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Happy New Year, wonderful knitters! It’s very cold and snowing beautiful, glittery flakes today. I hope everyone is feeling good as they roll out of bed for the first day of 2014. I’m so excited that this year will bring more Ravellenics with the Winter Games, and new chances for me to meet some of you at events like Yarn Con, Stitches Midwest, Yarnover, TNNA and the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool festival.

Unexpectedly, both kids were asked to sleepovers last night, so Mike and I got to have a date! Since fish tacos are one of my favorite things in the world, we had a non-fancy but delicious dinner at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, then headed off of the snowy, slippery streets for a cozy double feature at home. The first feature: We’re the Millers, which we thought was a truly funny movie. And I may have made noises of glee when I saw Ron Swanson and Alexis pop up about halfway through.

Happy Birthday, Lil Buddy!

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It’s always such a whirlwind around here at the holidays; Lil Buddy’s birthday is right in the mix. I can’t believe our little guy is so big and independent, now. We still remember this big-eyed and big-cheeked little baby

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and now I just send him onto the ski slopes with a cell phone and say I’ll call when it’s time to head home!

I talk about Lil Buddy and sports a lot, but he’s also got a generous heart. It was his friendship with Buddy D that brought our third child into our house, and he stuck with it even when he had to share a room and all of his toys and kids were rude and insulting. Buddy D is no longer with us, and he suffered much from the loss of the friend he considered his brother. When there’s a baby bunny to save, Lil Buddy is there with a shoe box full of cotton, and when there’s a big dinner to make, he’s ready to chop vegetables. When we learned how many homeless kids live in Wisconsin, his response? “Let’s adopt one of those children.”

Happy birthday, my boy.

2013 in Yarn

2013 was a big one for Knitcircus Yarns; with the help of my dad and DH Extraordinaire Mike, the Lair grew to twice its size and now has all kinds of customized equipment to be able to make more yarns faster and better. The double winder below, created by my dad, is one of the most beautiful sights to me.

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This year,  I really found my passion with the Matching Socks and gradient yarns, and I consider myself vastly lucky every day to experiment with color and create yarns for my wonderful knitters. A heartfelt Thank You to everyone who purchased yarn this year and supported our cottage industry.Image

Last Sale Day

Speaking of yarns, I’m hard at work developing kettle-dyes to accompany each of my repeatable gradient colorways, so am letting go of all of the kettle dyes and handpaints that don’t fit the menu.Today is the very last day of the Kettle Dyes and Handpaints Sale, so if you’d like luxury hand-dyed yarns for just $15 each, today’s the day!

Yarn Clubs Update

If you’re in one of the Clubs, thanks for your patience! Much of December was consumed by a Huge, Secret Wholesale Project (soon to be not secret). All of the yarns and treats for the second Gradient Club packages are ready and the last batch will be in the mail tomorrow, so if you haven’t gotten your package yet, you surely will soon.

I’m now working on the third Matching Socks Club packages, so if you signed up for just one of those, or two, and want more, or haven’t tried it yet and would like to, you can just purchase the one-month package and the next ones will fly your way! I’m very excited about this colorway; I’ve been stretching my boundaries and experimenting with more colors within each gradient, and I hope you’ll like the results.

So a happy, happy New Year to all of you. Stay safe, stay warm and enjoy whichever project is on your needles. :)

Jaala


January 01, 2014 by Knitcircus

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