Sunday, December 30, 2007

A Huge Thank You

A Huge Thank you to all the wonderful people who came to the Inventory counting party yesterday. We had a great bunch of people counting. There were 10 of us all together. Everyone had a good time, got a lot of work done and won some great prizes. We ate very good Pizza when it was over. We got about 80% of the store counted. It looks like a bomb went off in the store. Yarn is everywhere. Tomorrow we will finish counting and put it all back where it belongs.
While we had all of the yarn out of the back room, my husband was busy building floor to ceiling shelves. They are wonderful and my back room will look so good now. I might even be able to find what I need when I need it now.
I will be happy to get this job finished.
I spent most of my time yesterday with Brenda and Stella helping count sock yarn. We have a lot of sock yarn. Really a lot. I also have 46 KG of Kauni. I know that thanks to Shannon.
Hopefully I will get this all done in time to reopen on Wed, Jan 2 if not please excuse the mess...

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Fun, Food and Family

All the ingredients for a great Christmas - Fun. food and family. We had a great time.

First we put the Meika to work baking. She is making a pie for Grandpa here. Then we got the place all ready for Christmas. The Kauni stocking was filled with loot for Meika.

Christmas morning everyone got lots of presents and the kids all had fun. Then amongst the Christmas mess Meika painted a picture for me.

Mom made Megan a cute sweater for Christmas. It was the one on the cover of Cast on Magazine for fall. She loved it so mom knit it for her with Eco knits cotton. She loves it and it looks great on her.

I gave mom a Kauni felted hat and a 1/4 finished cashmere scarf. She loved both. The scarf will be done soon.

My son got his hat still on the needles too but I finished it during the day. Meika's sweater also got finished during the day and she wore it home on Boxing day.

It turned out really cute. Both the hat for my son and the sweater for Meika are my handspun so I am very happy with both of them

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Day 1 of my SALE

Today was great and lots of sock yarn and novelty yarn found new homes. I have sooo much yarn it is amazing. To think I started this a few years ago with a few extra balls of yarn and sold them on eBay. I guess you could say my yarn passion got out of hand. Well I wouldn't have it any other way. The store is fun, I have met lots of great people and introduced a lot of people to knitting and a few to spinning.
Anyways the reason for my post. I still have tons (literally) of yarn to sell. If you can't come in give me a call 1-250-285-2751 10 am - 5pm or email me with your order and I will call you.
The Sock yarn that is 40% off is Gedifra, Opal Element, Prisma and Rodeo, Regia Loop the rest is 25% off.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

HUGE Clearance Sale

Fun Knits is having a HUGE Clearance sale Dec. 20, 21 and 22. This is to reduce our stock before inventory. So come on in and do your part. Stock up on yarn. Send in your friends/ partners to buy you presents!!!

Everything in the store will be 10% off
All sock yarn and novelty will be 25% off. Some of the sock yarns and novelty yarns will be up to 40% off.

Or else come in and buy yourself a nice Christmas present. Yarn, books, needles.

I will be taking phone orders from out of town shoppers 10 am - 5 pm Pacific time. 1-250-285-2751 or email me your order and phone # and I will call you.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Inventory Counting Party

Fun Knits will be closed Dec 23 - Jan 2. We will be counting Inventory. I decided we will have an inventory counting party on Saturday Dec 29th from Noon - 6pm. This will be quite funand very helpful for me. We will have prizes to give out every hour (some of them are huge) and after we are done counting I will treat you all to Pizza at the Lovin Oven.
Let me know if you want to come and play with yarn I mean count yarn, I will put your name down.

As for counting inventory - its not that bad. I just give you a list and point you to where to count. Knitter's are pretty good at counting.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Fun Knits Spring Knitting Retreat

Fun Knits Spring Knitting Retreat is now ready to take registrations. This retreat is going to be great. We have 5 different workshops to take. Go to the Website and read all about them. From all the interest at the last retreat I think this one will fill up quickly so don't be disappointed and register soon.
Since it is Christmas and we are all broke I will take a $100 deposit to hold your place and your workshop of choice. Final payment is due before March 1, 2008.
The deposits can only be taken over the phone 1-250-285-2751 during store hours Tues - Sat 10am - 5pm Pacific time. 0r buy paying with paypal to and please include all your details.
I can't do the deposit on the web page. Believe me I had enough trouble making the Internet registration page work without trying to attempt that too.
This would make a great Christmas present for yourself!!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The store looks Christmasy

We have 2 trees in the store and they are both decorated with all knit items. The window is decorated with our knitting Santa and some nice knitted items. The counter is decorated with some great new hand dyed yarn waiting for labels. It even looks like Christmas.
I play Christmas music all day so I am sure in the Christmas spirit this year.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Felted Kauni Hat

I just finished another hat in EQ. I like it even better than the first one.

Here is my new free pattern on the web site for Kauni yarn left overs. The hat only takes 50 gr each of 2 colours of yarn. I have knit this with EM and EZ held together.

It was so huge when I was done knitting it that it covered my entire face. Once I felted it the hat fits great. You can't even imagine how soft and fluffy this yarn gets when it is felted. I am making another one now out of EQ. I started it with purple and red and both colours will change so it shoul;d make an interesting effect.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Weather !!!! and Spinning

Look what we are in for today. We usually get a wind warning or a rainfall warning but today we are getting a snow, rain and wind warning. I am not going out the door. A very good day to stay in and knit. This has been the worst weather weekend. First we got about 60 cm of snow, now it has just started freezing rain on top of that and I can't wait until the winds hit. The trees will snap like twigs with all the ice and snow on them.

I have taken up spinning and I just love it. I have improved in the last few month going from chunky novelty yarn to yarn I can actually knit with. I am making a sweater for Meika for Christmas. The fleece is Northern Lights by Louet. It is merino wool and is dyed with in very short repeats so when you spin it, the yarn gets tweedy. I love it. It is wonderful fibre you can spin it right out of the bag. I have ordered some more and will carry this fibre in the store and online soon.
I am knitting the Essential Baby Cardigan by Lisa Henderson. As you can see I have taken a few liberties with the pattern. I wanted a pullover as Meika has a lot of cardigans and I wanted cables as a design at the raglan shaping. The picture doesn't show the cables very well but the show up nicely.
This is quite a nice pattern. It is written for 3 weights of yarn and size newborn to 3 years old. I already knit this pattern out of Noro for a friend's baby and the sweater turned out great.
I love knitting with this hand spun. It's almost like I know the yarn since I have spent so much time with it, spinning it then plying it.
I just wish I had more time.
Wow just as I was writing this post the snow plow came by. We might even be able to drive our van home today. It has been stuck at the store since Saturday.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

We are Closed today

Sorry - Today the shop is closed. There are about 6 reasons why I can't open the shop today and 4 of them are due to the SNOW. We have about 3" on the ground and lots more to come.

Yesterday's sale went great. I heard from lots of internet people - fun to talk to customer's from far away on the phone. The in store sale went great too and the sock yarn supply is somewhat depleted. I think a lot of people are getting socks this Christmas.

The store looks very Christmasy. Mom and Dad came over for the evening and we ate Pizza and drank tea. It was lovely.
I guess I have time to knit today. I am knitting about 5 projects. 3 socks, 1 lace scarf, 1 top down sweater for Meika knit with my handspun yarn. What shall I work on first...... off to knit