Monday, January 30, 2012

Today is the DAY!!!!!

Some of you might know me from a year of ferocious spinning

Art yarn

Having to take a break and heal my hand
I threw cation to the wind and started a new business hand dyeing yarn

It really makes my heart sing.

These lovely images are from Gail
who is a master knitter.
She knits and designs fabulous socks
and other lovelies.

Once you visit her blog you'll be hooked
 and leaving uplifted and inspired!

She has been knitting up a storm
with the new
Twist & Twine

Shown here:
Tulia sock and Celeste sock yarn.
Knitting socks with her own pattern
and a scarflette perfect to show off the texture, color and sparkle.

 available here
Lacy Baktus scarflette

                                          Also capturing some beautiful sparkle bokeh ...

Please visit my new shop that is now

I hope you find something
that makes your
 heart sing

Thank you so much Gail from
We heart yarn blog
for sharing all your beautiful work and lovely images.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Knit Swirl

So this is what I have been up too.
Knit Swirl

In my case,
 Knit Scream
Knitting with a brace...
= hard

 I am so enamored by this new pattern and way of knitting
 it is so funnnnn!

I also am using these patterns to use up odds and end yarns
I'll keep you posted as I move along.

You can find the book here
and their website here

It's hard to wrap my brain around this new technique after knitting fair isle for umpteen years...
that is why I think it's so interesting.
Happy knitting!

Next week I'll be launching my new website
for my hand dyed yarns
 ...pretty darn excited...

Have a great weekend.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

~ Yarn ~

After spinning so much art yarn this past year(s)-
 I figured out why my right hand - thumb, has been hurting so much.
I have RSI- repetitive strain injury.

 Simple things like
 filling gas in my car,
holding a ski pole
holding a glass of water
are incredibly painful.

Be careful if you are a spinner or a knitter
pace yourself
This is really serious.

Knitting just a few sts hurts like ****!!
Unable to do the things I love and am passionate about.

 I am wearing a brace during the day and when I sleep at night.

 Kicking myself for going overboard like this.

So what am I supposed to do?
Not  a chance...
 I am working around it.

I have been dyeing beautiful
 fingering and DK yarn this winter.

 quality yarns
that is a delight to knit with!

 Almost finished building my website
 whew...a work in progress for sure
but it is coming together
I am so excited for you to see!

More details
Coming soon!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Coloring... in winter days

I was so happy with a burst of red from the amaryllis I planted waaaaay before Christmas-
 finally it bloomed
a nice contrast against the cold grey skies.

A little leftover Christmas decor.
Hopefully Father Winter will get a hint...
Mittens in the window

When I was little I used to make puppets and have puppet shows ( free of charge)
 for the neighborhood kids.
This and many more will become angels
...there is something lovely about sewing wings....

Participating the E-course I am tapping into some of my childhood creativity
Makes me happy.

My yarn dyes came in handy for some more color projects.

Presoaking in the sink with water.
 I found adding 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water really helps absorb the color better

Good lookin cookin!

What did you just doooo...

ohhhh that look.

( the image also tells a lot about our super clean windows doesn't it...ehem)

Have a great week!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Feeling Inspired

Do you ever have those days
 weeks maybe even months you feel inspired and creative?


Everything is beautiful...all the stars are aligned.
You see the world with fresh eyes?

There is new light streaming in
 " frisk bris" as we say in Norwegian
fresh air.
How timely with the new year.

This year I am doing something different with yarn
( I can't wait to show you when it is ready)
...and I am really taking this year to be creative with

I am celebrating the new year by taking this e- course from Stephanie Levy.

 Creative & Cathartic

...letting go of negative thoughts
and feeling that creative spark once again
(I highly recommend visiting her site )

I have felt pretty grumpy that there is hardly any snow in these parts of Montucky.
 So even this is not going to stop our winter fun...
 We just have to drive till we find  IT !!!

This weekend we are going
( never been there)
 to ski.

They have plenty of snow
  fresh wolf tracks were seen this morning.

2012 is looking up!
Even if I can't spin or knit for a while
 there are new roads to explore.

 I can't wait to jump in...
 skis first!

Monday, January 9, 2012

At the end of the day

It's been a busy weekend
I was hoping it would be calm 
 knit a little
read to Gabriel

Instead it was filled with sadness.
Auguste went to a birthday party that he had looked forward
to for weeks
Bought his friend a special and thought out present
with this in hand he was ready.

It ended in tears

The boys older brother ( much older) had beaten him up
beat up several of the children
 one so much he even threw up.

This, with the parents were at home.
Did nothing.
When Pierre picked up Auguste that evening he doubled back after he had heard Auguste sob uncontrollably in the car.

He had "words" with the bullies apologies, no nothing.

Can you imagine?
Can you imagine how the birthday boy was feeling?

I wonder sometimes how people interpret


Saturday we all went swimming at our local indoor pool
I love swimming...and I love swimming with Gabriel.

Sophia baked rosemary garlic bread
Chocolate cupcakes
Pierre made soup and played card with the kids
 I read to Gabriel
Pierre and I went for a walk while the kids did their chores.
We had a lovely candlelit dinner together all of us tightly squeezed around the table

 eating the warm soup and fragrant bread
 about the days events.

Kids played midnight ghost outside in the dark
 while Pierre and I did dishes.

Milk and cupcakes in front of the fire place...

There is nothing like family.
The routine
 simple things
 and the togetherness that we share.

It takes effort

Yes, some days are bad- downright crazy, wild
 mom is moving to mars
kinda day

At the end of the day it just usually comes together
 it all works
 sometimes an apology
 a hug and a kiss

 but we belong together somehow

And thank you for a house full of people I love.  Amen. 
~Terri Guillemets

Friday, January 6, 2012


Amazing how things can change in a year.
Last year Pierre was " laid off " ( indefinitely)
from a company he had worked with for close to 8 years.
Without any notice or compensation.

Can you tell I am bitter?

Well, I decided to do something about it.
I found this little house.

For Sale

 And before Pierre had a chance to think...
we bought it!

Welcome to
 " Base camp cafe"
Hopefully due to open this spring.

This is the dining room

You'll be ordering a delicious coffee from a barista here.

Standing in the kitchen

This is the temp. stove

 A little Christmas spirit.

Breakfast of champions

This is the path way to the office and storage

My new studio
Where I will be dyeing my yarn

Out door seating
 picnic tables and a wood burning pizza oven
so customers can dine al fresco
and mange!

Back in the entry way

So now all we have to do is come up with a boat load of cash
to replace the under ground water pipes the city requires that we take care of.

 A nice little surprise.

So easy!

All which has to be done before
they give us any permits to start the renno on the inside.
There is so much red tape with zoning and the city
it's not even funny!

Welcome to :

" Pipe dream cafe"

Bring it on!

Monday, January 2, 2012

" Room for a fresh view - 2012"

Unconventional views & reflection's
fresh perspective.

For a
New Year!

Even the same view
can be new.
Seen with fresh eyes
and different angle...

Things are looking up!

under the big blue skies

from the garden

Under the roof
 and to the mountains

...come a little closer...

What do you see?
 maybe...Lilly and me.

Happiest 2012!
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