Like coals to Newcastle?

Nope. Jane brought me this lovely skein of sock yarn from A GOOD YARN SARASOTA … this is one of their exclusive shop colorways (‘Gulf of Mexico). It is a gorgeous yarn and as I’m told, Three Irish Girls dyes for their shop.  Awesome.  And Jane had no way of knowing that when my daughter Sarah was living in Sarasota and finally decided she wanted to learn to knit, this is the shop I guided her to.  It is a small world, isn’t it!Image

 

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Fiber spelunking today …

Jim & I dug through some of Nelle’s sewing room today … and the sweet treasures were endless. Lots of quilted squares, bits and pieces, notes & patterns … could spend days in that one small room. Hardanger napkins, pulled thread table clothes and napkins … lots of things waiting to be done, with the expectation that one day you will get back to it.

Some things were over in the corner in bags, that’s where I found my surprises.  A vintage granny square afghan (note: this was seamed with heavy, maybe quilting thread, not yarn);Image

a vintage crazy quilt (Papa Sam must have squawked about her buying this one … great job, Nelle!) IMG_0548 IMG_0549

Then we got into a chest of basically ‘shove it in here’ … old photos, stacks of Christmas cards, gifts still in boxes, lots of vintage linens, some still with tags on …. and in the midst of this, wrapped up in a random scrap of what must be quilting leftover was this precious Christening Dress and Under-dress … I’m gonna take a good look at the old photos, but I think this may have been Papa Sam’s. It’s gossamer thin handkerchief linen  with French seams, hand embroidered … IMG_0545

I just love the little bits of history of the fiber of our lives, hope you cherish them too.  All these treasure are headed to the dry cleaners tomorrow.

 

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Just noodlin’ and knittin’ …

We e-subscribe to a free small business newsletter from ‘Small Business Survival’. Sometimes I read it, sometimes I don’t. This one really hit home …

‘From outside, you may think I’m all success. But if you got up close you’d realize that I fail, too.

Development is a bit like that, too.

Whenever I hear someone talk about how amazing my hometown’s Value Added Products plant that is taking local wheat flour and producing pizza dough is, I think, “It’s really not all that.” Because I’m close to it.

But when I hear about the lavender farm in Ontario that is expanding into a winery, I think it’s terrific. Because I’m not too close to it.

When you know too much about the situation, you discount it. You focus on the other parts, the not-so-successful parts.

That’s why you think what you do doesn’t really matter that much. Because you’re too close and see all the false starts, the failures and the things you wish you could do but haven’t.

Those are exactly the things that add up to something significant. It’s because you try that you make a difference. Even when you don’t see it.

So before you dismiss what you’re doing for your town as “not that much,” remember what I said. You’re doing it. You’re making a difference.’

I certainly hope so, because my heart and soul is in this shop. And we thank you each and every day. It’s all that.

 

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Goodbye to 2013 …

As we say in the South, ‘Here’s your hat, what’s your hurry?’ This has been a mixed bag kind of a year. We’ve seen new babies, marriages, steamy romances, folks struggling financially, horrific medical diagnoses, deaths of loved ones ….

And such is the fabric of this shop. It is such a privilege to smile, laugh and cry with each of you. Thank you for being the heart and soul of this shop and including us in your life, we love you each and every one. And thanks to you for holding us up when we need it, also.

We’re having a Cast-On Party tomorrow, January 1, 2014 (YAY!) from noon until 4 … bring your new project or shop for one, just come. We’ll make coffee, we may bake something(or not), but we’d just love to see you!

We’re ending this post with the last thing off the needles totally completed in 2013 … Last2013Metalouseit’s Stephen West’s Metalouse (free pattern from http://www.knitty.com), added a picot bind off to make it a bit more girlie.

Happy New Year to all, and thank you!

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We’re proud to be Craftsy affiliate shop ….

You are most likely familiar with Craftsy, the online craft community.  We are proud to be an affiliate shop … and what does that mean?  If you sign up for a Craftsy class through the links on our blog, the shop gets a credit for your participation.  Doesn’t cost you any more, helps your LYS … win, win!  Here’s a bit of information and some links (and if you read all the way to the bottom there’s a link to more than 23 free classes).

What is Craftsy?
Craftsy is a worldwide craft community offering online classes. It also has a patterns marketplace where independent designers can sell their patterns; a supplies shop with great deals on yarn, fabric, and class kits; and a projects section where members share pictures of their latest craft successes. With over two million members and counting, Craftsy has something for just about everyone, in categories ranging from quilting, sewing, knitting, painting, photography, cooking, and more.

Craftsy Logo Behind the Scenes: The Making of a CraftsyClass
Before filming even begins, hours and hours are spent determining what content will be covered in each class, and how to best teach specific techniques to the camera. Instructors work with an instructional designer to create an in-depth outline of each lesson, and decide how to best prepare props or “step-outs” that show what your project should like at different steps. Instead of a scripted class, instructors follow their outlines on camera to create an authentic and engaging teaching experience.

Most Craftsy classes are filmed in one of five Craftsy studios in Denver, CO, assuring that every part of the production process goes off without a hitch. They fly in instructors from all over the world to spend several days filming, then spend several weeks turning hours of footage into a two to three hour class experience that has been watched, rewatched, and reviewed by industry experts. The final result is an HD-quality video that takes you in-depth into specific topics in any given craft category- from cooking and fine art to sewing and knitting.

 What IS the Craftsy experience?
Craftsy classes are designed to have all the benefits of an in-person class, with none of the drawbacks. Available online and on-demand, you always have world-class instructors at the tip of your fingers. You can retake the class as many times as you want, and the 30-second repeat feature allows you to watch the same section over and over again until you get every technique just right.

Watching a Craftsy class is like having a first-row seat with some of the best instructors in the world. Even better, classes have a 100% money-back guarantee.

Try online learning today with a free mini-class from Craftsy! Choose from 23 Free Craftsy Classes ranging from drawing and painting to sewing and quilting, from knitting to cake decorating and more.

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Didn’t you just love meeting Nicky Epstein?

Worked Nicky-2It was quick, it was simply friend to friend, and it was delightful … it’s your loss if you missed this little intimate vignette.  Frankly, I’d forgotten how much Nicky can offer up in such a short time … everyone has commented on something they gained from her. Thanks, Nicky … let’s do it again soon!

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This is how we rock …

One of our much loved ladies here in Kingston Springs shared this find from her garden and graciously agreed to let us share with you … love the thought, her posing, clothes pin rocking chair, crocheted towel, vintage table top … most of all we love this little town and jewels like Mama Jayne!

Here’s what she posted with the photo: ‘Here’s a baby we found in our cucumber patch today. It’s Momma is rocking it to sleep.’

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We found this pattern on Ravelry if you’d like to crochet up that hand towel … http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hanging-towel-and-matching-dishcloth

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