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Sorry for the internet silence people!! I was soooo swamped getting ready for the King’s Daughters craft show last week that I just didn’t have the brain capacity for blogging!!

King’s Daughters

Karen and I had a freaking blast at the fair! We both bought a few fabulous things and met some wonderful people! It was an exhausting 3 days and we are glad it’s over! We’re still recovering a tad bit, definitely still unpacking all the goods.

 

Book Club

Our book club is moving along nicely. I am honestly having some trouble getting into this book. The author can at times be a  bit descriptive for me and I get lost in what she was trying to say in the first place!!! I find that I can understand it all better if I read it in little bitty spurts, like 5-8 minutes at a time and then put it down and come back to it…..:P I’m hoping that once it gets to the parts about Egypt I will be a little bit more sucked in. We shall see!

 

A knitting tale….

I’m working on a new bit for the knitting tale…. it’s not anything that I’m planning or making any notes on throughout the week; it literally just flows out and whatever shows up on the screen is what gets put out. I’d love to hear what you guys think about it!

 

What’s happening around the shoppe!

The Shoppe is getting ready for Christmas. We will have a nice little section to help with those last minute gifts you weren’t prepared for!  Kits that are ready to go with the yarn picked out and the pattern ready.  A few ready made items for the last minute gift that you need! Notions and notion sets, swifts, books, all sorts of things. We will also be putting out pattern ideas in our newsletter, picked by our staff. We will have great yarn suggestions for those too.

Anyway, that’s what has been going on lately. Hope to see you in soon! We are working on getting a class schedule set up for the coming months…. I know for certain that their will be a two at a time, toe up sock class!!

Happy Holiday Season Folks!!!

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A knitting tale…..

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“Hey, Coyleen, look! I can knit!!!” Ella exclaimed to her older sister.  “Ella, you have only learned to knit, you can’t actually knit a garment yet. Don’t get so excited. There’s still purling left to learn and then you really will be able to knit something other than a silly scarf.”

Ella looked at her sister with a scowl and a thought to herself, ” Why does she have to be so damn nasty? Why can’t she just be happy for me that I’ve accomplished this tiny thing?” But instead, she simply looked at her older sister and said, “Okay, why don’t you teach me to purl then? Obviously you know how to do it and I need to learn so, teach me.”

Coyleen looked at Ella with her big eyes, trying to decide if she wanted to do that right now or not.  Eventually she decided to go ahead and show her how to do it. “Okay, Ella, I’ll show you. Get your needles out and we’ll get you purling. So purling is the opposite of the knit stitch. Where with the knit stitch you are going in from the left to the right, front to back; with purling you go from the right to the left and the yarn is in the back. This will create a very smooth fabric on one side and a bumpy fabric on the other side. It’s called stockinette.”

Ella watched and listened to her sister, trying to pick it up quickly knowing that nothing irritated Coyleen more than having to repeat herself. Ella inserted her needle into the next stitch just like Coyleen and pulled her yarn through the loop. She went to the next stitch and saw Coyleen’s lips twitch just slightly into a small smile, Ella must be doing it right.

“You know, Alex is the one that taught me how to knit. He taught me the purl stitch first cause he said that it was much easier than the purl stitch. What do you think?”  Coyleen didn’t talk much about Alex, so when she did, Ella hung on every word, trying to glean some kind of information on the man.

“No, Coyleen, I didn’t know that. And yes, I agree, the purl stitch is much easier than that knit sticth, but now that I’ve got the knit stitch down, it doesn’t seem that hard. How did Alex learn to knit? And do you guys knit together?” Ella asked this last question with a small smile, imagining the two of them sitting at home knitting on the couch while watching Dr. Who. This was not how she envisioned her perfect sister spending her downtime. She had always thought that Coyleen spent her time being like Martha Steward, everything in it’s place and a place for everything  “hmmm, I wonder why Leen is giving me this glimpse into her life that I’ve never had before. It’s nice, to actually behave like sisters that are close….”

Ella and Coyleen had only a few years difference between them in age, but that few years was enough to cause a fairly large gap between them. They were not very close growing up. Coyleen was always so perfect and everyone loved her. She was well behaved and pretty and always said exactly the right thing. She was acceptable in good society. Ella was almost the exact opposite. She was awkward and blurted out whatever came into her head, which usually was not the right thing to say! Yes, Ella was pretty, but not in the same flawless way that Coyleen was. Coyleen had the flawless classic beauty that people would say was comparable to Katherine  Hepburn or Susan Hayward. Perfect, porcelain skin; large, doe-like eyes that saw everything; and a beautiful mouth with just the right amount of plump in the bottom lip. She was classic beauty. Ella was also very pretty, but in a much more girl next door kind of way, like Meg Ryan.

Coyleen was watching Ella very closely while she was purling and knitting and could tell that her little sister was lost in thought. “What are you thinking about right now while you are doing this? Your stitches are so even. Mine are never this even.”  She said with the slightest of frowns.

Ella was surprised by the tone in Coyleen’s voice and answered with a very vague, ” I don’t know, stuff… How you’re so much prettier than I am. And you seem so freaking perfect all the time.”

This made Coyleen giggle rather loudly and so much that she even snorted a little bit, which got Ella going into a fit of giggles herself.

A knitting tale…..

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Ella had only just picked up knitting. She was giving it a try because she had tried everything else! She was not a crafty person, but someone had said that it was easy to do, very hard to mess up and really simple to fix if you did mess up. So Ella went and got some yarn and some needles, nothing too fancy, from the local craft store. The yarn was a simple, cheap acrylic with beautiful purples and greens and a touch of orangish yellow that reminded her of New Orleans at Mardi Gras.  It made her smile, so that’s what she got. Then she went to the local library and looked at tons of books, finally deciding on the ever popular “For Dummies” book, the knitting version of course. It had pictures and funny little sayings and seemed like something she could definitely understand.

It took her all afternoon just to cast on! Ella was starting to get really frustrated and was just about to call it quits when she finally got it! The yarn and needles in her hands looked like the yarn and needles in the book. Victory at last! Ella was so happy to know that she was not in fact the uncreative lump of  a person that she had always assumed that she was. Finally she would have something of her own that she made herself. It was a very intoxicating feeling, this accomplishment of such a simple thing like casting on. She had never in her wildest dreams imagined herself knitting, but here she was, with needles in hand.

“Okay, next step, figuring out this knit stitch,” she thought to herself. “Stick the right hand needletip  into the first stitch on the left handle needle, front to back.”
HUH? I thought that this was supposed to be for dummies?! This picture isn’t that helpful! I don’t understand what they want me to do! Which way am I supposed to stick this needle in? Let me look at this damn picture again….”

It took her the rest of that evening to figure out that dang knit stitch! The dummies book didn’t say that you needed to insert the needle from the front to back, left to right. But she figured it out from the pictures, thank god for pictures! It took her almost 6 hours to work about 2 inches and she only stopped to eat her supper.  But once Ella got started on something, she followed it through until the end and she was not going to let this get the best of her especially if her sister could do it! Ella had spent a lifetime watching her sister be this perfect, little lady that  everyone spoke so kindly about. Finally, Ella had something that she could do also. Her sister, Coyleen was great at everything and everyone absolutely adored her. Ella knew better though and knew that her sister was actually not as perfect as she put on. Ella knew though that Coyleen was not the perfect person everyone thought, she was just as flawed as Ella, just a better actress than her!  In fact, Coyleen was seeing a man that most people would flip out about if they knew. He was one of those creepy guys that thought he was a vampire incarnate or something. Really weird and always dressed so stupidly, like he wanted to be Goth or something. Ella many times didn’t understand what her sister saw in this man.  But it wasn’t her place to say anything about it, so she didn’t. She just watched with a rather sick fascination as the relationship continued. It was kind of like a train wreck, you really didn’t think it was proper to look, but damn if you couldn’t look away!  Ella herself had only had a few brief relationships; quick little affairs that taught her more about what she didn’t want, than what she did.

Ella looked down and noticed that she now had about 10 inches hanging off her needles. “Hmmm, how did that happen!? I guess I got to thinking and my hands just sort of did their own little thing… How freaking cool is that!? I better call Coyleen and tell her that I can finally knit!”

 

Stay tuned for next weeks continuation….