Friday, March 23, 2012

Ready for the Yarn Crawl (I think)

It's been a busy week here getting ready for the Red Line Yarn Crawl.
Ginger and I dyed yarn on Tuesday and it was the first time this season we could hang it out on the fence.
A fence full of yarn always makes me so happy!
I really feel like I've accomplished something.
All week, we've been working on samples for the grab bags.
I've been calling it the Yarn Crawl Sweatshop around here.
They are finally done, though.
Each of these has samples of yarn that you can try and two great coupons from local bodyworkers who are dedicated to keeping you knitting!
The fun starts at 10am tomorrow.  Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Sign Stolen

My beautiful sign got stolen over the weekend. It was very carefully removed from the posts and taken sometime during Friday night or Saturday morning. I have informed the police. The nice detective told me that there are people who collect retail signs and if they see one they like, they just help themselves.  The bottom line here is that I have to replace the sign and that kind of money is not in the budget right now even if my insurance comes through with some of it.

Patience (JPatience on Ravelry) has come up with a fun way to raise some money similar to the "guess how many jelly beans are in the jar" game. She is in the process of organizing and cataloguing all of her knitting books. For $5, you can take a guess at the total number of knitting books she owns (even she doesn't know at this point). The three closest guesses get to pick a skein each of Mind's Eye Sock Yarn from her stash pages. The closest guess gets to pick first, second closest second and third closest third. Get your guess in by Friday, March 16th and we will announce the winners on Monday, March 19th. You can come by the shop to register your guess or you can use Paypal. If you pay by PayPal send money to and include your guess in the note to seller. Hint: Patience has gotten through authors A-C and has counted 38 titles so far.

Thank you for any help you can give. People's response has been so heartwarming. I will probably be replacing the sign with something smaller, attached to the house and, hopefully, less easy to steal.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Rock Day, 2012

I am attempting to fire up the blog again and what better way than to tell you about all the fun we had on Rock Day, January 7.  This is our first customer of the day with her drop spindle!
Rock Day, otherwise known as St. Distaff's Day is the day after Epiphany and was traditionally the day that spinners in Europe took up their spindles again after the Christmas holiday.  In the last few year, spinners have adopted January 7 as a holiday to celebrate our craft.
It has taken me a few years to get on the bandwagon, but this year I put it on the calendar and I hope to make it an annual event.
We had beginner spinning lessons throughout the day.
I was so excited about the kids that came out!

These two are going to be fine spinners!
I demonstrated the wheel while others brought their own.

And others got to try a wheel for the first time!

We even made drop spindles out of random things.
FYI, a bamboo skewer stuck through either a fingerling potato or a radish makes a really slick drop spindle but a brussel sprout doesn't work as well.  Too leafy and not solid enough, I guess.
All in all, we had a great day and will definitely be celebrating again next year.