Thursday, April 26, 2007

Surprise Visit!

So, just when you think things don't happen to you, they do! Circle just started today. There were about 6 of us and I needed to print out a pattern. While I am busy with that, I hear RoxieAnn get all excited! She's talking to whoever just walked in the door and rushes to our office and says "Debbie Macomber is here!" Your're kidding, right? I head back towards the group and it is Debbie! OMG! Joyce was lucky to get Debbie's autograph in one of the 'Knit Along' books we had in stock.

Debbie will be visiting 25 cities over the next several weeks promoting her new book, Back on Blossom ST. Look for Debbie's new book on our shelves in a few weeks!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Newsletter is now online!

Yeah!!! The latest newsletter is now online! Here's a tip for you so you can reduce the amount of ink you use when you print the newsletter: click on . Once the printer box opens, click on . From there, click on . Find the 'toner save mode' and click the 'on'. This will make all of the burgundy boxes print much lighter and will reduce the amount of ink you use.

Happy reading!!

Monday, April 16, 2007

Deepest Sympathy

Our hearts and prayers go out to those families who lost loved ones and to all of those who were affected by today's tragic and senseless shooting at Virginia Tech.

What Goes In, Sometimes Must Come Out

Well, I did finish the 28 rows of cable for Ymer. The problem is, I hold my work up to Al and the cable just doesn't hit him right. The whole motif is too low on his long torso. So, you guessed it - rip! I already added 1.5" to the length and this time, I will add 4.5" then start the motif. A minor setback, but still hope to be finished by May 4th. Besides, the motif was fun to make, so I'll that 'double the fun!'

On a lighter note, I went to the Seattle Fiber Arts Expo yesterday. I met up with Klaus and Teyani from Crown Mountain Farms . I acquired a beautiful Turkish hand spindle and really have it down to a science. Teyani was right, 5 minutes and just about anyone can be using this fabulous tool. The beauty of a Turkish spindle is that you make center pull 'singles' and then you ply those together as opposed to needing a nostepinne. I am definitely hooked! I am taking a support spindle class next Sunday and can only imagine how that is going to go. I observed a woman doing this at the expo and am totally fascinated and intrigued. Stay tune for more...

Have you ever had a problem with your car or appliance and try to explain it to your husband? Have you ever tried to recreate the problem so he can see first hand what is going on? Well, my Kromski (spinning wheel) has an irritating squeak. It's had it for about two weeks and I've been reluctant to use it because it really is pretty irritating. I brought the wheel home yesterday after spending an hour of our spinning time trying to fix it (lubricate areas with bee's wax). Would you believe that the squeak is non-existent? Luckily I have several witnesses as I am sure Al thinks I am losing it!! Anyway, squeak seems to be mysteriously gone.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

PLU Bound!!

OK, so totally non Renaissance Yarns related, but what the heck! Most of you know my family and we have exciting news! Stephanie has just been accepted to PLU. She is very excited and, of course, very scared. Wishing her the best!!!

Ymer is moving right along. I did not get the 28 row chart entirely done, but am making great progress. The cable pattern is quite interesting - picture tomorrow. I am using Elsebeth Lavold's Silky Cashmere and the cable definition is unbelieveable!

Need to get my "House" fix and continue Ymer.

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Ymer - A Labor of Love

No Renaissance Yarns news today. It's Easter Sunday; a time to relax, celebrate and reflect. I've been slowly working on Ymer (Elsebeth Lavold Designer's Choice Book 9) for husband, Al. I am using Silky Cashmere and you can probably guess the color. I've just started the main motif on the back. The motif is a 28 row chart and I am hopeful to be done with it tomorrow (with the chart, that is). I have to "kick it up a notch" if I want to get this done before the shop's one year anniversary. Thankfully, it is a vest so I do have a sporty chance of pulling it off. Can you believe it? A year already!