Friday, May 30, 2008

Preview! NEW Lace Yarn Club on it's way!

I will be opening up slots for a laceweight yarn club early next week! It will be a four month club, and members can choose from pastels, brights, jewel tones, or neutrals (or can have a combination of 2 or more!) More info to follow, but spots will be very limited!

Closed for Art Star

Today at noon I am closing my shop for the weekend because of the show and Art Star... I will reopen at night on Sunday! I will be re-stocking the shop Monday morning, I hope people will come by and check out all the new goodies, some new lace and handspun!

Monday, May 26, 2008


Ok, new show "shelving", a bunch of new handspun, tons of glass beads and jewelry, stitch markers, etc... trying to get the booth in good working order and feeling a little fried. I'll be glad when this weekend is over! Bobby will be working the booth Saturday, which is a relief. He is familiar with how things go, I have a lot of confidence in his ability to help people, and I will be dancing at the same time he's at the show! Been a bit slack with my Koresh hip hop classes because things have been so crazy, next week I'll be ready to go again, hopefully twice. I need to keep in shape for next year's Nutcracker if I think I will be able to dance Snow Queen. Robert is the best baby ever, so good for me today while I am preparing and so so so much fun!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Acts of Creation

So in the midst of all this super tedious work, I find myself asking the question I always come around to when I feel overwhelmed-- who in their right might would do such tedious work for so little financial reward, and why don't I get a real job? The obvious answers are all there, getting to be home with Robert, doing something different and the whole not-a-desk-job thing, but this morning as I'm contemplating putting together maybe hundreds of jump rings, I feel like I need more than that. I need some reassurance that 10's of thousands of Christmas ornaments and possibly several million knit stitches have done more than just make a living. I need to know that 12 years of teaching hundreds of kids to practice has done something for them. It's lame, but I want to know that I am building something. Even though I see examples of success all the time, there is a need for me to put it all together somehow. My studio is full of stuff, ribbons and fibers and beads and fluff, glass canes and tools and color and sculpture, point shoes and music and costumes and rhinestones. People talk about re-doing their artist statement every few years or so, but I see myself constantly redefining my life and my work. How often do you need to be able to say exactly who you are and where you are headed?

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Fiber Craziness

Wow! I have been doing nothing but dye, spin, tag, and photograph all week! (OK, and shop!) I finished Rebecca's Baby Jumper in time to send it for her shower, and I am working on my first foray into entrelac-- loving it so far, and I am very intrigued by all notions of short row shaping in any form. I will most likely spend tomorrow making up a bunch of glass jewelry, I have a whole series of teardrops waiting to be strung. Phwew!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Come See me at Art Star! Click image for info!

Awaiting Goodies

Gearing up for Art Star and waiting for some exciting trades to come in the mail-- 2 skeins of Tilli Thomas, 2 Cherry Tree Hill Orenburg Lace, Batts from RepoRebo on Etsy, Tussha Silk from Whorling Tides on Etsy, also some silk and some undyed laceweight... I am dyeing up a batch of alpaca, merino/silk and some superwash sock tomorrow most likely! It has been hard keeping the laceweight in my shop, and I was really excited to see Catspawlace's Mystic Light Shawl knit with alpaca I custom dyed for her! I am also working on some super-fun merino/tencel handspun... more to come!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Back from the Big Apple

Saw my cousin graduate today, ate at two yummy restaurants Becca, and the Firebird, a Russian restaurant with incredible furnishing and museum-worthy ancient dance costumes in shadow boxes on the walls upstairs! Making progress on my new Baby Jumper pattern, which I hope to release in late June. Also ordered a ton of new undyed fiber and will be hitting the studio as soon as it arrives!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Busy Busy

So, we are back from our First Anniversary mini vaca in Barnegat Light and it's back to work for me! I am really busy getting ready for Art Star and our Dance to the Music's show as well (the same weekend-yikes!) and I am dancing in the show as well!

Baby Robert learned to crawl this week, and wants to eat everything in site! New foods this week-- avocado, honeydew melon, polenta, and miso soup!

I am spinning, dyeing, skeining, tagging, and photographing tons of new fiber! Lots of updates to my Etsy shop. I am also developing some new patterns for sale, and test-knitting! This week I started a handspun singles exchange on Ravelry called "Swingin' Handspun Singles!" so that other handspinners can collaborate! So far people seem excited... I am interested to see what we come up with!

Tomorrow I head to NYC to see my cousin graduate from New York Medical College, she has earned her master's. I would love to go to Habu while I am there but I think time will be limited.

No rest for the wicked!

New Blog!

Ok, this is it! My first blog. Even though I read tons of blogs, for some reason I didn't know about starting my own, but... here goes!