Monday, November 24, 2008

Scary is how many people are describing the state of the economy. My son seems to be the only one I know who is enjoying the downward spiral of the stock market as he is playing a "virtual stock market" game with his high school class and he has shorted most of his stocks, so now he's in 4th place. If he keeps this up I will make him pay for college.

They say (whoever they are ) that yarn shops are recession proof. I just read an article in the New York Times last week that said Lion Brand was opening up a yarn shop in Manhattan and even though this did not seem like a good time for it, yarn shops were recession proof.
I was listening to one of the podcasts that I regularly download ---"Sticks and Strings". I just love listening to the bloke with the Australian accent. He always does an essay during the podcast. This one was about where to spend your money during the tight economic times. At first he said that using your stash was a good idea, but if you want to help the economy support your Local Yarn Shop. I think I'm in love.

Here's some photos of customers who have been supporting their local yarn shop, Woolbearers.

Pam is showing off her new Nashua sweater in Creative Focus worsted weight.

Jane finished her Einstein Jacket and wore it for the first time -- it looks smashing in person. Jane used Lopi and it was the perfect yarn for this project.
Brynn finished her February Lady Sweater made out of Cascade 220. Great job!
Kelly will be teaching a class in how to construct a Moebius scarf (see website for details). This one is made out of Manos -- I wish I had taken a picture of it on Kelly -- it looks terrific when you wear it.
Hannah is almost finished with her Great American Aran Afghan. She just has to put on the border and it will be done. Now, I know how much work this one is because I'm making one too -- with my class that meets once a month. Hannah's is done out of Cascade Eco Wool.
You must see this in person to appreciate all the work -- I hope Hannah can bring the afghan to my class next month.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

I Hate the Yarn Harlot.. as if I don't have enough to knit, she has to blog about Brooklyn Tweed's Noro Scarf (from now on we'll call it the N-word scarf) and now I'm forced to make one. Not really. I love the Yarn Harlot and I can't think of anyone else who does done more to promote knitting than she has. And she is funny and witty while doing it. However, everytime she blogs about a project, one of Woolbearers' customers comes in and has to knit the project and of course, I get sucked in too. It looks like everyone got sucked in at today's knitting group.
This is what started it all. Here's Debra's Boku stash -- I think she's going to make 3 scarves - she's saving the skein of Tilli Tomas beaded silk for another project.
Well, then everyone had to get in on it.
Here's a close up of Linda's Punta Yarns' Merisoft in two different colorways.
Gwen's doing hers out of Ringspun -- can't wait to see it. Of course, Gwen will have hers done tomorrow.
Judy decided to use some Boku also -- she just loves blue. Is there any other color, Judy?
I Succumbed with some Boku and I have to say, I really like how it's knitting up.
Brooke is the only one who didn't fall for the Harlot's ploy. Here she is showing off her bounced check jacket, done out of Jamieson DK weight yarn. Love the color combination.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

MORE KNIT TO FIT.....The Knit to Fit class is over and all the students are either finished with their sweater or well on their way to finishing. It was a great class with so much to learn -- Karen has agreed to teach it again; so if you missed the first go-round, do sign up for the next session which begins Jan. 24th (see website for details). Here are some of the finished and almost finished projects.

Thanks, Karen for a great class -- we look forward to the next one!