Friday, December 23, 2016

                                   A Look back at 2016 -- and our customer creations!

Wow, the last quarter flew by -- since the election (yes, November 8th -- that one) the time has flown!  More customers have come in with some great work -- and I just want to post a few pictures so you will see what others have been doing.

More is coming in 2017 -- there are new Shibui yarns coming out, including a great linen that replaces their former linen product.  Brooklyn Tweed is new for us as of 2016, and we are looking for great new patterns and wonderful garments -- we have sold a lot of Quarry (surprise !  The heavy weight has done well here in our climate!) as well as Arbor, Shelter and Loft.

We will showcase others as we go into the short days and long nights of a Georgia winter.   So here are a few pictures of staff and customer creations
Ding Dong....

Emma with her Watercolor... knitted by Candi!

Glamour!

Ponchos are always great

Watercolor with a different color scheme...

Susie!

Sassy!

Needlepoint of a lovely home... stitched with love.

                                    A great sweater by Allison ... a Brooklyn Tweed production!


So Happy New Year to all of you!  More great creations next year -- Right?




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Monday, October 31, 2016

Debbie Bliss -- and well named!

Pure Bliss -- what a perfect name!

We just got the two new yarn introductions from Debbie Bliss --

Falklands Aran (now there's a geography reference you may not have heard in a while) and Lhasa and two new yarns from Debbie Bliss (Did you know that she has been named  a member of the Order of the British Empire for her work in the knitting industry?)

(This is a 1918 style medal, but they are equally classic today -- don't you think?)

She also has divine new yarns.  colors that are vibrant and true, and a sensitivity to sheep and the growing of wool that is representative of a responsible, in it for the long term supplier of quality products. 





There is a fabulous small pattern to do a cowl in the Aran yarn... check out the Blackberry Stitch Cowl.  We have one in the shop!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Knitting in Literature.... and local celebrities


Sorry it has been so long since the last post!  New yarns have been coming in by the box load, and I just have not been able to sit down & think!

This is a great link to a blog post from several years ago but still relevant if you like to read and knit.  I guess many of us are actually LISTENING to books while we knit... but here is the link...

http://www.quirkbooks.com/post/knit-lit-my-favorite-knitters-literature.


  I am always fascinated that Hagrid (of Harry Potter book fame) is a knitter.  It seems that he really likes yellow. 

Then there is Mrs. Weasley -- and of course Miss Marple.  Who else is out there in Knit Lit?

And what's on YOUR needles these intermittent warm days?  Get it? MITTS?



                                                                  Chickie's beaded wristlets
                                   Mary Ellen's blanket... inspired by a Kaffe Fassett pattern
Betty's baby blanket -- what a gift!
Time to Knit!

Knitting in Literature.... and local celebrities


Sorry it has been so long since the last post!  New yarns have been coming in by the box load, and I just have not been able to sit down & think!

This is a great link to a blog post from several years ago but still relevant if you like to read and knit.  I guess many of us are actually LISTENING to books while we knit... but here is the link...

http://www.quirkbooks.com/post/knit-lit-my-favorite-knitters-literature.


  I am always fascinated that Hagrid (of Harry Potter book fame) is a knitter.  It seems that he really likes yellow. 

Then there is Mrs. Weasley -- and of course Miss Marple.  Who else is out there in Knit Lit?

And what's on YOUR needles these first few warm "spring" like days?  They are intermittent...

                                                    Get it?  Mitts? Sort of.....

                                                                  Chickie's beaded wristlets
                                   Mary Ellen's blanket... inspired by a Kaffe Fassett pattern
Betty's baby blanket -- what a gift!
Time to Knit!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

New from Blue Sky Fibers

The yarn business has a confusing calendar.... like most retail that relates to fashion, our delivery calendar is always ahead of our "real" calendar.  Nonetheless -- yes it is over 90 degrees out there, but our winter woolens are arriving!

 One of the most outstanding new yarns this (upcoming) season is from Blue Sky Fibers (formerly Blue Sky Alpacas) -- you know them from the lovely alpaca, wool and silk blends, as well as the much loved Worsted Cotton, and Spud & Chloe yarns. 

Blue Sky has created Woolstok -- 100% Highland wool from  Peru... and it is gorgeous.  We got every color (Theresa loves a wide color array) and the wall with these skeins is just luscious.  Read on...
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The story of the yarn can be found here http://blueskyfibers.com/home/our-story/

and the patterns are as varied as the colorways...

from the Bird Island Dog Sweater .... for a large dog this is 4 skeins of two different colors... a pug -- well maybe 2 skeins. 
 to the "Endless" wrap...


and the classic Cromwell Pullover, a great semi-structured sweater -- great for the advanced beginner who is ready to make a garment.






 Not so complicated - but a great "boyfriend" style with (can I say this again?) SO MANY COLORS to choose from!

Tonka Bay Toque -- a great unisex knit!

So, no matter what your calendar or the weather forecast says, get ready to knit!


New from Blue Sky Fibers

The yarn business has a confusing calendar.... like most retail that relates to fashion, our delivery calendar is always ahead of our "real" calendar.  Nonetheless -- yes it is over 90 degrees out there, but our winter woolens are arriving!

 One of the most outstanding new yarns this (upcoming) season is from Blue Sky Fibers (formerly Blue Sky Alpacas) -- you know them from the lovely alpaca, wool and silk blends, as well as the much loved Worsted Cotton, and Spud & Chloe yarns. 

Blue Sky has created Woolstok -- 100% Highland wool from  Peru... and it is gorgeous.  We got every color (Theresa loves a wide color array) and the wall with these skeins is just luscious.  Read on...
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The story of the yarn can be found here http://blueskyfibers.com/home/our-story/

and the patterns are as varied as the colorways...

from the Bird Island Dog Sweater .... for a large dog this is 4 skeins of two different colors... a pug -- well maybe 2 skeins. 
 to the "Endless" wrap...


and the classic Cromwell Pullover, a great semi-structured sweater -- great for the advanced beginner who is ready to make a garment.






 Not so complicated - but a great "boyfriend" style with (can I say this again?) SO MANY COLORS to choose from!

Tonka Bay Toque -- a great unisex knit!

So, no matter what your calendar says, get ready to knit!


Sunday, July 31, 2016

End of July - How may days over 94 degrees?

We are all looking for ways to beat the heat -- after a record number of days in the mid to high 90's here in Georgia.  The last reports I saw noted that metro Atlanta had 37 days in the mid 90's last year, and we have already had 44 days in the same heat range this year.  Wow!  It's no wonder that knitters and crochet enthusiasts are looking for cotton, linen, bamboo and any other fiber that seems a bit lighter on the lap.  Not much interest in wool... yet.

But you should keep on knitting during the summer -- and I'll mention (again - this was on our Facebook page months ago) there are health and cognitive (MENTAL!) benefits to knitting.  The study was highlighted in a New York Times article back in January -- but here is the website "Life Hack" and their mention of the study :  http://www.lifehack.org/314247/6-unexpected-benefits-knitting

Wendy sent me a note about the article this morning -- This is ONE of the reasons why we knit.  It's a great social activity, but it also provides a lovely result -- and here are some of our favorite knitters in the shop for a special event.... some creations  ... and a picture of part of a stash -- when you just want to experience some color.   Enjoy!




 
It's good for you!