Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Tea Cozies!

I never thought about making a cover for the tea pot before but Noro had this crazy looking one in their Knitting Accessories book and I just fell in love with it. I found a pattern online for an easier one to start using Kureyon from Noro.It worked up really fast too.  WHAT FUN!!! I am hooked and having a blast making them. Since then I have found the book, "Really Wild Tea Cozies" by Loanie Prior. I am anxiously awaiting its arrival. She uses Noro for some of her cozies and I am excited to try out her patterns. In the mean time this one should be a good challenge! I'll let you know how it goes.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Yes you can crochet it!

I have been wondering for some time about crocheting with the lace yarn to make the ruffle scarves. It seemed to me that you would be able to do it but just hadn't had the time. Well yesterday I got it figured out and made one in about 2 hours! It is so easy. Now I have more ideas to try. I think crocheting them is really easier then knitting although both ways don't take long

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

New Hat!! See it at the Yarn Party tonight!

                       Slouch Hat done in Eco Duo Yarn from Cascade.
This yarn was so soft I couldn't put it down! The pattern was easy to follow and I finished the hat in just a couple of days. You will love this yarn too. It comes in 12 natural was hard to pick just one for the hat. See all 12 color selections at Anita's Homespun Treasures. To night is the Yarn Party and this yarn along with other featured yarns will be $2.00 off each skein purchased. You have got to get some of this yarn :-)

Also check facebook for more happenings at the shop.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Yarn Tasting Event!

Special event--Tuesday November 13, 5:30-8:00pm
You are invited to attend a Yarn Tasting at Anita's Homespun Treasures. How can I taste yarn, you ask?? Well I have selected some of our newest and hottest yarns, put them on needles, hooks, or looms. You will have the chance to stop by and try out "taste" what these yarns feel like and see how they work up. I have different samples for each of the yarns so you can see an actual project...hats, scarfs, ruffled scarves, mittens, purses, and more!This event is very informal & it is free. Come any time from 5:30-8:00pm. Sweet goodies and beverages will be provided. As an extra bonus I am giving you $2.00 off on each skein of the featured yarns you purchase!! Wow...what a great time to stock up on new yarns and Ideas.

Featured yarns:

Noro: Silk garden, Nadeshiko
Juniper Moon Farm: Findley Dapple
Araucania: Nubel
Knitting Fever: Monarch
Estelle Yarns: Frill Seeker Twilight, Frill Seeker velvet lace, Frill Seeker Cameo
Cascade: Eco Duo (baby alpaca & merino....ooooohhhhhhhhhh so soft!)
Lorna Laces: Lorna Laces Pearl (silk & bamboo--a luxury yarn!)

Friday, June 29, 2012

A Great Time at TNNA!

WOW! What a great time I had in Columbus at the TNNA yarn & needleart market. There is always so much to see and nice people to connect with. This year I taught two classes...I was so excited. I did a flat needlefelting class in which the students made gift card holders.   The second class was sculpting with fiber. We made a Jack-o-lantern. They seemed to really enjoy the projects. I am already thinking to what I want to teach next year!

Of course what would be a yarn market without lots of yarn to look at. The trends this year seem to be migrating back to novelty yarns. Bling is also back but in subtle ways. The fashion show was amazing! Fitted garments are still the trend. The evening gown was stunning.

I took some classes too. One on dyeing....look for a workshop on this before summer is over. I talked extensively with Schacht Spindle, the company I bought the Cricket Looms from. There will be workshops offerred for this as well...coming soon.

We are going to be closed for a much needed vacation July 4-7th. We will reopen on July 11th as usual....Happy Fourth of July!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Busy for the summer!

My teaching responsibilites are on a limited basis now for the summer and that gives me more time to be at the shop. I just purchased 5 new wool fleeces that I will have washed and then decide if I want to dye them or work with them in the natural color. Touching the fiber has gotten my spinning desire going again and I brought my wheel to the shop. I am setting up on the porch with my glass of lemonade and it is very relaxing! I get into such a rhythm that I can put myself to sleep...haha...I have started a yarn and fiber group the second tuesday of the month. Last month I had one spinner come. She has ignited the spinning laying dormant in others in the group, including me. It will be interesting to see if anyone brings their wheel in June. Off to the porch and my spinning.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Tunisian crochet


Well, once again I have gotten behind in my writing...oh how time flies. Since my last post about TNNA I have been doing Tunisian Crochet. It was something I learned there last year. It has finally caught on at the shop and two weekends ago I held two classes. It is such a fun and easy technique. One lady I have spoken with from the class already has her scarf done. I will be holding more classes on this technique and posting some pictures of projects you can do with it.

This past weekend I was able to attend the Pittsburgh Knit and crochet festival. It is always energizing to see so many beautiful yarns and fibers! It was exciting so see new funky and glitter yarns. Those who know me, know I love to glitz it up! I had the pleasure of meeing Steven Berg from the Yarn Garage! What energy.....I am currently working on a project using Plymouth Yarn's Joy Prism. What's like knitting with a ribbon instead of a yarn but it is very easy. I can't wait to show off the finished product. I was pleased to meet a lady who does really cool things with the continuous weaving method. This is something I do and you have seen the looms in the shop. The pieces were very wearable and stylish! Of course there were so many yarns....and yarns....and yarns....of every kind and color! My head is just spinning right now as so many projects are going through my head. Look for some of these new yarns and projects to show up at the shop!!!!