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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Packed and ready to go

It's a cheerful day today. The sun is shining. My flowers are growing. We are packing bright yarn for the Frolic. This is the Sonoma Scarf knit in Freia Shawl Ball.

The front room is command centre for packing today. We set up the table for LYS Day and have used it this week. It'll be gone tomorrow and the store will be back to normal.

Baskets are coming to the show.
These baskets have leather handles, are moth proofed and won't snag.

We have more Fading Point kits. These are going to the Frolic but don't worry - we are leaving some kits in the store so Cathy has them for Friday and Saturday.

Here are three of the kits that we are leaving in the store. We have dark, light, bright, pastel. Something for everyone.

There wasn't a lot of knitting last night. I have 8 more rows of garter stitch plus 16 rows of lace and then I get to start the next colour. I'm going to knit for an hour and then bed.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Tomorrow will be better :)

Alex finished the first half of her Fading Point. It has been raining here all day and there wasn't going to be any outside pictures. Of course I picked the mannequin in the hall way so I was very close when I was taking pictures.

We won't lose her in a crowd :)

We have some action in the garden at the store.

I'm having a hard time writing right now. We're watching hockey, baseball and basketball. What a night. And we're trying to finish mom and dad's tax returns.

Now it's really late. Hockey and baseball were bad. We had printer problems. We've had computer problems. I'm signing off and heading to bed. Tomorrow will be better.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Let the packing begin

Mr. Canada Post delivered more bags from Atenti this morning
There are two different sizes of the Turquoise Poppies bag. This is the Grand.
The Atenti Turquoise Poppies Grand Tote- Colorful poppies bloom on this velvety plush fabric. At 16" tall and the same size as the Excel Tote, the Grand Tote is Atenti's largest bag. It’s big and practical with two outside pockets on the sides, a full length opening, magnetic closure and double 26” ultra suede shoulder straps. It is fully lined in our water resistant taffeta with a zippered pocket and a divided pocket with a cell phone slot.
We also have a slightly smaller version (not as tall) called the Maxi.
The Atenti Fresco Hope Basket- A roomy stand-alone project bag. Top rolls down for easy access. Wide opening and two handles. Fully lined in water our light tan water repellent taffeta. Inside are three pockets. 12" tall x 8" wide x 8" deep
We will be bringing an assortment of bags and baskets to the Frolic.

The packing started today. We will have close to 70 colours of Hedgehog Skinny Singles and 65 colours of Hedgehog Sock. All colours of Uschitita are coming. Lynn and I will be busy getting all the skeins hanging.

A small order is coming tomorrow from madelinetosh which includes oak merino light. This is the contrast colour we used in Stripe Study. Now we'll have lots of kits for the Frolic.

I received an email today from Caroline at Life in the Long Grass. We're in the order queue. Our yarn will be dyed in May and we will have it in June. I am very excited about the colours she is offering. These are just a few. 

Later in the day I received an email from Hedgehog Fibres. Our next order has gone into production. Skinny Singles, Sock and lots of Sock Minis.

I'm going to be dreaming of pretty colours tonight.

Monday, April 23, 2018

5 more sleeps

I spent yesterday in my knitting chair. I needed a day to relax before it starts again.

We start packing tomorrow. I'm excited about a display we have planned. Dad, Beth and I worked on an idea that I had. Now fingers crossed that it comes together.

I made it to the third colour. I would have made it further but the hockey game was a bit of a nail biter. 

I had to run a few errands today and stopped at Terra to look for planters. They were just starting to put them out so I'll go back next week. It was so nice to be in the sun and see pretty flowers. I think spring might have arrived.

Now it's bed time. I have a busy week ahead of me. And I need to get to the store early. We left it in a bit of mess on Saturday.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Started planning for next year

Thanks to all who visited for LYS Day. It was crazy busy all day and we had fun. I have some ideas running through my head for next year. I am going to put these into motion after the Frolic.
I have to show Julie Ann's work. She came in wearing Squared (pattern free on Ravelry). She was lucky that I let her leave in Squared. I almost tackled her and took it :) Now I know that I need to make it.

She used Hedgehog Skinny Singles.
Sorry Not Sorry

The border is Petrol.
Simple modular poncho design with an applied i-cord border. No need to pick up stitches all the way around, yay! You will be holding two strands of different colours for a marled effect. The poncho is knitted in sections that are attached as you go. Easy and fun project, incorporating lots of different colours of fingering weight, so go dive into that stash!

The cupcakes were a big hit. I promise to make sure we have them earlier next year. Now I'm going to put my feet up and knit a few rows. I hope to make it to the next colour before bed but I have a feeling that I will be sleeping sooner rather than later.

Tomorrow is going to be about resting and then Monday the packing starts for the Frolic.

Friday, April 20, 2018


We're almost ready for tomorrow's party. Cupcakes have been ordered. (Cupcakes in Westdale - YUMMY). They should be in the store around noon tomorrow.

I came up with a new combination for Fading Point. We are out of the colours for my purple version. The yarn has been ordered but won't make it in time for the Frolic. It's about a month away from arriving. I'm going to work on one in colours we have so that I can put it on display. You can justify anything if you try :)

One of the yarns on special tomorrow is Kauni. $20 a ball. You need 4 balls to make this great vest that is knit side to side with no shaping. Super simple. The pattern is free on Ravelry.

There are yellow price signs all over the store.

I had to start. But now I must put it down and go to bed. We're hoping for a very busy day tomorrow.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Waving to your Fans

What do you do when you're awake at 6am? Get up and finish your shawl.

Waving to your Fans is cast off. The ends are sewn in. It needs to be blocked but that will happen next week.

Good news. An order from madelinetosh is on the way. We should see it next week.
-merino light
-twist light

There is a special colour called Pebble coming in tosh dk.
This is used in to make Joji's Rugged Coat - the pattern is from Interpretations 5.

There is also an order coming from Atenti.

More Hope Baskets.
More Poppies.

Come on warm weather. My flowers are starting to peek out. Every day they say 'it'll be warmer tomorrow'. When is tomorrow going to get here?