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Quick Turnaround - Heading to Stitches Midwest

I had an absolutely wonderful time in Ireland. But, Tina and I are leaving for Stitches Midwest (Chicago) early tomorrow morning. We will be at the Meet and Greet Thursday night and then enjoy wandering around on Friday and Saturday. I am so excited about hanging around with hundreds of knitters! The energy at big gatherings is just a joy!

I promise that when I am back in the office next week I will be able to tell you lots of stories about our adventures in Ireland. I did finish my… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on August 20, 2008 at 10:23am — No Comments

Same time, next year

It's time for us to begin our yarn planning for 2009. We set aside a day or two to focus on all of Tina's numbers analysis, customer suggestions and any other new, exciting ideas we have for improving our yarn lines.

I am still absolutely thrilled with my little Flip Mino. After about half an hour, I realized that it might be fun to videotape a bit of our planning party. You can get an idea of how our collaborative efforts work. Bob just shakes his head but there is a method to…


Added by Kelley Petkun on July 31, 2008 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Ravelry friend visits Portland

I met Judy, TassieKnitter, when I joined Ravelry. We spent many months happily chatting about our knitting and spinning projects before she mentioned that she would be visiting America in the summer. And, in my area, no less!!!

Between Judy's touring touring around with her friends and my schedule, it took us awhile to get together. But, yesterday afternoon we met at Nordstrom's downtown. Xena was very pleased to meet a new friend!… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on July 25, 2008 at 12:58pm — No Comments

I know I'm in trouble when... Affirmation Marker is larger than the beginning of my Jolly Green Socks for Socks for Soldiers. This time I am going to use Tina's pattern for Two At A Time Toe Up Socks. I love her garter stitch heel that extends under the heel. I'm going to add a special touch - double strand the garter stitch section for extra… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on July 22, 2008 at 8:00am — No Comments

Lace shawl decision is made

When all else fails, I fall back on Elizabeth Zimmermann. Particularly the Knitting Workshop. This is the book I would have with me on a desert island.

The Stonington Shawl has a garter stitch body with a lace border. Just what I want for a travel project.… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on July 21, 2008 at 8:00am — No Comments

It's nearly finished!

Oh, I am so close to finishing my Aran Sweater from The Knitter's Almanac. I made a lot of progress this week thanks to Craft Night and a staff meeting. After the weekend I needed to change to just one sleeve at a time. You can see that one sleeve is longer than the other! One more repeat of the cable pattern and then I will move to the second… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on July 19, 2008 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Frederick (Fritz) Maynard Petkun has arrived!

Grandson #2! I would have had photos up earlier this week but we have been getting the catalog ready to go to the printer so things have been crazy!

Fritz was born on Friday, July 11th! 7 pounds, "something" ounces!

He, and his brother Walter, will have to wait for their blankets. But, I'm going to buy larger… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on July 18, 2008 at 9:30am — 6 Comments

I do love my drop spindle!

Now that I've become comfortable with drop spindling, it seems like I am spinning all the time! I completely understand those spinners who prefer drop spindles to spinning wheels. Or, at least have a couple of drop spindles besides their spinning wheels. It is so easy to drop spindle during small bits of time much like I'm used to getting in a few stitches on a pair of socks. I may even take one of my tiny drop spindles out to dinner tonight.

I used my Flip Mino to capture a bit of… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on July 11, 2008 at 5:00pm — 5 Comments

I-Cord Border Lesson

Parker's Baby Blanket is finished! And, I used my Flip Mino to record a little lesson on applied I-cord borders.

Here is the blanket without the border.

And, here are my little videos! The first one covers getting the applied I-Cord started.

Now I show you how to turn a corner!…


Added by Kelley Petkun on July 8, 2008 at 4:30pm — 10 Comments

Plans for a long weekend

Bob will still be traveling over the 3-day weekend so I am going to indulge in a creative retreat. And, I'm going to use my Flip Mino to document a few things.

I have a tripod and I'm going to try to capture spinning with my fragrant drop spindle. I am so in love… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on July 4, 2008 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

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