And just like that, another few months zipped by. I'm pretty sure I wasn't meant to be a blogger.
I have too many exciting announcements to make to not blog though, so here we go!
#1. My good friend Jennifer Gallentine recently opened up a shop in Latrobe, PA called Willow Mist Boutique. She's been curating an amazing collection of handspun yarns from all around the country as well as other handmade items. I sent a huge box of batts and battlings with a small assortment of handspun yarns, scarves, and felting tutorials, so if you're in the area, please stop by and check out my woolies!
#2. Christiane Knight, owner of ThreeRavens Yarn and Fiber Studio in Baltimore, MD recently also accepted a huge box of my batts for consignment. I am so honored to be in her beautiful shop. She's an amazing teacher and one of the most inspirational figures in the fiber world. I can't wait to get a chance to drop by and visit as well as shop for fibers from the other fiberistas also selling on consignment there.
#3. TRUNK SHOW! Seriously. This will be my very first trunk show, and I'm over the moon that the lovely ladies of Cloverhill Yarn Shop in Catonsville, MD will be hosting me. September 27th starting at 6pm. I'll be bringing some fiber to leave at the shop too, so if that date doesn't work, you'll be able to find Hobbledehoy at Cloverhill this Fall too.
This summer, I've gone a little nutty with creating battlings after they were such a huge hit at Maryland Sheep & Wool. I also brought back the RollyBatts and am working on 6 new luscious colorways of them next week. Today though is all for ArtBatts, ClassicBatts, and slowly painting some merino/tencel and superwash merino/bamboo/nylon for a collection of hand-painted top inspired by the Farmer's Market. Earlier this month, I had an Addams Family collection and earlier this summer, I used my hiking adventures to inspire the dye pots, so I'm anxious to see how this batch turns out.
On the home front, my little bubba Ira is suddenly 9.5 months old! Now that his terrible colic is in the past, he's the happiest child I've ever met. He's got a great sense of humor and an insatiable curiosity. He lives to eat and taste everything and never stops chatting to himself. We've logged about a dozen intentional words from him, but he's refusing to say "Mama" at the present and instead makes kissy sounds when he wants my attention. My darling feisty Iggy is loving her new bike and spends all of her time outside with her imaginary cat. She turns 4 this winter and I'm having fun planning a "cave" themed party at her request. We're visiting some caverns near Hershey, PA tomorrow, so I'm hoping to get some inspiration. This is where I'd like to pause my little ones and just enjoy them for a few decades, but since I can't, I'm trying to soak up as many great experiences with them as possible. In case you're wondering why my updates are infrequent or my output has tapered.. this is why. I still spend several nights a week in my basement studio, churning out batts and relishing the opportunity to experiment, create, breathe.