Sunday, January 27, 2008

Meika's first sweater from her Mom

My daughter Megan is knitting her first sweater for her daughter Meika. She ran out of wool this weekend so I had to mail her more yarn real quick. She was so excited to see how the sweater was turning out that she blocked it and sewed it together then tried it on Meika while it is still on the needles.

I remember trying sweaters on my kids when they were little while still on the needles. I probably tried several on Megan.

Maybe my Mom tried sweaters on us still on the needles. I will have to ask her.

The cute sweater is knit with Jo Sharp Aran Silkroad 85% Wool, 10% Silk & 5% Cashmere. It is really soft and will be nice and warm for Meika once the hood is finished. The pattern is the hooded sweater in the Debbie Bliss book Special Knits. She altered the pattern a bit (just like I always do) she knit a different cuffs and bottom.

I wonder if Meika will knit sweaters for her kids and try them on while still on the needles. She will think that is absolutely normal. It certainly is in our family. Stay tuned for the finished sweater picture. Megan should get the yarn tomorrow.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

The store is closed today

Sorry for any inconveinience this causes but the store is closed today. We will reopen on Tuesday

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


Here are a couple of pictures from our Tuesday morning spinning. In the first picture Diane is proudly showing us her 1st hand spun yarn. Really nice yarn I know mine was a lot lumpier than that. She also makes great little coil baskets. Roz is spinning like a pro and Vyvyan is our fabulous teacher. She helped me learn to spin different fibres this week. So I spent my morning spinning silk, baby camel and cashmere. She will be teaching spinning at the retreat in April.
Carol is in the other picture. She has really taken to spinning also.
Now do you want to hear a crazy story about a fluke knitting injury. I was very relaxed on Sunday knitting socks while I was working with my special needs son. All of a sudden I realized I forgot to do something important with him and I threw my knitting down and jumped up and jammed the bamboo knitting needle 1 1/2" into my foot between my big toe and the next one.
I am sorry I don't have a picture for you as I didn't want to hop upstairs to get my camera with my knitting stuck in my foot. You could see the needle in there. It was quite gross.
It was really hard to pull the needle out as it was stuck so far in my foot. Boy did that ever hurt. I broke the needle too. It was a 3mm needle. Ouch. It is fine now. Yesterday it hurt to wear shoes and I went to the Dr. - She was worried about Tetanus and infection so I got a shot and now I have a sorer arm. I guess I need to wear steel toe boots to knit or be much more careful wear I throw my knitting down.
My foot feels much better today. I am really getting lots of socks knit. I have 4 pair done now and many more to do.
Will post sock pictures later

Friday, January 11, 2008

Chanking out socks

I do believe I have the adult version of ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) when it comes to sock knitting. I can manage to knit a pair but it takes many socks before I get a pair knit. I guess I get bored with one colour. I have knit all of these socks since Dec 20th. I started with the pair for my husband the Briggs and Little pair that are actually complete , just need the ends sewn in and washed.
Then when we did inventory at the store I got the sock knitting bug quite bad and wanted to knit all of the sock yarn in the store.
I am enjoying knitting the Opal 6ply right now. The socks go quite quickly and I love the colours.
So for now I have 1 1/2 pairs of Opal 1714 - hope to be done those today. 2 socks of Opal 1713 a big one and a little one, a little sock in Zebra and 1/2 a little one in Opal 1710. I also have a pair of Warm and Fuzzy socks out of Opal red Prisma and red lace weight mohair 1/2 done. Lets see if I can finish all these pairs before I cast on a new one.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Sock yarn order

I am finally posting the pictures of my nice sock yarn section in the store. After inventory I sorted out all the sock yarn. I put like families together and I put up more shelves so I can display it better. Before it looked like a sea of colour and no order at all.
You may notice 2 empty bins. Those are waiting for Noro Kureyon Sock Yarn. I am hoping it will come soon. I will move something so they get a top bin.

I also got my shipment of Kauni so I now have all the colours in stock on the web site. This batch of EQ looks extra bright.

Note to myself. I must straighten up the top 2 shelves of Kauni.