Well - I was totally shocked to see the last time I posted was early October. Kim - what have you been doing? Stuff - just stuff. I believe I was commenting in my last post that I just can't understand how some women manage to "do" and "have" it all - at the same time. I am so definitely not there. Yes, I have been knitting. Constantly, incessantly. But it seems that I don't get too far. A couple of scarves for display at kniterary. A couple of London Beanie hats for Dave and Nick. A Wilson Gator's scarf for football games. One third of the sleeves for Mark's Kathmandu Aran sweater. A London Beanie for Julia. Twenty-four or so rows of a hand-dyed throw kit picked up at the Sewing and Needlework Show in October. One half of one honeycomb mitt for a Christmas present. The front of a Baby Alpaca Sport sweater for my Mum. Etc. Etc. Etc. I know - where are the pictures. I did manage to buy a huge package of batteries for my camera. Must put them in......
Bottom line is I've been insanely busy since October. Business at kniterary is picking up. And, for those of you that know I have a part-time job on the side, I had to put in a couple of extra days there. Then there was the business of David getting sick at the end of October. It took about a week and a half for us (and some medical people) to discover it wasn't mono but pneumonia he had. Thankfully, he's back on his feet - and on the football field, the ice rink and in the swimming pool. No wonder the poor guy was run down. The boys do love their sports. Which leads us to Gator football. Dave is a member of the Junior Team at Wilson Secondary School. The Gators won the L.O.S.S.A. final last Saturday and the quarter-final of the Ontario Regional Junior Football Championship. I swear I was not a sports fan until my sons started playing - now I've learned to enjoy it all - Hockey, Rugby, Soccer, Lacrosse, Football, Golf. Curling even gets the occasional nod thanks to Mark!
What does this all have to do with knitting and not posting. Well, any of you with kids involved in activities know that the end result is hours upon hours spent in the car or sitting on a bleacher. I knit until I can't move my fingers in most cases. Just about lost a ball of yarn the other day when it fell off my lap and rolled precariously close to the side of the pool. I wasn't interested in learning about the effects of chlorine on 100% wool.
Kniterary is slowly getting geared up for the Christmas season. The second sublime is due here this week or next. Another batch of Berroco Ultra Alpaca is expected soon. Mission Falls confirmed their order would go out today. And I'm patiently awaiting for the Hand Maiden and Fleece Artist ordered way back in the first week of October.
We are now carrying twelve colours of Baby Ull. This yarn is lovely, soft and washable. Perfect for any project requiring a 4-ply. There are a number of inexpensive chunky/bulky yarns in the shop - great for scarves. We are now carrying SOAK - a lovely wool wash product from Jacq's Hats. There are three regular scents - Citrus, Flora and Aquae and the holiday-themed "a scent for celebration." All the products are phosphate free, rinse free and biodegradable. Not to mention produced in Ontario!!
Some of you have met Loretta who helps me out on Thursdays, now Michelle is in the shop on Saturdays. The idea is that this will give me some time to get some other kniterary projects up and running, including classes. I apologize to those of you who have been waiting so patiently.
Just Pretty Jewellery has left the store and headed back to Toronto for a couple of Christmas sales. Happy sales Fiona!
Kniterary will be accepting donations of hats, blankets & shawls. These items are being collected in support of Brooklin's Winchester Public School's efforts to build a school in Kenya. The school would like to add a personal touch to it's financial contribution and thought the hats, blankets and shawls would be a perfect idea. Feel free to drop your items in the basket at the shop.
I'll do my best to stay on top of this blog thing. It's just a matter of time.....