Designer Spotlight

Hello Friends!

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This is the Paradigm Tunisian Scarf by Megan Cullison.  She made it in my color-way “We’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat”   This color-way was made to celebrate Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week”.

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I’m also wearing a shawl cuff, it’s the red leather wrap holding it all together.  Teresa, from Two Unravelled Chicks and a Llama has a beautiful assortment of these.  You can purchase them online at her shop.

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image  Megan also made this in a masculine color-way using “Midnight Canyon”

This adorable kitty was shared with me at my Etsy store.  It’s made in our color-way “Gold Rush”. I am just amazed at what cute things people make.  I am actually taking a class starting next week to learn how to do this.   I will be making a Llama.

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I am also so pleased with my Mount Pleasant top.

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Crop tops are all the rage right now to wear with high waisted jeans.  I do not wear the high waisted jeans.  I have a belly.  I like to wear empire waste type tops to cover my belly.  Wearing a flowing type top under the Mount Pleasant looks great.  It allows me  to wear these super cut tops.  I made this with our “Dijon Mustard” color-way.

Happy Sunday everybody!

Enjoy some knitting/crochet/weaving today!

Hugs,

Tammy

 

 

Test Knit/Sale

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I feel like such a braggadocious yarn person!  I will admit it! Yes.  I am.  I love yarn!  Join me all yarn lovers!  Love all the yarn with me!  I’m working on a test knit for Kelly McClure of Boho Knits.  It’s called the Dovah Shawl.  I need to get it done by August 22.  It’s so pretty, I just had to share it.     Get ready, she will release it by the end of August.  I have all kinds of kits and color-ways to make it with.   I’m working with “Bark” and “Primrose”.

I also love a good sale.  I’m the type of person that will wait to purchase something until a sale is on.  So, of course, I’m going to apply that to all my beautiful co-yarn lovers.  I’ve got a 20% off sale going on in the Etsy Store.   Check out some of our new color-ways.

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This is “Midnight Canyon” on worsted!  Grant is a Jazz musician and teaches at UCO here in Edmond, OK.  He plays Jazz at various locations around town.  He is cool!  He has that soft cool jazz voice.  I like to listen to him talk.  He came over and made “Midnight Canyon”.  I took it to a local yarn store trunk show and it sold out as quick as I got it out of the box.   Grant is off playing Jazz, so I had to make it myself.  This is my version of Grant’s original color-way.  I love the manly energy of this yarn.

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This is Lauren’s yarn baby.  She made a teal version called “Starling” that is one of our best sellers.  It’s gorgeous!  We had a request to make it a little more blue than teal.  This is it!  Introducing “Robin’s Egg”.  It is sooooo pretty!  We have it available in sparkle and it’s breathtakingly beautiful!  Seriously!     20% off this week!

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Lavender Fields.  Do I need to say more?  This is a top seller too.  Here it is in all her glory on Fingering Singles.  Readily available to ship to you immediately.  It’s gorgeous and on sale!

Get out of the heat and let’s shop for some pretty art yarn!  Back to school sale!

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Also friends, the little chick you see in the pictures represents me, A Chick That Knitz.  I had another one that represented Lauren and it fell and broke into pieces.  If anyone finds a cute chick, let me know, and I will buy it!  I am on the hunt.

Stay cool friends.  Enjoy indoors and air conditioning and YARN!

Tammy.

 

Poncho’s and a SALE!

Hello friends!  How are you doing on this beautiful Spring day?   I wanted to show off Lauren’s poncho.   She made it a while ago and wore it to a Christmas party.  I wanted to show that we actually do wear all the things we knit.  Actually, Lauren crocheted this!   This is crochet!

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John, Lauren, Lindy, and Luke

Ponchos were popular in the 70’s.  Remember the little balls on the ends of the ties?  Some had tassels.  Ponchos, halter tops, wedge shoes….love the 70’s!  I cannot tell you enough how happy I am that the younger generation likes ponchos now!  Lauren is 26 and ROCKING IT!

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Since Lauren made this, I don’t know what the pattern is called.  If you want to know, comment, and I will ask.  You may go look on Ravelry and check out ponchos.

I’ve been working on loading up my Etsy store.  Here are some of the many yarns I’ve listed.  I have 69 different color-ways listed and have about 30 more to list to be done.Screen Shot 2019-04-09 at 1.04.00 PM

I’m going to have a Grand Opening Sale this coming weekend!  All items will be 30% off.  That includes any kits I’ve made.   The kits listed are discounted anyway because you are purchasing more than one skein of yarn.   The kits on sale is a super deal!  I mean SUPER deal!

The sale will start on Friday at 6pm and run through Sunday at 6pm.  I’m going to post a video on YouTube to announce the sale.   Go ahead and browse the shop if you would like and be sure to favorite what you like.    That will help me make sure I have enough yarn for everybody and you won’t have to wait for me to make it in case it sells out.

I’ve just returned from DFW Fiber festival.  I came home confident in my yarn!  Very confident!  My husband said, “Tammy, your yarn is prettier than a lot of yarn here at this convention.”  I have to agree.    I’m going to work hard so that I can present my own shop at DFW Fiber Festival next year!

Have a great day friends and hope to see you at the sale this weekend!

Happy Knitting,

Tammy

 

 

Fades

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I’ve finally finished an official “Fade” type pattern!  Yay me!  I’ve made a fade type shawl with my previous shawl “Dotted Rays”  by Stephen West.   I was creative and made the Fade on my own.   This is “Free Your Fade” by Andrea Mowry.   It’s an easy knit.  Guess what?   I made it with my own hand dyed yarn!  Yay me again!

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This takes 3 skeins of yarn in different color combinations.  I made this in my Fingering Singles yarn in Pink, Circus, and Lake House.  I’m going to make a moody, dark one next.

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I’m working every day on my new hand dyed yarn business.  Currently, I’m stocking my “store” on Etsy.  You are sure to find me under “A chick that knitz.”   I’ve got 27 different color ways listed.  I have about 50 total to load.  Once I have all my colors listed, I’m going to have a grand opening sale and everything will be 30% off for the opening.  So go look around if you would like, but remember to wait for the official opening for 30% off everything!  I love a good sale!  (It’s taken me a week to photograph and load 27 colors, it may take another week to load the rest).

I will also have my own “shop” on the web.  I will get that up and running once I’ve loaded up Etsy.  Since I’m brand spanking new with my yarn business, I figured that would help introduce my yarn to people.

It Spring Y’all!  Yay!  My nose sure knows!  I’m allergic to cedar and every other kind of tree known to mankind.  I’m basically allergic to March.  I don’t know how they work, but I have a Himalayan Salt Lamp near my bed and it helps with my allergies.  It doesn’t cure them, but it helps.  I notice a difference when I don’t have it on anyway.

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Max enjoying the long grass before Len gets the mower out for the first time this season.

I’m in-between projects right now.  My fingers are itching to work on something!  I’m looking for a particular project.  When I officially open my store and have the grand opening, I’m going to do a “KAL. Knit-a-Long” and I’m looking for that project.  I want to showcase my yarns and showcase a Fade type pattern.

Happy Sunday!

 

Tammy – A Chick That Knitz

 

Welcome to the Dye Studio

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Hello!  I’ve been working hard at starting my own hand-dyed yarn business.  My studio is complete!  I’ve taken over the garage!  I have to have a comfortable space for my family to hang out with me in the studio.  My “family” consists of my husband, grown children, grandchildren, 5 dogs and one cat, Max!  The dog beds are coming.  We’re buying another carpet to fill in the other half of the garage.  We want a clean spot for our grand baby to sit down on the floor and play.  The garage floor is dirty, hence, the carpets.  The color of the carpet is perfect!  It hides all the dye spots I spill on it and it cleans nicely with a carpet cleaner.

 

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I’m having so much fun!  I have wanted to have a yarn store for many years now.  The reality of it was just not something we honestly wanted, myself or my husband.  I’m what’s called an extroverted introvert.  I know!  Crazy!  How can you be both?  You can be!  My introvert side doesn’t want to actually go to a yarn store every day and hang out there.  I’ve never “hung out” at the yarn store.  I prefer to be at home, in comfort, with a fridge full of food and snacks, and lots of movies at my fingertips.  Although, I think it’s a great idea and a great place to meet fiber friends.  I love hospitality and am pretty good at it.  I would be a great yarn store owner.   I realized it was just a fantasy and nothing would ever come out of it.

Then I lost my job.  I left of my own free will, but I was pushed out.  I was a little heartbroken to be honest.  It was a blessing!  I’m very loyal.  I had to be pushed out to leave, or I would still be there today.  Sometimes, disasters are blessings in disguise!!!

It’s taken me almost a year since I left the work force to figure this out, but I’ve figured it out!  I CAN own a yarn store!  I LOVE YARN!  Have you seen my stash? ( It’s on an article here on my blog, search “stash” and it will come up. ) I’ve started up my own hand-dyed yarn business!  I create and color the yarn and will sell it on-line and at various trade shows.  I LOVE the trade shows!  My husband and I take vacations with a plan to visit yarn stores and fiber mills.  They are the spots along the way to our destination.  Now, we can go to trade shows, set up my little trade show store, sell yarn, and travel!  Hot diggity dog!!

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I looove it!  Isn’t there a song “I’m in love with my car!” by Queen?  I haven’t heard it but hey… “I’m in love with my yarn!”

You’ve met my daughters.  They will be there to help along the way!  What a great family business!  I can also include my husband.  He loves to socialize!  He and my son are currently planning, designing, and building me an electric skein winder/swift.  That might become a thing in itself for my son.  We can sell those too!

I’m the type that needs a plan and a goal.  I’m still young for “retirement”.  Now, I have a direction for my energy and it’s the best direction!

I’m making a cropped little cardigan in this beautiful sunshine yellow to wear with my sundresses this summer.

I’ve also started a YouTube channel to journal about starting this business, connect with other dyers and fiber lovers,  and promote my yarns.  I’m new at this and learning from scratch so they aren’t great yet, but, they are entertaining!

I’m in the research and development phase of the business.  I’m gathering base yarns from various sources to find out which I like best and want to represent “A Chick That Knitz”.  I’ve heard several indie dyers say they don’t know or care what the yarn looks like knitted up.  It’s the artistic process they like and how it looks in a skein.  Well, I’ve bought a $32.00 skein of hand-dyed yarn and it’s pretty in the skein but ugly knit up.  I am a chick that knits after all , so it is important to me, that the yarn looks pretty in all its forms; skein, to ball, to knit project.

Take care and I will be back soon with an on-line store  grand opening!

One more thing!  Knitters, Crocheters, Yarn lovers, please feel free to give me any input on what you like and don’t like about hand-dyed yarns.  I’m here to please and would really like to know your thoughts.

Take care and don’t forget, Valentine’s Day is close!

Tammy

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Aussiedoodle puppy hanging out with me in the studio.

Mrs. Crosby’s Dye Workshop

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Lauren and I attended this dye workshop and had a great time.  Amanda Jarvis is the artist behind Mrs. Crosby’s yarns, based in Chicago.  SWAK (Sealed With A Kiss), in Guthrie, Oklahoma, hosted the class.

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Keely is a fabulous host!  She loves to cook gourmet food.  Her hors d’oeuvre’s are always interesting.  Not to mention, she serves wine and last night, she also served frozen margarita’s, and strawberry margarita’s.  I know after 2 glasses of wine, I was feeling pretty good, and having a fun relaxed time.

The beginning of the class, everyone is quiet, and doesn’t know anybody.  People are being polite and using their best manners.  Start drinking some wine, playing in the colors, and by the time the class is nearly over, everybody has their hands all over each other’s yarn,” ooooohing’ and ‘awwwwing’.  Personalities start to open up, you start chatting and laughing with the classmates next and near to you.  It turns into a fun time.

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Len asked me how my class went.  I told him, “I was with my people – my tribe.”  lol.  It’s true though!

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I’ve been gathering supplies at garage sales to dye yarn; large pots, measuring cups, teaspoons, heat sources.  It’s so messy, I don’t want to do it in the house.  I’ve been waiting for cooler weather, so we can do it in the garage.  We used a microwave as the heat source in this class.

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This is Lauren’s yarn.; teal and grey and some olive.

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My yarn; olive, purple, and pink.

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I was so excited about my yarn, I made some fingerless gloves with it.

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I like them.  If you have an opportunity to attend a yarn dyeing class, I highly recommend it!  We both had a great time.  We both are really happy with our yarn.  We’re also excited to get playing with dying some yarn this fall.

Silk Garden Fingerless Gloves is the pattern I used for these super easy gloves.

 

Happy Knitting Friends!

Tammy

 

Rusty

Good Friday everyone!

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My sister-in-law, Christine, made this adorable giraffe afghan for her newest grand baby. It is so cute! You can find the pattern here: Rusty the Giraffe Blanket.  It is crochet.  She makes the cutest projects.

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Here is a photo of what it looks like before the details.

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Finished.  Thanks Christine for letting me Show and Tell your beautiful blanket!

Lauren and I are going to “Mrs, Cosby’s Dye Workshop” this evening at SWAK, (Sealed With A Kiss) our local yarn store.  We are going to learn how to dye yarn.

Have a great weekend and happy knitting.

 

Tammy

Cowl days

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Lauren and Lindy, my daughters, wearing their cowls today.

Lauren is 9 months pregnant here!  You can hardly tell in this photo.  At the weekly doctor check, we’ve found out Luke is full term and can arrive any day now.  He is officially due on Nov 15, but he’s ready any time.  We can’t wait to meet the little guy!  He’s already loved so much!

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Lindy is modeling the cowl I just finished for Bailey.  I’m going to make a matching hat and maybe some gloves too, if I have enough yarn.   I made one for Lindy too, but she took it home already.  Her cowl was white on the outside with a variegated blue for the inner stripe.  Lauren and Lindy are wearing the same cowl, it’s just in different yarns/colors.  It’s super easy, add on 90-120 stitches and it’s knit 1 purl 1 ribbing.  12 stripes of main color, then 6 stripes of alternating colors, then 6-9 rows of  contrast color, then 6 stripes of alternating color, then finish with 12 stripes of main color.

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Bailey, with Henry, in Wyoming.

This is Len’s beautiful daughter, Bailey, who lives in Wyoming.  I just noticed uploading this photo that I made her those boot toppers too.    I gave them to her at her wedding and there was so much commotion that I wondered if she ever actually got them.  Apparently she did!  Cool!  I made her an Alpaca Cowl of ivory and her kitty cat had a litter of kittens in her scarf basket.   I made her this red one to replace it.  It’s the Gap-tastic Cowl on Ravelry.   It’s just a seed stitch pattern throughout, easy.

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Lauren just finished this poncho.  This is Crochet!  Isn’t it pretty!?  I absolutely LOVE that poncho’s are back in style!  I’m a child from the 70’s, so I’m poncho friendly!  I wore one today for grocery shopping at Target today.  LOVE them!

I got in on the fun too!

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Gourmet Yarn Co last SALE day is tomorrow.  50% off all yarn 75% off needles and accessories.   I believe it’s the very last day they will be in business.   Have fun stocking up!  They still have a lot of yarn.   It will be worth the trip.   That Alpaca yarn sure is costly.   Those Alpaca cowls are $60 worth of yarn alone.  I think I’ll stock up on a bit more.

Lost in Time Shawl

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I wanted to show and tell some of Lauren’s projects.  She likes to crochet and can do some knitting.  Whereas, I like to knit and can do some crochet.  She is working on the cutest shawl.   It’s called “Lost in Time” by Johanna Lindahl and you can find her pattern here: Lost in Time Shawl.

You should go see the finished projects on Ravelry.  There are 1250 finished projects and  the different color combinations are absolutely stunning!  She ordered the suggested yarn and it is very affordable and good quality yarn.

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The yarn arrived yesterday and she has already gotten this far….  It’s a work in progress and not blocked yet.  This will be her first project that she has blocked.  It will be neat for her to see the magic blocking does for a project.

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I stopped by her house yesterday and was the typical nosey mother-in-law and went thru her current projects.  She just decides she’s going to make something and gets her crochet hook out and there you go, she has a project.  I have to have a pattern.

I loved this!

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She said she wasn’t crazy about it, but I think it’s gorgeous!  Look how pretty these colors go with her teal nail polish.   She is going to make it into a cowl.   She is from Austin, Tx and has moved here to Edmond, OK.  We have fall and winter here and I’m so excited that she gets to wear lots of knit accessories.   She’s going to love it!

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This is a poncho she is making.  She is not done.  But I liked it so much, I wanted to take a picture now.  This is some of the Malabrigo yarn I found at a garage sale.  An entire 10 skein bag full of it.  I’m so happy it has found a home with Lauren and her poncho.  I can just see her taking Luke to the park with this on.  I know, I sound like a broken record, but she is so beautiful.  Her skin is perfect!

I was brought up as a lake kid.  My parents took my step-sister and myself to the lake almost every other weekend growing up.  I had sunburn after sunburn.  Then, as a teenager in the 80’s, we bronzed ourselves in baby oil all summer.  I spent a lot of time at the water park during the summers with my girlfriends.   I’ve had extremely severe sunburns growing up and my skin shows it now.  I’ve had women come up to me and scold me for the freckles on my back as if it’s Leprosy (no kidding).  Raising my children, we were taught to apply the sunscreen.  It wasn’t like that when my parents were raising kids.  So my children’s generation all have pretty skin.  My daughter, Lindy, is the same, beautiful skin!

Thanks to Rodan & Fields, I’m well on my way to reversing all that skin damage.  I’m going to share some other people’s results too.

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This is what my back looks like. Look at her amazing results!

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This woman looks like a mother/daughter photo. I would never guess this is the same woman.

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I found out yesterday that a local yarn store, The Gourmet Yarn Company in NW OKC on May Ave is closing!  They are having a clearance sale this Saturday and Sunday with everything  25-50% off storewide.  I am fully loaded on yarn, but a sale is a sale, and knitting needles are rarely ever on sale.  I hope to stock up on some circulars.

Enjoy your day.

Tammy

 

 

 

Stitches, Texas

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Stitches,Texas is coming up this weekend in Irving, Texas.  Stitches holds fiber festivals in several states across the country.  I think Chicago used to be the closest one to me.  So when Stitches decided to hold a festival in Texas, I was super excited.  Texas is just next door to Oklahoma.  I was able to attend the very first Stitches in Texas.    I went by myself and had a great time.  I spent a weekend in a hotel and participated in several classes.  I signed up for the whole shebang; dinner, fashion shows, events and prizes.  There were several “single” people so I didn’t feel awkward going by myself.   The catered dinner party had several single people at the table and it was a free for all for seating.   I even participated in a fashion show.

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Barry Kline in a Swing class

This is Barry Kline and he teaches a class about adding some “swing” to knit garments.  I have a bit of a belly, so I like knit garments that have a slight drape and “swing” versus a tight knit around my belly.  I was the model for this vest he designed for the class.  He actually teaches on cruises.   Yes!! There is such a thing as a knitting cruise!  Bucket list.

One of my favorite knitting celebrities is Marly Bird.  She lives in Colorado and designs knit and crochet items and has a podcast that’s called,  “It’s a Yarn Thing”.  I have often been described as real or genuine in regards to my personality.  Marly is too!  That’s why I like her so much.  Very down to earth and doesn’t mind being honest in her endeavors, good or bad.  She’s just charming. Love her.

I was able to take one of her classes about becoming a knitwear designer and how to get started.  Marly is my favorite knitting/crochet personality.   She has some great classes on Craftsy that I recommend.  She is so fun to watch.   I purchased her Plus Size knitting class on Craftsy.   It’s how my mom and I made our duck tape mannequin together.  Some of you may remember that!  You can find it on Youtube here: Mother/Daughter Team Duck Tape Mannequin

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Okay.  I’m sure everybody has had a bad hair day, or a bad makeup day, or whatever.   I saw these pictures after I got home and couldn’t believe how horrible I looked.  For some reason, my hair would not work.  I have curly hair and in high humidity, it kinda goes afro on me and there is nothing to do but put it up.   I hate tight things around my belly.  What the heck happened to my t-shirt?   It must have shrunk from the time I put it on and the time I arrived here.  You can even see the indentation of my belly button my shirt is so tight.   I swear my sweater is navy blue and not purple.  It matches the skirt. The skirt lands just above my knees.  Not sure why it’s nearly down to my ankles here.   I was showing Lauren these pictures and we were having a good laugh about it when I told her I actually wore this same outfit to a job interview!   I got the job, so my outfit couldn’t have looked as bad as it appears in these photos.    Not to mention the alien light bearing down upon my head, preparing to beam me up.

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LOL.   What can you do?  Just laugh about it and be glad I’ve got a photo memento.  Marly looked great!

I’m planning on heading to Stitches Texas in the morning.  I’ll bring back some pictures to show you what it’s like.