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Summertime Swatching

Do the summer months have a hump day? A hump week? This morning I was checking a few dates on my calendar and I was shocked to see that we are already half way through the summer. I don’t know if this realization makes me sad that the warmest months are ticking away or thrilled because we are that much closer to real sweater (and boot!) weather!

This summer has been filled with planning new bases, working with designers, exploring and developing new colorways (yet to be unveiled!) and fine-tuning the workings within the new/old barn. We are tweaking the traffic flow, from dyeing to drying, and all the way through shipping your yarn to your front door. And, this careful examination has shown us that we needed to revert to the good ole’ US Postal Service for better delivery on many of your orders. While the larger orders will still ship via UPS the smaller orders (and please bear with us, Seth is still working on the grand plan) have begun to be shipped via the Post Office (without the stop over for Smart Post) which is why you are getting those packages faster. Win win I say!

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I spy some Oxford, Scholar, Snug, Bello Worsted, the new cotton/merino blend and….. I don’t want to give anything away, but in the swatch stack there are a couple of BRAND SPANKIN’ NEW BASES!!!

Just for fun, here is a photo of how I have been spending some of my at home after hours time this week. I have become a swatching fanatic. I decided that I needed to build a library of swatches on various needle sizes, block them, label them and fondle them! Now, when I am thinking about how I want to wear a sweater, a wrap, a hat, or any other knitted item, I can reach into my swatch library and feel the fabric. I cannot even begin to tell you how relaxing and rewarding swatching has become for me. Mashed potato knitting indeed.


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