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What To Knit at Sock Summit?

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009
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That has been quite the question out in the blogosphere and on Ravelry over the past week.  Even Stephanie agonized over her choice.

The reality for me is there won’t be much time for anything once things get rolling.  Set-up starts in just a few short hours and I have a feeling the only yarn and needles I’ll be touching are the ones folks are purchasing!

Fortunately for me, there is the long flight to and from Portland.  Airplane time has always been a preferred knitting time for me – even better than the car.  Like everyone else, I thought about what to bring.  I felt compelled to bring a sock project, but I didn’t have one going and my sock knitting skills are such that I need to pay attention to what I’m doing.  Socks are not somthing I can pick up and put down on a whim.  I thought about some of the existing UFO’s I have but nothing really spoke to me.

Then, this arrived:


I had been hoping the advance shipment from Italy would arrive before I left, but I wasn’t holding out hope.  Then, on Monday afternoon literally an hour before I left the office to go home and pack, it came.  I grabbed one ball of every color and brought it home with me to decide on colors.  Here’s what I took:

I’ve had a design swirling in my head for awhile now and I new this yarn would be perfect.  I packed the above three colors (I actually took four, but only needed three) and this:

Yup – I’m at Sock Summit 2009 and I’m (a) not knitting a sock and (b) not knitting at all!  Yay for crochet!  I actually brought several hooks for swatching purposes.  Good thing I did, I ended up happy with an E hook and I went into things firmly believing G was going to work.  Swatch, Swatch, Swatch folks!

I can’t reveal the project in full, but these little beauties are part of it:

Don’t go shaking your head at my little grannies.  I heard those collective yawns.  You have no idea what these are going to be when all is said and done.  I hope in the end my idea works.  I think it will.

Oh – you’re wondering about the yarn?  This very special shipment from Italy?  Folks – it’s really awesome – super soft, it’s been great to work with.  Each ball has 137 yards and it will knit at 5.5 stitches per inch on a #6.  We won’t have it available for another few weeks, but we are super excited to introduce:

Our gorgeous 100% Extrafine Merino Superwash (more…)

Sock Summit Time!

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009
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We’ve been talking about it for months, counting the months, weeks and days.  Now we’re down to mere hours until Sock Summit 2009 commences.  Steve & I are here in Portland and are about ready to jump out of our skin!  We took a crack-of-dawn flight and were here at our hotel by noontime PST.  Although I’m not a fan of these super early flights, it was my preference for this trip.  We have never been to Portland so I wanted to be sure we had at least a few hours to explore the city.  For those of you who follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you know I was particularly excited to visit Powell’s Bookstore

Powell’s is not only an institution here in Portland, it is probably the single most successful independent bookstore in the country.  Powell’s is HUGE.  I love bookstores so I had to visit, but I also get very excited about successful retailers so I was equally excited to see what Powell’s and its reputation were all about.  I was so excited I completely forgot to take any pictures, but boy did Steve & I have fun!  We both came away with new books and I think you’ll see a theme.  Here’s my selection:

And Steve’s:

We stumbled onto Kenny & Zuke’s Deli and ate sandwiches that were way too good and way too big.  Then we set out to find Nordstroms.  Remember, where I live in W. Mass, our retail options are pretty limited.  On our way, we stumbled on these cool food carts:

They were on both sides of the street and most were pretty busy.  I’ll have to ask a local about them – if you know the history, please post in the comments!

We took the train back to the Convention Center.  Here’s our home away from home for the next few days:

We went inside and walked around, got our bearings and are REALLY ready to roll tomorrow and get the booth set-up.  We will be right at the front of the hall when you come in – booths 603-607 & 702-706.  That’s where you will find us throughout the show! 

We’ll also be attending the Sock Hop on Friday night and possibly the Ravelry Party on Saturday evening (depends if we’re still standing or not).  Please stop by and say hi and check out all of the great yarns we brought along!  I’m hoping to steal a few minutes away from the booth to do a little shopping myself.  There’s a custom color of Lorna’s Laces that I missed out on that another vendor is carrying and I HAVE to have it (as do several folks back home – I come home empty handed and I’m in BIG trouble!).

For those of you coming to Sock Summit – what are you most excited about?


Tradeshow Warriors

Friday, June 19th, 2009
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I am beginning to think that maybe Steve and I should create our own reality show with the above title.  Just back from 9 days on the road with two back-to-back tradeshows.  Driving down our street late yesterday afternoon, I swear the theme music from “Rocky” was playing.

We had a great trip to TNNA.  Meetings, yarn, meetings, more yarn, food, yarn, meeting yarn. . .. .Columbus was a whirlwind.  As always, I did a lousy job taking pictures.  I do not have one yarny picture to share.  I know, I know, I disappoint you once again.  *Sigh*.  I can tell you about yarn though! 

Now, I must preface this by saying that Steve & I do the majority of our buying before TNNA.  We see all of the major lines and many of the mid-tier companies as well.  So just because I don’t mention them here is not a sign that I didn’t like their yarn or that they don’t have super cool stuff coming.  These are show treasures only. 

I have to say one of my personal faves was the new Spud & Chloe line debuted by Blue Sky Alpacas.  A collection of three lovely yarns that are machine wash & try.  Fashion meets function with this collection.  There are three weights – fine, sweater and outer and a limited, but succinct palette for each.  Terrific pattern support for each is a delight as well.  I think what I like most about this line is that it’s complete – yarn, design, packaging – everything is put together, integrated and ready to go.  I love this as a marketer who can appreciate what it takes to make this happen, but also as a shop owner who has been provided with everything I need to be excited about the brand.  The Blue Sky folks have created a wonderful story in Spud & Chloe and were smart enough to give the voice of the brand to the super-talented Susan Anderson.  It all rocks and we’ll have it in the store and on-line shortly.

Steve & I also got to meet the lovely Ron of Buffalo Gold.  We’ve never carried his yarns, but I got to *know* him in the on-line world over the past few months.  I was looking forward to meeting in person at TNNA and we had a great talk.  I’ve admired his yarns from afar for awhile, but my buddy Guido gave me the nudge I needed to really give the yarns serious consideration.  I thought this was one I was going to have to drag Steve through kicking and screaming and was pleasantly surprised when he willingly and with no pressure, not wifely glares that said “I”m buying this yarn with or without your support”.  We even brought in a brand new yarn he debuted at the show which has been hand-dyed by the fine folks at Lornas Laces.  If you click through to her blog and scroll down, you’ll see the lurvely colors.

We bought some cool new bags & accessories from Namaste, Della Q and Lantern Moon.

We hung with some old friends and made new ones.

We stayed up past our bedtime, ate too much good food but a great time.

We left Columbus and headed to Beantown for a conference of another nature.  We went from TNNA where “everyone knows your name” to an intense business conference where people wonder if anyone can actually  make a living selling yarn.  Even one of the speakers, who also spoke at the Yarn Market News Conference in March, mentioned her experience at the conference and found it rather unnerving to see an audience knitting rather than typing on their Blackberrys.  As always, we learned a lot, had some fun along the way but boy oh boy, did Dorothy get it right.  “There’s no place like home”.

Remember – our Berroco giveaway wraps up tonight at midnight.  Go to the previous blog post for the details, read all about the Berroco Fall line and get yourself in on a great giveaway!


Bits and Pieces

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009
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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!


Bessie And Her Flock

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009
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NOTE:  Remember – to qualify for the faboo prizes in our latest contest you must comment here on my blog AND on Mimie’s at should be left on my post of 4/28 titled “New Contest”.  Thanks!

April has been a crazy month.  I’ve been less than a stellar blogger and for those of you who take the time to read, my apologies.  Steve & I were gone for a few days on trip that was actually his 40th b’day gift from last year.  It was a planned trip – very special.  Although I share an awful lot of our lives – both professional and personal here on the blog and the podcast, this is one of those things I’m not going to say much more about.  We had an incredible time, we truly disconnected as much as we ever have.  I know I can say in all honesty, I cannot remember the last time I was as relaxed as I was on this trip. 

We came back with only a week before Steve headed to Stitches South.  I did not attend South – the first Stitches I’ve missed in nearly 4 years.  Being a Mom took priority and I stayed behind to run a big fundraising event at the boys’ school.  The boys both ended up being sick so that through a bit of a curve ball into the week’s plans.  All turned out well – Steve had a great time at Stitches South.  Thanks to everyone who came by the booth to say hi and to shop.  The event was a big success and the boys are healthy.

A shot of the tent at the event:

Here’s Jonathan the next day at the kids’ fair – kinda says it all:

I would be remiss before going any further in this post to not wish Steve a very Happy Anniversary.  Today is our 14th wedding anniversary, the last 7 of which we’ve spent running WEBS together.  Jonathan asked me this morning if I was going to wear my “married” dress to work today.  I figured it might be a bit much – with the sparkles and all :).  Thanks for 14 fabulous years honey!  I love you!

One of the casualties of the past month has been Bessie (Sorry Pixie).  If you don’t know who Bessie is it means you’re not listening to our podcast, Ready, Set, Knit.  You can listen via our website or iTunes – just go subscribe and then you won’t be out of the loop.  With weeks of anticipation, I presented to all of you, Pixie’s chicken, the lovely diva chicken of the coop, Bessie:


Isn’t she awesome!  Look at her detail – the beading, the embroidery, the buttons on her tail feathers!


I just love Bessie’s attitude – she rocks!


 Bessie is not only one cool chick (hee hee), she’s quite popular.  She has had visitors.  Here – Bessie meets the lovely MIss Loretta:


Then, handsome Henry showed up one Saturday to call on Bessie:


But I think her first visitor will ultimately win Bessie’s heart.  He travelled all the way from Canada via his owner Lucy Neatby:


 I think they’re both smitten.

Here’s the happy extended family together:

As for my Lily, well, she’s still a work in progress.  Despite my pledge at the beginning of the year, my completion rate continues to be embarrassing.  My darn chicken has travelled more miles in the past two months than most of you will travel all year – still unfinished.  Not good. 

Even worse – this is making me all twitchy:


Not good at all.

But it all does come full circle – at least in terms of chickens.  Here is Steve’s favorite photo from Stitches South:

The beak opens and closes, eyes move.  Priceless


West Rocks!

Thursday, March 5th, 2009
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Hmmm – it’s Thursday already and I swear it was just Monday and we were all flying home from Stitches West.  Some of us had better luck with that than others – I made it in only a 1/2 hour late, the gals were pretty much on time around midnight.  Steve & Pete – well, they had to get brand new flights on a completely different airline and Steve rolled in around 3am, but at least he was home.  We heard one of our associates spent 23 hours in the Philly airport and finally just gave up.  Let’s hope this was winter’s swan song.  We’ve all been beaten into submission and are yelling “uncle” at the top of our lungs.  Please Mr. Winter – it’s time for you to take a vacation or at least go bug another hemisphere!

Okay – enough about the weather.  Let’s talk yarn!  Stitches West was a blast as always!  It’s the largest of all of the Stitches shows and my personal favorite.  The facility is great and I love getting to see our west coast friends.

I have two short video clips to share with you.  The first is from Friday morning – a quick tour of the booth and a check on the knitters/crocheters waiting to come into the show.  I hope this gives you all some perspective of Stitches:

Next up is the morning after.  A shot of the booth on Saturday morning AFTER the insanity of Friday:

It was a great weekend.  Thanks to everyone who came by to visit and even if you didn’t shop with us – thanks for making it to the show.

If you were at West – let me know in the comments!  What did you think, what did you buy?  If not – are you coming to South?  I’d also love to hear what you are working on!  Any chicken knitters out there??


Headin’ Off To San Francisco. . . .

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
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For The Labor Day Weekend Show.  Okay – sorry – carried away.  We’re not quite going to San Fran and it’s nowhere near Labor Day but as we work our way through the final punishing weeks of winter here, I can’t help but channel some Jimmy Buffet.  Thanks for indulging me 🙂

Truthfully, we are heading close to San Francisco and we do have a weekend show – Stitches WEST in Santa Clara! I have to admit as I prep to leave tomorrow, I am still a bit in denial that it’s actually here.  I think I’m a bit out of sorts because I should already be there, but “Mommy Duties” trump everything else and as our kids wind down to their version of spring vacation, it’s a jam packed week of performances and such.  I’ll share today’s event at the end – I know you all just want the yarn!

Let’s start from the beginning, which is planning:


Then it’s pick, pack and ship – one gigantic order:


Hmm – what is in those boxes?  I am not being entirely untruthful when I ask the question.  I’m involved in most of the planning, but honestly, Steve & I debate so many of the closeouts back and forth I’m never quite clear what has made the list vs. what hasn’t until we get set-up!  What I do know is this:

Berroco Spring ’09 – the best of the best – the yarns, the garments, NGV4. . . .there’s nothing else to say.  The amazing Miss Andra will be manning her section of the booth.

Noro – how could we leave the lovelies of Noro at home??  Just not possible.  Silk Garden, Kureyon, Silk Garden Chunky (breathe Noro-lovers, breathe)

Valley Yarns – there in full force, including all of the faboo designs from the Spring ’09 catalog AND some early completions for the next catalog!  That’s right – the incredible Kirsten knocked out a couple of new things just for WEST including a crocheted scarf out of Rainbow that you will just love!  C’mon non-crocheters, give it a chance! 

The cream, sprinkles and cherry on the top of the best dessert ever:

Lorna’s Laces – Shephard Worsted & Sock, Helen’s Lace (we don’t even carry it in the shop!) and brand new to market the spectacular Pearl.  Oh.Yeah.

Madeline Tosh – Oh so yummy – worsted weight (just added in the store and on-line) and sock.  (The worsted just came in and has not made it’s way to the site.  Click on the link and refresh tomorrow – it should show up )


Malabrigo including the elusive Sock.  We spent so much time picking colors with Tobias at TNNA based on his availability (not what we normally carry) and what showed up was – well – a ton of yarn in some colorways we carry, some we picked and some who obviously just wanted to come along for the ride.  Show them some love, okay?

Kauni – Many, many colors.

Plus, plus, plus. . . . . .I’m sure there will be some surprises.  That’s what is so great about these shows. 

We are so excited to see all of you – that’s the most fun!  What was interesting as we prepped for this show was the worry/wonder if people would come due to the economy – would you pick classes over marketplace, shopping over classes?  If you are coming or not, I’d love to hear why.  Not trying to pry, just trying to get a gauge (no pun intended) on things.

I will do my best to post from the show.  For the best updates, you all need to be following me on Twitter.  I know, I know, one more thing to check, but I *heart* Twitter and I can zip off an update in 5 seconds.  For those of you on Facebook, my Twitter feeds post there so you can avoid Twitter and find me on Facebook with the same info. 

For those of you not attending the show – have a great next few days and join in the fun via the above options,  here on the blog & our Ready, Set, Knit! Podcast!

Last, but far from least, here is Jonathan’s “Family Story” he presented today – the dedication says it all:


 Daniel is my nephew/Jonathan’s cousin who is all grown-up and pursuing a PhD.  He’s away at school and Jonathan doesn’t get to see him much – this tells us how much those times together mean.  The three page story about Daniel and what Jonathan thinks of him is awesome.


Weaving in Some Loose Ends

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
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Whew!  The blog has been a hopping place recently!  Thanks for the continued feedback on the videos – more to come there and I’ll continue to work to improve their quality. 

Steve and I are headed west this week – to Stitches West to be exact and I’ve got several loose ends that I haven’t had the chance to blog about over the past couple of weeks, so I’m going to toss them all together here in this post.  Let’s jump right in!

1.  Aussie Wildfires – I cannot imagine anyone who has not heard of the devastating wildfires that have rampaged in Australia.  We have many, many customers in Australia, one of my favorite podcasts, Sticks and Strings, is based in Australia and hosted by David Reidy and our warehouse manager Nick is originally from down under.   It has been a very worrisome time.  There are many efforts going on, most of which have been neatly summarized here on Ravelry and also here by the lovely Suzanne.  Times are tight all around so if any of the initiatives suit you, I encourage you to help out.  If not, just send some good thoughts and vibes Down Under as I am sure they will be appreciated too.

2.  Knitting in the news – a report via the BBC came out this past week that indicates that knitting, along with other activities such as quilting and reading can help delay the onset of memory loss.  So, just like keeping ourselves moving at any age, exercising our brains can have a positive, long-term affect!  Are any of us surprised?  No, but it’s nice to have the validation.

3.  Interweave Press announced a new on-line community for hand-spinners earlier this month.  I am not a spinner and I will honestly tell you I haven’t spent much time on the site.  If you are a hand-spinner or fan of Spin-Off magazine, I encourage you to take the time and check out the new site and community.  I’d love for folks to report back in the comments their thoughts!

4.  Just a reminder, there are a few days left on the contest we are sponsorign on KnitPurlGurl’s site!  If you haven’t visited her site, please do so!  Also, her blog post today is very interesting and I’d love for you all to give some feedback! 

5.  I never did give much of a TNNA recap, other than the weather reports.  Sorry!  I’m sure most of you have read accounts of the show on other blogs, so I’ll refrain from rehashing.  I did want to share this photo with you.  Steve & I saw this on our first day and it just made us giggle:

The car wasn’t parked in a spot that would make us think this was a vendor – which is even funnier from a yarn point of view 🙂

Then there’s the beauty of Malabrigo:

6.  For those of you who listen to the podcast, Steve has been lamenting about the size of the snow piles in our parking lot.  He wanted to share this with you:

Looks like this:

It has been a tough, tough winter.

7.  We have a cool new event that we’ve added to the schedule.  I will blog in more detail about this, but I wanted to get it out to everyone in the area.  Barb Parry, owner of Foxfire Fibers and the most pampered flock I’ve ever known will be at WEBS on Saturday, March 21 from 10:30-5:00 with a trunk show of her yarns and garments.  She does several regional sheep & wool festivals (including Rhinebeck) and sells her yarns on her website.  For the first time, she’ll be at WEBS with many of her yarns available for sale.  You can talk to Barb directly about her process, the sheep and more!   What makes this event even more special is that she’ll be hosting a slide presentation at 11:00am about the Adventures in Yarn Farming – a peek at the secret life of sheep and the lengths to which a shepherd will go – all for the love of yarn!  Special prize give-aways.  I didn’t even realize there would be special give-aways!  Awesome!  Barb is a dear friend and her yarns are just spectacular.  I encourage you to make some time on 3/21 to come in and visit with her!  If the date simply doesn’t work, Barb will be a vendor at our annual Fleece Market on Saturday, May 16th.  You can check her yarns out at and keep up with life on the farm with her Sheep Gal Blog.  Just wait – we’re only weeks away from the Lamb Cam!

8.  Two of our dearest customers were in the other day and as they were visiting in the back offices (yeah – I mean it when I say they are dear to us – they get free hall passes) I noticed they were each carrying armloads of a new closeout Poems.  They stoppped by our office to chat and I asked what they had going on and the lovely Mary showed me this:

Are you gasping?  You all better be gasping at the beauty that is this bud of a project.  Just look at what Mary is turning this yarn into!!  Just a basic crocheted hexagon recipe, finish each hexagon leaving a long end and join each finished hex as you go.  Not necessary if you prefer the finishing all at once.  Mary is a pro and opts to join them as each is finished.  Poems is a lovely yarn – we have some discontinued colors for $3.99 a skein.  I have no idea how much an afghan will take, but I’ll keep you posted (and maybe even do a little math for you all as well and give you an estimate).  For those of you thinking “Bah, crochet, I don’t crochet”, well you could if you wanted to but if you still resist, there are many a knit square options or even a Log Cabin with a couple of complimentary colorways. .  . now I’ve got you thinking, don’t I?

There.  Done.  Ends woven in. Blog Post finished.  Thoughts, questions, comments?  Better yet, what are your loose ends this week?

I’ve got a Stitches preview coming tomorrow!  I’ll also be doing my best to update from the show.  Plus – just wait until next week – we’ll be ruffling our chicken feathers in a big way!


First Week Last Week

Monday, January 12th, 2009
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Well, it appears that 2009 is going to be similar to 2008 in at least one way.  Speed of Time.  Despite my determination to slow the pace down a bit, 2009 just doesn’t appear to want to cooperate.  Rather than fight a losing battle all year long, I’ve decided to make peace with 2009 and it’s Speed Racer tendencies.  I will gladly zip along the days and weeks with you, on one condition.  I  have the right to shift us into first gear every now and again.  I might even slam the breaks on once or twice.   I’m hopeful that 2009 will be agreeable to my requests.  Wouldn’t want to get into a tussle with an entire year.  Only time will tell.

Last week was a crazy week (I know, you are all surprised beyond belief).  We got the kids back to school (Hurray!) only to have a snow day on Wednesday (Boo!).  Worst part of that was not only was Wednesday a snow day, it was the day of our Kate Jacobs event.

We’re hearty here in New England and Kate, well, consummate professional and trooper are terms that come to mind.  Despite our lower than expected turn out, she was gracious and engaging.  I always get a wee bit nervous at these events.  We plan, we advertise, we spiffy up the place and then all we can do is hope.  Yes, we take pre-registrations so we always have an idea of the numbers, but in reality, until folks are in the door and sitting down, nothing is definite.

We have some signed books still available and another 20 or so with signed bookplates.  If you are interested, please stop in and pick up a copy.  Or if you are ordering on-line, specify you want a signed copy.  When they’re gone, they’re gone.

Next day was our catalog shoot.  The shoots take a ton of prep and organization to make sure we are using our time efficiently. 

I think we got some great shots and I’m so excited about the new designs we have coming.  Our team did a great job.

I cannot wait to get the catalog printed and in the mail to all of you.  I am particularly interested in your response to the cover.  I will say this publicly, it was 100% my choice and Steve and the other folks who’s opinions matter to me were not very supportive.  Personally, I love it.   I hope you do too.

So, it’s going to be a crazy week (again, shocker of all shockers).  We have new spring yarns rolling in, Steve has been buying closeouts like a drunken sailor and we’re off to TNNA, the industry buying show.  I’m hoping to capture some cool videos at the show and maybe give you a few sneak peeks along the way.

Oh, and for those who are interested, here’s Jonathan at his first full-ice scrimmage:

Stay tuned! 


P.S.  So how is 2009 treating you so far?

Tossed Salad

Sunday, November 16th, 2008
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This entire last week has been nothing short of a blur.  I have a bunch of random items to share, so I’m just going to toss ’em all out there.  That way we’ll be all caught up and current.

Stitches East – Stitches East was a grand time.  Love getting to visit with customers we don’t usually get to talk with in person!  Thanks for all of the lovely comments about our podcast, Ready, Set, Knit!  This is our check out area with our fancy new logo table clothes.  This was my home for the entire 3 1/2 days of the show.

You don’t have to feel too sorry for me though because this was my view across the aisle:

Anyone care to guess who’s delicious yarn I stared at all weekend?  First correct answer will get a skein sent them from my personal stash, so let’s name the yarn!  (NOTE:  WEBS Staff are not eligible and those who came to Stitches with us need not guess.  MMO – you’re excluded too, cuz I know you know the answer even if you weren’t there).

Great crowds all weekend:

The hot news of the show was this:

That’s right folks, Stitches East will be in Hartford next year.  Actually for the next 3 years.  We’ll talk more about it as we move into ’09, but you can be sure we’ll be doing something super special!

Speaking of super special, we found a restaurant in Baltimore that I just have to tell you about.  Steve was hankering for some sort of Asian fare.  We prefer to try to find local places when we travel, rather than chains.  The Renaissance Hotel by the harbor recommended Ten 0 Six, which is located at 1006 Light Street in the Federal Hill area.  We took cabs but you could walk it from the Inner Harbor area or convention center in about 15 minutes (albeit an uphill walk going there).  They serve American and Thai cuisine and are family owned.  The place is small, but the food is exquisite.  I don’t normally photograph food, but our servings were works of art:

Speaking of works of art, we saw some amazing knitting, but what I am about to show you is so mind boggling incredible, I suggest you take a deep breath.  Ready?  Okay, here it is:

This is a Chuppah, knit out of 3 cones of our 5/2 Valley Cotton.  This is love.  The mother of groom created this masterpiece.  Look at these closeups:

I told you it was mind boggling.  The design was done by the owner of Not Just Plain Jane Knits and the pattern is available (sorry, I seem to be having trouble finding the link). 


We came back and launched the new website!  Thanks to everyone for your wonderful comments and constructive feedback.  We’ve worked through many of the kinks and I’m sure there will still be some troubleshooting this week.

We met with one of our favorite suppliers, Tahki Stacy Charles.  Diane and Stacy, the owners brought the new line and many of the designs for Spring ’09 to show us:

Let me just say publicly, they have a GREAT spring line.  I cannot wait for their yarns to arrive!

I think that basically catches me up.  A quick shout out to Kristin Nicholas, who was at the shop yesterday – thanks Kristin!  For those of you who were waitlisted for her class, she will be coming back in the spring.

Also, another quick thank you to our friends from Fiesta Yarns, Jeannie & Brad Duncan.  They spent Friday & Saturday in the shop doing a trunk show.  It was awesome getting to visit with them this weekend!

Don’t forget there is a very special skein of yarn up for grabs if you can guess the name of the yarn company that was across from us at Stitches East!  Leave your guess in the comments!