Friday, April 3, 2020

Another Week

It's been another week of ups and downs, but we made it to Friday. Yesterday was a productive day, so today I'm willing to cut myself some slack.


The only priority for today is making a grocery list, so this seems like a good way to spend my time.

Here's an idea that might help you cope as we move through the uncertain days and weeks ahead.  I've started keeping a diary.  Some days I write more than others, but I make sure to jot down at least a few sentences each day.

The pandemic situation is changing so rapidly, and the days become a blur.  The diary helps me organize my thoughts and keep track of what happened when.  This way I can keep it all straight.  At some point in the future, I'm sure it will be interesting to read and reflect on everything that's happening.  For right now, the diary helps me get through the days.

This week's color inspiration comes from a time that seems so long ago . . . a time when I could hang out in a coffee shop and do a little knitting.


The subtle brown shades of a latte.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Down the Ravelry Hole

I finished a couple more projects (pictures coming another day), and now I have a full blown case of startitis.  This morning, with another loosely structured day before me, I settled in with a cup of coffee, a simple hat and Ravelry.


I came up for air just long enough to make lunch and check in with the family.  Then it was back to my project list and endless possibilities.  

I do need to accomplish a couple things today.  I've stepped away from Ravelry, but now the ideas are swirling.  It's harder to make decisions in these challenging times, but I'm determined to settle on a couple new projects.  Distraction is necessary for survival, and knitting is my preferred form of distraction.

Last Saturday I hosted Knitting Hangout.  It was great fun to chat about knitting, so I'm doing it again this Saturday, April 4.


The hours are 2:00 - 4:00 Eastern.  If you want to get in on the discussion, send an email to info@dirytwaterdyeworks.com.  I'll forward the link.  If you participated last week, you'll automatically get the link for this week.

Bring your knitting and check it out!

Monday, March 30, 2020

No Limits

My days have a different rhythm right now . . . an ebb and flow that's artificial yet reassuring at the same time.  I'm sure many of you can relate.  

The other day my daughter commented that it would be easier to deal with pandemic restrictions if we knew when businesses could open again.  "When will Charlie (our governor) announce a date?" she asked.  I had to agree with her, but unfortunately it's not that easy. 

Dealing with uncertainty from day to day is stressful and exhausting, but that's where we're at.  Casting on new projects is one way to cope. There are no limits.  During challenging times, cast on with reckless abandon.


Meditate.  Once you get this cowl up and running, it's very meditative. The pattern is free right now.  Hurry to snag your copy.  The offer expires at the end of the month.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Fingers Crossed

While I continue to chip away at the list of household chores, I've also been knitting.


The Early Blossoms.  This project has been humming in the background for a while.  I'm trying to get the contrast sections out of one mini skein.  I'm closing in on the final section of stripes and the last insert, so I'll know soon enough.  I have my fingers crossed.

A quick reminder that tomorrow is the Knitting Hangout, 2:00 - 4:00 Eastern.  Come and go as you please.  If you'd like to join us send an email:  info@dirtywaterdyeworks.com.  I'll forward the link.

This week's color inspiration . . . 


Always remember there are brighter days ahead.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

New Routines

In these pandemic times, I often lose track of the days.  I wake up and have to think long and hard to recall where we are on the calendar. When the ebb and flow of our daily routines are gone and when the activities that distinguish one day from the next no longer exist, the days become a blur and blend into one another.

It's very unsettling when work and family life are upended.  After spending a few days without focus and purpose, I'm desperately attempting to establish new routines.  Each day I pick one neglected household project.  Yesterday it was a closet.  Today it's a kitchen shelf.  

I'm not going to set myself up with a full day of household chores because I know it won't end well.  I'll burn out, and then I'll struggle to do anything around the house.  For me, slow and steady wins the race when it comes to tackling household jobs.

Then the rest of my day falls into place around work.  There's not much dyeing going on these days, but there's still planning and paperwork. New opportunities and fresh ideas take time.

And there's knitting.


I have a couple new patterns to cast on, but I'm also spending time with one or two projects that have been lingering.  How are you coping?

Monday, March 23, 2020

Knitting Hangout

Isolation at home can be challenging.  As knitters we always have plenty of projects to work on, and time with the family is priceless. What's missing is time with our fiber friends.  I'm usually out and about at fiber events on a regular basis and am really missing contact with other knitters.

In an effort to stay connected with fiber friends, I'm hosting Knitting Hangout this Saturday, March 28, 2:00 - 4:00 Eastern.  Come and go as you please.


There's no set agenda.  We'll be talking about yarn, colors, patterns, techniques.  Feel free to share questions, ideas, suggestions.

Send an email:  info@dirtywaterdyeworks.com.  I'll forward the link to join the hangout.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Shiftalong

I like to stick to my blogging schedule, but I decided to go with a Saturday post this time around.  It's been a crazy week (how many more times will I say that!?!), and I've been scrambling to pick up the pieces.  I'm sure many of you are in the same boat.

In the midst of all this chaos, it felt very satisfying to finish at least one project.


Shiftalong.


This pattern features slip stitches with contrasting colors to highlight the texture.  The design has a nice relaxing rhythm, and it's always good to have a hat on the go.

This hat is definitely on the slouchy side.  For those who like something a little more close fitting, the pattern can easily be adjusted.


I used a Half Pint Bundle in Juniper.  These fingering weight bundles have just been listed on the website.  They're perfect for socks or any project that calls for half skeins.

I grabbed these flowers on a mad shopping dash . . . my best impulse buy of the week.  This week's color inspiration . . .


Yellow cheer.