Thursday, May 28, 2009

Thinking Inside the Box: a contest of sorts

I've been thinking a lot about what I do with the insides of my yarn orders as I pack them up and send them off to their future homes. I decided to start a contest for ideas in my Black Trillium yarn group. Check it out here if you're interested in chiming in and getting your idea in the hat for a fun yarnie prize.

Today, I very casually listed a few more skeins of Meriamboo II, including the one pictured above. Within an hour, said skein, christened Tank Grrl by my dear sweet hubby, was gonzo. Well, it's technically still "here", but not for long. So, I'll be dyeing Tank Grrl up again and posting it next week, if not earlier.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Messires Merino Sport and Meriamboo

I have been deeply remiss in talking about my two new base yarns, meanwhile dyeing them both up and incredible speeds. The last couple weeks have been a very good start for both my Etsy site, and since I have only finished projects in one, the Merino Sport Sock, I will wait just a bit longer to truly "review" both yarns and post photos. While the wait continues, I will share this photo that has me dazzled from a color perspective:

I also want to share two things that are going on outside my yarn business interests. First, I am really enjoying writing about books at the mo', so my husband and I have started talking about a regular column involving books that have already been published but are very big in terms of public discussion and effect. Second, I have officially gotten word that one of my wholesale customers is committed to having my yarns in their Sock Summit booth. I'm excited for the prospects of these disparate projects and the work that lies ahead for this summer.

I have no news, yet, on the official arrival of more Roman Blue Sock. Since I find this a bit frustrating, I probably shouldn't comment further, but suffice to say I will have a pretty good stock in hand once Roman Blue becomes available once more. Once that has been addressed I plan to return some more attention to restocking the Merilon Sock and bringing back the HMS.

Take care and happy knitting!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Putting the Epic in Epidemic: Jacqueline Carey's 'Santa Olivia'

I've posted my review of Jacqueline Carey's latest book here. Check it out and let me know what you think!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Great Strides

This is our friend Ella. She is an amazing little girl who has raised our awareness about the real-life impact of Cystic Fibrosis. We want her around for a very long time, so we're walking in the Great Strides walk here in Portland in a couple weeks. Please take five minutes to watch and then click through below to donate.

Donate here.