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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Wednesday Already

Wednesday at the store has been relatively busy. I had several browsers and a few purchasers. The word about the store is spreading.

View of the store and Hand Maiden Yarn

I had a customer who is from the local knitting guild and I enjoyed chatting with her. I am going to have to work the 2nd Wednesday of every month into my schedule to attend the guild meetings.

I am working on Bob Blankie from Mission Falls with their cotton. It is such a fun blanket in garter stitch. The pattern is available in their Wee Ones 3 book which I have in the store. Mission Falls has great colours in their merino wool line as well as their cotton line. I am fast becoming a fan.

I am also slowly working on a sock with Tofutsies. Tofutsies is a sock yarn made from soy with crab and shrimp fibre in it. The shell fish fibre gives them an anti bacterial quality. Tonight I teach my second sock class. I wonder how my student made out this week?

I am starting to knit a cardigan called Betty from Rowan book #38. (hmm...a blanket named Bob and a cardigan named Betty...Next month I knit only 'C' named items...Ha!) It is a time consuming knit because on every right side row an increase is made in every stitch. Then! on the wrong side the pattern is K2tog, P2tog the whole row... Easy enough but makes the kniting slower. I guess I charge more?

This is the Betty yarn with the Tofutsies (tweefutsies)

I am also knitting the Leaf Scarf from Knitty in Svale, I am finding the ball doesn't go very far so it is going to end up being a very short scarf since I only have one ball that the sales rep left me to try out. How do I feel about Svale? I like how it looks in the lace pattern, it has a cotton look to it since there is only 10% silk in it. Since I am not a sparkly type of gal the cotton look and feel appeals to me. I don't like how easily it splits while working with it because it slows me down considerably.

Oh, and I am knitting a bag from Cabin Fever Tweed. I like the way it looks and it should make an excellent beach bag

I have finally figured out how to arrange my classes for the rest of the Spring and probably the Summer. I will be posting the schedule on the store site within the next few days. I have been hoping to have a felting class soon but I just went to the very cobwebby basement (did I mention the house is 100 years old?) to check out the washing machine I saw down there and realized that it is not usable. Darn. I will have to rethink how to run a felting class. Maybe hand felting? Has anyone tried it? How successful was it if you have? At some point soon I will have to invest in a small machine for the class area I guess. (just add it to the growing list of wants and needs)... Steamer is going to come first though.

I will have to save this post till I get home since I cannot download any pictures here yet. Yes! Our newly cleansed computer is back home and functioning well!

Enjoy the rest of your day! It is nice and sunny here and warming up slightly.

I saw my first crocuses the other day!


Anonymous said...

Pics look great!!!

Charity said...

You've got a lot of great projects on the needles! I love all the pics of your store, how wonderful!