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  • Summer Clearance Sale

    It's almost time for my annual summer sale! On Saturday morning I will be selling off all the odd, experimental, and unlisted yarn I've been collecting over the last year of dyeing. Throughout the year as I dye yarn I often have dye lots go wrong, or decide not to list a certain color if it's not what I was going for. All the yarn is still beautiful and perfectly usable, so I'm hoping it will find happy homes. 

    I will be doing something similar to last year's sale and doing mystery grab bags. Each bag will contain two 100 gram skeins. You can leave a note in your order if there is a specific color or weight you're most interested in, and I will do my best to include at least one skein that fits your preferences. the grab bags will be $22 each.

    The listing will go live at the usual shop update time -- 10:00 a.m. PDT (1pm EST)

    Regular shop updates to commence next week!

  • Our 1940's Portland Courthouse Wedding

    Saying our vows at the Multnomah County Courthouse. Our judge, Angel Lopez, was really great and personable. And he laughed when he saw our last name, which put us and our families at ease. I was so excited and a bit giddy, and said "I do" before I was supposed to. 
    On the stairs at the courthouse, just after taking our vows. 
    Garrett's uncle went and rented a scooter for us. We wound up just using it for some cute pictures rather than actually riding around town. Having never used an electric scooter before, I was a bit worried I'd crash it.
    We reserved Barlow, a super neat little bar/restaurant just a few blocks from the courthouse for our reception. We had our vintage music playing and got to do a little dancing. Our first dance was technically "In The Mood" by Glen Miller. We all went out dancing later that night at the Secret Society in Portland. 
    I made my dress from a 1940's pattern I bought from a seller on Etsy. I'm planning on doing an entire YouTube video on my outfit soon, so if you're interested keep an eye out for that!
    It was seriously the happiest day of my life, and I wouldn't change a thing!
  • Fill Your Soul

    We have each made the choice to sign up for Facebook, Instagram, Google, Ravelry etc. We have all made the choice to share our information, our talents, our opinions, our businesses with these companies. We have handed over control. And now what?

    I’m not sure the answer lies in a new platform apart from the big companies. Though, I know how important community is. (If you would like to join a new knitting community of truly inclusive and warm-hearted knitters, come on over to ourunraveled.com. It was just set up and is still a work in progress, but I'm thankful someone has made the effort to do this!)

    I think each of us needs to step away from social media somewhat. It feeds off hate and disagreement and controversy. I know it’s hard to look away. Hard to think how our businesses can survive without it. But I truly believe if we all stepped away, we’d make it somehow. We’d support each other. We’d find other avenues for gaining customers and support. And it wouldn’t be driven by algorithms. It wouldn’t be controlled or censored. Remember blogs? 

    We need to fill our hearts, minds, and souls with nature, music, laughter, literature, love. 

    Listen to Vivaldi or Handel and close your eyes and picture whatever it is that the music makes you think of. There are endless stories in their sounds. 

    Go to the library and fill your arms with books. Spend the day flipping through them and deciding which to read first.

    Sit outside and look as far in the distance as you can. Stretch your eyes. 

    Edit: and then JP Sears put out this video, and made me laugh at myself a bit. Always a good thing!

  • What I've Been Reading This Month

    My brother and I are traveling to Virginia in August to visit Mount Vernon and Monticello (as well as some other sites), so we've been reading up on our early American history. I'm reading a very captivating biography of George Washington called His Excellency by Joseph J. Ellis. It's very down-to-earth, personal, and even humorous at times. I would highly recommend!


     


    Before bed I also like to read a novel, so I'm reading one of my all-time favorites and little-known books Giants In The Earth by O. E. Rolvaag. It's a fascinating story of Norwegian immigrants who settled in the vast and lonely plains of the Dakotas in the late 1800s. Beautiful, haunting, and an addictive read.