Yeah! We’re getting closer to getting the specially dyed Nightfall yarn for the Stellanti shawl KAL. Jen says she is feeling better and working through her backlog. As soon as we are in the queue, I’ll let everyone who has signed up know. If you would like more info, contact me at lea-Ann @ knittingtoday.com (remove spaces).
Sometimes a new project just has to be tackled, despite a
huge list which grew by four other new projects last week. This new
project is called “watershed” and is available as a LYS Ravelry
download for those local to us. The yarn: three balls of creative
linen in a spring green. The reason: Tara wants to wear it over her
dress for graduation May 3. She sewed, with help from Mary, the
dress from a Kaffe Fassett fabric. Can I do it? Its
definitely a fun pattern despite having to do this little edging
about thirty times. After ten, outs feeling a little repetitive.
I’m watching the final four game right now so I have something to
be sitting here for….go Blue!
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Do you like surprises? Judging by the number of people who have previously joined our Dream Club and the Knit Happy Club, you do. So what is Lea-Ann cooking up for some summer knitting fun? A “Mystery Yarn Club”!
What: Six months of unique, special, luxurious, and fun yarns. Each yarn will have a pattern or two and we will be doing a KAL in store and online. We have other fun specials and events planned for club members as well.
When: Starts May 1.
How much: for the best price, register by April1 for $180 plus shipping and Indiana sales tax. Afterward, the price goes up to $198. There is also a month-by-month option available.
I don’t know how, but my login information was deleted from the user table and allow the recent posts were missing! I don’t know if it happened during the server move or if someone did something somewhere they shouldn’t have, and I guess it really doesn’t matter. I’m just glad the server company has a good support staff and my backups worked! I have so many new projects and old news to share with you …. Stay tuned!
GIVEAWAY ALERT! Read to the bottom for details.
What do good friends do for you? I have friends who pray for me, and with me, and who encourage me when i’m down. I’m thankful for each and every one of my friends. Right now though, I have to give a shout out to a special friend who recognizes when i’m feeling blocked and overloaded and takes steps to help. How?
First, she comes in and makes me pull out all the projects? It took two tables!
Then she makes me make decisions! Scrap it? Okay, that’s a relatively small number of projects scrapped. Only seven.
Then, return for others to enjoy until I can get to them on my list, then I can re-buy. That’s eleven projects! I take that back, I walked around to the other side and there are three more = 14!
Which leaves us with “the list”. And this …
Then … look at the list!. There are twenty-eight lines on “the list”, only three of which do not count. That means I have twenty-five wip projects! Eek!
I knew I had too many, but really? These are projects I need to finish or want to finish, and well, wow! [note to self, remember this count does not include the boxes in the kitchen area that we put away last time we did a sort through -- she's going to be merciless with those!]
Thanks so much, Lisa! And you know the best part? Last night before going home, we identified two things to work on.
1. Block the Miralda’s shawl — text at 7 this morning “put the book away and block the shawl”. Reading fluff is my escape. Yes, I got up and blocked the shawl sans blocking wires which are at MIA. We have six skeins of this yarn, Domy Heather, I’ll be putting on a private sale. It’s squishy, heathery and woolly and I love it! I don’t want to pass it along, but the good news is I found a source and can get more!!!!
2. Socks – deadline Saturday for class. One inch per day. Pictures later since I left that project home while I do my paperwork on my day off.
So, there is a little insight into what it is like as the yarn store owner. Start the next project, put it down, start the next project, put it down, ad nauseum. What are your projects? Can you beat my number? What’s your plan of attack? I had the top ten list a while back. I have two organizers, ten bins and will use those to have everything at hand, as soon as I get over the shock of having 25 current wip! Oh my!
Comment here or on Facebook for a chance to win a hank of Domy Heather, the yarn I used on the shawl, choice of one of four colors. We’ll draw a random name next wednesday.
1. how many wip,
2. what is your top three,
3. and your plan…
Two-at-a-time, toe-up?? Yep, its sock time again. Lea-Ann’s current favorite is Cat Bordhi’s cast on from Insouciant Sock book and the Sweet Tomato Heel (a short-row heel). You’ll learn the cast on, how to short row without turning your work, and a super-stretchy bind off for the top of the sock). Sock Class starts Saturday, January 19, 1:00 and continues for two more Saturday afternoons, February 2 and 16. Cost is $45. Sign up online or call 260-351-2260.
New yarns coming — yeah!! Crock-O-Dye and Ty-Dy Skinny Stripes. We’re so excited about the feel and colorways in these two yarns. Stop in after January 17 to see them (but don’t wait too long because class members will scoop them up!)
Today is Fair Isle day. I teach a technique I called “Don’t Get Your Yarns In A Tangle”, where you hold one yarn in your left hand and one in your right. There is a cross, uncross movement to that method that keeps your yarns from tangling around each other. first I see what hand the student holds predominantly and that hand holds their main color and then the other hand holds the contrast color. Of course we work on tension, float length, etc. The project almost everyone chose is the Three Tams hat from Knitty, Winter 2007. Now, if I could just find my sample we stashed somewhere in the store, I’d upload a picture . Tara said the last time she saw it, I was wearing it! Uh oh!
New Project Inspiration: Hickory
I did see a tweet about a new Fair Isle mitten pattern that is calling my name though. It is called Hickory Mittens. The challenge is four colors per round! I love myself a new technique. I would post a picture here, but haven’t asked the designer yet. Here’s the flickr link to it though.
So, while this post is devoid of pictures, I hope you’ll click through and we’ll try and take pictures during class and update here later.
Why don’t you put your favorite Fair Isle inspiration or project links in the reply section so we can all be inspired?
Its been an interesting holiday season for us so far with my mom visiting pre-Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving, my grand-twins being born the Monday after Thanksgiving (everyone was healthy Praise The Lord!), and then moving onward to Cameron having eating difficulties, tests, Trent getting the flu and moving to our house to keep everyone there health, both babies being hospitalized with RSV and me helping care for Jacob, then Lukinda getting a kidney infection and being hospitalized with Tara, Trent and I tag-teaming to care of the babies and also work. Wooh! Mix in the stress of winter driving and holiday work for Tom, trying to keep it all together for the store has been a challenge. I’m sooooo ready to start the new year!! Thanks friends for keeping us in your prayers while we tackle the challenges put in front of us day by day, hour by hour. I’m so glad God gives me peace when I lean on him:
New International Version (NIV)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Happy Knitting, everyone! Lea-Ann
P.S. Wait, stop the presses! Ravelry to the rescue! Here’s the Tam I’m looking for in the store.
Three Tams by Tara
Knit happy club meets thursday (tomorrow) 6-8. I can’t email everyone because my computer is wet. Being two colors of yarn and appropriate size needles.
Do I really need to wait 72 hours for the tea to dry?
Would you like some free money to spend on yarn and other knitting supplies? Well, here you go!
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From now until December 25, Knitting Today will be offering ten deals on products in stock. Be sure and check your email for upcoming surprises. ALL COUPONS EXPIRE DECEMBER 25 and coupons can be combined but purchases are on in-stock only.
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Tuesday, 12/25 and Wednesday, 12\26: closed.
Thursday, 12/27: 12-6; sweater night: 6-9
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Closed Sunday, 12/30 to Wednesday, 1/2.
Reopen Thursday, 1/3 with normal hours.
Have a Merry Christmas everyone!