Sunday, July 13, 2014

thoughts

Do you ever feel ambivalent about something you used to feel was so essential?

For the past few months, I have struggled with things to go into this space. I think when I created the blog, I intended it to be a personal journal, and then somewhere in the middle, I wanted to become a 'professional' blog presence -- and now I am not blogging much at all, because I am so busy doing. I am a strong believer in the phrase do what you love, and good will follow. At the moment, I am doing a lot of what I love, and I hope that more blog posts and thoughts will follow into this space.

Perhaps part of my struggle with blogging relates to who I am as a person. I am an intensely private person in many ways, especially with my inner thoughts. A blog is a sort of opposing force in that regard -- a place to put down your thoughts, a sort of public journal.

I would like to write more here about what I am thinking, what is happening, but I feel that mostly what I put down ends up being a very clinical and distant representation of what I am doing and who I am. I find it easier, actually, to write within the constructs of another brands' blog.

I think the 'cure' for this (if there is such a thing) is perhaps just to become more comfortable with who I am, and what I am doing, so I am going to take a little pressure off myself and come back to blogging as I feel like it. I want this space to really reflect who I am, and I think in order for it to do that, I need to know more about myself.

Many of you are older and wiser bloggers than myself -- and I would be very open to hearing your thoughts or feedback, through the comments or via email, if you like.

Friday, July 11, 2014

july holiday


Some of the members in the Yarnbox Ravelry group decided to set up a Christmas in July swap, of which I was happy to be a participant! I love swaps and worked really hard to send out something lovely to my partner (she should be getting it today, and then I can share details.) My partner, Nicole, sent me a bunch of amazing goodies, too! Check them out:


Gummies are a major weakness for me, so that gummy kabob vanished pretty quickly. I'd like to say that the watermelon gummies lasted longer, but I'd be a liar! At least the yarn (1 skein of Claudia, which I have never tried, 1 skein of Mimi mink yarn from Lotus, and a hank of Bertie Botts from Gnome Acres) will last a lot longer.



Wednesday, July 9, 2014

stitch dsm


One of the things I love most about running a yarn store (or at least, helping to run one,) is the connection that you make with other crafters in your area -- including those who run awesome stores of their own. Stitch, a Des Moines yarn store, is about an hour away from us, so I haven't been able to stop by until now to see their cute quilt and yarn combination store.


Of course, being that I have access to so many yarns, I didn't buy yarn, but fabric, while at Stitch -- and they have a great selection of some of my favorite designers and collections. I picked up a stack of fat quarters for zippy pouches and a sheer voile, linen, and Kona cotton for a top I'd like to make this week.


Monday, July 7, 2014

zippy


I've been getting back into quilting and sewing a bit on these zippy notions pouches. After making a few my mom and I decided that in fall we'll be offering them in our yarn store, which is exciting! I spent a couple of evenings last week hunting down the best deals on bright colored zippers, wool felt and pendant beads for the pulls.



Here are a few prototypes -- I stopped by a fabric store in Des Moines and picked up even more prints in bright colors, and a few extra fabrics for another project. I have some sewing to do. I took some time to put together my little sewing space as well (with newly renovated sewing cabinet that still needs a bit of work.)