Monday, November 23, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Just wanted to share my second spindle spun baby :) This is 8 oz of superwash merino fiber in my Mermaid colorway that I spun to a heavy worsted weight and about 260 yards. I about dislocated my collarbone doing it in about 4 days, but I have to say I learned a lot again and am quite pleased with how it came out (although by no means perfect). I am trying to decide if it is too girly to make some shorties for Emerson... what do you think?
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Having been bitten by the spinning bug (no not some exotic Texas beetle - the driving desire to create handspun yarn, LOL!) I ordered a spindle (OK, 3 different ones) online. I started yesterday spinning about 8 ounces of my Lady of the Lake colorway on superwash merino top into 2 skeins of 4 ounce single plys. Then today I finished them up and plied them together into an 8 ounce 2 ply skein. This is my first attempt, and I certainly learned A LOT from beginning to end :) But I am very happy with the end product as a first attempt - I was afraid it would be some hideous tangled mess by the time I got through, LOLOL! But boy.... does my back hurt!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Thanks for looking ;)
Monday, September 14, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Let me introduce "Vintage" featuring wine inspired colors of Merlot, Blush, Raisin and Rose. Shown here on Morgaine Superwash Merino Fingering.
And "Fire Swamp" in shades of Fiery Red and Orange, Swamp Green, and Smokey Gray with dapples of subtly accentuated color - inspired by one of my all time favorite movies, "The Princess Bride" and a long overdue addition to my Princess Bride series of colorways. Shown here on Morgaine Superwash Merino Fingering.
And "Pan" in shades of Reddish brown, Purple, Turquoise, Green, Cantaloupe, and Fire Engine Red is loosely based on a one-of-a-kind colorway called "Pan's Meadow" that was created during my stay at the Enchanted Glen congo. Shown here on Guinvere Superwash Merino Worsted/DK.
You may recognize this glistening beauty with shades of Peach, Spearmint, Turquoise, Wisteria, and Purple :) "Mermaid" is a new version of the one-of-a-kind colorway that was created for the Enchanted Glen Mermaid stocking with the same name. It is essentially the same colors except it is space dyed and since I took no notes at the time, I am sure it is slightly different color mixtures, LOL! I just loved the combo and had to bring it back! Shown here on Arthur Superwash Merino Sport, Morgaine Superwash Merino Fingering, and our new Excaliber Superwash Merino Bulky which is to-die-for soft! It feels like a superwash version of Gaia Bulky!! I am in LOVE with it :)
Meet "Merman" in soothing shades of Navy blue, Purple, Sky Blue, Turquoise, and Spearmint Green it is a wonderfully masculine counterpart to our "Mermaid" colorway. Shown here on Morgaine Superwash Merino Fingering and Excaliber Superwash Merino Bulky.
And those of you that are very familiar with my colorways know that I tend to love LOTS of color and its reaaaalllly hard for me to leave any natural yarn showing. BUT, in an effort at some zen balance I thought it was appropriate to honor the Arthurian legend, "The Lady of the Lake" with a more reflective, simple and soft colorway with the pale watery shades of Iris, Turquoise and Spearmint and an equal amount of misty white. I couldn't resist and lightly dappled very muted shades of those colors throughout the white - though its barely visible :)
And finally we come to "Caprica", the second colorway born of my love for the now defunct "Battlestar Galactica" series. Based on an amazingly complex character that is both the downfall and savior of the human race, this colorway features Light and Dark Red, Very Pale Blue, Butter Cream Blonde, Natural White, and Steely Silver.
These are the last of our announced 10 new Fall 2009 colorways. These sneak peeks are meant to give you an idea of the colors, but the really rockin' pics are yet to come. I can't wait to get some really nice professional pics from my sister for the listings :) Who knew posing yarn could be so much fun, LOL!
Thanks so much,
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Please welcome "Battlestar" to the mix :) Featuring tan, dark red, dark green, navy blue, silver and charcoal it reflects all the colors that I associate with my much loved and missed Sci-Fi (now goofily called Sy Fy) series "Battlestar Galactica".
For those looking for a more traditional boyish colorway - I hope this one fits the bill, LOL! BTW, all dyeing is now done, and the yarny goodness is just waiting for its day with my sis the photographer ;) I decided to keep all yarn heavier than fingering weight in 8 oz skeins rather than dividing them. So there will be no knots to contend with :)
Have a great weekend!
Monday, August 3, 2009
Since it sounds like I have a whole lot of yarn due in soon and should be elbow deep in dyes (figuratively of course, my gloves are only wrist length, LOL!) I thought I would go ahead a slip you all another sneak peek of one of the new Fall 2009 colorways :) Please welcome "Jubilee" to the family! Decked out for a celebration in shades of Wisteria, Purple, Sour Apple, Avocado, and Cantaloupe it is festive and colorful without being specifically feminine - no pink here :)
Saturday, August 1, 2009
As requested - the first sneak peek! This is "Banshee" on Cestari, which will be offered along with a trim skein of wisteria at the big stocking :) I totally picture this as a skirty! Bright vibrant colors - Magenta, Wisteria, Turquoise, Sour Apple, and Cantaloupe. It will also be available in sock yarn - that would make some very pretty socks too! Before the stocking my sweet sister (Ramona of Adora Boutique on Venus Vanguard) is going to take professional pics for me with her super duper digital camera and great eye - so expect it to look even better by then, LOL!
September 1st at 11:AM EST!
So far I have planned for the festivities:
~An auction for the Magic Wand Tunisian capris set from The Enchanted Glen starting at only $10
~One charity auction listing for sock yarn starting at only $10
~A Pay It Forward (PIF) drawing to win a free copy of the Tunisian longies pattern
~A PIF listing for a free copy of the Tunisian longies pattern
~A PIF listing to win a free Cottage License for the Tunisian longies pattern
~A PIF listing for 2 skeins of Cestari
~A 2nds listing for 2 skeins of my classic colorway Faeries of Avalon kettle dyed on Licorice Twist Merino
~And of course - all the new Family Pendragon ™ Fall 2009 colorways on 45+ skeins of beautiful superwash yarn from fingering to Bulky, some Cestari too, as well as several custom dye spots.
As a teaser I will share the names of the colorways with you now, and throughout the month I will share some sneak peek photos of them :) The new Family Pendragon ™ Fall 2009 colorways are:
5. Lady of the Lake
8. Fire Swamp
And there may even be a surprise colorway :)
I am very excited to be re-opening again and hope that you will join me for the celebration on September 1st. Also be on the look out for a members only discount code to be announced before the big day!
Thank you :)
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Thanks so much, and I hope to see you tomorrow at the Glen!
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Welcome Wizards One and All - if your love Harry Potter, or the Wizard of Oz, or just magic and fantasy in general :)
Tomorrow at Noon EST will be our Wizard themed stocking! Don't miss your chance at several custom yarn slots! As well as...
Beautiful Newborn longies for only $25!
1 LB of Magic Yarn
A beautiful Tunisian capri collab with Fairycakes & Pixiebows
And for all you mermaid lovers, there are still lots of mermaids swimming around the Glen as well!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Just a reminder that Family Pendragon will have a small stocking on The Enchanted Glen Congo. The theme of this stocking is Gnomes and I have a large hand painted playsilk, a one-of-a-kind colorway on Cestari Fine Merino and the winner of the $5 Gift Card will be announced. By the way, there was a glitch - make sure you are still entered! The Tunisian pattern will return to its normal price tomorrow of $15. So catch that sale now!
The stocking after this one will be dedicated to Mermaids and Merfolk in general on June 25th at noon. The congo stocks the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month at noon. July will feature Wizards and Witches - I am already working on some goodies for those as well ;) A little hint: If you like my Unicorns and Wizards colorway and my Tunisian capris... well lets just say you'll be very happy come July 9th!
Thanks so much for your continued support,
Melissa and the rest of Family Pendragon
Friday, May 22, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Go see Family Pendragon at The Enchanted Glen!
Monday, May 18, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
The day AFTER the one day Spring Cleaning Sale I will re-list all unsold items as individual skeins, but they will be listed at full price. The 10% off coupon will still be good however through the end of March :)
Friday, February 13, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
For those that wanted more information, here is what we are doing:
Drinking and cooking with only reverse osmosis filtered water (we fill up the big bottles at Walmart and bought a simple lead free water crock on ebay).
Brushing with Spry xylitol non-fluoride tooth paste after every meal or more.
Giving him about 15 Ricochet xylitol mints (chocolate, punch and lemon lime flavored) from per day through out the day
Drinking only raw organic milk from pastured cows, no homogenization or pasteurization - ditto on the cheese found through realmilk.com
Minimal organic juice - only used to mix a small amount with his Fermented Cod Liver oil from Green pastures each morning
High vitamin raw butter oil from pastured cows processed as per Weston Price
Vitamins and mineral supplements crushed up in his food. The Bio-Dent and Catalyn from Standard Process
Organic pastured farm fresh eggs from my best friend Vikki
Organic pastured meats from local sources and coops
Organic veggies and fruits from coops and local sources
All grain products are made from grains I grind fresh with my new magic bullet from Walmart since I can't yet afford a real grain mill.
I process grains as specified in Nourishing traditions by presoaking them in kefir etc over night.
I am making and giving him daily fresh kefir, fil mjilk yogurt, home made cream cheese and a little bit of kombucha all purchased initially from Nick's Natural Nook
I am cooking everything in lots of butter as well as virgin cold pressed olive oil and coconut oil available from Radiant Life.
I am using Celtic or other nourishing salts in my seasoning.
For sweeteners we are using Raw Honey, maple syrup and Rapadura.
On its way in the mail from dentist.net I also have Dr. Collins Restore remineralizing toothpaste and an ionic tooth brush we will start using on him.
If any of this information can help anyone, I am very happy to share it. It is the result of pretty exhaustive research :) Much information is from the Weston A Price site and the cookbook Nourishing Traditions
I have incidentally lost 13 pounds so far in the last couple weeks without any real effort since making this diet change and taking the cod liver oil and butter oil. Which is a nice little bonus for all my hard work ;)
Best wishes to everyone else dealing with this mess,