Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Stuck on the Fair Isle Purse

I've had this purse ALMOST done for over a month. The handles are knitted just need a quick toss in the washer to felt and then put the silly thing together.
update: Handles are felted. Still have sewing to do

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Beaded Wristlets is the TBD class for October 27

Elisha Wood will be teaching a beautiful beaded ruffled wrist warmer. You will learn to incorporate beads into your knitting. The project makes a wonderful Christmas present. Come by the store to learn more.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

The Store is joining the Karaoke Knit Along

SWTC is hosting a KAL (Knit Along) online for the Karaoke Mitered Square Sweater. The store will join in by having our own instore version. I'm leaning towards doing mine in Mermaid and Mermaid mix to go with a Mermaid mix Black Purl Sweater that all I have to do is the finish work on. We will probably meet one Tuesday a month and every Friday afternoon. I still have to talk with the knitters. I may even do a Kids Knit version for our more advanced children knitters.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Hi Heidi's Mom

We're celebrating Christmas in July this month. This week I am holding a felted ornament class and next week we will be doing Christmas stockings. That class will be particularly good for those knitters who have been wanting to try socks but fear the Second Sock Sydrome.

The Kids Knit group had a great start off with at least nine knitters between the ages of 6 and 12. There will be another gathering next Friday, then we will move it to a couple of Tuesday nights a month since the kids will be going back to school. The kids (and some adults) are doing a service project called Knittin' for Kittens. They are using Mammut yarn to knit cat blankets to use in the kennels at a local animal shelter.

I'm also starting a spinning study on a Tuesday night the kids aren't here. I will probably offer a class on Tuesday evenings that aren't taken by other activities.

Heidi will be going back to fulltime teaching at the Jacksonville State next month so she won't be able to keep the store open on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons after this month. Elisha will also start teaching this fall (kindergarten)

We have some great new yarns in. We're up to 25 solids and 12 varigated shades of Kertzer's new yarn Northern.

We've also got the new sock yarn from Kollage called Luscious. I can't wait to make a pair of socks from it but I'm way behind on my projects and have to finish at least a few before I can start anything other than store projects.

We also just got in the Addi Lace needles and Skacel's new ArtFelt felting kits.

Heidi finished her multi-directional scarf in SWTC Karaoke. Paula taught a entrelac class and did the example scarf in HPKY's Precious. Gorgeous handpainted yarn.

One of the reasons it's been hard to blog besides the new job where I actually have to work, rather than surf the web (although I'm really loving it), is my husband's latest passion... chickens. We have about 100 now most of which we've hatched in an incubator on our dining room table. In about three months time we've gone from 17 adults (mainly Rhode Island Reds) to a number of different varieties, including Barred Rocks and Silkies. These are some of the Aracauna chicks.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Haven't Blogged for a while..Big News

There's a reason I haven't written in a while. I've been very busy. The big new is I have a new job in Gadsden. only 25 miles from the farm. So I get to be a fulltime wife again. I will be working for a truly amazing CPA firm which I could not have asked for a more perfect situation. We have been busy trying to get the house in Marietta empty and on the market. Note that I have changed the wall of wool on the right side of the page. It is now entirely made up of Cascade 220. We're up to 62 colors now
More to follow soon.

Monday, April 23, 2007

May Class Schedule and new website

Heidi has finished up a website for the store. Check out taming-the-ewe.com

Store class schedule.
April 28
Pinwheel Purse $15
HPKY Hemp yarn available for project

May 5
Baby socks $15. Tired of babies kicking off their booties? Come learn to make baby socks. If you haven't make socks before this is a perfect way to get down the basics.

May 12
1 pm
Crochet Post Stitch Pillow $15
Try out a different crochet stitch. Learn the difference between the front and back post stitches.

May 18-19 10am
10 am
Desota Fiber Guild Spinning workshop. Friday session will focus on drop spindle spinning and Saturday will focus on spinning on a wheel.
Open to the public.
Materials fee only

May 26
Knit mesh bag $15
Perfect for carrying your swimsuit and other beach essentials. Knit up out of Super 10 cotton,

The Free Beginners knitting lesson continue every Saturday morning at 10am except for May 19.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

New Hand Painted Yarn

Last week was my week to go crazy over hand-painted yarns for the store. The first picture is hand dyed sock yarn from HPKY. Next month I will be getting some hemp blend yarn in the same colorways for a purse class I am teaching at the end of the month. I am also getting a little of the wool/silk blend that takes the dyes in jewel-tones.

The second handpainted yarn is from Linda Boozer, a customer/ vendor of mine who is also an alpaca farmer. She had the alpaca cleaned and spun at a mill but did the the hand-dying herself

I am going to be opening up an E-Bay store as soon as tax season is over and offer these as well as some other great sock yarns and hand painted yarns and rovings.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Quick Class Update

The Ribbon Shawl class will be this weekend Saturday March 31 at 1pm. Only skill needed to make this elegant shawl is the knit stitch and a simple increase and decrease. I will be updating this blog with the April schedule and some beautiful new handpainted yarn this weekend.

By the way a reporter from the Anniston Star came by the store last Thursday night for Knit Night. Monday morning my husband and one of my customers were right there on the FRONT PAGE of the newspaper along with a great article about the store along with another picture on the second page of the story. He got my name wrong, called me Pam and Linda at different times, but he got the store name right so I really don't care.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Knit Night

Had a great week this week. Lots of new customers. And a lot of people showed up for Knit Night.

Kim finished her throw made out of Suss Love.

Make sure you click on the pictures and look at the detail.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Customer Projects

Susanne came in today with a couple of projects she finished.

This is the same braided scarf that was on the cover of the Vogue Holiday issue. Instead of angora/wool blend in red, she used four different shades of pink in Cascade 220.

She also did the capelet from the cover of the Winter issue of Vogue. It turned out a bit big so she fulled it a little.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

March Class Schedule

Just a quick note.

Have my class schedule for March for the store.

March 3 1pm Felted Purse Class $15.
Learn the basic of felting and knitting in the round

March 10 1pm Tunician Crochet Pillow $15
Pick up a new crocheting skill

March 11 1pm-5pm Spinning Sunday
Store will be open. Bring your spinning wheel or use a store wheel to practice. Knitters and crocheters are also welcome.

March 17 1pm Ribbon Shawl $15
Make a simple but elegant spring/summer shawl

March 24 1pm Elizabetb Zimmermann Practically Seamless Baby Sweater $15

March 31 1pm TBA

All month on Friday and Saturday 10a-12pm Knit Along with Pat will feature a shell top made with SWTC Bamboo. No fee. Help will be available as needed.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

It's going to be a long day tomorrow (today)

I've been back at CNN for two weeks now after two and a half months on sick leave for my broken leg. My leg is still bothering me a lot. Especially when I'm on it for long periods. Wednesday-Thursday is the worst. I got up at 2pm today after 4 hours of sleep because I had errands to do for DH. Then I drove to Atlanta from the farm in Alabama to go to work. In the morning I will leave and go straight to the shop, which is open until 9p for Knit Night. If I'm lucky I will get an hour nap before the store opens. Despite the long hours, I still wouldn't give it up. The advertising I've been doing on the local cable company is starting to bring more people into the store and my regulars have been wonderful.

I did another intermediate knitting class, using the multi-directional scarf as a final project. This is my version done in Gipsy. I've done this scarf at least four times including once with some of my hand spun yarn

DH has finished the major knitting on his first sweater. I am doing the finishing on it. I'm going to try to get it done while he is in Florida. I will post it when it's finished. He has already started a second sweater.

This is one of the scarves he made for the store. The pattern is mine and is done out of Cascade Lana Grande.
Break over. Better get back to work.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Well I'm up and blogging

I planned to start posting well before this but starting the shop while working full-time at CNN took more time than I thought. My DH did a wonderful job remodeling the shop. It is absolutely beautiful and I feel loved every time I walk through the door.

I already have some of the nicest customers in the world. When I broke my leg in November, two of them stepped right up and took over running the shop until I was on my feet.

I put the wall of wool as the main picture on this blog because I am proud to have one of the largest selections of Cascade 220 in the Southeast. I am hoping within the next year to have all available colors.

While I have been recuperating, I have done a lot of knitting. As usual starting more projects than I have finished but I do have a few.
I finished the Plymouth Shrug using Cascade Lana Grande while I was in the hospital.

Dr. Vandervoort put me in a leg brace when I started walking again. Rather than use the horrible orthopedic stocking I made a pair of knee socks with Cascade Fixation.

This is a reversible cable pattern I made up. I did it in SWTC Phoenix which is 100% soysilk. It drapes beautifully.

Well, I better go get prepared for my intermediate knitting class today.