Saturday, May 30, 2009
Yesterday, the computer in the office got somthing bad-a virus, swine flu, an infection-whatever it was, it was bad. As luck would have it, PANDORA, a computer solutions place opened up right next door to the shop and the young man who runs it knows Sue. Click, click, click, control+alt+delete, click, click, click-Voila-Fixed. This guy knows technology! He spends the next hour or so downloading updates from the year 2000 to 2009-we missed a few updates. Now the computer in the office purrs like a kitten at lightening speed.
If your computer has a hiccup or two, Steve at Pandora is your man. Why is it that any man that has ever step foot in Knitwits has been named Steve? This is "Young Steve"-as opposed to "Old Steve", or "Big Steve".
The moral of this blog:
Technology keeps moving forward, it will leave you behing if you don't keep up...Your Knitting won't go anywhere without you!
Friday, May 29, 2009
A shout out for my Best Girl, Janet! You deserve to be blue on your anniversary-but you must cherish the twenty-five years you shared with George. You are loved! I'm looking forward to a Knitwits weekend and working with you.
We are entering our Fall buying mode and we'll be looking at the Fall/Winter yarns and patterns over the next few weeks. I prefer the winter yarns -so I'm really excited to see what our reps have to show us. I'm hoping to get all of my Christmas knitting done early this year.
If you have projects in mind, let us know so we can try to match up the perfect yarns and patterns. I'm picturing a Perfect Weekend Pullover with intricate cables in a lushous heathered wool. Would matching mittens, hat and scarf be too much? Who am I kidding-I'll be lucky to finish the pullover.
Keep dreaming! and Keep Knitting!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Marci has been unable to get an MRI done because of the constant movement from the seizures. They are unable to determine the cause of these seizures and feel that there is little they can do from a medical stance-time will tell what her condition will do. I am updated through Facebook and I will post the link for Facebookers to follow.
Baby Austin has had difficulty breathing on his own and may need to be on oxygen support for the next year. He has also suffered from "brain bleed" which has been explained as a not uncommon condition of premies that can self-repair. Let's continue praying and Keep the Faith!
Your Knitwits family and friends wish you all a safe and stress-free long weekend of leisure, yardwork, visiting and of course, knitting.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Last week, I was talking to Karen P. and she mentions that her husband is a pilot at Comair. So, lo and behold, who do I have the pleasure of flying with this week-Captain Graham P. There has been a knitter on just about every leg of my trip-lovely passengers have been working sweet baby sweaters, lacy socks, and gorgeous scarves. They ask me what I'm working and I say with a little hesitation, "a the teddy bear who has had an unfortunate run in with a bee." Mine looks even more bizarre because I have run out of brown with two arms and an ear to go.
The main point I'm trying to make is this. Outside of your favorite local shop, Knitters are everwhere. Sometimes they are disguised as normal folk, but give them a few minutes of idle time and they emerge. Even if you don't share the same taste in projects or yarns, the fact that we share the art and love of knitting binds us together into a closely knit community.
PS. For our loyal KnitwitsBlog Followers and readers, we have an extra bonus. If the mention the "super secret blogword" on Saturday, we will give you an extra 10% off on our "Wall of Wool" Special.
Please take advantage of the "Wall of Wool" sale. We have plans for a Christmas in July Promotion that include Custom-Heirloom Fairisle Christmas Stockings in Cascade 220, The Twelve Gifts of Christmas that features several felting projects and many other workhorse wool ideas!
The Super Secret Blogword is: FORGET-ME-NOT. So, don't forget it.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Marci was moved from St. Lukes West to UC. She is right across the way from Baby Austin and has a wonderful tem working of doctors working with her. They have put her back in a drug induced coma to investigate the cause of the seizures. She is in good hands but continues to need lots of prayer support.
See you all soon. I'm off to the airport for a four day trip. Updates from the road and remember the shop will be closed on Sunday and Monday for Memorial Day.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Marci is still resposive but experiencing ongoing seizures. The medication to control the seizures has sedated her much more than yesterday, but the family remains hopeful. Baby Austin is in Children's Hospital and holding his own.
We often say "We're not called Knitwits for Nothing!" because we don't often do things in the most orthodox way. I believe that it is because Knitwits is about something much bigger than just a yarn shop, Knitwits is about caring hands and hearts and creative ways to warm the hearts of others.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Thank you all for the prayers and support. We have some hats at the shop and I've seen some works in progress for Baby Austin. The premie patterns are circulating around. I just finished a Heaven blanket and I no longer feel helpless. There is much comfort in knitting for a cause. Thank you all for knitting from your hearts!
The premie hats and booties are soooo tiny. Its hard to believe that a precious baby will wear them. Baby Austin will certainly know that he is loved and cared for and that these items were knitted with loving hands.
Friday, May 15, 2009
While I usually have lots of petty things to complain about, I am going to use that energy to think positively and dwell on my fortunes. I have my health, the bout of the flu or cold is gone, my jobs, my family and I have my Knitwits family and friends.
PS- there are some premie patterns available on the web. Karen Bader got some from http://thepreemieproject.com/volunteer/patterns and http://debbiespreemiepatterns.wordpress.com/2008/11/25/seamless-booties/
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Premie babies need tiny hats, booties, mittens and love. Perhaps we can help the Misch family with all of these items by praying, putting are needles to work and using up our stash yarn.
I don't often ask for things, but I am asking for help today.
I'll keep you posted....
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
I am having such an evening tonight. Home late, scrambled eggs for dinner, and of course already in my PJ's. The stemware is full of my favorite red and I am trying so hard to finish my Mission Falls cotton baby blanket. Easy knitting, strips of stockinette color blocks, a project that takes no attention and should have been finished weeks ago is at my side waiting for a finish. I am getting close and I know the girls at the shop will be so happy to have me actually complete a sample!
On my second glass, not too far on the knitting tonight. Sarah just got home and I made her the egg dish I made up for myself tonight. Give this a try. Scramble a couple of eggs and add some chopped fresh basil from the new plant you just bought and haven't planted yet. Wow. Add a bit of cheese that melts and you've got yourself a tasty dinner.
I'm watching the show, American Idol and need to get a couple of rows knitted. Hope your quiet moments are filled with the sound of knitting tonight.
Monday, May 11, 2009
This weekend was a little slow sales wise, but very productive for planning, catching up on paperwork and reorganizing the shop. The new bookcase is up and stocked. Love It! But, you move one thing and the next thing you know, your moving the whole store around. Thanks to Sue and her diligence, we reshelved, rearranged and decluttered.
The Sunday Gang kept me company and visits from Sue and Sheryl really lifted my spirits. I wasn't feeling great, missed Janet and had a case of the guilts for not being with my mother. Sue shared poppies from her garden, we called them "mommies" for Mother's Day. Nancy Booth brought the yummiest Truffles. Sheryl and her husband introduced me to my new Godcat. That's right, I'm the godmother to her new grey kitten (yet to be named).
Nancy Booth's Noro Furisode Vest is turning out to be a showstopper. Who knew you could knit lace with chunky yarn? Speaking of lace-we think it will be the next big thing. Look forward to a Lace-A-Long in the near future.
Random acts of kindness abound at Knitwits and I experienced so many such gestures this week. Thank you all!
Gosh-I just love starting new projects. My completion factor is not in sync with the number of things started. Aaaargh! Anyway, here's what I have on the needles:
- Interweave Knits Spr/Summer Sprout T-shirt-finished sleeve last night. Just need to seam and block. Knit up really fast and was fun to do.
- Mystery Baby Blanket in Debbie Bliss Eco. I love this project, but I don't know why I'm knitting it so I keep it on the back burner.
- Customer Special Order Christmas Stockings-3 family heirloom stockings. Made two last year. Have one 90% finished. Can't seem to get in the Christmas spirit.
- Yukon-Cookie A. Socks-jumped on the Cookie A. Challenge and started a pair of socks. Yukon is the new yarn from Pagewood Farms. Same as Denali but with bamboo.
Why can't I stick with one thing instead of jumping around? KADD? (Knitting Attention Deficet Disorder). Too much yarn and good intentions and not enough time?
Let us know what's on your needles and maybe together we can encourage each other to completion (and another new project)!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
When I was little, She made sure that I always had things to keep me busy. I colored and drew obessively, I played with dolls that had lovely mom-made dresses and even tried my hand at knitting. I made tons of drop stitch scarves and maybe a pair of mittens or two. (back then, it seems like a ball of yarn never ran out.) I remember my mom knitting my dad a wine colored cardigan. We would take her ball of yarn and string it all over the house making a crazy spiderweb--she never seemed to mind, she just kept knitting away. The cardigan was a success, my dad wore it proudly and often.
While I was on reserve when I first became a flight attendant, I retaught myself how to knit. A book from the library and some cheap yarn from Michaels and I was on my way. My life really changed one day on my way to the gym. As a neared Better Bodies, I saw IT! IT was a sign that said YARN. I slammed on the brakes, parked, a ran into a shop called Knitwits. I never made it to the gym that day and many times after that. There's something very special about knitting, talking about knitting, and planning the next project in the company of other knitters.
I feel so greatful to have a mom and a local yarn shop that I love so much. When I can't be with my mom, the friendships of Knitwits fills any voids. It truly is a place "Where Friends are Made."
While I can't be with my mom this Mother's Day, it feels right to be at Knitwits. Come keep me company. Happy Mother's Day!
Thursday, May 7, 2009
What mysteries do you have left undone? Don't you just envy the people who won't start something new until they complete their currrent project! Here at the shop we run into those rare knitters every once in a while and I vow to try and be more accomplished. But then a new box of beautiful yarn shows up, like Christmas morning and I get my creative juices flowing and I can't help myself, I start something new!
What are your suggestions? (By the way, has anyone seen the unfinished sleeves to my sweater, I've lost them-again!)
Happy Mothers Day to all. I'm off to Montreat NC to visit my Mom and Dad. The shop will be open all weekend so come keep Junko company.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
It was a slow morning with Janet manning the shop by herself. By lunchtime, Junko and Sheryl joined in. Then, Gerry Lockhart stopped in with two new creations-a lovely lace shawl and an extra special clapotis. She crocheted a lacey edge on both ends of her clapotis and it really finished it off. She'll show both projects off at the Clapotis Show-Off Day on May 16th. She's also agreed to do a little "Lace-A-Long" for those of you who want to try your hand at lace knitting.
Our Guy Knitter, Greg, stopped by for some yarn and inspiration. Yarn-check! Inspiration-check! He left with both and some fun ideas for projects.
Things really started cooking when the kids showed up for Kids Club. They are amazing! There were two new girls and they jumped right in and started knitting. By the end of Kids Club, they both had headbands to wear out of the shop!
As the kids were herded out, the Knitivity Group arrived to work on Mary and Baby Jesus. Pieces and parts were sewn together and the Manger Gang is really taking shape.
The best part of each day is seeing all of you come through the door! While we didn't mention everyone that came in, we loved catching up with you all!
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
We are excited for our Peaches and Creme Sunday knitting group to start May 17th. This will be a fun time to sit around together and try all kinds of new patterns on a small scale. Most time, trying anything new is more accomplished on a small scale. Life is full of "baby steps" that joined together, really do result in a destination. Sometimes we can't even see the pattern until we get a few rows under our belt. Often the encouragement of others is all we need to keep going. Like I always say, "true in life, true in knitting!"