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Winter Half Pipe KAL

If you’ve been reading this blog you know that I am starting a KNIT ALONG this Friday, in just 4 days. This is in honor of the Winter Olympics and the Ravellenics event. The objective of Ravellenics is to start and finish at least one item in your preferred craft whether that is spinning, knitting, felting, etc. So what could I actually start and finish in 3 weeks? Well a hat. So I’m inviting you to join me in this KAL. There is still time to stop by and get a kit in you are local. And of course with priority mail you can get it pretty quickly if you aren’t local to us.

So that got me thinking.., What are my favorite Winter Olympic events? I like the ice dancing and really all figure skating. I do like the snowboarding and I like the event where they cross country ski and shoot rifles too. What is that called? Biathlon, maybe? I think that is fascinating. Oh and speed skating. I think speed skaters are so graceful and they are so cunning too. What are your favorite events to watch?

Cabla Hat You can find this pattern on Ravelry here too.

I must decide on my own hat to make this time. Maybe I will do my own pattern (the Cabla hat) and I will make it longer than I think I should. And I’ll make it a Fibershed hat as well. So what will I chose to use? I can chose a madder one or walnut or a natural color. Maybe I make a white hat and then dye it in something local after it’s knit? As I sit here working in my studio store, I look at all my choices. I think I’ll use my Cacao yarn. It’s a mohair yarn that is a lovely brown color, the color of weathered driftwood. I have a sweater made a similar mohair but in a more grey rather than brown tone. And I do think that will go well together. And I can always natural dye the hat after it is knit.

So that’s my choice! Now just to cake it up and be ready to cast on Friday. Oh and if you join our group we’ll be having a cast on party Friday cocktail hour. You can find the kits here.

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Obstacles to Our Creativity: A Podcast

What is stopping you from expressing your creativity? Lisa talks about fear, perfectionism and inertia and gives you some ways to get creative again. Of course there is a creative exercise for you as well.

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Reply here to tell me what obstacles you have in the way of expressing your creative self….

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Some More Color Choices for KAL

Rhinebeck Hat

Here’s the second choice for our Winter Halfpipe Hat KAL. Remember this is in honor of the Winter Olympics. We will be casting on February 4th and finishing by February 20th. I styled this after the Ravellenics event. You can join us by commenting here, buying a kit and/or commenting in our Rav group here. The kit includes the yarn, a pompom and the digital pattern. Find the kit here.

I love this r=Rhinebeck hat designed by Wooly Wormhead. It is so cute and striking. It is a slouchy hat that is knit with short rows. It takes 2 different yarns. This kit includes a full skein of the variegated yarn and a half skein of the semi-solid. Each set of yarn is one of a kind. Here are some choices

I hope you decide to join us on this KAL!!

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Some KAL Color Choices

Our Winter Hat KAL starts on February 4th. It coincides with the Winter Olympics. One of the most popular patterns this time is the Correlation Hat.

Correlataion Hat

This hat is made with one skein of our Synergy yarn. You can find it here. This is a merino farm yarn that is marled and when knit gives a gradient look as well. It looks handspun without all the work.

Here are some color choices:

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Hat KAL for the Winter Olympics

Let’s do a Hat KAL during the Olympic Games!! The rules for the Ravellenic Games are to start and finish a project during the Olympics. So starting Feb. 4th and finishing Feb 20th. I will have 3 hat kits for sale.

  1. Cabla Hat using our worsted weight LiViLy
  2. Correlation Hat using our Synergy yarn (sport or worsted)
  3. Rhinebeck Hat (wooly wormheads design) made with our worsted weight LiVily or Synergy.

I’ll post a link to the sales page when they are up for sale.
In the meantime, reply here to tell me if you are IN!!

You can also come by Saturday (1/15) to pick out a kit for yourself.

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Raising Creative Kids Part 3

This is the last part (at least for now) of the series about raising creative kids. I loved this conversation with Kerstin Zurbrigg. We talked about how to make room in your daily life for creativity. And you know what? This applies to fostering creativity in the children in your life as well as your own creativity. And of course, there is a new creative exercise.

Arles Colorway on Chinook Yarn (MCN)

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I’d love to hear your experiences raising creative children or even what your parents did with you that you still remember.

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Starting 2022 Out Right

After two roller coaster years, I have great hopes for 2022. Well, I have to admit, I am an optimist. I always have high hopes for the new year and the new month and even the new week.

I love new beginnings. I love dreaming about new projects and new writing and new podcasts. I know that many of you have that same love of beginnings. I know because it is so exciting to pick out yarn and a pattern and casting on that new project. I know that feeling of great expectations at the start of a project.

These winter months are usually pretty quiet around here. These are times that I can take a new class and learn some new skills. If you are like me and want to learn new dyeing skills, if you’ve always wanted to try dyeing. I have 2 great classes available to you online. You can learn to dye yarn specifically dyeing for self striping socks here. OR you can learn to dye roving for spinning or felting here. Each class is a 4 week, entirely self guided class. You can watch the videos at your leisure. There are 4 modules that you have up to 1 year to complete.

BFL roving to spin or felt
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Saying Goodbye to 2021

There are just a few days left until 2022. It’s been quite a year. I keep thinking how each time we think that “normal” life is right around the corner, we find out that the goal line has been moved.

Each year, I select a word or words that reflect my aspirations for the year. My words for 2021 were Resiliency and Choose Health. And so each time a choice came up, I would decide my direction based on these words. And for sure, I was resilient. Flying Goat Farm was resilient. We pivoted to provide better online access for customers. We had zoom meetings for groups of friends and knitting groups. We even took our in person classes and put them online. Each time there was a surge, we chose health by asking customers to mask up and to socially distance. It was important to us to provide a safe place for ourselves and for our customers.

My words for 2022? Well my word is Create. This means that I will continue to create beautiful yarn and roving. I will continue to create educational content, like these blogs, my podcast, my FaceBook LIVE Thursdays and classes that are in person and online. I promise to make that content relevant to you whether you are a knitter, crocheter, spinner or even any other crafter.

Do you have a word for 2022? I’d love to hear about it!!

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Shop Update: New Farm Yarn

I’ve just added a beautiful wool farm yarn. It’s called Fingal. Well it’s not really new, but I just realized that I still have a lot of this lovely yarn. This yarn is made from BFL (Blue Faced Leicester) wool from our farm and Grindstone Ridge Farm. I had this in the back of other yarn and I forgot about it.

Let me tell you about this yarn. It’s oh-so soft! It has a lot of luster from the BFL. This is a 2 ply worsted weight yarn. Each skein has 200 yards. And there are so many wonderful color choices right now. More colors to come as well.

This yarn will make lovely hats, mittens, cowls, and sweaters.