Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Elegant Ewe Trunk Show - Yay!



Well, I didn't know what to expect for my last trunk show of the Winter. I had hopes, but didn't dare to hope TOO much. Every trunk show since December has been wonderful and profitable...so, I thought one of them was bound to be a little disappointing.

But, NO!



I have been the luckiest girl EVER and ended my Winter "tour" with a bang. Thanks to Denise (who got in touch with the lovely people at The Elegant Ewe), to Marci (who gave the go ahead for the whole thing) and to Kelly (who quickly organized, advertised and planned out the entire event - and who was so friendly and helpful to me the entire time) - because of them, this last trunk show was an overwhelming SUCCESS!!!

I not only sold 24 books (even had less to leave in the store than I thought I'd have! woo-hoo!), but enjoyed every moment of my time there.

The Persephone Beret class was so much fun - the ladies that I worked with were funny and welcoming and I had a good time watching their berets slowly progress through the class.



Here is another pic of me and the ladies -



I was grateful to everyone who bought a book at the shop that day and to some wonderful friends that came to visit (and most of them already own my book, so they just came to support me!) -

Tracy, Denise and Sarah (below is Sarah with her little boy, me and Denise) from the Concord Knitting Group



Hilary and Caroline from our ManchVegas Knitting Group



How luck I am!

Kelly even made homemade cookies (yuummmmmm!) and had coffee for everyone, too. I completely forgot to take a pic with her (like I also forgot at the Yarn Sellar with Patti), but I'm sure I'll be going back to the Elegant Ewe again and again and I can snag her for a pic then.

I also had some time to shop after the trunk show and I bought 2 bars of the most luscious smelling soap, another Wallaby pattern (which I keep losing) and a skein of local Alpaca/Cashmere sportweight yarn in a chocolately brown to make Ian gloves with. (The pattern I bought was designed by Kelly!)

All in all, another FANTASTIC day and then, I went off with my hubby for a romantic weekend in Boston. We took the local bus and a couple of T trains to our hotel, saw a Damon Wayans comedy show (awesome!), visited the Musuem of Fine Arts (we were there for over 3 hours and only saw a fraction of the stuff we wanted), watched an Omni Theatre show "Arabia" at the Boston Museum of Science, visted the Brattle Book Shop (and bought many books), and finally walked around Chinatown and sat in the Bamboo Garden.

Oh, life was good this weekend.

I also finally gave my mom her Fudge Swirl Cabled Mock Turtleneck sweater (it's her birthday this weekend!) and it fit her PERFECTLY!!! I was so happy. Here she is wearing it:



and from the back:



Happy Birthday, Mom!

Will be back on Monday or Tuesday for the next post of my NETA Spa weekend and my finished Lego Man knitted toy. Yayyyy!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Yarn and Fiber Co. Trunk Show!

A very belated post about my lovely trunk show at the store I work at, The Yarn and Fiber Co. and, because I'm headed out to work very soon, this will be brief but, hopefully, exciting! LOL : )

Here are the highlights of the day-

My trunk show set up - very nice, I thought:



Picture with the owners (and my bosses), Cyndi and Jerry:



Wonderful knitters and designers (!) buying my book:
(L-R: Joan of Jocre Arts design fame, me and the fantastically fun, Dendrea)



Books waiting to be bought - 17 total sold for the day...Yay!



My always loyal and thoughtful friends from knitting group:

(L-R: Amy, Heather, Me (ugh...horrible pic of me) and Rebecca)



(L-R): Amy, Chris, Ericka and Heather



The day went by quickly and it was nice to be in my familiar surroundings (and not have to work...he he) while knitting with friends. I loved seeing people buying my book and then being able to help them find yarn to make some of the projects from it. AWE-SOME!!!

And, one of the BEST parts of the day was when Jerry took my picture to model one of Joan's newest, gorgeous lace shawl designs: The Seashell Silk Shawl:



Please support Joan of Jocre Arts and Ivy Brambles by buying this pattern and the lace, 100% silk yarn to go with it. Beautiful!

Thanks, Cyndi and Jerry for a fantastic day!!!

BTW, you can order my book, Dreamscape from the Yarn and Fiber Co. website. Check it out HERE!

Visit me at The Elegant Ewe this Saturday 2/20/10!!

Hi Everyone!

I know I'm WAY behind in blogging about the great trunk show I had at the Yarn and Fiber Co. last Saturday (will be up sometime today!), but I wanted you to know that I'm having one LAST trunk show for the winter THIS Saturday at the Elegant Ewe in Concord, NH.

From 10 am-12 pm, I'll be teaching a Peresphone Beret class and then the trunk show will be from 12 -2 pm. Feel free to come earlier, though to check out my book and try on some the lovely samples I have of my designs. (I LOVE when knitters come to visit and try lots of things on!)

Hope to see you and please pass the word on!!

PS. I also finished a really cute knitted toy that I'll have to share in the next post, too. He's sooo cute!!!

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Visit me at Yarn and Fiber Company, Saturday 2/13!



Please visit me for my 5th trunk show (eeek!) at the Yarn and Fiber Company this Saturday, February 13th from 11 am to 3 pm!

I will have samples of all of my designs to try on and copies of my Dreamscape book to buy.

As always, if you buy a Dreamscape book from the store that day, you will receive a FREE PDF of Dreamscape as a gift from me.

I'd love to see you and please come to hang out and knit with me and my knitting group! It'll be a fun day and a great way to stay out of the freezing cold!

Hope to see you on Saturday! Happy Valentine's Day to all!

P.S. For those of you who came to the Yarn Sellar last Saturday and are waiting for your FREE pdf, don't worry. It's coming! I'd lost the page with all of your emails, but luckily I found it and I will email them out to you on Sunday or Monday at the latest. Thanks for being so patient!

Yarn Sellar Trunk Show -Yay!



I am SO lucky! Another fantastic trunk show at The Yarn Sellar for Dreamscape!

The day started off with a fun ride to York, Maine with my dear friend, Laurin - it was so relaxing and we laughed and laughed - even when we got lost (slightly) and couldn't find the yarn shop (which we've been to so many times-LOL!). We called out places that we wanted to visit on the way back home - like the When Pigs Fly bakery (yummy - I bought chocolate bread, 4 seed bread, sourdough and oat & honey, plus balsamic vinagrette and jellies) and Yummies candy store (omg - floor to ceiling candy - 10,000 pounds in the store!).



The fantastic and thoughtful, Julie, had opened the store early and had hot coffee, tons of water bottles, and sweet smelling munchkins ready for us. In a flash, we'd set up the trunk show on the table and the appendages (lol) and I was set to go!



Within 1 hour or so, I'd already sold 10 books! Wowza!

Not only did I have the BEST time meeting knitters (some of who came just to see ME! I just can't believe it...) and seeing them try on hats, scarves, shawls and mitts, but it was just so much fun sitting there and KNITTING. Laurin and I sat at the table and chat, knit and relaxed. Totally wonderful.


(A lovely Amanda Hat wearing knitter and me.)

There was one awesome knitter who came to see me, Amanda, who brought her family with her - and her beautiful teenage daughter (whose name I should I have asked) looked AMAZING in every single hat on the table. It was one of the best times of the day seeing her try things on and look fab-u-lous! She had her mom pick out yarn for every hat in my book! If only I'd gotten better pictures of her.....I did get a pic of her and her family at the table, though: (she's the one on the very left with the burgandy Amanda Hat on)



Some of my close knitting friends came to see me, too - Kerrie-Ann, Jackie, and Lora. Oh, it makes me feel incredibly special when friends are so supportive of me and my book. I love you guys!!!


(L-R: Kerrie-Ann, Jackie, Me)

All in all, another totally successful and super fun day - I sold 24 books by the end of the day. Laurin and I went shopping after the trunk show and out to dinner for yummy hamburgers at a restaurant on the way home. I got to finish the very last square to Ben's Log Cabin blanket. I'm sewing it up now. Yay!

I want to thank Patti and Roger (to whom I send many loving thoughts and hugs), Julie and Martha for all that they did for me for my trunk show - I can't tell how much it meant to me and you are all so wonderful. Thank you!!!!!

And, before I go, a pic of my mom's finished Fudge Swirl Cabled Mock Turtleneck - it's a birthday gift and I hope she likes it!!



And, also, on me:



What do you think?

Happy Knitting!!! ; )

Friday, February 05, 2010

Trunk Show at the YARN SELLAR this Saturday!!!

Hey everyone!



Just a reminder that I'll be at the Yarn Sellar this Saturday for another "Sleepy Eyes Knits: Dreamscape" Trunk show and book signing. I'm happy to say that I will be there from 10 am - 4 pm (all day!!!) if you'd like to visit, shop and come to sit and knit with me. It's a wonderful store with such friendly and fun people - totally worth the trip....plus you get to see meeeee! LOL!

Almost every weekend this month I have a show, so if you miss this one, the other two are here in New Hampshire (at the Yarn and Fiber Co. in Derry- 13th and Elegant Ewe in Concord - 20th)

Lately, I've been knitting my heart out on little Ben's Log Cabin Square blanket-which is totally, wonderfully quick, fun AND addictive. I'm on number 15/16 of the squares I'm making and I think it may be finished by the end of this month. Woo-hoo!

Here is the current pic of it (with only 13 squares of Noro Kureyon on size US 8 needle):



I looooooove it!

Still working on my October Frost Cardigan, too...but it's hard to work on that at group, since each row has at least 3 different cable charts. It's coming out beautifully, but slowly.

As always, if you're interested, you can buy a PDF of my Dreamscape book on Ravelry and also on my Etsy shop -where you can buy the actual book (with free stitch marker!) as well. If you're able to come to any of the trunk shows before the end of the month, you will receive a FREE pdf with every Dreamscape book purchase. Do it now before it ends!!! (he he)

Have a wonderful weekend and, in the next post, I will show finished pics of my mom's Fudge Swirl Cabled Mock Turtleneck sweater!

Byyyyeee!