Friday, September 10, 2010

JazzTurtle Creations Batts featured in Fall issue of Spin Off Magazine!

 I'm so excited because my batts are used in the current (Fall) issue of Spin Off Magazine!! Jacey Boggs  wrote a great article on corespinning and she used my batts for the piece! There's some amazing photos.. AND 2 shop mentions!  I'm just giddy.. and my neighbors must think I'm crazy since I started dancing around and squealing when I opened the mailbox and saw the batts in the magazine staring back at me!  This is my first major press and I can't be more thrilled!! Off to card batts for the bigger than I'd originally planned shop update this weekend!!

I'm only showing a few of the photos with my fiber.. you have to go buy the magazine to see the entire article!
(With my shop mentions!!)

I will have more of the "Magestic Peacock" batt that's featured on the front page of the article, along with more of the "No Worries" batts that Jacey is using to spin in my update on Monday. If you put "FALLSPINOFF2010" in the message to seller I'll refund your shipping!!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Once Again I FAIL at blogging!!

I promise it's going to be different this time.. I know I know.. I say it every time.. and  yet the entire summer has gone by without ONE post!! NOTHING!!
Ok.. I'm still here.. LOTS has been going on in my life and in my studio/fiber life!!

The Carolina fiber fest went well.. full post about that coming! It was an amazing first festival which only wet my appetite for more!  Next year I'll be back.. I'm also planning on vending SAFF and maybe even YarnCon. I'm also applying  for the Raleigh Handmade Market if I  can get enough FO's done!

PluckyFluff Asheville.. another full post  coming soon.. but briefly it was  amazing, of course. Lexi is just a blast to hang out with and a great teacher! I'm hoping we get to throw back some wine and chocolate again soon!!

Teaching at SAFF- YEP!! I'm teaching my corespinning class this year at SAFF 2010! I'm so excited because this is the biggest venue I've taught at and my class was the THIRD of all the classes to fill up! I only got on the waiting list to vend since I didn't really think I would even try vending this year.. since I've never even ATTENDED *gasp* I know!!  But I did so well at the at CFF that I figured I would go for it- As I'm still on the waiting list, I think I'm just going to plan on teaching this year (and I'll have batts for sale in the class) and then next year I'll be vending!

I'm having a TRUNK SHOW!! You heard right.. Friday night, Oct 15th, from 6:30-9:30 join me at DownTown Knits in Apex NC for wine, snacks and and evening of FiberyFUN! More details to follow..

LOTS  of new stuff is happening over in the shop!- which is it's own blogpost as well!!
The fall season is upon is and the first batch of Halloween batts are listing  today! More will come over the next month including yarns, out of the bag fiber kits and indulgence tops! back to the shop update which is happening ALL DAY.. individual blogposts about important events are coming. I promise to be  a better blogger and newsletter writer!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Teaching and Vending at the Carolina Fiber Fest, May 21-23!!

YEP!! I told you folks that the announcement was coming soon!! JazzTurtle Creations will have a vending booth ALL weekend at the Carolina Fiber Fest, May 21-23 at the Raleigh State Fairgrounds.
Not only THAT.. but I'll be TEACHING my 3 hr "Creative Corespinning" workshop- Friday morning (either 9-12 or 10-1, not sure yet) I'll post a link when registration is open. Class is $65 and includes a spinning kit.

Creative Corespinning:

Why corespin? If you want to learn a technique get the most out of precious fiber (like cashmere) or learn how to get the most texture and create funky art yarns, then corespinning is for you!
First we’ll learn how to corespin, with proper attention to achieving a balanced yarn. Then focus will shift to experimenting with different corespinning techniques- corespinning with locks, coreless corespinning and adding “fun stuff” into your yarns like felted nubbies, sequins, fabric, cocoons and other things you may bring. Translucent corespinning and carding textured art batts will also be demonstrated. Class fee includes kit with core yarn, 3oz textured batt, 1oz loose locks and fun add-in’s. Additional supply details will be sent with registration confirmation. Participants must bring a wheel and be able to spin a single. Class limited to first 16 registered students.

I will ALSO be doing free art batt carding and art yarn spinning demo's on Sunday afternoon!! If you're in the area please stop by and say hello.. and do some shopping while you're visiting!

A tour of my studio-where the carding magic happens!

Welcome!! This is what you see when you pass my studio. I've had a couple requests for a virtual "tour" so I thought I'd invite you inside and show you around. I did a bit of spring cleaning and organizing this weekend, so I thought it'd be a perfect time! You see my bin of treasure fiber is open and ready to collect leftover carding fiber. I also have a basket out with add in's I'm currently putting in batts and yarns.

When you walk in you are greeted with my shelving unit of add in's and sparkle. Installing this above the desk and carding table is what really turned this room into a "studio" Previously it was all in "bins" that I would dump on the floor when I was working. There were 2 main problems with that.. first I couldn't see everything I had.. and if I don't see it, I forget it's there and don't use it! Most importantly is that I had to bend over and stand up again and again and again when reaching for goodies like sparkle and sari silk.. and I gave myself some vertigo by continued bending over and standing up.. I couldn't work for over a week. So installing this unit was a lifesaver. Everything I need is within reach and in sight!

Top shelf is a bin of hand dyed merino top odds and ends, a bin of treasure fiber leftover from projects and a small bin of add in's like silk flowers, pom poms, crocheted flowers, buttons..
The middle shelf holds a small bin of novelty yarn snippets, another small bin of my sari silk stash (yarn, thrums, recycled tangles, ribbon and pulled waste) The middle big bin is full of fabric strips and silk for spinning and adding into batts. The bottom shelves hold my bins of lurex and silk thread, 3 colors of holosparkle lurex, and sequins (behind the holosparkle), my basket of hemp noil in rainbow colors, my bowl of felted nubbies and pebbles and my NEW set of 3 drawer units for my smaller add in's like shredded money, neps, silk cocoons, worry dolls, buttons, fabric flowers. These were previously in a basket and just getting lost! I feel SO much more organized now that I can easily (and quickly) get what I need!
To the left of the desk you see my bookshelf with my smoothie carder on top (next to the drum I got in Cairo), my craft books and magazines, old textbooks and reference books from college and massage school, and on the top shelf baskets and bins with scrapbooking stickers, beads, sequins and crystals.

In the drawers above the carding station are:
angelina and lurex drawer.. every girl LOVES her sparkle drawer!!

Then above that it's my noils and banana silk drawer. A rainbow of silk, bamboo and cotton noils, along with tangled strands of brightly colored banana silk fill this drawer. Above that is another sparkle drawer.. this one is filled with firestar and icicle nylon sparkle. Again, a rainbow of fibers! The top drawer has vintage trim and lace, some silk snippets and other things for carding into batts and spinning into yarn. In between the drawers I have bags of brightly dyed curly kid mohair locks for adding into batts.

Next to the carding station I have my wire rack of farm wools and fleece. These are mostly solid or semi solid fibers from animal friendly farms. I mostly card this fiber, but I also spin some without carding..
The bottom shelf is filled with bins of fiber, and the top shelf is my sewing machine, serger and other quilting supplies.

I use over the door shoeracks for holding my rainbow of kid mohair locks and some wrapping/plying yarns. No space is unused.. including on the wall and behind the doors!

In the closet is my scrapbooking supplies.

My fiber wall.. my home LYS.. my pride and joy. I often sit on the floor and plan yarns by staring up at all the colors and textures.. I often hang yarns I've finished to inspire me.
This wall is made up of wire cubbies. The bottom cubbies are filled with top I use for carding. The top cubbies are shop inventory (except the last 2 are combed top spinning stash) The left side cubbies are all uncarded locks and fleece I plan to spin uncarded. This is also the cubbies I have my bamboo rayon designated for spinning not carding. The rest is all spinning stash. Mostly batts, some combed top and clouds. Some is created by me.. LOTS is from other independent artists like myself. I admit, as much as I love spinning my own fiber, I love to spin other people's as well. We all have a different carding style, so it's fun to play with other techniques. It is crazy though, I've collected this stash over my 3 years spinning.. I don't buy as much as I used to.. but there are still weeks when the mail comes heavy to my house!!

Well, thanks so much for stopping by! If you're ever in the Raleigh/Durham/Triad area and would like to schedule a private lesson and come by for real, drop me a line and we'll figure it out!!

Teaching in South Carlolina- The Carolina Fiber Frolic!

Where have I been the last month?

Well.. Getting ready to vend my first spinning retreat and teach a couple workshops!! It was really overwhelming getting it all together. I learned a lot about what to do for my NEXT vending!! (maybe at the Carolina Fiber Fest at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh at the end of May.. but more about that later!) I had to build inventory for vending (Whew.. carding over 40 new batts!!)

Bryan and I loaded up the car with fiber, yarn and my wheel..

He was amazed I fit it all in.. but I learned how to pack from my Mother.. she's the best there is.

Off we went to the Middleton Place Inn and Plantation, just outside Charleston SC. I was really excited because I've never been there.
We arrived in time to unload and then had the evening to play. Wow.. what a place!! The plantation is from the mid 1700's and has the oldest landscaped gardens in America. We stayed in the inn.. that had beautiful rooms! The wall facing the river was all windows..
And it had a wood burning fireplace!!

And even MORE fun.. it had a 150 GALLON garden tub!! It was like a mini pool!!

It was really beautiful!! We were on the second floor so our view was like we were in a treehouse..

In the evenings the Lodge hosted some appetizers, wine and beer.. so we stopped by there before going into Charleston for dinner-
The walk from our room to the lodge was breathtaking!!

We ate both free nights at Hyman's Seafood House in Charleston. (they are open until 11pm.. and we didn't get out of the Inn until past 10 each night.. and the food was STILL amazing!!) OMG.. the shecrab soup.. and the crispy fresh flounder.. and the mussels.. oh the mussels!!

The next morning we set up my booth.. It looked great.. except I forgot my sign! Can you believe it! LOL!!
I loved having the laptop there!! There was wifi so people could pay with paypal, and I had a looping slideshow running of photos of previous batts and yarns!
The garmet rack was SO useful for hanging shawls, cloudspun yarn and specialty art yarn sets!
BATTS galore! These cubbies are a PITA to put together and take apart.. but they were really useful and made the booth look great!! I'd like to have one more set for more batts for future shows.

Ta Da!! Everything looked great!!

I taught my workshops on Friday!! My first was a 3 hour workshop called "Creative Corespinning" where I taught the basic corespinning technique, with focus on spinning a balanced yarn. I taught how to add in objects while spinning.. flowers, sequins, cocoons, beehives.. all sorts of goodies!! The second was an hour and a half workshop "Unwinding with Coils" teaching supercoiling and other art yarn plying tricks!! It was SUPER fun and everyone picked up the skills really quickly!! I felt like a proud parent!

Bryan and I also took some time to walk around the gardens. It really is an amazing place..The Middleton house after the main house was destroyed in the Civil War, and the original springhouse.
Spanish Moss swaying from all the trees so peacefully. I'm totally inspired to spin a yarn!
Amazing Camila blooms in the landscaped gardens.
H U G E trees.. from the 1700's!! So different than the Huge redwoods of Cali.

These were MONSTERS! The trunk was over twice Bryan's arm span.

We FOUND the hidden Dharma Initiative Gardens!! LOL!! You know how into LOST! we are.. so when we saw there was an octagonal garden.. we knew it was a sign!! LOL!!

All in all it was amazing weekend!! I made new friends, got a couple invitations to teach more workshops, scheduled some private lessons sold some fiber and MOST importantly made some alpaca and mohair locks connections with some local farms!! HURRAH!! AND even more importantly my hubby and I got to get away for the weekend and have some relaxing fun!!

SO if anyone wants some private lessons, or for me to teach my corespinning or superpcoiling workshops at their LYS or a guild meeting just drop me a line and we'll set something up. I have a couple workshops in the plan, so as they are finalized I'll post info about them here!!

AND watch for an announcement about JazzTurtle Creations vending at a local fiber fest near you!!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

6x03- What Kate Does- Weekly LOST blogtakeover!

It was a good episode last night. Not in my top 10, but I enjoyed it. I think more questions were raised than answers received.. but that's LOST right? all the way to the end!!

It's pretty HUGE that the date on Claire's ultrasound is one month later.

This really brings up some interesting ideas... First of all, Claire goes into labor around the same time on island as she does in the sideways flash... so the timeline is accurate. ETHAN is off island here.. yet still a doctor. Here he tells her that he doesn't want to stick her with needles (just like he DID on the island) What about Ethan!! He's the son of Horace and Amy.. and Amy had been married to another man on the island, who was killed (paul, I think) before Sawyer (as LaFleur) made the truce. SO does this mean that Horace and Amy STILL get together somehow in the sideways reality? This opens up HUGE possibilities for our Losties to cross paths with the Others off Island in the sideways reality.. reinforcing that fate is just that.. and if you are meant to meet someone you will.. regardless of the situations..
Also.. what happened in the month between the original flight on 9-22 and the sideways reality flight on 10-22? Shannon reconciles with her boyfriend, John goes on the walkabout, Hurley is being lucky I guess? Who knows how much has "changed"

Huge thing.. The woman who was going to adopt Aaron is named Lindsey Baskum. Anagram: Used by Malkin
In the original timeline, Malkin sent Claire on the plane, knowing it would crash on the island and she would have to raise Aaron. In this alt. universe, Malkin put Claire on the plane knowing the couple in LA would split up and again, she would have to raise Aaron.
Looks like even in the sideways reality Claire raising Aaron is important.

Lots of the "deja vu" moments last night.. Claire calls the baby Aaron!! Kate has one when she sees Jack waiting for the taxi, she has one when she pulls out the same whale stuffed animal, she has one when she hears Claire call the baby Aaron.

Interesting facts (based on wiki) on the real life Dogen
Wiki Dogen
Notably, Dogen wrote Treasury of the Eye of the True Dharma or Shōbōgenzō, a collection of ninety-five fascicles concerning Buddhist practice and enlightenment. He also was a believer in endless prayer- that life and prayer should be one.
An excerpt from the book states, "In death, he lives." See link for more text.

CLAIRE!!! whoo hoo Claire!! OK.. so how does Dogen KNOW that Claire is Jack's sister? Does Christian tell him somehow? Claire seems to be the "new" Roussau! She's setting traps and using that rifle! It seemed the Others (Aldo and what's his name) knew they weren't Roussau's traps.. were they not "looking" for Claire because they know she's "infected" Will Sawyer and Kate get "infected" if they aren't in the temple (is that what the ash protects against?) We saw Roussau's team get "infected" when they went into the tunnel beneath the temple and we saw Smokey.. so we assume that Smokey causes the sickness..
SO MAYBE.. when a person dies-Smokey can manifest as that person entirely-
BUT when a person is NEAR death... like Claire was when the house exploded and fell on her, and like Sayid was when he was shot and bleeding.. then Smokey "infects" the person.. rather than manifesting as them. Not sure why Smokey wouldn't just wait until they'd totally died and just manifest completely.. so there has to be some difference to what happened to John Lock v fLocke and the infections of Sayid and Claire

In the same vein as the "infections" It seems as though Miles was looking at Sayid strangely.. almost like he knew something was different. Same when Sawyer pulled Claire out of the explosion. She says something like "I'm just woozy, I'll be ok" and Miles responds with something like "that's what you think" .. I think miles knows more than he realizes.

Will the REAL John Locke appear to Hurley or talk to Miles at all?

Interesting that there was an episode in season 2 called "What Kate Did", and this episode was called "What Kate Does". I think it's playing on the two different timelines going on... as well as reinforcing that the sideways reality is happening at the same time as the island reality.

I've got to start dinner, but I'm still chewing on it all a bit..
I think next week is going to be a big one!!

Some fiber Porn to end the post- my FAVE batt in the shop right now- amazing coopworth and kid mohair locks with tons of sparkle!(get it on etsy before I spin it myself!)..

Monday, February 8, 2010

Tricks and Techiques- DRUM CARDING!!

So I've gotten LOTS of questions on how I card my batts.. mostly HOW do I fit as much fiber onto my drum as I do.. to get those HUGE batts!!
So this weekend I did a short technique demo on carding layers with my louet carder.

For me, carding is about layers.. it's like painting the fiber onto the drum. Even when I do more than 1 of the "same" batt or when I "encore" batts (recreate previously carded batts) they are always unique- because I can never "paint" the fiber exactly the same way. I may use the same fibers... in the same colors.. but they will always be placed slightly different on the drum.

PLEASE no teasing on my sweatpants and "IL" trucker hat.. It was Sunday morning! LOL!!! I am proudly wearing my "daily dose of fiber" ravelry shirt! YAY ravelry!

I've gotten some questions on how to "process" a batt for spinning.. so I'll do a few quickie demo's on pulling roving from a batt this weekend (without using a diz). I'll try to get one using diz as well if I have time!

My next technique video will be (core)spinning with locks. I hope to have that up early next month!!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

6x01 LA X (pt1&2); Weekly LOST takeover!

06x01 LAX (pt1&2)
WOW!! Feels GREAT to be back on track!! WHAT an episode last night!!

"Season 6 is not about time travel. It’s about the implications, the aftermath, and the causality of trying to change the past" Damon Lindelof

Did you notice in the title.. there's a space between A and X..
It's LA X rather than LAX.
This obviously means SOMETHING... could the X represent the number 10.. Desmond, Jack, Rose, Bernard, Kate, Sawyer, Hurley, Sayid, Charlie, John- But there were MORE of our characters on the flight.. Cindy, Frogurt, Ernst, Boone were all there too!! Could (as another of my friends pointed out) the X stand for the "sideways/alternate" reality? As in.. This isn't LA.. but LA X? I'm not sure what it means.. but it's there for a reason!!

Ok.. so the BIGGEST "answer" we got last night was about our good friend SMOKEY!! So... Smokey IS the Man in Black AND is FakeJohn!!! Smokey has been manifesting as all of these different people(things) to try and manipulate the people on the island. Could the man in black be FATE and Jacob be FREE WILL? Remember the scene on the beach.. The man in black says "they bring corruption.... it always ends the same" and Jacob says "it only needs to end once, the rest is progress" Jacob keeps bringing people to the island that he thinks will right something that has always been wrong.. and he Man in Black(Smokey) is always able to manipulate them with flashes of their past to get them. I thought it was great when ben said "so YOU"RE the monster" and FLocke said "let's not resort to name calling" LOL!! And he says he want's to go HOME!! Where's HOME?!?

The ASH!! Do you remember the ash ring around the cabin?! So obviously the ash protects the person from Smokey/FakeJohn/ManInBlack. The ring of ash was BROKEN when we found the cabin.. so I think that the entire time we thought we were communicating with "Jacob" it's really been the Man In Black.. It wasn't Jacob that asked John for Help.. it was Smokey. Smokey has been trying to find someone that the "others" would trust.. that he can manifest as and gain control of the Island. Jacob visited all the people that he brought to the island to get them there.. because HE thought they could stand up to Smokey and not be manipulated.. The question I have is.. if TheManinBlack/Smokey can't kill Jacob (he needed to manipulate ben to do it) then WHY would Jacob need an ashring around the cabin to protect him? Could the ash ring have been there to keep MiB INSIDE the cabin? OR was it someone else's cabin? At this point.. since Christian Shepard was instructing John on what to do.. I think we should assume that it was MiB/Smokey that was manifesting as Christian.. setting the plan in motion to manipulate john and ben.. I don't think we've MiB/Smokey manifest as anyone who's still living.. So he had to get everything "right" to create a plan to have the others trust a lostie (John) as their leader.. then get Ben to kill that person, so he (MiB) can manifest and take over leadership of the Others. Jacob's last words were "They are Coming". WHO's coming... The way it was filmed in that it was proceeded by the aftermath of the Swan battle and Juliet's (supposed) detonation of the bomb, I'm convinced that Jacob was referring to the six returning Losties in time: Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Hurley, Jin, and Sayid. Especially considering the theme of the season 5 finale flashbacks was Jacob visiting these very characters at various periods in time. He was preparing himself just as the MiBwas maneuvering his loophole, and these characters in particular are key to defeating him. Jacob in his last breaths was sending the Man in Black a message: that he had not won yet.

SO when FJohn/MiB/Smokey came out from the Statue.. Richard says "DON"T SHOOT" is it because he knows he's Smokey? I do think he knows Jacob is dead, because the "other" Others set off the flare.. which I think was a warning!! I think that meant that Smokey was in control because they were all putting out the Ash and buckling down the temple in anticipation of Smokey trying to get in. So if he know that FakeJohn was being controlled by Smokey.. why did he looks so shocked, and said "YOU?!" when FJohn/MiB/Smokey mentions Richard's "chains" Could he be referring to LITERAL chains.. as in Richard came to the island on the Black Rock IN chains.. OR could he have been the captain of the boat and had people in chains.. and Jacob gave him a chance to redeem himself.. OR could the chains have been figurative.. as in FJohn/MiB/Smokey is saying "I killed your master" so you are no longer chained to him. is this the first time Richard has seen Smokey in "manifestation of a dead person" form? Could he really NOT have known that FJohn was Smokey.. and the reason he didn't want them to shoot was because he didn't know who he was.. can Jacob take form of the dead?

SO has Jacob been ALIVE on the island the entire time.. as in a "real" person.. since he tells hurly he "died a few hours ago" But Smokey/MiB doesn't seem like a "real" person.. the way he can manifest into the dead and the smoke monster... But if Jacob's been "alive" the ENTIRE history of the island (WAY too long to actually be "alive") they HOW was did he actually die?

The Temple and the "other" others!! We see Cindy with the Kids!! They were TAKEN way back!! Who is this Japanese man? The water obviously has healing powers (this is probably what saved Ben when Sayid shot him. When Richard takes Ben he tells Kate and Sawyer that he won't be the same.. he'll be one of them.. Does this mean Sayid is going to somehow "change") It seems as though it's the first time they've seen it "unclear".. as the hippieguy said "what happened to the water" Also, our Japanese friend cut himself and the water didn't heal the wound.. so if they knew something was wrong.. why did they go ahead and put Sayid in... and then HOW does Sayid die.. but come back? COULD IT BE JACOB in Sayid? Has the island lost it's healing powers now that Jacob is "dead"? Doesn't that water look an awful lot like what ben "flushed" to summon smokey to get him to kill the mercenaries?
Cindy also says they were with the "first" plane (referring to jack and crew) so these other others also know of the SECOND plane that landed (the ajera plane) I think there is a big clue in the architecture. The Temple was quite clearly Mayan / Aztec in influence, but with Egyptian overtones to the interior. Could the island be the birthplace of civilization- Atlantis (which by legend sunk) We now have direct island connections with the Phoenicians (Tunisia), Mayans (Temple), Romans (Latin) and Egyptians (Statue).

The plane the plane!!
What an interesting progression that is.. from the first episode of the series to last night- Is this an alternate reality/dimension? Hubby and I think it looks as though Jack has aged a bit.. and he had some cuts/bruises he didn't have before (or even seem to KNOW he had!!) Cindy (flight attendant) gives Jack ONE bottle of Vodka, rather than the 2 she gave him in the pilot episode. In the pilot episode, Jack is the one comforting Rose.. and last night it was the opposite!! Also.. DESMOND!! WTF is desmond doing there?!? In "real" time he was ON the ISLAND at this point.. pushing the button. Is there NO Penny in this timeline.. or is he meeting Penny in LA? Jack did look as though he remembers Des.. is it from meeting him while running.. or is it from the Island? Desmond's words "See you in another life Brother" takes on an ENTIRELY new meaning now!!!!! Did Des disappear from the plane.. with Christian's coffin? What about Widmore.. if the island is under water (how cool was that cgi) then where are "the others" or whomever? If in this timeline the island blew up and sunk.. then is widmore and ellie dead? So there are NO penny and daniel? How about that cgi.. we saw the old dharma shark, the statue and the entire island under water!!

Is that the result of the bomb explosion? When Juliet said "it worked" how did she KNOW it worked? It seems as though the bomb going off brought the 2 island timelines together (there is no longer 1977, just 2007). We saw this was true when the Temple others shot off the warning flare to Richard and crew.. BUT did the bomb going off somehow break off this alternate timeline...
There's a GREAT interview with Cuse and Lindleof (Full Interview) They say that there are 2 realities.. our reality and a "sideways" one. LINDELOF: Right out of the gate, in the first five minutes of the premiere, you get hit over the head with two things that you’re not expecting. The first is that Desmond is on the plane. The second thing that we do is we drop out of the plane and we go below the water and we see that the Island is submerged. What we’re trying to do there is basically say to you, “God bless the survivors of Oceanic 815, because they’re so self-centered, they thought the only effect [of detonating the bomb] was going to be that their plane never crashes.” But they don’t stop to think, “If we do this in 1977, what else is going to affected by this?” So that their entire lives can be changed radically. In fact, it would appear that they’ve sunken the Island. That’s our way of saying, “Keep your eyes peeled for the differences that you’re not expecting.” Some of these characters were still in Australia, but some weren’t. Shannon’s not there. Boone actually says that he tried to get her back. There are all sorts of other people that we don’t see. Where’s Libby? Where’s Ana Lucia? Where’s Eko? These are all the things that you’re supposed to be thinking about. When our characters posited the “What if?” scenario, they neglected to think about what the other effects of potentially changing time might be and we’re embracing those things.

SO now the comic-con video of Kate Austen on America's Most Wanted makes sense!!

In THIS story (in this alternate/sideways reality).. Kate doesn't kill her stepfather, but his APPRENTICE!! So the blowing up of the bomb has FAR more impact than just not crashing the plane!!! It reaches OFF island as well!! Again, does Penny and Daniel even EXIST?

A couple "easter eggs"":
The book Desmond was reading on the plane was Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie.
Wiki states :
"Haroun and the Sea of Stories is a 1990 children's book[1] by Salman Rushdie. It was Rushdie's first novel after The Satanic Verses. It is a phantasmagorical story set in a city so old and ruinous that it has forgotten its name.[2]"
The book includes the following things:
- an ancient city so old that people forgot it existed
- a war between the rulers of that ancient city
- a main character who is represented by two sides of himself: an "anthropomorphic shadow" and a "diminished man"

The book in the Temple next to the skeleton is as someone already said, Fear and Trembling by Kierkegaard. The title comes from Philippians 2:12 and probably has a connection to everyone's journey after Jacob has been killed.
"Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed--not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence--continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling." In Fear and Trembling Kierkegaard introduces the "Knight of Faith" and contrasts him with the "knight of infinite resignation". The latter gives up everything in return for the infinite, that which he may receive after this life, and continuously dwells with the pain of his loss. The former, however, not only relinquishes everything, but also trusts that he will receive it all back, his trust based on the "strength of the absurd".

What do YOU guys think?

Monday, February 1, 2010

Welcome the New Year.. In Feb?!

Wow.. not only is it the new year.. but it's FEB already!! I'm not sure how that month slipped thru my fingers!! What a year 2009 was!!
As some of you know my husband was laid off in Dec of 2008, just a few months after we were married.. so it was a hard year. I am, however, very positive, and we make the best with what we have. Our situation could be SO much worse.. so I have a lot to be thankful for!!

SO much happened for my fiber art in 2009-
-I got my lendrum spinning wheel and my art yarns EXPLODED in size and texture
-I took Lexi Boeger's art yarn workshop (and got to hang out with her for the weekend) and my art yarns EXPLODED even MORE with mastered techniques
-I got not one, but TWO drum carders (for smoothie and textured batts) to expand my fiber art into carding as well as spinning
-I reached 800 sales in my etsy shop!
-I started weaving

I expect LOTS of exciting fibery stuff to come in 2010-
-I plan to put up more technique demo's to help spread the love of art yarn spinning
-I'm now teaching lessons and leading workshops!! Come to my first group workshops at the Carolina Fiber Frolic Feb 25-27 Info Here
-I plan to continue to create NEW spinning and carding techniques to share
-I'm going to be selling Wearable Fiber Art- Mostly woven (some knit) pieces that One of a Kind
-I'm working on "collections" for the fiber and yarn.. to make my shop flow
-I hope to branch out.. to work more craft shows and maybe you'll see JazzTurtle Creations at your LYS.

As I approach 900 sales in the shop (2 to go!!) I can't thank everyone enough to helped me get here!! Your support and encouragement has made a tough year much easier!!

And because every post needs some fiber pR0n- here's a new shawl that just came off the loom and is going up into the shop tonight. It's corespun and INCREDIBLY sparkly! I just love it!