sarahbird spins

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Angelic February 26, 2008

Filed under: celebrations,etsy,handspun,spinning,yarn — sarahbird @ 11:17 pm

I listed another yarn in my Etsy shop yesterday – Angelic!


Seriously, this is one of my favorite yarns I’ve ever spun. It’s just so, so nice I can’t even describe it. Undyed superwash merino/viscose mill ends plied with gold thread. Soft and smooth and silky and squishy and just altogether lovely. This roving is just so so nice – I’m going to need to order more!

Also, I sold two yarns in my Etsy shop the other day! Woo-hoo!

Here’s a neat website that I discovered recently – When you sign up, they send you fun little daily tips on how to live a more eco-friendly life.  I’ve been getting them for a few weeks and they really make you think about how you can act in a way that’s better for the planet.  Cool!

Have a great Wednesday!


Friday Five – Kanzashi February 22, 2008

Filed under: etsy,inspiration,shopping — sarahbird @ 6:36 pm
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My latest cool Etsy discovery? Kanzashi. These beautiful, intricately folded fabric flowers are a traditional Japanese hair adornment, and I’ve been noticing them all over Etsy lately! I just think they’re so stunning – like little pieces of wearable art. Here are 5 of my favorites.

1. By mizusugi.

2. By littlecookie.

3. By gochemoche.

4. A more elaborate example. By AtelierKanawa.

5. This one shows how they are worn. So lovely! By hanatsukuri.

In geeky English-major news, I realized today that I’ve been reading way too much Wordsworth for my British Romantic Poetry class when, in casual conversation, I had to fight to make myself to say something was “so worth it” instead of saying it had provided “abundant recompense”. Yikes.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Lorna D. February 21, 2008

Filed under: books,etsy,handspun,inspiration,knitting,spinning,yarn — sarahbird @ 11:21 pm
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I’ve finally managed to get pictures of some of my latest yarns! Here’s the first to be listed – Lorna.



The name was inspired by the main character in November of the Heart, an excellent book (if you like sappy, somewhat improbable love stories) by LaVyrle Spencer. Lots of pastel colors – pink, lavender, yellow, and baby blue – in a squishy two-ply merino yarn.

By the way, here’s something I found while I was looking for that book over at Amazon. Have you heard of the Kindle?

What a cool idea! I was a little bit skeptical of the idea at first, but watching that video made me really want one! Being able to keep all of your books on something so small so that you can read them whenever you want, and letting you download new books wherever you are? Genius. And the idea of having the newspaper electronically delivered every morning is so futuristic and cool that I can’t get over it.

Have a wonderful Friday!


More Roving! February 17, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — sarahbird @ 6:47 pm

I’m currently working my way through a pound of superwash merino/viscose mill end roving. I’m really liking it so far – it’s super soft and silky, and drafts really easily. I already have one skein finished, which I should have ready to list in the next few days.

In the mean time, here’s some hand dyed mill ends (from Sheep Shed Studio). This is what I’m going to work on once I finish the merino/viscose. I’m planning to spin some nice squishy singles – I can’t wait!






Have a wonderful week!


Friday Five – Randomness February 1, 2008

Filed under: etsy,shopping — sarahbird @ 3:29 pm

Today’s Friday Five doesn’t really have a cohesive theme – these are all things you might not think to search for, but I randomly happened upon them and now I want them all.

1. Capture Cape May will write a personalized message in the sand and send you a picture! I think this is such an original idea, and it’s so adorable.

2. A really neat zine by Lupin, all about weird graffiti she’s found in library books. Cool!

3. If I had $6,000…so beautiful. By Paulus.

4. Doesn’t this just make you want to roast marshmallows on the beach at dusk? By johntunger.

5. This might just be the funniest thing I’ve ever seen on Etsy. I must have laughed for at least 10 minutes the first time I found it. An alternative to your real family…by momerath.

In other exciting news, classes at my college were canceled today because of heavy snow. How strange as it that at 21, I still get almost as excited about a snow day as I did when I was 8?

Enjoy the rest of your day, whatever kind of weather you’re having!