Sunday, June 29, 2008

Vacation plans

My two week vacation starts today.  Yesterday was mostly packing, driving, unpacking, and heading into town for provisions. So today begins the process of concentrated relaxation. 
On my vacation I plan to:
1) Read



2) Make a Bag. pattern pending

3. Play Colorku!  Like soduko, but with colored marbles!




4. Play with Vicky 
5. Take a class.

6. Blog, with pictures, to document  how reality matches up with plans.  Does it ever? 

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

What happens at Patriarche...

Stays at Patriarche. I brought a camera to our World Wide Knit in Public picnic at Patriarche Park in East Lansing, MI. But the batteries died. So, no pictures. But, of course I had friends there who had working cameras. Lynn H
took fabulous pictures, and video too. Rae also took pictures, and promises to put them, here
very soon.

We want to do it again next year, but TNNA will coincide with WWKIP. What to do? I think it is a big boost to knitting world to have yarn shops celebrating WWKIP, so should we hold our event one week later? Tell me what you think y'all.

Friday, June 13, 2008

World Wide Knit in Public

Celebrate World Wide Knit in Publicday with a  picnic tomorrow at Patriarche Park in East Lansing.

Woven Art is teaming up with Rae's Yarn Boutique to knit in public at a public park!  Bring whatever you would like to grill, a dish to pass, your projects, and your sense of community fun. 

There will be free knitting classes on site, so bring your new-to-knitting friends.  

As we used to say a gazillion years ago - be there or be square!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

TNNA hangover

I slept in this morning, recovering from the boondoggle that is TNNA. In a good way. Too much fun, too many ideas, too much yarn to choose from. Ti many martoonis. But seriously, after 5 years of shopownership I am much more confident about my yarn choices. I know my customers better, and feel I found a good mix of yarns that offer quality, value, and fashion.

The classes I took are what left me reeling with too many ideas. I could spend all my time taking advantage of what I learned in Web 2.0. The Planning special events class also gave me more ideas than I have time to do. I also attended "Easy Being Green". I have been interested in environmental issues for a very long time. My MFA thesis was based on extensive research I had done on the Great Lakes environment. So, I am intrigued by the organic yarns, and the yarns that are more environmentally friendly. This class gave me some language and questions to be asking to discern between companies that are employing marketing smoke and mirrors, from companies that have truly beneficial practices. One aspect of the discussion centered on "carbon footprint". How many times has that yarn been around the globe to get to you? This supports my desire to buy locally when possible, which is a good thing on many levels.

But now for knitting fun. Here is the Sweetheart top from Lana knits in All Hemp 6. It is pictured on littlest sweetheart, but was knit for middle sweetheart's birthday. I think it will fit her perfectly.


And now that I have put it on my blog, I can mail it to her. Hey - girl - once you get it, how about posting a picture of it on you, on your blog?

Sunday, June 1, 2008

June!

A brand new month! And that means, a brand new stitch challenge. Here is the stitch challenge for June 2008, designed by Angie Tzsoumakis.  


I should explain the stitch challenge for those of you just joining us. Every month Woven Art offers a new pattern block.  So far it has been primarily lace, and lace cables.  It is kind of like doing a small knitting puzzle.  For $1 you get the pattern, and a ball of Montana (100% merino wool), just big enough to complete the square.  You may keep these as a great dictionary of stitches that you have done, or stitch them together into a blanket or wrap. Past patterns are available for $2 each. 

To encourage people to finish their stitch challenges, I have offered a reward. If you show me your completed stitch challenge before the end of the next month, you will get a 10 spot marked on your loyalty discount card.  

And, to make it more interesting, we are sponsoring a design contest.  Using a stitch pattern from any of the stitch challenges (17 so far!), design a garment, or blanket, or a whatever knitted thing.  You may use any yarn, any scale.  Entries will get points for creativity, and for design integrity.  Deadline is August 31, judges will be Jessy Henderson, and Nancy McRay. The prize is one 8 ounce skein of Montana, dyed to your specifications. 


Remember what I was about to put on my loom in the last post?  Here is a close up of it in progress.  The color isn't doing what I had predicted or planned for, not at all.  I envisioned the purple pooling on one side, and the green pooling on the other side.  So, deep breath.  I think this is OK.  And with the complexity of the lace pattern, maybe even a better, more cohesive color distribution.  The warp is a rustic silk, and the weft is a slubby, but soft cotton. This should be very dreamy on a cool Summer evening.  Now I just need to find time to weave it!