I’m forever reorganizing and tweaking what I do. I started Spring Cleaning, that lead to going through closets, the garage, the attic, selling off unused equipment, rearranging the studio furniture and rethinking what I do and how much time I really have to do…… or finish that project… and then do I even want to finish that?
I find it refreshing and exhausting at the same time to “go through stuff”. So once I finished looking at and sorting all the personal yarns and projects I decided to do the same with the “business” stuff. I’m tidying up my website, consolidating some categories and putting some yarns that I’m no longer going to carry on clearance.
Cranking out socks on my csm is going on the back burner for a while and I’ve got both looms warped and ready for weaving. I have plans for some new knitting projects and yarn colorways. A little shifting of priorities and focus is a nice way to move in to Spring.
Winter garden ready for harvest:
I’ve been trying to think of how to describe Barb Brown‘s new book since I received it a couple of days ago. I had a lot of fun dyeing a couple of custom colors (sumac, chamomile, mulberries and berry bramble) for Barb about a year ago. Now as I keep looking through it, I keep finding new things that I like about it. I sat down earlier today to write about it, but had trouble finding just the right words that sounded sincere and not cliché. Its wonderful, lovely, nice, great, interesting, gorgeous patterns, looks fun to knit, current styling, wearable, …… then I had to get up and go get a latte because that always helps!
Coffee is kicking in better description : easy to follow clear charts, straightforward format, bonus section with information about sizing socks, adapting knee-highs to shorter versions, as well as great tips on custom fitting……and gorgeous yarns!
Better yet get a copy and page through it.
Knitting Knee-Highs, Sock Styles from Classic to Contemporary by Barb Brown. Read more about it at WildGeeseFibres.com
Here it my Fall Newsletter in case you missed the announcements – I love having all the news listed together –
What’s New for Fall 2010:
Handwerks Classic Dk was recently featured in the Fall 2010 issue of Twist Collective (http://twistcollective.com/2010/fall/magazinepage_049.php). Designer Faina Goberstein used Handwerks Classic Dk in Tropical Seas in her gorgeous Crown of Leaves hat.
Independent designer, Hunter Hammersen , released “Gramercy”, a lovely lacey sock, in Handwerks Sock Plus 8 (formerly Sport Sock) in London Fog on http://www.violentlydomestic.com/
The new”Knitting Knee-Highs: Sock Styles from Classic to Contemporary”, by Barb Brown, from Krause Publications is now available for pre-orders on Amazon.com. Brown’s book features several Handwerks yarns in sure to be favorite sock patterns.
Sock Plus 8, formerly “Sport Sock” is coming in new larger 400 yard/120 gram skeins, the perfect size for one pair of socks. With the new larger skeins, will be a newly expanded color line.
Silky Sock is on its way to being a favorite staple for many Handwerks customers. New colors in this versatile 50/50 silk/merino yarn will be coming this fall.
Handwerks is available for Trunk Shows and Custom Orders.
This has been an amazing week. First it was Labor Day, hooray a 3-day weekend; then I got daughter back off to college; and then Hunter Hammersen released the free Gramercy sock pattern in Sock Plus 8. Now, I see that the Fall 2010 Twist Collective issue is out with Faina Goberstein’s lovely Crown of Leaves hat pattern in Classic DK Tropical Seas….!
Its gorgeous! Crown of Leaves
Cooler weather lends itself to bulkier knits and quick knitting with DK weight yarns. I’ve just added six new DK weight colors to my line up. Try them with Handwerks Comfy DK weight socks pattern or your favorite cowl pattern.