Friday, February 29, 2008

Some enchanted

This is how Ashley and I spend our evenings now....
We are trying to make decisions about what to order for the shop.
We really want to do this right and give a really good selection of products, while at the same time giving good prices.
We go to the mail box everyday with expectations high, and squeal like little girls over the wholesale catalogs and information all the way back to the house. I think our neighbors may be scratching their heads a
Tomorrow is our first big day on construction crew for the shop. We have called in the big guns, (aka Uncle Paul the builder...can he fix it? Yes, he can!!!) and he arrives tonight. We have him for 7 days and we are expecting miracles....something along the lines of Rome. No, wait, that wasn't built in a day, was it? Well, anyway, you get the picture.
Here are some windows we picked up at the Habitat Restore yesterday that going to become our knockout display window, replacing the garage door.
Stay tuned for more big improvements. Same bat time, same bat channel!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Spinning and Etsy

Well, the biggest news of the day is that I made my first Etsy sale!!!!!!!!!!!! One of my favorite bloggers, Heather, has purchased two skeins from me and made my day! :) She is sure to create something magically beautiful with them, and I can't wait to see!

Shop news- We have some vendors contacting us now and we are still researching all the yarns out there and trying to make decisions about what we will be stocking initially. This is really fun, but also a bit overwhelming! There are so many awesome knitting gadgets, yarn, fiber, and spinning wheels out there...We are going to be working on construction this next week and will have pictures every step of the way. We can't wait!

I have been focusing on my spinning for the past few days and have a pretty bobbin to show for it. I am spinning this gorgeous fiber and would love to make this a fingering weight 3 ply. I think that a 3 ply handspun has such depth and variance of color, it's wonderful! I know that I won't have enough of the fiber that I am using now, but I will be dyeing a complimentary colorway and use that as 1 ply. By the way, my charming wheel is a Lendrum double treadle. We call her Whisper Wind because she hums along so silently and sleekly, what could be better?!

Here are the pictures of the fiber as it is before spinning-

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Before...the beginnings of a yarn shop.

This is the future location of our yarn/fiber/spinning shop. We are so excited, this is literally going to be a from-the-ground-up operation. We (RoLynn and Ashley) will be merging our individual blogs to this cooperative blog. We're going to discuss our works in progress, projects for the shop, new yarns, and all that fun stuff. We can't wait to share all of this exciting experience with all of you! Keep a look out for an upcoming giveaway, you won't want to miss it!