November 30, 2018

Time to make some gifts! I recently read an article about a woman who wrote to Dear Prudence complaining that her daughter-in-law had made a blanket using yarn purchased with a gift certificate the woman had given her, and gave the blanket to the mother-in-law. The mother-in-law somehow thought it was rude. Never mind that the daughter-in-law, instead of picking yarn for herself, chose to select a high-quality yarn and spend 6 months hand knitting a large gift for her mother-in-law. Any of you out there who have spent that long working on a gift for someone will recognize the labor of love that went into that gift. Here's hoping you are not the mother-in-law or the daughter-in-law in this story this holiday season!
November 1, 2018

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”― Mark Twain

There is nothing like leaving your safe home, your comfortable routine, familiar places and faces, and traveling halfway around the world, only to find beautiful faces, comfortable places, and realize the exotic locations you've only dreamed of feel just like home.

Craig and I spent the month of October traveling with Craig's parents to Seattle to cruise across the Pacific Ocean, stopping in Hawaii and several South Pacific islands, before reaching Sydney, Australia. Hawaii, Fiji, and Australia have always been on my list of places to see, but we also visited a couple of beautiful islands I had never heard of - Vanuatu and New Caledonia. Everywhere we went the people were very friendly. We had pleasant weather and we had rainy weather. We made friends on the ship that we will never forget and met friends we had not seen in 10 years. We went to a luau, tried new foods, learned a little about the places we stopped (ask me what happened to the losing warrior on Vanuatu when he challenged the leader), and made memories that will last a lifetime.

I hope even if it is a shorter distance, that you will make time to travel and see new places, meet new people, and try new things. It is like taking a breath of fresh air that helps us see our routine lives from a different perspective. It expands our ability to care for others since they are no longer "others" but "us". It helps us understand our history and opens our eyes to how easy we have it compared to some. It shows us that there are other places in the world who live almost exactly the way we do, even though we thought we were the only ones with convenience stores and fast food on every corner. It humbles us to be a foreigner in a new place. When we step out of our comfort zone, we become better.

Just don't forget to take your knitting with you! ;)

September 30, 2018

Pink Lady ~ Pink House

The Pink Lady Fire Truck stopped by the Cottage on Sunday to pick up the 118 Knitted Knockers that you all donated and deliver them with the Knockers collected from the other shops on the crawl to the Pink House/Carolina Breast Friends on Morehead Street in Charlotte. What a great day!

September 29, 2018

We had lots of fun during the 10th Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl! Thank you to everyone who participated!

Happy Anniversary to Anne and Josh! They spent their 5th anniversary visiting every shop on the crawl, all in one day!   Shelia was the first to turn in a completed map at the Cottage!


August 22, 2018

People out in the world often see my knitted or crocheted garments and accessories and say, "Oh, I could never do that!" I usually tell them it just takes patience and practice once you have learned the basics. The more you practice a skill, the better you will become.

Butterfly Shawl in Uneek Fingering and Harvest Fingering

I have very recently had the opportunity to be on the other end of that sentiment. I have been working for a couple of months on changing over our Point of Sale (POS) system, as well as setting up this new website. Learning how to set up the POS was just a matter of someone showing me how to enter new products or customers and how to add photos and descriptions (still working on this part, by the way) and I was good to go. But designing a new website and trying to make it look pretty are just not something I am good at. Fortunately, I have a very patient account manager helping me and an ace up my sleeve: my husband. Craig is very knowledgeable when it comes to manipulating html and other acronyms that elude me. He has actually taken the time to show me how to add space between columns of text and how to make sure I'm using the same color from one place to another, and with a little practice, now I know just enough to get me into trouble!

For right now, I just wanted to get the new website up with the basic information about the Cottage, a calendar so you can see what classes we are offering in September, and a way for you to sign up for those classes right from the comfort of your own home (or car, or even from a cruise ship!) I have included information on what supplies you will need for each class, what level the class is designed for, and who is teaching. I'm really excited about class sign-ups online, not just because it is convenient for you, but it also means we will have an up to date list of students that I can access from anywhere with a wifi connection. So if we have to close for snow and ice (dreaming of cooler weather here in the middle of summer), or if we lose power at the Cottage and need to postpone a class, or if I just forgot to tell you something before your next class, I can pull up the list of students with their emails and phone numbers from anywhere and get in touch!

And even while the new website is just getting off the ground, I am still working diligently during every free moment to get all of our products uploaded with photos and descriptions so that we will be able to offer them for sale online soon! Of course, all of this computing stuff is limiting my knitting time, but it is worth it because I think you're going to love being able to buy yarn, needles, notions, books, magazines, and everything else we carry ONLINE in your PJs. Even better, you will have the option to request that we hold it for pickup at the Cottage or ship it to you. That doesn't mean you can just stop coming in to the Cottage! I still love to help you in person to find the perfect yarn for your next project, as well as see your smiling face, but sometimes we all just don't feel up to getting out, whether because we are ill or we don't have enough time, and shopping online can be a relief when we really need size 6 needles but don't finish work in time to stop by the Cottage. All of this is to let you know that our Online Shopping is Coming Soon! Keep checking back, and be sure to sign up for our newsletter while you're visiting!
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