Oct 12, 2017

Donations for Sonoma & Napa Fires

My post today is with a heavy heart. I've been actively (obsessively) following horrendous reports on the historically catastrophic wildfires this week. And they are truly catastrophic beyond imaging. 
Just before midnight on Sunday I found videos of Kaiser Santa Rosa being evacuated. I'm very familiar with that Kaiser! Jordi was born in a room that overlooked a the massive trailer park that is now nothing but ashes. I watched stunned as familiar areas of Santa Rosa and our life there were engulfed in flames and piles of ashes. Both Megan and I lived and worked in Sonoma County for years. We regularly traveled those city streets and neighborhoods. The street names listed as "gone" represent 1000s of homes. I'm not exaggerating. Coffey, Hopper, Fountaingrove, Bennett Valley.... all areas I can instantly pictured in my mind's eye. It is surreal to see these large city communities just flattened. Gone, literally in matter of minutes. With little of no warning. Iconic landmarks just gone. We don't think to see wild fires level whole suburban neighborhoods,strip malls, big box stores, big hotels and city streets.
Here in the foothills of the Sierras many of us vividly remember those harrowing days of the Butte Fire. That fire spread with an unheard of rapidity...but nothing compared to the pace of the Tubbs Fire that hit Northern Santa Rosa. Yesterday this staggering stat appeared: Fire broke out and burned at the rate of one football field size every 3 seconds. It was literally a firestorm pushed by hurricane force winds. At the worst possible time: nighttime when most people asleep. 91 is the tally of fires started in the waning hours of Sunday night. I'm grateful that my husband's family safe and many friends are as well. But so many are not, it is heartbreaking. Today for first time reports contain slivers of positive news. Crews are making progress across the region and getting a handle on fires, getting perimeters in, fire-breaks established, air support and tons of resources in place. Some areas shifting into recovery mode now. And the recovery will be herculean.  

Calaveras residents know what lies ahead for our neighbors and its going to be a long road. I've collected a few trust-worthy venues for donations. In the weeks to come Sonoma and Napa counties are going to need it. Despite media stories already discussing impacts on wine industry (yes really, before bodies are recovered, already reporters are going there), these counties are facing massive rebuilding. Just in the Coffey Park neighborhood of Santa Rosa the local newspaper estimates a loss of 1000 homes. I still cant get my head wrapped around it: 1000! This is just one city neighborhood of many. Truly staggering.

Additionally at same time there were fires in Yuba-Sutter regions. I've been so engrossed in tracking fires in my old neighborhood its just now that I can absorb the impact to the north of us. Sonoma county is such a huge part of my personal history and memories. For nearly twenty years that was my home so forgive my oversight.

Here are a few ways I trust to help:

Placer Title Co. Donation Drive
Our local branches are coordinating donation collection & delivery of supplies to the both the Yuba-Sutter fairgrounds and the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. For those who cant get to their local branch we can take donations at maisieblue and see they get there. 

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I'm always leery about the tons of monetary donation pleas that inevitably pop up as disasters unfold. The Redwood Credit Union is partnering with The Press Democrat and Senator Mike McGuire to create a safe means of monetary donations where 100% go directly to support those affected by the fires. I feel good about donating funds online via this recognizable organization. Check out The Press Democrat online for some truly amazing local journalism about this historic fire.

There are and will be many ways to help in days and weeks ahead. These are just two I recognize and trust. People want to help and thought some of you might like to know of a few ways to reach out.

All of these Northern California communities have been truly blind-sided. Up here in forest fire country we'refamiliar with the ravages and risks of living with potential of wild fires. But never did my husband and I ever think we would be following fire maps, Cal-Fire briefings or tracking evacuations for family members in Santa Rosa. I'm still in shock.

Thanks for letting me share with you where my head & heart has been these past few days. Prayers to those of you down there in affected areas (and many of you are). Our thoughts are with you. Be strong. Community is so important in times of crisis. Megan and I are blessed in so many ways with our maisieblue family. Now its time to hug our kids, put on our boots and "get 'er done" as locals say.

If you have ? about donations just give us a call for more info or help.

Take care everyone,

Sep 12, 2017

Remember tomorrow.....

Back to our regular hours Sep 14th: Open daily 10-5. Come by and see the shiny clean shop!

Aug 25, 2017

Mystery Box Summer 2017

 [shop closed Wed SEP 13th for a facelift]

Time for our Summer 2017 Mystery Box. Let's make this easy-peasy. Same price $50 + shipping and click here to buy. Boxes ready on Aug 30th to ship or pick up!

KNIT: Project is a fun knit using simple techniques in two ways to yield a mighty impressive end result. It's an accessory but as always box includes options....because we love options. Two different yarns: a stripy Aussie and a solid Peruvian. And that's all the hints you get!  (Well one more: I'm loving the pattern so much I have two going at once.....which is no surprise actually....and bodes well that it's a fun project!)

KNIT box option: pick the color palate that calls to you!

But wait.....there's more! 

Whew! Can you tell I had fun with a color palette generator app I discovered?! I took photos of colorways then bim-bam-boom a pretty palette for you choose. Without giving away which yarn is in the box!
(If you buy on website click on the main photo > to scroll thru all 10 options)

Come by the shop or buy online!
ps-if you already bought a box....email your color choice! 

Happy Dog Days of Summer! 

Sep 13th Shop Closed

Head's up:  
Closed all day 

September 13th

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Megan's itching to remodel displays and do a big Tidy Up. Kim will be home hiding in a closet because rearranging furniture and displays frightens her.....she is literally banned from the premises on remodel days! 

We reopen Sept. 14th at 10am (sharp because Mom works that day and she's always on time....unlike someone else who shall remain nameless....but her name starts with a "K") Come by and check shop out then. Everything will be fresh and tidy....and probably in a different spot!

Aug 1, 2017

Birthday Sale Time!

It's another birthday and Maisie is 8 years old today! That's a lot of candles on the cake.  

Maisie loves cake and a party....so put on your party frocks and join us. It's a big Birthday Sale! 

 Just throw on your favorite hat & dress. Sale Party runs Aug 5-15th, 2017. 

Ah....here's a vintage birthday photo of Maisie's favorite dress. Just a little something she tossed on. Nothing fancy of course....
Here's her favorite outfit when she's ready to get stuff done! Like when prepping for our sale. So much stuff to mark down, displays to build, signs to make....that calls for her Super Girl togs.

Hopefully once all the prep work done.....she can don her party dress and have fun!

 And eat cake!

Come shop our sale as we make room for new stuff coming at summer's end (which is right around the corner). It's a good time to snag great deals and stock up for your holiday gift knitting and buying! 

Sale Dates: Aug 5 - 15th

Open daily 10 - 5pm
 Thanks for your wonderful patronage these past 8 years. We have awesome customers! 

See you soon, 

Kim and Megan

Jul 21, 2017

Christmas in July: Kit #2 Wesley Bobs

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You read it right. I said "Wesley Bobs" but you're thinking Wesley Who?! And what does he have to do with christmas? Believe it or not it's a long-standing advent tradition from Yorkshire:
....it was the custom...for children to go from house to house singing and carrying what they called a "wesley-bob." This they kept veiled in a cloth till they came to a house door, when they uncovered it. The wesley-bob was made of holly and evergreens, like a bower, insido were placed a couple of dolls, adorned with ribbons, and the whole affair was borne upon a stick. Whilst the wesley-bob was being displayed, a song or ditty was sung. At Aberford, near Leeds, two dolls are carried about in boxes in a similar way, and such an affair here is called a wesley-box.[British Popular Customs Past & Present]
It's still a custom today except that over the years it's gone from a special advent box to mean christmas tree ornaments. Which fits since we still buy boxes of christmas balls which is sorta, kinda like what the sweet children of Yorkshire would carry around during Advent!

I stumbled across Wesley Bobs while searching endlessly on Ravelry for "christmas ornaments." Once I found Ann Kingstone's Wesley Bob pattern I knew this was the pattern for our Christmas in July extravaganza. Her pattern is easy to follow and has six motifs, charted out in both color versions. Then reading about the old-fashion tradition behind the unusual name.....I knew it was a done deal! Thankfully our shop elf, Catski whipped out several in record time too.


Originally I planned to use the Norwegian Julekulers made popular by those fun guys, Arne & Carlos. They even have a great little video on how to make little mini versions....and it's worth a watch. Seriously they make using 0 dpns look easy! They're fingers fly around using those toothpick-sized needles. But once I found the Wesley Bobs I jumped off the Norwegian ship and swam ashore in Yorkshire! (Ah Yorkshire....home of the Crawleys of Downton Abbey.....sigh......I miss them.....can't wait for the movie! But I digress.....) 

Kits contain the pattern and 1 ball ea of two colors: Red & White, Green & White or Blue & White. We used worsted weight (vs. fingering as in pattern) which make a ball about 4" diameter and the yarn should yield 2-3 Wesley bobs. 
As with toys and ornaments use a smaller needle for firmer fabric, like a US 4 or 5 set of dpn's (or circulars if you prefer magic looping it.  Order kits here.

Happy Wesley-Bobbing!

Apr 18, 2017

Mystery Box Time!

Technically it is our Spring box...because it's technically Spring....at least according to the calendar it is Spring. Weather so changeable this year never sure if we're still in winter or finally spring. Things are blooming....but then there's rain, snow, frost and tornado sightings! We break out the sandals, then it's back to galoshes a few days later.
Don't get me wrong....we LOVE the rain and snow (hurray to the end of the drought!). But all this changeable weather made the decision of what to put in Mystery Box tough. Hard to get excited about "Spring" when it is torrential downpours and our heater still kicking on throughout the day. Must remember the old adage....

Since Mother Nature having hard time deciding the season...we're passing the buck.  This Mystery theme is "either-or" choice because frankly...it's too hard to decide which option to use!

Choose Your Season
Warm & Cozy? Do you fancy days burrowed in front of roaring fire, all bundled up nice and snug, hot mug nearby and projects at the ready? Want to work on a project for next fall so on first crisp morning you'll have the perfect accessory to keep you toasty & warm?

Cool & Breezy? Are spring breezes, warmer temps and plenty of flowers more your thing? Longing for light, flirty projects that float in the breeze? Dreaming of hours spent in sunny garden working on a new project as bees buzz, flowers scent the air and trees whisper on the wind summer is around the corner....?

Both options highlight a scrumptious yarn we adore. One is a warm and cozy yarn-soft and luxurious (oh so buttery to use). The other option is silky, cool and lightweight-perfect to work on when temps spike. Both patterns yield pretty accessories-perfect gift-knits or something truly heirloom for yourself or a cherished loved one.

As always we include alternative pattern suggestions, tips and advice, plus a perfect escapist novel to enjoy while sitting in sun or basking in front of a fire. Help us (finally) usher in Spring or anticipate the return of Fall.
Choice is yours!
Want to Join in the Fun? 
  • Select your Option: KNIT or CROCHET
  • Choose your Box Type:  Warm & Cozy   or   Springy & Breezy
  • Select your Color # (scroll thru photos to see options)
  • Hit Add to Cart. Next page choose from drop down menu: Shipping or PickUp
  • Click Checkout to pay up and Bob's Your Uncle and You're Done! 

Boxes ready to ship/pick up April 29st 

Color options are below:

Welcome to a new season everyone! And thank you for all your wonderful patronage these past 8+ years. 

Kim and Megan