charlottes charlottes everywhere

charlottes charlottes everywhere

Ok, folks. The Charlotte’s Web Shawl colorways recently posted are all pretty much out of stock. I might be able to come up with something similar, but we’re been inundated with orders on those specific ones, and those dye codes are all but gone. I’ll post more soon to satisfy those hungry for more.

In the meantime, I’m working away on color work for folk, so if you are already in the queue, I’ll be with you shortly.

We met with our potential new landlords last night, and it looks very good for a May move-in. Will it mean delays on an already taxed shipping backlog? Well, yes, frankly, it probably will. Does it mean that we’re not still taking orders? Heck, no. Send ’em in. We’ll turn them around as quickly as we can.

That said, we’ve had several calls from folks interested in making Girl From Auntie‘s Rogue in cotton. Sounded reasonable to me, so we started poking around at what we’ve got. One of the most reasonable options would be Classic Elite Spotlight at $3.60US for 92 yards. At that price, even the largest size would be under $65US for the largest pattern size. Classic Elite says that you should be getting 4.5spi on 7US needles, so the weight is perfect. Here’s the palette of what we have currently in stock.

spotlight stock

rogue

But that’s by no means the only choice we have to offer.

Personally, I’d be interested in trying Classic Elite Sand. It’s a richly textured cotton that knits at 4spi on 8US, and at 77yds for $5.67US the largest size would cost just under $125, but if you could make gauge on it, the knit fabric is gorgeous in cables.

With flash

Without flash

Sample Sand sweater from Classic Elite in a dark corner

Detail of sample sweater (color desaturation from image brightening)

Closer detail of sample sweater

Now, I truly don’t know how Sand would look at 4.5spi, but obviously, it will hold a cable. I’ve seldom seen a cotton look more like a rustic wool. I just think this yarn is beautiful. I’m really looking forward to expanding our offerings of the line.

Other options include:

Rowan All Seasons Cotton
4-4.5spi on 7-9US
$7.95 for 98 yds
$135.15 for largest size (17sks)

Plassard Cérusé
5spi on 6US
$8.91 for 120 yds
$124.74 for largest size (14sks)

ONline Clip
5spi on 4-7US
$11.21 for 182 yds
$112.10 for largest size (10sks)

Manos del Uruguay Cotton Stria
4.5-5spi on 4-6US
$7.20 for 116 yds
$108.00 for largest size (15sks)

KFI King Tut
4.5spi on 7US
$9.00 for 182 yds
$90.00 for largest size (10sks)

Ok… Obviously, I had to cheat a little in Photoshop to get a decent shot of the King Tut, but it’s as true on color as I could get it.

I’m sure there are more, but those are the most overt options that fell of the shelf at me.

Hogs & quiches!
Matt.

hush hush, sweet charlotte

hush hush, sweet charlotte

Wow! You guys really liked the Charlotte’s colorways. Thanks for all the compliments. How’s this? When I have one handy that I know isn’t spoken for, I’ll just post it. If anyone wants it, be the first to write or call, and it’s yours. I won’t promise to recreate any of them (a: I don’t like sending two Charlottes out into the world just alike, and b: if you go to the trouble of knitting one of these spectacular creations, it should be the only one of its kind), but I’m glad to pack up the ones I have to be adopted out to a happy home.

Here’s today’s beauty. I misread an e-mail for someone asking for a Carousel colorway for her daughter and put together a couple of Charlottes instead. The colorway is (from left to right): P608(234L), P624(81), P148(no dye lot listed), P621(98), and P622(19).

life at chez threadbear

life at chez threadbear

Yup. Things are just as nuts as ever, but I have had a bit of amusement. The letter to the editor of the local newspaper here in Columbus, Indiana (that would be The Republic… or The Repugnant, The Repulsive, or any number of other choice colloquialisms I’ve heard around town for those of you who care) that appears to the right addresses some of the recent letters that have appeared in the paper in support of a ban on gay marriage that is currently brewing in ours and many other legislatures around the country. It pretty much summed up my views on the matter, so I thought I’d share it.

Beyond that, we’ve been busy-busy-busy. Have I gotten the rewrite done on Karen’s Multi-Dimensional Scarf done? Lord, no. Besides, if you checked my comments, you’d see that Karen herself is rewriting it, so I’d much rather let her modify her own pattern. [ASIDE: Karen, if you’d like me to link to or post a PDF of your modified pattern, let me know via e-mail. I don’t want to whomp your bandwidth, so if you’d prefer that I post it, I’m glad to do so.]

What I have been doing is a lot of Charlotte’s Web Shawl colorways. Here are a few that folks decided against:

Whew!

For those of you who’re on a dial-up connection, I’ll go ahead and apologize for the download time now. My bad. Oh, and while I’m at it, there’s someone else I owe an apology to. There was a wonderful person who came into the shop shortly after we opened that really brightened up our new home. She was a reader, and she was delighted to find that we were right here in her own town. When we started getting too busy for me to post every day, though, several folks on this end and online started picking on me about it, and one evening, when she, as several other folks had, started picking on me about posting more often, I said something rude that I believe must have deeply offended her. The fact that I really intended it to be jestful aside, it was not a nice thing to say, and I’m deeply sorry if I offended her in saying it. Well, we haven’t seen her since, and I, for one feel the loss rather sharply. If you even bother still reading, I miss you, and if I hurt your feelings or offended you in any way, I am truly sorry for my stupidity, hurtfulness, and general lack of tact. I apologize. If I still don’t see you, it’s my loss, but what I needed to say on the matter is said. Be well, and God bless.

Much love, people.
-Matt.

multi-d revisited

multi-d revisited

Thanks to everyone who has expressed their support during our recent (and ongoing) zoning upheaval. The outpouring of sentiment has had me verklempt for days. (Kisses, Deb!) But believe it or nor, even with all the chaos and the ongoing business of business to keep up with, I really do occasionally get to knit a stitch or two.

Those of you who know me well know that I tend to be a bit on the picky side about some things. Dogeared pages and roughly stacked books make me itch. I may not be the neatest person in the world, but after years of computer programming, I like things to come together if they can. That’s why the multi-directional scarf pattern by Karen Baumer bothered me.

Whatthe?

With all due respect to Karen, AHH!!! That’s not right! So I redesigned the last segment to suit my visually-OC nature.

SWEET!

I’ll post the pattern when I have the time to write it up, but it’s quite simple.

Much love, folks.
-Matt.