Good Morning Everyone!
Looking back on 2021 made me realize many things, mostly, I knit a ton of sweaters and binge watched less Netflix than 2020. I felt like life was going to eventually return to our new "normal", which I was settling into. Vaccinations were becoming available, I travelled to Colorado (again), and my business was doing what it was supposed to, keep everyone's needles busy, including mine. Moving into this new year I am maintaining my sense of optimism, it helps to not watch the news. Ignorance is bliss, and I am the epitome of bliss. I think we can all agree how very lucky we are to live in this beautiful little state. I do realize that we aren't completely sheltered from the problems of the world, but at least here we can appreciate our special sense of community.
It's this special sense of community that helps me get through the frustrating task of ripping out over 50 rows of color work, UGH!!! I can accept making a mistake, this one was really a doozey, like 42 stitches off, SERIOUSLY, 42 stitches...Yes, everytime I reeavaluate the situation, the number gets bigger. A gentle reminder, I've made this sweater before, I have no idea how I was able to successfully go that far down the rabbit hole. I think I said ignorance is bliss until it's time to divide the front and back and put the sleeves on waste yarn, talk about a rude awakening. I was trying to fudge the math, increase the stitches just to make it work. 14 stitches may have been "doable", 42, not so much. I transferred the stitches onto a nice long cord and had Addie try it on. I could already tell it wasn't going to work, there were too many stitches around the neckline to support the severly reduced number of stitches making up the yoke. Practice makes perfect, I'm happy to report that I'm 1/3 of the way up the chart, reading it from right to left, starting at the bottom, stay tuned...Emsworth Vest is coming along just fine, phew...
Carrie came up on Friday to price and put away that gigantic Malabrigo order, THANK-YOU!!! The new Rios Solidos are gorgeous, there are some lovely color combinations for several of Jenn Steingass' patterns. I shared on Facebook the Avena that was knit in Cirrus Gray and Apple Green, I have those colors in stock if you're feeling a bit adventurous. I also have a nice selection of Malabrigo Sock yarn to choose from, I love her Goldenfern pattern among others. We will be casting on our next KAL January 22nd (Carrie's birthday) at the shop 9-11:00. I am trying to get ahead on a few of my projects before I allow myself to start another sweater, hoping I won't screw things up too much. I want to start my Fleurine in Remix Light, but I won't let myself until I finish the color work on Addie's Sipila which with any luck will be in the next few days.
With the COVID numbers on the rise, I think it's wise that masks be worn at all times in the shop. I was feeling a bit invincible with my recent booster shot, and I know many of you have been boostered. I've heard from too many of you about friends and family members that have contracted COVID despite being vaccinated. I knew this was a possibility and that I wasn't necessary immune to the virus, but it is unsettling. Please wear a mask while coming to shop and during Stitch and Bitch and KAL.
We will be meeting tomorrow evening from 6-7:30 for Stitch and Bitch, I hope you can join in the fun. Make it a great day and I'll see you soon!