed yarn that I’m itching to start EZ’sPi shawl with, but just haven’t had the time.  Haney’s socks have been in time-out for a few weeks now, I should really continue work on them, and all other projects have fallen by the wayside.  My next gift knit is mom’s birthday on June 6, I haven’t worked out what to do and when I do, I’m not telling until she has it. 

Work has also been slow.  I worked last Friday and Saturday, but nothing since.  I found myself in Kalamazoo for Cinco de Mayo, it was pretty fun, enjoyed some Mexican refreshments.  Still haven’t been running, I really need to just register for the race I want to do and make that force me to start training.  Doh!