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March 2009 - Shivaya Naturals

March 2009

Store Update

March 30, 2009

Our store has been updated with some of our spring colors in our Silky Merino and Alpaca DK. We have had a lot of requests for the silky merino and hand painted sock yarns that sold out at our last update, and so we have also added a second dye loot of those colors.

We will be holding two more store updates in the next 7 days. The first will be this Friday, April 3rd at 2pm EST, and the second on Monday, April 6th at 4pm EST. These will include our silky cashmere lace, cashmere lace, merino lace, fingering merino, and variegated alpaca DK.

I love this time if year, and it is so much fun to create a color palette that reflects all of the wonderful colors that are beginning to pop-up.

Happy Knitting


Spring Sewing

March 28, 2009

I spent the morning at Fancy Tiger sewing with two very creative friends. Both women are way more advanced sewers that I am, but they were still gracious enough to bear with me. Even though it is only in the 30’s here today, and there is still a lot of snow on the ground, I wanted to sew something bright and full of Spring life. I chose the chemise from Simple Sewing with a French Twist. I used a very vibrant Amy Butler fabric, and some x-wide bias tape for the straps.

I am not very partial to how this top came out. First, I took the side seams in by more than an inch, and I still ended up looking, as my mother pointed out, like I was about ready to go into my 2nd trimester. Considering that I am not pregnant, this is not the look that I want to be sporting. The next time that I make this top (and I do want to make it again soon), I think that I would actually make it way less a-lined, and I would also shorten the armpits, and use satin ribbon, rather than bias tape for the straps.

No matter how the piece came out, it was still really wonderful to spend the morning on my own, doing something that I love so much. I spent my ride home thinking about how lucky, as women, we are to be able to come together and share so many wonderful stories, memories and moments while creating and crafting. The conversation today was everything from yoga, to raising chickens, knitting, dying and parenting. I learned a lot more than just how to make a chemise, and I am grateful for the time that was spent together.