Hi guys! <She says with a smug look on her face> We’ve clearly been up to no good…
As you guys know, Anne spent a lovely week in NYC. She knitted in solace, away from all of us. And though she checked in, we could tell… she loves us… but it’s great to plan a getaway!
Well, no sooner did she get back into town and we were pushing her out the door again to head to Albuquerque, New Mexico. This weekend, she’s teaching at Village Wools! I’m sure you’ll hear more about the excitement in the days to come; stay tuned for Anne’s posts about how the classes went.
So, while Anne’s been away… we’ve been able to play! There’s really no other way to put it. I’m sure the entire office staff will have to deal with the consequences later, but until then…
This week many of you have been calling and emailing in to see if we’d prepare a custom made Better Breakfast Blanket Statement Kit for you! Of course! I don’t think you guys realize just how much fun we have doing these types of things!
No one should be having this much fun at work. (Actually, scratch that. We ALL should.)
Is it just me, (it can’t be) or do the vast majority of knitters get satisfaction out of manipulating colors? All of the pretty skeins stacked in neat piles or rows… all of the endless possibilities for combinations. The shades, the tones, the contrasts, the similarities. How does color effect skin tone? What about eye color? Is it enhancing your hazels? How does it make you feel when you wear a certain color?
Basic psychology here… RED makes you feel saucy! In BLACK, you portray professionalism. BROWN makes you seem trustworthy. Why do we flock towards specific colors? “Why did I buy another BLUE shirt? I already own five!”
Then there’s the really fun stuff…
How to blend colors… create palettes with colors. How DO the color trends begin?… Why does EVERYONE own an Eggplant Kitchen Aid mixer?
And getting down to the root of it all…
Why don’t I own an Eggplant Kitchen Aid Mixer? Geez.
Some of you may write in to tell me that Eggplant is no longer the “in” color. Guys, I know. It’s like SO 2010, duh! Now, you can chose from colors like Almond Cream or Watermelon. It’s actually pretty ridiculous if you ask me… but I get it… looking at pretty, shiny things…
What was I saying? Oh yes – we’re been having a blast creating your custom kits!
This one was made using our Better Breakfast DK. Isn’t it gorgeous? So beachy!
And then there’s this kit for Amie, one of our new club members!
Here, Erica used Better Breakfast DK in Warm Coals, Daybreak, Mocha, Porridge, and Sugarfrost. We can’t wait to see how this one turns out!
In other news, this past Tuesday, I got to hang out with some kiddos (and adults!) that really wanted to learn how to knit! And can I just say, my cup runneth over. Again and again, I catch myself before I fall asleep, thinking I’m living a dream life! I never EVER would have guessed knitting could be everything is has become for me. And being able to give back to my community; it gets me. It gets me every time.
Kelly Sedlak is an extension educator for the Carrollton, County 4-H club. She and I teamed up to offer knitting classes to the community. The children really have a great program, here. They aren’t just learning how to knit. Sewing, designing, and fashion shows, are all a part of the curriculum!
The community is very agriculture-focused. They showed much interest and excitement in the fact that we work extremely close with the mills and farmers to provide a yarn that Anne and everybody over at Bare Naked Wools is happy to call our own. I’m super excited to come back next week and see everyone’s progress! We’ll laugh about the mistakes and we’ll learn how to rise above them, right knitters?!
And really, I can’t say much more than that. I can just sit over here with goosebumps. I’m speechless. I’ve always known, but I’m realizing that I’m just a small part of something that’s much bigger than myself. I’m cultivating knitters. And you’re knitters. And you GET that. I know I don’t have to say anything. We can just sit here, enjoy our tea, and behind smug faces, blissfully knit the weekend away.
Psst… Keep this a secret guys. Between you and me. Promise me, please! Anne can’t know how much fun we were having… I wouldn’t want to know what the punishment would be if she EVER found out.
Wishing you a Sunny Saturday!