New Year, New Yarn!

Christmas gift cards means lots of new yarn at the Raven studio. There are yarns that I see in the store and think ‘That’s nifty looking but what would I make with it? I shouldn’t spend the money.’ and then I don’t buy it. But with gift cards, there’s no good reason not to. You’ll be seeing plenty of my Christmas haul over the course of the year.

First up for this week’s creations: An openwork mesh scarf made with Lion Brand Mandala Baby in Echo Caves

And second up: a cozy and soft triangle shawl in Nouveau Yarn Black/White.

See y’all next week with more creations ^_^

A wild Ravenwood appears!

Back in June, I stepped away from Facebook, and from screen time in general. Wait! Come back! I promise this isn’t another of those posts saying ‘OMG quit Facebook you sheeple’ or some crap like that. This is a post about where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to.

I hadn’t planned to “quit Facebook”, so I never made a post saying I was leaving. I simply got a new phone around the same time that I started something else that filled a chunk of my time. I’m the kind of person who needs to keep my hands busy; If I’m standing in line somewhere or sitting on the couch watching a show, I’m either tapping my fingers on something, futzing around on my phone, or something similar. In the lead-up to Christmas 2017, I picked up crochet again, after many years away from the craft, and made stockings for everyone in my family. Once I’d finished making presents, I started looking for other things to crochet, partly to try a new way of keeping my hands busy, and partly to use some of the yarn I’d bought for myself while purchasing yarn for the gifts (without particular plans for it, but dammit it was pretty). I made lots of things (both useful and not) and remembered how much I loved creating simply to create, and started looking for other ways to engage that part of me.

Fast-forward to June 2018: I wore some of my creations while working an event at Ramblewood, and a friend and vendor at the event suggested I make more, and bring them to the event in August and sell them at his booth. When I got home from the event, my new phone had arrived and as I set it up, I re-installed apps as I ‘needed’ them. Gmail and Messenger were some of the first, but lots of apps I used to ‘kill time’ never made it back onto the phone. I was so busy making items for the event that I never realized that I hadn’t reinstalled Facebook, and I wasn’t sitting at my laptop killing time either, so I sort of accidentally quit FB without realizing it or telling anyone.

So what have I been up to? I’ve been creating. Through dance, yarn, paint, whatever catches my fancy. I started going to a local holistic health studio and learned the art/craft of soapmaking. I carried yarn with me everywhere and created items I’m proud of (and confused many onlookers) while waiting in lines, or sitting at a pub waiting for friends to arrive.

I also annoyed some friends and family by disappearing from the online world without saying anything. I don’t plan to be back on FB and whatnot in the way I used to be, but I get that people want to be able to know how I’m doing and what I’m getting up to. So here’s how we’re going to make that happen: I’m starting a blog where I’ll post weekly about what I’m creating and how I’m doing. I’ll be figuring out some of the format things as I go, but you can expect to see how-to’s, work-in-progress updates, items I’m making available for sale, etc on a weekly basis. Does this mean that a new post will be up exactly at ‘specific-time-o’clock on specific-day-of-the-week’? …Y’all know me better than that. But there will be a post, so check back from time to time.

And yes, I know, pics or it didn’t happen. So here ya go: