Monday, April 24, 2017

A Mad Dash

It's going to be a sprint to the finish line this week.  

Lillian Lavender and Piglet in production.

Labels, kits, samples . . . it's all coming together in a flurry of activity for Connecticut Sheep, Wool and Fiber on Saturday.   Unlike most fiber festivals, Connecticut is only one day so don't miss out.  Follow the link for all the details.

I'll have a well-stocked booth including Lillian Sprinkles, Lillian Luxe, gradient bundles, kits and more.

Don't forget you can check in with Instagram and Twitter for live updates.

Friday, April 21, 2017

First Things First

I've learned that some things shouldn't be done late in the day.  For me one of those things is making color decisions.  Either I'm tired or the lighting is bad or I have to make dinner or the dog needs a walk.  It's a challenging time of day all around.

Yesterday I had planned to arrange some colors but before I knew it, the day had slipped away.  The dog needed a walk, and I hadn't even thought of dinner yet.  I put the colors on the back burner.

First thing this morning, after I started brewing my coffee, I pulled out the colors and got busy.

It took a few minutes for me to settle on this lineup.

And then it took only a few more minutes to make this happen.

A new day with fresh coffee makes all the difference.  Easy peasy decisions.

Little pockets of color are sprouting up outside.  This week's color inspiration . . .

A cluster of white.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Out of the Fog

Wednesday?  How did that happen.  I came down with a mega migraine and seem to have misplaced a day or two.  I'm on the mend now but first a wee bit of knitting to help me ease back into things.

This is Sea Grass.  I'm just starting the lace section . . . a little mental exercise to get me out of the fog and back to work.

Monday, April 17, 2017


Since I've been lining up new projects with reckless abandon, it's good I finished one that was already under construction.


This design reminded me of a sampler.  Lace, texture, stripes . . . each section was different.

A little variety keeps a project moving along.

The yarn is Lillian Luxe, colorways Deep Sea and March Sky.

There's nothing like a silk blend for a bit of shimmer and drape.

Today we're in holiday mode with Marathon Monday and Patriots' Day. For occasions such as this I have a hybrid combination of work and play.  Relaxed productivity . . . not a bad way to start the week.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Spring Has Sprung

Spring is officially here.  This week I've been motivated to do some deep cleaning.  I've moved furniture and rearranged cupboards.  Watch out, dusty corners and random piles.  I'm coming to get you.

When it comes to colors, this is what I'm contemplating today.

A couple spring options.

This week's color inspiration . . . 

Dusty green and blue.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


Yesterday was a true test of my patience, perseverance and stamina.  I made two runs to the airport - the first one at 5:00 a.m.  I inadvertently "volunteered" to deal with a flat tire on one of the family vehicles.  Note to self:  from now on I'm only dealing with a flat tire that's on the vehicle I actually drive.  

Somehow I managed to navigate all of this before noon, at which point I was so tired my brain was mush.  That's when I succumbed to this.

And then this.

A new project plus a little knitting time . . . that's all it took to reset my day.

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Same but Different

I'm starting off the week with more of the same . . . but slightly different. I've been working away on my Towanda and thought I would be closer to the finish line by now.  And I would have been except for a slight miscalculation.  I had made up my mind that there were 9 sections in this shawl.  When I was working on section 7, I was prepared for 2 more sections and was anticipating the homestretch.  Then I looked at the pattern a little more closely and discovered there are really 11 sections.  Oops.

Most of the sections are different.  It helps when the entertainment value is high.  The finish line may have moved, but I'm closing in on it.