Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Finnsheep & WWKIP Contest

In this week's store update, first, we have Finn also known as Finnsheep or Finnish Landrace. The great thing about Finn is that it has the semi-luster and softness of merino, but a longer staple length, about 3-6 inches. This is a great wool for all spinners; from beginners to experts. Also, it is great for a large variety of projects.


I also updated a few things that have been out of stock: black bluefaced leicester overdyed with indigo, madder, and cochineal. Bluefaced Leicester is a dream to spin. Black Bluefaced Leicester is a great variation to the classic white. The overdyes of madder, indigo, and cochineal add a bit of color without overwhelming the palette. I am dreaming of spinning the black bluefaced leicester overdyed with indigo and knitting the Falling Leaves Shawl by Katy Wight.

Then, finally, the creme de la creme: 50% Baby Camel / 50% Tussah Silk. au natural.


CONTEST!
For some reason, whenever I am in a really bad mood, I want to give something free away. It's as if, maybe that would make someone else excited, and then their excitement would be contagious, and then I feel better. Does that make sense? I look at it almost like a good deed. Oh, and let me tell you, today has been that kind of day. The kind of day when all I really want to do is sit and knit, put the whole world on mute. But I have so much work to do. In one week, I leave for Oregon. I am hoping to sneak away and knit a bit for WWKIP on June 14th. Where will you be knitting?

Reply to this post, let us know how you plan to celebrate WWKIP day, on Tuesday night at 10pm PST, I will draw one name, and mail the winner a 2oz bundle of 50/50 baby camel - tussah silk au natural.

Good Luck! Soon!

68 comments:

Sally Comes Unraveled said...

Wow. Am I the first?

I'll be at the Texas State Capital in Austin.

http://knitting.meetup.com/923/messages/boards/thread/4550887

lupinbunny said...

Gosh - do I count? I'm international... but I want some fibre *devilish grin* I'm ~this close~ to learning to spin :)

I will be in Perth, the most isolated capital city in the world. I will be knitting in Forrest Chase, which is an area of one of the pedestrian malls in the city that is highly visible but mostly utilised by slightly threatening homeless teens - sure will be interesting!

Criosa said...

I haven't decided yet. Here in the land of 10,000 yarn shops, it seems each shop is having a WWKIP event. and there's also a meet-up planned by the TCKnitters yahoogroup at Loring Park.

Josiane said...

Weather permitting, we will be knitting in one of the great parks we have here in Montreal... but we'd appreciate some sunny vibes, as it seems that we're most likely going to have some rain. In that case, I guess many of us will retreat to one of the yarn stores hosting an event for the occasion.

taelixev said...

Estes Park, CO for the morning, then possibly Parker, CO or Arvada, CO...depending where the mood sets me. :)

ikkinlala said...

I'm not sure whether I'll be in public or not - I haven't been for several days. I'm considering knitting in a lawn chair at the end of the driveway.

Stefaneener said...

I'll probably take my children either to the park, or the library, or the lake. All great venues for KIP!

While I'd love to join the bay area knit posses, really I'm going to do the mom thing.

Hang in there for Oregon! I fondled the Finn in person on Sunday. Yum!

elaine said...

I will be knitting on the Dartmouth/Hanover, nh green with other local knitters-my first foray into public knitting! yeeha!

Jessica K. said...

I'll be teaching kids (and grown ups, too!) how to knit at a summer camp! It's not, like, *public* public, but it is certainly out-of-the-closet knitting and fiber-pushing to the young'uns, to be sure.

Hope I win; I LOVE that tussah!

evergreenknits said...

I'll be travelling on WWKIP day, so I won't have a chance to go to any organized events. But I'll be knitting all the way!

I put up a post about your contest on WiKnit, which is my fiber arts contest blog. I'm sorry I had that typo on Green Knitter, and I hope I can make it up by sending a few people your way for this!

Melly Testa said...

I will be in Jerome Arizona, overlooking the San Francisco Peaks, knitting outside Knit1 Bead2

allergicmom said...

I celebrate WWKIP every day by knitting on transit on my commute to work. On the actual WWKIP, I'll probably be knitting at the swimming pool while waiting for my son to finish his swim lesson.

barefoot rooster said...

hi there -- i spend my summers at a pretty remote base camp, so i'll be sitting on the back porch, knitting before breakfast as the sun comes up and our staff straggle in towards the kitchen.

Kristen said...

How beautiful!!!
I need to choose my project but I'll probably spend my lunch hour knitting in the little park near my ofice building.

Bean said...

I live in a town that has 1 yarn shoppe. Thats it just one so my getting together is a bit harder. I will be knitting at the mall. I learned on ralvery that there is a group knitting at the mall. so I will be there.

Elaine said...

Oh Wow. The fiber is so beautiful. I don't spin, but if I win, I might rethink my options :-)

I am scheduled for a full day of environmental volunteering, doing a bio-census on WWKIP day. I'm figuring they'll give us a lunch break and I'll whip out my knitting and publicly knit. They'll be green with envy :-)

Elaine said...

ps I just noticed another Elaine entered before me. I am the REAL Elaine and so you should pick me :-)
Anyway, we are two different people, not one person entering twice.

Heddy said...

Nice way to pick up your spirits!

I'll be knitting with the Knitterpudlians in Liverpool, NS Canada, then making our way to Mahone bay for a second WWKIP Day event ... we are going to be busy little knitters!

Before the WWKIP events though, I will be getting up bright and early to organize a youth fishing derby which starts at 7 a.m.! eep!) It will be a long day, but I am truly looking forward to the 2 KIP events.

Breien in Lansingerland said...

I'm going to celebrate WWKIP day at home...keeping my fingers crossed as he has exams that morning, and the weather will be rain :-(

Darcy knotty Knitter said...

How beautiful!!!
My knotty knitter group will be gathering at Carl's Junior on June 14th at 11am in Palmdale,California on the corner of S and 25th would love new knit and crochet friends to show up:)Hugs Darcy

Monica said...

Plans are currently up in the air for my WWKIP day... however, I'll be out in Langley (in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia, Canada) and there are a couple events happening there so we'll see if I can pop in to visit. If not, I hope to just get some knitting mojo back!

Becky said...

I will have to work that day, and unfortunately, my job is such that it is not conducive to knitting. Therefore, I'll celebrate the day by wishing I were at home knitting instead of working!

Timiae said...

I'm very excited about WWKIP Day! I'm off this weekend and will be spending it at a gun show, knitting away! Lots of people and I've never seen knitting at one, so it's definitely KIP.

I would love love love to win the lovely prize! Beautiful!

Marlowe said...

I'm thinking of going to Cesar's on Piedmont for either a late breakfast or an early afternoon glass of wine.

Turtle said...

Our local farmers market has donated a booth for us local knitters to donate time and old needles to teach those interested in knitting. This farmers market is celebrating it's 30th year this year. So as long as i do not get booked I will be there as well knitting in public~

blogless in NJ said...

There's a group that is meeting in a park in Red Bank, NJ and I plan to join and encourage others to KIP.

Fun contest, gorgeous fiber.

Jennifer P - Orange on Ravelry said...

I'm planning on joining the Knit One One people in Oakland, CA. Maybe I'll see you there??

helenlam said...

I'm also a diligent regularly KIP person because I knit every weekday on BART on my way to and from work. Today, I even got a query about the UCLA-colored socks that I'm currently working on. As for the actual WWKIP day, I know I won't be knitting in the swimming pool (underwater knitting...hmmm?!), but I'll try to knit at one of the many events that the local shops are hosting.

Rachel O said...

I'm going to be knitting at the square in Morristown NJ for WWKIP day, and isn't that cool!

SylvChezPlum said...

On WWKIP day we'll have a picnic by the lake here in Annecy (France). Knitting is nowhere as popular here as it is overseas so I'm sure people will stare at us a bit (just as they do during our SnB meetings in a local café) but that's part of the fun...
:-)

purple-power said...

Oooh I love the fiber - so beautiful. I'm part of a bio-census day on Saturday in NJ, but I plan to leave by 4pm to catch the last hour of a KIP group (and I'll bet they stay later than 5 anyway)

Katie said...

Wow, those black BFLs are really gorgeous...if I were seeing them in real life, the shred of willpower I am exerting right now would be gone. As it is I don't think it will last very long.

Tomorrow I'll be doing what I always do on Saturdays - working at Piedmont Yarn all afternoon. And knitting while I do that, of course. No event there, but I have a feeling there will be plenty of knitters out in force.

cthulhulovesme said...

I'm visiting my parents in Spain for the month, so I may just bring my current sock down to the beach with me to work on. Hopefully it won't get too sandy.

Sarah said...

I'll be (I hope) sitting outside in rural Glen Ellen, Ca, watching giant white fuzzy dogs play while I sip on a margherita. Oh, and Knit! Or spin on my drop spindle!

Cassiemarie said...

If I'm not still *trapped* visiting my parents by flooding here in Wisconsin!
Hopefully I will be back in my hometown knitting downtown with the local SnB group! :)
--Cassie

rebekah said...

I will be working at Stash all day - hopefully there will be some moments of knitting outside in front of the store.

Kristine, your studio warming was awesome. I am loving the silk/merino laceweight and you have inspired me to try drop spindling again. Thank you!

Knitmomma said...

Very cool! Excitement can be contagious, can't it? Happiness too. I hope your day gets better soon!

My parents are visiting from across the country this weekend, so I won't be going to any events, but I KIP all the time - in lines, at playgrounds, birthday parties and playdates, and more. When I'm not using my drop-spindle in public, that is! *grin*

Knitmomma said...

Forgot to mention - I just learned to spin about a month ago, and a couple times a month I take my wheel to a "spin-in", too!

MunchkinMama said...

I plan on FINALLY casting on a pair of shorties to make for my son from some aran BFL I hand dyed.

crochetgurl said...

Tomorrow, on WWKIP Day, I'll be here in San Diego where I live. Hopefully, I'll be making good progress on my Juliet!

Thanks for letting me enter. :-)

norichan said...

I will be in SF's Union Square. :o) Come join!

Aww, why are you feeling down? Feel better soon...

Mousie said...

I will be at the knitting at the Grand Prix de Santa Fe, a horse show jumping competition.

adrienne said...

Gorgeous fibre!
I'll be wishing I felt well enough to go knit... And wishing I had a local yarn shop that was doing something for WWKIP!

(so in other words, I'll be knitting at home, indoors and alone. yay!)

Angie said...

I'll be doing what I do every Saturday morning... knitting in Panera Bread (occasionally Starbuck's) while waiting for my daughter to finish her art lesson. Tomorrow, in honor of WWKIP Day, I may head up to WEBS and do some KIPing there...yes, lucky girl that I am, WEBS is my LYS!

the Lady said...

Beautiful fibers! Hm, no plans yet for tomorrow, if I'm lucky I'll get t o work on my shawl, though I don't know if that'll be in public or not. Still, I KIP a lot, so I think I've done my bit.

the Lady said...

p.s. - I hope your mood has been elevated!

Kim U said...

I'm not sure yet - either at the local WWKIP gathering at the park if it's not raining or at the bookstore knitting if it is raining.

Lori said...

I'll be hitting the Market at Knitters Connection and probably knitting a baby sock or two while I shop.

But I KIP a lot.

Fibergirl said...

With moving, it seems like my yarn and I are never quite connecting lately. I am in the cities and all of my yarn and needles are at the new Turtle Lake house in Marcell, MN, so I won't be participating in the WWKIP tomorrow.

What a fun contest; a real mood booster. I can't wait to read who the winner is.

Tikabelle said...

I will be knitting at a garden wedding.

The wedding of my ex-boyfriend to my very good friend, at which another ex-boyfriend is the best man and the girl sitting next to me at dinner will be my ex-boyfriend's girlfriend-before-me. I will be wearing a white dress that belongs to the bride, who loaned me the dress because a) she is wearing cherry red, and b) we thought it would upset the ex's Aunt Michelle, who all three of us girls agree is a witch.

This shawl might just end up wine-stained at the end of the day. It's called Black Magic.

bratmobile said...

Um, I'll be at Deep Color Studio...felting. And indigo dyeing.

Before and after I'll just have to KIP anywhere I take my kids, walking to Peets, at the park in my front yard. I do it all the time but I'll make a special effort, maybe wear a lot of make up so people will look at me.

Jersey Jessie said...

I plan to go knit in a park nearby - there is supposed to be a group there. If not, I'll knit by myself. What fun!

Pork With Bones said...

I'd been planning to join my local knitters' group at a coffee shop (and then perhaps proceed to a park when the group dispersed), but it looks like illness shall have me knitting in private this year — alas.

Christa said...

I'm planning to spend the day in San Mateo Central Park, knitting with some of the other Nine Rubies groupies.

Jeanne said...

I"ll be in North Manchester, Indiana, on the lawn of the Public Library - It's their 100th year celebration, the civic band is playing, and I'll be on the lawn, listening, and KIP - socks, of course - now to pack my knitting - which pair do I take? or a variety, to show off?

Sasha said...

I planned to (and did!) get together with most of my knitting lovelies in the middle of a giant shopping centre! There's a coffee shop right in the centre - the perfect spot as DROVES of shoppers wander past from one area to another and many could see us knitting merrily away! Sadly many of my closest knitting buds were over seas and couldn't make it! Nevermind.. there's always next year...

As to your difficult day.. when in doubt I always sniff my fibre and nuzzle my face down into it - i find it helps just a little at least - and you've so much fibre there, go nuts!! :)

Jersey Jessie said...

Every day is KIP day for me. I knit on the train, on planes, at work, at meetings, during movies ... Today I'm going to the park - I'll read and knit.

I don't spin but maybe I can learn. Can you do that in public :-)

JC said...

I've been crocheting in front of my friends while working at my camp. I get a lot of questions, and I've been telling them about today and the difference between knitting and crochet.

SpinalCat said...

Worked all day at Yarndogs (in Los Gatos), but I did get to sit on the porch and knit with some of our customers. :)

cpurl17 said...

I knit at our local Farmer's Market today!

Hope your bad mood has lifted!!

Christy said...

What lovely fiber!

I was supposed to be at a local festival, sitting in the shade of a tree while my hubby goes off with the kids but instead I was at the Home Depot. But I still got to sit and knit while Hubby took the kids to look at power tools

Sarah said...

I knit at a restaurant during lunch. Not too exotic, but I do have a 3-month old baby, and that's what she was up for!

Vicki said...

That fiber is beautiful!

For WWKIP day, I met up with a bunch of other Boston area knitters across from the public library. On the way home, I stopped at my yarn shop for lemonade and cookies (and sock yarn). A good day overall, aside from all the pidgeon issues.

Tracy said...

Beautiful yarn!! I spent WWKIP day knitting at an outdoor mall while my kids enjoyed an ice cream! (yeah, I got ice cream too!)

Anonymous said...

Ha-ha, I didn't think I would get a chance to knit in public on Saturday but I did! Where? At El Farolito taqueria on 24th St,in SF's Mission. Man, it was kinda hard to keep that drippy sour cream away from my sock!! Terry

Debbie/BrookfarmAlpacas said...

Sarah and I were knitting at our Niece's birthday party on Saturday in Sonoma, CA. But there is a very funny story about this. My brother thought that we were saying, "World Wide Knit a Puppet Day". We all got a great laugh out of this one.

For pictures, go to:
http://www.brookfarmalpaca.com/BROOKFARM/Poop_Scoop/Entries/2008/6/15_Save_the_Date_~_National_Alpaca_Farm_Days.html

Debbie

lacelady said...

WWKIP at Construction Site, Bellingham, WA with 2 fellows on my crew, in our hard hats. Wish we'd thought to take photos! Sounds like everyone had a great time!

Risa said...

I know I missed the contest, but I'll tell you anyway :) I was at the Live Oak Music Festival in Santa Barbara County and my mom and I spent the day listening to music and knitting in the sun :) I think next year we might set up an 'official' WWKIP meeting spot.