Thank you all so much for the encouraging comments you left about Jonny’s job situation (or rather, jobless situation?) Surely your kind words and your prayers are keeping me calm! It’s hard not to panic a little in the face of major change and uncertainty, but as things are beginning to settle, we really are doing just fine. I have my moments (currently trying to figure out health insurance) but I have peace about our situation. We have a plan that involves Jonny taking a break for a few months so that he can take a serious look at what he wants to do moving forward (and figure out if he can afford to do what he wants, because that’s pretty important as well.)
Part of our plan involves some home renovations (diy of course). I’ll have to tell you the whole story soon about how we landed in our new house, because I don’t think I ever gave all the details. It’s a beautiful house, but we bought it “as is” and it does need some updates just in case we end up needing to sell it in the new year (we hope not!) It will be fun to share the before and afters as we go. The most important thing to keep in mind is that when I use the word “we” in reference to us working on a house project, that really means, Jonny. 🙂
I do have my own projects, though! Of course I’ve been knitting, and I finished Mabel’s little cardigan! It’s just waiting for buttons (I wonder how many hand knit sweaters are out in the world, waiting for buttons?) But, my big summer project was working with a graphic designer to come up with a logo for my business! I’ve been running my shop for two years now, and earlier this summer I decided it was time to make it a little more official. I was really nervous about the whole process, worried I would hate the designs he came up with (I didn’t) and worried I wouldn’t be able to be honest about my opinions if I wanted changes made. Thankfully, Aaron was incredibly kind and didn’t run the other way when I wrote him a small novel all about my work and what I was hoping he could create for me. I managed to handle the revisions end of things as well, partly because he was so professional about everything, but also because he got it right. I’ve had the concept of “Little Meadows” in my head for some time. I sometimes refer to our new house as “Little Meadows” because our backyard makes me think of a smaller (much smaller) version of Big Meadows in Shenandoah National Park. Big Meadows is my favorite place, but in recent years it has been harder and harder to find time to visit. And since I can’t visit Big Meadows in my day to day life, I have to look for the Little Meadows. It occurred to me that searching out the Little Meadows, and finding beauty in unlikely places, is akin to the idea of finding beauty in the Small Things. And you know how much I love little spotted fawns, so of course I needed one as part of my logo. I love it, and I think it looks really sweet on my labels, though it’s maybe a little funny to put an image of a fawn on my bars of goat’s milk soap! But, I’m okay with that! I think it works really well everywhere else. If you’ve ordered from my shop in the last couple of weeks, you may have seen the new labels. And they probably didn’t look very good because I was printing with the wrong kind of printer. Oops! Jonny suggested that I have them printed somewhere, but I’ve got it figured out now, and I can do it myself. I’m excited to send out lots of little fawns in the future!
For the past month I have been working on dyeing a big batch of yarn, all of it a wool/silk fingering weight blend from Quince and Co. I dyed in larger dye lots than I typically do, and it was great to realize that I can do that with good results! I dyed six skeins each of sixteen colors, all with natural dyes. This time of year there is so much available to work with. Goldenrod, tickseed sunflowers, black walnuts, and more went into the making of all that brilliant color. I’ll be adding these skeins to my shop on Friday at 12 pm ET.
Thanks, again friends!
p.s. That field of tickseed sunflowers in my photos above is NOT my backyard, though wouldn’t that be amazing? I’ve been scattering seeds…