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Are HERE! They are so pretty. And there are simple ones and complicated ones, baby booties or socks to whole sweaters. Darlene and I have already picked out our projects for the knitalong. Of course I have three - a knitted hat for the little grandbaby, a scarf for me and stockings for the grown children (that really makes 5 but the stockings are quick) Next Thursday at 5 is the time of the first meeting. But feel free to look at them before that. I have given the fair isle patterns their own binder and added some others that have been here already. I will be ordering Jamieson & Smith on the Friday after that for those that want it. I have already swatched some yarn for the hat...
was great. It was a completely lovely day and there were lots of folks there. The grandbaby too, and he got to see a sheep getting sheared. He doesn't remember last year but he got to stand in the pen with them this time and wasn't quite sure what he thought about it. They were little -Shetlands, not anything big and overwhelming. I now have half a share of an alpaca fleece in the most beautiful creamy light beige. It was completely irresistable. And some of Jan's Daily Fiber hand dyed yummies to spin...and a bit of natural dye materials that are usually harder to find. And a new hand carved crochet hook - I get a new set of needles or a hook from the same guy every year. I love this time of year. Wish those trees would turn though, I want some inspiring colors since I am still thinking about what sweater to make....
The Annual Fiber Festival is this Saturday at Cannonsburgh. We'll be there and Carole, Stacie and Rachel will be running back and forth and (wo)manning the store. It starts at 10 and is over by 5. It is always a lot of fun. If you haven't been before, give it a try. There's music and food and crafts at the Fall Harvest Festival and then there fiber and sheep and bunnies and more fiber and spinning and weaving and such. It has been going for at least 10 years now. This is where I learned to spin and needle felt and found my first bit of roving - contributing greatly to the larger addiction to fiber I have.
This morning I was reading one of the few magazines I read cover to cover – Ode – and there was an editorial that was interesting.Jurriaan Kemp was talking about investment “bubbles”.The first recorded bubble was in the 17th century in The Netherlands – It was Tulips. He said that tulips were traded at prices 20 times higher than the average annual income of a skilled craftsman. Out of that one came beautiful flowers and probably a good deal of knowledge about botany and how to breed plants.Another he talked about was the Industrial Revolution which was to a large degree fueled by the railroad bubble that invested in building a huge infrastructure. Of course there was the Internet bubble and now the housing bubble.All bubbles burst eventually but those of the past have served a purpose.They’ve created technology and increased knowledge.This bubble is different.The losses are bigger and what was the upside?He said this is really a consumption bubble.As he says, a good deal of creativity and intelligence has gone into making money with money, rather than with providing new, meaningful goods and services.Now, it may be there is an upside we can’t see yet, but I tend to think he is correct.We tend to want more and more stuff.Doyle turned on one of the morning shows after breakfast this morning and I happened to see a segment they did on picnics.They had an array of stuff for picnics – the $70 canvas tote bag, the $295 designer picnic blanket, etc….I was astounded (which is why I hardly ever watch that stuff).I underestimated the level of consumerism on TV once again.Yes I watch TV but usually only look at commercials for entertainment and the social commentary they provide and really rarely get sucked in by them.Okay, a rant on consumerism (I have barely touched the surface) may seem weird from a retail store owner.I do have a point though and will eventually get to it.
In light of the current economic mess, I, like most folks, will be cutting back on what I buy.But mostly what I will be doing is going for quality. As many of you know I still like the novelty yarns and fun different yarns.But they don’t keep you warm!I really love knitting with plain wool best of all. I have a closet full of clothes – many of which I rarely wear.I have some good wool sweaters and those I wear a lot.It may seem that buying good wool to make a sweater is indulgent or wasteful, but a well made classic sweater can last a lifetime. I still wear the first pair of handmade socks I did – 6 or so years ago. How many commercially made socks last that long? The cost of heating now means I will be wearing lots of sweaters this year.The gifts I still have that people have given me are the ones they made. The gifts I give this year will almost all be handmade. I would rather receive a handmade washcloth and handmade soap or a scarf or – well, you get the picture -than a big fancy doodad. So, I guess what I am saying is:Make your purchases wisely, buy things that last, that mean something.Until the next bubble rises, the way to deal with the bursting of this one is to learn from it and make you purchases count.Learn to make your own stuff, learn to adjust what you do, learn how to make simple quality instead of just buying quantity.
I've updated the calendar for November and there are some great things happening next month. We will be doing a Fair Isle Knit Along in November. I am waiting for some incredible fair isle patterns to come in (they were mailed last week) and we can all pick our own pattern to do. The first meeting is Nov 6 at 5pm. We'll pick our patterns and if you choose to use the Jamieson & Smith (traditional for this) you can order it then. I am still searching for the perfect fair isle cardigan pattern...hmmm
Also in: I have just gotten a lot of Encore in and finally got it put up. There are now over 60 colors of this one here. I am making grandbaby presents out of it now - a shawl collared sweater and then a cabled one too I think.
And Jojoland came in yesterday. That great Swirl Shawl pattern that is soooo popular (134 folks on Ravelry are doing it) is back in and a there's a bit of the yarn too. And lace weight yarn and CASHMERE - one skein will do a luscious scarf and that would make an awesome gift.
One is a "Morning Surf" scarf from Spin Off in some blue and yellow hand spun - sorry no picture of that. Then I finished the Spinner's Shawl - a pattern from Fiber Trends -I did this one in Frog Tree hand dyed alpaca. The pattern calls for sport weight but this was fingering so I did more repeats of the pattern and I love it. There are lilac beads on the edge too. And then I finished this great little hat from Figheadh patterns in Teseo (from Di've)
Now I cans start something else. Next is a simple little sweater for the grandbaby which I hope will still fit him by the time it is cold. And of course back to the UFOs - I have started back on the Goddess Knits Mystery Shawl too.
Everything by Wool in the Woods. They were sold a few months ago and now the old colors and yarns are a bit hard to find and can't be replaced. New versions of the yarn are being done by another company but Wool in the Woods was special. We have a good bit of Cherub - a fingering weight wool and some Feelin' Fuzzy - a really nice mohair. Both are handdyed of course and lovely to work with. Buy the yarn and get 15% off a pattern for it. This could be some of the great sock patterns we just got in or a lacey scarf or shawl. I think I need another pair of handwarmers from the cherub. I did a swatch of the yarn with a fair isle pattern and it was very nice. There are also a couple of afghan kits by them and they're a great quick knit cause they are on large needles and holding three yarns together.
We have added Brown Sheep Company Yarns to the store. Brown Sheep makes Lamb's Pride as well as some other yarns. We have Bulky Lamb's Pride now and a sport weight superwash as well. This stuff (the bulky) felts like a dream.
And there's Teseo (Wool & Microfibre) from Di've along with some Autunno (lovely soft subtle self striping wool).
There are new things and restocking of some old things coming in everyweek.....I love fall.