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’07 Holiday Review & A Festival of Hand-dyeds

Welcome to 2008!  I am wishing us all (including self), a happy, healthy, love and good fortune filled year.  May you and your loved ones have a great year. 🙂

On a personal note, we had a rather protracted holiday season that started around Thanksgiving with family visiting for 2 weeks and then more family visited for Christmas.  Both visits were instigated by self and I am happy to have done it.  Kids loved it and it was great but I am glad that it is all over (mom & dad – I don’t mean the visits or the visitors).

Given our work schedule I had absolutely no time to prep for the holidays.  Our Thanksgiving meal was cooked by my mother in-law and father in-law and partly by my husband and I am very thankful for it – it was yummy.  My contribution, two pies – one of the best pumpkin pies ever and a chocolate pecan pie.  I drove to pick them up and paid for them – doesn’t that count?  If you ever come visit us and/or Seattle you must make West Seattle one of your stopping points otherwise you will miss one of the best kept secrets of Seattle.  We know of it but the average visitor never makes it to our long beautiful beaches, parks and of course Bakery Nouveau, which is where I picked up my pies.  Their website does not have much content but I cannot say the same for their bakery, lovely savory sandwiches, cookies, incredible bread, and of course, their coffee.  PS. We have no financial or other affiliation with Bakery Nouveau, just like their delicious goodies.  But I digress.

Then there was gift shopping…I am not good at shopping for Christmas gifts, I would rather make mine.  That being said I can only make so many hats, socks, etc., for a 5 and a 3 year old.  With that in mind I went out shopping on the 23rd and the 24th.  I must tell you this was by far one of the most ridiculous experiences of my life.  I say this because it really was and left me feeling like I had run a marathon while being continuously beaten with a wooden spoon by my French aunt.  It was simply hideous (I just snorted – of course it is funny now). 

Here is an example of one of the highlights: I went to Toys’r Us to pick up what I could find and within 15 minutes a real hair-flying Jerry Springeresk fight broke within the video game section between 5 adults.  I was simply astounded.  Police came and immediately thereafter I left with one small Mattel car – of course it was made China and probably has enough lead to set an alarm. 😛

That all being said, I had a lovely time during Christmas and enjoyed it like it was meant to be while relaxing and reading books.  Needles to say any shopping I may be doing for next Christmas will be done between January and September of this year.  I hereby promise myself – you can hold me to it.

Wow, that was lengthy and definitely in the TMI range.  I hope you do not mind my rather random thoughts.

Now back to yarn…I have been hit by the hand-dyed yarn fairy.  I have a huge back log of hand-paints that I am continuously photographing and listing. 

Scrumptious Wool in the Woods Cherub First one is the Wool in the Woods Cherub, a beautiful tightly plied fingering weight wool that makes great socks, scarves and shawls.  It is also surprisingly soft and yes, it is on sale.  Wool in the Woods Cherub used to be sold in 50 gram hanks but all our skeins are twice the weight at 100 grams and one is sufficient for a pair of socks.  I like Cherub because its tight twist does not take away from the hand or the softness of the yarn.  Here is a Fiber Trends pattern – Shoalwater Shawl – that is shown in Cherub, which looks simply lovely.Shoalwater Shawl shown in Wool in the Woods Cherub

I am sure most of you know of Jojoland Yarns; when they decided to closeout their hand-dyed line Kaleidoscope both in worsted and fingering weights we were happy to help them and take it all off of Jojo’s hands. 🙂

Jojoland Kaleidoscope Worsted Kaleidoscope worsted is a soft and a no-itch hand-dyed wool yarn and comes in lovely color lines picked by Jojo.  It can be used for any project that calls for a worsted weight wool.

Jojoland Kaleidoscope Fingering Kaleidoscope fingering weight is also hand-dyed wool yarn that is intended more for socks, scarves, gloves, mitts, hats…any project that calls for a fingering weight wool.  I think you will find that both yarns are a steal at their current prices.

We also got in Great Adirondack Soxie  Great Adirondack Soxie in Leopard  and Silky Socks  Great Adirondack Silky Sock in Balsam  due to multiple requests that we have received for this line and continue to add new colors to these hand-dyed wool and wool/silk blend lines on a daily basis.

It is well past midnight here and Mellow is begging for a walk even though it is raining and the temperature is around 37-40 degrees.  So for now it is good night but the ‘Festival of Hand-dyeds’ will continue for the rest of this and next week.  Watch for lovely and scrumptious surprises.

Bamboo, Pandas Like It & We Do Too

Just in case you did not notice we slowly started introducing new yarn lines from South West Trading Company.  We now carry their yarns and patterns.

Twize in a Black/Red/White Tweed First it was Twize, a beautiful 100% bamboo yarn with a silky hand and great drape, as a closeout. 

Greta - A Free Twize Pattern Twize comes with free patterns and it is great for lighter garments and of course, non-wool scarves and accessories for that no-wool person in your life.  Or, for you, if you would like to try something different in bamboo.

Tofutsies Sock Yarn at Little Knits I also just finished listing Tofutsies and just when I thought I had all the colors listed we received the limited edition December Tofutsies and free pattern (special edition colors come with free patterns). 

 Free Tofutsies Patterns It is past midnight and I just came from a long walk with Mellow so it is going to have to wait till tomorrow evening.  But you can see all of our other colors on our website.  Tofutsies is a sock yarn with a rather unique fiber mix including 50% superwash wool, 25% Soysilk, 22.5% cotton and 2.5% Chitin (made from shrimp and crab shells).  Each Tofutsies skein weighs 100 grams and comes with enough yardage for a pair of socks – strike that if you wear size 12+ shoes. 🙂

Tomorrow I will be listing Karaoke, a 50% wool, 50% Soysilk yarn that comes in solid and variegated colors.  Karaoke can be used for knitting and felting projects.  Good news, we do have closeout colors that we will be listing on sale.

I have over 75 new yarns on hand waiting to be listed and a couple of new yarns that I CANNOT wait till they get here.  I am going to keep them as a secret hope this is OK.  I am not sure which one will show up at our door first but I assure you, I will let you know before I listed them on the website as I am so in love.  I cannot wait to get them on my needles.  OK, enough teasing. 

Mellow and I were out for our nightly walk and it is absolutely gorgeous out there.  We had snow last weekend – SNOW IN SEATTLE! – and it was cold cold cold.  The next day (Sunday), it melted but we kept getting ice mixed with rain.  Today it is warm!?  There is a wild wind out there but it is not enough to make one fall and it brings the smell of the Puget right up the hill. 

I know you did not walk with me tonight but wish you could have…so, imagine yourself walking in a warm Seattle night, wind blowing your hair wildly while you smell the sea all around you.  Then imagine passing by houses already lit up with Christmas lights, surrounded with lavender bushes and the smell of lavender and Puget is all around you.  Then imagine stopping by what we call the ferry-hill to watch the ferry come back from the islands all lit up in the dark of the night on Puget. Then imagine Mellow sticking his wet nose in to your hand to remind you that he is there and wants to go back home.  That was my walk.

Hope you are all well and knitting with a smile.

News from Seattle – What’s hapenning @ Little Knits?

I have quite a few things cooking (over 40 new yarns lines, sales, etc.), and I am also trying to knit on the side and record a couple of video-casts.  Here is a quick peak at a few things that are almost ready for view.

Hand Maiden Sea Silk at Little Knits We received 20 boxes of Fleece Artist and Hand Maiden yarns filled with new colors and new lines.  This photograph shows a new color line, Amethyst, in Sea Silk.  I really like Amethyst as a semi-precious stone but I would be willing to give it up for a life time supply of Sea Silk in this color line. 🙂

Fleece Artist Nova Socks at Little Knits We also have a new sock line from Fleece Artist, Nova Socks.  It is similar to Fleece Artist’s regular merino sock line with a softer hand and slightly (very slightly), thicker weight – difference would be less than 1/8 of a stitch per inch.  This new yarn takes color beautifully and will come with free sock patterns.

Araucania Nature Cotton at Little Knits Araucania Nature Wool is back at our store and will be listed on sale at 45% off.  This is a worsted weight 100% wool yarn that knits and felts beautifully, which comes in kettle-dyed color-on-color hue variations.

Simple socks in Wool Cotton Blend And, finally, I finished the night with kicking my heels up (literally), to share with you a basic pair of socks I knit with On Line Beach Color (Color #943 – Gerber Daisies).  The cotton wool blend of this yarn is ideal for socks that can be worn in Seattle’s ever so changing summer weather (we had high 70s a few weeks ago and lately we have been in the mid-60s).  The lighting is really bad with my feet up to the ceiling, the flash clashing with the luminescent lights so the colors did not come out well.  Please imagine these socks with pastel pink, peach, lilac, blue and apple green and feel free to laugh at the image of me lying on the floor with feet up in the air trying to get a good shot of my socks.

Hope you are all well and knitting with a smile.

Fulay (aka Sue)