Wednesday, October 31, 2007


I have updated my website!

I have added and changed and rearranged just about everything throughout the website. Some things to check out:
  • New About Me page
  • New colors in the Yarn Gallery
  • Now you can click on the photos in the yarn gallery to see larger photos of the colorways
  • New projects in the FO Gallery (remember if you have knit something out of my yarn I'll post a pic of it up in my project gallery)
As always, my site is a work in progress. If there is anything you think should be added let me know. So, check it out and let me know what you think.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Applesauce Time!

When it starts to look like this outside:

Then it is probably time to pick apples:

I just love this time of year. These are the culls off of the big apple trees. They make excellent applesauce.

All of those apples made all of this applesauce. That's 7 quarts for the freezer and a bunch more for some friends of ours. We'll have applesauce all winter long. I especially love to use applesauce as pie filling for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I just thicken it a bit with either flour or cornstarch and add a little more cinnamon and it is perfect for apple pie. After this photo, my kitchen received a thorough cleaning and looks much better than it did here.

I have been knitting a little bit too. I just finished seaming the Debbie Bliss Baby Hoody. I knit it with Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in #603 Dusty Pink.

I am almost done with this quick little holiday project. It is a wine bottle bag. I just have a few more rows to go and an i-cord draw string and it will be perfect. I am knitting it out of the brand new Venezia Worsted in color #101 Cream. It is 70% Merino and 30% silk, what more could a knitter ask for? I just love it! I'll have more details when I get it all done.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007


Well, I have some interesting news. It's both good and bad, I guess. I have decided to quit my day job and work full time for Lavendersheep! Now this is exciting news for me. I'm really looking forward to all of the new opportunities it will give me. I am already planning on dyeing up more yarn for my shop and taking on a couple of new accounts. In fact if you want your local yarn shop to carry my yarn, send them over to the website: or have them email me at: lavendersheep (at) gmail (dot) com. I'm also taking custom orders. I am hoping to get the website up to date and some new things in my Etsy shop very soon.

The sad part of it is that I really loved my job at Knot Another Hat. It was awesome seeing how a yarn shop worked from the inside out. It was a really hard decision to make, but I feel good about making it. Lavendersheep is growing so much and I have such awesome dreams for it that I had to make that tough decision. Though don't think that I will just drop off from the shop scene. You may still see me hanging out from time to time. I still have to get my yarn fix occasionally! Also, I have a bunch of really neat classes that I am going to be teaching down there this fall.

First off is Mitten Class. It is starting this next Tuesday October 23, 5:30-7:30 and goes the next 2 Tuesday nights. I teach it from my own pattern that is on 2 circulars and has 3 different pattern options: plain, colorwork, or cable. It is a great intro to 2 circs because it is on 8s and goes super quick.

Second is the Felted Clogs Class. This class was so popular this summer that I not only filled the class, but had to put people on a waiting list. These clogs are super popular and make great Christmas gifts. There are still a few spots left, so sign up today! This class is November 13th, 20th, and 27th from 5:30 to 7:30.

My last class is Last Minute Knitted Gifts. It is a fabulous class that runs the last 2 Tuesdays before Christmas (Dec 11th & 18th) from 5:30 to 7:30. I like to give 3 different options of quick knits that will make great gifts. The Rosepath Scarf is one option. I am also working on a simple cabled wine bottle bag for the class. I have the yarn, I just need to sit down and knit it. It will be so pretty! The bag (.pdf) that I did last year was modified by one of my students to be a bag for her daughter's ballet slippers, which was an instant hit. The last project is just a simple hat, a holiday classic!

Of course I will be there just about every Sunday for Knitting 911! Bring in your help questions from 2-4 and I will be happy to help you out.

To sign up for any of these classes or any of the other great classes available at Knot Another Hat, call the shop at 541-308-0002 or come on in and visit.

One Last Thing: Knot Another Hat is also going to have a yarn swap October 27th from 11-1. I have been cleaning out my yarn stash in preparation. I'll be offloading some pretty neat yarns. I may even give them away to good homes. Only whole or nearly whole balls allowed and no cash, yarn trades only. RSVP for table space.

Friday, October 12, 2007

No, I haven't fallen off the face of the Earth

It only feels like I have.

First off, the man had his wisdom teeth removed. All 4 at once and boy was that an adventure. He has been feeling better and even trying to eat daring things like sandwiches instead of peanut butter shakes and pudding. I didn't realized how much time it takes just to nurse someone, so I haven't done a whole lot of knitting.

I did finish a garter stitch scarf for my mom's twin sister, but didn't get a photo of it. It was made out of Lana Grossa Caramella which has been discontinued, unfortunately. It was my mom's and her twin sister's birthday on Tuesday. They both turned 48, making this a spectacular year because they are now exactly twice my age. Scary huh? I probably wouldn't have mentioned their age either if it wasn't such a special year. I haven't finished much else. I have been working on my second rosepath scarf, which is over 3/4 done, but still looks about the same as where it was in the photo above, only longer.

I have however been working on a special project. All of this handspun is for a secret project that I am working on. That's all I'll say for now.

Though speaking of handspun, these two skeins of yarn will be for sale at Knot Another Hat very soon. The top one is 100% superwash wool, handpainted by me. I named it Huckleberry Surprise. It is a worsted weight and is 4 oz (116 grams) and 145 yards. I am selling it for $30. The bottom one is 80% Corriedale wool 20% cashmere, plus a little bit of sparkle that shows up if you click on the photo. It is handpainted by me then run through my drum carder a couple of times to mix all of the fibers. I named it Sugar Plum Fairy. It is also worsted weight and is 4 3/4 oz (138 grams) and 172 yards. I am selling it for $40. As always, if you are interested in any of these handspun yarns email the shop at