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Hard Hat Zone...

Good Morning Everyone!

There's rarely a dull moment in my life, which I consider both a blessing and a curse. I don't understand people who find themselves bored, seriously, how does that happen? I was never allowed to be bored, so it makes sense that even when I try to relax, the universe has a way of channeling some special energy my way. That special energy was in the form of a couple very hungry, fat squirrels during Stitch and Bitch last Wednesday. It was another beautiful evening, we were all gathered around underneath the big butternut tree in my backyard, idyllic, right? Not quite...these two squirrels start racing around in the branches above and begin chattering up a storm at each other. Who'd have thought they were conspiring? Moments later, the chewed up shells from the butternuts are dropping down on our heads, into our laps and of course our knitting. We all get a chuckle, silly little squirrels. All of a sudden, nuts start getting pelted at us! Three of them come flying at Carrie, hitting her chair and come to rest in the center of our circle, we've been warned. Those damn squirrels are bombarding us with nuts and I'm pretty sure they're laughing. I guess the squirrels wanted to provide us with some extra entertainment, apparently they don't understand how content we are just sitting and knitting, WE ARE NOT BORED.

We will be meeting this Saturday for KAL, many of you have already finished your summer sweaters and have picked out your next project, many of you have just picked out your next project, NO JUDGEMENT. We've decided to take the plunge and attempt Steeked sweaters, I'm excited about this, really, not nervous at all. I'll die a happy woman if I can satisfy my curiousity of turning a pullover into a cardigan by slashing it up the front. That said, imagine my sheer delight when I received the latest issue of Interweave Knits and there is an entire article dedicated to steeking appropriately called Fearless Steeking A Beginner's Guide to Making the Cut, there are even pictures. The first sentence reads, "The thought of taking scissors to a freshly bound off bit of knitting has been known to make knitters break out in hives" Ding, ding, ding, we have a winner. I felt my confidence rise ever so slightly knowing that the fear is a cultural thing here in North America. This technique has been used successfully for centuries across the ocean, what's the worst thing that can happen? No, I don't really want to go there, but...So if you've been looking for a way to up your skill set and try something new, we all know my favorite adage, SAFETY IN NUMBERS!!! More importantly, you won't be bored...

So Carrie managed to stuff 27 bags of Malabrigo yarn into the shop along with a huge box of Remix Chunky by Berroco. I have no idea where the next shipment of Berroco will go, it's shipping on Thursday. Wizard and Vento are coming, along with restocked colors of Renew, yes, RESTOCKED!! My beautiful Efa sweater is so popular, she is quite perfect I must say, and I love this yarn (wool and cashmere)! In preparation of more yarn, the rest of my summer yarn needs to become someone's next project so I'm putting it on SALE 25% OFF. I'll be posting the video today so take advantage of a great deal, there's still time to knit up a cute little summer sweater to transition into those cooler days. I've been finding red maple leaves in the woods at Hard'ack, just saying.

We will be meeting tomorrow evening for Stitch and Bitch from 6-7:30, Addie will be hostessing, it's her last night in town before heading off to UVM on Thursday. The shop will be closed, Thursday August 25th so we can accomplish moving her down to her dorm. Included in the pile that is going with her is her new Sipila sweater, I finished it!! Make it a great day and I'll see you soon!


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