Girl on a mission

This is what I looked at all day. I sat at my dining room table, hands poised over my keyboard, staring out this window at my very favorite pink blossomed tree. Sun streamed through my house and the temperature was perfect outside and I DID NOT WANT TO WORK.

My mind was jumping back and forth to everything else I wanted to be doing and my heart was lounging in a big box in the corner of the room. A big box filled with 50 skeins of white yarn and 1 lb of roving. All I want to do is touch it. Spread it out all over the table and lay my head on it. And it scares me a little…all that WHITE. So many pounds of fiber just waiting for me to change it, hopefully into something beautiful, something other people will love. And more is coming. I’m expecting 10 more skeins with sparkle and 2 more lbs of roving, also with sparkle. The sparkly fiber was on back order, but should be with me next week and when I think of it, I squeak a little with excitement.

I have more exciting news. My favorite local yarn shop in Newburyport, A Loom with a View, has agreed to sell my roving! Betsy is the store owner, and she said she wants at least two of each colorway I make for her. So I’ll be dyeing in double batches. I started one colorway on Sunday. Here are the 2 rovings laid out and ready to be dyed, below.

And here is the finished product:

They should be almost exactly the same, as I painted them together as one. I haven’t named this colorway yet. Any ideas anyone want to throw out there? Opinions? Feel free to leave me a comment! I have to be honest, I’m not in love with this colorway. I just don’t like blue and pink together, and there’s more blue and pink than I had originally intended. None of the colors came out as dark as I had hoped either. I will do better with the next ones. I’m sure there is someone out there who these will appeal to.

I have not gotten too much knitting done. Here is where I’m at with the Juneberry Shawl:

And here is where I’m at with the Glynis socks (which is a torturous pattern, btw):

The other red socks have been put on hold until I can finish either one of these.

I’m done with A Clash of Kings and onto A Storm of Swords. My GOD those books are horribly addictive. Sometimes there are nights where I don’t even want to knit, I just want to go in bed and read. I know! Blasphemy, right?? I can’t help it. George R.R. Martin is brilliant!

It’s late now, and I just ate a chocolate chip cookie that I was craving all day (I just baked them at 10pm) and I think it’s time to go to bed and read. Today was my Friday. Tomorrow I have off completely, and I will spend the day dyeing fiber. I’ll take as many pictures as possible and try to give you all an idea of how it comes out. I’m a very slow, meticulous dyer, so don’t get too excited. A day of dyeing may only bring forth a few skeins or a few rovings, but I’m sure going to try and be quicker. I’m a girl on a mission. Not only do I have my Etsy shop to stock, but I have two shops willing to sell my roving, and I don’t want to disappoint. I better get my butt moving! Fiber, here I come!

YAWN…after I get some sleep.  🙂



  1. Barbara Antonelli

    04.20.12 at 2:56 am

    That was a great post Danielle, and I absolutely love that new roving. Looks like a Magic Weave to me! Love ya, Mom

  2. Egg Hunt?
    Easter Grass?
    Bunny Love?

    I think Egg Hunt.

    Glad to see a post from you!

  3. Egg Hunt is a cool name for the new roving! 🙂

    I have a big box of roving sitting in the corner also, just waiting for some color. I really want to get a bunch of white yarn to dye also, but I am still looking for a supplier.

    I love the Juneberry Shawl!

    • Danielle

      04.23.12 at 2:37 pm

      Kimberly, I totally agree that EggHunt is a cool name, but unfortunately the roving is darker in real life, and less pastel-ish than it shows in my picture. It sooo hard to get an accurate picture! I have some information for you about suppliers if you’d like some help. I will email you. I love the Juneberry shawl too! I hope mine comes out something like it’s supposed to!!

  4. I think you might have unintentionally named it yourself there Cuz – Juneberry?

    • Danielle

      04.24.12 at 2:23 am

      Hmmmm…I would say that’s close…you know I never knew there really was such a thing as a Juneberry!

  5. I never knew about Juneberries either, but after you wrote that – I HAD to investigate. Google image. Reading the nutrients, and seeing the colors, I want to try them. Now, I will be on a hunt for those. Thanks for helping me learn that…. ?

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