22 Nov Growing bigger and better!
So much has happened in the last couple of weeks, I’m overdue for an update to let you know what’s new in the shop!
Some new chunky Alpaca! See that blue-ish gray on the left? How have I not knit something in that yet? I want my life to be covered with this yarn! (Maybe a Burberry Inspired Cowl? Or the ubiquitous Bella’s Mittens?)
A fresh shipment of Cascade Eco+ as well! I’ve been thinking about knitting this scarf in this yarn… in gray… of course! The pattern calls for so much yardage, it just makes it seem more reasonable when you only have to buy two skeins… instead of eight!)
The new Interweave Knits Winter 2013 issue is here! And a re-stock of the very popular Knitscene Fall 2012. I’m *so* in love with the Toulouse Pullover from this issue! Plus there’s an excellent article about SHORT ROWS – could be a serious life-saver if you’re thinking about knitting a short row-heavy project this winter (like Purl Bee’s very popular Bandana Cowl)…
Fresh stock of fabric-covered buttons, double-pointed needle holders, and project bags! All excellent gifts for the avid knitter. This is also where the cards for our Analog Wishlist System are kept – come in and write out a wishlist on a card, and hand it to me behind the counter. Then your friends and loved ones can come in and take a peek at it (really, don’t trust them to remember a name like “Malabrigo”, it’s just not going to happen!). You can also tell them we have gift certificates. 😉
We just received a huge order of Briggs and Little yesterday, with new stock in the Atlantic, Tuffy, Durasport, and the Heritage pictured above, in it’s new home…
our new winding station! I’ve been wanting a little centre median for a while, so last week I built this baby up! I’m still keeping the winding station set up at my desk, as I know a lot of you prefer it that I wind your skeins. But if it’s super-busy in the store, the more confident yarn addicts are free to wind their own skeins now, too! And it holds all of our Briggs and Little Heritage, including sweater-quantities (8+ skeins of the same dye-lot) on the lower shelf.
While I was busy building things and squeezing all the new yarn, I also celebrated my birthday! 29 years – so old! Among various gifts, this one was given to me by my boyfriend, Will. This joke is based on a video game reference – “Zero Wing” was a Japanese game that, when released in North America, was rife with grammatical errors, the most famous being “All your base are belong to us”. It’s referenced a lot in the pop culture circles he and I often find ourselves in; this jar is fitted with a Cuppow drinking jar insert (they featured a jar someone had made for them etched with “All your DRINK are belong to us!” – I think this is where Will got the idea!). I love the intersections between nerd culture and knitting culture (because let’s face it, we’re all just big yarn nerds. But we’re in good company!)
And because birthdays aren’t the same without baked goods, I made a batch of these little pumpkin pies with gingersnap crust and brought them to our knit night (Purlez-Vous!) this past Tuesday. They’re baked inside mason jars! A couple people asked for the recipe, so I’ve posted it here on the Needles in the Hay discussion board on Ravelry. I realized this morning that it would also work particularly well for pumpkin cheesecake… gonna have to try that one soon! 🙂