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Round Mountain Bulky–Last Chance!

Unfortunately, Round Mountain fibers is no longer dyeing bulky yarn–it just didn’t sell as well as the fingering and worsted weight.  I was able to purchase the last skeins of the color ways, but this is it. If you have enjoyed it in the past and would like a few skeins, the time to buy is now!

16 Lapghans Delivered for Oncology Patients

Besides all the other knitting North Country women have been doing lately–Christmas gifts, pink hats–they have also been knitting “lapghans” (small afghans for covering the lap), for the Oncology Department at Littleton Regional Hospital.  The lapghans will be given to patients who have to sit for long periods of time while receiving their infusions.  Yesterday, I delivered 16 knitted, crocheted, or woven lapghans.  We have a number still on the needles and look forward to delivering them next month.  A group of us, called the North Country Fiber Forum, meet once a month to work together on current charity projects.  Our new project is knitting 6 x 6.25″ squares for Project Amigo http://www.projectamigo.org.  These squares will be put together as an afghan the size of a twin bedspread and given to each family of sponsored students in Colima, Mexico.  Our next gathering is February 19th at 1:00 at LYS.  Join us!

Knitting—My Favorite Things

(with a nod to Rodgers & Hammerstein)

Skeins in a basket and needles nearby,

patterns stacked up high in a pile,

the smiles that a hand knitted hat brings:

these are a few of my favorite things.

 

Norwegian sweaters and Fair-Isle gloves,

headbands and cowls the whole family loves,

knitting with cashmere and fancy stitch rings:

these are a few of my favorite things.

 

Hand knit stockings hanging beside the tree,

crocheted afghans draped across the settee,

angels in the garland with roving wings:

these are a few of my favorite things.

 

When the wind bites,

when the news stings,

when I’m feeling sad,

I simply remember my favorite things,

and then I don’t feel so bad.

Longest Night Knitting

We won’t be knitting into the night, but I’ll have cookies and tea for knitting during the shortest day!  Even if you haven’t knitted the cowl for Project Peace, which asked you to knit 4 rows a day in a meditative manner, tomorrow we’ll be knitting, pushing out the busy-ness of this week and welcoming in the calm before the storm.  Hope to see you in the shop!screen-shot-2016-11-22-at-12-01-45-pm

This ain’t your auntie’s crochet…

The same day one friend was regaling us in the yarn shop with tales of her auntie’s crochet (a crocheted Christmas tree door hanging survived a meth lab explosion), another friend emailed me a New York Times article about street artist crocheter London Kaye, who is creating large pieces for large companies:  Starbucks, Gap, to name a few.  It’s exciting to see the fiber arts exploding onto to the art and fashion scene, bringing fresh eyes to a craft which has languished in granny squares and dishcloths for too long.

Making sense of society one stitch at a time.

To make sense of their world, painters paint, photographers photograph, and knitters knit…sometimes with more purpose than at other times, sometimes for the process, sometimes for the product.  The Pussyhat Project (clever women), is definitely with a purpose—to wit, knitting and crocheting pink hats for every single woman marching on Washington D.C. on January 17, 2019, as a show of solidarity with women and for women’s rights.  Women from all over the nation will be descending upon Washington, and the hats represent all those who are there in spirit.  The hat is a simple rectangle knit on both sides. You can drop off the hats at Love.Yarn.Shop. and we will get them on a woman’s head at the march.

Advent Calendar Fun at the Yarn Shop

As Advent season approaches, what am I thinking about?  My Advent box sitting in the basement.  No children to open the little doors each morning, their little fingers pulling out the surprise, their faces full of anticipation.  My husband won’t play (I can see his face, disapproving with a hint of pity), and what’s the fun in hiding it for yourself?  So I’ve carted it to the yarn shop and decided to hide a little treat or accessory in it each morning and one lucky customer will get to open it each day.  How will I choose the customer?  Ah, that will be my secret, but random, timetable.  ’Tis the season…

Meditative Practices:  Knitting and Coloring

Last night, after the 7th night of lying awake worrying about things beyond my control, I decided to make two lists:  Things I Can Control, Things I Can’t Control.  I don’t know about you, but making lists always makes me feel like I have a handle on my life and that I’m moving forward, one item at a time (especially if it’s a list where I can cross things off).  So in my realm of “things I can control,” I firmly placed “anxiety.”  To that end, two activities nestled into place:  daily knitting and coloring.  I know many people are coloring, but it wasn’t until “I Dream of Yarn,” A Knit and Crochet Coloring Book, crossed my doorsteps that I thought, “perfect.”  Sometimes knitting or crocheting is just beyond my energy level, but coloring?  I can curl up with a new box of crayons and a new illustration for a few restful moments.  And if I can’t still my mind, the sound of snapped crayons might just ease the tension.

Yarnporium in London–congratulations!

I was fortunate on my recent visit to England to attend Yarnporium at King’s College in London.  This festival is small by American standards; held in The Great Hall, it accommodated 30 vendors and spotlighted 10 indie dyers.  However, it was an educational experience for me, for here I found companies who cared deeply about preserving and promoting British Breeds.  Blacker Yarns from Cornwall has breed-specific yarns:  Blue-faced Leicester (who knew it was so soft?), Gotland, Hebridean/Mohair, Jacob, and Shetland.  One yarn I brought back, Tamar, is 30% Cornish Mule (yes, baby soft mule fibre) blended with the long staple breeds Teeswater, Wensleydale, and Leicester Longwool.  Baa Ram Ewe (aptly named after the Babe lines Baa-ram-ewe, Baa-ram-ewe! To your breed, your fleece, your clan be true! Sheep be true! Baa-ram-eye!) featured their yarn Dovestone.  This luscious yarn from Yorkshire is made of 50% Bluefaced Leicester, 25% Wensleydale Longwool, and 25% Masham.  The merino used in Alpaca Delight from John Arbon Textiles is from the Falkland Islands.  Desiring to keep the wools British, the Falklands offer the dry climate Merino need to thrive.  Britain still doesn’t enjoy the knitting culture that has grown up in America, but these last six years since the Prince of Wales launched the Campaign for Wool, the industry has seen great strides and Yarn in the City’s Yarnporium is one of them.  May they have many more successful events!

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