Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Wednesday Store Update: SW Merino Yarn

New, fun yarn in the store! I have been spoiling the spinners for the past few weeks with lots of new fiber. Well, I certainly don't want to leave the knitters out, so this week, I have added 2 new colorways of superwash merino sock yarn.

Annapurna & The Seahorse

Over the next few weeks, I am going to be dyeing even more yarn. I am so exited. Honestly, for you and for me, I can't wait to knit more.

I will be back soon!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Hot Silk

I moved to California from Minnesota in 1996. Even though, I have lived in California for the majority of the time from 1996 until present - albeit a 2 year stint in India, and a half year in total spent in DC - I still introduce myself as a Minnesotan.

That being said, this past week has changed everything. In the Bay Area, when the weather report announces that it will be 100 degrees, I refuse to believe that it. No matter how hot it has been, my studio has always been something of an icebox. (We will get to studio related knitting projects in a moment.) This week, the weather report was accurate. This week, we had three days of more or less 100 degree weather. I was miserable. Gone is my hardy Minnesotan "weather is fun, it provides drama" attitude. I am here to announce that anything less than 60 is freezing and anything above 75 is sweltering. I hereby announce - I am Californian (northern).

The best thing this week has been spinning on my new Bosworth cedar midi spindle. We are in love. This is the best $50 I have spent in a very long time.

I have been spinning for the lace ribbon scarf by Veronik Avery.

A Verb for Keeping Warm merino in Supernova
A Verb for Keeping Warm Tussah Silk in Headlands

2-ply, spun over the fold, fingering weight

I really like the bottom, right hand corner of this photo because it demonstrates the way the silk changes from a peachy-pink to a grey-blue.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

And the Winner is...

Beth from Michigan!!

Beth, email me your address and I will have your fiber shipped to you ASAP.

To everyone else, thank you for playing. I will have more fun contests in the future. We just started a group on Ravelry called A Verb for Keeping Warm (I know, how original right?). I would love it if you joined us.

I, along with all of you, spy Ms. Pearl-McPhee. I heard her speak for the first time at the Maker Faire. I have to admit, I was a little leery at first. Well, when you hear second hand so much about someone...and no one can really explain exactly why they love her. I heard she is humorous, I have see a clip of her bringing knitters together in Central Park -- which don't get me wrong is very cool. However, hearing her talk was absolutely amazing. And, like those before me, I stumble over explaining her speech. I think that is what makes her so great. When you hear her speak, everything she says rings so true, and her articulation of each point she makes, so exact. However, upon reflecting on her speech, I can not explain such fine points with articulation.

This is what I can recall: she made fun of those who make fun of knitters (always a good time), she brought up alcoholism amongst those who own yarn companies (in response to the precision of knitters banding together as a unit - I can attest to both the alcoholism and the banding). My favorite part of her speech (that I can recollect at this moment, I had many moments) was her explanation of the brain. And our brains when we knit. She connected an article that I read a year or so ago about monks, who though meditation, spend a decent amount of time in a state of mind called theda. By spending this amount of time in theda, they have a lot of activity in the left side of their brain, thus raising levels of creativity. When I read the article, I believe I read that they were actually able to raise their IQ. Stephanie spoke of the similarities between meditation and knitting, the repetitive motion, and the positive physical and psychological aspects of knitting (and I would push the argument even further to include spinning). Anyhow, I hope I have recollected this correctly. I welcome others to share their experience hearing her speak and add any additional points.

In other news, the new tees are now available on our website.

Also, we are offering a new yarn. I love it. It is 100% baby alpaca. 4oz. 1000 yds. Lovely, soft, wonderful, lace.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

The Maker Faire, It's the Maker Faire! A Contest!

Yesterday was Day 1 of the Maker's Faire. Today, day 2, come and visit! It is very, very fun. Very inspirational to see so many people come together to create and make unimaginable (to me) robots, contraptions, rockets, music, fire, bikes, and yarn (of course). Today, I hope to walk around alittle bit more and take photos. Yesterday, I was so overwhelmed with the sights and sounds, I could not really focus. With the one exception, I saw a werewolf! I had this funny urge to hug it?! Maybe a twisted memory of my childhood and Disney World. If I see him / her today, I will try to take a photo for you.

Here is our booth in the mid day rush. Let's play a teensy tiny game called "who can you spot?" Let me know if you recognize anyone in this photo. You will have until Wednesday at midnight (PST) to submit your answer to this blog post. I will draw a person, and you will receive a 2oz bundle of the lovely baby camel/silk tussah fiber.

Well, I better get ready to go. If you are coming to the Maker's Faire. We are in the Bizarre Bazaar building. Hope to see you soon!