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Logic? and a Link

Don’t you know that as I’m (finally!) settling in and getting ready to get back to tending my electronic creations,  my computer would go on strike. The new backup hard drive came today so the file shuffling will commence and soon there will be a big, bright and shiny new hard drive! Then the gates will open and I’ll be able to sit for hours at my desk sending coded creatures out into the world. Actually, I didn’t know how much I’d miss it.

In the mean time you can find most available things at: www.propanicusmoon.etsy.com

Thanks for stopping by – I’ll see you back here before too long!

The Quiet Before the . . .

Though I’m generally on the quiet side, I’m even more so these days as I am busy dyeing  all sorts of yarns for the Finger Lakes Fiber Festival at the Hemlock, NY FairGrounds on September 21 & 22. I have many new bases with a couple more coming later in the week! The only down side is that my supplier had medical issues at the beginning of the year, when she would normally be telling the mill what she needed for the middle of the year, so I am very short on some of my old standbys. I will be able to get them in October but will not have them for the festival. I will, however, have a lot of lace weights, some very nice new fingering weights and a couple of lovely DK weights. Some of the new colors are saturated and vibrant while others are misty and ethereal so you will have quite a choice in that department.

I’ll try and stop back in with photos and more info on the yarns I will have at the Festival. The etsy shop will not be up-dated until after the Festival and then I hope to have, at least, some of everything to post there. I really dislike that part of this business but will get to it as quickly as I can.

Happy Anniversary!!

It has been just about one year since yarny rainbows began drifting out of my kitchen and into the world. Most of you have looked, many have bought and others have raved – in the best way:-) Now it’s time for me to give back to you all. For four days, June 18 – 21, all yarn orders from etsy will be eligible for either 20% off 1YEARSALE or free shipping 1YEARSHIP  – simply enter the coupon code in the box provided at check out. 

The coupons are active now but you might want to wait until tomorrow (Tues. June 18) for the best selection and a better chance that your yarn won’t have sold at my LYS. If you do order a yarn and it has been sold at the shop I will be happy to dye you another one or refund your money, whichever you prefer. I will be going out of town for a week, or two, and will not be able to get your yarn dyed, dried and shipped until after the July 4th holiday. 

Thanks for your support of Propanicus Moon yarns and have a great summer!!

 

Changes – Onward and Upward!

Last spring I set up a website through the Google/Intuit Get Your Business Online program at the same time that I remodeled this site. That free website has been mostly trouble; hard to update, limited space, inconvenient photo manipulation, you get the picture. That site will stay up until the end of its free period sometime in May, I believe – I’ll check on that. In the meantime I will be building a new site with the help of my friend Barbara Day at Day’s Work Design. Until the new site is up and running you will be able to find out what’s going on right here! In the Links section, you will find a links to my etsy store and Ravelry group which will further serve in keeping you up to date. I will announce the launch of the  new site Right Here and in the Ravelry group. I don’t know how long this process will take but everything should be covered. Any questions can be left here or on Ravelry. We may even transfer the domain name to this blog for the time being.

Now for the News!
I’m getting some fiber festivals lined up for the summer and fall! You will be able to find me at:
The Mid-Ohio Fiber Fair    August 17 & 18
Actually, I have had to cancel this show – but -If you are in the area you should consider going – it’s a very nice   smaller fair!
The Finger Lakes Fiber Arts Festival     September 21 &22
Thanks again to Pat Gesler for sharing her space!
NYS Sheep and Wool Festival     October 19 & 20
Even if I don’t get in as a vendor I’ll be there!

Aside from the KALs that I’m in the middle of, the thing that has me buzzing is that I have been asked to be a part of a book project!!! Mara Rooney of The Dancing Goat Yarn Shop passed on an email calling for patterns that originated in LYSs around the US. I came up with a cowl pattern in a long and a short version and got it submitted at the last minute. A couple of days ago I received an email stating that they would like to use the long version if I wanted to participate. The sample yarn is on the way and I’ll have it knit up and back to them in about a month. The book is part of the 60 Quick Knit series from Sixth & Spring books and Cascade Yarn. I don’t know when it will be available – possibly in the late summer or early fall. I will let you know about that too.

That’s about all for now. I have to get my taxes done, get knitting and get dying!

Nearly Mindless Shawl

I will be teaching a Nearly Mindless Shawl class at The Dancing Goat in Warsaw on July 16 & 23. This is a great shawl for those wanting to make something light and lacy but unsure of their ability to get the stitches to line up just right. You get to choose where and when you add the lacy mesh to your shawl. The shawl in the photo is solid with a mesh band at the bottom edges and a picot bind off for a little more interest. Decide whether you want :

  • a set placement of a specific number of lace rows mixed with a specific number of solid rows
  • to alternate solid and mesh as you work through wide bands of different colors (think Noro)
  • to choose a few colors from a hand painted yarn for more random placement of mesh areas

More great things about this shawl are getting your choice of any yarn size – though lace weight and fingering are probably best for this time of year, deciding what size shawl you want – you can keep adding yarn until you have a blanket if that’s what you’re looking for – the one in the picture used just over 400 yards of lace weight yarn and blocked out to a nice medium size, and, who knows, once you get the hang of it you might want to move on to one of those fancier shawls you’ve been eyeing!
Hope to see you there!

For more details: call Mara at The Dancing Goat: 585-786-2888

New Direction

Friday, June 22,2012
While today may not be THE day, it is a BIG day. I’m waiting for UPS to drop off my first shipment of yarn and find myself looking out the window every few minutes to see if the truck is out there. The dogs aren’t barking but yesterday, or the day before, they let the mail lady park in front of the house and honk her horn without a peep until I started down the stairs – then they wouldn’t shut up. My new business cards were in the mail today. Nate designed them and they turned out pretty darn good.
I did receive my business cards today! Nate designed them, using my logo and I think they turned out great!
My biggest concern right now is brand identity. I have the Propanicus Moon name playing off of Propanicus – bitter cold winter, empty propane tank lasts 2 weeks, now it’s a giant party in February with fried turkeys, spicy food, gifts of warmth, tiki torches, glow in the dark bocce, and, last year, a fire juggler. How does this transfer into the name/theme of a yarn company? My only connection is the gifts of warmth aspect with me making dozens, over the years, of hats and scarves and fingerless gloves. The idea that sparked (ha, ha) the bigger concept was watching lightning during a thunder storm. I’d wanted a way to combine art and knitting into a way to make some money and this seemed like a great way to do that.
I’d better post this now so I can move on to things that are happening.

Gearing Up?

Not sure if I’m trying to breathe some life into this or not but I have been feeling a slight urge to communicate a bit more than I have over the past year. Usually I move the cursor away from the Blogger shortcut as fast as I can, and today I actually clicked it. Now I just have to remember what has happened in the past year. . . . 
The first big news from last spring is that I lost my camera, my lovely little Lumix LX2 – a point & shoot with superior ability. I think that I set it on the car and then drove off?! One thing that it lacked was a neck strap – I think that the new models have them. Any way, I looked everywhere and called around and looked everywhere again with no luck – this went on for several months and, for nearly a year, when friends would ask “What’s new?” it would always, eventually, come to “I lost my camera.” After a while I stopped being so mopey about it and started saving and researching. After much obsessing and looking around I settled on the Lumix GF-1 a micro four thirds format with interchangeable lenses. At the time it cost only about $100 more than the newest model LX5 and had many more features. By the time I thought I had enough cash the price had gone up considerably, over twice the cost of an LX5, and the new model had yet to be released. I hadn’t saved up that much. I finally realized that I could afford a reconditioned camera and ordered one before those prices started soaring. So, I have my new camera and am taking my time learning about it. Sometimes I catch myself smiling when I think about it. Other times I don’t catch myself and just smile.
In August 2010, Mara and John Rooney opened The Dancing Goat Yarn Shop in Warsaw!! I was (and still am) so excited that a real, bricks and mortar yarn shop was just a few miles down the road from my house. No more having to wait days for something to be shipped or having to drive over an hour to find  store that might have what I wanted. I’ve been knitting more and selling most of the bags I’ve made over the past year. I have to go down there this afternoon and get some yarn to finish a new bag.
I guess that the third big-ish development is discovering that I can actually make chain maille jewelry. I only get myself twisted up for a short time while I figure out a new weave and then everything goes right together. I just ordered some new rings to make a couple of bracelets and earrings and maybe a necklace.
I think this is enough for today. I must get out and run errands and get my new yarn.

Encaustic Day in Rock Glen

Last week Sue came over to my house and we, along with Nate, dove in to my new encaustic set up. I had a starter set with 8 transparent encaustic colors, a bunch of oil paints, encaustic medium, filtered beeswax, paraffin, an electric griddle, 5×5 inch baltic birch panels, a couple of great reference books The Art of Encaustic Painting: Contemporary Expression in the Ancient Medium of Pigmented Wax and Encaustic Workshop: Artistic Techniques for Working with Wax and a bunch of cheap bristle brushes. I covered the table with an old vinyl cloth, put an exhaust fan in the window and away we went.

Apparently, encaustic with the uninitiated can be a very messy affair. It was a good thing that I had thought of using paper work space covers or else Nate’s area would be hopelessly lost to anyone else using that area in the future. Encaustic wax does not flake off hard surfaces like candle wax, it must be the damar crystals that keep it sticky and adhesive. The paraffin does peel off easily but it is used to clean the brushes.

Nate really went to town, as evidenced from his mess above, and ended up with a triptych complete with scanned and printed negatives and LOTS of texture.

Sue brought all sorts of stuff from home and made this beautiful collage using a printed image, flower bud, sonnet from Shakespeare and part of a potato bag.

My first one really bothered me because the wax kept blowing all over the board when I tried to fuse it. I would scrape the wax off and start again only to achieve the same results. Next I just started sticking stuff into the warm wax; shredded packing materials, a little bee firework and a bunch of scraped off wax globs. Then I added a final coat of medium and got this Starry Night kind of look with the fusing.

I used some of what I learned in my second one – keeping the background somewhat simple and layering a lot on top of that before fusing. I painted over Sue’s potato sack, threw in a few gouges and filled them with oil paint, stuck on a paper flower, carved out a little vase shape and sprinkled some lavender over the top.

Throughout this process we depended on two books for our how-to references and inspiration. These books were The Art of Encaustic Painting: Contemporary Expression in the Ancient Medium of Pigmented Wax by Joanne Mattera andEncaustic Workshop: Artistic Techniques for Working with Wax by Patricia B. Seggebruch. These two books really compliment one another; The Art of Encaustic Painting take a fine art approach to historical and contemporary uses of encaustic combined with technical knowhow while Encaustic Workshop is a more freeform look at one artist’s work and step-by-step instructions for achieving the numerous effects she illustrates in the book. One of us was always asking to look at one book or the other.