Friday, April 28, 2006

Any 4 letter word will work

I learned a good lesson this afternoon. I was rushing around at closing time. Needed to run to Westdale to pick up my new glasses. Many of you are scratching your heads because you have never seen me wear glasses. I get a new pair every 3 years and then don't like them so I never wear them. With the headaches that I have been getting I thought that maybe glasses would help. I now have a funky pair and really like them so I should wear them more. Sorry-back to the story. From getting my glasses I was running to have my nails done. I closed the store and threw my knitting in the truck with a bottle of ginger ale. Long pause-you guessed it-the gingerale spilled all over my yarn. This is the Sassafrass from Nashua for the shrug. I have now started it 2 times on different needles (both pieces were in the bag) because I am sure that there isn't going to be enough yarn and was hoping the bigger needles would help. The other 6 balls were in there as well. I can not repeat what I said!! My question to everyone is-how do I dry out the balls of yarn? I was thinking of letting them dry, knitting up the shrug and then washing. Or do you have a better solution. HELP!!!

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Frolic and new project

Here is the Jane Slicer-Smith throw finished. My original plan was to have it displayed on a rocking chair at the Frolic but the booth wasn't big enough for the chair. Many of you came by the booth and commented that the throw looks much better in person-pictures definitely don't do it justice.

The Frolic was a long day but we had fun meeting new customers as well as hooking up with knitters that we already knew. Wannietta, Cindy and Michelle all stopped by to say hello.

Of course I had to start something new now that the throw is done. I was going to make the Trendsetter cardigan but decided on this shrug from Nashua. It should go quickly and then I can start the cardigan. The yarn is called Sassafrass (50% cotton and 50% acrylic). The shade cards aren't on the net yet for you to see but I am doing the colour in the picture.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Almost there

I am proud to write that I only have 1 square left to finish on my throw. I have also finished off all ends. Should get it done tonight so I can post a picture later this weekend.

Beth and I are driving to Toronto tomorrow night to set up for the Frolic. The location couldn't be worse for Friday afternoon travel-the 401 and DVP. There is absolutely no way to get there and not get stuck in traffic.

If you are at the Frolic, please stop by the booth and introduce yourself.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Next Project

I can see the light at the end of the tunnel on my throw.

I have decided what I will be knitting next. I know that I still have my shrug to finish (along with the many other projects) but this is calling my name. I am going to Indianapolis in June for a trade show where we buy yarns for fall and I will be working a bit in the Trendsetter booth so I thought that I should have one of their sweaters on. The yarn is called Daisy (the base of Daisy is a combination of Cotton and Acrylic that is blended to create this woven ribbon. Along each edge is a bright printed Viscose/Polyester blend that is woven in place with short and long ruffles. The look is simple and easy with colors that are great for any season and any wardrobe). This isn't a colour I would normally knit for myself but I have a cool pair of black jeans with gold coloured beads patterned on one leg.

This will be my first trip to Indianapolis. If anyone has been there and can recommend places to see or things to do, please let me know.

You will notice a new button on the side that lets you sign up for my store newsletter. The third issue went out early this morning. The newsletter keeps you informed about new yarns, upcoming events and news from the knitting world.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Not much knitting

Life has been crazy but there isn't much knitting to report-I am currently on square 73. Hopefully I will be done this weekend but paperwork could get in the way. I have to finish my tax return, do a GST return, 2 PST returns and finish my online newsletter for The Needle Emporium.

My dad is in Honduras for 2 weeks. They are doing a 'water project' which translates into digging ditches to bring water to the village that they visited in November. This means keeping mom amused while he is away. Last night we took her Swiss Chalet plus a surprise. The tv in their bedroom went on the blink so we bought them a new HDTV for their birthdays. Now I want one-the picture is so much clearer.

Please take a look at Cynthia's blog. She is collecting knit squares for an afghan to be put together for her very young niece who is going through chemotherapy. The response has been great and there will be enough squares to make afghans for other children with cancer. Please take some time to knit a square, I will try and get some done over the weekend.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Rowan Magazine 40

Got quite a bit of knitting done while watching the Masters. I now have 63 squares done. 30 to go.

Thanks Linda, I got the Rowan posters today.

In my opinion, Rowan #40 looks great-I have at least 4 sweaters that I need!!!! I have been very critical of the last few magazines and it looks like Rowan has listened to everyone's concerns. The styling has been toned down-no weird hats or skirts that totally take away for the garments. Here are a few highlights, I can't give too much away.
  • 2 mini-magazines in addition to #40
  • there are 12 designs for men between the 3 magazines
  • lots of fair isle designs
  • 4 new yarns
  • Marie Wallin the new designer has done some great work
I also got a peak of the new Nashua for fall. They are introducing a mohair (40 or more colours), brushed alpaca (39 colours), superwash aran, ribbon yarn plus new colours in the existing yarns. There will be 3 magazines.

Rhonda has finished my felted hedgehogs for the Knitter's Frolic. They are so cute.

We are making some progress on the website. The new secure online ordering will be done with PayPal. I did alot of research before deciding on this. If you don't have an account with them, don't worry. You can pay with Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover. Got my account signed up and the next day I get an email confirming a purchase which I didn't make. This didn't make me happy with my decision. Talked with PayPal and here is their warning. If you get an email asking you to click on a link to confirm something-don't do it. PayPal won't send emails like this. They told me that companies send out emails to people hoping that you have a PayPal account and you click on the link. These companies have no clue who actually has an account with PayPal. Also, if it is from PayPal, your email will have your full name in the first line. If it says Dear Member it is just someone fishing for personal information. This made me feel much better about my decision.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Fall 2006 Rowan

I am going to get the posters for fall Rowan on Monday. My friend Linda Pratt, who is the National Marketing Manager of Westminster Fibers (the company who distributes Rowan in the US and Nashua to my store) has sent her copy to me. Can't wait to see the great garments for fall. I can't show you the pictures until the launch date on August 1 but I will tell you as much as I can Monday afternoon.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Done!!! plus information on Tent Sale

I didn't get that throw done!! I have 53 squares done on that one.

This is the Diagonal Throw. The tassels are regular but it took a while to figure out how to make them and write it out for others to follow. The cute stand is from my parents. They found it at Cracker Barrel in Myrtle Beach.

The tent sale will be Wednesday June 21 and Thursday June 22. The store will be closed on Tuesday June 20 so that we can get everything ready. The hours will be from noon to 8pm. We tried to make it so people could come after work. In previous years you had to come into the store to pay which caused quite a traffic jam of people. This year we will also have a cash register set up in the tent for those paying with cash. An added bonus-pay with cash and get a 10% discount (on tent sale yarns). Also, on Thursday after 5pm there will be an extra 10% discount on all remaining tent yarns. (Pay cash and get 20% off!!)

Off to knitting class.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Beth's still alive and the camera came home

Got through square 47 last night. Half way done!!!

Today was our first day of summer hours. We're closed on Mondays until September. This gives us all a bit of a break during the nice weather (not so nice today though).

Getting ready for the Knitter's Frolic. We are going to be busy in the next couple of weeks making up kits.

Again a busy tv night. 2 hours of Deal or No Deal, College Basketball final and The Apprentice. Should get a few more squares done.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Sometimes I could strangle my sister

Beth decided to take the camera to work on Friday and it is still sitting on her desk. I will definitely post a picture on Monday of the throw so far. I have completed 40 squares and should be half way after the Nascar race today.

A customer, Darlene, suggested using Constant Contact to send out store newsletters by email. Got the first one sent out yesterday. It shows who has read the newsletter and what links that have opened. I put a picture of the Jordana Paige knitting bag and that link has been opened the most. I got excited that people are actually reading the newsletter and have the next 2 written. My goal is to send out weekly newsletters with new products, store events and free patterns. We will see how long this lasts.

Gotta go, prerace is on.