in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and now it is time to get back to work! If you can call something that you love , work, but then it is all the ' stuff ' that goes along with it that gets time consuming. If one could just spend their days creating and knitting life would be supreme!
I have cut down my shows this year. It is just so very much work setting up the booth and my aching back and hips are telling me to slow down. It will also be a smaller booth so hopefully the time spent getting ready will be better for me.
There are new patterns, and a new yarn from Touch, with new colors in existing yarns. I am also putting up more kits from tried and true patterns. I now have to put my cross stitch down and focus on the knitting so I can have a few new samples.
Our first show will be Hoosier Hills so I hope we see you there. It has become a nice show and it is always great to see the many faithful customers. Happy knitting!
who visited our booth at the Midwest Folk and Fiber festival this past weekend. It was glorious weather and people came in droves, especially on Friday. It was lovely to see all my ' regulars ' and have a chat.
I will not be doing the Stitches Midwest show this year, so if any of you are having Fantail Fibres withdrawal, you can hop on over to the web store and get your purchases. We are working hard to get all our product up on site. I will really miss this show, but sometimes business decisions must be made.
I am busy working on new samples as it is time to retire some of the old favorites. We have a new color in the Merino Magic sock yarn, called Coronet Peak, and it is a lovely blue tone. Would make a great baby sweater for a little boy!
We also have a new Breast Cancer Kit. Warm mittens using the Knitsch 12ply (worsted). Remember that for every BC kit sold, we donate 5% to the cause.
Yep, we are back home in Michigan after a wonderful winter on the Treasure Coast. I just couldn't get enough of the beaches.......all you have to do is look at the shells I bought back with me. Some of them I have made into necklaces, some on a bird house and I also made a couple of wind chimes! The rest, well, we'll see. ( maybe I can incorporate them into my knitting!)
Now it is back to the business of yarn. After I cut my finger while away I wasn't able to do much knitting. Now that it is healed, I find that the yarn really irritates the area that was cut, so my knitting time is limited in one session. I did get a mobious scarf done out of the new cashmere, merino, possum yarn. The pattern was a good choice as it looks lovely. Picture as soon as the natural light co-operates with me. Also finished a lacey top out of 2 strands of 2ply. Just have to block and piece it together. The Queen of Hearts shawl from Fiber Trends is about 6 rows from being finished and I just now had to go into a second skein of 2ply. I love this pattern and it looks wonderful in the red merino.
Now to clean up the garden and yard and get all the birds back in to see us!
how quickly time goes. Our time in the South for the winter is almost over. We have really enjoyed this year staying in one spot and visiting the beaches as often as we can. My last trip I got a little too red!! The sunshine most every day and warmer temps are very re-juvinating at this time of year.
I have been busy getting some new samples made and the latest is a looped scarf from the premier issue of "Knit Wear ". The knitting was easy but the grafting really took a long time. I finally wound up writing down every step for the 41sts I had on and just did it. Turned out great. The yarn I used was the new Cashmere/Possum/Merino yarn and it took 2 balls. It took me a long time to settle on a project for this yarn and I think I made a good choice. I followed the largest size on the pattern and used a #9 needle and came out with their dimmensions even tho the yarn was a smaller gauge. Now, I am working on a lace shawl in a Fiber Trends Pattern and red 4ply(fingering) and a sweater jacket in the 8ply merino.
I am not doing as many shows this year so if you live in the Mid-West and want to see my booth, visit the web store and click on service, then locator. I have chosen not to do the Stitches show this year for many reasons. Please visit the web store and the full line of product will be back up by the 3rd week of April. Same product as the shows and very good service. You can pay for your order thru paypal ( you do not need to have a paypal account )or credit card.
Would love to hear how you like our yarns and tell us what projects you are working on. Happy knitting.
to all my friends, customers & anyone else who is looking at my site. We are in the warmer clims of Florida for the winter and are enjoying the sunny days immensley. I have to state that I have been somewhat lazy and have not done very much of all my pre-planned projects! Some Christmas gifts were finished and I am working on a mitred afghan for our travel trailer,which we are living in for the winter, and a little x-stitch has been achieved, also.......I have read several books. We have been staying on the Atlantic side of Florida for the last 2 months and I have been enjoying a reunion with a friend who is also a Kiwi. We worked together before we were both married so it is such a hoot remminising about things we did when we were 18!!!
The show list is up in the web store. Click on Customer Service and then go to Locator. I have cut out alot of shows this year as it is proving too much for me, but you can still purchase the goodies on the web store. When we return in April, there will be a full store up and ready for you. Right now, it is just the product that I can carry with me.( it is amazing how much will fit in those storage bags you suck the air out of!!!!)
Until then, Happy Knitting
to balance a business and your homelife. Those of you in my position will certainly understand. This is my situation this winter as my honey wants to get out of the Michigan winters and go south, like the geese! We live in a travel trailer for 5 months so there is no room to take all my product that is on the web store. Sooooo...... the only solution I can come up with is to take with me the most popular items you seem to be wanting at this time and take the rest down until we return. I hope this will not distress you too much as I have had much distress trying to think what to do. If you do not see it on the storefront it does not mean we don't carry it, just that it too is on a holiday!
We want to take this time the say a big THANK YOU to all who supported us in the past year and to those that stopped by our booths and webstore and said hello and got to know the product line. We are working on our shows for next year so keep watching the site. To all of you, our wishes for a wonderful Holiday season and blessings for the New Year.
we had in West Branch at last weekends show. We took our travel trailer this time and it was a challenge to get all the booth stuff, 30 some containers, into the inside of it and still have room for us. It all worked out and as always, we enjoyed meeting you all and especially the camp fires at night. Thank you for your support.
Our next and final show of the year will be Fiber Expo in Ann Arbor, Oct 22 - 23. We will have a couple of new items to finish the year out. From Little Wool Co we will have a worsted weight tweed and from Touch we will have a cashmere blend, along with the recently added Stansborough Grey 2ply and 8ply. We hope you can make it to the show.
The new color of 2ply lace/weaving yarn from Stansborough is in the store and it is sooooo beautiful. A light silvery grey. As you already know I cannot get this yarn all the time and my present supply of both the 2ply colors is all that will be available for up to 6 months! I have a scarf pattern done using the 5 8ply colors. Each color is represented two times, with the beginning color done 3 times so both ends are the same tone.
Next week we are off to the Northern Michigan Lamb and Wool Festival in West Branch Michigan. The show is Saturday and Sunday. It'll be an experience for us as we are taking our camper this time. We have to pack the whole booth into the camper for the trip, which will not be too bad (if we can get it all in!), but on Sunday after we close down, we are spending the night so I guess we will be climbing over tubs to get to the bed and bathroom!! At our age that will be a sight! Hope to see you at the show.
is their 8ply DK yarn in 5 grey based, almost heathered colors. I have a scarf pattern already printed and I am almost finished knitting it in the 5 colors. Then I can get a pix to attach to the pattern. The yarn is very nice to work with tho not as soft as a merino. It reminds me of the hard wearing Shetland yarns so will be perfect for those sweaters and jackets. I have been told that it has a great luster when washed and will not pill. All the colors start out with the same grey yarn as the 2ply so that is why they seem to have a heather look.
There is more of the 2ply coming so if you don't see any on the web store it is because we are out of stock. This next shipment will be all I can get for the next 6 months so don't delay if you are thinking of trying it.