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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Thank-you for the lesson!

So my new found obsession continues....the spinning yarn thing. The drop spindle is such a basic looking tool. I have to admit I like a challenge. I like to do things that other people ask "why"? I have been asking lots of people if they spin, the response is yes to a spinning wheel but no....not really to the spindle. The common theme is that once you spin on a wheel you will not want to bother with the spindle, it takes too long. That being said, I watched a couple you tube videos and tried to teach myself. It didn't look that hard but I just couldn't get it started. THEN...in walks a customer and innocently asks about the drop spindles that I have distributed throughout the shop. I ask my spinning question and loa and behold she does spin on a drop spindle(and wheel as well)....and then even beyond that....offers to teach me! How can a girl say no to that???? The next hour was a delight and I now have some yarn on a drop spindle to show you. She is very excited about this upcoming Saturday and promises to be there. Thank-you for the lesson!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Spinning yarn obsession

So here you see a picture of my new obsession and a new toy around our house. In contrast to other fibery things I have brought home, this item (a Louet Victoria spinning wheel) has everyone in the family curious. Peter kept asking me if I wasn't going to take it out of the box and when I finally did he took control and put it together and promptly started to play with it. After about an hour he cited that there is alot more skill in spinning yarn than he realized. Nik put the bigger Julia model together at the store and then all of the sudden was asking me about how to use it. He tried for a bit and had help from a couple customers that were knitting at the store that day. There is defintely an intrigue that goes along with the wheel. I have been bitten by the bug for sure. Stop by the store this Saturday and come play. There will be the free spinning demos and some bead making with roving and awesome colors and lots of laughing.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Spinning and buttons

Please come visit us this Saturday 2/26/11. We have a wonderful button trunk show plus our Spin/In/Out. The buttons are here for a week and are funky and unique. Come pick out something you love and plan a project around it or just visit us and watch the magic and fun of the yarn spinning that will be taking place throughout the store. We have free yrn spinning demos planned plus many of our customers are going to bring their wheels and enjoy the fun of spinning with friends. We will have spinning fiber available for purchase from a couple small indie dyers. The spinning is sooo fun and addictive you have got to give it a try.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Love, hearts and baby hats

Sometimes is is just fun to make something unexpected and watch the reactions of people as you pull them out of your bag....that is how it is with these fun little hearts(just in time for Valentines Day of course. The multi colored hearts are made from the Noro Kids Collection of patterns. The little delicate hearts are made from the Mags Kandis book called Gifted. You still have time and we have the supplies!

The baby hat is a winner. I was tired of moving things around at the store this past Monday and wanted to knit. I picked out this ball of Big Baby and grabbed the Blue Sky Bulky Baby hat pattern and guess what I had in less than an hour. How can you say no to this baby project that takes less than an hour and costs less than $15.00?