We love small business and and not just because we’re one.  Supporting small businesses gives you a wonderful opportunity to reinvest your money directly into the local economy. Most local business owners work to also support other local businesses and community activities, so by helping a local business you’re “paying it forward” so to speak. I find local businesses around Salem to be extremely knowledgeable about their product and offer an experience I don’t get in other environments.

American Express is working to help small businesses too this holiday season. Use your AMEX card on Saturday, November 26 at any small business/local shop and AMEX will give you a $25 statement credit (that’s FREE money!) Register your card and read details HERE: facebook.com/SmallBusinessSaturday and https://sync.americanexpress.com/sbs2011

So join our collective effort to support those small businesses that you love and maybe a few new ones that you’ve always wanted to check out.

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Oct24 2011

Tuxedo sweater?

With the holidays right around the corner (ok still two months away, but I am a serious celebrator) I always try to think of small projects that will bring joy to the receiver. Well who would be more grateful of a hand knit sweater than a penguin?
penguin_jumpers

Which inspires me to knit this, for no one in particular…

Tiny Tux

Tiny Tux

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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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Apr23 2011

Happy Easter

Who doesn’t love bunnies.

Seriously cute bunny sweater.

Seriously cute bunny sweater.

This is actually a hare but it's awesome.

This is actually a hare but it's awesome.

For your Easter morning web surfing here are some adorable bunnies (or hares) from my Pinterest feed.

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Mar25 2011

Awesome.

Designed by Ogilvy and Mather, Frankfurt for Rellana Hair Yarn

Designed by Ogilvy and Mather, Frankfurt for Rellana Hair Yarn

You won’t see this yarn in the shop any time soon, but the packaging is soooo awesome, I couldn’t resist sharing it.

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It might be gray and dreary outside still, but we’re celebrating color at Seed Stitch.

Oscar runway worthy?

Oscar runway worthy?

Inspired by the Yarn Crawl colors, we’re boosting the already overwhelming color in the shop to give you some color-filled energy.

Hoping this starts your day off with a smile.

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Oh how I love you Swans Island.  If you’re not familiar, Swans Island is an amazing company that has made amazing Maine-made blankets from the wool of sheep reared on an island in Maine.  They are truly stunning.  They recently ventured into the hand knitting yarn world and our first shipment has just arrived.

I’ve already started dreaming of what I’ll make.  I think I’m going to whip up an Urbana by Stephen West.

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Some of you may know that I spearheaded the effort to organize a Yarn Crawl of the shops on the North Shore of Boston.  Despite torrential rains last year it was a HUGE success.  Crawlers had so much fun and so did the shops!

So we’re at it again.

Planning is in full swing, shops are getting ready, I’m working on vendor donations for prizes and soo sooo much more.  This year we’re planning on many enhancements based on the wonderful comments from our recent survey.  So stay tuned for updates as we get closer to the date.  Sign up for email updates.

If you’re not from the New England area, it’s a perfect opportunity to come and visit us.  We’ll be posting great places to stay, eat and enjoy for folks who might not be local.  If you’re crawling, you can also place a badge, showing your support on your website.

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You’re, probably wondering where the heck is she? Where is that pattern for those cute sparkly mitts, where’s our inspiration, updates about new yarn, etc.  I swore I wouldn’t apologize for being a bad blogger because I have so much going on and there is only so much one woman can do. However, I’ve totally been neglecting A Yarn Tale.

Pretty much since turkey day, someone in our family has been sick, which has totally consumed us. Then as some of you may know, I still spend part of my life in the high flying world of business consulting, which has been equally demanding these days.

I promise you, there has been tons going on in the SSFY yarn world. Lots of new yarns, patterns, buying for the Spring and so much more.  Working to get back into the swing of things. Had a nice sit down family dinner tonight, soup stock cooking on the stove and looking through patterns for a new sweater for Mazie and working on a hat for Robbie with Misti Alpaca Chunky Handpaints.

Ooh and did I mention, that I’m working to plan Yarn Crawl 2011? oooh yes, it’s back and it will be even more exciting than last year! Sign up for updates.

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I’m reminded of a great Shel Silverstein poem today.

Skeletons, spirits and haunts,

Skeletons, spirits and haunts.

It’s a Halloween sale:

A nickel a pail

For skeletons, spirits and haunts.

Skeletons, spirits and haunts,

More than most anyone wants.

Will you pay for a shock,

‘Cause we’re quite overstocked

On skeletons, spirits and haunts.

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