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  Cheyenne, WY 82001

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Stitching Updates


july 6

Oh my gosh! How did it get to be July already? Where did June go?

The class with Amy & Cathy is this weekend! Amy & Cathy will be arriving in Cheyenne tomorrow! I think I am ready - the class kits are done, Amy's trunk show is set up at the church where the class will be held (Faith United Methodist at 522 E 6th St - stop by this weekend to see!!!), and the food has been purchased (just have to make the salads & dessert).

My mom is coming for a 2 week visit - she arrives on Sunday, so going to DIA is twofold - take Amy back to the airport and retrieve my mom! I am looking forward to her visit, but I am a bit apprehensive too. She had a minor stroke a little over a month ago and is still having some effects from that. My sister said she is doing better than she was....but, we'll see. Jennifer and the kids will also be visiting while my mom is here. It will be fun to have 4 generations together.

So I had an up close and personal visit with the sidewalk on Monday afternoon. And I have the black eye to prove it! It has turned a lovely shade of red. I wonder what color it will be tomorrow???? It kind of looks racoonish. Someone said I should put on makeup to make the other eye match. Maybe not....

The Stitch Across the Rockies Shop Hop is going on right now. It goes through the end of the month. Stop in for a passport and get hopping! There are 4 shops participating this year - Ewe Count, Country Crafts in Greeley, The Stitchin' Den in Estes Park and A Stitching Shop in Denver. Get your passport stamped at all 4 shops and you could win a fabulous grand prize.

New and in the shop -

cross stitch -

Just Cross Stitch - August 2016
Amy Bruecken - Bee Happy, I'd Rather Be Stitching, Many Flakes
Hands On Design - On Beach Time, Stars in the Sky, Chalkboard Ornaments: Christmas Collection part 1
SamSarah Design Studio - Steam Punk Dragonfly, Life Is A Garden
Lizzie Kate - Spooked (mystery sampler) part 1
Red Gate - leather bracelet (skinny & super skinny), art prints (Bloom Where You Are Planted, But First Coffee, All You Need is Love), cards (Happy Birthday, Love, Hello Friend)
Mirabelia - Rapunzel
Country Cottage - Gingerbread Village: Gingerbread House #6 (I have mine stitched up to date!)
Just Another Button Co - Chalk Squared: July
Plum Street Samplers - Scary One (A Bowl Full of Scaries), Babushka's Blossoms, Serial Bowl Collection of Sampler Lessons - Lesson One (chart only)
Just Cross Stitch - 2016 Halloween Collectors Issue

knitting -

Vogue Knitting Early Fall 2016
Weekend Wraps
Knitscene Fall 2016
Knit Beanies
Piecework - July/August 2016

4 new colors of Twizzlefoot from Mountain Colors
12 new mini skein packs from Frabjous Fibers and 7 new sock weight yarns

knit accessories - acrylic sheep box, handcrafted stitch markers, yarn coaster, and shawl pins in the shape of sheep and flowers

I think that's it for now. If you get a chance to stop by the church on Friday or Saturday, please do. The trunk shows are fabulous! Amy's trunk show will be at the shop through the end of the month, but Cathy's trunk show will only be here this weekend!

See you soon!

june 7

Well, it has been an interesting couple of weeks! I got to take an actual weekend (2 days off in a row!) over Memorial Day weekend. I got the yarn mowed and edged, went to a barbeque in Loveland, got my hair cut, and lots of other little things. Then I called my mother - or attempted to call my mother. We talk every Sunday afternoon and since I was out of town, I called her later Sunday evening. No answer. Odd. I called her Monday afternoon. No answer. Even odder. Then I got a call from her friend. Mom was OK but acting weird. Should she take her to emergicare? I talked to mom and agreed she wasn't clicking on all cylinders. Best to call her doctor's office and see what they thought would be best. Their recommendation? Go to the emergency room. A couple of hours later I got the call that she had had a mild stroke. They were keeping her at least overnight. She wasn't real happy with me or her friend, because she was fine. Right. Luckily it was a minor stroke and she should make a full recovery. There were no other clots or anything to make the doctors think there might be a major stroke waiting in the wings. So, in the meantime, we just have to keep reminding her what day of the week it is and when she should be sleeping and getting up. I am so thankful that her friend noticed something was wrong and was willing to help out. Also, that my sister lives close enough and was able to go to my moms to take care of her. It kind of sucks that I live 1200 miles away!

I am leaving tomorrow for Washington DC for the summer TNNA trade show. This is mostly yarn and needlepoint. I do get to have one day to play in DC and we have made no plans so I'm not sure what we will be doing - but I am thinking monuments and museums are in my near future! Cathy will be tending the shop while I am gone.

New and in the shop -

cross stitch -
SamSarah Design Studio - Happy Life (part 3)
Plum Street Samplers - Serial Bowl Collection (lesson 5), American Sampler, John & Abigail
Just Nan - Romeo the Groom Mouse, Peacock Garden Scissor Roll
Blackbird Designs - Hedgegrow Birds
Cross Stitch & Bead Weaving - issue 96
Hands On Design - Block Party: Vino
Country Cottage Needleworks - Gingerbread Village: Gingerbread House #5, Stop & Smell the Roses
Just Another Button Co - Squareology: Chalk Squared June
With Thy Needle & Thread - Land of Liberty
Stoney Creek - Blizzard Buddies, Nature's Beauty
Nora Corbett - Zenia, Eva
Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery - Wool Ewe Be My Neighbor?
Tech Scribes - Unconditional Love
Little House Needleworks - Little Lady Liberty, Oh My Stars!
Imaginating - Liberty Angel, Let's RV, Play Pals, Let's Get Styled, Let's Visit Canada
Vals' Stuff - Whooo Gives a Hoot?

yarn -

Interweave Crochet - Summer 2016
Knitscene Handmade
New Heights in Lace Knitting (whoops they are already all sold!)

Zen Yarn Garden - Serenity Glitter Sock (merino/cashmere/nylon), Serenity Silk + (merino/cashmere/silk), Serenity 20 (merino/cashmere/nylon) - limited number of colors and skeins

I think that's it for now! Watch the Facebook page over the next week for updates from DC!!!

may 13

Happy Friday the 13th!!!

I got out yesterday and mowed the lawn! Wow! My neighbor, Phil, did the front yard last week (and it needed it again), but the back yard - oh my gosh! Heavy, wet, and tall! I had to empty the bag 6 times and I think it needs to be done again. I don't think I have ever seen the grass that thick and wet.
Some changes in the neighborhood - the house that was next to the Loaf N Jug across the street was torn down last week - I have a new view out my window! It is amazing to watch how fast they can tear a house down when I know how long it takes to put one up. I knew it was coming - they are planning on expanding the parking lot for Loaf N Jug. A really good thing!
Last time I wrote, I told you about my dysfunctional eustachian tube. I think it is finally better. After I took the steroids, I ended up taking sudafed for a week and then a diuretic for 10 days. I was a little skeptical about that, but I think that is what finally worked! Go figure! At least I don't have all that pressure in my ear and popping every time I blow my nose or swallow! I just hope it doesn't come back again!
There is only a couple more weeks to sign up for the class with Amy Bruecken and Cathy Habermann. I need to know by June 1 how many people are coming. Please let me know as soon as possible if you are interested. It promises to be a VERY fun class!

new and in the shop -----

cross stitch -
SamSarah Design Studio - Happy Life (part 2)
Stoney Creek - Spring 2016
Cross Stitch & Needlework - Spring 2016 & Summer 2016
Mirabilia - Aphrodite Mermaid
Mill Hill - Calvarera charmed ornaments: Morado, Verde, Naranga, Amarillo, Azul, Rosa Little Monster Trilogy: Spot, Roly Poly, Freckles
Hands On Design - Flock Together, Adjust Your Sails
Lizzie Kate - For We Walk By Faith, Accept What Is, Lizzie Kate Year Book: Jan & Feb, March & April, May & June
Little House Needlworks - Four Freedoms
Country Cottage Needleworks - Gingerbread Village: Gingerbread Boy & Snowman, Cake Menu
Imaginating - Tick Tack Summer, Laughing Gulls, Scarlet Tanager, Let's Tractor
Crossed Wing Collection - Bee Hummingbird 2016
Just Another Button Co - Chalk Squared: May
Nora Corbett - The Blossom Collector, The Moss Collector

yarn ---

Cozy Stash Busting Knits
Churchmouse - Tea Leaf Lace Scarf & Shawl, Swingy Linen Skirt, Simple Tee, Oval Crocheted Bucket Bags & Pouches, His Vest, Learn to Crochet Companion
Vogue Knitting - Spring/Summer 2016
Interweave Knits - Summer 2016
Piecework - May/June 2016
Knitters - Spring 2016

I think that's it for now! Have a great weekend!


april 14

Well, it seems I don't post very often on this blog. I'm just really bad at it. I guess I read other blogs and everyone tells all this personal information and I just don't share personal all that well. So, I'm going to share some personal - I have been suffering for the past month with pressure in my ear. I finally went to the doctor yesterday and found out that my Eustachian tube is dysfunctional and I am now on steroids for the next 5 days - there goes my pro sports opportunity! (Like there ever was a pro sport opportunity!) I just hope this works and alleviates the pressure and ear popping!

I haven't picked up a cross stitch needle in almost 2 months. But, I have been knitting up a storm! I have finished 2 shawls, 2 scarves, a cowl and a sweater. I went through my closet and found a bag that had 3 projects started in the bag - I don't have any idea what they were supposed to be so I pulled the needles out and wound up the yarn! Very liberating! So, I am also working on a pair of fingerless mitts out of a new Swan's Island yarn, a scarf, a poncho (from knitpurlhunter), and I am doing some test knitting for a designer. Never a dull moment!

The signups for the class in July with Amy and Cathy are coming along nicely. If you are interested in taking the class, please let me know soon. A deposit does not have to be made until June 1, but I would like to know soon how many to expect! I have seen a snippet of the design and you are going to LOVE it! I should be getting the model soon and will share then.

It seems we are going to have yet another snow storm. While I like the moisture we are getting with these storms and we will be thankful for the moisture later in the year, they really hurt my business. No one seems to like to shop in the snow. Please remember that I am here - even when it snows! I did close that day we had 14" but only because the state, city, city, county and schools were closed and because of that people shouldn't be out. It was the first time in 13 years that I have actually closed the shop because of the weather.

Just a reminder that ALL bulky yarns are 25% off during the month of April - a great time to stock up for quick knitting projects!

Also, Friday, April 15 - Monday, April 18 everything is 15% off for (I)nventory (R)eduction (S)ale! I am also open Sunday, April 17 from 1 - 4 pm. Bring your stitching or knitting and come sit for a while - I might find some tasty goodies to serve!

new and in the shop -

cross stitch -
Trilogy - Giggly Wigglies: Reindeer
Glendon Place - Medley of Carols
Little House Needleworks - Tree Lot, Forest Friends, Here's the Church
Silver Creek Samplers - The Master's Plan
Just Nan - Little Hedgie
Plum Street Samplers - Sunflower House, Liberty's Welcome
Fern Ridge (beaded phone fob) - Our Flag
Bent Creek - Little Nativity, Little Scarecrow, Little Igloo, Little Irish Cottage
Crossed Wing - My Space
Country Cottage Needleworks - Gingerbread Village: Gingerbread House 4, Stitching Time
Shepherd's Bush - All is Well (I have the buttons too!)
Val's Stuff - Mouse in the House, Busy Lizzie, Sheep Tales
Waxing Moon - Spring Things
Imaginating - Celtic Cross, Let's Live By the Sea, Let's Shop 'til We Drop, Blue Heron
Squareology - Chalk Squared: April
Nora Corbett - Wherefore Art Thou (part 3)
Just Cross Stitch - June 2016
Mill Hill - Buttons & Beads: I Drive a Stick, Mouse House, Moonstruck, Happy Halloween, Haunted Laboratory, Country Quilts Autumn Harvest magnets: Itsy Bitsy, Pumpkin Patch, Fall in Love, Patriotic Red, American Pie, Patriotic Blue

knitting -

Knitting Traditions - Spring 2016
Knitscene - Summer 2016
Knit-Wear - Spring Summer 2016
Beginners Guide to Writing Knitting Patterns

Swan's Island - natural colors collection fingering weight - indigo natural ikat (this is a limited edition colorway and is really awesome!)

I think that's it for now. Please support local businesses. I know everyone is cautious about the economy and the election and everything, but if you don't support the local businesses they won't be there for you the next time you need them.

See you soon - don't forget about the sales!!!


march 12

Home from market with a suitcase full of stuff! I tried very hard not to overbuy. My budget this time just didn't allow for that. Below is a list of the new things in the shop.

cross stitch -
Shepherd's Bush - St Patrick's Day Trifles, Let Love Grow, Long May Ewe Wave
Imaginating - RV There Yet, Rainbow Unicorn, Best Things in Life
Litte House Needleworks - Homestead Sampler, Red Rooster Inn, One More Stitch
Country Cottage Needleworks - Afternoon in New York, Gingerbread Village: Gingerbread House 3
Nora Corbett - Wherefore Art Thou (part 2)
Blackbird Designs - Home for the Holidays
Alessandra Adelaide - Trionfo di fiori
TechScribes - Unconditional Love
Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery - Up! Up! And Away!
Noteworthy Needle - It's in the Bag, Patriotic Pail
The Primitive Hare - The Scarlett Letter, Miss Mary Margaret Wool, Miss Harriett Hare Cotton
Fireside Originals - Sally's Aquarium, Steampunk Seahorse, Sue's Flowers
Hot House Petunia Designs - Receding Hare Line
EJV Designs - Easter Morning
Romy Creations - Stitch in Wood: Hearts, Noel, Snowman, Rabbit
SamSarah Designs - I Pledge Allegiance, Nine Patch Posies, Steampunk BumbleBee, Vote, Happy Life (part 1), Made with Love: Sail
Chessie & Me - Flag of Glory Needlebook, American Stag
Sue Hillis - Rudolph, It's All About Mom, Hearts & Spools, Blessings & Blooms
Bent Creek - Yarn Ball of Kitty Cats, Dog House of Puppy Dogs, Snapper World of Color: Red
JBW Designs - French Country Snowflake, A Visit From the Tooth Fairy
Sweetheart Tree - Plumberry Sampler, Graduation Sampler
The Bee Cottage - Lavender Bee Sachet
Red Gate Stitchery - necklace, earrings, ornaments, scissor fobs, thread holders
Lizzie Kate - Love Summer, Selfie Sampler, Red White & Blue
Plum Street Samplers - French Woolens
Madame Chantilly - Love is Hot
Hands On Design - Buzz, Beach: A Little Cottage, Oh Whale
Amy Bruecken Designs - Forever Friends, Grumpy & Happy
From the Heart - Happy Easter
Fern Ridge (beaded phone fobs) - Bumbles, Bee Mine, Spring Flowers
The Bee Company - Welcome
Erica Michaels - Quaker Berry, Brrberry, Beach Blessing, From the Lord
Rosewood Manor - Patriotic Quilt, Friendship Quilt
Val's Stuff - Hop to It
Just Another Button Co - Sweet Cupcake, Val's Blooming Kitty, Spookhouse Selfies, A Moment in Chalk: January, February, March

accessories -
wooden coasters
fabric - from the following companies - The Primitive Hare, Hand Dyed by Stephanie, From the Cauldron, Picture This Plus
Q-Snap replacement clamps
Zoom Loom
new overdyed thread from Weeks Dye Work, Gentle Arts and Classic Colorworks
needlepoint canvases from Pepperberry (Easter, Christmas, Halloween)

yarn -
CoBaSi - 6 new tonal colors
Rub A Dub - 2 new colors
Knit Superheros
Vogue Knitting - Early Spring 2016

I think that's it for now!!!! Stop by to see all the new stuff!!!!

march 1

The shortest month of the year is behind us. My son-in-law got to have an actual birthday - his 9th! We have had lots of wind and not much snow. March & April are our snowiest months so there is still hope for some more snow. While I am really tired of all the wind it has dried out our prairies and now we need more snow.

I have been knitting and stitching up a storm! I finished the Santa's Cabinet by SamSarah Design Studio. I finished one of the needlepoint canvases I started in a class at market in San Diego - and I will be teaching it soon. I finished a knitted brioche cowl that I just love - the yarn is so soft, the cowl is big and drapes so wonderfully. I knitted a cowl from Delicious Yarns - the kits will be arriving in the shop very soon. I knitted a shawl out of a new yarn in the shop - Savanna - that is silk and linen (I love it!) I also worked up a pattern for a headband for a new yarn from Mountain Meadow Wool that is 25% buffalo! I will have the pattern available with the yarn soon.

I am leaving on Friday to go to the Nashville Needlework Market for the weekend. There are SO many new cross stitch charts coming out this weekend that it is mind boggling! If you are interested in looking at the new things I would suggest you go to my friend Deb's web site: http://www.stitchesnthings.com/NashvilleSneakPeeks.html If you see something there that you like, please let me know and I will get it for you. I have some ideas about what sells, but I cannot know everything that everyone would be interested in. If you let me know, it helps with the buying.

New and in the shop -
cross stitch -
Country Cottage Needleworks - Gingerbread Village: Gingerbread House 2, Cottage Alphabet
Brenda Gervais - Jolly Happy Soul
Lizzie Kate - Bras & Panties, Be Bold & Brave, A Little Baby, Hello Spring
Cross Stitch & Bead Weaving issue 95
Just Cross Stitch - April 2016
Mill Hill - Good Coffee & Friends: Coffee Pot, Coffee Grounds, Coffee Grinder, Coffee Server, Coffee Cups, Coffee Beans
Nora Corbett - Wherefore Art Thou - part 1
Mirabilia - The Snow Queen
SamSarah Design Studio - Santa's Cabinet: Under the Mistletoe
Imaginating - Shoes For All Seasons, Be You, Happy Camper, Choose Good Stuff
Little House Needleworks - Loving You, Sing to the Lord

yarn -
Interweave Crochet - Spring 2016
Knitter's magazine - Winter 2015
Piecework - March/April 2016
New Directions in Sock Knitting
Refined Knits

Juniper Moon Farms - Zooey (5 new colors), Cumulus (cotton/nylon) - 7 colors
Louisa Harding - Pittura (merino/bamboo) 4 colors
Queensland Savanna - 6 colors
Traum Seide - 100% mulberry silk - 5 colors

I think that's it for now. Let me know if there is anything you want me to pick up for you at market! penny@ewecount.com

snow day!

Wow! What a storm that was - 12" of snow and it's still coming down! I have snow piled high - I am hoping that some of it will melt soon before it snows again or I don't know where I'm going to put it! Crazy weather. We should have known that when we didn't get snow until December we would get dumped on.

Just a reminder about the Super Sunday Sale this Sunday - February 7. The bargain basement will be open with crazy priced specials. Everything in the shop will be on sale depending on your toss at the toss across game. Open from 1 -4 pm and you will be home before the big game! Go Broncos!!!!

Parking update - please do not park in the parking lot to the west. The property owner has asked that we do not use her parking lot. Thanks for your cooperation.

Lots of new stuff coming in from the San Diego market - I must have had a better time than I thought!

cross stitch -
Hands On Design - Java (Block Party)
Stoney Creek magazine - Winter 2016
SamSarah Design Studio - Over the Hill: Grow Love
Heritage Crafts - A Hoot of Owls, Happy Hens
Nora Corbett - Minerva, Raven
Alessandra Adelaide - From My Heart

knitting -
Conway Bliss - Lolli (cotton/polyester)- 5 colors
Debbie Bliss - Baby Cashmerino Tonals - 10 colors
HiKoo Sueno tonal worsted - 7 colors
Ella Rae Lace merino - 7 new colors
Universal Yarn - Bamboo Pop - 7 new colors
Stanza - 6 colors
Amphora - 10 colors (this is used in the cover sweater on the Vogue winter magazine)
Mountain Meadow Wool - Cheyenne - 4 colors

50 Garter Stitch Gifts to Knit
Interweave Knits - Spring 2016
tassel maker
picot gauge set
4 in 1 crochet tool
Nirvana needle arts - ebony crochet hooks

C.A.K.S. - Charles A Kreinik shoelaces - Charles took his own life last year and was affected by depression. These shoelaces were created in Charles' memory and a portion of the proceeds will benefit a fund designated for suicide prevention. The shoelaces are available in 4 glow in the dark colors!

I think that's it for now. Hope to see you soon!

january 18

I have recently returned from the winter TNNA trade show in San Diego. Usually going to San Diego in January is a great reprieve from the cold winter. Not so much this time! It wasn't cold, but it certainly wasn't warm either. Cool, windy, rainy, & foggy. The only day it was really warm was the day I was in a board meeting the entire day. We did get to eat lunch on the patio, but it simply wasn't enough. All the cool weather certainly didn't stop me from buying lots of yummy stuff for the shop. Some of the things have already started arriving - new colors of Twizzlefoot from Mountain Colors arrived this morning, and new accessories from Nirvana also arrived - ebony cable needles and double ended crochet hooks among other things. A few of the needlepoint canvases have also arrived.

We have started our shawl knit-a-long! Everyone is making a different shawl so this should be lots of fun. We decided to meet every Saturday at 9 am and it is never too late to join in!

This Saturday at 2 pm Joanna Johnson will be here to do a book signing of her newest book - Henry's Hat. I think that Andrew & Britney from Brown Sheep will also be here with the yarn used in the book! (I saw the book, as well as Henry the Chipmunk, the hat and the sweater from the book at market last week - really cute!!!!)

Other new stuff in the shop -

cross stitch -
Country Cottage Needleworks - Gingerbread House 1 (Gingerbread Village), Snowmen
Little House Needleworks - Snowy Winter, The Tree Lot
Val's Stuff - Cookies for Santa
Imaginating - Valentine Candy, Everyday Main Street, Let's Love our Family, Let's Hope
Mill Hill - spring bouquet magnets: Sea Turtle, Dragonfly Egg, Fancy Fish, Fishing Vest, Ladybug Egg, Fireflies; buttons & beads: Garden, Joe's Garage, Strawberries, Cut Flowers, Sand Dollar, Starfish

knitting -

Vogue Knitting - Winter 2015/16 (the yarn for the sweater on the cover is on order!)
Mountain Colors Twizzlefoot - 4 new colors
Ella Rae Lace Merino - 7 new colors

I think that's it for now. Hope to see you soon at one of our upcoming events!


dec 26

Christmas has once again come and gone. I hope everyone had a great holiday! My family is here and it was wonderful spending the day with them. Seeing Christmas through the eyes of a child always makes a difference!

Update - I finished my grandma's sweater with time to spare. I talked to her on Christmas Eve and she LOVES it. It fits perfectly and she was going to wear it to my aunt & uncles on Christmas Day. I had all my Christmas stitching/finishing/sewing done about a week early so I spent the last few days stitching the 12th ornament in the Little House Needleworks ornament series, stitching the 4th installment of SamSarah Design Studio's Santa's Cabinet and started a new shawl!

Ewe Count will be OPEN on New Year's Day from 10 - 4. Stop by with your knitting/stitching/crocheting and spend some time. Start a new project for the new year! Everything will be 16% off!

New and in the shop -

cross stitch -
Shepherd's Bush - Christmas Sheep, Santa Box, Noel Sheep Sled
Plum Street Samplers - Merry Two (I think this one is sold out!)
Homespun Elegance - Merry Noel Sampler Santa
Stoney Creek - Grace & Love Birth Sampler
With Thy Needle & Thread - Merry Mouse
Dutch Treat Samplers - Merry Christmas
Sweetheart Tree - Blackwork Fob Tiny Periwinkle Pincushion
Alessandra Adelaide - Let It Snow, Amilcare (moose)
Little House Needleworks - Three Snowy Hills
Imaginating -Joy Snowflakes, Holiday Delivery, Bless Baby, Bee Strong
Nora Corbett - Leaf Collector, Berry Collector
Just Cross Stitch - February 2016
Mirabilia - The Gypsy Queen
SamSarah Design Studio - Santa's Cabinet: Blitzen's Bells (part 4 of 5), Over the Hill: Find Peace
Cross Stitch & Needlework - Winter 2015

yarn -
Knitscene - Spring 2016
Interweave Crochet - Holiday 2015
Sweet Pickles (knits for baby & toddler)

I think that's it for now. I hope that everyone has a wonderful and blessed new year!!! I look forward to a brand new start!!!


november 30

I want to thank everyone that came out over the weekend and helped celebrate my 21st anniversary and Small Business Saturday. It was a great weekend!

There are only 24 knitting/stitching days until Christmas. I hope all your projects are progressing nicely and will be complete in time. I am working on my Grandma's sweater - I only have the sleeves left! I hope to have it completed in the next couple of weeks. I also have some cross stitch to get finished too......

New and in the shop -

cross stitch -
Plum Street Samplers - Serial Bowl Collection Lesson 4
Lizzie Kate - A Little Coffee, Gratitude, Flora McSample's 2015 Christmas Stockings, Snow Story Flit-its: Cold Hands, Warm Heart, Snow Love
Rosewood Manor - Crazy Socks (this is dedicated to Karen's daughter that was in a bad accident and all profits go to help with her recovery)
Mill Hill - Amylee Weeks: Believe, Consider the Lilies, Amazing Grace, A Friend Loves
Alessandra Adelaide - Special Christmas Tree 2015, Albero Prezioso
SamSarah Design Studio - Over the Hill: Wake Up!
Hands On Design - Block Party: Wool
Val's Stuff - Spook of the Month: December - Bat's All Folks
Amy Bruecken Designs - Harvest Moon, One Day at a Time, Cup of Happy
Just Another Button Co - Kiss.a.bit
With Thy Needle & Thread - Ho!Ho!Ho!
Kit & Bixby - Chocolate is the Answer
Little House Needleworks - Christmas Angel, Born in a Manger
Country Cottage Needleworks - Merry Christmas My Deer, Gingerbread Village: Gingerbread Girl & Peppermint Tree

yarn -
Crochet A Farm
Noro - Rainbow Roll - 100% wool pencil roving - 12 colors
HiKoo - Sueno - wool/bamboo - 10 colors (used in the Knit Purl Hunter knitalong starting in January)

Knitter's Pride - Royale luxury knitting needle collection

I think that's it for now. Watch your emails and Facebook for the 12 Days of Christmas - a great special each business day for 12 days. (December 1 - 14) Have a great day and I will see you soon.


november 6

Christmas is fast approaching. Are you ready? I know I'm not. My grandma asked me to knit her a sweater - now she is 98 years old, so I should get right on that! She isn't getting any younger! The problem is that she had a specific pattern in mind and I have had a hard time finding just the right pattern with just the right yarn. Such a problem! I think I found both of them this morning! And now that I am just 2 days away from finishing another big project, it is the perfect time to get started on this new project. Then there are the ornaments, the pajama pants, and all the other things that need to be done. And didn't I just read that there are only 48 days left. Arggggh!

Lots of new things in the shop - they just keep on coming!

cross stitch -
Imaginating - Let's Get Spooky, Praying Hands, Let's Be Brave, Sugar Skull, Winter Wedding, Snowman Holiday Welcome, Believe Ornaments
Little House Needleworks - Fall Squared, Merry Christmas, Christmas in the Country, Fear Not
Country Cottage Needleworks - Family Home, Countdown to Christmas, Gingerbread Train, Winter
Val's Stuff - Nuts About Fall, Spook of the Month: Halloween
Mirabilia - Twin Mermaids
Jill Oxton Cross Stitch & Bead Weaving #94
Pine Mountain Designs - Recipe for a Snowman, Witches Brew, October Snapshot, Christmas Expressions, Halloween Expressions
Misty Hill Studio - Peace
Stoney Creek - Cast A Spell, Happily Ever After
Foxwood Crossings - Santa Folk, Harrisburg Winter, Sled Heads, Snow Coming Sleds, Quaker Sleds, Sledding Friends, Snow Grateful, RFD Sledding
Just Cross Stitch - December 2015
SamSarah Design Studio - Santa's Cabinet: Naughty or Nice, Over the Hill!: Sleep
Cross Stitch & Needlework -Holiday 2015
Mill Hill - Jim Shore - Snowy Owl Snowman, Pinecone Snowman, Evergreen Snowman, Early Morning Santa, Greetings Santa, Best Friend Santa
Fireside Originals - Steampunk Owl
Stoney Creek magazine - Autumn 2015
Shepherd's Bush - Slater's Stocking, O Little Town
Bent Creek - Hoot, The Little House Haunted, Autumn Blackbird & White, Winter Redbird & White, The Little Lighthouse
Alessandra Adelaide - Meow Christmas Tree, Melodie Di Natale
Just Nan - Tiny Christmas Bisornu, Gingerbread Reindeer Mouse

knitting -
Family Friendly Knits
Crochet Accessories
Free Spirit Knits
Vogue Knitting - Holiday 2015
Piecework - Nov/Dec 2015
Interweave Knits - Winter 2016
Churchmouse - Woolly Loop Accessories, Twice Reversible Poncho, Simple Toe-up Sock, Over & Over Cowl & Infinity Loop, Mistake Rib Beanie & Scarf
Queensland Collection - Savanna - silk & linen - 6 colors

We are also participating in the Juniper Moon Farms knit-a-long with 2 colors of Findley - my shawl is coming out so wonderful and I can hardly wait to finish it and get it blocked out! The pattern is free if you purchase your yarn from me.

Friday afternoon stitching/knitting is BACK! Join us Friday afternoons from 1 - 3!!!!!!

I think that's it for now. Have a great weekend. Hope to see you soon.


october 15

The weather is a little cooler today - does that inspire you to get started on your holiday projects? You know those pesky holidays that come around every year will be here before you know it!

Some great new yarns have recently arrived - chunky, so they work up quickly! I did a cowl on size 15 needles over the weekend and got it finished in a couple of evenings. Noro Kureyon Air in 6 colors, Ella Rae Lush Merino in 12 colors and Ella Rae Lace Merino Aran in 6 colors. Also in the shop are new colors of Noro Silk Garden Solo and Noro Tokonatsu - both worsted weight yarns and some "to die for" colors.

I am also keeping up on my Scoreboard KAL cowls - I am doing one for Wyoming and one for the Broncos. They are kind of fun to keep up with the scores of the games. My Wyoming cowl is very yellow as I am using brown for Wyoming and yellow for the opponent. They just aren't doing very well this year. The Broncos are doing much better, but keeping the scores pretty close so I only have a little more blue than orange for each game.

I am also working on the KnitPurlHunter KAL for October - the Wandering Moon Shawl. Part 3 came out this morning and I have been keeping up pretty good. I am loving the yarn (HiKoo Rylie - alpaca/silk/linen) and the exclusive color for this project is wonderful. I still have more of the yarn, so it isn't too late to catch up. Michelle is giving us 2 weeks to work on part 3 so the final part will not be released until October 29. You can go to www.knitpurlhunter.com for the pattern.

I received notification today that there are a couple of other knit a longs that are starting soon - both for shawls and both for yarn that I carry in the shop - Juniper Moon Farms Findley for one and Juniper Moon Farms Herriot Fine for the other. I like the looks of both of them. Could I even...........

new and in the shop -

cross stitch -
Val's Stuff -Spook of the Month: October - Octopurr
Nora Corbett - Gwen, Electra
Blackberry Lane - Frosty Weather

knitting -
Jane Austen Knits 2015
Knitters Magazine - Fall 2015
Knitting Traditions - Fall 2015

I think that's it for now. Have a great day and I look forward to seeing you soon!


september 24

I realized it had been a whole month since I last posted. I sure wish I could make more time to post here. Probably not going to happen! I have been busy. Busy stitching. I think I will have about 9 new models for the open house on Sunday!

I will list here items that are in the shop and some that will be debuted on Sunday, since I probably won't have time to post again before then!

cross stitch -
Just Nan - Witchy's Sister Mouse, Witchy Pumpkin Cottage, Pumpkin Stack Pin
Shepherd's Bush - Reach (#6 of Shepherd's Fold), Midnight Garden, Be Grateful Bag, Pumpkin Box, Joy to Ewe
Imaginating - Halloween Mischief, Happy Pumpkin, Fall Basket, Let's Play Sports
Little House Needleworks - Caring & Sharing
Country Cottage Needleworks - Afternoon in London, Give Thanks
Crossed Wing Collection - Hens & Chick
Val's Stuff - Spook of the Month - September: Ding Dong, I'm on Pins & Needles, The Eyes Have It
Just Another Button Co/Hands On Design - [liberty.bouquet], [around.the.ball], [bumble.bit], [bumble.bouquet]
Alessandra Adelaide - Luci Di Natale, Gaspare, Luci Di Fate
Mill Hill - Curly Girl: Old Friends, Brave Hearts, Good Days, Coffee With Friends Sticks: Play Golf, Enjoy Nature, Relax, Not a Creature Was Stirring
Just Cross Stitch - 2015 Christmas Ornaments
SamSarah Design Studio - Over the Hill: Bluebird
Hands On Design - Year in Chalk: November, December, Give Thanks, Block Party: Home, Gather A Harvest
Misty Hill Studio - Greetings, Ho Ho Ho
Country Stitches - Bobbing for Pumpkins
T.A. Smith - Smell My Feet
La D Da - And Rudolf
Erica Michaels - Yikesberry, Hollyberry, Pumpkin Row
Stoney Creek - Sugar Skull
Annie's - Mini Christmas Stocking Ornaments
Lizzie Kate - Grateful Thankful Blessed, Halloweenie
Plum Street Samplers - Blessings Abound, Labor for Learning, Merry One
Just Another Button Co - Peppermint Stripes, Merry Cane, Ho Ho Ho Spoken Here
Just Another Button Co - pincushions - Jolly Joy Jingle, Peppermint Hare, Peppermint Owl, Peppermint Bear
Fern Ridge -beaded phone plugs - Haunting Hat, Charlie's Tree, No Tricks Here, Future Oaks

knitting -

Sock Yarn Accessories
Interweave Knits Gifts
New Lace Knitting
Interweave Crochet - Fall 2015
Knitscene - Winter 2015

Mountain Colors - Twizzlefoot - 5 colors (all the things you like about Twizzle in a sock yarn!)
Universal Yarn - Universe

I think that's it - probably missed something! Hope to see you soon.


august 25

I think it's been a while since I posted - I keep thinking - there's so much more I need to do and this just keeps getting put on the "to do" list for the next day. Bad me!

I have a newsletter going out tomorrow morning. Updates on upcoming classes and things for September.

My pile of things to do keeps getting deeper - lots of new things have come in and are appearing on my pile. Hope to get to them soon.....

so - new & in the shop -

cross stitch - (lots of new - we just had an on line market so.....)
Lizzie Kate - A Little Mystery (parts 1 & 2), I Can Drive A Stick, Tiny Tidings XX, Celebrate 15, Night Before Christmas Sleds
Stoney Creek - Summer 2015
Bent Creek - Summer Bluebirds & White
Prairie Schooler - 2015 Santa (this is the last one as PS has announced they are going to quit designing), Night Flight, Evergreen, Bump in the Night, Witching Hour
Imaginating - Let's Retire, Bless the World with Peace, Fantasy in Blue, Serving of Fruit
Shepherd's Bush - Remember Me
Country Cottage Needleworks - Autumn, Be Merry
Little House Needleworks - The Pet Store, Hello Phone Case, Potted Poinsettia
Val's Stuff - Spook of the Month: Scare-a-Crow
Alessandra Adelaide - CT91, Natale Australe, CT89, Quattro Chicciere tra le Fronde
Plum Street Samplers - Serial Bowl Collection Lesson 3, Remember Me
Flowers 2 Flowers - Mummy Buddy, Witch Hat Buddy, Erie Buddy, Frankie Buddy
Nora Corbett - Willow Queen, Rain Queen
DebBee's Designs - Enticing Garden
Amy Bruecken Designs - A Wee Bit Wicked, Eat Drink & Be Scary
Mirabelia - The Garden Party
Just Cross Stitch - October 2015
Cross Stitch & Needlework - Summer 2015, Fall 2015
SamSarah Design Studio - Over the Hill:Pup, Santa's Cabinet: Mending Kit (part 2 of 5), Indivisible, Steam Punk Sparrow
Erica Michaels - Beware!, Pumpkin Row
Fireside Originals - Autumn Moonlight
Foxwood Crossing - Harrisbury Winter, Letter Sleds A to Z
Samplers Revisited - Great Pumpkin Quaker
Noteworthy Needle - Scaredy Pail
Myrtle Grace Motifs - Playing Peek-a-boo with Petunia
Mani di Donna - Halloween, Christmas

knitting -
Vogue Knitting - Fall 2015
Knit Purl - Fall/Winter 2015
Piecework - September/October 2015
Interweave Knits - Fall 2015

Juniper Moon Farms - Herriot Fine - 7 colors - alpaca/nylon sock weight
Ella Rae - Cozy Alpaca Chunky - 16 colors - alpaca/acyrlic - machine washable!
HiKoo Simplicity - 12 colors - for the Scoreboard KAL! check out www.scoreboardkal.com for more information!

I think that's it for now. Have a wonderful day and I hope to see you soon!!!!


august 29

I had a wonderful vacation! It was nice to get away and be with my family for a wonderful week! Thanks to so much to Sherry for watching the shop and all the extra things she did for me while I was gone. We went to Montana for a family reunion - there were 194 of us at dinner Saturday! My grandma - who is 98 - was honored during our dinner and I got to preside over the event. After the reunion we spent a couple of days in Glacier National Park - so beautiful!!! We tested huckleberry pie and sorry to tell the restaurant on the east side of the park that announced "voted best huckleberry pie" it wasn't! The pie on the west side of the park was much better! Hands down. I got to see lots of things from my childhood - waded in Flathead Lake at Yellow Bay and picked Flathead cherries (yum!) It was a great week - you could ask to see my pictures - I'd be happy to share! We made it back to Cheyenne in time to enjoy the last pancake breakfast of Frontier Days.

new & in the shop -

cross stitch -
Val's Stuff - Spook of the Month: July Tricks or Treats, Peek-A-Boo, Potpourri
Bent Creek - Golden Spring Chicken & White
Imaginating - Sunflower Three, Let's Marry By the Sea, Mr & Mrs Wedding, Let's Bake
Little House Needleworks - Thread Keeper, Pretty As A Peacock, Peace
Country Cottage Needleworks - To Have & To Hold, FaLaLa
Shepherd's Bush - Summer Trifles
Plum Street Samplers - Deer Friends
Hot House Petunia Designs - Hedge Row, Celebrate On
Colorado Moose Stitching Co - Forest Friends, Hope I See A Moose Tonight
EJV Designs - Elephant
SamSarah Design Studio - Over the Hill: Cow!
Hands On Design - Year of Chalk: September, Year of Chalk: October

knitting -
The Art of Slip Stitch Knitting
Felted - Summer/Fall 2015
Folk Knitting 2015
Knitters - Summer 2015
Crochet Scene - Special Issue 2015

yarn -
Painted Desert - 6 new colors - superwash wool
Noro Tokanatsu - 4 new colors - wool/silk/viscose
Nuble - 5 new colors - wool/silk
Llama Lace - 4 colors - 100% baby llama
Moonshine Chunky - 6 colors - alpaca/wool/silk
Cotton Merino - 6 colors - cotton/wool

accessories -
yarn bowls by potter in Centennial Wyoming! (they are beautiful!)

I think that's it for now. I probably missed something - stop by to check out what's new!


july 2

Whoa! The year is already half over. I sure would like to know where it goes. Snap, an instant.

It's July! The Front Range Shop Hop has started - 15 years. I've seen lots of changes in the shops participating and the industry in general. Some good, some not. My exclusive chart is by SamSarah Design Studio - a really cute snowman "Home From the Range". I hope you will stop by to get him!

New and in the shop -

cross stitch -
Mill Hill - Celtic Santas: Wales, Ireland, Scotland
Nimue - Babayaga, Le Charabosse
Alessandra Adelaide - Bat Meow, Per Un Capriccio, Open My Heart, Vola Pensiero, Riccioli de Natale (limited edition with charm - this was ONLY available to shops that attended market in Columbus - I have 3 left!)
Fern Ridge - Prissy Peacock (beaded fob)
Lizzie Kate - Seasons, Do Small Things, Nevermore, 3 Little Words: Dreaming is Free, Embrace the Journey
Country Cottage - Merry Merry, Land That I Love, Summer,
Permin - hardanger ornaments, Hedgehog bottle covers
Just Another Button Co/Hands On Design - [never.more], [scary.bit] - I also have the boxes & thread keep from Retromantic for the finishing of these designs
Mirabilia - The Raven Queen
Rilois - Dachshund Blues
SamSarah Design Studio - Still Crazy (part 6)
Cross Stich & Bead Weaving #93
Just Cross Stitch - August 2015 (Christmas ornament preview issue)
Little House Needleworks - My Lady Liberty, Blessed is the Life, Patriot's Row, Americana Sampling, Sweet Apples
Imaginating - Let's Love Little Boys, Let's Love Little Girls, Let's Drink Beer, Let's Go Green
Country Stitches - Bluebird Out My Window, Grand Olde Flag
T.A. Smith Designs - From this Day Forward, Felicidad, My Sunshine
AuryTM Designs - Quaker Halloween
From the Heart - May Floral Postcard
Heart in Hand - My One & Always
Rosewood Manor - Heaven in a Wildflower
Val's Stuff - The Sky is Falling
Kustom Krafts - Lakeside Cottage, Tiger Dreams
From Nancy's Needle - Airing the Quilts
Ink Circles - A Holly Jolly Mandala
X's & Oh's - Bear Allegiance
Keslyn's - Just Hangin' Around
Erica Michaels - Quiet Moments, O My Soul, Ask Seek & Knock
Plum Street Samplers - George & Martha, Party Tarts, Winsome Pair
La D Da - Peace on Earth
Nordic Needle - Award Winning Designs 2015

needlepoint -
Stitch N Zip - card cases & eyeglass cases - cat, owls, fox, ladybug, dragonfly, white heart floral
Canoodles - beach chair with canvas "eat, beach, sleep, repeat"

accessories -
20 count legacy linen - 3 colors
thread cutters
Kreinik stitch a pen - Spring Sampler, Summer Sampler, Autumn Sampler, Winter Sampler

knitting -
Vogue Knitting - Early Fall 2015
Piecework - July/August 2015
Knitscene - Fall 2015

Slip Stitch Knits
Honk Beep Vroom! (crochet toys that move)
Churchmouse - Learn to Knit Companion, and several patterns for beginning knitters!

yarn -
Bamboo Pop - 6 new colors
Trekking Sport - superwash - 24 colors
Rylie - alpaca/silk/linen - 10 colors
HiKoo Rub A Dub - great for washcloths!

I think that's it for now. Have a great long weekend!!


june 8

I had a wonderful time at the TNNA summer market in Columbus, OH. My friend, Deb, from Stitches N Things in Michigan picked me up from the airport - and the fun started! We met up with Carol from Cross My Heart in Columbus and worked on the Counted Thread & Embroidery Group/Needlepoint Group window in the lobby of the convention center. On Thursday we worked on the window a little more and then I took a peyote beading class with the gals from Fern Ridge Designs. They are a hoot! I finished my fob in class - a peacock. Friday we worked on the CTE lounge area and helped a couple of designers set up their booths. In the afternoon it was time to get set up for Sample it! (this is an hour and a half of buying before market starts and is all cash & carry) I helped set up the Silent Auction (got a couple of great sweaters for a song!), helped set up the Fashion Show, and other behind-the-scenes things. The line for Sample it started about 2:30 for the event at 5pm. Crazy times! The line stretched the entire length of the convention center! Saturday morning I took a class in string art from Doug Kreinik (finished in class) before the market opened. We had more cross stitch vendors at this show than we have had before and that was really good to see. Of course I bought! Sunday morning I took a needlepoint class from the folks at Associated Talents - I did not finish :( Then there was more shopping. After market we took a bus trip to Cross My Heart - a fun shop with tons of models everywhere you looked. Monday was more shopping and then tearing down. I took apart the window display and then helped a needlepoint designer take down her booth. Exhausted beyond belief, Deb and I drug ourselves to dinner, drinks, and Jeni's ice cream! (couldn't miss that!) Tuesday and until noon on Wednesday were consumed with board meetings. Wednesday afternoon Carol and I went to the Columbus Zoo. We had a wonderful time and I took a ton of pictures! In the evening I got to spend at Cross My Heart with their stitching group. Thursday it was back to reality! All in all, a great trip!

New stuff in the shop (because I picked it up at market!)

cross stitch -

Shepherd's Bush - Fear Not Needle Roll (part 5 of Shepherd's Fold)
Nora Corbett - Cream & Sugar
Heart in Hand - Joyful Journal: August, September, October, November (this completes this series!)
Just Another Button Co/Hands On Design - [octopus.dance],[sandcastle.frame], [sail.around], [ahoy.bit]
Just Another Button Co - Seasonal Sliders - Juicy Fruits, Tropical Melon, Citrus Splash, Summer Treat
Just Nan - Juliet the Bride Mouse
Val's Stuff - Spook of the Month: June "kiss me"
Mill Hill - Winter Holiday magnets: Sweater Weather, Christmas Letter, Snowshoes, Pinecone, Gingerbread Cottage, Candlelight; Buttons & Beads: Jolly St Nick, All is Calm, Spiced Wreath, Mr Jack Frost, City Bank, Joy of Christmas
Hands On Design - A Year in Chalk - July: Red White & BBQ, August: Sleep under the Stars
Myrtle Grace Motifs - Blowin' in the Wind, "Boo" Not Disturb, Everjoy, Have Faith in Flakes, Here Fishy Fishy, Home Sweet Home, I Wooly Love Ewe, One Winter's Night, Pretty in Pink, Spot's High Snack
SamSarah Design Studio - All Hallows Eve, Over the Hill Birds & Bees, Over the Hill Patriot, Santa's Cabinet part 1: The Elves

4 new fabric colors from Picture This Plus in 28 ct and 32 ct linen

knitting -
Interweave Crochet - Summer 2015
Perfectly Feminine Knits
Seamless Knits for Posh Pups

Symphonie Rose interchangeable knitting needles by Knitter's Pride

knitting needle necklaces from Skacel (oh the possibilities.....)

new colors of Happiness from Kollage Yarn - limited edition - limited quantities

I think that's it for now. More will be coming very shortly - like this afternoon! I know of at least one yarn shipment due to arrive on Thursday and I'm not sure what else will be in very quickly. I know there are a lot of orders that I placed - some yarn things won't be until August.

Have a great day!


may 12

I certainly hope that your May is going better than mine! My granddaughter, Heather, had to have an emergency appendectomy in the early morning hours of May 1. She is recovering quite well. On May 4 I learned that my very good friend and employee, Connie Wise, had passed away. Her funeral was yesterday. On May 6 & 7 I had some leg surgery to take care of a broken vein in my leg. I am recovering slowly (seems I am not bouncing back as quickly as my 10 year old granddaughter!) All of that and it is only the 12th of the month. I hope that is my 3 and done!

Because of the loss of Connie, and Sherry's limited availabilty, the shop will sometimes just have to be closed, just as I had to do last Thursday when I had my surgery. I just have no other options at this time. When this has to happen I will announce the closure on Facebook and have a sign on the door. I hope that everyone understands. I hate to do this, but sometimes life just happens.

There are quite a few new things in the shop since the last update and here you go....

cross stitch -
Plum Street Samplers - Spring Rolls, Serial Bowl Collection: Make Use of Present Time, Ever Faithful Ever Kind
Chessie & Me - Buzzin' Round Ewe
Blackbird - In Friendship's Way, Down in the Valley, My Pink Rose
Erica Michaels - Thick & Thin, Thanks to the Brave, 1776
Blackberry Lane Designs - Misty Blue
Needle Delights Originals - Around the Rainbow
Mirabilia - Forentina
SamSarah Design Studio - Still Crazy After All These Years (part 4 - and yes, I am keeping up with the stitching!)
Country Cottage Needleworks - Christmas Birdhouse, Summer
Amy Bruecken Designs - This Too Shall Pass, Fridge Magnet Art: Summer ABC, Lady Luck, Sun Day, Bee Kind
Val's Stuff - Spook of the Month: Said the Spider to the Fly, Boo Who?, Frankly My Dear, Charmed I'm Sure, Whoo Dat?
Little House Needleworks - Deer Valley Inn, Patriots Row
Just Cross Stitch - June 2015
Stoney Creek magazine - Spring 2015

knitting -
Simply Modern Lace
Interweave Knits - Summer 2015
Piecework - May/June 2015 (lace issue)
Knitters magazine - Spring 2015

Noro yarns - Tokonatsu (40% cotton, 30% silk, 30% viscose)- available in 4 tweedy colors with more on order

I think that's it for now. I am leaving in a couple of weeks (yikes!) for the summer needlework tradeshow, so if you see something out there that you would like me to look for, please let me know. Thanks for your business - I look forward to seeing you soon.


may 4 - so sad...

Today should be a happy day. We have had rain to bring our plants to life after a cold winter. But it isn't a happy day. The tears are pouring down my face. It is a grey and cloudy day. I received a phone call this morning that has rocked my world. A friend, an employee (or as close to an employee as I have), a confidant, a person I could rely on any time of the day or night is gone. Gone. I have no words.

april 13

Tax day is right around the corner! Are you paying or receiving? Me - paying. Ugh.

The weather has been beautiful, but we are not yet ready to play in the garden - just too soon! I hope this means you are still knitting and stitching! I have been doing a lot of both! I finished my very first knitting design project. It looks fine, but wasn't what was originally in my mind, but will work. Each of the shops in the Hot August Knits Yarn Crawl will have an original design in the tote bag that will be for sale during the yarn crawl in August. This will be my contribution. I have also been keeping up with some of the ongoing cross stitch series that I started - "Still Crazy After All These Years" by SamSarah Design Studio, "3 Little Words" by Lizzie Kate, the Christmas ornament series by Country Cottage Needleworks, and the Christmas ornament series by Little House Needleworks. I am also keeping up with the "Joyful Journey" monthly series by Heart in Hand Needlearts and "Year in Chalk" monthly series by Hands On Design. Besides that I am throwing a few others in for good measure! If you haven't seen any of these, you should stop by the shop for a look!

The Nashville Needlework Market was a little over a month ago and some of the new things that debuted there are still coming in. Some of the exclusive items that were only available to attendees are being released to those of us that did not attend. You will see them arriving in the shop in the next couple of weeks or so. And, I am gearing up to attend the TNNA Summer Show the end of May.

New and in the shop......

cross stitch -
Just Nan - Bluebird Tweet
SamSarah Design Studio - Still Crazy After All These Years (part 3)
Thistles - Sheep Herd
Alessandra Adelaide - Hot Chocolate, Acorn, Happy Butterfly, Maple Leaf
Mill Hill - Buttons & Beads: Magic Shoes, Painted Pumpkins, Country Mill, Soup Bowls, Sugar Skull, Ghost Family; Autumn Harvest magnets: Wacky Wendy, Tom Turkey, Boris the Bat, Haunted Zone, Chippy, Wendy's Cat; Hocus Pocus Trilogy: Muriel, Mimi, Miranda
Imaginating - Flip Flop Summer, Let's Go Fishing, Patriotic Welcome, Let Us Be Grateful
Val's Stuff - Charmed I'm Sure, Whoo Dat, Bats All Folks
Bent Creek - Begin Row, Happy Chinese New Year to Ewe
Little House Needleworks - The Florist, Christmas Rose, Giving Thanks
Country Cottage Needleworks - Holly Jolly, Afternoon in Paris
From the Heart - April Floral Postcard
Nora Corbett - Sea Flora, Marigold
Lizzie Kate - A Little Wedding, How to be a Mean Mother, Collect Moments, 3 Little Words: Today Choose Joy, Never Give Up
Hands On Design - A Year in Chalk: May, June

knitting & crochet -
Happy Gurumi
Splendid Apparel - A Handbook of Embroidered Knits
Warm Days Cool Knits
Knitscene - Summer 2015
Knit Purl - Spring/Summer 2015
Knitting Traditions - Spring 2015

I think that's about it for now. Enjoy the weather, I hear it is going to change again! Stock up on those knitting & stitching projects for the snow!

march 14

Well, I survived not going to market. I really missed seeing everyone and apparently by the amount of messages I got, they missed me too. I think many of the designers (and maybe others) thought I did not go to market because of the new format and I was taking a stand against the venue. Not the case - and I hope to be able to set everyone straight.

On to the list of new items!!

cross stitch -
Country Cottage Needleworks - Furry Friends, By the Chimney
Little House Needleworks - Three Crowns
Imaginating - A Little House, Let's Graduate, Silly Birds Birth Record, Let's Eat Veggies
Shepherd's Bush - Winter Trifles, Spring Trifles, Busy Bee Bag, Be Still, Stone Snowman
Hands On Design - A Year in Chalk - March & April (and the chalk boards are here too!)
Mill Hill - Laurel Burch - Wild Orange Cat, Wild Blue Cat, Wild Pink Cat, Feathered Friend, Red Cat, Feline Friends
JBW Designs - Learning to Cross Stitch for Children, French Country Snowman
Homespun Elegance - Avery's Little Red Truck
Aury TM - Bonnie & Clyde Gobble Trouble
Angel Stitchin - A Lot of Chocolate
Brenda Gervais - Boo & Baa-bbie
Plum Street Samplers - Strong in the Lord
From the Heart - Floral Postcards - January, February, March
Amy Bruecken Designs - Fridge Art - Love, Lucky, Flower Power, I Love You, Baby Love, I Do, Three Wise Men, Seasons
Just Another Button Co - Seasonal Sliders: Lazy Daisy, Buzzy, Flutterby, Warm Up
Just Another Button Co/Hands On Design - Square.ology: Bee Dance, Paisley Frame, Around the Block, Bloom.bit

yarn -
Interweave Crochet - Spring 2015
Plymouth Linaza - 12 colors - 50% alpaca/25% linen/25% tencil
Mountain Colors Twizzle - 5 new colors - 85% merino/15% silk
HiKoo Kenzington - (a grown up version of Kenzie!) - 10 colors - 60% merino/25% nylon/10% alpaca/5% silk
HiKoo SimpliCria - 6 colors - 100% alpaca
HiKoo CoBaSi - 6 new multicolors - cotton/bamboo/silk
HiKoo Abracadabra - this looks white but when you go out in the sunshine it changes to either pink or purple!!!
Schoppel Cat Prink Hand Dye - 8 colors (sock yarn)
Ella Rae Lace Merino - 6 new colors - 100% merino
Juniper Moon Farms Findley Dappled - 6 new colors - merino/silk
Top This! - 6 hat with fun tops

I think that's it for now. More from the Nashville market will be arriving in the shop in the coming week! Stay tuned!!!

Happy pi day!

february 25 - not going

Here it is. The day before I should be leaving to go to the Nashville needlework market. Not going. I am seeing a lot of posts on Facebook from all my friends worried about the weather in Nashville. Not going. I am seeing all the posts and emails from the designers about all the new items that will be debuted in Nashville. Not going. Now, it was not an easy decision. New window ($2000), new insulation in the attic ($1100), new insulated wall behind the cash register to keep me warm ($850), medical expenses ($800), and fewer customers to help pay these bills. Not going.

What I will miss the most is seeing all my shop owner friends and designer friends. I will also miss seeing all the new things finished. That is always a highlight! Not going. I hope that everyone has safe travels and a great show. Not going.

There are lots of new things in the shop. (See, I don't need to go to market to get new things!) Almost everything that will debut at market I can have in the shop in the next couple of weeks. (Without airfare, hotel, and meal expense!) Not going. Watch for all of the latest and greatest at the pj party on March 13 and the Spring Open House on March 14. (There will be LOTS of new things there!)

New and in the shop-------

cross stitch -
SamSarah Design Studio - Still Crazy After All These Years (part 2)
Mirabilia - Moon Flowers
Shepherd's Bush - Cherish Life (part 4 of Shepherd's Fold)
Threadwork Primitives - Beggar's Valentine
Little House Needleworks - Oh Christmas Tree, First Corinthians, Broken Arrow Ranch
Country Cottage Needleworks - Let Us Adore Him, Spring
Thea Gouverneur - (kits) Cats: Tiger & Kitty, Cats: Jack & Luna, Cats: Smokey & Blu, Cats: Tess & Simba
Stoney Creek magazine - Winter 2015
Alessandra Adelaide Needleworks - Tea Pot, Fior Fior D'Amore
Cross Stitch & Bead Weaving - issue 91, issue 92
Imaginating - Let's Be Proud, Vintage Music Cat, Sunny Welcome, Let's Garden
Trilogy - Giggly Wigglies: Penguins, Giggly Wigglies: Snowmen
TA Smith Designs - Endearing Love
Lena Lawson Needlearts - Let It Snow, Loli & Snail
Val's Stuff - I'm Just Bewitched By You
Lizzie Kate - ABC's of Faith, A Little Luck, Be Silly, 3 Little Words: Be Kind Always, 3 Little Words: Forgive Move On, 3 Little Words: You've Got This
Just Cross Stitch - April 2015
Heart in Hand - Joyful Journal: April, May, June, July
Mill Hill (Debbie Mumm) - Frosty Mug, Warm & Wise, Peppermint Tweet, Marshmallow Sweet
Nora Corbett - Coral Charms, Wisteria
Cross Stitch & Needlework - Spring 2015

yarn -

Piecework - March/April 2015
Interweave Knits - Spring 2015
Vogue Knitting - Spring/Summer 2015
Boho Crochet

That's it for now. Not going.......

january 21

It has been a crazy year so far. Some unexpected medical things on the 2nd that kind of rocked my world (don't worry - I will be fine - it just may take some time). On the 7th I jetted off to the winter TNNA show (this is the big winter market) in Phoenix where it was 80* when I landed - after being about 10* when I left Cheyenne. I spent the first 2 days setting up a window display and a booth for the Counted Thread & Embroidery Group. I did manage to get in a wonderful walk around downtown Phoenix one afternoon in the sunshine with no coat and sandals! It was heavenly! Three days of market - shopping! I got to spend a couple of hours with an old friend that now lives in Phoenix while shopping. I bought WAY to much stuff (but then I always do!) Watch for new things to show up in the shop over the next few months.

My Broncos hit a wall and lost their game. Now we don't have to worry about being home in time for the Big Game on February 1. The End of the Year Big Football Game Sale will be from 1 - 4:30 (so even you really want to watch the game you will be home in time for kick off!) The bargain basement is being set up and everything in the shop will be discounted depending on your toss (10 - 50% off).

New in the shop:

cross stitch -
Imaginating - Vintage Sewing Cat, Let's Quilt, Kittens & Mittens, Fantasy Blooms
Mill Hill - Owlets Charmed ornaments - Violet, Tango, Kiwi, Huey, Emma, Finn; Spring Bouquet magnets - Garden Boots, Daffodil Egg, Ladybug Hug, Yellow Swallowtail, Tulip Egg, Floral Watering Can; Buttons & Beads kits - Spring Robin, Bridal Shoppe, Egg Hunt, Mom, Winged Monarch, Window Box
Hands On Design - A Year in Chalk: January & February
Fireside Originals - The Swirls: November & December, The Swirls: January & February, Hopi Wedding Pot, Winter Moonlight, Love Is
SamSarah Design Studio - Bloom in Your Own Time, Still Crazy After All These Years (part 1 of 6)
Heritage Crafts - Crazy Cat Lady

knitting -
The Best of Jane Austen Knits
Sock Yarn Shawls II
Pick Your Stitch Build A Blanket
Knitscene - Spring 2015
Piecework - Jan/Feb 2015

new colors of Debbie Bliss Fine Donegal
new colors of Crazy Zauberball
new colors of Juniper Moon Farms Moonshine
new colors of Ella Rae Lace Merino

I think that's it for now. Have a wonderful day!!!!

december 23

Well, here it is - Christmas Eve Eve! Just a few short hours until the jolly man comes down your chimney and leaves you gifts. I hope you get everything you want!

The shop will be open tomorrow, Christmas Eve from 10 - 2. Closed Christmas Day and open regular hours Friday and Saturday.

There are some new items in the shop - as always!!! (you can't believe that some people come in and tell me that there is never anything new!)

cross stitch -
Heart in Hand - Joyful Journey: December, January, February, March (the other months will be coming....)
Amy Bruecken Designs - Christmas Magic, Fridge Art: Make A Wish, Four Round Men, Hearts Square and You Are My Happy
Lizzie Kate - Jingle All the Way, No Act of Kindness
Just Cross Stitch - February 2015
Imaginating - Joy of Christmas, Winter Birdhouse, Shepherds, Holiday Main Street
Little House Needleworks - My Lady at Christmas, Lantern Lane, Jubilee's Sheep, Old Colonial (Sampler tree ornament series #1)
Mirabilia - Christmas in London
Hands On Designs - Holiday Bells
Annie's - Lovely Letters
Bobbie G Designs - The Wise Still Seek Him
TA Smith Designs - Sherry's Sampler
Country Cottage Needleworks - Christmas Cheer, Snow Sampler

knitting -
Vogue Knitting - Winter 2014/2015
Interweave Crochet - Winter 2015
Rustic Modern Knits

I think that's it for now. I wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2015!!!!!

november 25

Well, it has been a while since I posted here. Bad me! This weekend is the 20th anniversary of Ewe Count! 20 years. Wow. It has been an amazing ride. Some good, some bad, but always glad to be here.

Friday & Saturday - November 28 & 29 - you will be the recipient of 20% off everything in the shop to celebrate 20 years in business! Saturday is also Small Business Saturday and the first 10 people to purchase $50 worth of Plymouth Yarns will receive a coupon for $20 off a purchase of $50 in December. How great is that???

Starting on December 1 an email will be sent to those on the mailing list and a notice will be placed on Facebook for a special of the day for the 12 Days of Christmas! You will want to watch for those emails and Facebook posts because the deal will only be for that day only.

New in the shop:

cross stitch -

Alessandra Adelaide Needlework - Special Christmas Tree 2014
Ink Circles - Spot On
Mani di donna - Winter Days Sewing Basket
Little House Needleworks - Calendar Girl: November, Calendar Girl: December, Pumpkin Alphabet, Seasons Greetings
Country Cottage Needleworks - Snow Love, Cookies for Santa, Christmas Cookies, The Nativity
Imaginating - Let's Be Jolly, Let's Deck the Halls, Childhood Sissters, Peace Snowflakes
Homespun Elegance - Turkey Thyme
Val's Stuff - All I Want for Christmas
Bent Creek - Snapper: Under the Stairs, Spooky Said the Ghost
Shepherd's Bush - Lula's Stocking
Just Nan - Peace on Earth, Gingerbread Angel Mouse, Gingerbread Garden Cube,
Cross Stitch & Needlework - January 2015
Plum Street Sampler - Primitive Moodkeep, Love One Another, Jack's Bash
Cricket Collection - Jingle, Playing With Jax
Classic Colorworks - Cinderella
Erica Michaels - Joy, Every Moment, Winter Messenger
Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery - Halloween Spooky Sampler, 12 Days of Christmas, Mysterious Halloween Town
Notforgotten Farm - Giving Thanks
Myrtle Grace Motifs - One Birth
Stoney Creek - Sparkly & White
Threadwork Primitives - Christmas Fruit Basket
Lena Lawson Needlearts - Come With Me, Curls
Just Another Button Co - Woodland Fox Ornament

knitting & crochet -
No Sew Knits
The Big Book of Little Amigurumi
Cozy Toes for Baby
First Frost
Interweave Crochet Home
Piecework - November/December 2014
Vogue Knitting - Holiday 2014
Make it Crochet

I think that's it for now! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!!

october 21

Can you believe that there are just over 60 days until Christmas? I am SO not ready this year. How about you?

It is that time of year when new stuff is arriving almost daily. Christmas gift ideas abound!

new in the shop:

cross stitch:
Lizzie Kate - I Cannot Count My Day Complete
Country Cottage - Let Us Rejoice
Little House - Moonlight, Firehouse
Waxing Moon - Autumn Things
Imaginating - Autumn Birdhouse, Let's Be Thankful, Halloween Tricks, Halloween Fun
Val's Stuff - Shine On Halloween Moon, Punkin Time
Just Nan - Batty Boris
Amy Bruecken - Eat More Candy, Fridge Art: Harvest, Tommy, Happy Hour, Yes Please
Plum Street Samplers - Ghoul Tidings
Stoney Creek - Snowflake Dreams
Cherry Hill Stitchery - Double Double
Glendon Place - Boo From the Crew
Classic Colorworks - Little Red Riding Hood
Nora Corbett - Cleo, Mari
Just Another Button Co - Woodland Possum Ornament
Mirabilia - At the Met
Stoney Creek magazine - Autumn 2014
Just Cross Stitch magazine - December 2014

accessories -
Less Bitching More Stitching tote bag
wooden boxes with a 2 1/2" x 10" opening for stitching insert - boxes in different woods

knitting -
Twigg Stitch
Jane Austen Knits
Knitscene - Winter 2014
Churchmouse Yarns - Acceleratiing Stripes Fingerless Gloves & Cowl, Better Than Basic Pullover, Crocheted Linen Stitch Scarf, Modern Wrapper Fine, Two-tone Twill Scarf, Walking Rib Cowl & Muffler, Go to Cardigan

Marblz interchangeable needles (ohhhhh beautiful!!!!!)

I think that's it. There is probably something that I have forgotten, but if I think of it I will add it next time. Don't forget that the framing and finishing deadline is coming up very quickly. If you want something done by Christmas, I must have it in the shop by December 6.

Have a great week!

september 27

What a month this has been! The construction is ongoing (but will hopefully be completed), we had a hint of winter in the form of snow, had a great time in Scottsbluff at the Scottsbluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair, and now I am headed to Nashville tomorrow for a TNNA Board meeting.

Lots more new stuff in the shop since the pajama party - I honestly don't know where I am going to put it all!

cross stitch -
Shepherd's Bush - Goodness & Grace (part 3 of the Fold)
Jeannette Douglas Designs - Halloween Acorn House
Cross Stitch & Needlework - November 2014
TA Smith Designs - Noel, Haunting
Mill Hill - Jim Shore: Snowman, Santa Amylee Weeks: Silent Night, Believe, Holy Night, Merry Christmas, Peace, Angel
Crossed Wing Collection - Allen's Hummingbird, Sweet Summer Days
Lizzie Kate - Sled Dudes, Flora McSample's 2014 Christmas Stockings, Reindeer Stocking
With Thy Needle & Thread - Blue Bunting
The Scarlett House - Pumpkins & Bittersweet
Little House Needleworks - Calendar Girls: October
Country Cottage Needleworks - Dear Santa

knitting -
Make It Knits
Unofficial Downton Abby Knits
Weave Knit Wear
Knit Purl
Brioche Chic
Graphic Knits
Hooked on Noro (crochet)

Dulcet - merino/cashmere/baby alpaca - 5 colors
Twist - acrylic/alpaca - bulky weight - 10 colors
Paloma Tweed - alpaca/wool/acrylic - bulky weight - 8 colors
Ella Rae Lace Merino - 100% merino - lace weight - 9 new colors

accessories -
penguin tape measure
cobweb 28 count linen
knitter's pride needles - Marblz - double point needles (size 4 - 10), circulars (24" size 4 - 11) each size is a different color!

I think that's about it for now! Have a great week!!


market update

Oh where to begin? So much to tell you about!!!

Kollage - Happiness DK - 100% superwash merino wool
Schachenmayer - Lumio Fine - 100% acrylic with reflective strand, Boston Mix - 100% acrylic
Berroco - Adean Mist - baby alpaca/mulberry silk
Universal Yarn - Naked Sock - acrylic/nylon, Poems Sock - superwash wool/nylon
Hikoo - Zumie - wool/acrylic/nylon - bulky (1 skein makes a hat or a cowl!)
Juniper Moon Farms - Herriot - 100% baby alpaca, Moonshine - wool/alpaca/silk
Knitting Fever - Painted Sky - superwash wool

Knit Noro 1-2-3
patterns for Kollage Happiness
knit blockers
black cat tape measure
yellow chick stitch markers
Gleener fuzz remover
Ewe Girl bags
Knitter’s Magazine Fall 2014
Everyday Lace
Interweave Knits Gifts
Interweave Crochet Fall 2014

cross stitch -

Red Gate Stitchery - bamboo ornaments (3 styles), scissor fob
Puffin - needle threader & magnets
Weeks Dye Works - 4 new floss colors
Gentle Art Sampler Threads - 3 new floss colors
JBW Designs - French Country Witch, French Floral Bag, French Floral Glasses Case, 2014 Limited Edition Christmas Tree Ornaments
Rosewood Manor - China Blue Sampler, American Flag Quilt Sampler, Quaker Village
Fern Ridge - (peyote stitch scissor fobs) - Nights Prowlers, Spooky Night, Sleigh Ride
Shepherd's Bush - Halloween Trifles, Harvest of Plenty, Autumn Sheep, Autumn Box, Summer Box, Forget Me Not Bag,
Just Nan - Miss Witchy Mouse
Hands On Design - Everyday Sampler, Blissfully Unaware, Wreath House, Pomegranate Pocket & Pincushion, Twice Blessed
SamSarah Design Studio - Snow Magical, Home for Christmas, Delightful, Steampunk Sea Serpent
SummerHouse Stitche Works - Svetlanas Biscornu, Nordic Yuletide
Erica Michaels - Dear Santa, Ebenezer's Christmas
Milady's Needle - Elegant Corner Bookmarks
Lizzie Kate - Snow Dudes, Spooky Eyes, Dear Rudolph
Jeanette Douglas - Joy Banner
Fireside Originals - Sweet Treats, Bling it Up, Pretty Presents, The Swirls: September Apple & October Pumpkin
Hot House Petunia - Night Light, Website Under Construction
Noteworthy Needle - The Rusty Bucket
Foxwood Crossings - Acme Snow Mobile, Freezing Season, Bread Sleds, Sled Heads, Snow Country Sleds, Snow Folk, Santa Folk, Tiny Twilight Santa
Plum Street - Gathering Honey, Harvest Keeper, My Pinzzz, Turkey Sausage, Trellis Blackbirds
Amy Bruecken Designs - Frank & Sally Skull, I Am the Witch, Fridge Art: Snow Moe, Wicked Women, Jack, Chilly Willy, Eek, Boots, Be Happy
Homespun Elegance - Witch Inn
Needle Bling - Christmas Peace
Mani de Dona - Halloween Midnight Sewing Set, Autumn Birdhouse, Winter Birdhouse
Brenda Gervais - Acorn Gathering Sewing Roll, Boo & Baa-bbie
From Nancy's Needle - Holiday Tree VI
Praiseworthy Stitches - Dark Wing Manor
The Scarlett House - Hannah's Brownstone
DebBee's Designs - Radiance, Falling Leaves, Ho Ho Ho
Just Another Button Co - Seymore the Otter pincushion, Autumn on the Townsquare, Chalkwork Pumpkins, Gardener's Paint, Googly-Eye Monster pin cushion, Itsy Bitsy Spider pin cushion
Silver Creek Samplers – Shadow of Your Wings
Ship’s Manor – Rattle Your Bones
Fredas Fancy Stitching – Peace on Earth
Little House Needleworks – Calendar Girls: September, Route 66
Country Cottage Needleworks – Angels, Lake House
Imaginating – Let’s Leap into Fall, Let’s Love Autumn, A Few Hoots, Let’s Be Wicked
Bent Creek – Spooky Banners Border, Snapper: Candy Corn Cat, Happy Halloweenies, Find Your Way to Easter
Waxing Moon – Stir With the Big Girls

lots of new magnets, stacker boxes, bags, fabric, and other assorted items!! Must stop in to see!!

Hope to see you soon!

august 21

I have just returned from the fall needlework market in St. Charles, MO. Bought lots and lots and lots..... All will be revealed at the PJ party on Friday, September 5. Sign up soon to be the first to see all the new items!!

In the meantime - many things have come in since I last posted....

cross stitch -
Nora Corbett - Emi, Sunrise Lugana Mermaid, Ana
Glendon Place - Elizabeth, Katherine, Millicent, Isabel
Nimue - Le Carrosse, The Kingfisher, The Robin's Fairy, Gaewen
Plum Street Samplers - Crowned Bud Sampler, Ana Barson Loughbro 1837 (reproduction)
Rosewood Manor - Persian Lace
Country Cottage - Sampler Days, Frosty Forest
Little House - Calendar Girls - August, The Old Red Barn
Prairie Schooler - Hocus Pocus, Christmas Tree Farm, The Night Before Christmas, Nevermore, Miss Fortune, 2014 Santa
Imaginating - Once Upon A Butterfly, Let's Love Baby, Blue Fanfare, Redwork Quilt
Mirabilia - Mermaid Undine
Just Cross Stitch - October 2014

knitting -
Interweave Knits Fall 2014
Piecework September/October 2014
Vogue Knitting Fall 2014
Crochet Scene 2014
Knitting Wizardry
Enchanted Knits
Tunisian Crochet Today
Easy Crocheted Hats & Scarves
Knitted Scarves
Bathtime Buddies

That's it for the new things. Until the PJ party that is!!! I had to transfer items from one suitcase to another in the airport because I was overweight! Must mean I bought great stuff!!!!

I nearly have the model stitched for the fall needlepoint class - should have it finished today. So cute!

The Hot August Knits Yarn Crawl is still going on until Sunday. Have had a great turnout! I still have a few of our bags left - only $5.00 and includes 7 exclusive patterns - one from each shop! The patterns alone are worth the price of the bag. My pattern is a colorwork hat kit with Kenzie yarn - really cute! Stop by to see the model!

Fiesta Yarns trunk show is in the shop through Saturday. Nine models, patterns and great yarn!! You don't want to miss out on this!

Have a great week!

july 18

Yee Haw!!! It's Cheyenne Frontier Days!!! The craziest 10 days that ever was.

I have been very negligent again. Time just flies. I really don't know where it goes, but I could use more of it. It seems like I get things done, but there is always a list of things that need to be done. Never a end...

I have stitched up 3 models for Just Another Button Co to be released at the market coming up in St. Charles next month. There are sure to be some wonderful things to find there!

I will be out of the shop from July 30 - August 3 attending the EGA Rocky Mountain Region seminar in Albuquerque. If there are things missing from the shop during that it just means that I have taken them with me! My mom will be coming in from Portland to help me out. Always a great time!

The shop hop is in full swing and lots of people from Colorado have been making their way to Cheyenne to shop! Yeah! Always fun to see those people - once a year! The shop hop continues through the end of the month so you still have time to "HOP".

New in the shop -

cross stitch -
Plum Street Samplers - Esther Syer 1796, Pink House Sampler
Nora Corbett - Letters from Mermaids - J, K, L
Homespun Elegance - Uncle Sam Crow
Bobbie G - God Bless Cowgirls
Needlework Press - Sweet Land
Rosewood Manor - Independence Square
Shepherd's Bush - Americana Triffles
X's & Oh's - I Love Frogs
Heartstring Samplery - Sweet Land of Liberty
Little House Needleworks - Old Glory, Robin's Song, Under the Sun (Sun, Moon & Stars), Calendar Girl: July, Seaside Summer Alphabet
Country Cottage Needleworks - Frosty Forest: Snowy Reindeer, Land of Liberty
Waxing Moon - Summer Things
Mill Hill - Angel Trilogy: Seraphina, Garielle, Angelina
Cross Stitch & Needlework - September 2014
Stoney Creek - Summer 2014
Lizzie Kate - A Little Boo, Hats Off to Halloween 2, Tiny Tidings XIX, Jolly Round & Kind - Santa 14, Tingles: It's Halloscream/Toil & Trouble, It's Halloween/Fright Night, Gone Haunting/Spooky

knitting -
Vogue Knitting - Early Fall 14
Knitscene - Fall 14
25 Knitted Accessories to Wear & Share
Knitting Traditions - Fall 14

I think that's it for now. Be safe out there in Cheyenne with all the added traffic and tourists. Enjoy Frontier Days.

See you soon!

june 20

I am so bad at this blogging thing......
So my excuse is that I have been busy. Some excuse huh? I'm always busy! I am working on DebBee's Designs new "Wave the Flag" chart. It is the 4th in the series that goes in a beautiful wooden tray. Should have it done soon. Also knitting a swing knitting shawl - new design by Heidrun. It is turning out really great! Hope to have it finished this weekend.... Have to get these done because there are other new things coming next week.. and I am going to be out of the shop for a few days - taking some time to go to Nebraska to visit my kids. Spending my birthday with them! Yeah!!

New things in the shop -
cross stitch -
Foxwood Crossings - Snow Grateful, SnowFriends Sleds
Little House Needleworks - Freedom House, Louise & Henry, Calendar Girls: June
Country Cottage Needleworks - Fun in the Sun, Frosty Forest: Snowgirl Cottage, Beneath the Stars
With Thy Needle & Thread - Time for Halloween
Nimue - Fairies Coprinus, The Tit's Fairy, The Robin's Fairy, Fairy Dust
Imaginating - Sweet Cherries, Let's Sail into Summer, Summer Birdhouse, Garden Cuties: Snail & Caterpillar
Just Another Button Co - Woodland Rabbit, Woodland Rabbit Ornament
DebBee's Designs - Wave the Flag
Amy Bruecken Designs - Halloween Parade, Less Bitching More Stitching
Nora Corbett - Luna, Gigi
Just Cross Stitch - August 2014 (Christmas ornament preview)
Mirabilia - Queen Mariposa

knitting -
New American Knits
Amigurumi At Home
New Vintage Lace
Knitters - Summer 2014
Interweave Crochet - Summer 2014
Cat Mountain Fiber Arts - Fusion 500 - 5 colors - 5 100 yard skeins of various fibers all hand dyed to match
Vijay Fibers - 100% mulberry silk - 821 yard hand dyed - 3 colors

I think that's it for now. The Front Range Shop Hop starts on July 1 - should be lots of fun!!! Hope to see you in the shop soon.

may 22

What a crazy month I have had. It all started on April 25 when a very dear friend and good customer passed away very suddenly. It took me a few days to get over the shock. I then left on May 1 to go to Indianapolis to market, only to come home on the 8th and come down with bronchitis. I am still trying to get over that! And then to top it all off, my computer died while I was gone, so I have had to buy a new one and have lost all my contact information and old emails with information that I need! It has all been very frustrating!!!!!
I had a good time at market - my mom & sister went with me and while we didn't have much time to explore Indianapolis we kept very busy. Meetings, classes, and dinners with old friends & new friends are the most important parts of going to market. Seeing the new product is important too, but the connections I have made with others in the industry are what keep me going.

There are so many new things in the shop it will be hard to list them all here. I just encourage you to stop by and check it all out for yourself. Here are a few of the new things in the shop:

cross stitch -
Mirabilia - October Opal Fairy
Just Cross Stitch - June 2014
SamSarah - Ten X the Fun: May Posies & Happy Celebration
Mill Hill - Buttons & Beads - French Horn, Snowy Owl, Nuthatch, Ginger Friends, Palace Theater, Polar Bears Celebration Santas - Feliz Navidad, Joyeux Noel, Merry Christmas
Christmas Ornaments - Jade, Blue Topaz, Holly, Peridot, Berry, Lapis
Winter Holiday Magnets - Snow Fun, Cat in the Box, Winter Bird, Holiday Panda, Drummer Boy, Scottie
Little House Needleworks - Over the Moon (part 1 of Sun Moon & Stars), Needle Lady Pocket, Town Church, Calendar Girl - May
Imaginating - Garden Cuties Ladybug & Bee, Honoring Marriage, Zen Breath, Baby Elephant Birth
Country Cottage Needleworks - Welcome Home, Frosty Forest: Snowy Foxes
Val's Stuff - Hooray! It's June
Stoney Creek - Spring 2014
Cross Stitch & Needlework - July 2014
Lizzie Kate - Kitty String, Puppy String, Mothers, Busy Bee, Don't Cry Because it's over, Tingles Flit-it: Ghosties & Ghoulies/Haunted, October 31/Jack O Lantern, Just Batty/Trick or Treat
Hot House Petunia Designs - Baa Baa Baby
Fireside Originals - Words of Freedom
Flower 2 Flowers - Happy Birthday Jesus, Southwestern Life Desert Night, Southwestern Life Desert Evening, Turtle Love, Rejoice
Just Nan - Miss Kitty's Pin Cube, Miss Kitty Pin
Alessandra Adelaide - Soffia
Rosewood Manor - Spring Has Come mystery sampler part 3

knitting -
Vogue Knitting Crochet 2014 Special Collector's Issue
Piecework - May/June 2014 (lace issue)
Interweave Knits - Summer 2014
Noro Magazine #4
Knitscene Accessories 2014

There are also new yarns from Mountain Colors, and Kniting Fever.

I sure hope next month is not so crazy! See you soon!!!


april 17

Well, here I am - behind again. But you all know that I have been busy behind the scenes! It is the time of year when market is coming right up (OMG 2 weeks!!!!), some of the yarn companies are starting to show their fall yarns (I know - it isn't even spring yet!), and everyone is trying to get into their gardens and their knitting and stitching is going by the wayside. There are so many new things in the shop that you should stop by soon and take some time to look around (in fact, not all the spring yarns have found a home on the shelves!)

As I stated above I am headed to market in just 2 short weeks, so if there is anything that you would like me to look for, just let me know!

New and in the shop:

cross stitch -
Plum Street Samplers - On Prudence
Just Another Button Co - Woodland Hedgehog Ornament, Woodland Hedgehog, Horace Hedgehog Pincushion
Lizzie Kate - 4 Seasons: Autumn, 4 Seasons: Winter, If We Pray Inspiration Boxer, Be Who You Are
SamSarah Design Studio - Ten X the Fun: Light House
Just Nan - Lorelei Lamb
Pegasus - Popular Dogs Vol 6
Carolyn Manning Designs - Lil Flakes
Stitch Kitty - Toadally Nerdy
Bent Creek - Pink & White, Think Happy Be Happy
Imaginating - A Mother's Hand, Owls on the Branch, Spring Birdhouse, Let's Think Spring
Val's Stuff - Please Bring Spring
Country Cottage Needleworks - Morning Song, Frosty Forest: Bluebird Cabin
Little House Needleworks - Farm Fresh Cherries, American Frontier, Calendar Girls: April
Crossed Wing Collection - Allen's Hummingbird 2014
The Stitching Bear - Snowflake Kisses, Coffee & Wine
Amy Bruecken Designs - I Love You More, Little Guys: The Hugger, Little Guys: All My Love
Mill Hill - Peek A Boo Pumpkin, Ravens, Harvest Home, Country Fair, Autumn Harvest magnets - Monster Mash, Princess Carriage, Love Potions, Grandpa's Tractor, Jeweled Pear, Smores
Rosewood Manor - Spring Has Come (mystery sampler part 2)

knitting -
Knitting Traditions - Spring 2014
Knit Wear - Spring/Summer 2014
Knit in New Directions

accessories -
Bohin scissors in 4 wonderful colors

I think that's it for now. Keep on stitching!!!

march 17

Top O the Morning to You! Happy St Paddy's Day!

I sure wish my life would slow down so I could get something done other than work! There is so much on my "to-do" list that I don't think I will ever catch up! Just when I think I can see an end - the *&%# hits the fan and it starts all over again!

I have been stitching like a fool lately - since the Nashville market I have finished Hippity Hoppity from DebBee's Designs, The Beekeeper from Plum Street Samplers, Friend Sheep from Shepherd's Bush, Little Flower Child from Amy Bruecken Designs, Calendar Girls: March from Little House Needleworks, and Frosty Friends: Snowy Friends from Country Cottage Needleworks (I am keeping up with this one!). I also stitched a little model that will be coming out soon for Just Another Button Co. - so cute!!! Now I am working on Spring Has Come - the first part of the mystery sampler from Rosewood Manor. I finally picked up my knitting needles too and am working on a wonderful sweater in Folio from Berroco.

New in the shop -
cross stitch -
Little House Needleworks - Calendar Girls: March, Cowgirl Country
Country Cottage Needleworks - Frosty Forest: Snowy Friends
Prairie Schooler - Santa's Revisited, Rabbit Run, Where There Are Bees, One For the Crow
Shepherd's Bush - Home Sweet Home
Bent Creek - Find Your Way to Love, Will You Stay a While, Oodles of Winter
Val's Stuff - Live Each Day with a Smile, Snow Kitty, I Love Chocolate
Imaginating - Let's Visit Grandpa, Let's Go to Grandma's, Sprinkle the Seeds, Butterfly Bliss
Waxing Moon - Frosty, Winter Things
Rosewood Manor - Spring Has Come: mystery sampler part 1
Cross Stitch & Needlework - May 2014

knitting -
Interweave Crochet - Spring 2014
Vogue Knitting - Spring/Summer 2014

Nuble - 75% merino wool/25% silk - 10 new colors!

I think that's it for now - have a wonderfully green day!

march 1 - part 2

Continuing with the new yarns -

Uluru - cotton/acrylic/polyester - lace weight - 8 multi colors
Findley - wool/silk - lace weight - 7 colors (in addition to the others already in stock)
Sublime Extra Fine Merion Lace - 7 colors
Noro Kibou - cotton/wool/silk - worsted weight - 6 colors
Delicious Yarns Swirl & Parfait - 8 mixed colors

Knitters Pride faux leather bags to hold interchangeable needle set & lots of other things!
Addi - crochet hook sets in a case
wooden stich markers
Knit Purl Hunter - Building in Color
Modern Baby Crochet
Interweave Knits - Spring 2014
Piecework Magazine - March/April
Knitters Magazine - Spring 2014
The Big Book of Crochet Stitches
Plus Size Fashions - crochet
Cable Cocoons & Hats - crochet

That's it for the new - I know there is a whole list of other counted cross stitch charts that I haven't listed because I have been so negligent in keeping my blog up to date. Stop by & check it all out!!!

march 1

It has been a long time since I have written anything here. My life has just been crazy and every time I think about doing this, something else comes up.

Since I am just back from market there are LOTS of new things - listed here:

cross stitch -
Poppy Kreations - Have You Any Wool
SamSarah Design Studio - When Pigs Fly, Ten X the Fun: Easter Bunny's Carrot Farm, Hearts Blossomed, Buttercup
Stacy Nash - Spring Button Tray & Strawberry Pinkeep
DebBee's Designs - Easter Parade, Hippity Hoppity, Royal Garden
Erica Michaels - Out of Many One, America
Fireside Originals - Halloween Hide A Way, The Retreat Sampler
Just Nan - Little Princess Snow
Ink Circles - Pepper Tree, Blue Morpho, Turrets & Town, Turtles All the Way Down
Hands On Design - RW & B Steps, Savor Each Stitch, Love My Stitching, A Proper Young Lady
Aury TM - Stitchers Ornaments, Polar Animals Quaker Style
Plum Street Samplers - A Friend Loveth, Welcome All Hearts Home, True Friendship, Count Twice, The Beekeeper
Needle Bling Designs - Spring Rabbits, Your Story, Family Blessing
Shepherd's Bush - Spring Box, Garden Sheep, Wisteria Snowman, Count Your Blessing
Sue Hillis Designs - Snowman Wisdom, Hangin' With My Peeps, Hippity Hop
Amy Bruecken Designs - Home of the Brave, Land of the Free, Little Bunny Girl, Little Bunny Boy, Little Bunny Egg, Little Easter Chick, Little Flower Child
Praiseworthy Stitches - Simple Gifts - Peace, Snow Crystal Huswif, Snow Crystal Fob
Lizzie Kate - Do Your Best, Song of Spring
Just Another Button Co - Seeds, Sprout, Woodland Owl, Woodland Owl Ornament, Dilly Dally
Foxwood Crossing - Della Robbia Sleds, Pomegranate Sleds, Saltox Sleds (and I have the sleds to put them on!)
Fern Ridge (beaded scissor fobs) - Small Secrets & Butterfly Moments, Maren's World, Delicate Dogwood

There are also lots of magnets, needlepoint canvases, new threads from the Gentle Arts, Weeks Dye Works & Rainbow Gallery, scissors, and Stella lamps (awesome!!!!)

I will list the new yarns in a separate post.

Happy New Year!!

It's been a while. I would say that it would be my new year's resolution to be better, but I would fail....

I hope you have a wonderful 2014. 2013 has been a little difficult in many aspects and I am hopeful for a new year!

New in the shop ----

cross stitch -
Misty Hill Studio - Wolf Moon
Raise the Roof - December Angel
The Stitching Studio - Bear Cub
Country Cottage Needleworks - Frosty Forest: Snowy Deer, Frosty Forest: Raccoon Cottage, Snowman Trio
Plum Street Samplers - Harvest Delivery, Halloween Delivery, Wintertide Friends, Winter Wienerland
Just Another Button Co - Tuffet's Cupboard part 4, Pincushion Appeal, Thistle Sewing Wallet kit
Mirabilia - Biancabella
Just Cross Stitch - February 2014
SamSarah Design Studio - Winds of Grace: Five Bells, Ten X the Fun: Happy Hearts
The Scarlett House - Sleigh Rides & Snowflakes
Little House Needleworks - Calendar Girls: January, Little Sheep Virtues: Joyfulness
Cherry Lane - Angels We Have Heard on High
Imaginating - Let's Rejoice
Amaryllis Artworks - The Quaker Button Ball

knitting -
Berroco - Norah Gaughn Vol. 14
Folio - 6 colors (superfine alpaca & rayon)
Piecework - January/February 2014
Knitscene - Spring 2014
Vogue Knitting - Winter 2013/2014

I think that's it for now. Have a wonderful & prosperous 2014!!!

november 28

Happy Thanksgiving!!!
So much going on this time of year. I hope each of you will stop to reflect on your blessings. I count each of you as one of mine!

I am celebrating my 19th anniversary tomorrow and Saturday with a special "draw for your discount" sale. Also, on Saturday from 2:30 - 3:30 Joanna Johnson will be at the shop with her new book, Green Gable Knits. She will also have all of the models from the book with her. Please stop by to visit and get an autographed copy of the book.

The deadline for getting things finished or framed for Christmas is coming up very soon. Monday, December 2 is the deadline for finishing (ornaments, stockings, etc) and December 10 is the deadline for framing.

New in the shop -
knitting -
Knit Pink
Crochet Pink
Noro Knitting Magazine Fall/Winter 2013
Ella Rae Classic Sport - 20 colors - a very special price for only $5.00/skein - limited - when they are gone, they are gone!
Lumia - bulky weight yarn with a reflective twist for those that go out at night and need to be seen (or a coat for your dog!!!)
Kidsilk Amore Shimmer - bulky weight silk & mohair for quick to knit accessories (I made a headband in less than 2 hours!)

cross stitch -
Little House - Gratitude (Little Sheep Virtues #11)
Country Cottage - It's Snow Cold, Raccoon Cabin
Imaginating - Peace Dove, Dozen Dandy Ornaments, Got Snow Reindeer, Stained Glass Rejoice
Lizzie Kate - A Little Snow
Nora Corbett - Zinnia
Cherry Hill Stitchery - Merry Christmas, Christmas Candy Cane Sampler
Marnic Designs - Liking My Coffee, How Do U Take Your Coffee, Yes I Can Drive A Stick
Hands On Designs - Joyeux Noel
Bobbie G - Mister Snowman
Plum Street Samplers - Thankful for Thee, Cinnamon Stars
Sue Hillis - Reindeer Games, Candy Stick Santa
SamSarah Design Studio - Ten X the Fun: Play in the Snow, Winds of Grace: Four Bells
Stitch N Zip - needlepoint scissor cases & eyeglass/cell phone cases

I think that's it for today. Don't overeat! Shop Small Business Saturday - support all the small businesses that keep this country running. The big businesses can do without your business for one day, but small businesses need your support everyday.

I will be out of the shop from Thursday - Monday - I HAVE to go to Omaha to babysit the grandkids!!!! Connie & Sherry have me covered!

Have a wonderful day. Until next time....

nov 12

Isn't today a fun day? 11/12/13!!!!

I have been really bad in keeping my blog updated. My excuse - I've been busy. (and I'm sticking to that!) I spent a couple of days in Las Vegas - business related of course! Took in a fun show with my cousin and then spent 2 days in strategic planning meetings.

Can you believe that it is almost Thanksgiving? And then it will be Christmas!!! The finishing deadline is December 2 and the framing deadline is December 10. I cannot guarantee anything brought in after those dates.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 30. Joanna Johnson will be here for a book signing from 2:30 - 3:30 for her NEW book - "Green Gable Knits". This will be hot off the press and we will be the first place that it will be available!

new in the shop -
cross stitch --
SamSarah Design Studio - Winds of Grace: Two Bells & Three Bells, Ten X the Fun: Autumn Leaves & Christmas Trees
Nora Corbett - Fairie Autumn Glow
Just Nan - Cardinal Tweet
Val's Stuff - Kitty Christmas, Things That Go Bump in the Night
Imaginating - Holiday Blues, Apple Basket Chickadees, Thankful Family Blessings
Shepherd's Bush = Oliver's Stocking
Bent Creek - Glad You are Here, Quaker Ghost, Find Your Way to Halloween
Country Cottage - Reindeer Games, Santa's Village Hot Coca Café
Little House - Home is Where the Sunflowers Grow, Little Sheep Virtues Kindness
Cross Stitch & Needlework - January 2014

knitting -
Jane Austen Knits 2013
Knitters Magazine - Winter 2013
Karbonz interchangeable knitting needle limited edition set

needlepoint -
Candy Swirls Candy Corn

I think that's it for now. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

new in the shop

october 19

Things have been very busy! Went to Alliance, NE last weekend for their first fiber fair. Not a great deal of business, but it was kind of fun. Got to see Carhenge!

Do you know that Christmas will be here in 65 days? Kind of scary! Hope you are making progress on your knitting/stitching projects!

New in the past couple of weeks -
cross stitch -
Carousel Charts - Halloween, Hearts (necklace & pendant kits)
Cody Country Cross Stitch - A Night Vision
Cherry Hill Stitchery - We Rake We Pile We Jump, Welcome to Winter, Welcome to Autumn
The Stitching Bear - Flowers Bloom
Art to Heart - Bittersweet Pumpkins
Needle Bling - Boo-tober
Waxing Moon - Eat Drink & Be Merry, Keep Christmas Merry
Nora Corbett - Letters From Mermaids: D, E, F
Lizzie Kate - Flora McSample's 2013 Stockings, Life is Not Measured, Good Friends Inspiration Boxer
Little House Needleworks - Peter Peter, Little Sheep Virtues: Friendship
Country Cottage Needleworks - Happy Harvest, Santa's Village: Elves' Workshop
Imaginating - Beware of the Scare, Pumpkin Trio, Boo Friends, Witches Brew
AB Designs - Little Guys: Pilgrim Pete, Acorn Abe, Indian Corn, Indian Chief
Mirabilia - Ella the Frog Princess
Just Cross Stitch - Nov/Dec 2013
Stoney Creek magazine - Autumn 2013

DMC - 16 new colors - not available individually

knitting -
All About Knitting
Scarf Style 2
Knitting Architecture
Fair Isle Style
Knitscene - Winter 2013
Churchmouse - Boyfriend Watch Cap, Colorwork Cuffs, Cozy Boot Cuffs, Fir Cone Scarf & Wrap, Racing Raindrops Scarf, Garter Blocks Baby Blanket, X Anniversary Tea Cozy

Have a great week!

september 27

I am thinking I might need to turn the heat on!!
It has been a crazy couple of weeks! Went to the Scottsbluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair and then had Heidrun and Brigitte here teaching swing knitting. Busy times! Both events were lots of fun! Tomorrow I am headed to Portland - quick visit with Mom, Debbie & her family and then 3 days of board meetings. One more day with Mom before flying home next Friday.

new in the shop -

cross stitch -
Cross Stitch & Needlework - November 2013
Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament issue
Cottage Garden - Halloween Sampler
Cherry Hill Stitchery- County Life Sheep
Ship's Manor - Tricks & Treats
DebBee's Designs - Trick Treats
ScissorTail Designs - Pumpkin Potpourri, Christmas Hope Joy Love
Bobbie G Designs - Christmas Tree
Just Nan - Gingerbread Jingle Mouse
Just Another Button Co - Tuffet's Cupbord (part 3), Acorn Fairy, Sunflower Fairy, Witch Hat Fairy, Candy Corn Fairy, Ghost Fairy

knitting -
150 Scandinavian Motifs
Stitches for Tailored Knits
Interweave Crochet - Fall 2013
The Beaded Edge (crochet)
The Beaded Edge 2 (crochet)

I think that's it for this week - there was some new yarn that came in too. Stop by to check it out!

Have a great week!

September 7 - part 2 cross stitch

Because of the large number of new items this post is divided into 2 sections. Please see the other post for new knitting items.

Rosewood Manor - Summer Quakers
Stoney Creek - The Last Supper, Victorian Village Christmas, It's 5 O'clock Somewhere, One Hundred Years, Bug Babies
Bent Creek - Pieces of Autumn, Snappers: Welcome
Country Cottage Needleworks - Count Your Blessings
Imaginating - Wedding Cats, Halloween Hoots, Let's Trick or Treat, Let's Be Family
From Nancy's Needle - Crows in the Corn
Doodlin' Around Designs - Milton Moose, Millie Moose, Marvin Moose
DebBee's Designs - A Canvas Christmas
Brenda Riddle Designs - Believe, Amazing Grace, Vintage Christmas
Keslyns - Lavender Cream, Shangri-La, Purple Rain, Butterfly Garden
Needle Bling Designs - Count Down to Christmas, Count Down to Halloween, Bling from the Cauldron, Winter's Awwwe
Ink Circles - Strawberry Roam
Hands On Designs - Count Stitches (not calories)
Angel Stitchin - Bathroom Rules
Handblessings - Oolee on Jack-O-Lantern, Oolee on Witches Shoes, Oolee Under Witches Hat, Scary Night, Scary Night 2, Bargello Cardinal
Art to Heart - Santa's Coming, Christmas Joy, Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas
Mill Hill - Curly Girl Design - Still Silent Holy Bright, Most Real, Simple Wish, Spaces in Between
Just Nan - Oakley Owlet
Just Another Button Co - Daisies Kissing Ball
Country Stitches With They Needle & Thread - Forget Me Not Sampler
Amy Brueken Designs - Be Merry, Little Guys Oh Christmas Tree, Little Guys Sammy Sock, Little Guys Hocus Pocus
Shepherd's Bush - October Comes, Spooky Stitches Bag, Autumns Fright Pin Cushion, Fright Night, Hocus Pocus
SamSarah Design Studio - Thirst Aid Kit, Ten X the Fun, Winds of Grace, Halloween Banners, Delightful, Fish Stix!
Lizzie Kate - Hoot
Noteworthy Needle - Cross Eyes (cross stitch on the corner of sunglasses!!!!)
Fern Ridge - Bats All Folks, Dracana, Pumpkin & Pinecones, Stitcher's Dozen Pin Cushion (with pins & box)
Red Gate Stitchery - cross stitch pendants on bamboo & acrylic forms (super cute & super easy to do!)

Gingher scissors - Julia (new design for 2013)
Rainbow Gallery - new silk lame braid colors & new Fyre Werks colors (glow in the dark!)

I think that's it. Tons to see - stop by soon to see it all!

september 7 part 1 - knitting

Because there are so many new items I am breaking this into 2 posts - this one is for new yarn items.

Zitron - Wollkenspiel - wool/nylon blend sock yarn
Delicious Yarn - a new company! - CB Sweets worsted & CB Sprinkles Sport - 51% cotton/49% bamboo - 6 colors each
Alexandra's Crafts - Silver Creek - 50% merino/50% tencil - sock weight
Cestari - cotton/wool/silk sock yarn
Baa Ram Ewe - Titus - wool/alpaca - 8 colors, 4 patterns
HiKoo - Kenzie - wool/nylon/angora/alpaca/silk - sport weight - 9 colors
Brown Sheep - ruffle scarf & fingerless mitt set - with new Lana Boucle yarn - 3 colors 100% wool
Schoppel - Gradient - 100% wool worsted weight
Laura Nelkin - Soutache Set (cuff & necklace with beads)
TSC Artyarns - Corona Scarf/Shawl kit - 3 colors
University of Wyoming officially licensed kits - ski hat, beanie, button beanie, mittens, scarf & stocking

Easy Knitting for Baby
Vogue Knitting - Fall 2013

That's it for the knitting - check the other blog post for cross stitch.

august 30

August 30???? How did it get to be the end of August?????

I have had such good intentions to get the new items listed here. I took the list with me on vacation. I brought the list home with me. That is my life. Too many things going on. But on the other hand, I had a great time on vacation! I met my mom & sister in Denver and we flew to St. Louis. Spent a day at the Arch - took a riverboat cruise & went to the top of the Arch. What an awesome view! Spent some time in historic downtown St. Charles and then 2 days of crazy shopping at market (oh, I brought home some really wonderful things - you have to wait to see what I bought though) Then we drove to Omaha to visit Jennifer, Tom & the kids. Spent a day at the zoo (shocker!!) Then drove home. I took mom & Debbie back to Denver to the airport yesterday, and now it is back to reality. Somehow the work just piles up while I am gone so will take the weekend to catch up. I think I mentioned last time that I will be taking over as the Counted Thread & Embroidery Group Chair in TNNA (The National Needlearts Association) the beginning of October. I spent some time while I was at market working on some things that will be upcoming & talking with various people about events & other things that need to be done in that organization. While I am not new to the Board, this is a different hat and I have to think differently. It will take some time to do that.

New in the past few weeks -
cross stitch -
Country Cottage Needleworks - Up Up & Away
Bent Creek - Snapper: Welcome to Our Home Series, Snapper: Hello, Quaker Home, I Love You More Than All the Stars
Imaginating - Rose Quilt, Angels Welcome, Let's Be Friends, Seaside Wreath
OMG - Cup Cake of the month: April, May, June
Lizzie Kate - Tiny Tidings XVIII, Merry String, Thankful String, Jingles: Love, Jingles: Joy, Jingles: Let It Snow, Jolly Old Soul - Santa 2013
Jill Oxton Cross Stitch & Bead Weaving - issue #89
Nora Corbett - Buttercup, Faerie Summer Love
Jim Shore Santas - Christmas Cheer Santa, Purrfect Christmas Santa, Christmas Spirit Santa, Festival Friends Santa, Cozy Christmas Santa, Glad Tidings Santa
Mirabilia - Red

fabric -
Riviera - 14 ct aida & 28 ct linen - gold, aqua, olive, coral

knitting -
Knitters Magazine - Fall 2013
Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts - 2013
Vogue Knitting - Fall 2013
Interweave Knits - Fall 2013

I think that's it for this week. Have a wonderful holiday weekend - I will be mowing, pulling weeds, & edging, laundry, cleaning, and getting things ready for the pajama party that will be next Friday! Call if you want to attend!

Until next time...

july 31

I have been very remiss in this blog. I apologize. Things have been very crazy in my world. I have a whole list of new things that I should have posted long ago.

Frontier Days is over. Today is the last day of the Front Range Shop Hop (thanks to everyone that participated!!!) The Laramie Co Fair starts on Saturday (judging is Friday). The Hot August Knits Yarn Crawl starts on the 10th. I have been crazy with trying to get all the stitching done that needs to be done - trying to keep up with all the ongoing projects has been nuts - and then doing the other things that need to be done in the interim. Then, I have taken on a new position with TNNA - the Counted Thread & Embroidery Group Chair - this is a 3 year position and will require a bit more travel (again). Please bear with me as I try to promote counted thread around the world. I promise that I will not neglect the shop!!!

New in the shop -
knitting -
Knitting Traditions - Fall 2013
Unofficial Harry Potter Knits

yarn -
Toasty - 100% wool bulky weight from Kollage Yarns
Lofty - 100% merino wool bulky weight from Kollage Yarns

cross stitch -
Nora Corbett - Spring Fling, Letters from Mermaids A; B; C
Lanarte - Elk (the title of the pattern is Red Deer, but it is really an elk!!!)
Mill Hill - Tiny Treasured Diamonds - 6 designs
Just Another Button Co - Tuffet's Cupboard (part 2 of 4)
Kustom Krafts - Brown Bear
Carolyn Manning - Up North
DebBee's Designs - Bon Bon 4 (dark chocolate with mint)
Needle Bling Designs - Grow Giggles, Sparkled Happiness
Stitching Bear - Wash & Pray
Thistles (a new design company from the Netherlands!) - Floss Tags, All Sheep Count, A Sheepy Christmas, Counting Sheep, Cornelia, A Sheep Farm, Rudolph's Travels, Happy Feet, Stitcher's Favorites
Hands On Designs - Quilt Squared I, Quilt Squared II
SamSarah Design Studio - Fun Every Day: December, In My Garden: Chapter 6
Waxing Moon - Wicked Stitches
Cherry Hill Stitchery - Fall Owl, See You in the Pumpkin Patch
Little House Needleworks - Little Sheep Virtue: Patience
Country Cottage Needleworks - Santa's Village: Santa's Sleighworks

accessories -
Mirabila greeting cards
button buddies from Just Another Button Co - Candy Cardinal, Cindy Blue Who

I think that's it for now. Will try my best to be better at this (I know, I keep promising.........)

july 1

Can you believe that this year is already half over? Where has it gone?
Market was a great time. This was the first time going to market that I haven't been on the board or retail council. It felt kind of strange! Now, I am still on the nominating committee, so I had to some of that work while I was there, but it really wasn't like answering board questions. I had no agenda at market (kind of scary). I think I bought a lots of stuff.......

Today is the first day of the Front Range Shop Hop. This is our 13th year. Stop by any of the 3 shops that are participating - Ewe Count, Country Crafts in Greeley, and Fanci Mats in Littleton - pick up your passport and start hopping!! Each shop has an exclusive chart representing the season that they have chosen that will be for sale - mine is autumn! We aren't doing bags this year, but you will receive a pincushion kit at each shop for free(again representing their season). If you stop by each shop during the month of July you will be entered to win one of 3 gift baskets! Each shop is also going to do a $50 gift certificate drawing - but you have to go to the shop to enter!!

New in the past couple of weeks -
knitting -
Vogue Knitting - Early Fall 2013
Piecework - July/August 2013

cross stitch -
Mirabilia - Persephone
SamSarah Design Studio - Fun Every Day: November, In My Garden: Chapter 5
Country Cottage Needleworks - Candy Cane Cottage (Santa's Village), Stars & Stripes
Little House Needleworks - Simplicity (sheep virtues), Bessie, The Farmer's Daughter
Nordic Needle - Award Winning Designs in Hardanger Embroidery 2013
Prairie Schooler - Double Double..., 2013 Santa, Nordic Holiday, Happy Christmas, Boo Moon, Trick or Treat
Val's Stuff - I Love My Blooming Cats
Imaginating - Let's Party, Bundle of Joy, Sailboats in the Wind, Beach Time
Shepherd's Bush - Hive & Home

I think that's about it. Hope you see you out "hopping"!!!

june 17

It has been a crazy couple of weeks! We had a wonderful time at World Wide Knit in Public Day. We just wished that more people would have joined us. I saw that Gillette had 15 people attend. We had 6. What's up with this??????????
Many thanks to Sherry, Connie and Nancy for helping with the yarn bombing. I think it looked great when it was done. Please drive by the soccer fields on Pershing to check it out!
This past weekend I went to Grand Junction to attend the Rocky Mountain Region EGA regional seminar. I took lots to sell. The car was as full coming home as it was going, but I sold lots of stuff. Not sure how that happens! It was great seeing the gals that I only get to see once every couple of years. I have known some of them for over 25 years so it is always fun.
This week I am heading to Columbus, OH for the annual summer trade show. Since I missed market in January it will be fun to see some of those that I only get to see at the trade shows. It is so wonderful to be able to connect with the vendors!

New in the shop -

knitting -
Interweave Crochet - Summer 2013

cross stitch -
Little House Needleworks - Sweet Shop, Simplicity
Country Cottage Needleworks - Surfside Cottage
Imaginating - Have Hope, Summer Birdhouse, Let's Go to the Beach, Love What You Do
Mill Hill - Nativity Trilogy: Gloria, Benjamin, Luke
Colonial Santas: Jamestown Santa, Plymouth Santa, Williamsburg Santa
Cherry Hill Stitchery - The Best Things in Life
The Stitching Studio - Eagle, Elk
Heaven & Earth Designs - Mom & Baby Turtle
Just Another Button Co - Wooly Pillow Pincushion, Shepherd's Hill Pincushion
Amy Bruecken - Batley the Bat, Candy Korn, Twirl
Just Nan - Porch Garden Mice
Just Cross Stitch - July/August 2013 (the annual Christmas Ornament preview)
Stoney Creek - Bed Bath & Bibs for Baby, Words of Faith, Bethlehem Silhouettes II, Vows of Love, Fruitful Stitching, Lord's Prayer Sampler
Lizzie Kate - Jingles: FaLaLaLaLa, Silent Night, Joy to the World, Spooky String, My To Do List, Faith is Being Sure

The first part of the new mystery sampler from Little House should be here today. I can hardly wait to see it! Can't start it yet though.....too many other irons in the fire!!!

Have a great week.

june 1

June? How did it get to be June? Where has this year gone?

I had a wonderful time in Omaha. We had CJ's birthday party - an Angry Birds party! We made up little baggies of M&M's - bird poop and gummy worms - bird food. CJ had great fun spelling them out - b-i-r-d-p-o-o-p "bird poop" and then he would giggle. It was so cute! I also made an Angry Bird cake - looked really good if I don't say so myself. The kids had made up an Angry Birds game and we had a pig piñata. There was also a bounce house. It was so much fun. I got to go to Heather's track & field day at school and have lunch with her. I can't believe that she is going to be in the 3rd grade! They grow up too fast!

My prayers go out to those in Oklahoma. It is so sad to look at the devastation. I can't imagine what they are going through.

New in the past couple weeks -

cross stitch -
Country Cottage - Christmas Tree Farm (Santa's Village)
Little House - Faith (little sheep virtues)
Mill Hill - buttons & beads: Who Trio, Family Tree, Holiday Memories, Chicadees, Village Inn, Cool Quartet winter holiday collection magnets: Crystal Wreath, For Santa, Winter Bunnies, Rocking Horse, Christmas Lights, Red Wagon
SamSarah - In My Garden: Chapter 4, Perpetual Calendar: October

knitting -
20 Easy Knitted Blankets & Throws
Essential Book of Crochet Technique
Art of Seamless Knitting
Free Spirit Shawls
Metropolitan Knits
Knitscene Accessories
Knitters - Summer 2013

I think that's it for now. June is going to be a really busy month. I am going to Grand Junction to the Rocky Mountain Region EGA region seminar. I am hosting the boutique (loads of work - great fun!) And then I am going to Columbus to the TNNA summer trade show (loads of work - great fun!) Connie will be in charge of the shop while I am gone. She can take great care of you!

Have a wonderful week.

may 14

Last night was a bittersweet evening. Several customers and I joined for a "goodbye" dinner for Cathy Littlejohn. Cathy has been working when I am gone for about 3 years and she is leaving at the end of the month to return to South Carolina. She will be missed - not only for her ability to work for me, but for her bubbly personality, southern drawl, and mostly for her crochet ability. She can out crochet anyone I know. Good luck Cathy!!!

So, with that in mind, we are welcoming a new employee - Connie Wise. Connie has been a customer for many years and recently retired from her "paying" job. We are putting her to the test real quick since I am going to be out of town for the next week. I am headed to Omaha to visit with the kids. Heather had a birthday last week, and CJ has a birthday on Saturday. So many gifts to give, cake to eat, and maybe a bounce in the bounce house!

New in the past couple of weeks:
cross stitch -
Mill Hill beaded ornaments: Daisy Mae, Poppy Field, Floral Trellis
Country Cottage - Santa's Village: Reindeer Stables, A Beeline
Little House Needleworks - Sheep Virtues: Courage, Caroling Quartet, Miss Peppers
Imaginating - Let's Wag More, Baby Owl Birth, Bless My Seeds, Seaside Light
Waxing Moon - Sprintime Says Hello
AB Designs - Bloom, Little Monster Stu, Little Monster Sam, Little Monster Syd
Cross Stitch & Needlewoork - July 13

knitting -
Interweave Knits - Summer 13

The 2013 Halloween Ornament Issue of Just Cross Stitch Magazine will be arriving in late July - reserve your copy now!

I think that's it for now. Have a great week - I know I will!!!!!

april 27

Here it is the end of April - not sure how that happened! The crazy weather and bombings in Boston have surely put a damper on this month. Here's to a better month of May!!!

I am really excited that Brigitte Elliott & Heidrun Leigmann will be teaching in Cheyenne in September! Heidrun is from Germany and has developed the knitting technique - Swing Knitting. Brigitte has studied under Heidrun and is perfecting and teaching the technique in the United States. It will be an absolute honor to have both of them here teaching together. The cost of the class is not inexpensive - $345, but that is for 22 hours of class time and 4 meals. A real bargain. I hope you will consider taking the class.

New in the shop in the past couple of weeks -

knitting -

Piecework (lace issue) - May/June 2013
Vogue Crochet - 2013

cross stitch -
Mirabilia - Gypsy Mermaid
Stoney Creek magazine - Summer 2013
SamSarah Design Studio - Perpetual Calendar: September, In My Garden: Chapter Three
Ship's Manor - Dance of the Ladybugs
Rosewood Manor - Graystone Manor Sampler
Stitching Studio - Native Eagle
Sue Hillis - Super....docious
OMG - Holiday Cupcake
Cherry Hill Stitchery - Love You to the Moon
Joan Elliot - Christmas Cross Stitch Treasures
Just Nan - Barnabee in Bloom

I think that's it for now. The weather is wonderful and I am sure you will all be out in your garden (hopefully the snow will melt) - take a few minutes each evening (or morning) to do a little needlework - it will improve your day!!!
Have a wonderful week.

april 13

I am terribly negligent in keeping this blog up to date. Wasn't that a crazy snow storm we had this past week? I had 2 foot drifts the entire length of the building that had to be shoveled by hand. Boy, was I sore when I was done!!I have been so busy stitching models that I haven't taken time to get anything else done. I think I am almost caught up (yeah right!)

I just learned today that Brigitte Elliot and Heidrun Liegmann will be teaching here in September. Since this is a really new thing I don't have all the details yet, but will soon. Heidrun is the creator of Swing Knitting and is from Germany. Brigitte has been doing some teaching of swing knitting in the United States - you may remember that she was at the shop doing some swing knitting teaching last year in August. This will be an intensive 3 day class into Swing Knitting. I am beyond thrilled to be bringing this to you. Stay tuned for more details!!!

New in the shop -
cross stitch -
Lizzie Kate - Think Deeply, A Perfectly Kept House, Jingles Flip-it: Cheer, Wait 'Til Dec 25, Merry
Just Cross Stitch - May/June 2013
SamSarah Design Studio - In My Garden Chapter 2, Perpetual Calendar August
Kustom Krafts - Tulips & Monarch Butterflies, Snow Leopard Cub, Polar Bear, Big Ben
Shepherd's Bush - All Chicks Welcome
Country Cottage Needleworks - Santa's Stocking Store, Singin in the Spring
Little House Needleworks - Main Street Station, Peace
Aury TM - Spring, Twelve Days of Christmas Quaker Style, You are my Lobster, Hope Quaker Style
Crossed Wing Collection - Red Billed Streanstail
Imaginating - Spring Stained Glass, Summer Stained Glass, Winter Stained Glass, Autumn Stained Glass
Bent Creek - Start Where U Stand Sampler, Go North to Winter, Oodles of Spring
Bobbie G - Sewing Notions
Carolyn Manning - Sway, Thistle, Gingham Boughs, Kaleidoscope
Mill Hill - Autumn Harvest Magnets - soccer ball, jeweled apple, tombstone, draculam acorn, chicken or the egg
Button & Beads - Country Morning, Witch Way, Autumn Basket Sunflower, Picked Apples, Midnight Pumpkin

knitting -
Knitscene - Summer 2013
Light & Layered Knits
Knitting Traditions - Spring 2013
Crochet A Zoo
Churchmouse - Anniversary Tea Cozy, Welted Fingerless Gloves, Modern Wrapper, Color Play Mohair Scarf & Wrap

That's it for this week. I promise I will try to update more frequently...

march 23

It's Spring! It's snowing!!

It must be springtime in the Rockies!! (oh, but we need the moisture!!)

I took a day off this week to spend with my grandkids. We went out to the new travel center on I-25. Loads of things for kids to do and lots of great information about Wyoming history. I highly recommend a trip out there!

New in the past couple of weeks -

cross stitch -
Just Another Button Co - Tuffet's Cupboard (part 1)
Mosey N Me - The Thread That Binds (yes, they are back!)
The Stitching Studio - Wolf, Bear Fishing, Eye of the Eagle
Sue Hillis - The Graduate's Journey
The Stitching Bear - God & Chocolate
Blackbird Designs - Long May She Wave
Glendon Place - Snowmen Ala Round
Shepherd's Bush - Be Attitude Sampler
Cross Stitch & Needlework - May 2013

accessories -
32ct linen - Romantic Interlude, French Vanilla Swirl
28ct jazlyn - Amaretto light
14ct aida - Deep Blue Sea
Bonnie Bluebird Button Buddy

knitting -
Sock Art
KnitWear - Spring 2013
Paintbox Knits
Tunisian Crochet Encore
Artful Colorful Mindful Knits

yarn -
Swan's Island - lace weight silk/wool 5 colors

I think that's it for now. Have a wonderful week - it's Holy Week!!!!!

March 9 - part 2

Here are the new yarn items - see part 1 for cross stitch items.

Piecework - March/April 2013
Knitters Magazine #110
Interweave Crochet - Spring 2013
Knits of Tomorrow
Classic Elite Shawls, Wraps & Scarves
100 Snowflakes to Crochet
The New Tunisian Crochet
Knitted Baby Booties
Knitted Bears
Family Album of Knits
Phoenix Bess - Classic Hoodie Jacket, Comfy Pullover
Fiber Trends - Climbing Roses Infinity Scarf
Hooked for Life - Twisty Cowl (crochet)
Churchmouse - Diagonal Lace Scarf & Wrap, Annabell's Cowl, English Mesh Lace Scarf
Marie Mayhew Designs - Wooly Snowman, Wooly Snow Baby, Wooly Snowman Hats, Wooly Sheep, Wooly Gnome & Mushrooms, Wooly Bird Ornaments, Wooly Holiday Ornaments, Wooly Candy Corn
Jenny Watson - Baby Boutique (crochet), Accessories

yarns -
Universal Yarn - Bamboo Bloom Handpaints (3 new colors), Bamboo Pop, Chiffon Ribbon
Mountain Colors - Twizzle (5 new colors), Monarch (several new colors)
HiKoo - Iiara (several colors)
SouthWest Trading Co - Coming Up Flowers (3 colors)

accessories -
Chic-A - several styles of bags
Namaste - new buddy case, Jenna pouch

Whew, I think that's it! Stop by when you get a chance to see everything!

march 9

I am back from market with a suitcase full of new things! I had a great time - it is always fun to catch up with the designers and other shop owners that I have become friends with over the years. As I write this, it is snowing outside, but doesn't look like we are going to get the blizzard that they were predicting.

Here are the new items:
cross stitch -
Miles to Go - Daisy Do, Land of Liberty
SamSarah Design Studio - Perpetual Calendar: July, Happy Easter Bunny, Grow (up), In My Garden (chapter 1)
DebBee's Designs - My Beloved is Mine, Twinkling Gems, Glitz & Glamour Gold, Tapestry Treasures
Aury TM - Harvest Time, Bonnie & Peter GobbleBunny, Deja Brew, American Pride, Winter Spanish Style Season
Prairie Schoolar - Fables & Tales, Vintage Eggs, Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Pigs
Imaginating - Follow Your Dreams, Let's Pray, Forever & Ever, Quilts in A Bottle
Stoney Creek - Camellia, Dahlia, rose, Gerbera Daisy, Sewn with Love, Towels of the Month, Wise Wisdom
Rosewood Manor - Abe & Mary Lincoln's Quilt Sampler, Winter Quaker
Amy Brueken - Whine, I Have Issues, Bad Words, Whatever
Just Nan - Honey Bunny
Shakespeare's Peddlar - Let There Be Peace (also special thread pack for this one)
Hands On Designs - Sew Many Tools, Owl Love, Under A Quilt
Erica Michaels - Kindness, America, This Home
Angel Stitchin - Rule the World, Toilet Paper, A True Friend
Little House Needleworks - Needleworker, Winter Wonderland, Orchard Valley Quilting Bee
Sweetheart Tree - Sparkling Amethyst Crystal Square, Black Cats Trick or Treat (these are limited edition!)
Shepherd's Bush - Gratitude Sampler, Peace & Plenty Pin Cushion, Harmony Scissor Fob, Snow Flakes Pin Cushion, My Stitching Bag
Curly Girl Designs - Inner Tube, Cape & Tiara, Cake Required, Packed Up Her Potential
Mill Hill Frightful Delight - Happy Skelton, Boo Frog, Jacks & Cats, Haunted Crow
Fern Ridge Designs (beaded scissor fobs) - Long May She Wave, Let it Be - A Bee, Amber
Lizzie Kate - Chicks, A Bee C, Flowers
JBW - Alphabet Hearts
Kreinik - Bloom, Stitch A Pen - Fireflys, Strawberries

needlepoint -
Barbara Bergsten Designs - Santa's (6 styles)

accessories -
Puffin & Co - counting pins, magnets
Weeks Dye Works, Gentle Arts Sampler Threads, Crescent Colours - all have new floss colors
Just Another Button Co - Eugenia Tuffet pincushion, Beatrix pincushion, Carrot Tuft Pillow pincushion

See part 2 for the yarn items!

february 23

Things have been really crazy around here! I have spent 7 months trying to refinance the building and it finally went through this past week! Yeah!!!! I am definitely doing a happy dance! I bought a new computer to replace my aging desk top and it has Windows 8 - wow! What a differnce - a huge new learning curve. Now I have to get my files transferred over so I can continue to operate. It is going to take time (that I really don't have!)
I leave on Thursday for the Nashville Needlework Market - this is my annual buying trip - mostly for counted cross stitch. If you have been surfing and found something that is going to be released at market and you would like it, please let me know ASAP so I can get it for you. My really good friend (and fellow shop owner) Deb from Stitches N Things in Michigan has put together a list of all the items that we know of that are going to be released. Check out her web site (www.stitchesnthings.com) and let me know!!

new in the shop since the last blog post -

cross stitch -
Little House Needleworks - Hope, Birdhouse Alphabet, Vanilla & Chocolate
Cross Stitch & Bead Weaving - #88
Kustom Krafts - Blossoming Cornflowers, October, Spray of Flowers, Portrait of a White Tiger, Rural River Landscape, White Lilacs
Val's Stuff - Friends Stick Together
Silver Lining - Geraniums
Imaginating - Lovely Garden, All Aboard, Sew Every Day, Let's Do Wine
Bobbie G Designs - Let's Sew, Nutcracker
X's & Oh's - Dragon Hoppy
Cody Country - Patriotic Kittens, Yankee Doodle
Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly - Spring 2013
Just Cross Stitch - March/April 2013
Mirabilia - Siren & the Shipwreck

knitting -
Easy Knitted Hats
Easy Knitted Accessories
Scottish Knits
Vintage Design Workshop
Interweave Knits - Spring 2013
Vogue Knitting - Spring/Summer 2013

accessories -
Peter Penguin Pincushion

I think that's it for now. No blog next week since I will be at market - let me know if you find something you can't live without!!

Have a great week!

january 28

Well, I just realized it has been a couple of weeks since I wrote anything. Bad me.

It has been crazy around here. Trying to get new models stitched with all the new charts coming in. If I were going to go to the winter market I would be getting ready to leave, but I am not going this year. This is the first time in 8 years that I don't have to be at market for meetings and such, and since market is over Super Bowl weekend and I really need to be in the shop for the sale, it was just a matter of fact that I not go. I am going through withdrawals though. I know that all my shop owner friends and all my industry friends will be at market finding all the newest and most wonderful things and I will not be there.......

So, are you ready for some football? Or at least a celebration for that last, year end, big football game. Sale is Sunday, February 3 from 1 - 4:30. The bargain basement will be open and there will be some wonderful things there that you won't want to miss. As alwasy, everything in the shop will be on sale based on your throw in the toss across game. See you then!!

New in the past couple of week -

cross stitch -
Lizzie Kate - Promise Me, Spring String Snippet (model stitched), As For Me & My House, Jingle Flip its - Deck the Halls, Noel, HoHoHo Holiday (yes, the model is stitched and yes, I added buttons!)
Amy Brueken - Just A Quickie - Little Monster Mack, Little Monster Mike, Little Monster Moe, Quickie Wedding
SamSarah Design Studio - The Flock: Checkerboard Bird (yes, the model is done), Fun Every Day Perpetual Calendar: June
Stoney Creek Magazine - Winter 2013
Cross Stitch & Needlework - March 2013

knitting -

Vogue Knitting - Winter 12/13
Knitscene - Spring 2013
Sock Yarn Shawls (oops, this one is already sold out)

accessories -
Owl tape measure
stitch markers - scotty dog, squirrel & acorn

Have a great week - see you Sunday at the big sale!!

january 5

Happy New Year!!! I hope 2013 is a great year for each of you.

It has been a crazy week here. I had to rearrange the shop - and then arranged it back again. Long story. Stupid thing to have to do. I am hoping it was all worth it. I will hopefully have the answer this next week.

My new year's was very quiet. So quiet that I was in bed by 10:15. That's living it up!!

new this last week -

cross stitch -
SamSarah Design Studio - Witches Pantry: Root of Hemlock (this is the final installment in this series), The Flock: Paisley Bird, Fun Every Day Perpetual Calendar: May
Stoney Creek - Paradise Banner, Bethlehem Silhouettees, God Bless America, Love & Kindness, Dreams & Friends, Memories & Hugs
Country Cottage Needleworks - Poinsettia Place, Winter Snow
Waxing Moon - Swirly Trees
Bent Creek - Holly & White, District 25: Merry Wishes, Deer Watching, Santa House
Little House Needleworks - Saltbox Village, Mary Ann Myers Sampler
Aury TM - Too Chic
Crossed Wing Collection - Magnificent Hummingbird
Imaginating - Hope, Hurt Not the Earth, Country Tea Time Sampler
Bobbie G Designs - Boy & Girl Smallest Things, Helping Hands
Mill Hill - I Love Charmed Ornaments - Love Notes, Love Coffee, Love, Love Gardening, Love Stitching, Love Halloween Spring Bouquet Magnets - Patriotic Star, Bunny Egg, Cool Cat, Elsie, Sheep Egg, Strawberry Buttons & Beads - Puppy Paws, Kitty Paws, Barbeque, Yard Sale, Farmers Market, Tea Room

knitting -
Piecework - Jan/Feb 2013

That's it for this week. I am hopeful for a wonderful week to come!!

December 22

Can it really be 2 days until Christmas? I hope you have all your knitting/stitching/shopping/wrapping/cooking done for the season and can now just sit back and relax and work on something for yourself!

There is a new series that will be starting in January - 12 months of Little Sheep Virtues from Little House Needleworks - if you are interested, please let me know right away so I can get these ordered. Each design is about 4" square and not designed to be done together (although they could be).

I am headed to Omaha tomorrow to spend Christmas with Jennifer, Tom, Heather, and CJ. So exciting. The car is mostly packed and I will be heading out EARLY in the morning. It will be so much fun. I am looking forward to hearing all about their trip to Disney World.

I (or Cathy) will be open Christmas Eve until 2 p.m. for those last minute shoppers. Closed Christmas Day and regular hours the rest of the week. I will be open on New Year's Day from 10 - 6 with 13% off everything in the shop.

New in the shop:

cross stitch -
Just Another Button Co - Feathering the Nest, Nest Sweet Nest, Acorn Medley Mini Pin Cushion, J Edgard (owl pincushion)
Sue Hillis - Dreaming of Chocolate
OMG - Vanilla Cupcake, Birhtday Cupcake, Chocolate Cupcake, Cherry Cupcake
Erica Michaels - Jingle Squared, Thsse Three Remain - Hope
MarNic Designs - Farm Welcome
Heaven & Earth Designs - Old St Nick
Mirabilia - Roses of Provence

knitting -
Finish Free Knits
We Knit You a Merry Christmas
Knit the Nativity
Crochet Noro
Sock Yarn Studio
Interweave Crochet - Winter 2013

That's it. I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas!! There has been much sadness in this country recently and I pray that time will heal all wounds.

december 7

What a wonderful weekend I had last weekend. I went to Omaha to babysit Heather & CJ while Jennifer & Tom went to Baltimore for Tom's work Christmas party. We made a gingerbread house and Christmas cookies, went to the zoo and the Amazing Pizza Machine, made forts and had a great time! It's good to play Grandma once in a while!

Christmas is fast approaching and the deadline for finishing and framing is Monday, Dec 10.

Don't forget about the 12/12/12 sale on Wednesday - bring in food for Needs and receive a discount based on the weight of your donation. Thanks so much for helping out the needy in our community.

New in the past couple of weeks:

cross stitch -
The Purple Thread - Jingle Bell Box, Pink Lemonade Cottage
Amy Brueken Designs - Relax, W is for Whale, X is for X-ray fish, Y is for Yak, Z is for Zebra
Kustom Krafts - Wading Tigers, Lying in Wait, Lotus Garden, Blue Bell Lake, Summer Fox, Springtime Jewels, Gondolas in Venice, Mount Mangart
Val's Stuff - Hope Joy Love
Imaginating - Redwork Noel, Redwork Snowman, Island Christmas, Warmest Wishes
The Silver Lining - Cape Hattaras Lighthouse
Little House Needleworks - Bear Tree Forest, Season of Love
Country Cottage Needleworks - Santa's House
Carolynn Manning Designs - Whiskerkins - Gypsy, Whiskerkins - Chocolate Chip, Snow Angelz - Valentino, Snow Angelz - Gabriel
Lizzie Kate - Merry Little Stocking, A Little Christmas
Just Cross Stitch - Jan/Feb 2013

crewel needlework -
The Tapis-Tree - Demure Ewe, Mosaic Vegetable Set, Candi Cottontail, Grape Vine, Snazzy Dog

knitting -
Marina & Spectra - new colors

That's about it for this week. Have a great week. It is supposed to get cold - great knitting & stitching weather!!

november 23

I just realized that it has been a long time since I updated the blog. So sorry!! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!! I spent the day cleaning. :(

Today is the start of my 18th Anniversary celebration. Everything in the shop will be on sale! You draw for your discount at the cash register - 10 - 50% off!!!! Good luck!!

New in the shop -

cross stitch -
Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly - Winter 2012
Cody Cross Stitch - Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Kustom Krafts - Poppies & Daisies Bouquet, Golden Fairy
Val's Stuff - Cast A Little Spell, Old Man Winter
Bent Creek - Candy Corn, District 13 - Jacks in the Box, The Owl Next Door, House of Bats
Imaginating - Spirit of Christmas, Mantel Mischief, Adore Him, Christmas Friends, Tropical Christmas
Country Cottage Needleworks - Ornamental Joy
Little House Needleworks - Gingerbread Cookie, Holiday House
Shepherd's Bush - Charland's Stocking
Glendon Place - All Hallow's Eve, Frank's Family Portrait
Carolyn Manning - Herbert Heartfelt, All Tangled Up
Just Nan - Gingerbread Mouse
Art to Heart - Christmas Tidings
Cross Stitch & Needlework - January 2013
SamSarah Design - The Flock: Button Bird, Witches Pantry: Toil & Trouble, Fun Every Day: Perpetual Calendar April

knitting -

Knitters #109 (skirt issue)
Knit A Monster Nursery
Shades of Winter - Knitting with Natural Wool

That's it for now. Stay safe.


Thanks to everyone that got out of bed early this morning to take part in my "Halloween Spooktactular". It was lots of fun - and surprised me how many people were here when I opened at 6:30!
The weather has been crazy - cold, warm, cold - it must be fall in Wyoming! Aren't we glad that we don't live in New York or New Jersey though! Many prayers to those on the east coast surviving Hurricane Sandy.

There are less than 8 weeks until that all important gift giving day. I hope you have at least started your gifts! It is getting a little late if you haven't.

New in the shop:
cross stitch -
SamSarah Design Studio - The Flock: Star Bird, Fun Every Day: Perpetual Calendar March, Witches Pantry: Toe of Frog
Blackberry Lane - Keeping Watch Ornament, Starry Starry Night Pendant
Mirabilia - Sleeping Princess
Australian Smocking & Embroidery #100 - the final issue

knitting -
Knitscene - Winter 12
Interweave Crochet Accessories
Piecework - Nov/Dec 12
Vogue Knitting - Holiday 12
Churchmouse - Crocheted Moebius Cowl, Diagonal Lace Scarf & Wrap, Inside Out Cowl, Magic Three Yarn Scardf & Wrap, Reversible Cable Neck Wrap & Scarf, Ribbed Watch Cap & Beanie, Ruched Scarf & Wrap, Basic Christmas Stocking, Woolly Wreath & Garland
Dress Up Your Dolls
Cast On, Bind Off
Knit Red
Mini Christmas Crochet

I think that's it for this week - don't let the ghosts & goblins get you tonight!

october 15

I have been so negligent of this blog. Bad Penny.
Things have been busy - at least I am keeping busy. There is always more knitting and stitching to do than I can keep up with. There are several on-going cross stich projects and I am keeping up with them as soon as the new section arrives. (SamSarah Witches Pantry, SamSarah The Flock, and Lizzie Kate 6 SnowBelles) - in fact the last 3 SnowBelles arrived on Thursday and I finished them up on Saturday - complete with buttons of course! I even had someone call me on Friday to see if I had the button pack ready to go yet! It does take me a little time folks!! I do stitch fast, but not quite that fast!

The weather has turned cooler and it seems like it gets dark way too early, but that gives us more time to get our projects finished - right? I hope everyone is planning for the holidays - they will be here before we know it - only 70 days!

New in the shop -

cross stitch -
CherryWood Design Studio - Witch Way?
Amy Brueken Designs - S is for Snake, T is for Turtle, U is for Unicorn, V is for Vulture
My Big Toe - Books of the Bible
Nora Corbett - Red Tree
Mill Hill - Sticks - Rise & Shine, Grow A Garden, Clebrate Together, Today is the Day
Lizzie Kate - Dance in the Rain Boxer, Flora McSample 2012 Ornament, Snow Belles - Frosty Friends, Ice Queen, Blizzard Babe
Just Cross Stitch - Nov/Dec 2012
Stoney Creek - Bewitching, Mythical Kingdom, Woodland Babies, A Quilted Merry Christmas, Magazine Fall 2012
Carolyn Manning Designs - Changing Seasons
Bobbie G - Right Shoes, Welcome Home
Imaginating - Let's Purr, Beasties, Tricky Kitty, Mother & Child, Joy
Glendon Place - Wicked Wanda
Val's Stuff - Boo Crew
Little House Designs - Peace Tree, My Sheep, Winter Plaid, Country Christmas
Country Cottage Designs - Be Thankful

knitting -
Knitters Book of Finishing Techniques
Amigurumi On the Go
Knit Wear Fall 2012
Jane Austen Knits Fall 2012

accessories -
Gingher scissors - special edition Emily

I think that's all of the new stuff! Have a great week and stay warm!

september 24

It has been a crazy couple of weeks since I left Baltimore! I finished up my term as TNNA Retail Council Chair - a bittersweet moment. The Scottsbluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair was lots of fun - in a new venue so saw lots of new faces (and a few familiar ones as well!)

So much new stuff -
cross stitch -
Bent Creek - Pumpkin & White, Halloween Arches
Kustom Krafts - Winter Wonderland, Leopard Moon, Horses in the Night, Spring Lilacs & Blooms
Imaginating - Halloween Happiness, Harvest Light, Tricks & Spells, Gratefullness, Happy Haunter
Val's Stuff - Little Cuties Vol 3
Little House Needleworks - It's Snow Cold, Pumpkin Patch Inn, Take Me Out to the Ballgame
Waxing Moon - Bittersweet Autumn, Midnight Manor
Country Cottage Needleworks - Farm Fresh
Carolyn Manning Designs - Walking Zach
Bobbie G Designs - Girls Night Out, Count Your Blessings, Fiona the Witch, Laundry Prayer, Thankful Heart
Cross Stitch & Needlework - Nov 2012
DebBee's Designs - Bon Bon 1, Bon Bon 2, Happy Hour
Handblessings - Needlepoint Norwich Pumpkin, Snowman Quilt, Winter Quilt, Cardinal with Candy Cane
Sue Hillis Designs - Gingerbread Street, Bah Humbug!, More Bah Humbug!
Nora Corbett - Red Dress Gifts
Praiseworthy Stitches - Santa's Midnight Flight, Halloween Stackers
Dinky Dyes - Fruit Cocktail
Mill Hill - Curly Girl Designs - Right Back, Clutter, In the Chairs, Peacock
Cherry Wood Designs - Franks for the Treats, Stitch the Flowers, Pincushion, Baby Baby, "Boo"ltimore (right side), "Boo"ltimore Bonus
Ink Circles - "Boo"ltimore (left side)
Art to Heart - Curious Owl, Mischievious Monster, Boo Friends
Just Another Button Co - Trick or Trick with Ewe
SamSarah Design Studio - Fun Every Day (perpetual calendar), Fresh Mesh Santa, Shining Star, The Flock: Yellow Polka Dot Bird, Witches Pantry: Tooth of Wolf
Amy Brueken Designs - Kitty 4 Sale, St Nick's Noel, Star Spider, Moon Spider, Heart Spider
JBW Designs - Great Pumpkin Alphabet, ABC's & Christmas Trees, Santa's Sleigh Ride, Joy, Petite French Stocking
The Purple Thread - A Christmas Treasure Bag, My Winter Violets, September Apples
Rosewood Manor - Piccadilly Square, Bella Bella Pincushion, Hexie Ornaments
The Tapis Tree - (crewel kits) Dragonflys, Lily of the Valley
Liz Matthews Studio (embroidery) - Home Sweet Home, Fernand, Swan Lake, The Caged Bird, The Butterfly Cloche
Fern Ridge (beading) - A Love Soon Lost fob, Stith-n-Tack fob

accessories -
Eat.Sleep.Stitch - tshirts
Puffin & Co - mangetic needle nannys
Accoutrement Designs - magnets
Embellishments Plus - magnets
Mighty Bright - LED book lights
Gentle Art Sampler Threads - 3 new colors
Weeks Dye Works - 4 new colors

yarn -
Broadway - ruffle metallic - 10 colors
Plymouth Joy Metallic - ruffle - 8 colors
Kollage Silky Flamme - milk/cotton - 4 colors
Kollage Riveting Marled - recycled blue jeans - 4 colors
Mirasol - Api - alpaca/wool - 8 colors
Rowan Kidsilk Haze Stripe - 3 colors

Vogue Knitting - Fall 2012 (30th Anniversary)
Interweave Knitting Traditions
November Knits
Northern Knits Gifts

I think that's it! Hope to see you soon for a new project!

september 10

Been really busy the past couple of days. Found some really great stuff at market on Saturday - hope it all fits in my bags when I pack it up!!
We went to the Baltimore Orioles/New York Yankees baseball game Saturday night - about 60 of us! It was a great game - decided in the top of the 9th with 1 out and a very controversial call on a double play. Game ended with Baltimore winning by 1 and tying with NY at the top of their division. Lots of Yankees fan in the area we were sitting so it was very interesting - Lets Go O's - Lets Go Yankees

Yesterday (Sunday) I escaped from market and we went to the Baltimore Inner Harbor. Had some great crab cakes for lunch and then took the water taxi to Fort McHenry. They had just finished up going a reenactment of the battle there. Sorry we missed it. Interesting to look around at the old fort and think about what it must have been like 198 years ago when the Star Spangled Banner was written.

Today and tomorrow I have Board meetings all day long. My last Board meeting as the Retail Council Chair of TNNA. Kind of bitter sweet. I have enjoyed almost every minute of my time serving the retail members of TNNA. It has been very rewarding. I have met a lot of really great people and made some wonderful friends.

september 7

A busy day. Had a little down time this morning then was in charge of a retailer's forum for about 16 other shop owners. It is always interesting to hear that other shops are having the same issues that I am.
Then I took a finishing class - learned lots of fun new techniques for ornaments and other flat items!
Then, the market opened for "early bird shopping!" I found lots of fun new things to bring back - look out PJ party goers!!
More shopping tomorrow!!
I probably won't have time to write tomorrow night - we are going to the Baltimore Orioles/New York Yankees baseball game! Go Rockies!!

september 6

What an awesome day! We started out with another awesome breakfast and then took an Amish horse & buggy ride. Oh my! Our driver was absolutely the most wonderful Amish man. He took us out to a working dairy farm where we saw a new born calf that was still wet and had not taken it's first steps. We spent a lot of time watching the mom lick off the afterbirth from the baby. We had fresh made root beer - nothing at all like the root beer that you buy at the store! Ben was so wonderful - he & his wife have a bed & breakfast in their home since 5 of their 6 children have left home and they have empty bedrooms. We told him that we had thought about just stopping at an Amish home and inviting ourselves in for breakfast - just to see what their life was like. Ben told us that we should go to his house for lunch. His daughter that lives 27 miles away was visiting for the day and her & his wife would not mind if we stopped in for lunch. He did phone her, but didn't know if she would get the message since they do not have a phone in the house - but she wouldn't mind feeding us lunch. We drove out to the house and found the daughter, Mattie, pulling weeds in the driveway. When we pulled up, she looked at us kind of weird and we asked if she was Mattie and that her father had sent us out. Mattie and Emma were very gracious (they hadn't gotten the message that we were coming) - they fed us lunch, showed us around the house and answered all our questions about the Amish lifestyle. Truly an awesome day! I'm not sure I would want to have been Ben when he got home though!!! But something tells me that this was not the first time it had happened.
So, now we are in Baltimore and ready to get back to work. :(
More tomorrow!

september 5

We spent the day shopping and shopping and shopping in Intercourse, PA (they tell me it is between Blue Ball and Paradise!!) All kidding aside, we had a great time. Lots of quilt stores, a fun yarn shop, and lots of wonderful Amish furniture. I was very frugal with my spending - a skein of sock yarn kettle dyed in Lancaster County some quilt fabric. (I am saving my money for market!!) We had an awesome breakfast and a so-so dinner. Ice cream for lunch! Sure wish I had room in my furniture for some of that furniture!!!
More tomorrow.....

september 4

Great fun today! We started off at Chocolate World with a Trolly Ride and learned a lot of interesting facts about Milton Hershey - he filed for bankrupcy twice and was almost ready to file a 3rd time when he finally struck it rich - he & his wife had no children but started a school for orphaned children and there is now over 9 billion $$ in a trust fund for continued schooling for underpriviledged children. What an amazing story. Every Hershey product you purchase helps fun the school. We had a great time shopping in Hershey World - I got some of my Christmas shopping done!

Then we traveled to Lancaster and Intercourse PA. Saw lots of horse & buggys. We had an amazing dinner and then bought whoppie pies from an Amish farm along side the road. We are too full to eat them now, but maybe later!

The rain that was promised arrived - but only for short cloud bursts and then went away. We are still under a flash flood watch until tomorrow, so it isn't over yet. It is VERY humid here though. I'm really not liking the humidity so much!

More tomorrow!!

september 3

I traveled today to Baltimore and then to Hershey, PA with my mom and sister (Debbie), and also Cindy (the owner of FanciMats in Littleton) and her mom, Gail. We had a great trip (it was a little painful to get up this morning at 3:30 to make it to the airport on time, but we survived) - We stuffed the van with our luggage - good thing we weren't going far with all of it - Debbie didn't have much room in the back seat! (we left our bigger bags at the hotel in Baltimore that we will be at this weekend). We have done lots of laughing, got lost a couple of times and we made our own chocolate bars! Hurricane Issac has made his way up from the Gulf and has given us rain showers. We are hopeful for better weather tomorrow!! I'll keep you posted!!

august 27

Gosh, I think it's been a while again. Sorry about that. Life gets in the way of blogging.

The yarn crawl is over. Had lots of people in that had never been here before. Yeah! I hope they will be back again. Winners were announced on the Facebook page.

The fair is over. Congrats to all the winners there. There was some really great items submitted this year. Hope it continues for next year!

I have been stitching up a storm. I am really missing my knitting needles, but I am pretty sure they are in the works soon. Some new models done up and some more in the works.

I leave next week for about 10 days. A few days of vacation, a few days of market and a few days of meetings. Will be busy, but good. I am really looking forward to some fun, mixed with business!

New in the shop -

cross stitch -
Cross Stitch & Bead Weaving #87
Lizzie Kate - Tiny Tidings XVII, Santa '12 - Unwrap the Joy, Faith Hope Love Inspiration Boxer, 6 Snow Belles - All Dressed Up, Ready For Snow, Baby It's Cold Outside (companion to 6 Fat Men!)
Cherry Lane Designs - Starbursts & Stripes Forever
Raise the Roof - The Cupcake Tree
Mirabilia - August Peridot Fairy
SamSarah Design Studio - The Flock: Heart Bird, Witches Pantry: Eye of Newt
Just Another Button Co - Girl's Night Out (companion to The Boys Are Back in Town - a free chart with button purchase)

Knitters #108 - Jacket Issue
Piecework - Sept/Oct 2012
Cast On Bind Off

Mountain Meadow Wool - worsted weight in school colors - East, Central, South, and University of Wyoming

That's it for now. Been doing a little repair work outside - new sidewalk, painted steps, repaired walls, and a few other little details!

Have a great week - will be closed Monday, September 3 for Labor Day.

august 11

The Hot August Knits Yarn Crawl starts today! Nine great shops are participating from Estes Park to Fort Collins to Laramie to Cheyenne. Pick up your passport and tote bag from any participating shop and start "crawling"!

I have been stitching up a storm the past couple of weeks. I have finished "Cookies & Milk" from Country Cottage Needleworks, "Tall Sheep" from Shepherd's Bush, and "Hot Cocoa" from Little House Needleworks. I am about half done with "Halloween Quilt Sampler" from Rosewood Manor. I have also finished up "Daily Life" from SamSarah Designs and am caught up on "The Flock" also from SamSarah Designs. Quite a list!! No wonder my knitting isn't growing any!

New in the past week or so -

cross stitch -
Stoney Creek - Christmas in the Village, Frosty Friends Believe, Christmas Chickadee, Winter Welcome Home, Very Merry Beach, Peace For All, Sleepy Santa
Bent Creek - Navy & White, Liberty House, I Love You More
Bobbie G Designs - October, September, Gardening Joy
Glendon Place - Strawberry Shortcake, Pumpkin Swirl
Imaginating - Boy Smiles, My Sister, Autumn Season, Winter Season
Little House Needleworks - Around the World in 80 Days, Patriot Inn
Aury TM - The Native Gobbles
Carolyn Manning Designs - Ghoulie Parade
Just Cross Stitch - Sept/Oct 2012

knitting -
French Girl Knits Accessories

I think that's it for today. Thought for the day - just over 4 months until Christmas - are you ready???????

july 28

Well, it is almost over for another year. The street sweepers just rolled by and that means that the final Frontier Days parade is over. One more night show tonight and the finals rodeo tomorrow and then everyone can hang up their hats and put away the boots until next year. I have not partaken in any of the CFD activities this year. Would have enjoyed a pancake breakfast, but better luck next year!
Only 3 days left of the Front Range Shop Hop. It is so much fun to see those people that travel up from Denver only once a year.
August brings lots of fun activities - the Laramie County Fair, Stitch N Pitch with the Colorado Rockies, the yarn crawll and all the fun stuff that is associated with that.

New this past week -
cross stitch -
SamSarah Design Studio - Daily Life: Make Exceptions (the final piece of this 13 month series), The Flock: Landing Bird
Rosewood Manor - Halloween Quilt Sampler
Little House Needleworks - Hot Cocoa
Country Cottage Needleworks - Cookies & Milk
Shepherd's Bush - Tall Sheep
The Stitching Bear - Chocolate Understands

knitting -
Crochet Traditions

I think that's it for this week. Have a great week. Enjoy the last days of Frontier Days and be safe.

july 23

I am so bad at this. I have really good intentions of keeping my blog up to date, and then life happens....
Jennifer and the kids and I traveled to Montana to Grandma's 95th birthday party. We had a wonderful time! There were 48 of us at lunch & the party. I love getting together with my cousins and family. One of my cousins said he wondered how we were all going to get together every 5 years if grandma wasn't there to have a party for. Not a thought I want to think about a lot. My sister & her family were there also and we went on a picnic together to Ryan Dam (something we used to do all the time as kids) and then went to Giant Springs to feed the fish and we sat on the walk way around the springs area and put our feet in the water (again something we had done as kids). So many memories. On our way home we stopped at the Montana Grizzly Encounter. The kids were so good in the car for so long and had so much fun with their distant relatives.

Frontier Days is upon us and is going strong. Today is the first of 3 pancake breakfasts. If any of the traditional things was ever changed we wouldn't know how to get through this week - you know, parades on Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday and pancake breakfasts on Monday, Wednesday & Friday! Be friendly to all those people that are visiting our wonderful city this week.

There was another tragedy last week. And this one seemed so close. Pray for all those involved. Even the shooter needs our prayers.

New in the past couple of weeks -

cross stitch -
CherryWood Designs - If the Pumpkin Fits
Cross Stitch & Needlework - September 2012
Sampler & Antique Neelework Quarterly - Fall 2012
Art to Heart - Santa's Coming
Amy Brueken Designs - K is for Koala, L is for Lamb, M is for Monkey, N is for Newt, O is for Owl, P is for Penguin, Q is for Quail, R is for Rabbit
DebBee's Designs - Diamond Delight 10

accessories -
Just Another Button Co - spoolkeeps - Wendy Witch, Gus Ghost, Barney Bat, Frankie Monster, Mummy Mumford, Baskin Kitty, Santa's Helper, Old Saint Nick, Rudy Reindeer, Poinsettia, Mr. Snowman, Tomato button buddies - Pin-Pin Panda, Bobbi Blackbird

knitting -
Knitted Dolls
Top Down Sweaters
Wild Tea Cosies
The Embellished Sock
Indie Socks

Mountain Colors - Twizzle - Blooming Gale, Springtime, Harmony Soft Rock, Big Sky
Paradise Valley Fingerless Mitten kit, Lone Mountain Loop Scarf kit, Going to the Sun Scarf kit, Yellowstone River Scarf kit
Twizzle & Lace Scarf (pattern)

The shop hop is still going strong - 1 more week! If you haven't been on the shop hop there is still time to participate.

I think that's about it for today. Have a great week and stay cool!!

july 7

I hope that everyone had a wonderful 4th of July. With the fireworks ban, it was pretty quiet around here - no loud booms!! I was able to watch the display from Frontier Park and it looked lovely.

I am excited that my grandkids will be here on Monday and I will get to spend about 8 days with them. We are headed to Montana later in the week to celebrate my grandma's 95th birthday!! Not only will I get to spend time with my grandkids and my grandma (yes - 5 generations!), I will get to spend time with my sister, cousins, nieces & nephews, aunts & uncles. It will be a lot of fun! Some of my cousins I haven't seen in over 5 years.

The shop hop is in full swing and there have been lots of visitors from the south here this week. It is always so much fun to see those that only shop here once a year. The shop hop runs until the 31st so you still have plenty of time to "hop."

New this week -
cross stitch -
Stoney Creek magazine - Summer 2012
Prairie Schoolar - 2012 Santa, Knock Knock, Whoo's There, O Christmas Tree, Reindeer Roundup, Heads Up, All Hallow's Eve
Bobbie G Designs - Summer in the Sun, Land That I Love, Rekindle Refresh Relax, Kathy's Bird
Imaginating - How To Be An Angel, Early Morning Walk, Built on Love
Cricket Collection - Witching Time, Summers at the Lake, Cottage Welcome, Sit for a Spell
Val's Stuff - Red White & Blue
Silver Lining - Lest We Forget
Crossed Wing Collection - Saving the Earth
Aury TM - Dutch Garden, Birthday Party
Carolyn Manning Designs - Mr. Redbird
Little House Needleworks - Six Little Cardinals, Old Nantucket
Country Cottage Needleworks - Sweetest House
JBW Designs - French Country Owl, Halloween Ornaments I, II, III, Beach Bound
SamSarah Design Studio - Witches Pantry: Two Ravens
Nordic Needle - Award Winning Designs in Hardanger Embroidery 2012

accessories -
kitty snips
stitch a pen - 8 Halloween designs
ScoJo premium reading eyewear - featherweight reading glasses

knitting -
Knit Scene - Fall 2012
Vogue Knitting - Early Fall 2012

CoBaSi yarn - cotton, bamboo, & silk blend

Viewz boots - size 7, 8, & 9 - great for showing off your knitted socks!!

I think that's it for this week. There will not be an update next weekend since I will be at Grandma's party in the mountains, without internet!!

july 1

Market is over. I have only one more Board meeting to attend and then my term on the TNNA Retail Council and Board of Directors will be complete. It is kind of a bittersweet moment. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on the Board (well...there was that one horrible day) but it is time for me to pass the gavel to someone else.

What was new at market? Well, lots. I really didn't have a lot of time to shop - that is dangerous - since I spent most of the time trying to get some last minute things done to complete my term. Some things have already arrived!! and many more are on order. I will post when they come in.

Last week was my birthday - and I had a really big surprise! SuZy bought new furniture for the shop - a loveseat and chair - I think she was tired of trying to get out of my old, saggy couch. THANK YOU SUZY!!!!

The Shop Hop starts tomorrow. It will be fun to see all those Colorado ladies who only come shopping once a year. My kit this year is very fun and I hope that everyone else thinks so too!

New in the shop -
cross stitch -
SamSarah Design Studio - The Flock: Asterisk Bird, Daily Life: Eat Well!
Stoney Creek - Queen of the Sea, X Marks the Spot, Truckin' Santa, Litte Prince Birth Sampler, Little Princess Birth Sampler
Mill Hill - Nativity Trilogy - Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus

needlepoint -
Bazooples (Baby Zoo People) - Elsie the Elephant, Gertrude the Giraffe, Zach the Zebra, Lester the Lion

accessories -
Puffin needle nannies - Snowman, Mouse, Witches Hat, Dragonfly

knitting -
Piecework - July/August 2012
Knit Wear - Spring 2012

fix-a-stitch - lace size

I think that's it for this week. There are lots of things that should be arriving this week including the Lizzie Kate Halloween mystery sampler and new items from Lantern Moon. Stay tuned!!

june 19

Tomorrow I am leaving for Columbus. Market. Am I ready? Probably not. I have been working like a dog trying to get everything done before I go. I'm sure there is something I will forget. Oh well.

There will be lots of news when I get back. The Front Range Shop Hop is starting on July 2. Free tote bags and passports will be available on the 2nd. Fun kits will be available at all the shops. I am really excited about mine!!

New in the shop -
cross stitch -
Lizzie Kate - Wouldn't Life Be Great, Do What Your Wife Said, Sweet Simple Things
Art to Heart - Love Awaits, Fa La La
Mirabilia - Dressmaker's Daughter

accessories -
Just Another Button Co - Bumble Ewe pincushion, Sweet Mouse pincushion, Sew Charming pincushion, Lazy Turtle pincushion, Cherry Limeade pincushion, Button Buddies - Roxie Redbird, Ellie Elephant

That's it for this week. Short and sweet.

Have a good week!!!

june 11

I finally had some success in getting the newsletter sent out last week. Yeah!!! And to find out I could have used the file that I had transferred - I had to use that one in the end anyway. What a mess that was!!

We had a great time at World Wide Knit In Public Day on Saturday. There were 10 of us at Starbucks and I lost count of who all was at the shop during the day - people kept coming and going!! Four people finished up their scarves - all painted and pretty!

New stuff since the last update -
cross stitch -
Just Cross Stitch - July/August 2012
CherryWood Design Studio - Have A Treat: Trick or Treat All Through the Year
Mill Hill - Tropical Santas - Tahiti Santa, Hawaii Santa, Christmas Island Santa
Snow Crystal Charmed Ornaments - Sapphire Crystal, Aqua Crystal, Star Crystal, Amethyst Crystal, Gold Crystal, Ice Crystal
Cody Country Crossstitch & Crafts - American Pride
Bent Creek - Blue, Green House Potting Room
Val's Stuff - Little Cuties Vol 2
Imaginating - Mermaid Myrna, Bee Joyful, Let's Do Coffee, Summer Season
Country Cottage Needleworks - Star Spangled Garden
Little House Needleworks - Hill House, Two Yellow Houses, Ding Dong Merrily On High
Bobbie G - Patchwork Baby Boy, August, Clean & Fresh, Ribbon Bouquet
Carolyn Manning Designs - Tweet!

fabric - 14 ct aida - Turbulence
32 ct lugana - Opalescent Inspiration
32 ct Wexford linen - Ocean

knitting -
Interweave Crochet - Summer 2012
Essentially Feminine Knits
Knitscene Accessories 2012
Noro Knitting Magazine - Premier issue

I think that's it for this week. Busy week around here this week - have to go to Estes Park to work at the shop there on Wednesday & have a yarn crawl meeting, Feed Your Creativity class Thursday night. Next week I leave for Columbus to attend the Summer Trade Show. So much yarn to look at.........

may 30

My computer woes are over - I think. A new program was loaded on my computer yesterday. I have spent the past 24 hours trying to figure who is supposed to be on the newsletter list. Since I started with about 630 people on the ist and now I have over 900, I think I have no idea what I am doing!! Oh well. Extra people getting the newsletter can't be all bad (can it??????)

I had a very relaxing Memorial Day. I did a little work, I stitched, I did a little more work, I stitched, I did a little more work, I stitched. Then I stitched a little more. I got most of the stuff on my list done....

New in the past week (or so) -

knitting - Knitters Magazine

cross stitch - Little House Needlework - The Weathervane - part 3 - East & West

accessories -
bunny scissors
bear scissors
sock monkey tape measures
keychain clutches
Just Another Button Co - Button Buddies - Lilly Ladybug & Fiona Frog

That's about it for now. The shop in Estes Park opened this past week. If you get up to Estes Park please make plans to stop by!

Have a great week!

may 19

What a past couple of weeks!
I spent last weekend in Omaha at Jennifer & Tom's new house. It is amazing. I helped paint a couple of rooms and got to spend time with the kids. I went to Heather's track & field day at school and got to eat lunch with her at school as well. The kids' birthdays are 2 weeks apart and I was there the weekend in between. We celebrated both of their birthdays while I was there. They both got new bikes for their birthday and while Heather wasn't very excited about her bike at the beginning, by the time I left she was riding like a pro. CJ was thrilled with his new bike and I spent quite a bit of time standing at the end of the driveway waving the checkered flag as he rode by. I hated to leave.....

My computer email program still isn't fixed. When I left town I was under the assumption that a new program had been ordered and would be installed when I returned. Apparently Microsoft is not so forthcoming with their email programs when you have a cheaper version of Windows. This is going to cost me a lot of money. Hopefully something will happen this coming week.

My grandmother (who will be 95 next month) fell about 6 weeks ago and hit her head very hard. She is having a lot of problems with her balance at the rehab facility. She is a very stubborn woman and wants to return to her house (where she still lives alone). In her condition this is not possible, but she doesn't see it that way. My mom will be going to Montana in the next couple of weeks when she is released from rehab to try to prove to her that she is not capable of living by herself and will have to move to an assisted living facility. We will be having a big birthday party for her in July.

Since my email is not working, I will attempt to list all the upcoming events here.
Monday, May 28 - closed for Memorial Day

World Wide Knit in Public Day - Saturday, June 9 - we will meet at about 8 at the Starbucks on Central Ave and knit there until it is time to open the shop. We will then be knitting on the front lawn of the shop all day. Lunch will be provided. We will also be doing a special project during the day - I have scarf kits to knit up and then we will be painting some color on them during the day of WWKIP. If you are interested in participating the scarf kits are $15 and available now.

Laramie County Fair books are now available. I sponsor several special awards at the fair. Please plan to show your needlework, knitting and crocheting at the fair. We really need to support this event - and you could win $$$$.

The needlework shop hop will be the entire month of July. This is the 12th year of the shop hop and there are 3 shops participating - Ewe Count, Country Crafts in Greeley and Fanci Mats in Littleton. Details are available in every shop.

New in the shop this week -
cross stitch -
Cross Stitch & Needlework - July 2012
Mill Hill - winter holiday magnets - I Love Christmas, Oli Elf, Paisley Tree, Joy Tree, Santa & Rudolph, Pear Tree Partidge Buttons & Beads - Home for the Holidays, Barber Shoppe, Book Seller, Santa's Treats, World Peace, Tapestry Noel
SamSarah Design Studio - The Flock: Striped Bird, Daily Life: Take Naps!

knitting -
Knitting the Chill Away
Mountain Meadow Wool - Aladdin - 55% merino, 45% silk - color is Heartbeat and 5% of proceeds will be donated to heart research

I think that's it for this week. Think good thoughts for my email program to get fixed this week and for my grandma to regain her balance. I appreciate it!!

may 9

I am incredibly behind. Things have been moving at the speed of sound and I can't keep up. It would be good if the things that were happening were good, but they aren't. My computer's email program has decided that it doesn't like me (or anyone else). I can download emails. I can't read them. My contact list is gone. This is a big problem since the contact list has all the email addresses for the mailing list for the newsletter. So, no newsletter can go out. Big problem. I have been working with the computer guy for the past week and a half trying to figure out what is wrong. On the bright side, I had transfered all the contacts to another program just last month in anticipation of a different newsletter program. The problem with that is I transfered ALL the contacts and I only use about half of those to send the newsletter to. At this point I am not sure if I will be able to transfer those contacts back to the new program or not. Then, I will have to go through all those contacts and determine which ones should be on the mailing list. Aren't computers great???????
On a more positive note - I received my first chart for a model for Just Another Button Co. It is stitched and returned to them. It is very fun...... I can hardly wait for it to be released!
And today - I was asked to knit a model for Lorna's Laces!!!

Tomorrow I am traveling to Omaha to visit Jennifer, Tom, and the kids. Heather had a birthday last week and CJ's birthday is next week, so we are having a little party for them this weekend. I am really looking forward to seeing their new house, I am not looking forward to traveling that extra distance between Lincoln and Omaha though. Adds another hour to my travel.
Lots of things are coming up in the next month or so. These things would have been in the newsletter :( -
Ewe Count will be closed Monday, May 28 for Memorial Day
World Wide Knit in Public Day is Saturday, June 9 - we will meet at Starbucks on Central about 8 a.m. and move to the shop about 9:45. We are going to be doing some yarn painting that day. There is a scarf kit that is painted - if you are interested, please stop by and purchase the kit, have the scarf knitted, and we will do the painting that day. Model is at the shop to view.
(there are lots more events coming up - will preview them in the next blog update)

New in the shop -
cross stitch -
SamSarah Design Studio - The Flock: Target Bird, Daily Life: Hold On!
Little House - part 2 of the Weathervane - North & South
Amy Brueken Designs - Danna Oregan March Sampler, AlpaZoo - G, H, I,and J
Nora Corbett - Tulip, Maidenhair

knitting -
Piecework - May/June 2012 (lace issue)
Vogue Crochet - premier issue
Interweave Knits - Summer 2012
Pop Knitting

I think that's it for now. Have a great week.

april 21

What a beautiful day it is today! We really need the moisture and I was really hoping for snow last weekend. I was totally bummed that it never materialized. (What I really needed was a day with no obligations and I figured if we got a lot of snow they would cancel church and then I could stay in my pajamas all day and get lots of thing done.)

I did get some things done this week - I make samplers for Habitat for Humanity homes. It is a gift for the new homeowners. There will be 3 new homeowners this year and the houses will be dedicated at the end of June. I am really excited to have the samplers already completed.

I also had some really exciting news! I have been selected to be a model stitcher for Just Another Button Company! They are developing a new line of cross stitch based on quilts from Art to Heart. The first one is already available and I have it stitched - Winter Friends.
They should be sending me the things in the next week or so. Since I will have them before they are available I may have to be a little secretive about what I am stitching.

New items this week -
cross stitch -
Australian Smocking & Embroidery #98
Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly - Summer 2012
Lizzie Kate - Less=More - Talk Less Say More, Hate Less Love More, Inspiration Boxer Spread the Love, Bacon Bits
Ships Manor - Butterflies
CherryWood Design Studio - Trick or Treat
Mirabilia - Santa

needlepoint - Wyoming Angel, Wyoming Circle

Also this week the needlepoint canvas that Suzy & I chose for our next needlepoint class arrived. Now to get it stitched..........

Just a reminder that Pershing Blvd will be closed from Pioneer Ave to Snyder Ave starting Monday. It will be closed 50 days. If you need directions, just give me a call!!
Have a great week!!

April 11

Ok - I have been very remiss in posting. Just so much going on - not sure what it is, but I have been very busy.
I hope that everyone had a very nice Easter and that the bunny was good to them - I didn't get a chocolate bunny (but I ate my share of jelly beans!)
The needlework shop hop and the yarn crawl are all coming up in the very near future and plans have started for both of them. The shop chart for the needlework shop hop is SO cute!! I should have the model soon and will start displaying it to promote the shop hop - unfortuneatly you will have to wait until July for the chart!!

New in the past couple of weeks -
cross stitch -
Bent Creek - Noah's Ark Mantle The Boat, Green & White, The Green House (Gnome Place Like Home)
Stoney Creek - Smowan of the Month - April, Tractor Santa, Peace & Love, Hope & Joy, Welcome Heart & Home, Stoney Creek magazine Spring 2012
Carolyn Manning - Snowballz The Snowflake Collector
Bobbie G Designs - Barnyard Prince, Quilting Queen, July
Imaginating - Floral Basket, Quilt Quilt Quilt, Sampler in Blue, Every Stitch Sampler
Country Cottage - Walk Before You Fly
Little House - Louisa B Snow Sampler, Adam & Eve, Quaker Birds
Cricket Collection - Love & Carrots, Beachy
Mill Hill - Buttons & Beads - Covered Bridge, Fruit Basket Quilt, Night Owl, Magic Brew, Tangled Web, Halloween is a Treat
Autumn Harvest magnets - Berry Jam, Honey Pot, Peaches, Hooty, Gourds, Squirrelly
Just Another Button Co (Art to Heart) - Winter Friends

beads -
Fern Ridge - Jo Jo's Santa (pin/necklace)

pin cushions -
Polly Pig
Betty Bee

knitting -
The Knitting Encyclopedia
One + One Scarves, Shawls & Shrugs
20 Crocheted Flowers
The Lace Knitting Palette
The Principles of Knitting
Knitting Traditions
Knit Scene Summer 2012
Churchmouse patterns - Barb's Koigu Ruffle, Basic Sock, Bias Before & After Scarf, Kelly's Frothy Crocheted Scarf & Wrap, Koigu Linen Stitch Scarf, Laceback Fingerless Gloves, Easy Peasy Baby Jacket, Vintage Crochet Baby Blanket

yarn -
Scandalicious - 5 colors,
Spectra - 6 colors

I think that's it for this week. I promise to try harder!!

march 24

Another week. What beautiful weather we have had. Everyone must be out in their yards....

As I told you last week, there are some changes coming. I have had some changes made to the website and there will be more coming.

There are only a few new things this week -
cross stitch -
Rosewood Manor - Old Glory, Flowers Awake!
Cricket Collection - Easter
Poppy Kreations - Cheers to the Graduate
Just Cross Stitch - May/June 2012

knitting -
The Sock Knitters Handbook
and new ruffle yarn - Loira
(there are more coming next week as I just received an email notification of a delivery in progress - as usual I am not sure what is coming, just that there will be a shipment arriving on Wednesday)

That's it for this week. Some good news - Jennifer & Tom sold their house in Lincoln this morning! They are moving to Omaha - they found a house there a couple of weeks ago. I will probably be headed their direction some time in April to help with the big move! They want to get Heather in school in Omaha before the end of the year so she has time to meet some of the kids in the area before summer.

I have been getting some stitching done this week. I got the 2nd part of SamSarah's "The Flock" stitched and am now working on Workbasket's "Quaker Eagle".

Have a great week!!

march 19

I hope everyone had a great week! I had a whirlwind trip to Boston - left early Sunday morning (it seemed even earlier because of daylight savings time!) and returned late Tuesday night. It was a great conference and I learned lots!! I don't think there will as dramatic changes as there was when I attended this conference last year, but there will be some "behind the scenes" changes happening! I didn't get much chance to get out and about in Boston, but I did visit 2 yarn stores and 2 needlepoint stores! The weather was beautiful there - it was 80 on Tuesday!

My grandbabies were waiting for me when I got home and spent the rest of the week here - it was spring break in Lincoln! It was fun to have some time with them.

New this week -
cross stitch -
Heaven & Earth Designs - House Mouse Designs - Sweet Friends, Candy Rush, Take A Bite Out of Love, Dipped in Chocolate
Workbasket - Quaker Cardinal & Eagle
StitchWorks - Flamingo Phil, Best Friends
Bent Creek - Bluebird Cottage
Just Another Button Co - Bloom
SamSarah Designs - The Flock: Baby Dot, Daily Life: Flay With Friends
Fern Ridge - beaded scissor fobs - Jack, Remember the Poppies, Pretty Peas
Cross Stitch & Needlework - May 2012

knitting -
Interweave Crochet - Spring 2012

yarns -
Ewetopia - Frog Tree - a tweed wool/superwash wool blend
ruffle yarns - Elicia (Sullivans), and Loria (also had a new shipment of Spectra come in last week)

I think that's about it for now. I do have a pretty good selection of ruffle yarns in stock right now so if you are looking for them, stop by to check them out!!

Have a great week.

March 10

What a beautiful day! I wish I could be outside enjoying the weather! Unfortuneately, I am inside working away. Already this morning I have done the laundry, vaccumed the carpet, swept the floor, done all the accounting, swept the front porch and sidewalk (yes, I did get outside a bit), got my bags packed, and knit a few rows.
Yep, got my bags packed - I am headed to Boston for a couple of days. It is the annual Smart Business Conference for yarn shop owners. We will start with a great SWAG bag (tons of goodies!!! - all yarn related - ok yarn), then a cocktail party Sunday night. Conferences all day Monday, including all meals with a banquet Monday night. Conferences until noon on Tuesday, then back on the plane to bring me back home. It will be a quick trip and I probably won't see a things other than the airport and the hotel. I always come home with such great ideas!!

New this week -
cross stitch -
Bent Creek - Blue & White, Red & White
Country Cottage Needleworks - Party Cakes
Little House Needleworks - Tree Farm, Spring Band Sampler
Glendon Place - Grasshopper Pie, Plum Pudding, Cherries Jubilee
Carolyn Manning Designs - The Emerald Forest
Vals's Stuff - Happy Bunny Day
Imaginating - Plant Happiness, Spring Friends, Stained Glass Bookmarks, Blue Bird Floral
Kustom Krafts - Summer Cottage
Aury TM - Spanish Tiles, Love Quaker Style, Our First 20 Years
Bobbie G - Apples 25 a Lb, Java, House on Pine Hill, Mighty Bluebird
JBW - The Rabbit Alphabet, A Sweet Bouquet, Rose Motif Sampler, French Country Fruit, French Country Hobby Horse, Monogramed Mini Tote, French Country Strawberry
Mill Hill - Debbie Mumm Angel Girls - Spring Garden, Tea for Two, Pampered Pooch, Mocha Morning
Jill Oxton Cross Stitch & Bead Weaving #86

knitting -
Knitter Magazine - Spring 2012
Vogue Knitting - Spring/Summer 2012

accessories -
Puffin & Co - stitch markers - cat, hearts, sheep

I think that's it. I got a bit of cross stitch done this past week. I started SamSarah's "The Flock" and Little House Needlework's "The Weathervane". It was good to get some cross stitch done - I hadn't done any for a couple of months!!
Have a great week!!!

march 3 again

OK - this is a 2 part post. All the new cross stith is listed in the post below so please scroll down to see all the new things.

yarn -
Mountain Meadow Wool - Glitter Boucle
Berroco - Rick Rac (a crazy scarf yarn)
Rozetti - Spectra (another of those crazy scarf yarns)
Universal - bamboo bloom handpaint
Zitron - Fil Royal (100% baby alpaca) lace weight
Lana Grossa - Lace Merino
Fyberspates - Scrumptious (45% silk, 55% merino) lace weight

knittin patterns -
Norah Gaughn - vol 10
Chris Bylsma - Bar Code
Hooked for Life - Divergent Moebius, Beaded Thistle Shawl, Swing Swing Vest
Fiber Dreams - Melrose Abbey, Cuberos, Himalia, North Coast
Berroco - Big Kids/Little Kids
Dovetail Designs - Newport Cardigan, Lightly Flaired Sweater
Oat Couture - Sonoma Shawl
Plymouth - Encore - Ladies Car Coat
M.L. Egan - Neap Tide
Austentatious Crochet
Betsy Beads

accessories -
rabbit tape measure
yarn cozy
wool dryer balls
stitchmarkers - red birdds, stars, hearts

I'm sure there are other things that I missed, but this is a good representationn of items. In other words - there are LOTS of new items!! Hope to see you soon.!

March 3 - cross stitch

Heart in Hand - Percy (penguin)
Country Stitches - April Word Play
Stoney Creek - Snowman of the Month - March, Words of Inspirationn, Biker Santa, Homestyle Potholders & Towels
Litte House Needleworks - The Weathervane
CherryWood Design - I Am A Stitcher, My Heart is Quilted, Floss, Peace Love Candy Corn, Have A Ball
Raise the Roof - Februray Angel, March Angel, April Angel, Tate's Stocking
La-D-Da - Spot the Cat
Lizzie Kate - Birdz & Bugz, A Little Easter
Amy Brueken - I Run With Scissors (chart and fob), Forever February Sampler, AlphaZoo - A, B, C, D, E, F
SamSarah - Summer Bee Sampler, The Flock - Blue Polka Dot Bird (1st of 12), Fresh Mesh Beach Tote, Fresh Mesh Waving Flag Tote
Shepherd's Bush - Sheep in a Garden, Friends Bloom, All Seasons Scissors Fob, Eden's Lament Pin Cushion, Eve's Garden
Picadilly Paisley - The Last Rose of Summer
Jeannette Douglas - Three Pines Sampler, Quaker Pincushion
DebBee's Designs - Elegant Christmas, Fun & Funky Easter Egg
Brenda Kocher - Celebration, Log Cabin Christmas, Alivia's Stocking, My Sister's Quilt, Pathways

Just Another Button co - Button Buddies - Rosie Rabbit, Charley chick, Harriet Hound, Katie Kat
Make do pincushions - Pet Friendly, Love Me Love Me Not, Cottontail
Over the Moon for Ewe pincushion

new thread color from Crescent Colors, Weeks Dye Works, and Gentle Arts

fabric -
cashel - 28 ct - parfait, pickled, haven, arbor, eek!
linen - 30 ct - purple rain
belfast - 32 ct - aerial
linen - 32 ct - chocolate raspberry, black Chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate
aida 16 ct - (same colors as linen 32 ct)
aida 14 ct - (same colors as linen 32 ct)

that's it fo the cross stitch - see part 2 for more!

february 27

Surprise! Just wanted to give an account of my weekend in Nashville.

Had a great trip. After the first 30 miles were on a sheet of ice, the weather really got better. I picked up Sherry (from Country Crafts in Greeley) and we got to the airport in great shape, where we met up with Cindy (from Fanci Mats in Littleton). When we got to Nashville (where the weather was a fabulous 75!) Cindy rented a car and we crammed 4 adults and 5 suitcases in a small SUV. (It was quite a sight I'm sure!) We stopped at the hotel and dropped off our luggage and were off to the most amazing quilt store I have ever seen. Rows and rows and rows (and rows) of bolts of fabric. They were stacked on the top of the shelves, they were stacked in front of the shelves, they were stacked on tables - in short, they were bolts of fabric EVERYWHERE! Thousands of them. I wandered the isles and I'm pretty sure I missed about 95% of them. (I wouldn't want to do inventory there!!) I was able to find some really fun fabrics to make tuck pillows out of - so watch for some fun tuck pillows in the future!
After that amazing experience we headed back to the hotel for happy hour and visiting with friends from the industry - Linda from Lizzie Kate, Cathy & Theresa from CherryWood Designs, Donna from Satin Stitches and many others.
Friday morning I relaxed a little in anticipation of the rest of the weekend. At noon I lead a group of shop owners in a retailers forum, then I took a beaded fob class from the fun gals from Fern Ridge Designs (and yes, I did finish mine in class.) Immediately after that was our Make It, Take It where we got to see some of the new projects that would be available. I delivered by model of Six Fat Men (designed by Lizzie Kate) to Just Another Button Co to be displayed in their room because of the buttons I had added to the original design. I got a quick sneak peak of the new stuff (OK - I was really in trouble because I wanted it ALL!!!!) And then - early bird shopping!
Saturday morning brought a quick meeting of the Counted Thread & Embroidery Group from TNNA, quickly followed by SHOPPING! There was lots of really great new things and I can hardly wait to show it at the pajama party on Friday. We shopped until 5 and then I had a meeting. Dinner followed somewhere later in the evening.
Sunday morning was another quick meeting of the exhibitors (I go because I am on the board of directors), followed by more SHOPPING!
Sherry and I flew out of Nashville at 6:30 and I arrived home at 11 and promptly fell into bed. It was a great weekend! Market always energizes me and gives me hope for the future.

There are a couple of new things that I can tell you about -
Interweave Knits Knitscene - Spring 2012
Piecework Magazine - March/April 2012

That's about it - hope to see you soon!

february 22

Oh what a crazy week this has been! I went to Granby, Colorado last Saturday morning for a knitting class. It turned out that only the 2 of us from here actually signed up to take the class! What great one-on-one attention we received! And the 4 hour class on Saturday turned into 6 1/2 hours and the 3 hour class on Sunday turned into 4 1/2 hours! My head is swimming and I can hardly wait to get started with a project. Watch for a class on swing knitting soon! And I think we may even be able to have Brigitte come teach a class in early summer!!! Details to follow.

Today has been crazy - I leave in the morning for Nashville to attend the needlework market - 2 days of shopping for counted cross stitch. So much fun. But, Saturday in Loveland is the 4-H Fiber Fun Fest and since I will be in Nashville, it turns out that Nancy and Cathy will be taking items from the shop to sell there. I have been busy packing up their boxes and trying to make sure i have everything labeled so they will know what to do with it when they get there. Suzy will be watching the shop while they are gone. (and I haven't packed yet!!!)

New in the shop this week -
cross stitch =
Lizzie Kate - Oh Baby!, Getting Old!, What We Are, and a new flip it series - Less = More - Fear Less Hope More,
Whine Less Breathe More
Shepherd's Bush - Love Is
Prairie Schoolar -Bunnies, August, January, 3 Billy Goats Gruff
Mirabilia - Silver Moon Tea
SamSarah - Daily Life: Bake Fat Pies

That's it for this week. Next update will be after the pajama party (which is on the 2nd). Have a great week!!

february 11

Thanks to everyone that came to the Super (last big football game of the season) Sale! It was a great day. Unfortuneately there is SOOOOOO much stuff that is left over that I don't have room to store it all in the garage any more. Because of that I have created a small sale area and have 2 boxes of cross stitch books there. I will rotate it regularly so you will have to check it every time you are in. All books in those boxes are 75% off! Let's clear some of this stuff out of here!!

Well, it's another snowy Saturday. I have been doing a lot of needlepoint lately - just on this kick. I have finished 3 pieces in the past 2 weeks! Plus, I have gotten some knitting done. Haven't done any cross stitch, but I think that is coming soon!

New this past week -

cross stitch -
Country Cottage - March Cottage, Our Love Nest
Little House - Blessed, Jessie Bell - Arizona Territory, My Lady
Val's Stuff - Little Cuties
Imaginating - Wild Animal Bookmarks, Love, My Desk, Stand Proud
Kustom Krafts - Blooms of Blue, Late Spring, View from the Veranda, Hummingbirds in Bee Balm
Bobbie G - Star Quilt & Bird, Majestic Cardinal
Carolyn Manning - I Heart You, The White Tree, Of Mice & Snowmen, Snowfall #4

knitting -
Love of Knitting - Spring 2012
Australian Knitting - Vol 3 #4 Spring
Debbie Bliss Knitting Magazine - Spring/Summer 2012

accessories -
Just Another Button Co - Button Buddies - Tommie Tweet-Heart, Lola Lovebug

That's about it for this week. Stay warm.

february 2

Groundhog Day. Yes, there was a shadow. Yes, there will be more winter. Yes, there is a winter storm warning with 8" of snow predicted for tonight. We still would have had more winter if that d....ed groundhog hadn't seen his shadow.

I have been absent from my blog. I have excuses. Don't I always? I spent a week in Phoenix - board meetings, classes, market, dinners, meetings - you get the picture. No time for anything but work, work, work! OK, maybe there was a few moments of fun! There was all that yarn buying...
There is always so much work to catch up on once I do get back from a trip. It is amazing how it piles up when it isn't done on a daily basis.

So, new in the shop in the past couple of weeks -

cross stitch -
Nora Corbett - Little Snowy Blue Cottage, Evening Primrose, Lady Slipper, Water Lily
Lizzie Kate - A Little Love
SamSarah Design Studio - Daily Life:Drink Good Wine
Just Cross Stitch - March/April 2012

accessories -
scissors - double trouble black cats, red hearts
pincushion kits from Just Another Button Co - snowball, Bee Mine

knitting -
Knitscene - Spring 2012
Knitters - Winter 11/12
A Handknit Romance
Knitting Circles Around Mittens & More
Scandinavian Slippers & Socks
Building Blocks (by Michelle Hunter of Knitpurlhunter.com)

That's about it for this week. The Superbowl Sale is Sunday. Hope to see you all then!!!

January 17

Oh my there is so much to get done when you are going to be gone for a week! I leave tomorrow for Phoenix for the winter trade show. It is in the 70's there! (sorry, I had to rub that in) Meetings, new yarn, meetings, new yarn, and oh, did I mention new yarn?

New in the shop:
cross stitch -
Cross Stitch & Needlework - March 2012
Stoney Creek Magazine - winter 2012
Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly - Spring 2012
Smocking & Embroidery #97
Amy Brueken Designs - Frick & Frack December Sampler, Billy Bob January Sampler, Man A Month Club - February Snowman, Man A Month Club - March Snowman (this concludes the man a month series - I have it completed!)

fabric -
32 ct lugana - turbulance
28 ct cashel - country blue
16 ct aida - opalescent french vanilla swirl

That's it for this week. There will probably be lots of new things to tell you about when I return from Phoenix (did I mention there will be yarn there?????)

Have a great week!!

January 7

Happy New Year!! I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas and holiday season. I travelled to Lincoln to spend Christmas with Jennifer and her family. It was so much fun to watch the kids on Christmas morning! When I came back home, Heather came with me and spent 4 days here. It was great fun to spend some time with her. On the last full day that she was here, she says "Grandma will you teach me to knit?" OF COURSE!!! I just wish she had asked me sooner in the week so we would have had more time to work on it.
I have been trying to get some projects completed that have been hanging around almost done. I am working my way through them. I finished up 2 pair of socks (I had 1 1/2 done on both pairs!), a sweater (that had been on the needles for 18 months!) and have 3 more of the Feed Your Creativity class projects worked up. So much to do, so little time! I hope that you will be able to get some projects completed also!

New in the shop in the past couple of weeks -

knitting -
Vogue Knitting Winter 11/12
Piecework - Jan/Feb 12

cross stitch -
SamSarah - Daily Life : Come Home Early
Imaginating - Starfish Wedding, Little Things 2, Snow Snow Snow, Let's Sew
Val's Stuff - Baby It's cold Outside
Shepherd's Bush - Christmas Joys
Little House Needleworks - Elizabth Hancock Sampler, Good Tiding
Country Cottage Needleworks - In the Meadow
Bent Creek - Red
Waxing Moon - Primitive Greetings
Aury TM - Too Pretty
Mill Hill - buttons & beads - Live Simply, Love 2 Shop, Millinery Shoppe, Stitch in Time, Home Run
Spring Bouquet magnets - Lion Heart, Rubber Ducky, Baseball Mitt, Tomato Pincushion, Monarch Butterfly, Firecracker

accessories -
Just Another Button Co - Button Buddy pin cushions - Penny Penguin, Sherry Sheep

I think that's it for this week. Have a great week!!

december 21

Behind again. Story of my life. I guess my new year's resolution would be to try to stay updated. (Yeah right!!!)
This week's sale is an additional 20% off all sale yarns and 25% off bags. And don't forget that gift certificates are still 10% off through Saturday.
I am ready for Christmas! Everything that has to be done is done. Everything is wrapped and cards have been mailed. I am heading to Lincoln to spend Christmas with Jennifer and her family. I just love the kids at Christmas!

New this week -
cross stitch -
Stoney Creek - Stitching to the Music, Snow Drifters, Trail of Song, Rejoice, Sweetbriar & Cyclamen
Mirabilia - Golden Apple Girl

knitting -
Interweave Crochet - Winter 2011
Best of Knit Along with Debbie Macomber
Haapsaul Scarf
Knit Noro Accessories

accessories -
sheep sherpa
star markers
tote bags

That's it. There probably won't be an update next week. I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Dec 12

Well, we survived the cold and the warm and now it is less than 2 weeks until Christmas! Where did the time go? Are you ready? I am almost ready. I have 2 ornaments left to stitch and a few packages left to wrap and my Christmas letter to write and put in the already addressed cards. There may be an end in sight after all. But then, it is inventory time here at Ewe Count. Always fun.....

new this week -
knitting -
Folk Socks (revised)
Textured Stitches

Wolf Creek Wool - Luscious - baby alpaca/silk blend in lace weight

cross stitch -
Lizzie Kate - Flora McSample Christmas Ornaments, A Good Marriage, Faith Inspirational Boxer

That's it for this week. Sale of the week - 25% off all scissors!!!

Dec 6

Baby it's cold outside!!! Well, maybe not as cold as yesterday, but still a little chilly!
The sale for this week is 25% off all bags - tote bags, wallets, purses, bags. Offer good through Saturday.

New this week -

cross stitch -
Aury TM - Too Hot, Too Scared, Too Windy, Too Sweet
CM Designs - Buck & Gene
Kustom Krafts - Summer, Autumn Grandeur, Under the Fairy Moon, Wolf & Pup
CherryWood Designs - Love Letters
Val's Stuff - Snowman Special, Not a Creature Was Stirring
Little House - New England Winter Sampler, Winter Forest
Country Cottage - Vintage Christmas, January Cottage
Silver Lining - Laurie (rose)
Imaginating - Jolly Santa, Song of Christmas, Heaven & Nature, Snowbaby Sweethearts, Holiday Clothsline, Joyouse Snowman Ornaments
Sue Hillis - Pirates Love Christmas

knitting -
Interweave Knits Accessories 2011

I think that's it for this week. Deadline for framing and finishing is Saturday. Gift certificates are 10% off through Christmas.

november 30

Dear Blog - I have been saddly neglecting you. Please forgive me. Penny

I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Mine was very quiet. I got lots of cleaning done and finished a sweater that I had been knitting for a couple of months. I love days that I don't have to get dressed!!
The holidays are truly upon us. There are less than 3 weeks until Christmas -but don't despair! There are still lots of hand made items that you can get done between now and then. I have ideas!! Stop by to check them out!
There will be weekly specials until Christmas. This week all sock yarns are 25% off. I haven't decided what next week's special will be yet - stay tuned!

New in the past couple of weeks -
cross stitch -
Amy Brueken - November Sampler: Running with Scissors & Ralph Henry, Man of the Month December Snowman, Man of the Month January Snowman
Bent Creek - The Stitching Sheep, The Christmas House Garland Party, The Christmas Stable
SamSarah - Daily Life: Lasso the Moon
Shakespeare's Peddlar - Maggie Bean: Generosity
CherryWood Designs - Fair Isle Clip
Cricket Collection - Sugar Cookies, Christmas
Just Cross Stitch - Jan/Feb 2012

fabric -
16 ct aida - opalescent porcelain
28 ct lugana - opalescent jubilation
40 ct linen - tanzanite

accessories -
December scissors - Santa

knitting -
60 More Quick Knits
All Wound Up - Yarn Harlot
Classis Elite Quick Knits
Doilies in Color (crochet)
Knit Local
Yarn Lovers Guide to Knitted Socks
Norwegian Mittens & Gloves
Shaped Afghans (crochet)
Stashbuster Knits
Knitting Brioche stitch Socks
Interweave Knits - Winter 2011
Love of Knitting - Winter 2011
Crocheted Softies

That's it for now. Hope you have some knitting/stitching time for yourself!!

november 12

I hope that everyone took a moment yesterday to thank the Veterans of this great land for their sacrifice and committment. Without that group of dedicated individuals this would not be the United States of America. Thank you to one and all!!!
We had no snow this week - what will next week bring? I know I keep saying this, but are you ready for Christmas? There are only 2 weeks until Thanksgiving and then 4 weeks after that is Christmas. It is not just creeping up on us, it is barrelling down on us. My deadline for Christmas framing and finishing is December 10!!
I have been working on a new project - I am making "tuckable" pillows. These are for small projects and would even work for ornaments - 5" square. Stitch a small piece and then just "tuck" it into the pillow. I have several different fabrics to choose from and there will be more coming in the near future. They will be available for all holidays and occasions. Please stop in and check them out!
New this week -
cross stitch -
Silver Creek Samplers - Santa's Magic Key
New York Dreamer - Merry Christmas (this is a brand new designer!)
Nora Corbett - Little Snowy Pink Cottage, Little Snowy Green Cottage
Mill Hill - Sticks - Cozy Inn, Enjoy the Harvest, Think Spring, Enjoy Life

accessories -
purrfect points (cat scissors)
reusable water bottle
rubber ducky tape measure

That's it for this week. Hope you have a great week and get lots of knitting/stitching done!

november 5

It's official! 50 days until Christmas! Are you knitting or stitching your fingers to the bone or are you all relaxed about your Christmas gifts? Wait, let me guess! (I haven't even thought about mine yet!!!)

Another week, another snow storm. I think it is going to be one of those winters. Maybe we will get a snow day this year!

So, new this week...

cross stitch -
Shepherd's Bush - Thomas' Stocking
Sue Hillis - Candy Corn Crazy #3, Christmas Candy
Little House Needleworks - 12 Days of Christmas, Warm Winter Woolens, Snow in Love
Country Cottage Needleworks - Gingerbread Houses, Merry Christmas Ornaments
Glendon Place - The Spirit of Christmas, Royal Poinsettias, Flakes, Ornaments Ala Round
Imaginating - Holiday Hearts, Christmas Toys, Very Merry Day, Song of Joy, Nature's Christmas, Winter Chickadee Basket, Merry Christmas Y'All
Carolyn Manning Designs - Snowballz Glittery Garland, Snowballz Snow Blossoms, Flakey Friends The Gift of Friends

knitting -
Vogue Knitting Holiday 2011
Interweave Crochet Accessories
Jane Austen (a special Interweave magazine)

Knitters Pride knitting needles - cubics (in double points)
dreamz (in double points and circulars)

I hope everyone has a great week. Don't forget to turn your clocks back tonight. An extra hour of sleep!!!!

october 30

Happy Halloween (a day early!) Hope everyone has more treats than tricks!
Wow, what a snow storm we had. 10" of snow! The great part about living in Wyoming is that I always know that the snow is not going to last - it is nearly gone in my back yard already.

New this past week -

cross stitch -
SamSarah Design Studio - Daily Life: Growl When Needed
Sweetheart Tree - Teenie Hardanger IV, Teenie Hardanger V
Aury TM - Carol & Nick GobbleKlaus, Snowy Christmas Quaker Style (I just love these and have Carol & Nick almost finished!)
Shepherd's Bush - Santa's Flight
Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly - Winter 2011
Cross Stitch & Needlework - January 2012

knitting -
200 Fair Isle Motifs
Piecework - Nov/Dec 2011
Knitters - issue 104

That's about it for this week - I can hardly believe that October is almost over. Only 2 months left in this year. Where does the time go?

october 22

Here I am - late again. I have been meaning to post all week, but life just kept getting in the way! I don't think that I can ever really be caught up - there is always just one more (or two or three!)thing to get done.

I had a great time in New Orleans. Gayle from Accents was a great hostess. She showed us all over the city and we even went to a plantation house - Oak Alley. It was amazing! We saw millionaires row and the lower 9th ward. Houses that were absolutely amazing and houses that still had the marks from Katrina on the outside. Unbelievable that there could be so much difference in just a short drive. We walked down Bourbon Street, walked the French Quarter, ate beignets (ok - more than once), had bread pudding (yep - more than once), and oh, yes spent 3 days in meetings - that was the real reason for going to New Orleans. The meetings were very productive and I feel a lot better about the state of the industry after the meetings. After much strife between the product segments I believe that we are actually working together for the betterment of the industry. Yippee!!!

So, while I was gone quite a few things arrived in the shop (go figure!)

cross stitch -
Lizzie Kate - Not All of Us Can Do Great Things, Ho Ho Ho in a Row, Winter Alphabet, Be Jolly, and the final 3 charts in the 6 Fat Men series - Snow Fun, Snow Day, and Let it Snow
Mirabilia - Merchant Mermaid
Just Nan - Turkey Lurking, Emma & Eliza's Christmas Hat
Amy Brueken Desings - Frost Soon, Winny October Sampler
Cross Stitch & Bead Weaving - issue 85

accessories -
Just Another Button Co - #12 & #13 in their pincushion series - Boo Moon and Pumpkin Spice (only 2 left in this series - they have been so much fun and I will miss them)

knitting -
Knitscene - Winter 2011
Knitting Off the Axis
Garden 10 Metallic Lacy Knits (oh, I just have to do the sweater in this one!)
Mirasol - Ushya & Sulka - by Jane Ellison (cute little shep in this one)

yarn -
Alp Oriental - one ball makes a very interesting little shawl or scarf
Monarch - a worsted weight yarn by Mountain Meadow Wool dyed by Mountain Colors
Teton - a bulky yarn by Mountain Meadow Wool dyed by Mountain Colors with a hat pattern on the label
Merina Glitz - finally!! we can't keep Merina in stock and now we have the metallic version!
Knit Collage - a very funky think & thin yarn with metallic bits and other fun things woven into the yarn - makes great scarves out of one skein!

The Cowboy Joe yarn has flown out the door - more is on order and should be here soon - check out my hat and scarf knit in this very fun dyed yarn especially for Wyoming fans!

One of the other things that happened when I was in New Orleans was a visit to Gayle's shop. I am always on the look out for a better way to display things (I think I have tunnel vision and can't look outside my box). Well, there it was - a better way to display all those specialty hand dyed threads. I have already got some of them changed over and I think I am really going to love the new system. Problem is that it doesn't all fit in the area that it was in previously and now I have to think outside of my box again and figure out where to put more threads! It may take me a few days so bear with me - it really will be better when I am done!

Have a great week! And now I have to give you the bad news - there are just over 60 days until Christmas - are you ready???????

october 9

s, I am up early on this chilly Sunday morning trying to get ready to leave town for the week. I am headed to New Orleans for a couple of days of fun with Deb (Stitches N Things in Michigan) and Gayle (Accents, Inc in Louisiana) and then a TNNA Retail Council meeting and then a TNNA Board meeting. I really think the couple of days touring and learning about New Orleans are going to be more fun than the meetings, but you never know!!
What a storm we had yesterday. What was supposed to be a dusting of snow ended up being about 5"! I didn't think it was going to stop - and such big flakes! Wow!!
I have been working my little fingers to the bone this past week - I finished up 4 of the snowmen from Amy Brueken's "A Man A Month" (I was a little behind), stitched up a little piece from Lizzie Kate's new Tiny Tidings, stitched "Gift" from Cherry Wood Design Studio, and "Live Life" from Shepherd's Bush. I also finished up a sweater that I have been working on for a while and started a hat out of the new "Cowboy Joe" colorways from Mountain Meadow Wool - love the brown & gold! I should be able to get the hat finished up on the plane today!

New this week -
cross stitch -

Bobbie G - Gift for Mister Snowman, Triple Jack-O-Lanterns, Near the Sea, 50 Cents A Dozen
Sue Hillis - Needlework Trees, Traditional Trees
Country Cottage Needleworks - Joy & Peace, Autumn Band Sampler, Little Miss Sunflower
Val's Stuff - Little Bitty Kitty Club - Nov & Dec, Boo Ya
Carolyn Manning Designs - Snowy Snapshots
Imaginating - Peter Pumpkin, Harvest Blessings, Halloween House, Fabric Pumpkins, Scary Friends
Kustom Krafts - Max in the Zinnias, Winter Moon, Moose Call, Snowkeeper, Lazy Daze, Vintage Orange Blossoms, Leopard in Waiting, Perched High
Jim Shore - Monograms
Shepherd's Bush - Live Life, Bee Extraordinary
Stoney Creek magazine - Autumn 2011

knitting -
Love of Knitting - Holiday 2011
Easy Shawls (crochet)
Debbie Macomber - Blossom Street Collection #4, #5, #6
Debbie Bliss - Knits to Give
Beyond Toes (Cat Bordhi recommended this one!)
Custom Fit Jackets
Cutest Ever Baby Knits
Verena - Fall 2011

yarns -
Riveting from Kollage Yarns - this is 100% cotton recycled blue jeans! - 8 colors
Cowboy Joe colorway from Mountain Meadow Wool

That's it for this week. Have a great week. The snow should all be melted by the end of the day!!!

october 3

It's October!! Beautiful weather (surely can't last!!)
I will be sending an email newsletter later today. Let me know if you would like to get it.

The street finally opened this past week. Snyder is still closed north of Randall to Pershing, but at least the intersection of Randall & Snyder is open - it was a long 7 1/2 weeks of detouring around.

New in the shop:

cross stitch -
Just Cross Stitch - Nov/Dec 2011
Bent Creek - Haunted House Creak & Squeek (part 3 of 3)
Poppy Kreations- Away in a Manger
SamSarah Designs - Daily Life Tweet Your Song
Stoney Creek - Halloween Time, Topical Christmas, Santa's Truckin' Team, Nature's Pride, Snowman For All Seasons, Christmas Ornament Series

accessories -
scissor of the month - Halloween black cats, Breast Cancer
Ginger designer scissors for 2011 - Tessa

knitting -
Playful Little Knits
Knitting Pleats
Weekend Hats
Knit.Wear - Premiere 2011
Sivia Harding - Norwegian Woods Shawl, Harmonia's Rings Cowl (this is the cowl that Cat Bordhi was wearing in class)

That's it for this week. Have lots to get done this week since I will be in New Orleans all of next week.

Have a great week. See you soon!

september 20

What a great weekend we had in Scottsbluff! Thanks to everyone that attended the Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair. There was much less to pack up! This weekend I am off to Fort Collins for the Art to Wear fiber forum on Sunday. Stop by the Lincoln Center and say "hi".

I finally found my list that I was missing from last week! Under a pile of papers on the floor in my office - imagine that!

So... new items for the past couple of weeks -

cross stitch -
Mill Hill - Jim Shore - Yarn Fairy, Cupcake Fairy, Ornament Fairy, Needlework Fairy
Kustom Krafts - Moose & Cardinal, Midnight Glow, Little Baby cheetah, Day & the Dawnstar, Snowy
Carolyn Manning Designs - Walking the Cat
Val's Stuff - Silly Spooks
JBW Designs - French Country Reindeer, French Country Stocking, Ornament II, Needle Roll & Needle Case
CherryWood Designs - Black Cats Prowl, Good Witch
Country Cottage - Here Kitty Kitty, The Apple Orchard
Litte House Needleworks - My Dwelling Place, Hallelujah
Imaginating - Strawberry Time, Dream Direction, Teapots of Love
Bent Creek - The Haunted House Got Newt? (part 2 of 3)
Aury TM - Frank & Elvira Gobblestein
Cross Stitch & Needlework - Nov 2011
Amy Brueken Designs - Bubba September Sampler, A Man A Month Club - October & November

accessories -
going batty scissors
breast cancer scissors
Ewe pincushion accessory kit - Ewe's Trick or Treat, Ewe's Ewe-doo Doll

knitting -
Interweave Knits - Holiday Gifts
Interweave Crochet -
Knitting Traditions
Knitters magazine - Fall 2011
Easy as 1-2-3 Skeins
Knit One Knit All - Elizabeth Zimmerman
Soccks Ala Carte Colorwork
Debbie Bliss Knitting magazine - Fall/Winter 2011
Australian Knitting - Winter/Spring
Mini Christmas Knits

new colors of Babe
new colors of Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK
new colors of Silky Flamme
6 colors of Sulka - a bulky merino/alpaca/silk blend

The construction continues - this is week 7 - however they are pouring concrete for the curbs so maybe there is an end in sight for this project. I will be glad when people can actually get here without going out of their way through the neighborhood.

My kids will be here this weekend! They are coming for the Wyoming/Nebraska game - I fear we will be yelling for opposite teams, although with Wyoming being 22 point underdogs I really don't think I will have much to cheer about. We will have to tolerate my grandchildren dressed in their Nebraska clothes however! (I think I can handle it!) Go Wyo!!!

sept 12

Wow! What a busy couple of weeks it has been since I last wrote.
We closed down our Estes Park shop, so I was up there a couple of times, bringing stuff back and trying to figure out where to put it - either in the shop here or in the garage (or some is still in my basement with no home at all).
Cat Bordhi was here over the weekend with her fabulous classes. I think they were very well received. She is a delight and I had a great time putting everything together. I hope the students had fun as well.
Yesterday I participated in the 9-11 Remembrance 5k run at the Capital. I don't think I will ever be able to forget watching that plane fly into the towers in New York. Utter disbelief.
This next weekend I will be in Scottsbluff, Nebraska participating the the Scottsbluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair sponsored by Brown Sheep Co. The event is at the fairgrounds in Mitchell from 9 - 4 on Saturday. I hope to see you there!

I keep a list of all the new items as they come in. Somehow in all the confusion of the last couple of weeks, my piece of paper has diappeared. (boo) So, in lieu of the list of new things, I will just say that there are several new items in cross stitch (including the Just Cross Stitch Annual Christmas Ornament issue) and some new yarns and magazines on the knitting side. You will just have to stop by the shop to see what's new!!

Have a great week!!

august 27 - part 2

This is the 2nd part of this post. This one deals with the cross stitch.

By Gone Stitches - A Quaker Christmas, Quaker Christmas II, God Bless America, Eloquent Christmas, One Nation
Michelle Ink - Baseball!
Rosewood Manor - Barnwood Buttons, Bargello Sampler
La-D-Da - The Raven, The Child's Garden
JBW Designs - French Country Hearts I & II, Christmas Welcome
Erica Michaels - Always Thankful, Live Simply, Scared Squared, My 1st Christmas (mini stocking)
Blackberry Lane - Goblins on Parade, Starry Starry Night
Amy Brueken Designs - Sam August Sampler, Jackie O Lantern
DebBee's Designs - Grandma's Heart, Glitz & Glamour Opal, Diamond Delight 9
From Nancy's Needle - Birds of A Feather, Woodland Star, Cardinal Caper, Star Spangled Birthday
SamSarah Designs - Daily Life: Garden Daily & Shine One, Thursday Afternoon, Saturday Evening, Monogram Tote & Clutch, Halloween Tote & Clutch, Kitty Kitty Stocking, Puppy Stocking
Sue Hillis - Candy Corn Crazy Vol I & II, Noel en Rouge, Halloween Memories, Halloween Party, Stichers Days of Christmas
Just Nan - Emma & Eliza Meet the Owls of October
Nora Corbett - Little Snowy Lavender Church, Lyrical
Mirabilia - Elizabeth
Mill Hill - Holiday Whimsey, Stocking, Mr. Right, Spiking the Eggnog
Lizzie Kate - Tiny Tidings XVI, Inspiration Boxer, Coming to Town - Santa '11, 6 Fat Men - Snow House, Snow Friends, Snowed In
CherryWood Designs - Thanks Clip, Thanks Grace Peace, Pumpkins on Parade, Ho Ho Ho Ribbon, Gift, Linen
Kreinik - Stitch A Pen - 4 designs

accessories -
Sampler Threads - new colors
Weeks Dye Works - new colors
Just Another button Co - Berry Delicious pin cushion, Shelby the Crab pin cushion
scissors - Dovo, Sullivan, American flag, Premax and others
fabric -
28 ct Raspberry Twirl Opalescent
20 ct Peoria Purple
28 ct Pumpkin/Natural Gingham
28 ct Baltimore Blues Gingham
28 ct sun sea sand
28 ct paw prints
28 ct snowflakes
28 ct Highland Grass
28 ct candy corn stripe

I think that's it. The front room is packed!!!!!

See you soon.

august 27 - part 1

I am doing this in 2 parts because there are SO many new things. I am starting with the knitting/yarn items.

Nelkin Designs - Butin Collar (knit necklace with beads)
SouthWest Trading Co - string me along (carry thread with sequins - to add to anything!)
Marina - 4 new colors
Garden Metallic - size 10 crochet thread with metallic in 5 colors
Mountain Colors - Jeannette (cashmere/silk), and 2 color ways for the Knit Swirl sweater
Lorna's Laces - Soulmate
Zauberballe 6 - 4 new colors
Wunderlkecks - 2 colors
Berroco - Flicker, Blackstone Tweed Metallic and several books including Norah Gaughan's newest
Plymouth - Holiday Lights (Encore with a metallic)
Sirdar - Indie (bulky wool/acrylic blend)
Ella Rae - Amity Prints (an Encore like yarn), Lace Merino Worsted
Kreinik - crochet bookmark kits

accessories -
Necessary pins
sheep soap
Namaste - mini messenger bags, skinny mini
Oat Couture - shoulder bag to crochet

That's it for the knitting. There are lots of colorways of many of the new yarns!!

aug 24

I have been very bad about posting here. I have been very busy and this has taken a back seat. I will try to give you the highlights of the past couple of weeks.
Aug 3 -6 I had the pleasure of hosting the boutique for the Rocky Mountain Region Embroiderers' Guild seminar in Denver. Hard work setting up and tearing down, but a great time in between. It is always so much fun to see the friends that I made with the EGA several years ago - and I only get to see them every other year.
My mom and I arrived back in Cheyenne late Saturday night only to turn around and head back to Denver on Monday evening for a very early flight on Tuesday to Baltimore. We spent Tuesday afternoon exploring the Inner Harbor area of Baltimore, then Wednesday & Thursday we spent in Washington DC exloring the Capital, Arlington National Cemetery, the old Post Office, viewing the White House and the National Cathedral (where the military was practicing for a presidential funeral), and then a tour of the monuments by night. Friday was classes, Saturday & Sunday was the Fall Needlework Market and Monday Mom & I headed back into DC to go through a couple of museums before heading home. Getting home was a challenge as our flight was delayed 4 hours because of weather. We finally arrived in Denver at midnight (2 a.m. to my body)- needless to say, we spent another night in Denver before coming back to Cheyenne Tuesday morning. A great trip!!
The pajama party is this Friday evening (OMG only 2 days away - I am not ready!)All the great things that I bought in Baltimore, along with all the things that have been arriving over the past month are just waiting to be shared with everyone. If you don't make it to the pajama party, be sure to come in on Saturday for the fall open house and Q & A workshop by Donna Druchunas at 1 p.m. on Arctic Lace, muskox,and Alsaska. She will be doing a book signing at 2 p.m.

New the past couple of weeks -
cross stitch -
Prairie Schooler - 2011 Santa, Santa's Night, Cats Bats & Witches, September, Christmas Favorites
Sue Hillis - Halloween Party
Crossed Wing - My Back Porch
Val's Stuff - Itty Bitty Kitty Quilt Club - Sept & Oct, Thrillogy
Bobbie G Designs - I Can Be Bad, Old Friends Old Wine
Carolyn Manning - Stackin' Jack
Imaginating - Smile At the World, Find A Song
Glendon Place - Batalphabet, Witch Parking Only, Come Sit A Spell, Halloween Luck
Waxing Moon - Monthly Sampler Series: December
Little House Needleworks - 1785 Samplings, Summer Splendor, Baked Goods
Country Cottage Needleworks - Sunflowers in Summer
Bent Creek - The Haunted House: The Petrified Party, Guest House - Secret Lair

knitting -
Interweave Knits - Fall 2011
Love of Knitting - Fall 2011
Vogue Knitting - Fall 2011
Piecework - Sept/Oct

10 colors of ladder yarns

That's it for now. Have a great week.

august 1

Completely forgot. So sorry. It just now dawned on me that I hadn't blogged on Friday - too many things going on!!

Frontier Days is over, the Front Range shop hop is over, now I am gearing up for the Rocky Mountain Region Embroiderers' Guild of America region seminar this coming weekend in Denver. I am hosting the boutique and have been busy putting everything together for that - about 100 or more women for the weekend. It promises to be fun! This will be the 4th time I have had the opportunity to do the boutique for the region and I am honored. So many boxes of things arriving just for the show....

And then, 2 days after I get done with the show I am heading to Baltimore! The fall needlework market is early this year and in a new location. My mom will be here to help with the boutique in Denver and she is going to travel with me. We have a couple of days scheduled in Washington DC!

As soon as I return from that trip the Yarn Crawl will be starting (on the 15th). I hope you take the opportunity to travel to the other shops and see what they have to offer!

Stitch N Pitch with the Colorado Rockies will be on Friday, Aug 19. If you would like to go to the game, please let me know as soon as possible. We have to order the tickets.

Friday, Aug 26 is the Pajama Party - starts at 6 p.m. - space is limited so reserve your spot soon.

Saturday, Aug 27 at 1 p.m. Donna Drucunas will be in the shop talking about arctic lace, musk ox and Alaska. At 2 pm. she will be doing a book signing. Donna is the author of Arctic Lace and Successful Lace Knitting.

It will be a busy month!

new in the shop last week -
cross stitch -
Amy Brueken Designs - Sandra Lea (July sampler), Baby Talk Bless You

knitting -
Stitch Heaven CD by Barbara Walker
Unraveled - Maggie Sefton (a mystery)
Quick Knit Afghans
Knit Noro
I Can't Believe I'm Knitting Mittens
Little Red in the City
Knitted Lace
Crochet Traditions

fabric -
14 ct aida - pink lady
16 ct aida - abracadabra opalescent
32 ct belfast - lime green
28 ct jazlyn - pumpkin spice

That's it for this week - I don't guarantee a post next week since I will be in Denver, but I will get one done before I leave for Baltimore.

Have a great week.

july 23

The first weekend of the 135th Cheyenne Frontier Days. I was sure I would be able to hear Kid Rock from the house last night, but no. Oh well.

I have special hours this week - I will be closing at 5 every day except Wednesday, when I will be closing at 2.

The yarn for the advance planning for the Feed Your Creativity class came this week so I have been very busily knitting up the models for the class. The first 3 have gone very quickly, I think the next couple will take a bit longer. There is still room in the class - this is a 10 month committment - most of the classes this year are around $25 (1 a bit more, 1 a bit less). This is put together by Kollage Yarns and each project is done with a different yarn. Hats, mitts, scarves, cowls, shawls. Let me know if you are interested and stop in and see the finished models.

New this week -
knitting -
Australian Knitting Vol 3 No 2
Verena - Summer 2011

cross stitch -
Cross Stitch & Needlework - September 2011
Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly - #64
SamSarah Design Studio - Farmer's Market: Fresh Apple

fabric - 28 ct linen - white chocolate, milk chocolate, black chocolate, chocolate raspberry

That's it for the week. Enjoy Frontier Days. Stay safe.

july 16

Well.... we had a grand time last night yarn bombing the statues in town! We had a newspaper reporter tagging along with us and I think she was having a good time too! The article is in today's paper and the link and pictures are on Facebook (and they should be on the home page of the website as well). I can check this one off my "to do" list!
Frontier Days is coming right up - next week as a matter of fact. If you get a chance to check out the Wyoming Business Council booth out in the Village, you will see many hand knit mitts and scarves - knit out of Mountain Meadow Wool from Buffalo Wyoming! My thanks to Cathy Littlejohn, Marsha Clinkingbeard, Connie Wise and Lorelee Nomm for helping me with the knitting of those items. They are for sale at the WBC booth. (checked that off my "to do" list!)
The shop hop is still in full swing! Hope you get a chance to participate. It is great fun to see what the other shops have - we all buy from the same distributors and all have different items! (checking this off my "to do" list in a couple of weeks)
Planning is underway for the 2nd Annual "Hot August Knits Yarn Crawl" that will happen August 15 - 31. There are 8 shops participating this year and the grand prize should be worth more than $500!!!
Saturday, August 27 - in conjunction with the yarn crawl - Donna Druchunas will be giving a Q & A at 1 p.m. on Arctic Lace, muskox, and Alaska. She will be doing a book signing at 2 p.m. Donna is the author of Arctic Lace and Successful Lace Knitting.
August 4 - 6 I will be in Denver at the Embroiderers' Guild of America Region Seminar with a selection of items in the boutique. If you are interested in attending please let me know and I can give you more details.
The Fall Needlework Market will be in Baltimore, MD the weekend of August 12 - 14. I am looking forward to attending this market and finding all the latest & greatest for the shop - all to be revealed at the Pajama Party on Friday, August 26. Space is limited so get your reservations in soon!
It is going to be a busy 6 weeks coming up! (and don't forget about the Laramie County Fair - deadline for your entry form is July 22!!!!) Hope to see you all soon!

New items this week -
cross stitch
Shakespeare's Peddler - Maggie Bean:Patience
Little House Needleworks - Autumn
Stoney Creek - Summer 2011

That's it for this week! Check out all the pictures of the yarn bombing and start thinking about next year!!

The first weekend in August

july 9

I hope that everyone had a great 4th of July weekend. I really took a couple of days off! I watched the closing arguments of the trial and got a lot of stitching done! It was very realaxing and enjoyable.

Things have been busy here with the needlework shop hop in full swing. It is so much fun to see all the ladies from Longmont and Denver that only travel up here once a year. Sure wish they would come more often! I have heard from more than one of them that this is their favorite shop and would I consider moving south. The answer to that question is "NO!!!" I love being in Cheyenne and wouldn't consider moving anywhere.

We are gearing up for the yarn bombing that is planned for next Friday evening. We are meeting at the shop at 9 p.m. and everyone is welcome to come and help. We have lots of fun ideas planned!! Contact me if you have quesions.

New in the shop:

cross stitch -
Nordic Needle Award Winning Designs 2011
Emma Broidery's Embroidery Stitch Tool
Amy Bruecken - Man A Month August, Man A Month September
Carolynn Manning - Color Blitz Petals, Color Blitz Sunbathing
Imaginating - Love Always, House Without A Cat, Sun on Both Sides, My Garden, Garden of Herbs
Val's Stuff - Fur de Lis
Little House Needleworks - The Melicent Turner Sampler, Pine Tree Inn
Country Cottage Needleworks - A Day at the Beach
Bobbie G Designs - Snowman's Star, Snowman's Bells, A Tweet Happy 4th
Bent Creek - Quaker Star, Peapod Baby Sampler
CherryWood Design Sudio - Pumpkins on Parade Ribbons

knitting -
Knitscene - Fall 2011
Piecework - July/August 2011

Don't forget that I have an Amy Brueken trunk show through the end of the month. Such cute things!! I have all the charts for all the models and if you purchase one of her designs you willl get a free chart of "the witch is in" and be in the drawing to win the model of that design!!

See you all soon! Have a great week.

June 25 - part 2

Well, I have been remiss in posting to my blog. It has been a very crazy few weeks. Market was very busy - lots of meetings and I seemed to get in very little shopping. I hope I bought good things!! Some of them have already started arriving!
Last weekend we did World Wide Knit in Public Day and had a great time at Starbucks. We got to the shop, got the chairs all set up on the lawn and then the rain and hail hit and we were forced inside. So, instead of knitting on the lawn, we knit in the shop. It was still fun!

new knitting & crochet items -
Interweave Crochet - Summer 2011
Knitter Magazine
Knits Weekend
The New Encyclopedia of Knitting Techniques
Amazing Crochet Lace
The Very Easy Guide to Lace Knitting
Crochet Baby Blankets
Knitting Noro
Sock Knitting Master Class

Chris Bylsma - In the Swing, Coloratura
Keep it Simple - Byzantine Shawl
Fiber Dreams - Clematis, Alpenhorn, Ancamna
Dovetail Designs - EZ V Neck Cardigan to Knit, Featherweight Wrap to Knit
Oat Couture - Amalie Top, Sweet Home Sweater
Knitting Pure & Simple - Children's Mukluk Slippers,Chemo Caps, Top Down Shawl Collar Cardigan

accessories -
fix a stitch - the coolest new tool!!!
knit klips - gone and now back again!

I think that's it for now. The needlework shop hop starts next Friday. I hope to see lots of people participating!!

june 25 - cross stitch new

Splitting this post into 2 posts -
new cross stitch -

Mirabilia - Lady Alexander
Lizzie Kate - Life's A Beach, Inspiration Boxer, Autumn Alphabet, Wine A Bit, Live Laugh Love, Flora McSample Farm Sampler
Just Cross Stitch - July/August 2011
Jill Oxton - Cross Stitch & Beading #84
Shepherd's Bush - Mother's Hope
John Claytonn - Foxtrot
Peter Underhill - Scottish Wedding, Wedding Celbration
Heritage Crafts - Spaniel Puppy, Westie Puppy
Stitchy Kitty - Toadally Patriotic, Tadally Arrrgh!
Bobbie G Designs - Snowman's Tree, Snowman's Birdhouse
Carolyn Manning Designs - Bug Bungalow
Kreative Designs - Mountain Reflection, Beach at Sunrise, Lady in Red
Silver Lining - Katie
Little House Needleworks - Silent Night, Colonial Welcome
Country Cottage Needleworks - Button Button, Bee Joyful
Kustom Krafts - Beauty By the Pond, One the Lookout
Imaginating - Faith & Hope, Seek Me
Sue Hillis - Special Delivery, Happy Independence Day
Val's Stuff - Little Bitty Kitty Quilt Club June & July
Nora Corbett - Melody (Muse), Little Snowy Gray Cottage (Snowglobe Series)
Sweetheart Tree - Lady Dunmore's Sampler
CherryWood Designs - Chart
SamSarah Design Sudio - Farmers Market Fresh Kiwi, I Pledge Allegiance Sampler

new fabrics -
Belfast 32 ct - Antique Pinnk
Lugana 32 ct - Ash Rose
Aida 16 ct - Castleview Opalescent

I think that's it for the cross stitch in the past couple of weeks.

june 4

Welcome to June!! Wow, not sure how that happened. Wasn't it just Christmas??? After months of crappy weather, the summer has finally arrived. I think I already heard someone say "is it ever going to cool off?" Such short memories we have!!

I sent out an email newsletter this week highlighting all the activities happening this summer. Please let me know if you need details.

There will not be a blog entry next week - I will be in Columbus at the big needlework trade show. Lots of meetings, classes, and yarn buying!!

New this week -

cross stitch -
Mill Hill - Southwest Santas - Mesa Santa, Canyon Santa & Desert Santa
Christmas Jewels - Golden Tannebaum, Sapphire Snow, Ruby Forest, Garnet Spiral, Emerald Wreath, Diamond Holiday

knitting -
Vogue Knitting - Early Fall 2011
Knitty Gritty

That's it for this week. I have been knitting up a storm. Finished a vest out of Tussah Silk, and then decided that I needed to finish up some of the socks I had started - so I finished up 2 that were partially done and then worked on another one that I had already done one of - only to realize (just as I was finishing the toe) that I had done the first one on size 1 needles and the 2nd one on size 2 needles (OOPS - if anyone wondered if 1 size needle makes a diffference in gauge that was a big wake up call!). Now I have to do the sock all over again. Bummer!!!! And there is so many other things that need to be done too. Oh well.

Have a great week. Enjoy the weather, but don't forget to give yourself a few minutes every day to knit or stitch. You will feel so much better about yourself if you do!!

may 25

Oh, I have been a bad girl about posting. Last weekend I was in Lincoln visiting Jennifer, Tom, and the kids. Heather had her dance recital and we celebrated both kids birthdays! And what would a visit to Lincoln be without a trip to the Omaha zoo!! It is always so hard leaving them. :(

Just a reminder that I will be closed on Monday for Memorial Day.

We said a sad good by to our friend Marsha last night. She is moving to Oklahoma. It will be very lonely without her bubbly personality around. But, as I told her, I am just a phone call away!!

New in the shop in the past couple of weeks:

cross stitch -
Cross Stitch & Needlework - July 2011
Heritage Crafts - Garden Festival, Show Pony
John Clayton - Wild Horses, Giraffes
Peter Underhill - Just Meeried
Mill Hill buttons & beads - Holiday Stocking, Hanging Around, Home for Christmas, Holiday Deliveries, Winter Woods, Believe
Mill Hill Winter Holiday - Star Santa, Candy Canes, Merry Moose, Holly, Holiday Stamp, Kris Mouse
Shepherd's Bush - Come Home, Sophie's Pin Cushion
SamSarah Design Studio - Farmer's Market Fresh Pear
Little House Needleworks - Summer
Shakespeare's Peddlar - Maggie Bean:Wisdom

knitting -
Interweave Knits - Summer 2011
Seamless (or nearly seamless) Knits

accessories -
Just Another Button Co - B is for Beehive pincushion

yarns -
Blick Fang - a fun hand dyed superwash wool in 6 colors

I think that's it for now. I unpacked boxes this morning and I think that I have everything listed. I have been busy getting the shop in Estes Park ready to open (probably tomorrow!) for the season. Also working on the shop hop for the cross stitchers and the yarn crawl for the knitters. It is going to be a busy summer!!!

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weeked.

may 7

Happy Mother's Day to all moms everywhere!!

Not a lot of things happening around here this week. I am still waiting for my new case to arrive (and not very patiently I might add). I have moved a few more things around and hopefully the new case will arrive this next week........

new this week -
cross stitch -
Imaginating - Dozed Too Long, Joined at the Heart, Spring Magnolia
Sue Hillis - Happy Stitching, Happy Harvest
Val's Stuff - Four Seasons
Little House Needleworks - The Inn at Fox River Mill, Gingerbread Village
Bobbie G Designs - Wash Day, Espresso
Carolyn Manning Designs - Frosty Fishing Friends
Crossed Wing Collection - Violet Crowned Hummingbird (2011)
Jeanette Douglas Designs - One Bird, Three Bees
Country Cottage Needleworks - Red White & Bloom
Bent Creek - Quaker Easter Egg

knitting -
Interweave Knit & Spin
Love of Knitting - Summer 2011

That's about it. My darling granddaughter turned 6 this past week. I remember the day she was born..... Where does it go? Happy Mother's Day!

may 2

Yep, late again this week. Again, no reason.

I slipped down to Longmont on Thursday afternoon to wish Pat of Main Street Stitcher's Garden a very fond farewell. She closed the shop on Saturday. We will miss her sense of humor at the shop hop meetings and we wish her the best of luck on her move to California. In her closure, I am getting a new front counter! I spent Friday night moving the old counter and cleaning out 16 years of stuff from underneath. Oh my! What a mess of stuff I had stashed. I filled 3 boxes! Now, it will be a while before I can figure out where everything should go and what can be put (thrown) away. I am looking forward to a new counter! (it's the little things....)

New this week...

cross stitch -
Amy Brueken Designs - A Man A Month - June Father's Day and July Hip Hip Horray!, Robin Beth June Sampler
SamSarah Design Studio - Farmer's Market Fresh Berry
Nora Corbett - Caprice (from the muse collection), Little Snowy Green Cottage (from the snow globe village series)

knitting -
60 Quick Baby Knits
A Turn in the Road (companion knitting patterns to Debbie Macomber's new novel)
Vogue Knitting Knitopedia
Knit Swirl
Loop-D-Loop Lace
Piecework - May/June 2011 (lace issue)

I think that's it for this week. I join all of America in the celebration of Bin Laden's death. God Bless America!!!! God Bless the US military in their continued operations against terrorism.

april 23

Happy Easter!!!!

Still on a "get it done" cross stitch mode and now I am down to only 1 item left on my "to do" list and this is the one that has been on the list for over a year! It is finally time! Now, just to get all those finishes over the past 2 weeks framed so they can actually be viewed....
(Oh, and I have gotten some knitting done too!)

It has been one of those crazy weather weeks again. Warm, snow, wind, rain, etc. You just never know how to dress in the morning!

New this week -

cross stitch -
Lizzie Kate - Summer Alphabet, Land That I Love, Flora McSample Strawberry Sampler, Halloween Rules - Mind Your Mummy/Sit for a Spell, Halloween Rules - Brew Some Fun/Greet A Ghost, Halloween Rules - Howl At the Moon/Be Spooktacular
John Clayton - Freesia, Rose, Anemone, Carnation, Buckingham Palace
Mirabilia - September Sapphire Fairy
Susan Ryder - Tabby Kitten, Black & White Kitten

knitting - (well crochet)
Amigurumi Toy Box

That's it for this week. I hope you all have a blessed Easter. Rejoice. He is risen!!

april 18

Sorry about posting late. I got busy.
I have been on a cross stitch terror. I finished up the "Glory & Julius Goblefree", stitched Nora Corbett's "Little Snowy Blue Church", finished CherryWood's "Scissors" and then did SamSarah's "Heart Clutch" and started on Amy Brueken's "Man of the Month". Wow. Only 2 or 3 left on my to-do list. Oh, and I have actually been doing a little knitting also.

New this week -
cross stitch -
Kris's Stitches - All Things Great & Small
Just Nan - Emma & Eliza In the Garden (1st in a series), Painted Turtle Pocket (with turtle vintage winder), turtle charm garden pin
Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly - Summer 2011

accessories -
Easter bunny scissors
pig tape measure
panda bear tape measure
bali parachute bag

knitting -
Louet - Euroflax hand dyed - 4 colors
Sublime 8th little hand knit book (features babies 0 - 3 years)

That's about it for this week. Remember this week as Holy Week - the time of year that we observe the cruxifiction of Jesus and his triumphant rebirth.

april 9

Well, here we are again with crappy weather on the horizon while we have had some beautiful days. Spring in Wyoming!!

I finished up the Lizzie Kate ABC's of Parentng with the addition of buttons. Now to get it photographed and sent to Just Another Button Company and Lizzie Kate! Now I am almost finished with Aury TM's Glory & Julius Gobblefree. Cute!

New this week:

cross stitch -
Stoney Creek magazine - Spring 2011
Just Cross Stitch - May/June 2011
Waxing Moon - Monthly Series: November
Glendon Place - Eggs Ala Round, Dust Bunnies, What a Quack Up
Bent Creek - Gnomes in the Garden Row, Flair: Imagine, Sparkle, Together, and the border for those
Bobbie G - Little Champ, Little Princess, March, April
Carolyn Manning - Baby Bubbles, Snowy Snuggles
Imaginating - Bunnies & Ducks, Bunny Girl, Bunny Boy, Butterfly Happiness, Creating Yourself, Spring Iris
Shepherd's Bush - Love Is
Country Cottage Needleworks - April Showers, Simply Vintage
Little House Needleworks - Deck the Halls, Liberty-1776, Thirteen Colonies
Val's Stuff - Little Bitty Kitty Quilt Club - May & June
Sue Hillis - Happy Birth Day for Boys, Happy Birth Day for Girls
Mill Hill - Buttons & Beads: Melody, Football Hero, Log Cabin Quilt, Haunted Mansion, Moonlit Kitties, Wizard - Autumn Harvest Magnets - Candy Corn, Indian Corn, Football, Music, Pumpkin Man, Autumn Circle

fabric -
Belfast 32 ct -Stormy Clouds
Lugana 32 ct - Silvery Moon
Aida 18 ct - Silver/Starquest

accessories -
Just Another Button Company pincushion - Ewe Look Fabulous (I have already made this - so cute!!!!!)

Yarn -
Tussah silk DK - 8 colors (50% silk, 50% viscose) - pattern book to go with it has several beautiful spring patterns

That's it for this week. Have a great week. Hope your taxes are done. At least you have a couple of extra days this year!!!

april 2

I hope that everyone survived April Fool's Day without any harm. I know of one joke that was kind of ongoing....hope to hear the results soon!

An email newsletter was sent this week. If you didn't receive it, please let me know and I can forward a copy to you.

I have been busy working on another model for Lizzie*Kate this week. Hope to have it finished this weekend. This one is one that has already been released - ABC's of Parenting. It is so much fun to add the buttons!

We are experiencing another wild and wacky spring in the Rockies - winds to over 65 mph, temps to 70, and snow!!! Isn't it great to live here? I wouldn't change it for anything.

New this week in the shop:
cross stitch -
SamSarah - Farmer's Market - Fresh Lime (this is part 2 of an ongoing series)
Shepherd's Bush - Warm Heart

accessories -
scissors of the month - Earth Day green

knitting -
KnitScene - Summer 2011
Grammy's Favorite Knits for Baby
Get Hooked on Tunisian Crochet
Marina - from Rozetti Yarns - this is a very fun scarf yarn that you just have to see to believe. I first found this yarn in a shop in Portland and came home with a skein (actually a knitted scarf by the time I got home) and just had to order it because it was just sooooo cool! I have 3 colors in stock and more on back order!

I think that's it for this week. Enjoy the warm weather today and the snow tomorrow!!

p.s. - there are still a few spots left in the Cat Bordhi classes but they are going fast!!! Call soon if you are interested!

march 26

Changes, changes, changes. WOW!
Where did it all go?????

Well, everything is still here. Really. If you haven't been in this past week you would think I was missing half the things in the shop. I have completely rearranged the front area when you first walk into the shop. Completely. All the threads have been moved to the former class room and you will find the sale yarns there as well. There is now a "sitting area" in the front area of the shop. Come in, sit a spell, bring your knitting/stitching. A place for a husband or significant other to sit and relaxd while you shop. Comments? "more friendly", "not so overwhelming", "so much space", "amazing". Stop by and check it out!!!

A very special thank you to my wonderful daughter, Jennifer, and her equally amazing husband, Tom, for their help and support in moving everything. I couldn't have done it without you!!

Yes, the kids were here for a few days last week. It was fun having them here. They also spent a few days in Denver and I met up with them in Loveland where Heather and I had a "date" at Disney On Ice Priness Classics. So much fun.....

New this week -
not much :(

cross stitch -
Stoney Creek - Rusty Memories, Baby Burps & Bubbles Bibs & Towels, Home Cookin' Towels & Aprons

That's it. Have a great week. Stop by to see the amazing changes in the shop.

march 19

What a great week I had! I left on Thursday and traveled to Portland for several events - first and foremost my mom lives there! Within 2 hours of arriving I had accomplished a big goal of mine - getting rid of the 30 years of tax returns that my mom had been "saving for us girls to remember her by when she died". Now, my mom is perfectly healthy and will probably live for a very long time but these tax returns have become kind of a joke in our family. We hauled them up from her crawl space under the house and loaded 7 boxes into the car and took them to Office Depot to be shredded - 100 pounds of tax crap! It was good to get rid of them and now she can start over - hopefully she will not continue to save them up.
On Friday we traveled to my sister's house in eastern Oregon. On Saturday we helped with my niece's baby shower. On Sunday we traveled back to Portland. Sunday evening was the beginning of the Yarn Market News Smart Business Conference. It started with a cocktail party hosted by Lantern Moon. It was great being able to talk to many people from the knitting industry in a relaxed setting. (We also conducted a little business on the side!) Monday and Tuesday morning were business sessions and Tuesday afternoon was a yarn crawl of 5 of Portland's yarn shops (they have 20!) I love this business conference - I always come home full of ideas and remotivated. (watch for lots of changes in the shop!!!!) Tuesday evening I attended a cocktail party at the Pico Accardi Dye Works studio with several of the Portland "knitterati". It was an interesting mix of people and I felt a little out of place, but it was an interesting eveing. Wednesday afternoon Mom and I went to the Lantern Moon warehouse and got a great tour and bought some product before heading to the airport and home.

New items from the past couple of weeks:

cross stitch -
Susan Ryder - Westminster Abbey
John Clayton - Power & Grace Tiger, Royal Collection - William & Catherine
Peter Underhill - On Guard, Lord Meer
Sue Hill - Nesting Box
Crescent Colours/Shakespeares Peddler - Maggie Bean: Hospitality
Mill Hill - Sticks - Dream, Debbie Mumm - Spooky Town

fabric - Cashel 28 ct - Doubloon, Heroic, Truffle, Tempest, Iris Garden
32 ct Lugana - Lavender Splash
14 ct Aida - Desert Sky

knitting -
Leisure Arts - Wraps to Throws (crochet), Baby Washcloths to Knit, Trendy Knit Dishcloths
Arctic Lace
Lacy Knits
Interweave Crochet - Spring 2011
Piecework - March/April 2011
Vogue Knitting - Spring/Summer 2011
Knitter Magazine - Winter 2010
mini stitch dots - (these sold out at the pajama party and are now back in stock)

That's about it for this week. I am now waiting for Jennifer, Tom and the kids to arrive - should be here in about 4 1/2 hours (but who's counting??????) Heather has spring break this week so they will be here a few days, in Denver a few days and then Heather and I have a date Thursday night in Loveland for Disney on Ice! Fun week.

Hope you all have a great week!!

marhc 5 - part 2

more new cross stitch -
Stoney Creek - Aprons: No Chocolate Quitter, Rather Be Stitching, Kitchen Belongs to Cat, Smell the Coffee
Standups: Come Fly with Me, Family Tree, Falling From Heaven, Give Thanks, His Love, You Raised Me, Faith Hope Love, Thanksgiving Prayer, Special Gift, Let Your Hare Down, Patriotic Sentiments
Quick Stitches: Boo, Stitch Aerobics, Winter's Snowflake Blues, Summer's Sunny Rays, Love, Lil' Bunny
Birth Sampler, Autumn's Colorful Days, Believe in Your Dreams, Life & Coffee, Spring's Lovely Hues
Anchor - Shaun the Sheep bookmarks, Shaun the Sheep Mini, Shaun the Sheep Bith Sampler
From Nancy's Needle - Carnival, Country Blooms, Airing the Quilts, Flower Baskets
Sublime Stitching - Krazy Kitchen, Gnomes Fairies, Country Cool, Craft-opia
Cross Stich & Bead Weaving - issue 83
Cross Stich & Needlework - May 2011

accessories -

Just Nan charm garden pins - Stardust Dragon, Purple Butterfly, Birdcage, Hot Tomato, Violet
Kelmscott - needle minders - thistle, Statue of Liberty, sheep - scissors - fleur de lys, woven
Just Another Button co - just magnets, just needle threaders
Stitch Happy note paper
Knit Happy note paper
Knit Happy insulated thermal mugs
stich markers - ladybugs, bees

new threads -
Gentle Arts Sampler Threads
Crescent Colours - floss & silk
Caron Collection - watercolours

knitting -

Berroco - Norah Gaughan #8, Berroco Sox Playground Stripes
Plymouth - Mushishi Jacket, Textured Wrap, Fingerless Gloves Leggings & Hat
Hooked for Life - Renee's Shawl, Divergent Moebius
Out Couture - Kilkenny Cardigan
Fiber Dreams - Midnight Garden
Vermont Fiber Designs - Fir cone Lace Cardigan, Fir Cone Lace Shell, Double Eyelet Cardigan, Empire Waist Cardigan
Sublime - 3 books on children's knits

yarn -
Mushishi - 6 colors
Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK - 9 colors

I think that's it!! Have a great week. There will be no post next weekend. I am leaving Thursday to Portland to spend a few days with my mom, attend my niece's baby shower, and then attend the Yarn Market News Conference. busy, busy,

march 5 - part 1

It has been a crazy week here - spent last Saturday at the the Fiber Fun Fest in Loveland. Had a great time, sold some stuff, met some fun people! A great day! Last night was the Nashville Pajama Party - great food, fun class, crazy fun people buying and buying.....
I have spent all morning trying to organize all the new stuff so it is presentable and there is room for the class that will be here from noon - 2 and then the book signing from 2 - 4. I think there will be a quick lesson at 2 in shuffling stuff from one room to another!!

So... on to the new things...
cross stitch -
Just Nan - Feathered Fashion, 3 Violets Humbug, Whirlibirds, Needle Flutters, Bluebird Alphabet, Minerva's Mouse
Little House Needleworks - Fresh From the Garden, Spring, Bringing Home the Tree
Shakespeare's Peddler - Tread Lightly, Jenny Bean's Creation Sampler
Raise the Roof - Firenze, Official Crazy Cat Lady
Praiseworthy Stitches - The Buzzards Roost Inn, Freedom Park, Black Cat Manor, The Simple Gifts: Love
Cherrywood Designs - Scissors, Snowflake Ribbons
Aury TM - Glory & Julius Gobblefree
Bobbie G Designs - Sprits of the Southwest II, February,Listen, Spring Trivet
Glendon Place - Mini Memories of Patriotism, Peep Show, Mini Memories of Love, Mini Memories of Everyday, Easter Delivery
Val's Stuff - Little Bitty Kitty Quilt Club: Jan & Feb, March & April
Cricket Collection - Spring, La Mer
Crossed Wing Collection - Glory in the Morning
Bent Creek - Uber Snowman, Quaker Noel Row
Prairie Schooler - May
Sue Hillis - Happy Easter, Liberty Pirate, Piracy
Kustom Krafts - Spring, Majestic Serentity, Moonlight Unicorn, Lily Fairy
Shepherd's Bush - Purple Snowman, Pink Snowman, Blue Snowman, Green Snowman, Red Snowman, Keep Love, Holiday Hope, Little Eggs Pincushion, Tiny Garden Fob
Amy Brueken Designs - Lilybell April Sampler, Rosebud May Sampler, Jack N Stein, A Man A Month Club #1, #2, #3
Lizzie Kate - Peep, Flora McSample Heart Sampler, Flora McSample Stitch Lesson Sampler
SamSarah Designs - Sadie Stuart Spring Flower Sampler, Farmer's Market Fresh Melon, Harried Hare
Nora Corbett - The Bead Fairy, The Line Fairy
Jeanette Douglas - Quaker Stitches, Thistle Lavender Bag & Accessories, Royalty ABC, Royalty ABC Accessories, True Owl, One Key, Two Tulips
Elizabeth's Designs - Red White & Blue, Land of the Free
JBW Designs - French Country Wedding Bells, French Country Teddy Bear, French Country Love, A Winter Collection
Erica Michaels - Woman of Valor

see part 2 for remaining items

February 25

I have been trying to send an email newsletter for the past 2 days with no luck. The company that does my web site did some updating and I think it screwed up a bunch of things. Hopefully we will get it all corrected today!

I had a wonderful time in Nashville last weekend. When I left there it was 70 and when I got home it was 10. Big temperature difference!!! It was wonderful to see all my favorite designers and meet some new ones. It was great meeting up with my other shop owner friends and catching up on their lives as well. A great weekend! Oh, and I brought home a bunch of new stuff too! All of that has to wait another week though until I can have the pajama party which is next Friday! It is a sold out event!
The Spring Open House will be Saturday, March 5 with an extra busy day as Joanna Johnson will be teaching a class from 10 - 2 on slip stitch knitting from her new book, Freddie's Blanket and then from 2 - 4 she will be doing a book signing on Freddie's Blanket!

New in the shop in the past couple of weeks are:
cross stitch -
Prairie Schoolar - Folk Eggs, Sunny Days, Farm Fresh, As the Crow Flies,
Mirabilia - The Red Lady Pirate

knitting -
Interweave Knits - Spring 2011

misc -
scissor of the month - rainbow butterfly
Australian Smocking & Embroidery Magazine #93

That's about it for this week. I am busy packing up lots of fun things to take to the Fiber Fun Fest at the Ranch in Loveland. That event takes place tomorrow from 9 - 4. Hope to see you there!

Oh, and registration for Cat Bordhi's classes in September is now OPEN. She will be teaching New Pathways for Sock Knitters on Friday, September 9 and Moebius Knitting on Saturday, September 10. Cost for each class is $95 and a deposit of $50 is required at registration.

Have a great week!

february 12

Happy Birthday Abe (Lincoln)!
Happy Valentine's Day!

Well, we have run the weather this week haven't we. From snow and -10 to 50 today. Must be winter in Wyoming!!

I am off this week to the Nashville Needlework Market - a weekend of cross stitch - classes, buying and friends! If there is anything that you would like me to look for, please let me know by Wednesday.

New in the shop this week (and last - apparently I am stupid) -
cross stitch -
Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly - Spring 2011
Imaginating - Counting Sheep, True Friends, Stitch & Sew, Light of Life
Val's Stuff - I'll Keep You Warm All Winter Long
Sue Hillis - Happy Quilting, Happy Valentine's Day
Silver Lining - Lavender Pansies
Jeanette Douglas - Friend Owl
Country Cottage Needleworks - Bunny Hop, Sheep in the Meadow
Litte House Needleworks - Hillside Travelers, Rosey, Cardinal Winter
Kustom Krafts/Kreative Designs - Silent Watch, Oriental Rhapsody, The Stare (white tiger), Blue Dragon Fairy, Duchese de Dino Rose, The Muses (Cleo, Enterpe & Thalia), Snow Leopard Cubs, Black Wolf, Vintage Garden, Macaws, Yellow Roses & Lilacs
Carolyn Manning Designs - Snowflakes Drift #2
Vickery Collection - Garden year
SamSarah Designs - A Little Rain
Just Cross Stitch - March/April 2011

knitting -
Knitting Traditions - Winter 2011
Knitting Plus

I think that's it for this week. There probably won't be a post next weekend unless I find some time at market to let you know what's going on. Have a great week!

P.S. Thanks for everyone that came to the Super Bowl Sale! It was a great day!

P.P.S. There is only 1 spot left in Joanna Johnson's class on Saturday, March 5. Please contact me ASAP if you are interested in the class.

february 5

Are you ready for football? At least a Super Sale? Tomorrow (Sunday) is the annual "Big Football Game" Sale. (we are not supposed to use Super Bowl because it is apparently a "copyrighted" name) The preparations are almost complete. The basement has been transformed from a living space to the "bargain basement"! So many things at so little prices! It always gets really crazy right at 1:00 so I would advise waiting just a bit. Some people get frustrated because there isn't room at the table to look through the books. So, save your frustration and come a bit later. There will still be lots of bargains. The sale is from 1 - 4 (or so - I don't kick anyone out at 4!) This is well before the game starts so if you want to see the game and come to the sale you won't miss a thing!

Things are a little lacking in the "new" category this week. All the cross stitch people are waiting for the big Nashville show that will be happening in a couple of weeks.

We lived through the "deep freeze". Wow! That was brutal! After having it be almost spring like and then the bottom dropped out. Must be Wyoming!!

Have a great week! See you at the Super Bowl Sale!

January 29

It's such a beautiful day out today! And the threat of snow and cold again for Monday. :( At least we aren't experiencing the snow levels they are seeing back east!

I sent out an email newsletter on Thursday. If you need information on upcoming events (and there are a lot of them) give me a call. I will try to highlight some of them below:

Sunday - February 6 - That Great Big Football Game (you know, the Super Bowl) Sale - 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. The ony Sunday of the year that I am open. Tons of great items at rock bottom prices. Everything in the shop on sale!

the entire month of February - the trunk show of knitted items from Freddie's Blanket - the newest knitting picture book by Joanna Johnson

Friday - March 4 - Nashville Pajama Party - 6 p.m. - an evening filled with food, class, and all the newest items! Space is limited - $35.00

Saturday - March 5 - Spring Open House (all the newest items will be available)
Joanna Johnson will be teaching You Can Knit Colorwork! In this two-hour class (noon - 2), she will teach you a very easy colorwork pattern and method from her knitting picture book, Freddie's Blanket. If you know how to cast on, knit, and purl, you can learn this super fun technique! Once you have taken this class, you will understand bubble stitch, brick stitch, a whole world of fun mosaic knitting which uses only one color of yarn per row! Space is limited. Cost of class is $25. Some prework needs to be done before class.
Joanna will then be doing a book signing of Freddie's Blanket from 2 - 4 p.m.

March 5 will be a very busy day!!!!

new in the shop this week:

cross stitch -
Lizzie Kate - Spring Alphabet, One Hundred Years From Now, Forgive Quickly Kiss Slowly, ABC's of Parenting, Halloween Rules - Wear A Costume/Eat Candy, Haunted House/Scare a Crow, Carve a Pumpkin/Stay Up Late
fabric - 40 ct Newcastle - Jamaica Sunset
28 ct Lugana - Opalescent Illusion
16 ct Aida - Opalescent Green Apple
threads from Kreinik -
hot wire
new colors of #4 braid
threads from Rainbow Gallery -
shaded very velvet

knitting -
A Knitting Wrapsody
Vintage Modern Knits
Debbie Bliss magazine - Spring/Summer 2011
Australian Knitting - Vol 2 #4
Successful Lace Knitting (I love the sweater on the cover!)
Knit Prayer Shawls
Crochet Prayer Shawls
Toe-up Socks in a Box
Big Book of Knitted Monsters (so cute!!)
Terrific Toe-up Socks

I think that's about it for this week. Enjoy the weather while we have it! Don't forget about the BIG SALE next Sunday!!!

january 22

It has been quite a week. I was supposed to go to Laramie Wednesday evening for a meeting to start planning the Yarn Crawl for August, but because of the weather we cancelled the meeting. Better luck next month!
Thursday a big announcement was made from TNNA (The National Needlearts Association) that I am on the Board. In 2013 there is only going to be 1 major trade show instead of the 2 that we have had forever. There is much angst on the part of everyone. It seems they are either in favor or in opposition. No one is in the middle. I think it is a great idea!!!!
Some of the things that I ordered at market have started arriving. So much fun!

new this week -
cross stitch -
Just Nan - Snow Ball
Nora Corbett - Rhythm (the beginning of a set of muses), Little Snowy Church (the beginning of a series of snowglobes)
Valerie Pfeiffer - Sparrow
Peter Underhill - Lookout Duty
Sue Hill - Gatekeepers
John Clayton - Waltz

knitting -
150 Knit & Crochet Motifs
Knitscene - Winter/Spring 2011
20 Years of Trekking - yarn of the month for January - this is a knitalong and contest - please join us!
Freddie's Blanket - by Joanna Johnson (author of Phoebe's Sweater!!!) - very cute with knitting patterns for a platypus!!

accessories -
Scissor of the month - February Hearts

That's about it for this week. Snowing very lightly as I write this. More on the way! Stock up!!

january 15

What a wild week (or more) I had in southern California. It was about 60 most days (so warmer than it was in Cheyenne) but cooler than last year when we were there. I flew in on Wednesday, had TNNA Retail Council meeting on Thursday, classes, luncheon & Sample It on Friday, classes, market & meetings on Saturday and Sunday, meetings and market on Monday. When market closed a friend and I helped Debbie from DebBee's Designs tear her booth down and then we all went to dinner. Tuesday was board meetings, Wednesday was board meetings until noonish and then Debbie and I went to the Aquariumm of the Pacific. Left my hotel at 5 a.m. Thursday morning. It was a whirlwind trip. I was really glad to get home. My bed and pillow were calling to me.....
The meetings went very well. There were lots of very hard decisions to be made regarding the needlework industry. Times are hard every where and the trade shows have not been well attended lately. Time to do something different! I just hope that everyone keeps an open mind and doesn't think about themselves only, but the entire industry.
I was able to schedule some very fun events for the future. The first and best is going to happen in February and March. In February I will be hosting a trunk show for "Freddie's Blanket" by Joanna Johnson. Joanna was here in August signing copies of "Phoebe's Sweater" and now the new book is available! Joanna will be here on March 5 to do a simple knitting class and a book signing! Mark your calendars!!!!!
There are lots of other fun things that will be happening, so stay tuned.

New in the shop in the past couple of weeks...

cross stitch -
Shepherd's Bush - Come Adore
Imaginating - My Craft Room, Holiday Tweet Hearts, Dessert Makes Me Happy, Wedding Bell Heart
SamSarah - Land of Love
Jeaneatte Douglas Designs - Love Owl
Mill Hill Buttons & Beads - Purple Mask, Teal Mask, Vanilla Cupcake, Chocolate Cupcake, Hummingbird, Flower Shoppe
Mill Hill Spring Bouquet (magnets) - Blue Sneaker, Little Lamb, Black Swallowtail, Dragonfly, White Daisies, Triple Scoop
Cross Stitch & Needlework - March 2011
Stoney Creek Magazine - Winter 2011 (Stoney Creek will now be publishing a magazine only 4 times a year with more pages)

knitting -
Jenny Watson - Designer Mini Knits
Piecework - Jan/Feb 2011
Vogue Knitting - Winter 10/11

I think that's it for now. I am open on Monday, Jan 17 for Martin Luther King Day.
Have a great week. See you soon.

december 31

Ring in the new year!!!

I hope this message finds you all in good health and ready to tackle a new year (and new projects!)

There will be no post next weekend as I will be in Long Beach at the winter TNNA trade show. It will be my first trade show as an official board member. I have meetings before the show and meetings after the show. I am hoping that all the rain they have had in southern California will be a thing of the past by the time I get there, so I can enjoy a few days of wonderful weather.

There are no new items this week. Everyone is gearing up for the show and the end of the year.

Have a very happy, healthy and prosporous 2011.

december 26

I hope that everyone had a very merry Christmas! Mine was very quiet. I got lots of cleaning done though. All the yarn spilling out of my closet has been corralled into the closet! Yarn in the kitchen has been put in the classroom, kid's table has been brought in from the garage ... the kids will be here this afternoon!!!!! My Christmas is today!
It will be a very busy week here with the family here until Thursday, a yarn rep coming on Tuesday, and the big New Year's Sale on Saturday!

New this week -

cross stitch -
Peter Underhill - Festive Cheerkat, No Sign Yet, Meerkat-Mere Cat
John Clayton - Elephants, Meerkats
Mirabilia - Charlotte
Susan Ryder - Robin, Chickadee, Cat Sampler

knitting -
Interweave Crochet - Winter 2010

accessories -
Cat tape measures
Bear tape measures

That's about it for this week. Enjoy your last week of 2010. (I can't believe that it is already the end of the year!!)

Happy New Year!!

december 18

One week until Christmas. (enough said!)

I hope this season of the year brings you much happiness. I know that there are several people in my life that have experienced loss over the past year and will have a difficult time during the holidays. My prayers are with you. I hope that you can put your hurt and anger aside and remember the reason for the season. It will be easier next year.
I have a very quiet holiday planned - in fact so quiet I probably won't even get dressed!! Jennifer, Tom and the kids will be arriving on Sunday for a 5 day visit so I will spend Christmas Day cleaning and putting things away so a certain young man won't get into things!

New this week:
cross stitch -
Just Cross Stitch - Jan/Feb 11

knitting -
Australian Knitting - Vol 2 No 3 Spring
Burda Verena - Winter 2010
Knitting in the Details by Louisa Harding

That's it for this week. Any purchase over the next two weeks will receive a coupon for a future purchase! See you soon!

Have a very Merry Christmas!!!!!!

december 11

Today is the last day to bring in things for framing or finishing in time for Christmas.

The weather is a little chilly today and we had that big snowstorm blow through yesterday late afternoon, but other than that is has been beautiful (well, except for the 40 mph winds!!) I hope the snow put you in the holiday mood!

I have been very busy all week - it is inventory time (again). I have gotten quite a bit already finished up and the girls will be in this next week to finish up. There are some things I can count by myself and there are some things that really require 2 people. I have most of the single stuff done. Yippee!! It is always a good feeling to have that done.

New this week -

cross stitch -
Nora Corbett - The Thimble Fairy
Imaginating - Winter Sports Snowman, Winter Wonderland, Welcome Flakes, Joy to the World
Val's Stuff - Flurries
Trail Creek Farm - Endless Love
Little House Needleworks - The North Wind
Country Cottage Needleworks - Snowflake Serenade
Waxing Moon - Monthly Sampler:October, Festive Ornaments, Christmas Greetings
SamSarah Designs - Gentle Breezes, Z is for Zipper
Carolyn Manning - Snowflakes
Kreative Designs - Lilas & Roses, Madonna & Child II, Hummingbirds & Rhododendrons, Hiding Leopard, Royal Bengal
Vickery Collection - St John's Folio, Celtic Garden Cross
Raise the Roof - Pins & Needles, Halloween Pin Garden
Jeanette Douglas - Forever Owl
Cherrywood Designs - Snowman Kisses

That's about it for this week. It's back to counting for me.

december 4

Three weeks until the big giving day!! I hope everyone is ready - or at least getting ready! Next Saturday is my deadline for framing and finishing. If you are not familiar with my finishing work, I do pillows, Christmas stockings, and ornaments. If it isn't in the shop by the 11th, I can not guarantee it to be finished in time for Christmas.

It has been a quiet week here in the "new" department - just one book using Ushya yarn - a great chunky wool (workes up REALLY quick) and Boomerang - a 100% superwash worsted weight yarn in Laramie Brown & Gold!

The Christmas crunch is upon us. Please take some time to reflect on the season and remember why we have Christmas.

Have a great week!

november 28

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Mine was very quiet. I got a lot of things done that I hadn't had time to do in a very long time. Quiet is sometimes good! My Thanksgiving feast was a large bowl of buttered popcorn. No mess, no leftovers!
Black Friday, Small Business Saturday... all was good. My 16th anniversary sale... all was good. It is hard to believe that it has been 16 years...so much has happened and I owe it all to you - my loyal customers. Thanks so much!

A few new things this past week..

knitting -
Interweave Knits - Winter 2010
More Crocheted Socks
Dolce Handknits
Knit Kimono Too

cross stitch -
Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly - Winter 2010
Cross N Patch - Trust in the Lord

That's about it for this week. Can you believe that there are less than 4 weeks until Christmas?????

november 20

It is less than a week until Thanksgiving. That means it is about a week until my 16th anniversary! And what better way to celebrate an anniversary than to have a sale!! Great bargains throughout the shop on Friday and Saturday, Nov 26 & 27. Special hours for Saturday (9 - 4) so you can attend the parade in downtown Cheyenne! Everything in the shop will be on sale - 16% - 50% off depending on your draw! Watch for some items to be marked down to move!
Speaking of sales - I now have ALL Cascade yarns at 50% off. Cascade 200 & Pastaza at rock bottom prices - shop early for best selection. I will not reorder.
What a week this has been! Apparently when I was reorganizing my furnace room I bumped the door to the furnace and it disengaged. By Tuesday evening I was freezing and couldn't warm up. Never thought to check the thermostat. Just thought it was me. I kept putting more clothes on. Wednesday morning a customer came in and commented on how chilly it was in here. I looked at the thermostat - 54 degrees. No wonder I had been so cold! Went down and checked the furnace. Hit the door and the furnace engaged and started. Two hours later it had finally warmed up enough that I could take my heavy sweater off! What an idiot I am!
New in the shop this week -

knitting -
JoJoland - Rhythm Tapestry Vest, Lily Shawl, Lily Blanket, Berry Tam
Wrapped in Lace
Love of Knitting - Winter 2010
Knitter's Companion Deluxe Edition with DVD
Sock Yarn One Skein Wonders
Knit. Sock. Love - by Cookie A
Modern Top Down Knitting
Warm Knits Cool Gifts - by Sally Melville (with a pattern for a miniature Einstien coat!!!)

Yarn -
Plymouth - Coffee Beenz (a grown up version of Encore!) - 7 colors

accessories -
Durango buttons - several new varieties
Whimsical World of Thomas Joseph - note cards & coasters

No new cross stitch items this week.

That's about it for this week. Have a very Happy Thanksgiving and remember to give thanks for everything and everyone in your life.
P.S. Don't forget about the big sale the day after Thanksgiving!!!

november 13

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the veterans of all the wars. We thank you for our freedom. We thank you for our right to choose. We thank you for your service. Thank you!!
The snow is falling once again as I write this. There are only 42 days left until Christmas and now is the time to get those last minute items started. There really isn't much time left!
I am starting to gear up for my 16th anniversay sale that will be the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving. 16 years. Wow. I'm not sure how it got to be 16 years that I have been in business, but I need to thank all of you for your support over that time. It has been quite a ride and I hope to continue to serve you for the next 16 years (OK - maybe not quite that long, but we will see!)
Not a lot of new things in this week. It is that time of the year.

cross stitch -
SamSarah Designs - November Buzzz, December Buzzz (this completes this series!)
Just Nan - Christmas Sheep Ornanent Pocket

knitting -
Addi Click Lace interchangeable needles (yes, at long last!!)

That's it for this week. Have a great week. Drive safe in the snow.

november 6

What a beautiful week we have had! Wonderful weather, beautiful colors on the trees. What more could we ask for. OK, the weather man says it is all going to go away soon. It is November after all!
What fun we had last night talking with Kate Jacobs, author of Friday Night Knitting Club. We had a little over half an hour to chat with her via Skype. Oh, and the food was pretty good too! Thanks to everyone that attended!
The countdown is on for the holidays. I saw this morning that Bass Pro Shops is opening their holiday area with Santa today. That must mean that it is almost panic time! I have some great quick ideas for you and your holiday shopping.
Have you been checking out my Facebook posts (available right here on the home page of the web site)? Isn't technology fun??

New this week -

cross stitch -
Raise the Roof - Winter & Christmas
Imaginating - Keep Friends Close at Christmas, Christmas in Your Heart, Santa Company, Noel
Carolyn Manning Designs - Popsicles (Three Frosty Stooges)
Sekas & Co - Christmas Fingertip Towels, Christmas Stockings Heart, Christmas Log Cabin Quilt Square
Country Cottage Needleworks - Christmas Carols, Joy*Love*Peace
Little House Needleworks - Winter Band Sampler, Snow White
Mosterbubbles - Twitter
Val's Stuff - Having a Merry Time, Kitty Kalendar December
Bent Creek - Boo!, Glow, Halloween Branch Little Squirrely Witch, Halloween Branch Haunted Bird House
Myrtle Grace Motifs - Home is Where Your Leaves Are
Glendon Place - Born This Day, Noel
Silver Lining - Umpqua Light House
SamSarah Design - Y is for YoYo, Sunny Days
Lizzie Kate - Snowman '10, Where's the Party, Christmas Rules Give More Welcome Friends, Christmas Rules Listen for Reindeer Hang Misteltoe, Winter Fab Fob (with red & green scissors!)
Stoney Creek - Sea Babies, Christmas Snowfriends Banner, Family Ties, Santa Collector's Series, Stoney Creek Magazine December 2010
John Clayton - Summer Shade, Hidden Bridge, Woodland Path
Jill Oxton's Cross Stitch & Beadweaving #82
Cross Stitch & Needlework - Jan 2011

knitting -
Vogue Knitting - Holiday 2010
Fiesta Yarns - La Boheme (mohair/rayon/wool blend), Baby Boom (superwash merino/nylong - sock weight)

accessories -
Knit Kit (in festive red!)
Sweet Little Things - 16 cute pins for knitters

Have a great week - don't forget to change your clocks!!!

october 30

Happy Birthday MOM!!!
Well, it has been a little quieter around here this week. No travel, well, I did have to go to Denver to take my mom to the airport, but other than that....
There is something new on the home page of the web site. I hope you noticed it when you got to this page. I have set up a Facebook page for the shop and the posts now go directly to the home page, so if you don't do Facebook you can still see the posts! How cool is that???!!
I sent out an email newsletter this week. If you don't get those please let me know and I will get you added to the list.
Friday Night Knitting is coming! Next Friday, November 5 we will be having a pot luck dinner, some knitting, and a phone conversation with Kate Jacobs - the author of The Friday Night Knitting Club! Please let me know if you intend to join us so I know how many to plan for. Everyone is welcome to come!

There isn't a lot new this week. Partly because I haven't been here to order anything and partly because it is the time of year that most things are slowing down for the holidays.

cross stitch -
Alessandra Adelaide Needleworks - Riccio (hedgehog), Pecora (sheep)
SamSarah Designs - October Bzzz

fabric -
28 ct lugana - stormy skies
32 ct belfast - cottage rose
14 ct aida - summer winds

knitting -
Piecework - Nov/Dec 2010
Interweave Crochet Accessories
Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts
Knitters Magazine - Fall 2010 - 100th issue - double size for the same price!!!

I think that's it for this week. Have a great week. Don't let the ghosts and goblins get the best of you on Sunday and don't forget to change your clocks NEXT weekend (fall back)!

October 23

It has been another week of travel. This time I took mom to Lincoln to see the kids. She couldn't travel all this way and then not get to see those great grand babies!! We spent a leisurely week doing not much of anything. Got a little bit of stitching done but that's about it. Between getting Heather ready for school and out the door on time and CJ being cute we just didn't get a lot done. But now, it's back to work! No more trips for me until January. I am really tired of traveling and there is so much to do here. Mom leaves early Monday morning so we will be going to Denver tomorrow afternoon and spending the night. I will drop her off at the airport about 6:30 and head back to Cheyenne.
Lots of things going on at the shop. I have scheduled a Friday Night Knitting for Friday, Nov 5. Kate Jacobs, author of Friday Night Knitting Club will be calling in for a chat between 7 and 7:30. Her latest book, Knit the Season, is being released in paperback. There will be a door prize give away and I think a pot luck dinner is in the works. More details next week. Put the 5th on your calendar to come and knit and chat with Kate.
I have launched a Ewe Count fan page on Facebook. Check it out and become a fan! I will have it linked to my web site in the next week or two, so if you are not on Facebook you will be able to see the posts right on the homepage of my website. Watch for it!
New this week:

cross stitch -
Mirabilia - The Peony Garden
Peter Underhill - See Anything Yet?
Claire Pulsford - Cat Cuddles
John Clayton - Rebecca, Niagara Falls, Lions
Susan Ryder - Welcome, Ironbridge
Heritage Classics - Little Steam Railways of Wales - Russell, Talyllyn, Snowdon, Merddin Emrys

knitting -
Silky Wool XL - 8 more colors!

accessories -
The Whimsical World of Thomas Joseph -
note cards, calendars, small journals, and cross stitch kits (these are all with a "ewe" related theme!)

Don't forget about Yarns on Stage - 10 limited edition sock yarns from 10 hand painted designers - when they are gone they are gone forever!

It is very dreary out this morning and I think it is a sure sign that fall is definitely here. Knitting/stitching weather for sure! And only 62 days..... I hope you have started your holiday items (if not I am fully stocked for all your needs!)
Have a great week!

October 16

It was another wild week around here as I had to travel to Las Vegas for a meeting of the Retail Council for TNNA. It was an intense meeting. I arrived at Caesar's Palace at 4 p.m. on Tuesday and immediately went into an executive meeting until 6. The entire council met for dinner until 9. We met again for breakfast the following morning at 8 and without even stopping for a lunch break we finished about 5:30. Good meetings. Very productive. I was elected Chair of the Retail Councl which puts me on the Board of Directors for TNNA (The National Needlearts Association). It is a very prestiguous position and I am honored to have been elected. So, if I'm missing in action around the shop it is because I am doing volunteer work for TNNA. I appreciate all the support.

Caesar's Palace was quite the place. I got lost 4 times trying to find my room! I was on the 62nd floor (which is really the tower with floors 50 - 69, so it was really only 12 floors up - very confusing, I know). Some of the girls got suites, I did not. But, I had things in my room that they didn't. A button to open and close the curtains and a TV in the mirror in the bathroom. Quite an experience. The room that the executive director had (that we held our meeting in) was 3000 square feet (bigger than the shop and my residence put together!). 3 bathrooms and a laundry room. Normally goes for $650 a night!!!! Absolutely incredible! I did get a chance to get out of the building and walk the strip a little bit - Hard Rock Cafe for a shot glass for Jennifer's collection and M&M World! Quick trip.

New this week -

knitting -
The big knitting news is that today is the debut of Yarns on Stage - 10 independent hand dyers with limited edition sock yarns. They are absolutely gorgeous! Very exciting!
Soleil - a cotton yarn from Trendsetter that has large beads and leaves knotted in the yarn - patterns to support.

cross stitch -
Just Cross Stitch - Nov/Dec 2010
A Wicked Accident
A Gobble Couple - George & Martha Gobbleton

That's about it for this week. Have a great week. Fall is definitely in the air. Hope you have started your seasonal projects!!! Time is wasting away.
See you soon!

trip to Moab

Last week I finally took the trip that I won way back in February to Moab, Utah. Mom and I flew out of Cheyenne on Tuesday morning and arrived in Moab about noon. We spent the afternoon putzing around town checking out all the tourist places and the (very) unfriendly yarn shop. :( I was very disppointed.
We then drove the 17 miles down the Colorado River to the resort we were staying at. Walked around there for a while and admired the beautiful canyons and rocks. Our massage was at 6 and we enjoyed a very quiet evening.
Wednesday morning we went to Arches National Park. It was awesome! I had never been to this part of the country before and I was really impressed! Absolutely gorgeous! After that we traveled the 30 miles to Canyonlands National Park (I had never even heard of this park before!) Wow! Where Arches had very tall mountains, Canyonlands had very deep canyons. This country is so awesome that you can go 30 miles and find such a difference in scenery. While we were in Canyonlands a big thunderstorm came across and swallowed up the canyon. It was there one minute and gone the next - completey covered in clouds. They only get about 9" of rain a year there and they probably got close to an inch while we were there. Water was running everywhere! It was just amazing to see the beauty of it all.
Our trip ended all to quickly and we returned to Cheyenne on Thursday. Thanks to the radio station for drawing my name for this fabulous trip. Airfare, hotel (5 star resort) for 2 nights and 2 massages. All free. Awesome.

October 9

What a great week I have had! I will write about it in another post.
Lots of new cross stitch in again this week. It's that time of year!

cross stitch -
SamSarah Designs - September Bzzz (this has been here a couple of weeks, I just missed posting about it), Nick & Chip Stocking, Cocoa Stocking, Splish Splash, Sadie Stuart, Winter Tote & Clutch, X is for Xray
Kris' Stitches - Winter Love
Kreative Designs (new name for Kustom Krafts) - King of Beasts, Santa Has Arrived, Sunlit Irises, Fire Dance, Lazy Afternoon, Spring Bouquet, Smoke Ceremony, Nocturne, Bobcat Kitties
Jeannette Douglas Designs - Take Time For Friends
Carolyn Manning Designs - My Chilly Chums
Workbasket - Mementos, Owl Roundel, "W" Baskets, Winter Cabin
Sue Hillis Designs - Christmas Calories, Snowflake Santa
Little House Needleworks - Exodus 10:16, Pumpkin Hollow Farms, Be Merry - Belle Pepper
Country Cottage Needleworks - Pumpkin Cottage
Imaginating - Giving Thanks, Happy Halloween Witch Cutie, Trick or Treat, Ghouls Only
Val's Stuff - Another Boo to You, Winter Wonderland, Kitty Kalendar - November, Trick or Treat tote & towel, Halloween/Christmas Reversible, Howloween, All Hearts Come Home for the Holidays
JBW Designs - Red Stocking Collection I & II
Mill Hill - Debbie Mumm Skating Reindeer - Rupert, Raymond, Richmond,k Randolf
Just Nan - Christmas Secret, Merry Gentlemen, Cherish, Holly Bows & frame, love bird pin

knitting -
Verena - Fall 2010
Silky Wool XL - 4 colors (with more to come!)

That's it for the new stuff this week. Have a great week. Don't forget that next Saturday (Oct 16) is the debut of Yarns on Stage! 10 exclusive colors from 10 hand painted yarn companies. Big party!!!

Oct 2 - part 2

My mom arrived on Monday from Portland to visit for a month. We arrived at the Denver airport within 10 minutes of each other! I thought I had that planned out very well. We spent Monday night in Estes Park and then went up through Rocky Mountain National Park on Tuesday. The fall colors were beautiful. We didn't get to see any wild animals though :(

new yarns:
Rozetti - Cotton Gold - 5 colors
Universal Yarn - Marathon Socks - North Pole - 4 colors
Kraemer - Bear Creek Pumpkins (kit)
Trendsetter - Dune - 4 colors
Holiday Yarns - Skinny Ewe Lace, Flock Sock
Berroco - Sundae - 4 new colors
Borealis (acrylic/wool) - 8 colors
Blackstone Tweed Chunky (wool/mohair/angora) - 8 colors
Silky Wool - 5 new colors
Thick N Quick Merino - 8 colors
Akapana (llama/wool/donegal) - 7 colors
Favorite Wool - 18 colors
Ushya (merino/wool) - 6 colors
Babe (acrylic) - 18 colors

fall is all about bulky and tweeds - there is lots of both in the above selection!

accessories & books -
Universal - Afghans & Throws
Berroco - Borealis, Remix, Vintage & Vintage Chunky, Campus, Sundae & Peruvia Quick, Blackstone Tweed, Norah Gaughn Vol 7
Fiber Dreams - In the Starlight
Skacel - Entralac Cap
Elsebeth Lavold - book 21
Jenny Watson - Babe
Interweave Knits - Weekend

Lantern Moon - snowflake & sheep markers
Skacel - Addi crochet hooks

I think that's it for this week. Hope to see you all soon. I sent an email newsletter this past week - if you didn't get it please let me know what you email address is and I can get you signed up. Fall is approaching fast and even though we have had some great weather it is bound to change soon. Get started on your winter projects soon.

Have a great week!

october 2 - part 1

I know that I will need to do this in 2 parts - there is a LOT of new items.
I had a great time in St Charles at market. It is always so much fun to see all the other shop owners that I have become friends with over the past years and the designers too of course!
The pajama party was last night and I think everyone had a good time. Today is the fall open house and there is new in every corner of the shop! Stop in and see what's new for fall.

cross stitch -

Prairie Schoolar - Santa's House 2010 Limited Edition
Threaded Needle Designs - beaded pens
Erica Michaels - Bit of Merriment, Second Spring, Tis A Small Gift
Heart in Hand - Wee Santa 2010
Lizzie Kate - Merry Little Bird, Flora McSample, FaLaLaLaLa
Hinzeit - Deck the Halls, Charmed Tis the Harvest
Cherrywood - Halloween Ribbons, Needle, A Baby A Manger
Crescent Colours - Tic Tac Snow, 3 new floss colors, 3 new Belle Soie colors
Homespun Elegance - Snowman Ornament 2010, Witchville
Kelmscott Designs - Tombstone Angel
JBW Designs - French Country Angel, Fall Ornamentals, Christmas Village I, II, III, IV
Shakespeare's Peddler - Jenny Beans Halloween Sampler, Jenny Beans Christmas Sampler, Jenny Bean & Friends, Jenny Beans Humble Servant Sampler
Little House Needleworks - Autumn Sampler, Winter Sampler
Raise the Roof - This is Christmas, This is Halloween, Halloween Towne, The Vera Tuber Sampler
Teresa Layman Designs - The Old Mill, The Elves Christmas
DebBee's Designs - American Beauty (available in needlepoint and cross stitch)
From Nancy's Needle - Snowcrystal Tree, School Days, Give Thanks, Harvest Moon, Celtic Wings
Stoney Creek - Believe, Love, Laugh, Knee Mail
Just Another Button Co - tree pin cushion
Rosewood Manor - Rainbow Butterfly Pin
Mill Hill - Jim Shore Ace, King, Queen, Jack
Shepherd's Bush - Hallow Eve, Autumn Gives, Sadie's Stocking
Silver Creek Samplers - Kwitcherbeleache Inn
Lavender & Lace - Michael
Sweetheart Tree - Quaker Floral Sampler
new fabric
new scissors

I will add the knitting on part 2!

yarn sale

I spent the entire morning marking down the price on a bunch of yarns! I got a huge shipment in yesterday and there is no place to put it. Help me make room!!!!!!!

september 17

I want to thank everyone for their prayers for Aaron. It was a really rough time.....

So much is going on. I am leaving later this morning for Scottsbluff to attend and exhibit at the Scottsbluff Valley Fiber Fair. This is sponsored by Brown Sheep.
Next Thursday I leave for St Charles and the annual fall market. All those new things....
The pajama party is scheduled for Friday, October 1 and there is still room to attend. The suitcase will be opened - full of all those new things I found in St Charles! Call soon to save your space in the pajama party. I have a really great class scheduled for that evening!

There hasn't been a lot of new items in the past week or so. The cross stitch vendors will showcase all the new things next weekend, so there isn't much on that front and the yarns have already arrived for fall.

New this week -
cross stitch -
Cross Stitch & Needlework - November 2010
Stoney Creek Magazine - October 2010
Stoney Creek - Christmas Joy, Back To Ghoul, Fright Night Friends, Sunshine In Winter
Mill Hill - Ho Ho Santa, Holiday Ornaments, Love Me Love My Cat, Sleep Tight

knitting -
Sweet Baby Crochet
Love Of Knitting - Fall 2010

That's about it for this week. So many fun things happening in the weeks ahead. Stay tuned for details!

Please pray

I learned yesterday, Sept 7 that Tom's son had drowned at Gledo Reservoir. They have not recovered the body. The family needs many prayers. Tom is not good in a crisis and he loved Aaron very much. I am very concerned for him. Please pray.

Thank you.

september 4

September? How did it get to be September? School is back in session, it's the last long weekend of the summer, are you ready for the fall season?
I sent out an email newsletter this week, if you didn't get it please email me and I can add you to my list. There are lots of fun things going on during the next month or so. Stay on top of all the events.
Our first Northern Colorado/Southern Wyoming Yarn Crawl is completed. Thanks to everyone that participated. It was a fun time. All the shop owners will be getting together soon to start planning for next year.
This coming Wednesday, September 8 will mark the first class in the year long Feed Your Creativity event. There are still 2 spaces left, so if you are considering joining us, please let me know ASAP.
New in the shop -

cross stitch -
Just Cross Stitch - 2010 Annual Ornament Issue (the most anticipated issue of the year!)
Just Nan - Tricky Tweets, Hagatha's Hat, Owl Winder Pocket, Spooky Spirits of Tombstone Hill
Country Cottage Kids - Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater, Little Miss Muffet
Nora Corbett - The Needle Fairy (by popular demand in chart form instead of kit form!)
Bent Creek - The Friendship Tree, The Halloween Branch
Country Garden Stitchery - Home in September (#8 of SYHO series)
Cricket Collection - Fresh From the Oven, Winter, Autumn, The Master & The Macabre
SamSarah Design Studio - W is for Wizard, Apples On the Tree
Waxing Moon Designs - Acorn Halloween, Halloween Fairies, Monthly Sampler Series: September
Val's Stuff - Be Witchin' You Tonight, Kitty Kalendar October
Little House Needleworks - The Family Sampler
Crossed Wing Collection - 2010 Hummingbird
Imaginating - Sisters, Seaside Wedding, Let Us In, Loving Home
Carolyn Manning Designs - Home, Blight Broomhilda & Booz

knitting -
Interweave Crochet - Fall 2010
Piecework - Sept/Oct 2010
Aran Lace
Stitchionary 5 - Lace Knitting
Entree to Entrelac - (wonderful designs - I have my eye set on one of these!!)
Vogue Stitch A Day Calendar 2011
Debbie Bliss - Fall/Winter 2010
Australian Knitting - Vol 2 #2

That's about it for this week. Hope you have a great long weekend.

august 21

What a week! The yarn crawl is officially underway! I hope lots of you will take advantage of this event. It should be fun to visit all the shops in Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming and see what everyone else has to offer.
I sent out a newsletter this week to those on the paper mailing list. My thanks to the Tuesday night ladies for helping me fold and tape. I couldn't have done it without you!
Last week there wasn't much new - this week makes up for it!
Stop in and see the trunk show from Buffalo Gold Premium Fibers - it is a show stopper. Such wonderful yarns and finished products to view. You really have to feel this stuff - you won't believe it came from one of those shaggy large animals roaming the range.
New this week -

cross stitch -
Donna Kooler's 2nd Edition Stocking Collection
Peter Underhill - Cat's Rule - Diet Tomorrow, Do You Mind
Sue Hill - Watching, Hideaway
John Clayton - Cheetah, Bluebell Wood, By the Canal
Little Stars - Twinkle Toes, Ice-Cream, Home From Home, Ballerina
Mirabilia - Spring Topiary Garden
Lizzie Kate - Santa 2010 (Socks & Underwear), Sampling Thanksgiving, Be Naughty, Tiny Tidings XV, Autumn Fab Fob, Christmas Rules Give Santa Cookies/No Pouting, Christmas Rules Keep the Schedule Light/Share Your Joys

fabric -
16 ct Aida - Opalescent Sparkling Promise, Tropical Green, Sea Spray, Violet Mist, Sunshower
32 ct Lugana - Opalescent Winter Winds
28 ct Cashel - Mountain Sage
32 ct Linen - Tropical Green, Sea Spray, Violet Mist, Sunshower

knitting -
Around the World in Knitted Socks
Fiber Dreams - In the Starlight
Shibui Socks
Vogue - Fall 2010
Sock kit to benefit ovarian cancer
yarn bowls - sheep shaped!!

That's it for this week. Have fun on the yarn crawl. School starts this week - watch out for the little ones as they cross the streets - they aren't watching for you!

august 15

It was a pretty quiet week around here as far as new things go. Like nothing.
I spent last Monday morning at the fair helping with the judging of the needlework, precisely the counted cross stitch. It was very interesting. The judge knew cross stitch, but had not done any for quite some time. She had judged other things in the 4-H and open class food. I think I taught her quite a bit about counted cross stitch. She did know some things to look for, but I was able to educate her on other things. I think she was very fair in the way she judged. She asked my opinion on several items and I was hesitant to give an opinion if I knew too much (like if I had framed it!) I hope that we wrote explanations on the tags that will be helpful in the future to those that we had comments on.
Friday evening we headed to Denver to the Colordo Rockies game with Stitch N Pitch. It is always so much fun to be in a section with over 200 other people knitting, crocheting and stitching! And they even won the game with a 3 run home run in the bottom of the 8th inning! Always exciting!
Now, I am just gearing up for the Yarn Crawl that starts on Wednesday! I am getting the kits ready and working on some other projects.
Have a great week!!

august 7

I sent out an email newsletter this week with LOTS of information in it, so if you didn't receive it, please let me know and I will add you to the email list. There are TONS of things coming up in the next few weeks. I hope you don't miss a thing!!!
Today is the day that the fair entries need to be turned in at the fair. It will be a crazy day. Since we redid all the classes in the needlework department after the book was published it might just be a nightmare. I will be there all afternoon working to get everything in the correct class. Good luck to everyone that is entering something!!

New in the shop this week -

cross stitch -
Just Nan - Autumn Glory Humbug & Harvest Moon Pin
Nordic Needle - Christmas in the Pines (hardanger)
Sue Hillis - Autumn Stitches
Little House Needleworks - Sarah Street - Faithfulness, Tall Pines
Glendon Place - Ghool School, The Witches Wheel
Prairie Schooler - October, Sweeping Cobwebs, Snowy Nights, And to All A Good Night, 2010 Annual Santa
Just Cross Stitch - Sept/Oct 2010 (annual Halloween issue)
Bent Creek - The White Bird House (#3 of Patriotic Branch, Circus Row
La-D-Da - Pumpkins Three
X's & Oh's - Love in Their Hearts (birth sampler)
Ink Circles - Florin
Carolyn Manning Designs - Little Snowballz- Yasamine, Little Snowballz - Zeke, Little Snowballz - Xavier, Seasons - The Mandala Series
Imaginating - Cool Blue Poppies, Wedding Ride, Victorian Silhouttes, Home Sweet Home, Pansy Jar Wrapper, Seashell Sampler, Eternity Sampler, Warm Red Poppy, Month by Month
SamSarah Designs - V is for Violet, Bird Songs
JBW Designs - Christmas Tree Collection V, Christmas Tree Collection VI, Christmas Village I, Christmas Village II, French Country Fleur-de-lis, French Country Pig
Silver Lining - Lavender Tulips
Val's Stuff - Kitty Kalendar August, Kitty Kalendar September, Frost is on the Punkin
Jeanette Douglas Designs - Summer Biscournu Stackers, Winter Biscournu Stackers, Once Upon a Tree Sampler

knitting -
Interweave Knits - Fall 2010
The New Knitters Template by Laura Bryant & Barry Klein (this is a GREAT book - I took a class on this book at the last market and learned a ton!)
Flying Saucer - 5 new colors
Sundae - 3 new colors

Ask about the new class that I am forming on Feed Your Creativity - it will be lots of fun!!!

See you soon.


I promised I would tell you about my vacation and it hasn't happened yet.
Jennifer, Tom and the kids arrived here on Sunday and we headed out on Monday morning for our trip to a family reunion in Missoula, Montana.
We stopped in South Pass City to pan for gold on our way to Lander.
Tuesday we headed to Jackson where the kids rode on a carriage and Heather got to sit on the top of the carriage with the driver. We camped just south of Yellowstone.
Wednesday it was 37 degrees when we got up in the morning! We headed into the park. Spent some time in the Old Faithful area. Camped in the Madison area. Went into West Yellowstone to the Grizzly & Wolf Encounter. Saw a mama moose & 2 baby moose playing in the water. Got chased by a buffalo.
Thursday headed out to Norris Geyser Basin and Mammoth Hot Springs. Saw about 30 head of elk there. Arrived in Missoula.
Spent until Sunday noon in Missoula with about 200 of my relatives. My grandma, age 93, had broken her pelvis just 3 weeks before. She was very determined that she was going to be at that reunion! It was wonderful to spend some time with everyone.
Sunday we headed back. Took time to go through the Lewis & Clark Caverns on our way back to West Yellowstone.
Monday we retraced some of our steps through Norris and Mammoth and then on down to the Lake area. We finally saw a black bear and Heather promptly asked when we were going to see a grizzly!! (no, a bear is fine with me!) We went through a herd of over 500 buffalo (I kept wondering if I could snag some fiber!!) We spent the night in Thermopolis.
Tuesday we played in the hot springs before heading back to Cheyenne.
It was a great trip and I thank Jennifer and Tom for allowing me to ride along on their vacation. I had a great time with the kids.
Five years until the next reunion....

july 24 - part 1

I am going to post the new items here and do a separate post about my vacation.

cross stitch -
Nora Corbett - The Pincushion Fairy
Erica Michaels - Freedom Bits
Blackbird Designs - Pink Hill Manor
Shepherd's Bush - Summer Flies
Val's Stuff - Love is in the Air, July Kitty Kalendar
SamSarah Designs - U is for Umbrella, Spot the Dog, July Bzzz
Rosewood Manor - My Two Ducks
Imaginating - Sweet Retreat, Bloom, Rose Bower Wedding, Birdhouse Love, Daughters, Four Sailboats, Faith & Hope
Kustom Krafts - Morning Ride, In the Garden, Borealis Polar Bear Cubs, Persian Leopard, Tender Moment
Sue Hillis Designs - Woman Are Angels
Carolyn Manning Designs - Little Snowballz - Willie, Litte Snowballz - Vivian
Bent Creek - Wave, A Pumpkin Full of Autumn Fun, Crowberry Sampler, Eagle of Freedom (#2 of Patriotic Branch)
Little House Needleworks - Liberty Belles, Singing the Blues
Country Cottage Needleworks - Mary Mary Quite Contrary, Summer At the Shore
Stoney Creek magazine - August 2010
Australian Smocking & Embroidery #91
Kreinik tree jewels - 9 fascinating designs

Stitch Happy water bottles

knitting -
Maggie Sefton - Skein of the Crime
Gifted - Lovely Little Things to Knit & Crochet
New England Knits
Crochet Lace Innovations
Toe Up 2-at-a-Time Socks
Socks A La Carte 2 - Toes Up
Mountain Colors - Spring Thaw Scarf & Hat, Top Down Pullover
Knit Scene - Fall 2010

Knit Happy water bottles

That's it for the new this week.

july 11

Well, here I am a little late again this week. I really do have an excuse this week though. I have been trying really hard to get EVERYTHING done so I can go on vacation. Yes, not a business trip, but a truely vacation (well, I might stop at just 1 yarn company!) Jennifer, Tom and the kids arrived a couple of hours ago. Van is packed full. We are leaving in the morning for a 9 day trip to Yellowstone National Park and Missoula, Montana - where we will find almost 200 of our closet relatives!! We are headed there for a family reunion, with yes, 200 of us. I probably don't know half of them (or more) and probably won't know them even after we spend 3 days together! My 93 year old grandma will be there though and that's the most important part! I will (try) to take lots of pictures, but I will most certainly have lots of stories when I return!

The Lee's NeedleArts needlepoint trunk show arrived this week. There are TONS of canvases to look at, so be sure to stop by and check them out. There are also some of the leather goods here as well.

New in the shop this week -
cross stitch -
Zweigart - Alphabet Kitties
Heritage Crafts Silhouettes - Lucky Escape
Heritage Collection - Black & White Cottage
Jill Oxton Cross Stitch & Bead Weaving magazine #81

fabric -
16 ct aida - Opalescent Spring Garden
28 ct lugana - Opalescent Summer Winds
40 ct newcastle - Opalescent Brandied Apple

Yarn -
Great Adirondack Yarn Co - Zephyer shawl kits (these are wonderful!! - I have made one!!) - several color choices

I think that's it for this week. No post obviously next week since I'll be in Montana. Have a great week(s)!!

july 6

No excuse for not posting earlier this weekend. Just got involved in some stitching and couldn't put it down long enough to write about the new things.

I hope everyone had a very safe and happy 4th of July weekend. It truely is important to pause and reflect on our independence. I had a very quiet working weekend. Open here on Saturday, worked in Estes Park on Sunday, and open here on Monday. I did happen to get caught in that thunderstorm coming down the canyon from Estes Park and followed it all the way home. I had to pull over a couple of times because it was raining so hard I couldn't see. Not good when you're driving!

I sent out an email newsletter last week outlining all the things coming up in the next couple of months. It was a LONG list! The cross stitch shop hop has started and will last until the end of the month. I hope you get a chance to visit the shops on the shop hop and leave a little cash each place! We all appreciate it very much!

New in the shop -

cross stitch -
Shepherd's Bush - Safe Keeping Scissor Fob, Friends, The Journey, Our Hearts Pin Cushion
Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly - Fall 2010
Cross Stitch & Needlework - September 2010
Just Nan - Summer Wings Humbug & Jeweled Butterfly Pin
Stoney Creek - Spring Into Fall, Wrapped in Feathers, Words to Live By 1, Words to Live By 2
Nordic Needle - Award Winning Designs in Hardanger Embroidery 2010

knitting -
Piecework - July/August 2010

accessories -
sock doctor - key chain with sock finishing instructions
Crescent Colours - floss - embers, frog legs, cauldron
Belle Soie (silk) - granny smith, princess, amanda's apple

I think that's it for this week. Hope to see you all soon!

june 28

Happy Monday. I did not get a chance to get this done over the weekend. Not sure what I got done, but I didn't get to this. Sorry.
Many things are going on. The cross stitch shop hop starts on Thursday. Have you made your plans to visit the 4 shops on the shop hop? We have some really fun ornaments at each shop for you. We are celebrating "Christmas in July". The ornament that was made specially for my shop was designed by Patti Conner of SamSarah Designs and Just Another Button Co. I am honored that she designed (and stitched) my model. I hope everyone will enjoy the 10th Anniversary of the Shop Hop this year.
Since I wrote last, we have lost a dear member of my church. The funeral is later today. Also, our minister is leaving for a church in Montana and we are welcoming a new pastor on Thursday. We are in bit of turmoil at the present time.
My grandma, age 93, fell on Friday evening going up the steps to my aunt's house. She broke her pelvis. But, since prayer works, she is up, walking around with the aid of a walker, and is moving from the hospital to a rehab facility this morning. She will be going home, alone, in 3 days. She is a very stubborn woman (wonder where my granddaughter gets it from). At 93 she still lives by herself and helps at my aunts day care center every day. She will have to give up the day care for a while because she is unable to go up steps but she will be able to attend our family reunion in 2 1/2 weeks. It will be SO good to see her!
As I predicted last week, many new things are starting to arrive! Here is the list from the past week -

cross stitch -
Trail Creek Farm - Loves Me/Loves Me Not
Mirabilia - Tree of Hope
Heritage Collection - Irish Cottage
Wichelt Imports - In Celebration of 40 years (designs by Nora Corbett, Mill Hill, Debbie Mumm, Jim Shore and more!)
SamSarah Designs - June Buzzz, Hip Hop Moo, Merry Little Birthday
Zwiegart - Butterfly Garden
Kris's Stitches - Colors of Autumn
Cherrywood Designs - Stitch (#1 in stitch dictionary series)
From Nancy's Needle - Two Lighthouses, Two Houses on the Shore

accessories -
deluxe embroidery set of scissors
sock blockers
knitting gift tags

knitting -
Fiber Dreams - Garden Party, Friendship, Domus Aurea, Sevilla, Hesperia
Interweave Crochet - Summer 2010
Mountain Colors - Winter Lace - 5 colors - wool/silk blend
Brown Sheep - Legacy Lace - 7 colors
Helen Hamann - Deliverance - lace weight alpaca - 12 colors
Zauberball - lace weight - 9 colors
Trekking Hand Art - 2 colors of tweed

I think that's it for this week. Have a great week!
P.S. It's my birthday tomorrow!!!! Happy Birthday to ME!

june 21

Welcome to the summer solstice! Summer - finally!

It has been a interesting couple of weeks since I last posted. I traveled to Columbus, Ohio for the summer TNNA trade show. I had meetings, classes, and much shopping. We started a new class idea that we called TIPs that was a smashing success! We were so excited that over 225 people signed up for our "idea". The semi annual "Sample It" was over the top. People were lining up at 3:45 for the event that started at 5:00. We gave out all the tickets available and needed more. We had to hold people out of the event until some people left because of room limitations. I did not even get to go into the event until after 5:30 because I was working the door. I did have enough sense that when the lady from Great Adirondack yarns came through wearing a shawl that I had been seeing in the magazines, I gave her my card and asked her to hold one for me. Good thing - they sold out! Several of the places that I usually buy from at Sample It were sold out by the time I got there. Oh well, I did manage to get some great things! After Sample It, Deb (from Stitches N Things in Michigan) and I went to the Ravelry party. Had some wonderful Jeni's ice cream and got a fun tee shirt. We didn't stay for the door prize drawings - too many people! (I did hear that my ticket didn't win :(
Market was wonderful. As always. So many things to see. Not much in the way of counted cross stitch, but oh, the yarn! I made some great contacts, set up some fun events, and bought some really fun yarn.
Sunday evening I went to Wichelt's 40th anniversary party (they are one of my distributors - Mill Hill, fabric, etc). Nora Corbett of Mirabilia Designs was there as well as Thea Gouverneur from England and the people that make Permin fabrics. Had a great time with Patty Connor (SamSarh Designs)and her husband, Deb, and a couple from New York. Didn't get around to having dinner until well after 9 pm. Had a great class with Barry Klein of Trendsetter Yarns and Laura Bryant of Prism Yarns. They have a new book coming out in a couple of months - The New Knitter's Template - and we learned how to measure our bodies to make our knit wear fit better! So interesting - and makes you more aware of what you should be looking for in a pattern.

Not a lot of new stuff has come in the past couple of weeks. But look out - I know it is on its way!

cross stitch -
Raise the Roof - Upon A Hill (part 4 of Libertyville)
Lizzie Kate - Eek Boo Hiss, Cleaning the House, ABC Halloween, All You Need is Love, Christmas Rules Double Flip-it - Be Kind/Treasure Family & Fa La La/Honor Traditions (there will be more of these coming!)
Sweetheart Tree - Wedding and Anniversary Sampler

knitting -
Burda Verena - Summer 2010
Australian Knitting - Vol 12 #1

That's about it for this week. What am I working on? Well, I have the May teaspoon from Just Another Button Company almost finished (ran out of one color of thread - yes it happens to me too!), ABC Halloween from Lizzie Kate that came in on Friday (just have to add buttons you know!), and from Bent Creek - The Branch Liberty Belle Squirrel. In the knitting department, I am working on that shawl that I bought at Sample It and a couple of pair of socks and then I was asked to knit some samples for Buffalo Gold so am working on some swatches for their sample books.

Have a great week!

june 5

June. Wow. I'm not sure I'm ready. So much going on. I leave Tuesday night to go to market in Columbus, Ohio. Have lots to get done before I leave town.....

I think I have neglected to tell everyone about World Wide Knit in Public Day - this year we are celebrating on Saturday, June 19. We will meet at 8 am at Starbucks on Central and be there knitting until about 9:30 when we will move to the shop and will be knitting in front of the shop all day. Please join us when you can! I will probably have some new yarn samples from market!!

I hope everyone had a great long weekend last weekend. I spent Sunday in Estes Park - working on the new shop, getting things put where they belong (does that ever happen since we keep moving them!) It was lots of fun. Lots of people through the shop. Not a lot of sales there though. They will come.... I had planned on being in Estes on Monday as well, but Sherry said she had enough help so I came home Sunday night and had a FREE day to do lots of things that need to be done, but I didn't think would happen. I did a few errands, washed my car, and worked on the new display in the front of the shop. After 2 trips to Home Depot and 1 trip to the Dollar Store, I think it looks good. I hope everyone stops (or at least drives by) to see my new display. I have had lots of comments on it this week! Thanks for your comments!

Summer is finally upon us (but I haven't turned on the air conditioning yet!) There have been lots of visitors in the shop lately. We LOVE visitors!!

New in the shop this week -

cross stitch -
Just Cross Stitch - July/August 2010
Carolyn Manning Designs - Ulysses, Stuart, Thomas, Meditation I, Meditation II, The Secret Garden
Waxing Moon - True Friends, Monthly Sampler: August, Frugal Samplings, Just For Grandpas
Kustom Krafts - Autumnal Woods, Curious Cub, Hummingbird Splendor, Asian Beauties
Imaginating - Warm Winds, Hummingbirds, Salsa Garden, Together
Val's Stuff - Best of Friends, Kitty Kalendar June
Bent Creek - Happily Ever After, Patriotic Branch - Liberty Belle Squirrel (1st in a series)
Country Cottage Needleworks - Jack & Jill, ABeeC Sampler
Little House Needleworks - Simple Joys, The Mercantile
Homespun Elegance - Heart is the Spirit (SYHO for the month)
SamSarah Designs - T is for Train, Gable Window
Mill Hill - Seafaring Santas (Boatswain, First Mate, Captain), Tiny Treasured Diamonds - 6 designs

knitting -
Vogue Knitting - Early Fall 2010

I think that's it for this week. There will be no post next week since I will be at market.
Have a great couple of weeks!

may 29

Happy Memorial Day weekend! I hope everyone has a very safe and happy holiday weekend.
I had a wonderful time last weekend in Lincoln. I arrived on Thursday afternoon. Friday afternoon I took Heather to see "Shrek Forever After". We had a great time! Popcorn, soda and cookies afterward! (The movie was pretty good too!) Saturday morning Heather had her dance recital. She was Mary Poppins and they danced to "A Spoon Full of Sugar". It was very cute. In the afternoon we celebrated CJ's 1st birthday. Cake with green and blue frosting. He had a marvelous time playing in the cake. He has green and blue frosting in his hair, in his ear, all over his face. I just picked him up and set him in the tub. (and yes it came out a beautiful green color - just in case you were wondering!) Monday we went to the zoo in Omaha and then to The Amazing Pizza Machine. Tuesday afternoon I drove home. It was a great weekend!
Today the shop in Estes Park opens. I will be up there tomorrow and Monday and then again on Wednesday. It is very exciting!! Make sure you stop by and check it out if you happen to get up there.
New in the shop in the past couple of weeks -

cross stitch -
Mill Hill Buttons & Beads - Through the Woods, Frosty Snowman, Cardinal Forest, Snowfall, Gingerbread House, Clock Shoppe
Mill Hill Festival of Trees - 6 charmed ornaments
Mill Hill Winter Holidays - 6 magnets or ornaments
Crossed Wing Collection - Sandhills
Heritage Crafts - Ahoy! (Cats Rule), Morning Walk (Silhouettes)
SamSarah Designs - May Bzzz
Kris's Stitches - Lady of the House
Just Nan - Twilight Pearls Leaf Ball

knitting -
Successful Lace Knitting
A to Z of Crochet (in paperback)
Sweater Quest
Toe Up Socks for Every Body
Knitters - Summer 2010
flat feet of the month for May

I think that's about it for this week. I got my yard mowed last night - it had become a forest! This morning I got some plants planted in the planters out front. I think I am ready for summer now.
Have a great week!

may 16

Well, after this week I am not sure what season we are in. I think we have had everything except fall! Last Sunday I got lots of yard work done - mowing, edging, and cleaned the garage. Then we got 10" of snow and then we got 2" of rain. Hopefully it will get warm soon!!

The fair books have arrived! There are LOTS of changes to the classes and some of them I am not happy with. After conversations with the fair office I am happy to report that there will be changes to our liking next year. This year we will have to comply to their rules, with a few exceptions. If you have any questions about what can and can't be entered please contact me. One of the things that are in the book this year is that knitted and crocheted items are in the same class. I have had permission to tell you that if you have, for example, a knitted hat and a crocheted hat they are in the same class and even though the rules say that you can enter only one item per class, you can enter both of these items and they will be judged with like items, not against each other. The other thing about the fair classes that has me very upset is that they have changed the counted cross stitch section to almost non existance. Please contact me for details.

OK, on to happier things. There are some new items this week -

cross stitch -
Stoney Creek Magazine - June 2010
Raise the Roof - On the Farm (part 3 of Libertyville)
Hob Nobb Designs - Daisies, Tea Time, Geraniums, Homespun Quilt Block, Frogs Have It Easy, Sweet Baby, An Old Bear Lives Here, Tall Country House, Whoo Whoo
At Home with Needlework - Holiday Issue #3
Designs By Lisa - Prrrr Like You Mean It
Imaginating - Sunflower Way, The Singing Bird, Roses Alphabet, Blessed Nest, Follow Your Heart
SamSarah Designs - S is for Star, Fluffy the Cat
Cricket Collection - Picture Perfect, Peas & Qs, Celebrate America, Summer
Val's Stuff - Kitty Kalendar May
Country Cottage Needleworks - Springtime Serenade
Litte House Needleworks - Mrs. O'Leary's Dairy Farm, Virtue Sampler

knitting -
Power Cables by Lily Chin

accessories -
puppy snips
Hiya Hiya interchangeable needle kit sizes 9 - 15
Lantern Moon - sheep tape measures (brown, beige), clam shell cases

I think that's about it for this week. There will not be a post next weekend as I will be in Lincoln attending Heather's dance recital and a birthday celebration for Heather 5th birthday and CJ's 1st birthay.
Have a great week. See you soon!!

may 8

Happy Mother's Day!
I didn't post last weekend because I was in Denver at the Denver Fiber Fest and the Great Western Alpaca Show. We were at the Western Stock Show building. It was an interesting weekend. And we'll leave that at that.
My granddaughter, Heather, turned 5 this week. Happy Birthday Sweetheart. I love you.
I sent out an email newsletter yesterday, so if you didn't receive it and would like to be on the email list, please let me know.
I went to Estes Park on Tuesday (in that horrible wind storm) to help set up a needlework shop there. There are a couple of us shop owners that are going in together to open a shop for the summer in Estes. We will be open from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. I will be going up to help out as much as I can. It is difficult to get away from here, but if you come in and I'm not here and the girls tell you that I am in Estes, just know that I am not up there goofing off!! I hope if you get up that way, you will stop by and say hi (and spend some money!) The address is 222 Moraine and it is between Maggie Mae's Quilt Shop and Molly B's restaurant.

New in the shop in the past couple of weeks -

cross stitch -
Cross Stitch & Needlework - July 2010
Stoney Creek - Autumn in the Village, Winter in the Village, Wedding Heirlooms, A Stitcher's Best Friend
Sampler & Needlework Quarterly - Summer 2010
fabric - 40 ct Shadowbrook
16 ct aida Illusion/silver & Snowstorm/Silver
28 ct jazlyn Midas Touch/Opalescent
36 ct Edinburgh Opalescent Precious Metals
32 ct Lugana Lemon Drop

knitting -
Piecework - May/June 2010 - Lace issue
Interweave Knits - Summer 2010
Think Outside the Sox (from the contest that XRX did a couple of years ago!)

That's about it for this week. I hope everyone has a great week. Talk to you soon!

april 24

What a wild ride we have had weather wise this week! Last Sunday I spent the day in the yard, got some bricks placed near the street in my dirt area so people have someplace to step when they get out of their cars. (not sure why I didn't think of it last year when we put the dirt there, but I didn't - it is corrected now) I also got more weeds pulled and did some other yard work. This morning I shoveled snow. Crazy. Welcome to springtime in Wyoming!

Had a little mishap when the power went out on Thursday. The computer is at the doctor's and I am hoping it is only the power source that blew and not the mother board. I haven't heard back yet, but I am praying for the power source. A new computer is not in my budget this month.

Next weekend Suzy and I will be off to the Great Western Alpaca Show at the Western Stock Show arena in Denver. I will be selling yarn and accessories. Should be an interesting weekend.

New this week -

cross stitch -
Heaven & Earth Designs - Knit-a-Rific (House Mouse), I Cross My Heart (House Mouse)
Pegasus - Glenariff Cottage
Raggedy Pants Designs - Brando, Piggy Tails Penny, Mama & Baby Bunny, Annie & Her Peeps, Daisy Ann
Nordic Needle - Creative Needle in Hardanger Embroidery
Mirabilia - January Garnet Fairy
Mill Hill - Buttons & Beads - Haunted Library, Gather Together, Fall Blooms, Paisley Pumpkin, Cabin Fever, Ghost Dance - Autumn Harvest Pins - Irate Pirate, Maple Leaves, Lunar Trick, Harvest Garden, School Pictures, Mallard
SamSarah Designs - April Bzzz
Just Nan - Spring Frills Humbug & Crystal Tulip Pin

knitting -
Fiber Trends - Circle of Life Shawl
Ella Rae - Summer Fair
Flat Feet for the month of May - geometrics!

That's it for this week. Don't forget that I am running a 10% off all framing brought in during the month of April - and there's only 1 week left, so take advantage of this great sale!!

See you soon.

april 17

I hope that everyone will remember to go to the online needlework show this weekend - www.needleworkshow.com - and browse all the vendors. Please let me know by Monday if there is anything that you would like to purchase, so I can get it ordered for you. Thanks!
Kind of a quiet week around here. I did get a chance to work on my framing room for a bit on Wednesday. Filled 6 or 7 boxes to take to Jennifer's for her garage sale this summer. More work to do on that room though. I did get the mat boards up off the floor which was beginning to be a big concern for me, so I am glad of that. Thanks to Paul Wise for helping me with that project.

I can now officially tell you all that we are planning on having a "yarn crawl" the last 2 weeks of August. There are 9 shops that are planning on participating and it should be lots of fun. The planning is in the very beginning stages, but we did meet last weekend and made some preliminary plans. More details will follow in the coming weeks. The shops are from Cheyenne, Laramie, Fort Collins, Greely, Estes Park, and Loveland. I am really excited about this new venture!

There was not a lot of new items in this week. It is kind of a slow period in the industry - between seasons.

But there was a couple of new items (actually stuff I ordered in January that are just arriving!!)

Fibersphere - portable yarn containers in large size

Britstitch - Q Snaps on a standing frame

That's it for this week - have a great week!!

on line needlework show

The on line needlework show is now open until midnight Sunday night (April 18). Please go to www.needleworkshow.com and browse through all the vendors. Let me know if you are interested in purchasing anything and I will get it ordered for you.
Have fun shopping!!

april 10

It's spring in the Rockies!! We had snow and beautiful weather this week. It's all good!
A reminder that the online needlework show starts on Thursday, April 15. Please go to www.needleworkshow.com and browse through the vendors. Let me know if there is anything there that you would like. Some of the vendors have minimum orders that I may or may not be able to fill, but I will try to accomodate you. This runs through April 20. Please don't want until the last minute to let me know. Thanks!!
I have been a busy girl this past week. I repainted the kitchen/framing area last Sunday afternoon. Still yellow, but a softer yellow. Looks good. Wednesday, on my "1/2 day off" I spent in the closet off of my office. I actually spent from 8:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. in the closet and my office. Threw out a bunch of "crap" and reorganized the rest. I can now actually walk through the closet and can see the floor in my office!! It's a true miracle. Next project...the framing room.
Some of you know that I knit a beautiful aran sweater coat out of Wyoming wool from Mountain Meadows Wool yarn earlier this year. I wore it when I went to Seattle last month. Then I had my little mishap in the rain. Mud and street guk all over my beautiful sweater. I finally got my courage up enough to wash it this morning. It is drying in the sunshine and I think it will be fine. Maybe a couple of little spots of street guk, but nothing noticable. Yeah!!

New this week:
cross stitch -
Vickery Collection - Celtic Window, Butterfly Parade
Nora Corbett Designs - Letters From Nora Y, Letters From Nora Z
Blue Ribbon Designs - Established With Love
Glendon Place - Dance of the Tulips
SamSarah Designs - R is for Robin, Love Letters
Silver Lining - Texas Blue Bonnets
Imaginating - God's Love, Every Bird Welcome, Spring Showers, Lake Memories
Brittercup Designs - Bunnies Galore
Country Cottage Needleworks - The Book Store
Little House Needleworks - Robin Hood
Waxing Moon Designs - Just For Grandma, Monthly Sampler: July
Bent Creek - Are You My Mother?, Countryside, Uber Shamrock
Sue Hillis Designs - Strong Women, Cluttered Kitchen, Burnt to Perfection
Workbasket - Sunnyside & Sun Sampler, Maritime Quakers
Carolyn Manning Designs - Little Snowballz - Ollie, Little Snowballz - Rosie, Little Snowballz - Quinn, Flakey Friends King of the Mountain
Raise the Roof - Gone to Town (part 2 of Libertyville)
Just Cross Stitch - May/June 2010

knitting -
Knitting Green
Knitscene - Special 2010
Louisa Harding Yarn - Aimee (90% cotton/10% cashmere)

That's about it for this week. Get out and enjoy the weather but don't neglect your stitching/knitting projects!

april 3

Happy Easter!!! Christ is Risen!!

Wow! Spring one day, winter the next. What a cruel joke Mother Nature played on us on April Fool's Day. I'm not sure who the joke was on - the weather forecasters that said we were getting a sprinkle (in the form of 5") or us! I'm glad I got my yard raked before the next round of winter hit.
So, because the weather was SO crappy on April 1, I extended my Foolish Sale for a couple of days. It will end today. Stop in today for some foolishly low prices!

New this week:

cross stitch -
Lizzie Kate - Well Behaved Women, Prayer Connection, Dog Lessons for People, and the last of the Green Flip - Eat Locally, Save Water, and Keep Our Air Clean

knitting -
Love of Knitting - Summer 2010
Poetry in Stitches
Knitted Flowers (by Nicky Epstein)
Knitting Brioche

yarn -
Mountain Colors - Crazy Feet

That's about it for this week. Have a great week and Happy Easter!

march 30

I sent out an email this morning, so if you didn't get it, please let me know. It has some pretty useful information in it. Some links to some fun things and news about some upcoming events. (Like a special sale day on Thursday, April 1 and a framing sale!)
Jennifer and the kids were here all last week. Nothing got done. Heather is a real goer. She never stops. It was pretty quiet on Friday after they left.
A few new things have come in recently.

cross stitch -
Stoney Creek magazine - April 2010

knitting -
Saturday Style
Cuddly Crochet
Burda Verena Spring 2010

accessories -
buttons! monsters, chicks, cats, panda bear, tiger, bears, and assorted others

The weather has been so beautiful the past couple of days. I finally got all the ice broke up in front of the garage that has been there since that first snow in October! I have been raking the yard and I so want to do some planting, but I know that it is still WAY to early to even be thinking about it. That trip to the west coast made me realize that spring it certainly upon us and we just have to wait our turn for the flowers and budding trees that I saw there.
Hope you all have a great day. See you soon!

march 22

Spring has sprung! (For today anyway!) Isn't it a beautiful day out?
So, I promised I would blog every week, and here I am behind already. I had such a fabulous week away from the shop! I had a few days with my mom (we visited a cross stitch shop and a yarn shop), and then I went to a business conference in Seattle. Not just any business conference - but a business conference all about YARN - with other yarn shop owners from all over the world! It was amazing! I learned so much. Watch for changes!!
I got to meet Debbie Macomber - yes the author of The Shop on Blossom Street - she actually owns a yarn shop in the Seattle Area. She welcomed us all to the conference at our opening cocktail party. We got goody bags (weighed in at about 10 lbs - yarn, books, patterns, more yarn, knitting needles, and more. Had wonderful food. Meet wonderful people. Learned great information. Got more goodies - Addi Lace Interchangeables (which are not available on the market yet - but I am taking orders!!) Went to several yarn shops in the Seattle area, went to a dyeing place - where it turns out they formulate the dyes for Brown Sheep! Went to a pampering party at a spa. Went shopping at the Skacel warehouse. What a great week! I returned with a renewed interest in expanding the business.
So, this week Jennifer and the kids are here. Heather loves being the "shopping lady" and could hardly wait for this morning to go shopping. She has her bag filled with goodies. CJ found the yarn this afternoon and I have spent most of the day following behind him, picking up and putting away!
So, new items in the past week or so...

cross stitch -
Cherrywood Design - A Stitcher's Story
SamSarah Designs - March Bzzz

knitting -
Interweave Crochet - Spring 2010
Ella Rae #19
Northern Lights
Jenny Watson - Queensland Collection 12 (childrens)
Shibui Baby
Shibui Argyle

yarn -
flatfeet for March - spring things
Zauberballe Starke 6
Shibui Staccato
Great Adirondack Yarns - persia, bamboo fingering, hand dyed sequins

That's it for this week. Have a great week!!

march 10

Surprise! A midweek blog post!
The reason for this rare occurance is that I am leaving town early tomorrow morning and wanted to let everyone know of the new things that have come in this week.

cross stitch -
Country Cottage Needlework - Honeybee Garden (#5 of Spring Social Series)
Raise the Roof - Home Away From Sea (#1 of Libertyville)
Just Nan - Pretty Winder Pocket, Tea With Honey, Leave it Green, peacock stick pin, queen bee stick pin
Drawn Thread - Morning Glory

knitting -
Vogue Knitting - Spring/Summer 2010
Elsebeth Lavold - Book 20 - Just Kidding Collection
Jane Ellison - Noro Kids, Araucania Summer Fruits
Noro Vol 29
Katia #61

That's it for this week. I am off to Portland in the morning to visit with my mom. She will be taking me to Seattle on Sunday so I can attend a business conference with other yarn shop owners.... Cocktail parties, dinner on the pier, yarn crawl, visiting with Debbie Macomber, spa party, and ending with a visit to the Skacel warehouse. My mind will be numb by the time this is finished. I have packed an entire suitcase full of knitted items to wear....... (have to get this vest finished though - it is on my clothing itinerary for Tuesday) Wish me luck!!

march 6 - knitting - post 2

OK - here is post 2 all about yarn.

Lots of new stuff on this front also - see post 1 about the boxes!!

Knitting books -
Sirdar - Little Kisses, More Kisses, Crofter Chunky
Noro - Catwalk Two (Jenny Watson)
Ella Rae - Kids Rock
Comfort Knitting & Crochet Afghans
Piecework - March/April 2010
Amigurumi Animal Friends
50 Stitches for Afghans (crochet)
Knitted Ripple Afghans
Nicky Epstein Crocheted Flowers
Norweigan Hand Knits
The Haapsalu Shawls (this is a beautiful book - a little pricy - but worth it - I have 1 copy in the shop and am taking orders - stop by and take a look!)

yarn -
Noro Furin - 6 colors - cotton/silk/wool/rayon/nylon (everything but the kitchen sink!!) - worsted weight
Noro Sekku - 8 colors - cotton/wool/nylon/silk - LACE weight
Ella Rae Lace Merino - 10 colors (lightly shaded)
Kids Rock - 12 colors - acrylic - bulky
Snuggly Kisses DK - 9 colors - nylon/acrylic (delicate strip effect)
Katia - Bomaby - 4 colors - cotton
Sirdar Crofter Chunky - 10 colors - acrylic/cotton/wool
Araucania Chaiten - 4 colors - silk

I have finished my sweater this week that I was knitting out of Mountain Meadow Wool - this is from Buffalo, WY and made from Wyoming sheep. The sweater is beautiful (if I don't say so myself) with cables and lots of texture. I really wanted to have this done before I go on my big adventure this coming week. I am flying to Portland to visit my mom for a couple of days and then she is driving me to Seattle for a business conference with other yarn shop owners. I have been waiting for this conference for a whole year!! One of the best things will be at the opening cocktail party - Debbie Macomber will be attending!! She actually owns a yarn shop in the Seattle area and will be introducing a line of yarn in June. There will lots of other little adventures that happen during the conference as well. I will let you all know how it goes!!

Have a great week!

march 6 - cross stitch - post 1

I got the blog all updated Monday morning with all the new items and then, bang, the UPS man showed up. I knew I was in trouble when he put his cart in the doorway of the truck! 9 boxes. 4 boxes of yarn weighed in at over 125 lbs. It didn't stop there. He showed up every day this week with at least one box. And, the FedEx guy was here a couple of times as well. So, there are lots of new items to share with you this week...

cross stitch -
Jeanette Douglas - Thistle Stitches, Friendship Sweet Bag, Mandala Sampler, Mini Acorn Stitches, Mini Pom & Pear Stitches, Mini Silver Needle Stitches, Spring Biscornu Stackers, Autumn Biscornu Stackers, Quaker Home Sweet Home
Raise the Roof - Clean & Green
SamSarah Designs - Merry Little Easter, Ornament Stocking, Snow Kids Stocking, Q is for Quilt, The Front Door (this is the first of 16 - I have a picture of all of them put together if you are interested)
Prairie Schooler - Signs of Spring, Tortoise & The Hare, June, February
Glendon Place - A Life Lived for Others, Reindeer Games
The Workbasket - Summer Farm House, Memory Keeper, O Morning Star
Sekas & Co - Hyacinth Square, Tropical Fingertip Towel, A Flamingo Heart
Crossed Wing Collection - Sandhills
Sue Hillis - Shiver Me Timbers, Thank Heaven for Little Boys, Thank Heaven for Little Girls
Val's Stuff - Waiting for Spring, Bunny Daze, A Little Bit of Snow, Welcome to Our Home, Happy Easter (from the Bunnycat), Kitty Kalendar March, Kitty Kalendar April, Never Enough Thyme, Snow, Meow
Imaginating - Thyme in My Garden, Garden of Life, Good Morning, Music is Love, Wipe Your Paws
Kustom Krafts - Monarch Butterfly, Rapture, Naptime Dragon, Harbor Vista
Carolyn Manning Designs - Little Snowballz Nathaniel, Frostbite Fred & Ferdinand
JBW Designs - The Queen Bee, French Country Homes, French Country Noah's Ark, French Country Butterfly, Twas the Night Ornaments II, III, IV
White Willow Stitching - A Beautiful Wolf
Mill Hill - Jim Shore - Spring Angel, Summer Angel, Fall Angel, Winter Angel ------ Debbie Mumm - Jack O'Cat, Scarecrow, Triple Jack, Tabby Tricks, Hooty Owl, Witch Hazel
Peter Underhill - Meals on Wheels
Susan Ryder Heritage Collection - Cruck Cottage, Hebridean Croft
Heritage Crafts Silhouettes - Harbour Lights, First Light
Heritage Crafts Kitty Kats - Halloween, Little Devil, Little Angel, Little Cupid
Jill Oxton Cross Stitch & Bead Weaving #80
Cross Stich & Needlework - May 2010
Happy Stitching mugs - 5 colors

I am going to post these in 2 posts again this week, since there is so much new stuff.

I have been blessed to have a couple of my items shown at the Nashville Market that I attended a couple of weeks ago. I have taken some cross stitch charts and added Just Another Button Company button as embellishments. I took pictures and shared them withe the girls at JABCo. They were thrilled and made button packs to go with my models. I just finished a new one that I added buttons to also - Bent Creek's Shamrock Row. It is so much fun to add the embellishments and have them made into button packs for other shop owners to use. Watch for others that I am working on....

This will be continued on post 2.

march 1 - knitting

Ok - round 2 -

new items knitting - books -
Debbie Bliss Tips for Knitters
Lily Chin Knitting Tips & Tricks
Hat Heads
Mastering Lacework
Knit the Season (#3 in Friday Night Knitting Club series)
400 Knitting Stitches
Men's Knits
Purls Forever
Knitwear Design Workshop
Love of Knitting - Spring 2010
Interweave Knits - Spring 2010
Knitters - Spring 2010
Rowan - Miniature Classics, Kids, Summer Crochet
Berroco - Norah Gaughan Collection Vol 6, Sock Star, DK Baby
Ta-Wash-Is in Crochet
Myrna Stahman's Dream Almost Cobweb - Collection 1
Child's Ruffled Ballerina Shrug
Chris Bylsma - Kaleidoscope, Zen Wrap
Laura Nelkin - Beaded Cuffs, Eventide
Kollage Yarns - Pretty in Pink Sweater, Indigo Cardigan, Less is More, Supple Rib Vest
Plymouth Yarn - Knit Bunny, Baby Sweater & Hat, Long Cardigan Shawl, Jacket Swing Coat
Jane Ellison - Mirasol Collection
Jenny Watson - Cuddly Cotton Collection, Cotton Candy Baby Knits

yarn --
Buffalo Gold - Dream (bison down/merino)
Mountain Colors - Twizzle - 3 new colors
Brown Sheep - Serendipity (cotton/wool)
Zelana - Willow (wool/cashmere), Kauri (wool/silk/possum)
Schaefer - Audrey (wool/silk)
Aurucania Trauco (cashmere)
Mirasol Nuna (wool/silk/bamboo)
Louet - Euroflax (linen)
Kollage - Glisten (alpaca/silk), Luscious (cotton/nylon)
Elsebeth Lavold - Silky Wool - 8 new colors
Jojoland - Consonance (cashmere/silk)
Plymouth - Boucle Merino Superwash (wool), Dreamin (acrylic/nylon)
Cuddly Cotton
Cotton Candy
Kertzer - Marble Chunky - 2 new colors, Baby Marble (acrylic)
Unisono (sock yarn)
Comfort Sock (acrylic)
Fortissima Mexico 6 ply (sock yarn)

accessories - -
Lantern Moon - knit out boxes, carry bags
HiyaHiya - ball markers, project bags
Puffin & Co - heart shaped needle gauge
Knit Kit - new color with additional accessories
Knit Happy - tote bags, mugs, thermal mugs, sticky pads, accessory totes, notebook
Namaste - wallet, circular needle case, Monroe bag
JaJaJa Purses - tote bags
Della Q - circular needle bags

Whew, I think that's it! New stuff from market is still arriving, so I will try to post a little more often. Have a great week!

march 1 - cross stitch

OK - I tried this yesterday and it didn't work. Hopefully today will go better.
Sorry it has been so long since I posted. You know that I use this forum to post about the new things that have arrived and since I hold onto things for the pajama party, I haven't had much to tell you about. Not now. I held the pajama party Friday night and there are TONS of new things to tell you about. I think everyone was quite overwhelmed with the amount of new items. So here goes:

cross stitch -
Just Nan - Keep A Little Secret, Tulip Bunny, Needle Tweets
Carriage House Samplings - Autumn at Hawk Run Hollow
From Nancy's Needle - Stained Glass Quilt, Tiptoe Through the Tulips, Two Lighthouses
Sweetheart Tree - Enchanted Roses
DebBee's Designs - Diamond Delight VI, Glitz & Glamour Kunzite (pink)
Mirabilia - Lady Hera
Nora Corbett - The Floss Fairy
Norden Crafts - From the Heart (chart 1 in remembrance of Kris Stott)
With My Needle - Quaker Turtles
Erica Michaels - Serenity, Christmastide, Little Bit O' Spring
Stoney Creek - Summer in the Village, Spring in the Village, Farm Babies, Kids Hoopla
Shakespeare's Peddlar - Jenny Bean's Humble Servant Sampler
Little House Needleworks - Needle & Thread
The Stitchworks - Grandparents
Myrtle Grace Motifs - Wanna Play?
Bobbie G Designs - Hot Flashes, Southwest Legends
Glendon Place - Blessings & Grace, Outrageous Owls, A Bloom of Hope
X's and Oh's - Distant Cousins, Hope Angels, I Am, Horse Collection 1
Bent Creek - Shamrock Row, Easter Bunny Row, Photobooth Love Happens, Photobooth Easter Surprise
AB Designs - All is Calm, Just Be Claus
CherryWood Design Studio - That Kind of Stitcher
NeedleDelights Originals - Color Delights Shamrock, Color Delights Sunshine, Color Delights Violet, Color Delights Scarlet, Color Delights Magenta, Color Delights Aqua, Color Delights Graphite, Color Delights Purple, Color Delights Turquoise, Color Delights Fire, Color Delights Cobalt, Color Delights Copper
Lizzie Kate - Chicks Rule, Spring Fab Fob, ABC's of Aging Artfully
Hinzeit - Charmed Shadow Hearts, Mini Blocks Bookworm, Dress Form: Sew Stitch, Dentist
Shepherd's Bush - Blue Snowman, Let Your Light Shine, Lucky, My Land, Winter Snows, Spring Blooms, Robin Egg, Violet Egg, Rosy Egg, Grass Egg

Aida 16 ct - Ocean Kiss, Sea Lily, Pink Sand, Beach Walk
Aide 14 ct - Blue Breeze Opalescent
Linen 32 ct - Ocean Kiss, Sea Lily, Pink Sand, Beach Walk
Lugana 32 ct - Charcoal Gray
Floba 32 ct - Oatmeal
Cashel 28 ct - Heather, Sterling, Confetti, Conifer, Crystal Maquerade, Meditation, Haunted
New Castle 40 ct - Mello, Prank, Ancient

Ok = I think I will put the knitting stuff in another entry!

february 8

I think I survived the Super Bowl Sale yesterday. Not sure about Connie and Suzy however. We all worked really hard and it was a great day. I hope that everyone that attended had a good time and like their purchases. I know it is going to take me some time to put the shop back together after all the craziness! Thanks to everyone that came shopping!
Last week was a wild week! It started Monday morning with a phone call from the radio station that I listen to that I had won a weekend trip to Moab Utah! Not sure when I am going or who I am taking with me but it should be a great time!
Friday night I went to see "The Book of Eli". It started out a little slow, kind of bloody, but the ending was great. I didn't see it coming, but it was worth the evening! I highly recommend it.

New stuff this past week -

cross stitch -
Country Cottage Needleworks - Pretty Pink House (#3 of Spring Social Series), Lovebird Couple (#4 of Spring Social Series), Liberty Land
Bent Creek - ROWmance, Bliss, Uber Valentine, Cozy
Nora Corbett - Letters From Nora V, Letters From Nora W, Letters From Nora X
Imaginating - Frosty Friendship, Winter Time, A Season for Blessings, Snowy's Garden
Silver Lining - The Royal Canadian (#12 of 12 roses)
Kustom Krafts - Autumn Evening
Country Cottage Kids - Little Boy Blue, Little Bo Peep
Little House Needleworks - Mississippi Riverboat, Battle Hymn of the Republic, Rose Hill Plantation
Brittercup Designs - Burst into Bloom, Floral Decor
Carolyn Manning Designs - Little Snowballz - Molly, Little Snowballz - Lucy

knitting -

Australian Knitting - Vol 1 #4 Summer

That's about it for this week. Have a great week. There is a little bit of snow out there this morning, but nothing like they are getting back east! Aren't you glad you live in Wyoming??????

january 31

Whoa! Where did January go???
The boxes are arriving from market - but they have disappeared to the basement to be retreived later in February for the Pajama Party! Lots of boxes.....
Quiet week around here. I had made some arrangements with an electrician to put in a new light fixture. He assured me that he would be here on Thursday. So, I had to clean out the closet in the classroom so they had access to the attic. Out came all the stuff (read junk) from the closet into the classroom. No electrician. Friday I called and he has no assured me that he will be here on Monday. I have my finger crossed. I have a class Monday night and really need the space. The Friday afternoon group had to meet around all the crap! Don't you just love people that say they will be one place and then don't show up? It's the story of my life just about now. But on the other hand, the new light will be SO wonderful!! (I'll keep you posted!)
New in the shop (that I can tell you about!)

cross stitch -
Stoney Creek - February 2010
SamSarah Designs - Dozen Buzzin's - January Buzz (the first of 12)

knitting -
Debbie Bliss Knitting Magazine - Spring/Summer 10

That's about it for this week. I am working my way through some of the new yarn making models so you can see it knit up when I debut it at the pj party on Feb 26. Have you signed up yet? Space is limited and filling quickly.
Have a great week.

jan 23

A quiet week here with the threat of snow and cold again this weekend. Ahh, it is winter here in the west and the ice is almost melted...
I have stitching and knitting like a mad fool. Stitching during the day when I get a minute and knitting in the evening. So many models to be made!! I have started the teaspoon series that is available from Just Another Button Co. The chart is free with the purchase of the buttons. I finished stitching the January teaspoon this week - it looks like a snow shovel! Then in the mail came the new series from Lizzie Kate - Green Flip-its - so now I have started that series as well. Knitting 2 sweaters, 1 hat, and a pair of socks. Never a dull moment!!
New this week -
cross stitch -
Just Nan - Winter Hearts Humbug & Snowflake Pin, Snow Owl Pin
Lizzie Kate - We're Not Gossiping, Cat Lessons for People, Sampling Easter, Green Flip-its (series of 6) - Plant A Tree, Ride A Bike, Be Kind to Animals
Nora Corbett - Peony Spring Garden Pixie, Gardenia Spring Garden Pixie, Partridge in a Pear Tree, Two Turtle Doves
Mill Hill - (Sticks) - Cherish Family, Love Me Love My Dog, Cook Up A Storm, Grow
fabric - 14 ct aida Mountain Mist, 32 ct lugana Dark Cobblestone, 28 ct Newport Victorian Red/Opalescent Raw

knitting -
KnitScene - Winter/Spring 2010
Nature's Wrapture
Sock Club

That's about it for this week. Have a great week!!

jan 15

A belated happy birthday to my darling daughter. She turned ?? on the 12th. (I can't possibly be old enough to have a daughter that old!!!)

I have just returned from the annual winter TNNA market in California (where it was 75 on the day that it was 2 here!) I tried not to rub in the fact that we spent the afternoon of our meeting sitting in the sunshine with our shoes and socks off and sleeves rolled up while everyone back home was shivering in the cold and wind. I sat in on some very productive meetings while I was there. Sometimes when we leave the meetings we wonder if we really accomplished anything, but I do believe that this time we did.
I took some classes – one on needlepoint (a very cute Santa stocking) and one on yarn dyeing (made a great skein of sock yarn in fabulous colors!) And then there was the market. I honestly do not think that I saw everything that was there. I would start at one end of the convention center and really try to walk down every isle, but I would get side tracked and end up some place so not where I was intending on going. Some things I wandered past several times and some places I did not see at all. But, the good news (or bad news) is that there are lots of really wonderful new things coming. This was not a market to find counted cross stitch. This was a yarn and needlepoint market. So, there are lots of wonderful new yarns coming. At one point on Sunday afternoon I stopped and contemplated how I was possible going to get all the new models knitted up for all the new yarns that I had ordered – and then I promptly went and ordered more! I did get to test drive some new lamps from Daylight (actual prototypes that aren’t on the market yet) and a new kind of floss from Weeks Dye Works. Because the yarn industry is so fickle, everything will not arrive at once (good for my budget), but will be coming in over the next couple of months. Stay tuned to find out what wonderful things are arriving.
I do have to tell you about the hotel that I stayed at in California. It was The Varden – A Boutique Hotel. (www.thevardenhotel.com) In a word it was – unique. I was rooming with a friend from Stitches N Things in Fenton, Michigan – Deb Koch. She arrived at the hotel before I did and when I texted her that I was on the way and had she made it to the hotel, the text I received back simply said “OMG six by six feet”. She wasn’t far off. If you slid off the end of the bed, it was 2 steps to the toilet. We couldn’t leave our suitcases open, there wasn’t room. The shower was about 2 ½ of my feet (I wear a size 6 ½ shoe) in diameter. The sink in the bathroom was sideways and there was a glass shelf above the sink that you had to lean under to brush your teeth. The bed was very comfortable and Deb and I managed quite nicely in the room. It was 4 blocks from the convention center so we had a great walk every morning and evening. There were lots of restaurants and shops along the way – including a Starbucks so we could get our chai tea fix every morning. We ate at some really fun restaurants near the pier, went to the Queen Mary and had dinner one evening, and I bought some really fun purple shoes! (Not sure why I had to have those shoes since everyone knows I walk around here without shoes all the time!) It was a great trip – I didn’t want to come home.

New things that have come in during the past week -
cross stitch -
Cross Stitch & Needlework - March 2010
Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly - Spring 2010
Mill Hill Buttons & Beads - Handbag, High Heel, Ice Cream Shoppe, Hydrangea Wreath, Conch Shell, Nautilus Shell
Mill Hill pins - Pink Sneaker, Lucky Day, Goldie Finch, Coin Purse, Flamingo, Shades

That's about it for this week. Have a great weekend!

jan 5

Yes, a rare midweek post!
I am leaving here in about 1/2 hour to head to Denver to beat the storm that is supposed to descend upon us early in the morning. This time tomorrow I will be where it is 75 degrees. I'm sorry that you all will have to endure the teens!!!! I am headed to California for the winter TNNA market. Meetings, buying, and friends. Should be uplifting and energizing.

A few new things came in this week so I thought I should let you all know what they are:

cross stitch -
Carolyn Manning Designs - Snowbugz - the Second Swarm, Tristan Fernfrond, Little Snowballz - Kenny
Val's Stuff - Kitty Kalendar - January, Kitty Kalendar - February
Imaginating - Snowflakes are Kisses, Winter Sentiments, Blue Snowman, Winter Cottage
Jeannette Douglass Designs - Seaside Stitches Accessories
Bent Creek - Uber Christmas Tree, Hark, The Christmas Cat

knitting -
Vogue Knitting - Winter 09/10
Piecework - Jan/Feb 10
Louisa Harding Willow Tweed - a blend of alpaca, merino wool & silk - in 4 colors

That's it for this week. Hope you enjoy the winter weather - I am headed for the sunshine!!

dec 31

Happy New Year!!!!
I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas. Mine was very quiet. I didn't even get out of my pajamas the whole day. I got lots of cleaning done and I didn't even open any presents! Tom, Jennifer and the kids were supposed to drive over from Lincoln on Saturday, but because of the weather and the roads being closed they didn't get to come until Sunday - and then it took them 9 hours to get here! They were very glad to finally get here and get out of the car! They left yesterday. Way to short of a visit. Heather and CJ are so cute. Heather kept the Tuesday night group very entertained! She had a captive audience and didn't want to let it go.

There were a few new things in the past couple of weeks:
cross stitch -
Bent Creek - The Christmas Branch O Christmas Cardinal
Zweigart - Christmas Redwork
fabric - 14 ct aida - vintage smokey white, 28 ct cashel - vintage smokey white, 32 ct lugana - taupe

knitting -
Burda Verena - Winter 2010

Don't forget about the Welcome to 2010 sale that will happen tomorrow - January 1 - from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - everything in the shop will be on sale! Come by and sit and stitch or knit, bring some munchies and miss all the football games!

Happy New Year!!

december 18

A week before Christmas and all through the house....everyone was knitting and stitching their little hearts out.
Did you ever get somewhere with your stitching and need a special stitch? Now there's an app for that!! SuZy's Portable Stitches is now available for download on your I-Pod Touch or I-Phone (search: needlepoint).
Just wanted to chime in here on some new items that have arrived the past week or so.

cross stitch -
Lavender Wings - Entwined Threads
Raise the Roof - Oh Holy Night (part 4 of Christmasland)
Country Cottage Needleworks - Springtime Couple (part 2 of Spring Social Series)
Just Cross Stitch - Jan/Feb 10
Nora Corbett - Jade Blue, Orchid
Mirabillia - Sabrina
John Clayton - Jive, Corsican Village
Shepherd's Bush - Santa's Coming

knitting -
Knitters - Winter 09
Interweave Crochet - Winter 09
Magnificent Mittens & Socks
Marshmallows in 3 colors from KFI
chicken & egg tape measure
turtle tape measure
shawl pins
flower stitch markers

That's about it for this week. I would like to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas and may everything you want be under your tree.

december 3

Yes, a rare midweek post! I didn't post last weekend after Thanksgiving, so I hope you all had a great weekend. I spent the day at Tom's. All 3 of his kids were there for dinner and we had a nice time. Ate too much, but that is what Thanksgiving is all about.

New in the past couple of weeks:
cross stitch -
Calico Crossroads - Devil Cat's Food, Fantastic View
Bent Creek - The Christmas Branch O Christmas Owl
Australian Smocking & Embroidery - issue #89
Imaginating - Gingerbread Fun, Christmas Westies, Snowman Ornament, So Many Gifts, Nativity Trio
Sue Hillis - Poinsettia Santa, Christmas in the Kitchen
Cricket Collection - All Through the House, Berry Nice Indeed!
Carolyn Manning - Little Snowballz Jedediah, Little Snowballz Ian
Vickory Collection - Cumberland Cross
Kustom Krafts - Springtime Chickadees, Allegory of Wealth, Winter Barred Owl, Big Cat Pride
Country Cottage Needleworks - Garden of Snow
Little House Needleworks - Sailing Sailing, Fa-La-La
Silver Lining - Red Rose Ornaments #5 of 6

knitting -
Polar Knits - red & purple
Cashmere (yes, you read that right - I now have 100% cashmere yarn - and the rumors are not true)

Dress Your Dog
Mostly Mittens

accessories -
stitch dots
key dots

That's about it for this week. I am done with my Christmas shopping/stitching/knitting! Now, to get the Christmas cards started...
Have a great week. Stay warm.

november 21

I wish each of you a very Happy Thanksgiving!!
Can you believe that there is only 34 days left until Christmas? Wow! Are you ready? I am very close. I think I have 3 small gifts left to do (can we say ornaments for my kids?) Other than that, I am done. Well, there is always that last minute thing that I think about, but....
If you aren't finished, don't despair. There are lots of things in the shop that would make wonderful last minute gifts! And of course, there are always gift certificates!
New this week.. cross stitch..
Just Nan - Over the Top Glow Tin and Ornament, Snow Deer
Raise the Roof - Christmasland: Christmas Break (part 3 of 4)
Country Cottage Needleworks - Birdhouse Garden (part 1 of 5)
Lizzie Kate - Time For God, Dogs Leave Paw Prints, Live Simply, Today Was A Total Waste of Makeup
new fabrics - 32 ct belfast - alluring blue], 32 ct lugana - ruby wine, 16 ct aida - rainbow dreams

Fearless Knitting Workbook
Color by Kristin
Crazy Lace
Vogue Knitting Shawls & Wraps
Pure Knits
Socks to Go
Noro (meet the man behind the legendary yarn)

Flat Feet sock of the month (think stained glass windows)
Plymouth Dye For Me Merino, Silk, Cashmere

and something just for fun...
Czech glass buttons
Czech glass beads and bracelets (think Pandora or Troll beads but at a reasonable price!!!)

I think that's about it for this week. I hope the turkey is thawing and you have some great plans for the holiday with your family or an adopted family! Don't forget about the anniversary sale that begins on Friday morning at 10 a.m. (no, I don't believe in shopping at 5 a.m.) Everything in the shop will be on sale. Special hours on Saturday - 9 - 4 - so people have a chance to get to the parade that starts at 5 in downtown Cheyenne. Travel safe and stop in soon!!

november 7

Well, after that wild week of snow and more snow, now it is beautiful! Go figure. Weather in Wyoming.
Lots of people have been in during the past week taking advantage of my offer to help. I am very happy to help! I have told many people "I would rather you come every day for help than to sit at home discouraged!" Please don't feel like you are imposing on my time. That is what I am here for.

New this week:
cross stitch -
Carolyn Manning - Little Snowballz - Howie, Walking Jack, Branwyn Berrybottom
Imaginating - Joyous Elves, Peace in Our Hearts, Quilt Ornaments, Joy Tree, Nutcrackers in Blue, A Quilt for Santa
Bent Creek - Ghostie Manor, Uber Turkey
Waxing Moon - Monthly Sampler: June, Bewitched
Kustom Krafts - Yellow Peony Fairy, Christmas Teddy, Perched Pretty, Snow Village
Shepherd's Bush - Thankful Heart
Sue Hillis - Homecoming, Big Men & Small Boys, Key to My Heart, Women Who Behave, Happy Holiday
SamSarah Designs - Merry Little Christmas, Peace On Earth
Little House Needleworks - Winter Greens, Joy, Poinsettia House
Country Cottage Kids - Hark! the Hearld Angels Sing, Sugar Plum Fairy
Raise the Roof - Cackle

knitting -
Australian Knitting - Vol 1 #3
Knits Accessories

That's about it for this week. I will have an email newsletter going out this week. I think I missed doing one in October. Have a great week. Enjoy the weather!

november 1

Wow! What a week we had. 18" of snow, blowing snow and cold weather. All that snow at once sure creates a big mess. Now the weather is beautiful and the snow is melting rapidly. This may just be a precursor of things to come in the following months. Are you ready? I sure had some people doing some panicked buying on Tuesday before the storm hit! Other than trying to figure out what to do with all the snow around here, I fared pretty well.
Some new items in this last week:

cross stitch -
Cross Stitch & Beading #79
Bent Creek - Snapper Christmas Branch - O Christmas Squirrel (part 1)
Stoney Creek - Cozy Cats, Hanging Around For Christmas, Christmas Delights, Dec 09 magazine
DebBee's Designs - Diamond Delights V
Cross Stitch & Needlework - Jan 10
Sampler & Needlework Quarterly - Winter 09
Monica Ferris - Blackwork (mystery novel)
scissors - in the shape of cat, sheep, seahorse, mermaid

knitting -
Piecework - Nov/Dec 09
Colonial Needle - rosewood interchangeable needle set
Nicky Epstein - Knitting a Kiss in Every Stitch
Amigurumi Knits (there is even a jackalope in it!!)
50 Fabulous Knit Aran Stitches

That's about it for this week. Have a great week. 55 days until the big gift giving day - are you ready???

october 21

I have been very remiss in posting lately. Sorry. I couldn't post last weekend because I was out of town and I couldn't post the weekend before because I was getting ready to go out of town. Sounds lame.
Last week I traveled to Portland, Oregon to visit my mom and go to my sister's surprise birthday party. Not only did we surprise my sister, but I also surprised my mom. Jennifer, Heather, and CJ met me in Denver and traveled with me to Portland. My mom was very surprised. Topped only by the surprise to my sister. It was a great weekend! We went to the Oregon coast and picked up seashells (and had Tillamook ice cream!!). We went to the Oregon Zoo. We really needed more time. I also got to meet my new grandniece.
So, now I am back to reality and have to hurry to get caught up. It's always like that when I go away. The girls (Marsha and SuZy do a great job on the selling end), but there is all the other stuff that doesn't get done when I am not here on a daily basis that has to be done before hand and when I return. Not complaining.
So, there is a LONG list of new items....
cross stitch -
Shepherd's Bush - Jeffrey's Stocking, Holy Night, Holly & Ivy Sampler, Scardy Sheep Fob, Spooky Night, Halloween Grins
Victoria's Sampler - Gingerbread House
Raise the Roof - Home for Christmas, Trees for Sale (parts 1 & 2 of Christmasland Series)
Country Cottage Needleworks - Frosty Couple (#4 of Winter Wonderland Series), Frosty Pink House (#5 of Winter Wonderland Series), Pie Menu
Just Nan - Christmas Cheer (2009 ornament), Noella's Christmas Berry
Mirabilia - Day Nymph, Night Nymph
John Clayton - Harbour Reflections
Nordic Needle - Stitcher's Choice Bookmarks I, Stitcher's Choice Bookmarks 2
Peter Underhill - Home Is Where the Cat Is, Home For Christmas
JBW - French Country Wreath, Twas the Night Ornaments, French Country Turkey
Bent Creek - The Little Scarecrow, Autumn Bliss, Twelve Days of Christmas
Little House Needleworks - The Library
Waxing Moon - Quick Stitches for Halloween, Monthly Sampler - May
Sekas & Co - Winter Pines Heart, Winter Log Cabin Quilt, Square Winter Fingertip Towels
Val's Stuff - Just A Little Spooked, Halloween Teenies, Christmas Snowman, Uber Jack
Imaginating - Have No Fun, Autumn Cottage, Peaches Kitten, Pumpkin Boo, Halloween Night, In Everything Give Thanks
Workbasket - Les Petites , Barn Dance, Little Seasons, Quaker Acorn & Squirrel, Autumn House
Nora Corbett - Letters From Nora S, Letters From Nora T, Letters From Nora U
Carolyn Manning - Little Snowballz Felix, Little Snowballz Oracle
SamSarah Designs - Bounty

knitting -
Vogue Knitting - Holiday 09
Interweave Knits - Holiday Gifts
Knitters - Fall 09
Enchanted Sole
Verena - Fall 09
Heartstrings - Bells On My Toes, Reversible Lace Ladders, Elegantly Simple Triangle Shawl, Lace & Cables Scarf
Plymouth Yarns - new colors of Encore, To Dye For Baby Llama Glow, To Dye For Dancing Toes, Kudo (cotton, rayon, silk) - 10 colors
Hiya Hiya interchangeable needle sets
Flat Feet - sock of the month - southwest colors

accessories -
Christmas needle slide
frog & cat mini magnets
cow, frog, ladybug, and sheep pull apart magnets
robin on pinecone charm garden pin
carlotta's web charm garden pin
Gingher scissors - new 2009 design

I think that's it. I'm sure I have missed something. Christmas is coming - 65 days. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but someone has to. Are you ready? There are lots of last minute items that you could do.
Have a great week. I will try to post more often. Promise.

october 3 - market news

It has been a wild couple of weeks! After I posted the last article I went and bought a new car! There was nothing wrong with my old car - it was small and low to the ground and everyone hated getting into it. I bought a Kia Rondo, which is the kind of car that I had driven the day before when we went to Mountain Meadow Wool in Buffalo. It is much roomier and I can get a lot more "stuff" in it.
Tom and I traveled to St. Louis for market. Market was actually in St. Charles (a suburb). Fun town. It is always so much fun going to market. Not only do I get to buy all the latest and greatest things, but I also get to see the other shop owners that I have becomre friends with over the years. It is always a time to catch up on everyone's lives. I also had a really great meeting with the gal that is chair of the TNNA Retail Council. We have a lot of work to get done in the next year or so!!

Last night was the semi annual pajama party and we had lots of fun as usual. Here is the list of the new stuff -

SamSarah Designs - Merry Little Christmas, Wild Horses
Just Nan - Hootzi Humbug, owl charm pin
Lizzie Kate - Jolly Holiday, Three Blox, ABC Christmas, EEk
Calico Crossroads - Beeehave, Minnow Paws
Lavender Wings - The Raven, Wicked, Autumn Walk, Autumn Walk needleroll & scissor fob
Cherrywood Designs - I'm A Little Scarecrow, Gone Trick or Treatin'
Hinzeit - Charmed Christmas Greens, Crystal Tree Joy, Crystal Rudolph, Crystal Ho Ho Ho Sleigh (all 8 reindeer are available)
Mosey N Me - A True Friend, Merry Christmas
From Nancy's Needle - Two Gingerbread Houses, Shades of Winter, Autumn Maples, Two Haunted Houses
Val's Stuff - Fall & Winter Duo, Snow Kitty, Spooked, Spooks Goblins & Ghosts
Miss Crescent's Crowne - One of Those Days
JBW Designs - Advent Calendar, French Country Snow Globe, Christmas Tree Collection III, Christmas Tree Collection IV, Alphabet Pumpkin
Rosewood Manor - Vintage Lace, Blue Watercolor Butterfly, Golden Watercolor Butterfly, Rose Watercolor Butterfly, Quaker Diamonds
Shakespeare's Peddler - Jenny Beans Halloween Sampler (with limited edition Sampler Threads)
Stoney Creek - Cozy Christmas Snowman Quilt
Raise the Roof - Words to Live By, Monthly Mockeries 4, Cackle
DebBee's Designs - Glitz & Glamour Carnelian, Glitz & Glamour Onyx, Glitz & Glamour Garnet
Dinky Dyes Designs - Winter Ice Sampler, Autumn Fire Sampler, Summer Gate Sampler, Spring Hearts Sampler
Elizabeth's Designs - Witches Night Out, Sheep
Erica Michaels - Christmas Bits, Thanksgiving Bits, We Are Blessed, Kris Kringle Bits (these are to be stitched on 40 count silk gauze)
Teresa Layman Designs - (knotwork) - Pumpkin Patch, Everett Greene, Mia Fiddler, Bud Light, Candy Mae Kerr, Phillip Stocking (cross stitch) - Eeek!, Sweet Dreams, English Cottage
Sampler Threads - new colors
Weeks Dye Works - new colors
Crescent Colours - new floss and silk colors

yarn -
Grande - 15 colors (includes free 1 skein hat pattern)
Encore Tweed - 7 new colors
Marathan Socks - North Pole - 3 colors (there were more but they are gone!)
Sundae - bulky wool/acrylic blend - 10 colors
Zauberball Crazy (sock)
Ambiente (sock) - (discontinued yarn brought back!)
Dreambaby Shine - 6 colors
Step - (sock) - 10 colors
Step 6 - (heavier weight sock)
Cotton Kisses - 2 colors (includes sweater pattern & buttons)
Baby Bunny - 7 colors (cotton with a touch of angora)
Fountain Hill - 5 colors (mohair blend with metallic)
Sterling - (sock with silver)
Encore - 5 Christmas colors
Blue Ridge Yarns - Bambie (sock - merino/bamboo), Silk Shimmer (100% silk)

accessories & books -

Never Not Knitting 2010 Calendar
Top Notch Knits
Easy Cable Knits for All Seasons
The New Stranded Colorwork
Swing Swagger Drape
Person Footprints for Insouciant Sock Knitters - Cat Bordhi
Interweave Crochet - Fall 09
Norah Gaughn Vol 5
Norah Gaughn Men
Berroco Comfort Book for Girls
Lantern Moon - yarn holders, rosewood & ebony cable needles
Itty Bitty Witty Knitties - fun cards for the knitters in your life!

I think that's it. Stop by soon to see all the new stuff!!

Go Rockies!!!!!!!

september 19

What a beautiful weekend we are having for late fall. The weather is just about perfect!! (It's not going to last - sorry to burst your bubble)
A group of us drove to Buffalo, Wyoming yesterday to tour the Mountain Meadow Wool mill. What a great trip. MMW is taking the raw wool from Wyoming sheep, processing it into yarn, and giving 10% of the proceeds back to the ranchers. This is much more than they could have made by selling the raw wool outright. They are a very green company and are using every scrap of wool and all byproducts for other uses. They (and I) currently sell 4 weights of yarn in a natural color only. They are working with other dyers in the hopes of adding colored yarns to their line. We had a really good time and many of the girls are talking about the next time we go.
There will not be a post next weekend as I am leaving Thursday for the needlework market in St Charles, MO. The pajama party is scheduled for Friday, Oct 2 and there are still 2 or 3 spaces available, so if you are thinking about it and haven't committed yet, please give me a call and get your name on the list before it is too late. The fall open house will be Saturday, Oct 3 to view all the new items from market.
It has been a very slow week in the "new" category - nothing. Everyone is waiting for the market to release all their new things so the list will be long when I return.
On a side note... I am about to do something really scary for me. I hope I have the courage to do it. I'll let you all in on it after it happens!!
Have a great couple of weeks!

september 12

We have survived past another year on the attacks on this country. God Bless America! It was very sobering to see the replay of 2001 yesterday on the TV. It reminded me so much of the patriotism we all felt on that day and the days to follow. Let us never forget!!
I had a great weekend last weekend in Lincoln. We went to the Nebraska State Fair so Heather could ride on the kiddie rides (CJ was unimpressed - he and I wandered down to view the needlework exhibits and he didn't mind one bit if Grandma took time to look!) We went to the Lincoln Children's Zoo. Heather just loves that place! We went to the park (more than once). It was generally a relaxing weekend.
Tom and I went to the Rockies game Wednesday night. Yeah Rockies!! (thanks Suzy for the tickets - we had a great time) The Rockies seem to be the cardiac kids lately - waiting until the 9th inning to win the game!
The trip to Mountain Meadow Wool in Buffalo next Friday is gaining some momentum. If you are interested in attending, please let me know by Monday so I can get the transportation arranged. We have made plans to eat lunch at a cafe in Buffalo and a lady from Pittsburg is going to be joining us there! It should be a lot of fun.

New in this week -
cross stitch -
At Home With Needlework - Sept 09
Trilogy - Halloween Tree - Spooky, Snowman Family - Sissy
Just Cross Stitch - 2009 ornament issue (the most anticipated magazine of the year - and it arrived yesterday)

needlepoint -
(yes, needlepoint)
Western themed needlepoint canvases and snowmen needlepoint canvases

yarn -
Interweave Knits Weekend
Inca Knits

That's about it for this week. The weather has cooled and it is time to start thinking about those Christmas gifts - you have only 90+ days to get them done!!

september 3

Surprise! A mid week post. I thought I should post all the new stuff before I leave for Lincoln in the morning.
Also wanted to make sure that everyone knows about our planned trip to Mountain Meadow Wool in Buffalo on September 18. We will leave here about 8 a.m. and return about 7 p.m. We will tour the processing plant in Buffalo. Cost will be determined by how many people go with us. Let me know by September 14 if you are interested in going. It should be fun!!

New this week -
cross stitch -
SamSarah Designs - Yikes!
Carolyn Manning Designs - Jepedo Fernfrond, Little Snowballz-Emmett
Kustom Krafts - Black in White, Golden Pier Gang, Catnap Santa, Holiday Stocking Kittens
Imaginating - Work of Heart, Little Things, Cat Duo, Dreamland Town, Jungle Baby
Cricket Collection - Open House, Autumn Aprons, The Great Pumpkin Conspiracy, Star Acorn
Val's Stitching Stuff - Halloween
Brittercup Designs - Britty Kitty Nov/Dec, Britty Kitty VII
Jeanette Douglas - Take Time to Scrapbook
Little House Needleworks - A Walk in the Park, Pumpkins 4-Sale
Glendon Place - Sleepy Hollow
Blackbird Designs - Tis Halloween

knitting -
Knitting Noro
Fairy Tale Knits
Prayer Shawls 2 (crochet)
Timeless Lace

That's about it for this week. Have a very safe holiday weekend!!

august 31

I have a really good excuse for not posting over the weekend - I was out of town. We left early Saturday morning and went to Tom's cabin in the Medicine Bow Forest. Cabin is a fairly loose term - the building is 12' x 15'. It was really fun though. All 3 of Tom's kids were there and we rode the 4 wheeler, ran the dogs and ate. The weather was beautiful. The kids left about 4 and Tom and I spent the night. Yesterday morning he had a guy from Rawlins come in and cut the dead trees down on the property. We stayed and watched him cut about 10 of them down before we left. It will look entirely different with all the trees down. The beetle kill is amazing. It is very sad that so many trees have died due to that little beetle. This was the first time (and probably last) I had been up there this year. It is so peaceful in the mountains. I really miss not being able to go more often.
I'm not sure if there will be a post next weekend or not. I am leaving early Friday morning and heading east to Lincoln to see the kids! Yeah - Grandma time!!
A few new things in this past week -
cross stitch -
Bent Creek - The Kitty Kitty (#4 in the Branch series)
Just Nan - Over the Top Spooky Tin, Counting Bats
Stoney Creek - Christmas Sampler, Santa Plate 09, 12 Days of Christmas, Halloween Tricks & Treats
Cross Stitch & Needlework - Nov 09

yarn -
Piecework - Sept/Oct 09
All About Crochet
Debbie Bliss Magazine - Fall/Winter 09

That's it for this week. Have a very safe holiday weekend.

august 22

It was another wild week here. A very dear old friend was in town and I got to go to a picnic in her honor on Wednesday evening. It was great to see her. Friday evening was Stitch N Pitch with the Colorado Rockies, so I closed early and went to the baseball game. We lost. The game wasn't great but it was lots of fun. I saw Dana, my very young yarn shop owner friend from Denver, and lots of folks that I only get to see every once in a while. Nancy and Lou (Tom's brother) went with me to the game. Lou's wife has alzheimer's and is in a nursing home. She is only 58. It is a very sad situation so it was kind of fun for Lou to get out. He is a big Rockies fan. He had a great time, so that is all that mattered.
I finished my project that I was all into last weekend and also got CJ's Christmas stocking stitched this week. I also started an afghan for my nephew's baby that is due in about 3 weeks.
Some fun new stuff in this week:
cross stitch -
John Clayton - Paso Doble, Argentine Tango, Bonnie Prince Charlie's Monument
Peter Underhill - Haggis Hunting Cat's Rule
Mirabilia - Shakespeare's Fairies
Prairie Schoolar - Fall Fields, Christmas Eve, Holly Days, Boo to You, 2009 Santa
Stoney Creek Magazine - October 2009
Lizzie Kate - Tiny Tidings XIV, I'll Get My Elves on That, It's a Jingle Out There, Sampling Christmas, You Can Touch the Dust, Christmas Double Flip-it RIST, Christmas Double Flip-it TMAS
new fabric - 14 ct jubilation, lugana blue dynasty, cashel blush

yarn -
Helen Hamann - 2010 Calendar
Baby Bunny - 8 colors
Dreambaby Shine - 5 colors

I think that's about it for this week. This month is winding down - hard as that seems. School is getting ready to start this week and it will be fall before we know it. Have a great week!!

august 17

OK - sorry about not posting over the weekend. No excuse, just lazy. Actually I am involved in a cross stitch project and just about can't put it down. Don't know why I am so possessed on this particular project, but I am. I acutally started this thing over a year ago - got 2 words stitched and then put it aside. I found it the other day and now I can't put it down. I have about 2 hours left on it to have it finished - it is amazing what happens when it isn't laying in a bag by my chair!!
The weather has turned - I heard this morning that we are about a month ahead of schedule with the weather - does that mean it will be snowing next week????? Tom did have snow at his cabin this weekend!
I sent out a newsletter on Friday. I know several people were having trouble with their email at that time, so if you didn't receive it, please let me know and I will resend it to you. I tried to resend to those it was returned from this morning so hopefully it went through the second time.
I am having trouble with my telephone. Since Friday afternoon I have had no phone service in the shop, so if you tried to call and got a busy signal I am not really on the phone. I called the phone company on Saturday and still this morning nothing. I will call again. It is very frustrating.
Not a lot new this past week.
cross stitch -
Just Cross Stitch - Sept/Oct 2009 (Halloween ornament issue)
Country Cottage Needleworks - Christmas Tree (#3 of 5 in the Winter Wonderland Series)

knit -
All New Homespun Handknit
Flat Feet - August sock of the month - think feathers & ferns!
Done Roving - Frolicking Feet (merino superwash), Tapping Tootsees (superwash & bamboo), Elegant Ewe (merino & silk)
That's about it for this week. Have a great week!!

August 8

Greetings! After spending almost every waking moment for the past week at the fair, I am almost ready for it to be over. One more day. It has been great fun spending the week at the fair. I have seen lots of customers (that havent't been in for a while) and many old friends that I haven't seen in ages. I really appreciate Cathy coming out and spending most of her week with me also. It has been a help just to have someone to talk to and to be able to leave the booth to go to the bathroom. THANKS CATHY!!!!
I also want to thank Lorelee for stepping in at the shop when Marsha got so ill this week. We wish Marsha a speedy recovery and we really hope they can figure out what is causing her intense pain really soon. The pain can be very wearing on a body.
New in the shop this week -
cross stitch -
Bent Creek - Under the Sea
Imaginating - Tea Time Sampler, Brighter Tomorrows, Wedding Heart, Wildflowers, Blushing Roses
Carolyn Manning Designs - Little Snowballz Dixie
Silver Lining - Tree Peony
SamSarah Designs - Need To Read, The Witch's Hat, The Witch's Broom
Val's Stitching Stuff - Autumn Days
Little House Needleworks - Mayflower Landing, Lavender's Blue
Country Cottage Needleworks - English Garden, The Cafe
Prairie Schooler - Must Be Santa (2009 Limited Edition)
Lavender Wings - Candy Cane Kisses
Brooke's Books - Hannah the Happy, Fiona the Fay

knitting -
Knitted Socks East & West
Toe Up
Pints & Purls
Knit One Bead Too
Summer on Blossom Street Knit A Long
Vogue Knitting - Fall 09
Interweave Knits - Fall 09

That's about it for this week. Summer is winding down. School is starting soon. Have you started planning your fall projects?????

August 1

Welcome to August!! How did it become August already? Didn't summer just start??
It has been a wild week. The shop hop has ended. It is always so great to see all the customers from Colorado come up to visit. (I just keep reminding them that they could come up more than once a year!) I helped with the Hofer funeral dinner yesterday. Such a needless tradegy. That little boy will be missed by his grandma. She loved him so much.
Had a bit of a problem yesterday when I went to change the tape in the cash register. The new tape REFUSED to go in. I had to do all the transactions by hand. Boy, did I miss electronics!!! I do have an extra cash register in the garage that I use when I do special events, so I will need to get it inside, get it dusted off, and get it programmed so I am ready to do business today.
Tomorrow I travel to Longmont to finish up the shop hop with the drawing for the grand prize, evaluate this years event and start planning for next year. Then, it's back to Cheyenne to start moving stuff out to the exhibition hall at the fairgrounds, which will be my home away from home for the next week. I am doing a booth out at the fair (and I have been assured that it is close to the open class needlework area), so stop by for a visit. I will have items for sale, I will be doing some demonstrations, and I will be doing some teaching. Bring your cross stitch or knitting or whatever and stop by for a chat and some time to work. Our Tuesday evening group will be meeting out there from 7 - 9 and everyone is encouraged to stop by for a visit.
Some new things this week -
cross stitch -
A Cross Stitch Christmas (hardback book)
yarn -
Tahki Stacy Charles - Modern Baby, Modern Romance
In the Summer Shade - (lace shawl pattern)
Knit Edgings and Trims
New Twists on Twined Knitting
Knits From the North Sea
Australian Knitting - Winter 09

That's about it for this week. See you at the fair!!

july 26

Wow, what a week this has been. It started with water. I have been having some water issues in my basement. The first time I noticed it was in June, right after I got home from Lincoln. Next to the shower it looked like my wall was "sliding". It kept getting worse. First it was just 1 place, then 2, then 3, then 4. Then I had water all over the laundry room and the furnace room. It just kept happening. Everyone blamed the toilet. I called the plumber. They couldn't come out for 5 days. More water everywhere. I finally put a notice on the bathroom door that it was "out of order". More water. Wasn't the toilet. Turns out the water faucet outside had sprung a leak and every time I watered outside, I was flooding inside. So much fun. It is now fixed and I am still in the process of drying out. Sure is a good thing we had so much rain in June that I didn't have to water outside much. I guess the problem was that I was gone so much in June I couldn't pin the problem down. It just kept getting worse each time I was gone and I didn't know where it was coming from. Problem solved though.
Suzy and I went to the Colorado Rockies baseball game on Monday evening. Great game. Had fun. Bad drive home. It starting RAINING just after we got to the car. Big rain. Lots of rain. We had to pull over twice because it was raining so hard we couldn't see the road. At one point I said "I hope you can see because I can't!) We got just north of Fort Collins and it STOPPED. Like a curtain. Rain/no rain. Weird.
I hope everyone had a great Frontier Days. At least the rain held off until the very end.
The cross stitch shop hop is winding down. Only 5 days left. If you are planning on doing any "hopping" you had better get hopping!!

New things in this week -

cross stitch -
Bent Creek - The Squirrel (part 3 of The Branch)
Imaginating - Old Fashioned HOme, Mom's Are Angels, Hearts of Home, Be Joyful Always
Carolyn Manning Designs - Periwinkle Fernfrond
Val's Stitching Stuff - Kitty's Changing Season
Nora Corbett - Letters From Nora P, Q, R
JBW Designs - Christmas Tree Collection I, Christmas Tree Collection II, Alphabet Pumpkin, The Sister Purse, My Shopping Hat, Wedding Pillow
Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly - Fall 09

knitting -
Frog Tree Yarn - Meriboo (blend of merino & bamboo), Brushed Suri (lace weight alpaca)
needle gauge pendants

That's about it for this week. Can you believe that it will be August this week? Where does the time go? I will be exhibiting at the fair from August 3 - 8, so catch me out there during that week. I will have some fun items and will be doing demonstrations and lessons.
P.S. Start thinking about Stitch N Pitch with the Colorado Rockies - August 21. Ticket information will be available soon!

july 18

Here I am again this week! I told you that I was going to try to back on a regular schedule and hopefully we have all the problems with the post disappearing behind us. Thanks again to all of you that told me of the problem and I'm sorry that I didn't believe you when you first told me. I am a little thick headed sometimes. It took the second person to tell me before I really looked into it. Please forgive me.
Frontier Days is upon us and the first parade is today. Please be careful driving around town with all the extra folks in town. (And please be pleasant to all the out-of-towners - we would like them to come back!) I am closing about an hour early each day this week so call if you are going to be coming by late - I will stay open for you if I know you are coming!
A few new things in since I did the last post -

cross stitch -
Country Cottage Needleworks - Skating Couple (#2 of 5 - Winter Wonderland Series)
new colors of linen - tropical orange and tropical green
new color of aida - nordic blue

knitting -
24 new colors of Fortissima sock
16" Addi lace knitting needles in sizes 0 - 9
really fun buttons
shwal pins

That's about it for this week. Yee haw!!

july 15

Well, hopefully this will work. I have 2 posts in the past 2 weeks and apparently they have not posted. I talked with the website guy and he seems to think that what ever was wrong is now fixed. So, I will attempt to let you know what has been going on over the past month.
Suzy and I went to Boise. We loaded up the rented cargo van on Tuesday morning and headed out. We stopped in Ogden, Utah and spent the night. While we were in Ogden we went to Shepherd's Bush and spent some time with Terri and Tina. We had dinner at the train depot and looked at all the old trains, including the one that carried the Olympic flame for the Winter Olympics that were held in Utah a few years ago.
We headed out the next morning for Boise and when we arrived at the hotel we were directed to the loading dock to unload the van. Someone would be "right down" to help us. Well, after 45 minutes of 100 degrees at the loading dock with the smoking area and the dumpster Suzy went looking for our contact person. Things kind of went down hill after that. My sales expectations were not met, but when you consider that attendance was down over 25%, I did really well. We did have some fun in the evenings with my mom, her cousin, and my sister that had driven over from Oregon to help me out. We had dinner at the Melting Pot and my mom actually climbed on the table to get to the chocolate! It was great fun. We incurred an exceptionally long day on the way back as we drove the entire way in one day. Gladys (the garmin) directed us the long way (but it was beautiful scenery!) so it was a 12 hours drive. Exhausted but glad to be home.
My kids came to visit over the 4th of July and even though I had told CJ not to grow when I left him in June, he hadn't listened. He is growing like a weed! Very handsome too! I had a long list for my son-in-law to do, so we spent most of the weekend working on my list. He actually got through the whole list, but I don't think it is going to take him 1 1/2 years to come back to visit! If he came more often the list wouldn't get as long. THANK YOU TOM!!! I really appreciate his hard work. The yard looks great!
Frontier Days is almost upon us and the shop hop is in full swing. I sent out a newsletter last week with lots of happenings in the shop, so if you didn't get it, please let me know and I will add you to the list.
The bead trunk show is still here and I will actually have it longer than I thought I would. I will probably be packing it up late next week. Tons of great stuff.
So, new in the past couple of weeks (the first missing post is just gone - sorry):
cross stitch -
Kustom Krafts - Holiday Penguin, Bald Eagle, Playful Leopards, White Light, Kitty Bench Warmers, Pansy Party, Finding Refuge, Sacred Sanctuary
M Designs - Angel of Joy Ornament, Angel of Love Ornament, Angel of Faith Ornament, Angel of Peace Ornament
Imaginating - Star Welcome, The Earth Laughs, Cottage Cat, Tweet Home, Dieting
Silver Lining - The Midnight Collection "Classic Pride"
Bent Creek - Uber Flag
SamSarah Designs - Summer Camp
Little House Needleworks - Two Roosters, Love One Another
Carolyn Manning Designs - Little Snowballz Catherine
Sue Hillis Designs - Santa's Magic Key, Pirate Queen, Santa's Christmas List
Mill Hill (Jim Shore) - Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas
Shepherd's Bush - Busy Bee, Remember, Thanks A Lot, Finch Song, and the snowman charm for the ornament magazine design

knitting -
Debbie Bliss - Baby & Toddler Knits
Knitscene - Fall 09
Mountain Meadow Wool - worsted & bulky weight in natural
Flat Feet - sock of the month - think sun and fun!

accessories -
sheep scissors holder
flower tape measure
pashmina shawls

I think that's about it for now. I will try to get back on a regular posting schedule. It was so hard when I was doing so much traveling. The new items that I had posted about in the July 6 post that disappeared, I cannot recreate, so you will just have to stop by the shop to check out what is new.
Have a great week. And Happy Frontier Days!!

june 19

I'm not sure where to begin on the story of the past 2 weeks. It has been an exhilarating couple of weeks! I spent 6 days in Columbus at the TNNA (The National Needlearts Association) summer trade show. I went to meetings, took classes, and spent money. (I'm really good at that!) I spent a lot of time networking (aka talking or bull....ing) with lots of people in the industry. In fact I spent so much time networking that I almost didn't get all my buying done. It was a very productive week in my world. It was good to get home, but I was exhausted. And now, I am getting things ready to leave again. On Tuesday, SuZy and I leave for Boise, ID to attend the Embroiderers' Guild of America Rocky Mountain Region annual seminar. I am taking things from the shop for a boutique. I spent a lot of time in Columbus finding new and wonderful things to take with me. This will be the 3rd time for doing the boutique and it is always a lot of fun. I get to see people that I only get to see every couple of years and renew friendships. It will also be great because my mom and sister will also be there helping me out in the boutique.
Tomorrow is World Wide Knit in Public Day and we are celebrating here at Ewe Count. We are meeting at the Starbucks on Central at 8, moving to the shop at 9:30 or so, and then maybe doing dinner. It's all about getting knitting out in the public.
Stuff that I ordered at market is already arriving in the shop and will continue to do so over the next couple of months. I extended some stuff out to arrive later in the summer so it wouldn't all be here at once.

So... new stuff in the past couple of weeks:

cross stitch -
Lizzie Kate - Sampling Halloween, Stitching Forever, Breakfast in Bed, Merry Christmas By the Letter: MERR and YCH
Mirabilia - Mediterranean Mermaid
Stoney Creek Magazine - August 09
Sekas & Co - Summer Log Cabin Quilt Square, Summer Fingertip Towels, A Cupcake Heart
Imaginating - Seasonal Cat Welcome, Summer Wedding, Another Day in Paradise, Flower Girls, Hearts Desire
Stitchy Kitty - The Hampster Did It, The Fish Did It
Bent Creek - Home, The Brown Dog
Carolyn Manning Designs - Bernard Berrybottom
Country Cottage - Mermaids, A Pirate's Life
Shepherd's Bush - Halloween Night, Scatter Kindness
Glendon Place - Web of Stash, A Bloom of Hope, Things That Go Bump, Goblins Ghosts & Ghoulies, Werewolves Witches & Warlocks, Bats Bugs Toads & Spiders

knitting -
Amigurumi Two
Knitting More Circles Around Socks
Berda Verena Knitting magazine - Summer 09
Mari Designs - Stripes & Chevrons Vest, Basketweave Hoodie
Knitting Pure & Simple - Bulky Asymmetric Cardigan
6 new colors of Cascade 220
the very best thing that I found at market ......
Mountain Meadows Wool made right here in Wyoming! Buffalo, Wyoming to be exact. In natural color only. How cool is that?

I hope you get a chance to stop by for Knit in Public Day. It should be lots of fun. We will work on our portion of the world's longest scarf, have some food and some great knitting.

There will be no post again next week since I will be out of town again (a reaccurring thing lately - but this is the last trip until September).
Have a great couple of weeks.
Happy Father's Day to you that are fathers.

june 6

Boy, do I wish I were where I was last week at this time. Holding a baby! I had a great time playing Grandma. I took Heather to the park and the movie. We had her first dance recital (cute!) and her family birthday party. And I held the baby. Oh, and did I mention that I held the baby? CJ is a very "handsome man". I decided that he couldn't be "cute" because he is a boy. I changed lots of diapers and, no, I didn't get peed on. He's a very good boy. I have pictures. Just ask!

I sent out a email newsletter earlier this week, if you did not get it, please let me know and I will add you to my list.

I am getting ready to leave again. I leave on Wednesday to attend TNNA summer market in Columbus, Ohio. Marsha will be in charge of the shop this week. If there is anything that you would like me to look for, please let me know by Tuesday.

New in the shop the past couple of weeks:

cross stitch -
Bent Creek - The Branch (the owl - 1st of 5)
Trilogy - Neighbor Ray, Kitchen Spots, Patriotic Tree-Truth
Shepherd's Bush - Land of the Free
Carolyn Manning - Little Snowballz-Alexander, Little Snowballz-Bart, 6 Snowman Pile Up
Imaginating - The Cottage, Faith is Not Seen, Where Your Story Begins, Mower Man
M Designs - Miss Mary Mac's Pins & Needles Sewing Roll
Little House - Colonial Women, Fresh Watermelon
Waxing Moon - Monthly Sampler-March, Monthly Sampler-April, Simply Primitive
Brittercup = Britty Kitty July/August, Britty Kitty September/October
SamSarah - Old Glory
Mill Hill - Greenland Santa, Capland Santa, Nunevut Santa, Buttons & Beads Winter Series (6 designs), Winter Charmed Ornaments (6 designs), Winter Holiday Magnets (6 designs)
Just Nan - Pinkeepers Garden, Sirens of the Sea

knitting -
Knitter's Magazine - Summer 09

That's about it for this week. There will be no post next week since I will be out of town. Have a great couple of weeks!

may 26

I hope that everyone had a great 3 day weekend. I really enjoyed my extra day off - I got the lawn mowed, flowers planted, house and shop cleaned, and lots of paperwork caught up. Really a day off!!
This is the start of my 5 weeks of hell. I am leaving on Thursday to go to Lincoln. I am itching to get my hands on that little baby (everyone is doing great!) and Heather has her first dance recital and we are celebrating her birthday (a little late). I get back on Tuesday. Just in time to have the traveling shawl here to get my 6 rows knitted (more about this later) and get the shop hop design stitched up. I leave again the following Wednesday (10th) for Columbus, Ohio for the TNNA market where I have meetings and classes and market. I get back on the 16th. Just in time to regroup and get things together to go to Boise, Idaho on the 23rd to set up a boutique for the Rocky Mountain Region Embroiderers' Guild annual seminar. I get back from that trip on the 29th. Just in time to have the shop hop start on July 1. It will be a schedule that will not be repeated. I will post when I am able.

New this week -

cross stitch -
Jim Shore - Eastern Santa, Western Santa, Northern Santa, Southern Santa
Shepherd's Bush - Be Happy
Peter Underhill - January Cat, February Cat, March Cat, April Cat, May Cat, June Cat, July Cat, August Cat, September Cat, October Cat, November Cat, December Cat
Erica Michaels - Amazing Grace
Calico Crossroads - Sweetheart, Yule (thaumatropes - spinning optical illusion paper toys)

knitting -

Feminine Knits
Tops and Toes
Knitted Lace Designs of Herbert Niebling
Socks From the Toe Up
Hiya Hiya - interchangeable needle set and 9" bamboo needles in sizes 4 - 9

That's it for this week. Have a great week. I'm going to play grandma!!!!!

BOY oh boy!!

I knew there was a reason I didn't do this post on Saturday!
This morning at 8:08 (ct) Charles James (CJ) Smith was born! We weighed in at 6 lbs 14 oz and was 19 1/2" long. Mom, Dad, sister Heather and baby are all doing fine. Now Grandma Penny just has to wait until next Thursday to see this fine little guy. (It's going to be a long 10 days!)

We seem to have beautiful weather and my lawn finally got mowed yesterday morning. I also got dirt in the hole in the front. Maybe in the coming week or so I will have time to get something planted in there now! I had better get it done soon so it has time to grow!

Not a lot new in the past week -

cross stitch -
Just Cross Stitch - July/Aug 09 - ornament preview issue
At Home with Needlework - May 09

knitting -
Flat Feet of the month for June/July - think patriotic!

And... the fair books are here! Stop by to get yours soon and start planning your fair entries.

Have a great week.

may 10

Happy Mother's Day!
OK - I am late again this week, but I have a good excuse this time! I spent yesterday in Laramie at the University of Wyoming graduation. Tom's daughter, Desiree, graduated with a degree in marketing and public relations. The really good news is that she already got a job! She starts tomorrow as the assistant manager of Maurice's in Laramie. Probably not her dream job, but a job none the less!
I sent out a newsletter earlier this week. If you did not receive and would like to get on the list for the newsletters, please send me an email and I will get you on the list.

new this week -

cross stitch -
Little House Needleworks - Bee Sampler, Alphabet Rhyme
Silver Lining - Torch of Freedom
Nora Corbett - Letters from Nora M, N, O
Kustom Krafts - Bella (black wolf), Puppy Santa, Garden Treasures, Here's Looking At You
Carolyn Manning - Little Snowballz Petey, Flakey Friends OOpsie
Bent Creek - So Happy, Uber Egg
Cricket Collection - French Pantry, Apron Strings, Carrot Cake, Wilde Rabbits
Imaginating - Wedding Prayer, Seashell Alphabet, Rejoice and Be Glad, Better With Love, Summer Roses, The Best Dirt
SamSarah Designs - Hit the Links
Cross Stitch & Needlework - July 09
Nouveau Encore Designs - Wyoming Tree, Nebraska Tree, Colorado Tree, Army Tree, Air Force Tree

knitting -
Classic Knits

That's about it for this week. No baby yet. We are less than 20 days from his due date and had lots of contractions on Friday. I'll keep you posted!

may 2 on the 4

Ok, I know this is late. No excuse. Just lazy. I had a bunch of things on my mind Saturday and couldn't get my head wrapped around any of them long enought to get anything done. I think it's better today. I hate days like that. It was kind of quiet in the shop and I had lots of things to do (still do!), but I just couldn't decide what I wanted to do. I started about 3 new projects, but it just wasn't what I wanted to do. I couldn't decide which project that was already in progress to work on. It was just a blah kind of day.

New in the shop this week -

cross stitch -
Calico Crossroads - Jack, Plenty (thaumatropes - spinning optical illusion paper toys)
Stoney Creek - Contemporary Expressions, Jingle Bell Snowman, Christmas Snowman, Happy Hearts Cats, Holly Table Settings
Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly - Summer 09

knitting -
Interweave Knits - Summer 09
Piecework - May/June 09
Knitters At Home (lots of afghans, pillows, etc from past Knitters Magazines)

That's about it for this week. Here's to hoping that I can get some things finished up and unclog my mind. There is so much coming up in the next couple of months that I really need to focus on.....

april 25

Oh what a difference a week makes! Or does it? It is snowing again this morning after we had 70 degrees this week. At least all the snow from last week melted into the ground and the grass, trees, and plants are very thankful for the moisture.
It was a pretty quiet week around here after all the excitement last week. No crazy people showed up that we had to call the police on at least!
We had a great group join us Friday afternoon to knit and stitch for a couple of hours. If you are free on Friday afternoons from 1 - 3 please stop by and join us.

New this week -

cross stitch -
Mirabilia - Circle of Friends
John Clayton - Anne Hathaway's Cottage
Nora Corbett - Lilac, Lily of the Valley
Just Nan - Over the Top Grow! Tin
Mill Hill Beads & Buttons - Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar, Pheasant Sampler, Fall Leaves, Opera House, Halloween Night
Mill Hill tiny treasured diamonds - in halloween this year!
Mill Hill autumn harvest magnets - 6 designs
from Daylight - Stitch Smart Stand and Accessory Pack (this is a wonderful new floor stand for stitching with light and pattern holder)

yarn -
Step from Austermann in 6 bright solid colors
Simple Stitches (oops sorry this one is already sold out!)

That's about it for this week. Have a great week and a great May Day!!

april 18

Ho! Ho! Ho! Oh, wait we just had the Easter Bunny. Where did all this snow come from???? It is so beautiful though and we really did need the moisture. It will be so messy though, about ...tomorrow or Wednesday (when it is 70!)
What a week it was around here. First of all, thanks to everyone that came to the Stimulus Sale on Wednesday. It was great fun. A huge thanks to Cathy and Marsha for providing all the goodies - if you missed it, you missed lemon bars, gingerbread, orange balls, chocolate cookies, brownies, upside down cake, and I'm sure I'm missing something else. They were all great. It was quite a day, ending with the police. Now the story... it was a little after 7 and Marsha was here at the shop. In came a couple of other customers and then, her. I had never seen her before. She stopped just inside the door and I gave my usual greeting. She said she had been by several times and just wanted to see what it was all about. Then, everything became beautiful. All the yarn was beautiful, I was beautiful, the finished things were beautiful, the customers were beautiful, I was beautiful, the yarn was beautiful, we were all sisters, I was beautiful (oh, did I already mention that?), we were all beautiful. She wandered around for a while, all the while talking to herself. Marsha offered her some goodies and after some time decided to fix her a plate and maybe that would get her out sooner. After her being here for 45 minutes, Marsha went into the office and called the police. We finally got her back to the front of the shop, where she sat with another customer and they discussed country music (or not!) When the police showed up, he asked her if she had a place to go for the evening (the Lord will provide). He finally got her out of the shop and then to the parking lot. It was after 9:00 when they finally left. (We heard later that she entertained the police for most of the night!) What excitement!!

New this week -
cross stitch -
Stoney Creek Magazine - June 09
new fabrics - 16 ct Jamaica Sunset, 32 ct opalescent shimmering romance, 28 ct opalescent cotton candy pink

yarn -
flat feet - May colors - animal prints
Knit Col - 3 new colors

That's about it for this week. Have a great week!!

april 11

Happy Easter! (Happy Passover to my Jewish friends!) We missed out on Palm Sunday services at my church last Sunday because of the snow, so we had Palm Wednesday services! I also attended a very meaningful Seder Supper on Thursday evening. It just gives us a reminder of why we are on this earth and the great sacrifices that have come before us.

What a difference a week makes! All that snow from last weekend is gone, we have had a little more moisture during the week and more to come tomorrow. The Easter egg hunts may be a washout. All this moisture will be very welcome for the grass and flowers.

Don't forget about the "Stimulus Sale" to take place on Wednesday, April 15 from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (extended hours!) At least 15% off everything in the shop, and yes that extends to phone in orders also. Some of the girls have planned refreshments for the evening, so stop by with your knitting or stitching and plan to spend some time (shopping and knitting/stitching!)

Did you see me on TV last night? It was a quick segment so if you blinked you probably missed it. Last Monday on the CBS Early show they showed a segment about how knitting was good to ward off dementia. The local TV station was contacted and they came out and did a piece on local knitting. Yeah us! If you want to see the whole Early show segment you can google "CBS Early Show Knitting for your health". It was a study done by the Mayo Clinic!

Also, I am participating in the online needlework show that runs from April 15 - April 20. You can log on to www.needleworkshow.com and view all the items. Contact me with the items that you would like and I will order them for you. This is like you getting to go to market!

New this week:

cross stitch -
Crossed Wing Collection - Dogs Day Out
Vickery Collection - Glastonbury Cross
Carolyn Manning - Pudge Fernfrond
Kustom Krafts - Golden Reflections, Raja, Throw Caution to the Wind, Legend of the Fall, Kitty on Porch, Dragonfly Fairy, Meowy Christmas, Kitties, Bath-time Puppies
Imaginating - The Smallest House, Bells Are Ringing, Go Confidently, Italian Blessing
Silver Lining - Perfect Pair
Glendon Place - The ABC's of Fall
M Designs - Checkered Bunnies, Miss Mary Mac's Pins & Needles Pincushion
Shepherd's Bush - Hide & Seek
Jeanette Crews - Tiny Dancers
Raise the Roof - Monthly Mockeries 2
SamSarah Designs - May Flowers
Little House Needleworks - Be True
Country Cottage Needleworks - Summer Retreats, Sunflower Inn

knitting -
Noro Book 4 - Jenny Watson Designs
Vogue Knitting - Spring/Summer 09

That's it for this week. Hope to see you all on the 15th!

Happy Easter!!

april 4

April Showers bring May Flowers. Wait, this isn't a shower - it's a BLIZZARD!! Oh well, we really need the moisture and I guess we have to take it any way we can get it.
I sent out a e-newsletter this week, so if you didn't get it in your in box, please let me know and I will send a copy to you. The most important news that you will need to know is about the Ewe Count Stimulus Sale - April 15 from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (open extended hours for this one day only!) Everything in the shop will be at least 15% off. Don't miss it!

New this week -

cross stitch -
Lizzie Kate - Double Flip-its Pumpkin/Fright, Brew/Monster, Ghost/Halloween (these are the last 3 of the Boo! Double Flip-its), Cinderella is Proof, It's A Boy Thing

knitting -
Reversible Knits
100 Flowers to Knit & Crochet
Mother-Daughter Knits (by Sally Mellville & her daughter - great book - I want to knit it all!)
Colorwork Stitches
Cat's Magical Markers (labeled A - F to help you keep track of things!)

I hope that everyone is warm and safe. I did not open today - I went out at 9:30 and shoveled the front steps and walk and by the time I was done, it was already drifted back in, so I have spent the day reorganizing and cleaning and trying to get some things caught up so I could have some time to do other things that need to be done.... it is never ending!!
Have a great week - it is Holy week.

march 28

What a wild weather week!! Blizzard/no blizzard, closed roads, snow, sunshine, closed schools. In all of this I did get to keep Jennifer and Heather for about 7 hours longer than they had planned due to the road being closed on Tuesday. We had a great visit. We had fun at Chuck E. Cheese on Sunday. I can't believe that the next time I will see them, I will have a new grandson.
There was not a lot of new stuff this week.

cross stitch -
Calico Crossroads - Finnigan Thaumatrope, Apples Thaumatrope

yarn -
Interweave Crochet - Spring 09 (OK - I'm not really in to crocheted sweaters, but I do have to do one out of this magazine!)
Sock Innovation - by Cookie A (quick - they are almost gone!)
Japanese Inspired Knits
Tofutsies - sock club color for April (the final sock club color!)

That's it for this week. Have a great week. We are supposed to have more snow the beginning of the week - welcome to springtime in the Rockies!!

march 21

Happy Spring!
I hope you have been enjoying this beautiful spring weather. I have had the doors open and the wonderful warm air has filled the shop. Now, they say all that is going to change. Go figure. It's way to early for it to stay this nice. We really need the moisture!
The Friday afternoon group is really getting off the ground. Yesterday we had 5 here. They really seem to be enjoying the time to get together during the day. I hope you will be able to join with us soon. We even had a small visitor to our group yesterday, with lots of pictures of Disneyland! Jennifer and Heather arrived here for a spring break visit just before everyone got here so everybody got to enjoy the pictures and autographs from Disneyland.
Don't forget about the yarns that are on sale. I need to clear some things out to make room to put the new things up. Sitting in boxes doesn't make it easy to sell!
New in this week -

cross stitch -
Peter Underhill - Tiddle's Lunchbox, Eeeny Meeny Miny Mo, Fin Eato
Valerie Pfeiffer - Winter Garland, Spring Garland, Topiary Rose
John Clayton - Worcester Cathedral, Georgiana, American Smooth, Viennese Waltz
Just Nan - Harmony Monogram Tin, Harmony Sampler (beautiful!)

knitting -
Knitters - Spring 09
Queensland Collection Book 10 - Jenny Watson Designs
flat feet - April sock yarn (think blue, pink, peach, lavender, green)

That's about it for this week. We are off to Chuck E Cheese in Fort Collins tomorrow after church. A special request by Heather!

march 14

Oh what a beautiful day! The weather is wonderful and only supposed to get better by the end of the week (the official start of spring!) I had a wonderful breakfast at church this morning. Our pastor and his wife cooked a Korean breakfast for the community. When I left, nearly 60 people had been served breakfast. It is a glorious day!
Some fun things happened around here this week. You all remember last summer when I got a new water line and all the fun that created. Well, about a month or so later the gutter and curb near the location of where they put the new water line in started to sink. I really didn't think too much about it, but it was hard to put my trash can out, because it kept sinking. About a month ago I noticed that a large chunk of the gutter had broken apart. I called the city and asked whose responsibility it was to fix the gutter. The homeowner. (I wasn't pleased with that answer.) I told them that the problem had started soon after the water department had fixed my water line. Call the water department I was told. So I did. They said they would send someone out to look at it. Wednesday I saw that they had come out and put some orange cones in the hole. Thursday morning (early!) they were back and took out the damaged gutter and curb. Thursday afternoon the city came out and filled the hole and built up the curb. Yeah! Sometimes it does pay to complain! There are still some barricades in front of the shop, so I'm not sure if they are really done or not. Time will tell.
There wasn't a lot of new items this week...

Just Cross Stitch - May/June 09
Sampler & Needlework Quarterly - Spring 09
Zweigart - Cats & Kittens
3 new colors of fabric

That's it for this week. I can hardly wait for the end of the week. Jennifer and Heather are coming to visit. I get to hear the whole story of the vacation and see that little pregnant belly!!
Have a great week!

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