Monday, December 1, 2014

Now we are six

6 years! Yes Six years ago this journey began.

'The Girl' loved being six.  She oftens wishes she was that age again; old enough to look after yourself, read stories, get ready for bed and school without help, play with friends and no chores!

At Six Soper Creek Yarn is becoming more 'independent'. Days are becoming more routine and we are getting to know what kind of things that customers would like to see in the shop.

The journey to Six has been filled with a few ups and downs, but on the whole I have learned a lot about myself.

As we head into Seven we look forward to offering some new lines, perhaps expanding some learning oppotunities.

some  memories of the shop as it 'grows up':

The first windows:


First Day:
First Yarn Challenge



 Filled to the brim:


Royal Family Fun!


 Just before we move into next door!


The only time 'The Farmer' uses knitting needles:


Shop expansion 2013!


This week Friday is Moonlight Magic, one of my favourite downtown events.

The shop will open until 10 pm on Friday, stop in anytime on Friday for some treats and cider! 








Sunday, October 19, 2014

Muggles

Muggles: Non-magic people (more commonly known as muggles) were particularly afraid of magic in medieval times, but not very good at recognizing it."

—Excerpt from A History of Magic, by Bathilda Bagshot[src]


Sometimes I like to call those who don't understand why we knit or crochet: 'muggles'!

They don't get it.

Why do I knit?

1. I am not a patient person, waiting without something to do is just wrong.
2. I like to multi task, why do one thing when you can do six?
3. I like to create.
4. I love colour, and texture and fabric.
5. Knitting helps me think.
6. Knitting helps me to stop 'thinking'.
7. Knitting allows me to justify watching 'crappy' television.
8. Knitting is therapy!
9. But mostly:.



 

We all have a need to create and be creative, knitting, weaving, crochet and all those other pursuits are just part of being human?

Plus knitting keeps us warm, wool socks, wool blanket wool scarves!

Go create something beautiful!



Saturday, October 11, 2014

October?

When did that happen.

I was informed the other day that again it's been well over a month since I posted anything.

Let's just say that there has been more than a lot going on.  Don't worry no one is ill and we are just going through a few bumps in everything we do as a family.

'The Farmer' has new equipment at the barn and its not going well, we are working on it. (It has taken most of my extra time to deal with this!) 'The Boy' is travelling around North America doing a really cool job as a co-op student.  I am getting really good at driving him to the airport at 'way to early' o'clock. 'The Girl', drops home more often and is helping with the heavy lifting!

Summer was quick, we got to enjoy some of it.  The trailer sits on our front lawn waiting to be used again but that didn't happen so soon we will put it away for the season.  Next Year!

We have promised each other (The Farmer and I) that there won't be any renovations, upgrades or  expansions next year!

The shop? The shop is great, we have moved things around; purchased new gift lines and added a couple of new brands to the mix.  Customers have responded well to our new choices.

Did you know that we are just about to celebrate our 6th Anniversary?  6 years ago I was purchasing yarn this weekend. On the way home, after spending a huge amount of money, the news reports that we were heading into the worst recession ever.  I was hoping that people would knit their way through it and they did!

This week, October 18th,  is Bowmanville's Apple Festival and Craft Sale, one of my favourite downtown events.  We know that some of you don't like the crowds but want a chance to purchase the clearance yarn that will be outside, beginning on Thursday our class area will again be filled with yarn on Sale! You just never know what goodie you may find in the mix!


See you Soon!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

And we are Back!


What a crazy summer, nothing major just a whole bunch of stuff. 

You may have wondered why blog posts were scarce this summer.  There were a few reasons, mostly our internet at home was terrible for months. The service provider installed a newish dish, which I paid for, then the new dish wouldn't speak to the old equipment on the tower.  Convincing them that it wasn't us was almost impossible, until we plugged a computer into the cable and what do you  know, "we can see that it works but clearly our equipment isn't responding".  "We will get parts" The new parts made it worse, there were different new parts ordered.  Then I threatened with changing internet providers and today everything is normal.

The only time to write the blog was either at the shop or when I was somewhere else with Wifi.

The shop is trashed! New yarn arrived all at once.  There was a mix up with some dates on orders and the only solution was to take everything.  (Why would I book 2 large orders  5 days apart?  The Sales Rep told the company that's what I wanted?)

We are re-organizing and moving furniture and installing some new fixtures.  The Farmer helped, so did The Boy, The Girl and The GBF (Girl's Boy Friend?) not to be confused with The BGF  (The Boy's Girl Friend).

I have an amazing support system around me and even though life has been with many ups and downs this summer they have been wonderful.

We are looking forward to a busy fall season as we head into year 7 of this Yarn adventure!

Happy Knitting,





Thursday, August 21, 2014

You can't see...

When this new yarn arrived into the shop a few months ago I knew that this would make a lovely something? Every evening as I left the shop it was one of the last things I noticed.  We were heading out for a 2 day holiday and I needed, not wanted, needed to start something new.

 
This travelled with me to our campsite. While 'The Farmer' read I wound it into a ball, all 500 meters. I had decided on the pattern but I couldn't decide on a needle size, I wanted the project to have a good stitch definition but be light and drapey at the same time.  
 

I wasn't happy with the needles I brought so I took it into the shop when I arrived back.  Those that saw the ball wound up were amazed how different it looked from the skein, 2 went home with them! 

A few days later I began the project, the pattern is 'Bottom up Birch' a free pattern on Ravelry.  I made a mohair version a couple of years ago.  The pattern is simple and engaging.  Knit rows are a simple leaf design, purl rows are plain, you get to coast back.

Admittedly you really can't see th lace design in the shawl until you look.  the colour way reminds me of the fall colours and the leaves in the design add to the total picture.  
 

The whole project took just over 3 weeks to make, and I used every inch!
 

I blocked it on Sunday, it's light and soft and perfect! (Sometimes I get it right!)



The yarn is by Fleece Artist, the colour is called 'Tiger'

Fall yarns are arriving weekly and the shop is planning a fall pre-view night in September.  More about that when we get it figured out,

The summer was chaotic and crazy, this project helped keep my sanity in tact. 

See you soon!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Time for a break!

The Farmer and I took a few days off! Getting away is tricky as there is so much to cover.  Make sure everyone knows! Find people to mind things while we are out of town.  That sort of thing. We can't go too far as stuff happens and when you have only a few days its not worth spending all the time getting somewhere. 

We have a trailer, so we took it to Emily Park, not too far. We hadn't been there for years, 14 to be exact.  The trees have grown so much that what once was an open area is lovely private campsites.  We discovered the Trans Canada Trail!  The weather was lovely, if you remembered last years vacation we were camping during the hottest week of the summer.  After re-reading that one I realized there wasn't any point in telling you about the things we forgot as they are pretty much the same.  The only difference is that we remembered the fan and forgot the sleeping bags! (We did have a lovely wool blanket that proved to be a 'marriage' saver!)

One thing I never forget is my knitting.  You must travel with at least 3 projects and one just in case ball of yarn.

The main project was a lace shawl using the new Madelinetosh Prairie.   It is something that has been on 'the bucket' list for a while.   Then there is a little scarf that I started using Manos Alegria.

If you are like me and just like to knit, no purls please, you will like the clever designs created by Martina Behm.  She  designs projects that are easily adapted to any yarn, and they are mostly just knit stitches.  (plus she has some cute videos on how to wear her designs)  A couple of us are contemplating the design Viajante.  It's lace weight, a lot of it, and if my 'bucket list' project is not doing what I want, this  is the 2nd option for the yarn I wound up.


We did have a lovely couple of days and I worked a few shortened days at the shop.  We plan another little trip next weekend which means the shop is closed on Tuesday July 29. 

More later....too busy enjoying the sunshine!
See you Soon!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Learning curve!

4 days off, well kind of off.  There was laundry, groceries, a tiny bit of cleaning, paperwork, research a new stove and this:
Almost three years ago I was hunting a little on Kijiji and found this loom. 
It was old, older than me, but it came with a lot of extra accessories.  It seemed to be owned by a Doctors wife who purchased it in the late 1950's and was still using it in the 70's.  There is a binder of notes from a course she took in the 60's and a project binder.  Then I think it sat in storage for many years.  We picked it up on our way home from moving The Boy to school.

The Boy put it all back together and got everything adjusted to work.  (I don't know how he and The Farmer can do that but this may explain some of it)

Then we moved it into the tiniest room in the house, which I use as a closet/storage room. This week we dragged it out into our family room.

Tuesday I measured out the warp and The Farmer helped wind onto the loom, yesterday I threaded it up and started to weave.

The learning curve is huge.  Math is important. I was following a pattern that suggested each warp be 5 yards long, I choose to do it  8 yards to give me extra fabric to play with. I wound one ball onto the warping board only to find myself 1/2 a yard short. I now know how long it takes to unwind a warp!  Then I ran out of heddles as I was threading up, you can undo them too!  The loom is a counterbalance loom and so the instructions for the course will not work as the set up of the treadles are completely different; I have kind of make it up as I go along.

When I am done there will be pillows, how many I am not sure.  I do have to go and find some more yarn as of course I ran out.  

Good thing the Yarn shop is open again today!

Thanks for letting me have a break, it's good to challenge yourself!