Monday, January 30, 2012

Foggy With a Chance of Clarity

Our landscape was overtaken by fog so quickly that I barely had a chance to take this image.  We were engulfed in the pea-soup variety in under a minute, then it raced off to blanket another nearby hill.  I was struck by its swiftness, which then made me think how quickly the month of January has passed.

My trip to Vogue Knitting Live was 2 weeks ago, and I enjoyed being part of The Yellowfarm & Company's booth.  It was great to see so many KRR friends, and thanks to everyone that stopped by to say hello!  I've been planning for upcoming fiber shows, teaching a spinning class at The Spinning Room, and pondering colorways for our newest yarn "Stone Soup".  This yarn is a 50/50 blend of light grey Romney and white alpaca - spun for us by Battenkill Fibers in Washington County, using locally sourced fiber.  This line will be rolling out online in the next couple of weeks.

It's been a very mild winter for us up to this point.  Each day that passes is a day closer to spring.  I'm looking forward to the emerging colors, and am trying to devise a way to make the most pleasant moments of the day linger.  All relative, as Einstein would say.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

On The Road!

This weekend, I’ll be heading to NYC to Vogue Knitting Live where I’ll be selling my handpainted yarns at the Yellowfarm & Company’s booth in the Marketplace. The booth (1016-1018) is on the first level, near the Yarn Tasting lounge. I’m really excited to have this time to meet with people, talk fiber, and spend time with friends.   Peace, Love & Yarn will be offering fingering weight yarns in a rainbow of color, great for socks or (my favorite) lace!

There will also be a teaser of our new DK weight yarn.  This has been in the works for a while and we're really thrilled with the result.  Battenkill Fibers in Greenwich, NY has custom spun a blend of 50% alpaca/50% wool for us - all fibers sourced locally.  This line is called "Stone Soup", for my favorite folktale, in which the whole is greater than the sum of its parts - a perfect analogy for this yarn.

Our new offerings tie in with the focus of the Yellowfarm's theme of "Local".  Virginia owns the Yellowfarm and raises prize-winning Wensleydale and Teeswater sheep.  Locks, roving and yarns from the farm will be in abundance.  Cece raises of flock of Jacob sheep and has created beautiful hats (and kits) using lockspun yarns created from the fibers of her own sheep and from Virginia's flock as well.  She will be demonstrating spinning throughout the weekend.  And there will be other goodies as well...

We hope to keep the “Buy Local” spirit alive and well. Small farms, fiber mills, indie dyers and artisans of all types rely on the connections we make locally and out on the road to sustain our businesses.

 Please stop by to say hello if you’re attending this event - we'd love to meet you!  And you never know what new things we can add to your fiber addiction!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Another Trip Around The Sun

This is our barn kitty, Mr. Fluff.  He has been with us for 6+ years, and has taken the leap this past fall to venture into the house for 5 minutes at a time.  This is big stuff, considering his first visit indoors a few years ago ended with him trying to climb up the curtains and escape out the (closed) window.  As the winter goes on, I'm sure the visits will lengthen, and he may even come to appreciate the overwhelming heat warmth of the woodstove. 

I never thought I was a cat person, but I am.  Some would consider cats aloof, but I prefer to think of their attitude as the pinacle of independence - everything on their terms.  My goal for 2012 is to move out of my own comfort zone, in my own quiet way - to dare to do things and not overthink the results.  I'm taking inspiration from one of my favorite poems, "Fog" by Carl Sandburg:

THE fog comes
on little cat feet.

It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.

May your New Year be filled with peace, happiness and health!