Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous’ Category

I Found Charlotte!

In Miscellaneous on September 20, 2007 at 7:40 am

Yup….that lovely or icky (or whatever adjective you want to put in front of it) creature has emerged outside my front door way up high above the door (thank goodness) and I know I should be “cool” about it but ugh…do you see how icky it looks? You all remember Charlotte’s Web right or am I dating myself? LOL This one doesn’t look so cutesy or fun or cartoony! Apparently it’s an orb-weaver of some type and harmless and is “good” because it eats other bugs and other spiders but seriously, ewwwwwww, I would prefer if Charlotte relocated!

I don’t remember this many spiders or spider types in Toronto…what’s up with SW Ontario? LOL!

On a “knitting note” though, wow, this spider spun himself/herself a wonderful looking web and it’s probably pure silk – talk about luxury spinning! Wonder if I could make yarn out of it? Ply a few strands together…LOL But then again, I’m sure s/he takes the spinning very seriously so that’d not be very nice of me and I should just admire it from afar.

If you’re not squeamish, you can click the photo to see him/her bigger!


I’m Speechless

In Miscellaneous on September 19, 2007 at 8:45 am

I don’t know what to say but this is what I saw in Paypal this morning while printing off a shipping label:

When exactly was the last time the Canadian dollar was stronger than the US dollar? Does this mean I should be saying “Go Canada!“? LOL

I Rock? That’s Cute!

In Miscellaneous on August 19, 2007 at 10:46 pm

Thanks Lindsay for the award….that’s too cute! And now to award it to girl bloggers of my own so here goes:

1. Pink Knitting Adventures – because Tiffany was one of my very first customers and just got engaged – go congratulate her!

2. Knitnana – because Sallee can “rock” handmade bags like I’ve never seen them “rocked” before!

3. The Adventures of Woolgirl & Abby – because Jen supports a lot of handdyers and in this handpainting business, support always “rocks”!

4. Pick Up Sticks & Knit – because Connie is about to open a brick & mortar shop in Canada!

5. Yarn Harlot – because everyone knows her, she’s Canadian and she’s forging a path for all knitters! (she probably won’t see this but that’s okay, I had to mention her)

EDIT:  I’m adding one more girl blogger:

6.  Nicomara – because Eca makes me think as a handdyer and that totally “rocks” the creativity!

Hot Stuff

In Miscellaneous on July 9, 2007 at 1:55 pm

Ya, you’d think I’d not go into the hot and stuffy garage that feels like an oven in these temperatures to dye yarn but nope, nothing will stop me….LOL If you don’t hear from me for awhile, it’s okay, I just melted on the garage floor – I should be back to normal come winter when it freezes. And it’s not the temperature per se, it’s the “feels like” that’s a killer in these parts of Canada. Darn humidity!

Hope you’re staying cool if you’re in this heat too wherever that may be!

It’s Been a Whirlwind!

In Dyeing, Miscellaneous, Socks on June 29, 2007 at 9:21 am

My parents just left and this past week has been a whirlwind in a good way! I miss them terribly already and they just left but a few hours ago…funny how house guests can be a “pain” but when they’re gone, you just miss them for the longest…house seems to quiet without the hussle and bustle of Ma and Pa! And guess what?! They brought my spinning wheel too…yippee…but that’ll be in the next post…I feel a contest coming on to name her…LOL Can you believe they trucked it all the way from BC to Ontario? For those of us in Canada, you know just how long that is and for those of you who aren’t sure, think a 5 day road trip to get here! Phew, parents are phenomenal.

In other news, I managed some progress on my “Go with the Flow” socks (click photo to see larger) and also got invited to Ravelry.com. Please add me as a friend if you’re in there too and when you do get in! You can find me here. I can see how useful of a resource this will be for cataloguing and tracking projects, etc. I just wish there was some place for me to put all my yarn…guess I could just stash it for now….LOL

Oh, and I have a brand new yarn base that just came in that I’ll be offering very soon too. It’s a light DK weight and calls for a 3 mm needle. I haven’t seen a lot of it out there quite yet but I managed to find me some! If you want a hint, think down by the sea….the wonderful sea…..LOL

Alright, off to post about the spinning wheel and the contest and hope everyone’s doing well!

Wow, it’s my 2nd Anniversary!

In Dyeing, Miscellaneous on June 4, 2007 at 7:39 am

I can’t believe it – 2 years ago today I married my honey. Wow, where does the time go? Seriously, life just sort of happens and I almost forgot about today! And in 2 years, a lot of changes too – not only did we make a major move but my DH got a promotion at work and we moved out of crazy busy Toronto. Life is good and we are certainly more settled as a couple – knowing each other’s quirks better and I can’t remember the last time we had a “fight”. So everyone tells me after 2 years the honeymoon is over which I know it is but I like to think we’re on the road to being even more comfortable with each other and knowing everything about each other. If that means the honeymoon’s over, I’m fine with it and I can only hope each year means growing closer and closer together. For that, I’m happy to have made it through the second year. Now onto the third…LOL

In other news, I’m really pleased to announce another new retailer will be carrying my yarns! Off these go to Chrissy at Gardineryarnworks.com. I had such fun doing these colours for Chrissy and the yarns she chose, well, yummy. If you haven’t seen Chrissy’s site, I suggest you take a peek – she pairs the yarns with sock patterns she’s written and makes them into sock kits – she already has some great ones in her store too! Chrissy’s patterns are published in many places and she will have published patterns coming up in the Fall of 2007 in Interweave Knits and Knitscene.

To see the colourways and the yarns bigger, please click on the photo below.

Happy Monday everyone and have a fabulous week!

UPDATE (June 20/07):  Chrissy has now paired the sock yarns with different pattern options…go check them out in her shop!

I’m Back

In Miscellaneous on February 2, 2007 at 11:16 pm

Wow, moving is such a pain in the butt! 😐  Who knew we had this much stuff to move and DH and I haven’t been married that long either. Just how do you accumulate so much?

We’ve been non-stop for about 2 weeks now and I am finally getting my head above water so-to-speak. If it weren’t for my Mom and Dad coming and helping us this past week I’m sure I’d be unpacking and setting up for another good month! Parents are such a blessing when they come over and just go non-stop for the entire week and truth is, I could barely keep up to them…LOL

Anyways, back to the dyeing table and onto some interesting things since my time is now a little freer (well, in between the unpacking still LOL). I now have my own work area in our garage and am happy to be getting the dyes out of the kitchen!

Hope everyone’s doing fine – winter has certainly settled in too!

Moving Very Soon!

In Miscellaneous on January 19, 2007 at 12:06 pm

And look what I got as a going-away gift from my co-workers! Do they know me well or what? Could you ask for anything better? Knitting magazines and a decorating magazine to help me decorate the new house!

I’m excited to be moving to my new city but I will miss my office too! I kept saying all day on Thursday “it’s my last day, it’s my last day” and everyone thought, oh wow, she’s so happy to be leaving her job were we that bad? And truth is, no, it’s not that I’m leaving the job I had, it’s that I’m leaving the crazy commuting and moving to a more simple lifestyle! I had become somewhat settled after being at my new position for 5 months but the tired and the commuting are really what are pushing my DH and I to move…and he happened to get a promotion too so we just couldn’t turn it down!

A simpler lifestyle will be a welcome change for both of us and that’s what I’m excited about….I think they figured that out before I left for the day…LOL I told my boss she’s going to remember Roxanne, the kooky girl who was so silly…she agreed…LOL

Blog Highlights for 2006

In Miscellaneous on December 29, 2006 at 9:11 am

Via Margene – a summary of the first sentence of the first post of each blog month for 2006:

January 2006

All the best to everyone in the new year…may it be prosperous, wonderful and full of knitting!

February 2006

I saw this on someone’s blog today and thought it was pretty cool – it analyzes what your most popular words are on your blog.

March 2006

Tee hee…I have no knitting content to report so I’m going to report someone else’s knitting content on my handdyed Montego Blue yarn….

April 2006

Today’s April 1st and it’s the annual “Flash Your Stash” day!!

May 2006

What a wonderful knitting bag I just got!!

June 2006

An update to the store today including sock yarn kits!

July 2006

I’ve created a gallery of the majority of the colourways I’ve done so far for the Zen Yarn Garden store!

August 2006

Dyed specifically for my Dye-O-Rama prize winner Lynne of Tangled and Warped.

September 2006

In the shop today…a few cotton lycra blend sock yarns in some fun colourways.

October 2006

Do you think Meezer approves of a yarn being named after her?

November 2006

Working with Chris of Scotts Mountain Crafts, we have included her copper shawl pins with our yarns to complete the yarn package!

December 2006

Pull out your crochet hook…J to be exact…and crochet up a double-stranded scarf from silk/merino handdyed yarn!

Wow, I surely know what I’ve been up to most of the past year! Happy New Year everyone!

Google Knit

In Miscellaneous on December 24, 2006 at 8:48 am

It’s official – Google is probably the best search engine ever…LOL Click on the logo to see their progression of holiday logos. It’ll be fun to see what they do next.