Monday, May 16, 2016


Every day, in between serving customers and putting out new stock, there is a bit of time to sneak in a few stitches. Samples really help to sell yarn when people can see and feel what it's like knitted up.

Hats are fast and cute so I made a couple out of the cotton/rayon blend.  It feels wonderful.

chocolate and aqua

lavender and green

Then this happened.  I couldn't resist this gorgeous skein any longer so started a summer shawl

It's called 'creamsicle'.  LOVE it. This yarn is hand dyed right here in town by Smith and Ewe.

and how cute is this?  I was gifted this entire bolt of cute sheep fabric. Ooh the possibilities.  I know one thing for sure is it will be the backing for my 'knitty' word quilt.  So fun

This past week hubby built a new display. I saw something similar on Pinterest, and showed him. He's amazing. I love the industrial pipe and there is so much more display space than the table I had before.  Good thing, because loads more is expected this week  : )

What are you working on ?

Happy stitching,

Sunday, May 8, 2016


I can't remember a time when I have felt so busy. Every day is 'hair straight back' !  It sure is fun though having my own little shop.

Word blocks have been arriving in the mail and I'm getting ideas as to how this quilt is going to look

Just a couple more words to come and I can start to assemble : )

I did actually carve out a few minutes to sew a bee block.

I had free reign with the setting of these half square triangles to go in Stephanie's quilt.

My daughter came to the shop and changed out the window display to a camping theme for May.  It even includes a campfire with a roasting 'marshmallow'.

the view from outside : )

even a stump and hiking boots complete with woolly socks!

I had a baby shower to attend a while back so I knit up this little hat to match a jacket I bought.

and I have been wanting to try knitting a little pixie I did : )

I had a lovely Mother's day spent with family.  Always so fun.

Have a lovely week

Monday, May 2, 2016


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,

Tuesday, April 19, 2016


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,

Friday, April 8, 2016


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,

Friday, April 1, 2016


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

Monday, March 28, 2016


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