Saturday, May 31, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
We always like to have some special yarns for these folks - as most of them want to take home some yarn that will remind them of their visit to Vermont. We do have some Green Mountain Spinnery that is very popular with our out of towners, and the Cherry Tree Hill yarns, which are dyed just a few hours from here, are also a big hit. But I'm always looking for more yarns that have Vermont ties, so...
today I called Jessie Raymond, owner of A Piece of Vermont, in Middlebury, Vermont. She has been hand dying yarns in Vermont for several years now, and so I talked with her about getting some of her beautiful yarn in our shop. She has a number of fibers that look really interesting, and she handpaints these yarns in an array of gorgeous colors. I decided to try one of her sock yarns - a blend of superwash wool, bamboo and nylon, and it looks amazing! We've settled on about 8 colorways to start, and depending on how they are received, we'll take it from there. She does have some 100% Vermont Fiber, but I'm waiting to see that in person. Maybe it, too, will end up on our shelves?
I normally buy in really large quantities for the website, and that means I need to have large amounts of the same colorway (sweater quantities, etc) even in hand dyed yarns. But with A Piece of Vermont, I'm going to do it differently. These will really be one-of-a-kind "grab it when you see it" yarns.
In talking with her I realized that we both went to Middlebury College, and pretty much graduated in the same year. We didn't know each other then - so much for it being such a small school! But I am thrilled to be doing business with her, and eager to meet her face to face. I'm just as eager to get my hands on her yarn!
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
She had envisioned some sort of lace pattern and we discussed the idea of making a rectangle and seaming it up so it fit like a shrug. Then we started looking for the perfect yarn. She wanted a white (or was it natural? - can't remember!) yarn and we were talking about adding something with a little glitz. It took me a few minutes, but I pulled out a skein of Tilli Tomas Disco Lights, and she fell in love. What could be more perfect than 100% spun silk, pre-strung with petite sequins?
She bought a few skeins and then went home and came up with a gorgeous lace pattern. She simply knit a rectangle and folded it in half and seamed for each arm. I think you'll agree it is stunning!
I didn't get to see a picture of it on the big day, but I did ask her to bring it in to the shop recently so we could check it out. I'm sure it looked incredible at her wedding, but it also looked great with jeans and a tank! A perfect example of a yarn (and pattern!) that works with many outfits.
Thanks, Kali... for sharing!
Monday, May 19, 2008
BUT WAIT! It's not even summer yet, so I won't rush you. Plus, we do have some "LEFTOVERS" as promised, and they are now available on the sale page of the website. So for any of you locals who missed the sale, and for all of our kyarns.com customers, have at it!
To tempt you, there's:
Manos - 31% off
Ultra Alpaca - 33% off
Cascade 220 - 37% off
Peruvia - 34% off
Malabrigo Chunky - 34% off
Blue Sky Cotton - 57% off
Ole Ole - 60% off
and a lot more, so don't miss it! A bulk e-mail goes out tomorrow morning, and then things will be flying out the door.
I have to thank EVERYONE who worked for us on both days, both current regulars (Barb, Michele, Kalen, Alex, Bob) and past regulars (Suzie) and special helpers/friends/customers (Kali & Betsy). We couldn't have done it without all of you! THANKS!!! (until next time...)
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Add to that the daytime sales rep meetings that I have (it's fall buying season!) which can last 3-4 hours at a time, and a big anniversary sale that we are getting ready for. It's a bit overwhelming at times.
So I've felt a bit burnt out each evening after all of these things tugging me in different directions, and the knitting mojo has suffered. The other day I felt I needed to start something to get it going again.
I've done a LOT of felting in my 25 years of knitting. I love it because it's really pretty mindless and quick. Perfect for my current frame of mind! So I decided to break down and knit the Noni Yummy Lunchbag that's been tempting me every day for several weeks now.
I was a bit startled to find out that it takes a whopping SIX skeins of Cascade 220. That's a lot of yarn... but I broke down, because it's really adorable. And it is supposed to be naturally insulated, and I imagine it would last a LONG time.
So I dove in. I found that it was excellent practice for knitting continental, as I used my left hand for one color and my right hand for the other. I know how to knit continental, but it's not my method of choice, as I was not taught that way. I just prefer to throw my yarn. But I must say, I am QUITE the picker now, and I did a wonderful job on that section of the bag - very even tension, it looks great.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Cute cat. Sitting in a little wooden doll high chair. Looks so sweet and sleepy eyed and well behaved.
Do my cats have super powers that enable them to lift a heavy wooden lid, take out my bag of Koigu, un-zip it, and remove a ball of yarn? That would be cool, but no. It turns out Helen and Sophie have been working on something for Mother's Day for me. I don't know what it is, as it's all been behind a closed door up in Sophie's room all week. But apparently they were using my Koigu scraps for some sort of decoration and left the bag un-zipped... and the door open.
Mystery solved. Koigu salvaged. Cats scolded. Bag re-zipped and hidden, again. Until next time.
P.S. Koigu is on sale. While supplies last. Online only.
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Here are the details:
- Because we have SO MUCH STUFF on sale, we can't fit it all in the shop. And because the weather could be iffy, we are having it in our WAREHOUSE next door.
- There are great deals in BOTH the warehouse, and the store.
- All items in the warehouse will be mostly at closeout prices (BIG SAVINGS!!!)
- There will be one register in the warehouse, so there could be a line at times. Cash, checks, and credit cards (Visa/Mastercard/Amex/Discover) accepted.
- There are plenty of great deals… but we can only fit a certain number of people in the warehouse at one time, so again, there could be a line. (Good chance to meet your fellow Ravelry buddies and to convert others…)
- Everything in the shop will ALSO be on sale.
- There will ALSO be some items in the shop at closeout prices.
- You should plan to hit both the shop and the warehouse so you don't miss anything!
- We will be asking that all bags are left outside of the warehouse and the shop. We are probably NOT doing a bag check this year due to lack of bodies, so please leave backpacks and other bags in your cars.
- DOOR PRIZES!! We have some great ones!!
- All leftover items will be listed on the sale pages of our website for our internet customers, and locals who missed the sale
- Hours on Friday are 10am-4pm
- Hours on Saturday are 9am-4pm
- There is some road work going on around the Five Corners. You may need to be creative with your parking - check the Municipal Lot first and if that's full, here are some other options. Parking lots (Municipal Lot and a stealth - always empty - lot on one way School Street are marked PL. Side street parking is marked P.) If it were me, I'd park & walk!
That's it for now.