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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

It's my birthday . . .

today! I feel old. Sort of. I used to make such a big deal about my birthday, but I guess I am finally getting to the point where I would like to stop counting so it doesn't seem like such a big deal anymore . . .

In honor of my birthday (ha!) I took yesterday off from work. I shouldn't have because it was the last of my personal/comp/sick time . . . but, I felt I needed a sort of "mental health day", or rather a "get motivated, damnit!" day! I have been really slacking lately and didn't get much accomplished last week at all, and even though I stayed home from my show this weekend, I didn't get much done then, either. (Well, okay, I did vacuum and do laundry, both of which were sorely overdue!) But, I haven't done many new yarns so really wanted to get back into the "spin of things"!

So . . . I did. I spun up 3 new yarns. Two new Hello Kitty yarns, and one other one. I also got a few others ready to go so that I should be able to get back to my 1-2 a night schedule, with more getting done on the weekend.

Here are the 3 new yarns from yesterday - these pics aren't the best because they were taken later yesterday, but I should have better ones this afternoon. I plan on listing all 3 on my website later today, and the first two will be on etsy as well.

Hello Easter Kitty & Easter Baby yarns - both of these were spun from hand dyed Falkland wool (dyed by the Yarn Wench), with novelty yarns spun in. The kitty yarn is plied with a Lang yarns nylon yarn, which is strung with 60 Hello Kitty beads in yellow, pink, and purple, as well as 34 other beads. The other skein is plied with three threads - pale pink, pale yellow, and pale light purple.

Then, there is Hello Princess Kitty - a typical girly yarn in perfect Hello Kitty colors of pink, purple, and white. It was spun from a batt called "Candy Hearts" from TerraBellaSpun. It has lots of novelty yarns, AND ribbon, spun in and then is plied with two variegated threads (pink/white and purple/white) strung with 62 Hello Kitty face beads (31 each of pink and purple). Definitely prettier in person:
So, that was the work from yesterday! Yay! And, most importantly, I definitely feel back to normal and think I will get a lot of new yarns done this week!

And, now, for a few kitty pictures . . . the first is of Bug deciding to sleep right by the cooler that is on our couch which is catching the water that was leaking from the ceiling yesterday. I really don't know why she has to be right in the middle of messes! The second is here snoozing with my niddy noddy - which can't make a comfortable pillow!

Oh! One more picture - this yarn was a special request from one of my best customers ever - She wanted a yarn in the orange/yellow colors of a California Poppy. She sent me a picture, and I tried and this is what I came up with:
It has 6 novelty yarns spun in - but instead of alternating the orange and yellow colors, I spun in the oranges in a row, then the yellows in a row, to try and show the way the flower went from being darker orange on the bottom to yellow near the top. I wasn't so sure about this one at first, but it has grown on me so much, I might do one similar - I have some fiber that is sort of the same (not exact) and I have run out of one of the yarns I used - but I am thinking of using the eyelash yarns to spin in, but then plying with the other novelty yarns I spun into this one. We'll see. It's about 4th on my most immediate "to spin" list . . .

Okay, I think that's it, and if not, too bad, because it's all I have time for! :)


High Desert Diva said...

Happy Birthday

gorgeous yarn

cute kitty!

Knitted Gems said...

Happy Birthday!

Your California poppy yarn is just gorgeous. I love how you mixed the colors.

Kitty Grrlz Knits & Spins! said...

thank you! it was kind of a boring day - though two of my coworkers did take me out for lunch!

and, thank you on the comments on the yarns/my kitty! :)