Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Class announcement!

Aren't these adorable? Have you ever wanted to learn needle felting? These would be a great introduction into the versatile art of needle felting! These classes are taught by Danita Doerre from Stoddard, WI who works with wool, but also the less commonly used alpaca and llama fiber!

Chickens! June 18th 6:30-8:30pm $25
Llama/Alpaca July 8th 6:30-8:30pm $25

Thoughts on a bright and beautiful day

Spring is in the air, even though it snowed yesterday. Yesterday I felt terrible, today is a very productive and inspiring day! It is quite amazing to me how the weather can affect one's health and outlook! The grass is getting greener and the sun is getting stronger, Kickapoo-gians are starting to come out of doors and believe again that there are other colors other than white, gray, and brown! Plants are on everyones mind, knitting has been put to the back burner for some, although not here at Ewetopia, we are playing with brighter colors, and silkier and cooler yarns now, but are still hard at work to keep you inspired! But in an effort to cater to those knitters who do put their knitting aside during the summer and pick up trowels and hoes, we are proposing this: To work with my mom's business Read's Creek Nursery ( http://www.readscreeknursery.com ) and bring ample greenery to Viroqua's Main Street we will be selling beautiful herbs and select annuals as well as our wonderful nature inspired yarns. To us, knitters and gardeners go hand in hand and thus, why not have a one stop shop?!

What do you all think? I would love some feedback on this idea.

Beautiful new FEATURED yarn!

FEATURED YARN! 20% off until May 31st!
In the mood to knit something summery? Seduce from Berroco just came in and IT IS LOVELY! Even better than i could've imagined! It is a wonderful rayon blend that is shiny, slippery, and nubbley, a perfect array of textures for summer wearing! I can see a sexy tank top, or elegant wrap in this yarns future here in the shop... Maybe for our up-coming summer shrug class (May 28, June 4 & 11 - 6:30-8:30pm)! We have in stock a beautiful lime green, grape purple, turquoise, black and my favorite, a taupe and turquoise blend!

This yarn also comes with wonderful pattern support from Berroco, such as the beautiful projects shown above!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Shearing day!

They were very woolly little beasts, now they're much more deer like and although the weather is not cooperating, seem warm enough! I just need to keep reminding myself that other sheep are sheared much earlier in the year! Anyways, we have 10 beautiful fleeces, well 9 beautiful fleeces, UFO's fleece will most likely be used for weed barrier due to her traumatic lambing last spring and her amazing recovery. Bastien (Merino/Border Leicester yearling) has the most incredible fleece, the crimp of merino and the length and color of his sire (a Border Leicester). I'm already in the process of washing it so i can start yet another major project... a pea coat for next winter! The shop is over run with raw fleeces needing attention! Spring is so exciting!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

The February Sweater!

A sweater from Elizabeth Zimmerman's book "The Knitters Almanac" knitted by my mom! Isn't this just adorable? She used Silky Wool from Elsebeth Lavold, which came out perfectly soft and stretchy! This is for the new little addition to my aunt's family in June and i'm sure will become a family heirloom!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Wedding Dress update!

Update: Well i'm thinking of going 5 more inches and then starting the border! The finish line is in sight! I don't want the knitted lace to be too close to the ground since it will be an outdoor wedding... in a hay field! I'm pretty proud of myself for doing 1.5" yesterday! Its getting there!
Also, i had a very exciting interview with a woman who writes for a CA wedding guide website called herecomestheguide.com a while ago, and a couple days ago my dress was posted as a blog post on their website! Here is a link to the blog post! Very exciting!


New Fair Trade yarns from Frog Tree

Just arrived! An exquisite sport weight 85% Pima Cotton, 15% Silk blend, with 155 yds! Frog Tree! This is a great yarn from a wonderful company who sources their yarn from South American cooperatives who are given fair prices for their products! From Frog Tree we also have some really cool hand painted ceramic buttons!


Look at these little woolly beasts! This will be there first shearing and they will all have such different but wonderful fiber! Our 4 2007 lambs are Merino/Border Leicester crosses and are all a rich chocolate color like our BL ram Esau. Bastien (the one looking at the camera) is humongous and appears to have the best fleece, i can't wait to work with it! Spring is definitely in the air!