That seems the norm doesn’t it. If you could see my office you would know I am having a very hard time figuring out what to focus on. Travel took over most of the first half of February, and while providing a lot of needed professional stimulation and support, it just wreaks havoc in my office!
My first trip, which began in very late January, was to Long Beach, CA to TNNA. As noted on Facebook, I completely forgot/neglected/failed to take any photos. TNNA is all about meeting, interacting, bonding, looking, etc. with yarn wholesalers, publishers of all sorts, looking at things like wonderful buttons, bags, needles, shawl pins, and seeing what other designers are up to, and checking in with professional friends.
Jeane deCoster, Owner of Elemental Affects, and I became acquainted in maybe 2008? Jeane and I share many interests and the habit of having a lot of opinions. Somehow, we have managed to not offend each other, and as a result, discovered how much we enjoy each other. Jeane dyes and produces domestic (US) breed specific yarns. She started with Shetland yarn. Now not doing color work I didn’t really think there was anything for me there, but I have since discovered some things:
- This Shetland is not scratchy! I fell in love with the colors, so I had to bring some home last January. Still didn’t know if I would like it. I put a bit of yarn into my bra one day to give it the ol’ yarn test. As I got undressed that night, out fell the yarn. I had completely forgotten that it was there!
- Jeane does wonderful colors. 40 plus wonderful colors, plus naturals. I went to Jeane’s studio and we played with dye a year ago. If I only had time . . . but until then.
- Jeane has Shetland lace weight. There are only 20 colors of this, but I grabbed Dusty Rose and have made a swatch for a project that needs to be reknit. Whoopee! The best part of Shetland Lace–stitches do not run.
- Now there is Heirloom Romney. Go here to read about it and find out how to get it. Again, the colors are awesome, but the yarn is too. And worsted weight.
- Jeane is crazy smart. She teaches me things all the time, which I like.
- Jeane knows other great people. Tune in again after you have checked out all the good stuff I’ve put into this blog, and I’ll tell you about other people I know as a result of knowing Jeane.
And I need to tell you about Paige.