Sunday, February 28, 2010

Thank you, Elizabeth!

As we enter the third year of The Needle Lady blog, Elizabeth will move on with her own blog , and I will take over as the "blogmaster" for The Needle Lady. We will miss Elizabeth's endless enthusiasm, but look forward to following her blog and having her submit some "guest posts" to our blog. Thank you Elizabeth!

Nicki comes to The Needle Lady

Now that I've turned 50 and my children are starting to leave the nest, it is time for a new puppy. Come into the shop and meet Nicholas (Nicki) who is a 12 week old standard poodle and the new Needle Lady shop dog.

Niki and friend

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....

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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

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentines Day!


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

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.

Knitting Traditions F.indd

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

a few more things...


I'm just borrowing it but it was nice to spin by candelight this weekend.

Also, this is SO BEAUTIFUL.

Sunday, February 7, 2010


I hope everyone has lots of crafts stockpiled for Snow-torious B.I.G. I'm reading lots of bloggies, when I have power (please Lord, don't let me lose power today). The superbowl is today and I'm going to be spinning/knitting up a storm. Maybe that was a bad analogy this weekend.

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

sunshine day

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.

More later!