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We are so excited to head back to Reno! At the end of the month my folks and I are taking a trip to JBW with the kiddo’s. (I’m sure we will have lots of kid photo’s in the “yarn tub”)
Here are some more shots of the shops transformation.
Have a great weekend!
Happy Knitting!
xx
Ash

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(a pretty wildflower the Pops picked for the Mom’s on the ride to Reno – BTW did you notice the knitting needle?! ๐Ÿ˜‰)
My Mom has a real good eye for fibers, knitting, gardening, color and well finding the finds! So it only makes sense other shop owners would want to work with her. Laura, who is so cool (and YOUNG!) and my Mom have been working together. Laura helps her with the online world and my Mom helps her set up a rockin’ knit shop!
Here are some photos of last weekend in Reno at Jimmy Beans Wool


Welcome!

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Oh and it’s a beautiful drive

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Something about evergreens – life, fresh air… Mmmmm (this was Almanore… My folks went there after JBW – too pretty not to share)

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More beauty…

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Okay and here’s what ya really want!

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It’s so much fun to decorate and recreate a space! We can’t wait to share the finished shop in all it’s awesome decor!
Happy Monday! Happy Knitting!
xx
Ash

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She’s done it again! The shop looks amazing and there is a whole new batch of fun cowl kits. New kits filled with awesome yarn that has not been kitted up before. Come check it out and see how Shelli has switched things up.

Happy Friday!
xx
Ash

I really wasn’t sure how many dish towels I needed, so I piled up the ones that looked the saddest. Then I started to cut and rip them into strips (ps this towel was not bad I just needed a fifth towel – I found out – and I had not more sad ones ๐Ÿ˜‰)

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After cutting 4 I started to attach the strips to make my “yarn”

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I folded over one end (do this with every strip) and cut a slit. Do this on the two pieces you plan to connect. Then feed one end into one hole. Pull the strip through and feed it into that strips hole. Pull. Ta da connected. This takes a bit of time, but its fun.
So there will be a slit on both ends of every strip except the first and last one. I did have one towel that was thin and on some of those I just tied.

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Now roll them into a ball… I had help..

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Then you knit! I used a 17 straight for mine. It wasnt super tight, like the one in Natural Nursery Knits, so it turned out floppy. More like a bowl.

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Totally had a perma grin when I finished!
Happy ripping!
xx
Ash

The kitchen is my place. My family has spent a lot of time leaning over counters (my whole life). The kitchen is the life blood to this family. And kitchen tools are like toys ๐Ÿ˜€ Dish towels are often an exciting accessory to the fridge, oven, or tossed over a shoulder.
When my favorite towels started to fall apart I looked for something to turn them into. And along comes Ms Erika Knight to revive my ragged towels.
In her book Natural Nursery Knits there is the perfect solution to my issue. A rag basket. So I got to ripping.
5 hand towels later I have this, and couldn’t be happier.

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Enjoy!
Happy Knitting!
xx
Ash

I hope you all really enjoyed my interview with Helga Isager.
I am excited to say there will be more designer and company interviews coming!
I have so many fun things I will be sharing… Here is a teaser๐Ÿ˜‰

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Happy Knitting and happy Easter
xx
Ash

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The cover of a magazine I have and the Land of Nod catalog inspired this one. I added the feathers as my own touch… This felt is super nice! Ahhh get some… Before I buy it all!
I have more projects to share!
For $3.75 a sheet and how far it goes this felt is a must.
Happy Crafting!

xx
Ash

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The shop is so pretty and inspiring. I go in and leave practically bursting with ideas.
I’m major crushing on a few companies and I swear my knitting is in turbo mode. I have been finishing projects and starting new ones weekly! Yeee buddy!
Yesterday I got my Imperial Stock yarn sweater kit. It’s called the ‘color flow cardigan’. It may be the most flattering cardigan knitted on size 11/15 needles, ever. Because really who can wear a sweater on #11 needles and look good?! Not many am I right? It tends to bulk us up ;D but this yarn isn’t huge and its a moss stitch, so it sort of closes the looseness of the bigger needle.. Basically it rocks my socks off and I can’t wait to wear knit it๐Ÿ˜‰
I am also working on sweaters for my munchkins, and a little decor for Saint Patty’s…
Last week we got some felt in. I so love when we get new additions to the shop. There is a lot of fun things to do with felt. So I made zeeeess….
You really don’t need much. As sewing machine an a single sheet of felt (for the affordable price of $3.75) And tata super cuteness for your home.

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*my Dad found that awesome cow skull when he was a teen and my cousin, Kevin found the deer skull a couple weekends ago… And the Hubby cleaned them up… How awesome right?!

Happy creating
xx
Ash

Pendleton. Is. Awesome.
The company has been around since 1863 and are still making their stuff in the good old US of A. Their wool blankets and robes are so warm you can ditch the down comforters and all the blankets on your bed๐Ÿ˜‰
I have always loved their signature striped blankets, They remind me of cowboy blankets from old western movies I watched as a kid. (love me some Lonesome Dove)
Our good friends who own Sonoma Coast Surf Shop sell the Men’s wool, button downs, and told me the whole line was pretty great so I borrowed a catalog and went online and basically couldn’t decide which of what I wanted! They make wallets, blankets, clothes, dishes, travel mugs, purses…. Ahhh its all so good! Coincidently a recent issue of the Debbie Bliss magazine (Fall/Winter 2012) had a south western theme called Home on the range, (page 64-67.) with five Pendelton-ish patterns to make. These pillows

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would go perfectly with the “Heroic Cheif” blanket. We also have a room in our house that has a cowboy/ cowgirl theme. Perfect place to put the pillows!
Check out this magazine there are a lot of great patterns to knit… This bag

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Or the log cabin blanket

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Or oh my gosh how cute are these?!

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