Thursday, November 29, 2007
The Golden Compass is a movie that is going to open this weekend........the producer must have a relative in the yarn business who is trying to get rid of novelty yarns. The character of Lyra wears several knitted outfits which include three different hats, leg warmers, sweaters, mittens and this coat. It actually looks like a quick knit, of something bulky, lots of garter stitch. I would leave out the fun fur.
I wonder if the movie will have the same cachet that Harry Potter did. Will we see Golden Compass knitting patterns? Will there be more requests for fun fur? I might try to knit up a quick sample of something similar, just to get ahead of the crowd....if it is a hit. If it's a flop, just delete this post.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
A Little Closer to Heaven You know how some projects take over your life? The pattern is challenging and makes you feel like you can do anything knittable, working with the yarn is better than sex, (if you're over 50), almost as good as chocolate, and who's qualities monopolize your conversations. Day to day work drags until you can become one with your knitting bag again. You pull over to the side of the road to read through the directions one more time. Dinner comes from the colonel. A light pressing with the iron and no one will know that shirt was worn before. Who has time for cooking and laundry???? You want to knit!!!
All the colors for the Modern Quilt Wrap have arrived from Rowan. The display is so lovely in the store! Myra started to knit it and it is all modular and easy. It must be the year of the wrap.
So come in, see the yarn, dream, drool and start a new project!!!
There is nothing more satisfying for a knitter than finishing a project. Or almost being done!!! Here are more customer projects.
Kristen is almost done with yet another beautiful project. This is the best use for novelty yarns I have seen; a simple camisole. She wants to crochet an edging and then block it.
Pam from MA is just about done with her beautiful, fair isle tam. Pam is Wendy Byar's sis.
The lovely scarf of bulky Sheep Shop is crocheted and just wonderful. And the Noni bag is almost done, just needs the handles. For every project finished, another just awaits you!!!!
Monday, November 26, 2007
these adorable baby booties and Norwegian cap. I'm using our new Karabella Aurora 4. It's so soft and yummy to knit with. The pattern for the booties can be found here and this is link for the hat.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Can't Wait for the New Year !!!!
At the start of every season, Myra and I start the arduous task of compiling our class list for the next semester. She spends a good deal of time researching what the latest trends are, including color forecasts, techniques, and patterns. Then comes the almost impossible job of finding the right teachers to teach the class. We get their commitment, spend the money to print the list, send it to 2000 customers, and then wait and see.
For the winter class list, we came up with the idea of having once a month demonstrations of all of the latest techniques. Some of the demos are for the Skacel artfelt felting technique, using the knitter's loom, triangle loom, dyeing self stripping yarn, inkle loom weaving, variety of cast ons, cables, crochet, the list goes on. Watch for the new class list next month.
Ongoing classes include the Wrap Me Up shawl, a beautiful, twenty block project that continues to delight our customers, weekly weaving classes, and knit alongs. The knit alongs will be announced with the new class list.
The Great American Afghan is going to be an ongoing class, as well. The Cascade sales representative came by the store last week, (one of three reps we saw!), and we bought all the shades of yarn we need for the afghan. Remembering that we already had 78 colors, a huge selection by all counts, we ordered another 15!!!!
Over the next several days, I'll be posting more about what we bought last week. The giddy feeling from spending all of that money persists!!!!
We bought a TON of sock yarn. Oh, I can't even remember everything, except that there is a lot of silk blends coming in, a new line from Plymouth that is sure to send everyone into a tizzy, and some really beautiful stuff from both Cascade and Skacel. Not to mention the Addi Lace needles in bigger sizes.
If I don't get back here before Thursday, Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Woolbearers!!!!
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Here's a sampling of customer projects both finished and in progress. Because I forgot, once again, how to get pictures and text aligned, I will have to write several posts to load all the pictures.
Jill's Wrap Me Up shawl is finished! She did a beautiful job. Seeing Jill and her daughter, Kristen every week is a pleasure for us. Now that the wraps are done, we hope they will continue to come back to knit.
The three spinners, on the top picture, Debbie, Marie and Lisa, were quick learners who brought great joy to my day! They inspired and encouraged. Thank you, ladies!
The rest of the pictures cover several months of getting to visit with fun, bright and talented gals. Gwen, Jane, Kelly, Elda, Sabra and Jo's knitting, and Anne's weaving follows.
Monday, November 05, 2007
Upcoming Events at Woolbearers
It finally feels like autumn outside. Like it or not, Christmas is only 50 days away! To help you get there safely and enjoy the ride, Woolbearers has planned several things that will help you along the way. Check out our website at www.woolbearers.com for all the latest store events.
Make it easy on yourself for holiday shopping; give and get Woolbearers gift certificates! No too large, acrylic sweaters to return! No smelly candles from the fifth grade fund raiser! No last minute rush to Walgreens for the stale Whitman’s Sampler! Printed on pretty paper, they look nice, too!
We have gifts for the knitter, and quick ideas for the knitter to make for non-knitting friends. Exciting new shawl pins, luxurious cashmere lace weight yarn, silk that drapes like water, fun kits, we have it all!
We will even help you with your baking! Join our cookie exchange! Just bake 4 dozen of your favorite cookie recipe and you will leave with four dozen different cookies. We will do the exchange on December 15th, also the date of our annual Finishing Frenzy! Come in Saturday night and get all of those gifts completed. We will provide the technical assistance, moral support, and pizza! We had a blast last year! Check our website for more info at www.woolbearers.com .
There are also several classes coming up this month; A Little Bit of Lace, Beginning Knitting, Beginning Sock Knitting, Needle Felted Snow Family, Tapestry Weaving, and Finishing Techniques with Anne. Advance registration is necessary. Check out our class list on the website. You can also sign up for a class on our online store at www.woolbearers.net .
In December, we are hosting a book signing with Mary Beth Temple, author of The Secret Language of Knitters. Come and meet Mary Beth and purchase this wonderful book for gift giving on Dec. 7th. Go to http://www.secretlanguageofknitters.com/ for more information.
The following day is the Battle of Iron Works Hill. Come to Woolbearers on Dec. 8th for a front row seat to see this great reenactment of an important event in American History! Go to http://www.ironworkshill.org/ for more information.
Our Mt. Holly Knitting Meetup Group is the first Friday of the month. In December it is on Dec. 7th, the same night as the book signing. Go to http://knitting.meetup.com/493/ if you would like to join our knitting group. We have a great time every month!
Dec. 1st is the Spinners Christmas Pot Luck Brunch. Bring an easy to eat dish and your spinning wheel! Starts at . Go to www.sjgsh.org for more information.