Monday, June 13, 2011

TNNA Shopping Trip for Creative Fibers fans...

Terry & I just returned from Columbus where we completed? (are we ever complete?) with fall ordering for the shop. Here's a quick look at some of the highlights!

miKnitures - teeny tiny knitted swatches that are pins or necklaces (the necklace swatches are on actual circular needles! They are wonderful gifts

Malabrigo Arroyo yarn (like Rios but DK weight and different colors) - not due to ship until Sept. or later

Solemate Sock Yarn from Lorna's Laces - this yarn actually changes temperature. They had these mitts you put on to test if you could tell the difference. Terry guessed right; one hand actually cooled down. Laura guessed right; one hand had to warm up to as she was so cold. It really works! The sock yarn uses a fiber called Outlast that is used in the astronauts space suits.

Techno from Blue Sky Alpacas - really cool, soft, fluffy alpaca yarn that knits anywhere
from 3 - 5 sts per inch. Baby alpaca is blown into a silk mesh tube that make for fast knitting with no splitting. And it is to-die-for soft!

Patterns from Ruth Sorensen (using Kauni yarn in exquisite ways) & the Wiggle Wrap pattern using Kauni yarn.

Millamia Yarn and patterns from Sweden - This line features an extra fine sportweight merino yarn that is machine washable and the freshest line of patterns for babies, toddlers and children. We're the only shop in CT that is featuring the line and we'll let you know when it arrives.

Misti Qolla which is a "worsted" weight yarn of 20% baby alpaca, 80% merino, 218 yards in yummy Misti colors.

BIG Koigu order

Sea Silk - new colors

Claudia fingering - new colors and some favorite oldies

We met some new folks:
Alasdaid Post-Quinn. We previewed his new book Extreme Double-Knitting.
You have to see his 52 pickup scarf. The man (he's an I/T guy) is mental!

The Two Swede guys who created the 50 Christmas Balls book
(Terry got a Happy Birthday signed copy)

The ladies at Millamia and many others

As well as some old friends:
Melissa Leapman
Taui and Rhichard (Koigu)
Sally Melville
and others (of course my brain is just swimming at this point).

I can't wait for the new products to arrive; there is definitely something for everyone.

So now I need to answer emails, enter the orders and get back to the job of happiest shop owner on the earth!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Shop is Closed Today - Tuesday

Due to the storm, the shop is closed today. With the wonders of technology there are certains "shop chores" I can do from home otherwise I would be knitting my heart out. Well, there is the driveway to think about too.

So off I go, placing some orders, shoveling and hopefully conquering some knitting (sleeves, I seem to have lots of sleeves to knit).

Stay safe, stay warm and healthy. Happy knitting!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Square DPNs, The Social Network and Laura

Terry and I watched the Social Network last night and now Zuckerburg (or whatever) is in the news today because his facebook page was hacked. Isn't that how the whole thing got started at Harvard? Anyway, I am NOT (as you know by reading my blog) on the computer every minute like Mark Z is, not even every day. I would rather be making the shop be a wonderful knitting/crochet place or doing some of my own knitting or, yes, dear husband, spending time with you. But I am getting distracted.

Today the Kollage 6inch Double Pointed Needles (DPN's) arrived which prompted me to completely rearrange the needle department. I mean serious stuff. I must have lost a couple pounds moving all that stuff around. So, we now have a spinner with all the DPN's in "length" order.........5 1/2 inch birch, 6 inch bamboo, 6 inch metal, 7 inch metal, 7 1/2 inch birch and 8 inch bamboo. Then there were the oddballs, the Casein needles, and the steel 000 and 0000 needles. Whew, can you believe I was able to put all the puzzle pieces together and it even looks good.

That freed up space on the wall so I was able to neatly arrange the Straights and the circulars (the Addis and Colonial Rosewood circulars are still behind the register.)

I am so please with myself that I think I may go spend a little time crochetting a cute little project I am working on.

Enjoy this latest "blizzard" :) Laura

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