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Get it fast, while it lasts…


Well.  We are technically closed on Wednesdays but I am here anyway.  I usually crank up the radio and open the back door, sing off key if I want to and generally get a lot done.  Sometimes, as was the case today, someone will call and beg to be let in, as this is the only day they can come.  I don’t mind this at all.  I would never decline a yarnaholic a fix.  So.  A group of gals came over today from the quilting retreat in Shipshewana (I knew they were coming).  They were so friendly and having so much fun that I…. I… I let them go through the Knitosophy and Crazyfoot.  I know, I know!  I am always giving Lea-Ann a hard time about doing this but the truth is that it is almost as much fun being the one allowing the “early” buy as it is snapping it up.  I was wooed by the prospect of being, just for a moment, a yarn demi-goddess.  Sort of like a queen throwing cake crumbs to the peasants.  Okay, maybe not quite like that, but I just wanted them to feel it was worth the trip.  Plus, it’s not like we can’t reorder, right?  So I was at my desk furiously working to get the skus in the system before they checked out and thankfully I did. So the counts on the website are accurate and available for purchase. Just to let you know, we are now out of two of the three colors of Knitosophy that I was in love with, so I was not holding out for myself.  Just puttin’ that out there.

Want to see what we have left?  Click on the links above to go to the categories and check it out.

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Mountain Colors - Crazyfoot

Fresh off the UPS truck and in my hot little hands- and Lea-Ann isn’t even here to see it.  This is the newest sock yarn from Mountain Colors- a superwash/nylon blend sans mohair.  It’s been on order for quite some time.  I have fondled it and smelled it (I must admit I was a bit disappointed as Mountain Colors usually has a wonderful vinegar-ish smell and it is absent) and oggled every colorway.  They called last week to approve the shipment and I have been not so patiently waiting for it to come in.  I am a huge Mountain Colors fan – the colors seem so intense and vibrant to me.  Even the darker, more somber tones seem alive.   Yeah, I know all the Thursday knit night ladies are practically foaming at the mouth to get their hands on this but since I won’t be here I may have to hide the box- at least until I get scans for the internet.  Wouldn’t that be slightly wicked of me?

Edited 4/8/10  Lea-Ann is concerned that we’re going to get spam because I used the words “oggled” and “fondled”.  Ooops, I said it again!  Boy, add that to the talk in a previous post  of drug deals and inhaling and an unnamed previous president will be all over this.

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While I was away

This is what happens when I’m gone for a week ….

New Opal

This is the new Opal sock yarn that came in while I was on vacation.  Notice anything odd about it?  Like that it has already been opened and very obviously ooohed and aaahed over? 🙂  Seems that when I miss UFO night everyone goes crazy!  Honestly, I can’t really blame them.  Who doesn’t like to check out the freshly arrived new stuff  just begging to be cast on?  For those of you who weren’t lucky enough to be here when Lea-Ann opened the box, I will have it online and ready for purchase as quickly as I can. 

Here’s a bonus sneak peek for you…

Serendipity Tweed and Wildfoote


Also arriving at my desk while I was sunning my toes was Serendipity Tweed and Wildfoote from Brown Sheep.    I really like the looks of the Serendipity Tweed- sort of a heathery look more than a tweedy look.  Love the colors, too.  Check back frequently over the next few weeks, as this will also be available online as quickly as humanly possible.

A few days before I started packing I decided that I needed a way to protect my Kindle in my suitcase and this is what I came up with:

Felted Kindle Sleeve
Kinle Sleeve open
I used double stranded Noro and eyeballed the size it would need to be before felting (measured my kindle and added 30% for the felting process).  I knit it one night at my daughter’s Math Bowl competition and felted it a few days later.  My favorite thing about it is the funky chunky button I found in my Grandma’s button jar.  I love the texture it adds and the way it pops off the front.  I am happy to say that it worked like a charm and my Kindle sustained no damage at all.
Recycled Silk Shawl
I needed an ultra simple project to knit while traveling that needed no counting or really even looking at as I cannot do anything requiring the slightest concentration or I get car sick (no reading in the car for me).  I dug through my stash and found several skeins of recycled silk that I have had for nearly forever so I threw some of them in a bag and made this shawl.  It was quick, very simple and almost finished when we arrived- which turned out to be a good thing because it was a bit chilly the first day so I threw it across my lap and finished it.  I actually wore it when we went out to eat one evening even though it hasn’t been blocked.  The bad thing is that I took nothing to knit on the way home!  Yeah, I know…. what a doofus.

Stay tuned for a few vacation pics and another sneak peek (maybe the best one yet?) tomorrow. I am so excited!
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Hippie Penguin Fibers, as promised

I promised them by Monday, and here they are!  Each yarn is pictured below, with the colors listed (from left to right) beside each picture.  We have only what is pictured, so this is how it’s going to work.  Check here for color availability, order online and then reply to the confirmation email letting us know what color you would like.  We will update as each color is sold so you will know which yarns are still available.

Hippie Penguin Fibers - Roving


  • Color 1 – bright pink,orange,blue
  • Color 2 – light pink,orange,purple
  • Color 3 – turquoise,purple,blue – SOLD
  • Color 4 – red,pink,purple,green
  • Color 5 – purples,greens
  • Color 6 – turquoise,blue


Hippie Penguin Fibers Sock Yarn

Sock Yarn:

  3.5 oz/ 360 yards;  

75%Superwash wool/25% Nylon

  • Color 1 – blue,orange,violet,greens– SOLD
  • Color 2 – reds,purples – SOLD
  • Color 3 – orange,dark purple,teal 
  • Color 4 – purples,blue,orange
  • Color 5 – gold,greens,white– SOLD


Hippie Penguins Fibers Cashmere

Cashmere: 1.75 oz./200yards; 100% Cashmere

  • Color 1 – mostly purple,little green 
  • Color 2 – mostly purple,very little green
  • Color 3 – green,purple mix
  • Color 4 – green,purple mix
  • Color 5 – mostly green,very little purple
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Starry is here!

I just (and I mean JUST) finished checking in Starry, the newest from Dream in Color.  The base of this sock weight yarn is Smooshy; so you know it is… well, smooshy and because it is Dream in Color you know the colors are fabulous.  I can see shawls and scarves in this, maybe a smoke ring.  What do you think?  Do you itch to knit socks when you see this or does something else pop into your mind?  Do share, please!

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Snack Pack 5


The Tofutsies Snack Pack, that is.  (we’re really not trying to make you hungry with all this talk of “Yummy” and “Snack Packs”- honest!)  Fifteen new colors of Tofutsies goodness just waiting to become a pair of socks or a baby sweater.  Ooooh, or a shawl!   Not all fifteen colors are in the picture; you’ll have to follow the link to see the rest.

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Yummy – no, not the food, the sock yarn!

A Big Box of Yummy

When a sock yarn comes in that is named Yummy, I must do the tests to see if it lives up to its name.

  • Feel – wonderful! 
  • Color – beautiful!  Pot dyed.
  • Care — Washable  Superwash. 
  • Appearance — The twist looks lovely to work with, reminding me of Interlacements Tiny Toes, another lovely yarn. 

 The specs: 

Manufacturer/Distributor: Fibranatura/Universal Yarn, Inc.
Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Wool
Yarn Class: Superfine
Suggested Gauge: 32-40 sts = 4″
Yardage: 4.55 oz/370 yards (130 gr/338 m) approx.
Suggested Needle Size: US 1-3 (2.25-3.25mm)
Care: machine wash and dry flat

Ordering information for Yummy sock yarn: