Getting Back to Normal ?!?

Okay, so you know the old joke is that normal is a cycle on the washing machine...and well, maybe that's what all this feels like, swish, swish, back, forth, washing the dirt out, getting everything clean!  My studio has never been this clean...this uncluttered...this unencumbered, except when we are gone for shows.  But even then, there's always been a bunch of stuff on the shelves, leftover, half done projects, leftover ideas of how to make things work in the business.  Now, well, there's just the "going forward stuff" in the studio.  It's very different!

I want to thank everyone for their support during this time.  I love all the comments and support you have given me and my crew.  I continue to be incredibly grateful for those who work with me all of the time Jen, Kathy, and Sally...plus the incomparable Mr. Babs as my husband calls himself. These wonderful people are willing to just show up and do whatever needs to be done next. But I am also grateful to the folks who have come through for us in the past couple of weeks--Craig and Cody and the volunteers...Sandi B., Jane G., and Tamara--just as we have needed the help. I also need to thank my sister Jeanne for just listening.

I have started dyeing again!  Yeah! The first color I did was Hope, a nice blue, a new blue...It was needed for a special order.

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I also did a 2-day dye of something I can't show you :o. And now I am dyeing for the website inventory and for Stitches Midwest.  So far there is some Blue Teal and Vlad's Red on the website in a number of different bases.  We will be dyeing Coventry today and hopefully Waterfall.  Coming soon is French Marigold and My Kelley.  I will probably have a broader selection of monochromes first with a narrower selection of my normal colorways.  But I will also be doing a lot of yarns in the  "A Day at (TM)" style.  This creates a random knit for socks...is absolutely lovely in sweaters and other flat knitting.  I will have samples at Stitches Midwest.

One of the volunteers, Jane G. brought a shawl she had knitted with the Yet in Blue Teal and Forest Afternoon.

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It turned out lovely, and what a great blocking job she did! And the butterfly bushes are calling all the butterflies right now.

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Beth P.

Hi,
I bought some of your gorgeous BFL roving at MDS&W and thought I’d check your website to see what other colors I might “need”. I was surprised and dismayed to see all the "0"s for availability, and then I went to check your blog.

Soooooooo sorry to hear about the smoke damage. The thought of all that beautiful stuff going to the landfill was very distressing. But, I am glad you and your studio are O.K. and I can’t wait to come back to your site soon and see it all full!!

Good luck!

Beth

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