Archives from March 2012

Taking a Day or Two Off

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Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 in Around the House

It’s so fun to have Knitting Daughter home for Spring Break this week. (And I refuse to think about the fact that this is her very last Spring Break, since she’ll be graduating in May. Must not think about it.) We have some errands on the to-do list, but in addition to that, this is what we have planned for a good solid day while she’s home. We both love this show (and coffee, and knitting). I did notice one of the maids knitting on the show, but I’m pretty sure she was a fake knitter. (Really, how hard is it for someone to show the actress how to hold the needles and look realistic? Maybe they need one of us to go over there and be an on-the-set knitting coach …..) So –  today’s post is short and sweet. We need to brew more coffee and settle back in to the world of Downton Abbey.

Any other Downton fans out there? And why do we have to wait so long for Season Three??

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Shalimar, Dream in Color, Kauni, and More

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Monday, March 19th, 2012 in Loopy Q & A, Pattern Links

This week in particular, it seems like we are surrounded by awesome colors in the Monday Update. I told Inventory Elf Roberta to just bar me from the back room where all the new stuff is. It’s safer that way. We just added in:

Dream in Color – A special one-time Merino/Alpaca sock blend that is 1) soft and yummy, 2) warm, and 3) gorgeous. You get 420 yards in this merino/alpaca/nylon blend, and it’s perfect for socks or one-skein shawls. (Shown here in the Sprinkler colorway.)

Dream in Color - Another special one-time offering in 4 oz. Silk/Merino laceweight. They had leftover skeins of the March Dream Club silk/merino lace and offered it to us. We snapped that right up!  We have it dyed up in pastels (great for summer shawls) and deeper colors (great for fall and winter shawls). We also have permission to offer you a copy of the popular Vostok Shawl pattern with purchase, so leave us an order note if you’d like us to email you the copy. It’s the pattern that went with the March Dream Club yarn, so some of you already have it. With 1100 yards in this skein, you have a lot of pattern options. (Shown here in the Passion colorway.)

Shalimar Yarns - I’ve often coveted the many beautiful colors of this yarn (especially their fun Newsprint colorway), but when I picked up a skein of their Breathless yarn, I knew we had to have it here. This fingering weight yarn comes 420 yds. to the skein and is 75% Superwash Merino, 15% Cashmere, and 15% Silk. It would be awesome for socks, but I think even nicer for shawls and scarves so you can keep it up close and around your neck and shoulders. (Shown here in Byzantine.)

Kauni - We have a big re-stock on the solids and the multi-colors, just in time to jump into a Wingspan, or a Hitchhiker, or a Citron. The multi-color skeins are sold by weight – anywhere from 120-180 gr. per ball. As always, we re-weigh the skeins and sell them at their actual weight. Some of the skeins seem to come in under the actual weight shown on the label and we don’t want you to be shorted. I did notice that some of the labels now say “150 gr. +/- 10 gr. and that seems like a big difference, don’t you think? We’ll keep weighing them for you. (Shown here in the EZ colorway.)

Spud and Chloe – Re-stocks in all Fine, Sweater and Outer colors. Someone came in the shop last week to get yarn for a Delancey Cardigan. Wouldn’t this look great in Spud & Chloe Sweater?

Blue Sky Alpacas – Re-stocks in Worsted Hand Dyes, Alpaca Silk and Skinny Cotton.

ChiaoGoo Needles – we added in circulars in the 16″ length.

Mill Hill Beads – re-stocked. This would be a great time to get a skein of the new DC Alpaca or DC Lace special bases and some beads to go with it.

We’re looking forward to sending out lots of color to you tomorrow!

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Spring Break!

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Friday, March 16th, 2012 in Sheri's Recipes

No, not for me. But Knitting Daughter is home for a week and I’m a happy mom. (Also, Web Guy comes up from Castle Rock to stay a few days when KD is in town, so I’m a double happy mom!) The pantry and refrigerator are both full, which means some good cooking in the next few days.

Here’s a recipe that we tried recently and loved. I hope you like it, too.

Angel-Chicken-and-RiceAngel Chicken (originally featured in Midwest Living Magazine)

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
8 oz. pkg. button mushrooms, quartered
6 oz. pkg. shiitake mushrooms, sliced (no stems)
1/4 cup butter
1 pkg. Good Seasons Italian Dry Salad Mix
1 can condensed Golden Mushroom soup
1/2 cup dry white wine
4 oz. cream cheese with chives and onions

Melt the butter and then stir in the dressing packet, soup, wine (I left that out) and the cream cheese. Stir until melted.

Place sliced mushrooms in the bottom of a slow cooker. Top with the chicken breasts and then pour the sauce over it all. Cook on low for 5 hours. Serve over hot rice or pasta.

Have a great weekend. I hope you’re doing something fun!

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Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 in Loopy

So far today, I have:

- Ordered 2700 skeins of yarn. Still need to put in a few more orders this afternoon, though.

- Checked on orders expected from two yarn companies that were supposed to have arrived by now. (Now suspecting the UPS guy. Not our regular guy – he’s nice. It must be a substitute.)

- Met my landlord (based in Alabama, visiting here today) for the first time. Not sure he’d been in a yarn shop before.

- Tried to figure out which DVD of Downton Abbey is the right one to buy with the least amount of problems associated with it. (Lunch break.)

- Picked up and put down and picked up and put down a new silk blend and a new cashmere blend that are going up next week. (Going back there to pick them up again one more time before I go home tonight.)

- Answered emails, but still didn’t get my in-box to single digits.

- Walked over to Target (in this beautiful 73 degree weather) to get decaf coffee and cookies for a yarn meeting here tonight.

- Pondered my project wall and wondered if it’s wrong to have more than 8 planned projects in the works. (Well, not WRONG, but foolhardy? I’ve been doubling up on the bins. Two projects per bin now. I’m pretty sure I could get three in there if need be.)

- And now I’m getting ready to sit in my Red Chair with a fresh cup of coffee, to do some long term planning. I like that corner of my office.

What did you do today? Anything fun?

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