Wednesday, January 30, 2008

"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds"

Well, I am not the Post Office, but I am open for business. I will admit that I left home about 30 minutes later than usual, which meant that I did not get at the shoppe by 10 am. But I am here. And I love this weather! See, I am one of those crazy folks (are there others?) who much prefers winter to summer. Actually fall is my favorite season, but winter is next. I love the falling snow. I love the cold. I love the squeaky snow.

And while I am not with the Post Office, I was a police officer at the University of Anchorage in Alaska and many was the night I walked around at 20 below on the snow and ice with the Northern Lights overhead. So, cold weather in Michigan is nothing for me.

These are what I wore while I shoveled the sidewalk. The headband is from the Denmark chapter of the Ethnic Knitting Discovery book. We knitted the lice version out of Mission Falls wool. The mittens are the Double Cuff Mittens from Knit One, Felt Too. They keep your finger tips warm, which my gloves never do. Perfect for this cold weather.

So, here I am. It looks cold and deary, doesn't it? But inside, it is nice and cozy and waiting for you.

Friday, January 25, 2008

That's It

Here are the rest of the items we have for the Mission Falls trunk show.

This scarf Melody knitted, so it will stay with us when the rest of the show moves on. It has intarsia.

It is amazing to look at these items in person. For instance, this sweater has pieces of embroidery on it. It is a classic design with embellishments that make it stand out.

I love seeing how their cotton and wool knits up.

Saturday, January 19, 2008


Well, here are some pictures of what we have at the shoppe. I knew I liked their patterns, but what a difference it makes when you can hold the garment in your hands.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Mission Falls Trunk Show

You will probably hear this from me more than once, but I believe in synchronicity (coincidence of events that seem to be meaningfully related). Now, that may not be the right word for what I believe, but I think it is close. I believe that life goes its way and that it all works out and events happen for a reason. For instance, I have wanted a yarn shop for about 6 years, but it never seemed to be the right time or place. And then this summer, it happened.

And now, here it is a new year and six months later. Time for the shoppe to get a new lift, bring in new items. But how fast can we knit? I have been asking my vendors for a trunk show and lo and behold - what have we got? Today two boxes came in and we have a Mission Falls trunk show. We have approximately 17 knitted items to drool over.

They are knitted out of Mission Falls cotton and wool. And I love every piece!

We will have them for three weeks from today. Come on in and fondle. We have the patterns and the yarn to make your own.

I am going to tease you for the next several days and show you what we have.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

A New Year

It’s a new year and we are asking for your input. We have been here for six months now and we would like to know what you think.

Are we carrying the yarn, books and patterns you want?

How can we better service what you want from your crocheting and knitting?

Would you like a spinning night?

What KAL's (knitting along) would you like to work on?

Is there another way for us to display our yarns and notions?

Do our hours fit your schedule?

How is our customer service?

We plan on being here for a long time and we want to make sure that we are offering what you need.

Let us know.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

I'm SO Excited

The Pointer Sisters and I are one today. I'm so excited as I am partnering with Lost Art from Traverse City. We will be offering a workshop March 7, 8, and 9 at the Bayshore Resort and we will be bringing in Amy Detjen to be our main instructor, along with offering other classes. One of the classes Amy will be teaching is the RibWarmer. See that? Is it not a wonderful vest? I have coveted this vest ever since I first saw it in Elizabeth Zimmermann's book Knitting Workshop. Then when I went to a knitting camp at Schoolhouse Press last spring, I was introduced to a variation of the Rib Warmer called the Bea Arthur. Can't give you a picture of that yet, as I am still working on it, but suffice it to say that it is a longer, more elegant version of the rib warmer. I picture myself as Loretta Young when I finish it.

Anyway, we will have a knitting workshop with classes on the Rib Warmer, Tips and Tricks, and some other great topics. Still putting together the finishing details, but set aside that weekend.