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My Favorite Things....

Good Morning Everyone!

I'm having a very difficult time focusing this morning, There is the most glorious beam of sunshine blasting through my kitchen window smacking me in the face. All I want to do is drink my coffee and bask in it. Of course it can't be sunny and warm, but after the month we just had, I'll take it. Bernie and I had a wonderful hike through the woods this morning (one of my favorite things). The crescent moon was still hanging in the sky as the sun was getting ready to make her grand entrance. I love watching the sun make its way up over French Hill. It's a race against time to make it to my favorite spot to officially start my day. It's a gentle reminder that we've actually made it through the darkest months of the year AND according to Punxsutawney Phil, Spring is coming early (not like we've had much of a Winter).

With Phil's extremely reliable prediction, I've been working on one of my new Spring Sweaters, Caitlin Hunter's Alpine Bloom. I finished the color work and have miles of knitting in the round to complete, not complaining there's a Super Bowl to watch and lots of hockey left in the season. I had an entire skein of Spincycle leftover and it was taunting me, I knew it would be perfect for my Alpine Bloom Hat. I stumbled across a skein of La Bien Aimee silk mohair in navy blue and I just so happened to have more than enough Koigu in PURPLE from my Manarola. Wait until you see this hat, I did post a couple of pictures already, it will be cast off, washed and blocked today. Here are the links to the sweater and hat if you haven't seen them already.

I've been trying to figure out a pattern to use with Berroco's Talara. I have no idea why this gorgeous, SOFT baby llama yarn has gone so unloved. The shop sample is beautiful and the pattern support offers a lovely selection of designs, so WHY??? Then I found Kirsten Ascanius' latest sweater, Kate Pullover, It does call for worsted and lace mohair (another one of my favorite things) but you could easily use the Talara to accomplish a very similar texture. I know many of you tend to be apprehensive about chainette construction, we're old school, we know plied yarns, I get it. But did you know that chainette yarns resist pilling better than plied yarns? It's worth mentioning, the addition of mohair also serves as a deterrent to pilling, which is not the reason I use it LOL....We may have an early Spring prediction, but there's still plenty of Winter left here in Vermont, may as well cast on a new sweater, I'll give you 20% off Talara.

Apparently you all love Emma Ball as much as I do!! I'm so thrilled that her lovely line of project bags, needle cases, totes, stitch markers and notion tins have been going home with you. The quality was what impressed me the most, aside from being adorable, they are extremely well made and don't skimp on the details. In addition to knitting, my Mimi taught me to sew, that was her forte, not mine. But once your eye is trained to see something, it's difficult to unsee it. I have a terrible time buying plaid, flannel shirts if the plaids don't line up in the seam, yep....

Lastly, the unofficial prize for being observant goes to Joyce. She is the only one who noticed the door to the shop no longer has to be kicked open.  I heard nothing but complaints about how hard it was to open the door. Jon removed the weather stripping over a month ago and NO ONE NOTICED! It doesn't stay closed very well, but at least you can easily get in. We will be meeting tomorrow evening, Wednesday 6-7:30 for Stitch and Bitch (another one of my favorite things) I hope you can join in the fun, THERE WERE 16 OF US LAST WEEK!!! Make it a great day, enjoy THE SUN, and I'll see you soon!


P.S. Hi Andra

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