New Yarn, New Energy

When I worked with Marilyn last week, we both agreed from the get-go that we were just plain tired. Both of us had enjoyed our company over the holiday but now, we were just out of energy! So, while we certainly enjoyed helping our yarn-loving customers, we did not start any major tasks at Yarns Sold and Told. I had already cleaned the bathroom and organized a little of the yarn in the closet but other than that, Marilyn and I agreed to just relax and knit!

However, three boxes of yarn were delivered. Anyone who knows Marilyn and I realize that resisting yarn is just not in our DNA. So, even though we thought we were tired, we immediately found the energy to re-organize yarn on the shelves to make room for this new yarn and fuss over all the new colors. We even managed to think of a few items to make with the new yarn. Amazing how new yarn gave Marilyn Parker and Nancy Romm all the energy in the world!

Classes with Cynthia

When Emily saw the photo of the Braided Cable Necklace/Bracelet that Cynthia has planned for her class at Yarns Sold and Told on July 26, she immediately told me she just had to have it. She even went so far as to choose the yarn. I guess this project will need to be moved up on my knitting-to-do list!.

She also liked the Christmas balls that Cynthia will be teaching us how to knit on Saturday, July 19th. As she is a Kansas State graduate, I know this ornament would receive a special spot on her Christmas tree!

Join Cynthia at YARNS for both of these classes and watch your weekly announcements from Yarns Sold and Told for more details.

Happy Independence Day

For the Romm Family, Independence Day is the most anticipated holiday of the entire year. Not even Christmas is more exciting than the July 4th celebration to this family! So, as all the grown children and grandchildren begin to arrive for the weekend, I am missing my oldest son, Logan, who is serving our country in the United States Navy.

As always, when I am missing someone, I cast on a knitting project for that special person. So even though it is the middle of the summer, I am casting on Logan’s huge knitted blanket using Encore yarn.

It is our hope at Yarns Sold and Told that as you celebrate this important holiday that you are surrounded with red, white and blue yarn as a reminder of the uniqueness of the USA!

Recently my oldest son, Logan, called home and mentioned that he had just purchased a new sofa. Since, as everyone knows, knitting is always on my mind, I asked if he bought this new piece of furniture to match the afghan that I had knitted for him for Christmas. He paused and then told me that his roommate’s dog had destroyed it! Knowing that I had trained my children so carefully in the value of knitted treasures, I asked him if he had gone ballistic! My son then stated that while he had not lost his temper at this dog owner, he did say he got a new roommate!!!

See, I knew Logan knew the value of a knitted blanket. I think he deserves a new afghan for Christmas this year.

Now I Like Milk

In an effort to complete several projects that I “had on the needles” at the time of the Anzula Trunk Show at Yarns Sold and Told, I waited until now to start on my Milky Way scarf. This wonderful, gorgeous yarn is made almost entirely of MILK! I had demanded that Marilyn stop everything she was trying to accomplish one day that we were working together and find the perfect pattern for me to use this special yarn. I LOVE this yarn as well as this pattern.

Even as a child, I was never fond of milk (to be honest, having to drink a glass of milk would probably kill me). Only if it has lots of chocolate, sugar and been frozen at Dairy Queen, do I ever see a true use for this dairy product. Now, I know the best use for Milk – Milky Way yarn from Anzula.

I will be contacting my congressman to demand that all milk be used in yarn.

Necessity of Hobbies

As I look around this living room, I am shocked, once again, just how many books my husband has purchased or received as gifts. The house is completely full of these written treasures. I, in my vast wisdom, have my book library on my Kindle so I never have to dust them and also because I can hide just how many books I have. Obviously, I feel quite superior to my darling husband.

Then I take another look around this room and I see just how much of the clutter has something to do with my hobby of knitting. Here is a completed dress for a granddaughter, a pattern that I just downloaded off of Ravelry, a bag of scrap yarn for Charley to wind into skeins for the Yarn Hop. Also beside me, are my current two projects as well as my huge knitting bag with other projects, my notions bag, etc.

Years ago an older gentleman told Charles and I that he and his wife NEVER took time for any hobbies and strongly suggested that we make hobbies an important part of our lives. We have laughed many times during the last thirty years how we took that advice and RAN with it.

I Can Knit Without Electricity!!!

We have just spent over six hours this morning with no electricity. I needed to do some computer work but needed electricity. I needed to do laundry, but needed electricity. I needed to run the vacuum, but needed electricity. Everything I started to do, I needed electricity.

Finally, as I started to go do a job and realized yet again that I could not do that job because I needed electricity, I saw my knitting project laying on the coffee table. Forget the computer, laundry etc. I will just relax and knit on a little shirt for Audrey and let those wonderful, important electricity workers worry about everything else.

Let’s Knit and Crochet

My sister, Kathy, just sent me a “pin” on pinterest with a quote saying, “If I can’t take my knitting, I’m not going!” That so describes me. I truly always have my knitting in the car and usually even have one of those cute little draw string bags from Yarns Sold and Told attached to my purse. Therefore, people ask me about knitting constantly.

Some people are just commenting on my project as a passing comment, but others express a real interest. Some have even asked me to teach them how to knit. As I do NOT have the gift for teaching, I quickly tell them how Jane Alsop teaches Beginning Knitting and Cynthia Adcock teaches Beginning Crochet at Yarns Sold and Told. I have even started carrying some of YARNS business cards to pass out to these future crafters!

Give these ladies a call and set up a time to learn why some of us always grab our projects as we walk out the door! Remember YARNS telephone number is 785-820-KNIT.

A Sock Yarn for Summer

When I walked into Yarns Sold and Told recently, I just had to find out what the buzz was all about! Several of the ladies were discussing the new sock yarn that has just arrived. Naked Sock is a wool free yarn consisting of 93% acrylic and 7% PBT which gives it some elasticity. This is the perfect yarn for anyone who struggles with wool in their garments as well as a perfect yarn for the summer. Naked Sock also comes in beautiful colors. What more could a knitter/crocheter want?

It’s a New Book by Norah Gaughan!

There really is no way to describe Norah Gaughan’s designs. Anything she creates is beautiful and her patterns are always a delight to follow. We have her latest book which has several projects that I think I need to create.

Several are for Maya, Captiva and Folio and Yarns Sold and Told have several new spring like colors of these delightful yarns. Stop and see the shawl that Connie Jo knitted from this book with Folio yarn.