A Girl's Gotta Knit

A blog about opening A Swell Yarn Shop, knitting and the rest of the stuff that makes life fun :)

Thursday, March 31, 2005

I finished my first sock!!!! There were a few moments when I didn't think I was gonna make it, but this site http://www.royea.net/sockdemo1.html helped me through!!! The greatest part: it actually looks like a sock. That's always a great bonus when making something for the first time :p

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Happy Dance Time!!!

I am very excited to say that Amy of http://www.quixoticpixels.com/ is willing to take on the building of my website. Not only have I heard that she is a very talented designer, I am also very lucky to be working with someone who is a knitter and already understands yarn.
Thank you Amy, I am looking forward to working with you! :)

Monday, March 28, 2005

Skirt's Done!!! Now to find the pretty slip to wear underneath it!

Saturday, March 26, 2005

The yarn is here and the shelves are ful! Time for an Open House :) I will keep you posted!

I am starting my first pair of socks! I am a little nervous- I must admit. Eyelet sweaters don't intimidate me, learing to crochet to be able to make an entire afghan as a first project seems like a fun challenge, but turning a heel... I am biting my nails just thinking about it!

Well, after getting lost in UPS-land, arriving completely damaged, and being replaces my shelf is finally here!!! I must add, if every you need a shelf, definitely order it from Office Depot, their delivers are next day and when something gets damaged they have the most amazing customer service!!! They even gave me a discount for my troubles. How great is that!!!

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Here is my unofficial logo for now. Though it is nothing fancy, it is LEAPS and BOUNDS better than that hideous caricature (which I was refunded my money for-thank goodness).

The Count Down Begins

Well, it's 6 days to the date I planned to have a fully operational website. I don't have an official logo, how to accept credit cards and use paypal is still to be determined, a basic layout has yet to be created, and I gotta say I am on the verge of Worries-ville!!! The Eastside Stitchers had reassuring words last night and confidence in the web skills of a fellow knitter. Keep your fingers crossed for me that this website will come together soon!! :)
On the up-side, my living room is FULL of yarn!!!! Fancy stuff, normal stuff, bright stuff, varigated stuff, cottons, mohairs, wools and color cards. How can any knitter be unhappy when they are surrounded by yarn?!!!

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

More Yarn Just Arrived!!! My next shipment of yarn just arrived- my oh my, what fun!!! I am still waiting for the shelving to arrive, then each little ball of yarn will be neatly displayed. I am thinking a Knitting Open House will be in order once everything gets organized...

Monday, March 21, 2005

We had big camping and clam digging plans for this past weekend, until the weather suddenly changed and gave us a little bit of some much needed rain. Needless to say, camping was bumped and we headed to Friday Harbor instead. I had to check out the local yarn shop-of course. After browsing the great selection of fancy yarns, I let the sales gal know I was searching for yarn for a sweater for my dog- the dog bond was instantly made. She promptly pointed out yarn she had used for her doggy's sweaters, asked what color my doggy was and we searched together for the perfect doggy sweater yarn. While purchasing the yarn, we exchanged pictures of our doggy babies! It's so great to meet a fellow dog lover :)

Friday, March 18, 2005

It has been a week of bumps in the road and successful recoveries. The caricature idea has been scrapped and a new logo is in the works- I am feeling good about it. The yarn picture colors were so far off that I couldn't determine blue from green, but Erik helped set up a 'Yarn Studio' and the pictures turned out GREAT! Erik also generously put together two of the shelves to organize the yarn while I was at Wednesday's knitting group. The third shelf got lost in UPS land and arrived yesterday completely destroyed-now I get to go through the claims process. All in all I very pleased with how the rough spots got taken care of. Big, HUGE thanks to Erik and Brian this week for helping with those rough spots!!!!

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

My web builder had the great idea of using my face somehow in the logo. I wasn't completely comfortable with the idea of my face on the World Wide Web-so I ordered a caricature. After an week and a half this HORRIBLE thing arrived in my e-mail box. So we are back as square one for the logo. Though my web builder said I still sound remarkabley peppy even when I am angry- I think he sensed my frustration and enthusiastically said he was going to get to work on some other options for the logo! Anyone have any ideas for me?

Here are the proofs from the first bunch of yarn photos. Now to label each one with the name, color #, fiber content and guage. I am not sure I am happy with how the pictures turned out, but the web-guy insists they are gonna work great. We will see!!

The Yarns Modeling Debut. With the web builder sick, I set up a little yarn modeling studio right in my kitchen. Here is a shot of the Kid Seta being goofy and piling up on top of eachother :)

Monday, March 14, 2005

What a healthy weekend

I think this weekend was the healthiest weekend I have every had. First the night hike at Rattlesnake Lake, then I went to my first vegetarian restaraunt, then went to Veg-Fest at Seattle Center.
The Teapot is a new vegetarian restaraunt on 24th and 152nd in Bellevue/Redmond. Though the appetizers looked like fried shower drains (they were asian fries and pretty dang good) and the tofu in my dinner took a bit of getting used to, I would recommend The Teapot because they had soooooo much to choose from, their desserts looked delicious, and they had a live music.
The Veg-Fest was pretty interesting. I set aside my fear of tofu for the day and tried lots of samples of some of the funkiest looking stuff. The most interesting were the dried gluten flakes that I think were supposed to taste like beef-they tasted more like a mushroom. The grossest was a tofu sausage dog!!! The best was a meat-free chicken nugget. If I hadn't know before hand that it was meatless, I never would have known the difference.
All in all I am pretty impressed I spent the weekend being so healthy and it wasn't as challenging as I thought it would be :)

This is Erik and Me at a peak of Rattlesnake Lake ridge (I hope that's accurate) on our Night Hike. I learned I am a bit afraid of heights when it's pitch black out and I can't see what's below! :)

Between checking in my first yarn order and getting the computer set up with DSL, I went for my first Night Hike. Other than being ultra aware of every little sound it was pretty cool!!

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Though I don't have much time to knit these days, I can't help but plan my future projects. This one from the new Rowan magazine just makes my mouth water!!

No time to knit?!

I have found myself very short on knitting time-but here are a couple projects I pick up when I find an extra half hour in my day. Thank goodness for my knitting group- time each week that is completely devoted to knitting (or crocheting in this case)

A Lime Green Crochet Skirt... I think it will be pretty cute with a bright pink slip under it!

My on-going afghan- just 250 more solid pink squares to go :)

Friday, March 11, 2005

First yarn order has arrived

Got Yarn!!!!

The first order has arrived!!!! I HAVE YARN!!! Bright colors, neutral colors, cotton blends, wool blends, mohair with silk, novelty with bobbles, fixation in varigated, and 220 galore! My Oh My. And that's just the first order! There is more on it's way :)
Now my job for the weekend is to find some shelving to organize and display the yarn and meet with the web guy to get the pictures on the website.

My headquarters

Out of the Stone Age

As the website gets closer to being posted, I knew it was time to get ready to maintain the website at home. This meant I had to get take a leap out of the stone age and into the new milenium- that's right, I needed a phone line at home and a new computer that could actually have DSL hooked up to it.
So I got a new computer that does all the super snazzy stuff at super high speeds, with ports, plug-ins, burners and connector do-hickeys right on the front of the computer. I even splurged and got a flat screen monitor. WooHoo! Then I splurged a little more and got a nifty cabinet where it all hides away neatly when I am not using it.
Then for the really exciting stuff...getting ready for DSL. The phone line has been turned on and I can't begin to express how great it was to hear an actual dial tone on a real phone!!! It has been years since I had a home phone line!!! Aaaahh the simple pleasures in life.


Yay me! I got a picture posted! OOooohhh this is going to be so fun :)

Me and Guppy

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Wow- My very own Blog

Holey Moley- I am actually making my first post on a blog and it wasn't as confusing as I thought it would be. Next is to try posting pictures. If all that goes well then that's when the fun will begin :) at least for me :P