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An old year ends, a new year begins

Yes, I meant to write this post about two weeks ago, but time passed. But time passing is kind of what this post is all about, so hey, it’s appropriate.

2012 was a pretty good year. It was the first full calendar year of my being completely self-employed, and I still have a roof over my head and my bills are paid, so woohoo! My migraines have subsided enough that I’ve been able to resume eating chocolate, as long as I don’t overdo it, which makes me very happy indeed. Not only is it as delicious as I remembered, it gives me a boost of energy so I can get more work done!

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The happiest plant in the world

chocolate

2012 was the year of the Happy Fuzzy Yarn Local Wool Project, which still isn’t finished, but it was the year I washed more fleeces than I’ve ever washed in my life. Everything is at the mill now, and while things aren’t going quite according to plan (sigh…more on that in a bit), I think things will turn out nice.

Some of the sheep who contributed fleece for the Local Wool Project

Now that I’m done washing 47,389 fleeces, more or less (ok, it just seemed like that many. In actuality I completely lost count), I’m working on a couple of other large behind the scenes projects.

1. I am reorganizing my studio. I am making it more efficient, more usable, and more ergonomic. I am making it possible to do more dyeing in a day. (Pics when I’m done. It’s still kind of…upheaved).

2. I am setting up a new store online which will replace the old one when it’s finished. It will be more functional, and integrate with some other software I’m also setting up, so once everything is in place, it will save me a lot of time and aggravation.

Soon the mill should be ready with my stuff, and then I can start dyeing that. If you contributed to the project, you should have received an email about it already. In a nutshell, though the mill says they can produce a 3-ply fingering weight yarn, their definition of 3-ply fingering weight yarn is “spin a fingering weight singles, then ply it.” No, I don’t know anyone else who defines it that way either.

And though they said they could produce a wool/silk blend combed top, and wrote up the order saying they would, later they called me and said they no longer do. They said the wool and silk don’t stretch the same so it doesn’t make a nice top. No, I don’t know why they can’t get it to work when other mills can.

So it’ll be a DK weight yarn instead of fingering weight, and 100% wool top and 100% silk top. I haven’t heard anything about the wool/alpaca blend combed top yet, so I’m hoping they can handle that.

I’ll also be buying an imported 75% BFL/25% silk combed top to add to my line along with the others, so if you wanted the blend, I’ll have it. It just won’t be local wool, because the local mill can’t manage to do what several mills  elsewhere can do just fine.

But I need to stop thinking about it, because it makes me cranky. Unfortunately I’m out of chocolate. Must have tea. And breakfast. And then back to work.

1 comment

  1. Ellen Burnett

    Hello –

    Just came to your website for the first time and am knocked out by your hand-dyed yarns – Beautiful!

    I noted in this post that you have a problem with migraines. Have you heard anything about the recent use of brain freeze as a treatment for these headaches? Supposedly, the sudden intense cold causes the blood vessels under the brain to dialate rapidly in order to protect the brain from the cold by sending a rush of warm blood to the affected area and this rush of warm blood supposedly eases the headache. Haven’t tried it yet personally, but the theory is sound and might give you some relief. Hope this helps.

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