Monday, January 29, 2007

Ooh la la, new stuff!

As I promised/warned, beautiful new things are arriving almost daily from market. The new French Girl patterns arrived on Monday, and Gina had this little jacket for Marissa done by, um, Wednesday? Further proof of the Gina-is-a-vampire theory. Also, at market, we decided that Gina's catchphrase is "Wouldya like a cup a coffee?" because she's always offering caffeine to customers. Maybe that very coffee is Gina's secret weapon for turning out pieces so fast. Anyway, we love the results! Gina used the quick-knitting Rowan Ribbon Twist, but it is also adorable in Big Wool or Big Wool Fusion.

Also received a giant shipment from our friends at Blue Sky Alpacas. Check out the new colors in Bulky Alpaca. These would be great for the Cable Couture Bag. To preview the pattern, click here

And below are brand new spring colors in our favorite Blue Sky Dyed Cotton. This is a super-versatile, super-soft worsted cotton, great for baby blankets, all kinds of garments. Also great for my striped, self-fringing wrap we often display at the store. Sneaky Ellen actually packed MY wrap to take to San Diego! But then she ended up letting me borrow one of "the precious" cashmere pieces she owns from Abersons to wear to the big all was forgiven :)

Gina Yates may soon take over Gina's vampire title. You know the new j knits DK hand-dyed yarn from my last post? She's already got a sock made! She is happy to report that one sock took one skein, with plenty left might even get three socks from two skeins.

And if, like Gina Y., you are sock-addicted, you also probably have a nice stash of leftover sock yarn laying around. What to do with it? Here is a great idea from Elizabeth - a tiny domino scarf made by her mother (who also happens to be Sherry's sister). Isn't it stunning?

Other new arrivals this a nice shipment from Rowan, including All Seasons Cotton in white, taupe and popular robin's egg blue, plus Handknit DK in some of our best-selling colors - great for the baby projects in the "Itty Bitty Hats" book.

Finally, thanks to everyone for the well-wishes regarding my burned hand. After my last post I ended up at the minor ER with a bunch of 2nd degree burns. But two days later, I became a big believer in Silvadene cream! This miracle stuff has left me with two minor blisters and I'm already knitting and playing tennis again. (I will spare you the pictures here). The moral of the story: a skillet that emerges from a 400 degree oven really is HOT.

- Shelley