Archive for October, 2010

In   The    Loop   


Well….it seems that I fell “asleep” with the sheep, cats and dogs…and the goblins. I had this promo all set to go out this morning and at the end of the day I realized there was glitch….so the “treat” has been extended through Wednesday at midnight….it’s a chance to enjoy 30% savings at Skein Lane’s  online store.

                                           your code is Treat
Another exciting announcement….Karen King is teaching a mobius class for us…so for those of you who have not had this knitting experience or you are wanting to refresh your skills….Saturday – November 13 is the day for you. Join Karen for an afternoon ( 2-4 pm) of knitting fun. You can sign up on line or call us at 510.525.9276.
More knitting workshops, classes and product are on their way for you!
Check our website for more of the latest. 



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Wicked Eyelet Rib Vest

A section “What’s on the needles?” has just been added to Skein Lane’s website.  The featured item is the Wicked Eyelet Rib Vest based on the pattern from Classic Elite  featured in early 2008 on Classic Elite Yarn web newsletter – section free patterns.

It’s been on my needles for awhile…and put aside to make way for all the afghans and/or projects of this past year.

A note about inspiration….it’s hard for me to knit a pattern without making a change to it…and to true to form I changed this one. I carried the rib design up along the eyelet so as to set the eyelet off a little more as well as I’ve “scooped” the neck – both front and back – a little deeper than the pattern.  The yarn I chose to use was Elsbeth Lavold’s Silky wool (5 skeins)…the same yarn that I used for the Rebozo Shawl. I really love this yarn!

A short post today…more coming….the knitting workshop folks continue to be creative!

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Lots to chat about!

Once again….can so much time have passed?! What’s been going on here? Project after project! As this weekend comes to an end I have a couple of announcements and then will be back quickly for some “on and off the needle” stories and photos.  The most pressing project has been getting the Skein Lane online store up and running…and that it is now. Have “wordsmithed” the layout ….. more products will added throughout the upcoming days and weeks.

Announcing that the Friday Morning knitting group has launched an Etsy store. It is the Friday Morning Knitting Collective (FMKC).  This might be just the perfect shopping spot for those in your circle who will not be crafting for gifts but love the idea of handcrafted gifts. This Etsy store has some great creations. Be sure to check it out.

I’ve jumped into another project that is not knitting related…and found that it consumed my day today….and that is a speaking engagement to a SAR (Sons of the American Revolution) group that I committed to for early December. One might think that it’s a little early but I have some research to complete so that I can prepare a PowerPoint presentation. This project is a presentation of a great 5x’s grandfather that I just “discovered (with the help of a couple of cousins)” served in the Amercan Revolution and that he was a person of importance in the political circle of his community. It’s another fascinating find in this journey of family history.

Can it really be Sunday night? Time to run and get back later! Lots of customer projects and travels to share.

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Creativity abounds!


The CAL bag

All around the table the needles were clicking and the conversations were animated, as always at the Friday morning knitting group, and two FO’s got captured on the camera. Patricia has embarked upon making the most lovely project-style  fully-lined bags…they are so stylish and so functional. One of her most recent is the bag she made with Cal-motif  fabric for our Friday morning Cal Supporter – Jean.

Jean and Patricia

I purchased one from her recently…and surprise of surpises…the motif design on mine is dog-related. We can look forward to more of Patricia’s bag designs soon.

The Twirly Skirt

Janie showed the Twirly Skirt that she just finished knitting for her 4-yr old granddaughter. It is so darn cute. The name of the yarn escapes me but it is a “tutti-fruity” kind of style – yarn flecked with color.

I am quite taken with the knitted Twirly Skirt  as  Christmas gifts for my very young nieces. So, I’ve just placed a call to my sister and forwarded the link to her…so I can get the “approval”. She’s always appreciative…but I know the girls are starting to form their opinions – ages 8, 6, & 4 (I think) – and just want to be sure they will think it as cute as I do!

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