A Crazy Two Months, and Moving Forward

Wow! Has it been a while!! Well, I’m still here 😉

So, here goes:

3000+ miles of flying

+ 32 hours of travel time

+ Countless hours of shopping for a new home

+ Many beautiful memories along the way

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= Finally settling in Florida!!!

Yup! We’re here to stay! We had a great time while in FL!  And, lots of changes! But first, the fun stuff!  We had a great time roaming around the world at Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival! We went around about four or five times. I lost track, and we didn’t take as many pictures as we would’ve liked.  But the one that stands out: Me…. enjoying the champagne, a little too much! 😛

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We had a great time driving all over Central Florida, too.  While home shopping we made time to enjoy the quiet moments: walking around a lake in just a regular neighborhood, viewing the marina at St. Pete.. just taking in all the things we miss out on when we’re running around in our busy lives.

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And I’ll never forget that feeling of finally deciding on a home and signing off on it!

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The best part, of course, was having a bottle of wine later that night, under the stars on our soon-to-be lot…. all while watching the Disney fireworks! My beau is so romantic 😉


But I must say, during our “vacation,” I didn’t get much knitting done (as you can see above).  But now that all of the technicalities of home buying are out of the way, we’re getting settled, and I’m hitting the needles once more!

So, the little knitting I have done, include:

  • A cabled scarf, that’ll make a great Christmas gift

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  • I decided to add a fringe, which I cut down evenly

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  • And, I *started* a lace scarf for my mom…. which I ripped back, and decided not to continue… Anyone else have issues working with lace weight yarn?

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On the dyeing front:

I ordered a batch of worsted, 100% Merino wool in 218 yard skeins.  Little did I realize (and it’s entirely my fault), that they are *feltable* and not superwash.  It makes it a little more tricky to work with and care for, unless, of course, you want to felt your end project.  Which would make super cozy mittens, actually!

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  • I dyed up these two skeins as testers.  The yellow came out brighter than expected on the second skein.

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  • But the end results came out pretty good! This one definitely reminds me of sherbet! Yummmmm!

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  • And the bright yellow contrasts great with the violet color! This one is almost a dead ringer for Pointellist artist Georges Lemmen’s “Beach at Heist” (Belgium, 1891). It harkens those vivid dreams that you have when you’re super tired (from knitting all night, right?)

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Georges Lemmen  Beach at Heist  Brussels, Belgium 1891

Georges Lemmen’s “Beach at Heist” (Belgium, 1891)

  • Recently, I dyed up these two skeins… looks like spaghetti…

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  • Not sure of this colorway, but if it didn’t remind me of spaghetti, I’d like it much more haha

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  • For this one, I hand-painted it in a rosy pink and pale green…

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Still waiting for these last ones to dry up, so I can twist them up and….. list them! I’m really excited to be setting up my very first listings for my Etsy shop, opening soon!!!!!

I’m also waiting for some more dyes to arrive so I can get to making larger batches!


All of these changes have been amazing: moving back to The States, finding a new home, settling down, getting over the “starting over” mentality, finally getting to that wedding planning (that’s been put off for two years), dyeing my favorite yarns, and opening my own shop of hand-dyed yarns.  I’ve truly been blessed! And it goes to show, all that persistence, patience, and perseverance, really does pay off in the end!

I hope all of you are also making wonderful progress in your own lives, and that you enjoy every minute of it; because even if you’re having hard times, it can only get better.  Never give up on your dreams and your goals!

Even if you can’t see it right now, the sun is still shining above those dark clouds!

Love and many, many blessings!

Cynthia

“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine

Knitting Withdrawals

So for the last week I’ve been really sick. Apparently there’s a winter bug going around here in S.A., and my fiancé and I caught it. You know what that meant: headaches, nausea, laying in bed all day, barely eating, and yeah, no knitting for me. I could barely muster the desire to get up to feed my cat, Mia.

Until the last couple of days I’ve basically just watched television while having that horrible dreaded feeling that I was going toss cookies everywhere (TMI). And of course I was missing my needles. The new yarn I received from African Expressions, literally just sat on the kitchen counter where I left them six days prior. Poor things. I was thoroughly disappointed, as they’re these lovely merino wool and silk blends. It was also frustrating because, as I’m sure you know from my previous posts, my WIPs count is three. Which might not seem like a lot, but I’m already antsy to start new projects! I want to finish already!

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During the last week I also had the opportunity to do a lot of thinking! There’s plenty of changes we’re going through right now, including the possibility of making a move back to the States, and a new venture for me (which I’ll go into further as it gets closer along). And finishing up this renovation is at the top! So over all these tilers, plumbers, roofers, etc!

I did also get the chance to add to my never ending queue on Ravelry! Don’t you just love looking through all those beautiful creations? And got to create my Fiber Bliss Pinterest account… More patterns anyone?

Fiber Bliss?

Nothing happens until something moves.

Albert Einstein

Cruising along Pinterest late one night, I stumbled upon this quote. It resonated with me because at the time, I was in sort of a limbo, between that happy soon-to-be housewife and the independent woman of the 21st century.

You see, I’m an American living in South Africa. I left my job and moved across the globe for the love of my life. I left my home town of Orlando, FL, I packed my few belongings, I hugged all my family and friends goodbye. And through this project we’ve undertaken (renovating a house to a b&b), I found that I was no longer thinking about what I want out of me. I always wanted to start something on my own that I’m passionate about. Something that gets me excited when I think of it. But I didn’t know what my passion was. What were my dreams and aspirations? What happened to the goals I had before I met my hunny?  At the end of the day, just like everyone, I just want a sense of self and do what I love.

That’s why I started Fiber Bliss. After learning how to knit (I taught myself through YouTube videos!), I found a utopia within myself. I realized I could empower and encourage others to do the same. And I plan to make this grow and flourish! For me, it’s a sort of escape, but also a way to connect with others that share the same passion! Knitting has become this place I go to, to get away from everyday life. Whether it’s a shawl, a scarf, a hat, etc, I become one with myself and the object I’m creating. There is no 9 – 5 job; no dishes to wash, no in-laws to cater to. It’s the bliss that I never knew I was missing.

Just me, the needles, and fiber.

And with that, I encourage you to continue that project you stored away a few weeks ago; go to your yarn shop and grab an awesome color yarn that inspires you to create; let yourself be fully immersed in your project, and don’t feel guilty about it!

There’s a reason you love what you do! Do it!

xo