. The unsung heroes


The unsung heroes


When we opened our doors, we had a lot of yarn.  We also have a lot of square footage to fill and we have been working all summer long to fill in the blanks.  Now summer yarns are on sale to make room for the fall yarns that are coming in, but we hit a saturation point in our shelves.  The trouble was, we had ordered a corner shelf unit…and it hadn’t come yet.  Well, that trouble is now over.  We got the new shelves in Tuesday night and started filling them yesterday.

This is Vaughn…

And this is Terry…

They built and installed all of our beautiful shelving and accomplished all our interior work.

Look at this…

And this…

And this…


The workmanship is beautiful and sturdy enough that my sons sons will inherit these shelves.  They may need a new coat of paint once in a while, but they will be around far longer than DIY store units.  But the best thing about them is that when we look at them, all we see is yarn.

These are the unsung heros of our store.  A salute, please, for Vaughn and Terry and the shelves they brought to us.  Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have more yarn coming in that needs a home, and now I have a home to offer.

Another good reason to knit.


Lucy came into the shop today to ask if we would hang a poster for her and maybe promote the charity she’s working for.  It’s called Click for Babies and they are hoping to educate folks about what they call “the period of purple crying.”

All infants go through a period of crying, usually starting at 2 weeks of age, peaking at around two months and gradually decreasing in the thrid month.  For some it is mild and easy enough to live with.  For some it can be a lot more intense.  It’s not colic.  They are not bored, or tired or manipulative.  They just cry.  Sometimes a lot.  And there’s nothing you can do.  No amount of holding or putting down, no amount of feeding or burping or diaper changing, no amount of riding in the car or swaddling or tenderness at all can soothe these little ones.

They eventually grow out of it all on their own.  But it can be an unholy frustration for the ones who care for them.  Sometimes parents or other care givers don’t tolerate it well.  Sometimes parents or other care givers take it personally or snap.  And when that happens, it can be life altering for both baby and loved one.

In order to raise awareness and educate folks about this phase in hopes of preventing shaken baby syndrome and other forms of infant abuse, CLICK for Babies is asking folks to donate purple infant hats to be distributed to a local hospitals for their newborns along with education for their parents and care givers about this period of purple crying.  We want to help, too.  So…

For the month of September, you buy any skein of purple Cascade 220 Superwash Worsted, Cascade Pacific, or Cascade Pacific Chunky, take it home and knit a hat for a newborn.  Bring the hat back to us for CLICK for Babies, and we’ll replace the purple yarn at no cost.  Knit that into more hats, bring the hats back to us and we’ll replace the yarn again.  If you make the first purchase of purple Cascade yarn, we’ll keep replacing it as long as you keep bringing hats in until October 1, 2012 when we will send all the hats to CLICK for Babies for distribution.

Wee ones need time and patience.  Parents need time and patience.  A purple hat might help everyone sleep better at night.  Who’s in?



…from me to you, with love.


I got in this morning at a little bit before 8am.  Early.  I know.  And I had the best intentions of blogging and catching up on email before the general staff meeting at 9am.  Yeah.  Right.  I never made it to my computer until late this afternoon and I have been trying to figure out how to upload an mp3 file to Facebook.  Anyone with any insight into that could give me a hint…there might be some yarn in it for you.

It has been raining off and on most of the day, but the sun has come out now, and things are drying up.  I went for a wee walk in the alley to clear my head so I could have another go at the computer and I found this.

It’s a kiss.  From me to all the spectacular folks who work for me.  To Allison who worries too much and knows more than I do, to Jennifer so far away, to Justine who loves the structure of it all, to Martha who moves yarn like you can’t even believe with quiet grace, the Kaila who sparks her dimples and blossoms every day, to Corwin who charms and comforts and joyfully runs up the learning curve, and to Liz who is still finding her feet but keeps showing her patience.  And mostly to Kristin, for everything.  I couldn’t do it without you guys and I know it…and I’m grateful.  Smoooooootch.