July 26, 2010
I’m tired of the squirrels in my yard. We have two “squirrel-proof” bird feeders outside our family room window. The squirrels have not given up, even though the feeders have been out there for a good 18 months now. Instead, they are systematically chewing through the thick (very solid) metal cap on top of the second feeder. It’s so loud (teeth scraping on metal) that we can hear it quite clearly in the house. Seriously – what does this do to their teeth? They are making headway. I noticed an actual hole in one small area, the last time I filled the feeders. Not big enough for them to get anything from it, but I’m sure they considered it a point for their team. I think I need to get this feeder next. Same metal top (which means eventually Team Squirrel will still chew it down), but it will sure entertain us the cats in the meantime.
Since it’s Monday, you know that I have Update news to share, right? It was a busy week last week, getting all of this ready! We just added:
Madelinetosh Merino Light in 50 colors – This single ply fingering weight yarn is being used in lightweight sweaters, shawls, scarves, cowls and mitts. At 440 yards per skein, it’s also a great price for the yardage.
Fiber Optic – Kimber’s great no-pooling or striping line of fingering weight yarn. I think these semi-solids look really pretty in socks and shawls with more intricate patterns. You don’t have to worry about an emerging pattern destroying the look of the stitch pattern.
The Sanguine Gryphon Skinny Bugga – I love the yarn, and I love working with Gryphon and Sarah. Another great semi-solid-ish look, with no pooling or striping to interfere with your stitch pattern.
Schoppel Wolle Flying Saucer - This is a new one for me – yarn on a spool. There are two ends, making it ideal for knitting two socks at at time. The other thing about this yarn is that it’s dyed in a way that gives you two identical socks. Even if you choose to wind it up into two balls and knit one at a time, your socks will still match. (Note – in the photos you’ll see 3 spools stacked up. This is just to give you the full view of the colors in that colorway. When you order it, you’ll get one spool that contains 459 yards.)
Dragonfly Fibers – We haven’t had Kate’s regular sock yarn here in awhile, and she did a great job of stocking us up!
Sweet Georgia Superwash Sock – Felicia sent us a re-stocking of colors we were out of, as well as new colors to add to the line.
Regia World Cup Colors – if you do like yarns that stripe, then this definitely fits the bill! You’ll find many of the countries represented in this line, but you’ll also love that they fit a variety of team colors and sports.
Shawl Pins by Shaune Bazner – I had a fun time picking out the colors for these hand-finished, beaded shawl pins. (Well – a fun time, but also a hard time. So many great choices!) Shaune has sold these as hair sticks for years, but she was at TNNA to share them as shawl pins. I think I might need to start a new shawl. (Oh, wait – I did start a new shawl this past weekend. Out of a new yarn base from one of our indie dyers. Want to guess what color? Really, not one of my usual colors at all, but I am loving it. In fact that’s why I had to start the shawl – I had to get this color on the needles. Any guesses? Now I just need to pick a beautiful pin to go with it!)
Re-stocks on: Dream in Color Classy and Smooshy, Fleece Artist 2/6, and Schoppel Wolle Zauberball.
Have fun shopping!