Sunday, January 02, 2011

Phydeaux has moved!

Friends, I'm ringing in the New Year with a new blog and website! I hope you'll change your RSS readers and bookmarks to:

or (for your feed reader)

I will be redirecting this site to the new one shortly.

I hope your holidays were full of love, fun, magic and memories!  And that your New Year is filled with the same!

Monday, December 20, 2010

What a great holiday season

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Wow!  This has been a great and super busy holiday season!  I've been super buried in knitting during the last week!

Today's the deadline for USPS priority shipping and I have the stack of packages by my door (and soon to be on the post office's counter) to prove it.

But never fear, orders placed after today will still make it by Christmas if you upgrade to express/overnight shipping!  In fact, every ready to ship item in my shop will be set up with express shipping as the default after my last post office run this afternoon (but if you want first class or priority shipping, just let me know).

Thanks to severe colds turned into bronchitis, California's week long storm (it's WET), etc., my family is putting off our Christmas gathering until January.  I'm bummed, but want everyone to be in good health and cheer and without the fear of driving in this insane weather.

What are your Christmas plans??

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

All I want for Christmas

How sweet is this vintage earring turned into a ring, reminiscent of a mint, but in perfect holiday colors?

Monday, December 13, 2010

Thinking ahead even in the midst of holiday madness

fleur hand knit cowl
This time of year, my life (as is yours!) is all about:  knitting, packaging, shipping.  Daily post office drop offs.  Knit, knit, knit.  Make another batch of buttons:  stamp, cut, bake, paint, bake, sand, sand, sand, sand, glaze, glaze, glaze, buff, buff, buff.  :)  Today, I realized this is what it's like to be one of Santa's elves.  Isn't that every child's dream?  Not such a bad thing to be!

soft turquoise and aqua hand knit mitts
But I also have lots of new goodies to share (and more yet to photograph and list).  AND, as anyone who works in a retail-related field knows, even amidst one busy season, you have to already be working on the next season.  So you'll start seeing more Winter and Spring colors, less holiday colors, even this week.

sprig hand knit cowl
I'm really excited about brand new creations you'll see in January and February.  I'm super excited about building out my home decor and art lines.  I can't wait to get back into the dye pots and dye my own yarn for mitts and maybe even to sell.  And ... to finally have time to spin my own yarn (yay!).

tillandsia (air plant) and handcrafted polymer dish
What about you?  What are you looking forward to finally spending time doing after the holidays are over?

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Phydeaux Designs in Delish Magazine

Phydeaux Designs in Delish Magazine

I'm honored and tickled pink to be included in the Winter 2010 edition of Delish Magazine, a fairly new while super cool online mag!

I love online magazines (never thought I'd say that - I used to be vehemently opposed to anything other than print!) and this is definitely one I'm adding to my regular reading list!

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Air plants at Phydeaux!

I've been thinking about how to use tillandsias (air plants) since earlier this summer:  felted cozies (didn't like the prototype), knit doilies (ugh), glass vessels covered in crocheted lace (meh).

And then it hit me.

What could I make with polymer clay?  A shallow vessel, similar in style to my filigree buttons?

Yes and yes.

And so I did.

Opening a whole new world of possibilities.

I have both handcrafted polymer dishes and tillandsia with dishes in my Chez Phydeaux shop now!

Friday, December 03, 2010

Totally easy and absolutely free knitting pattern

Everyone seems to be looking for quick gifts to make for Christmas presents right now.  Here's a super quick scarf pattern that you can knit up in different colors for more than one person on your list.  Super easy - all you need to know how to do is knit, purl, cast on, bind off!

Super quick ribbed scarf knitting pattern

  • One skein super bulky yarn (106 yards - use Lion Brand Thick & Quick if you like, which just so happens to be 106 yards!)
  • One pair size 19 US (15.5-16mm) needles (you could use 17's - just know you'll get a slightly skinnier scarf)
For a 55" x 8" (approx.) scarf:

CO 15 sts.
Row 1:  k3, p1, k2; rep from * to last three sts, ending k3.
Row 2:  p3, *k1, p2; rep from * to last three sts, ending p3.

Rep rows 1-2 until you near the end of your skein.

Next row:  BO in pattern.

Weave in ends and block.  Trim ends.  Wrap up and give!

Want it longer and a little narrower?  CO 12 sts instead of 15, follow pattern (you'll just work one less pattern repeat [k2, p1 on RS]).


It's been a rough and tough year, I won't lie. But lately, things are going so well that I stop to thank God multiple times throughout the day!

  1. As of this week, my day job includes benefits.  Yay!
  2. And my day job is part time, which allows me to continue Phydeaux (crucial through the holiday season!).  Yay!
  3. The second said benefits are active ... I'm taking care of health business.  Yay!
  4. I very nearly sold my Christmas tree this year, but knowing how very much I love Christmas trees, decided not to.  I love the lights - it's prestrung and wired.  As you can see above.  Yay!
  5. I had the best Thanksgiving ever with my parents and brother - first one as an entire family in more than 10 years.  (How many people say that about Thanksgiving with the family?)  Yay!
  6. I have new two new lines I'm preparing to debut for Phydeaux - totally new and different from what I've done previously - so excited!  Yay!
  7. I have the absolutely most comfortable down comforter on the planet - I was worried that it might be bedraggled after being in storage - just in time for an early super cold spell in the Bay Area.  Yay!
  8. I have the best customers ever - so many wonderful people who love handmade and love knitting -thank you thank you and yay!
What awesomeness is going on in your life lately???