A-Purling I Will Go!

I’m questioning my wisdom today. Purl is not my favorite stitch. I don’t DISLIKE it per se, but knit stitch is quicker. So why am I not knitting this reverse stockinette stitch inside out instead of purling it right side out? It’s taking FOREVER! I knit much faster than I purl, but nooooo! I choose to work on the wrong side which means 63 rows of purl stitch.  64 stitches per row.  That is 4032 purl stitches.  Or I could have worked flat rather than in the round, then I would at least have some variety.  Oh well; no point crying over tangled yarn – just makes your make-up run.

I’m also discovering that if the front door of my shop is not propped open, no one comes shopping.  It gives me lots of practice with the fly swatter because they come in then can’t figure out how to get back out the open doors. I’m not sure what I’ll do come winter, but I’ll figure something out.  Not about the flies, but the open doors.

And I am finally starting on my Christmas presents.  Better late than never.  And I might make it in time since knitting and crocheting really is my job now.  I’ll let you know how it turns out.  I only have 12 items on my “get done now!” list – not including the amigurmi stuff for the window display; I have help on it so I’m not actually counting it.

Re-arranged store

Re-arranged store, sort of. Two new shelves that aren't shown.








The other direction

More of the store facing the other direction












I realized I haven’t posted pictures of the shop since I doubled my inventory and my shelving units.  So here they are.  Of course, I’ve already added two more shelves, but I haven’t figured out where I want to put the two new ones for certain.

Maybe I’ll figure it out before market in January!

Happy Yarning!


Christmas is 95 Days Away

Admittedly, I have problems with numbers, so I might be off by a day or two, but not more than that.   I’m starting to panic.

I’ve been telling everyone since July to start their Christmas gift projects.  Did I start my projects?  No!  Why not?  I used to have a sign in my studio that said “The Procrastinators Anonymous Support Group Meeting Has Been Postponed Until Tomorrow.”  That’s not it though – I haven’t been procrastinating, well not exactly.  I’m working on projects, six of them to be exact (and that isn’t counting the business end of owning a yarn shop).  I should be congratulated for actually finishing 4 projects and another will be done today.  The problem is, I still have still have 9 to get cast on this month!  And only one of those is a Christmas gift; one IS a birthday gift, but I still have one other birthday to knit for prior to Christmas and one falls right after Christmas.

I should have taken my own advice and started working on gifts in July!

Knitting Nunchuks

I love fall! The weather is nice – even though my consupmtion of Kleenx goes through the roof (sneeze, sneeze, sneeze!) – and the idea of knitting sweaters no longer seems repulsive.  I seem to have lots of random thoughts though; I blame to allergies. 

For example:  I received a shipment of yarn and some pattern books last week (a BIG shipment, by the way).  One of the books is Knit Wit.  A really cute book of monsters and oddness (I personally love the alligator with legs sticking out it’s mouth, but I’ve always been a bit macabre).  One of the patterns is a ninja.  Then Sunday I drove to the my best friend’s farm outside Marion to visit (this does pertain, really).  While driving, I was listening to podcasts (big surprise, I know).  “Cast On” with Brenda Dayne is one of my favorites – if you haven’t listened to it, do!  What does this have to do with knitting nunchuks?  The podcast opening includes the phrase “pick up your pointy sticks and let’s cast on.”  Well Sunday, after looking at the knit ninjas and hearing Brenda talk about pointy sticks, my mind took one of it’s weird sideways jumps.  If single points are the equivalents of swords, are circulars the knitting equivalent of nunchuks?

Fall also has brought a rash of finishitis.  I’ve finished three items this week.  I haven’t put pictures up yet – I’ll get around to it eventually. 

Well, time to put the computer aside and start reorganizing yarn!  Another shipment is coming in this week and I have to do some reorganinzing to fit it all in!

Happy yarning!

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