Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Up and Running...nearly

I am happy to report that although we still don't have internet in our house (its only been a month now) I have been able to link up wirelessly at the shop. Yippee!
The shop website should be updated on a more regular basis now! At least I can read my emails, they have only been piling up for a month.

I'm back in the shop. Diane is on vacation, so its Nathalie and I, like the old days. Looking forward to hanging out with her, as well as getting some work done around here. I did recieve an email that our Sea Silk has shipped, should be here by early next week. I also hope to have some photos of my shawl, finished socks, and some lovely Koigu that I purchased. Might include some Disney photos as well!
Nice to be back online!!!

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Shop Update

Since I am in Florida, and have no way of updating the website, I thought I could do it via the blog. Diane has kindly sent me some photos showing some of what has arrived this week.

First we have some more Fleece Artist sock yarn and Sea wool. There are some new colors for spring such as this lovely pinky and orange one on top.

FA sock yarn

We also decided to try a new one from Fleece Artist called Mo, which as you can probably guess, it mohair. It looks more like cotton candy to me.


Next is some Fiddlesticks Zephyr lace, which is 50% silk and 50% merino wool. The last batch sold out in a week, so just had so get some more.


On my knitting front, the Gypsy shawl is coming along despite the fact that the pattern from Koigu is merely a guide. Some of our customers have made it, and said that they had to figure out the edges, but basically you have to figure out the whole thing yourself. They give you a huge chart that pretty much just has the lace patterns plopped in it with no allowance for the center increases, and it doesn't show the edges at all. I have never knit a lace shawl before, and since everyone said that you had to figure the edges out yourself, didn't think about the center increases until I had to unpick the lace row about 10 times at first. I guess it should have been obvious that if you are increasing at either side of the center, that the lace pattern would increase one stitch each side from the center as well, but I was looking at the chart. Oh well, I am hoping that since there is so much color, the mistake won't show up too much. Once I got into it, it became much easier. I guess it was my initiation into lace knitting and a lesson to not rely on the pattern too much.

I also went to a great knitting shop here in South Florida called Great balls of Yarn. The ladies there were so nice, and they had some fab colors of Koigu that I just had to buy! They will be a great addition to our color selection in the next order. I have no cable for my camera, so can't show them now, but hopefully when I get back in a week.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Greetings from Florida!

I haven't been able to post for ages as we have moved house. I can't tell you how difficult it is to change everything. It took over a week to get the phone working, and we only have one plug that does work. Now the challenge will be to get internet, if ever! They say moving is one of the most stressful things to do, but I have never experienced it in this way before. I don't know if it is just this time, or is moving in the UK is just more difficult? Anyway, lets just say that now I am on vacation in Florida. It is sunny outside, and I can't wait to get to the pool. Please forgive me if the Stash website doesn't get much updating since I had no internet at home, and my parents don't have the software at their house.

On the knitting front, not much has gotten finished due to moving. I was able to knit alot on the airplane yesterday even though my 7 year old daughter refused to sleep or watch movies. Did quite alot on my Seduction Sock. Not sure if my parents have a card reader either, will have to see if I can post photos. Hoping to do some work on the Gypsy Shawl by the pool later on!

On the shop front, Fiddlesticks Zephyr nearly sold out within a week. I had to place another order, which has hopefully shipped already. We should have more supply within a week. We are also expecting more Malabrigo this week, as well as Fleece Artist depending on shipping and customs.

Diane will be on her own this week, so please pop in and keep her company!