Colinette Jitterbug and Madtosh DK

Happy Memorial Day to all of you. I’ve been thinking a lot of the men and women who have given their service (and some, their lives) to insure the freedoms that I enjoy. I’ve also been thinking about the families who send off their husbands, wives, sons, and daughters, not knowing when they will see them again. So many people making so many sacrifices. I have several friends with sons and daughters in the military. I saw this on my friend Nancy’s Facebook page today. Her town puts up banners to honor those in the military, and this is her son. I wish more towns did this, year round.  This post on the The Pioneer Woman’s blog today was a good reminder of the cost to all involved. To all who serve, have served, and have family members who serve – thank you, today and every day.

Since it’s Monday, we do have new things up on the website for you today. I’ve spent a good bit of my long weekend, hanging out with Knitting Daughter and knitting away. After too many weeks of getting other things done (and not knitting), it’s nice to be back at it. In fact, I’m getting some of these new yarns for myself today, because I’ll be ready for a new project again, soon!

Just up – Colinette Jitterbug in 70+ colors (shown here in Jewel). They’ve made the skein size larger, which was a very good thing. We’ve gone without a re-stock of this for almost a year (due to supplier changes) and I’m glad to have it back. The colors continue to be amazing – perfect for scarves, shawls, mitts, cowls, and socks. I made this shawl out of one of the autumn colorways. Now I’m contemplating doing one up in Charlize by Vanessa Smith (because I’m a sucker for a good ruffle like that), or Cladonia by Kristen Kapur (because there are great multi and solid color combinations in this batch.) And look at this one – Catkin, by Carina Spencer. Wow. Carina also designed the Whippoorwill Shawl that I liked knitting up last fall.

Madelinetosh DK – More colors from the big batch that arrived last week (shown here in Logwood). The colors this week are the ones that needed to be re-photoed. The thing about hand-dyed yarn is that it can look pretty different from one time to the next (no matter what company it’s coming from). I’ve learned to get it when there is a variation that I like, because it might be different the next time around! My favorite thing to knit with this weight is the Mara shawl, and I’ve made two of them. Here and here. I also found The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief by Orange Flower, when I was searching DK weight scarves/shawls last week. Very cute. This DK weight is also great for sweaters. I shared some fun summer sweater links in last week’s blog post.

We also added in a few more colors of Claudia Hand Painted, and we’ve gotten in a new batch of our Loopy Ewe shopping bags (formerly red, now lime green for summer). These are great to take to fiber fests, farmer’s markets, and the beach. Lightweight and easy to pack into your suitcase or fold up into your purse.

Enjoy the rest of your long weekend and we’ll be in tomorrow to get your orders packed up and shipped out!

Sheri thevolumeofcicadasinmyneighborhoodisdeafeningtoday.
Holycow.Wishwecouldshipyouafew. 🙂


  1. So you had to move to CO to get away from cicada noise?? (lol) … on a more serious side thanks for the comments/recognition of memorial day. It is a nice gesture to put the photos of service members on lamp posts, but when my son was on active duty, he hated having his photo posted for public viewing.

    Going back now to shop TLE …

  2. HI Sheri — I was thinking about your move to CO and realized that having the yarn in MO for a few months will most likely cut down on your stash enhancement.

  3. Kim – That would be nice, wouldn’t it? But instead, I can just see the Elves needing to send me big boxes of yarn for that month or two …

  4. How interesting that you’re swamped with the critters, yet we have nary a one across the state….weird…

  5. Hi Sheri,

    Thanks for taking time to acknowledge everything our armed services people do for us and for preserving our freedom and way of life. It’s funny, I was looking at your friend’s picture of her son and thinking it nice that other cities do that as well – our city, Corona also has these banners posted around the city and I think they are a nice tribute. Small world, your friend Nancy lives a few miles down the freeway from Corona. We have friends that live in Chino Hills. Must be an Inland Empire (the name of the part of Southern CA we live in) thing.

    Happy Memorial Weekend to you and your family. I hope the weather there is better than it has been and as nice as it is out here in So Cal. 🙂

  6. Thank you for honoring Memorial Day. I will contact the city of Florissant to hopefully spark the idea of bannering the city with those who serve.

    The cicadas have just started in North County. The mosquitoes, however, are right at home.

  7. Thank you Sheri for thinking of the families of our military personnel. As the spouse of a 22 year active duty military veteran, and the mother of a young soldier in Afghanistan, AND the former director of the largest USO in Europe, I very much appreciate the thoughts and prayers for the families as well as the service members. In my position at the USO, I spent many deployments doing my best to ensure that the families left behind overseas were as well taken care of as possible. These are the ones most often forgotten and the ones for whom deployments take the hardest toll. Thank you again for your kind thoughts.

  8. I was walking in downtown Boston over the weekend and there was a flag garden to honor all of the people in the area who had given their lives in military service. It was awe inspiring and humbling to see all of the flags covering the hillside.

  9. Sheri, thanks for the link to The Pioneer Woman. What wonderful pictures, some happy, some sad. It was nice to be with my Dad on Memorial Day, and discuss his service to our country. He just wrote it all up in a great essay for the family – the saga of a country boy who wanted to see the world!

  10. Good Lord we were in Ballwin last Saturday at my sister’s and the noise was horrible!! Not to mention the swarming! We’ve from southeast Missouri and pray we don’t have to “share” in the Show-Me-State’s new State Insect!!! Aeeeeeiii!

  11. I’m really looking forward to my trip to TLE late tomorrow afternoon – I’ve never been (even though I’m in StL!), nor ordered online. SO psyched for the experience 🙂

  12. I’ve pictured myself opening a package with some of those awful things inside and laughed myself silly. That’s after almost fainting…thanks for the chuckles.

  13. Sheri,

    Thank you for the veteran’s tribute. As a wife of a retired Coast Guardsman and the Mother of one, I am very thankful for all of our military service members past and present.

    You mentioned PW in one of your blogs a few years back and I have been a faithful reader ever since. Thanks for that too!

    All the best and blessings too.

  14. Good news! the cicadas will die off in about a month- 6 weeks from now! Until then I must find a way to keep the kids entertained indoors, because I can’t st and the noise. We have discovered today that my three year old wants to help me spin, so all is not lost.

  15. Holy Cow! I leave the country for 2weeks, and major changes take place! My daughter took me to Spain – beautiful country! Will have to place an order when I get home. We head home Saturday! Hugs, molli

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