Simplicity

In general, I am not romantic or sentimental. However, the beauty of this poem was striking to me. You may find it interesting, as well.

It is intriguing to relate the abstract idea of love to something as basic and genuine as dirt. The simplicity of the language is alluring, too. Which explains why it is called poetry…

Our love was born
outside the walls,
in the wind,
in the night,
in the earth,
and that’s why the clay and the flower,
the mud and the roots
know your name.
― Pablo Neruda

To Be Published

Hola! There has been some excitement in Snowfall Studio’s Etsy shop. Besides a plethora of new designs, one of my most popular patterns will be published in a crochet book. More news to follow!

Here is a sample of the new designs available:

Snake

Owl

And an update to a favorite:

Hedgehog

Remember, any toy seen here can be customized to your specifications.

Happy Spring!

The Stitchin’ Post

Exciting news!

Snowfall Studio’s hair clips are now available at The Stitchin’ Post in Lexington, Virginia!

Heart Barrettes

Lots of different styles are in stock, such as crocheted flowers, hearts, and pumpkins… with lots more designs to come. The clips vary from small silver plated clips (perfect for fine hair), large silver plated hair clips, and french style barrettes (ideal for thicker hair).

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May All I Say

Native American Doll

New to my Etsy shop is this sweet Native American doll. This doll was handmade with 100% wool yarn and stuffed with pure wool. My interest and admiration of Native American philosophy was the motivation for designing this pattern.

American Indian

One of my favorite prayers is written below:

May all I say and all I do
Be in harmony with thee.
God within me, God beyond me,
Maker of the trees.
– Iroquois prayer

Striped Cats

Last night, my son & I watched the movie The Hunger Games. If you’ve seen it, you know that it is a very tense movie. I found myself crocheting furiously, in tempo with the action scenes. Heh. Apparently I’ve stumbled across the secret to getting more accomplished in a day – adrenaline!

Stripey Cats

With my slightly obsessive personality, I’m currently addicted to crocheting these cute kitties. Mostly in a stripey pattern and often with a rainbow of colors.

Rainbow Cat

Look for lots of stripes in my online shop!

Gray Cat

The cat pattern has been slightly updated and improved, so I’m working on crocheting enough cats to take new photos for my custom toy cat listings. Sales have historically been constant between the colorful (pink!) cats and the more traditional cats (orange tabby or white). But it’s so much fun to dream up new color combinations. Color makes me happy!

Pure Wool

I try to live a healthy lifestyle. Natural foods, physical activity, vegetarianism, moderation, and meditation are important to me.

While committed to using natural fibers – primarily super soft wool yarn – to make my dolls and toys, I’ve decided that it’s time to take it one step further. As a result, all of the newly created items in my Etsy shop will be stuffed with 100% wool. In addition, wool stuffing will be standard on all custom listings.

I have decided to use pure virgin wool, where no dyes, bleaches, fire retardants, or other chemicals are used in the processing of the wool. Wool is natural, biodegradable, naturally fire retardant and it stays fluffy with use. Wool also inhibits the growth of bacteria and doesn’t hold moisture, causing mold.

Since making the switch, I’ve noticed several changes. My toys feel softer, warmer, and more cuddly. I’ve made several for my daughters to test the durability of the wool stuffing, and the toys have withstood the test of lots of loving!

Irish Sheep

Happy Spring! It’s good to be home after nearly two weeks in England and the Republic of Ireland. The Irish are blessed to live in such a beautiful country!

Coast of Ireland

The Irish are also delightfully friendly. The evening before our departure, the lovely neighbors brought over some Irish soda bread to have for breakfast the next morning. I was touched by their thoughtfulness.

The sheep in Ireland are awesome, too. It’s common to see them grazing on a patch of grass above an ocean-side cliff or on a steep hillside. My youngest daughter claims their wool makes them stick like velcro.

Irish Sheep

During our visit, I was so inspired by the sheep and cows that I stocked up on black and white Irish wool yarn.

Just for fun, here’s a photo of some Irish Dairy cows. These particular ladies were our neighbors at Knocknahoe, and they provide milk for Cadbury Chocolate.

Irish Cows

Currently, I’m working on designing new patterns, so expect to see lots of wool sheep in my shop soon… and maybe some cows!