Sunday, September 26, 2010

Fall is in the air

Can you feel it?  That slight chill that indicates it's time for all things knitted?  I want to curl up under an afghan with a cup of tea and knit the day away.  Unfortunately, I have a list a mile long of things to do, but a girl can dream.

I have been able to get some knitting time in, most of it in the wee hours of the night.  My projects selections as of late are very enjoyable so I am frequently up late because I just can't put my needles down. Here are a couple projects that have made it from UFO to FO status: 

One of my customers inspired me the day we opened our doors to make the Pashmina Cowl from Last Minute Knitted Gifts in Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight.  I cast on at the end of July as my "non-thinking" project and was weaving my ends in just a couple weeks ago.  I love this pattern and the warmth and softness of the yarn is spectacular!

I've also been wanting to knit up Braided by Susan B. Anderson for months now and finally found time!  Now I wonder what I was waiting for because it was such a quick and easy knit; it took about 4 evenings to complete.  The project is free on the Spud & Chloe website and uses 3 skeins of Outer.  The yarn is great to work with and the scarf is so soft and squishy!

The final project is one of the Firefly Fibers 4th Quarter Knitalongs!  I had the pleasure of meeting designer Laura Nelkin at TNNA in June and immediately fell in love with her beaded knitting designs.  I selected her recent project Eventide for the shop.  The project uses Audrey by Schaefer Yarn, a silk/merino blend, and incorporates the use of beads and a "cross-stitch" pattern to create this lovely scarf.  This is the current shop sample in progress.  I am just about done with the first half and can't wait to start on the second half so I can use some beads again!

We have Fall yarns arriving at the shop and it is so much fun to see the selections in person!  So many of my customers have been very helpful with fiber and color suggestions, I really appreciate their input.  Now, I just need to find more time to get the yarn on the shelves and to knit up sample projects :)

We are spending time with family today and traveling by car so this means knitting time for me!  Yay!  Let's see how long we can visit so the "to do" list can be put on hold.


Saturday, September 4, 2010

Labor Day Weekend

I am finishing up the last little bit of the day here at Firefly Fibers
before having a couple days off.  The Labor Day weekend isn't any longer for me since we are closed Monday anyway, but I do get to enjoy spending another day with my hubby and that makes me very happy!  

The new Spud & ChloĆ« Trunk Show arrived yesterday and is on display here at the store.  Seeing the knitted items in person makes me want to cast on another project!  So far I have managed to keep this urge under control since I now have 2 bulging project bags :)
The same cannot be said of my urge to play with the new beads that arrived this last week!  We now have Japanese Miyuki beads and I am in the process of stringing beads on for our next store Knitalong (I will post details soon).  We currently have size 8 and will be ordering size 6 soon!
I am stringing them onto one of the below colors of the amazing Audrey by Schaefer Yarn.  It is a delicious blend of Merino and Silk!  I love it and, again, I will share soon!  

I plan to spend some time relaxing this weekend and, of course, hope to find time to get some serious knitting done and share pictures after the weekend!

Be safe and have a great weekend!