First Official Blog Post

 

Welcome, friends and customers, to the first post on our new integrated blog within the KnitTraders website.

This is the third blog that I’ve been involved with and am always curious about what readers like to see in a post. At KnitTraders we’ve decided to approach it as a group effort, assembling a team of contributors to share the load so that each week you’ll get a chance to read musings, tips, and project joys/woes from a different member of the group. Each has their own interests, approach and expertise that we hope will keep you reading and commenting on a regular basis.

For my part, I love and want to let you in on a bit of the eclectic adventure that is my business/crafting life. Lately at the store, I’ve been focusing on getting the new “bulk” component of KnitTraders off the ground, providing glorious fleece for spinning and felting, cut woolen fabric for rug hooking, and tiny odd balls of yarn for all kinds of crafts, each available for sale by the ounce. It’s a fun concept but so completely new to the store’s format that it took some getting used to. Now that the system is in play, there are so many other products that we want to look into offering in this model. Maybe next season…

As a former teacher, I’ve missed the P.A. days when we invested time in honing our professional skills. In this, the 20th year of Wool-Tyme Kingston/KnitTraders existence, I was determined to make time to learn something that was both challenging and fun.

great american afghan

I decided on The Great North American Afghan, pictured here as completed in a gorgeous colour scheme http://www.liveinternet.ru/users/mywka_belaja/post198637639/ by a knitter who I assume to be in Russia (as there is a feed at the bottom of the blog page that shows Vladimir Putin.) I love the internet! If you link through you’ll get an idea of the complexity of the task that I’ve taken on. I’m having a ball and am presently working on #5, which is considered by the editors to be one of the hardest ones.

I’m also preparing for next month’s 2016 Knitting and Fibre Tour of Portugal. This is the fourth and largest tour to Europe sponsored by KnitTraders. There will be 36 of us from as far away as Edmonton and the US who will be making the rounds from Lisbon to Porto for 8 wonderful days. We’re all very excited. I’ll be blogging during the trip and will be sure to post the link on our website and in our May 2016 Newsletter.

Adeus por agora. That’s “farewell for now” in Portuguese.        Anne Woodall of KnitTraders

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