A little bit of planting (and a shop update)

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This week has been such a perfect, spring week (minus the fact that our van broke and I had to abandon it half an hour away from home!) I took my younger children down to the creek and we planted Virginia bluebells. They all went barefoot, and so did I. I’m not sure that I’ll plant a vegetable garden this year, which is kind of crazy because I have for the past sixteen years or so. But, I do have some more native wildflowers on order (ebay) to plant along the little creek in our woods here. So if not a vegetable garden, at least some flowers? We’ll see.

I have been playing with all sorts of natural dyes, mainly dyeing up playsilks with spring and Easter in mind. I have so many beautifully colored silks ready for you! Most of them are the standard 35″ by 35″ squares, but I also dyed a handful of silk “rivers.” These are 11″ by 60″ and are a muted aqua, perfect for a make-believe river (pictured above). I also have (for the first time) some bulky weight American wool yarn ready, in some lovely pinks, yellows, and one wasabi green skein which is probably my favorite because I am such a fan of green. There’s also a bit of single ply fingering and some sport weight as well. I’ll list some undyed gray sport weight too. I made lots of cold process goat milk soap early this year, and it is ready now! I added kaolin clay to a batch of lavender tea tree, so it’s a prefect facial bar or shaving soap. I use it for both. There’s also lemongrass, mint, bergamot, and rosemary. My little studio kitchen smells amazing!

The shop will be updated on Friday, March 31st at 11:30 a.m. EST (I previously said 11, but realized I have a conflict. Sorry about that!) Thank you so much for supporting my little home business!

p.s. Jonny will be making up a storm in a few months, but right now he’s swamped with house and moving related projects! Oh, and Mabel’s vest above was a gift knitted in some of my walnut dyed yarn. The pattern is called “plain vest” and it is on Ravelry.

p.p.s. I almost forgot! Seth recently added some new items to his shop, including fossil sets with a photo key. Those would be a perfect addition to an Easter basket! If you order from both of our shops we will combine shipping and refund the extra shipping charge (give us a few days as I will be shipping orders through next week). Just make sure to leave Seth a note with your order letting him know you ordered from me too! His listings are already live, so if you order from him before my shop is update tomorrow, just leave me a note. (sorry, I’m getting confusing now.) Thanks!

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Last Minute Shop Update

Our Shop will be updated on Thursday, December 15th at 11 a.m. EST. This is a small update, mainly a few things we didn’t finish up in time for the last one. This will be our last shop update until February or March I believe, but if you have a yarn related emergency, feel free to contact me after the holidays. 🙂

So you know exactly what we will have listed:

There are 21 playsilks in gray, brown, olive, yellow, fuschia, pale coral and the deep one pictured above.

There is only a little bit of yarn: Three fingering weight, single-ply, coral madder gradient sets (pictured above–this is my current favorite yarn base–I have one natural white skein left and I’ll list that one too), a couple of worsted brazilwood pink skeins, and then a little brazilwood and madder root fingering weight. They are all soooo pretty. The brazilwood is more of a pink-red, while the madder skeins are all more of a deep orange with red (top photo).

There are 8 different Liberty sachets, 4 each of most of them are available.

And finally, Jonny’s Little Bird shawl pins. We are listing 30 of them. The poor man may give them up after this. Just kidding! He’s just sooo picky about them and sanding takes a lot of time to get them just how he likes them. He has worked hard to be able to offer that many this month.

Orders will all ship by Monday, December 19th. You will have the option of upgrading to priority mail shipping within the U.S. to help ensure Christmas gifts make it in time (though if you are international-nothing is going to make it to you by Christmas, I’m afraid.) If you order multiple items, you will likely end up with a shipping refund from me once I ship your items.

I think that’s it! Thank you all for your orders! We love doing this and are so thrilled to have you support us in this way.