Sunday, December 31, 2006
Saturday, December 30, 2006
Friday, December 29, 2006
Somedays I am surprised by how many people read my blog. I get people asking every day about Roko and Melo. Today I had a lady in the store who came to buy Noro-she heard it was on sale from her sister who lives in England and reads my blog.
I have been knitting a scarf-that's it. The week between Christmas and New Year's is always incredibly busy. We get out of town visitors who are in the area visiting family. We have had visitors from all over Ontario. We've also had a few visitors from the US including Betty.
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Speaking of Roko-he chewed on his first pair of shoes today. I am not happy!!! Luckily I caught him right away so there aren't any marks.
I decided around midnight tonight that we should offer some specials for people who visit the store this week. The list is too long to write but the notables are 15% off sock yarns (not including Bearfoot) and 20% off Noro.
Saturday, December 23, 2006
The first book is Yin & Yang #262. All seasons, all ages, all sizes. The book uses different yarns including Ultra Alpaca and Pure Merino. The Pure Merino just arrived in Heather Colours-the shade cards aren't on the internet yet.
The second book is #255 for a new yarn called Bonsai. Of course I forgot a ball of yarn to tell you what it is made of. It is a ribbon type yarn with small slubs in it.
Berroco will be adding the new yarns and shade cards to their website at the end of January.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
When I write my newsletter on Constant Contact I can only insert one picture for each topic. Sometimes there is more than one picture that I want to show so today I played with making this happen. There is software that can be purchased to do this for Windows but I didn't want to buy anything else for the computer right now so I did some research and figured this out. On the Mac side I add the pictures to a program called Pages. Then I save them as a pdf file. From there I can transfer them to a jpeg file and voila-now I have one picture but it has many pictures in it. This is a sample showing some of the new garments from the spring Debbie Bliss magazine called Summer Essentials. This magazine uses her Pure Silk, Cashmerino Baby, Cotton Cashmere and Cotton DK.
We received some new patterns from Black Purl Designs yesterday. Patrick is knit using Takhi's Donegal Tweed.
Sandstorm is knit using Silk Garden from Noro.
Mom and Dad are leaving for Myrtle Beach tomorrow morning so we did Christmas last night. After dinner out we went back to their house to open gifts. Last Christmas we gave them small stockings to fill for us. They had lots of fun with it so this year they went out and bought 3 foot stockings for each of us and filled them. We got gift certificates to Tim Horton's, Swiss Chalet and Jack Astor's. There was candy, chocolate and pajamas-all the stocking essentials. They also found some neat things that will take up way too much space to go into detail. Thanks Mom and Dad!!
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Bamboo is a tape yarn with a mini-magazine of patterns to go with the yarn.
Damask is a blend of Linen and Viscose. Patterns for this are in Rowan #41.
There are 6 new colours of Summer Tweed and a new Summer Tweed magazine.
In Handknit cotton DK there are 10 new colours.
Kid Silk Haze has 4 new colours.
There is a new yarn from RYC called Jeans. The name doesn't fit the yarn-it isn't denim coloured. The yarn is an aran weight cotton with marled colours. The cover jacket for the new RY magazine is amazing.
There are new colours of Natural Silk Aran with amazing patterns.
I don't have any pictures but I did see all the new magazines. Lots of great sweaters. They are getting back to the traditional Rowan. Stylish but not wild.
At knitting guild last week a few ladies were making felted mittens. I took the pattern, adjusted it and knit it out of Tussock chunky from Naturally. I still need to felt this-it looks like an oven mitt right now.
I ran to Yorkdale (a huge shopping mall in Toronto) on Monday to get a program for my computer. Of course I had to check out the shoe stores. I finally found something that I like. These are Geox, made in Italy, very comfortable and purple. Can't get any better than this.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Roko wasn't exactly happy with us for trying to hold his head straight.
In the past week he seems to have given up yarn. Now his love is socks. There are at least 30 dog toys in the apartment but he wants socks!!
Beth and mom are at the airport to pick up dad. They have a bag of sandwiches and treats ready for him. Refried beans at every meal doesn't make him happy.
I saw the spring Rowan last week but have been too busy to comment on it. I did get to see Rowan #41. The sweaters are very 'wearable'. Nothing outlandish. Handknit DK cotton is being used alot in the magazine. I remember there being at least 2 sweaters for men that looked great. Of course I left the notes in the store so I will post these tomorrow.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
I also got my Simply Accounting moved over tonight. This is huge because that is the most important thing on my computer.
Tomorrow night will be making the printer work and everything is done!!
If you are thinking of changing to an iMac I would suggest it. Working the Mac and Windows at the same time is great. I would also suggest getting someone to transfer everything over for you!!
I knit about 2 rows on Kilcar today in the store. We received a shipment from Fleece Artist and Hand Maiden so I was busy putting them away. Customers kept coming in as well. I have to chuckle when I am knitting and a customer comes in and says, 'It must be nice to knit all day.' I wish. They are many days when the needles aren't touched.
That said, I have spent Saturday, Sunday and Monday playing with this thing. It really isn't too bad but there are some things that could have been explained better. When you read some of the books it is like they are written in Chinese.
I couldn't get the internet hooked up for the life of me. It finally hit me that I needed an Ethernet cable which I didn't have. Of course this was Sunday night after everything was closed. I got the cable yesterday morning and right away I was connected. So simple but so hard.
When you buy a new Mac it has something on it called BootCamp so that you can use both Windows and Mac. To switch between the 2 you must restart your computer. I loaded onto the Windows side all the programs I needed, Word, Simply Accounting, my emails-with address book, etc.
I went to Toronto yesterday afternoon to the Apple store and bought the new Parallels program. This lets me run a Windows window while I am working in Mac. No more restarting the computer. Again, the book was helpful but a few more pages would have made everything very simple. I got it all running but had problems with the Windows window. It was taking up most of my screen and I couldn't do anything to make it smaller. After about 2 hours I started playing with every button and it finally worked. Again so simple but so hard. Now that I am running Parallels, I have to reload all my programs into Windows. Wish I had known this Friday night!!
I am writing this post from the Mac site and the window is a bit different. Just above your post there is a tool bar. The Mac toolbar doesn't have everything that the Windows tool bar has. I will be doing most of Blogger on Windows.
All in all, I am liking the new computer. I think it will take some time to adjust to Mac.
Of course, no knitting has been done. No sleep either.
Gotta run and open the store. I could work on this all day!!
Saturday, December 09, 2006
The commercials finally got me!!! I went out on Wednesday night and looked at an iMac. Thursday morning I was back at BestBuy and purchased the iMac with 24" monitor. It is as big as a tv screen!! I have both Windows and Mac software on the computer.
I want to say that all is going well with the switch but there are a few glitches. Hopefully I will work them out tonight and tomorrow. A trip to the Apple store in Toronto on Monday is going to help as well.
- my iPod won't load onto the new computer
- I downloaded our poker account onto the new computer but couldn't remember the password. I sent off an email to get it and my email provider isn't sending it through. Of course you can't phone the poker site. Beth wanted to play this afternoon so there were a few harsh words at our house.
- I have to remember the rest of my passwords as well. Most of them are saved on the other computer so the program or website just opens up.
- I need to find out how to get my email addressed out of Outlook and onto the new computer.
- until I get a program called Parellels, I have to restart the computer to move between Windows and Mac software.
- I am still getting used to the mouse. There isn't a right and left click which is different.
Any tips would be greatly appreciated!!
Obviously there will be no knitting done in the next few days. I am almost done the back on Kilcar-should be completed while in the store on Tuesday.
Roko is doing well. He is a clumsy puppy which makes us laugh when watching him play. He can be running along and just fall over.
Monday, December 04, 2006
Wannietta worked in the store on Saturday with her daughter Amanda. She took a couple of pictures of Amanda with Roko.
I haven't picked up my needles in a week but I think I will start back on Kilcar tomorrow in the store.
I forgot to tell you about our shopping trip in the last post. We didn't choose to go over American Thanksgiving-it was the only weekend that worked for everyone. It took 2 hours to cross the border!! A 7.5 hour drive turned into 10 hours. We quickly checked into the hotel and ran to the mall. Cheesecake Factory for dinner and shopping-who would complain about that? The mall opened at 8 am on Saturday morning and we were waiting for the doors to open. The King of Prussia Mall is amazing. Nordstrom, 2 Macy's, Lord & Taylor, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale's, JC Penney and Sears. I got a winter coat and new pair of boots. Just one pair-shoe shopping was actually very disappointing. We got Christmas presents for the kids on our list-thank you Discovery Channel Store. The back of the Expedition was very full on the way home. Luckily the lady at the border didn't ask very many questions and let us go.
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Roko slept in his crate this afternoon in the store. Beth had a meeting so I got to babysit. Roko loves yarn-especially the expensive stuff!! Melo had a rest and kept an eye on Roko. Samantha asked where Melo's name comes from. He is named after Carmelo Anthony, a basketball player.
I thought that it was about time to show some knitting. Here is the back of Kilcar. I have about 20 more rows to knit until the armhole shaping.
Dad is leaving in the morning for 2 weeks in Hoduras. This trip is going to be a bit more relaxing than those in the past. They are staying in hotels this time. One Star!! They were told to bring their own linens, the hotels don't have them.
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Beth will be picking him up on Wednesday night. Wish us luck. He better not like shoes or yarn!!
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
With the store being busy there isn't time to knit during the day and at night I am teaching or doing paper work. Also, nothing is calling my name. Sometimes it's like a sweater yelling to me 'KNIT ME' but right now nothing is very interesting.
A lady brought me this flower today. I had never met her before but she calls for advice. She is a senior living in downtown Hamilton and can't get to the store. Her native tongue is Greek and she doesn't always understand knitting patterns-something we all have problems with from time to time. (Don't get me started on pattern writers and their inability to write easy to follow patterns!!) Dad took the flower to mom because Beth and I have absolutely no clue on how to keep a plant alive.
Beth, Bev, Lisa (Bev's daughter-in-law) and I are off to King Of Prussia, Pennsylvania on Friday for a weekend of shopping. When we booked the trip it was the only free weekend-not our choice to be there Thanksgiving Weekend. The mall will be jammed but we will definitely have fun. Luckily the Expedition is big so there will be lots of room for shoe boxes.
I won't get another post done before we go away. Have a great weekend!!
Friday, November 17, 2006
My mother taught me to read when I was four years old (her first
mistake). One day, I was in the bathroom and noticed one of the cabinet
doors was ajar. I read the box in the cabinet. I then asked my mother
why she was keeping 'napkins' in the bathroom. Didn't they belong in
the kitchen? Not wanting to burden me with unnecessary facts, she told
me that those were for "special occasions" (her second mistake).
Now fast forward a few months....It's Thanksgiving Day, and my
folks are leaving to pick up my uncle and his wife for dinner. Mom had
assignments for all of us while they were gone. Mine was to set the
When they returned, my uncle came in first and immediately burst
into laughter. Next came his wife who gasped, then began giggling. Next
came my father, who roared with laughter! Then came Mom, who almost died
of embarrassment when she saw each place setting on the table with a
"special occasion" Kotex napkin at each plate, with the fork carefully
arranged on top. I had even tucked the little tail in so they didn't
hang off the edge!!
My mother asked me why I used these and, of course, my response
sent the other adults into further fits of laughter. "But, Mom, you said
they were for special occasions!!!"
Isn't it easier to just tell the truth????????? Pass this on to
your girlfriends who need a good laugh.
When you lay the yarn open it looks like a knit piece of fabric with a right side and wrong side. This is important when knitting-you have the right side facing which makes the ruffles lie like they do.
Here is a picture of me knitting the scarf. It shows how you stab through the yarn and don't wrap the yarn around your needle.
I started another Loopa scarf on the smaller frame. This shows how you are wrapping the yarn around and catching with a thin yarn. Once you reach the top you stitch through the catching yarn and this holds the loops into place. I am using Trendsetter Checkmate. Checkmate alternates between a bright nylon checkerboard that changes into a flat matte’ Nylon ribbon. When the yarn is dyed, the flat ribbon bulks up and the open checkerboard opens out creating a subtle thick and thin against a bright and matte yarn
Korey has gotten creative with the website. In the news section he is now showing pictures with the information on new kits and yarn. He even has it linked so you can click on the news section and it will take you to the appropriate page. This will make it much easier for you to see what is new.
The new Opal sock yarn arrived this afternoon. The colours are wild. If you are looking to make some colourful socks, the new collection is for you.
Speaking of class-I didn't mention that last week Phyllis made us chocolate cheesecake muffins. She owns a cooking store in Dundas called The Keeping Room and has some great recipes. We were going to get chocolate chip muffins tonight but the ingredients weren't at room temperature-who knew there was a difference?
Beth brought Mom to see the store around 3:30 and there was an SUV parked next door at the variety store. Didn't think much of it until 5:30 when it was still there. The car had been running the whole time and the person inside was talking on a cell phone. When I came downstairs for class at 7 it was still there but the man looked to be sleeping. When class was done at 9 he was still there. I was a bit freaked out so Beth called the police. 2 police cars came and they woke the man and had him come out of the car with his hands in the air. After putting him in the back of one car they searched his SUV for about 1/2 hour. After an hour a man showed up who the police talked to and an ambulance showed up. After talking with the police for a bit the new man took the sleeping man away with him. Curiousity was killing us so Beth went out to talk with the police. The man is an alcoholic and his wife kicked him out yesterday. The police found him at 4am this morning, drunk, in his car just down the road from us. They knew him, said he was a good guy going through a rough time. He drank 2 mickeys this afternoon when he was sitting in his car. Thank goodness he fell asleep and didn't drive!!
How about Survivor tonight? The twists this season are great. Atiu is looking really strong-both mentally and physically. Thank goodness for a satellite dish. I am watching CSI for the second time tonight-missed most of it the first time with all the excitement.
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
The batteries are recharged on my Energizer Bunny and she was back to work today. We cleaned out around a book shelf in the front room which has become a gathering spot for junk. 4 garbage bags later, all the books are neatly on the shelf.
We have a yarn in the store called Solo from ON Line. It is used to make a really cool ruffled scarf but I haven't knit with it yet so I decided to try in last week. Because the book was written in another language and translated to English the instructions are not the easiest to follow. Luckily my best friend Bev works for the mill that makes the yarn and she knit the original scarf that everyone is now using in their pattern books. After I recieved her instructions yesterday I started knitting. The yarn looks like a knit piece of fabric. You don't knit in the traditional way (wrapping the yarn around the knitting needle) you are putting your needle through the yarn and pulling through the stitch on your needle. This sounds difficult but once you see it done it is so simple and the finished product is amazing. I am about 1/4 of the way through the scarf-hope to have a picture of mine tomorrow.
Monday, November 13, 2006
Sarah and I were very busy in the store on Saturday. We had lots of new customers in, some who have been reading about the store on my blog. Don't let anyone tell you that scarves are out. We had many customers in who were buying scarf yarn for themselves and for Christmas gifts.
The website has many new additions.
- New Opal sock yarn called Hundertwasser Collection
- Debbie Bliss' Donegal Tweed magazine and Chunky Donegal Tweed yarn
- Kits from Rowan magazine 40
- Namaste Knitting Bags
- Nicky Epstein Felted Bag kits
- Jordana Paige Knitting Bags
- New Chris Bylsma patterns
I am now off to the grocery store. Mom and Dad are on their way home from Myrtle Beach and we like to have the house stocked for them. I do a much better job than Beth-she spends about $75 where I spend around $200.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
This is a fun boa I knit holding Baby Monkey with 2 other yarns. It looks like a fur collar when you are wearing it. The jacket is from Debbie Bliss' original Tweed Magazine. I have one sleeve and the back 1/2 done on mine (in chocolate brown) but it has been put away for a while. I am not the biggest fan of ribbing-probably because mine isn't perfect. Just a note about Debbie's new Donegal Tweed Aran-it is exactly the same as Tahki's Donegal Tweed-made in the same mill.
I am off to knitting class. Last week we had milk and cookies. No joke. Kelley brought chocolate chip cookies and Lynn brought milk (white and chocolate). I can't wait to see what goodies we might have this week.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
It is amazing how much space there is in the store when it is tidy!!
I don't have much knitting to report. I am working on the back of Kilcar-20 rows done and I need 80 to the armhole shaping.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
I am supposed to be at Guild tonight. Sorry ladies, just not feeling well. I am back to teaching 3 nights a week as well as 5 or 6 days in the store. Just need a night on the couch resting.
The new Jordana Paige bags arrived today. Awesome. The new tweed Messenger Bag is amazing. The picture doesn't show the true colours. The plaid is purple, red and gold.
Friday, November 03, 2006
I forgot to get a picture of the store at it's worst but this will show you some of the damage we did today. We threw everything into the middle of the store and started working out. There were baskets of yarn everywhere!!
The baby yarn section has been redone as well as the corner by the mohair. The Fiesta yarns are now hanging showing off their amazing colours. Tomorrow Sarah and I are going to tackle the front window where the Trendsetter is. I needed more shelves so off to Ikea I went after work. Nothing worse than going on a Friday night.
I haven't shown pictures of Melo lately. He posed yesterday while in the store. His mauve sheep makes noises which keeps him happy.
Thursday, November 02, 2006
The first one used Trendsetter Pandora Shadow. There are actually 3 yarns within the yarn. The yarns change much like the colours change in Noro.
The second one is out of Trendsetter Tiffany. The yarn has metallic running through it giving it a nice shine.
Dad made it safely back to Myrtle Beach. He called at 9 this morning to make sure I was up for work-I think it was to gloat on the fact that it was already 65 degrees there.
Beth's day wasn't as good. It was snowing in Fort McMurray this morning-she was happy for her ski jacket.
Melo didn't enjoy being a store dog today. Most people loved talking and playing with him but a few were put off. I put him on his leash and attached it to a chair. He can move around enough but he couldn't go greet them. He is standing beside me now with a toy saying 'Please come play with me. I had a hard day!!' I am off to the living room floor. He loves it when you lay down and he can run around and over you. This lasts about 5 minutes and then he goes to play by himself. You are uncomfortable on a hard floor but he is extremely happy.
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Here is a picture of Lizard Ridge blocked with a few squares sewn together. I haven't worked on the squares in a while but will get back to them soon.
Dad is in the air on the way back to Myrtle Beach. I am not sure if mom will be happy about this. She has had a quiet house for a couple of days. When my dad is awake he is constantly in motion. It can become very tiring to be around him.
Beth is at the airport on her way to Calgary. Tomorrow she flies to Fort McMurray and then they will be driving further north to the oil sands on construction business for my dad. It's just me and Melo for a couple of days!!
Monday, October 30, 2006
If you look at it by itself it looks white but if it is sitting beside a white car, you can see that it is the colour of white chocolate.
One really cool thing is that the back door can be opened with the key fob. You press a button and it opens up-great for when your hands are full.
I couldn't get too close for pictures of the front because I drove it to Toronto today. I have a bit of a lead foot so there are a few bugs splattered on the front-it is going to have its first car wash tomorrow morning.
Not much knitting to report. Just working on my Noro sweater-mindless work in stocking stitch.
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Jane Ellison was in the store on Wednesday teaching a workshop. I forgot to take a picture of Jane but here are some of the students working with the Noro yarns.
We received new colours of Noro Transitions in the store a few weeks ago and I have been trying to decide what I was going to knit. I decided on Holly from the cover of Jane's book Naturally Noro. I am using colour 22. So far I have finished one sleeve and am half way up the back.
Unfortunately we received another yarn that I had to knit with. Debbie Bliss has brought out a new yarn called Donegal Tweed Chunky with a new book. I am knitting the cover sweater called Kilcar in the chocolate brown (colour 3). I knit the sleeve in 2 days so the jacket should go quickly.
Yesterday morning I received a phone call from the Ford dealership. MY TRUCK ARRIVED!!! I picked it up after work today. My mom and dad are in Myrtle Beach and when I talked to mom tonight her first question was 'When are you going to get pictures on the blog?' I told her that unfortunately it was dark and rainy here so they won't be up until tomorrow. The colour is amazing. Someone tried to convince the dealership to let them buy it yesterday.