It’s been such a busy few weeks. IMG_1453Thoroughly enjoyed the Brioche class that I took.  Had so much fun with some of my knitting buddies and made some new knitting buddies.  Here’s a peak at the finished product.  It was still on the needles when I took this picture.  Lavanya Patricella was a fabulous teacher and Deb’s set up for the class at Bliss Yarns was great.

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Then last Saturday there was the big event – visit your “Local Yarn Shop.”  I was invited to set up a Pop-Up Shop to share my stitch markers, journals and cards.  Had so much fun and met so many new people.

Now go over to Instagram and check the Bigskyyarnco Give Away.  The lucky winner will win some of their great yarn and a set of my stitch markers.  Bliss Yarns  carries my complete collection of my stitch markers and stitch counters and carries Big Sky Yarn.

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As I was sitting down making new stitch markers and reflecting on what inspires me, I thought about colors, music, my experiences and everyday life.  I was working with the color “Light Siam” and one of the songs from the Walt Disney movie Lady and the Tramp popped into my head.   The Siamese cat song, words and music by Peggy Lee and Sonny Burke.  It starts out  “we are Siamese, if you please, we are Siamese if you don’t please…” such a catchy tune.  We had cats when I was growing up and it so reminded me of them.  They were always into something and always pestering our dog.

I thought about the products and projects that I’ve been working on.  I have this one yarn that’s called “Fiesta.”   It reminded me of a time when we attended “Fiesta San Antonio.”   Such  a fun time, lots of color, music and food.  I’ve made stitch markers and am working on a pair of boot socks each inspired from the colors in this yarn.

Pompom. jpgThen there are other times when you are specifically looking for something to match what you already have and all of a sudden it just pops out at you.  I had gotten this great pom pom as a Christmas gift and wanted to make a hat to attach it to.  I found this beautiful Malabrigo yarn at Bliss Yarns.

When you look at nature, there is so much around to inspire us.  This past fall I was sitting out on our patio and noticed the yellow and green leaves as the trees were changing their colors.   I found a great 100% baby Alpaca yarn at The Joy of Knitting that I just had to buy.  It’s going make a great pullover sweater for next Fall and Winter.

It’s amazing to me how songs, our life experiences and the environment that surround us affect what inspires us.

Inspiration can come from anywhere as long as we keep our eyes and ears open.  I hope you take the time to think about what inspires you, where it comes from and that it puts a smile on your face and gives you new ideas.

Finally able to sit for a few minutes and share what I have been up to.

We attended a great Rose Weekend Get Away earlier this month.  While there I attended a Rose Judging audit and reconnected with fellow Rosarians.  I was also able to have a table to sell our items.  I customized a couple of Chambray shirts, beautiful silk chiffon scarf, some new note cards, 1 soft bound calendar, 1 mini journal and debuted a wonderful, color recipe organizer.

Here are 2 pictures of my table setup at the Rose Getaway:

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Amongst doing the Rose Getaway, commuting and shoveling this winter, I have managed to get a few items done for my shops.  Those items include:  a Journal, an Organizer and a mini Calendar.  They are available now in my shop here on the top of the page on the Featured Items.

Now on to some custom orders and a special raffle item for Happy Homes Animal Rescue.

Stay tuned for more….

Leslie