Friday, November 17, 2006

Karaoke Hat Collection is Here!

We just received the Trunk Show Hats from South West Trading Company. They are gorgeous!
We also have a samle copy of the book and are currently taking pre-orders. It will be available very shortly!
Woo Hoo!
Stop in and check it all out!

Monday, January 30, 2006

Stango Ebay Auctions

Just listed these two pieces on eBay...
Stango Heart Painting, 18 x 19 inches

Albert Einstein 25 x 30.5 inches

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Handspun Pics

This is the fabulous new yarn I got in! I had a ball with it, just getting it ready for the shelves. What a joy to hold it, twist it into hanks, label it, and get it on the shelves....I am going to be working with it for a while and share with y'all what comes out!
Have a beautiful, joyful day.

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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Handspun Hand-dyed

I just received the most amazing yarn from Uruguay today! I am so excited. Just labeling the hanks of yarn was a sensual experience. The colors are so luscious and the wool is so silky soft, I was completely beside myself!
I wanted to set a hank of each color aside just to fondle and make pretty little things with...I tried hard to control myself so there would be plenty for the customers but it was difficult, each colorway was better than the there are 20 colors, 10 are kettle dyed and 10 are 'space-dyed' I think. I will post photos tomorrow...and fondle some more...and somewhere in there I have to put together more shelving to accomodate all this stuff...
btw, this one-ply hand spun yarn is the perfect thing for bullions. Bullions are crocheted stitches, which Free Form crocheters love, thanks to Prudence Mapstone and her Fabulous book Bullions and Beyond, Bonnie Pierce-- and other designers.
Free Form crocheters and knitters all over have glommed onto this stitch because it is a challenge to learn (for many) and it looks so neat, unusual, organic, etc.

I also got a new shipment of recycled silk and Midas, the recycled rayon with goldish coloring. Both of these are available at in the yarn section if you want...they come in 200 gram hanks. I like that. More yarn is always better!
Oh, and additionally, I got a bunch of Gedifra which I am able to offer at greatly reduced pricing which makes me happy. What is better than great yarn at a mucho discount price? Um, other than chocolate, I can't think of anything!
Diane came in to help me tag it all, Thank God! I needed the help, plus I needed someone there to listen to me kvell over all of this stuff. Sitting there petting all this yarn all alone just wouldn't do. Have to share the joy!

OK, currently I am working on

  • one fair isle tam on the dpns mid-wheel section, but need to concentrate to finish. Oh and I have to finish designing the rest of the wheel...
  • Also have thin belt with the Gedifra Gigante on the 15s, that is a quicky but I am too tired to finish tonight
  • also some Japanese yarn on #10 circs making a tam. Thank you Shiho for the Japanese yarn.
  • Also started a crocheted vest worked vertically, in bright oranges and pinks, that is only a front panel so far, not even all of the front panel is done, and it got set aside
  • What else, oh, there is a ripple tank top in the basement of the store in many white cottons and off white cottons, that has been sitting for a while and I keep forgetting.
  • Also a bright orange sweater vest for my fiance' almost done,
  • and I want to start a few other things, like scrumbles for brooches, and more beading on hats and scarfs.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Fair Isle Tam

I finally did it. I have been stalling on attempting
this for months, and just got my feet wet with the tams by doing one color and of course having to learn how to use dpns. Well after about 10 one yarn tams, I did it. I had to improvise the patterns and figure out what to do with the two yarns, one in each hand yeilds two different tensions for me, since I am a continental knitter by nature (I knit like I am crocheting; really) Here it is, Thank you to Claire for modeling it for me! I was being wrapped up in a kimono and obi and my head was unavailable at the time (Thanks, Shiho for the dress-up!)

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Hendrix & Ali

New Stangos here!

Friday, January 13, 2006


Stay tuned for beads. I am going hog wild buying beads for the store and to use in my own work. I like to dangle a bead or two at each end of a scarf and also to incorporate them into crocheted pieces, so we will see what evolves.
I am particularly fond of lampwork glass beads and that is primarily what I have been ordering.
I also am partial to leaves so there are some lampwork glass leaf beads coming in this week.
I ordered kitty cats too. I think they will be sweet at the end of scarves.

I think I am going to finally bring the spinning wheel down to Nangellini...I miss it. It must be lonesome up on the third floor...well, it has the yarn up there to keep it company. Some of that should come down to the store too....soon. It all needs a good sorting out. What is mine and what will get tossed into the sale bin and the "Here, you look like you could use one more ball of yarn" pile.
I read some recent posts about spinning up the cats hair into yarn and all I could think is, "Ew!" and "Isn't that why we got the maids?" I have seen just about enough cat hair, thank you!

Blessings and gratitude,