The Perfect Answer

Realizing that I needed Connie Jo’s assistance on the socks I am knitting for my husband, Charles, I dropped by Yarns Sold and Told yesterday after taking my daughter, Charley and my son, Thaddaeus, to the dentist. Now, having been in and out of this store for years and even helping with little jobs at times, my children love to dropped by. Thaddaeus, being a ten-year old boy, asked if Mrs. Parker would have any candy that the dentist would let him eat after the dental work, but Charley had a much more important question for me.

Charley wanted to know at what age someone would need to be to work in a yarn store! When I asked her why she would want to work at Yarns Sold and Told, she gave the perfect answer. Charley said, “You know, Mom, I just love yarn and I just love this yarn store!” Perfect answer.

A Christmas of colors

Even though I tend to wear the same colors every day, I really love my knitting projects to vary in colors. After finishing three little girl hats for the granddaughters in tan and brown, I started two dino hats in green and orange. Charley has asked for a hat in red and black and I have almost finished her pink and purple socks.

Just as I was finishing Patrick’s plain brown stocking hat, my husband, Charles, said he would like a new hat. Of course, the only color for my sweetie is Kansas State purple! I just didn’t tell him that Justice has requested a Jayhawk hat so I will be knitting with blue, red and yellow.

Unwrapping all these projects on Christmas morning in so many, many colors, I know for a fact that the Romm’s Christmas will be “Merry and BRIGHT”!

Knitting and Crocheting are healthy activities

Recently The Salina Journal published an article by Sammy Caiola entitled “Health Benefits of Knitting”. The article quotes how knitting as well as crocheting triggers healthy brain, as well as joint, activity. All yarn loving folks will tell you that knitting/crocheting are also great stress relievers.

Now, I just have to tell you, that in my own life and in so many lives of my friends at Yarns Sold and Told, this love of creating with yarn is certainly a health benefit. Without my knitting, I am completely impatient while waiting for my husband and children. Without my knitting, I get bored quickly. In addition, creating for my family brings lots of joy as each projects says “I love you”. My little grandson, Jacob, has even been known to bring Grandma’s knitting bag to her whenever he sees me sit down! Even this little one knows that if Grandma is sitting, Grandma is knitting!

Linie 321 Silk

Have you seen the cowl that Marilyn made using just one skein of Linie 321 silk? It has been given the place of honor at YARNS and one look at it and you will understand why. It is absolutely breathtaking!

What could be better than knitting with 100% silk in gorgeous colors. The pattern is available from Ravelry. Stop by Yarns Sold and Told and see for yourself!

Oh snap Pouch

When we saw the “Oh Snap Pouch” project bags at market last year, all of us wanted them immediately. They come in the perfect sizes and great colors. I, of course, purchased two of them the minute that they arrived at Yarns Sold and Told and absolutely love them. These project bags have a row of snaps across the top, perfect for using in a project with two different colors of yarn. Also, because they are designed in a rectangle, my pattern lays nice and flat.

So, why would I be trying to knit a hat using two colors and struggling to keep the two different skeins from tangling on the floor? As I untangled the skeins for the fourth time, I looked over on the coffee table and saw one of my “Oh Snap Pouch” bags and had one of those “Duh” moments. Now I am happily knitting this darling hat for a granddaughter with the yarn separated by the snaps of this bag.

Perfect!

the stage is set

Because we love Christmas in July, all of us at Yarns Sold and Told consider July our favorite month of the year. Our favorite week of the year is certainly this next coming week! Tuesday begins The Central Kansas Yarn Hop and we all just love it. We have been planning for next week for the entire year and everything on our to-do-list is completed and we are ready to go. The new yarn has been purchased, received and put on shelves. The prizes are displayed. Connie Jo and Cynthia have completed our models of the projects in the passport. The children and I have our little free skeins wound and ready for our guests and the entire house (as well as BJ and Connie Jo’s houses) smells like cookies!

The stage is set and Yarns Sold and Told is ready for our yarn hop!

Mark Twain was right!

“To succeed in life, you need two things: Ignorance and confidence – Mark Twain

I am wondering if Mr. Twain was speaking about my knitting. I can look at a pattern for a project and know without a shadow of a doubt that I can knit this project. I can be so confident in my ability that I will spend money for the pattern and the yarn. I MIGHT even read over the pattern once or twice although I have been known to skip that part of the plan. I can even invest a great deal of my life (which I will never get back, by the way) to a project to find out that I just CANNOT do it and therefore, I decide that I don’t WANT to do it. How ignorant is that.

However, I think Mark Twain was right – I am confident in my ignorance!

Just love Ravelry and Pinterest

While my oldest daughter, Emily, was visiting this week with the four grandchildren, we each fixed ourselves a cup of coffee, grabbed my computer and sat down together on the couch to plan the winter knitting for her, the children and even the child expected this Thanksgiving. Because I have pinned so many children items on my Pinterest boards and have so many in my “favorites” on Ravelry, it was so fun and effortless for her to choose patterns for hats and other items for her family. As always, I had her point to an item in the living room that is the correct color for the project and then I can take the item to Yarns Sold and Told to purchase the yarn. Makes all my time on Pinterest and Ravelry worth it.

Bring on Autumn

I just love this time of year! I love watching the World Series (I will really enjoy the World Series if the Royals and the Cardinals are playing in it). I love knitting while watching a football game on T.V. I love the leaves falling, apples in abundance, hot dog roasts, etc. However, the best part of this change of seasons is the knitting-to-do list.

I have once again asked all grown sons to make sure they still have their neckwarmers, the grown daughters are checking the hat situation for all the grandchildren, and my six daughters are also choosing hats, cowls, and fingerless mitts for themselves. In addition, I have several projects to make for myself. At the moment, there are twenty-three projects on the knitting-to-do list and I love it.

Bring on autumn!

Llama Lace

I SO adore fiber. I SO adore all fibers. I thought I had created a project from every fiber in the world. Yet, I now realize that I have never knitted with yarn made from the fiber of a Llama. That just may have to change today! Yarns Sold and Told has just received ten different colors of this luxurious yarn. Gorgeous colors and soft, soft, soft. This yarn could be combined with another yarn to make the Metalouse shawl or even other Stephen West shawls. Stop by YARNS and see for yourself.