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The making of a yarn bowl.

 

I am very excited about the newest addition to our wood product line. Roger has designed and created an assortment of yarn bowls.  Roger is my husband and partner in Mountain Street Arts and has truly outdone himself with these pieces of art. He also designed our unique and fun to assemble compact yarn swifts.

Our yarn bowls are made from reclaimed wood.  He uses scraps of wood that are left

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over from the custom wood boxes he makes at his day job.  He glues all of the scraps together and cuts circles with a  router.

 

 

 

He then glues the circles together and puts them under a press to apply pressure and dryIMG_0034

Now they are ready to put on the lathe for tapering, sanding and shaping.

When they are finished he applies an all natural wax to them.
All of the yarn bowls are available in our Etsy store. Mountainstreetarts.etsy.com

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Knit a vacation scarf

Every year when we go on vacation, I find a yarn store and  buy yarn that is handspun or hand dyed by a local fiber artist to make a scarf that becomes a treasured memory from each trip.  This year we went on a quick getaway to Cape Cod. I found a nice yarn store on Martha’s Vineyard called the Heath Hen Yarn and quilt store. The owner Jan, was super nice and had a great selection of yarn and fabric and although she didn’t have any yarn from local artists I ended up purchasing a yarn by Berroco whose colorways are named after Cape Cod towns.Cape Cod Scarf

I had seen a shawl that was knit with a stitch called Indian Cross Stitch so I decided to modify the pattern and make a scarf.  The stitch is done by wrapping the yarn 3 times and then knit the next stitch and repeat across the row. On the next row you drop them all, 8 stitches at a time. You place all 8 dropped stitches on the right hand needle and you slip the first four stitches over the second for stitches and put them back on the left hand needle and then knit them, repeat across the rest of the row. It’s a fun stitch to do and creates a unique pattern.  I labeled it with one of our personalized knitting labels and I include the place and date. When I wear these scarves in the winter I daydream about the summer vacations we have taken.

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Knitting and Crochet themed cards

I found the perfect Knitting and Crochet themed note cards on Etsy in a shop called KathesKollection (katheskollection.etsy.com). She has a large assortment of themed cards and prints. Whether you knit, crochet, dance or are a cat or dog lover, you are sure to find a note card to suit your needs. Every time I visit her site she has added more cards and prints. As a knitter I couldn’t resist the card that features a girl sitting in a comfy chair knitting with her dog by her side (hey, he looks just like my dog Bailey!).IMG_0038 That’s because it is. Kathe is a friend of mine and she designed this card after me. Every night at my house that’s a very familiar scene. After working 2 jobs, I finally sit down around 9 pm with Bailey by my side and I knit to unwind from the hectic day. I bought 2 sets of cards, one with and one without the words “Thank you” on the front. I love sending notes on them and anyone who knows me realizes it’s a part of me on the card.  When I received the 2 sets of cards they came beautifully packaged with a yarn bow, another nice touch. I also ordered a print to hang in my studio.  Kathe is a talented artist and she is very accommodating. Her store is fun and will make you smile looking at all her whimsical drawings. They make great gifts as well. Here is more of what you will find when you visit her shop.

Visit her shop today. KathesKollection.etsy.com.

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Our new Domain, Website and Blog

A few weeks ago someone hacked into my blog at knittersclasses.com. They deleted all of my posts and replaced them with spam posts. It was devastating to lose all of that work but I learned some valuable lessons about passwords. It’s hard to remember complicated passwords but now I know that my easy password was a target for hackers. As bad as it was, it gave me an opportunity  to change my domain name to match my business name so it will be easier for people to find.  To celebrate my new adventure, I am giving away a set of our “Pick 2 or 3” variety pack of labels featured here. Pick 2 or 3 Variety PackIt is a set of 30 labels and you can choose any 2 or 3 graphics in our Etsy store (mountainstreetarts.etsy.com) and have any 2 lines of type you would like. All you have to do is subscribe to my blog and leave a comment  letting me know how you keep cool while knitting or crocheting this summer. Contest will close at midnight on Saturday July 27th and winner will be chosen by random using the “winner is” plug in on Sunday July 28th. I hope you enjoy my new website and blog. Happy knitting and crocheting.