Thursday, July 31, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Barb had a nice weekend at her camp - and started and finished the flared ribbed scarf out of King George. Suzie made one in off-white late last spring, and because it wasn't really scarf weather at the time, she left it in the shop as a sample. But we were looking around at samples the other day, and picking out some new things to be knit up, and we realized that Suzie is bound to come in and claim that scarf at some point. Since it is such an easy and cute scarf, and a GREAT use of King George, we decided to make it in another color. Ta-da! It's a gorgeous scarf, and Barb just loved knitting with the yarn.
I got my rain barrel installed before our ugly day of rain yesterday. We had so much that the 55 gallon barrel had filled up between midnight Saturday and 11am Sunday. Then it poured out of the overflow tube, and right on down the driveway for the rest of the day.Then it continued to POUR until about 7:30am, then we had drizzle for 20 minutes, followed by another several hours of a heavy downpour. Needless to say, none of the plants on my deck need to be watered, and neither does my garden... So I don't quite have a use for the water I collected. And there's a lot more rain predicted for the next week. Any ideas?
Helen and Sophie had a little art show after their camp last week. It was really cute - they did so many different things, and had the best time. One of the highlights of the summer camp experience for sure. Here is Sophie with her stuff...
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Let's face it! Summer is SO brief in our neck of the woods. It takes a lot of thought, test-knitting,and scheduling to come up with our class list. And if the classes don't run, that's no fun for the instructors, or for us. So we've decided to let you all enjoy your gardens, the lake, the mountains, etc., and come to us the other three seasons of the year for knitting classes.
Speaking of classes, Suzie and India were in early last week, doing a little yarn shopping, and tossing around some ideas for fall classes. We all know that heating prices are going through the roof this year, and we were all talking about how we're going to try to live with the thermostat set back a few degrees. Maybe MORE than a few degrees. And that will mean - for most of us - wearing more layers. With that in mind, we're trying to come up with some good classes that will not only teach you a new trick or two in knitting, but will result in a knitted item that will keep you warm and toasty this winter.
We always have a big demand for sock classes, and I think India is going to move up a few needle sizes this time, and teach sport weight socks. She's a huge sock knitter, and mostly does fingering weight socks, but she picked up some KnitCol, which is a self-patterning yarn in a sport weight, and she's started a sock with it. She stopped in quickly on Saturday and told me that she REALLY likes the yarn - it's way softer than she imagined. She is also working on some other fun classes that are un sock-related...
Now, if you saw this in a dark alley, wouldn't you run screaming the other way? I might!
But turn it this way, and admire the beauty!
Suzie has been thrumming it up this summer making thrummed mittens. She has designed her own pattern, which will be on sale here at the shop later this summer, and is going to teach a class so you all can learn how to make these cool mittens! This one is knit with Frog Tree Alpaca Multi-Tone (I LOVE this yarn!) and CTH Powder Puffs.
Have any ideas for classes? We can't promise anything, but we are always open to suggestions. Just let us know!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Last week we got our shipment of Mountain Colors River Twist. Now this is a new yarn, and frankly, I don't even remember ordering it. I must have ordered it with my rep AGES ago. As in at least 3-4 months? So of course, I forgot it was coming. We haven't really done much with Mountain Colors recently because of how long it takes to get the yarn (3-4 months). I had heard that the wait was less, but it sort of seems like it's the same amount of time. So the jury's out on the wait time...
But let's talk about the yarn, shall we? The yarn ROCKS. It is gorgeous. Lovely to knit with. As soon as I finished my baby sweater and booties, I cast on for a hat and pair of mittens (a Knitting Pure & Simple pattern). The yardage on the River Twist is 240, so a bit short for this pattern, which calls for 250 yards for the set. So I pulled out a skein of one of my other favorite yarns... Berroco Ultra Alpaca. The colors work beautifully together - and on the hat I am working 1 row of each - so they really blend well.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
As you can see by the picture we may just have to make this a yearly event. They all KNIT!! We had such a good time planning knitting projects and checking out what everyone is knitting. We made several trips to the yarn shop. My mother-in-law Merry Lou threatened to stop looking at Jill's blog. Each time she looked, Jill had posted another project, and Merry Lou just couldn't help herself - she had to go back to the shop and check it out in person.
No matter what the weather, we were knitting. Inside or outside - it didn't matter. My sister-in-law Rae even knit while she was in the pool! (It was very hot that day!) Our family friend Sheri would knit a few rows of her new yarn purchase just to view the colors, and then she'd rip it out and do it again.
The men were good sports about all of this, but of course they'll never understand our obsession!
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Last Friday and Saturday we almost completely sold out of our Piece of Vermont yarn. We made a Hydrangea shawl with one skein, and the yarn - which had already been selling well - just flew out the door. I didn't put it online, as I really bought it for that "something special" dyed in Vermont yarn that we could offer our summer customers. And it seems they loved it! I will be ordering more, but Jessie - who dyes this yarn - is on vacation for the 4th. The yarn is really gorgeous. It's a bamboo blend, and it's technically a sock yarn. But I think all of our customers bought it with some sort of lace shawl or scarf in mind. So now we have three skeins left. Want some? Call us.
And thanks to the sample, we've oversold the Hydrangea shawl pattern. It's due in any day though.Another popular item from the past week? Dreambaby blankets... and even an afghan. Lots of people are making cute little baby blankets out of Dreambaby DK. It doesn't hurt that we have several GREAT new colors of this yarn! One girl had already knit her child a blanket, and she loved it so much that she came back for a couple bags to make herself an afghan.
Of course - the Be Sweet has been a big trend this past week, too. People really love the novelty look of some of these yarns. Stay tuned - we have a couple more novelties due to arrive for fall.
And YAY! Our Namaste bags arrived on Friday. They are SWEET! I succumbed and bought one of the large bags. I probably don't need the extra space, because I was doing just fine with a smaller bag. With this one, I just keep filling it up of course. But the bag itself is lightweight, and so cool. They'll be online any day. We have the Cali clutch:
the Newport Bag:and the Laguna Bag:
Here's a little shot of Helen's big dance performance from Jazzercise camp last week. It was so cute, and hoorah for mom, for learning how to figure out this video thing. It's really not hard, but I do NOT have the time for new things right now. She's in pony tails in the front, and she's got quite a nice hip action, doesn't she?