It’s All A Pleasure

I must say, life’s not always a bed of roses. But the little things in life do make it worth living.

As the saying goes, “To each, his own.”  I feel that for me, besides hugging and kissing my family, arts and crafts have always been my place of enjoyment.

This weekend I washed, carded and spun some wool all by myself!

Still in the middle of that, actually…

I finished off the singles for a spindling project. 

After I ply these singles, this spindle will be free for more!

And, I learned how to use up some throw-away bits of fiber by upgrading it.

Carding neppy throw-away wool with alpaca fiber almost broke my heart.  But I think this is a nicely textured yarn now.  I may use that idea in the future.

Soon, I’ll be knitting something with these.

Not bad, says I.

But one of the best things I did this weekend was get around to see some of the blogs of other crafty folks out there.

Don’t get me wrong.  It’s not that there aren’t places where knitters and spinners are gathering in my area.  It’s just that my life is such that I’m not normally able to interact with them.  My jobs keep me out most of the day, I have two children (eight years apart and one of which is on the spectrum ) and a spouse that I am re-connecting with at the moment.  It gets a little bit hectic.  But where I can’t get out, there are so many avenues to connect with others through blogging, that in many ways, blogging has filled those voids.  I can’t count how many folks I have come in contact with over this week that are doing the very same things I am doing in their corner of the world.  And it feels nice.

Let’s face it.  It’s very rare that anyone who knits, knits for themselves 24/7.  Oh, we do the occasional knits for ourselves.  We behave like we’re being rebellious and selfish when we make something for ourselves.  But more often than not, knitting is an act that is shared.  We share our handwork and we share our time.  It’s nice to knit in company.

With that in mind, I would like to thank Nic Corrigan for nominating my blog for the Sunshine Award.

It was such a nice gesture! Please visit her site and follow along with her challenge to knit something new everyday for a year.

As a recipient of this award, I have to reveal a few details about myself.  So, here goes…

  1. What is your favorite color?  Without a doubt, orange.
  2. What is your favorite animal?  I love cats more than any other animal on this earth.
  3. What is your favorite number?  Hmmm….I don’t know that I’ve ever had one.  I’ll say 7.  It’s such a special number.
  4. What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink?  I think it would have to be any Orange-Ginger tea.
  5. Do you prefer Facebook or Twitter?  Ooohhh…I’m going to make somebody mad here.  Between the two of them, I don’t have a favorite.  I prefer Tumblr to either of them.  Don’t judge me, lol!
  6. What is your passion? Family and arts and crafts.  And sleep.
  7. Do you prefer getting or giving presents? I honestly love both equally, lol!
  8. What is your favorite pattern?  I think my all time favorite pattern is the Weekend Knitting Fingerless Mitts by Ann Budd.  They’re just such a quick gift for anyone.  Can be done in a night at a moment’s notice.
  9. What’s your favorite day of the week?  Saturday!! I can make stuff all day long.
  10. What is your favorite flower?  African Violets.  They were my grandmother’s favorite.

My nominations would probably include the following bloggers that I have met (strictly virtually) and gotten to know on various levels over the last few months.

Artistic Expressions – She’s super creative, ultra-prolific and I can’t figure out how she continually makes the time to visit all of the blogs she does.

Sosae Caetano – Wonderfully, beautiful spirit.  A very inspirational blogger that I find to be one of the most charming people I’ve met on the web.

Curls & Q – Very encouraging bloggers that I have met only recently.  But I enjoy their personalities and knowledge they have about almost everything very much. 🙂

Miss Vicious Knits – Stomping around with her boots on kind of girl.  But, underneath it all, a seriously, big-hearted knitter.

Shannin Banana – She’s got A LOT of eye candy.  Loves it all!

I’m sure there will be many more to add to this list in the future!

Also, in the spirit of sharing, you may be interested in hearing about The Annual Knitting and Crochet Blog Week held by Eskimimi Makes.

The Annual Knitting & Crochet Blog Week features a series of dedicated, daily blog topics and a special tagging system whereby bloggers who knit and crochet are able to find each other all across the web to see all of the responses to those topics.  Please see this site for details.  Suffice it to say, it’s a wonderful way to meet others who knit and crochet out there who are interested in the very things you may be interested in while challenging yourself to blog outside the box.  I participated in this event last year (see some examples here and here).  It wasn’t as confusing as I thought it would be.  It was as simple as posting an entry that is about (or includes) a specific topic and adding a specific tag to the entire post so that the whole world can follow the trail of responses.  I had a blast! I hope you participate!


  1. You really are a bit of sunshine!

  2. Congratulations. You deserve this award… Thank you, with my love, nia

  3. You definitely deserve this award. 🙂 Your blog is a favorite of mine to read! Your pictures, and most of all your handspun yarn, are beautiful and you have such a nice way of writing. Commenting and reading your response is the best part. 🙂 Thank you for mentioning me! I got a pretty big boost in traffic from that, lol… even though my blog is pretty bare and dry, haha. I tend not to say much, that’s why I post mostly pictures. I think simply and logically… I’m a cut-to-the-chase kind of person and I never sugarcoat. I guess that’s why I’m into computer science, lol. Anyway, reading your blog has really inspired me to try to write actual blogs. I’m going to give it a go sometime this week so look out for that! Perhaps today, or in a day or two.

    Also, ORANGE. It’s rare to find someone whose favorite color is orange. e-highfive!

    • e-highfive!! I love that! Orange is the best color in the world, isn’t it? I read somewhere it means “strength”. I like that. I also like it because it’s warm…and anyone that knows me, knows I like to be warm! 🙂 Thanks so much for the compliments! I don’t think you have to say much. Your yarn says it all! And computer science?! You go girl!!!!

  4. Congrats! And can I just add that I really hope to hear more about your carding and spinning? Because that looks like some fabulous, squishy yarn!

  5. Congratulations, Stacey!!! Yay! I love your blog and your photos and your whole style. 🙂 (And, uhhh…orange is my favorite color too! Maybe we’ve shared this already and I forgot. In any case – hello fellow weirdo!) 😀 Oh! And thank you thank you so much for the nomination! How utterly thoughtful of you! (I’m screaming too much, I think…) 🙂 YAY! You and your blog are great!

    • Hello!! Thanks Sosae! Wow, so many spinners like orange. I guess you have to be pretty strong to go against the prevailing thought that you can just buy your yarn anyway so why spin it, right? That’s not so bad! 🙂 You’re very welcome (:)). Seriously love your blog!!

  6. You wouldn’t think from looking that it was your first go with a fleece! The wool looks squishy and yummy, lovely. And so true everything you said about knitting and blogging.

  7. Congratulations on your award and for passing it along my way. Prolific, eh? Well, I must admit – blogging is my outlet…besides actually crafting! Gotta keep ’em coming. lol

    I did Day 1 on the Knitting and Blogging Week and now I’m twiddling my thumbs around Day 2’s post. Wish me luck! And again, congrats. 🙂

    BTW: Your photographs would make lovely fine art prints. I love “in-the-process” photographs.

    • I still have to do my Day 1…and I haven’t even thought about Day 2 yet and the topics have been posted forever now….Not a clue on that one though…How about we split the luck? 🙂

      Thanks! I know most folks don’t like “in-the-process” photos because they’re not as finished, I guess. But I’m so nosey about what folks do, I love them!

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