Mar 17, 2017

springtime 2017

It's been too long since last post but my foggy brain finally sloughing off its winter hibernation. Ready for a shop update?

  
New Yarn: Lettlopi all the way from Iceland! 
Lettlopi, which is Icelandic wool prized for its warmth yet light weight properties. What people using to m ake all those yoked sweaters that keep popping up on Ravelry and Pinterest. And we have it! A real wool-wool. It's the national wool of Iceland (seriously!) and we've got it.

Long time no blog! Shocked to see it's been ages since last update (um....last year to be exact!). Trying a new method of getting photos out of my iphone into our blog-always a tricky issue. Until my 13 year old son pointed out I had created an instagram account for shop ages ago. Of course I'd forgot all about it! Our instagram maise.blue is dusted it off and active. Follow us to see photos of new arrivals in the shop before it reaches the blog. Thank you my lovely bright offspring!! 
Okay...maybe not too bright! LOL

Now I'm going to test my special app in hopes I can get the blog post up easier. We'll see how it goes! [Verdict: Days later and lots of strong language, way worse than just "meanie-head," I've determined technology never works smoothly. Pretty sure I was a Sailor in a past life based on my knowledge of creative swear words...luckily most are my Inside Voice.....]

New in the Shop

You saw the cool Icelandic Lettlopi at the top of the post. A great authentic wool! Read on for more warm weather inspired yarns.

Remix Light
Fabulous little sister to Remix. It too is recycled, non-wool, washable and oh so softly tweedy. Best thing of all..... put up in center pull balls! (and not those horrible round roly-poly tribble type balls like Remix that are impossible to shelve easily because they pop out of cubbies all on their own)

 
Painted Desert superwash fingering now in awesome tonals!

 
Nebula: gorgeous gradient fingering in silky extra fine merino

Ultra Wool by Berroco
FINALLY they launch a  SUPERWASH wool in great colors. Washable wool!! Zippity do dah! Hurrah! Best bit? center pull balls that actually work! Well that and the whole "won't shrink no matter how many times you wash it" is also pretty darn nifty. 

 
New Spring Berroco patterns here! 

On the bookshelf

 New Maisie Dobbs this month. 
We have the new paperback and the next installment in hardcover. Copies of both in stock.

 
Favorite author-Tracy Chevalier latest in paperback...and it's set right in our backyard. 

 
Hot Swedish author super popular right now. Customers rave about his books. (Disclaimer: "Hot" as in Popular. Not sure if "Hot" as in "Hunky Chippendale Dancer" is apt or now...)

 
My Current Discovered Gem of a Book!

Love finding an unheralded gem among the reams of backlist publishers produce yearly. Part memoir, part cookery book and a chronology of favorite books we all love. 

In the pretty gift department....new spring smelly things
 


Root Candles: Honey Blends
Root launched a new beeswax & soy candle line. Lovely cheerful packaging caught my attention immediately. The soft honey blends are fresh and yummy. Plus they donate % of profits to their bee farmer to help build bee habitats. Happy bees = Pretty Candles = Happy Customers

 


Michel Designs: Orchids in Bloom

Lovely new scents and designs this spring. Gorgeous packaging. Indigo and Earl Grey selling fast (already on reorder). Plus I re-ordered heavy on other favorite scents, especially the Foaming Soaps...which are our best sellers.[Just tripped over another box of Michel that arrived on my days off. So there's even more new scents waiting to be unpacked. Contains Nest and Eggs plus couple of older Rabbit designs....for those fans who seek out this line wherever they travel...because they're hard to find!]


 
Hydra Aromatherapy: More Shower Bursts & Pulse Point Balms

Fully stocked up on the Cold & Flu Busters. This stuff is a life saver for easing that awful "100 Day Cough" making the rounds this winter. Plus more Headache Busters and Balms. Good stuff! It saved us when my son had horrible chest congestion this winter. He used in shower and eased his breathing up right away. 

Art Supplies!
 
Lots of fun colorful art supplies

Coloring book phase winding down to normal levels but people still enjoying and always wanting new art supplies. Got you covered. Another of my weaknesses and one can never have enough pens. These are set of fine felt tips (think super skinny sharpies). We also have plenty of color pencil sets, sharpeners and other fun supplies. Easter Basket season looming and we've lots of cute things for baskets.

 
Jolly Wee Elves 

Finally can't resist showing off my sweet little elves. Such a fun knit. I may not be good at finishing sweaters or socks, but I love me some little wee elves! Thinking about adding to my Elf village population with spring colors next.


Enjoy the ever changing weather that heralds spring is a'coming! Irish Days tomorrow and looks to be nice weather. Not too hot, no snow or rain. But more rain coming. Yeah....I love raining days! Because we get double rainbows over my house. ;)

Until next time!!




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