Friday, August 24, 2007

Support your LYS

My friend Kim of Knitting Matters is having a promotion to support the Local Yarn Store. You can get one of her patterns free (FREE IS GOOD!) Go to her blog or website to get the details. Click on either of the links above.

Just for fun, she's made a list of all the yarn stores she has visited so far. I decided to do the same, and I think I've come up with them all, but I may have missed a couple. Here's my list (so far!)

Basketful of Yarn (Clarkston, MI)
Brown Sheep Factory Outlet (Mitchell, NE)
Busy Hands Yarn and Gifts (Ann Arbor, MI)
Crafty Lady Trio (Macomb, MI)
Elaine's Yarns (Davison, MI)
Ewe 'n Hook (Romeo, MI) Closed 2006
Ewe-nique Knits (Royal Oak, MI)
Heritage Spinning and Weaving (Lake Orion, MI)
Indigo Rose (Sterling Heights, MI)
Inish Knits (Cedar, MI)
Knit Knit Knit (W. Bloomfield, MI)
Knitter's Kove (Commerce Twp, MI)
Knitter's Mercantile (Columbus, OH)
Knitting Up A Storm (North Myrtle Beach, SC)
Labor of Love Yarn and Fiber Arts (Romeo, MI) <---COME SEE US!
Little Red Schoolhouse (Lansing, MI)
Nautical Yarn (Ludington, MI)
Personal Threads (Omaha, NE)
Rae's Yarn Boutique (Lansing, MI)
Skeins on Main (Rochester, MI)
String of Purls (Omaha, NE)
Susan's Yarn Garden (Sioux City, IA)
Sweet Celeste's (Mt. Clemens, MI)
Threadbear (Lansing, MI)
The Wool and the Floss (Grosse Pointe, MI)
Yarn Knit (Sioux Falls, SD)
Yarn Quest (Traverse City, MI)

I'm waiting for my copy of Cat Bordhi's new book New Pathways for Sock Knitters to arrive any day now from Threadbear. There is quite a buzz about this book, and seems like there is going to be a demand for the "letter markers" that everyone is talking about. I read somewhere that there is a prediction that before too long, letter markers will be used for most stitch marker uses. Who knows?

Anyway, today I made up a couple sets in a few different styles. I have ordered some more of the beads in both colors (they are porcelain). So if you want some, they will soon be available here and on my website. You can preorder by emailing me and I'll send them out to you as soon as I get them made up. You can make color/style requests and I will do my best to accomodate your wishes. I have a LOT of beads, believe me!

The style below will be $7.00 for A-D and $11.00 for A-F. This price will include first class postage.

This style will be $6.00 for A-D and $10.00 for A-F. Also includes postage.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

FO revealed

Debbie's baby shower was yesterday, so I can finally reveal what I've been working on for a while. It's the Trellis sweater from the Spring '05 Knitty. I made a size 2, so that it would be grown into, rather than quickly grown out of. I had originally started knitting the Baby Pea Pod sweater in size 6 months, but ended up frogging that when I realized how small it was and that it would hardly get worn. It's a darned cute pattern though and I really enjoyed knitting that while it was on the needles. If you go back a couple months, you can see the beginnings of that sweater in a photo. That one I started knitting in Dream in Color yarn, but the Trellis was done in Cascade Superwash.

I really loved knitting the Trellis sweater. The patterns really kept me interested. Assembly gave me a few fits, but I think when all was said and done, it came out pretty cute. Debbie doesn't know if the baby is a girl or boy, so I gave her a selection of square buttons in green to match, and also bright pink, yellow and turquoise. She can choose when the time comes.

I covered a child size tube hanger with matching yarn and tied ribbons around the neck of the hanger. I knit an i-cord long enough to slip over the hook of the hanger, and then I crocheted around the rest of the hanger (Boy, did THAT take a lot longer than I expected!). It added a nice finishing touch to the sweater presentation.

I recently knit a B4 Bag for the new LYS where I am working. Here it is while it was blocking, before buttons, and then a rather blurry shot at the shop...I need to get a new one of it totally finished, cuz it is darned cute, if I do say so myself!

If you live anywhere near Romeo and haven't stopped in at Labor Of Love Yarn and Fiber Arts, please come see us! More and more goodies are arriving every day!