Sunday, June 26, 2016

Countdown to the Tour

The Tour de Fleece team in the Ravelry Blue Peninsula group has begun training in earnest: we're busy planning, carding, spinning, plying.  The Tour de Fleece starts on Saturday, July 2 and runs until Sunday, July 24 (with rest days and challenge days, just like the actual Tour de France). We have room for more team members, so if you want to devote more time to your spinning projects during July, come join us!

Spinners of all levels are welcome. Though the main goal of the TDF is to have fun, we've got fiber and yarn prizes too, to add a little extra incentive to post often. The prizes will be awarded randomly for posting (rather than for spinning achievements), to keep things low pressure and give everybody a chance at winning.

Because I have a lot of other projects to keep on schedule, my TDF goal is simple: spin on one of my three drop spindle WIPs for at least 20 minutes every day and—I hope—do some plying as well. I've got some mixed BFL going:

Spinning WIPs, June 2016

Also some dark chocolate CVM/Romeldale (gifted to me last year by Christine Link of Skeinny Dipping):

Spinning WIPs, June 2016

And some creamy white Cormo from Foxfire Fiber (some of which I've already plyed and dyed with hickory nuts):

Spinning WIPs, June 2016

Frankly, I'll be glad to make any amount of progress, even a little, on these. I confess I've been neglecting my spinning for months. Time to remedy that situation!

I also can't wait to see what my fellow team members spin. They are mostly working with more colorful fibers than I am (Three Waters Farm seems to be a particular favorite).

Are you joining the Tour de Fleece this year? If you are, I hope your pre-TDF training is going well. Good luck!

Spinning WIPs, June 2016

Friday, June 24, 2016

Stitch Journal, Week 25

This week I stitched the colors of cardinals, tree trunks in shadow, walnut leaves, the sky at dawn, goldfinches, and the rings around the chipmunks' eyes.

If you'd like to see the project on a daily basis, follow my Instagram feed. I post there immediately after stitching each day.

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Just a reminder—free shipping continues! Through June 30, I'm offering free shipping on purchases of $15 or more in my Etsy shop, with the coupon code FREESHIP2016.

If you are enjoying my Stitch Journal project, I hope you'll consider making a purchase to help support it. Funds are needed for stretchers, professional photography, and a website to serve as home for this project and my other artwork.

If you don't wish to make a purchase but just want to support the project, you can do that, too. Thank you!

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Thankful

Did you knit in public for Worldwide Knit in Public Day? I did—at a cafe where my sister Jackie and I got together to catch up over ice tea. I was working on a secret project for a magazine, though, so I didn't take a photo.

But actually, I knit in public almost every day. In the past week, I knit during my lunch hour next to a beautiful lake . . .

Summer knitting

I knit on my new Streusel sample at the Lady Killigrew cafe above the Sawmill River (the yarn is a new base called Delirium, coming soon from Periwinkle Sheep) . . . 

Streusel Scarf

and today I bicycled to Share Coffee in downtown Amherst, where I got several more inches done on a fall design (more about it another time; the yarn is Quince and Co. Finch in Egret):

Knitting at Share (formerly Rao's)

As a designer, I usually have 2–3 projects with me that I work on each day. Short spurts of knitting here and there really add up and help me stay on schedule with deadline projects.

I'm thankful to live in an area with lots of pleasant coffeeshops perfect for knitting away from home. And I'm thankful for all of your support—it makes my work as a knitwear designer so satisfying! I was excited this week to see the Ravelry Blue Peninsula group has grown to over 600 members. Every time someone leaves a positive comment about a pattern, or posts a stunning finished project, or likes a design in progress on Instagram, it makes my day. All of these kindnesses make me feel appreciated and affirmed as a designer.

In thanks for your support, I'm offering a discount in my Ravelry pattern store: save $1 on any individual Blue Peninsula pattern or ebook with the coupon code THANKYOU. The code will be good through midnight EST Monday, July 4 (one use per customer).

And now—back to knitting!  The secret project is not going to knit itself. :-)

Friday, June 17, 2016

Stitch Journal, Week 24

I continued working satin stitch this week, until the terrible news of the mass shooting in Orlando. The next morning I stitched white French knots, for those whose lives were cut short.

Why is it still so easy for individuals to obtain military weapons like semiautomatic rifles? When will we finally put better gun control laws in place? How many times does this have to happen? Why, why, why?

Sad news came over the radio each morning this week, while I stitched and observed the beauty outside my window. Such a study in contrasts. Violence in the news, but here—peace. Finches and cardinals. Phoebes and common yellowthroats. Mourning doves cooing. Chipmunks chipping and scampering through the grass.

The small brown stitches are for the chipmunks and the groundhog that's been active around the edges of the yard on recent evenings. 

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Just a reminder—free shipping continues! Through June 30, I'm offering free shipping on purchases of $15 or more, with the coupon code FREESHIP2016.

If you are enjoying my Stitch Journal project, I hope you'll consider making a purchase from my Etsy shop to help support it. Funds are needed for stretchers, professional photography, and a website to serve as home for this project and my other artwork.

If you don't wish to make a purchase but just want to support the project, you can do that, too. Thank you!

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Stitch Journal, Week 23

More and more satin stitch: that's what I feel impelled to stitch in response to the bright colors and lush growth of June. This month's piece is growing steadily from the center outward.

Will I break with that and stitch something different? I don't know—so far, when I review this piece each morning and ponder the next step, I've decided to add more satin stitch. We'll see what happens as the month progresses.

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If you are enjoying my Stitch Journal project, I hope you'll consider making a purchase from my Etsy shop to help support it. Funds are needed for stretchers, professional photography, and a website to serve as home for this project and my other artwork.

Through June 30, I'm offering free shipping on purchases of $15 or more, with the coupon code FREESHIP2016.

If you don't wish to make a purchase but just want to support the project, you can do that, too. Thank you!

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Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Etsy Shop Update (and Free Shipping!)

Multicolor circles eye pillow

New in my Etsy shop.—a pretty eye pillow stitched with overlapping circles in delicate colors. It's embroidered with the same naturally dyed Valdani threads that I use for my Stitch Journal project. I decided that, since the circles I stitched for the May stitch journal piece were so popular on Instagram, I'd use them for a new eye pillow design.

New eye pillows

My eye pillows are filled with a half cup each of lavender, flax seed, and rice. They weigh 6–7 ounces—just the right weight for soothing tired eyes—and make a fragrant and thoughtful gift, whether for a friend or for yourself. 

New eye pillows! Which is your favorite? Freshly listed in my Etsy shop (link in profile) #bonniesennott #etsy #lavender #embroidery #stitching #yoga

There are now seven different pillows for you to choose from. And through June 30, I'm offering free shipping. Just use the coupon code FREESHIP2016 when you check out.

Sashiko rice stitch

When I posted the new pillow on Instagram the other day, a customer who purchased a pillow for his mother left a comment that really warmed my heart: he said she raves about her pillow and uses it every day to relieve the symptoms of various eye problems.

Stitching and sewing these eye pillows is a quiet, meditative activity. When I wrap each order and send it off, I hope those same qualities travel with the pillow to its recipient.

Eye pillow

Thank you very much for reading!

Friday, June 03, 2016

Stitch Journal, Week 22

After a couple of days of computer woes, I'm able to post! Things are creaky and slow but at least I'm here. Luckily, tech problems don't stop me from stitching.

The exuberant May circles have come to an end, and the new June piece is begun. I'm starting out with dense satin stitch. We'll see where it leads and if I detour into other stitches in the days ahead. It does seem perfect for the lushness of nature this month.

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If you are enjoying my Stitch Journal project, I hope you'll consider making a purchase from my Etsy shop to help support it. Funds are needed for stretchers, professional photography, and a website to serve as home for this project and my other artwork.

For a limited time, I'm offering free shipping on purchases of $15 or more in my Etsy shop, with the coupon code FREESHIP2016.

If you don't wish to make a purchase but just want to support the project, you can do that, too. Thank you!

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Stitch Journal, Week 21

Colors stitched this week: red, for the cardinal. Yellow, for the finches. Brown, for a bunny. Creamy off white, for early morning light on the birch trees. Rosy pink, for a flower that suddenly appeared in the brush (turned out to be an alstroemeria from a discarded bouquet). And green, of course, for the greenness everywhere.

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If you don't wish to make a purchase but just want to support the project, you can do that, too. Thank you!

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Last Day: Notch Sale

Notch Shawl, by Bonnie Sennott
Pattern: Notch, by Bonnie Sennott
Yarn: Louet Gems Fingering (555 yards)

Today's the last day of the Ravelry sale on my new shawl design, Notch.  Use the coupon code NOTCH to get $1 off. Sale ends at midnight EST!

There's been such a positive response to this shawl on Instagram and Ravelry. I'm so glad you all like it. I thoroughly enjoyed the process of designing an asymmetrical shawl and am sure I'll embark on another very soon.

Notch Shawl, by Bonnie Sennott

Hope you're having a beautiful, relaxing Sunday!


Friday, May 20, 2016

Stitch Journal, Week 20

This week brought an explosion of green in the yard, and lots of yellows too (finches, buttercups, dandelions). I stitched in red a couple of times, as well—for the cardinals who sing so beautifully in the early mornings.

I'm enjoying stitching circles and glad I chose them as the focus for this month. Within the general limitation of "stitch at least one circle each day," there's been room for plenty of variation and playful improvisation—which seems just right for the month of May.

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If you are enjoying my Stitch Journal project, I hope you'll consider making a purchase from my Etsy shop to help support it. And right now, you can get free shipping on purchases of $15 or more with the coupon code FREESHIP2016.

If you don't wish to make a purchase but just want to support the project, you can do that, too. Thank you!

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