“A good day for playing hooky…”

That’s what the weatherman said this morning on the radio. That lovely (or terrible) hot weather _everyone_ else is enjoying is making it’s way to Vancouver and today will be a lovely 26°C. But no playing hooky for me today — there is a ton of work to do.

Congrats to [Betzig of Stitchcounter](http://www.stitchcounter.blogspot.com/) who was the randomly-drawn winner for the contest! _And thanks to everybody for the lovely birthday wishes!!_

It’s funny, a few years ago, I was trying to decide whether or not I should go to art school, full-time (after having already completed a Bachelors at UBC — because I’m crazy about school?!?). In the end, I decided against it since I would have graduated at 29 and I really, genuinely felt that by 29 I shouldn’t be “starting” my life… that I should be “complete” with a proper career, proper husband, proper family and lifestyle, _blah blah blah_. Well, life just doesn’t turn out as you expect, eh? If, at that time, someone had told me that I’d be dyeing my own yarn with ground up bugs, spinning yarn from raw fleece, or completely obsessed with weaving… I would have laughed.

But here is the beauty of where things are at… inspired, energetic, passionate and unfinished:

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Wendy’s Toe-Up Sock in “English Bay”, alternating between two ends of the same ball of yarn
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A bit of handspun organic cotton and lots more handspun, handdyed alpaca
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Silk boucle randomly dyed with Lanaset

By the way, spinning cotton? _So_ humbling.

  • mote

    That boucle looks absolutely gorgeous.

    Happy Birthday!

  • Adam

    Those socks look great, I love the colors. And I’m impressed with the cotton, I don’t spin (yet), so I’m think it looks great! Happy Birthday :)

  • http://pixiepurls.com pixie

    mmm that green is so pretty!

  • http://pixiepurls.com pixie

    mmm that green is so pretty!

  • Michelle

    1) Happy Birthday!

    2)how do you knit using two ends of the same ball?!!? you will have to teach me!! your sock looks fantastic!

    3) that green is gorgeous!!

  • Michelle

    1) Happy Birthday!

    2)how do you knit using two ends of the same ball?!!? you will have to teach me!! your sock looks fantastic!

    3) that green is gorgeous!!

  • http://www.januaryone.com Cara

    Lovely! All of it! Happy Birthday!

  • http://www.januaryone.com Cara

    Lovely! All of it! Happy Birthday!

  • http://kucrafter.blogspot.com Vicki

    Things never go how we hope/think they should. You seem to be in a great place though!

    Oh, and that cotton. Humbling? It looks amazing! I don’t doubt that it’s a bit of a challenge, and maybe not quite as polished as your “usual” spinning, but it does look pretty good.

  • http://kucrafter.blogspot.com Vicki

    Things never go how we hope/think they should. You seem to be in a great place though!

    Oh, and that cotton. Humbling? It looks amazing! I don’t doubt that it’s a bit of a challenge, and maybe not quite as polished as your “usual” spinning, but it does look pretty good.

  • mote

    That boucle looks absolutely gorgeous.

    Happy Birthday!

  • Adam

    Those socks look great, I love the colors. And I’m impressed with the cotton, I don’t spin (yet), so I’m think it looks great! Happy Birthday :)

  • http://coloursknits.blogspot.com/ Vanessa

    Happy Birthday!! So any plan on how you going to celebrate?

  • http://coloursknits.blogspot.com/ Vanessa

    Happy Birthday!! So any plan on how you going to celebrate?

  • http://www.yarnsosweet.blogspot.com Keli

    Happy Birthday!!!

    Love the colors of the sock yarn…yes, please show us how you use two ends of the yarn for the color effect!!
    Glad to see pics of your spinning again…always an inspiration.

  • http://www.yarnsosweet.blogspot.com Keli

    Happy Birthday!!!

    Love the colors of the sock yarn…yes, please show us how you use two ends of the yarn for the color effect!!
    Glad to see pics of your spinning again…always an inspiration.

  • http://bumblebeeknits.blogspot.com Carin

    So did you have a good day? I hope you had a wonderful birthday. The spinning is gorgeous.

  • http://bumblebeeknits.blogspot.com Carin

    So did you have a good day? I hope you had a wonderful birthday. The spinning is gorgeous.

  • http://www.superstarra.blogspot.com christie

    Happy Birthday!

    Yeah, one should be properly set up at 29, but who really is now a days? We’re all required to make life decisions at 18…which is exactly when we know the least. Eh, to each his own. We all figure it out in our own time, right?

  • http://www.superstarra.blogspot.com christie

    Happy Birthday!

    Yeah, one should be properly set up at 29, but who really is now a days? We’re all required to make life decisions at 18…which is exactly when we know the least. Eh, to each his own. We all figure it out in our own time, right?

  • http://www.maud.prettyposies.com Maud

    Very beautiful colours on all the yarns!

  • http://www.maud.prettyposies.com Maud

    Very beautiful colours on all the yarns!

  • http://isela.typepad.com Isela

    Lovely sock color and the green is super!

  • http://isela.typepad.com Isela

    Lovely sock color and the green is super!

  • brenda in toronto

    long-time reader de-lurking here. sarah had a great point (“If we‚Äôre done growing and developing at 30, what do we do for the next 50 years?”). i thought the same thing at first. then i shook things up at 33 by taking a chance – went back to school and changed careers; and now, at 40, i’m doing it again. if you feel it inside, don’t deny it! grow, change, experience.

    love your site, especially your faboo photography!

  • sarah

    I was thinking about your remarks about art school…I think at some point in my late teens or early twenties, I had some idea that my life was on a deadline…that by my late twenties I ought to have a career and a family. Funny though, that is a very short time to accomplish things, then a very long time to be finished and content. If we’re done growing and developing at 30, what do we do for the next 50 years?
    Now I’m convinced that we’re not complete until we pass away.
    Thank heavens we get more wisdom with age, right?

  • sarah

    I was thinking about your remarks about art school…I think at some point in my late teens or early twenties, I had some idea that my life was on a deadline…that by my late twenties I ought to have a career and a family. Funny though, that is a very short time to accomplish things, then a very long time to be finished and content. If we’re done growing and developing at 30, what do we do for the next 50 years?
    Now I’m convinced that we’re not complete until we pass away.
    Thank heavens we get more wisdom with age, right?

  • http://www.unwindknitting.net Stephanie

    Some days I really wish I could glimpse into the future. I’m not sure if I knew then what I know now I would have gone to law school. Maybe I should have gone to fashion school. Or art school. Live and learn. But, I really don’t think I could handle going back to school at 31. Nope. I love your sock. I need to start a fun pair of socks. Maybe that would pull me out of my funk.

  • http://www.unwindknitting.net Stephanie

    Some days I really wish I could glimpse into the future. I’m not sure if I knew then what I know now I would have gone to law school. Maybe I should have gone to fashion school. Or art school. Live and learn. But, I really don’t think I could handle going back to school at 31. Nope. I love your sock. I need to start a fun pair of socks. Maybe that would pull me out of my funk.

  • brenda in toronto

    long-time reader de-lurking here. sarah had a great point (“If we‚Äôre done growing and developing at 30, what do we do for the next 50 years?”). i thought the same thing at first. then i shook things up at 33 by taking a chance – went back to school and changed careers; and now, at 40, i’m doing it again. if you feel it inside, don’t deny it! grow, change, experience.

    love your site, especially your faboo photography!

  • debbie

    love the color of the silk boucle…and one day, i will do a toe-up sock!

  • debbie

    love the color of the silk boucle…and one day, i will do a toe-up sock!

  • http://www.gottaknit.typepad.com Debbie

    Oh how funny. I finally decided to quit my good full time job and go back to college at 29. Six years later had my B.S. Good friend had told me either way your still going to be getting older.

    Happy Birthday and the sock in training looks great.

  • http://www.gottaknit.typepad.com Debbie

    Oh how funny. I finally decided to quit my good full time job and go back to college at 29. Six years later had my B.S. Good friend had told me either way your still going to be getting older.

    Happy Birthday and the sock in training looks great.

  • http://www.enchantedewe.com Rose

    Happy Birthday!!! I think you found your calling with this fiber thing.

  • http://www.enchantedewe.com Rose

    Happy Birthday!!! I think you found your calling with this fiber thing.

  • http://pinky-yin.blogspot.com/ yin

    Happy Birthday from downunder.
    Just wanted to let you know your work is absolutely beautiful! I have only started knitting not long ago … I love reading your blog and your work is a huge motivation for me to keep improving … :))

  • http://pinky-yin.blogspot.com/ yin

    Happy Birthday from downunder.
    Just wanted to let you know your work is absolutely beautiful! I have only started knitting not long ago … I love reading your blog and your work is a huge motivation for me to keep improving … :))

  • Moe

    I’m a delurker too. First: Happy Birthday! I think 30 is a milestone year(I turn 31 this weekend). There is something about that age that prompts self-reflection.

    I feel like I’m in a similar situation – I’m trying to finish a phd in environmental/earth sciences. One hand, it’s great, but I still feel like I’m searching for my passion. I’m obsessed with more creative endeavours but work in a technical field. I’m hoping that I can strike a balance between my scientific professional life and still follow my interest in fibre arts. You never know what the future will bring…

  • http://lifesastitch.typepad.com Li_B

    Oh my goodness, 29 is so young, believe me. There’s still plenty of time to do everything again if you want.
    Li

  • http://lifesastitch.typepad.com Li_B

    Oh my goodness, 29 is so young, believe me. There’s still plenty of time to do everything again if you want.
    Li

  • Moe

    I’m a delurker too. First: Happy Birthday! I think 30 is a milestone year(I turn 31 this weekend). There is something about that age that prompts self-reflection.

    I feel like I’m in a similar situation – I’m trying to finish a phd in environmental/earth sciences. One hand, it’s great, but I still feel like I’m searching for my passion. I’m obsessed with more creative endeavours but work in a technical field. I’m hoping that I can strike a balance between my scientific professional life and still follow my interest in fibre arts. You never know what the future will bring…

  • http://spinningwheel.net/ terri

    29 is a NORMAL time to be starting on your actual adult life. The first part is figuring out what you’re going to do, then you get to do it. Why do you think they said, “never trust anyone over thirty”? Enjoy!

  • http://spinningwheel.net/ terri

    29 is a NORMAL time to be starting on your actual adult life. The first part is figuring out what you’re going to do, then you get to do it. Why do you think they said, “never trust anyone over thirty”? Enjoy!

  • http://www.yomamaknits.com Lisa

    From a usually-quiet fellow Vancouverite…

    Oooh, cotton! I haven’t tried spinning that yet. I have hear it can be *different*. Everyone swears not harder, just *different*. Bring on the cotton dyes!

  • http://www.yomamaknits.com Lisa

    From a usually-quiet fellow Vancouverite…

    Oooh, cotton! I haven’t tried spinning that yet. I have hear it can be *different*. Everyone swears not harder, just *different*. Bring on the cotton dyes!

  • http://www.knittinbusy.blogspot.com/ Amanda

    I think the yarns you dye and spin are gorgeous! Always have, always will. Happy Birthday!

  • http://www.knittinbusy.blogspot.com/ Amanda

    I think the yarns you dye and spin are gorgeous! Always have, always will. Happy Birthday!

  • http://www.mindofwinter.prettyposies.com Julia

    The proper life is never as great as the unplanned one. Enjoy it. You’ll find that you worry less about “proper” stuff in your 30′s than you do in your late 20′s. It’s fabulous.

  • http://www.mindofwinter.prettyposies.com Julia

    The proper life is never as great as the unplanned one. Enjoy it. You’ll find that you worry less about “proper” stuff in your 30′s than you do in your late 20′s. It’s fabulous.

  • nancy

    The colors for your sock are beautiful, they blend so nicely together!

  • nancy

    The colors for your sock are beautiful, they blend so nicely together!