Shop Update 31.10.10

Well, I missed you all so much while we were away, I just had to squeeze out a shop update for this coming Sunday, even though we will be away at Fibre Flurry on Friday & Saturday!

And what a big shop update it is. Lots of the new yarns, some of the old stock too, and even a sneaky bit of Sophia 8ply, overdyed from December’s cashmere club. The preview is now up for your delectation. And here’s a screenshot of the Flickr set for the week.

Don’t forget that the clocks go back on Saturday night, so instead of the sale being at 7pm GMT+1, its at 7pm GMT!

The Wanderers Return

Hello my poppets, we’re home from our holidays! We’ve had a fantastic couple of weeks, which I’m going to cram into one big blog post. My apologies, I didn’t take my camera, so I don’t have any photos yet. My Plucky friend took some though, so I may add some at a later date.

The first stop on our trip was Rhinebeck, and WOW, was it amazing. It was a little overwhelming, actually, so many vendors, so much to look at, and so! many! people! My eyes were out on stalks. I was tickled to see that one of the vendors had travelled all the way from Pembrokeshire – she only lives about 30 minutes from us!! We arrived early, and left fairly early, before it got too crowded. Unfortunately, that meant I only bumped into one yarnie friend, the lovely Agnes, but as she came over and gave me a hug, and was wearing a Posh Yarn shawl, that just about made my day!! We also met Lolly, from Lolly Knitting Around, which was pretty exciting, because I’ve always loved her blog. But I wish I could have met a few more of my yarnie friends, Nancy, Carol, David, Ysolda, Grace…….. Next time!!

We spent the next week in Connecticut, where the autumn colours were more spectacular than I had ever dreamed. You really can’t see the leaves in their full glory from a photograph, you have to see it in person. They look like they are lit from within, and the fallen leaves on the ground just glow. It brings a lump to your throat. We were fortunate to have incredible weather the whole trip, bright blue skies and sunshine every day. We visited picture perfect little New England towns, took a ferry to The Hamptons, wandered around the Yale campus, crammed in as many yarn stores as we could find, and ate at some amazing restaurants. I was thrilled to bits in a yarn store in New Haven when it turned out that one of the owners has been a long term Posh customer. We nattered for ages, and she recommended a restaurant to us that was so incredible that we ate there two nights running! Thanks for that, Linda, and for the lovely welcome you gave us in your store.

Oh, the food, the food, the food. I tried all sorts of things for the first time, including tamales (at Rhinebeck, which were drool worthy), clam chowder, lobster, and jicama. I crammed in as many types of pumpkin products as I could manage, and chased them down with as many margaritas as I dared. I must confess though, I really missed a decent cup of tea.

We finished our trip with a weekend in New York. That was…….. something. I don’t enjoy cities, and I don’t suppose there are many more intense cities in the world than New York. Manhattan, quite frankly, scared me to death. Brooklyn was a little more mellow, I enjoyed that more. We visited Purl Soho (wasn’t a fan) and The Brooklyn General Store (loved that one!). We did a little shopping, met up with some friends, ate cupcakes, bought shoes (I couldnt come home without shoes, could I?!). 

We got home in the wee small hours of Tuesday. I think I have my jetlag licked, but Tony isn’t feeling so hot. It’s just as well that I am, though, because I have one more day to recover before I have to dive headlong back into work. We have the show on Saturday (although everything is pretty much ready for that) and then a giant update on Sunday (previews coming tomorrow). I’m pretty excited about the show, so many customers are coming, from far and wide, and I just can’t wait to meet you all.

The time off has been just what we needed to get our creative juices flowing again – I think we were both getting a bit tired and stale before the trip. We’ve come back with so many ideas and plans for the business, which we’ll start to roll out over the next few months. It’s good to be back. I had a wonderful time, especially getting to spend so long with one of my dearest friends, but East, West, home’s best. I missed my cats! I missed my Posh posse!! I missed my bed!!!

Did you miss me? 

Bon Voyage

I have been the worst blogger ever, lately. But honestly, if you could see a glimpse of Posh HQ, you’d understand why. It is wall to wall yarn here, as we get ready for Fibre Flurry and try to keep up with our normal output at the same time.

But we’ve done it! Its all ready to go! And I think I’m even going to be able to squeeze a Sunday update out that weekend as well. I’ll confirm that the week before, when we return from out travels.

In the meantime, stay well, stay happy. We’ll be gone for the next 2 weeks, and I’m not going to try to get online while we’re away, because I need a good break from everything. We’ll be at Rhinebeck on Saturday, so if you see us, come say hello!


A Woolly Tragedy

You would think I would know better. I have been a knitter for 25 years. I have been a housewife for 17 years.

I should know how to wash a handknit sweater.

It’s not like I’ve never felted a handknit before. There was a large cable knit poncho, that was a little too big, so I popped it in the tunble dryer and it ended up looking like some kind of building block. There were the amazing socks that were gifted to me, and that somehow got into the wrong wash cycle, and ended up looking like elves socks. On the other hand, when I wanted to felt my Tangled Yoke cardigan, the blasted thing just got BIGGER. But I digress.

On Saturday I ruined Tony’s Cobblestone. This wasn’t entirely my fault. I’m sharing out the blame equally between myself, Tony, and the washing machine manufacturer.

Me: I should have been a Good Wife and handwashed it. Also, I should have knitted the sweater from superwash in the first place. What was I thinking???

Tony: Just as he did with his Fair Isle sweater, he wore it to work in. Demolishing a friend’s chimney breast, so it got covered in brick dust. Then wearing it to rinse yarn, so it got wet and spattered in dye. I ask you, is it respectful to wear a hand knitted sweater to do manual labour?????? Does he think he will ever got a third sweater? He will not.

Washing maching manufacturer: When designing your easy to use programmes, why team up a cool wool wash with a hot drying cycle? Why would you do that? What are you doing to us??????

So yeah, Cobblestone, which took me over a year, R.I.P. Now Tony has no handknits to wear to Rhinebeck or Fibre Flurry. And neither do I. Please don’t stone us, or ask me if the sweater I’m wearing is hand knitted. I may just cry. 

Shop Update 10.10.10 – Part I

This week’s shop update will probably be the last one for October, as we go away next week for two weeks holiday. When we return, there is Fibre Flurry (October 30th), and I would like to do a shop update the following day, Sunday as usual, but I’m not completely sure yet whether I will be able to or not, so lets assume this week’s is the last one for a few weeks.

I thought we’d go out with a big bang of colour! I kept piling more and more into the shop, so its a lovely fat update. As I’ve posted on our Ravelry group, we are working our way through the last of some of our yarns, so if you have a favourite, I’d get it while you can, because we won’t be getting more in until later in the year.

So, here are some of my faves this week:

Miranda 2ply Je Ne Sais Quoi

Miranda 2ply Comet’s Tail

Miranda 2ply Daily Constitutional

Miranda 2ply Naughty But Nice

Miranda 2ply Look On The Bright Side

Miranda 2ply Point A To Point B

Diana 2ply Star Crossed Lovers

Sylvia 2ply An Oldfashioned Girl

More of my faves tomorrow!