This month we celebrate the yarn shop's sixth Anniversary. It will be another quiet celebration this year but with no less appreciation, pride, recollection and joy.  These past six years feel   v e r y  l o n g   in some ways and very short in others.  Best of all, it feels like I want more.  More creativity, more dyeing, more knitting, more laughter, more weaving, more learning, more fiber, more ideas, more helping, more time with customers and friends, more classes, more...more...more... even more payroll, paying taxes and washing down our Front Porch after the seagulls have flown over!

It seems like every shop has some sort of sale this time of year.  As is our tradition, we will celebrate our anniversary with our biggest sale of the year.  Our in-shop sale will be Friday and Saturday, October 1st and 2nd, 10am - 3pm. Our online sale will be Saturday and Sunday, October 2nd and 3rd.  I will send out another email closer to the date with more details.  Mark your calendars and we will see you soon!

In appreciation,
What's New

The past month, we have been working on lots of projects, spiffing up our pattern offerings and planning for the future.  Here's what's new:

We are closing out our Knitter's Pride Nova knitting needles. These will be 50% off during our Anniversary Sale.  It their place, we have added the
Addi Rocket Squared.  WOW!   These needles are a combination of slightly rounded squared edges and a uniquely textured surface.  It is said they stimulate circulation and reduce tension; this can be especially beneficial to those who may struggle issues such as arthritis. The tapered points make sliding into the tightest or most intricate stitches a breeze and they are easily held.  We've had good feedback so far.  If you would like to try a set or two, give us a call and we can send them to you.

Fran just completed the Evensong Shawl in our Queen Anne's Lace.  We needed a sample using this yarn and this beaded shawl is perfect (and a must-knit for lace lovers!) 

We have removed our summer clothing and hats and now have a beautiful collection for Autumn.  We just received a shipment of our popular Cotton/Cashmere Mock-T sweaters that are wonderfully warm, wash beautifully and a go-to for cooler weather

As always, we regularly have new colors from Lori's dye pots.  The shelves are full of yarn just in time for a new sweater or a special project or gift for the holidays. 
This year's Puget Sound Local Yarn Shop Tour, held last month, was a great success.  Our patterns were very well received, we had record sales for this event in shop and also online. My favorite part was seeing customers that I had not seen in months or even for several years.

Thank you for everyone who supported the Tour and visited our shop. 
On My Needles
with Lori Maul

I feel like Janet...

In our last newsletter, Janet wrote about how she manages multiple projects.  I generally like to have one project going at a time.  I enjoy the process but LOVE the finishing and wearing.  So, as you may have guessed, I have multiple projects going right now.  Two are almost complete and one will be back in my hands soon.  All interesting (at least I think so...)

The first project is on a deadline that I missed.  My dear step-daughter had a baby girl last year and
her birthday was Saturday.  I chose a fine yarn and complicated pattern and did not start soon enough.  It will go out this week just in time for Autumn.

Late last year, we decided to test a potential new yarn for the shop.  Fran knit a Gansey sweater with it and the second photo is my own design.  I brought the almost-finished sweater to the shop last week to get some ideas about the button band.  I will finish this after the birthday sweater is sent.  (Thanks for the help, B.!)

My last project is Big Love by Ankestrick.  I am using our 50/50 Blend held with our Mohair Lace.  Yummy!  This will be a project sample for the shop and I am pleased with it though had to begin three times!  Here I am on Vendovi Island recently, Big Love in hands.  I hope to have this one complete by mid-October. Time to pull out our sweaters ladies and gentlemen!

Shuttling Along
In the Weaving Studio

We have had requests to add a section in the newsletter about our weaving projects. We seem to be selling more and more to weavers these last months which is exciting.  By year end, we hope to have samples, made from our yarns, in the shop. 

After a lot of brainstorming and accompanied by lots of laughter, we have decided this section should be called "Shuttling Along".  We hope you will enjoy it and be inspired!

Janet is working on our 4-harness Gilmore loom and writes: What to do with that odd skein or two of yarn? Unknown yardage, interesting twist, and a hand spun from Mongolia. With a warp using Fidalgo Artisan Yarn’s Silk Naturelle and a simple two shuttle weft, a scarf is born. When I am learning something new it’s easy to think “what if I ….” and then see what happens.

On the 8-harness Gilmore loom, Lori is working with our Fidalgo Fingering to make a Frida Poncho (or so she had planned and still hopes).  She set the yarn at 12 ends per inch but it was much to loose to see the Plaited Twill pattern she dreamed of.  She has sleyed the reed at 20 epi and after speaking with Jean L, thinks a 16epi will be just right.  Time to pull it out and try it one last time.  Stay tuned!

Lastly, Fran is working on our new Mighty Wolf 4-harness loom: 
During Fran's Fair Isle knitting phase, she accumulated a sizeable stash of Shetland wool from Jamieson and Smith, in Lerwick, Shetland and actually got to visit their offices many years ago.  For her third project, Fran has just about finished the warp for a scarf made with 2-ply jumper-weight Shetland wool in shades of brown.  The weft colors will form a plaid in shades of brown with other accent colors. Fran can’t wait to see how this wonderful traditional fiber, so prized in Fair Isle knitting, works up as woven fabric.

We so appreciate everyone's interest in our projects.  We love to take visitor's back to the studio when no one else is in the shop.  If you are interested, be sure and ask next for a Tour next time you visit.
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