Monday, August 30, 2010

3 Months and the Farmer's Market!

Yesterday I realized that it was the 3-month anniversary for Firefly Fibers and I couldn't believe it!  In some ways it seems much longer and in others, much shorter.  I clearly remember our opening day and our first customer, Amy, rushing in to excitedly buy needles.  She is proud that she's our first and I love that!  I have met some amazing people since we opened and I can't wait to get to know everyone better and meet more!

After reading the title of this blog post, you may ask, "What does a 3-month anniversary have to do with the Farmer's Market?"  Well, you see, with all of the work at the store in the spring and summer, we sadly had to give up our garden this year (convincing me of this was a challenge for my husband, but I eventually had to admit defeat).  Don't get me wrong, the trade was well worth the loss of bountiful tomatoes, peppers, greens, and whatever else we would have found at the nursery to plant in our little garden.  I love being at the store and have enjoyed every day I've been there, so do I feel it worked out to my benefit.

This being said, I still crave the fresh foods of summer and was pushed to look for another source to satisfy me this year.  Luckily I had to go no further than the Beaver Dam Farmer's Market!  In about 30 minutes I am there and back with a bounty that makes me drool and so excited to cook.  After unpacking the bags from the trip this last Saturday, I had to take a picture:
Needless to say, my craving for fresh food has been satisfied.  Oh, there was also miniature black raspberry pie but that was long gone before I took the picture :)

So there you have it... A huge thank you to everyone for helping us enjoy 3 months at the store and another thank you to the local farmers for helping me have fresh delicious food this summer!  Thanks for letting me have my cake and eat it too! 

On that note, I'm off to make some tomato soup and borscht and get some knitting done while they are simmering!

Cheers,
Alisa

Thursday, August 5, 2010

What's in my project bag?

A more appropriate question may be "What ISN'T in my project bag?"  

After feeling like Mary Poppins at our open knitting session last night, I think it's only appropriate to share on a broader spectrum what I am working on.  As I pulled the items out of my bag today for the photography line-up, it began to occur to me that I have a lot of work to do (and maybe a problem, but I quickly went back into denial). 

Please feel free to laugh at the mess I have gotten myself into, after all, I have had a good chuckle and you should too.  And with that, here we go... 

The first project is Coquille from the current issue of Knitty.  The project is knit in Crystal Palace's Mini Mochi and I am using the Violets Rainbow colorway. 
I love the yarn and pattern!  I'm over halfway done and so excited for this to be on display at our store, Firefly Fibers!
Next up is... The Clapotis!  This is another Knitty pattern and the current Knit Along for our store.  I am using Malabrigo Sock in Solis and modified the pattern slightly to make a thin lightweight scarf.  Lots of fun!
Citron is another project in my bag (I know, this is getting sad) and another Knitty pattern.  Oddly enough, I passed on creativity this time (not sure there was any left) and am using the same yarn and colorway in the pattern, Malabrigo Lace in Lettuce.  The pattern is great and the yarn is spectacular!
This next one is a "do-over" because I thought I knew better than the pattern (I bet you've never thought you knew better than the instructions on something new).  This is the Pashmina Cowl from Last Minute Knitted Gifts knit in Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight.  I am using the color Denim and, again, I love the yarn and the pattern couldn't be easier!
The final work in progress is a simple cowl that I made up on the fly. This is knit with Malabrigo Merino Worsted in the color Deja Vu.
Last, but not least, are the 3 wound balls from the bottom of the bag for projects that haven't been started yet. I am pretty confident that 2 are for crochet projects and I have a couple possibilities for the 3rd.  I will share more when progress is made, hopefully that is after some of the above items go from U.F.O. status to F.O.
So, I am either a fairly optimistic lady or a totally insane yarn addict.  I prefer to think I am the former rather than the latter.  I do have a few more projects started and yarn for new projects stashed in various places at the store and home, but we will pretend for now they don't exist because this really is enough reality for one day.

Cheers!
Alisa