Sunday, February 22, 2009

See You At SPA

Stephanie wrote:

Later this week Mona and I will be heading to Freeport, Maine for a bit of R&R and a lot of work.  We will be vending at the seventh annual SPA, Knit and Spin weekend.

Knitters, spinners and fiber enthusiasts of all kinds will descend on Freeport for the weekend.  There will be a marketplace at the Hilton Garden Inn, a fashion show, impromptu sessions for sharing techniques.  Best of all there will be knitters and spinners just hanging out doing their thing.  And if that isn't enough, the town of Freeport has a lot to offer too.

In preparation for this fun weekend we have been busy with the dye pots.  Production has been ramped up so we will have a wide selection of yarn goodies available.  Here is one of many baskets of yarn. These skeins are just waiting for labels.

And here is a close up.

The yarn is Twinkle Toes, a blend of 50% superwash merino and 50% tencel.  The colors shown here are moss brown, lavender, grape and caribbean.  But go ahead and click on the link to see the full range of colors.

As a bonus we will have a giveaway on Saturday.  Susan Gibbs from Martha's Vineyard Fiber Farm has generously donated some of her remaining 2009 calendars.  Susan raises sheep and operates a fiber CSA.  You can read of her adventures on her blog. We will be giving away the calendars on Saturday while supplies last.  The shots in this calendar are adorable and will be appreciated by any fiber lover. If you make it to SPA, stop by our booth for a free calendar.

We will have Twinkle Toes and our full line available at the marketplace on Friday evening, all day Saturday and Sunday morning. There is no admission for this event.  If you're in the area, come for a day or the whole weekend.  Spend time with friends and make new connections.  It's a great way to treat yourself.

Thursday, February 19, 2009


Stephanie wrote:

Off and on over the past week I've been working on another Anne Hanson pattern - Cloverleaf Lace Mitts.   Anne is a prolific designer so be sure to check out some of her other patterns.  And if you have time, her blog makes good reading material.

This Cloverleaf Lace Mitt knit up very quickly.

I knit this with Dream Sox, colorway cranberry.  This tightly twisted yarn produces wonderful stitch definition.  Dream Sox dyes up in colorways that have depth and striking variation.

These mitts have a 6 row lace pattern that is easy to memorize.  I extended the lace panel into the cuff, but you can also make a more standard ribbed cuff.  Sad to say this mitt is destined to remain single as a booth sample.  But my daughters saw this mitt and have already placed orders so I will be making it again.  

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Woodsmoke Sock

Stephanie wrote:

A couple of months ago Anne Hanson of Knitspot released a pattern that caught my eye - Woodsmoke Sock.  I vowed to knit this pattern sooner rather than later.  It was only then that I realized that Anne had listed our Luster Sox as one of the suggested yarns.

Recently Mona and I discussed adding new patterns to our inventory.  I'm happy to report that Woodsmoke Sock made the cut.

This week I started knitting a Woodsmoke sample to display in our booth.

I chose Luster Sox Pine for the sample.  The color on the website is more accurate than the picture above. I am loving this pattern - the twists and turns of a cable without doing any cable work.  The depth and texture of this sock highlight the slight color variations of this bluefaced leicester yarn.

As soon as time permits I'm going to knit a pair of these socks for myself.