Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Stitch 'n Pitch -- This is the view I had. We waited for about 1/2 hour and it was pouring, so my kids wanted to leave. I understand that the game was rained out anyway. Oh well!

Sabra and Amy are showing off their beautiful Botanicas.

On Saturday I dragged out my Strauch drumcarder to demonstrate for some customers. Amy was really interested so I played around for a little while after they left. I took some raw fleece that I had dyed different colors and put it through the drum carder.

Then I made a few small batts. The pix with the two balls are batts that I layered and then z-stripped and made into roving, for easier spinning.

I couldn't resist the lure of the spinning wheel and sat down and spun for a while. So therapeutic.

Eva stopped in to find yarn to make a shawl for her best friend, Carrie. While she was here she showed off her Lady Eleanor shawl made out of Kudo. Can you believe this is just one colorway?

Gwen showed off her latest creation -- a scarf made out of soft, smushy Buffalo -- from Buffalo Gold.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Shop local – I know that I’ve talked about that before. Now, the Wall Street Journal, of all newspapers, had a nice article entitled “In Praise of Shopkeepers”, extolling the virtues of the small, one of kind stores. I remember when I used to be able to go to the local candy store and sit at the counter and get a malted milk and the guy who owned the candy store KNEW MY NAME. I know that I love going to the same diner for Sunday breakfast and the waitress or waiter (never mind that the waiter is my son) knows exactly what I want --- will you be having the usual? It gives you a sense of belonging. Like you really matter. Not like going to WalMart and hoping that you don’t have to stand in a long line and have the cashier growl at you. When Suzie was at the shop I used to say that she hung out her “Lucy 5 cents” sign, because folks loved to talk to her and I think it made them feel good. Yes, yarn shop replaces psychotherapist. I like that idea. And, it’s cheaper too! (I think).
Lots of new things in the shop this week. The picture above is our new Jasper from Berroco - a ssssoft merino that stripes. Below is the new not-to-be missed Rowan magazine #46. They are going fast!

The new Norah Gaughan book is here too, as well as a men's book that she put out.

Fall editions Knitscene ad Knit 'n Style are here too!

Some of our new yarns are here -- I just brought in the Takhi line starting with Montana -- one of their "green" yarns, a bulky weight soft wool in natural colors

Plymouth came out with Mushishi -- a soft self-striping wool with silk flecks in it. 471 yards and a free pattern all for $29.95!

Jojoland is always coming out with great designs. Pictured here is her "Luxury in Style" wrap made out of Jojoland's cashmere/silk blend. It's a triangular shawl made in the same style as the ever popular Swirl Shawl.

I started a class doing the pattern "Kyler's Kardigan" from Cottage Creations. Laurie has started knitting her's up out of Plymouth's Kudo. Just perfect for a little girl.

Bonnie is taking my "Learn to Knit Afghan" class, but always knits another project in between squares. Here she has knit up yet another baby surprise jacket, this time out of Adriafil's Knitcol. I've just got to make another one out of this yarn.

Our summer Knit to Fit class came in the show off their finished and almost finished projects. Karen did this sweater. I overheard her saying that she didn't like it, but I think it's just gorgeous. Love those bright colors. Made out of Cascade 220.

Joanne finished hers -- this lovely Classic Silk sweater was inspired by another design, but Joanne learned how to make it her own. She also found time to finish this Cabin Fever Kimono design out of Rowan Felted Tweed.

Ann's sweater is out of Plymouth's Linen Isle and has an almost reversible design.

Joan is almost done -- can't wait to see the finished product.

Sabra has been busy finished lots of projects. Here is her "Radiate" -- knit out of Plymouth Silk Shire and she also finished the Fair Isle Yoke sweater out of Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Superwash Worsted.

Jill finished her "Spidery Tank" from Interweave Knits Summer 2009 out of Berroco Seduce. She won the grand prize at our annual Yarn Tasting of an entire bag of this yarn and Norah Gaugan's Vol. 4. Perfect yarn for this project.

Joanna and Alice have been knitting lots of lace. Alice's scarf is for her mom and is made out of SWTC Yang -- see all the sequins.

Joanna is using Woolbearers' hand dyed "Dancing Toes" -- an alpaca/superwash merino/nylon fingering weight yarn along with Tilli Tomas Beaded Silk.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Fireworks! Went into NYC on the 4th of July. It was really spectucular. We had our own version of fireworks at Woolbearers. Three customers have finished their Botanicas! I don't have pictures from Amy yet, but here are Donna's and Marinel's. Aren't they magnificent? Donna knit hers out of Rowan Organic cotton and Marinel's is out of Rowan Lenpur Linen. Both are so drapey and soft.

Mine is coming along-- just a little more to go. I did manage to finish my Filet Patch Blouse designed by Teva Durham (I know, I have lots of ends to weave in). I dyed the yarn and couldn't be happier with the results. The yarn is a wool boucle (about 90% wool, 10% nylon) and the colors are just great.

Gladys was busy spinning Woolbearers' hand dyed merino. She is going to knit a vest from Folk Vests. Arent' the colors beautiful?

A lot of lace in the air.

Jill has made a few scarves -- the first is out of Classic Elite's Silky Alpaca with a bit of Panda Silk and the second one she dyed herself, using natural dyes!

We just got a load of beads in the shop -- I wonder what Jill will knit from this huge skein of Cherry Tree Hill merino lace with all those beads.

Joanna made this scarf in one night. It is Tilli Tomas beaded silk and is spectacular.

Sydney came in for a needle yesterday, but of course couldn't leave without a few skeins. She just had to show us the progress on this beautiful shawl out of Classic Elite Silky Alpaca.

I haven't made too much progress on my Icelandic Shawl, so no pix. Hope to have a bit more knitted soon.