We have a baker!!! Karen Marston, the genius behind Bowdoin Baking Company (many will know her from the Farmer's Markets) has agreed to supply the cafe with her amazing treats. This morning she brought in the most heavenly smelling scones (apple cinnamon as well as cheddar-basil-parsley), cookies, and biscotti. ￼Check these out:
Karen uses organic ingredients whenever possible, and all her goodies prepared for The Knitting Experience are peanut-safe. We discovered that Alec is allergic to peanuts when he was about 1 year old, so we are committed to making the shop a safe zone for those with peanut allergies.
We had a great time at Knit at Night last night. Becka's boyfriend, David, joined us and became the first official male knitter. He finished his first hat and started on his second. He even adapted a pattern by combining two different yarns!
The big news from last night comes from Rachel who finished her very first knitting project - a beautiful round scarf. Yeah!!!
Can you believe that was her first project??? It came out great. I tried to get her to model it for the picture, but she said she would wait until she makes a sweater.
￼In other news, the Louisa Harding Yarns are actually here!!! Of course, the shelves for those yarns are not. That is causing a bit of a temporary storage/display problem, but we're working it out and the shelves should be here in a few more days.
Check out the Kimono Angora:
You would not believe how soft this yarn is! And the weight is wonderful to provide a soft drape for sweaters or scarves.
￼Now, take a look at the Sari Ribbon.
Unfortunately, the flash on my camera creates a reflection so you can't see the detail, but trust me - these are gorgeous and could be used for so many things. Her patterns provide terrific ideas, but a friend suggested the other day that you could use this ribbon for special gift wrapping! The possibilities are endless.
I am very excited about a new item we added to the shop today. A local artist, Rachel Bingham, of Shamrock Sheep, produces handcrafted needle cases. These aren't your average needle cases. I fell in love with them the minute she showed them to me. She searches for unique and/or antique fabric to use in creating these cases. One had the pleats of the original shirt running down the front. Another still holds the buttons from its former life. The word the comes to mind when I look at these cases is "romantic". They have a timeless and gentle quality about them. Here are a few pictures to give you an idea:￼￼
There are two sizes - the small is for double pointed needles, and the large fit straight needles. A circular needle version is coming soon!
Ok - I need to take a computer break now. We haven't been getting along today, which I believe is a sign that I should be knitting instead. =-)