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Still blooming

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If someone told you your rose would be blooming in the first snowfall - Ya right!! would be your answer... Here it is - a soft pink hardy rose.

Yule Glogg - with Aquavit - keeps you warm

This Danish drink is served hot and spicy!! 

If you aren’t warm after you have your first glass, you will be by the time you eat the raisins and almonds.”
Yule Glogg
1 1/2 bottles of full-bodied red wine - Check out Coffin Ridge, I'm sure they have a wonderful choice
1 cup Aquavit
1 tsp. crushed cardamom seeds
2 tsp. cloves
½ tsp. freshly grated ginger
2 tsp. freshly grated orange zest
4 cinnamon sticks
1 cup almonds – blanched
1 cup seedless raisins
1/2 cup brown sugar
Bring wine to boil. Tie spices and zest in to a cheesecloth bag. Simmer for 20 minutes. Add in almonds, sugar and raisins; cook for 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat. Add in Aquavit. Stir and remove spices. Serve hot.

Burly Spun hits the GH shelves

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At 132 yards in 8 ounces of yarn, this yarn is the “Fastest in the West.”  Burly Spun can be knit, crocheted, or woven with.  It is very fun and useful in needle felting.  In short it is just a really fun yarn.  If you want a quick gift that can be made up in an evening, reach for Burly Spun.  Spun from 100% USA wool, dyed into 31 solid colors and 8 hand painted colors, this yarn is for anyone who wants instant gratification and total satisfaction. - as per Brown Sheep's description

 http://www.brownsheep.com/yarns/burly-spun?view=category

This honking huge skein is will take minutes to knit up into a wonderful cowl... Xmas knitting still?
Drop in to check out this yarn. Four skeins just left - check ravelry.com  20+ cowl patterns to knit using Burly Spun

Awesome Thursday!!

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Some days everything falls into place and you feel fabulous at the days end. Yesterday was the day this week. Our Wednesday knitting group has stepped up the Xmas knitting and some returned on Thursday to keep going.
Mittens, Baby Bolero, baby socks, lace shawl, cable hat, felted mittens, honeycomb hat/mitts, thrum mittens, sweater, gift dishcloths, cowl, fingerless, scarf... and more to come.
When knitters are happy the room fills with laughter... thanks to Rhichard Devrieze, who popped in to knit with us... BTW - Ruth has a new job - snow removal I think..

Eco Alpaca is our new store mascot this week. 100% alpaca chunky weight = yummy and warm
Eco cloud follows in a close second. Hudson and Murrino both have tons of multi colours for cowls, scarves etc... Oh, and Soakbox fingerless kits are heading out for Xmas gifts. I want to be on the receiving end of that!!
So enjoy your weekend. I'm working on a special gift for a friend. You'll see the pics soon enough... Ciao


Chocolate Truffle cowl - yummy 100% Alpaca

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Teamwork - Got your back !! - that's my take-away

Last night Jim & I went to hear Scott Kress http://summittraining.com/speak about his Mount Everest climbing adventure. It was a fabulous evening. Scott has the same sense of humour his Mom Donna has. Donna works here @ Grey Heron. She's provides the shop with all our knitted samples, teaches classes, stops in to drop off something and stays for hours helping customers. She is one in a million!!

After listening to Scott's focus on teamwork. "Your team makes or breaks the climbing experience". He asked us to find similiar situations in our lives that would require a good solid team. People you can count on to "watch your back" as he put it.  I related that to running a small business.
Each member of the team works together - promotes the business - provides a pleasant experience for customers, knowledgeable about products and provides helpful service. If everyone practiced that with each and every customer - WOW, what a place to shop!! You start to pull …

Christmas gifts for Knitters etc...

Christmas wish list -
new - Knit Picks needle set https://www.knitpicks.com/knitting.cfm

new - Denise interchangeable needle set http://www.knitdenise.com/

new set of Harmony Sock needles   http://www.knitpicks.com/needles/5_Harmony_Wood_Double_Pointed_Knitting_Needle_Set__D90433.html

Four skeins of Rhichard Devrieze yarns - http://www.rdyarns.com/

Eucalan wash for my woollies -  http://www.eucalan.com/

Our shelves are full - sock yarns, superwash DK for kids, Cascade Casablanca (silk, mohair, wool blend), Northern Lights by Cabin Fever, Interweave mags, Apple Pie Sock yarn kits, Stitch Red books, felting tools, tons of patterns, SOAK box kits - much more

Stop in - we'll gift wrap just for you!!


What a week...

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We all have them - the week we want to skip. One week without heat was just a bit much. Now back to a comfortable temp... :))
Full beginner classes- any knit shop would be so excited to have such a situation. Everyone thrilled to be here and having fun. Even the week two returnees were still having fun!! Successful mission, thanks Donna... more for next week too...
We have received a new alpaca shipment- OMG!! If this was dessert I want two helpings!! soft, warm, cozy, fluffy, beautiful, natural, undyed - AND on sale...
Cascade Eco Cloud - 70% merino 30% alpaca 164 yds 18sts @ 5.5mm      $13.00   SALE $10.00
Eco super Alpaca - 100% alpaca 100 yds 14sts @ 6.mm     $12.00  SALE $9.00
I feel a need for a cowl or a scarf or ??? What do you want to make?

Let's not be out done by my own colour - yes, my very own Rhichard Devrieze colourway Grey Heron
http://www.rdyarns.com/    I was speechless - hard to believe I know, such a thoughtful idea... presenting