Archive for ‘August, 2008’

Shop Closings: The Move and Yarn School

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Hi all! I’ve got some stuff going on that’s going to affect the shop.

First off, we’re moving house next Friday, the 5th of September. The cut off for orders shipped before the move is tomorrow, Friday the 29th at 4 pm EST. We’ll ship orders received before then this coming Tuesday (Monday’s a holiday). After that, the shop will close and all the inventory is going to be packed up and inaccessible until the 12th of September. If I get everything unpacked and sorted out sooner, I’ll open at that time.

Secondly, I’m leaving for Yarn School on the 22nd of September and returning the 30th. I’ll post the cutoff date for orders at a later time. I’ll leave the shop open for orders during this absence, but I won’t resume shipping until my return.

I plan on putting the fiber club up for sale after the move and before Yarn School. Past members will be notified by email when member slots go up for sale. If there are any slots left for new members, I’ll post on the blog with signup info.

Speaking of Yarn School:

There are some slots left for the Fall term. It’s going to be great fun. Come join us for a weekend of fiber happiness! I’ve been busy dyeing up the for the students. It’s been so long since I had a chance to dye anything. I’m in fiber heaven this week. :)

See you all after the move!


Cabled Cormo Hat

First off, the shop is back open. Thanks for your patience, everyone! I’ve moved it to a big new server all on its own and things are looking good. We’ll have to give it a little workout with the fiber club sign-ups soon. I’ll do them after we move on Sept. 5. There’ll be lots of warning here. Never fear!

Also, we’re finally buying the house tomorrow. I cannot even describe how much we never want to buy a house and/or move again. We plan on being super old and doddering around in that same old farmhouse, let me tell ya. Buying the house took a lot more time and effort than we ever imagined, hence the virtual silence on my part around here and the putting off of the fiber club sign-ups.

Have I shown photos of the house?
It’s a really solid little farmhouse built around 1900. All the major stuff has been updated, leaving us with the delightful chore of updating the dated decor. It’s exactly what we wanted- no updating needed that’s over our heads (plumbing, electrical, etc.) but lots of carpet to rip out, paneling to take down, light fixtures to shudder at the sight of and replace. We’re thrilled! I’ve got grand plans for a toadstool/gnome/terrarium-themed dining room. Mr. HelloYarn does not know this yet. :P

Continuing in the real estate theme, I made a hat as a gift for our buyer agent. Dave is awesome (and I hope he doesn’t read this blog, because I don’t want the surprise ruined) and loves shopping/eating local and has been a great help in pointing us toward places to shop and eat in our new town. So, this hat is super local. I got the fleece used for the yarn from Alice Field of Foxhill Farm in Lee, MA. Here’s the fleece before. I highly recommend Alice’s fleece! Cormo, as you probably know, is gorgeous and soft stuff. This fleece had a silkiness to it that, when combined with the amazing softness, made a fantastic, squishysoft yarn.

It’s gonna be cold in Western MA during the winter, at least that’s what everyone keeps telling me. Colder than it is here in our house only a few blocks from the ocean here in Boston. I shudder to think. It gets COLD here. Right, Bostonians?

Cormo Cabled Hat

Cormo Cabled Hat

Cormo Cabled Hat

Greenery Hat by Lilith Parker
Ravel that bad boy.

This used about 225 yards/102 grams of my handspun worsted weight Cormo chain-plyed (3 ply) yarn.

I handcarded this fleece before spinning. It really begged to be combed, but I didn’t have the patience and carded very delicately so as to not damage the fiber. It worked out well. The yarn’s a little more rustic than it would have been had the fleece been combed, but the 3 plies evened each other out quite well. Chain plying (aka Navajo plying) isn’t my favorite way to make a 3-ply yarn, but the yarn was a little thin as a 2-ply and with two bobbins of singles, chain-plying was the simplest way to get a bulkier yarn.

To get a fabric I liked in this yarn, I had to knit at a tighter gauge than the pattern specified, so I had to add 2 cable repeats to the circumference and one full repeat to the length of the hat. I also made the top of the hat cleaner looking (totally personal preference) by taking a cable twist out at the top.

This is a very attractive pattern and a fun knit. I highly recommend it!


Faux Bois Scarf and Mittens

Finally, Twist Collective is out and I can blab about my wooden scarf and mittens!

Boy, Twist Collective has been fun to work with. They supported me in making mittens and a scarf that look like little logs! I was also able to use a great local yarn, Harrisville New England Highland, that I adore. It’s a wonderful worsted weight tweed yarn that accentuates the rustic wood grain idea.

The pattern combines traveling stitches and colorwork, a steek, attached i-cord, sewn-in lining- all kinds of fun! These are a quick knit due to the weight of the yarn. I hope you enjoy them.

The Info:
Faux Bois Scarf and Mittens
Pattern available from Twist Collective, Fall ’08
Ravel the scarf.
Ravel the mittens.

The pattern contains instructions for both mittens and scarf.

The pattern from this issue that I just can’t get over is Anne Hanson’s Gnarled Oakwoods. It’s beyond gorgeous.

And I have to say, flipping through the pages is more fun than flipping through the Ikea catalog online, and that’s sayin’ something.