Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Square Circs in STOCK

Just a quick note to say thank you to the customers who braved freezing weather to come out and buy yarn and veggies, and some amazing baked goods on Sat. I will miss the Easton Farmer's Market and the people who work there. If you find yourself on the Eastern Shore, make sure you check it out. They stop trading for the winter right before xmas and re-emerge for spring.

Kollage Square Circs are IN: I've got my latest supply in sizes 5,6,7,8 US. Please email strandedinoz AT gmail DOT com to let me know if you'd like a set or two. There is a limited supply of the sock needles still, but I don't reckon they'll last past xmas.

One of my customers said she thought they were "just a fad" until she used her first set of 2.0mm/US 0 sock needles. She says they are amazing and now understands what all the fuss is about. Customers have advised they really do ease the burden on sore wrists and create lovely, more uniform stitches. Give 'em a go!

To all my American customers, have a lovely thanksgiving.


Saturday, 22 November 2008

Hand-Painted Soysilk

Gearing up for my last market day in the US of A for this visit. And yes, it's SNOWING today.

Below, please find some new pics of Soysilk -- the worsted weight/aran style hand-paints are Cheryl's Yarn, a custom order I had trouble parting with. The coordinating colours are semi-solids that blend beautifully. Cheryl's Yarn was kitted up for a vest. Can't wait to see what it looks like finished!

Cheryl's Yarn in Cheryl's Paint, rose, blue, and green

Luxor, Hand-Painted soy laceweight

Another shot of Cheryl's Yarn

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

*sniffle* just one more Saturday!

Hiya -- I'll be at the Easton Farmer's Market just one more Saturday -- and this one is supposed to be a cold one. Good -- it's time to take out those knitting needles and get some nice yarn to play with.

On the menu for this Saturday:

Some new, limited edition alpaca/wool blend hand-paints. This is not Peruvian import stuff, but an excellent, US-grown alpaca, blended with US coloured sheepwool. I've painted the entire lot in McLaren Vale (vineyard colours) and some coordinating semi-solids, including olive, jewel-toned blue, eggplant, and a lone hank of autumn orange. To be honest, I don't want to part with it, but I dyed it for sale, so out it goes. It will find a good home.

Also on the menu: some limited edition serendipity skeins of premium sock yarn -- superhigh twist, done in subtle, random colourways. It doesn't last long, so come on down between 8am and 1pm.

Also still available -- a few hanks left of chunky handspun wool and the last few hanks of hemp and wool. Free hat pattern still available for the hemp and wool.

And a hi there to all the folks in Oz. I'll be home soon, ready for the summer -- there'll be a new stock of warm weather knitting supplies and the awesome new Kollage sock knitting needles. They are soooo kewl.

As always, if you don't see the colours/yarns you are wanting, please email me at strandedinoz AT gmail DOT com and I'm happy to take requests.

CU at the markets!

Monday, 17 November 2008

It's a twistah!

... or something like it last Saturday -- the wind howled and blew through the market in Easton! Tents flew -- it was rather dramatic. But we had fun anyway. So thank you so much to the knitters and fibre addicts who came by to say hello. This Saturday, there will be:

Hand-painted merino (fingering wt and dk wt and lace) as well as various weights of handspun. And a new batch of sock yarn. In addition, there are a few Chuppah Whorl spindles -- the last until I get back to Port Adelaide.

And thanks again to the knitters in Adelaide for their continued support. I know it's getting hot, but that doesn't seem to stop you!

Can't resist -- a photo of Angel, my sister's angora bunny! Isn't she beautiful? Angel is v. sweet and an excellent pet. Her fave place is on Beth's lap. Awwww.
CU at the market(s).

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Fab USA market and Surviving Stitches East

A big thank you to the people who came by my temporary stall at the Easton Farmer's Market. It's a lovely market and they're gearing up for the annual Waterfowl Festival. I'll have new stuff for sale, including a new pattern for the Nepalese Laceweight Wool -- something quickish to knit up for Xmas gift-giving.

Easton MD: come on down from 8-1 on this Saturday and check out the herbs, the gorgeous handmade baskets, and the fruit and veg freshly picked from around the area. You'll love it!

And thank you to the folks who came by for a chat with Vellan, the fab spinner and knitter who was at Port Adelaide last weekend.

Stitches East: If you saw a blue and green shawl in the Designer's Fashion Show on Friday night, you were looking at my Wings of A Butterfly from SWTC (see right in the sidebar). The kits are available and if you went to the show and bought one, you were the smart knitter, as they were a featured show special. Not to fear if you missed out -- kits are available, so email me at strandedinoz AT gmail DOT com and we'll arrange one for you.

CU at the market(s). M

Friday, 7 November 2008

Northern AND Southern Hemisphere Markets!

Hello from Maryland -- still kicking -- painting, knitting, and writing, in the US of A.

SIOz update: while the market at Port Adelaide is still going strong -- thank you to the people who came by and had a chat and a browse with Vellan, the spinning maven, I'll be in the Northern Hemisphere at:

The Easton Farmers Market, Easton MD, for the next 3 Saturdays --

There's be some hand-painted wool, some beautiful spinning fibre, and spindles to play with. Fingers crossed, the weather should be ok this weekend!

Happy spinning and knitting to all the SIOz customers! Let us know how you are getting on and if you have any queries, keep the email coming to strandedinoz AT gmail DOT com.

Other bits: I'll be heading off the Stitches for a look at the newest gear for knitting addicts. There are some awesome tools on offer and yes, they'll be coming back to Oz with me, have no fear!

CU at the market(s). Melissa