Thursday, January 29, 2015

Yarn in my Coffee - Episode 1: Pilot... with lots of fidgets!


The very first episode! I have fallen obsessed in love with knitting podcasts, so naturally I had to try my own hand at it. I have also started a new Ravelry group for the podcast, so be sure to join and join in the discussions!

Sorry for the sound quality! I will try to get that fixed by next week, hopefully better recording quality to!


SHOW NOTES


Work in Progress

Dustland Hat by Stephen West
Yarn: Cascade 220 Worsted but dyed in my "Meteorite" semi-solid colorway
Bag: Milky Robot
Stitch Markers: Little Monkey Stitch & Spin

Vanilla Socks (no pattern)
Yarn: Spun Right Round 80/20 sock weight in "Exploder"
Bag: Milky Robot
Stitch Marker: Sweet and Savory Trinkets

Finished Objects

Topography by Melissa Stajda
Yarn: Spun Right Round Squish DK in "Sugar Daddy"

Great Divide Shawl by Michelle Brown
Yarn: 
-Malabrigo Silky Merino DK in "Lettuce"
-Madelinetosh Merino DK in "Cosmic Wonder Dust"
-Knit Picks Pallete in "Aurora Heather" (two strands held together)

Spinning

Forgot to show spinning, will do next week!

Stash Enhancement

Republic of Wool Twist Sock in Julep

Other Mentions

... lots of fidgets! If there is something I mentioned and forgot to note, please leave a comment!


3 Month Yarn Club

The 3 month Yarn Club is finally here! 

I will be opening up subscriptions on Sunday, February 1st and they will stay open until the 10th. Each month you will receive a secret and new colorway for 3 months and they will ship out the last week of each month. If you follow me on Instagram or have joined my group on Ravelry, I will be posting a sneak peek of the yarn every month before they ship.

You will have the option to choose what weight you would like your subscription to be. I will have the following options:
  • Sock - 75% superwash merino 25% nylon - 462 yds / 100 g
  • DK - 100% superwash merino - 246 yds / 100 g
  • Worsted - 100% superwash merino - 220 yds / 100 g
Here is a sneak peek of the March colorway! These will be shipping out the last week of February, look for the listings in the shop on the 1st!


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Second FO for 2015

Finished my second project for 2015! This one was the Great Divide and it was the second one I've made. This one turned out double the size of my last one and I adore it! I finished it up while at my LYS on Friday and blocked it out that evening. I will be doing a third shawl very soon, I just love this pattern more and more with each one I make.

Yarn: Malabrigo Silky Merino "Lettuce" / Madelinetosh DK "Cosmic Wonder Dust" / Knit Picks Palette "Aurora Heather" (two strands held together)


Friday, January 23, 2015

Stepping out of my shell

For a while now, I have been craving to find a local knitting group. I'm normally very shy and keep to myself when it comes to social gatherings, so I'm always nervous in these kind of situations. This week I finally bit the bullet and decided to join the knitting table at my LYS. Yesterday, in one of my local Ravelry groups, I saw someone had started a thread asking if there are any knitting groups during the week. I chimed in and said I would be interested as well! So I decided to visit the next day (today) and knit. Guys, I actually went this morning and it was SO much fun! Everyone was so nice and friendly, we chatted the morning away. It didn't help my nerves any knowing that I was also going to be talking to an employee about consigning my yarn there. Everything went great and I'm proud to say that they will be carrying my yarn at the shop very soon! I will post more when I bring in the first box of dyed skeins, for now I'll keep it hush haha!


I felt so welcome and at ease when the other knitters started to introduce themselves and talk about projects and yarn. I was at home. After nearly 14 years of knitting and never joining a knitting group, I am in love! I will be spending every Friday morning now at my LYS... and maybe even Tuesday mornings as well!

Tomorrow I'm actually heading to check out another local knitting group called the Desert Yarnies. They meet every Saturday at a local cafe and one of the girls who helps run the group also works at the LYS I was at today, so seeing her there will be a nice ice breaker for me. I think I will have a great time and I'm really looking forward to it!


This year I told myself that I will try new things and really step out of my shell more. So far I have done a couple things in just this month:

  • Joined a knitting group (possibly two if tomorrow turns out great)
  • Tried two "new-to-me" knitting techniques 

My other goal for the year is to knit my first cardigan and I already have one planned out, just need to order the yarn (a downside to being plus size... more yardage needed lol). I really want to use Malabrigo for this cardigan, I think it will be super soft... but after dyeing a ball of Cascade 220 tonight, I may opt for that yarn instead. I'll talk about that yarn this coming week!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Shop Talk

So, how are you all?! Can you tell I'm trying to make a better effort in blogging again? As much as I love this little blog, it has been getting lots of cobwebs. I think I say that every time I start blogging again. Today I wanted to chat about what is coming to the shop!

If you follow me on Facebook, you may have seen a couple yarn shop updates. Yes, I know it is empty now but I swear there was yarn in it a few times this week! I'm currently sold out of yarn but I have a new yarn order headed my way (hopefully in a week or so). So, if you saw a yarn colorway that you wanted to grab but couldn't, never fear, I take custom orders! So feel free to convo me on Etsy to get a custom order set up. If you want to place a large order (of 3-5 skeins or more, it will take a little longer for a custom order).


Now that I have been bringing yarn back to the shop, I do plan to include more weights as time goes on as well. I have placed another order of fingering weight and a handful of DK. I think once I get DK in the door again I may start carrying worsted and bulky.

Another yarn style that will be popping up soon are mini skeins!!! These will be in sets of 5 mini skeins with roughly 90 yds in each one (450 yds in total). You can use these for small projects, scrappy patterns or even to test out different colorways!

Other things coming to the shop... bags! I have been getting asked a lot if project bags will be making an appearance in the shop again and yes! Most likely it will be around February when I will start adding new bags to the shop but they are coming! Another fun option with the bags will be zipper pouch + bag sets. I will be carrying a limited grouping of bag sets, but you can also buy zipper pouches by themselves as well very soon.

Ok, I think that wraps it all up! If there is something you would like to see in the shop, feel free to comment! I would love to hear your idea's!