Friday, February 29, 2008
2. We locked the doors and were busy eating chocolate and drinking champagne all day.
3. We were busy and hardly had time to sit down to eat, let alone blog.
4. There was a massive polar ice melt, and Florida has sunken beneath the sea, so we are unable to get Internet access.
5. Some other reason that I, the reader, am going to make up and post about in the comments.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Could anyone recommend either some hot crochet books, or a pattern line, that you'd like to recommend we carry in the shop? Feel free to email us if you don't feel like commenting. We'd really appreciate your input.
Friday, February 22, 2008
B is for Books, which we are now carrying, and can special order for our customers.
C is for Champagne, which is always in the fridge (and goes well with store meetings, along with chocolate.).
C is also for Classes, which are always fun as well as informative.
D is for Duran Duran, which makes Sharon and Lorena bop around the store like Old Wave Night Lunatics when the 80's mix is on the iPod.
Monday, February 18, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Saturday march 22 and 29, 2008
2 PM - 5 PM
$50 | Materials Included
Did we mention the needles are sharp?
Friday, February 15, 2008
Dear mommy (or daddy);
I am your jacket. I am at the yarn shop. Please come get me, as I am not a crocheted or knitted garment and all the yarn is making fun of me. I am very lonely, and the sock yarn snickers at me after the gals close the shop.
I miss you.
And it's cold out, so you probably miss me too.
Please come get me.
The small gray jacket
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
(Saturdays) 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
$100 for all four classes | Materials Included
Welcome to Lace 101. We'll be learning several lace stitches from very simple to a little more challenging. Then we'll use these stitches in a sampler that can be enlarged into a scarf or shawl.
In addition the class will cover some of the unique intricacies of lace knitting, some of the history of the stitches, and how these can be used in different projects.
This class is ideal for a beginner with basic knitting skills, and for any knitter wishing to improve and enlarge their technique as well as learn new stitches.
Please bring pen and paper for the class.
Monday, February 11, 2008
If you already have some basic crochet skills (single crochet, increasing and decreasing), you can make one too!
Thursday March 6, 13, and 20, 2008
6 PM - 8 PM
$75 for all three classes | Materials included
Friday, February 8, 2008
Are you as into silk as we are? Then you might want to keep an eye out for these fine fibers next time you stop by (or are perusing our online shop).
Cherry Tree Hill Orenburg Lace – This is a handspun (on a drop spindle) yarn that is 80% Kidd Mohair and 20% Silk. As you can tell by the name, it’s a lace yarn; it comes in hanks of 600 yards, and the mohair gives it just the tiniest bit of ariness. Lovely!
Lorna’s Laces Lion and Lamb – This is a medium-weight, 50% Silk/50% Wool yarn. It comes in hanks of 205 yards, and knits up on a US size 8 needle (or crochets up with an “H”… is “crochet’s up” a real term, or did I just make that up…?!). We love, love, love this yarn. Are you familiar with the other Jenna Wilson pattern, Eris? Because I am so thinking that it would be luscious in Lion and Lamb…
Prism Indulgence – 68% Silk, 15% Wool, 12% Kid Mohair, and 5% Nylon… when you add “hand dyed” into the mix, it really just doesn’t get much better than that. We have a free pattern in the shop for a great open scarf that only takes one skein of this, which is perfect for the warm weather we seem to be being subjected to here in Florida (this week).
Tilli Tomas Voile de la Mer – 70% Silk, 30% Seacell (a natural Kelp fiber). This is a very fine yarn; 290 yards in a 50 gram ball, but you can use anything from a #5 to a #7 to work with it. We have to admit we haven’t actually worked anything up with it yet, other than a swatch… but that might be because we just carry it around and pet it all day long.
Twisted Sisters Petite Voodoo (for some reason this isn't showing up on our website, I'll add "fixing that" to my endless list... sorry!) – This is another 50% Silk/50% Wool yarn, but it looks *nothing* like the Lion and Lamb. It’s a much thinner yarn, half the weight of a skein of L&L but almost the same yardage. This would be perfect for lacy shawls when you want beauty and drape, or even a tank top if you really wanted to spoil yourself with softness.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
While this class would be a little easier if you have some crochet experience, even a new crocheter will be able to get the hang of these simple increases easily. In the course of two weeks, you'll learn to crochet a hat similar to the one pictured above (you'd have to provide your own skeleton, though) by starting at the crown at the hat and increasing down.
We still have seats open in this class; call or come by the shop if you are interested in taking the class!
The llamas are raised close to us, near St. Augustine. How cool is that?! Anyone up for a day trip...?
Tiger Bay Llamas
2 oz/125 yards
Monday, February 4, 2008
The “MacGyver” Badge (Level One) - The recipient must demonstrate clever use of a non-knitting tool in a knitting-related scenario. For instance, recipient has used paper clips as stitch markers, or successfully whittled and then utilized bamboo skewers as dpns.
The “MacGyver” Badge (Level Two) - The recipient must demonstrate clever use of a knitting tool in a non-knitting-related scenario. For instance, recipient has used a strand of Regia Bamboo to slice cheese, or repaired a small appliance with a metal knitting needle.
The “MacGyver” Badge (Level Three) - The recipient must demonstrate clever use of a knitting tool in a non-knitting-related scenario working towards the Greater Good. For instance, recipient used a Clover yarn cutter, a 30” Addi Turbo circular needle, and a copy of Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Knitting Without Tears to foster world peace.
(badge text copyright Brenda Dayne and Cast-on, with her thanks to Zabet Stewart and the Science Scouts at Science Creative Quarterly)
Friday, February 1, 2008
Modeknit / Knitting Heretic
To do justice to these excellent writers would take most of the rest of the day, so just trust us. Give them a try. You'll like what they have to say. Some are funny, some are educational, most have cute pictures of animals-- we read them all for different reasons, and hope we can addict you to them as well.
Yarn: 2 1/2 skeins of Dark Horse Fantasy
Needles: Size 8 straights
Pattern: February is for Damejain