Tuesday, September 15, 2015


I am happy to announce that Dragonfly's Laughter is reopening, this time as a yarn shop! I've spun yarn for some years, and when I found myself with more yarn than I knew what to do with it only made sense to sell it.

Below are photos of what I have in my shop currently, with links to them.

Late Sunset

Party Time

Party Pink

Forest Green




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Sunday, October 9, 2011

New stuff!

I've got some new items which I have not actually added to my Etsy shop, but which is still available for sale. Just e-mail me if you're interested in anything.

I'm also considering getting magnets to turn some of the patches into magnets. What do you think?

e-mail: DragonflysLaughter@gmail.com

Needlework: Happy Autumn!

Needlepoint: I solemnly swear I am up to no good.

Needlework: Never laugh at a live dragon.

Needlework: And stand beside me, goddess, my ally.

Sappho has got to be my favorite poet ever.

Needlework: The cook is not responsible for cat hair in the food.

Note: the above needlework is not yet in an embroidery hoop.

Two patches: "good witch" and "naughty witch"

Come on. We all have those days when we don't feel like being good.

Patch: real men wear kilts

Three patches: "witch", "merry meet" and "wicked"

Two patches: "Pagan pride" and "Born again Pagan"

I got to use the "born again Pagan" line for the first time a couple weeks ago. :)

Two patches: "nerd" and "book lover"

Patch: smile!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Like a kid in a candy shop

About a week ago a mysterious package showed up on my doorstep. It was from my friend The Belly Dancer, and guess what it contained?

Raw wool!!!

This is wool that's not ready to be spun yet, and I've never gotten ahold of anything like this before. It needs to be washed and, perhaps most importantly, carded. So if I want to do anything (other than ooo and aah over it) with this present I have three options (ok, only two once my budget is taken into account):

1) make do with something I can buy from the local store, but which isn't actually designed for the job
2) buy some proper hand carders to do the job
3) buy a drum carder -- this is what I reeeeeeeaaaaaaaaallllllllyyyyy want, but it's just too pricy

Yesterday I got the above hand carders in the mail. And since I didn't think to remove the price tag before taking the photo you can see how much they cost ($58.95). I might not have bought them if I had to pay rent and bills, but as it is I'm living with my parents and have some of money in the bank. So I can indulge myself a little bit.

Today I finally started figuring out how to use my hand carders, and as you can see Kokopelle kept me company. Amazingly, he didn't actually get in my way!

I came to one conclusion: hand carding is dangerous work! lol

I'm sure that I'll learn to avoid cuts as I become more experienced and less clumsy. Plus my hands will hurt less once I've developed callouses.

And here is the product of my labor so far. They're called rolags. They're far from perfect, but I'm sure they're usable...even though the yarn is pretty much guaranteed to have an interesting character! :)

What I really need though is someone to teach me. I've looked at YouTubes but that can only go so far -- a video can't look at what I'm doing and tell me specifically what I need to do differently. I tried getting in touch with local spinners last year but had no luck; the contact person for one group had died a few months previously, and the contact person for the other never got back to me.

Maybe I'll have better luck finding a spinners group in the area this year.


I posted this on my personal blog, but decided to share it here as well since it's to do with crafty type stuff.