Archives for January 18, 2016

Making and Doing (and Snowing!)

At just over two years old, Job has started to talk a bit more, and call himself by name.  His voice, a little on the gruff side, is particularly cute when he says, “Job,” and we are always trying to get him to say it.  “What’s your name?  Who are you?”  The other day, I found some books that I recently received in the mail from my Aunt Genie, scattered all over the kitchen floor.  I had left them upstairs in a stack on my dresser, and didn’t understand how or why they made their way back down.  All the kids were eating breakfast, and Job happened to be sitting on the kitchen table (naughty).  I asked, “Who scattered my books all over the floor?”  Without hesitation there came his gruff little voice, “Job!”  Since then he has started to call himself Jobeez.  And then there is Mommeez, Daddeez, Gabeez, etc.  I love when little ones invent their own names.

Saturday’s weather was so warm that the bees were flying.  I finished my Settler Shawl, and then dyed yarn with indigo for most of the day.  By Sunday we were having our first snow of the season.  It didn’t stick, but we are expecting more this weekend.  Maybe a lot of it.

I’m planning on a shop update by Thursday or Friday, next week.  I’ll post some previews early in the week to share some of what I’ve been working on and nail down the date and time of the update.  I’ll have madder dyed yarn, and of course indigo, and a few others.  I even have some poke dyed yarn from berries I froze in the fall.  I’m really happy with some of the colors I have come up with this month.  The other thing I am really excited about is stitch markers!  I got this idea that I wanted stitch markers with saints and other religious themed images, and couldn’t find any, so I started making them myself.  I’ll have some sets of those in my update as well.  I have been having so much fun making them.  It’s fiddly work, but I find it strangely satisfying.

The only other thing I should mention is that I did a little work over on Ravelry, and now have all my yarns entered into their database.  You should be able to pull them up when you upload your projects knit with my yarn there.  Here is a direct link to my yarn page.  If you are adding a project, to get my yarns to pop up in the yarn section of your notes, you have to type G. Sheller, and then the hyperlink button, and the list of all my yarns will appear.  I also created a Ravelry group as a place to share projects knit with my naturally dyed yarn, and I don’t know what else.  I might use that as a place to call for test knitters as well, as I plan to release patterns here and there using my yarns, as I am able.  Tania is going to help me moderate, because I kind of stink at this sort of thing.  Feel free to add yourself to the group!  Thank you all for your support these past few months with all of this.  I had no idea how good this would be for me!

(p.s.  The books that Aunt Genie sent are by Margaret Epp, called the The Praire Adventure Series.  They look really sweet.  I am excited to read them with my younger children.  And my little boys’ brown wool jackets are these.  They are the best!)