I have to go. If you’re from the land down under or going to visit, hit up a place called Portman’s to see this amazing window display. Nikki Gabriel, a blogger, snapped this pic of their latest window display and it’s taken Pinterest by storm.

Portmans Window display

Portman's Window display

This has my creative juices going for a window display at the shop. Hmm whatcha think?

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Carey Grant

Carey Grant

Russel Crowe

Russel Crowe

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A little stylish knitting eye candy for your day.

Doris Day

Doris Day

Sophia Loren

Katherine Hepburn

Katherine Hepburn

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I’ve never met a yarn I didn’t like from Blue Sky Alpacas. Techno their latest creation debuting this Fall does not disappoint.  It’s a marvel to work with and I’m sure to wear, but I haven’t whipped it up into a garment yet. I could however snuggle with our swatch for hours.

technoscale

Techno is a “fish net stocking” of silk with beautiful baby alpaca and wool blown in. Why is this wonderful? Well it gives you a light weight, but warm finished piece at a bigger gauge. Ooh soft and snuggly and a quick knit or crochet. Awesome.

Each skein has 120 yard works up at 3-5 sts per inch on a size 10.5 needle.

We picked up all the colors and all the patterns this season.

Graphic Pullover

Graphic Pullover

Come by and swish it or check out the colors on the yarns posted on our site.

Thea's Pullover

Thea's Pullover

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Did you know that one of the things that New England marine life is known for are our vibrant red colors in the aquatic life?  It’s true.  You may stumble upon a sand dollar on the beach and it’s white it’s because its been bleached out by the sun.  When our sand dollars are alive, they are a lovely rusty red color.

Image courtesy of Steve Borichevsky of Shooting my Universe

Image courtesy of Steve Borichevsky of Shooting my Universe

Found this beautiful photo of a sand dollar from Shooting my Universe.  What about whipping up a few sand dollars in a fuzzy red yarn for our marine exhibit?  Found this cute pattern below on Ravelry.  It’s knit with a worsted weight yarn to make a washcloth but if you worked it up in a sport or sock yarn on appropriate needles you’d have real sand dollar sized goodies!

Free pattern from Maryann Walsh

Free pattern from Maryann Walsh

Click here to download the pattern

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As my mom would say, “Can you stand it?!!” No I can not stand how cute these crochet Quahogs (pronounced ‘ko-hog’ for all of you that are not from ’round here) turned out. They are another part that will go into our Seed Stitch Sound:community art project celebrating New England Marine life.

Quahogs anyone?

Quahogs anyone?

I didn’t use a pattern for these, just free from single and double crochets where I increased to make the shells and then via single crochet increases and decreases to make the Quahog bellies. I almost want to eat them!

To keep your creative juices going, I’ll be posting projects a they are created and patterns for you. Stay tuned!

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I’m kind of obsessed with Pinterest these days. Have you discovered this world yet?

These are some of my boards

These are some of my boards

Pinterest is kind of like a big cork board online where you can “pin” various photos from sites you visit and categorize them into topic areas.  I find it to be an amazing source of inspiration for me and a way to go back and remember where I saw something, etc.

Here's a quick peek at my knitting and crochet inspiration board

Here's a quick peek at my knitting and crochet inspiration board


Warning: it is super addictive!

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Ok I’m super excited that I’ve finished the first of a school of “minnows” for our Seed Stitch Sound project.   The pics are not great so forgive me but I just had to share them.  Hopefully it will get you all as excited as I am to start crafting all sorts of New England Marine-y things for our community exhibit.

Crochet minnow

Crochet minnow

Knit minnow

Knit minnow


These are both made from cut up Crosby’s grocery bags. They were both just sort of free form knit and crochet to make the shape as I went. I love the way the bits of red and blue writing on the bags add to the scaley color of these minnows. I’m thinking I’ll make a whole school and have them swimming through some eel grass once we assemble the exhibit in September.
PS Happy first day of Summer!

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We’re sooooo excited to announce we’ll be hosting a free concert for kids 2-7 at the shop with one of our very favorites, Debbie and Friends!!!!!!!!!!!!

Debbie is a big favorite around these parts and we’re so happy to share her music with all of our Salem friends. The concert will be held Sunday August 7th, starting 10:30 AM.  It will be a great opportunity share some fun music with your kids.

Debbie Cavalier of Debbie and Friends

Be sure to tell all your friends.  We can’t wait!  If you plan on coming, it will be a free event, but please give us a call to let us know you might be coming so we can be sure to plan ahead for the kids!

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Ok gang, I’m super excited about this group project that I’m organizing. I’m sure many of you have seen and been totally inspired by Margaret Wilhielm’s crochet hyperbolic coral reef projects. Well me too, but we don’t live in a place that is known for it’s coral reefs. Being a New Englander through and through and a die hard beach, ocean, shore, sand and sail kind of gal, I’m putting my own twist on it.

Muscle Shells

Muscle Shells

In September we will be constructing an underwater environment inspired by New England Waters, sort of like The Seed Stitch Sound. We’ll be creating many of the elements that will go into this shop exhibit but we’d like to involve all of you. So put your thinking caps on to see how you can manipulate fiber to create some wonderfully New England underwater gems. Think eel grass, jelly fish, lobsters (uncooked of course), felted rocks, cod, minnows, periwinkles, spider crabs, etc. We’d like to try to stay true to marine life of our area, but of course we always welcome a bit of creative license around these parts.

Cod Fish

Cod Fish

We’d like to have all submissions as of September 1st. We’ll be posting an inspiration board in the shop in the coming weeks. As well to really make this a community event, we’ll be hosting a lecture series throughout September, every Friday night, with different local experts talking about some super cool marine focused topics. Schedule in the works but this series is not to be missed and open to non-fiberholics too so please spread the word to all your other eco-conscious NE friends.

Eeegrass

Eeegrass

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