Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Here is a shot inside the store looking out onto the mall.
That would be Nicki's head in the lower left hand corner. The inside has just been freshly painted and the floor newly tiled. The french doors have just been added to the back wall and the doors lead into our new classroom/office space. With the size of our Wednesday knit group growing we will have 2 big tables in the shop to seat everyone.
Be sure to come in and say goodbye to our old space this week and next. We have received some great new summer yarns--Debbie Bliss Amalfi yarn is in with a great new accompanying pattern book. We've just been restocked with Prism Merino Mia, Symphony and Angora! We have some great MaggiKnits summer shawls and tops that I brought home from Stitches South---complete with a wide selection of Maggi's Linen and Maggi's Cotton! I'll get pictures this week and show them to you if you can't get into the shop!
We are planning a great festive event in the new shop to celebrate our grand reopening! On Friday, June 4 (a first Friday) we will be having The Big Move Yarn Tasting/Grand Reopening Night at the new shop. Admission is $15 ($12 if purchased in advance) and includes wine, catered hors d'oeuvres from Silver Pear Catering, a chance to win some great door prizes, including $100 Needle Lady gift certificate, and 15% off storewide during the event, or all day Friday if ticket is purchased in advance. The tables will be set with a variety of yarns and different types of needles that can be sample knit or crocheted. Tahki Stacy Charles is sending us a great spring/summer trunk show or new garments and yarn to help us celebrate our re-opening. Also, the wearing of some hand knit or crocheted item is also required for admission...
Monday, April 5, 2010
The book sold out quickly, but we should have more in this week.
Angela created a little family of Bunny Nuggets for Easter. These guys are Rebecca Danger's creations and she has the free pattern available for download on her site http://www.rebeccadanger.typepad.com/dangercraftsbunnynuggetknittingpattern.pdf.
It's hard not to smile when you see these guys. What a great use of leftover yarn!
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Here is another in the "it's a small world" category. While strolling through the Pike Place Market last Friday, I ran into Carol Fitzgerald--a Needle Lady customer from New Jersey. We were first admiring each others sweaters, and as our glance moved to the face, we realized we knew each other. Here we are---Carol in her self designed Blue Heron Chenille pullover, and I in my Strickwear Box Sweet sweater. I usually see Carol every year at the Charlottesville Festival of the Book and neither of us could make it this year--we chanced upon each other in Seattle instead. Thanks Carol for sending the picture.
Another highlight of the conference is the chance to visit yarn shops in the host city. Seattle is home to some great shops. I visited Tricoter, which has always held a special place in my heart, because their first book Simply Beautiful Sweaters is one of my favorites and includes the pattern for "Lucy's Sweater" knit from Colinette Fandango and Zanziba. I think the proceeds from the numerous copies of the book and yarn for that sweater kept us afloat in that first year we were in business. I bought up many copies when it went out of print--I may still have a few in the shop. I know I have one on my shelf at home.
Another shop that I thoroughly enjoyed was Churchmouse Yarns & Teas located on beautiful Bainbridge Island a short ferry ride from Seattle. We knew it would be a wonderful afternoon when we boarded the ferry in rain, and landed on the island in sunshine.
After a fabulous lunch at Cafe Nola, we visited Kit at Churchmouse. I have to admit I suffered "yarn shop envy" . It was a beautiful shop--and Kit had an office to die for. Kit and her husband John have created a beautiful yarn and tea shop and were such generous hosts to all of the visiting shop owners. It's tough to be judged by a jury of your peers.
They have just published a set of Churchmouse Yarns & Teas Classic patterns. These are small project patterns that use anywhere from 1 to 3 skeins of yarn. The patterns are accompanied by the stunning photography of Jared Flood (Brooklyn Tweed). I have ordered these beautiful patterns for the shop---they should be in by the weekend. There is a ruffled scarf knit with Koigu, a great man's scarf and hat out of Ultra Alpaca, footies for use in your Dansko clogs ( I did discover that Seattle and Charlottesville, and yarn shop owners must keep Dansko in business), a featherweight kid silk haze wrap and much more. Even if you never knit the project, the photos will transport you. Here is John and Kit in the tea section of their shop:
Madeleine and I capped off our trip with an incredible day on Mt. Rainier. An old friend of mine that lives in Seattle supplied us with all of the maps and gear and instruction that we needed to snowshoe on Mt. Rainier. It was unbelievable--not only because it was a crystal clear gorgeous sunny day. We reached a place where we had unobstructed views of Mt. St. Helen, Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams--it was as if you were in another world. Thank you, Keith!
Monday, March 8, 2010
The scarves will be donated to the Martha Jefferson Cancer Center and will be presented from the Village School during the center's Celebration of Life on March 28.
The team representing Casmeccebe was the winner. Here they are with their gold medals.
Hurray for the Village School! Congratulations girls!
Betsy sent in some great pet/animal photos. Here is her knitted pig--clearly alarming to her cat.
To make matters worse, Betsy also brought in a knitted bunny to the house. I think the cat might be able to overpower the bunny.
Lori (who works in the shop on Thursdays) sent us this hysterical BBC link to a story about women in England knitting sweaters for bald chickens---yes, that's right sweaters for bald chickens.
Here is the BBC link.
** Jumpers knitted for bald chickens **
Former battery hens from Norwich that have lost their feathers are being knitted jumpers by a Somerset craft club to keep them warm. < http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/em/fr/-/2/hi/uk_news/england/8537773.stm >
Have you knit your bald chicken a sweater?
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Nicki proved to be so cute that Colleen (who works Tuesday afternoon and Wednesdays) drove to Greensboro and picked up Roxy, Nicki's sister. Here she is......
Roxy is wearing a dog sweater meant for one of Susan Bashline's Yorkies and knit by her mother Doris during the snow. A great use of Debbie Bliss Luxury Tweed stash. Here is one of Susan's Yorkies in her own sweater.
Since the snow in Charlottesville just continued, Susan's other Yorkie also received a sweater from "grandma" knit out of Trendsetter's Tonalita.
Nicki is settling in well at The Needle Lady. He's made lots of friends and sometimes tries to blend in with his surroundings. Can you find Nicki in the Mountain Colors?
Here is a great shot of Vicki Thomas' new bulldog puppy in the snow. This guy is the reason I even started thinking about puppies again....
Finally, here is a great photo sent in by Lynne Brookfield (one of our favorite customers). Her granddaughter Molly sent her this photo.
She sent it to me with this message:
The Needle Lady's yarns get SEAL OF APPROVAL from feline.
I thought you might enjoy this email photo my granddaughter Molly sent me. Her cat is lying on cotton afghan I crocheted and is wrapped in a $40.00-a-skein-yarn Molly picked out at Needle Lady and knitted.
Please send us any of your "pet knitting" photos and we'd love to post them to the blog this week. Send the photos to email@example.com.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
This is the 2 year blogiversary. I can't believe I've been blogging for 2 years! How time flies. Here is the first post http://theneedlelady.blogspot.com/2008/02/welcome-to-our-new-blog.html
If you haven't been to the shop since Snow-verkill happened, you must go today! There is SO much to see, including a sale.
And apparently, Snowpocalypse isn't over yet.
What else is more comforting than stocking up on bread, milk, eggs, yarn, and new magazines?
We now have Interweave's Knitting Traditions.
I LOVE THIS MAGAZINE. As someone who sleeps with a copy of The History of Knitting by her bed, opening this magazine and seeing articles on Turkish knitting in the middle ages and Swedish two ended knitting was just the perfect addition to my stash enhancement for baby knitting. My friends have had 7 babies so far this year!
I will post again later- for now, my dearest child Gansey is staring at me so I need to take her on an adventure. Stay tuned for Ravelympics updates too! Viny Yoke has been started, and it's fab.
Monday, February 8, 2010
I'm just borrowing it but it was nice to spin by candelight this weekend.
Also, this is SO BEAUTIFUL.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Check out these blogs:
The Purl Bee-- excellent elephant patterns, but really, Elijah will always be the best.
Posie gets Cozy, designer of Sunshine Day Baby Afghan
This would be wonderful in Zara- we have so many colors. But really, it would be wonderful in anything. How about Berroco Vintage or Shepherd's Worsted? LOVE.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Here is the Posie studio. So organized. I could never be that organized. But still, it's inspiration.
And here is my Featherweight that I would love to finish this weekend.
I'm really trying to get better at taking photos of my knitting. Do you have any tips? Maybe have someone hold the lighting close to the piece?
I love knitting the malabrigo laceweight. It's so nice. Especially on the Asciano needles.
The shop is closed today because of the snow, but it gives everyone a chance to sit at home by the fire and work on projects.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Here is yet another adorable pattern by Gudrun Johnston. I actually met her at Rhinebeck!
She has lots of Twist Collective designs, and I especially love these...
I borrowed this photo from NessaRenee on Ravelry. Isn't it great?
So, Gudrun, you rock the house.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Here are three of them from ravelry that I am using as inspiration. I am also taking Stefanie Japel's How to Fit Your Knits class and it is genius. I would highly recommend taking this class for any of you who want your garments to fit your body better. I call it taking control of your knitting and not relying on a pattern that may or may not be totally accurate. Check out other classes here.
I love the way these look with dresses. I also am definitely going to incorporate some sort of lace like middle photo. Photos to come soon. Back to knitting...
Monday, January 11, 2010
Peaks Island Hood by Ysolda adjusted for Poland- no scalloped edges (long story. and by long, i mean like five hours of ripping), felt lining. My mother is going to Poland and I feel the need to keep her warm. Who goes to Poland in January?
Here is the sweater I made for her in two weeks. It's toasty, but she'll definitely need a turtleneck on under it.
A norwegian hat made of leftovers. So pretty!
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
Pattern title and where you found it (book, internet)
Needle size used
Who you made it for
I start an online class today with Stefanie Japel of Fitted Knits and Glam Knits. I am star struck!
Saturday, January 2, 2010
This photo is literally on the back cover of the book. Oddly enough, I think it's the nicest thing in the book.
Here is the medium size (that is probably a normal person's large) out of Merino Sei color 405.
My favorite thing about this pattern is the pleats. I've never knitted pleats before. They are basically really big cables that you bind off in the middle of. My least favorite thing about this pattern is the drastic error in yardage needed. I needed about 500 more yards than they called for. Oh well, all in the name of couture and the need to keep my mother warm on her January trip to Poland.
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