Thursday, August 28, 2008

Shop update

I'm finally back in the swing of things and have made an update to my shop! I have about 10 new colorways, and more coming in the next few days, including some favorites (Fawkes, Lord Voldemort, Night Bus). I'm also getting excited about my new sock club! I've only got 6 5 spots left!!

Here are some pics to show you what I"ve been up to:

Monday, August 25, 2008

Good bye Zoey

She's gone. Over the weekend, she threw up all over the house...which was a sign we were supposed to look for. This morning, I took her to the vet with the intention of having her put down. I had her checked out, the vomiting was either a sign of her advanced kidney disease, or of her being scared that we were gone for a few days (our neighbor came to feed/medicate her while were away playing). No way of knowing which. They offered to try a few things to see if they helped, and I asked about having her put down. They can't really push you in either direction, but they talked me through it, and said that if it was what I wanted than they'd support it. If I didn't have kids to worry about, I would have done whatever possible to keep her around. But with a 4 and a half year old who remembers everything, it made sense to let her go before she got really sick. I want Celia to have fond memories of Zoey. Not sad ones. And I didn't want to get to the point where Zoey was suffering.

I held pet her and kissed her head as they injected her. I watched her fall asleep for the last time. And then I spent about 10 minutes with her to say goodbye and be with her. And I cried the whole time. I cried the whole way home. And the whole way in the house to get to my other cat, Trinity. Who hissed at me. Typical Trin. At least she let me pet her a little while I cried some more. Now I feel like I'm all cried out, but I know that when I tell Celia that zoey is gone, that I'll be in tears again.

Talk about a shitty couple of weeks. Enough death, thank you very much.

Zoey Bidwell, March 20, 2002-August 25, 2008
We will miss you.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Harry potter yarn club

Well, I'm getting really excited about something I've been thinking about for a while. I'm going to be running a Harry Potter inspired Yarn club! It's going to have 7 shipments, one inspired by each of the 7 books (an event or character or place that is key to the plot). I've opened up 10 spots, and if there's more interest I can open up a few more. This is going to be so much fun!!

Here's the details:
7 shipments, every other month starting in October 08 and going through October 09.
Each shipment will include a skein of yarn, hand dyed by me, in a variety of bases (TBD).
Each shipment will also include a special extra, TBD.

The cost:
If you pay up front, in full, the total cost is $175 ($170 plus $5 in shipping).
If you want to pay in installments, you will be invoiced each month prior to shipment for a total of $27 ($22 plus $5 shipping)

How do you sign up?? I have 10 7 spots up in my shop. I have both "pay-in-full" and "installment" listings up. Come join in on the fun!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Starbucks and yarn swap

I returned from my trip to Buffalo to find a package waiting for me! I tore it open to find my Starbucks and yarn swap package!! Inside was an amazing bag, a gift card to Starbucks, some chocolates from Starbucks, a book and book mark, and a beautiful skein of Malabrigo!! I absolutely love it!! Thanks so much Molly! I will post pics later, when I'm on my home computer. And then I'll edit the contents too because I'm pretty sure I'm leaving something out.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Ravelry Scarf Swap

Today was a rough day. After taking Celia to the dentist, I came home to a great surprise. My Ravelry Scarf Swap package!! Here is what was inside:

The most amazing scarf ever!! It's SO soft, and the loveliest light blue color. It's got beaded/lace edging, and it's so warm and big! I can't wait to wear it. I put it around my shoulders, and instantly felt a huge hug. I really needed that today, thanks!

Then there was one of the books I've been wanting to read (Things I learned from knitting whether I wanted to or not), a chocolate covered rice krispie treat, some cup cozies, really fun felted stitch markers, and another pretty front/back row marker, as well as a pad of paper and a pen, some fun soap, lotions, and a lovely lavendar sachet. I was SO spoiled, thank you SO much Erin!! You had perfect timing, and I absolutely LOVE everything!!


Death SUCKS. My aunt Debbie, who has been battling cancer for over 11 years, passed away last night. She's in a much better place, with no more pain and suffering. I'm really going to miss her. I love you Aunt Debbie.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

long week

Well, one of my cats is sick. Zoey (who is my favorite kitty in the whole world), went to the vet on Monday and we found out that she has renal failure. She's been on IV fluids for a day and a half, and her values haven't really dropped (some have, but the important one went up). So we're waiting to see how she does for another day. Hopefully she can come home tomorrow. I miss my Zoey!

On another front, I've been busy cleaning. When I get worried about something, I tend to clean. So I've torn apart the office and am working on getting it back together.

I also spent a few hours dyeing over the weekend!! I'm hoping to do a shop update soon. Though I am getting ready for a few local craft shows, so I'll be busy dyeing up extras for those as well.

I also got a gift from my SP SP12 pal:

Lovely fleece artist sea wool. I can't wait to cast on some fabulous socks!! Thanks so much pal!!

I finished spinning for my HHHH pal, and will get her package out this week. I also finished knitting my pals scarf for the Ravelry scarf exchange. That package goes out this afternoon. Then I get to go to a meetup at a BN near me this evening!

I've also received a great package from my HHHH pal too. I absolutely love it!! It's amazing. Here are a few pics:

Included is a bottle of late harvest wine (which was absolutley amazing!!), beautiful handdyed roving in a "Starry Night" colorway, which I absolutely love, the handspun which I absolutely love and can't wait to use. Then there was some shoes for Seth, a purse with fun princess jewelry for Celia, some other accessories, and some fun wine charms. I was SO spoiled, and I can't wait to use everything. Thanks so much Daddysgirl.I was SO spoiled! You really rock.