Posts Tagged ‘Babette’


Sunday, June 15th, 2008
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I must make apologies for not posting Pixie’s Babette photos sooner. For those of you who have emailed, left comments on the blog and on Ravelry, here, at long last is what I have of Pixie’s Babette:



The squares are truly breathtaking.

A couple of points I’d like to make about this project:

1. Pixie used our Valley Yarns Northampton. At $4.99/ball for 240 yards, it’s a “bahgain” as us native Bostonians would say.

2. She used a “G” hook – be sure to swatch! For worsted weight yarn such as Northampton a “G” or “H” is usually recommended, but you can’t be sure without a swatch.


3. Pixie did follow the schematic exactly, which means that because she was using a heavier weight yarn than called for, her finished blanket came out to be 56″ x 64″, much larger than the finished measurements in the pattern state.

4. Pixie used a total of 17 colors, just like the pattern calls for. She used 2 balls of Lizard Green, Eggplant and Laguna Blue (her favorites) and one of 15 other colors. Pixie went a little crazy on this project and rather than follow a “formula” for the creation of the squares, she selected randomly. Knowing Pixie like I do, this must have been a little tough for her! Like me, Pixie likes to have a plan and stick to it!

5. The pattern is from Interweave Crochet, Spring 2006 and is now also available at

The color in this finished shot is off and appears much brighter than it actually is – the photos above are much more accurate. I think something was lost in the translation from our professional photographer’s system to importing it here:


For those of you working on your Babette’s, please let me know how it’s coming along and email pictures to – Pixie and I would love to see them!


NOTE: Tuesday, 6/17 – the full photo of Babette on the bed has been fixed! Thanks to our most faboo photographer for fixing the CMYK conversion!


Tuesday, May 13th, 2008
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Last week on our podcast, Ready, Set, Knit!, we had the pleasure of interviewing Joe Raffino, owner of Southwest Trading Company (SWTC). It was extra special because Joe had just been at the NENA show, only 45 minutes from the shop so he was able to be in-studio with us when we recorded. He had samples of the new yarns they are introducing and not only did he share info about the yarns on the podcast, but he also allowed me to photograph the items he had for the blog!

The first new yarn they have is Therapi, which is a wool/silk/jade blend. Yes, jade. We had heard about this yarn and to say the least, I was skeptical. What the heck would jade add to yarn? What was it’s reason for being, other than being an interesting conversation piece? Jade is considered the most valuable of precious stones and among other things is considered a symbol of tranquility. Knitting and crochet are known to be stress reducers (when we’re not fighting with a project) so the theoretical link between the jade component of the yarn and the zen we achieve when knitting or crocheting (again, when not fighting with a project). The yarn itself is quite lovely – the silk and jade add a nice luster to the wool and the fiber has a soft hand. It knits at 5 sts = 1″ on a US #7 needle.

Look at those beautiful colors!

Now I have to admit something – I left my other notes on the other yarns at work! Yikes! I guess we’ll have to have SWTC part 2 tomorrow!

I hope all of you Moms had a great Mother’s Day. I had a wonderful one myself. I got to sleep in a bit, I received great gifts from the boys’ and then we went and golfed as a family. The weather was perfect and it was just a great day.

Jonathan presented me with this:

This is not your average bouquest of construction paper flowers. Look what you get when you pull each flower out of the vase:

A list of the chores he was willing to do so that I could relax on Mother’s Day. Here’s the only one that really mattered to me:

Jackson brought me this:


And this:

I particularly love #10. The reason? I did NOT get him an iPod. Dad did (sorry honey).

More SWTC tomorrow and photos of Pixie’s Babette from our Crochet-A-Long!


This and That

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008
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So, I think we’ve sufficiently recovered from the Harlot. I personally did not have much time to really recover before I had to prep for yet another major event. This one was not yarn-related, but equally important. Last Friday night was the annual fundraising auction at the boys’ school of which I was chair. The event raises much needed money for financial aid and last year’s event was a bit of a bust, so the pressure was on. Ultimately, the event came off wonderfully, but by Saturday afternoon I was ready to curl up in the produce section at Whole Foods. I consider myself someone who is a pretty tough cookie with good stamina, but this past week was just over the top. It’s all behind us now with only things like Tent Sale, end of the school year, TNNA, Convergence, etc., ahead of us. Piece of cake after this past week.
I have a few random items to share, so here goes:
1. On Monday Steve and I attended NENA – the New England Needlearts Association annual tradeshow. This is sort of a mini-TNNA. Many of industry’s vendors show here, but on a much smaller scale than at TNNA. Although we’ve done a majority of our fall buying already, we still go to see some smaller vendors, follow-up with reps and just be supportive of the show. It’s only 45 minutes from the shop, so it would be rather strange to not go. I scored a couple of skeins of yarn from J Knits:

This is a hand-dyed line out of Amesbury, MA that we currently do not carry. Not sure where we’ll end up with this, but I grabbed a couple of skeins of their new sock yarn (the bottom skein) not only to consider for the store, but also for Melissa, who was unable to attend the show and just might have a need for sock yarn for some project involving knitting socks and lots of words, compiled together.. . . .at some point. I haven’t given her the yarn yet, you like MMO?

It’s 60% superwash merino/15% bamboo/15% nylon and 10% silk.

2. Speaking of sock yarn, in the madness that was last week, our newest Valley Yarn arrived. Huntington is a 75% wool/25% nylon with 218 yarns on a 50 gram hank. It knits at 7-8 sts to the inch on a #2 or #3 needle. It’s available in 11 solid colors and it is just scrumptious! It’s soft, it has a lovely twist and it knits like a dream. Huntington retails at $4.29/hank which means you can have a pair of scrum-dilly-icious socks for $8.58!! Don’t forget – sock yarn is not just for socks! Huntington would be great for handwarmers, baby items or even a lovely shawl/wrap for the summer months.

3. So there appears to be a theme going on here – unintended, but still a theme. Steve and I see a lot of yarn. We see yarn from our wholesale partners, we see yarn from mills, we see yarn from small independent folks who may be hand dyeing yarn or raising their own animals and spinning their own yarn – I am talking a TON of yarn. We see amazing yarn and some yarns that make us say “what were they thinking?”. Every now and again, a very memorable yarn comes along. The skein I am about to show you was shown to me at least 8 months ago. At the time, the producer was not in a position to take us on as a customer due to the scope of her operation. Well, the sales rep was in the other day and put this skein of yarn in front of me for a second time. This skein has stayed with me since I first saw it – it was love at first sight. Primarily due to the colorway. It takes a lot to make me stand up and take notice of a yarn, but this skein did just that and did it again yesterday when it was pulled out of it’s bag. I *heart* this skein:

The even better news? This little company is ready to start doing business with us. Now, I’m going to be a bit of a tease and not reveal the source until the yarn is in the house. Sorry, I know, not totally nice, but I’m so excited I had to share so you could all be excited too. It should only be a couple of weeks until the yarn is here and then I will reveal all.
Tomorrow/Friday I’ll be updating the blog with our current Babette CAL from Ready, Set, Knit! with pictures of Pixie’s beautiful creation and, well, shots of the yarn that I chose (I am such a laggard). Plus, I’ve got some info on the newest yarns from SWTC that I can also share with you. Joe Raffino joined us this week for our podcast so be sure to listen this weekend to the show!