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Archive for November 30th, 2006

Yarns are up, I have a Shopping Cart!

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

threadbearfallfestireneandtrish.jpgMy friends, I did it! All of the yarns I have in stock are on my new shopping cart. I have 9 colors of Tip-Toe Sockyarn, 6 colors of my Cushy ColorSport DK weight washable merino, and three laceweight skeins in two different fiber contents. I also am offering three skeins as “oddballs,” either short skeins or one skein that does not match any other I’m currently offering. All nineteen of my patterns are up as well.

For all orders, no matter how large, I’m charging $1 shipping. The more you buy, the more you save.

And until December 20 I am offering a free pattern to anyone who buys $45 or more in yarn, patterns or both. If your order totals $45 or more, just write in the comments as you check out, which pattern you would like me to send. If you don’t write in the comments I’ll figure you found my site in another way besides this blog.
The site? It’s at:


My old yarn site is still up (though horribly outdated) and I’ll need to reroute links to the new pages this week. However, for you who know me and can get to the shop, this is where it’s at right now.

Tonight I’ll be adding Fabulous Heftones CDs to the offerings, and when I can find that jar of Chunky-Funky buttons I made and put aside for this project, I’ll be adding those as well. I have plans to photograph the tiger stripe socks after my Saturday show, and I have some garment “finds” to share soon, wonderful garments I’ve allowed to follow me home like puppies… and whenever I can start painting sweaters they will make it onto the site as well. I have one lonesome kazoo that might make it up there as well when I get time.

One step at a time, right? But most of you ask about the sockyarn. It’s up!!!

The photo is from Threadbear’s store sale in October, it shows off some of my colors well.

Music to Strengthen the Heart

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

Brian bought me the Ladysmith Black Mambazo “Long Walk to Freedom” CD for my birthday. This one includes many songs I know from other CDs I have of this band. It’s different in that these are new recordings of those songs. They include guest musicians Zap Mama, Melissa Etheridge, Natalie Merchant, Sarah McLachlan, Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal, Joe McBride and more. I’m listening to it as I proceed through my morning. While baking breakfast, finishing up the shopping cart, checking email, choosing clothing…

I love this stuff. I’ve been indebted to Paul Simon since the Graceland album, for waking me up to South African music of that time (I love Mahotella Queens just as deeply as I love this band). African music changes and new bands start every day, and I’m not as familiar with newer acts, but this particular style of vocal harmonies continues to soothe my heart.

I keep getting choked up. The music is so heart-ful, so perfect for showing off my favorite instrument, the human voice. It is the most wonderful thing I can think of hearing at this moment.Sometimes we can be rich just by living fully in the moment. One CD and I’m as close to heaven as earth can provide…

You Folks Are the Best

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

Thanks to everyone for the birthday and blogiversary greetings. I feel so happy here in our online community! Home. I had a wonderful birthday, Brian took me out to dinner and then to Dagwoods for open mic. I got some photos which I’ll get to you but they may be after my Saturday sale, if I”m realistic.

Then I did so many things on Wednesday! I hit all three of the shops where I regularly teach, plus Foster center, plus dance rehearsal. Then I went home and worked on the shopping cart which is waiting for merely 9 photographs but not done yet. I have to do a mailing for my Art For the Soul, should have done it today but will have to do tomorrow morning.

gerritbig.jpgBut the only thing I did Wednesday that really really mattered, was to take a photo of this wonderful child:

gerritclose.jpgGerrit Nikolaas slept through all the fuss over him. Adorable. Totally sweet while sleeping, I assure you. We know he must have fussy times, but I can not imagine it from the short time we had together.

Here is a closeup, I know you want more than one shot :

If you want to read more about Kristi and Noel and the Dutchicans (Dutch/Mexican babies, they made up the term), click on over to Sarah Peasley’s Handknitter blog.