It is hard to believe it is June 30. Many have taken this coming week off to celebrate 4th of July which falls in the middle of the week. Our store will be closed for the 4th but open Tuesday and then again bussiness as usal Thursday through Saturday. It is a fun time of the year, helping people pick out projects for their upcoming trips, whether a day trip on a vacation of a few days. We are thrilled when some come in looking for that perfect hand crafted item to take to a friend or a hostess.
Last night was our hand spinning gathering. It was nice to see what people were working on. We also played "guess what fiber this is" with Suzanne and Tracey. Thanks to all the ladies who ventured out.
I am progressing along nicely with Windley. Yesterday was the first day I have not progressed at least my 4 inches a day goal, but I am ahead of schedule so I can't complain. My new goal is to have it completed by this coming Monday evening. With the store closed both Sunday and Monday, except for skirting a few more fleeces, and dyeing more yarn from the farm, I should meet my goal.
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012
I stop at a favorite coffee shop and they now know my preference of drink and how I like it. It has become a routine. It is also my routine that every time a new person steps through the door of our store to greet and welcome them. It doesn't matter if it is the first time they are here or the 100th time. We learn your name and your preferences to yarn, needles, patterns, hand crafted gifts and more. It is our routine to make you feel special.
Stayed tune for prgress on Windley tomorrow.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Iron Horse doesn't allow me much time to stitch for myself. We have a great family vacation planned for the end of July and I really wanted to make some neat clothes to take to the hot climate of Florida. I wanted to make Windley, a great pattern from Berroco out of one of their new yarns, Lago. Lago is made of viscose and linen so I knwo it will be a cool garment and travel well.
As I casted on last Monday evening, my goal was to knit 4 inches a day until completed. Every day I am measuring my progress. I am thrilled to say at the moment Ihave surpassed my goal and have the back totally done and working on the front, which has a pleated end near the bust line so there are almost twice as many stitches on the front as the back. If I keep this up, I hope to have it done in another week! I will keep you posted. My color of choice is above and I am using one of Allie Loehlin's great yarn bowl to tame my yarn ball while knitting.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
It is the same with each class or workshop we teach. Each group becomes a support group, encouraging each other through the rough spots of their projects, encouraging each other to finish and when they slam a goal, the enthusiasm is overwhelming. Many times if they are not already friends when they start, they are friends at the end of 6 weeks. It is also a support group helping each other through life's challenges. We are blessed that people feel they can come in here and are comfortable enough to share their lives with us.
Last night was the last meeting for our Tuesday night 6 week class. Many will come back for our 4 week class running and some will go their own way for the summer. Many in our Tuesday group decided they wanted to make mittens. They were not just any mittens either, they were Yarn Harlot's Cloisonne mittens, a pattern she sells through Ravelry and her own website. Many of these women are beginner knitters but they were up for the challenge. Patterns were purchased, needles were picked from the store and we gathered stash yarn, some from the store, some from each other and even more special some from "Nana" Hannah's stash who is no longer with us.
Not only did they learn how to make a mitten, they learned how to change colors AND they learned the magic loop technique. Helene was not here to celebrate the finishing of mittens but we kept in touch texting while she was on her vacation.
As a mentor to this wonderful group, I am so proud of you! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to help with your knitting journey.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
The June hand painted fingering weight yarn project is done! You are looking at the wrong- private side. Sorry the photo isn't that great but it is off the blocking board and in the store as I type. This is the scalloped shawl from the Malabrigo 3 book. I am very pleased with the gradient look of using the semi solid towards the end of the scarf. The lace part is actually the semi - solid in blue.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Above is my work in progress. The three skeins of yarn are from our June hand dyed-hand painted fingering yarn of the month club. the work in progress is a beautiful shawl from Malabrigo 3 book. It is using the hand painted skein as well as the tonal blue from our June club. It is almost done! The June club is closed but there will be a new group for July that one can choose from.
Also selected to go with the shawl is a beautiful hand crafted bracelet from one of our local artists.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
It is a rainy day in Natick today. We like to think that Iron Horse can brighten your day with hand crafted gifts from local artists as well as all the wonderful yarns, books, patterns and more.
Every once and a while a hand designed, knitted piece just catches the eye of eveyone tht walks in. The above photo is of "Windley". It is made with Lago yarn. Windley is the perfect name for this top. It is light, breezy and will fit a variety of women, petite to large, young to elder. It reminds us of cool breezy days at the beach. The yarn colors are beautiful from bold and bright to soft and pastel. We are getting a new shipment of yarn in tomorrow along with more pattern books. The hands are twitching to start this piece!
We have Noro Iro and Noro Kureyon sock yarns at a huge discount this week until supplies are gone. The company has decided to no longer make these beautiful yarns. Darn! Just when we have some great models in the store in each yarn.
Enjoy your day!
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Monday, June 11, 2012
There really is not a day "off" when you own and run a farm. Today started with feeding and watering animals. It is also a time to physically appraise the health and well bearing of the animals. Next came working in our vegetable and flower gardens. The weeds are faster than our pease, lettuce and radishes! The plan today is winding some hand dyed and painted wool yarn that was dyed yesterday and into new skeins for the store. With the yarn of the month club just starting again, this keeps the dye pots happy and full.
Friday a shipment of roving came back from one of the three processing mills we use so some time has been spent winding the roving into balls. We are fussy where our raw fiber goes because we want to be sure we receive our own fiber back. After the processor ships back to us, we personally wind the roving into 4 ounce balls. Occasionally, we will also place some of this roving into our needle felting sample packets.These "balls" are all 4 ounce balls from locally bred, rasied and sheared in Sherborn, MA. This fiber happens to come from a friend's flock of Corriedale sheep in a rich natural white- cream color. Some of this has already been reserved for two stores in California. So boxing up and shipment is on the agenda today. The rest will go tonight to Iron Horse and be placed in the cubbies for hand spinners and needle felt makers.
Tonight is our monthly "Stitch Night" from 6:30-8:30 PM. It will be fun to see what everyone is working on and hear about their plans for the summer. It is one of the most pleasant times in the store. All are welcome.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
It is funny to have a week to celebrate knitting in public when many of us who do portable hand work often have that project bag stuffed in our handbags, as an extra tote "just in case" there are a few moments between our daily rush to get a few stitches done. Please, no knitting and driving. Only knit if you are the passenger.
The weather is great, we want to be outside more, why not knit in public? Take it to the park, the kid's games, a cook out, the doctor and dentist office. Think of portable projects like socks, gloves, mittens and baby projects. We can fill your head with ideas. Just drop into the store, Tuesday throught Saturday.
We have knitting "in public" in our store, the second Monday night of each month (it is this Monday everyone!) from 6:30 to 8:30 PM as well as every Thursday morning 10 AM to 12 noon. Both sessions are complimentary.