Friday, September 29, 2006

Meet Quadra's Newest Knitters

I had fun teaching this group to knit last night. They learned very quickly. They learned about different weights and fibres of yarn, tension, how to cast on, knit and cast off. After the next 2 lessons they will be unstoppable. Sorry the picture is so dark I think I better charge my batteries before I go to Cortez. I better go get packing. Astor and a few of the ladies taking the course are going to meet me at the Lovin Oven, (Quadra's Restaurant) for lunch and then they are coming to the store for a little shop then off to Cortez. I am going to get a ride with them, it is cheaper than driving my own van on the ferry and will be way more fun. It is beautiful weather today so hopefully it lasts all weekend. I will blog all about the workshop when I get back.
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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Very busy week

This is sure a busy week for me. Aside from my regular work I am busy getting ready for a new knitters course. I have 4 maybe 5 people coming for 3 lessons to learn how to knit. I love the enthusiasm of new knitters. This should be a fun group. We start on Thursday night. I am also getting ready to go to Cortez for the weekend. I am trying to plan my knitting projects to take. I need a brainless project and a harder one plus something in case I get very inspiried and of course I will probably be too busy with the planned knitting to do any of the other knitting but I better bring it just in case.
I am looking forward to my weekend away. My only regret is that I will miss meeting Jo and Peg , Jo has come all the way from Ireland to travel around BC and see knitting shops and I guess a few other sites on the way, and to meet her Blog friend Peg. They are coming to Fun Knits on Saturday. I will be 1 island away in knitting paradise. Mom will be in the store and she is looking forward to meeting them also.
Another thing going on is I plan to have some Sweatermaker available for sale at the Web store this weekend also. I am working on it. I will have shawl kits. They are great.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Finished Noro Pinwheel

I actually finished something other than Toe Kozies. I got the Noro Silk Garden  Pinwheel sweater done last week. I love the sweater in Noro. That is why I made it because I thought it would look great in Noro and it does. When I was knitting it for the contest that is what I could imagine. I knit this with Silk Garden colour 8 and it took 5 balls. It would have taken 4 but I wanted the sleeves to match. Now I need to find it a home. Megan has the original one for Meika. I will sell this at the Christmas craft fairs.
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We had a nice visit with Megan and Meika last week. Meika is a lot of fun to play with and very busy. Here are a couple of sleeping baby pictures. Megan nursing Meika and knitting toe Kozies. Do you remember this post My daughter can Knit. Well she is still nursing and knitting. Wouldn't want to waste precious knitting time.
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Meika after her nursing having a nice nap. She is wearing her watercolour Toe Kozies. Megan and I got a lot worked out about the Toe Kozie business. I think they are going to be a great hit.
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I have a busy week and I am really looking forward to next weekend. That is when I go to The Pull of Wool on Cortez a workshop put on by Astor Tsang. I am excited to go and spend an entire weekend with my only focus being knitting. You would think I would get enough knitting but I don't. I am really busy with my Group Home for special needs guys and with the Store.  I have some really excitng things coming up for the Store and the Web Site, be sure to stay tuned.


Saturday, September 16, 2006

Look who is coming today!!!

Yahoo. I get to hug and squeeze and play with this little sweety if I can catch her.
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Megan and Meika are coming for the weekend so we can knit Toe Kozies and finish talking about the business plan. We are putting in an order with Lorna's Laces so if anyone want any Lorna's Laces please let me know and I will get it for you. I have been very busy this last week knitting socks and Toe Kozies. Now I have to go and clean/baby proof my house. Meika is a very busy 15 month old now.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Beautiful Sunset

I just thought I would share with you a beautiful sunset. It was spectacular tonight. Hope that means we get another nice day tomorrow.
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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

My daughter's Toe Kozie Blog

We are getting ready to offer the Toe Kozies online for sale and we are getting lots of them knit. My daughter Megan has started a new blog called Toe Kozies. So go over and see her new blog and say hi.
This is fun having my Mom and my daughter all in the knitting business. On her blog today she has a 4 generation picture of us all. Knitting is definately in our genes. I hope Meika got those good knitting genes too.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Great Saturday at the Store

As usual I had a great day at the store on Saturday. Mom bought some Cherry Tree Hill to make me a birthday sweater. I can't wait to see it. She is going to design it herself. It is going to be a cardigan with a couple of cables up the front. Sounds great I think. I picked out my colour.  Denim and purple. I had a hard time deciding between that one and the red one but the denim won in the end.
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I also had a visit from Judy Maclean and her husband David. We had a great visit and talked about the upcoming launch of the sweatermaker yarn for sale on the internet. I hope to get that all ready by the end of Sept. For now just the Island Hues is available. Lots more to come. This is the first time they have come to the store and they really liked it. It was a nice day so we sat outside and visited. Judy is wearing a shawl I made with the Sweatermaker yarns.
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Thursday, September 07, 2006

Yes I am going !!!

I booked the knitting retreat. Everything worked out great. Mom is going to work for me, My respite caregiver can do the weekend and there is still room in the workshop. If you want to come there is still a few spaces.
I can't wait.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Help me talk myself into this knitting retreat

I won't need much help with this. I really want to go to - The Pull of Wool - presented by Astor Tsang. This workshop is Sept.29 - Oct 2 at Hollyhock on Cortes Island, one island away from Quadra. I really need a vacation and I think this would be the best break I could get. I would love to go and hangout on Cortes for a few days and let my creativity flow - pour buckets. I have a head full of design ideas and no time to get these thoughts out. Anyways where else does someone who lives on Quadra Island go to get away from it all. - Cortes Island of course.
So what do you think should I go - - - - anyone out there in blog land want to come too. I talked to Astor today and she has a few spots left. That is what I couldn't beleive. I think that is sign that I should go. I figured this soon before it begins it would be full. Mom told me she would work in the store for me. I couldn't convince her to come.

The Pull of Wool is pulling me - Should I to go register.

I would take a notebook and tons of yarn , needles and all my stitch books. I will decide later and let you know.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Want to see how much yarn I can fit in 300 Sq. ft.

I haven't shown any pictures of the store lately so I thought I would. I think the store is a marvel in how to get a lot of yarn in a small space and still have room to walk. The first picture is the outside of the store. I have started putting yarn outside on nice days.

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This is what you see from the door of the store.

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Here is the sock yarn wall. The sale sign was for the August sale of Opal Saphir.
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More yarn shelves and hooks and baskets and you can just see the knitting couch.
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This is the needles wall plus much more yarn. This yarn section is the novelty yarn and is a bit chaotic also you can see some of the Malibrigo hanging nice and close to the checkout desk so I can pet it often.
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Here is our book shelf and pattern rack and binders.
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This is the Noro and Sweatermaker section. Aren't those colours amazing. I am working very hard at getting all of the sweatermaker available on the internet this month.
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And of course the most important part of the store, customers. Here is Brenda with her newly finished Diamond Fantasy shawl knit with lace weight Island Hues yarn. Her shawl is lovely and she plans to block it and show pictures on her blog so go have a look. We had a nice day on Saturday at the store. We sat outside and knit when the store wasn't too busy. It was fun to knit and chat with Brenda. She showed me magic loop sock knitting. It actally looks easy.
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