This is so funny. I can’t believe it’s been this long since I posted on here. Course, life has changed DRAMATICALLY for me since — what? — March of 2008? Egad! I’ve created and deleted numerous blog posts on other sites (Wix, for example, and Homestead), but gee, I feel like I have a real connection to this once seeings how it’s the oldest one I have and all. I’ll have to go back through some of my posts and see what the heck all the fuss was about that I felt the need to write it down.
And then, hopefully, I’LL BE BACK!
Seems like every new knitting project I start, I don’t get even a third of the way through it when I discover something wrong. It’s either something wrong with the actual pattern, there’s possibly something wrong with my yarn choice, or my knitting is all wrong be it gauge, mistakes, whatever. I’m amazed at how often I have to either tink (‘knit’ backwards) or even frog (completely ‘ribbit’ ribbit’ out). Sometimes I have to start completely over four or five times! And frankly, by the fourth or fifth time, I’m no longer enamored of my yarn choice and I’m pretty much ‘over’ the project.
So here I am, 8 days before Christmas, and this is what I’ve accomplished in the projects department:
- Felted clogs for cousin; yet to be mailed.
- Felted clogs as another gift for unnamed.
- In-progress lace item that needs total concentration.
- Entrelac socks already totally frogged twice.
- Fringe on completed shawl — at least completed until I found a big, fat HOLE along the top edge where some stitch mysteriously jumped off my needles but didn’t make itself known for at least 8 rows and 5 days later.
The only reason the clogs got finished is because we had a workshop on them which caused me to HAVE to do them. I’ll be amazed and surprised if the lacy item gets completed. The socks will have to wait now. As far as my shawl is concerned… well, all I can say is….“DEBYYYYYYYYYY!“
Pictures to come of all these UFO’s.
Well, I’ve taken the next step. Looky, looky what I’ve gone and done:
And if you look real close, you’ll see two full ‘bobbins’ and a peachy ball of spun wool sitting atop the spindle. I’m such a newbie at this, but we have a very fun group of spinners that come in every third Thursday that I knew I had to be a part of it all. I learned this is a “Baynes” wheel from New Zealand; I bought it used. I know it’s from the 1960’s, it’s a ‘castle’ style, and I love the look of it. It also makes a little “clickity-clackity” noise while I’m treadling. And I do treadle madly. (In fact, I was treadling so madly last fall at my cottage this thing almost landed in the deep end of the lake.) I still have a lot to learn. But honestly, sometimes I feel compelled to spin; it’s the only word I can use to describe the feeling. Now if anyone says anything about ‘spinning your wheels’ I say, “YES! YES! YES!”
I’m making something, but I’m not sure it’s progress. I did finish the blue socks and have since worn them enough that I’d show you a picture of them, but they’re in the wash. If I had more time, I’d do that hand-washing thing, but there ya go.
So this little hat went to my son’s friend Dan’s new baby niece. It’s made with angora and wool, and if it wouldn’t look too queer on me, I’d make one for me.
Isn’t this cute? It’s called a Loop d’ Loop by Chris Bylsma. I made it with Interlacements Oregon Worsted Stripe.
So now I’ve started another pair of socks, a Scrawl , and another hat like the one above only in an adult size. Yeah; I have odd friends.
I’m gonna do it. I’m gonna post all my UFO’s here along with pics. I know ya’ll think owning a yarn shop has to be the best place in the world to knit. That’s what I thought, too. And in a way that’s true. I mean, I have access to all the yarn I want and patterns galore. But I’m finding, instead, that it’s absolutely the best place in the world to start knitting.
Here. Enjoy them one at a time…
EwwKay. Let’s see if I can remember how this goes. In May I considered eCommerce (not happening!) because May apparently is not a huge yarn-shop kinda month. Go figure. People seemed more concerned with getting used to the fact that their kids would be home 24/7 and bored within days, their yards might need mowing, and pretty flowers often don’t happen by themselves. I’ll admit things were getting a little panicky here in my head since I’d just been open a couple months and bills were due and stuff like that. So while it was all great fun to practically live at my new little shop, things were slow enough that I wondered if I’d soon be amongst the
home shopless. June arrived in all its glory heat, and all the beautiful wool I’d ordered wasn’t really foremost in the minds of many knitters. (Though felted-bag knitters are wooly diehards, and a little 90+ heat never stops them.)
Now it’s July. Who knew July would be a great knitting month? Who knew that $3.39 a gallon was an acceptable price to pay for people to come up north and visit? Who knew that A/C can draw knitters to the shop like YO’s to lace?
I’ve discovered, and hope to remember, that July is a really good month for Gaylord. We have 4th of July; we have festsivals; we have great golfing and swiming and camping. But I also hope to remember that we now have yarn reps coming to show me the new fall lines. (Yes; there are seasonal ‘lines’ to yarn.) I’m still catching my breath and excited about the summer stuff when suddenly I’m inundated with color choices for wools and patterns for this fall and winter. What the world?
So I’ve ordered the fall stuff. I look forward again to all my little Santas who deliver to my shop, even though I know I’ve held deliveries out through September. I can’t wait for this stuff to come in. I can’t knit fast enough or often enough. But during this first year open, I’m clueless as to what sells when and why. I don’t know one day to the next how it’s going to go. This year will at least give me projections for next year. (Next year!) I’ll have fewer excuses next year, although I retain my right to the short-term-memory-loss thing. I’m having a blast. I’m meeting the best, most generous, thoughtful and interesting people I’ve ever known. I go home with pounding feet to knit a bit. And I look forward each day to whatever it’ll bring, because ya just never know.
I’ve had a couple out-of-state folks ask me about selling online. I’ve only been open for close to three months, but April and May are not exactly high knitting season. Seems like a big STEP, one that will take some prep work getting all my inventory online. Plus figuring out the whole shipping thing. But e-Commerce seems to be taking off, doesn’t it? I, myself, do a lot of shopping online. Big fan of it. But what about being on this end of it? Wish I could just stick my toe in the water and test it on a smaller scale…
Here’s what I’ve been working on the last week or so. I’m doing two at once so I actually have a real pair to wair. Aren’t they preddy? I’m using Cherry Tree Hill sock yarn. Love that stuff. I started them together, two socks on two circs. After two inches and four tinks, I decided to separate them at birth, so to speak, before I gave up on them completely. This is working better. I really think that by the time the cold weather comes round again, they’ll be done.