Monday, November 26, 2007

The Hanks Question of the Week

The sushi toilet paper cozy... the chicken viking hat... any of the hundreds of toy/robot/monster patterns out there... what's the oddest thing you've crocheted or knit?

Monday, November 19, 2007

The Hanks Question of the Week

Crafting for others, be it for holidays (eep, Christmas is coming, isn't it?!) or for birthdays, or just in general. Do you craft for others? Or maybe only for certain others who appreciate your work? Do you put pressure on yourself to finish an abnormal amount of gifts?

Friday, November 16, 2007


Announcing my handspun line, HaldeSpun yarns; one-of-a-kind yarns in differing fibers, weights, and colorways. And hey, I have five cats and a dog, so watch out for the occasional stray pet hair (or as we call it in my house, "reinforcing thread").

Monday, November 12, 2007

The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Check out our pal Fiber Fanatics R Us-- she has a published pattern, and we carry it! We only have three or four copies left, but can get more after Thanksgiving. Her pattern is the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, made with ten different colors of Cherry Tree Hill's Supersock.

Here are some pictures -


And three detail pictures -




The Hanks Question of the Week

Do you have a favorite yarn, or a favorite fiber, that you go back to again and again? For instance, I'm a sucker for a sock yarn with a merino/tencel blend, and I love, love, love to spin Blue Faced Leicester. Maybe you have a favorite? Not necessarily a brand name, but something that you just can't resist whenever you touch it?

Monday, November 5, 2007

The Hanks Question of the Week

Hello, and welcome to a new feature of the Hanks blog; the Hanks Fiber Question of the Week. This isn't designed to make anyone panic, it's just a way to encourage conversation and the sense of community we feel with other fiber addicts. Feel free to answer, or not; this will be a weekly feature on Mondays so if you have an answer for this one, but not for next week, that's fine too! And if you have any questions you'd like to submit, drop us a line.

And the question is....

How do your family and friends feel about your fiber habits? Do they line up for crocheted dishcloths and potholders? Do they live for you to knit them a new pair of socks? Do they fight each other for a hank of your handspun? Or do they smile and nod and back away whenever your eyes fill with joy at the sight of a new project?

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Opening weekend photographs

I finally have our opening weekend photos up. It was a blast, really; it felt like we had a party at our house all weekend long and that everyone who came had a fantastic time. We are very, very lucky that such wonderful fiber enthusiasts live around here and chose to spend their weekend with us. Thank you all, so very much! We love you all!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Cherry Tree Hill's Orenburg Lace

Continuing in the theme of Cherry Tree Hill Day, let me mention Orenburg Lace (you can see our selection here although not every colorway has a photo associated with it yet).

Orenburg Lace

This hard-to-get lace weight yarn (it's my understanding that there are only a small handful of stores - less than ten - in the United States that carry this) is brought to you from handspinners in Russia. It's entirely spun on drop spindles. The content of this lace is 80% Kidd Mohair and 20% silk, and comes in 50 gram hanks of 600+ yards. Cherry Tree Hill handpaints the yarn in all of their traditional colorways. We just got a large shipment before we opened, and will be getting even more in, in just a couple of weeks.