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!


I don't sew. I don't knit. I'm not crafty with my hands. I don't have a child, and I don't live in the PNW. But your blog is an absolute gem. I look forward to every post. You are a gifted writer and photographer, crafter and human! I wasn't aware of your accident and just read your post. I admire your courage and forthrightness. Your plowing forward, and your outlook and reflections on that period of your life. I also admire your husband, becoming a nurse after the accident --what a heart! Thanks for sharing a piece of yourself and your sweet family with the world!

I used to dye yarn from Brown Sheep (I think that's the company) when my daughter and son were in Waldorf school. I loved it too. such great colors.
Interesting to read about your accident. sorry, it must have been so difficult to bear. What's interesting is at the same time I was in the hospital for a Stem Cell Transplant. I was in the unit (isolated) for a month. I spent many an hour gazing at absolutely nothing and being on the brink of an abyss.
How curious it was the same time although I went into the hospital a little earlier than did.
I'm glad you are doing well and your blog is quite lovely.

The gasping continues. A few posts ago you decided you liked variegated wool. And now just look at all your hand-dyed skeins! I fully expect you to start spinning, and then, of course, it will be only a short step to raising sheep. Beatrix Potter would be so proud! :)

Alicia, what a beautiful array of hand dyed yarns. Each one delightful, so yummy. You must continue to dye more. Try using natural dyes like avocado pits & skins, berries, bark, leaves, etc. Don't forget to use a mordant to fix the dye. Lindsay of A Wooden Nest, has done some beautiful hand dyed yarns. Visit her web site for information.

So wonderful that you share all your wonderful hobbies with us, but also, your accident - how it changed your life in so many ways for the better! Just love your outlook on life! So many of us live with some type of physical problem, but I don't plan on giving up my handwork! Check out "Katy Living Dolls" - gorgeous dolls/bunnies in England and she had hand issues years ago. She had to give up embroider work etc. and is making adorable things again. Can't wait till your cross stitch pics arrive and Happy Spring and Happy Easter!

I was feeling nostalgic so I went back through your archives and reread your journey of adoption of your sweet Amelia. And a lot of your past blog posts in March (my birthday is Mar 28). I like reading about the changes through the years. You are such a beautiful, gifted writer. I never tire of it. I also get inspired by the sheer force of your creative spirit! I don't do much in the way of textile crafting (I paint and make cards, stamping, die cutting papercrafting in general is my passion!). But I occasionally saunter into embroidery, simple sewing. Lately getting an itch for weaving. I just love making things so there is much for me to get my hands on. Blessings to you this lovely spring day! (I live in Dallas so we relish whatever days qualify as real spring weather!). - A faithful reader. Xoxo

I love the smell of hyacinths too, my mum HATES it or says she does. I think this has more to do with her mother-in-law who used to get my brother and i to plant some hyacinth bulbs each November! They didn't get along you see!! Love all your yarn and yes I remember that sweater, time flies huh!!

I've followed your blog for quite some time, but rarely comment. I just want to let you know how much I enjoy your writing and photography and the photos of your adorable daughter. I've never read about your accident until today and I'm truly amazed by the way it changed your lives and you've not only survived, but thrived in spite of it all. Truly uplifting!

And the doll clothes are adorable!


Lovely work with the yarns! Such pretty colors! I like your crochet blanket. I have been thinking about working on squares for a crochet blanket even if I am so scared of the process of adding the squares together.

Flynn Jobst says: March 25, 2018 at 10:17 AM

I waited too long to order the Springtime kit. Will you have others available in the future?. I'm having so much fun stitching the sampler for my niece's baby!

F. Jobst

Susan Reed says: March 26, 2018 at 02:59 PM

I love that sweater. It would be nice if there was one for adults. Do you know if there is one?

I do love your blog! Your yarns are so pretty ☺️ Any idea when the mini skeins will be available?

How I love that lil' Sweater... I wish I could have one in my size. Can't wait to see it finished! You have been so busy and I often can't wait to hear what you have been up to next.

Keep it all up! You are so blessed <3

Xs, Os and all that good stuff

I had read about your accident years ago but never commented because other than to tell you that I think you are amazing, what could I say. I too have a foot story but it is minor compared to yours. I am sharing today just to let you know you are not the only one out there who is limited in footwear choices. Something that seems essentially girly in today's fashion conscious world.
I crushed my 5th metatarsal. I only needed one surgery and now have a metal plate and four screws in there. It healed very well but I can no longer walk barefoot or stocking footed in my house even for a little bit without it getting sore and achy. Hafflinger wool clogs are now my house slippers. Heels or ballet flats are torture and out of the question. Flyers from the cute shoe stores come in the mail and I just toss them, knowing I have to be content to wear the same six pairs of supportive shoes that make my foot happy.
So the money other women spend on shoes - I spend on cute tops or earrings. Or fabric and yarn!
But at the end of the day, how we treat others and what we do with our time is what really matters. I love how you capture the beauty in everything with your camera and how you share your pleasures with all of us readers. Thank you! and keep being you!

M. Michael Payne says: March 28, 2018 at 07:54 AM

Ah, Honey Chile', You gonna have to go through my Twisted Sister book and see what happens when you get this dying bug. What follows is demented. Not just dying the fiber but buying the fiber to spin and then dye, (or dye, then spin) but then it gets worse and you buy the fleece to clean and card and create the fiber to spin and dye and knit. It gets crazy and like I said, a bit demented. That's why they call themselves Twisted Sisters. And there are those who grow the plants that create the dyes...Oooooh, it can get really bad. Straight-jacket bad. Ever see colored cotton? I'm not talking about cotton that's been dyed. I'm talking about genetically altered cotton to grow in colors. I've got some. It's terracotta brown. You've not been through my stash and seen some of the dyed fiber I've got. Heh, heh, heh....bwaahhhh!

I have seen you mention your accident on and off, but never read the whole story until you linked back to it here. What a terrible experience you went through! What a profound thing for your husband to change courses and become a nurse because of it, wow!

Your hand dyed yarn is beautiful, so Spring-y feeling!

This is off subject of your blog post but I recently re-read a book (actually, listened to it on Audible while sewing). I had read it years ago and forgot about it until recently. Anyway, I know you like to read and I thought I would mention it in case you had never read it. I think you would really like it. It is called The Knitting Circle and is by Ann Hood.

In any case, it looks like we are in for some sunny weather here in the PNW in the next few days! Our leaves will all be shooting out on the trees. Enjoy your Easter weekend with your darling family.


How did I miss the story of your accident? That story is amazing and you are truly a remarkable person. I love the part about Andy discovering his calling.

Hi Alicia,
I love how the yarn colors perfectly match the colors of the nature on your photos... it's very inspiring... :)
Thank You!

My robin's-egg-blue parcel arrived yesterday (MA)--hooray! My heart is all a-flutter, and the 2-year old will LOVE the sweet extra tucked inside the envelope. So very excited to start stitching; there's a lunchtime crafting group on Wednesdays at work, and since the afternoon light is so much better, I'm planning to sort all the floss during tomorrow's session.

Elizabeth says: April 03, 2018 at 09:28 AM

Hi Alicia, I've purchased your felt softies patterns & I love the knitted outfits for them. Only problem is... I don't knit. Lol. Do you have any crocheted patterns for the outfits? Because crocheting I can do!
Thanks, Elizabeth

Hi, I'm a long time reader but haven't read any blogs in the last several months. Just now, however I decided to catch up on your blog. I'm so happy I did...almost teary eyed. I just opened the link to the post about your accident. I didn't know this about you. I'm currently lying here unable to get out of bed without assistance. Hip reconstruction two weeks ago has really slowed everything down. I'll be with crutches for another month at least. After the initial trauma, I'm now able to enjoy the little things I never would have before. Such as watching to see if the post man arrives at the same time each day. Listening to the fish tank bubbling and noticing my seedlings growth are all entertaining. And reading blogs like yours. Thank you!

I love your yarn dyeing adventures - the color ways are gorgeous. And I do remember that wonderful little sweater and can't wait to see what it looks like when completed. I'll have to check Ravelry to find out.

I'm always impressed by your energy level and busy ways. Meems is growing up so quickly!

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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




Since August of 2011 I've been using a Canon EOS 60D with an EF 18-200mm kit lens and an EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens.