May 3rd, 2009

Bits and Pieces

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I have a list of a gazillion items I need/want to blog about.  Some of them are worthy of their own post and that will happen this week.  There are a few items that I’m opting to combine together in this post for efficiency and brevity.  Allow me to jump right in:

1.  Thanks to EVERYONE who particpated in the shared blog contest with  Mimie and I will be randomly selecting our winner and we’ll make the announcement on our respective blogs tomorrow.  I’ll get the yarn portion of the prize sent out and Mimie will get her portion sent out.  Please remember to continue to visit both our blogs when you can and continue to comment.  If you’re in the market for yarn or some wonderful spa products, I know we would both appreciate you visiting our sites to shop!

2.  This week’s episode of Ready, Set, Knit!, Show #127 is available on our website and on iTunes.  This week Steve reviews the May Sale Yarns, some new closeouts and Pixie and I kick of the next KAL.  We are knitting the Shay Cap Sleeve Pullover – one of our own Valley Yarns designs.  We hope you’ll be knitting along!  (Full Disclosure – I am not knitting this project).

3.  I was catching up on some blogs earlier today and stumbled onto a very funny post from Being Beata.  She was at Stitches South and is a listener of our podcast (thanks!).  Here’s the part of her post that just cracked me up:

“I’ve been listening to the Webs podcast for a while, although I haven’t really kept up lately.  It was totally weird to see one of the owners, Steve Elkins, there.  He’s just normal guy running a booth at a yarn show.  But weird because I heard his voice in person.”

I will be using the “just a normal guy running a booth at a yarn show” description for sometime to come.  I’m sorry I wasn’t there to say “hi” Being Beata!  Thanks for shopping in our booth and sharing it with your readers!

4.  This weekend was Twist 2.0  here in Northampton.  Twist is the labor of love of Lexie Barnes and her lovely husband Corey.  The event features amazing handmade items.  WEBS was one of the sponsor and we were there doing a variety of demos on Friday night & Saturday.  Steve & I didn’t get to spend as much time at Twist as we would have liked.  The schedule was a bit over the top for us this weekend.  I did get to hang out for a bit late yesterday afternoon and snapped a couple of shots:

Deb & Elizabeth chatting with our Asst Store Manger Tina (a Twist exhibitor) and a couple of our customers.


Elizabeth was working on a project – one of those lace projects that is just a jumbled pile.  She was asked what she was working on and although I missed the pattern name, she put on her jumbled pile and look what it turned into:


She’s using size 3 needles and our 10/2 Bamboo.  She didn’t want me to take a picture as it’s still in progress, ends hanging out, etc., but it was just too stunning to NOT take a picture.  I was speechless and therefore can’t tell you anything about it other than what I’ve already shared.  Hopefully Elizabeth will post in the comments and if not, I’ll get the low down on the project this week.  All I can say is WOW!

5.  Last but not least, this weekend was Maryland Sheep & Wool.  Steve & I have never been.  That schedule thing I mentioned above seems to be the culprit.  Our friend Guido of It’s a Purl Man blog & podcast  pulled together a fabulous afterparty on Saturday and we were thrilled to be a sponsor.  He did this in less than a week, which for anyone who has ever planned anything involving 150 people, sponsors, door prizes, etc., you understand it’s no small feat.  By all accounts the evening was a great success!  Thanks for letting us be a part of the fun Guido!

I think that covers things for today.  In addition to revealing the winner of the contest, I will be making another big announcement.  Be sure to stay tuned for that!


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6 Responses to “Bits and Pieces”

  1. Melissa (Meliabella) Says:

    I too have never been to Maryland Sheep and Wool. The weekend it falls is always a busy one for us too. Some day! 🙂 Will you be going to MA Sheep and Wool and a few weeks?

  2. KathyElkins Says:

    I’m planning on it. We missed it last year. We usually go on Sunday. Last year we finished breakfast and I told the kids we were going to do something fun as a family. They asked what it was and I said we’re going to the Cummington Fair. They said “that’s not fun, that’s work. Why do we have to go and look at MORE YARN???” Neither Steve or I had a good comeback so we skipped it 🙂 The fact that calling it the Cummington Fair vs. the Sheep & Wool Festival didn’t fool them for a second was pretty impressive. I’ll have to be more creative this year.

  3. Mary Says:

    Elizabeth’s ridiculous speed at knitting incredible projects awes me! She is awesome, and I can’t wait to ask her about the gorgeous project!

  4. Mollysmum Says:

    As a devoted follower of Pixie I am waiting until the “in the round” instructions come before I being the knitalong. The phrase “she who must be obeyed” comes to mind.

    Another great show. Nice to hear the “normal guy” back for his segment.

  5. Melissa Says:

    Do they like dogs? The sheep dog trials are great to watch! We sit there for hours just mystified at their skills!

  6. Michelle Says:

    That is absolutely beautiful! I reallly, really hope you get all the details and are willing to share!

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