May 30, 2011
Happy Memorial Day to all of you. I’ve been thinking a lot of the men and women who have given their service (and some, their lives) to insure the freedoms that I enjoy. I’ve also been thinking about the families who send off their husbands, wives, sons, and daughters, not knowing when they will see them again. So many people making so many sacrifices. I have several friends with sons and daughters in the military. I saw this on my friend Nancy’s Facebook page today. Her town puts up banners to honor those in the military, and this is her son. I wish more towns did this, year round. This post on the The Pioneer Woman’s blog today was a good reminder of the cost to all involved. To all who serve, have served, and have family members who serve – thank you, today and every day.
Since it’s Monday, we do have new things up on the website for you today. I’ve spent a good bit of my long weekend, hanging out with Knitting Daughter and knitting away. After too many weeks of getting other things done (and not knitting), it’s nice to be back at it. In fact, I’m getting some of these new yarns for myself today, because I’ll be ready for a new project again, soon!
Just up – Colinette Jitterbug in 70+ colors (shown here in Jewel). They’ve made the skein size larger, which was a very good thing. We’ve gone without a re-stock of this for almost a year (due to supplier changes) and I’m glad to have it back. The colors continue to be amazing – perfect for scarves, shawls, mitts, cowls, and socks. I made this shawl out of one of the autumn colorways. Now I’m contemplating doing one up in Charlize by Vanessa Smith (because I’m a sucker for a good ruffle like that), or Cladonia by Kristen Kapur (because there are great multi and solid color combinations in this batch.) And look at this one – Catkin, by Carina Spencer. Wow. Carina also designed the Whippoorwill Shawl that I liked knitting up last fall.
Madelinetosh DK – More colors from the big batch that arrived last week (shown here in Logwood). The colors this week are the ones that needed to be re-photoed. The thing about hand-dyed yarn is that it can look pretty different from one time to the next (no matter what company it’s coming from). I’ve learned to get it when there is a variation that I like, because it might be different the next time around! My favorite thing to knit with this weight is the Mara shawl, and I’ve made two of them. Here and here. I also found The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief by Orange Flower, when I was searching DK weight scarves/shawls last week. Very cute. This DK weight is also great for sweaters. I shared some fun summer sweater links in last week’s blog post.
We also added in a few more colors of Claudia Hand Painted, and we’ve gotten in a new batch of our Loopy Ewe shopping bags (formerly red, now lime green for summer). These are great to take to fiber fests, farmer’s markets, and the beach. Lightweight and easy to pack into your suitcase or fold up into your purse.
Enjoy the rest of your long weekend and we’ll be in tomorrow to get your orders packed up and shipped out!