What is Santa knitting this year?

Good morning and happy a Saturday! This is my last weekend this year as Santa for our annual Pet Pictures With Santa fundraiser for Italian Greyhound Rescue. It takes place at Pet Supplies Plus on Western Ave (near the SUNY entrance) from 11am to 3pm each day, just in case you’re interested in bringing your pet down for a photo. We are pretty sure I have been doing this for 17 years because it was not long after adopting our first Italian greyhounds (that was in 1999 and 2000) that I got roped into this. Continue reading “What is Santa knitting this year?”

Small Business Saturday

There will be spinning here at my house this morning, but before I move on to that, I want to take this opportunity to talk a little bit about Small Business Saturday and why it matters.

To say that I am passionate about supporting our local yarn shops, indie dyers and yarn producers, and local farms is a bit of an understatement. I cannot remember the last time I bought yarn at one of the big box stores. It happens so rarely. I also cannot remember the last time I went out shopping on Black Friday, at least not to any of those retail giants with the hordes of rabid consumers looking for cheap prices on cheap quality goods. I have just never cared to participate in that kind of crazy mass consumerism that has come to define the holiday season. Especially not after leaving the retail world several years ago, where I had to work on the other side of that craziness.

Today is Small Business Saturday, an effort which began several years ago as a chance to put the focus on the small, independently owned shops and merchants in your community. Just about every retailer sees an increase in business this time of year, but the big box retail giants with their huge marketing campaigns and barrage of advertising in print and on TV seem to get all the attention. The small, locally owned businesses in your community need your attention too.

So instead of funneling money into some corporate giant’s coffers, helping its CEO to buy a bigger yacht, a third vacation home, or use all of its profits to prop up organizations with a littany of discriminatory and/or anti-government beliefs (I’m looking at you, Hobby Lobby), take the opportunity today to shop at your locally owned businesses, where the money you spend stays right here in your community. While you are there at that independently owned shop, take some time to talk to the shop owner and get to know them. You’ll be glad you did, and you might find yourself frequenting these businesses a lot more than just this one day or weekend out of the year.  

41st Annual Holiday Craft show in Schoharie this weekend

There is another great show this weekend sponsored by the Schoharie Colonial Heritage Association at the Schoharie Valley Railroad Museum Complex. This one isn’t just for handwoven items. Handmade crafts of all types will be on display here. The Golden Fleece Spinners and Weavers Guild based out of Schoharie participates in this event and guild members will have hand knit and handwoven items for sale. This is another great opportunity to help support local artists and artisans, and keep the money you spend in local hands.

Okay, that’s all I have for today. Busy busy morning ahead of me as well as a full day of work, then packing up the car for the weekend and hitting the road. Have a great weekend!

Hudson Mohawk Weavers’ Guild’s annual Show and Sale

Good morning and happy Thursday! From today through Sunday, the Pruyn House in Colonie plays host to the Hudson Mohawk Weavers’ Guild’s annual Show and Sale. There is a ridiculous amount of skill and artistry to be seen at this event, and if you are looking for something special for yourself or for a gift, you should not miss this. Handwoven garments, scarves, shawls, and other accessories, as well as towels, blankets, rugs, and a multitude of other items for the home are on display throughout the Pryun House.

Check out this slide show by one of the guild members.

There will be a fashion show of handwoven items and spinning and weaving demonstrations throughout the weekend. I recall in past years they have used the schoolhouse building for more demonstrations and vending but I am not sure if that will be the case this year. So much heart and soul and years of practicing their craft goes into into every item, and the money spent stays close to home, and supports local artists and artisans. Weather permitting, the grounds of the Pruyn House are beautiful and worth exploring while you are there. I encourage you to check it out.

I’ll be taking a little road trip with my sweet Halo this weekend, and I will have more on that this Saturday. Have a great weekend!

Book Review and Giveaway: Knit Mitts – Your Hand-Y Guide to Knitting Mittens & Gloves

Good morning and happy Tuesday! I know it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but if you knit any Christmas gifts, you had to be thinking about Christmas weeks if not months ago. If you are just thinking about it now, well, your options are limited. Mittens and gloves are the perfect down-to-the-wire or even last-minute gifts to knit. They’re small, so they take less time to knit. Being small makes them easily portable too, so you can bring them with you and work on them anywhere. You’d be surprised how quickly a row or two or three here and there throughout the day really adds up. There is plenty of time to make several pairs between now and Christmas. Continue reading “Book Review and Giveaway: Knit Mitts – Your Hand-Y Guide to Knitting Mittens & Gloves”