Grand Indeed

This past weekend found me at the Grand Opening of the Bare Naked Wools Boutique.  The marvelous Anne Hanson has been making wonderfully interesting, amazingly knitterly yarns for a while now, and now there is finally a place to visit them all in one place.  bnw3In addition to all the marvelous yarns, you’ll also see lots of samples of Anne’s patterns to pet and a few carefully chose buttons, tools, an other goodies to complement your knitting.  bnw2I may possibly have had a skein or two of the delightful Cabécou Sport follow me home.  My gray front porch on this stormy day does not do this yarn justice.  In person it absolutely glows (it’s the silk, and the romney doesn’t hurt either).  Now that the weather has turned cooler, I may possibly have just the thing in mind for this lovely bit of fluff…bnw4

Bare Naked Wools Grand Opening

You know how my normal tendency is to hide at home?  Safely tucked away, snuggly in my pajamas, with a cup of tea at the ready?  Well, the delightful Anne Hanson, mastermind behind Knit Spot and Bare Naked Wools is one of the very few folks who can tempt me out of my hermit’s cave.  She’s opening her very own yarn store (be still, my beating heart) and she’s having a grand opening.  I’m going!

Grandopening_InstagramI’m bringing piles of samples, signing books, and just generally hanging out and talking yarn.  If you’re free on either the evening of the 26th or the morning of the 27th, I’d be thrilled if you stopped by to say hi.  Anne’s yarn is delightful, and seeing so much of it in one place at one time will be a treat.  And you can all remind me that leaving the house from time to time and going to see real people in the real world is a good for me.  Or at the very least, a character building experience.

Bounce bounce bounce

I am generally rather orderly.  Some might say alarmingly orderly.  I’m a huge fan of breaking a large task into smaller ones, putting the pieces in the right order, allocating time for them, and moving through the list.  I’ve written and published five books in the last few years.  You sort of have to be orderly to pull that off.  At least I do.

But right now I’m feeling scattered.  It’s not the bad sort of scattered, it’s the ‘oh holy crap muffins I just had the best idea and now I am absolutely itching to implement it please can I put all all all of my attention on it and only it for the next week or two’ sort of scattered.  That’s actually loads of fun, but I’ve had about four of those ideas in the last week and well…you I can’t do all four at once.

This scattered nature is somewhat reflected in my knitting pile at the moment.

yarn and swatchesThat’s the boy sock I’m working on and a few new swatches, damp from the sink, for the book after next (the tan one on the bottom is Anzula Oasis, and the purple bit of business is Alchemy Lust, and they’re both yummy).  Plus some old swatches in Bare Naked that I’m adding to to augment an upcoming plot (about which loads more later if it all comes together).  Oh and a sample of some mystery yarn (dear yarn companies, please please please attach your company name and yarn info to your samples…this one just has a sticker saying ‘5’ and I’m at a loss as to what it might be) that is just insisting it become a little cuff, despite its unknown origins.  And up at the top is one of Knit Circus gradients that suddenly needs to become a hat (why, because I saw this neat thing on the inside of a heel flap that demanded to be used in a more visible location, that’s why).

Plus I’m talking to a yarn show, making plans with a handful of yarn shops, and looking for a custom metal worker to build me some…things.  Oh and I had the best idea ever for something to do with the book after next and local yarn stores, that needs some serious planning too.

So if one of you clever folks could either figure out how to make the days a bit longer, clone me, or slow the flow of ideas, I’d really appreciate it.  Because I’m pinging about like a bouncy ball here and someone’s going to get hurt if I don’t settle down soon.

Playing Favorites

I’m in the middle of the best part of book making.  The part where I’ve chatted with some of my very favorite people in the yarn industry, they’ve graciously agreed to let me experiment with their beautiful yarns, they’ve mailed them to me, and I get to play with them.  This tray of yarn is sitting on my desk right now.

sock yarnsThese will be the socks for the book after next, and I love each and every one of them.  Starting at the top left, there’s Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in Buckingham Fountain, and right under it is Mrs. Crosby Train Case in Boston Fern.  At the top right is Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Mediumweight in Mermaid Tears (the winner of today’s round of best yarn name of the day).   On the bottom, working left to right, there’s Bare Naked Wools Ghillie Sport DK in Cream, The Uncommon Thread Lush Twist in Tea Smoked, Quince & Co Finch in Iceland, and Shibui Staccato in Caffeine.

You can see I’ve already broken in to many of them to get started swatching (um, I may possibly have three of the sock patterns for these written already), and I’m having a delightful time.  This book is going to be ridiculously fun.

Bare Naked Wools Knitalong

You all know I love Anne Hanson’s work.  Her designs are beautiful, and when I heard she had started her own yarn line, Bare Naked Wools, I knew it would be absolutely marvelous.  Last year, she and I did a two-part blog series on substituting yarns.  And of course I used her yarn for the recent slipper extravaganza.  So when the folks at Bare Naked Wools got in touch and asked if we could do a sock knit along, of course I said yes.

The rules are pretty simple.  You knit my socks with Anne’s yarn, and post about it over here on the knit along thread in Anne’s group.  Any of my socks are fair game, as are any of Anne’s smashing yarns.  (If you don’t have any of Anne’s yarn’s yet, you’ve got time to order them before the May 31 cast on date – I promise you’ll adore them).  I’ve got some suggestions for yarn and pattern pairings over in the thread (plus a few coupons for many of my patterns, just in case there was something you were hoping to add to your library).  We’ll have prizes along the way, and everyone is very welcome.

I had a chance to stop by the Bare Naked Wools booth at the Great Lakes Fiber Show yesterday, and it was absolutely amazing.  Custom bases, beautiful natural colors, and gorgeous samples made for a lovely display.

DSC00536Anne and I even chatted about some of her upcoming yarns, and I can pretty much guarantee  you’ll be seeing more of her yarns around here in the future.  So check them out, find your favorites, and come knit along with us.  I promise you’ll be glad you did!

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