May 4

Quickly, before it’s over:


May the Fourth be with you ūüėČ

I fashioned this “punk rock Star Wars” shirt from a toddler shirt and a tank that was destined for the rag pile. Best work ever? No.

10 minute project to satisfy a completely silly “holiday”? Check!


Yarn Pop!

A bit over a year ago, I won some Yarn Pop¬†Bags on a Facebook giveaway they held. I’d admired these bags for awhile. Made in the USA, they have some really nice features, like a light interior so you can see into the bag, big zippers that don’t get kinked, and really fun fabrics. I was thrilled to receive my bags (they no longer have the blue design on mine).


So when they put a call out on Instagram¬†¬†to see if anyone would like to do ¬†a fun video or two showcasing what we use the bags for, I thought, “Cool! A bit of cross promotion and I get to see if videos are a place I want to be.”

Here are some of the¬†unedited videos. I’ll put the final edit that Yarn Pop made in another post.

A little dye

I knit my friend’s mother a Starshower scowl/cowlette from Hilary Smith Callis, and while the color was not up my alley, the shape of it is amazing.


But I’ve seen some really gorgeous multi-color ones. Almost like gradients (BTW – did you see that Knitpicks has some new gradient sock yarn?). And I loved them. And I want my own. So I bought some mini-skeins at the Fiber Frolic, grabbed some Wilton Dye, and heated up the pot in my kitchen. The colors aren’t perfect, but I’m pretty happy and am looking forward to them drying so I can knit another scowl.

Easter Morning

Around here we celebrate Easter as a secular holiday where magic bunnies deliver brightly colored eggs full of candy.


The dogs are all in favor of this. As well as the fact that the patio table is low enough that their short little legs have no trouble hopping up to check out the goodies.

And since E.B. left a few brightly colored eggs on the grass…


Oooh, what is this!



Wait, is anyone watching?




Make a break for it!


(Note that the candy left out where any canines can reach it is gummy type, all chocolate is stored in Easter Baskets out of dog reach.)

Griffin Dyeworks -Fiber Frolic Fun

On a sunny Saturday in March I dragged my friend Courtney down from San Luis Obispo to a Fiber Frolic in Sherman Oaks (that’s LA). IMG_20170318_092701.jpgsingle_griffen-final-r-aCourtney’s not even a fiber person exactly, what she is is up for arts & crafts! The event was hosted by Griffin Dyeworks, and I originally heard about it from Annie of the Petite Weaver Podcast.

Spoiler alert, you want to go to one of these!


We got to the site about 30 minutes early, just enough to check-in and wander the few vendor tables that were available with products. IMG_20170318_100034

One of the first things I did was say hi to Annie. She started to introduce herself and I butted in with “I know! I watch your podcast!” She was super duper sweet. She was teaching a bead class, so Courtney and I headed out to our main event – basket weaving!


We were delerious with happiness over these tiny little baskets. That first pic is teacher Melise Gerber¬† & the other lady is our polymer button teacher Becky. The basket weaving wasn’t hard, but I’m glad we did it in a class so we had someone to check in with and to reassure us that things were on track. And all the baskets came out slightly different, which was pretty cool.


Know how I know these are my people? I wasn’t the first one in line for lunch. I was third.


We had lunch with Amy, who has a beautiful dyeing notebook. She’s also got a fabulous garden at home to grow her own dyes. Coolest people.

Then it was off to bead making. We used pasta rollers to get the dough worked up nice and smooth, and then to help combine the colors. Learned some cool tricks for things like polka dots, lines, and even using eyeshadow to make the buttons glittery!

And I ended the day with a Basic Needle Felting (ouch) class with Hillary from The Fiber Ranch. I only got one tiny little poke, not even blood, but those little barbs make for quite the sting. Oh, and because I really wanted a black nose, my “sheep,” as Hillary pointed out, looks like a wolf in sheep’s closing. I totally want to make more of these.

On Gift Giving

I love giving gifts. I like ferreting out just the right thing for the recipient. It’s a challenge. My philosophy used to simply be “Get them something they want but would never get for themselves.”

But I’m having to refine that idea. For my husband, I pick out what I want to get him. Then I email him the picture but don’t buy it. And that’s the end.

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That’s some funny beer I wouldn’t buy him.

For my best friend, I’d been using the afore mentioned technique, but I am now going to alter it per her preferences and buy strictly off her wish list.


My sister likes well thought out themed gifts from her interests (Harry Potter, fantasy, etc.). And for my father I tend to look for consumable stuff that won’t clutter his life.

Man, it’s tough being a good gift giver.