Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Sally Melville Book Signing

Saturday December 1st 4:30pm

Sally Melville will be at the shop signing her books.

Book 1: The Knit Stitch (features Einstein coat)

Book 2: The Purl Stitch

Book 3: Color


Purchase any of her books at a 10% discount (Saturday only).

Friday, November 16, 2007

Moving Mud, C*EYE*BER FIBERS and ButtonJar Knit Designs

Having recovered from our lovely B&B weekend I wanted to let you know that we now stock Moving Mud buttons, closures and shawl sticks.
Aren't they beautiful? Each one is handcrafted and makes a statement.

While the buttons are very special they are not to be outdone by the delicious new hand-dyed yarns that we recently received from Mama E's C*EYE*BER Fiber. She sent us all 48 colors in her sock yarn and spinning fiber and they are flying out of the shop. Lovely to knit with and the colors......the computer does them no justice.

We received Seasonal Solids (tonal blends ), For the Boys (pictured left) the Elements (variegated earth, wind, fire and water colors) as well as Coordinates. Couldn't snag a photo of Coordinates so this is the deal. You get a total of 430 yards in a variegated color and a second small skein in a solid color that matches for the cuff, heel, toes. Very cute!
All are 80/20 superwash merino and nylon.
We also received 50/50 merino/Tencel tonals (again, sock yard) and last but not least, spinning fiber in your choice of 100% merino, 100% blue faced Leicester and 50/50 merino/Tencel. All are hand-dyed by Erin in the most lovely colors.

Our own Julie Cashin has a line of patterns called ButtonJar Knits. Some of you have already knit one of her fabulous cotton or felted bags (Cotton Tote, King St., Doctor's Bag) or one of her sweet baby sweaters (Baby's First jacket, Koigu Kimono, Top Down Cardigan - think Malabrigo).
We now have her Nutmeg (fingerless)Mitts pattern. Add a touch of pure angora to the edges and you have a very sweet gift for yourself or others.
Sorry - I couldn't figure out how to rotate it.
It's been a busy fall here at the shop. I came in early to work on the new class schedule and newsletter but as always, I got distracted. I think I'll make a cup of tea and REALLY buckle down on the scheduling task. Laura

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Bn'B Knitting Retreat Weekend

This past weekend was our 2nd Bn'B Knitting Retreat weekend. The Chesterfield Inn in New Hampshire was our home away from home and 15 lovely women joined Julie and me for a couple days of knitting, relaxation, fine dining, learning new knitting techniques, finishing projects from the stash and, of course, time for friendship. Oh, yes, there was that little Saturday afternoon walk as well. You know, to build up an appetite for dinner Saturday night. The chocolate dessert was just perfect!

The weather cooperated and we didn't get any of the nasty weather that came up the coast. Just a little bonus. In fact, the weather was so pleasant that we never needed a fire in the living room fireplace. The inn is just so comfy and inviting; several asked me what the next "date" is. I'll work on that just after our big Sally Melville event December 1st & 2nd.
I promised the 2-Timers and the First-Timers first dibs on the weekend.

Julie taught the group how to make her adorable Nutmeg Mitts. You can see how attentive the group is when she demonstrated her "surround and capture" technique. We saw three completed mitts by the end of the weekend and several "in progress". I even managed to finish one for my daughter as a Christmas gift. If our Saturday afternoon stroll was a bit shorter, I might have finished the second one as well.

By Saturday lunchtime, the living room was a mass of knitting bags, yarn and needles. You would have thought we owned the palce! Most of us are in this photo to the right, although a couple folks left early to get on the road. The inn is just a wee bit over one hour from Creative Fibers but we had two adventuresome ladies from New York City.

We hope you will consider joining us for our 3rd Bn'B Knitting Retreat Weekend next spring.

Thanks to all who came, and a special thanks to the Chesterfield Inn for making us feel like we were home.

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Windsor, CT
Twelve local shop owners who want to get to know you and have some fun.