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Where I'll Be

Posted on September 09, 2015 by Alisha

Stitches Texas is coming up and I'm dyeing, dyeing, dyeing. Here's where I'll be the rest of the year. As always, the Alisha Goes Around Shop in Downtown New Braunfels, Texas, is open any time by appointment.

Stitches Texas, Irving Convention Center, September 17-20

Hill Country Yarn Crawl, 193 1/2 W San Antonio, New Braunfels, Texas, October 9-12 10AM - 6PM

Blackland Prairie Artisan and Fiber Festival, Loy Lake Park, Sherman/Denison, Texas, October 17 & 18

SAFF, Fletcher, North Carolina, October 30-November 1

Kid n Ewe, Boerne, Texas, November 13-15

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Parenthesis Scawl

Posted on September 07, 2015 by Alisha

Here's my pretty, pretty sister wearing a new design o' mine.


And here's my pretty, pretty mom wearing it this Summer at a St Paul Saints game. It was Home Alone Night at the game. Mom and the kids are doing their Home Alone faces. 

The pattern and kits will be available on this site soon. 

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Hill Country Yarn Crawl 2015

Posted on September 04, 2015 by Alisha

Alisha Goes Around is open for the  Yarn Crawl again this year. We've moved to downtown New Braunfels -- no more industrial park between the gun shop and the wheelchair store with a gravel train blasting through every 30 minutes. Now we're above one of the best bar and music venues in town, one block off the square, and the perfect location for wandering the streets at 4 AM while I wait for the yarn to exhaust in the pots upstairs. 

I'll only be in the shop during the first week of the crawl. I have a conflict with the Blackland Prairie Fiber and Artisan Festival in Denison, Texas for the final Friday-Sunday. Regular Crawl Hours are 10-6 from the 9th (Friday) through 12th (Monday), then any time by appointment on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday until early afternoon. I'll be in and out of the shop on those days and on Thursday afternoon I'll be packing for the show.

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With a Hammer. In the Face.

Posted on May 06, 2014 by Alisha

Disclaimer: I am on painkillers and a little sleep deprived right now. Sorry if I don't make sense, but I have a very narrow window to get some things out.


I've not recovered from the last time I paid someone to go at my jaw with a pry-bar, and in 5 hours I'll be back at it. So very excited. This time I'm getting Haldol or something crazy so that I'm not a blubbering mess in the office, since actual sedation isn't covered by insurance and I can't toss around $300 bills every single time someone takes a stab at the general mess my jaw and mouth are. Never had haldol before. Looking forward to it. (oh, my poor, poor husband)

However, the pain after surgery on the 28th was actually less than the pain has been the last two months, so that's an improvement. And this time I got LOTS of drugs. No work done because I couldn't see straight, and I still have a shooting pain whenever I speak, chew, or close my mouth, but that's so much better than before. 

I didn't find out until yesterday that I'm getting hit with another, smaller hammer today. I'm only mostly-off pain meds right now, so because I'm losing all of Tuesday night, I pulled an all-nighter here at the studio. It is 8:06 AM, and I've been here for about 17 of the last 24 hours, broken up here and there by things like getting my kids to and from school, putting the baby to bed and a 3 hour nap, but then I returned here around 1:30 AM and will be here until noon.

All the yarn is in Minnesota and will be there until somewhere around the 25th of May. I am headed to Shepherd's Harvest in Lake Elmo, Minnesota, on the 14th of May and will return to Texas on the 19th of May. The yarn will take about a week to arrive after it is shipped back here. 

I have about 400 skeins of yarn to dye in advance of the last three shows (Shepherd's Harvest, Yellow Rose Fiber Fiesta, and Iowa Sheep and Wool) I'm doing before taking a few weeks off. Lately I've been home for 5-12 days before turning right back around and getting to another show. It has not been easy. I cried every night in Atlanta during Stitches South. I cried on the way to and from Atlanta, too, come to think of it. Yarnover in Minnesota was WONDERFUL, but the jaw was horrible, so I cried up there, too. DFW Fiber Fest was amazing, except that I brought Violet, who was a holy terror on the show floor, so I ended up working that alone while my mom took care of the babe. It was really busy and I practically collapsed each day, but then Violet kept me up until 4 AM most nights. If it weren't for the volunteers at the show, I think I would have experienced a slight mental break. 

If you ordered yarn at DFW Fiber Fest, it is ready. I'm working on adding the special orders to the website and sending out emails. I thought I'd be able to do it today, but we'll see if I make it by my deadline today. It MIGHT be possible, but I am kind of counting on eating breakfast, so that might put me behind.

I'm going to get into my email today, hell or high water, before the face-smashing at 1:00. The email will be taken away from me AGAIN just before this procedure, so other things will have to wait, but not too long I don't think. Today's smashing is low impact, I hear. 

If you STILL haven't gotten a pattern from me, email me, ok? I know the hat, cowl, and mitten patterns have gone out multiple times to some people, and I know they have escaped my ipad/laptop because I've been answering questions about them and helping pick colors, but I have no idea what the malfunction is with some sendings. My new theory is that sending the patterns over public wifi has like a 50-50 chance of working, depending on the location. But I just don't know.  One of the things I did over Easter and while I was a solo parent before Yarnover was take and edit a bunch of new photos of all the items. So now the mitten and hat patterns don't have a resentful tween on the cover, and the cowl isn't just draped over a freaking trailer. Ugh. Instead it is my ridiculously cute little sister who, in these photos, reminds me so so much of a Super-Blonde Aubrey Plaza (April from Parks and Rec).


As we all know, when the kids are sick, I'm traveling across the country, my husband is off in New Jersey, or I'm having jaw surgery, little elves creep into my office and dye all the yarn, ship the packages, answer the email, bathe the kids, cook dinner, walk the dogs, paint the house, clean the bathrooms, and let me rest on the couch with a glass of wine and a good novel. On their way otu, the elves even mop the floor so that I'm all caught up all the time and well-rested and showered and everything is lovely and clean and done. It doesn't even matter that EVERYTHING having to do with this business is done by me and no other person, because I have the elves. When I'm a solo parent to two sick children? The elves take care of it. When I'm doped up on Norco and crying? Elves. Driving across the country alone to a show where I won't sell enough to cover my expenses? Elves make it all better AND they're free and they have never caused a chemical explosion (like my interns) or shipped the wrong package to the wrong person (like someone who may or may not be my husband) or with the wrong postage.

Y'all, when I am a solo parent, when the kids are sick, when I'm sick, when I have procedures, when the chronic pain thing is really bad, or when I'm traveling, things get slow around here. All of that happened this month between 1 and 4 times. April was rough on me. I signed up for it, but holy crap, I didn't expect half of the things that came at us. So I'm getting there. But it is just me. I do a lot. I do what I can. And sometimes I'm slower than I want to be, or the yarn you ordered has already shipped to the next show, or I've already gotten to the airport when you finally make up your mind on the yarn you wanted me to ship from my hotel room, or something. We all do what we can, when we can, right? 

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Quickly, Quickly.

Posted on April 03, 2014 by Alisha

I just wrote what I thought was an adorable blog post about how I pulled an all-nighter at the studio, but then I hit backspace in the wrong place and now who knows what happened to it.


Bottom line: I've got a lot of yarn coming, I'm spending most of the next 4 days dyeing, drying, twisting, labeling, and packing. If you want something dyed in whatever colorway, order it now because all of the incoming stuff will be dyed by Friday night. Blah blah blah Stitches South, in-laws, Yarnover, jaw surgery, mawata hands, yarn. 

My husband will wake in 14 minutes so I have to sneak into bed like I've been there since 2 AM like a reasonable person. Or something.

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