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!

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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.