Female Firsts–Lives of Dedication

In honor of Women’s History Month, I decided to print off photos of women who were recognized as the first female in their field to do something.  As I was reading through the extensive history, I was struck how each one of these women worked her entire life in a career,  often a career in service to others.   No doubt she worked under various forms of discrimination. “Nevertheless, she persisted,”  and she succeeded in previously held male-dominated fields.   Kudos to the women who have gone before us.  Kudos to the women who are currently competing in male-dominated fields.  Kudos.

Italian Linen from Quince & Co–Oh, Rococo!

The rich palette from Quince & Co, out of Biddeford, Maine, Sparrow, is reminiscent of Italian Rococo art: the warm, saturated colors have names like Port, Venice, Butternut, and Eleuthera.  If you are looking for a finger weight fiber for a summer garment, this may be it.  LYS will be having a trunk show, with garments and patterns, starting the 8th of May, but yarn and patterns are in the shop now for you to check out.

International Women’s Day–Lest We Forget

Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030.   That’s the theme set by the United Nations today for International Women’s Day;  the history goes back to 1908, however, when 15,000 women marched in support of the garment workers, demanding shorter hours, better pay, and the right to vote.  Whether you stay home from work, don’t shop (gosh, you could shop at women-owned business, couldn’t you?), or attend an event, the important part of recognizing this day, is revisiting and remembering the historical struggles of women since the early protests of the 20th century…and teaching our children this history.  One film I used to show my 8th grade students when doing a unit on Women’s History was Iron Jawed Angels, which always was jaw-dropping news to them.  One early exhortation to keep history alive comes from Deuteronomy 4:9

9Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy son’s sons …. “

Aside from the gender-biased language, the sentiment is one we should take to heart, lest we forget, lest we lose what we have gained.

Knitters Retreat at AMC Highland Lodge–April 21st and 2nd

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April 21- 23, 2017

Highland Lodge

U.S. Route 302 (Crawford Notch)

Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

Enjoy a spring weekend in Crawford Notch and join other passionate knitters for knitting, fresh air and laughter. The retreat includes:


  • Modular knitting workshop with sweater expert, Ginger Burks
  • Provisional cast-ons and hat linings on Sunday morning
  • Help with unfinished projects
  • Knitters’ show-and-tell
  • Nature walks
  • Uninterrupted time to knit

Rates start at $144/person for the bunkhouse, $150/person for a shared room, $216/person for a private room and include two nights lodging, Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast and dinner and Sunday breakfast. Quoted rates do not include New Hampshire state tax. To make lodging reservations, contact the Appalachian Mountain Club at 603-466-2727, reservation code 346622. The workshop registration fee is $30 additional (not included in the above room rate) paid to Mary Lou Recor. For general information on the retreat or to register for the workshop only, contact Mary Lou at 802-660-2834 or The fee for the workshop only is $30 and does not include meals. Additional $10.95 + tax for Saturday lunch.


Felters Fling in August

I have had quite a few felters come in the shop to buy roving, and I’d like to make sure they are aware of this fabulous week of felting workshops from August 19th to 27th.  Felters Fling in Williamsburg, Massachusetts, offers 12 different workshops from garments to millinery, bags to wall hangings, and you can either go for the full week or for one half or the other.  The week is geared toward experienced felters, so check out their website and get inspired to up your game!

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  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

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