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special things…

… for nice people. That is the tagline for Room6, a sweet little shop in the Cove. I met Megan about 10 years ago when she opened her shop. I wandered in and was mesmerized by her unique shop, her bubbly personality and I’ve been wandering in ever since (feeding my obsession with oral kiely purses :roll: ) and we’re so excited to be debuting our yarn and kits at her shop!!

We’ve finalized our plans for Saturday… Melissa and I will be there from 11 to 3 to meet and greet, pet yarn, wind yarn, have a good time! And there will be tea and treats from Sunnyside, the shop Megan also owns across the street, on the sunny side. :)

We’ll be bringing kits, handspun yarn and lace. The kits will be the Ripple Wave Fingerless Mitts in variegated and tonal fingering weight yarn, Deep Cove Cowl kits in kettle-dyed worsted weight, and Eyelet Ridge Shawlette kits in Melissa’s gorgeous handyed variegated fingering weight yarn. All three of these are 100% superwash merino wool, which makes it extra soft for wearing and extra easy to care for. I’m also throwing in some of our merino wool lace weight yarn because it’s too pretty to be left at home.

If you’re in the area, I hope you can come and visit… it’s going to be a fun day! In the meantime, I’m up to my eyeballs with getting things packaged, tagged and polished up for its Canadian debut. <3

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Holiday Bazaar … check!

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I just got back home from my sister’s yesterday afternoon, and we had the holiday bazaar on Saturday! We again had so much fun meeting people, seeing old friends and sharing our love of fibery goodness with anyone and everyone who came by. The Mill Creek Lion’s Club did a great job holding it and thankfully it was all indoors, since it was sub-freezing outside! Each time we do this we learn a little more about what works and what doesn’t work, and a lot of it is a surprise, but we were happy with how it went and we’re really looking forward to next weekend at Room6 and then planning for next year.

This week will be all about organizing, tagging, packaging and making lists upon lists. It’s also about getting my passport renewed so I can make more trips, getting our oven fixed so I can get back to dyeing in it (I mostly use the crockpot), and getting our bathroom renovated so I can take a shower again. Our master bath shower sprung a leak early last summer and it’s taken this long to get it fixed. And as long as we’re replacing the shower… you know. And btw, I have been showering… I just have to shlep downstairs to the guest bathroom. eek.. such a burden… (not really) ;)

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Okay, powering up on the caffeine and it’s time to get this party started! And again, many many thanks to everyone who came by to see us last Saturday and support us sisters! <3 <3

:: edited for grammar and clarity.  – need. more. coffee. –

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Deep Cove Cowl

A new pattern! Named after one of the most beautiful spots anywhere, Deep Cove, the new cowl is a quick and simple project that when finished will give you a warm wrap around the neck that will keep away drafts, stay in place and not fall off (one of my pet peeves about wearing scarves).

Very similar to my Squishy Ribbed Cowl, the Deep Cove Cowl has an added twist and slipped stitches. The twist takes it one step beyond the mobius.. it’s a full twist on the needles versus a half-twist. Having the twist makes it always fall nicely around your neck, no matter which way you plop it over your head. And because the circumference is not big but more compact, it doesn’t have the awkward “knot” look that the full twist has when knit longer.

And one more photo of me and my crazy eyes wearing it…

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We will be selling the pattern along with the yarn (kettle-dyed worsted superwash merino) at the Craft Bazaar next weekend, on the 15th (info in the sidebar) and at Room6 starting the following weekend (Nov 22… more details to come).

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  • The finished measurements are 24″ in circumference and 9″ high.
  • You will need approximately 200 to 240 yards of worsted weight yarn, size 5US needles and a 24″ circular needle.
  • Pattern is $2 and in PDF form.
  • Pattern Link via Ravelry.
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the next thing…

So we’re still working on a date for our Room6 opening… hopefully November, but things don’t always go as planned! But we will get some yarn there and Melissa and I will be there… Just need to firm up the date. Right now it’s looking like the weekend of November 22/23. Fingers crossed!

In the meantime, we’re gearing up for our next market booth which is put on by the Mill Creek Lion’s Club in Everett, Washington. It will be located at Penny Creek Elementary School and, yay, will be indoors, so we don’t need to fuss with a tent or worry about rain. November 15th from 9am to 5pm! We will be the sisters wearing our comfortable shoes. We’re working hard dyeing up yarn for kits. We’ll have the Ripple Wave Mitt Kits, Cowl Kits (both Melissa and I have been working on our cowl patterns), sock yarn, lace yarn, woven shawls and scarves and more! I’ve put a link in our sidebar with info and a map. I love a good map.

I’m still trying to get my mojo back after our epic trip, I drove down to my sister’s last week to check in on the patient (the kidney is doing great, just a slow slow recovery), worrying about my cat who had surgery for a cyst on his cheek, a tooth removal and a growth in his mouth. Poor guy has been “coned” for the last 2 weeks and we are all hoping the stitches come out tomorrow and the cone of shame removed. He really is pitiful! Good news is the growths came back negative so he just needs to grow the hair back on one side of his face! He also really needs to groom himself. And the kidney is doing great!!

I was so excited this morning to see one of our friend’s (jchant in Ravelry) finished Ripple Wave Mitts! She is a very talented knitter and they came out so beautiful… and it’s an adorable photo of her! Thank you, Julie, for sharing your photo!

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I just got back from a visit to Room6 and found our baby hats out! So excited to see them there!

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The top photo is from Florence, at the top of the bell tower (Giotto’s Campanile) at sunset. At 6pm all the bells across the city started chiming and it was magical!

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buon giorno!

Well, that was a nice little break! The mister and I just got back from a long-planned trip to Italy and had the most amazing time seeing places we’ve read and studied about, eating incredible pastas and gelato, the wine, oh the wine! It feels like we’ve been gone for so long, and it also feels like we never went! How can it be all over already?

Due to circumstances delaying things on al of our ends, the pop-up shop at Room6 is going to be postponed for a few weeks. We don’t have a date yet, but we’re all hoping for the beginning of November. Melissa is tending her husband who is slowly but surely recovering from a kidney transplant, I’m getting myself organized, and Megan is awaiting deliveries of items that will be part of the shop. It was agreed that it’s best for everyone to take a few more weeks to get ready. I will update here on the blog and on our Facebook page when we have a new date set.

In the meantime, I’m still working on the five (yes, I crazily brought five) knitting projects. I finished one of them, almost done with two of them, half way there with the fourth one and never touched the fifth. I also never wore 20% of the clothes I brought and really only needed 1 pair of shoes. When will I ever learn!!! lol

I believe I was the only person knitting in all of Italy. Well, maybe that is exaggerating, but I never saw anyone with needles or a hook. I carried a project with me most days so that when we would take a break from our job of being good tourists, I could relax and knit a few rows. Of course my vino della casa helped relax me a bit too. I wish we had such good wine here, at such good prices! Or maybe it’s better we don’t. hah. Same with the gelato.

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I never did find a yarn shop, although I didn’t look very hard. But that’s okay, I did get lots of inspiration for future ideas!

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Sorry for just reposting my instagram photos, but I haven’t had time to download the ones from my camera. Laundry and a kitty who needed surgery yesterday got me sidelined. But soon, I hope. Prego!