Thursday, August 26, 2010

New Mari Sweater Patterns

4 new jackets from Mari Sweaters !!
Super tailored, very professional!
See all the details here!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

New colors in Sierra Yarn

New colors have been announced in Cascade's Sierra yarn and I'm working my way down the list. See the new colors here, and there is a link for a pdf of the Sierra Color Card as well!

Fiber: 80% Pima Cotton / 20% Wool
Yardage: 100g - 192 yds
Gauge: 4.5s - #8, 5s - #7
Wash: Hand or machine wash gentle cold, tumble dry cool.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Wearing my marketing hat!

Today I have my marketing hat on. Since my move to Portland, I'm updating as many internet links as I can find.

Finally got my local google listing complete, but I need some reviews.
Would love some reviews, if you have time!
Here is my Google Link .

Now back to making my badge and banner for my Ravelry Group !

Thursday, August 5, 2010

My Yarn Standards

Another big job completed today. One of the things I offer is trying to offer yarn substitutions. And to make that easy, I need to know what I've got in stock, so I've created a yarn standards chart. A yarn standard refers to the size of yarn and what gauge it knits to. So I have organized all my yarns by their standard. This chart has not been updated for about 18 months, and today it is finally completed. A lot of new yarns have been added since it was updated. My Goodness!

The chart is printed and added to each shipment, starting today. The web page has also been updated, and I also have an interactive (yarns link to their web page) pdf that you can download. Sometimes I scare myself that I can manage to figure things out. While the interactiveness is really cool, it was hard to figure out and I'm sure that there were easier ways to do this, but it is done! I love it, and now I'll have to remember to do this each time I add a new yarn to the chart.

Also, a little teaser. Got part of my shipment for a new yarn in earlier this week. Web page is 90% complete. But you can check the preview here. I'll tell more about this scrumptious-squeezeable yarn in a few days! Needless to say I cast on for a small project already . . . Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Knitting & Working & Playing in July 2010


What happened to July?? I knew I was a bit behind in posting to my blog, but whoooaa!

The weather in Portland has turned rather pleasant. Had a few 90+ degree days, but mostly 70s and 80s. Waterfront Park is in full swing with summer activities. Two weeks ago it was the Brewmasters Festival. That was fun. I attended with my two sons, Cody and Henry, and their friends. The weather was warm, and the beer cold. Perfect combo. Discovered a new favorite, Irish Red. So attendance was a success!

This coming weekend is The Bite of Portland. It covers culinary, Oregon beer and Oregon Wine. I'm looking forward the food part. I'm ready for a few new discoveries to add to my cooking skills (or lack of!).

In the store, I've been working hard at the processes involved when adding new colors to existing lines and adding new lines. (Oh, and my e-newsletter went out since my last blog. That was really a big job.) Cascade has added new colors in almost all of the Cascade lines I carry. I've got the new colors in Cascade 220 added to web, and all ordered. Fixation has new colors and its web page is now updated, and all new colors in stock. Cascade Heritage Sock almost doubled in the number of colors it comes in. The web is all up to date, and I'm in the process of getting all the new colors in. Cascade 220 Superwash has new colors. I got the scripts up on the web site, but still need to get graphics posted. And there are 10 other lines that all have new colors. Cascade is also introducing a handful of new yarn lines. The 220 Sport Superwash is amazing and it is soft. Epiphany is 60% Royal Alpaca, 20% Cashmere and 20% Silk. I think I squeezed the life out of it during my Cascade rep's visit. And there's more! Where to start???

Lorna's Laces introduced 5 new colors and a new yarn Honor. Honor is an alpaca silk blend, and comes in all the Lorna Laces colors.

Today I finally got the scripts up for the 5 new Christmas Stocking Patterns from Googleheim. This is the time of the year for those projects. They'll be done in time for Christmas, and they are small enough to work on for summer travel and summer heat.

So much new to share with you! Stay tuned, and stay cool!!