Saturday, April 30, 2011

Just when winter is over....

...we're preparing for next winter!!!! First of two wood deliveries.

Also, drag racing season has started so Paul was making plans this week to go racing with his friend. He was going to go either today (Sat) or tomorrow. I was secretly hoping for tomorrow.... since if he went today, I'd have to help stack wood tomorrow. If he went tomorrow, he'd stack wood today while I was at work. Any guesses as to which day he went? Today. :(

On the brighter side, I'm SO incredibly happy to see green buds coming out on the trees! And the grass is growing so much it needs to be mowed soon! And the warmer air! And we can open the windows! And all the ice cream places are open!

Gail's Nancy's Scarf, made with Baby Alpaca DK:

Sheila's Brigid Jacket made during the knit-a-long here at the shop, with Cascade 220 Heathers:

Deborah's Bulky Sweater made with Eco wool:

It's not quite done being seamed but she is giving it away to her sister so we won't see it again!

Christine's Nancy's Scarf, made with Rialto DK:

Laurel's double sided baby blanket, made with Jeannee Worsted:

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Thunderstorm Season

Do I dare say the "nice" weather is here? It's been nice and warm, but it's been cloudy and rainy. Beggers can't be choosers, so I'll take the warmth and deal with the rain.

HOWEVER.... these thunderstorms are wreaking havoc with Many's sanity (and therefore mine - due to lack of sleep). She is terrified of thunderstorms and when they come in the middle of the night, I'm up with her since she is clawing at the bedroom door etc. We are currently awaiting the arrival of a Thundershirt which will hopefully solve the problem. (thanks to Libby for telling me about it!) If it doesn't, it's going to be a long thunderstorm season!

This past weekend was Easter and I went to my mom's to spend some time with her. I was going to help her with some things at the house but we ended up watching a lot of Food Network shows instead! It was nice and relaxing. And I don't get the Food Network at home so it was a treat.

Meanwhile, at the shop Robin and Alison took the Drop Spindle 101 class....
Here they are with their spun yarn:

And here is their plied yarn!:

Robin's Pinkerton Shawl from the Spring Interweave Knits, made with one ball of the Crazy Zauerball sock yarn:

I'm sorry I've forgotten the name of the woman who made these wonderful Flounce and Triana scarves!:

Stevie's Multnomah:

While she likes the shawl, she has decided she likes to make quick projects like her mini knitted animals better!

Barbara in her Brigid Jacket made with Cascade 220 during the knit-a-long at the shop:

Susan's B4 bag, made with cascade 220:

Laurel's window curtain (yes a curtain!) made with Fantasy Naturale:

Mary Kate in her Romney Kerchief (a Jared Flood pattern), made with Jared Flood's yarn Shelter:

And her Autumn Vines Beret (a Never Not Knitting pattern) made with Queensland Rustic DK:

Millie's baby sweater made with Encore in a pattern from the 60 Quick Baby Knits book, and her itty bitty sock on the sock blocker key chain:

The 8-hour baby blanket (started by Jana, worked on by me and finished by Robin!) made with Encore and will be taught in a class Saturday, May 21, 12:30-2:30pm:

Cathy's felted clogs made with Cascade 220:

And these great prayer shawls made by this mother-daughter duo (sorry, didn't get their names!):

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Well, I had to go to Virginia to find spring. Nice and warm, leaves on the trees, flowering dogwoods, flowering flowers.
We went to Great Falls Virginia to see... the falls:

The water was muddy because there had been a hard rain the night before. Can you see the GREEN in the background? I really missed seeing green. I can't wait for it to come here.

We also went to the PEEPs Store!!!!

Yes, they have a whole store! Everything Peeps, including the candy in various forms, t-shirts, mugs, pens, pajamas, notebooks etc. There were also Mike&Ike and HotTamales bars were you could mix-match flavors. It was pretty cool.

And they had a peep-bug outside:

Blue knitting update:

My blue/purple BFF socks came along nicely on my trip

And my Brigid Jacket is finally un-stalled. I've got the back and the right front done, and the left front started:


Amy in her mobius cowl made from a double strand of Grass (cotton/hemp):

Another of Phyllis' afghan that she recently finished:

No square has the same combination of colors!

Deirdre in her February Lady Sweater made from Cascade 220:

A periwinkle shee in a Multnomah, made by Alison for Karin from The Periwinkle Sheep using her sock dream sock yarn!:

Nancy C's lace scarf:

Nancy E with her fingerless mitts:

Jan's first ever fingering weight socks:

Kathy in her Brigid Jacket made from Ella Rae:

Mari's Child's Zipper Cardi:

Nancy E's stranded cowl made with cascade 220 and Noro Kureyon:

And her B4 bag...before:

Stay tuned for the B4...after.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


These HAVE to be signs of spring, right???????....

Meanwhile, Mandy has no idea what to do when Phoebe takes her blanket.... Look how busy the shop was on Saturday!: And because of that, when Karin from The Periwinkle Sheep came in with her w i n k fingering weight yarn (with a little sparkle in it!), it was no holds barred. This is all that was left when all was said and done. I couldn't even get a picture of if when it was all there! ....thank goodness she's bringing more on Wednesday. CUSTOMER SHOW AND TELL: Nancy C's scarf made from one and a half of the One Hour scarves (I forgot to ask how long it actually took her!) in a feather and fan pattern: Annie's baby had made with Encore from a pattern in the 60 Quick Baby Knits book: And here is Amy in her Mobius Cowl which she made with Noro Kochoran in a class here at the shop:

Libby's Triana scarf:

Friday, April 1, 2011

Oh. Come. ON!

Seriously?????? It's APRIL. please. Please. PLEASE!.... let this be the last of it.! (and on top of looking out my window this morning to see that, I sneezed while my mascara was still wet. I hate that.) But the Jordana Paige Knitting Bag trunk show got here early!!!!! It's up and ready for you to come see all the great bags with their unique elements that keep knitters in mind. You can customer order the color that you want. If you place an order for a bag during the trunk show, which runs through April 16, you will be entered in a drawing to receive 40% off your bag! (Mother's Day is around the corner - what a great gift!) And look what Jean has been making for Easter decorations at the shop!: So cute! My Cloudy Day hat is finally blocked and I love it! So soft and very comfortable to wear. And look what Dorah made with the same colorway (Hydrangea) of the Periwinkle Sheep Sock Dream: MORE CUSTOMER SHOW AND TELL: Stevies kangaroo (and joey!): Robin's Multnomah, made with Zauerball Crazy sock yarn: Deborah's Lala's Simple Shawl made with Pastaza: Alison's needle felted bunny and Easter basket: Stevie's neopolitan mirror image socks: Julie's scarf (in a pattern she made up!) in Periwinkle Sheep sock yarn: Carol's mittens made with Ella Rae Classic Sand Art:

Come on SPRING!!!!!!!!