Friday, June 26, 2009

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Next Knit-Along Starts Friday June 19

Our next Knit-Along, the Perfect Summer Shell, starts this Friday, June 19 from 5-8 pm. We're having this Knit-Along in conjunction with our regular Friday Knit Night/Happy Hour, so it's a perfect opportunity to start a fun, easy quick project and hang out with some fabulous fun folks.

The Shell comes in three necklines, V-Neck, Boatneck, and Scoopneck, is completely seamless, and looks great.

More information here. Call the store at 215-242-1271 if you have any questions or would like to sign up.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Love (and lace) Conquers All

Finally, the baby has arrived! My first grandchild, Jordan Marie was born on May 26 weighing in at 7 pounds and 11 ounces. She is beautiful -- of course, I'm her grandmother so what did you expect.
She has an incredible wardrobe including the knitted items I made. What I'm really looking forward to is giving my daughter a lacy christening blanket.
I wrote about the blanket last month. I spent months working on the intricate pattern. And at the end it was kind of a mess -- crimped up and lifeless. But thanks to colleague Diana Jordan, the blanket is breathtakingly beautiful. With the precision of a drill sargeant, she blocked the blanket into lacy goodness. I was fearful that the thin alpaca/silk wool would snap and the blanket would unravel. But she was fearless and showed the fabric no mercy. It was pinned to the floor, stretched taut and left overnight.
When I returned the next day, the blanket had been transformed and it was a dream come true.
Now it is ready to give to my daughter and I am trying to figure out what to tell her about it without sounding certifiably crazy. Here goes:
Dear Melissa and Jordan Marie:
I have been thinking about making a christening blanket for a grandchild for at least 20 years and have been searching for the perfect pattern since then. I finally settled on this one which took some time and skill but also is very pretty. It wasn't exactly the knitting process I thought it would be -- I thought I would think about how much I love you both while I was knitting it; but truthfully I was trying to make sure I got all the yarn overs and knit 2 togethers in the right places to think about love. The reason to do it was love, but love was not in every stitch.
Sort of like life itself. If we can be motivated by love, we can accomplish a lot, even if we're beset and besieged by doubts and troubles. In the end, love won out -- won out over the difficulties, the mistakes (there are a couple), and the frustrations.
Here's hoping that when you are swaddled in this blanket that love will be the crowning glory. I have waited, fretted and worried all these years for this. And as the Apostle Paul said: The greatest of all is love.
Lucia Herndon Horning

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Fashion Show Photos!!

Hold on to your hats, folks! In case you missed it, here come a billion images from our fabulous Fashion Show, held last Sunday. We had a blast!

Getting ready:


Our handsome Master of Ceremonies (aka Curtis!):

The cavalcade of beautiful models (my apologies to those not pictured - I was clicking like crazy and some pictures just did not turn out):

Cortez in head-to-toe knitwear she made.

Joanna in her devastatingly beautiful ruffled shrug.

Brenda, in one of her one-of-a-kind shawl creations.

Our Lucia, in a truly fabulous cabled Manos sweater.

Maria, in her beautiful Alpaca Grande Einstein Coat.

Miss Stephanie, with her fierce runway walk, wearing a gorgeous lace cardigan knit by her mom, Sharon.

Here's Joan, wearing one of her trademark beautifully-crafted sweaters!

Here's Jan, looking fabulous in her gorgeous striped wrap.

Post-show everyone relaxed, drank, ate and chatted. What could be more fun?

Frenzy at the cash register!

Our Cheryl, who modeled about 1200 items, gets a well-deserved libation.

Kim won the raffle! She said she was feeling lucky!

Thanks to all our lovely customers, who made the day possible - we had a blast and hope you did too!!