Monday, June 21, 2010

Tie up your shoes

Here's a fun run, and a great cause:

Anybody out there want to join me?

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

What did I buy, and why?

Those of you who follow the world of yarn closely, or know a yarn shop owner intimately know that this past weekend was one of our industry trade shows. It was the big one.  If you attend as a retailer, you get to take classes, and visit vendors.  I enjoy the opportunity to strengthen my relationships with my current vendors, and discover new ones.  Here is a rundown of what I am bringing home, to you:

Kollage Yarns:  
Lots of colors of Solace, Glisten and Luscious.  Also 1/2 and 1/2. I became interested in this company because of a yarn rep named Erica.  She facilitated great generosity from the owners of the company. I also love the yarns.  Visit their website and you'll see why.

Habu Textiles: Have you seen the book Ori-ami Knits? It is a lovely book of unusual but beautiful patterns, using only Habu Yarns.  I needed to bring in some cotton gima for many of the patterns.

Frog Tree - Alpaca Sport. Origami Sweater. Of course.

Namaste - Monroe, Hermosa, Hip Holster

We got the natural sport weight yarn in all the colors, even green! Fiber too for my spinners.

Punta:  More colors of my favorite three: Merisoft, mericash and merisock. I love this yarn.

Shibui: I am really intrigued by this new-to-me company. I "met" them when I was asked to design a vest for Handwoven Fall issue.  They generously sent me a box full of several different types of yarns. This time around I bought Sock, Baby Alpaca dk, and H'Land wool alpaca.

Mission Falls:  This is a yarn I can count on for color, value and great feel. They also have excellent pattern support.  We stock 1824 cotton and 1824 wool.

Frabjous Fibers: I love the silk ribbon yarns, the felted notions bags, and assorted other goodies.

Imperial Stock Ranch: This is yarn that you want to sink your fingers into. It is springy and delicious. Then when you hear their story you just fall in love. That's what happened to me anyway. Always had a weakness for western romance.

So there you have it - a sampling of what I fell for over the weekend. I hope you enjoy the links.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Where you shop

You make decisions everyday that can make your town a stronger and better place. Watch this video and understand that where you shop makes a direct impact on where you live.
And, thank you.

My local yarn shop is growing thanks to loyal and regular customers who have become my community. It is a rich and rewarding experience that I am grateful for everyday.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Frozen goodies for a hot Summer day

Luann and I were hanging around the old ball and skein the other day, when a young woman hefting a freezer box came in and offered us a free frozen yogurt. Free? Why yes, she was introducing the downtown worker bees to Swirlberry Frozen yogurt.  It is good stuff, let me tell you. And, it is right on the corner of Abbot and Albert here in East Lansing.  That is literally right around the corner from me. Next time I need an indulgence, that is where I'm gonna go.

And way to go Sharon! You have a great KIP story ( see previous post). Will no one give Sharon a run for the money? She set the bar high to be sure, but you could at least give it a shot. Share your KIP stories here, the best one ( by June 15) wins a $10 gift certificate to WovenArt!