Friday, September 23, 2011

Feature Friday

Even though it's OFFF eve, I didn't want to skip my first Feature Friday! But I'm sort of sneaking it out of it. Go over and read Michele's post. Her new pattern is the cutest, then models aren't bad either!

If you're in the area, I hope you can stop by my booth at OFFF. I'm in the same spot-ish, find me behind Lisa Souza's big booth. I have a new set up and lots of pretty yarn. A huge sale is going on too! See you soon!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

WIP Wednesday

Yep, it's Wednesday already. I totally spaced on taking a picture of the socks, but here's the update: the candy sock is heal turned, gusset knitting. My goal is to finish the decreases tonight and work on the sock tomorrow. Will they be ready for OFFF? We'll see. They should be good to go for Lambtown at the least! Risa's socks are trucking along. I have two going. One's just finished the ribbed cuff, the other one is further along, but still on the leg. I'm worried that they're too lose so I'm going down a needle size mid calf-ish. I think they'll have a nice cozy fit.

Speaking of Risa, she is starting treatment this week. They'll reevaluate in a few months to see what the treatment is doing. We are being very intentional about holidays this year. I'm feeling a little lost as to what to do. I think I want to make something for Karin, E's mom. I'm going to ponder a little longer.

I've thought of another day to chat on the blog. What do you think about Feature Friday? I'm a little excited! Either a yarn, color way, project, the new happenings around Knitted Wit. I already have a list for this Feature Friday!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Yarn Spotlight

The KAL start date is quickly approaching, how is it the middle of September already! On October first we'll be casting on for Larch Cardigan using Cypress Hollow Yarn. I wanted to tell you a little bit more about the yarn I use.

The sport weight, two ply, Rambouillet yarn comes from Wyoming. The mill that process the fiber, Mountain Meadows, works with farmers through out the state. Each cone that I get has a label telling me which farm it came from. I love tracing my yarn back to each farmer! A sustainable company, creating a sustainable market for wool.

Here's what Mountain Meadow's has to say about their growing climate: "Our fiber factory begins in Wyoming's rugged mountain climate. Because it is so fine, mountain merino yarn is silky soft to the touch, insulates well, and feels delightful next to your skin." I'm happy to say I agree! I've had sample knitters knitting like the wind and they are in love with this yarn. 

I'm getting 30 pounds of yarn to skein up this weekend, just a little excited! I'll be dyeing up some for a trunk show, but also getting yarn ready for the Knit A Long. The big choice I have to make is color. Rachael is going with Naomi. Naomi is the lead in her newest book, Wishes & Stitches, coming out October 11th. I'm thinking Rig, the male lead in the new book. Oh, decisions! What color are you thinking about? 
Pick one for you!
There is still time to place your order for the KAL! Check sizes, pick color and get ready to cast on! 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

WIP Wednesday

So I need to find another topic/day to write! Something besides just Wednesday to hold me accountable to writing here. Taking any and all suggestions!

WIP around here are the same old socks. I should take a little progress photo, how about for next week? I'm hoping to have the sample done by then! I have some very strict deadlines to hit so I need to get cracking. 

 But there are other WIP of course. I've been prepping for three shows, I'm winding yarn as I type! I snuck a few new skeins in to the shop, a little preview of the fall colors! I'm pretty sure these two colors need to be stripes in something!!

Go to the shop to see the seven colors available. The 8th is on the drying rack!

I'll be back tomorrow to do a little spotlight on the mill that makes the Rambouillet yarn that I'm using for the KAL.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

WIP Wednesday

Well I'm still working on the two socks you've seen so I'll tell you about what's keeping me busy. I've been working on fall orders for a few shops in the area and dyeing up yarn for a few shows coming up.

I'm adding a wholesale show next weekend too! I'm beyond excited and nervous. But really looking forward to meeting new shop owners. So this makes for three shows in three weekends. Just a little crazy!

This is my warning to let you know that I'll be taking the shop down a week from today so that I don't double sell anything while I'm at the first show. I can't guarantee I'll be able to get the shop up between them all but I'll do my best.

I super encourage you to shop now especially for the fall KAL. If you can't pay for it until later in the month that's fine, I just need a heads up so I can have it dyed up and ready to ship. Eeeps! I feel like I'm already running a little late!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Fall KAL

Thank you all for your kind words. My mother in law is doing great with all the testing and uncertainty. It looks like breast and bone cancer, but we won't know more until biopsies are done next week. There's still a chance there's no cancer. I'm thankful that answers are almost here. On to the fall knit a long!

Can you believe it's September?! The weather is changing subtly, giving us a slight preview to the new season coming. All summer I've thought about knitting a sweater and it seems like the perfect season to do it! I picked a sweater, Larch Cardigan. I picked a yarn, Cypress Hollow. Now to pick a color!

The yarn will ship out September 23-26 with a cast on day of October 1st. I'm hoping to finish mine up by US Thanksgiving. I have holiday knitting to do after all! I would encourage you to order your yarn early so I can have it ready to ship on time. It also gives me an idea of how much to order from the mill.

There are four listings in the shop pertaining to what size you'll be knitting. When you check out let me know what color you'd like. If you have any questions about sizing, yarn or colors let me know. Also, if you purchase your pattern before September 5th, all money will be donated to Vermont Farmers that were affected by Irene. You can read more about it here. If you scroll down you can see the destruction left behind.

I hope you'll join me in knitting along this sweet cardigan. I could use the encouragement to keep going! And as a little more motivation lets have some prizes! I'm meeting Rachael at Lambtown (beyond thrilled!) and I'll have her sign a few of her books. If you finish your sweater by Turkey Day you'll be in the running to win an autographed copy of How To Knit A Love Song, How To Knit A Heart Back Home or Wishes and Stitches.

Now I really need to get down to picking a color!