Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Getting Ready for OFFF

Like lots of folks, we're getting ready to go to the Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival (OFFF) this week.... deciding what to take, should we do something different, or mostly the same, should we change our layout of our booth of stay mostly the same.... Every year, at every fiber fest we think of all these great improvements and things to do, and sometimes we even write them down. Then, just before the next fest we try to think up what all those great improvements were. It's a tradition. If we wrote them down, we can't find them later anyway. So we get to do it again! THIS time we're really going to write it down and act on those fabulous ideas!

This time we get to see Karen! Karen who worked here for several years and made everybody just a little bit happier all the time with her happy chipper positive attitude. Karen and her hubby moved away (DARN this economy and what it's done to the school budgets and everything else), but she promised to come help out at the fests anyway, so we get to see her this weekend!

Please come see us, and make us write down all the great ideas! We'll be on the porch, as usual.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

New Colors

New yarns for fall are starting to roll in, and they're getting all the glory via the email announcements. We're also getting new colors of existing yarns, which is just as fun. The temptations just never stop around here.

Here are some new colors of Crystal Palace Panda Soy:

I don't know what I did to the lighting for that poor picture, sorry about that! The colors are 2223 Aqua Lullaby, 2225 Bluebell, 2226 Happy Baby, 2222 Lilac Lullaby, and 2224 Pink Cameo.

We've also added 6 more colors of Fibra Natura's Yummy sock yarn (where "yummy" is both a proper name AND an adjective!)Above are Yummy 92 Tequila Sunrise, 94 Grilled Chilies, and 61 Grapesicle. I love how colors are named, don't you?

And these three are Yummy 91 Raspberry Mocha, 87 Mint Julep, and 93 Madorie Margarita. There's a nice variety here, from the manly Raspberry Mocha and Grilled Chilies, to the wilder Tequila Sunrise. Too much fun!!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Lizard Ridge in Poems

We have a new yarn called Poems that's a lovely worsted weight self-striping yarn with wonderful colors. I sent out an email announcement and sale notice and a wonderful customer shared pictures of her project using Poems - a Lizard Ridge afghan! (free pattern found on Knitty.com) I've been wanting to make one of these myself, and this may be the push I need to cast on.... And Poems is on sale through Labor Day, so it's a great time to snap some up!

Here is Lisa B's Lizard Ridge. She tells us that she used 18 skeins of Poems for this afghan, and did the edging in Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted. It looks wonderful!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

I just love how the ridges and valleys are in different colors. I think a project like this goes quickly because you just keep knitting to see what the next color combo looks like, and you can't stop. And then you get to curl up in it, or wrap a loved one in it when its done. Perfect! I can also see doing pillows in this technique, or felting some up for a purse/bag. Wouldn't that be cool?

Happy September!