Oh, Also …

Jared Flood has seen fit to ruin my productivity work-wise and sewing-wise by releasing the Wool People 7 look book.  I’m happy that, unlike every other edition, I don’t love everything equally and want to hurry up and make all of them (just most of them).  Here’s my favorite, and I have just the yarn for it, but I swear on Russell Jenkins I will not start until June!  Seriously.

Photo from Wool People 7.  The sweater is called Arabella.

Photo from Wool People 7. The sweater is called Arabella.

In the interest of transparency, when I do start this in June, I’ll be starting it in every color.  Because I’m crazyballs.  See the whole book here.  It’s amazing, as usual!

Hoarders, You Got Nothing on Me

Spent the days off (5 of them so far!) working on a new venture with one of my former and favorite colleagues.  It’s shaping up and the website is almost done.  Hooray!

I’m so grateful for the time I have — only a few more days of real freedom before I start “working” again.  I’ve had time for morning walks with Russell Jenkins that are relaxing and long and don’t see me hurrying him on.  I’ve had time enjoy a cup of coffee AND breakfast every morning.  And, most importantly, time to exercise.  Nothing clears a head and sets things right like a good long sweat.

And, then, there’s the time for self-discovery.  To wit, I’ve discovered that I have serious hoarding tendencies.  After finally going through the 20 or so Rubbermaid tubs taking up space in the 2nd bedroom, I uncovered loads and loads of fabric I forgot I had, yarn for days, approximately 17,000 knitting needles, about 8 million buttons and notions, and over 30 projects just waiting for finishing.  I’d be ashamed if I weren’t so excited to start in on them.  This fabric is about to be a summer tunic dress.  It’s linen and cotton (I think – who can remember, but it feels about right) with butterflies and flowers embroidered all over.  Who knows what possessed me to buy this, or where or when I bought it, but it’s some right happy yardage, and I’m going to cut it tonight!

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Exponential Fun

Because I remain 12 years old (at least on the inside), there are things that I find amusing that probably other people my age would not.

First, drawing a moustache on a picture of someone (especially if you also include a monocle and black out one of their teeth is ALWAYS funny.  Look:

This came from somewhere.  I don't remember.  Don't sue me.

This came from somewhere. I don’t remember. Don’t sue me.

Some things get funnier with time:

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It gets me every time.  Bad Day, banished.

Art & Design & Popsicles

“Art enables us to come to our own conclusions. Design pushes us towards a destination”. — Milton Glaser

Found this in my feed via SwissMiss.

Found this in my feed via SwissMiss.

 

You may want to watch it twice.  I did.  Also, I’m starting a food truck.  Selling popsicles.  It’s going to be brilliant.

Ístex

jenmcox:

Kate Davies shares photos from her trip to Iceland and one of the wool mills there. Lovely — and, if you’re a knitter, so interesting. I’m dreaming of taking a similar trip one day!

Originally posted on Kate Davies Designs:

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This is Álafoss — foss being Icelandic for waterfall. Álafoss is situated on the river Varmá in the small town of Mosfellsbær, a short bus ride from Reykjavik. In 1896, an enterprising farmer imported some machinery, and harnessed the power of Álafoss to operate it. From that day to this, Icelandic wool has always been processed in Mosfellsbær.

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Ístex is an abbreviated form of Íslenskur Textiliðnaður (Icelandic Textile Industry). Ístex was formed in 1995 when the old Álafoss company was threatened, like so many other yarn-producing businesses at that time, with bankruptcy. The business was bought out by five employees, together with a group of sheep farmers, and the company now thrives under this associative structure (during our visit, we ran into one of the company directors, who still plays a very hands-on role in the mill’s daily operations). Ístex employs 50 people and is responsible for the purchasing…

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