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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Summer Hour Schedule...

Hello and Welcome to Summer...
There will be changes to my hours of operation for the Summer Months...The shop will be closed M-T and W...all day...if you need something, please call first, if I am home, I will gladly open the door. Regular Hours are to be Thur-Fri-Sat 10 am to 4 pm...if Sat is quiet, I will close at noon and retire to camp for the weekend. Those are the plans at present. As you all know, we have lots of animals, so I can not be away for long! They need me and...I need them!
These changes will take effect as of June 1 through August 30

Should anyone have a KNITTING EMERGENCY...DO NOT PANICK, take a couple of deep cleansing breaths, sit down near the phone and slowly dial my number, should I be home, I will gladly administer KNITTING FIRST AID...Never fear, I am but a phone call away (although, I no longer make house calls)

Suggestions for small, uncumbersome lap projects... I have put together a few bags with yarn and directions for the Duduza Dolls. And for a Special Friend, Brittany M, I have made a Duduza pattern in Crocheting! Also kits are available for American Doll Clothes, New Baby Hatw/Socks, lots of Cotton and patterns for washcloths/ dishcloths and of course, Granny Square Afghans, make the squares in the warm weather and sew them together during the cooler temps. Sock yarns and a few new Sock books.
All are alternatives to our regular heavy knitting projects.

I hope you all have wonderful and safe Summer Months...Joanne

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Scramble Contest...

Well Ladies,
The results are in and there are two winners...Nichole and Aimee. Both had all the correct answers and the sentence at the bottom. Thank you for participating. I hope everyone who did the puzzle enjoyed exercising your brains with knit/crochet knowledge. I will have your prizes ready next week, you may stop by anytime after Monday. The shop will be closed Sunday and Monday due to the long weekend, I need some chill-time at camp in front of a roaring fire toasting marshmellows and swatting mosquitoes...and knitting of course!

I must Thank everyone for all the Duduza Dolls...they are awesome and so are you! Each one with it's own little personality. I will diffinately take pics and post them...wait 'til you see...

Everyone...Have a great long weekend and be safe...Seatbelts and no drinking and driving!!! It's the MOTHER in me...J

Friday, May 18, 2007

I've been Tagged...

Okay, bear with me, I do not know how this works or what it is all about but I am game and here goes...
So, this is how it works:
Each person tagged gives 7 random facts about themselves. Those tagged need to write on their own blog those 7 facts as well as the rules of the game. You need to tag 7 others and list their names on your blog. You have to leave those you plan on tagging a note in their comments so they know that they have been tagged and to read your blog.
Here are my 7 Facts...please do not hold any of these against me...I am only human!!!
1. I love to eat M&M's and chips at the same time.
2. I kissed my sheep, Josie, on the nose.
3. I never eat sauce from a jar.
4. I think Tom Selleck is still a hunk!!
5. I have never watched American Idol or any reality TV.
6. I Love, Love, Love to Knit.
7. I am living my dreams...Own a farmhouse w/animals and a yarn shop to boot!!

Now, my 7 Taggees are:
Shannon S

Okay Girls...let it rip...J

Thursday, May 10, 2007

My Pal...

Hello Pal,
Thank you for your note and I truly look forward to all this fun! What do you think of the Duduza Doll? Thanks for attempting one, such easy and fast knitting. Did you go on the site and watch the video, it is inspiring. We have about 12 waiting for their stuffing! Again, Thanks...have a wonderful day...Joanne

A Contest I get to participate in...

I have joined a Dish Cloth Swap and part of the fun are these little contests.

So here are the questions and answers to mine...
1. What is one baked item you love to bake or buy and why.
I love to make "Swedish Apple Pie" It is the easiest recipe, no crust, just a batter consisting of 4 ingredients, your sliced apples and a pie plate!

2. What is one item you love to knit and why.
I love making doll or baby clothes. They are a small lap project, work up fast and are so adorable. And you can fool around with small amounts of funky yarns to change things around. Try it you'll see what I mean!

3. Favorite outdoor activity and why.
We have a trailer at a seasonal campground. We are only weekend campers, have been there 12 years and have made so many awesome friends that we only see at camp. So we get together, watch the guys play horseshoes, go for walks in the woods or by the lake and just enjoy being outside most of the day and night. Last year I taught 5- 13 yr olds to knit! Can't wait to see how they have done over the winter.

4. Favorite and why to relax.
Either at home on the porch in my favorite rocking chair knitting and watching the cars drive by. Or at camp by a roaring fire, just staring into it, it is soooooo relaxing!

I just realized, I am looking forward to going up there this weekend...Catch ya later

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Up for the Challenge...

This is the "Spring Into Summer" Dishcloth Swap I have joined. Sounds like fun!! check it out!
Yes, a first for me. I have heard so many knitters speak of "Swaps". They sound like fun and this particular swap is not intimidating for me. I have been afraid to make the commitment in the past, life gets in the way...Now I feel up for the challenge. I am really looking forward to participating...Here goes with the Questionnaire...

1. When did you learn to knit? Who taught you? I learned when I was about 8 or 10, my maternal Nana.
2. What was your very first completed object? A shawl for my Barbie. Your most recent? So many...Duduza Dolls...scroll down my blog for info!

3. What was the very first thing you sent to the frog pond? Sorry, don't remember the first but the latest was a baby blanket, three times! Can't seem to find just the right stitch---follow a pattern you say??!!
4. What is currently on the needles for you? Summer top for ME in "Breeze" Cotton blend, 18" doll clothes for a class I am teaching and again, Duduza Dolls.

5. What types of needles do you enjoy working with? I usually use Addi's, Clover or Bryspun. What have you tried and hated? The old style Aluminum, way to slick for me and cold in the winter!
6. Have you knit dishcloths before? Yes, many. What was your favorite one? For mindless knitting, Grandma's Favorite, I have even made GIANT ones as afghans and baby blankets...great basic pattern
Least favorite? Haven't found one yet
7. Do you use homemade dishcloths or face cloths yourself, or give them as gifts, or both? All of the above.
8. What are your favorite and least favorite scents? I LOVE Lilac, Lily of the Valley (For your body, such as soap/lotion/etc)Least, Lavender
9. What are your favorite colors? Greens and blues usually, I am in the process of painting our bathroom and I chose...Wisteria Mist, lovely and a new fav
10. What colors (if any) are your bathroom and kitchen decorated in? Bathroom--Wisteria with Navy accessories, Kitchen Grey walls, Red accessories.
11. What other hobbies and crafts do you enjoy? We live in a rural area and we have animals: chickens, sheep, dog, bunnies and parakeets, I love caring for them, I was a Floral Designer before I opened my yarn shop, hence my shop name,A Knitter's Garden, I love flowers and gardening.
12. Chocolate: Dark? White? Milk? Ew? Again, all of the above!!
13. Do you like salty treats? What kinds? Yes, Pecans, pistachios, chips, Chocolate covered pretzels!
14. If you could go anywhere in the world for one day and spend the day any way you wanted, where would you go and what would you do? I'd love to visit England, Ireland, Scotland, tour all the lovely old Castles and Cathedrals.
15. Do you have any allergies? (Yarns, foods, etc. that might impact what your pal can send) No penicillin please!! Ha Ha

Well, I guess I have answered all the questions...Let the Games Begin...Joanne

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Knitting Bag Contents...

Since I do not drive anymore(eye problems), while traveling, long or short distances, I always knit to my destination. Have you ever forgotten scissors, something to write on, better yet, a PEN?! Very annoying. Well, here is my list of everything I carry in my knitting bag...Hope it helps you out...

Blunt end, large eye sewing needle
Crochet catch stray/drop stitch
"Extra" Needles in size of Current Project...dropped one between seats while looking out window at something interesting! We've ALL been there.
Needle Gauge
Photocopy of Current Project Pattern
Safety Pins
Stitch Holders
Stitch Markers
Tape Measure and a Bottle of Water, you never know when you need a swig!

I also keep a list of all my needle/hook sizes handy. Again, you may whizz by a Yarn Shop, have to stop and check things out. You may see needles you think you NEED to have?! Safety Precaution! At my May Sale, I will have a grid-sheet printed, small enough to slide on your bag or tape into a notebook. It just may be helpful.

Watch your mail for my May Sale Flyer and info on my "Surprise Prize"...until May 19th...J


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