Holiday Goodies 2018 (kind of)

Welcome to 2019! Before jumping in my 2019 fiber arts goals I want to recap the holiday, and some new goodies!


Ya’ll – I didn’t make any handmade gifts this year.   I spent Christmas with my family, first in Illinois and then in Missouri, and then spent the following week with my brother at my house.  We watched a lot of Star Trek (I know, shocker) and Disney movies. Exact same as last year.

On to the goodies (related websites are linked – check them out!):

Advent Calendar


I bought myself an advent “calendar” of yarn this year to make an advent shawl.  Please note – as of January 11, 2019, I’m still on Day 9 of 25.  So more than a bit behind.  Each day contains a 20 gram mini of fingering weight yarn from Pancake and Lulu Yarn.  I’ve knitting about 15 grams of each mini plus 3 grams of a neutral gray for each day.  I typically don’t do “surprises” because I want to see colors ahead of time (this is also why I don’t do mystery knit alongs).  I’m still not sure how I feel about how it’s coming out but dang-it I’m committed to finishing it.  I would like to continue on the advent shawl but I do need to switch over to some design knitting so the advent shawl is going on the back burner.  I will do a full review of the advent calendar at a later date when I finish the shawl.


Yarn Studio in Casey, Illinois


Shortly before the holiday I saw on Facebook that one of the local yarn shops I frequent (and where I bought my first spinning wheel) was changing their business model to operate more as an online business.  I was excited to hear that she would still be offering classes/workshops and that she would be having a sale immediately after the holiday.  The shop, Yarn Studio, is in Casey, Illinois, right off of I-70 about an hour west of Terre Haute, Indiana.  So, on our way from Missouri to home in Indiana my brother and I popped in for a visit.  And then I bought some yarn.  Shocking, I know.  Also had a nice chat with the owner and I can’t wait to see how her business evolves.

Malabrigo Yarn RastaUntitled

My brother actually picked this out.  I think I’m going to make hats for each of us.  The colorway is Verde Azul and Malabrigo Yarn Rasta is a bulky weight merino yarn.

Dream in Color Classy


This I picked out.  All me.  I love Dream in Color and have been trying to choose non-fingering weight yarns.  So this was perfect.  The colorway is Kiss Me Kate and Class is a worsted weight merino/cashmere/nylon yarn.  Just gorgeous hand-dyed yarn.

Gypsy Girl Creations Transitions


I’ve seen this yarn at this shop multiple times and never bought it, solely because I knew I would need two cakes.  Gypsy Girl Creations is a midwest dyer (I think in northern Illinois) and I’m excited to try out her yarn.  Transitions is a gradient merino yarn and I bought the colorway Pharaoh.


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