Friday, November 27, 2009

Multi tasking:

Knitters are multi taskers, 'I can't just sit and watch TV, I have to do something!' is a phrase I hear a lot. I have to admit I am one of the worst for this. Perhaps I have a bit of ADD. Sometimes I am doing something and I wonder if there is any way I can knit while I am doing that! Driving, well stopped in traffic, waiting at the doctors, during committee meetings or perhaps this morning at the dentist.

Today my new dentist was a filling in a wisdom tooth of all places. At one point Dr. Howard says: 'The decay goes 4 feet below the gum line!". While I am lying there with things in my mouth I am wondering, while I am here what else could I be doing? So I wrote up my my head. At least it's distracting me. As they poke and prod I am thinking of things to write down. Dr. Howard keeps asking if I am okay and because of the 3 vials of freezing he's injected into my mouth I only feel pressure. Then he asks me to bite down and I do but he didn't remove his finger and I bite him! The whole process is pretty pain free and the staff are very patient with me.

That was my morning. Today I will just take things easy in the shop, finish the hat and scarf I started with some very nice yarn and drink very slowly.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

What a week!

A lot of ups and downs this week, mostly good things...

#1: My friend Gwen went to the Royal to have some fun by entering in the drop spindle competition. She came home with this:

Second prize..the yarn she created was entered into the Auction and someone purchased her small skein. She gets to keep the ribbon and the bragging rights! Well done.

#2: Went searching for snowflakes for the window and found what I needed.

#3: The bad thing that turned out to be good. Involved the Boy his leg and a 'B train' trailer. A trip to the hospital where they are probably still shaking their heads in disbelief 'I can't believe its not broken!' The next day he was back driving a truck. Must have been all that Jersey milk growing up. (Soft ground, steel toed boots and lots of layers too!)

#4: Cheryl a daughter of a friend and proficient knitter just produced a lovely sock pattern. On Ravelry its called Pink Promise Sock..check it out

Only 34 sleeps till the big day!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Once upon a time

Once upon a time, 25 years ago, a young handsome farmer married the local shop girl. A quiet evening wedding on a warm November Day. For a few years they lived together in the little wooden house surrounded by trees. He milked the cows, planted the crops and harvested grain. She worked in the local yarn shop. Then came the Girl, followed by the Boy a few years later. He continued milking the cows, planting the crops and harvesting grain as she minded the children and worked part time. Children grew and there were Brownies and Guides, Cubs and Scouts; baseball, soccer and slow pitch; music lessons, 4-H, swimming lessons, choir, band and school plays.

For better or worse, richer and poorer in sickness and in health the family flourished. Children grew up and became independent (darn it!). So together the farmer and the shop girl created a new venture to add to the story. The Fairy Tale continues.

Happy Anniversary to us!

Saturday, November 14, 2009


The shop is filled with unfinished objects, technically all the yarn is UFO's, but I do actually finish some of my projects.
A few of the ones that I managed to complete:
From my trip to Saskatchewan: Ruffles and Ridges Shawl and Regia Stretch Socks:

Shop samples:
Fake Isle hat made with Noro Silk Garden and Nashua Julia

Noro Striped Hat made with Noro Silk Garden and Perth

Cable Feather Cowl made with Mission Falls 136:

There a a few things left to finish more later.

A big box of samples from Mission Falls arrived at the shop yesterday. Come and see this lovely yarn knit up!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

There is just too much Yarn!

The weekend was a busy one: 2 weddings to supervise, both were lovely and busy. At Trinity United church we take turns providing refreshments for after church 'fellowship', this time is was up to our group. To the Church again to set up and serve at this event, they let me duck out early. A quick trip into the big city to an open house at this:That's just one aisle of this huge warehouse filled with every yarn imaginable. Mohair's, alpaca, silk merino, felting yarn, nylon ribbons from all over the world. Then there is the discontinued stuff that is marked down at some enticing prices.....the choice was endless! My husband came with me, he would have much rather been in a combine harvesting soybeans on this perfect crop day. After much searching and debating we left with:

Now to find some room for this interesting mixture of things. We also stopped into Ikea to find more storage ideas for a more organised shop. (spent actually less than $50, I don't know how I managed that!)

Tomorrow is Remembrance day and I will be at the Cenotaph from 10:30 to 11:30.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Today, Tuesday, was the day that every back order arrived at the Shop.

Boxes from Westminster Fibers with the new Regia Hand paint sock yarn arrived. Berroco shipped a back order of Blackstone Tweed and Vintage Wool. Some new yarn from Classic Elite came in another carton. Then a package from a pattern supplier arrived. Diamond Yarn shipped a selection of Yarns from Sirdar. Yup ordered more Snowball! (I've got Red now). I also unpacked the order of notions and buttons I ordered last week!

To add to the chaos, I unloaded the car from a little side trip I took to Estelle Yarns and 'The Girl' sent a package of some hand painted gift cards and some lovely stitch markers. She said she was in a crafty mood, very pretty.

A quick phone call and recruits are coming to help me sort out this mess!

So if you haven't been into the shop since Saturday you will find a lot of new things!

Sunday, November 1, 2009


I thought since our pumpkin to 'trick or treater' ratio was 1/1 we would share this picture. I think I will cook him up and make pumpkin mush.

Now that Halloween has come and know what's coming very quickly.

Just don't say I didn't remind you.

Ho Ho Ho.