Monday, May 24

Waiting, waiting, waiting

I have submission proposals out everywhere and here I sit, trying not to think about the possible rejections. lol I am also eagerly anticipating the arrival of this fabulous fiber that I won in the fundraiser from A Time To Dye... (LOVE my dearest Lamar!)

It looks so dreamy, doesn't it?

The "on hold" list also contains my tester feedback from Suore Felice. Only a few of them have begun ripping me apart (lol), while the other half remain mysteriously quiet. Hmmm.... the more ripping I get, the less I have to pay the tech editor, so perhaps I should hound them.

I'm finishing up a couple of proposals for another magazine and a yarn company with hopes in getting them completed by Thursday.

Good news? I had a pullover accepted to Tangled Magazine for their Winter '10 issue. Sweet! Their team looks to be putting together an awesome 'zine with lots of options for everyone. I'm definitely looking forward to their debut!

Tuesday, May 18

Suore Felice

I am back from a fabulous vacation in California visiting family, ready to work, work, work... like I don't have enough of that in my life.

Stephanie's fundraiser was AWESOME and I am proud to say that my yarn and three sock slots brought in $276.50! WOOT! I think, overall, we raised over $2500!! The family will still need more help, so keep your ears and eyes open for more fundraisers in a couple of months.

Over the past few weeks, I busted my behind getting two projects completed for a book and yarn company and then I was left with a (fleeting) week of nothing to do! So, I swatched new ideas for a few submissions. But, I was most tickled to think up this new top of my sweet kidlets. Suore Felice (pronounced Soiree Feh-lee-chay) is Italian for "Happy Sisters." Indeed, my little monkeys were thrilled to have me knitting something for them (finally). Tee hee...

Ayla's is on the blocking mat right now, but Sophie has been proudly wearing hers and garnering comments throughout the day. Fear not, the pattern is nearly complete and about to go through testing. I expect to have it ready to debut in about 2 weeks! :) Here are some cutesy pics to whet your appetite.





My photography is getting better, eh? Or, at least, my Photoshop skills are. LOLOL

Tuesday, May 4


Spinning around and around and around... that's what it feels like in my head some days. LOL But, I've also been spinning yarn! Yea!

This deliciousness was mailed today for Stephanie's Fundraiser.
Not too shabby, huh?

And these little pretties are for the collaboration with Green Strings. Dearest Tina (who didn't *quite* give me permission yet to use the pic, but I am oh so hoping she loves me enough to forgive this transgression) dyed the yarn and I will be knitting the winner beautiful custom socks out of their skein. 
You just got drool on your computer, didn't you? Who can blame you. I'm tempted to bid on our own listing. Seriously, how does she work such magic with colors?!?

Monday, May 3

Yours Truly...

I am in collaboration with Kim of the Natural Baby Company and the gals over at Western Sky Knits to raise money for our dear friend Stephanie. On top of co-chairing, I am also working with Tina of Green Strings to offer up 3 custom socks with her yarn for the fundraiser! YUM! I can't wait to show off the pics of those (tomorrow). We have AMAZING things coming in for the auction, so start saving and get ready to bid.


We can do no great things, only small things with great love. 
~Mother Teresa 

Stephanie’s day back in January started as a pretty normal day – at home, happily pregnant and raising two other beautiful babies (2 and 4 years old). But something was off and she was soon found unconscious. Long story short, Stephanie was hit by some nasty stuff that resulted in a mom’s nightmare come true… at around 29 weeks, her baby was delivered via emergency c-section as Stephanie herself developed a massive blood clot in her spine that left her paralyzed from the neck down. For over 3 months, Stephanie battled infection after infection in critical care while her new son fought his own fight in the NICU. It was determined that if Stephanie was going to overcome any of the paralysis, then her best hope lay in a specialist hospital in another state.

In mid-April, Stephanie finally kicked the last infection out the door and was able to begin her therapy – weaning off of the ventilator, learning to eat food again, getting the chance to use her voice, and, like a miracle of the highest degree, moved her arm twice. Her sweet baby, back in his home state, is growing, getting stronger, and up to 4lbs now!

When you look at Stephanie, with her fantastic mane of bright red hair, sparkling blue eyes, and a bright charming smile, you can’t help but to feel wrapped up in the love that surrounds her. The light that beckons from her depth is inspiring, stunning in its strength and courage – I don’t know if Stephanie even recognizes that she possesses such power, but as she begins the long road ahead, I have no doubt that she will soon discover it. And she will need it, as well as all that we have to offer.

Who knows what lessons or plans the Universe has for this family, but Stephanie and her family can’t do this alone. They NEED our help – travel expenses (her amazing husband and mom fly back and forth between the two states to make sure Stephanie is never alone), medical bills are piling up, and food is a helpful blessing in their little hospital apartment. Stephanie is surrounded by a remarkable community back home and they have stepped up to the plate caring for the other two kids, supporting her husband, maintaining her home, and boosting her confidence.

Many of you may not know Stephanie, but her story will impact your life in a small way, I am sure. Your donation in this auction benefit, will in turn, impact hers. Thank you SO much for your support, your prayers, and your love.