Monday, May 2, 2016

METRO AREA MONTH 9

It's that time again!  Don't the days just fly by.

This month the greens are so bright and fun. I love these blocks



Lots of scrappy goodness going on here



That's it for today. I would like to get a picture of all the blocks together so far, but they are hanging at the shop.  It won't be long now and I will be assembling these blocks into a quilt. Can't wait!

Happy stitching,
Carla

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

EIGHT DAYS A WEEK

Actually I'm working 6 days a week, but I'm as busy as if it's eight!  I'm enjoying the process of filling the shop with inventory and chatting to all the lovely people who walk through the door.  Hubby is busy working in the back building an office-storage space.

Not a lot of sewing is happening, but I have been knitting up some baby hats. Always a fun way to showcase a certain yarn.


This little hat uses a 3 needle bind off while knitting an i-cord.  I needed three hands, but managed...



I made another slightly smaller one out of the leftovers.  I'm a firm believer that every baby needs a hat : )  The pattern is by A.Opie and is called Duality



These lovely fingerless gloves were knit by Carol.  She is an amazing knitter, and fast!!! There are a few samples around the shop made by her. It's a free pattern called Marg's mitts


I've been having fun changing out the window displays.  I have everything from gumboots and umbrellas, to needles and books.


Next month will be a camping theme!


This beautiful baby Merino needed to be a little hat too.  So soft


This is the very fun quilt the staff made for me when I left Katja's.  It's nice to have it  hanging in the shop as a  reminder of them.

Thank you to everyone who has popped in with well wishes.  For those of you who have purchased yarn, how are your projects coming?  I'd love to see

Enjoy your week,
Carla

Friday, April 8, 2016

FEELING CHATTY

The other day, a woman came into the shop and I sort of recognized her.  She looked a little surprised and said "is this YOUR shop?"   I told her it was, and she said "well you're the reason I'm knitting!"
Now it was my turn to look surprised.  She proceeded to tell me that several years ago one of her sons was heading to Guatemala on a missions trip and I donated a bunch of baby quilts and little knitted hats to match for the orphanage down there.  After seeing the impact it had on the people working there, she decided she needed to learn how to quilt.  She said with a laugh "well THAT didn't work, so I took up knitting".  Suddenly I felt like Mrs. McArthur    It was really nice to know that something I did and had totally forgot about had made an impact on someone else.  Quilting matters. Knitting matters.  But most of all, giving of our time and talent matters.

I got some happy mail yesterday!  These blocks arrived for my knitty quilt from Mary


I just love them.  Thank you Mary!


They tie in perfectly with my block and I just can't wait to get this quilt together  : )
I've got all kinds of words going through my head, but the wall in the shop where it will go is only so big.  Once again I will have to demonstrate some self control..............

Have a lovely week end,
Carla

Friday, April 1, 2016

METRO AREA MONTH 8

Happy April !  Hurray for warmer weather and all the 'happy' that spring brings : )  I hope you are enjoying sewing these blocks as much as I am.  Some are more challenging, but fun just the same.


Pinks and reds this month.  It turns out red is really hard to photograph.  It turns bright orange or some other weird colour, but you get the idea anyway


I'm zooming in for a close up here because I was really happy with my points on this block.  Pressing the seams open helped with all that bulk


Little 1" squares.  Love them


I am off to work again : )

Have a lovely week end
Carla

Monday, March 28, 2016

A NEW START

I love a reason to start a new project : )  April is my month to get blocks from the ladies in the Spellingbee group and I'm excited for this quilt !

I've asked them for words related to knitting and the quilt will hang in my yarn shop when it's finished. I'm thinking it will be a cute addition to the wall behind the desk and inspiration for knitters who also quilt.

I made a block for myself to get things started.  Low volume backgrounds with modern prints for the letters.


Psso--pass slipped stitch over.  It will be fun when the blocks start arriving in the mail. I'll post pictures too


Is it an age thing to start liking purple???  This year has me all over the colour plum.  Just look at that gorgeous yarn.

I've been remiss in mentioning these magazines as I get them.  Simply Moderne is put out by Quiltmania and is sort of hard to find. Our local Chapters gets them in sometimes.  They have great patterns in them and the photography is beautiful.  I'm sure one of my kids would love that deer quilt



and I love this one too.  If anyone knows where I can get a few more hours in my day, please let me know !

Enjoy your week

Carla

Sunday, March 20, 2016

INTRODUCING...........KNIT2 YARNS !

After months of planning, painting, and purchasing, I am ready to open Monday morning.  To say I won't sleep tonight may be an understatement.  I'm excited for tomorrow : )

This post could have been named 'Ode to Mrs. McArthur'.  When I was in grade three, my teacher Mrs. McArthur said, that when we were done our work for the day, we could come sit by her desk and she would teach us how to knit. Well I didn't need to be asked twice!  Myself and a handful of others took her up on her offer.  Little did she know the gift she was giving me.  I wonder if she ever thought of the children and grand children that I would be knitting for some 45 years later.  I get all weepy thinking of her. I wonder how many more children she shared this gift with after I moved on to the next grades. How many before me had she taught?   I knit all through elementary school until I hit my teen years and decided it wasn't cool anymore.  Not until the doctor looked at me and said 'your pregnant' did I pick up the needles again.  I had such fun knitting for all my babies and now my grand babes.  So my dear Mrs. McArthur, thank you.  Thank you for the gift of knitting, for endless hours of relaxation, and for the gift of this little shop I get to spend my future years at.  You will never know how much I appreciate you taking the time to share with me your talent.  You were my favourite teacher : )

and now a few photos of inside






I've got a table for you to sit at and knit : )




lots of different sock yarns



and a look in


First off, thank you God who was always one step ahead of me preparing the way.  Thank you also to my wonderful hubby, who without him, this couldn't happen.  My family who came without being asked, to paint and organize and price yarn by the box load!  I love you.

Enjoy your week.  I think it's going to be a busy one!!

Carla

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

MARCHING ALONG

My blocks are done for the two groups early this month. Yay!  For the Spelling bee group Mary asked for words relating to stitching so ...........


She wanted black and white backgrounds and I had a big piece of this print which I love.

For the Mid Century Modern group, Linda asked for little churn dash blocks with lots of red.


She also challenged us to use black to make it appear there is a hole in the block without compromising the integrity of the churndash.  These little jiggers are 4 1/2". Cute!

Well I am off and running.  The next post will hopefully be pictures of a fully stocked and ready for action knitting shop. Can hardly wait!

Enjoy your week,
Carla