Website Update and Summer News

New gallery of colorways
New gallery of colorways

You may have noticed I’m not the most frequent blogger. It seems that my hands have been so busy creating yarn and keeping up with life that I forgot to stop a minute and update you lovely readers.

First: I updated the website! It’s now sleek and straightforward and includes lots of colorful pictures of yarn. I’m still working on gathering photos of my process, since I rarely stop in the middle to snap pictures.

So glamorous, right? Prepping yarn for dyeing, putting labels on finished yarn, and packing a couple of boxes for delivery.
So glamorous, right? Prepping yarn for dyeing, putting labels on finished yarn, and packing a couple of boxes for delivery.

Second: You might have noticed a couple of new stores on the Shop page. Yes, Bumblebirch is venturing North to Washington! You can now find my yarn at the Tea Cozy Yarn Shop in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, as well as Tolt Yarn and Wool in heavenly Carnation (just 45 minutes East of Seattle). A couple months ago I took a trip up from Portland to visit both stores and was so tempted to stay and knit. If you’re in either neighborhood you should go check them out! They are both beautiful stores, welcoming and friendly, and stocked with inspiring yarns and samples.

Third: It’s summer and crops are in full swing, so it’s preserving season! This is what I’ve been working on when I’m not dyeing yarn. Each year I get a little more ambitious. Last year I put up peaches 4 different ways. This year I bought pickling cucumbers in bulk and put up 20lbs of blueberries my family and I picked at Blue Bee Farm on nearby Sauvie Island.

Shanna of Blue Bee Farm, a family-owned, sustainable-practice blueberry farm on Sauvie Island.
Shanna of Blue Bee Farm, a family-owned, sustainable-practice blueberry farm on Sauvie Island. Those are our bags of blueberries on the table.
Brining 20lbs of cucumbers is a big job, but my pickles will turn out crunchier.
Brining 20lbs of cucumbers is a big job, but my pickles will turn out crunchier.
A productive day in the kitchen.
A productive day in the kitchen.

I still have plans for blackberries, peaches, tomatoes…and anything else that catches my fancy.

Fourth: Autumn is coming quick on the heels of August, so Fall Yarn Club subscriptions are already available. There are limited spots so get yours quickly! The price includes 3 months of surprise yarn AND shipping. What a great deal!

Lastly: There’s a PNW-style heat wave going on right now (anything over 82F is too hot for Portland) so I’m going to turn off the heat-producing computer, make myself some iced tea, and get to knitting something small. Stay cool, friends!

The perfect combination in the summer: iced tea and wee socks.
The perfect combination in the summer: iced tea and wee socks.

Spring Yarn Update

 

New colorway Blake in Heartwood
New colorway Blake in Heartwood

If you have seen the date of my previous post, you know I’m terrible at blogging. My hands are just so busy with yarn lately!

New spicy colorway Paprika.
New spicy colorway Paprika.
New colorway Monique in Heartwood
New colorway Monique in Heartwood

And there’s been a whole lot of this, too:

My son enjoying the puddles during a sunbreak.
My son enjoying the puddles during a sunbreak.

Perhaps the most exciting thing to happen in April (other than our parked car getting smashed by a drunk driver) was the Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival! I got to go out to Hood River and hang out with a friendly bunch of knitters, crocheters, weavers, and spinners. There were all kinds of workshops and a beautiful, cozy fiber marketplace. Here’s my booth:

Bumblebirch booth ready with lots of yarn!
Bumblebirch booth ready with lots of yarn!
Piles of lush yarn!
Piles of lush yarn!

It was such a beautiful weekend. If you can get out to Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival next April, you won’t regret it!

Heartwood Heather
Heartwood Heather

You can see from the pictures that my booth only had a handful of samples, so I’m working on building up the collection. I chose this bright, orchid purple colorway Heather to make an Orchid Thief shawl. It’s such a simple pattern (as far as lace goes) and I’ve been making quick progress.

My Orchid Thief shawl, in Heather.
My Orchid Thief shawl, in Heather.

Do you have some new Spring projects? What are you working on?