To Blog or Not to Blog

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Hi. It’s me again.
The post previous to this one is dated about 18 months ago, and life and situations have changed again. The web shop is on hold and I’m thinking maybe this blog should come off of hold.

The web shop is on hold because I’m saving my inventory for local markets. I’m not dyeing fiber like I used to. Since moving to the U.S., and now working 40+ hours a week, and commuting a crazy number of hours in SoCal traffic, I just don’t have the energy to also dye enough fiber to keep a decent shop going. So I’m scaling back. We’ll see how this goes and what happens after the Fall 2018.

Meanwhile, I feel like I’d still like to document my fiber and craft adventures somewhere and Facebook just isn’t a place I like to hang out. And I do have this lovely blog that I’ve spent hours creating. I went back and read some of the very first posts in 2006, from my earlier days in the Netherlands. It made me so homesick for NL! Why don’t I post some thoughts about what it’s like to move back to the U.S. after 25 years abroad? I have plenty of thoughts about THAT!

So here’s post number 1 of a new year, a new life, a new country, city, house. Same old me and same patient and understanding DappereBas. Stay tuned.

(The photo was taken on Terschelling in 2008.)

Best Laid Plans – Delayed

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I’ve been saying, out loud and in writing, that Under Dutch Skies web shop would open the 17th of January 2016.  One week from today.  I’m sorry to now say that that isn’t going to happen.  In order to open a well designed, well functioning and full of product web shop, I’m going to delay by one month.

Under Dutch Skies web shop will now be open for business on 21 February, 2016.  Look for Grand Opening deals!

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My patterns, hat, cowl, mittens, are up! They are published at Twist Collective and didn’t Twist do a great job with photos!?

photo: ©Crissy Jarvis
photo: ©Crissy Jarvis

All the details are there in the pattern page, so I won’t repeat it here.

Just today I finished a cowl in some hand dyed and hand spun yarn. The fiber is Blend A, soon to be available in the new web shop.

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Of course since it’s Brioche, it’s reversible.

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I wore it this afternoon, when it was ALMOST snowing outside, but inside this cowl it was fuzzy and warm and cozy!

Pop Up Shop @ Stephen & Penelope

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The announcement above says it all – come on down to Stephen & Penelope on the 7th or 8th of November and participate in Spin Days!

I’ll be there all weekend with spinning fiber to sell and a couple of spinning wheels for you to try out.

The very talented Christopher Kale will be giving spindle spinning lessons on Saturday.

Myself, and a few others, will be there with different kinds of spinning wheels, spinning flax into gold. Come see for yourself.

If you have a spinning wheel, or a spindle, come on over and join in the fun.  And buy some fiber of course!

Cat out of the Bag

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I might as well let the cat out of the bag (or, as the Dutch say, “now the monkey comes out of the sleeve”).  Above is the logo image that will appear in the program for MidWinterWol 2015.  Ta Da!

Between now and 11 December I will be busy dyeing spinning wool to sell during MidWinterWol (along with keeping up my regular day job of course).  This two day event, in the far north of the Netherlands, has been going for 5 years already and gets bigger and better every year.  I’ve been there as a shopper for the past 2 years and really enjoyed it.  It’s quite a long drive to get to Winschoten from Haarlem, but it’s worth it.

The event is organized by those friendly people Hans and Gerrie from LowLandsLegacy but the vendors come from all over Europe.  Last year I bought a Shetland woven blanket from the UK and a kilo of BFL top that came from Germany.

Between now and then you can follow along on the blog as I dye up a storm.  My house is filling up with bags of un-dyed fiber:  BFL, BLF/silk, Texel, Shetland, Blend A, and some raw fleece I might also throw in to the pot (Polwarth from England and CVM from Washington State).

The lamb in the photo above, by the way, is a Texel sheep.  I took the photo a few years ago during a weekend on Terschelling.