Friday, October 26, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
I've been knitting a lot recently. I am wearing my Pure Merino top today - yay! It is so comfortable and warm. Michele wore hers on Wednesday and I should have gotten a picture, but I didn't... So next time she wears it, I will. Hers is brown, and she got compliments on it all day. Kalen is nearing completion on hers - maybe she'll be done next week?
I am almost finished the front of my Anais sweater. It's going faster than I thought it would, considering I am only on size 4 needles. I LOVE the Felted Tweed. I had to take a break from it last night, as the hexagons for the Aune skirt arrived! Joy knit the hexagons and the waistband, and I agreed to crochet everything together. I'm not a big crocheter, but look at what I accomplished last night! It was pretty easy, and once I block it again, it will be perfect. We are excited to wear it... We've been busy this week - dying wools for rug hooking, unloading lots of shipments, etc. We got in a number of new rug hooking kits. We've had such an increased interest in rug hooking, so we ordered some new kits that we haven't had before. We also brought in a few more patterns from Vermont Folk Rugs, and a number from Primitive Grace - those will be here next week. All this wool dying has made me want to start a new project. I'm not finished the checkerboard rug for the girls yet. I put it down this summer - it just got way too hot for it. And I think I want to start another one, and maybe have two going at a time. Just like knitting, it's hard to only have one project!
Monday, October 08, 2007
So I logged onto interweave.com and checked out the book corrections. Sure enough, that pattern had a correction - it meant to call for 4 skeins of yarn, at 400 yards each. Now that's more like it.
If something seems wacky to you, or a stitch count isn't quite working out, etc. take action and check to see if there's an errata out there! These patterns and books are usually rushed through to being printed. The authors and editors are human. Mistakes happen. Things get left out. And when they realize there's a problem, the publisher usually puts out an "errata", a sheet with the pattern corrections. These can be obtained on websites, or by calling the publisher.
The sweater I am making, the Anais, also had an errata. Which we had printed out, from Berroco's website, and nicely stapled into all of the pattern books, including my own. But did I check? Nope! So in my last post, where I mentioned that all sizes of this sweater only took 4 skeins of Ultra Alpaca Light - well, that's not quite right! I mean REALLY, Jill. I should have figured that out! But what really clued me in, was when I started knitting on Saturday evening, and it called for several needle sizes. It had me cast on with the smallest needle size for the ribbing - and then it didn't mention changing to another size. I skimmed through the pattern, and it actually never calls for the next size up needle, yet it was listed as one I needed. So, I turned to the errata, nicely stapled in the front of my book, and yep, there were a couple of corrections for that sweater.
So, word to the wise! There are mistakes in many patterns out there. We know about some of them, but there's no way we can know about all of them. Be proactive. Do a little googling of your pattern or book to see if there are any erratas out there before you start. You'll be glad you did.
Monday and Tuesday the girls come to the shop to hang out after school. It's only for a couple of hours, and they can have a snack and get their homework finished. Then they read quietly. I'm so glad they love to read... and that we have a library right out back so we can always get new books. Today it's feeling really fall-like, and so Helen is snuggling up in our new Comfort afghan. Kim just finished it and brought it in today. It is SO soft and cozy. Fun to knit too. I will be putting that up online soon, with a number of different color options.
Sophie doesn't want a blanket, she hasn't moved from the kitchen.
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Thursday, October 04, 2007
We're having a raffle this month, so come in and buy some raffle tickets! Don't live around here? You can still participate - buy tickets on our website! Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. All proceeds go to the S.D. Ireland Cancer Research Fund.
We've got some great prizes for this raffle! FOUR signed copies of New Pathways for Sock Knitters (by Cat Bordhi), TWO Denise PINK Interchangeable Knitting needle Kits, and ONE grand prize... an S.D. Ireland Research Tote, a Denise Pink Kit, a signed copy of New Pathways for Sock Knitters, and yarn donated by Kaleidoscope Yarns!
Raffle drawing will be October 31, 2007.
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Assorted stone Agate shawl pins:
Circular shawl pins in abalone, black shell, pink shell and mother of pearl:
Square shawl pins in abalone, black shell, pink shell and mother of pearl: Oval shawl pins in abalone, black shell and mother of pearl:
Assorted wooden shawl pins:
Ebony stick pins:Oh, and the neck ribbing that I thought I only had 1 more inch to do? Well, it turns out I have to rib for 5". So it was a LOT of ribbing last night. I think I have 1-2 more rounds before binding off. I chose to do the neck first (rather than the sleeves.) Then I can seam most of it up, try it on, and see exactly how much ribbing I want to do on the sleeves. I've already shorted each sleeve by 1/2", and can shorten them more by doing a little less ribbing.
Monday, October 01, 2007
My cheering section again... on the lookout for me to round that last bend:
And here we come! Michele (r) and I are heading in to the finish at 2 hours 18 minutes... yay! I beat my goal of 2.5 hours!:
Smiles all around - not bad for some yarn shop ladies!
And from running to knitting... we got in these AWESOME new monochromatic variegated Lamb's Prides today! Worsted and bulky... 8 colors. Very cool. We're one of the first shops to have them.
And some progress on the Aamu - almost done! Just another inch of ribbing on the neck, and then the sleeve ribbings. Maybe if the temps are cool I can wear it next week!?
And I just blocked our Retro Ribbed Cardigan (out of Green Mountain Sylvan Spirit) this weekend. It is not quite dry yet, but I LOVE this sweater. A great classic, ribbed sweater, but it fits great and it actually attractive on - unlike some I've seen! This is a perfect staple for any winter wardrobe.