Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Can you see it? It's snowing. And we're apparently supposed to get quite a few inches. Oct 28th!
Here is my completed Quickie Cowl (free pattern from Ravelry)...
While you can't really see the lace pattern that's in it, I really like it. It's sofy and squishy and feels really good. Oh wait, I'll take a picture of me wearing it so you can see it better...
That didn't help to see the lace pattern, but the colors look so pretty don't they? Stay tuned for some of this in the store. Not immediately, but sometime.
And here is the promised picture of the mutant dahlia bulbs....
Ok, so they don't look as impressive in the picture as they do in person or as when we dug them up. But see the one on the right? That's the one that had a million flowers on it all the time. This was all from four plants, which will now become a whole lotta plants next year. So cool how that works.
Today is a great day to sit inside, drink tea and knit! I'm going to go do that now that the laundry and cleaning are done.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday's weather was the complete opposite... bright, sunny and warm. I even had the door open at the store. It was a busy day with the Drop Spindle Spinning class and the Constant Companion Felted Bag classes going on. After closing, I went home and Paul and I gave Mandy a bath. I really wish I had a picture of her -- she looked so miserable when she was soaking wet; but she looked so cute after she was nice and fluffy and clean! On the other hand, I was soaked and covered in fur.
Then we did yard work - ooh, another picture for my to-do list... we dug up those dahlia bulbs to save over the winter and they were HUGE. And there were a million of them. Wait till you see. It was a great day to be outside so I was happy that I got home at 2:30.
I don't have any pictures to post today. Since my camera battery will only last for two pictures these days, I bit the bullet and bought a new battery today. So, hopefully more pictures soon.
I've been working on my Logan River Wrap and it is coming along nicely. I'm also working on another cowl, with Sheep Shop yarn. This is not a yarn that I have now, but after working with it, I will be looking to get it. I'm working with the chunky version and it's very soft wool and has beautiful variegated colors. I'm hoping to finish it tonight and post a picture tomorrow. I'm also looking to start a crochet project.... a cute hoodie (with a zipper - yikes) made with sock yarn.
Great suggestions on how to spruce up the sheep on the front porch!... A scarf for the sheep and/or attach it to a sleigh for the winter/holiday season.
Friday, October 24, 2008
We seem to be getting new people every week,which is just great. For those of you who have folding chairs (even the outdoorsy kind), you may want to put one in your car as despite my recent purchase of chairs, we may need more. I don't have much room to buy/store more! Thank you to everyone for helping to celebrate my birthday!
Also, here is a picture of the sheep I bought in Vermont, now mounted on the porch:
Cute, but needs some friends I think. Or some other kind of porch embellishments. I'm working on it. Winter is coming so I'll work on a winter-theme.
I haven't been knitting much since Monday. I'm waiting for some new yarn to come in so I can work on some samples. But for now, I guess I'll work on my Logan River Wrap and my top down sweater.
Hot Cider and Donuts Day tomorrow! Lucky Paul gets to do the running around to pick everything up -- so sweet of him.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Then we went to lunch at a place called Molly's in Hanvoer, NH (home of Dartmouth College and a VERY quaint New Hampshire-y town) as we made our way to Woodstock. BBQ Chicken pizza was our favorite thing to order there, so we got that. Yum.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I immediately got overwhelmed (as I was told by many that I would be) by where to look, what to look at and what to buy. So I just started taking pictures...
More soon on "the day after Rhinebeck"....
Saturday, October 18, 2008
I unexpectedly got several more colors of the Noro Silk Garden in yesterday! The yarn rep had told me that when you order Noro, you should order about 10 colors, but expect 6 because it is so popular and is often out of stock. I didn't realize the backordered colors would come so soon - but that's good because some of the new colors are beautiful! And I got some more Mini Knits books, and another Noro pattern book with some really nice patterns.
On the home front, it got down to 25 degrees last night. Brr. The house only got down to 58. We are seeing how long we can go without turning on the heat. I suspect it won't be much longer. Last night, Paul and I were eating Halloween m&m's (black, orange, purple and green) and Paul made the comparison of how we each eat m&m's to other aspects of our life. For example, he eats each color in succession and I eat whatever color I pick up. Translation (his, not mine): he's neat, I'm messy. ???????
After closing today, I'm going to check out the Sheep & Wool Festival website to get an idea of what we want to do tomorrow. Very exciting!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Yay! I finished a PAIR of socks. I've only done this one other time with adult socks. Other times, I've just made one for a sample. But this time I decided to make a complete pair. They are the sample for the Step Duet sock yarn. I love them -- no, they don't match and that's fine with me....
And, I HAD to post this picture of the Baby Surprise Jacket that Joan True made with the Noro Kureyon. It's beautiful! She washed it and the Kureyon gets so much softer after it's washed....
I got a great local wool in the store from Cece Tkaczyk at Barton Hill Jacobs in Delanson. It is Jacob wool and it is beautiful. She even brought a digital picture frame with pictures of her sheep! It's great!:
I'm also now learning to crochet! I'm actually re-learning the basics and trying to learn some more advanced. I've got a nifty scarf going but may take that out to try a granny square. I've been told they are "so easy". One of my goals for the shop is to eventually have more crochet books, patterns and hooks. It may take me a while to get there but I'm working on it. Stay tuned for basic crochet classes...
Ooh! I just got a call that "It Itches!" by Franklin Habit (a knitting essay/cartoon book) is in at my supplier!!!! Yay - he's so funny. For those of you who don't know him, he is The Panopticon blogger (a link you will find on the right of this screen). Hopefully, it will get here by next week.
Monday, October 13, 2008
This weekend was a busy one for me --- working at the store, teaching a class on Sunday, and spending time with family visiting from Virginia. I gave my sister-in-law a lesson on how to knit with double points so she could make a hat. My neice sat with us at the store and finger knitted - she's great at it and was making a very long chain. We decided that maybe she'd just keep going then make it into a spiral rug. I made dinner for everyone on Saturday and then we all had dinner at Paul's mom's house last night. We played a great game of Monopoly afterward. It was fun and great to spend time with them since we don't see them that often.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
The good news is that Paul won the race! Yay! He got a trophy. He has accumulated several (that's an understatement) over the years, so who knows where we will put it. But it was great because he has worked really hard for the past month to get his car ready. Here is his car:
Isn't it great? It's a station wagon! (1970 Buick SportWagon) With the luggage rack still on it!
For those who haven't heard me talk about it, Paul drag races. It scares the heck out of me, but it's also exciting and he loves it and he's good at it and there are worse hobbies to have.
Needless to say, I'm glad he got home safe and that I could finally get some sleep!
Here is what I did this weekend:
I made two! I got this great new pattern in, from the same woman that did the Constant Companion pattern. It's very cute! I made both from one skein each of purple and blue Cascade 220 and one skein of Taos. The Taos is variegated and what is used for the dots. It looks better in person and I will have it in the store for you to see.
The other big news this weekend - Joan is back! Yay! It was great to see her and her EIGHT Baby Surprise Jackets, one of which she has graciously allowed me to display (made with Lamb's Pride Bulky). She will be here for a few months before heading back south to Florida. I'm going to learn to crochet while she's here!
I met with a yarn rep today whom I hadn't met with before. I ordered some GREAT yarns from Art Yarns and Woodstock Knits. The Art Yarns, as the name implies, are hand dyed and somewhat luxurious (cashmere, mohair). I got a great cashmere sock yarn to try! The Woodstock Knits are great and come in kits - scarves, wraps and a market bag. Really nice patterns. More samples to knit! I'm also hoping to have some sort of a trunk show event with these yarns so you can see all the possibilites.
Finally, I have to share this YouTube link that a customer shared with me:
It is the Mason-Dixon ladies singing a song about knitting. Really funny! (thanks to Barbara for sending it to me!)
I'm going to try to post more often -- I've gotten into this once a week thing, which probably isn't much fun for you. I'm glad we figured out the commenting thing. It's much more fun that way!
Edited 10 minutes later... I forgot to show a picture of the cowl I made last week!:
It's sort of lost in this picture because I didn't get a chance to crop it, but you get the idea I think. I made it from Noro Silk Garden, which I hope will be coming into the shop very soon! It is very nice yarn, and gets much softer when it's washed.