November 10, 2004


I've been so swamped since my return home from Pittsburgh that I haven't had time to update this blog. I've been busy filling orders for Two Swans and updating the website. (Behind the scenes there are even more changes happening with the website so that it will be much easier to use. You'll see even more yarns there, too. These changes aren't all in place just yet, but will be soon.) And I've been up against the deadline for preparing the Guild newsletter. And there was the Guild board meeting to attend, and the Ferals meeting.

I do like to be busy, though, so don't read these as complaints!

September was a major turning of the calendar page around here. Not only did I acquire full ownership of Two Swans, but also my eldest daughter moved into her college dorm to start her freshman year at Pacific Lutheran University. I do miss her. The campus is about 45 minutes away from our home, so she does drop by for the usual things college students need: laundry, food, money. And it is true that, with her bedroom not really in use every day since she now lives in the dorm, and since I needed to organize my yarn inventory, I've taken advantage of her absence by using a small amount of the space in her bedroom to put – temporarily – a few bins of inventory.

When Jennie was home for a day last week, she was up in her bedroom, reading Seventeen magazine. I had an order to fill, and walked in to get at my yarns. She gave me the usual teenaged snarl: “What do you want?”

"I'm filling an order; I'm just in here to get at my yarns."

Jennie started cracking up.

“What’s so funny?”

“After the anthropology dinner last night, this guy gave me a ride back to my dorm. We were talking about how we don’t go home very much because our moms have taken over our rooms. And I said, my mom is using mine for a yarn store. And he said: ‘That’s great! – I’m a knitter!’ ”

Just further proof of knitting’s popularity on college campuses.

Knitting news: I have found a few minutes here and there to work on the Karis poncho. I finished it and got it off the needles this morning. It wasn’t until it got completely off the needles that I’ve had any sense of whether the collar will fit around me. And I felt that sense of urgency: Let’s find out, right now, if it will fit. If the poncho fits fine around me in my bulky robe, it is sure to work over something more dainty:


Now, to block it and to sew the center back seam.

Posted by Karen at November 10, 2004 08:05 AM

Robe. Thank goodness. At first glance I thought a fuzzy pink bunny was making off with your beautiful lace poncho.

Posted by: Kit at November 10, 2004 05:19 PM

I especially like the coordinating, very special brooch hanging in the center front--that really makes the total outfit....

It's actually much nicer looking than I expected, well, I don't know what I expected--on the needles it looked a little Victorian, if you know what I mean.

Posted by: Janine at November 10, 2004 05:45 PM

Whoo hoo! Karis looks great, and will block beautifully, I am sure. Great news about Two Swans taking off, and I will watch the website for changes. I am glad that Jennie is doing well at PLU, and still making it home to touch base. Thanks for the updates, and keep up all of the wonderful work!

Posted by: anne at November 10, 2004 06:19 PM

I really like it - I think I may have to make it! You will post another picture with more - er - suitable attire?

Posted by: Katie at November 10, 2004 07:40 PM

Gorgeous! I love the color. Especially with the fluffy pink robe! But seriously, glad to hear life and yarn is going well!

Posted by: Karen at November 11, 2004 03:06 AM

Gorgeous Karis! The color is very elegant. It even makes the robe look fab!

Posted by: Ann at November 11, 2004 02:58 PM