WIPWed #64: De-Funking

Sometimes I find myself bogged down in the day-to-day of everything. Things become overwhelming, I start feeling impatient, and nothing I do seems to work out as planned. I don’t have any answers for how to feel better about all of that stuff, but I do know that coming home to a bunch of yarn-y goodies is a quick way to snap out of a funk.

Indie Untangled Swap | Woolen Diversions

Indie Untangled Summer of Love Swap

I participated in the Indie Untangled Summer of Love swap and my package arrived on exactly the right afternoon. My swap partner went with a beach-y theme and gave me delightfully beach-scented wax tarts and soap, beach reading material, and frozen drink mix. She also included some tasty healthy snacks and beautiful little fish box. She added some yarn from her stash as well as this gorgeous skein from Canon Hand Dyes:

Canon Hand Dyes | Woolen Diversions

Custom-dyed Canon Hand Dyes yarn!

My swap partner had Amy custom dye a skein of yarn in all of my favorite colors, and she totally nailed it! I hear this special Indie Untangled colorway will be available at the pre-Rhinebeck Trunk Show. I’m super psyched about this yarn. I’ve been wanting to try the self-striping Canon Hand Dyes yarn for a long time and have been stalking destashes to no avail. I can’t wait to knit this skein up.

BMFA RWC fiber | Woolen Diversions

BMFA Rockin’ Whorl Club Ecru Merino/Black Tussah Silk

I had another surprise waiting for me yesterday, as well: the August shipment of the Blue Moon Fiber Arts Rockin’ Whorl Club. This fiber is 80% ecru Merino / 20% black Tussah silk and it is just lovely. Tina dyed jewel tones interspersed with the naturally salt-and-pepper fiber. She named it Nanu Nanu in honor of Robin Williams. I love it. She told a story in her dyer’s notes about how her mother used to say things along the lines of “you are only as bored or as happy as you want to be” and she mentioned how spinning is her way of slowing down time and grabbing at that happiness. It was a little nugget of wisdom that I really needed to hear.

Three Waters Farm BFL | Woolen Diversions

Spinning some BFL dyed by Three Waters Farm.

So I dusted off my wheel (literally) and sat down to deliberately spin for the first time all summer. I took some of my favorite fiber and about 30 minutes to just enjoy myself. I highly recommend fiber therapy.

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Nature therapy.

I also recommend nature therapy. Over the long weekend I went camping with the Fiasco and a couple of friends and it was glorious. We unplugged from our computers and phones and just enjoyed each other’s company. We went to a Renn Faire, biked through the woods, swam in a pond, and ate s’mores to our hearts’ content. It was an excellent way to wind down the summer and it was something my soul really needed.

How do you de-funk-ify yourself, when needed?

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Stuff Is Happening — Aaaaaaahck!

So much to do, guys, so much to do! It bodes ill that the night before we leave for the beginning of our honeymoon I am only just now getting a chance to sit down to eat dinner at 9:30 p.m. I can tell it is going to be one of those nights after which waking up at 4 a.m. is going to be less than pleasant (but is that ever pleasant, really?).

Things I’ve learned today:

  • Get your travel immunizations done WEEKS before you leave the country, not days * ahem *.
  • Especially since some of those suckers HURT (my arm feels like its been hit with a baseball bat).
  • Get a paper copy of the prescription for the antibiotics that the doc convinced you it would be super great to have with you while traveling because…
  • The doctor will never, ever, ever, call in the prescription correctly, and then the office will close for the weekend, and all pharmacies everywhere will refuse to give you the meds without a new prescription.
  • The above series of events will make the FiascoHubs lose his trademark cool a little bit, and it will be both stressful and kind of adorable to watch.

Can you tell we’re new at this whole international travel thing? Here’s hoping we don’t catch typhoid fever…

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Time for a swap-happy sale!

In happier news, there’s a Summer of Love Indie Swap going on in the Indie Untangled group on Ravelry! Sign ups are open until today (the 18th), but if you’re quick I bet you could still get your questionnaire in on time! The swap has a limit in the $40 – $50 range and the only requirement is that you send at least one item from an Indie Untangled artisan (like yours truly)! I’m offering a sale for swap participants on all lip balms, lotion bars, and sample-sized gift sets at Sweet Sheep Body Shoppe. You can find more details about the sale in this post.

And with that, I’m off! I’ll be in Costa Rica for the next 2 weeks and completely failed to prepare posts ahead of time so this is ta-ta for now, my lovely readers. However, if you’d like to keep up with my while I’m gone, I’ll hopefully be posting photos of my adventures over on Instagram. Volcanos, monkeys, and Caribbean sunsets — here we come!