Friday, August 24, 2007

Calling All Sock Knitters!!!! New Sock Yarn In and Ready to be Knit!

Hi Everyone!

It must be Fall because we are seeing more and more of our UPS guy! Just in the last several days we have received our Mountain Colors, Madeline Tosh Sock Yarn and more of our Interlacement Yarns order! Plus, Dream in Color called yesterday and they are shipping the sock portion of our order on Monday! YEAH!!!!!

We are just full of new colors, new yarns, new lines, and more and more fun!!!!!!

The new Vogue Knitting 25th Anniversary edition is making me crazy with projects! I had to start the cover scarf and I used Debbie Bliss Pure Silk in gorgeous lime greens, pinks and reds and may add more colors for the flowers! I started with the band though rather than jumping into the flowers and I am happy I did! The band only took hours, but I was anxious to get the flowers going which are REALLY addictive! Happy Sigh! Another project in the works :)

Oh, and if you need to make one, the VK 25th Anniversary Prism Galaxy Silver Ribbon Shawl/Scarf, we have the ribbon in stock in the specially dyed VK Silver from Prism Yarns - it is going quick, but we will order more when this batch is gone! It is really beautiful!

Other projects that we have started are Top Down Sweater (Cyndi's Design) using Araucania Limari - (how soft can a chunky sweater get! and this takes literally hours to make in case you need a chunky sweater for a gift for someone - or for yourself this winter!)

Another project we have jumped into is the Simply Shetland 4 Leaf Poncho Jacket using Jamiesons Shetland Heather Aran in Pippin (I can't resist either pink or green you know!)

What else, there is so much to tell - this being the case because I have been so lax in posting - my bad! :)

Gina is joining us in early September - YEAH GINA - and will be in on Friday evenings (yes, that means that shop is now open on Friday nights! - YEAH GINA - and she will also be hosting a Yarn and Fiber Knitting Club on Friday nights from 6 - 9 - YEAH GINA - (oops, I think I said that!) and she will also join Nancy and Hannah on Saturdays at the shop! Woohoo! Can you tell we are thrilled!

Well, I am off to classroom table in the shop to prep for Fridays Belong to Lace - I am only on row 100 of my mystery stole and I think that today may be a good day to try to get to row 120 and then maybe get another 10 rows of the Figure 8 Stole done. Well, it is a goal at least! (I'll probably make a few more flowers for the scarf and then work on the Limari sleeve!) But it is all progress and the more progress on the existing projects allows more new projects to be started!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Thera-Glove Complete Product Line Now Available

While at the Knit and Crochet Show in Manchester we came across a New York company that made spandex support gloves "Thera-Glove". These gloves are designed as orthopedic aids to help reduce the symptoms of arthritis and CTS. The gloves are not specifically for knitters, but for all of us who use our hands in repetitive ways, including computer users and many craftsmen, hobbyists etc.

We have now added the complete line of gloves to the on-line store and have most of them in stock in the store, and in many different colors, the designer gloves are quite cool!

Thera-Glove® is the original, patented, innovative hand and wrist support glove of the American Orthopedic Appliance Group. There are other products that resemble Thera-Glove®, but only the genuine, patented product will provide you with the range of motion you want and the relief you need.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Cranking socks!

We would like to thank Kelly for rushing over yesterday to help us set up our knitter at the shop. We ordered a Legare 47 from Claude Rouxe on ebay and it arrived in great condition. Kelly loaned us a set of new big-hook needles and we got the machine cranking!
After having so much fun dyeing yarn for socks with Cheryl Potter it seemed like it would be forever before we got around to actually using it to make a pair. A sock knitting machine (suitable for a mechanically minded soul like me) seems like a great solution as we seem to have a lot of sock yarn and no samples of socks!

Kelly showed me how to make a threading bonnet (which works great), and how to make a sock. We made the green sock using Regia Crazy Color and the black one in Regia Silk Shine (I was using it as scrap yarn and Kelly accused me of insanity so I turned it into a sock after she went home to make dinner).

I loosened the tension on the black sock (the green one is too tight) and then it didn't drop any stitches on the ribbing, however I think it a little too loose, but not bad for the second sock made on this machine in over 80 years!
The light part on the toe is waste yarn that gets cut off when the toe is closed. After some practice we will knit up some of that gorgeous Cherry Tree Hill hand dyed sock yarn we had so much fun with during the hand dye class!

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

The Knit and Crochet Show in Manchester NH

Last month the Yarn And Fiber Company set up at the Knit and Crochet Show in Manchester NH. We loaded the van on Thursday for the preview show, and set up the booth.

It ended up a little cramped so was reorganized on Friday morning and stocked with even more goodies, which kept us very busy.

We had a great show with a lot of great customers, thank you for visiting us!

Our designers had produced some fantastic patterns and samples which were well received at the show, and we met with some great local yarn companies and other suppliers who we hope to carry in our store soon. I even found a few moments to work on my crochet too...

Plan on seeing us again at next years event, with even more products and great new ideas:-)