All posts by lea-ann

Owner of Knitting Today, enjoy knitting, tatting, crochet, spinning, weaving, and any other fiber-y goodness I can get my hands on.

Above and Beyond Customer Service: UPS

Excited!!!  See that big brown truck behind the red car? No, its not my wonderful husband Tom’s truck, its Mike my local driver.  Mike goes above and beyond my typical expectations of a delivery driver, not that Tom doesn’t either, but Mike’s actions affect me on a regular basis. What does he do? He takes time to text me when he delivers to the store. And then what was so special about today? With the wind chill at -12F? He delivers my package to my house. He said he didn’t want to see me have to get out in the wind chill if I didn’t need too. Awe! Bless his heart!! I love my UPS driver.

UPS DeliveryP.S. My postman is absolutely wonderful too!!!!  I’m very blessed! Now, lets see what I have here . . . . .

 

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Organizing Projects

How do you organize your projects? Bins, bags, fixtures?? I’m just starting to get a handle on some of my projects. By that I mean find them! I have boxes and boxes of UFOs, WIPs, and whatever the “wanna be” acronyms are.

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For those curious, left to right, Donegal Tweed and ChicKnits Ribby cardi; Euroflax Linen in a great lakes colorway and Mother & Daughter Knits with Sally Melville the pattern is a classic shirt; Linen Concerto for Stormy Weather by MaryAnne Oger.  The Donegal Tweed and Euroflax Linen are from my initial stock of yarn when I opened the storefront in 2002. The Linen Concerto was one of the last yarns I stocked before closing the storefront in 2014.  I’ll likely machine knit all of these projects so follow the UltimateKnittingClub.com blog for updates on these and other machine knitting projects.

So, how am I organizing? I have several bins at home that I am going to sort my handknitting projects into. then I have these plastic buckets with lids that I’ll store my projects in at the studio (that’s my fancy name for the store now since I don’t have regular walk-in hours yet).

In the past, I’ve had over 30 projects on my list.  How many do you think I’ll end up with when I get done organizing??

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Merry Christmas

Finally, all the surgeries for the grandkids are done. The flu had come and gone. I had a few hours to hit the stores last night. Let me tell you how much you can buy at Walmart, Rural King and Kroger. I have not knit a stitch in weeks and I’m feeling it!! Please tell me you are gifting knitting for Christmas?? Can you upload pictures in the comments? I don’t even remember how this blog thing works!!

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Grandkids grow so fast! What a blessing they are. Thinking of all my knitters though, missing you, and wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

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Friday, 11/21, open knitting

Friday, 11/21, noon – 5, bring your knitting and join us for an afternoon of friends and fun. In-store specials on patterns, books, and accessories. Now taking orders for a new yarn, toybox, too!!

A couple weeks ago we had the opportunity to see some of Sue’s finished projects. I’m sorry i don’t recall the book the shawl came from, but the yarn was a cone of superwash merino she snagged out of the backroom sale. And she made the hat too match.  Aren’t they lovely?

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And since the cold weather but, grandson Evan has been making good use of some hand knits.

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How are you staying warm?

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Ultimate Knitting Club soon to be launched

Do you own an Ultimate Knitting Machine, lk-150 or other mid/bulky hobby machine? Scoot on over to www.Ultimateknittingclub.com and sign up for the launch.

First up will be a series of basics by me, Lea-Ann, introducing techniques I use all the time. The pattern/class will be available for purchase on Ravelry, but the club members will receive an email with a coupon code so it’ll be free!! See? It pays to sign up!

First project: quick to knit fingerless mitts.
Yarn I’m using: rimu DK
Techniques: choosing yarn, calculating gauge, latch tool cast on, converting ribbing, fixing mistakes, latch tool bind off, mattress stitch, sewing in ends.

Woohoo! End result? Warm hands!!

Sign up now!

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Knit club: Friday, October 17, noon to 9pm

When: Friday, October 17, noon to 9pm
Where: Knitting Today
What: bring your knitting, a comfie chair, a snack if you wish. I’ll have the cider hot and coffee in the pot.

While you are there, look over the hundreds of patterns and books. Plan your next project and order the yarn. We have several ideas to share and will be announcing some November make-it, take-it classes perfect for holiday gift

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giving. 

Looking forward to knitting with you!! Lea-Ann

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Who am I?

If I’m not a journaler. I’ve tried over the years and basically I only journal during life changing emotional times, no day-to-day or funny stuff. But I have funny things happen through the day, usually grandchild related.

If I’m not a photographer. But I take oodles of pictures. They sit in shoe boxes or on various devices around the house. But I have tons of pictures and inspiration of knitted projects.

How can I be a blogger? Do i need to be excellent at writing and photographing to tell the world wide web something? What if I just want to share scenes of life with Lea-Ann. Would it be interesting, educational, entertaining? …. [Stay tuned]

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Warm tootsies

I felted my clogs last night.

Monumental because I found a Facebook picture of them started January 1, and then finished and waiting for seaming uploaded on February 22.  And they have been sitting in my basket waiting for me since then. Why so long? I didn’t have a chibi!! Can you believe it? That’s like the cobblers children.

And, in July, I got a new-to-me washing machine with tons of water levels, temperature levels and spin cycle. Talk about confusion. The one I had before was simply a stick it in, turn it on and everything felts. Lol.

So, an hour television show, a chibi, and a couple runs through the washer and look what I have.

Felted Clogs

Warm tootsies!! Wet, but still warm. Amazing!! Yarn was two strands of Stonehedge Shepherd’s Wool in two different greens (leftovers) and two strands of Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride (available by special order). They felted a little bit differently, I’m assuming due to the mohair content in the lamb’s pride, so I felted them a little longer but the Shepherd’s Wool gives a little once on the foot. Overall, I’m happy. And after wearing my last one for about ten years, even with my toes peaking through, I need these in the mornings.

Woohoo, one empty basket! Have you made felted clogs?? What is your favorite yarn?

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