Friday, February 27, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Remember entries are due back on March 14th.
Friday, February 20, 2009
A few posts back I promised I would tell you a little about the 'Women of Rickaby's'. This week my friend Jean would have celebrated her Birthday. I am not sure how old she would have been, it doesn't really matter anyway. Jean was extraordinary and every time I see the colour yellow I think of her. Jean was a sunny, bright woman filled with love and light. Life threw Jean many Lemons, with those lemons Jean made lemonade and squares! She took things in stride and always knew that things would turn around with a little or a lot of Faith.
Lunch time at Rickaby's would be spent knitting, mostly socks. I thought back then how could they spend all this time making socks on those little needles, they knew the secret about socks, and smiled probably thinking: 'She will learn in her own time!'. Jean always managed to get the chair that was opposite to the stove in the tiny kitchen. On cold days in that old building she would open the oven door, turn the electric oven to a low temperature and sit with her feet resting on the oven door. It makes me smile every time I think of her sitting there becoming toasty warm.
I was privileged to receive a quilt that belonged to Jean, its yellow and hangs in our spare room. I look at this lovely yellow quilt and think of Jean and somehow everything becomes a little sunnier.
Happy Birthday, Jean.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
The hours I agonized over this decision were many, but not nearly as many as the number of welcoming words I have received over the past 2 1/2 months. This community have be so supportive in this endeavour that I have been truly overwhelmed by your support.
Its late on Saturday, I have just had 3 wonderful days, making new friends and catching up with some old, (Yes Petra we are old..high school friend haven't seen for ** years.)
I wanted to take a moment to thank-you all so very much. Its been a great adventure this new venture of mine. I hope that we can continue this for many years.
Happy Valentines Day!
(Sorry no pictures, Son decided he needed his camera more than I did!)
Monday, February 9, 2009
Someone thought it was to work and complete something at the shop, during the open house. Or maybe its a speed thing. (Really good idea thinking summertime, outside..see how fast you can knit!)
The assignment, should you choose to accept it, and pay the $3.00 to enter, is to create something from the colours in the picture. A ziplock bag will contain 9 colours of Shepherd 100% wool, sample size balls of about 20 yards each. You can do almost anything you want with the yarn: knit, crochet, felt, sculpt, embroider or a little of everything. You must use every colour, at least once in your project. You can purchase or use from your stash another colour or more of the same yarn to make a larger project. (There is technically enough in the ziplock baggy to make a pair of mitts or a hat.)
Projects will be judged by popular vote. Projects must be returned to the store by March 14, judging will take place the week after that and the winner will be anounced on March 21st. Projects will be returned to their creator the following week. (I will consider photo entries for those coming from a distance...)
Prizes to be awarded to a variety of categories yet to be decided.
I hope you will consider participating, I am working on a design myself.
I am madly winding tiny balls as we speak!
Saturday, February 7, 2009
One gigantic burlap sack filled with yarn. I couldn't
wait to open it but I wanted to get a picture first. I have been waiting all week for this shipment to arrive. Its one of my favorite Canadian Yarn companies one of the oldest in the country. Yes of course its Briggs and Little a great sensible Canadian Yarn. Sturdy hardworking and affordable.
I ordered just a few colours in Altlantic, Regal and Durasport. I will add a few more with each following order
From Mission Falls, another Canadian favourite. 100% merino superwash. I ordered 37 of the 41 colours. Also in the boxes were 26 colours of the 1824 Cotton.
Early next week I hope to receive the 'trunk show' that will be in the store just in time for my 'Grand Opening'.
There is lots to do, and more updates to make.