Spring Things

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Oh, lovely spring. I love spring. Cold rain, squelching lawns, worms and robins, daring daffodils. Magnolias are so gorgeous (at first). I'm watching for the grape hyacinths, which I love. At school there's a regular blooming hyacinth in the foyer. Its scent instantly takes me back to the hyacinths that Andy used to buy for me twenty-five years ago, when we were first living together in Missoula. Spring comes late in Missoula. Very late. But we often had a grocery-store hyacinth blooming on our table and that scent is so pleasing to me. I need to get one for the house.

I've been dyeing a lot of yarn and I love it so much. I reeeeeeeeeeally love it. I'm finding my way into it and learning so much. I wish I had more time to do it right now but it really takes a lot of time. I made all of the yarns in these pictures except the ones in that basket of yarn and granny squares (though I did dye the yarn for the one on the very top; and to those who have asked, the pattern for that square is linked to in this post). I've been knitting up and crocheting up some of my yarns to see what they look like in practice. It's SO EXCITING to see them worked up. Concurrently, I'm knitting up all of the garments I've designed in the past for my stuffed animals and getting ready to send them, along with the old patterns and some new patterns I'm working on, to the technical editor. Among other things, she's going to review everything for consistency and style as I plan to reissue all of the old patterns and the new patterns with new pictures for my girl dolls when they come out this fall. To that end, I'm working on some patterns that I'll work up specifically in these yarns I'm dyeing and offer small batches of mini-skeins made just for these dollie clothes. The skeins will be in sport-weight only, about 25g each, which will knit up almost everything in the collection (though a couple of things, like the tiny dress and the tiny hooded coat will need two skeins). Anyway, I don't know. I have plans. My little head is swirling with plans and ideas.

I'm so happy this has come into my life at this time. It's really resonating with me on so many levels and I don't even know why. This month is the 20th anniversary of my accident and I'm so grateful for all of the things that my disability has brought into my life. It's seriously thrilling to be learning something new. I have so much to learn and I am loving every minute.

Our last two cones of floss we need for Time of Flowers are arriving TODAY. THANK GOODNESS. We need to get on it! Once alllllllll of the floss has arrived today, then we can pull it. Once all of the floss is pulled, then we package and send. It should go fast once it's all here. So start watching for your shipping notices next week, and give them a couple of days to register within the USPS system before trying to track them. It's all happening, finally, and I thank you for your patience. I have my design for the next kit (for summer) all finished and my sample fabric has arrived for it so I'm ready to start stitching on that soon. I've finished all of the samples I want to show you for my cross-stitch post, and once we get the kits out I will write that post and make the PDF-only version of the pattern available as well.

Do you remember this little sweater I made a million years ago? I'm making Mimi another one with my yarns, above. This type of sideways sweater has always been my favorite — I think it's such a cool way to make a sweater!

***Oh yes — I forgot to mention again — yes, we will have approximately 60 more kits to sell beyond the original pre-order group that is now sold out, but I want to wait until all of the floss is pulled for the first group so that I make sure we have enough to sell immediately. If we don't have enough floss, I will just have to order more, which is not a big deal but will take a bit longer and I want to make sure I can give you an approximate shipping date before I release them. But as soon as we pull floss, I will know, and I'll make an announcement here. Thank you!


When you were gone from you blog for over a week I just knew you were dyeing more wool. It is so beautiful. You inspired me to dye up some linen and embroidery flosses and now I just might have to try to dye some wool.

Your dyeing experiments are lovely. They bring me joy in the same nice way all your blog posts tend to do. You always seem to approach new things in a great open way. It strikes me today that reading this blog is basically self-care for me, so thanks for that.

heritage hall says: March 22, 2018 at 10:01 AM

I have not known of your "accident", dear one, and now it explains
my fascination with your almost "mystical" spirit and approach to
life. You have given me a much needed gift today . Bless you.

I discovered your blog about a year ago and spent two obsessive weeks reading it in order from your very first post. Thank you for being such a beautiful writer and photographer. Thank you for being so kind and positive. Thank you for being so incredibly creative and enthusiastic. And, thank you for sharing all parts of you

I was so mesmerized by the first photo of your yarn; maybe it is the symmetry; maybe it is the blending of colors. I couldn't look away. I think you must have gotten my share of patience. I love the things you make but, if I tried, I would run from the room screaming. I admire your creativity and patience--you do it all so well. I went back and read your story about your accident. I'm so glad you are doing so well now. Thank goodness for those Angels (and your husband)!

KristenfromMA says: March 22, 2018 at 10:20 AM

Oh Alicia, that tiny little turtleneck sweater is so adorable! You're such a creative person. And we get another cross stitch design so soon? Woot!

Marsha Gibbons says: March 22, 2018 at 10:36 AM

I love your yarn!!!! I do not know how you do it all, but I am so impressed with your creative energy and focus. I also did not know about your accident. You are a strong woman with a beautiful spirit. Thank you for sharing with us.

You have such a positive attitude about your accident and disability - you're an amazing woman! Your yarn is gorgeous. See that? You're amazing in many ways. :-) If you have a Trader Joe's near you, they have hyacinth plants. I have a very sensitive sense of smell and allergies, and I didn't realize how strong the scent of hyacinths were. I had to give my plant to my mother!

Alicia.. your dyed wool is eye candy for all of your readers who love to knit and crochet! And the pastels are so wonderful especially right now with Easter colors swirling around. Bravo that you've mastered something like this! I'm so excited about the doll kids in the fall! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

You have such a positive attitude about your accident and disability - you're an amazing woman! Your yarn is gorgeous. See that? You're amazing in many ways. :-) If you have a Trader Joe's near you, they have hyacinth plants. I have a very sensitive sense of smell and allergies, and I didn't realize how strong the scent of hyacinths were. I had to give my plant to my mother!

PS - I just went back and re-read your story about your accident. (I had read it years before.) I am sitting here with tears rolling down my face. Your writing is mesmerizing.

Oh my I love all the yarn you are dyeing, like candy easter colors! so much speckles! I love speckly yarns especially for sock knitting but looking at your granny squares I really need to set some aside to make lapghan with some of my sock yarns. I didn't get a cross stitch kit, do you think there will be some available to purchase?

So much loveliness <3

Oh so much goodness, in so many ways! I live for your published posts - your ability to write is as luscious as your creative talents with sewing, knitting, crocheting and more. Thank you for sharing yourself with all of us. It's truly a gift.

And that sideways sweater! I'd never seen it before and LOVE it. Any chance there's an adult pattern?

I missed out on pre-ordering the cross stitch kit. Will there be some additional kits for sale in your online shop. or will it just be the pdf pattern? I should have been smarter and ordered it the minute it went up for pre-sale!

Isn't it wonderful that no matter what our age we can still become excited learning new things! I have been following your blog and buying your kits for a number of years now and I never tire of your beautiful photography and your creations. Kudos from Boise, Idaho!

All that yarn made me think you're going into another business venture; it's quite nice! Is that a super adorable tiny cable knit sweater in the fifth image? Such a nice turtleneck too!

Doris Barile says: March 22, 2018 at 02:05 PM

The picture of your daughter is precious!

Your candy-dyed yarn is giving me tingles of joy!

I just reread your accident post and of course it made me tear up. I think of my daughter with her auto immune disorders— epipens, braces (of different sorts) and injections.

You went through some serious fug my friend. And came out the other side. Wow.

Oh my! Your yarn looks absolutely delicious!

You take the loveliest photos of your life and crafts! I completely understand falling in love with dyeing, my best friend and I started playing around with dyes several years ago and ended up starting up a small cottage yarn business: Holly and Ivy Dyeworks (www.hollyandivydyeworks.com). We are both stay at home moms and find so much joy in our exploration of colors and fiber. It's amazing how much comfort hand crafts bring to a person. When life has been the hardest I've always had my crafts (knitting, crocheting, sewing, weaving, spinning, etc.) to bring me peace and purpose. The fact that you were able to turn your pain into beauty is a real credit to you. Can't wait to see your future projects and designs!

Years ago, I printed out your anniversary post about your accident, because i wanted to always remember the tender and open-hearted perspective you had on that experience. Today--just 90 minutes north of Missoula, on a cold and rainy day on Flathead Lake, and feeling dreary about our late, late, late spring, your post today and reflection 20 years later, has reminded me of what really matters in our lives. I thank you so much...

You are having way too much fun!
By the way, have you tapped into Kate Davies Designs? She lives in Scotland--amazing pictures and writing--and is an incredible knit designer. Anyhow, she also had a traumatic experience (a stroke in her 30s) and, as you have, is successfully and creatively living with difficulties.

OK now I would like to try dyeing!

What size crochet hook do you use for granny squares. I love your color and got the yarn you suggested.

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About Alicia Paulson


My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at aliciapaulson.com