Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Busy, busy, busy

Hi everyone. Sorry it's been so long since I've posted. It's been a very busy 2 weeks. I'm still getting my feet wet and I appreciate your patience. I also appreciate it when you come in and I still don't remember your name and you don't get mad at me. I'll get them eventually...

If you haven't seen the weekly newsletter then you'll be surprised to find out that we'll be opening on Sundays again in the Fall. Beginning September 11, we'll be open Sundays 11 - 3. And, on 9/11, we'll be giving 10% of our sales total to the local Altamont Fire Department and Ambulance Squad in memory of those that lost their lives 10 years ago. So please join us that day for some friendship and knitting.

We have gotten in many new, yummy yarns and are expecting more at the beginning of September. Check out the website for updates on new things to the shop and also new classes. We've added some new October classes with more to come.

I was also fortunate enough to be asked to give the prizes for the Spinning Bee at the Altamont Fair this Saturday. It was a hot day but all the spinners looked like they had fun. We also have a Grand Champion in our midst. Stephanie took the top prize at the fair for her lovely beaded shawl. There is a picture of it below but it really doesn't do it justice. The BEST part about getting to see the shawl is that when Liz and I walked in the Sheep Barn, Stephanie had JUST found out she had won. It was so great to see her and her family so excited!!!!

So, below are some pictures of the Spinning Bee and then some customer show and tell. I apologize for not knowing everyone's name. Like I said above, eventually I'll get it. I also plan on getting a list of all the winners from Jaye and will post them here.

Here is Liz spinning on her Louet and a drop spindler whose name I should know but can't think of it right now...sorry.

And Stephanie spinning on her drop spindle.

Jaye, Heather (I hope that was her name) who won the Spinning Bee for wheel spinning, me, Deb Guard who won the Spinning Bee for drop spindlers and Deb Anderson...the MC at the Sheep Barn for the day and also the designer of all those great Noro patterns we have at the shop.

Stephanie's shawl in the middle. Take a look at the HUGE ribbon to the right of it. Isn't that just the biggest ribbon you've ever seen?!?!?!?

Now, some customer show and tell...

Laurie's Crocheted Bolero. This picture doesn't do it justice. It was so nice and matched her outfit perfectly.

Karen's Budding Apple shawl in the Perwinkle Sheep's Watercolors II that she made during our KAL this summer. So lovely.

And take a look at all these stockings that Florence made for her grandchildren, also a KAL this summer. They are all just beautiful and big so that they can be filled with a lot of loot!

Sheila's vest and mucklucks. I believe that this is the vest that won a First Place ribbon at the fair. Good job Sheila!

And, that's Lois behind the very cute toddler dress.

Have a great week everyone! Hope to see you at the shop soon!

Monday, August 8, 2011

What a week!

Well...I made it through the week and so did the shop. It was a very hectic one for me and I want to thank all of you that made it fun and successful. Some of my family made the trek over from Pittsfield, MA to spend the afternoon with me on Tuesday and I received some beautiful flowers and that very large glass bowl full of candy. And the champagne is still in the fridge so if anyone wants to toast...let me know. (HA HA!)

So, here is a picture of all my lovely flowers... and some customer show and tell.

Here are Allison's needle felted dogs. They are of Karen's dogs Boo Boo and Beula. Aren't they adorable??!?!?!!

And the after shot of KGA's Blooming Felted Bag. The before shot was on the blog a week or two ago. It's just beautiful! There is still one spot left in this class this weekend. Call the shop if you are interested!

This is Eleanora's sweater that she made for her husband...that's why it looks SO big on her! She modified it to make the cable go all the way down the front. He's going to LOVE it!

This is Kathy L.'s Tiny Tea Leaves sweater made during class at the shop. I forgot to ask what yarn she used...oops.

Yvette held a wet felting class on Saturday morning and she wanted to take a pictures of all the bubbles!

Mary Kate...don't worry. It's not going to fall!

Can't wait to see what those projects look like when they are dry!

And, Libby's Feather and Fan scarf made with the Baby Bamboo. Just lovely!