Saturday, February 28, 2009

What's Knitting?

Folks have been knitting the fingerless gloves/mittens/gauntlets/whatever you want to call them, for the past year. I have to admit that the ones we have had as samples in our shoppe never caught my eye. Then, about 2 weeks ago, I tried on a pair that one of the customers brought in. And I loved them! What was the difference? These fit. I have large hands and the ones in the shoppe were all too tight on me. But these fingerless mittens were my size.

So I sat down and knitted these up, out of Lamb's Pride Worsted. And I love them. They are bright and warm.

During a knitting weekend, seven and a half years ago, my goal was to learn how to knit socks. I had been playing around with knitting socks, but wasn't very good with it. Not only did I learn more about knitting socks, but I also learned how to change colors.

Voila! See what I wrought.

But that was pretty much all I did with that pair. I discovered this sock last weekend while rooting around in my stash in the basement. Time to knit the other sock, don't you think?

Friday, February 27, 2009

The woes of being married to a master bread maker

One of the many reasons I married my husband, was because he was a fantastic cook and baker.

And he has not let me down. This is what I get to eat.

"Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods, and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts." James Beard (1903-1985)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Moving on

The ShiBui trunk show is gone. It was great fun while it was here.

It had a chance to travel downstate with Melody to Knit Michigan.

And then it hung around with us for several weeks.

This week, we received this box. It has 130 skeins of Opal sock yarn. Starting this Sunday until next Sunday, we are running a sale on all of our Opal yarn, the 6-ply included.

Here is my next major project.

It is the Knitted Ruana from the Folk Shawl book by Cheryl Oberle. I will be using some Lamb's Pride, La Gran, Kiss, Bella, handspun from Ram-A-Llama Ding Dong, Stellar, Bo Peep sock, and Yang. The colorways include pinks, blues, and beiges. This will be wonderful to wrap up in.

I will be working on it during our Saturday KAL. Join Susan and I and we will help you plan your shawl or lace project.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Bleak and Dreary

Hah! Thought we might be through with winter? No way. For those of you who know me, winter is my second favorite season, behind fall. I would much rather shovel than weed or mow. And it gives me a chance to wear my sweaters and vests. I blame it on my husband for taking us to Alaska.

Tracy, from the Bayside Salon, brought in this poem. I don't know the author, but it speaks to what we have been experiencing this winter.

Michigan Poem

It's winter here in Michigan and the gentle breezes blow.
Seventy miles and hour at seventy-five below,
Oh, how I love Michigan
When the snow's up to your butt
You take a breath of winter
and your nose get frozen shut.
Yes, the weather here is wonderful
So I guess I 'll hang around.

I could never leave Michigan

Cause I 'm frozen to the ground.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Renovations update, again

This should be the last update for our renovations, maybe. There are still some things I want to do, like hang our samples from the ceiling, but that will be a while from now. So here are some photos. And of course, it is much better when you see it in person.

Here you are in the front room. We have books, buttons, table and chairs, notions, and spinning wheels.

The main room, the one you walk into, has our checkout, various yarns, patterns, and notions.

The last room has all of our sock yarns, Lamb's Pride, Polar Knit, and other yarns.

The last I counted Lamb's Pride has 93 colors and when our order comes in this week, we will have just about all of them.