it’s been quite a process to get the first shipment for our 2013 bare naked club pulled together and packed, but david finally has seven stacks of large totes filled with club packages all set to go to the post office tomorrow. now the fun can begin! and we are just about sold out as i write this—i think there are four or five spots left in case anyone still wants to join or upgrade (if you do and your category says SOLD OUT, please contact david and he will hook you up).
i am working this week on getting the first BNK book chapter finalized, getting some pattern work done, and putting together a big re-order for breakfast blend yarn—wow do you all love breakfast, or what??
this is what’s left—we can’t get over how fast it’s going out the door, especially the DK weights. we’ve put in a big reorder for the existing colors and today david and are sitting down to create an order for some additional colors. we read that everyone would like to see some lighter shades, so those will go to the top of the list. i think we can certainly get some lighter grays, pale oatmeal, and even some peach and rust tones.
we so, SO appreciate your support of our new venture and hope you are enjoying our yarn products—for us this is a dream come true, something we’ve wanted to do for years. it’s so cool to see it come to life and to watch your enthusiasm for it.
my main job this week is to finalize the first chapter of our BNK book, which will be a treasure trove of material—some months are abundant with content, while some are slimmer and this will be a big one.
i am also trying to get a little ahead on pattern work and setting up new projects, because once again i will be traveling at the end of the week—this time to work on a different sort of project with craftsy (more on that later).
when i do have a few free minutes—usually at the end of the day—it’s been a real pleasure to work on the shawl i’m knitting in our breakfast blend DK. it’s so lush and knits up so quickly; i can’t help but find it satisfying after a long day of looking at the computer.
i finally got the hem chart issue solved and am now flying along once again. the yarn goes surprisingly far—the first skein got me all the way through the body section and the start of the hem. i have attached my second skein of yarn, but i’m wondering if i’ll use it all. hard to tell, of course, because the last few inches will eat up yarn at a much faster rate.
won’t this be a cozy layer to curl into at my desk? i am situated between two windows in the outside corner of the office, which is wonderful for people and bird watching, but disastrous for keeping warm; i am always in need of shawl or scarf and am known to wear a hat as well on very windy days.
erica put her order in for a cowl/infinity scarf design in our fingering yarn, so that’s another thing i’ve been working on this week.
i’ve been swatching some openwork patterns, searching for just the right motif that balances texture and light. so far, i have a couple i like, but i still feel there might be something even better out there. i think i need to explore some solid knit/purl textures too, since i really REALLY enjoyed designing and knitting squeeze me (and you could totally knit that with the BB fingering yarn; just use a 3.5 or 3.75 mm needle and make one of the larger sizes).
i do like this swatch a lot—it’s reversible with a sort of allover openwork pattern. while it doesn’t have a strong, distinct appearance, it DOES have an ethereal, cloudlike quality that i find lovely; i can totally imagine that a larger volume of it would work very well as an infinity scarf.
naturally i love this geometric pattern quite a bit—it’s so ME. but i think this one could be far better as a wrap than an infinity scarf, something along the lines of hypotenuse, which is such a favorite. why, i think even mister knitspot would covet such a thing, don’t you?
and i have loads of secret knitting in the works which unfortunately, i can’t show you, but it may help to know that i’m excited about what’s on the boards.
now, after all that, i bet you’re jonesing for a spot of color, eh?
i put another inch on my sign of four sock while sitting in the orthodontist’s waiting room the other day. i forgot to mention last time i showed it that i’m working with string theory caper sock in black cherry
(i think), which is a delicious merino/cashmere/nylon blend—nice and plump. certainly a happy sight in an otherwise gray afternoon (we’re expecting a little snow this afternoon, i think).
and that’s all i’ve got for now, but we do have a special valentine’s treat to post, so check back later!