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What’s up? October 8, 2011

Well, once again, I’ve found myself mired in the quicksand of life…so much is going on that I haven’t had a chance to post anything lately. Even though day after day post ideas pop into my head; it’s just that I haven’t had a spare moment to write. You see, I’m missing one very important skill: supersonic fast typing skills.

I mentioned once that way back in 8th grade at Edison Jr. High, when we were forced to take a typing class, I silently revolted against the teacher, thinking, “I’m not going to be a secretary. Why the heck should I learn to type? I’ll look at the keys if I feel like it…” Result? my top speed on any typing test in that class was 39 words per minute. Mostly because I’d look at the keys, as well as correct my mistakes as I went along.

Fast forward to now. Hmm. Didn’t need to learn how to type, eh? Well, all the angels in heaven had a mighty good laugh at me. Over 17 years writing full time in advertising…my dearest dream of being a published fantasy writer (thousands of pages written/edited/deleted/saved by now), this blog…just general correspondence…the list goes on and on.

With all that writing, I have to admit that my typing skills have improved. Vastly. But I still look at the keys on occasion. This causes me to take a good 2 to 3 hours to create a post here.

All this is my way of explaining why I haven’t posted in an age, and to say I’m sorry. I really enjoy writing here, visiting and letting you know what’s happening.

That’s the other part of it, though. This is my super-de-duper busiest time of the year. My annual Talisman Rocks Holiday Trunk Show is coming up in a month (November 18th and 19th), and I’ve been at it full time. Really inspired this year to create some new things. Here’s a wee “amuse bouche” of the goods:

Gorgeous Karen Thai sterling pendants, luscious pearls and gemstones knotted on irish linen and silk lay softly over one's clavicle...

Long earrings! So much fun and so "now!"

Also had a day by myself last Saturday, and really finally figured out what I was doing wrong dyeing yarn. Came up with some glorious goodies that I really think I would sell, though I might have to send out a few to some intrepid knitting pals to test knit with…more on that another time.

Here’s a look at some of what I worked up: Merino, merino with cashmere, Blue-faced Leicester with silk, and Alpaca with merino and silk. Yummy stuff. If I had a studio to work in, I’d do this 3 or 4 days a week.

from left, BFL silk fingering, Merino cashmere fingering, Merino fingering

The camera just isn't getting the luscious wines and cinnamons here...better in the picture of the yarn drying at the bottom of this post.

And, I’ve had a couple of design ideas bouncing around in my old noggin so I’ve been playing with that, too.

More on what I'm up to here later...yes, that's yarn I dyed! Super soft merino in a cinnamon candy red.

Busy, busy.

Well, that’s nothing new, I suppose.

Thanks for hanging in there with me!

Hugs to you all!

Here the reds are closer to what they look like in real life...

A fun, sort of firey autumn leaves/hogwarts hand painted merino.


7 Responses to “What’s up?”

  1. DebbieQ Says:

    I have to admit that I managed to get through both Jr. Hi and Hi School without taking a typing class. I remember I was signed up for one at WCHS and then, after one class, decided that I wouldn’t ever need that skill so I switched to a literature class.

    And that meant that I had to teach myself to type about 6 years ago. It totally opened up my world and I don’t know how I could manage life and blogging if I couldn’t just type along without looking at the keys.

    Love the colors for the yarn by the way.


    • kathy Says:

      Hey, how did you get away without a typing class?! πŸ˜‰ Well, I’ve mostly beaten the “look at the keys” monster, anyway, but it took years of having to type every day…
      I’m glad you like the colors. Do you have a particular color you like to knit into socks? I might need to send you a skein to test it out. πŸ™‚


  2. Meg Says:

    How pathetic am I — typing was the ONLY class I had a prayer of getting an A in! I won’t brag about typing 100 wpm on those IBM Selectric typewriters … Just know you’re in good company with legendary authors who wrote best selling books by hunting and pecking.

    Gorgeous jewels, as always. The purple and orange stones are amazing. I envy your friends and neighbors who get to attend your trunk shows! Now if you REALLY need someone to test knit that “fiery autumn leaves/hogwarts hand painted merino” um, well …. Your yarn is beautiful! I hope this gets you well past any lack of confidence you had about it previously and get ON with the business of dying! πŸ˜‰


    • kathy Says:

      You are NOT pathetic…you are “Machine Gun Meg, remember? You never ceased to amaze me. You still amaze me, girlie! wink wink! That autumn leaves/Hogwarts color will get plopped into the mail to you, honey!


  3. Darling Cuz Says:

    Good Grief, how did I miss this post??? Trying to mend my FB/sitting-on-the- computers-for-hours-every-day-when-I-have-about-a-million-that-I-want-to-do- with-my-life ways, I missed the good stuff! Your jewelry is amazing, and you’ve found yet another talent — there will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth if this darling cuz doesn’t get a chance to test knit for you with this beautiful yarn..

    PS As someone who IS a secretary, for all intents and purposes, I have to say that Mrs. Minne Meyer’s junior year high school typing class turned out the be the most important class of my life — even more important than “4 Skinny Women” and Shakespeare junior year of college — although Chaucer sophomore year did yield up my daugher’s name πŸ˜‰


  4. denise curley Says:

    You are as creative and talented as I remember from Barat! Just decided to look for you on a whim, and ,OF COURSE, you are blogging! Your jewelry and yarns are beautiful. Just last night, I told Jim I wanted to start knitting again! “Where do I get the yarn? ” That is what I asked him!!!!!!! BTW, never learned to type either. Didn’t want to be a secretary….. now, I can’t do it without looking at the keys.


    • kathy Says:

      Hey Denise! So great to hear from you! What’s going on with you? Yes, you should start knitting again…good for the soul to do something creative, though not necessarily a stress reliever when you’re doing a project that’s not working out. Anyway, would love to catch up more. Are you on FB?


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