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My city is not so good….

I live in Memphis, TN.  I was born here and have lived here most of my life.   Forbes Magazine came out with a list of the 10 worst cities to live in.  Well guess what?  Memphis is No. 2.  I’m rather disappointed and feel cheated.  We should have been No. 1.  High sales tax, bad thing.  No state tax, good thing.  Mayor being investigated by the FBI, bad thing.  Apathetic building department employees, bad thing.  Oops!  That wasn’t on the list.  I added that one myself, because it’s something I’m personally involved with.  DB went to the building department today to pull a permit to renovate a really cool building downtown (a very good deed).  The ladies at the building department were too wrapped up in their personal conversations with each other to even TAKE HIS MONEY!  What’s that about?  Oh, and another thing….my recycling didn’t get picked up two weeks in a row.  Yes, I called them until they came to get it.  I think the comment, “My neighbors’ were picked up, and mine wasn’t.  It looks like I was singled out” is what got them on the ball.  I’m not the least bit offended by the Forbes list, because I know it’s all true.  Enough of the ranting….

I’m almost finished with the Twisted Sisters Kimono, have started a coat project for Michele Orne, have to knit two pairs of wristwarmers for a friend’s mom, and have to finish two custom peace sign hats by tomorrow afternoon.  I’ve risen at 5:30 a.m. two days in a row and still feel pretty good!  It’s a good thing I enjoy knitting!  Really, it does get me out of bed fairly easily, I’m so addicted.

The Debbie Bliss Magazine is running out the door.  I have plenty more, but don’t wait too long!  I’m still kitting the designs.  Click here to see what I’ve kitted so far.  As I always say, “Remember, I kit them at 10% off!”  The pink links are the active ones.  I think I only have (2) so far.

I’m very excited about something.  Someone has contacted the yarn studio for a couple of custom painted needlepoint ring cushions for two weddings.  I hope this is the beginning of something profitable for my friend Beth (she’s the one who paints them).  The wonderful needlepointer who ordered them has agreed to send me photos of the finished projects for me to show off.  I can’t wait to see them!  Please remember that I sell custom needlepoint canvases on the website, along with Stirling Leather bags that accommodate needlepoint canvases.

Crawlspace Vent in Compiegne, France

Crawlspace Vent in Compiegne, France

This is a photo I took in Compiegne, France a couple of years ago when I went to meet my nephew, Gigi (that’s his nickname).  I learned how to do the neat edging in the photo today.  I’m thinking about creating a line of postcards to try on etsy, again to try to make up for the 10% pay cut at work.  I believe my brother and boyfriend thought I’d lost my mind when I started taking pictures of architectural elements such as this vent as soon as I got out of the car.  I was just thinking ahead!  As soon as I get the printing worked out, I’ll post a link here to the etsy page.

I got an email from a reader last week that made me feel very good about the blog.  This is what she said:  “Just wanted to thank you for all the great information!”  Isn’t that NICE!!!  After that, I didn’t need the hot spiced cider I was thinking about making!!!

Knit on!

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February 19, 2009 at 5:46 pm Leave a comment

Bye bye Misti Alpaca, bye bye!!!

Misti Alpaca hasn’t been doing too well on the site, so I’ve decided that I’m not going to grow that line anymore.  It did very well last Winter, but isn’t doing too well this Winter.  Here is a link to what’s left in stock:
http://www.yarnstudio.com/MistiInternationalBabyAlpacaChunky.html

I forgot to tell you guys about my trip to TNNA in Nashvegas!  The show was originally a needlepoint show, and has been purchased by the TNNA (The National Needlearts Association).  SO, it is sort of skewed toward needlepointers and cross-stitchers, not knitters.  However, I was able to take a digital photography course that would better equip me to give you guys a better yarn website.  The class was a little advanced for me (i.e.  when he said F-stop, my stomach lurched).  I was able to glean enough newfound knowledge to improve my webmaster performance.  I’ll let you be the judge.  The show was set up differently than the usual TNNA show (usually in a convention center with rows upon rows of beautiful yarn and needlepoint).  In this show each vendor had a hotel suite.  They set up their wares in the “living room” part of the suite, and lived in the bedroom part of the suite.  It was a little unusual.  I didn’t stay for the actual show.  I just took my class, hung out with my friend Dana H. of Stirling (she sells the beautiful leather knitting bags that I use/sell) and had some good food.

I love Nashville.  It seems more fashion forward than Memphis, and somewhat hipper.  Is it because I’ve lived in Memphis so long?  Maybe.  Maybe Vanderbilt attracts creative juices that create fun coffee shops such as Fido.  I had the most delicious “Veggie Scramble.”  I’m not normally drawn to vegetables at breakfast, but meat.  However, I ignored the meat because the veggie scramble called to me.  After breakfast I headed over to Trader Joe’s.  I’d never seen or shopped one before, and I’ve heard my friends Gretchen and Laura rave about Trader Joe’s.  So, on my way to BLISS YARNS in Brentwood, I stopped at Trader Joe’s.  I bought some things that I thought would keep in the car on my 3 hour trip home:  eggs, salami, granola, and wild rice.

Now on to the important stuff.  YARN.  I was prepared to purchase enough Malabrigo to knit a sweater from Bliss Yarns.  I had done my research and knew what yarns they carried.  When I got there, I discovered that they had been neglected by Malabrigo Yarns and only had about 10 assorted skeins.  I just bought a couple for some of my new Peace Hats.  I hit the sock yarns hard.  I remember buying (2) skeins of Araucania Ranco (colors that I don’t have in stock at this time), (2) skeins of Cascade 220 in some heathers, and a couple of skeins of Lorna’s Laces Worsted, also for the Peace Hats.  I’m EXTREMELY happy with my purchases, but just a little sad about the lack o’ Malabrigo Worsted.  I strongly suggest that you visit Bliss Yarns in Brentwood, TN if you’re ever close by.  The staff was exceptional.  Hell, I thought those girls owned the shop.  They knew their stuff and carried themselves with an air of ownership I have never seen in an employee of any type.  It was refreshing.

Back to Debbie Bliss for a second, before I quit writing….I’m going to kit this now.  If you’re in a hurry for me to kit something else first, just leave me a comment on the blog and I’ll get to it!

18 Tab Button Jacket

18 Tab Button Jacket

Keep on knittin’ baby!

February 11, 2009 at 10:14 am Leave a comment

Should I, or should I not???

When I had the Modern Quilt Wrap kits on the website (and advertised them in Interweave Knits) it was a near “customer service” disaster. Those of you who ordered the kits understand. Some of the colors in the kit were discontinued, all the colors didn’t come in at once when they were shipped to me, etc. It was a great source of anxiety for me. Now I’m faced with a new challenge. The KAFFE FASSETT SQUARES SCARF. (From the Vogue Knitting Winter 2008/09 issue)  I’ve kitted it on the website.  HOWEVER, all the colors aren’t in stock yet! I have 14 colors in stock, and am waiting for the last 6. Am I really going to do this again??? I don’t want to confuse myself again with having to keep up with “who has partial kits?”, “who’s waiting for Jelly?”, etc. I’ll just do this: Go ahead and order your kit. This will put you in line. When the other colors get here, I’ll ship the order complete. I hope I can stick to my new philosophy! Please don’t ask me to stray from it, as I’m easily talked into such things.  You can see a photo below at the Feb. 24 entry of the subject scarf. 

I’m getting close to finishing the Twisted Sisters Kimono.  I’m on the first sleeve.  The cap shaping is really cool.  Stitches are picked up around the armhole, then short rows are used the shape the cap.  Eventually, one ends up knitting the sleeves in the round on circs.  It’s ingenious!!!!  It has been an honor and a pleasure to knit for those gals.

The new Debbie Bliss magazine (Spring/Summer 2009) is out!!!!!  I should have mine in stock tomorrow (2-6-09), and ready to ship.  Here’s the cover!

spring2009cover

I’ll get on kitting the designs this afternoon.  If you’d like to purchase yon magazine, this is the link!  I’ll be going to TNNA in Nashville, TN this weekend, so I won’t be able to fill orders until Monday.  I’m taking a class in “Getting the Most From Your Digital Photograph” so I can make www.yarnstudio.com look better!

I have Jo Sharp knit 5 and knit 6 available for purchase now on the website.  I haven’t been able to get these issues kitted yet, but they will come!  I have the discontinued colours Limoncello and Maple of Jo Sharp Classic DK Wool in stock, as well as some other gorgeous current colours.  Make sure you check the links to the kits on the yarn page!  Our kits are always 10% off.

I have new etsy items: a chunky ribbed cowl and a knitted cuff.

Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to check out the Kaffe Fassett Squares Scarf kit.  HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!!!

February 5, 2009 at 6:15 pm Leave a comment


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