Saturday, March 31, 2007
It was a crazy day in the store-one of our busiest Saturdays ever. I opened at 9am for the Toronto crochet guild that was having a retreat in Ancaster. We talked about new trends in yarn, new fibers, etc and then they shopped. People kept streaming in all day after that. Thank goodness for comfortable shoes.
I only got a few rows of ribbing done on Tempest. I am almost at 3". When will it end? I hope to get more accomplished tonight watching the Leafs lose and the NCAA basketball.
My last post was about the value of my blog. I typed in The Yarn Harlot to see what her blog is worth-over one million!!! Imagine if it was really worth something.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
I knit on Tempest last night and today in the store. Do you know how long it takes to do one row of 580 stitches? It took a whole ball to do 1". Only 5" more to go.
I'm off to knitting class-the last one of this session. When I told my class that I wasn't sure about another session before summer they all complained very loudly. I guess we'll have some more get togethers-I don't really teach them anything.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
A special parcel arrived today-my store sample of Appledore. Make sure you take a look at it when you come in the store-it is amazing. I will get a picture of it tomorrow-the colour turned out great.
Monday, March 26, 2007
I finished Kilcar yesterday. The collar is done and the front bands are one. I finished the first front band and it was wavy (too many stitches) so I took it out and did it again. They look great now. I started to sew together but the yarn keeps breaking on me. I will get something in the store today.
I picked up the Kimono Jacket to keep my hands busy last night while watching The Amazing Race, Deal or No Deal and The Apprentice. I am almost finished the second front of it.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Here is the new Ruffles scarf finished. I used 5 stitches (the last one was 4) so the scarf is much shorter. I used 2 balls for both to show the difference in length but if I was going to knit for myself I would use 3 balls and get a nice long scarf
I have finished the second front of Kilcar. I am working on the collar (102 stitches and 20 rows) and might start sewing on the weekend. I used the 3 needle bind off for the shoulders-makes it so much easier.
I have been busy unpacking more boxes.
From Nashua we received some of their new Ecologie Cotton. They don't have shade cards up yet but here is their description of the yarn. Natural Focus ™ Ecologie Cotton is a 100% cotton dyed with natural plant dyes. This soft matte cotton is perfect for any spring style – lace, cable, texture – creating timeless designs.
Another shipment of Jordana Paige bags arrived. We now have the Messenger Bag in Camel/Brown.
More colours of the Rowan Bamboo arrived. I am having a hard time deciding between the orchid (mauve/pink) and lolly (mint green) for myself. This yarn will knit to an Aran tension. Not everyone likes the patterns that Rowan did so you can use anything Aran-I am looking at a Debbie Bliss design called Keira from her new Pure Cotton magazine. Once Kilcar is done I get to start a new project!!!
New colours of Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk arrived (129, 130, 131, 120). I am not sure why I didn't order them in the beginning-they are great. There is also a new pattern from them for a hoodie with crocheted trim.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Here is the felted Lattice Bag in day light. I am going to take pictures of the class bags tonight.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
I am almost at the armhole on the second front of Kilcar-I might get there during the Apprentice.
Last night we watched The Departed. After sitting for 2.5 hours I would have liked it to end differently-won't say anymore in case you haven't watched it yet.
Friday, March 16, 2007
Wannietta and Amanda worked in the store on Wednesday. Amanda loves to straighten the shelves-another neat freak!! She straightened the Noro Kureyon and Silk Garden, sock yarns and then some of the baby yarns. Thanks Amanda-it looks great. Okay, thanks to Wannietta too, I am sure she helped. Wannietta brought in the silk shrug from Blue Sky Alpacas. I don't have a picture of hers but here is the pattern picture. Everyone who has come in the store says Wannietta's looks better.
More shipments arrived this week. Nashua's Creative Focus Cotton DK arrived in over 20 colours. I spent today clearing shelves and moving yarn around to fit it in. We also received a new sock yarn from OnLine. The colours are great-bright but not garish.
I haven't knit much this week. I did start a new ruffles scarf in one of the new colours. Hopefully I can get some knitting done tonight while watching the college basketball. The NCAA tournament is one of my favorite sporting events.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Here are the angels. Okay, they are both sleeping which makes them good. Roko has decided that he needs to sleep touching Melo. It is also imperative to sleep with toys near by.
I finished the first front of Kilcar and attached it to the back-gotta love the 3 needle bind off. I am about 30 rows up the second front.
It was a very sad weekend in our house. My parents very close friend Rick was diagnosed with cancer over 2 years ago. It looked like he beat it and then a year later it resurfaced again. Again, it looked like he beat it. Two weeks ago he was diagnosed with brain cancer and passed away early Sunday morning. The blessing is that he went quickly-brain cancer can be very ugly but that doesn't make it any easier. Mom and dad are coming home tomorrow and then returning back to Myrtle on Saturday.
I have decided to take part in the Knitter's Frolic which is put on by the Downtown Knit Collective. The show is Saturday, April 28. Take a look at their website-they are offering some great workshops.
Friday, March 09, 2007
Back to my blog-sometimes when a picture is added the line spacing changes. I have gone through Blogger help and there is nothing. I just did a google search and found something that helps. I guess there is a formatting problem when you add a picture-read through the posts and you will find the answer on the January 17 post. I tried it in the post I just did and it works!!!
The new bags from Offhand Designs arrived today. These are truly impressive in the finishing and details. The two bags at the back are called Eve. The green and brown are called Zelda. The Zhivago Weekender won't be ready until April. Their website is great because it shows all the colours and if they are currently available. We are able to order any bag and it should be in the store within 2 weeks.
Today was the start of March break in our area. The store was busy with moms and their kids-I did have fun playing with them.
Kristin and her mom were in yesterday with Clarabel-another kid that I had fun with. Kristin's mom bought yarn to knit Appledore-I am jealous. I still haven't picked up the yarn for it yet-trying to be good.
Wannietta and Amanda are coming to work on Wednesday. She has finished my Blue Sky Alpacas shrug-can't wait to see it.
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Beth loves doing puzzles but they can be a pain on our kitchen table. Bev found a website where you can do puzzles online. It is great-all the pieces are facing up, in the correct direction. You can choose from large pieces or smaller-whatever you like. Check out JigZone. Unfortunately I have started doing puzzles as well which is cutting into the knitting time.
I have finished the first half of the Asymmetrical Jacket. Here are views from the front, back and side. I am already 20 rows into the second half. The first bit goes fast, not as many stitches on the needle.
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Friday night I taught my finishing course. The students are totally amazed the first time they do the mattress stitch. They all came away with many tricks for finishing as well as things to do while knitting that makes sewing together so much easier.
Sarah had Saturday off to move so I was in the store by myself. A former student, Rhona, was having some problems with a vest she is knitting and has made a few visits over the past couple of weeks. She came in Saturday afternoon for some more help and brought me a fresh loaf of bread that she had baked. Thanks Rhona-it was great.I did accomplish some knitting in the last few days. The second sleeve of Kilcar is finished and I am at the neck shaping on the first front. There is no sense adding a picture because it will just look like the last one that I posted.
I did not get my bag felted. This will get done this week. I went to throw it in the washing machine Sunday afternoon and realized that I hadn't sewn in the ends. That would have made a big mess!!!
Yesterday morning I had my hair cut and then met Bev for lunch. On the way home I stopped at a suppliers in Toronto and picked up the new Elsebeth Lavold books and yarn. This is called Brooke and is knit out of the new yarn called Cotton Frappe. More of the Louisa Harding yarn arrived-sorry Cindy, the colours you ordered weren't in the shipment.
I had better get moving and get ready to open the store. It is unbelievably cold here today-thank goodness I have lots of sweaters to choose from.
Thursday, March 01, 2007
Julie darling-- "Sam" here. A few more details on the thong story-- first, "the only yarn I had in the house"-- did I laugh! Just about the only yarn I DON'T have in the house (yet) is yak. Chose the Nashua Creative Focus Worsted because it matched gauge and (most importantly) was handy; "Thumper" (computer genius) wanted to get going right away. It's the soft medium heather grey and the resulting item would look splendid on an Inuit woman. And strangely, wasn't really uncomfortable in the dainty place, at least for the five seconds I wore it. Perhaps we will send it to a Goodwill in Yellowknife.
The Super 10 (Imperial Teal colour for enquiring minds) thong came out a little bigger: Thumper's new knitterly confidence caused him to relax a bit. I'm going to throw it in the dryer to smallen it. Neither have been properly blocked but I'll send along photos when they have been. Would recommend a slightly finer gauge cotton for anyone contemplating doing this, knit on a needle big enough to bring it up to 5 st./in.
While he was working on Thong #2, Thumper found a cotton knitted water bottle holder about 9" long (with shoulder strap) that someone had given me years ago. "You made me one too!" he exclaimed. The resulting mental picture was too Borat to dwell on for long.
Important: Thumper discovered a small error in the IK lace pattern. He corrected it for the Super 10 version. If the errata has not already appeared on the IK site, he can email you a correction.
He has since moved on to Karen Baumer's Multidirectional Knitted Scarf in Handmaiden's Ottawa, and after that plans to explore the Barbara Walker mosaic patterns. Our two children now think that fathers knitting underwear for their mothers is just a natural part of life, like pizza Thursdays and snow in winter. Cool.
I mentioned all the yarns and books that came in on Monday. After going through them all it is really tough deciding which to make. You will all be proud of me-I haven't started anything yet. I am going to finish what is on the needles-okay not everything because that will never happen.
I am sending my knitter Ann the yarn to knit Appledore. I want to knit this for myself but she can get a sample done for the store much quicker. I chose the colour Sail Cloth because it will look good on Bev when she wears this at the Gone Stitchin' Weekend. I know that you have seen this picture before but I love it so much that I like to keep looking at it. If Wannietta would hurry up with her Blue Sky Alpacas shrug then she could have some fun new yarn as well!!!
I have a funny story for you. My friend, Sam (not her real name but I promised not to embarrass her) has a husband who is a computer genius and wanted to learn how to knit. Sam taught him and occasionally he likes to have a go at something. When he saw the lingerie in the new Interweave he decided to knit her a thong. The only yarn she had in the house was Nashua's Creative Focus Worsted-a blend of wool and alpaca. Can you imagine how comfortable that would be? When he got it done he made her 'drop trou' and try it on. Because he was so impressed with himself he wanted to do another so this one is in Super 10 cotton.
This week is busy with classes. Last night was the second week of the Lattice Bag. I did not get mine felted on the weekend-I promise to do it this weekend. My class has finished the bottom of their bags and got the stitches picked up to work the body last night. Now they are on their way with the cables.
Tonight was my 'advanced' class. It should really be called the class I can't get rid of. Some of them have been with me for 15 years. They spent the first hour going through the new books. I think a few of them got some knitting accomplished-mostly just talking.
Tomorrow's class has been with me for about 3 years. Again, the first hour will be spent going through books and gossiping. Kelley brought cookies and milk last week and Lise has promised to make short breads this week. Can't beat a class like this.
Friday night I am teaching a finishing class. My biggest pet peeve is someone who knits a beautiful sweater and then they do a terrible job sewing it together.
I just looked at the clock and it is 1:20-time for bed!!!