Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes! and a NYSW Preview

First, a preview of just a few of the new colors coming with me to the New York Sheep & Wool Festival (and many of them will be available in future online updates):

Clockwise from upper left: Sweet Coral; Last Light of Day; Radagast; Nightshade; Ladies of the Canyon; Peaceful, Easy Feeling; Wild Mushroom; Crazy Little Thing Called Love; Camelicious; Crystal Ice

I have a lot of other new colors, but I’ve run out of time to get them photographed! I’m bringing a ton of yarn, in lots of bases – everything from laceweight to super bulky: Nona, Philomena, Aurora, Sunna, Selene, Birte, Andromeda, Luna, Verdande, and Zaftig. I’m also bringing, for the first time, mini-skeins of Philomena which will be available for purchase in a few gradient kits and lots of single skeins so you can pick your own. Here’s a peek at some of the individual mini-skeins:

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I’m also bringing my adorable logo camp mugs, gleener tools, and fun temporary tattoos:

Enamel logo mug (front and back); temporary tattoo

And, as I had last year, a special set of NYSW stitch markers from Katy at Katrinkles. I just love her work!

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I’ll also have lots of new handknit samples to fuel your inspiration, including TanisKnits’ Charlotte’s Web Mittens, Debra Gerhard’s Sinistram, and Valerie Hobbs’ Hillside Cardigan:


In other news, my life has been going through some major changes this year. Both my kids headed off to college this Fall – my daughter, Caragh, is now a Freshman at Duke University, and my son, Jackson, is a Junior at James Madison University (they’re both doing so well, and absolutely LOVE where they are and what they’re doing). Additionally, and an even bigger change, my husband and I are in the process of splitting up. Our divorce will be final in December.

I’ve spent the last 10 months thinking (ad nauseum some days) about my life, my future, and all that goes along with being on my own for the first time in more than 22 years. It’s been a bit stressful, to say the least. I have an opportunity to move quite far from where I’ve lived on the East Coast my whole life. As much as I’d hoped I’d be making a big announcement about it now, I can’t reveal full details yet as it hit a slight snag last week. I hope that this opportunity will in fact become a reality, and I’m really excited to tell you all about it as soon as I can. One detail I’ve come to realize over the course of this year is that no matter where I end up, I simply can’t afford a house payment and a separate studio payment. So in addition to moving out of my home, I’ll also be moving out of my current studio space in December.

My relocation is not going to be an inexpensive endeavor. I’m not ruling out holding a special Kickstarter campaign, but I’ve realized that’s not the best plan until I know for sure where I’ll be going and what the actual costs will be to relocate and get my studio set up.

What I’m going to do now is to offer some specials and discounts over the course of NYSW weekend, in hopes that you’ll support me and Spirit Trail Fiberworks by purchasing something from me at the Festival.

Here’s the run down (and these will all be posted in my booth, too):

Saturday, October 20:

9:00 am to approximately 1:00 pm (while supplies last):
—  a free temporary tattoo with purchase of $50.00 or more
—  your choice of a free tattoo or fun STF logo enamel camping mug with purchase of $150 or more
—  your choice of a free tattoo, logo mug, or Gleener de-piller with a purchase of $250 or more.

1:00 – 5:00 pm (closing):
5% off purchases of $50 or more
10% off purchases of $100 or more
15% off purchases of $250 or more

Sunday, October 21:

9:00 – 1:00 pm: 15% off all yarn in the booth; no minimum purchase required.
1:00 – 4:00 pm (closing): 25% off all yarn in the booth; no minimum purchase required.

Of course, the earlier you come to shop, the more selection there will be!

With everything so up in the air, this may or may not be my last year vending at the New York Sheep & Wool Festival. I know it will be my last with my current booth set up (I may go back to a single booth rather than a double, and a different overall booth set-up, but everything is too up in the air right now to say for sure what 2019 will bring).

I made the decision last month that I will no longer be vending at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival and, while I’d absolutely love to continue vending at NY, I won’t know until my future plans and move are finalized to say one way or the other.

So, I hope you’ll come see me at the Festival if you can, and support me and Spirit Trail Fiberworks if you find something you love!

Color Inspiration Thursday: Ashes and Embers

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I’ve always loved the colors gray and red together. Red is such a great contrast color for any kind of gray ~ light, deep, charcoal, black.

You know I’ve been having fun with speckles, and experimenting with different dye methods even within the speckling realm. This is another of those experiments: softly variegated base color with just one color speckled on (or two, this is actually a deep red and a brighter red in combination).

I love this so much, I can’t even tell you. It’s deep, and spooky, and elegant all at the same time. This photo is of Embers and Ashes dyed on Verdande, and oh, boy, it’s even more fabulous in person. It will make its debut at the New York Sheep & Wool Festival, and I know it’s going to be a colorway staple for me for a long time to come. So, look for it online after the Festival! On it’s own for sure, and most likely with a whole kit designed around it. I love it that much.

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Damon from Vampire Diaries is a little bonus. He popped up in my photo search. He’s such an adorable bad-guy-turned-good-guy-but-is-he-really? character. He was my favorite part of The Vampire Diaries (Yes, I admit it. The Vampire Diaries is one of my dirty little secrets. I loved that show, and True Blood, too). This colorway feels a little bit Halloween-y, a little bit vampire-y, and a whole lot elegant and classy.