Wednesday, September 23, 2009

$70 Tank

Do you ever get this? Someone you know (usually a nonknitter) comes up to you and says “wow, you must save a lot of money by knitting your own clothes.”

I get it pretty regularly. Happened to me last time I was visiting one of my cousins. Guess what my response was.

Absolutely! This tank only cost me about $70 and provided me with hours of entertainment.

I love seeing the look of shock come over their face.

Monday, September 14, 2009


This Saturday is World Wide Spin In Public day. We will be meeting at the same place that we met for WWKIP, Teazer World Tea Market Downtown. Bring your spindles, wheels and fiber and spend the morning spinning with us. We will start spinning at 10:30 am. If you have never spun before we will have extra spindles so you can participate. We look forward to seeing you there!

Photo 1 courtesy of Teazer World Tea Market Photo 2 courtesy of Velma's World
You can read more about spinning in public over on Velma's World

Teazer World Tea Market
2405 Capitol St # 104
Fresno, CA 93721-2256
(559) 237-7037

What better way to spend a morning than sipping tea & spinning yarn.

Photo 3 courtesy of Teazer

ETA: We will be giving a fiber gift to everyone that comes out on Saturday!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

One Day Wonders

My niece went home with my sister on Monday & now I can't stop knitting baby stuff. Isn't she adorable!

Last night I cast on this little sweater. And by the end of the evening it was all knit up. I couldn't believe how quickly it went. The pattern is Inca-Dincadoo Cardigan from Luxury Yarn One Skein Wonders. The pattern calls for organic cotton, but I used this lovely bamboo yarn & some funky sparkly pink eyelash yarn instead. I love how it turned out.

This morning I got up & sewed up the seams. And tada, we have a sweater! Now I need to go shopping for cute little buttons. Oh, and I am also casting on another sweater. This time I am using our sock yarn in Lizard Breath, which is also available in our sea cell & merino sock yarn.

For reasons I probably shouldn't share with the world, it reminds me of my sister & I absolutely have to knit it into a baby sweater for my niece.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Tips for Designing

1. Listen to your yarn. Sometimes, you want to make something work, but the yarn just doesn’t want to cooperate. That is ok. Listen to the yarn & try something different.

2. Don’t be afraid to rip.

3. Play- sometimes the best creations come from just fooling around.

4. Try new techniques. Trying something new can cause you to think outside of the box, which can lead to a new design element.

5. Try new materials. Different fibers will speak to you differently. As will different needles.

6. Write it down. You really won’t remember it later.

7. Keep a notebook to put all your ideas in.

8. Use pencil when charting by hand.

9. Remember there are no rules, there are no knitting police.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

This Just In

This Tuesday our yarn & fiber are going on a little field trip. They will be spending the next two weeks at Ancient Pathways. During these fabulous two weeks you will get to oooh & aaah over our 40 lines of yarn & spinning fiber. Yes, that really is a lot of fiber. As a special little treat for all that were unable to attend Sock Summit, our three submissions to Dye For Glory will also be available.

Today I will be reskeining & labeling the last of the skeins that I have dyed especially for this show. This will also be the first time our new label will be seen in public. There are only a handful of skeins that will have our new label because as much as we would like to relabel everything. We thought it would be a bit wasteful to toss a thousand perfectly good labels. For those lucky few that will be able to get their hands on our skeins with the new label, we would love to hear what you think of it.

On a side note, if you look down & to the right you will see something new. We now have out Twitter stream on our blog.

ETA: Oh, and look up. We have a new logo! Watcha think?