Shawndel Ward has had a hard time finding the perfect yarn to use to make hats for the teenagers in her life. She has found it with Lumio. Both Lexie and Mykenzee (shown here in photo) love this yarn because they like the reflective element running through the yarn and they love that the yarn is maroon since maroon is one of their school’s colors. The two girls could not wait until Shawndel completed both hats in one day over the Thanksgiving holiday. Even her two teenage boys, Ian and Isaac, want the hats as well. The boys have even suggested that Mom make one of these hats for all the wrestlers and swimmers/divers at Salina Central High School. Somehow, Shawndel doubts that she will have time to accomplish that many hats! But guess what, she has made her own teenagers happy. As a mother of several teenagers myself, any time kids of that age are happy with their mother, that’s a good thing!
Spending a Saturday at Yarns Sold and Told with Connie Jo Jensen is always great in several ways. First, I depend on her knowledge when I need help assisting a customer. Second, I just plain like Connie Jo. But most important, I always learn something from this experienced knitter. This past Saturday I learned the most valuable bit of information she has ever taught me. I learned that even the most experienced knitter can completely blow a pattern.
Connie Jo had finished a cowl that she had made for someone else and was using the leftover yarn to make a second cowl for herself. After knitting for over an inch in the linen stitch pattern, she made a mistake that even she did not think she could fix! Now, I did NOT rejoice to see her having to rip out a cowl and start over, but I did learn a very true lesson. Even the most experienced knitter can make mistakes and be forced to start over. I guess there is hope for me yet!
One of the quotes that I have pinned on my Pinterest board is “It feels so great to say ‘I made this for you’”. That so sums up much of our knitting projects. While I do knit for myself and my home, I love to knit for my family. I just love it when there is a list of items just waiting for Mom to create. Recently, three of my girls, Emily, Taycee and Charley, asked for boot toppers. Being the FAIR mother that I am, I asked the other girls if they wanted them. They all declined and chose other items for me to make. Two days later, Katelyn bought new boots and guess what she now wants. You guessed it – Katelyn wants me to add boot toppers for her to my knitting-to-do list. But you know what, that’s fine with me. The truth of the matter is I love saying “I made it myself for you”!
Ever seen a yarn that you just can’t wait to use in a project? For me, that would be the Anzula Nebula yarn. When we saw this yarn at market, we all loved it. Marilyn took the sample that the yarn company gave us back to the hotel and made a swatch that very evening! It is a superwash merino wool and nylon blend with a hint of sparkles in it. It comes in absolutely gorgeous colors with 400 yards included in the skein. It will be the very first item listed on my Christmas wish list card at Yarns Sold and Told and with so many beautiful colors of Nebula, rather than using the ol’ eeny meeny miny moe to choose which color, I just might let the Santa Claus in my life choose which color to purchase!
While walking down the aisle at the grocery store, I heard someone behind me calling out to me to get my attention. Turning around, I found a dear lady ready to admire my new “Shoulder Cozy” made with Ulura yarn from Yarns Sold and Told. I, of course, went into great detail about this newly finished knitting project. I told her how fun it was to knit, how easy it was to knit, how I like all Churchmouse patterns YARNS has in stock, etc., etc., etc. I then began to tell her how I purchased everything at YARNS. I then realized that while other people might think discussing food, recipes or the weather might be the normal topics of conversations at Dillions, to this new knitting friend and I, thoroughly discussing the new shawl was the topic of choice.
Ever realized from the moment that you started a project that you were going to love knitting it just because of the way that the yarn feels? That was me when I started knitting a cable scarf with Vintage yarn. It is an acrylic/wool blend that just plain feels good in your hands as you knit or crochet. It is such a soft yarn and is also quite affordable. Vintage yarn comes in so many beautiful colors that I had a hard time choosing which color for this scarf. By using a tan yarn, my cables are showing up distinctively.
It was my plan to make this scarf as a gift, but since the yarn feels this soft, I might just keep it for myself.
For the past few months, I have had a delightful time knitting all those projects using cottons and other plant fibers to create all kinds of fun, light-weight items. I am loving the Captiva yarn that we are using for this current knit-a-long shell. But I just have to say that the snow last Friday has gotten me in the mood for knitting with wool yarn. I had started a heavy sweater/coat last year that I have picked up again and am knitting on it every spare moment because I know it will be perfect for a Kansas winter. My daughter, Bethlehem, has just asked me for a new hat. Emily and Taycee are wanting boot toppers. Thaddaeus and Corban each want a knitted blanket. I think I will have Connie Jo help me cast on another pair of socks. The list really does go on and on and you know what? Unlike my usual to-do list of errands, cleaning, etc, a knitting to-do list is a joy! Bring on the cold weather!
I don’t know about you but all of us at Yarns Sold and Told have been looking forward to this weekend since the conclusion of the Yarn Hop last year. We have spent the last year discussing and planning how we might make this Hop the best ever. We have our skeins of yarn for the passport shawl ready, we have organized and purchased several kits, Marilyn and Jane saved back some of the great yarn we chose at Market, Cynthia has some new crochet kits and some jewelry kits,and BJ, Connie Jo and I have been baking up a storm!
So, great yarn, great friends and great treats – What could be better!
It is my personal opinion that there are two obvious ways to enjoy a Yarn Hop! You may go with other yarn loving folks or you can go by yourself! Can you imagine getting in your car, turning on the music, having a cup of coffee in your travel mug and going to yarn store after yarn store after yarn store? Just imagine entering store, after store, after store browsing to your heart’s content without anyone pushing you to hurry. Imagine purchasing all kinds of yarn for projects to knit or crochet all winter long. Sounds like heaven, doesn’t it?
Even better, imagine traveling with dear friends like I did (photo shows my yarn hop buddies, Pam Chamberlain, their mother, Helen, me and Vicki Robidou). Friends who love yarn just as must as you do, love to think through patterns and projects like you do and just enjoy laughing and having a fun, fiber-filled weekend.
Regardless of how many passengers are in your car, join us for the Central Kansas Yarn Hop Thursday, October 17th through Sunday, October 20th.
BJ Spilchal – If there in one thing BJ knows it is yarn! She brings her past yarn store experience to Yarns Sold and Told with her ability to suggest different yarns when needed and help customers design a project that is unique for them. Combining this skill with her just plain love for people, she is an asset to our store. BJ and her husband, Jim, have two sons, one daughter, two daughters-in-law, one son-in-law and five grandchildren.
Carla Welsh – Although Carla and her husband, John, have moved to Overland Park, Carla continues to have an active role at Yarns Sold and Told. As an original owner of YARNS, Carla continues to be our bookkeeper, inventory supervisor and best of all, our encourager from afar. She can be depended on for advice and, basically, just keeping us on track in our goal of being the Second Friendliest Store in the Universe. Carla and John are parents of two sons, one daughter, two daughters-in-law, one son-in-law and two granddaughters.
Connie Jo Jensen – Connie Jo is our resident knitting expert. Although she favors knitting socks, Connie Jo is gifted in reading a pattern and making that pattern come into reality. Her vast knowledge of knitting is a gift to all of us! Because she is a really fast knitter, she is also responsible for creating most of the models in our store. Connie Jo can always be counted on for a smile and an encouraging word. Connie Jo and Gary have two daughters, two sons-in-law and four grandchildren.
Cynthia Adcock – Cynthia probably knits more than she crochets but we consider her our crochet expert. She is also our expert for repairing projects for customers and finding errors in both projects and patterns. We depend on her for magazine selections, jewelry selection and writing original patterns. Cynthia is also considered our “idea” person in keeping Yarns Sold and Told moving forward. Cynthia and her husband, Jon, have a son, a daughter, one daughter-in-law and four grandchildren.
Jane Alsop – As one of the two original owners of Yarns Sold and Told, Jane is known as the person who saw a need in Salina for a yarn store and put the idea into motion. We are forever grateful! Jane’s knowledge of yarn works well in knowing what projects work for which yarn. She also does a wonderful job in teaching our classes and has taught many, many people in our community to knit. Jane and Bill are proud parents of a son, a daughter, one daughter-in-law and one son-in-law.
Marilyn Parker – Marilyn is the owner of our store who is our color expert! Gifted in choosing yarn for our store, she also is excellent at helping customers put colors together to make a project that not only looks good together but also looks good on the knitter. Asking her advice in choosing buttons is always a good idea. Marilyn’s expertise in yarn as well as color makes her ideal in assisting customers. Marilyn and her husband, Blaine, have two sons, two daughters-in-law and four grandchildren.
Nancy Romm – Nancy loves to knit but also loves to write, so she is responsible for the newsletter and blog for Yarns Sold and Told. She also accepts all ideas for our store’s windows! Being a homeschooling mother, she considers her time at Yarns as her “day off” and loves every part of the yarn store business. Nancy and Charles have fourteen children, three sons-in-law, one daughter-in-law and six grandchildren.