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Monday, December 24, 2007


It's been a wonderful blur around the shop the past couple of weeks, here's some of the mighty fine projects that we've been cranking out...

First time knitters be proud, check out this scarf made for a lovely mom.

This little gift bear was kind enough to model one of our new shop Baby Hat pattern samples.

Everyone loves a good blankie, right?

This one made by M. was a first trip into the world of delightful randomness, very unusual for Ms. M, isn't she grand! What an astounding job!

This Big blankie is a Christmas Graduation present for a very special State student! Look at that color! Beautiful representation of the brick campus over there in Raleigh, but much softer of course!

Some of the best gifts you give can even be for yourself. That is if you can get them finished! This sweater was made by our Anne. She did finish, though Leo tried to stop her- and it is gorgeous! Picture on the model soon.

This sweater is for a very special man to our shop, I assure you HE is NOT purple. It was made out of our favorite yarn (Jaeger Extra Fine Merino DK- now discontinued!), very special indeed!

Look at that detail!

As for me, I wasn't going to do ANY Christmas knitting this year. 

What happened? I'm not too sure. 

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Keep up the beautiful work, and we will continue to share and admire it all!

Monday, December 17, 2007


You never can know how a gift will be received. 

You can never be sure the impact that you will have. 

When I create things I feel that they then become something all on their own. I put in my most honest effort, all of my available skills at the time, I am thoughtful of the person that I am creating for, and I always knit in a little piece of my heart. Then it gets tough, I have to send my creation out into the world. It has a job to do, and most of the time I won't be around to make sure it fits OK, holds together, is warm enough, is the right color or is generally loved. It's a little nerve fraying actually- if I am being honest. 

I knit because I love the act of knitting, love the yarn, love the community and most of all I knit because in each and every project that I knit I have THOUSANDS of opportunities (stitches) to think/pray/hope/laugh/cry/feel/ remember and love the person that I am knitting for. 
Even if I get frustrated or negative or angry during, or even AT my knitting there are hundreds of rows and thousands of stitches to turn everything around. There are always more opportunities to get it right, it is never too late to fix it. Even if you have to (get to) rip it out and start over.

It is never to late to show someone that you have love and time for them.

There is a lovely woman who was a powerful member of my extended family, The Mother of two dear friends, my big brother's OtherMother, a woman who cared for him when he was not home with us. She raised two super people, has a fantastic husband and BIG family, and a way around the kitchen that is not to be matched. Her name is Jean, she fed me on many occasions, and made me laugh on many more, she is the reason that I love French Onion Soup, maybe the reason that I like onions at all. 
She was kind and gracious to me even when I didn't deserve it.
She got cancer. She decided that a second battle with this disease and the drugs that they use to try to kill it would be too much. 

When my brother told me this, I will admit I didn't have any clue what to say, thank the heavens I knew what to knit. It had to be a Blanket, something so soft and cozy, warm as hell, they live in Maine after all, lightweight (so it wouldn't be a struggle to pull it over yourself even if you were feeling weak) and the colors natural and bright at the same time. 
I got myself some Inca Alpaca in three natural browns, took my first foray into cables and got a bright green for the border all to pay homage to Jean's Irish heritage. I knitted the thing immediately, and there it sat, just waiting for me to weave in the ends. I tell you I couldn't touch the thing to finish it, it made me sad. It waited patiently in my closet, and my brother kept updating me that the family was well and enjoying their time together. This fall Jean got sick. It wouldn't be long. I pulled Blankie out of the closet, wove in the ends, took a really bad picture and paid way too much to ship him to Maine in a "wicked hurry!". I didn't think, I just sent it.
Jean passed away this week and she will be missed. 
Her sister was kind enough to tell my big brother at the memorial that Blankie was indeed loved, he was with her until the very end. If I ever see Blankie again I will give him a pat and say "good job".

This is why I knit. 
Though I never saw her knit a stitch, Jean was a knitter- my niece has the sweater to prove it.

Surely she deserved a handknit that was made just for her.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

All three of our stores are bustling with gifts on the make and holiday decorating. We have a lot of shoppers who mysteriously do not seem to knit at all... I wonder who they might be buying for?

yarns etc. in Greensboro has its halls decked with joyful fiber displays;

What a big task for such a little lamb, I bet she's spinning up some more good ideas!

I think we could all benefit from a few more yarn decorations laying around. 
Check out that tree!

In other news, Santa himself stopped by our Carrboro store looking for gifts for you! Leave him some nice treats this year, he's had to get an early start. He does have a nice modern sleigh to move things along!

And now we can really start the celebration- since we have received our holiday card from two VERY SPECIAL knitwear designers. Can you find them in this picture?

It's Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably!

Happy Holidays and we look forward to seeing you at our Holiday Knit Night- Thursday December 20th! All three stores will be closed Christmas Eve (Monday) and Christmas Day (Tuesday). Hurry in and we'll help you pull it all together. Carrboro will be open Sunday the 23rd for all of your last minute shopping emergencies!

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