Monday, September 28, 2020

Virtual Monday

Fall festival season is upon us, and I had a festival update planned for today.  Usually I post earlier in the day, but this has been a Monday through and through.  I'm posting late in the day and a second virtual show went live this afternoon, so this post has turned into a virtual twofer.  Sometimes my jumbled schedule works out for the best.

After all these months, I still don't have a grasp of pandemic time, and it's hard to believe October is right around the corner.  Vermont Sheep and Wool is one of my favorites.  I'll really miss this festival and my trek to Vermont, but I'm thrilled there's a virtual gathering to take its place.

The fun happens this weekend.  Admission is free.  Our festival special is free shipping on all orders placed over the weekend.

I'll be "live" on both Saturday and Sunday.  I'm still working out the details and will post the schedule here and on social media.  

Next up is Rhinebeck.  The website went live with classes just this afternoon.  Vendor listings aren't up yet, but you can find vendor posts in the Facebook group.  We'll be vending, and we'll provide another update with more information.

I know virtual events can't replace the in-person experience.  It's just not the same.  The upside is that people who normally couldn't make the trip can now participate.  And you can take it all in from the comfort of your couch.  Now that's a silver lining twofer.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Stitch by Stich

Knitting season is upon us and by extension that includes dyeing.  Since I'm not traveling, I feel a little out of sync, but I've made some adjustments.  Full steam ahead with all the colors.

In the mix with everything else, I manage to knit here and there throughout the day.  Stitch by stitch it all adds up.  This was my Toetoe earlier in the week.

The body is finished, and now it's on to the sleeves.

This one is taking shape.  After a few more short rows, I'll start decreasing.  Then this sleeve will really pick up speed.  Plus I have short arms.  It's a good thing because I'm determined not to linger on sleeve island.

This week's color inspiration matches my sweater.

Sunflower power.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Admin Update

I had plans for a different post today, but it turns out administrative items are at the top of the list instead.

First of all, there is a pop-up shop happening on Saturday at Another Yarn.  I know there was a bit of confusion last week, but now it's a go.  If the weather cooperates, we'll have set-ups outside in the parking lot and inside the shop.  The hours are 11:00-3:00.  

We'll have plenty of yarn plus kits and bundles.  There will also be a full array of samples for ideas and inspiration.  As of right now, this is the last pop-up on the fall schedule.  I encourage you to take advantage if you're in the area.

We've been busy getting things ready for the fall shipment of Yarn Knot, and we have room for a few more people.

More yarn choices with different pricing options.  Sign up for all four quarters or just one.  Take a look and be sure to contact me if you have questions.

That wasn't too bad.  I'll have more knitting content later in the week.

Monday, September 21, 2020


I'm not going to lie.  It was a tough weekend.  The death of Justice Ginsburg hit me hard.  I worked on the fringes of the legal system for many years and value the hard-fought battles of Justice Ginsburg.  My daughter is in her second year of law school, and I hope she doesn't have to fight those same battles.  It's been hard to secure forward progress when it comes to equality.  It's just as hard to maintain that progress.

On the recommendation of a dear friend, the Grab and Go for this week is the Dissent Cowl.  Follow the link for a few color suggestions.  The yarn for my own Dissent Cowl is wound and ready to go.

It's a new day.  The fight continues.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Short Supply

Knitting time has been in short supply this week, but I have ambitious plans for the weekend.  Even without the fall festivals, there's still plenty of dyeing to fill my days.

Coming soon.

These new bundles are ready to launch.  As soon as I get a chance to take individual pictures, they'll be on the website.

One scheduling note.  The other day I mentioned a pop-up shop at Another Yarn on September 26.  That event is being rescheduled. Stay tuned for an update.

Everywhere I go, there are masks for sale.  Don't forget yours.  This week's color inspiration . . . 

A colorful array.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Searching for Inspiration

I had a project I was lugging around.  I'd take it out every once in a while and look at it fondly.

What's not to love?  Garter stitch, stripes, two colors.  I would pull the project out of the bag and knit a row or two.  Then I would put it back in the bag and not think about it again for quite a while.

The other day I came to terms with the fact that right now the pattern doesn't inspire me.  That doesn't mean I won't make it some day, but for the moment it doesn't grab me.

It's OK to change course, and that's what I did.  It's back to the drawing board for these two.

I still love the color combination, and I wonder what they will become.  I'm excited to find out.  That's the inspiration I was looking for.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Grab and Go

The website has been updated with our new Grab and Go section.  Every Monday we'll highlight a different project along with yarn and color suggestions. 

Zoral is in the spotlight this week.

Garter stitch is one of my favorites.  Stripes and short rows make a winning combination.  This project is relaxing but not boring.  Even simple decisions can be challenging during a pandemic, so we've put together several color options.  If you don't see colors that strike your fancy, be brave and choose your own.

Be sure to check out Grab and Go for ideas and inspiration.  New projects will rotate through on a weekly basis.

Finally a quick plug for pop-up shops.  Cape Cod knitters, I'll be at Salt Yarn Studio on Friday afternoon.  We've just added a stop at Another Yarn on September 26.  Both of these events are outdoors.  Keep your distance.  Wear a mask.