Friday, November 21, 2014

Only two more weeks

The deadline approaches and I'm scrambling to finish the prep work for no coast. This week's project, scrap balls! I'm working with about 40 different solid colors and a bunch of hand dyed odd balls from my friends at Mode Knit Yarns.
 Annie's yarns will be sprinkled in among the solids (mostly Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride and Naturespun)

Monday, October 6, 2014

I'm still here

If I even have any blog viewers left, they might be surprised that I, in fact, am not dead. After last-year's No-Coast, I went into lockdown: School, work, the endless winter. Which turned into school, work, spring, summer and fall. BUT I'm back. And preparing for what might be (probably) my last No-Coast! I was accepted into nursing school and will be a full-time student starting in January.

So, if you haven't already started thinking about holiday shopping. (Really, who has?) plan on attending the Twin Cities' best December craft event the first weekend in December. You can see the growing list of vendors here.

In preparation, this weekend I dyed 22 skeins of worsted... Here is a before!

And I have 35 pounds of soy wax just waiting to become 4-packs of votive candles. Pretty much the perfect last-minute gift. More details to come as Santa's workshop slowly chugs into production.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Stocking stuffers, anyone?

twin cities friends, i have a bunch of 3-ounce soy votives left. Fragrances include lavender sachet, pine, peppermint, cocoa, honey, ocean, love spell, currant&fig. One each of cinnamon-berry and amber remain as well. $5

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Not too late for No Coast

NoCoast continues today from 9-5 at midtown global market. I'd love to see you there! 

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Behind the scenes

Ever wondered how to make soy votives? Here's how I do it.

It starts with soy wax. I buy it per 50 lb. box. For scale, the yogurt cup isn't a single-serving, it's a 32-ouncer.

Then I melt the wax in a double boiler. I forgot to take a picture of that.

When it's melted, I add colorant and the fragrance. Temperature is critical.

The fragrance comes in brown glass bottles. Very apothecary-like. 

I pour the liquid into candle molds. 

After a while I add a wick. I buy those per hundred. 

Once the wicks are in, I wait for the candle to cool. The wick may need to be recentered. I use a heat gun to make it look better if necessary.

See the little crack?

The heat gun is pretty much a tiny but hotter hair dryer that can melt the top of the candle to hide whatever problem it has.

Candles in tins cool off and await their lids and labels.

Votives hang out in their molds til they are totally set. Sometimes they go outside for a bit. Wax shrinks when its cold and that makes it easier to remove them from the molds.

Then they get labeled, boxed and put away to be sold.

So now you know. If you'd like to see them for yourself come by NoCoast next week. My spot is right by the security desk between the east and west doors. 

City Pages calls this show the best local shopping event of the holiday season.

I hope I see you there! (my next post will be a yarn update)

Friday, August 23, 2013


I love, love, love to see the finished projects made from yarn I dyed. This beautiful scarf was made recently by someone who has just recently learned how to crochet. Isn't this stunning?

it was made from this yummy, soft yarn i dyed last winter. the blank yarn is brown sheep lanaloft, and it is a dream to work with.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

On the needles

Yesterday I began a project. Instead of finishing one of any number of lonely cast offs still on the needles, I started something new. This one is the Bob sweater (Bob stands for button-on-blanket) and I hope it knits up fast. I have exactly one week until my anatomy class begins and it's always fun to reference a particular time in your life to what knitting you we're doing at the time. Given my track record it is unlikely that I will finish this before the class ends, but it's a reasonable goal. I love the color of this yarn.  It's different from most greens. It reminds me of moss or really intense algae. I'll try to post a progress report at the end of my last week of 'freedom."