’07 Holiday Review & A Festival of Hand-dyeds

Welcome to 2008!  I am wishing us all (including self), a happy, healthy, love and good fortune filled year.  May you and your loved ones have a great year. :)

On a personal note, we had a rather protracted holiday season that started around Thanksgiving with family visiting for 2 weeks and then more family visited for Christmas.  Both visits were instigated by self and I am happy to have done it.  Kids loved it and it was great but I am glad that it is all over (mom & dad – I don’t mean the visits or the visitors).

Given our work schedule I had absolutely no time to prep for the holidays.  Our Thanksgiving meal was cooked by my mother in-law and father in-law and partly by my husband and I am very thankful for it – it was yummy.  My contribution, two pies - one of the best pumpkin pies ever and a chocolate pecan pie.  I drove to pick them up and paid for them – doesn’t that count?  If you ever come visit us and/or Seattle you must make West Seattle one of your stopping points otherwise you will miss one of the best kept secrets of Seattle.  We know of it but the average visitor never makes it to our long beautiful beaches, parks and of course Bakery Nouveau, which is where I picked up my pies.  Their website does not have much content but I cannot say the same for their bakery, lovely savory sandwiches, cookies, incredible bread, and of course, their coffee.  PS. We have no financial or other affiliation with Bakery Nouveau, just like their delicious goodies.  But I digress.

Then there was gift shopping…I am not good at shopping for Christmas gifts, I would rather make mine.  That being said I can only make so many hats, socks, etc., for a 5 and a 3 year old.  With that in mind I went out shopping on the 23rd and the 24th.  I must tell you this was by far one of the most ridiculous experiences of my life.  I say this because it really was and left me feeling like I had run a marathon while being continuously beaten with a wooden spoon by my French aunt.  It was simply hideous (I just snorted – of course it is funny now). 

Here is an example of one of the highlights: I went to Toys’r Us to pick up what I could find and within 15 minutes a real hair-flying Jerry Springeresk fight broke within the video game section between 5 adults.  I was simply astounded.  Police came and immediately thereafter I left with one small Mattel car – of course it was made China and probably has enough lead to set an alarm. :P

That all being said, I had a lovely time during Christmas and enjoyed it like it was meant to be while relaxing and reading books.  Needles to say any shopping I may be doing for next Christmas will be done between January and September of this year.  I hereby promise myself – you can hold me to it.

Wow, that was lengthy and definitely in the TMI range.  I hope you do not mind my rather random thoughts.

Now back to yarn…I have been hit by the hand-dyed yarn fairy.  I have a huge back log of hand-paints that I am continuously photographing and listing. 

Scrumptious Wool in the Woods Cherub First one is the Wool in the Woods Cherub, a beautiful tightly plied fingering weight wool that makes great socks, scarves and shawls.  It is also surprisingly soft and yes, it is on sale.  Wool in the Woods Cherub used to be sold in 50 gram hanks but all our skeins are twice the weight at 100 grams and one is sufficient for a pair of socks.  I like Cherub because its tight twist does not take away from the hand or the softness of the yarn.  Here is a Fiber Trends pattern – Shoalwater Shawl – that is shown in Cherub, which looks simply lovely.Shoalwater Shawl shown in Wool in the Woods Cherub

I am sure most of you know of Jojoland Yarns; when they decided to closeout their hand-dyed line Kaleidoscope both in worsted and fingering weights we were happy to help them and take it all off of Jojo’s hands. :)

Jojoland Kaleidoscope Worsted Kaleidoscope worsted is a soft and a no-itch hand-dyed wool yarn and comes in lovely color lines picked by Jojo.  It can be used for any project that calls for a worsted weight wool.

Jojoland Kaleidoscope Fingering Kaleidoscope fingering weight is also hand-dyed wool yarn that is intended more for socks, scarves, gloves, mitts, hats…any project that calls for a fingering weight wool.  I think you will find that both yarns are a steal at their current prices.

We also got in Great Adirondack Soxie  Great Adirondack Soxie in Leopard  and Silky Socks  Great Adirondack Silky Sock in Balsam  due to multiple requests that we have received for this line and continue to add new colors to these hand-dyed wool and wool/silk blend lines on a daily basis.

It is well past midnight here and Mellow is begging for a walk even though it is raining and the temperature is around 37-40 degrees.  So for now it is good night but the ‘Festival of Hand-dyeds’ will continue for the rest of this and next week.  Watch for lovely and scrumptious surprises.

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