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I’m writing this as I wait for my tea to steep. With such a pervasive chill in the air, today finally feels like true fall. I brought my laptop out to the table so I can sit in the flickering rays of the sun and sip my tea as I write my blog post. Ok, that is it, I was going to attempt to eloquently ease into my exciting news, but I can’t wait any longer to tell! (Please recite here, “Oh please, do tell.”) Well, if you insist on asking, I had a really cool “convo message” this morning through Etsy! I received an e-mail from Peachy from the Lime and Violet Daily Chum blog and Spincerely yours is going to be a featured shop “in the upcoming days!” Phew! I really have to get busy dyeing! I have a few things to list but I’m not doing such a great job of keeping up with my dyeing since the angle of the sun has made solar dyeing not a possibility in my yard. I’m even having a bit of difficulty finding sun to take photos! Please note all the leaves still on my trees:

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I do get quite a bit of sun in through my windows, but it is dappled and moves quickly. What I’m currently doing is using my light box and moving throughout my rooms as the sun changes. Sometimes the sun is stronger near my dining table:

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and sometimes the sun is stronger on the family room floor:

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I think I’m going to have to start doing some research on lighting equipment to get me through the winter. It is just that I love using the sun as much as I can.

Here is a little glimpse of what I was photographing. Agent K insists that I dye with way too much brown so to prove her wrong, I did some roving with brighter colors:

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I’ll be posting these to my etsy shop as soon as I come up with a good goddess name. Naming always seems to be my time suck on getting things online. I love researching the names, but sometimes I think I get carried away and spend far too much time at it. Agent B is my mythology girl. I keep buying up Greek Myth books for her to read in the hopes that one day I can show her a color and she can rapidly respond with an appropriate name and appropriate reasoning.

So 2 other fantastic things are going on around here too. First, we have a house full of freaking candy! This makes me fat, but puts the agents in a glorious after school stupor good mood.

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The second thing is that my Winter 2007 Interweave Knits was sitting on my laptop when I got up this morning (I must have forgotten to get the mail yesterday and IHA probably brought it in early this morning, right? I mean it couldn’t have apparated there all by itself, could it?)

This issue has plenty of really fine patterns. They are all very practical and wearable. My favorite pattern is the Celtic Tote by Jennifer Tallapaneni. I love the way it is distressed. It is like the designer took Walnut Stain Distress Ink and ran it over the cable pattern. As a matter of fact, much of this issue is rather scrapbooky. I absolutely love page 55. First there is Eunny’s Ivy League Vest all cool and hip looking with its 2 color ribbing but also stamped in the top right corner, there is a funky swirl brush. I wonder whose design that is and if it is available to down load. I’m growing quite fond of that swirl. (If you are not a scrapbooker, here is an example of a swirl brush used in a scrapbook layout.) If anyone happens to see any credits for it as they are reading the magazine, please let me know…

Anyway, back to Knits. What else do I really like? Well, besides Celtic Tote and Ivy League Vest, I like Veronik Avery’s Colette Pullover. I don’t think I would ever make it, but I love looking at it. It reminds me of something from my childhood, though at this moment I still can’t place it. I also think that Sarah is really going to like this sweater, I’m actually quite curious about what other people think of it, so if you have an opinion, let me know. I also like Hana Jason’s Gathered Pullover and Lou Scheila’s Ruched Shell. I can see myself making either of these. My least favorite patterns are Forest Forbes Pullover, (mostly because I’m not a fan of bobbles and boat necks) and Puffed Wheat Pullover (same thing with the neck line — it is sort of a high boat neck and it also looks a little dated unless I have missed out on a new fashion trend, which is always a strong possiblity). As I look through this issue there just seems to be so much packed in! I also like the Kilm Gloves by Kristin Nicholas and the Subway Mittens by Colleen Meagher. That is a pretty cool concept having a pocket on one’s mittens!

Since I have started this post, I have steeped and drank my tea, thus I’m back to being quite chilly again. I also ran low on battery and had to move back to my quite unsunny office. I think these are all signs that I should get doing some other things now. Tomorrow is my second Saturday to work at the library. The first Saturday was rather fun, so I’m really looking forward to it. On Sunday, Agent J has two softball games an hour or more away in Tolland so she and IHA will be gone all day. I don’t think this is going to leave a lot of time for us to be together on our first full weekend after our anniversary. I also don’t think it is going to leave much time for us to get major projects done around our house. Maybe Agent K and I can pick out some paint colors for her room on Sunday…

Well, have a great weekend if I don’t get a chance to post again!

8 Responses to “Following the Sun”
  1. Love the colors, I have similar problems with sun as the back side of my apt is a MOUNTAIN…saw your Foliage hat, I just finished 2 myself with some hand-dyed merino and some purchased glttery,purpley,pink mohair/wool~I love the pattern as I am a lace addict~really bummed to have missed Rhinebeck,next year!

  2. Lovely, lovely! And congrats on the featured shop notice! That’s great news!

    (BTW, I have been petting my Spincerely roving so far, because I haven’t had the time to practice drafting with less pretty roving yet. I will get you pictures when I spin it up, I promise.)

    Also, my mom swears by her Ott Lite. It sure seems to mimic natural light well.

  3. I was gonna say, it looks like a Rhonna Farrer (http://rhonnadesigns.com/)
    swirly, but then they credited her in the bottom. They come as stamps from Autumn Leaves or you can download them, usually from 2 Peas(http://twopeasinabucket.kaboose.com/digital.asp). I love her style. And her blog is awesome.

  4. Congrats on the Lime & Violet mention! Now you are nearly a celebrity!

    I love the bright colors (makes me want my new spinning wheel now & not wait for Santa—I’m also asking Santa for an extra day each week so I can spin & knit up my stash).

  5. Wouldn’t it be great if we had a remote control for the sun? Oh, but then how would everyone play nice??

  6. PS: LOVED your blog entry. Also, once again, CONGRATS on Lime and Violet feature! I am honored to know you, knit with you, and soon spin with you.

  7. Loved your pictures chasing the sun around the house : )
    Very pretty roving!

    I like a lot of the designs in the new IK, too (oh, my… my “too knit” list is getting way out of hand).

  8. Congrats on the featured shop.

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