Thursday, April 12, 2007

Socks, News, & Tools

I have been a bit busy lately. I have a finished object and pretty new things to show you:

These are the socks that I have been secretly working on for my husband's birthday. He has complained quite a bit that he has never received any handknit socks and now he can't do that anymore. I finished them up just in time for his birthday yesterday and he was very surprised.

Now in the new tools area, I just got this electric ball winder. I am so very excited about it. I have already tried it out and it works beautifully. It will save me so much work from having to hand wind, which means that I should be able to put yarn up faster after dyeing it. I must say it is a very happy thought.

I do have quite a bit of news too. The first bit of news is that I have been asked by Shokay to make up my holiday bag(.pdf) out of their 100% yak down yarn. Their yarn is really really nice and soft. It feels a lot like cashmere. I also like their company philosophy of helping the nomadic peoples of Asia be more sustainable by marketing their one of a kind yarn around the world. Make sure to go and check out their site, they are a really cool company. In exchange for making this lovely bag I got my very own skein of their yarn to play with. They are also going to give out my pattern for free (since it is free on my website) with my name and website where ever their yarn is sold. Now that is some great marketing for me right there. I am excited about it and can't wait to get started on my bag.

The second bit of news that I have is that Woolgirl is up and running. I have my very own page right here. She also is carrying a lot of other indy designer's yarn, so make sure to check out her whole site. I am so very happy to be a part of the Woolgirl website. Now if my sock yarn can just come in then I will be super happy.


So Much Fun said...

Electric Ball Winder?! Too cool!
I can't believe you have not made Blair a pair of socks yet...shame on you! Congrats on the shokay business!

ahousefullofboys said...

What? A completed hubby project! Now I am going to have to get it together.. I am going to over come the sweater phobia.. Happy Birthday Blair..

Penny said...

ooh! nice socks *and* ball winder. that yak looks yummy!

Debby said...

You finished! That's great that they were ready in time for his birthday.

I wind my yarn by hand too and am thinking of a ball winder. I'm glad to hear you like yours.

Congratulations on the new opportunities!

Knot Another Hat said...

Yak Yak!

Breien in Lansingerland said...

Beautiful socks. And congrats for the fact that a company is asking you to make your bag in their yarn. :-)

Quail Hill Knits said...

I like the idea of the electric ball winder. What brand is it and where does one find such an object.

By the way, the socks are wonderful.