I am having one of those days

I am having one of those days…

Paying the bills makes me grumpy… I have a feeling I am missing something major. 

I got turned around 3 times today running errands. And here in Cary that means driving in circles within circles.

I ended up going to 3 different grocery stores because despite having a list, I kept forgetting shit. I was totally cruised by a creepy dude on the gluten free isle.

I came home to find the front door WIIIIIDE open. Luckily no one escaped and everything is intact. But searching my home with the phone ready to connect 911 did not add joy to the grocery errands fiasco. However I am grateful for my relatively crime free neighborhood.

I am having weird glitchy things happening with many of my online tasks today.

So without any visuals. I am letting this be my post for today since my computer fu is pretty iffy at the moment. Off to huff my White Angelica essential oil (I call it my not-my-circus-not-my-monkeys oil) and fondle yarn.

100 day project

100 day project

I know this is totally last minute, but do I dare to make the blog my 100 day project?

It certainly would stretch my comfort zone. But then again it would totally fullfill one of my big fat business goals– blog more.

I mean a part of me wanted to fold the #30daysartjournaling into the 100 days, but then again that might be cheating a bit. Hell I suppose for 30 days I could always just fall back on posting some journal pages…

So without any forthought or any prep whatsoever (prep=nailbiting and stressing), I am daring to jump head first into this 100 days project and doing it.


Today is an art center studio day. Glass studio is tonight and I tack on a few hour of clay studio while I am there. I usually wake up with ideas, eager to get there. I will not allow myself to go until I get my work done for the day. I’ll admit lately I have not been piling on ANY admin tasks to complete on Tuesdays because I want to make sure I can get to the studio by 1. That has gotta stop, I have some major projects in the works.

The plan is throw more mugs. I am in the thick of learning all about glazing. AND I am trying to wrap my brain around how big/small to make my mugs to account for shrinkage. So here is hoping I can crank out 8. I average 5, last session I hit 6.

Time to hit post and get to work… so here is to day 1 of 100 (gulp). See y’all tomorrow.

Studio Awesome Challenge Day 19: Yay progress on the WIPs and Stash

Studio Awesome Challenge Day 19: Yay progress on the WIPs and Stash

I am feeling good about the progress today despite the fact I was up late and stayed up late last night. Notions sorted, and organized (not much to purge, I suppose I have already purges many of them in the move). Yarn and WIPs being culled through. I am finding far fewer WIPs than I thought, I suppose I had gone through those during the move as well. GEEZ how in the hell did I forget doing all that purging. But even moving from the studio to the condo and condo to here, both times in a last minute crunch, I guess I had already taken the time to really assess what I realistically wanted to continue to knit, crochet and weave.

But now that I am here, even if we will only be here for a year, I feel like I am looking at the stash with new eyes. Some yarn I thought I would never let go of, I find I am ready. I had started to explore felt a little, and really am excited to dive a little deeper into that and more weaving. And sweaters. I have always intended to do a fleece to sweater project. I have even set aside a fin fleece a couple of years ago with the intention of making a cabled sweater.

And that is definitely one thing I am so ready to have in my business. Breathing room to do the work that fills me up. I love love love exploring fiber art, but keeping one foot rooted in traditional methods has always been my jam. It helps me find new ideas for the crazy creative work. For example, my weaving Beyond the Basics class was totally born out of old skool weaving methods reimagined with art yarn and modern equipment.

So yes, more of that.

So tomorrow I continue to sort through and organize the stash and WIPs. It is my intention to share those WIPs with you next week, not only because I love love love when people share with me what they are working on, it is going to help me catalog my projects.

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Studio Awesome Challenge Day 12 : Out of the frying pan into the fire

Studio Awesome Challenge Day 12 : Out of the frying pan into the fire

I can’t say for sure how…but I realized that this has happened.

That, Fiberista, is what I can only describe as a hot spot by proxy. Here’s how it has been going down….In an attempt to clear off a hot spot, like my work table and drafting table, since I have not found a place for all the stuff yet…it has landed here. And the reason why after climbing over this proxy hot spot for a week, I suddenly just now am seeing this? I am so studio blind to this kind of pile of random shit. So this has been added to a new hotspot area for me to watch and I am tackling what ever the hell this is this week.

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Studio Awesome Day 5: Wrangling the Knitting and Crochet Tools

Studio Awesome Day 5: Wrangling the Knitting and Crochet Tools

I have an obscene number of knitting needles. Most are circs, but I do have a fair number of DPNs and even straight needles. I rarely use my straight needles anymore, but I do like to break them our every now and then for dish cloths or for teaching.

And as for DPNs, for what ever reason, I prefer to knit socks on them.

When it comes to the circus, there are quite a few I can let go of at this point. I have become picky about the joins and tips.

But for now I need to gather everything into one place. I also need to take note of the needles that are on the languishing WIPs. In other words my supplies are freaking EVERYWHERE!!

So today’s task will be a baby step due to some other business tasks that need to happen today. I am going to either find or build a fiber tools spread sheet and begin to gather the languishing tools not tied to a WIP into one box for sorting.

The hot mess that are my work surfaces.

Okay, I can tell this is going to be an ongoing issue until I can finish organizing the studio. I have cleared off the 2 main work surfaces more times than I can count in the last week. Granted I needed the space to work through the organization. But the last couple of days things have landed there and stayed there, diminishing my work space.  If you have ever followed the Flylady, this is what she calls a hotspot. Those surfaces that inevitably become a landing place for crap. Upstairs in the main part of the house it is the counter near the coffee maker and the dining room table. These surfaces become clogged with mail, keys, purse, book bag, receipts….UGH!!!!

Okay, so I am going to get real. I do need to have that working space, but I also need to leave some things there temporarily while I work through building storage systems. So this task will have to stay on the list to remind me to be mindful about how long the clutter stays.

Okay…off to find a box or two and start pulling needles.

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The United States of All Things Yarny

The United States of All Things Yarny

A couple of years ago I was in Taos for Jane Thornley’s On Higher Ground Retreat. Jane always schedules this incredible retreat the week following the Taos fiber and wool festival in October. I had arrived a couple of days early to see the festival and explore a part of the country I had never seen before. There had been a mix up in my Air BnB rental and I found myself standing in front of two women who also thought they had that unit for the weekend. Weary from some seriously mind numbing travel, to say it was uncomfortable and awkward situation was a bit of an understatement. That is until I asked them if they were there for the fiber show (hey I know a girls fiber weekend when I see it, for damn sure). All of a sudden the tensions melted away and we were laughing and smiles almost immediately. The glitch identified, yarn fondled and it was as if I had encountered family.

But, that has always been the case with fiber peeps, right? The fiber community is so friendly and welcoming. Knitting/crocheting/spinning has always been such a strong subculture. It is like a secret handshake when you catch the eye of someone who is also knitting in the coffee shop. When I worked at the craft book publisher, they would often forecast the demise of the knitting craze. But I knew better. I knew for many of us, knitting is more than just the craft itself. The unity of the fiber community and the support it offers is a living breathing thing. What I also know is this unity is worldwide crossing so many cultural, spirtual, and political beliefs. The fiber community is such a unifier. It is one of my favorite things about my knitting. The support and friendship of the community that extends beyond our fiber work. Just recently it was 2 of my knitting peeps that were instrumental in helping us find a home and move across state.

Here at UrbanGypZ, I have worked hard to keep my business politically neutral. If you know me through my posts and pictures, you probably could easily guess this hippie girl’s political leaning. But having lived in a decidedly red state, a decidedly blue city and now a very middle of the road, politically mixed town community, I knew that political culture and strife was just not an energy I wanted to bring to my little corner of the fiber community I love. Because I love you all as a whole and what you represent and offer as a whole. I am inspired to give back that same love and acceptance in the very same way. I also see every one of you as an individual, a unique fiber artist with history and cultures and spiritual beliefs that you express through your work whether it is consciously or subsonsciously.

Being the day after the 2016 US election, I totally underestimated the weight of writing a blog post this morning, and I wanted to honor the feelings of the whole community. For UrbanGypZ that community is quite literally worldwide. So all I can do is say the fiber community has reminded me that it the community part that makes us better people. And as a part of the community I am inspired to put out there the energy and love I want to see. So thank you Fiberista for being a part of the awesome fiber community. I really love you guys and your work inspires me more than you know. And I am so very proud to be a part of this community.

Now here is some yarn p*rn…

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