We have had our first cold days and Tuesday morning it was especially cold. The geese were like moving, walking, ice figures they had so much ice frozen in their feathers, but their voices were in fine form. They were all running around trying to knock the food out of my hand or maybe just queuing up for a handout, when we heard one calling from the pond. We looked down there and saw 3 young males running around the pond. They hurried up to get their grub, but the strange calling continued. It sounded like a desperate cry--a goose calling for help? None of the other geese paid a bit of attention, especially not the three young ones. We went down to the pond and there was our poor victim. He was stranded on the ice. He apparently got out on the ice, lost his footing and couldn't get up again. He was most pathetic. He was close to shore so we tried to reach him with a net. That didn't work! Then we tried throwing sticks behind him. No good! I tried throwing some food in front of him-nope! We had to come to work and leave him there. Fortunately, he figured it out and was back with his companions when we got home. The incident reminded me of Flick in " A Christmas Story" which we watched over the holidays. Flick is dared to stick his tongue onto a metal flag pole when it is below zero. His tongue gets stuck! His friends abandon him when the bell rings. The teacher asks "Where is Flick?" His friends response is "Flick, Flick, who!" as they try to look totally innocent. We have named out poor boy "Fliclk" because his buddies acted exactly the same way.
The next Progressive Needles mystery Knit Along sponsored by Skacel with Michelle Hunter will be starting on Thursday, January 7. We will be knitting a cowl using Sueno DK a washable merino viscose bamboo blend, very soft with a lovely hand. It also feels really nice next to the skin. We will be making a cowl using 2 colors and Fair Isle techniques. Two skeins, one of each of two colors for the 22 in small , or two of each of two colors for the 40 inch large and size 5 circular needles are required materials. We will be learning the two hand technique for Fair Isle. It should be fun! I am looking forward to it!
Market Street Yarn and Crafts/Sew Creative will be open until 6:30 pm
Saturday, December 5.
Parkersburg will be holding Winterfest (I believe for the first time) on Saturday, December 5. As a consequence of events planned for the afternoon and evening, Market Street will be closed. The Christmas Parade will be at 2:00 pm. Other events include voting for best Christmas decorations (we did not sign up for this event), special events for kids, horsedrawn carriage rides on Market between 4 and 7, and a Christmas concert at ST. Francis Xavier at 7:00.
Come in and join us for some winter fun--isn't knitting by the window while watching the parade and drinking hot tea the best kind of winter fun!
This is a big week--Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday AND the 10 year anniversary of Market Street Yarn and Crafts! Can you believe it? Ten years ago this week we opened our store with a tiny inventory and great hope! We never dreamed we would still be in business after 10 years! Of course, we wouldn't be if it weren't for our wonderful customers who have supported us faithfully for 10 years through thick and thin! We have met so many people and made so many friends through the stores. I can't think of a better way to spend retirement--what a joy it is to come to work every business day to our own store and friends who share our love of fibers and the wonderful feeling that making something gives us.
To celebrate, we are having a special 10th Anniversary sale on November 27 (Black Friday) and November 28 (Small Business Saturday)! All in stock items in the store will be 25% off! Sale yarn (in the bins) will be 25% off- if you buy less than the bag and 50% off (as usual) if you buy the whole bag.
Come in and celebrate with us! We look forward to seeing you this week!
The new Husqvarna Viking Designer Epic has been here a couple of weeks and I have been remiss in doing everything else (including writing the blog) while I play around with the new machine. Hey, I am learning how to use it! Right? I love it--not necessarily for the new fangled modern touch screen capabilities, which are great--but because of the way it sews. It hums and purrs with much less vibration than the Diamond. It is also very fast and has instructions for how to do most sewing tasks--just in case one doesn't know how or is forgetful. There are lots of new embroideries and a new 360 X260 mm hoop to go with them. Embroideries are now grouped by type so the user doesn't have to do quite so much searching. The new electronic capabilities include sending your embroidery patterns to the cloud and calling you when you run out of thread and are not in the room with it. I haven't delved into these features. My advice has always been to be near your machine, at least in the same room, while it is working. That way if things go amiss, they can be caught more quickly. Well, enough for now, back to sewing and improving my abilities to work the new touch screen.
We are back from the Husqvarna Viking Conference in Las Vegas and trying to get life back to normal. The conference was fun, even though I am not crazy about Las Vegas. I learned a lot, hopefully enough! The new machine, the Epic, is some machine and the new software is great. I will write more about them in a future blog.
We are settling into having the yarn store and sewing store in the same building and I have been working like a fiend to get things in the inventory, though it is nowhere near complete. Having the SEW Creative computer crash hasn't helped a bit. Fortunately, Mack has been able to save the data and we didn't lose anything--we are just down to one computer system. Probably a good thing we combined the stores.
The picture is of some new top from Frabjous Fibers for spinning or felting. It is 60% wool, 30% bamboo viscose and 10% silk and feels wonderful. The little pink lamb is a felted change purse (with a zipper, can you believe). These were among many the many wonderful items that have been arriving the last few weeks..
New fall yarns and fabrics are arriving every day! It keeps me busy just trying to get everything in the inventory and put on display. Today we are featuring a new book from Noro: Noro Lace. There are 30 exquisite designs all using lace to make sweaters, shawls, scarves, capes, hats and mittens and weights of yarn from lace to the heavier yarns like Taiyo. It also includes a pattern for an afghan. As usual, it is absolutely lovely--a table decorator if you don't like to knit. Every project has detailed instructions and 2 or three pictures so you can really see what it looks like. I am all out of the color way used to make the hat in the picture, but I do have some that are very close.
Husqvarna Viking has let us know that they will be doing a class at our shop on Tuesday, October 27. We think it will be a software class, but things aren't settled yet. The instructor will be Gina Hodges. SAVE THE DATE! We will let you know more as we learn about it.
For four weeks a poor little guinea hen sat on a nest in the fence row between the pond field and the soybean field. Every morning and evening she would come running across the mown path of the field to come over and have breakfast and dinner. Then she would run back to her nest. She was as cute as she could be and regular as clockwork. Guineas always look like helmets with legs. We would try to pen her up in the chicken house, but it was impossible, she wouldn't go in. During the day, she would get tired of sitting on her nest and let out the most plaintive cry you could ever expect to hear. And last Saturday, she got her reward for all the hard work--her eggs hatched and she had a bunch of babies to take care of. She moved them into the mown path--the grass was wet and she seemed to realize that she needed to keep them as dry as she could. She was in her broody mode with all the babies tucked under her and a vicious don't you come near me look. We left her alone. By the time we got back from the store she had everyone moved to the barnyard--but the keets were so small some of them had squeezed through the mesh into the pea fowl pen. I decided we needed to catch them--so poor long suffering Mack helped me. We caught the mother and 6 babies--no easy feat. I kept hearing babies, but couldn't see them. I checked on them every 15 minutes or so and eventually caught 5 more for a total of 11 babies. Mamma was delighted to have them all. Today they are a week old and about 3 times as big as they were last Saturday. I hope you enjoy their picture!
After much deliberation and angst, Mack and I have decided to combine the two stores into one space. We will be moving Sew Creative into the yarn store, so Market Street Yarn & Crafts and Sew Creative will both be at 615 Market Street. This should be much more convenient for you, our customers, and we know it will be easier for us. All of you have been very good and patient with the signs telling you to go the other store and then running back and forth between stores with us. For some of you, it has been a real hardship. We have also found it difficult to manage both stores when one of us is sick or not able to come in for some reason. We will be conducting the move during August and plan (hope) to have the move completed by the 1st of September. We will keep you updated as we move forward with the plan. At present we plan to keep both stores open regular hours. We hope you will like this new arrangement! We are certainly looking forward to it.