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September 2008 - Shivaya Naturals

September 2008

Some more pics

September 18, 2008

Our next store update, and our last update for our Autumn collection, will be this Monday, September 22nd. Our sign-ups for our lace club will begin on October 1st as well, with more details coming shortly.

Here are a few pictures of Tudor Grace and The Fiddlehead Scarf that I mentioned in my last post. Tudor Grace is knitted in Shivaya Bamboo and Merino. The Fiddlehead Scarf is done in Shivaya’s Merino Lace in Dusty Rose

Also, here are two other pieces that I am currently working on; First, I have been saving some Rowan Biggy Print in beautiful fall colors to make a stole for myself. I intend to have this done before the Autumn Equinox this coming Monday. My family does a big harvest feast on the day of the Equinox, and I thought that there might be nothing better that enjoying a new piece of knitting on such a special day.

The second piece is Anne Hanson’s Feather and Fan Stole using Shivaya Fingering Merino in Coral Rose. I love the color of this yarn, and the drape is really fantastic. I am excited to get this piece completed, and sent off to a special recipient for the holidays.

My friend, Stacy Z, knit up Jared Flood’s Porom a bit a go in Shivaya Fingering Merino. I think that the hat looks amazing on Stacy, and a HUGE thank you goes out to her for working on this the way that she did.

I am so excited to be heading off in October to the Knitting at The Ranch retreat with Anne Hanson. I am a vendor at the retreat (which is really special), and it is great to be able to show off some of Shivaya’s Winter Collection of yarns(I will also have many autumn colors as well). I am traveling down with a really good friend of mine, and the idea of some relaxing bonding time, coupled with spending four days learning from Anne Hanson, it is just too good to be true. I have friends in Longmont who travel to Abiquiu, New Mexico often, and they just rave about it. I will let you all know how it goes.

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A Post a Long Time Coming

September 14, 2008

It has been just way too long since I have blogged. I have really loved having this space to write for the past year (yep, my blogaversery came and went, and I missed it!), and I have goten away from coming here on a daily basis as of late.

A lot has been happening; Shivaya has really taken off, and I am feeling incredibly blessed for the early success that we have had. I have so much more that I want to accomplish and do, but for right now, I am feeling a lot of contentment with everything that has happened.

We have a gorgeous new yarn that will be available with our winter collection; Our Shivaya Alpaca DK is one of the most luxurious alpacas I have seen. The yarn loves the dye, and it produces a gorgeous set of deep colors. It is soft, holds it’s drape beautifully, and is just too yummy for words. It shipped out to our test knitters last week in our Autumn colors, and I am really looking forward to beginning to dye it for our winter collection, and get it out to all of you.

I have been knitting a lot lately, and it feels really good to go through all of the yarns, and decide on some fun new projects for fall! I currently have the gorgeous Fiddlehead Scarf pattern by the incomperable Anne Hanson on the needles. I am knitting this scarf in Shivaya Merino Lace in Dusty Rose, and I love it. The yarn really produces a soft, almost sheer scarf, and the pattern is just phenomenal. I also have Anne’s Tudor Grace scarf on the needles in our Bamboo and Superwash Merino in Merlot. I have to tell you that when I first dyed up the Bamboo and Superwash Merino, I was just not sure how I would like it. In knitting this scarf, I am just so pleased with this yarn. The drape is amazing, it holds it’s shapre perfectly, it has a soft sheen that really gives the yarn some depth, and the superwash merino produces some pretty rocking colors! I am having a lot of fun knitting both of these, and I am excited to see how they will come out.

I have a few FO’s to show off, and hopefully I will have a few more this coming week. I knit Anne’s Feather and Fan Stitch Stole using Malabrigo Worsted and I LOVE it. Malabrigo is just a fantastic yarn. It is so soft and luxurious, and I love wrapping myself in this stole. It is a great piece for almost any occasion, and because I used a thick yarn, it can really be used in our cold Colorado weather as a sweater-like garment. I have two more of these on the needles right now; one in Shivaya Superwash Merino and one in our Prime Alpaca. The one in our Superwash Merino has an amazing drape, and it is just going to be a gorgeous piece of lacework. The second in Prime Alpaca seems to be a perfect weight for this pattern; DK, soft and luxurious, but still with the ability to keep a consistent stitch pattern.

I knit the Dolores Park Cowl for my mother this past Spring. I think that I am going through a cowl phase right now. They just seem so much more functional than scarves, and in the cold Colorado weather, they are perfect for both inside and outside wear.