We are home from the Indie Knit and Spin show in Pittsburgh, PA. It was a wonderful trip, and an excellent opportunity to meet our customers, old and new. The highlight, however, was when Emily of Bricolage Studios stopped by to show Tom her tattoo of her Swan™ spindle. How cool is that?
We spent the day today unpacking and listing all manner of new items - from spindles to Darn Pretty™ pairs and sets, to double points. That's right - double points!
Thank you to Jill and Nic of HipStrings for putting on a wonderful event!
Autumn - one of our custom color ways (and my personal favorite). With Pink, Red, Purple, Turquoise, and Green, these needles evoke all the color of a New England autumn. We have them right now in all three lengths - 3.5, 4, and 5 inch!
Turquoise! We have waited a long time to get this color. We have gotten close in the past with some of the Robin's Egg Blues, but this - this is a deep, rich Turquoise, more to the blue side in natural light, while the green comes out in incandescent light. Hard to photograph - easy on the eyes.
These are gorgeous. The anodizing company did a fantastic job on these. The finish is superb. Linda hasn't made off with a set of Northern Lights™ in a long time. That changed the moment she saw these!
With the purchase of eight pairs - mix and match sizes - receive a case (the Tula Pink Monkey Wrench case), three cables (17, 21, and 29 inch), and a set of four stops.
Did we mention these are gorgeous?
Made in the USA
The latest batch of Northern Light™ needles is a great color - with voids (white areas, usually near the screw, that didn't take the dye.) The finish is silky smooth, the color is saturated, the price equals savings! We have both 3.5 inch and 5 inch lengths, and, in the 5 inch only, we also have US 6.5/4.25 mm and US 11/8.00 mm!!! Available in the Seconds section of our online shop.
We have what is nearly the last of the Purple DymondWood available in 3.5, 4 and 5 inch sets! The Bee cases are available too, listed in the Accessories section of our shop. We love the bees!
The anodizing company had issues with these. Apparently there were so many void areas that they stripped them down and redid them. The color is great! Or should we say colors? There are some shade variation, albeit minor, in the five inch and the 3.5 inch is a good shade darker.
The result of stripping and redoing the needles (which we have told them not to do), is many of the needles are smaller. For example, US 3 should measure 3.25 mm, with a 3.21 - 3.26 range. Many of these are 3.15. Ditto the other sizes, any where from .05 to .1 mm. Only those who knit really, really tightly will notice (although these might be the needle to go to when you can't get gauge), but we noticed. The 3.5 inch needles are more true to size, but they came in a good shade darker and in a matte finish. It just wasn't their day! But, as a result, if you like pink, it's your day to save $$$!
We have added three new sizes to our Northern Light™ needle line - US 6.5/4.25 mm, US 10.5/6.50 mm, and US 11/8.00 mm! Get those bulky yarns out and get going on fall hats and sweaters!
We have listed US 3's in the Darn Pretty™ needles! We are offering these without warranty due to their size. Using longer cables and avoiding a death grip will go a long way to making these last for a long, long time!
I love to quilt. I think I said that in the previous post. What I do not love is maneuvering a hot steam iron over freshly sewn seams, and finger pressing just isn't enough to flatten fabrics down properly, particularly when I am piecing small strips. I asked Tom to make me a wood iron, and he has obliged! He made up one for me (which I love) and another half dozen for you! These are all approx. 6.5 inches long, and turned from Persimmon! We've added a Quilting category to the shop page where we will list finished quilts and quilting tools (I'm bugging him for a good seam ripper!)
Giuseppe - Art Quilt by Linda Diak
Giuseppe is a one of a kind quilt designed and created by Linda Diak. Made of 100% high quality quilting cottons from Giucy Giuce and Andover, with 100% wool batting, and quilted with coordinating and matching threads. Giuseppe is 58 inches tall by 40 inches wide and comes with a hanging sleeve.
NFS at the present time.
Made in Vermont
Wood Iron for quilting/sewing
Linda asked for a nice wood iron for pressing seams, and Tom answered! A wood iron is used to open up seams - it works much better than finger pressing seams open, and as a precursor to using the steam iron, makes for much cleaner, better seams! (And keeps that hot steam from the steam iron away from your fingers!)
This group is crafted from Persimmon. Each on is hand turned and polished to a silky smooth finish. Approx. 6.5 inches long.
Handcrafted. Made in Vermont.