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 www.foxfirefibers.com 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!