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We are buried.  We are buried in an avalanche or yarn and fiber.  What a way to go, eh?  We are buried in orders because of the colour change.  This happens every time we change colours so we are used to it.  Some are more intense than others. We are also prepping for two shows that happen on the same weekend. Yeah don’t ask me, not my idea. 

And… if that were not enough, and believe me it most certainly is, my dear friend and business partner and your Harlot, Stephanie shared (as she is wont to do) her wickedly wonderful mittens she knit out of our mawata in the I Mad Heart Ewe colourway.  I have been lusting after these beauties since she started them at the Silk Retreat last time we were at Port Ludlow.  I may have doubted her love for me (not really) the slightest of bits since they have not shown up in my mailbox.  Especially since they have all my fav colours.  There is that whole colour thing for sure but then they are silk in what I think might be its most glorious state.  Silk hankies aka mawata are luxurious for sure no denying that.  What gets me is how magical the process of knitting or spinning with them is.  Actually, you know what?  The same is true for dyeing them.  The way they soak the dye is addictive to watched.


As you peel each whispy fine layer of the next you see and feel the filamental mystery. Serious fiber magic here.  I could wax on and on about the poetic juxtapostion of the strength of this superfine thread and the fluid shimmer and… but I have to go dye hundreds and yes hundreds of them. Which is pure absolute bliss. 


We have made the order button for the mawata inactive so we can play a bit of catch-up.  Please check back in a week or so.  We stock these silk beauties all the time, so no worries.  And, really, you need to knit with these.  I promise it’s one the best knit rides out there.  If you are making mittens your hands will love you back forever.

Rosie hangs hankies to dry.


A pile of Fire on the Mountain goodness.


Before I head back out to the barn, the sockateers were here yesterday helping with the show prep.  Yes, they are the best!!  It seems we had a little issue with one of the storage pods. (Keep in mind I run a business it is perfect acceptable to have 2 stash storage pods.) So evidently it takes most of the team blue moon and the sockateers to open our storage pod.


What a team!!

  1. Katharine #

    Hurray!  I love the picture sequence at the end.  It feels so triumphant.

    Just think…in 2 weeks the show madness will be over, you’ll be caught up on mawata orders, maybe had some time to sleep, and then….

    Knowing your addiction for never letting the crazy stop, you’ll do it all over again smile

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  2. Tamara #

    LOVE silk hankies!!!  Still have to knit up my lavendar ones(from the second Silk Retreat)into mittens!!  Can’t wait.

    Wish you were going to be at Stitches West!!


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  3. Michelle E. #

    What we are not alowed to peek in the storage pod? (boo who)

    OK I’ve found another good name for a str yarn. I got it from Yarn Harlot’s post (Febuary 7th) “Judgey McJudgesAlot”. I cracked up laguhing when I read that name. I’ll leave the dyeing up to masters of str, I just thought it was a cute name and funny name.

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  4. Hazel Smith #

    I ordered my mawatas already(3 of them) so I guess I’m not affected by the inactive button(I hope). I’m dying to see how Chawton Cottage translates into mittens. If it works, I may be a regular customer. It’s just what I need-another addiction!

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  5. You do realize the inhuman cruelty of singing the siren song of mawata love, while inactivating the ordering button, don’t you?  Crafty temptress, you just want to drive us mad . . . wink Have fun dyeing all of that silken goodness!

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  6. SarahSeattle #

    I just finished some fingerless gloves for a musician friend who has cold hands. She can play in them. I drafted them finer than Steph’s, but they are still warm. Can’t wait for the color.


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  7. blogless grace #

    Hooray for teamwork!

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  8. linda #

    Go team!

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  9. Cindy (blackmoondog) #

    Tina, will any of the Mawata be coming down to Stitches West?

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  10. Alice in the Heartland #

    Hope you remembered to Vasoline the locks and hinges so it doesn’t take the whole crew next time. Love getting to see almost everyone in there helping out.

    P.S. I’m glad I already have some hankies so I can avoid the deluge there at BMFA. They do look like so much fun to dye.

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  11. That storage pod can hold 67,200 lbs of yarny goodness!!! Suddenly my stash hording ways are completely expunged. I am guilt-free at last. If you can have 2 X 67,200 worth, I can have ….. whatever I have stashed away (not revealing the full extent of BMFA “collection”)!!

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  12. Val #

    I am waiting on the Mawata till the dust then it will be spring(ever hopeful here) and no one will need mittens.  LOL

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  13. Julia #


    keep forgetting to ask when I have an opportunity, where did you get your stash-busting shipping containers?  I need a couple.  For when I order some of the new color.  I held off you see, but don’t know for how much longer.

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  14. I’m so glad I came to check out the blog as I was so concerned I wouldn’t be able to get any mawata to knit with!  smile Harlot is so good at enabling…isn’t she?  smile Can’t wait for an active mawata button!  Your colorways and fiber are absolutely gorgeous! smile

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  15. Go team! go! 😀

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