Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Let Heaven and Nature Sing!

We are so blessed at the Grove by being surrounded with artistic souls and one such soul is Jo Madden of Go-Go Paperarts. This gorgeous card is one of her new holiday designs and my favorite. We've heard the phrase she chose so often but when you isolate it like Jo did and drop it into a gorgeous hand-made card it becomes new again and has such an impact! What a lovely thought...heaven and nature singing. I'm going to keep that in mind this holiday season to rise above the pressure and worries that so often run alongside of the joy.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Julie's Bandana Cowl

Julie was one of the 10 knitters who came to the Bandana Cowl KAL on Sunday. She had never worked with circular needles before and she'd never done short rows. Besides which, she chose Indigo, a very dark blue organic worsted cotton, which made spotting the wraps somewhat difficult. Imagine all those hurdles! None, however, stopped her. She came to the shop on Tuesday wearing her cowl which came out beautifully! For anyone who would like to knit the cowl in the same yarn, Julie used a 16", #9 needle and made no modifications to the pattern. Fantastic job, Julie!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Door Prizes!

Skacel Yarns heard about us celebrating our 8th anniversary in business and they sent us 2 kits to give away as door prizes this weekend. How nice was that!!! The yarn is a 2-ply tape by Austermann yarns in Germany and is surprisingly soft . I figured it may be scratchy because of that sparkling tinsel ... but no! It's pleasing! The pattern is a triangular scarf with long tails. From the picture, it looks like you put the point of the scarf in front, wrap the tails around your neck and tie them in the front. Sort of like the Baktus.

Everyone who walks through the door on Sunday, gets a shot at winning one of these kits at the end of the business day! So c'mon in! We'll be serving canapes and bubbly from 3-5 p.m.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Penguin PJ's

Aw. You gotta love the knitters in New Zealand who have made many pj's for oil-drenched penguins! Following rehabilitation, these jumpers keep the little ones warm and also prevent them from preening while they recover. So sweet!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

All Wound Up

She's done it again. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, that is. We just received her latest book, All Wound Up, and it is as engaging as her other two. I never tire of her. In chapter one, she describes her seemingly eternal wait in a government office and the difference between a knitter waiting and a non-knitter waiting. It is funny and something we can all relate to. It's just a joy to read, so if you're looking for a good book to cozy up with (heard we are getting some weather soon), this is the one!