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FREE Pattern Thursday

Thursday, April 29th, 2010
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Hi Everyone

This week’s FREE pattern is super adorable and functional.  It’s the Double Wrap Cowl from Cocoknits:

We love Cocoknits patterns and this one in particular caught our attention because it is knit using  Baby Alpaca Grande from Plymouth which just so happens to be on sale as part of our Anniversary Sale.  Funny how that worked out!

The Double Wrap Cowl only took two skeins of  Baby Alpaca Grande and at the sale price of $9.99 you can have this great cowl for only $20.00! 

Check out all the great patterns from Cocoknits!

I also want to take a quick minute to wish Steve a Happy 15th Anniversary!  I love you!

Enjoy the pattern everyone!

Kathy

Ready, Set, Knit

Monday, March 22nd, 2010
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Hi Everyone

We did not record a podcast this past week but will be back this Saturday with a new episode!

We had a busy week doing the following, which prevented us from recording:

And this:

This:

(It was the game that ended with a triple play by the Boys from Boston – absolutely awesome!)

And this (for everyone but me):

Here’s how the ride progresses after the initial “climb” and “drop”:

Yes – that is why I am at a safe distance taking photos.  My family is insane :)

In the end, we cherished every minute and appreciate your understanding for our absence!

Kathy

Wrap Up Wednesday

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010
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Hi Everyone

It’s been a crazy few days with Steve being at Stitches West, Olympic Knitting, hockey, “the foot” and life.  I definitely lost control here on the blog.  I have a variety of odds and ends I’ve been wanting to share with you so in order to get myself back on schedule I”m going to lump several things into this post.

1.  Thanks to everyone who came out for our Superbowl Event.  I wasn’t able to attend but Karen our Store Manager and her team did a FABOO job!  She sent me these pics a couple of weeks ago and I’ve been behind in posting them.

It was a great afternoon of fiber fun, food and prizes!

2.  Our Launch Party for Gail Callahan’s new book “Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece” was an absolute blast on Sunday 2/21.  We had a great crowd, those Gail holds near and dear were present and I had a great time dyeing my first skein of yarn!

Gail has provided me with the supplies I need to finish dyeing my skein.  We went through the complete process but it was a little rushed and a little stressful following Gail’s instructions in front of a crowd of people!  My skein currently has many “white” or “bare” areas which some folks love.  Me?  Not so much.  I want my skein solid, so I need to do a little more work on it.  The spots are visible in the last picture above.

3.  Well?  How did you all do on your Olympic Knitting?  Inquiring minds want to  know so PLEASE leave a comment!  Me?  Well – I certainly didn’t win a medal but made a respectable showing.  The two hats that were on my list were finished and given that they are belated Christmas gifts I am thrilled I got them done.  Here’s the first one finished, which I had previously posted:

And here’s the second:

Same pattern, this time using Misti Alpaca Chunky and our basic Hat from Measurements pattern.  It only took one skein which was great – especially since I didn’t swatch and therefore didn’t get gauge and therefore was freaking out it would be too small. . . . In the end it all worked out.  I even had J2 model it to reassure myself the size would be okay for the recipient:

I also got past the halfway point on the never-ending Blue Sky Alpaca Worsted scarf.

The chicken and the crochet scarf?  Well. . . . . .not so much.  I knew the crochet scarf was a stretch so I’m actually okay with the fact it didn’t come to fruition.  The chicken bums me out.  I don’t know why I have such a mental/knitters block on this project.  I did get side tracked with some super secret swatching and I did lose some time obsessing over the gauge issue with the 2nd hat but in the end they are simply excuses.  The chicken parts and pieces and the crochet scarf will be coming on vacation with me so there is still hope.

4.  Last week’s free pattern – Buckland knit in either Rowan Cotton Jeans or Natural Silk Aran.

It’s a great cardi and both yarns are currently on closeout at WEBS so it’s now a very affordable project as well!

5.  Our thanks to everyone who stopped by the booth at Stitches West.  Although I stayed home this year, I know the entire crew was thrilled to see so many familiar faces and make so many new friends.  I’ve been hearing snippets of the antics of Sunday night but as Della of Della Q reminded me today “What happens at West, stays at West” so I guess that’s all I’ve got.

6. The main reaon I stayed home and more important than my annoying foot injury was the fact that it was the last week of winter term at our boys’ school and that always means special activities, performances, etc.  For J1, it meant the end of his term in drama and that means a play:

It’s not a classic, it was a quirky ensemble piece that they performed beautifully.  Having watched this crew in plays since kindergarten it’s amazing to see them as 5th graders and how far they’ve come.  It’s also really cool to see how comfortable they are on stage and with each other.  Job well done.

The end of winter term in 3rd grade means only one thing – the Biography Fair.  Two years ago, J1 wrote his report and presented himself as Tom Brady.  Although I had hoped J2 would step up and channel some amazing historical individual, the sports gene runs long and deep in this family so I wasn’t surprised when he decided to study a famous hockey player.  What was surprising was his choice:

Yes, just days before the USA played Canada for gold, J2 profiled and channeled Marty Brodeur.  Now remember, J1 is the goalie, not J2.  If you want my professional “mom” opinion on all of this, I think that J2 just wanted and excuse to wear all the gear:

I was pleasantly surprised when he opted to wear our goalie pads from street hockey vs. J1′s ice hockey pads.

The street hockey pads are MUCH lighter and easier to transport.  On my own and with an injured hoof, I was grateful for the lightened load.

7.  While we’re talking hockey. . . . . I would be remiss if I didn’t share my thoughts on the USA/Canada gold medal game.  First and foremost – what a great game!  My heartfelt congratulations to the Canadian team and fans.  Job well done.  Ryan Miller, the USA goalie rocked the games and reminded our young goalie that things don’t always work out.  Even the best of the best let in goals.  It was a good, although painful lesson all around.  To John Quick – 3rd goalie on the US team and former goalie at UMass right here in Amherst – congratulations.  We were all thrilled when our hometown hero made the team and although he only had limited playing time (another good lesson quite honestly) it was exciting to know he was a part of  the Olympics.

So now we turn to 2018.  Why not 2014 you ask?  Well, those games will be fun to watch, but as J1 and J2 see it, 2018 is the first year they will be eligible to participate.  It’s unlikely but there’s nothing wrong with dreaming and trying.  I’m certainly not about to discourage them :)

I”m sure there are a few other loose ends I’m forgetting, but I’ve covered a lot of ground.  Please leave a comment and let me know how your Olympic knitting turned out!

Kathy

FREE Pattern Thursday on Friday

Friday, February 19th, 2010
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It has become very apparent to me that my family & I are in desperate need of a vacation.  Yesterday was one big, messy day and we were all a bit frazzled.  The boys have one more week of school before March break so there’s lots of end-of-term happenings.  Steve is prepping to head to Stitches West and I am still/back on crutches.  We’re all moving in a million directions and not very gracefully.

I’ve come to terms with the fact that I am no longer a 16 year old athlete capable of bouncing back from injuries (or lose 5 lbs) in the blink of an eye.  The reality that we’ll be heading out on vacation (thankfully)  in just a couple of weeks and the thought of my foot not being healed has hit home.  At the moment, the only shoes I can wear are my Ugg-a-like winter books.  As cute and comfy as they are – sporting them in Florida is not my idea of a fashion statement.  So I am all about ice, elevate, repeat.  My foot will be healed.  I will be able to get a pedicure and wear flip flops.  I will.

So in the craziness of yesterday, I never had a chance to post our Thursday FREE Pattern.  This week we’re featuring the Purple Maze Messenger Bag, Valley Yarns Pattern #141:

It’s knit in Valley Yarns Amherst and is a great bag.  Normally $3.99/ball, we’ve put Amherst on sale this week at $2.89/ball.

How’s the Olympic Knitting coming along?  I’ve slowed.  Need to cast-on the second hat tonight.

Kathy

A Little Motivation

Monday, February 15th, 2010
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Back in December I started and finsihed a hat for Jackson.  Remember my Ego Tweed insanity?  I then quickly started a hat for Jonathan and then, well, it fell by the wayside.  I was finally able to finish Jonathan’s hat last weekend on our drive to/from Boston.  Here they are in their finished hats:

I haven’t had the chance to weigh either the hats or what remains on the skeins but each hat took +/- about a 1/2 skein as best as I can estimate.  Not bad.  I still have 3 or 4 skeins left thanks to several generous customers/WEBS associates  who sent/gave me Ego Tweed from their stash.  No link to the yarn.  It was a closeout and long gone.

The boys love their hats and I’m thrilled they are done.  They are definitely motivation for my Olympic Knitting.

Kathy

FREE Pattern Thursday and Then Some

Thursday, February 11th, 2010
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It’s been quite the interesting week here.  There are lots of odds and ends to fill you in on so let’s just jump right in.

1.  On Monday, I showed the less graceful side of myself and managed to misstep leaving my neighbor’s house after a playdate and managed to achieve this:

That is my left foot wrapped in a splint.  The good news is (a) it’s not broken so I should be healed within a couple of weeks which is way better than 4-6 weeks in a cast had my foot been broken and (b) it’s my left foot so that means although I’m on crutches and walking and stairs are not much fun, I can still drive!  All in all I feel pretty uncoordinated but lucky.

2.  Yesterday the kids didn’t have school – snow day.  UMass closed, other local colleges closed.  WEBS was a ghost town.   Bet you think we got hit like the poor folks in the mid-Atlantic area.  Yeah – not so much.  For starters they were predicting 4″-8″ of snow.  Since when did that constitute UMass closing?  Hello, we live in New England folks.  We can handle 4″-8″ of snow blindfolded.  That doesn’t even constitute the thought of running to the grocery store or panicking that that 227 skeins of yarn in the stash might not be enough.  I think we’re getting soft.  In the end do you know what we got?  2″.  As of today it’s as if it never happened.  My driveway is clear, I can see more graass than snow in my yard.  To those of you in the Philly, Baltimore, DC area – hang in there!

3.  This week’s free pattern is a fave of mine.  It’s from a Berroco KnitBits from sometime last fall.  Avocet B is a lovely cardi knit in Ultra Alpaca - a store fave.

Isn’t it lovely?  This is such a sweater for me.  A gorgeous, feminine sweater, lovely shaping yet simple-ish knitting.    You know how those qualities in a garment tickle me to no end.  I should have probably made Avocet B my Olympic Knitting project but I have other plans.  (P.S.  Sorry for the small picture – I’ll fix it tomorrow – out of steam tonight).

4.  Lastly, a couple of family photos.  J2 recently celebrated his 9th birthday.  Given the proximity to the holidays and some family discussion, we’ve made the boys’ birthdays less about “gifts” and more about doing stuff together as a family &/or friends.  For the second year in a row, Jonathan opted for an overnight in Boston and Bruins game (I know – you are all STUNNED one of my boys would pick going to a hockey game. . . )

Of course there are the requisite souveniers:

And we always love when they share:

It was a great time all together and that’s really what it’s all about.

Tomorrow we’ll kick off the Winter Olympics and I will unveil my project(s) for the next 17 days.  Be ready to share yours too!

Kathy

Nine Years Ago Today

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010
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Nine years ago I was hanging out at Hartford Hospital, having just given birth to our second son Jonathan.  He was nearly two weeks late and nearly 9 lbs.  Although he took his time deciding to be born, once he made up his mind, he made quick work of things to the point my epidural really didn’t get a chance to kick in. 

Funny – it’s a trait he still carries with him.  To this day, until he has worked out whatever it is that he works out in his head, he will literally not do things.  Then, out of the blue, he’s on it, learning it, doing it, done.

Walking.  Giving up his thumb.  Riding a bike, just to give a few examples.  He made up his mind to do or in the instance of his thumb give up, these things on a moment’s notice and that was that.

Today he is nine.  I’m not sure how but as they say, it is what it is.  He’s a magical kid who managed to corral the best of Steve & I’s DNA.  He rocks this world everyday and all I can say is that we all better be on watch – he’s not going to take this life lying down for a second.

Happy Birthday Jonathan!   We love you!

Mom

Guest Blogger – Carol Sulcoski

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009
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When I posted a couple of weeks back about the loss of our friend Jamie, I was touched by the outpouring of lovely comments and emails from so many of you.  Thank you for keeping us and more importantly our friends in your thoughts.  I will be forever grateful to all of you.

One person who emailed me was the lovely Carol Sulcoski – you know, faboo designer, rockstar author and creator of Black Bunny Fibers.  She asked what she could do – offered to write a blog post for me.  I readily agreed.  During our exchanges she mentioned her dad was undergoing some tests.  I wished her well, thanked her for helping me out and went about doing what I could to help Sarah, JP and Peyton.  What I didn’t know was that Carol was dealing with a crisis of her own – her father was diagnosed with end-stage pancreatic cancer and died last week.

I am so grateful for her support and so sorry for her loss.  I only hope I can find a way to help her, the way she has helped me.  Here is Carol’s post:

I’m honored to be guest-blogging for Kathy today, and I know that everyone is thinking about her and her family, and wishing them peace this holiday season.

Every December, when a new year  is right around the corner, I start to think about the year that is coming to a close.  I read all the articles with titles like “2009: A Look Back” and “The Year In Review,” and somewhere along the line it became a tradition with me to do a retrospective look at the knitting world, too.  So without further ado, I present “2009:  A Knitter’s Look Back.”

The economy.
The first thing that comes to mind when I think back over the past twelve months is the profound impact of the American and global economic recession.  The struggling economy was a topic on everyone’s mind, and it had tangible impact on  the knitting world.  It seems to me that people became much more mindful about their fiber pursuits:  purchasing less, yes, but also reshaping their attitudes.  Knitters and crocheters  went back and fell in love with their stashes.  They seemed to delay purchasing items, waiting for sales or saving up for special events and fiber festivals.

It seems to me, too, that the economy pushed a lot of folks into fiber-related commerce. Etsy and Ravelry made it easy to sell handdyed yarn or fiber, handcrafted items like stitch markers and knitting bags, and knitting patterns, and people faced with cuts in their pay or hours, or who were laid off, began trying to leverage their passion for fiber into a means of generating some income.  It seemed as though the number of vendors selling fiber-related items, whether stitch markers, handsewn project bags or yarn and wool, went through the roof.  My suspicion is that, as the economy starts to improve (we hope), the sheer number of vendors will start to decrease.

2010 will likely be a tight financial year for many of us, and we’ll no doubt see some signs of budget-tightening in the fiber world. Expect to see fewer new yarns, more discontinued colors and yarns, and a renewed focus on the workhorse yarns, staples like Cascade220 and perennial favorites like Noro and Malabrigo.  We may see more emphasis on small-gauge projects and more intricate styles of knitting, like colorwork and lace, given that these projects take longer and thus provide knitters with more hours of knitting relative to the cost.  We may also see a focus on one-skein projects, providing a relatively inexpensive way for knitters to treat themselves to a new project to try a new yarn.

The continued growth of the PDF and self-publishing.
Pattern sales became as easy as point and click once the internet facilitated the use of the PDF document.  While there is still a sizeable contingent of knitters and crocheters who want hard copies of their patterns, the growth in PDF patterns continued throughout 2009, aided by sites like Patternfish and Ravelry, as more designs, old and new, were put on the market in digital form.  Websites like Patternfish continued to add to impressive collections – including archived designs  from venerable pattern companies like Classic Elite – and major magazines  and yarn companies began offering their own PDF delivery, or expanded their existing offerings.  One interesting  sidelight of this is the effect on knitting designers.  PDF publishing rights took center stage in negotiating contracts, and many designers started insisting that they have the option of retaining future publishing rights, instead of signing away all publication rights forever.

Another interesting development that I’ve just noticed:  offering magazine subscriptions in either traditional print or digital formats.  European magazine Verena offers subscribers a choice of digital delivery or traditional print, as does Yarn Forward, a UK-based magazine.  We’ll have to see if any of the big American magazines follow suit in 2010.

Self-publishing pattern collections (as opposed to individual, single patterns) has also continued to  grow. We saw some excellent, high quality offerings from designers who decided to forgo the traditional publishing companies in order to retain more control over the end product and receive a higher rate of return for their work.  Risky, yes, because the designer has to pay for the production and printing process herself, but if the book or booklet is successful, the designer doesn’t have  to share the profits with anyone.  Top quality offerings we saw from the self-publishing world include Janel Laidman’s The Enchanted Sole; Chrissy Gardiner’s Toe-Up!; and Grace Anna Farrow’s The Fine Line.

Comings and goings
As always, during the past year we made new friends and lost some old ones.  I was particularly said to see Knotions, a great on-line knitting magazine, cease publication at the end of the year.  Knotions’ motto was “Knit smarter,” and contained lots of technical information as well as free patterns.  However, the patterns will remain archived for the foreseeable future.  Several  other of the new e-zines also discontinued publication, including Metapostmodern Knitting (on hiatus; not clear if it will be permanent or return) and Black Purl.  Is the on-line knitting magazine model is harder to sustain than we thought, is it a function of the struggling economy or some combination of both? In a slight twist (or do I mean “slightly twisted”?), parody site Regretsy burst forth in late 2009, showcasing handcrafted items of dubious distinction taken from Etsy, and combining them with trenchant captions.

When it comes to yarn companies, although Westminster Fibers apparently is folding its RYC label into Rowan,  selling under one name in the future, and while the large conglomerate Coats got rid of its Moda Dea brand,  I’m not aware of any other yarn companies or major brands going out of business.  On the other hand, an exciting addition to the field is St-Denis Yarns, a company headed by fabulous designer Véronik Avery.  Avery’s first yarn offering, released this past fall, was Nordique, a vintage-feeling wool that is categorized as a sportweight,but is versatile enough to be knit at many gauges.  Nordique’s palette begs for stranded knitting, and Avery’s first St-Denis magazine received rave reviews.  Look for a second yarn and another pattern magazine this spring.

Another brilliant 2009 debut was the Spud and Chloe line, from Blue Sky.  Spud and Chloe took an interesting approach, giving us three basic yarns: fingering-weight wool Fine, wool-cotton worsted-weight Sweater, and thick wool Outer. Pattern support is strong, and everything about the Spud and Chloe line is stylish and appealing, including the patterns’ paper envelopes reminiscent of sewing patterns.   This is another new line that I expect exciting things from.

When it comes to people, Shannon Okey left the helm of Yarn Forward, lovely Tanis Gray left Vogue/Soho Publishing; and Véronik Avery left JCA/Reynolds; Cathy Payson joined JCA/Reynolds; Michael “Tricky Tricot” DelVecchio joined Universal Yarns; WEBS’ own Cirilia Rose joined Berroco and produced a lovely collection of teen/tweener designs for girls, as well as several other designs for Berroco’s strong fall collection.  Jared “Brooklyn Tweed” Flood released  his first collection, “Made in Brooklyn,” in conjunction with Classic Elite – and a knockout collection it was.

Knitting Get-togethers
If you didn’t hear about the first Sock Summit, a gathering of sock-knitters that took place this past summer in Portland, Oregon, you must live under a rock.  The Sock Summit brought together an amazing assortment of the sock-knitterati, providing classes, networking opportunities and a large vendor’s market.

2009 also saw an expansion in the number of knitting-themed travel options, as  all sorts of workshops, cruises and retreats were planned for locations like Tuscany, southern France, Morocco, the Carribbean and many other locations in the US and elsewhere.   We’ll see if this trend continues given the current economic climate.

Books
Last but not least, knitting publishing remained strong, producing perhaps fewer titles overall, but lots of high-quality and mouth-watering choices for the book-loving knitter.  In addition to the self-published titles mentioned earlier, sock knitters got  to enjoy Cookie A’s  Sock Innovations; blogger Wendy Johnson’s  Socks From The Toe Up;  and my own Knitting Socks in Handpainted Yarns.  Three books with eastern themes were released:  Haiku Knits, by Tanya Alpert, Japanese-Inspired Knits, by Mariane Isager, and Knitted Socks East & West, by Judy Sumner.

Some other top-notch titles released this past year:
•    Clara Parkes’ The Knitter’s  Book of Wool;

•    Color by Kristin, by Kristin Nicholas;

•    Green Mountain Spinnery’s 99 Yarns and Counting;

•    French Girl Knits, by Kristeen Griffin-Grimes;

•    Classic Knits, and Inca Knits, also by the very talented Mariane Isager (what a fabulous trifecta of titles for one designer in a single year!); and

•    Vintage Baby Knits by Kristen Rengren.

Alice Starmore fans were thrilled to see her seminal Book of Fair Isle Knitting finally republished and updated; and crochet fans rejoiced when they saw the spectacular Crochet In Color, by Kathy Merrick.  Spinners got to enjoy an updated All-New Homespun Handknit; Amy King’s Spin Control; and Respect the Spindle, by Abby Franquemont, among others.

It was an eventful year in the fiber world, and you’d best buckle your seatbelts, for who knows what a new year and a new decade will bring…

Carol Sulcoski

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Thanks so much Carol!  It has been such a strange December.  So much sadness in the air.  The Yarn Harlot has something going on with her family, Annie Modesitt has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and our lovely town of Northampton has been rocked by a string of 11 fires this past Saturday night that destroyed several homes and cars and killed two people.

I normally love this time of year, but I cannot get my tree down fast enough, get the decorations packed away and move on.  That’s not to say that 2009 hasn’t been a lovely year for us overall or that the past decade hasn’t been equally wonderful.  I just hope that whatever is misaligned in the universe gets itself straightened out.

Thanks to all of you for reading my blog, listening to our podcast and for shopping with us.  I also want to say a big “thanks” to our team who have kept things moving along these past couple of weeks (and all year long for that matter) and have allowed us the time and space to be with our friends.

I hope you all have a very Happy New Year.

Kathy

Absence & Sadness

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009
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Steve & I have experienced the death of a very good friend and father to one of J1′s closest buddies.  It was sudden and tragic.  There are simply no words to express our grief and sorrow for our friend Sarah and her two children.

I cannot possibly blog about new yarns, projects, etc.  What little enthusiasm Steve & I can muster we have to use for our friend, her kids and our boys.

There will be a post next week about the year-end sale but beyond that I probably won’t blog again until after the holidays.

There is so much I could say about our friend Jamie but I think simplicity is best.  He was a good man and loved by so many people for so many reasons, but most of all by Sarah, JP and Peyton.   Please keep them in your thoughts.

Kathy

When Simplicity and Stupidity Collide

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009
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I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving.  We thoroughly enjoyed our getaway and we’re grateful beyond words to our staff for taking care of things while we were away.   Although it was a bit strange to not be home for Thanksgiving I have to admit I did not miss the prep or clean-up.  How could I when instead of peeling potatoes, basting birds and ironing napkins, I spent the day here:

Granted, I didn’t play very well and I did miss my stuffing terribly when it came time to dine, but I can make stuffing any old time.  Golfing in November is a gift.

While away I of course had a knitting project with me.  I actually took two (I know – must of you are probably shuttering thinking how could I go away for a week with ONLY two projects).  I never even started the second as I was focused on completing the first.  I never claimed to be a fast knitter and I’m not a very good “on the fly” knitter either.

The project has been in the works for awhile and was intended to be a blog post the week before Christmas – a little last minute gift inspiration from me to you.  Nothing fancy, nothing difficult, just a little something in case you found yourself short a gift.  I’ve been working on it off and on and here and there for a few weeks, knowing I had plenty of time.

I stopped at the store on the way to the airport to grab another ball.  I was using two colors and needed another ball of one color.  I had only a few minutes as we were tight on time – we had to play/watch one last hockey game at 8am before catching our 11:30am flight.  Please, I know, it’s insane.

I ran into the store to grab the yarn and the color I needed was not there.  Crud.  I did not have time to go out to the warehouse, turn on the lights and locate the yarn.  I decided I would do as much as I could and if I ran out of yarn, I’d start the third part of the project and circle back when I got home.

Because of the hockey game, we went to the airport in two cars – a parent and a boy in each.  I called Steve after leaving the store to let him know we were on our way.  I casually mentioned the yarn was not stocked in the store and off-handedly stated that there was more of that color in the warehouse.  Steve sort of said “yeah, I think so” and that was that.  Sort of.

See, I knew right then and there from his tone I was in big trouble.  It’s not that he was lying or trying to avoid upsetting me before we left.  I know he really thought we had more inventory – at least on the surface.  We really didn’t discuss it again until we were home.  I asked him again if he thought we had more stock in the warehouse and he said “we may be out”.  Now he was trying to spare my feelings and let this sink in gradually.

I spent yesterday at home with the boys – they didn’t start back to school until today.  I called Steve and asked him to physically go into the warehouse to look for the yarn in the color I needed/wanted/counldn’t continue without.  He called and confirmed my fear – it’s gone.  The worst part?  I set myself up.  It’s absolute stupidity on my part.

Why you ask?

I’m using a  Valley Yarn.

Yup – my very own yarn that I am in charge of.  I cannot blame a wholesaler for being out of stock or discontinuing the yarn.  Nope.  I did it to myself.  This is a Valley Yarn that we knew and planned to be in and out of.  When it’s gone, it’s gone as the saying goes.  Well, it’s gone – of course only in one of the colors I was using – and my project is out the window.

The yarn you ask?  Valley Yarns Springfield.  How could I do this to myself?

I was so meticulous with this very simple project – that’s what really stinks.  I checked my gauge, I took nice notes so I could write up my pattern(s) – I mean, you would have thought I was designing some incredibly intricate garment with the time I took on all of this.   I never bothered to check the most important thing.  Inventory.

That’s right - I have the last ball in this colorway and in order for my project to work I personally need one more ball and then those of you who decide to make the project would proably like two balls of  your own in that color too.

So, what’s this great project that has caused me so much pain and suffering?  Are you ready for a good laugh?  This:

Yup – washclothes.  I’ve been stymied by squares – simple, stupid squares.

Now, you could say that I could choose another color, but the sand and the olive just worked so nicely together.  They’re soothing and spa-like and perfect.  None of the other remaining colors work well with the olive.  I brought home this, trying to convince myself it could work:

It doesn’t.

I mean, the colors themselves aren’t bad together, but not for this project.

I’ve lost all of my enthusiasm.  Why is it the simplest of projects can cause us so much anguish?

More importantly, how the heck did I let this project get the best of me?  How did I NOT check the inventory?

Grrr.

I know you’ll all survive without this coming to fruition.  It’s not like it was some incredibly inspiring, innovative design.  Honestly, it wasn’t meant to be.  It was just meant to hopefully bridge a bit of a gap for a last minute present if needed.  Heck, you probably all ohave plenty of yarns in your stash that would work – this wasn’t about selling yarn – it was just suppose to be a gift.

Well, time to move onto bigger and better and more interesting projects.  Any ideas?  What are you working on?

Kathy

P.S.  Here’s one more picture from our trip that makes me smile:

I’m thrilled I caught the moment AND that I remained dry :)