Monday, June 27, 2011

Hooray for models!

Having models in the shoppe is fun.  We get to see how a pattern and yarn come together.

Ruth knitted the Pure Elegance Shawl using Mountain Colors Twizzle.

I knew that I liked the Lucy Wrap and when we acquired it, it reinforced my first impression.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

We're so excited

We now have yarn exclusively hand-dyed in Michigan by Fiona McPherson Grant for Thistledown Shoppe.

 Third Coast, 100% Superwash Merino Wool, fingering weight.  1120 yds

Up North, 51% silk / 49% merino wool, fingering weight

and Lake Effect, 100% Tussah Silk, 1 ply.

The colorways are named after local flora and fauna and places located in our area.

Several of us are busily knitting models for the shoppe.

 I am using Lake Effect to make this scarf.   Susan is  knitting the Shetland Shorty and Betsy knitted a sock out of Third Coast.  Jill is knitting a lace scarf out of Up North.

Think one of a kind and exclusive.  Fiona has a wonderful reputation as an excellent hand dyer and she will be thrilling us with the results.

Saturday, June 18, 2011


Gaillardia.   This is a flower and here are some pictures.

It is also the color name of one of our yarns.  I tried a picture, I really did, but my camera wants to change the coral and oranges to pinks.  So,  look at the colors above and think 100% Merino Superwash.  All 1120 yds of it.  One of a kind.

Friday, June 10, 2011

If you have to have warm weather, then this is what makes it worthwhile.

 The planter outside of the shoppe.

 Fuchsia at my house.  I never saw them until we lived in Alaska.  Snowball bush in the background.

More flowers that we purchased from Countryside Gardens.  I call it Sheila's. 

She is located on Good Harbor Trail.  Friendly folks and wonderful plants.

Wisteria in my back yard.