Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Merry Christmas

Ok. I know it's early but......MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! I'm so excited!!! Usually the blog gets updated on Wednesdays and I do not think that it will be updated before then so there ya have it:) We are very excited about the new year to come. There are many fantastic things happening here at the Studio that we will be officially announcing just after Christmas. That's right......we are branching out, getting bigger, producing more products, and introducing a line of sock yarns!!! Oh I can hardly keep it all in. (Keep in mind that this is being typed in between bouts of hand clapping). Most of the announcements will be on the home page but, as we have stated in the past, the blog will most likely be our form of 'newsletter communication'.

With all of the spinning going on I have been wondering if perhaps my weaving was missing me. I mean really, what is a weaver doing spinning?!?!?!? I'll tell you exactly, there has been quite the demand for our yarn:) What a wonderful blessing!!!!!!!!!! Please don't take this wrong, I LOVE to spin......I just feel like I haven't been at the loom in forever!!! Soooooooooo, today I motivated myself to finish a shibori shawl that was started quite some time ago. Originally this was supposed to be a brown and white but I recently had someone request a gold scarf. This was my chance to 'play' with some of the dye that I ordered.

This first picture is some of the progress on the loom. You can see the purple supplement weft threads, they are purple.

This is a picture of the same shawl after it has been removed from the loom and the threads have been gathered and tied. The next step in the process is to dye the fabric. More pictures to come......the only thing I have to say is that I sure hope that the color doesn't turn out how it is looking........bright yellow....ick!!!

Here is a 'extreme close up' of the roving for a custom order of yarn.

This is what happens when you give dye in a salt and pepper shaker (not really) to a true blooded Italian:)

The picture does this no justice at all. You can see here a skein of already spun yarn and some roving both using different brands of dye. All I can say is that I think we are going to be switching:) I am loving how vibrant the colors look in the new stuff.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Sock Update.

Well, the socks have been nabbed:) I have decided to give them to my darling sister-in-law. Let's face it.....I'm just like the plumber. :) No new pictures today but, they are coming along nicely......and......they are going to be toe socks:)

Thursday, December 13, 2007

What is that!??!?!?! Knitting!??!?!?!

I was recently inspired to make something and actually keep it for myself, something I very very very seldom do:) I have also been finding that many other 'crafters' fail to keep things for themselves too. Funny how that happens, I guess. The plumber always has a leaky faucet.....gym teacher was always not so fit......police officer talking on the cell phone while driving. I fit right into the general work force now:) Time to change that and make something and actually wear it........want to see?






Isn't this yarn the most amazing bright cool neato yarn you've ever seen?!?!?!?! Want to know where I got it? Sure ya do!!!! http://www.perchancetoknit.etsy.com/ Check out her shop for some wonderful fantastic yarns!!!

Of course there is much more but, here is the latest in hand spun:)


We are also going to add another person to Sunrise Lodge Fiber Studio:) I can't believe I'm actually putting this in the blog before it is 'official' but I can't help how excited we are about having her aboard. Woo hoo!!! Go Chrissy!!! I'll post some more detail in the next section about her, her start date and the types of items she will be making available........stay tuned:)

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Computer Stuff

Well, I guess it happens to the best of us. Yeah, you've got it. Time to update, fix, recolor (a little) and get the web site rocking and rolling. I have put it off WAY too long:) Due to some technical stuff with the shopping service we were using, we decided that it is in our best interest to use only Etsy as our online shopping cart at this time. Etsy has been absolutely wonderful to us and they offer a wonderful community environment. What better way to show our appreciation than to give back?

I can say that we are very thankful to the online community. It has been a wonderful pleasure exploring what all of the Internet has to offer. It's also very nice to actually meet people at shows, which we will continue to do and increase year to year. We also have in the works for next year a brand new line of painted roving, hand dyed yarn, hand spun yarn, and, of course, finished products online. Until this point a majority of the 'finished' items (hand wovens and knits) have been mostly only available in boutiques, galleries, and shows. Although these items will still be available in those locations, we are planning on showing more finished items for sale online.
Now to the fun stuff:) PICTURES!!!
Yarn inspired by a pair of P.J.s:)
Oh so very funky!!!
Classic sweet soft alpaca from Galieon:)