Monday, March 28, 2011
Before I got married I thought I would be a great home maker and start crocheting a blanket for my then future husband and myself to snuggle under while watching movies. I started by making squares using a double crochet. I accomplished maybe ten squares before I got to busy with wedding plans and put it down, not to be seen for a year and a half - which I only saw then because I was cleaning the things we had moved. Packed back a way for another year and a half.
About a year ago I pulled it back out and started working on it again only to find that my crocheting is much looser now!! (Better looking, but too loose!) Of course I had already accomplished a number of squares (now rectangles) and needed to make a decision - do I pull out the old or the new. I pulled out the old and am still slowly working on making the squares.
So, to hold myself accountable, here is my promise to you! I will make one square a week until I finish! You are all probably thinking "only one square? That is it? And besides, I thought they were rectangles!" Trust me, one is a big deal for me, and yes they are rectangles!! Although this blanket will probably not be too pretty when done, we will still snuggle under it. (With the addition of one extra body...oh no! Does that mean it needs to be bigger now? Ahhh!)
Friday, March 25, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
So - I want to know how you all make time for knitting! (Or doing anything else!)
I know a baby is a lot of work. But it seems that I should be able to knit more than I am. So all of you accomplished knitters, crotchers and spinners - please tell me how it is done! I don't want to take two years to complete every project!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
When I first started to get back into knitting in the fall, the first things that I made were these cute balls for my son. They are from the book Itty-Bitty Toys: How to Knit Animals, Dolls, and Other Playthings for Kids by Susan B. Anderson and Liz Banfield. I love how he is able to play with them now because I don't need to worry about them hurting him (they are so soft) and I don't need to worry later as they won't put holes through the wall either!
Thursday, March 10, 2011
And now for this weeks sale....
All Green yarn will be on sale 25% off this Saturday, March 12th in honor of St. Patrick's Day! Stop by and see us!
Monday, March 7, 2011
Did I mention they tasted good too?
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
I just wanted to let everyone know that each Saturday we have a great sale! This Saturday's is 25% off of all Purse Accessories! You won't want to miss it! Make sure to check back here or read your newsletter to find out what the secret sale will be each week!
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Well, over the past 3 weeks I have been plugging along on my Shalom Cardigan that was the free pattern in the newsletter 2 weeks ago. I only knit about a row or two at a time with my 4 month old keeping me busy, but it is coming!! Here is my progress so far. I was lazy and only wound one of my skeins so I must go into the shop to wind another so I can continue!!
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Also, we have some great classes coming up next week:
On Wednesday, February 16th
- 12:30pm Purse Lining Class
- 1:00pm Christmas Class-Felted Snowman
On Friday, February 18th
- 11:00am Tunisian Crochet
- 6:00pm Food, Fiber and Fun!
On Saturday, February 19th
- 10:00am Knitting 102
- 11am Felted Snowman
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
Presently I'm working on a couple surprises for Valentine's Day. I can't tell you what it is because the recipients read this blog. Then it wouldn't be a surprise. If you really need to know you can either message me or ask RoLynn. It's a fun, quick, easy, beautiful and useful knit. That's all I'm gonna say.
On the search for the mojo I've come up with an idea. Since I live in downtown Bowling Green the main roads I travel are also traversed by those on foot or by bicycle. Many times the pedestrians I've seen this winter or traveling without proper head/neck wear. I'm thinking about knitting up a bunch of simple hats and scarfs and when I see this cold souls giving them the goodies. Just think how much mojo could be stirred up!!!!! One problem that needs to be overcome is how to give the items to them. I don't want to hold up traffic or have to park and run after these people. My daughter suggested I wrap the items around an apple and throw them at 'em. This would add the necessary weight to propel the item. Not only would they get a warm hat or scarf, they'd get a little snack as well. Gotta check with my auto insurance though........there could be some injuries incurred if they aren't very good catchers or to be more truthful I really suck at throwing. Sometimes this searching for the mojo can be quite difficult.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
I have had many losses, both in the working world and in my personal life. But, I have to say that my friends have been there through all of it. Always offering support, a shoulder or a listening ear.
Thank you a thousand times. Every single one of you. Near or far, man or woman, animal or vegetable, thank you....lol You vegetables know who you are! ;)
I am so proud of what the shop has become in this hard time. I want it to be an enchanted place to come and leave your stress and worries behind. Just listen to the soothing music, the water fountain and the laughter.
The reason for this post is actually to let you in on a really awesome freebie. I am sure some of you have found out about this already, but just in case......
Knitters magazine is giving away free downloads of their 100th issue. Yeah, FREE!! Go here and download it right now!!! You will not regret it for an instant. I am making the silver plumes sweater, for sure! But, I must admit it is chocked full of brilliant patterns!!!
Have fun with it and happy knitting!
Friday, November 5, 2010
I'm a regular member of the knitting universe just like you and like you I suffer from the same woes. As Master of the Knitting Universe these are the changes I promise to make once elected:
1. All knitting on holiday projects/gifts will be magically sped up to be completed in half the normal time.
2. All knitters will require only 2 hours sleep a night so they can complete their knitting in the quiet while family members sleep away.
3. All housework/cooking that interrupts knitting will be temporarily suspended.
4. All items made will fit perfectly without the need for those stupid gauge swatches that keep us from getting on with the fun.
5. Each and every knitter will abound with creativity.
6. Rolynn will be able to know the exact pattern and yarn we need for each and every project. (I know she already does this but I needed a 6th campaign promise)
Really people, every year I determine that I am going to begin my holiday knitting in January so I'll have a more relaxed holiday season. Do I ever do this? NO!!! My holiday knitting mojo doesn't hit me until the middle of October to the first of November. Something has to change!!!!! Vote, vote, VOTE for me today. Someone has to end this madness!!!!!
p.s. If for some reason I cannot fulfil these campaign promises I have a little back up plan. Give each recipient an IOU.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Anyways, as I was musing about sock knitter's heaven I looked down and noticed the hand knit socks I had on. They are from a free on-line pattern, Fawkes, representing Professor Dumbledore's prized Phoenix. I had planned on knitting all the patterns in the free Harry Potter based socks by Monkey Toes. I was thinking I should set the goal of knitting one pair of socks a month. But then it happened. I realized that I am a bad sock mom!!!!! I treat my precious hand knit socks like some cheap athletic type. Wash and dry them with who knows what. Wear them with shoes and attire that doesn't do them justice. I will even walk outside without giving them any protection from the elements. I mean really, what kind of sock mom am I????? What kind of sock mom are you?
I'm a realist, I know I'm not going to change. And you know what???? At least I spend time with my socks and don't leave them stuck in a boring drawer. They get to live an exciting life. They may live a shorter life than others but......."It is better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all."
Thursday, July 1, 2010
I really thought I would be able to do it! I really did. I thought I could homeschool, keep house, make meals, be a good mom and run a yarn shop....What a laugh!
(isn't this the cutest little sweater, a shop sample out of Interweave Knits magazine that I just had to make! LOL It is things like this that entice me away from housework)
I am multi-tasking, but come on! LOL Okay, I admit it, I am only one person. I do not have a fairy hidden anywhere in the house or the shop, much to my chagrin, that does my work for me.
Heck, I am the person that lights the pilot lights on my own cookstove when the propane guy comes, just so that he won't step foot in my laundry room on the way to the kitchen!
So, in light of this new revelation that I am not superhuman....I am changing Enchanted's hours.
Here are the details:
Here is a picture of our family with our newest acquistion....my son-in-law William Henry Edwards.
Monday, June 7, 2010
I get the project OTN, work on it for a bit and then it finds its way into one of my knitting bags. Yeah, I have almost as many knitting bags as I have WIPs. Pretty pathetic really. Kinda knitting psychoish.
I don't like the mojo not being here. Can someone please help????? Can you bring back the mojo?
What do you do when you lose your mojo?????? Any suggestions, thoughts, prayers or charms would be greatly appreciated.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
1. Don't be afraid to dream. Or to step out in a new direction, you never know what goodness or greatness is around the bend.
2. Patterns are not meant to be followed, they are just guidelines to your own design.
3. Friends are almost like family, sometimes more.
4. There is no such thing as ugly yarn.....every yarn has its purpose.....somewhere...maybe.
5. Smile even when your heart is breaking, the recipient's heart may be breaking as well. Give and it will be given back to you. A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.--Proverbs 17.22
Saturday, May 1, 2010
This is the problem. I joined Enchanted's Christmas Club thinking that I'd get a jump on Christmas gifts this year. I don't know why I fool myself, I suppose I'm rather convincing. My husband tells me I could sell jalapenos in hell. Maybe I'm an over optimistic optimist. Maybe I'm just plain stupid. Maybe I'm insane. The meaning of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. Every year I think "I'm not going to wait until October (sometimes November, sometimes December) before I start my Christmas knitting." Yet, year after year after year that is what I do. Insanity thou art my middle name!!!!!
However, I think I'm going to put the blame on RoLynn and Ashley. After all it IS their fault. If they wouldn't pick such scrumptious projects each month I wouldn't be writing a post with no name. It isn't that I don't love the patterns they choose AND the perfect yarn for the monthly projects. The trouble is I love them too much. This is April, I've knitted every months project, fixen to start on this month's, yet I have nothing, N-O-T-H-I-N-G, in my Christmas gift box, NOTHING!!!!!!
Actually, I haven't even designated a box for Christmas gifts. Maybe my psyche knows me better than I know myself????
Last year I decided I was going to become a selfish knitter. Up to that point I had given just about all my wonderful projects away or I was constantly knitting for someone else. Maybe that is the problem........hmmmmmm.
Anyways, so far all the "Christmas Projects" have ended up in my closet. Thus, the problem with naming this post. I was thinking maybe it should be "Houston We Have a Problem" or possibly "Merry Christmas to Me!!!!" or even better "Hello, My Name is Peggy and I'm a Selfish Knitter."
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Spring has sprung in the land of Enchanted Yarn & Fiber as well. Inside and out!!!! I spotted some beautiful crocus growing in RoLynn's garden just this week. Is it crocus....crocuses or crocii? :) Anyways, the most exciting thing to me is how Spring has sprung inside. The season was Enchantingly jump started March 12th & 13th with the flower needle felting class. The class was such a success I'm sure there will be a repeat in the future. Having never needle felted before I was somewhat intimidated but I found the art is extremely enjoyable, easily learned and very versatile. Look at these gorgeous pieces needle felted by several of the class participants.
Be sure and come in to see all the new Spring yarns, patterns and goodies. Beautiful color is popping up everywhere.
Monday, March 1, 2010
I've completed the February Project for the Christmas Club. It is adorable, a Biscuit Blanket to keep your biscuits (the edible kind), scones and such warm while serving. I love the pattern and plan to make many of these sweeties.
What or what is going to be the March Project??????? I'm filled with anticipation!!! And no, I don't know what it is, at least at the posting of this post I don't. Plus, if I did know and if I told you I'd have to kill you or something......maybe poke you with a knitting needle till you cried UNCLE!!!!!
Friday, February 19, 2010
2) Argyle sock class
3) EZ’s baby surprise jacket class.
4) A Twisted Stitch (i.e. knit in the back loop) class, to make alpine/tyrolean style knee-high stockings; amazing patterns exists in the Alps area which can also be used for vests and cardigans.
5) Gloves and mittens classes
6) Dyeing with natural ingredients
7) Helmet liner class, to support our troops overseas. They also accept scarves. (They will be most appreciated, cherished and used!)
8) Seamless raglan/yoke sweater (top-down, bottom-up or both) class.
9) Lace class
10) Fair Isle class
12)Fingerless gloves for men
13) Matching up patterns with the yarn stash you have
14)I think a workshop on wild & crazy shawl/scarves would be ever so much fun! (You do have the yarn for just this type of class!)
15)I think a finishing a project class would be very helpful. (just finished a sweater for my daughter, she knit it, I put it together … poorly)
16)Maybe a design a sweater series of classes. I think I’m ready to move to that stage. I like how Elizabeth Zimmerman percentage system reads. Planning it out and then working on it in stages would be a great series in my opinion
17) Beginning knitters class
18) I think there ought to be a 2-3 part workshop to make a felted tote bag using the 4 square pattern in thh knitter’s dozen book. It is super easy and even a novice knitter and felter could do it.
19) A dishcloth extravaganza for beginning knitters. Some interesting stiches in a small format could be ideal for a workshop.
20) A finishing touches workshop on blocking seaming and making projects look super professional without having to be a guage/tension nazi.
22)Fair Isle Hat
25)Magic Loop sock method
26)Incorporating beading into your knits
29)Knitting two socks at a time
34)Toe Up Socks
35)Baby Surprise Jacket
37)A class to address UFO’s you are stuck understanding what to do?
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Interweave Knits, Winter 2009 is chocked full of cables. Even the new Debbie Bliss Spring/Summer 2010 magazine has cables. I've learned to no longer fear the cable. I respect the cable, but I do not fear the cable. I AM an over comer!!!! If you have a cable phobia you too can become a victor. Enchanted is offering a cable therapy session aka cable class to assist you:
Mug Cozy (Cables) $20- Never done cables? They're gorgeous, but they seem overwhelming don't they? Not to fear, we will walk with you step by step through this very do-able mug cozy. A perfect small step into unknown territory that easily finished in an evening or two. Aran afghan here you come! ;)
What better way to show that cable who's boss!!!!!
I'm attempting to hold myself back from casting on the Nora's Sweater found in the Winter 2009 Interweave Knits. My problem is this. I want to make it out of the Frog Tree Meriboo. It is an oh so luscious bamboo merino blend. The stuff is so yummy I could eat it!!!! IF you haven't seen and felt this piece of divinity make sure you check it out on your next trip to Enchanted. Better get there soon though cuz I have a feeling much of it is going to be coming home with me. I'm wanting to use this yarn for some more of the Just Enough Ruffles Scarf to put in my gift/Christmas box as well (stop laughing....one can hope).
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Repeat from * until length measures 22" from cast on edge, or until you get bored ;)
Using CC K 3 rounds even, *switch to MC and K 2 rounds
Dec. round: In MC K to 1st marker, slip marker and K2tog, K to 2nd marker, slip marker and K2tog, K to 3rd marker, slip marker and K2tog. (Decrease of 3 sts)
K 2 rounds in MC
Dec. round: In MC K to 1st marker, slip marker and K2tog, K to 2nd marker, slip marker and K2tog, K to 3rd marker, slip marker and K2tog. (Decrease of 3 sts)
K 2 rounds in MC
Switch to CC and K 3 rounds plain*
Repeat from * until only 6 sts remain. Work 1.5" in I-cord and BO. Add a pompom on top if desired (it adds a touch of whimsy)
Now, remember that this pattern hasn't "officially" been tested yet, so help us out and report any errors please! :)
Monday, January 25, 2010
Hello, my name is Peggy, Peggy Sturgeon, and I am a fiberholic geek twisted sister. :) I love all things fiber. I would knit 24/7 if I could, but I gotta sleep some. I am the proud mother of a Kromski Sonata and Polonaise spinning wheel, a sweet Schacht Rigid Heddle Loom and I'm expecting a floor loom in the near future. I'm looking forward to the many fibery adventures we are going to share.
Where to begin? As is the custom around here, things are always changing at Enchanted. New patterns, new classes, new yarn, new store layout, you name it. I really do not see where Ashley and Rolynn get their energy.
These are three of the things I'm really excited about:
Christmas Club - I just knitted up the January Project for the Christmas Club. Oh man, if the rest of the months projects are as lovely as this one I am going to be one happy and busy knitter. This months pattern was Just Enough Ruffles Scarf by Laura Chau and the yarn is a 100% Alpaca worsted weight hand dyed by Ashley. This yarn is the yummiest and the coloration is gorgeous. It is a lovely kettle dye where in places the white core of the yarn shows through giving it a denimy worn look. I just love it. I cast it on one evening and had it finished the next. Isn't it funny, this is a pattern I would have never thought of knitting but now that I have I plan on making several more of these quick knits to place into my Christmas 2010 gift box. This is a wonderful way for me to get exposure to projects I possibly wouldn't typically choose. Stay tuned for February's installment.
Ravelympics 2010 - February 12th - 28th. If you aren't on Ravelry then shame on you, get on over there and join the madness. Be sure and join the Enchanted Yarn & Fiber Group. I'm looking forward to the WIPs-Dancing Event. Any UFO you haven't touched since Jan. 12 is eligible to entry. I got those babies busting out of ever knitting bag and closet in my house. I have two particular items I hope to finish, "Avast Ye Aaron" (a sweater I started Nov 08) and "Light My Fire" (a shawl I began in Mar 08). What a great incentive!!!!
I also hope to take part in the Sweaterboard Cross Event where I'm going to be knitting the Shalom Cardigan. Out of this goodness. The yoke will be the variegated, On-Line Linie 254 - Terra (48% Virgin Wool & 52% Acrylic), and the bodice the green, Elsebeth Lavold Silky Flamme (50% Peruvian Wool, 30% FS Alpaca & 20% Silk).
What events are you taking part in?
Trunk Show - The trunk show isn't until March which is great. Give us plenty of time to get all our knitting all cleaned up and ready for display and of course to pick up new yarn and pattern to get completed by then. I love seeing every one's entries. We could use the same pattern and possibly even the same yarn yet it will still be each of knitter's unique creation. (Some more unique than others!!! hehehe)
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
I have been knitting Christmas presents for my fam lately and even though I have been using yarn from the shop (hoping they will not destroy it before I can put on display for a while,lol) it occurred to me that I have yarn I would love to use in certain things I have made. I mean yarn from my stash. Even though people act like yarn has a "sell by" date, that it goes bad, or rotten or spoils....not true. I have some yarn that I have been keeping for just the right thing....for more years than I care to disclose here (wink, wink). If you are like me, and I know you know who you are, no, no, Peggy, don't raise your hand! LOL If you have yarn that you have been keeping for just the right thing, I urge you to use Ravelry, find a pattern for just that yarn. Come in and see if we have a yarn that might compliment it around the collar or cuffs, or whatever. We would love to help you pick a pattern for just that purpose!!!
I am a pretty practical person and I know I have stash yarn, (and this is not it, ROTFL) so I want to let you know I have no problem whatsoever with anyone bringing in ANY YARN or ANY PATTERN. I want to help you with your knitting needs, so don't worry about any "rules" we may have in place for that.....there are none. Please feel free to come in and sit and knit on anything you want!!! It does not have to be purchased here, and I, or Ashley will try to help you with any knitting questions you have about any thing you bring in. Please remember though, that it takes a little time for us to delve right in to a pattern that we have not knit....so be patient with us...;)
Have a wonderfully magical holiday season!!!!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
I know that it is getting down to the wire on Christmas knitting, but just in case you all need some inspiration, here are a few sites that have really neat free patterns.
First of all, if you want to make the darling Christmas wreath above, go here.
Here are some great sites for you that have a ton of patterns for free.
http://www.berroco.com/pattern_library.html and http://www.ozarkhandspun.com/blog/labels/patterns.html. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did finding them!!
I have made a few Christmas knits this year. I am going to do something next year that I think will be a great new addition to the Enchanted line-up. We were starting a sock/scarf of the month club, but instead, I have decided to do a Christmas club. Every month, starting in January and ending in November, we are going to offer a pattern and yarn in kit form that would be great for gifting. The pattern for January is going to be announced in our December newsletter. The cost for this club will be announced at that time also. This way, by November of next year, we will all (crossing fingers here...lol) have 11 really great, awesome, unique handmade gifts. I think we can also start a thread on our Ravelry forum to keep each other accountable...what do you think? This will allow not only our closer patrons, but also the long distance ones, to participate in a shop activity. I love the idea and hope you do too! This also disperses your Christmas budget by the month. Let me know whether you make more of one kind of gender specific creation, this will keep us current on what you want to make, ie. more baby items, or a couple of mens things, more girlfriend things, etc. Of course, you are not held accountable as to whether or not you decide to gift these creations. Part of creating, is being able to keep not only the idea, but also the project. wink, wink.
So, keep an eye on your email. Our newsletter will be out within the week!!!
And Merry, Merry Christmas from our Enchanted home to yours!!
Friday, November 20, 2009
If there is anything we could do better, anything you would like to see different in the store, etc....Would you please leave a comment and let us know? Thank you for all you have done to make Enchanted the store that it is now!! We appreciate you all!
As promised, here are the pictures from the Nuno felting class given by Judy Anderson. Who is an absolutely fantastic teacher, by the way! We had a blast. Everyone's scarf was as individual as they are and they were all extraordinary. Thank you Tracy, for the awesome pictures!!
Monday, November 16, 2009
In the meantime, I wanted to show you a new kit we will have available at Enchanted. This is the Gelfling hat and mitts. The kit is 65.00 and includes pattern and yarn. The will be made by request, so that you can choose your colorway, so it will take a day or two after you make your order for us to kit it up. It is a fast knit though, and I bet you could whip it out in 2 days, no problem!!!