Friday, June 27, 2008

New Summer Hours

Good News! I think summer is here at last. After a few false starts it finally feels like summer to me. I look at my flower gardens and wish to be there. I sit in the yard and enjoy the sun, the grass and the summer breeze. I am convinced other people are thinking the same things too. Isn't Michigan grand? In keeping with this optimistic view of the season Ewe To You Yarns will be adjusting the yarn shop hours. Most mornings will be reserved for the outdoor summer activities that are best done in the cooler part of the day. Weed those gardens and mow the lawns. Get right into the summer season...and then bring your knitting or crochet into Ewe To You Yarns and relax with us. Mon, Tues, Fri- open 12:00pm - 6:00pm Tues, Sat- open 10:00am - 6:00pm and Thurs- open 12:00am - 8:00pm. Visit often, knit or crochet frequently and ...tend those gardens in the mornings. Look for a class schedule update soon. Consider Portuguese Knitting or a totally new sock architecture. More on these later, CM

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Sock Dyed Yarn

Howdy, Cathy here. I am just checking in to see if you had time to stop by Ewe To You Yarns on Saturday June 14 for wwkip day. The weather was good, the company was great and the dyed socks were fabulous. Everyone used cake dye and made beautiful, colorful yarn. The finished yarn was wound in hanks and arranged in a wagon wheel shape on the table when I got in on Monday. It was quite spectacular. Check out the 'Fun Stuff' slide show and see for yourself.
See if you can see the drying rack that Vic made by hand. It is also a wonderful work of art. I heard he was taking orders for more of them. Very cool. Later, CM

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


Hey all, this is Cathy again. With all that is going on this year; high gasoline prices, early summer heat and air conditioning, summer storms, and power outages, my thoughts have turned to efficiency. How to get the best efficacy out of a given amount of effort. I would like to be able to push 'the easy button' and have that happen automatically. I would like to wake up each morning and know that my best efforts were productive efforts. I would like things to be better no matter how good I think they are now .... sound too good to be true? Maybe. But we all keep trying and knowing that every little bit helps.
Right now I am using cruise control on the freeways to keep my speed under control. I am keeping a watchful eye on the gas pumps for less expensive gasoline and I am trying to budget my time more efficiently. How and on what should I spend my free time? On a more realistic note, I am only thinking about walking for exercise again...see no one is perfect. hhhhmmmppphhhh, more on this later. Looking forward to dying sock yarn with you on Saturday in front of Ewe To You Yarns for wwkip day.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Glad to be HOME!

Oh am I so glad to be home!! I missed all the things we tend to want to "get away from" when we are so excited about going away... the kids, the dog, the hubby,... you get the pic... And, even though we are still at 1/2 power (I thought Cathy was trying to conserve energy... hahaha; she didn't find it funny??? Go figure... ) when I got to the yarn shop today with all the goodies from TNNA, I was still happy to be there. It's so hard to explain the magnitude of the Yarn Market but I'll try.... Imagine Cobo Hall, or The Palace of Auburn Hills... with isles and isles of booths of every kind of fiber, needle or notion you can imagine... that's what this was. Vic and I spent hours walking up and down the isles (like at the grocery store) not wanting to miss a thing. We saw yarns from alpaca to yak and everything in between. Needles from wood to metal to glass. Notions, buttons, purses and knitting bags.... let's just say that I was in my glory... Vic, to my pleasant surprise, had a great time to. I think that he has a new found appreciation for the love of my craft! He is the one that was most impressed with a Designer of Christmas stockings. So much so, that after speaking with her for quite awhile, we decided to set up a trunk show of her stockings for the month of September!!! I brought back with me new knitting bags, some really cool magknits and some new books from Nicky Epstein. Buttons will appear when I get all my luggage unpacked! (I can't find them even though I know I brought them home) The classes were well worth the time and money away from the shop and my family and friends. We are going to have some exciting new changes at the shop. I'm working on the web site now and we are always interested in your input.

Monday, June 9, 2008

A Stormy Weekend

Hi, this is Cathy and I am just checking in to find out how you all made it through the rough weather we had over the weekend. There were some amazingly damaging winds. The weather did not last long in Linden, not much rain, but big winds and some big branches down with tree damage.
In Grand Blanc the shop was under 1/2 power for Monday. We were open and ready to serve the knitting community but had extension cords, portable lights in the restroom and no air conditioning. The restaurant next door was closed and the parking lot was empty. It was oh so strange. I heard stories about no power from Gaines to parts of Grand Blanc. We are all hoping the inconvenience can be corrected soon.
On a more optimistic note, we are gearing up for 'fun in the sun' on wwkipday. World Wide Knit in Public day can be shared on the grassy knoll across the parking lot from Ewe To You Yarns in Grand Blanc on Saturday June 14. We will be offering a chance to dye some sock yarn. Join us for a relaxing day of knitting with friends and fellow knitters and sign up to make your own hand dyed socks. We have a limited amount of undyed sock yarn, so sign up soon. We supply the yarn, the dye and a basic sock pattern for $20.00 and you supply the creativity. Happy knitting

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Ooo Are you in TROUBLE

Ladies and Gentlemen.... Don't think that just because I am away at TNNA that the CAT is not watching!!!!! Obviously the mouse has decided to play.... and spilled the milk dish.... good thing for her, I didn't have that finished so it will be OK Cathy... all is forgiven! As for TNNA.... all I can say is WOW!! Wait till I get home to show you all. Looking at some great new stuff.... I found FUR yarn and Buffalo!!! Miss you all, can't wait to get home... see you on Tuesday.... Carrie

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Am I in trouble?

Hello to all. This is Cathy, the tall 1/2 of Ewe To You Yarns. I have just been cruising the blog site and inadvertently deleted a project Carrie has been working on. Oh me oh my, I could be in trouble now. I did re-do the information as much as I could, but it wasn't my project so I really didn't know the details. So sorry, so sad. It was an interesting project too, socks made from hand dyed yarn. Fun fun fun. Carrie is off to TNNA and won't be back for a few days so there is a small reprieve for me ...... and I'll take it.
On a better note, we are getting excited about wwkip day. We will be celebrating across the parking lot on the grass..and.. we will be dying yarn to make sox. I am referring you to the recently deleted project Hand Dyed Sox .....poooo. This event is June 14, a Saturday, and starts at 10:30 AM. and goes until 6:00 PM. on a "drop in" basis. Join us to help promote knitting in our community by knitting in public at Ewe To You Yarns in Grand Blanc and sign up to dye some fabulous sock yarn. Ahhh and one last favor, please check back the beginning of next week to see if I survived this latest faux pas. In case this is my last entry, let me say again...soooooo sorry.

Monday, June 2, 2008


After many attempts I think I have finally figured out how to get ravelry to read our blog!!!! (I hope) it says that it will be reading soon so keep your fingers crossed!!!!! Just an FYI this has been a whole new learning experience for me.... I'm a little old school so I'm trying to get up to speed with this techy thing!!! I appreciate all the "good jobs"... they help keep me motivated. (I know it's cheap but, I'm easy like that.) hahah

Getting Ready for TNNA

Only 2 more days before I leave for TNNA.... I'm still knitting on Vic's socks, but I'm leaving them at the shop for those of you who would like to see them... before you sign up for WWKIP day sock dying!! Lord know's I have a multitude of projects that I can take with me!! (I know... don't we all!) A thanks to Johanna for the idea about the store hours for the blog... any others would be greatly appreciated!