Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Noe Knit Flicks

Love Actually
Originally uploaded by katbaro.
Thursday night, 11/30/06 is Noe Knit Flicks. We'll be showing Love Actually. Once again our silver screen will be graced with Hugh Grant & Colin Firth...collective sigh please.

The movie starts at 7:00 so come early & grab your seat or bring a pillow for the floor. Of course, bring your knitting!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Sculpture Exhibit

The DeYoung has some work by Ruth Asawa exhibited through January 28th.
Here is how her web site describes the work: "These sculptures are made from iron, copper, brass and other types of wire. Asawa considers these sculptures three-dimensional drawings. Instead of the lines moving across the paper, the lines move through three-dimensional space. “I was interested in it because of the economy of a line, making something in space, enclosing it without blocking it out. It’s still transparent. I realized that if I was going to make these forms, which interlock and interweave, it can only be done with a line because a line can go anywhere.” If you could see these sculptures in person, you could view them at different angles and observe how they continuously change depending on your viewing angle. "

They are amazing. If you want to take a moment away this holiday season, I recommend a trip.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Knitting in the Dark

All of us have knit under less-than-ideal conditions. Normally, if you are lucky, you have a knitting chair with your stuff gathered round you. You have a hard project in the basket calling you to concentrate, and an easier one, for the better television viewing. Most importantly, you have good light!
Recently I was on my way to have dinner with my brother and his family, and I wanted to knit in the car. (For the record, I was not driving.) They live an hour away, so I feel it is a criminal waste of time if there is no knitting done in a free HOUR. But seeing as how it is pitch black before 5 pm these days, I did not have many options. I was working on a scarf on HUGE yarn and needles. To add to the challenge, I forgot my cable needle. Determined to knit on this car ride I just simply 'made do'. I used my sunglasses as a cable needle. And I knit in the complete darkness! The situation was so funny that I pulled out my camera to record the episode. Of course, the flash went off, so you cannot actually feel the pitch black. But you can see the sunglasses, and that alone is nutty enough!

I hope you had a great holiday, and took advantage of every spare minute you found yourselves with.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving

There is so much to be thankful for.
I am wishing all of you a very happy holiday.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Cascade 220

Sue made this lovely sweater. It is Cascade 220 in a color called Mimosa. She modified the pattern by adding the beautiful Picot edging. (Note, the Picot bobbles are even on both sides. That is a mean feat.)
It shows what Cascade 220 can really do. It's not just for felting!

Monday, November 13, 2006

New Books!

We got six boxes of new books! Some of our favorites are back. And some beautiful new titles! Vogue Stichtionary 3
Yarn Girls Guide to Older Kids Knits
And lots more.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

A Great Wrap Sweater

Here is Rhiana's first sweater. It's a wrap, so it will continue to fit while she works on her other "project". And afterward too.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

A new Colinette blanket

Before I opened, I had to get a lot of samples knit for the store. I sent my Mom a Colinette "Absolutely Fabulous Throw Kit". She knit it up, and it was a cornerstone in our collection of beautiful things. Mom lives far away, and having her knitting around always makes me happy. One remarkable day, someone took the blanket. (I am still a little bit shocked by this !) Some people chuckled, and let me know that is "retail". Others dropped thier jaw in horror, and exclaimed that "knitters would never steal". No, of course they wouldn't. But then, that is a rediculous statement, isn't it? Do we have some sort of data to support the claim that "knitters are, by nature, "good" people" ?
As if the mere fact that you do a craft means that you subscribe to a higher moral code than the general public. Who is to say? Grad students out there: there must be a thesis in there somewhere?

While I may still be licking my wounds over this devistating loss, we had to move on. This time, instead of enlisting Mom, we took it on as a store project. (Thank you to ALL who picked it up!) This one is in the colorway "Sedona". Colinette dyes thier yarn by hand. And the colors are dramatic. They have put together some really brilliant, innovative combinations. They have recently started a 'colorway of the month' program. These are new combinations that we have never seen before. Some of the combinations they are doing are deeper and richer tones. As the name indicates, this blanket has the desert in mind. High heat. It's sand with accents of rich color. Beautiful.