Friday, June 30, 2006
Here's the beginning of my Charlotte's Web - notice it's off the needles - that's because I'm tearing it out. The tension is too tight for my liking so I'm switching from a 4.5 mm to a 5.5 mm. Weird because usually my tension is way too loose. The colors are nice though!
Here's my finished Vesper socks all ready to give to Katy tonight. I'm really proud of them and so thrilled by the striping. They are exactly the same size and the stripes match perfectly. This yarn gets my vote!
Yesterday I made the largest wholesale purchase yet - over $4,000. Yikes! I had the order all set up in an email and left it for over 2 hours before I actually sent it. This particular yarn is very hard to come by and when it is available is usually all sold out in 24 hours so I'm very excited to have it. My shop also now has a 1-800 number for people to call me with questions etc. It's really all coming together so well - my goal is to provide people with a simple alternative to finding unique yarn. As a knitter myself, I will drive a long way to find something different. Hopefully with just a few clicks it will be easier to get now. I have 7 suppliers so far and 5 of them are Canadian. Isn't that great? I'm meeting with the web guy on Tuesday to start setting up the yarn pages and apparently, I could be up and running in as little as two weeks. I won't be completely stocked by then, but at least people will be able to find me.
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
One of the reasons I wanted to start an online shop is that I absolutely love getting yarn in the mail - in fact, I think I like getting it better in the mail than I do picking it out in a shop. It's the element of surprise - even though I chose the colors - they are always a surprise and sooooo much nicer than I thought. It's fun, fun, fun!
Here's what came yesterday - it's an Angora Boot Sock kit from Blue Moon Fibers. When our original order came in they only sent 1 copy of Fair Isling on Blue Moon so I thought I might as well order something to keep that poor lonely book company on it's journey to me. The colorway is Cobblestone County - and the angora is to die for!
This is more Crown Mountain Farms Sock Hop - I forgot I ordered it on back order so it was a real surprise. Now it's green so who do you think is the lucky recipient?
This is Dinah from Spunky Eclectic. It was a gift from Meghan and the pastels are sooooo great! I have never seen anything that I like better in a pastel colorway. It's so gorgeous it can't possibly be just socks. What else could it be?
And....tonight is the Charlotte's Web cast on. Here's what I've chosen to use. Meghan, Sarah and Emma are also casting on with me. Should be lots of fun! With lots of good company and good food!
As for Pick Up Sticks - everything is progressing well. I think the website could possibly be live by the middle of July. Not all the stock will be in but it should be functional by then. Today I've got to plan out the pages I want and what I want them to do.
Monday, June 26, 2006
And now for the big announcement......have you all been waiting.......
This is the logo for my new online yarn shop! Yup, that's right I'm starting my own little business. The tagline which is hard to read says: Hand-dyed, Hand-spun, Hand-picked. I will mainly have only those types of yarn with a few exceptions. I've even contracted for some sock yarn in custom colors which means only I will have them. There will even be a Pick Up Sticks Signature yarn - there are 7 colors that are being created only for my shop. Some yarn has already been arriving......
The colors are beautiful - this is the one solid that I am carrying so far. No names yet - stock is a closely guarded secret until the website is up and functioning. The website address will be:
www.pickupsticks.ca and it is still under construction.
So there you have it - it's been driving me absolutely nuts not being able to talk about it on my blog but I wanted to make sure I was really on the way - now for sure it's happening and I couldn't be more excited!
Saturday, June 24, 2006
This is my first finished Vesper Sock. I just think it's amazing - even with knitting the heel flap the sequence of the stripes wasn't lost. How do they do that? These are for my niece Katy - and I must finish the other one. This coming Wednesday, Sarah, Meghan, Emma and I are casting on for our Charlotte's Web. I still have my Bamboo Shoot Shawl on the needles. Tomorrow is Sarah's birthday dinner - we are all very excited about trying the new restaurant on Main Street - Cachet.
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Not much to report on the knitting front because when I haven't been dealing with my licence I've been working on my secret project. 180 balls of yarn arrived today - what could that mean? Stay tuned!
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
I ordered my son's Korean Won today - for $1,000 Cdn he gets 780,000 WON - I hope it comes in large bills.
Not much knitting to report - a little more on my Vesper sock - it is amazing how that yarn stripes perfectly. I just love it!
Monday, June 19, 2006
Aren't these pretty? They are made from Vesper Sock Yarn - I just love the way they stripe perfectly. I've turned the heel and am now picking up the gusset stitches.
My dad's tests went ok - he went in as soon as I got there and was done in about 30 minutes. I had just settled in for some serious knitting and out he comes. We won't know results for 3 weeks but I think if it's bad news we should hear sooner.
I napped almost the whole afternoon - when I'm stressed I just sleep and sleep. Now I will probably be awake all night!
All the more knitting to get done - big hockey night tonight! I hope Edmonton wins! The Stanley Cup should have a visit in Canada.
Sunday, June 18, 2006
My dad is being tested for prostate cancer tomorrow and I'm a nervous wreck. Please keep your fingers crossed that everything is ok with him. He doesn't deserve this after the hell of the last two years, but then again, no one ever does deserve cancer, do they?
Saturday, June 17, 2006
It was 38 degrees celcius here today with the humidity and I wore my shawl to work. That's right - something this beautiful should be worn no matter what the weather. I have an anniversary party to go to in July and I've got to get an outfit to go with the shawl. My little 7 year old tood this picture and is very proud to have a picture she took on my blog.
We went for our first swim in the new pool - the water heated up to 79 degrees just with the past few warm days. It was cool to get in but very refreshing after a long day at the shop. Thanks to Anne for almost getting my popsicle. You're the best!
Friday, June 16, 2006
TaaaDaaa! My Koigu Shawl is complete and blocking as I type. The colors didn't photograph as well as I'd hope - probably because it's pinned to a white sheet. I also need to invest in more blocking pins but overall I'm very proud of it and can't wait to wear it.
For those following my yarn spending sprees - just so I don't disappoint you - 5 skeins of Koigu Painter's Palette arrived yesterday along with 2 skeins of Kersti. The Kersti has now caused me to tear out the Bamboo Shoot Shawl that Meghan designed because the colors are not exactly the same as the ones I was using but will look really good alternated.
I'm going to see a Medium today - I hope she tells me I'm going to win the lottery so I can keep buying yarn.
More pictures later - I promise! But right now it's time to get out of my pyjamas.
Thursday, June 15, 2006
And lastly, the Alpaca blanket is finished. It less than 2 weeks it is on it's way to Korea.
My Koigu Lace Shawl is 2 rows from completion and I will post pictures of it blocking later today.
I'm off to my grandmother's for a visit and then it's home to block that shawl. I am wearing it Saturday to work not matter what the weather.
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Same deal with Crocs - Meghan got orange, then I went and got light blue and black, then Sarah bought lime, Debbie bought orange and then I had to go back and pick up Meghan's lime pair. We are good for the economy! We are definitely not good for each other! We are going to go broke - but at least we'll be doing it together!
Tonight is SnB night - yipee! Always lots of fun!
Monday, June 12, 2006
Notice the ends of my needles - they are those tubes that go on the end of flowers - they are great for holding DPNs together. Thanks to Cheryl from the SnB for the great idea!
And here is my Koigu lace shawl. This project consumes me - whenever I'm knitting anything else other than this I am horribly resentful. I just want this finished and to be able to wear it.
Today is going to be a lazy day - I'm going to take my knitting outside to our deck and enjoy the weather.
It's only 2 weeks until the teenage boy goes to Korea. And that blanket is not yet finished - in fact, I've decided to shorten it by two sections to get it done. I was reading the Yarn Harlot last night and she was writing about Christmas knitting/deadline knitting and how you know you are in trouble when you start making changes to some of your projects. Seems I have all the characteristics of a compulsive knitter.
Friday, June 09, 2006
I've been fairly consumed with my Koigu shawl - it is just getting more and more beautiful with each color change. I started another project (of course!) - I took Meghan's toe up sock class last night. I am knitting my socks with Sock Candy from Blue Moon Fibres - it's really nice and I can see the appeal of these toe up socks. Nice neat toes - not grafted together in a hurry which is what I usually do!
This is a busy, busy weekend. Tomorrow is WWKIP Day at the shop, I'm having company for dinner - well, actually my company is cooking dinner while I'm at work. Then Sunday my husband's family are coming for dinner. Two nice home cooked meals in one weekend? My husband is going to get used to this.
No time to post pictures this morning - I must get the 7 year old Princess to the bus! Then I'm off to have the pool water tested, pick up a few groceries, go to the bank and then work from 12-6pm. Another busy day!
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Today was horrendous - the teenage boy did not get up in time for me to drive him to school and make an appointment I had scheduled. Every day I look at the calendar and count the days until he goes to Korea - it can't come soon enough. Hopefully, he will learn a few lessons in responsibility when he's there.
And....this new pool - well, I went to get the water tested and told the owner of the store that the guys didn't plug in the pool heater. He said the pool heater is natural gas powered - so now we have to have it hooked up to our gas meter which can cost as much as $1000 - he was very apologetic that he wasn't more specific in the first place and said he would refund us for the heater if we wanted to go without it but given our weather we don't feel we really have any choice.
All in all not a good day - tomorrow is work - hurray! -and the SnB! another hurray! Lots of knitting tomorrow!
Monday, June 05, 2006
Sunday, June 04, 2006
More mail came on Friday - some Sock Hop yarn from Crown Mountain. It's hand spun, hand dyed sock yarn that is amazing - no pictures of that yet because I am completely in love with the above project. This is a Koigu Lace Shawl - it's done in 5 different colorways. You can't really see the lace pattern but once it's blocked it is going to be fantastic. I also got the yarn for a Charlotte's Web Shawl but have to wait for Sarah's to come in because Sarah, Meghan, and myself are going to have a knit a long - anyone else care to join? Anyway....back to my lace shawl - I'm already 1/3 of the way through it - this has the potential to be a finished project!
We had a great day at the store yesterday - a socks on 2 circular class in the morning - then we decided to order lunch. You just never know what's going to happen at Unwind - particularly on a Saturday. Next Saturday is the WWKIP day and it should be lots of fun.
Here the Koigu colorway for Charlotte's Web - pretty, eh? My husband keeps saying who's going to wear all these shawls - and I keep saying, me! He just doesn't get it!
Here's Sock Hop in "The Beat Goes On" colorway. Meghan got "Brown Eyed Girl" and she cast on yesterday. It's great stuff. So wonderfully natural looking. I can't wait for these - but I keep promising myself that I must finish the other works in progress before I cast on one more thing. I said that the lace shawl was my last new cast on until I finished everything else. The only thing that's in my favour is right at the moment I don't have any new yarn on the way to me.....so I might, possibly, perhaps have a chance! Yeah, right???
Friday, June 02, 2006
Thursday, June 01, 2006
Pictured here is my Trekking XXL, Color 106 - Addi DPNs 2.25 mm and pattern ready for tonight.
Here's some hand painted 100% merino yarn from a small, tiny company out west. The colors are so vibrant - it's called Peacock.
This is Vesper sock yarn - the wound ball is lime, pink and white - it stripes perfectly. And I would have had some to show you but I ripped it out because the sock was too big. They are for my niece's 8 birthday - she loves pink!
Here's some amazing hand dyed cashmere - straight from cashmere goats living in B.C. Awesome, isn't it? You should feel it!
More knitting news later.