Last January Jordana Paige sent me the latest addition to her fantastic line of knitting bags, this one called: Cezanne. I was so enamored with the on-trend oxblood red, the plentiful pocket arrangement and the accessory pouches that I decided to honor Cezanne by filling it up with supplies for a non-work related project. Frivolous stitching is not something I see much of these days, but this bag deserved the honor of holding what to me is one of life’s most precious things: the tools for free-time enjoyment.
Cezanne filled to the brim with supplies to make the Tiamat Shawl, by Shannon Mullet-Bowlsby
As it goes with good intentions, I started of my homage with focused dedication. See below: my metallic yarn and hook had been put to work — they even rested nicely next to coffee served in a 1950’s cup and saucer from the set my dad sent back from the war. (Lacework of any kind equals fanciness and thusly deserves to be in the company of fine China. Duh.)
Alas though, life happens. Work projects call and just-for-fun projects are set aside. So, for 6 months my new bag and shawl-to-be hung out together next to my office desk. Waiting.
Until a couple of weeks ago.
I’m happy to report that finally, I’ve actually finished a garment created for no other purpose than my own happiness! It’s a small victory, but one I will wear with pride (as soon as the Texas heat subsides). Isnt’ she purty? (Shannon did a great job with his design and the pattern was really well written, too!)
In short, it may not epitomize “zen”, but the right supplies, some time to yourself and a few stitches can really make a difference in a busy person’s life. Well, at least it did in mine.
You can nab a Cezanne bag here and the pattern for the Tiamat shawl here.
It's almost July and that means it's time to debut YarnYAY!’s Fall/Winter Designer in Residence - the amazing, vibrant, and talented, Toni Lipsey aka @tlyarncrafts ! We're big fans of her work in both the crochet and Tunisian crochet realms and couldn't be more thrilled to have her on the design team for the season.
✨This means that, as of our July box (on sale now) YarnYAY! subscribers will receive one of her patterns, designed especially for us! 🧶
Welcome Toni, we’re thrilled to have you as part of the team! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
The majority share of the knitting, crochet, and crafts industries, and the community that supports them, are women and non-binary folk with uteruses. After yesterday's devastating supreme court decision, essentially removing women's constitutional rights over our own bodies, need to support one another. We need to love each other enough to not give up. I see you. My heart is with you.
Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to be on a Zoom action-meeting run by a major women's healthcare organization. We feel powerless, but one of the suggestions they gave for things we can do is to donate to grass-root organizations that focus on women's healthcare clinics.
𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝗼𝗻, 𝟭𝟬𝟬% 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗳𝗶𝘁𝘀 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗯𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗱-𝗻𝗲𝘄, 𝗹𝗮𝗿𝗴𝗲 𝗬𝗮𝗿𝗻𝗬𝗔𝗬! 𝗹𝗼𝗴𝗼 𝗯𝗮𝗴𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗯𝗲 𝗱𝗼𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 @keepourclinics It'𝘀 𝗮 𝘀𝗺𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴, 𝗯𝘂𝘁 𝗮𝘁 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘄𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗱𝗼 𝘁𝗼 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆.
(Go to the link I’m my @vickiehowell bio to shop).
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