Monday, April 28, 2014

Show Season

Our 'show season' is short here :)  basically we attend two shows- Stitches West in CA and DFW Fiber Fest in TX.
We dye like crazy for months and then hop on a plane, meet lots of fun people, and immerse ourselves in all things fiber.

Now that the shows are over I can get back to fulfilling wholesale orders, start on some customs and hopefully keep the store regularly stocked... and start blogging again???

new yarn has been added to the shop

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

It's finished! It's finished!

I'm so very happy with how everything turned out- it is still a bit sterile but that should change with time.

work area for me and a sitting area for the kids

some lace weight

yarns hanging to dry

undyed yarn/fiber storage

 dye mixing room (this is still a work in progress as the old sinks need torn out and the new one put in)

and there is a little entryway by the front door that will be the 'shipping station'

let the dyeing commence!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

getting closer

The studio is looking great! I can't believe how a little paint and lighting can make such a huge difference.

My stainless steel tables arrived and I love them; there is new lighting, fresh paint, a new sink, and the oven waiting to be installed.

The once bedroom, now storage and drying room, has a fresh coat of paint plus shelves and racks.

and I decided to shut my portion off from the rest of the bunkhouse (in total there are about 7 more bedrooms plus another big area in the back) in an effort to conserve energy/heat expense 

I can't wait to start hauling all my stuff over!

On the knitting front I finally finished my test knit of Calendula, a gorgeous little dress made with fingering weight yarn. I used WSK Aspen sock with nylon in a dark pink and I love how it turned out.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Studio News!

The time has finally come...WSK is moving out of my house and into a dedicated space. I am so excited!

 On the ranch we have a building called 'the Bunkhouse' where originally men that worked on the ranch lived, dorm style. It is a little red and white block style building and super close to my house- I took this picture last  night from my front lawn.

It has been many years since anyone but mice and junk have lived in the building so I asked if I could take it over and make it into a dye studio. My husband was actually pretty happy (he wants the mountains of yarn and fiber OUT of the house) so I started hauling junk out a few weeks ago.

Today he pressure washed it with bleach (this was SO needed) and removed some of the old cabinets. New windows were put in last week and tomorrow the painters come and will paint all of it- walls, ceilings and floors. Stainless steel tables have been ordered, new ovens picked out, new utility sink, electrician plans to be here in the next few weeks to install new lighting and heaters, contractor hired for storage shelving and new is finally coming together. I figured I better get some 'before' pictures so I can document the transformation. The main front room:

Then down the hallway I have emptied one of the small bedrooms to use for storage.

As you can see it needs a lot of TLC (you should have seen it before I started hauling the junk out- yikes!

I hope to be moved in and up and running by the end of August - but promise to show more progress pictures as we go :)

Friday, October 7, 2011

lots of sock!

You can now find WSK yarn at Stix , an awesome LYS in Bozeman, MT.

sock yarn

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Finally back to school!
Gavin is off to 1st grade and for the first time going for the full day- and taking the bus (which he loves).
This I hope will give me more time to dye yarn and knit (who cares about housework!)

I just finished up an order for The Yarn Shop and Fiber Place in Bozeman, MT
This time they ordered some Willow superwash Merino in five different colorways.
comb creek, forget-me-not hill, cake, bella, and rustic rainbow
I'm sure they would be happy to take phone orders should anyone desire one of these colorways!

'comb creek' Willow SW Merino

'forget-me-not' Willow SW Merino

'cake' Willow SW Merino

'bella' kettle dyed- Willow SW Merino

'rustic rainbow' Willow SW Merino

also continue to check my etsy shop
as I have been periodically putting some skeins up there.

On the knitting front I am currently knitting for Gavin a hooded vest. We are hosting a fall sweater KAL on our Ravelry group so I hope to finish this in time.

Friday, July 22, 2011

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

new indigo dyed ecru pfau shorty