It has been a lovely spring in the islands so far. The water changes colors throughout the year as the sky changes and there is new growth and new color everywhere. More light and more warmth continue to creep into our days. The mornings are filled with singing birds and we even had a 5-day-old fawn grace our yard earlier this week. So much inspiration to be had!
It is still slow at the shop and I've decided to close on Mondays until we get busier. We finally have some events on the calendar and our Tuesday group has been meeting on The Front Porch (formerly the Parklette) these past weeks.
I continue to dye regularly and am enjoying the creative time I have. Fran continues to work on new design ideas and stock in both the retail and online shops is fresh and color-filled. We also have some new clothing and summer hats arriving in the next several weeks.
I wish all mothers a very Happy Mother's Day on Sunday. Bless you all for the nurturing stability you bring to this world. Enjoy each day this Spring and we hope to see you soon.
World Wide Knit in Public Day Saturday, June 12th from 9:45am-12pm
This is a special event for us, loving the concept and the community building aspect of the event. World Wide Knit in Public Day was started in 2005 and began as a way for knitters to come together and enjoy each other’s company. WWKIPDAY is unique, in that it’s the largest knitter run event in the world. In 2005, there were about 25 local events around the world and in 2016, there were 1015 registered events in 57 countries!
In 2019, we had over 40 knitters join our KIP. This year we will again “Knitting Along Commercial”.
The shop will offer a free 2021 KIP pattern and 10% off the yarn AND a chance to win a shop gift certificate for those who register. We will meet at the shop beginning at 9:45am to get ready, meet and greet and draw for the prize winner just before 10am (must be present to win.) Be sure to bring your mask, weather appropriate gear, a chair if desired and refreshments.
As many of you know, I was diagnosed with Parkinson's about two years ago. My major disability is a left hand tremor which has diminished my dexterity. But I must knit!
During my home-bound virus bubble, I used the time to inventory my yarn stash. Out of many unwanted bumps came the idea for an all garter stitch tunic that would be creative and engaging. If you check out the picture, you'll see 9 inch squares made of 4 triangles and a side panel. The main colors are shades of grey with slashes of color whenever. This "whenever" makes the knitting fun.
Whenever I say to myself, "I'm bored.", I pick a color (any color) and knit on. The pattern requires regular decreases and stitch pick ups to attach the next triangle, so it's challenging and engaging without frustrating my diminished capability. The tunic will have 8 squares in front and 9 in back. All will be joined with my favorite three-needle bind-off and I'll use the same yarn to knit a big cowl-like collar and side panels.
I plan on wearing this tunic over a turtle-neck top. My personal symbol is a turtle -- slow and steady wins the race! When this is done, I'll have a pattern for anyone who is interested.
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