Thursday, January 31, 2008
We still have some old 2 oz bottles left, and when they're gone we'll switch those over to the new 3.3 oz size.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
For one project, I used Softy - a new sportweight sock yarn from Regia. This yarn is perfect for a nice pair of squishy socks - socks that would be worn at night or on the weekends... lounge-around socks. I also see this yarn in scarves, hats and wristers... and since I wanted immediate gratification (and because my hands are always freezing) I whipped up a pair of wristers this past Sunday.
Softy is a blend of superwash wool and nylon. I used size 4 knitting needles and worked a 2x2 rib. I knit them flat, and then seamed them up to fit. The yarn was soft and the knitting was speedy on my Addi Turbos. I wore the wristers yesterday - and they were so soft, warm and cushy. Loved them! And this yarn is not just limited to accessories and socks. It's perfect for baby sweaters and blankets!
Monday, January 28, 2008
At the grocery store, I've always answered "paper" to the paper or plastic question. The paper bags stood up nicely in the back of my car (try going around a corner with plastic grocery bags in the back - the food ends up scattered all over in the back of your trunk!) They also fit perfectly in my old kitchen trash can, so they were going to good use. Then two years ago, Marc and the girls got me one of those fancy kitchen trash cans that opens automatically, and those paper bags didn't fit anymore. Since I didn't have a use for the paper bags, I purchased the re-usable shopping bags at my grocery store.
They were inexpensive, and I was so excited because the straps were long enough that I could carry multiple bags at a time over my shoulder! Last night we filled 10 of these bags at the grocery store, and I was able to carry 7 of them in from the car at one time because of those awesome straps. They live in my car, and I use them all the time. The best part is, I feel good each time I use them because I'm doing a small part in not generating any extra waste.
In the shop, we used to use paper bags. About 5 years ago we switched to nice, durable, clear plastic bags. I honestly think there are pros and cons to both, but we went with the plastic for several reasons. Most importantly, we want the yarn to be protected when it leaves our shop, in the event it comes back for return. If kept in the plastic bag, it is protected from pet hair, liquid spills and (some) odors. Another reason for the plastic - marketing! When people see yummy yarn right through your bag, they start to think about knitting!
Many of our customers LOVE our clear plastic bags, because they can easily organize their projects by sight. A few of our customers like our bags SO much that they constantly ask us for extra bags. Some of our customers choose to use their own bags when they shop here.
Well, starting tomorrow, we're changing it up a bit. Bring in your own bag, and get a 5 cent credit. It's not much, but it's more than I get at my grocery store. Don't have a reusable bag? You can purchase one of our nice, logo'd bags for just $1.50. That's less than our cost on it.If you do not use re-usable bags, don't worry! With your purchase, you will still get a bag - same as always. For those of you who like the plastic bags SO much that you ask for extras, you can have all the extras you want - at 25 cents each.
When our current supply of plastic shopping bags runs out, we will investigate the other options that are out there. Hey, baby steps! Lots of little baby steps can certainly make a difference.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Also brand new is Cascade Sierra - a blend of 80% Pima Cotton and 20% Merino Wool. This yarn is really calling out to me. Would be PERFECT for a spring sweater. I am not a fan of cottons, but this one is definitely on my "A" list. I'm seeing it as a great yarn for a baby blanket, too... one with a nice stitch or lace pattern...
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
I've seen Lois several times. I delivered her Lobster Pot yarn, and yesterday gave her some help picking up stitches on one sleeve of her gansey. She has been trying to get us out on her boat, to explore some of the little islands around here, but the weather has not been cooperating for boating. Today and tomorrow are 3-5 foot seas with big winds. So it most likely will not happen. Too bad! It would have been so much fun.
This weather is good for one thing - knitting! I started a little neck scarf - it's a simple cabled one knit with Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky. This yarn is just so wonderful to knit with. It is so soft and warm. It's one of our best selling bulky yarns.I also started the Babyboo sweater (hmm, same color - turquoise blue. Was I thinking tropical things, or what?) I'm only making the 3 month size, so it should go quickly. This is another great yarn. We just got it a few weeks ago, but it's definitely a great sport weight baby/kid/adult yarn. It's a blend of bamboo and nylon, and it's washable. It's very soft, and knits up beautifully. The day before I left, one of our customers (Robin C.) was in the shop. She had brought in a sweater she was making out of Babyboo. It was really nice, and she went ON and ON about how much she loved this yarn. Let's just say - I completely agree.So today will be filled with a little knitting, a possible bike ride, a visit to Ding Darling, a run and some shopping... cuz hey, that's what you have to do when the weather doesn't fully cooperate!
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Yesterday and today were days for major reorganization in the shop. We are getting 20 colors of Sierra (by Cascade) on Friday, and then any day now we hope to get our Silky Wool by Malabrigo. It is going to be SO exciting when that arrives. So we had to completely reorganize the back of the worsted room. We really consolidated things - it looks great! We do have empty shelves now, but don't be fooled. We didn't get rid of anything back there (only Berroco Nostalgia - which is now on sale online.) When the new yarns come in and are out on the shelves, we will actually have SO MUCH MORE to choose from. And hey, who can argue with that?
Barb is knitting Norah Gaughan's Ellis sweater out of Berroco Love It. I think she will be finished maybe sometime next week? Can't wait to see it. And Joy just finished the Banesha out of Bonsai - it is SO cute! Thanks Joy!
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Voile de la Mer:
Demi Plie (sorry, blurry picture):
and two new silk lace yarns - one with beads and one with sequins:
These two aren't even on her site yet, they are that new! I photographed them and the first three are online now, the last two will be up today. We order from Tilli Tomas almost daily and we've decided to add these 5 yarns to our offering. They are all amazing - Fil de la Mer and Voile de la Mer are blends of silk and seacell (kelp!) If you haven't tried a Tilli Tomas yarn, you are really missing out on a heavenly knitting experience! They are amazing.
Anyway, it always takes a lot of time to get things photographed and online, but it's important. Helen was waiting patiently while I finished up at 5:15 last night. As long as she has a book, she's content.
Today I have to get an email ready to go out. Jumbo Loop from Cherry Tree Hill is no longer... Cheryl called me last week and said she can't get it anymore. So I took the rest of her stock (we LOVE this yarn!). We already pulled the stock we had in the shop, and we got 4 skeins (1 dyelot) in each of her custom colorways, plus 4 skeins (1 dyelot) in 13 solids/semi solids. It takes 4 skeins to make an awesome throw (easy seed stitch on a size 17 needle), or 2 skeins to make a shawl. I'm not sure how I'm going to offer these online (lots of 2? lots of 4?) but I'll figure that out today. I have to take my camera and computer over to the warehouse to photograph these colors - there are so many that I can't possibly lug them over to the shop. That, and it's raining.
I hooked some of the sky last night, and I'm hoping that 3 pieces of blue (each slightly different) will be enough to do it. I'm doubting it though. So I think I will need to grab another blue just to be safe. I'm having a hard time putting it down at night. I keep thinking, I'll just hook one more piece of wool, and then it's way past my bedtime! It is truly addicting.
I'm in the midst of working on some exciting new changes for the website. Yes, a bit of a redesign! I'm very happy with it the way it is, but I feel there are some things we can definitely change for the better. So hopefully in the next few weeks we'll be able to unveil these changes to all of you!