Sunday, April 20, 2008

I'm not Superwoman

I know, this is a big surprise to you all. But I really can't do it all. I can't have the shoppe that is all, I can't be the greatest knitter, and I will never have everything I think I need. But I can figure out how to be happy with what I have. I have wonderful friends who have adopted me. The clan who help out at the shoppe. I have a great husband who doesn't get to see me very often. I have children who support their mother and help her out (see Slave Labor). And I have a knitting community. Every day we open, we meet new folks who are glad to see us. Folks from here and from far. I even meet people who are friends of my friends, which reminds me of what a small world we live in. I have Lost Art and Yarn Market and Yarn Quest and Knitting Bug. We all work together to better serve our customers and to exchange ideas.

In fact, today the clan is meeting together to talk and brainstorm and plan. We will address what the shoppe offers, what classes to have, future events, and anything else that comes to mind. And that is what we excel at - a group of people who work at giving you our best.

So, I may not be Superwoman. But what I am is a very fortunate person who loves what she is doing.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Kits. Kits. We've got the kits.

Tired of making a choice? We have made it easy for you with our kits. Stella, Dawn, and Mist are lace scarf kits from Fiber Trends.

This is the Alpaca and Silk Hat kit from SweaterKits.

And here is their Twin Tail Scarf.

Let me count the ways.

As Elizabeth Barrett Browning said, "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways." I could not phrase it any better. As you can see, the yarn we received from Fourth Coast Fibers has the most yummy colors. I want to make socks out of every color.

Here is how they say it: "We harvest our own locally available dye material in an ecologically responsible manner. The color sources we purchase are also sustainably harvested to insure a right livelihood for villages in the countries where they are gathered. Peoples are remembering traditional ways of living and working in harmony with the earth, as they revive renewable practices of growing and harvesting dye sources for artists around the world."

The two Kathys use plants, barks, and bugs to dye their yarn. This process takes them approximately 2 to 7 days, along with another 2 days to prepare the dye bath. Once that happens, the fiber will simmer and steep for at least 24 hours. They assure me that once the weather warms up (it will happen), that we will be able to have blues and purples.

At this point, they are using the Louet Gems Fingering Weight yarn for their dying. Which means you can match their yarns with the Louet Gems we already have.