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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Stylin Day, Schaefer Trunk Show, Color Me Happy

April 16th 11-3
Andrea Marquis representing Jul Accessories, Kelbourne Woolens and Schaefer Company will be here to help you reinvent and restyle your knitted and crocheted pieces.

A Spring Schaefer Trunk show will be here for the day. Included will be yarns to create these two favorite designs using Schaefer yarns.

Color Me Happy
Put some Spring in your smile (coral, anyone?) and pamper your skin! Try a relaxing hand treatment, take home some eye color to test and treat yourself to a little beauty booty! (Enter to win a Satin Hands set!) Mary Kay independent beauty consultant Kristen Hampshire Ohly shares spring makeup trends and timeless skincare classics.


April 9th Events at the Studio

Some fun events are coming up in April:

April 9th
Felted Beads and Tapestry Crochet
Join us on this day to make some summer accessories. Sign up for our Tapestry Crochet class and create a lime slice pin....later on in the day
We will have a free demo on making your own felted beads which you can later embellish with sparklies and turn into a necklace or bracelet.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Meet Mik(very knitworthy)

I want you to meet Mik. He is my nephew in Lake Tahoe that is attending college in Santa Cruz. He was home on break when we were visiting so we were lucky enough to ski with him. He is a competitive trick skier and very knitworthy. He had my son Nik all over the slopes.....he slowed way down to keep me company. He put on the hat I made him(like three years ago and never put in the mail to him) and wore it almost the whole time we were there. Not only is he knitworthy cuz he loved his hat but also 'cuz he looks so smashing in the hat!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A very special Wednesday

So I was alone at the shop today...customers scattered throughout the day. I found myself wandering throughout and taking pics of newer things that you might enjoy seeing without coming to the shop. I would love you to come to the shop but this way you do know what is new....without even leaving your house! Lets start with the drop spindles....cute little things that make yarn with your help. We plan to offer classes in May so you can carry your little spindle wherever you go this summer! the new Lantern Moon Knit boxes are ingenious and loverly to contain your yarn and keep critters away from your projects. Then there is the new Lantern Moon Hobo bag. Perfect for carrying projects to the beach or elsewhere, To wear: we have the unique and stunning Triana yarn. Here we have both the yarn knitted up and the colors options available, Noro this spring has introduced new colors for Taiyo.....a brilliant all season yarn. So many people loved Taiyo this year that Noro also introduced a Taiyo sock....light and perfect for warm temps, Malabrigo book 3 is now in along with wonderful yarns to aid you in the decision of which project to pick,


starving artist beret

The Starving Artist Beret is a quicky! Lots of people have done it on Ravelry and they all say the same thing....fun and quick. I made mine with Dream In Colors Groovy limited edition.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Erika's Sparkly beret(aka Blushing Beret)

I love berets. I have one favorite(which Fred was wearing last posting) There is something about its sparkle and its softness that makes me feel very special when I wear it. It is perfect for the still chilly March winds. I have started calling it my sparkly beret and the designer Breean Elyse Miller calls it her Blushing Beret. I used the Artyarns Mohair splash and then doubled the Classic Elite Silky Alpaca Lace. I also used smaller needles because I like me berets snug around my head. There is actually quite a bit of Mohair Splash left....maybe an elegant pair of fingerless gloves?

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Making Fred's Day

My oldest daughter Kelsey is a sculptor. She takes seemingly mundane things and turns them into wonderful 3 dimensional characters, objects, pieces of art.(thanks Mrs. Buckley and Sally Price) Fred is one of the characters that I adopted. He sits on my front porch, greeting visitors or the mailman. He sits there regardless of the weather but he has told me that sunny days are his favorite. He watches our dogs play, snuggles up to the cat and collects leaves in the fall. It has been a hard winter for him....some of his paper mache has come loose so he is looking forward to spring....when his wire can expand and feel the heat. Fred looked so sad the last snowfall that I decided to cheer him up with some color. I swear I saw him smile!

Friday, March 04, 2011

Sweater Babe Knitting & Crochet
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The website has detailed information about the patterns before you buy them including:

  • The Fiber Needed
  • Measurements
  • Skill Level
  • Total Yardage Required
  • Pattern Gauge
  • Some Suggested Yarn Substitutes
  • Knitting Needles Used

For example #84 Sexy Organic Cotton Camisole Knitting Pattern this is a sexy knit lace Camisole with ribbed straps, peplum shaping, and ribbon tied at the waist. This was created using Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton. You can purchase Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton at River Colors Online Store.

This is an excellent website with a huge selection of patterns. Check them out at

Thursday, March 03, 2011

So Much Fun at Spin in

Best pictures from the event are located here at Emily's blog "Zween"

I want to thank everyone for making our first spin in day a success. There were knitters and crocheters and people who sew(if you say sewer it looks like another word)all gathered round tables and spinning wheels and drop spindles and buttons and yarn and roving and there was laughter and concentration and inspiration and motivation and...and...and