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I’ve been asked by many of my customers if I have a Facebook page.  I don’t. Or rather I didn’t.  My girls talked me into letting them set up a personal page? account? Whatever it’s called.  I rarely use it.  I can’t for the life of me see that anything in my life is really that interesting that most people would want to read about it. The few people who I know that are interested in the mundane happenings of my life I talk to regularly.  I realize this makes me sound even “cooler” than I probably already do.  Another large part of my ambivalence is I’m extremely un-tech savvy. (Is that a word?) I have no problem sending email, updating my blog, or any of the other basic skills that are standard issue for most kindergarteners.these days.  Once we move beyond that… well it’s a different story.  So since Isabelle decided Sunday morning that 4:45 am was a fine time to start her I day, (after all the birds are up aren’t they?) I with my sleep fuzzy brain felt this would be a fine time to tackle Facebook. Here is my progress so far Cowgirlknits on facebook. Now if I can figure out how to add a link to my blog. Just to prove my point the link is not working, but how hard can it be to find?

On a more comfortable note, I decided to add some new types of yarn to my line. The first type is a chunky merino hand spun look yarn. It’s super soft and I was really happy how it dyed up.

I’ll make a confession here, I actually bought it to knit up this  little sweater for Isabelle, but after I saw how it dyed up I felt guilty. I’ve already ordered more and can’t wait to dye it up. I still plan to knit this sweater, it just looks adorable!


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Time is just zooming by.  I’m trying to get some yarn and rovings not only dyed ahead of baby-boos ( yes, we still don’t have a name yet) arrival, but pictures taken, and enough inventory put aside that I can continue to keep not only my Etsy store stocked but my two local yarn stores as well. I thought I had everything pretty much under control (this of course is the illusion that I have continued to bumble through life with).  So I spent Sunday hand painting a new type of yarn. I have to say I’m totally in love with it. It’s a superwash ultafine merino/ silk blend. It’s wonderfully soft and luminescent. Pure luxury without having to hand wash it. Does life get any better??

See what I mean?

It’s so wonderful I very seriously contemplated dying up the whole shebang for myself. The only thing that stopped me is I just don’t have time to knit it up now and my inventory is seriously low. Sales in the summer months are usually slower but for some reason June has been particularly busy. Not that I’m complaining mind you. It has been a real adjustment going from two full time incomes to just Craigs and my fiber/yarn sales.

Socks and Soakers!!

I realize That my posts have been few and far between lately. I have still been organizing like a maniac, and progress is being made. I’ve also been knitting, A lot.  I finished the Spaghetti socks,  with my lack of brain function lately I couldn’t come up with a better name. I’m really happy with the way these turned out. They fit really well and look more difficult than they are to make. I’ll be posting the pattern in a day or so. There was no one around when i went to take these pics so I used my own very pregnant foot. It’s not as easy as one might think to contort themselves into a position to get a reasonable sock picture when your 8 months pregnant. Just saying.

I’ve made a few soakers. For those of you who don’t know what these are, ( and I didn’t up until recently) they are used to cover cloth diapers. They are made out of 100% wool. Because wool is waterproof and has antibacterial properties it’s a perfect cover for diapers. It also has the added benefit of being breathable. Plus since I hand paint my own yarn, it gives me a legitimate excuse to keep some of the colorways I like best.

I have also almost finished the babies coming home outfit. The pants and body of the sweater are done. I finished one of the sleeves, but I didn’t like the way it fit, so I need to rip it back and reknit it.

Snow, swelling, and socks

Let me first say,”I love the great state of Wisconsin.” I love the rolling farmlands, the abundant wildlife, the varied seasons, and many , many, more fabulous amenities. What i do not so much care for is the fact that snow has occurred every month of the year except August. I can usually put this out of my mind, but occasionally in creeps back in, like it did last Friday. I was happily dyeing away when I glanced out the window and much to my horror,SNOW!! It came down off and on until it finally changed to all snow. In the end we had way to many  inches of a very heavy, wet mess. The electric went out briefly and we had to shovel off the porch. Even the dogs were disgusted.

From that we have gone to temps in the high 70’s to mid 80’s. That my friend is quite a shock to the system.  Not to mention my very pregnant feet, who revolted at the fact that I decided to take advantage of the finally warm weather and get my garden up to snuff. They promptly expanded to twice their original size. I couldn’t even get my flip-flops on for heaven’s sake. Did I fail to mention that they started their race to out measure my calves at my knitting meeting at Barnes and Nobles. Try getting out of there bare-foot (and pregnant) with your dignity intact.  I will forever hold firmly to my delusion belief that I pulled it off with dignity and grace.

So fresh from that experience I have decided that pacing myself is a good plan for the next 8 weeks. I’ve been busy catching up on my knitting projects. I finished the Kanoko pants I love these so much I wanted a sweater to match, so I’ve started that. I”ll post that pattern when I have it done. I plan to use these to bring baby-boo home from the hospital. Than I got the leg, and started the heel flap on my as-of-yet unnamed sock. This will also be posted when I finish it also. It’s a fairly simple pattern, with a four row repeat, but has the added appeal of looking more difficult than it is.  You gotta love that.