So cute!! I really wanted to be him when I grew up. Or a pirate. I guess he’s a wilderness pirate.
Halfway there!
Fun day.
Whew!
It just keeps getting cuter!
July has been much quicker so far, just like May.

(from a couple weeks ago)

This weekend is the biennial NM Fiber Arts Fiesta!! I look forward to this every two years! It’s at the fairgrounds and it’s a big deal. This year I even printed out the layout and marked all the booths I especially want to see. There will be sashiko, embroidery, beads, felting, spinning, yarnyarnyarn, and I’m getting light headed…

So excited

And the special guest this year is one of my favorite indie dyers, Anne Podlesak of Wooly Wonka! Swoon!

Speaking of favors indie dyers, I met up with Lorna Miser last week! The Lorna Miser of Lorna’s Laces fame! I remember buying LL in a yarn store in Houston, it was my first “fancy” yarn. It’s affordable and the colorway are amazing. Lorna has since sold LL, and this year got into dying again and started Zombie Yarns. (Get it? “Lorna’s dying again”?) She had a trunk show at The Yarn Store in Nob Hill and was a super nice person. Her new line is fantastic! I called it “happy goth” because the colorway were all the way from deep shadows to neons. Be still my happy Gothic heart! I found a speckled cotton DK weight and am making her Gutsy Shrug with it. It’s been a long time since a color way and pattern had me this thrilled. It’s so soft and the colors pop and sizzle.

Some have accused me of being easy to please, like it’s a bad thing. I see it as I found my niche, brought a blanket and a book, and made a nice warm drink to settle in. Find your bliss, then revel in it.

*? hours later ?*

My score!!

Four! gorgeous colors from Wooly Wonka on the left, a bunch of small skiens and a bag from Zia Woolz (full pic of all the skiens below), colorful sashiko thread and a dragon kit, a cute row counter, and a shawl kit from Spruce Dragon.

Pretty things:

I already started a Boneyard Shawl with all the leftover sock yarn and new samples, I love it! This project has been so fun throughout the whole process.

Mmm mini skiens

We had such a great time. I can’t wait for the next one!

Randomness for a Wednesday:

I have accumulated a lot of skulls, of all shapes and sizes. They all have names of course! Introducing…

My little haunted house has a lot of Tennant’s, including little Roger (he glows in the dark!) And his buddy Roderick. That’s Joey Tribbiani Trilobite swooshing around the garden.

 

I see a lot of skulls every morning. On the left is Rosa, the little guy is Rudy, and the handsome fella holding my jewelry is Rodrigo, resting on a skull doily, naturally.
This is Catalina, she traveled here from Scentsyland.
This is Roberto (ro-boy-tow) guarding the front porch. He’s my joker.

I painted Rosa at the local pottery place (totes planning another one). I made the skull doily too, and little Roger back in high school.

I give in. I like skulls. I don’t know why they mostly have R names but they fit, so who cares? :)

NOW I’m ready for March! I went ahead with the grey again and I really like it. I bought this pearl cotton at Taos Wool Festival last year (in a punch needle tent) and I love the stormy color of it. I forgot part of her hair too, so I added that.

Next up, The Three Billy Goats Gruff!

P.S. The thread is labeled like this:

100m=/-4%, Valdani, 12, color, JP10, Made in Romania, Pearl Cotton

I’ve been here before. Best laid plans and all that. “Oh with this year long SAL I’ll just work on that and the Doctor sampler and finish both this year!” hahaha I’m so organized.

Then I saw this:

RTO The Gate In The Town Counted Cross Stitch Kit:

aaaannnd it may have ended up in my amazon cart and then on my porch. I love it!! Be still my gothic heart! The wrought iron….the vines…the spires…the trees and shadows….sigh…

Interesting side note, it came as a kit, but the thread code/list was missing. :-( I emailed them not expecting anything but I got an email the next day with the right stuff! Yess! I love when kits have the threads organized for me. It’s especially nice here because the colors are very similar. There are a lot of textural elements going one, like half stitches, 1 or 2 threads used for all stitches, and blending colors. I’m really pleased with it so far! All my stitches are even and I have a nice tension going on. I put this in my purse and surprisingly, I’ve had a lot of opportunities to work on it out-and-about, especially at after school stuff.

Anyway, here’s my progress so far:

I, Happy Kat, hereby promise I will NOT buy more patterns or kits this year. I’ll try really really hard not to start anything else until something is done and I hereby promise to frame and hang some of the finished pieces I have!

Deep breath…repeat after me….”I’ll pin this not buy it I’ll pin this not buy it”…

(wish me luck)