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Go Short or Go Home...

Good Morning Everyone!

First and foremost, thank-you for all the encouraging words regarding the frogging of my Alpine Bloom sweater. In my defense, I did knit the required number of inches as noted in the pattern, which was 9" then half an inch of ribbing. I even took it one step further and measured my Oksa sweater, it's the same designer and I love where it hits. So imagine the look on my face when I slip the damn thing on and it is noticeably too short. Nothing sucks the feeling of my team winning the Super Bowl away faster than this. I'd even managed to accomplish my goal of finishing the body by the time the game was over (good thing for OT). So here it is 11:30 p.m. and I'm standing there in complete disbelief that this GORGEOUS sweater is actually too short. Naturally I start pulling on it and yanking at the yoke only to watch it defy gravity (blocking won't fix this). I wasn't in the mood for a tantrum and honestly, I knew what had to happen, it's not a big deal when it's someone else's sweater, like my friend Mary's....

It was about that time, my recent conversation with Mary started playing back in my mind. My words of encouragement to her all of a sudden became a comfort to me, nothing like practicing what you preach, UGH....Aside from that, the color work in this sweater is even more stunning than in my hat. The one sentence that was resounding in my head was, "You won't wear it if it's too short." I was stupid enough to raise my arms up to see how far the sweater shimmied up, OMG no one wants to see this. I have had this happen before, but the last time it was due to impatience, this time really wasn't my fault. Seriously, I'm short, when the pattern says to knit to a certain length, I'm usually shortening it by inches. Oh well, a little effort goes a long way in knitting, we know this. Last night I put it on the Purl Strings before starting the ribbing to see if I'd achieved the proper amount of coverage, good to go!

I'm really excited that the CROCHET craze is beginning to hit my shop. I've been hearing rumors of it from other LYS around New England, but haven't seen much evidence here. In the last month I've had new customers coming in that crochet, better yet, they've been joining us on Wednesday nights for Stitch and Bitch!! So a big welcome to Martha, Christina and hopefully Carson, I'm so thrilled to have you join our group. I should also mention that there are some new knitters that have become regulars, Carla, Walter and Emma! As you know, the more the merrier! It's been a VERY full house the last several weeks, 15-16 of us crammed into my space. I absolutely love seeing it and being a part of it, I have made a casual suggestion to my husband about a requested expansion of my space.

I've had lots of compliments on the yarn I'm using in my Alpine Bloom sweater, it is beautiful, agreed. I'm currently on a waitlist with Spincyle yarns to become a Stockist, I did mention that there wasn't a shop in VT that carries it and I'd love to do them the honor, we'll see....I've also heard from Zoey of Woolerton Estates, she dyed the Main Color, and asked if I'd be interested in a Trunk Show, I said, "YES!!!!!" The yarn I'm using is called The Exotic, it's a linen and silk blend and is wonderful to work with, the drape is amazing, especially when you have enough length to properly drape. I will keep you informed about when this will be happening, she'd mentioned a Spring Show.

If you're looking for a wonderful book to read, I just finished A Life In Stitches by Rachael Herron. As a knitter, there was so much I could relate to, I felt like parts of the book were excerpts from my own life. The way she described the excitement of going to a LYS, buying that one skein of yarn just because, the sheer joy of working with quality fibers and that feeling of accomplishment when conquering an Alice Starmore pattern. I ended up listening to it on Hoopla, it was the perfect distraction as I was frogging my sweater. I highly recommend this book, Paula and Joyce, you were right, what an amazing story.

I have a HUGE box coming from Bryson Distributors, I found some new, adorable little notions that I think you will LOVE. Hopefully it will be here in time for Stitch and Bitch tomorrow, Wednesday evening 6-7:30, even though it's Valentine's Day, you all decided you wanted to hang out with me, I'm feeling the love....Make it a great day, and I'll see you soon!


P.S. Hi Andra!!

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