Sunday, May 31, 2009


Hi everyone,

I am back from my most current travels. Ireland was fantastic. I will tell you all about it and my new friend Seamus (in Ireland SE makes the SH sound so it is pronounced SHAMUS) he is a long lost relative of mine. He is adjusting to life in the shoppe pretty well. Well if Frankie would quit taking him for rides on the yarn baller and if Percy would quit calling him DUDE all the time it might be a little easier.

I understand Frankie was a handful while I was gone and as punishment Anna decided to have Frankie put together a sale for today.

Frankie has put together grab bags. These are surprise bags of yarn, patterns, needles etc. You just grab a bag - hence the name and pay for it. You get what you get and you don't throw a fit!!!!

I know the bags have at least the value of the price of the bag. Many bags are half the cost of the yarn in the bag so in some cases you may 30.00 for the bag but get 60-70 worth of yarn.

Stop by and grab a bag or 2 or 3. It is getting to hot to be out doors so might as well have some fun inside.


Thursday, May 28, 2009

Pleasant Valley Sunday

Hey my wonderful Dudes and Dudettes!!!

It is going to be a Pleasant Valley Sunday in the shoppe on Sunday. Anna wants to show all of her customers how much you mean to her. She is having a great sale. There are gong to be big discounts on many things and don't forget her GRAB BAGS!!! Frankie has been busy stuffing her little hoofs off. Last time she ties me up. HUMPH!!!! Not sure which has Anna more upset, seeing a poor little innocent pink alpaca tied to a chair OR Frankie using a skein of the much coveted Blue Heron yarn to do it. (you know I could have chewed thru it but it was more fun to get Frankie in trouble)

Anna has the June Calendar up on the site. Check it out here . The brilliance of Anna has added a new feature to the calendar this month. If you click on a particular class you can see a picture of the project. That is totally awesome, if you ask this 'paca.

Frank is due back in a day or two with his long lost relative. Stop in and see him next week.


Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Man oh Man where do I being. Those creative ladies are on a roll. The Traveling Knit group was in today. Not sure they got much knitting done. They were talking up a storm. This Pink'Paca was having a hard time listen to Anna lecture Frankie on the rules of not tying up employees. But wait till you hear the punishment.

ANNA IS HAVING ANOTHER SALE!!!!! Yes you read right - the righteous Miss Anna is going to teach Miss Frankie a lesson by having a sale this Sunday. You may wonder how having a sale is punishment to Frankie. Well, Dudettes, this is the best part. This is a grab bag sale. Frankie has to fill bags with yarn, or patterns or needles. Then on Sunday, Anna is going to put the bags on sale. The bag will be worth at least what you pay for it. I haven't heard the prices but if you pay $10.00 for a bag what is in teh bag will be worth at least that much if not more. You can't look in the bag before you buy it and there are NO returns. But if I know Anna it will be worth your while to GRAB YOUR BAGS WHILE YOU CAN!!!!

Plus I heard something about Knit in Public Day. It is a day in June when all knitters are invited to pull out their yarn and knit in public. Yeah, I know most of you do that anyway. But I think Anna has a plan for that day. I will let you know what I hear.

Frank has been in touch. Seems he found a long lost relative while he was in Ireland. He actually is bringing this relative back with him. Some sheep named Seamus. This shop is already full of sheep. Why didn't he bring back another llama or 'paca? Maybe he will have to stay here and I will get to go to Kansas. Someone will have to translate for this new sheep and it won't be me.


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

New calendar

Hello Dudettes,

Have you seen the June Calendar. It is SO TOTALLY AWESOME!!!!! There are so many classes that Anna had to put it on 2 sheets of paper. Not only that she color coded it so everyone can see what classes are in their skill level. How is that for BRILLIANT??????

There are classes for crochet hats, afghan squares, a bead and lace scarf, a goregous NORO GARDEN knit along Sweater. If you haven't see it, be sure to check out the front window. Pam is teaching the Debbie Bliss bag again. Another must have. It can be knocked out in a day. Cindy is teaching her eyelet stitch polo. Another awesome sweater that is in the front window. Can you beleive that is ONLY THE FIRST WEEK OF JUNE. If it is that busy can you imagine what the rest of the month looks like. Simply spectacular. From this 'paca there is something for everyone and everyone for something next month.

Dudettes, I am hearing rumors about Christmas in July. The classes are going to be Fantabulous. Keep an eye here for all the details.

Check out the right side of the blog. There is a scrolling picture blog of things people have made. A lot of those pictures were taken during last months SHOW IT OFF!!! That will be happening again June 9th. Make sure you don't miss it. Your finished items could be featured here.

Frank will be back soon. But then off again. He is such a busy sheep. What do you think - should Anna put me in charge of the blog and let Frank travel? I am sure my writings are much more interesting than that boring old sheep. After all how many FRAT 'PACAS do you know.
Maybe I should start a poll and take the results to Anna. Something to totally think about


Sunday, May 24, 2009

Weekend happenings

We got a strange phone call after everyone left last night. Someone offering to sell us pictures from Frank's cruise. Apparently Frank had quite an adventure that he has been hiding from us. Dudes, who knew Frank was such a party sheep. If we don't pay up then this mystery caller will be posting the pics. Better have Anna check our security.

So my favorite Dudettes, did you catch the Entralac class yesterday? Who knew yarn could do that? So totally cool dude!!!!

Today it is a class in keeping your tootsies warm. Come learn how to knit socks. Stripes and solids. They make gifts for birthdays (mine is coming up) and Christmas. Only 214 days left you have to get your shopping done. Time is ticking down Dudettes. Don't wait till the last minute and get knitter's elbow.

Wanna make a really cool gift for Christmas? We have a beginning Dye class next Saturday. Check it out.

Did you hear a certain little female sheep got in trouble for tying me up the other day? don't expect to see your little Frankie on here any time soon. Anna was not happy that she wasted the yarn. So my fave needle and hook users it us just us for a few days.


Friday, May 22, 2009

Girl time

Percy would not let me on the computer last night. He kept wanting to post instead of me. I told him it was my turn but he would not listen. So when Anna gets here she will find Percy in her office tied to a chair with Blue Heron. Strongest yarn around. She can untie him. Teach that alpaca to mess with a lady. HUMPH!!!!

So, like today is an awesome day to come in and see Anna. The Traveling Knit group will be here from 12-2. Debbie will be teaching her Baby Pancho and Hat from 11-1. That friendship table will be full to the max. They will be bringing in extra chairs. Better get there early.

I saw Anna working on the calendar for next month. It is like totally packed to the max with classes and fun. But there is still lots of fun for this month too. check out the calendar and see for your self.

Since Percy is otherwise, ummm, occupied time to go for a spin.


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Hip hopping good time

Let me tell you - those ladies at Happy Hour can put my frat brothers to shame. I thought the guys knew how to have a good time. NO WAY DUDES!!!! Last night at the shoppe it was a knitting BONANZA! I didn't know they could party like that. Dudes it was a way out good time for every body. This 'paca included. Frank never lets me come up front to the table during happy hour. After last night that dude will not keep me away.

I heard that Anna the Fantabulous, has almost got the June calendar ready. There are like so many AWESOME classes and teacher - she almost had to put it on 2 sheet of paper. That is a lot of classes my wonderful DUDETTES!! Wonder if I can sit in on them? But how is a 'paca to use knitting needles? Maybe some sweet Llama will take pity on me and make stuff for me. COOOL idea isn't it?

Don't forget the Entralac class Saturday I know it is filling up fast. The price is great and what a way to get a start on Christmas. It is only 218 days left until Christmas. Better rev up those needles and hooks and get in here for some classes. Amaze your family and catch the Christmas stocking of the month class with Pam. if you start now you can have 6 done by Christmas. Or better yet - keep your mini Dudes warm this winter by catching the workshop class this Sunday and learn to make socks. Man, I am so full of great ideas I totally amaze myself.

Well, Frankie says she gets tomorrow night to post (not if I beat her to it) so till later my wonderful dudettes


Tuesday, May 19, 2009


Hey Dudes (or should I say Dudettes). Percy here. Haven't been allowed to be on here since I got back from my totally AWESOME trip to Kansas. Those Frat guys know how to show a 'paca a good time. Kansas is totally the best place to vacation. Can't believe my Buddy Frank would ever want to leave that place. Awesome chicks, and cool bros. Just a totally bitchin' place to hang.

Anyway Dudettes (and dudes) Have you heard about what Anna has cooking for July. Yea, I know it is only May but she is such a fantabulous lady she is way ahead of the game and has a totally cool day planned for all you lovers of needle and hooks. Get it on your calendar now. July 18th is CHRISTMAS IN JULY!!!!!

Anna and her gang of buds are planning a day of Christmas fun in the California sun. Classes, bingo, raffles, give a ways. You name it and Anna is so totally on it. The sun may be shining out side but inside we will be rocking around the Christmas Tree from 9-MIDNIGHT!!!!

Now for the rest of this AWESOME month there are some great classes. Saturday Anna is going to teach the Entralac Scarf. If you haven't seen that you are totally missing a great knit for a great gift. Then on Sunday, there is a sock workshop. Making socks is like such a AWESOME thing to do. Very in right now. The sorority chicks were commenting on how cool stripped socks would be. I offered to save my coat for them and they could knit me some.

Next Friday is the JUST FOR EWE class. Make a simple gift to have on hand or keep it for yourself. Don't know what she is planning but I bet it is a keeper.

Hey gotta dash - my turn to choose some tunes - getting tired of Frankie and her Material Girl. Need some Frat Boy RAP!!!

Later Dudettes


Saturday, May 16, 2009

Ireland here I come!!!!!

Wow,less than 48 hours and I will be on my way to the green island of Ireland. I can't wait. I am going to be gone for 2 weeks. So little time so much to see. Wonder where we will go first. Pam hasn't given me an itinerary yet so I guess like normal, the sheep is the last to know. But what is new about that?

Wonder how Anna will manage with out me. No one else has my evesdropping (err I mean... atune listening skills). I guess you all will just have to make due with Material girl Frankie and Frat boy Percy. Sorry but it is the best I can do.

I think I found out who has the incriminating pictures of me - and they will be dealt with as soon as i get final proof.

Did you see the class on Monday? I guess it is time to start thinking about 4th of July. Melissa is teaching a knitted flag table runner. It is beautiful. Tuesday night is Happy Hour as well as a class in Hair Pin Lace. If last weeks Happy Hour is any indication this place will be hopping.
Well,time to give Frankie and Percy last minute instructions.

Slán leat (good bye in Irish)


Tuesday, May 12, 2009

What a night

Boy finally it is quiet. You would have thought there was a party going on at the store tonight. Happy Hour seemed to start early today. I can handle 6-8 but honestly 4:30 to 8. Don't those women have families to take care of and cook for?

There was more laughter tonight than ever. More conversations that any one sheep could eavesdrop on at one time.

The picture taking was a hit. Dena was the hit of the night with her computer and picture taking. She had everyone up on Ravelry faster than anything. She was even given private lessons on all the wonderful things you can do on Ravelry. She is truly amazing. She will be there in June - second Tuesday night. I will be in Kansas so I guess I will miss that one. Bet it will be quieter in a Kansas pasture with 300 sheep relatives than it was in the shop tonight.

I am leaving on Monday to head to the home land of Ireland. I will get lots of pictures of me and the relatives. I asked Pam to look at my family tree so we knew which herds to contact. Hopefully she will remember.

Anna is getting lots of takers on her Flip Flop Socks. The class is Thursday. Maybe they will start a new trend. Better come join in so you can be a trend setter too. Custom Knit knitalong will be going on Sunday from 2-4. Come see what they are making.


Sunday, May 10, 2009


The quiet.

After yesterday I was so glad the shop was closed today. It was crazy in here. Anna had such a great sale going that everyone was here. I am surprised there is yarn left, but don't worry there is still plenty left.

With all the great classes coming up, I hope you got what you needed to participate. Anna is teaching a class in flip flop socks. I still don't get why you need socks with flip flops but I am sure there is a reason. I will admit they are really cool and the yarn color selection is awesome. Saturday is the Beginning Scarf class. This month will be a focus on yarn overs. What does the yarn go over? The scarf is in the window so take a look.

This Tuesday I am sure this place will be crazy. Don't forget it is "show it off" night as well as Happy Hour. Bring all your finished projects and let us take pictures. Who knows maybe yours will end up on my blog.

I have heard that my vacation pics are quite the hit. I got a call from the Today show asking if they could interview me concerning a few dance pictures....Now how do you supposed Matt Lauer got my phone number - let alone pictures of me? I smell an inside job.


Friday, May 8, 2009


I found a sheet of paper just laying around the shop last night. So, it was in the desk, under a book (Shearing Made Easy) behind the inventory catalog. But other than that it was just laying around. I know what the sale is. IT IS 15% OFF ANYTHING IN THE STORE. IF YOU ARE AN IN THE LOOP MEMBER THAT MEANS YOU GET 25% OFF!!!!!! If anyone is willing to come forth with the original pictures from a certain vacation I recently took I am sure I can sweeten the deal.

Now, yesterday before my sister decided to go on a ride I was about to tell you what new yarns had come in. And they will be included in the sale tomorrow as well so make sure you get there early to get best pick. It is a virtual rainbow of Berroco Comfort and Comfort DK. So many colors it is unbelievealbe. I know someone is using it to make a knitted Santa Claus that will be taught at Christmas in July. This person is also making a knitted Dragon that will be taught in the fall. All using Berroco Comfort DK.

Schaefer lace yarns and sock weights too. Elsabeth Lavold Silky Wool in about 10 new colors. The Custom Knit book has the coolest top made from the Silky Wool. The Knit Along group is making it now. Simply B-EWE-tiful.

Also...Ty-Dy from Knit One Crochet Too as well as Trendsetter Tonelita. The Tonilita is the most beautiful colorways ever. They knit up striped so beautifully. Both of these are for upcoming classes... You have to come in and see them.

Hey wait a minute - what was the name of that book? Something about Shearing... I think I had better go on another mission tonight and get rid of that.


Thursday, May 7, 2009

I am simply ruined

I am begging all of my loyal followers to please not believe what you see or hear about the cruise. I thought we had all agreed that what happened on the ship stayed on the ship. Well, apparently I was wrong. That only applies to the 2 legged speices who were on the cruise. Someone has some, ummm, shall we say compromising pictures of me from the cruise. I can not be held responsible for the content. I am hoping to find out who has them and woooo them with the promise of unlimited yarn ( I am sure Anna will understand - it is for a good cause - ME!!!!!) For those of you who have seen me in the shop with my tag that reads "SILENCE OF THE LAMB" Please know that I am willing to break my silence about what went on if they can get me the orginals of the photographs.

I am gearing up for my next trip. Off to Ireland May 18. Hope to meet some of my ancesterty. I get back from that trip and head for Kansas June 9. I have to go see my immediate family. I miss my mom. I can't wait to tell them the tales of my adventures in the Yarn Shoppe.

Did you know that tomorrow was Anna's birthday? She claims she is 29. I have seen her driver's license and know the TRUTH!!!! Make sure you stop in and wish her Happy Birthday. Bring her a cup cake or something. IF she won't eat them I will.

Saturday is the sale. Anna says I can't plan this one. Worried I will give it all away. She is keeping the details to her self. I suggested she give the percentage off of her age. She threatend to muzzle me. HUMPH!!!! I was only being helpful.

I heard Anna talking about a great weekend event in July. They are having a Christmas in July. There will be classes all day long. I will keep my ears open for more info. Wonder if they will be making my Christmas presents then. I better get my list together.

Tuesday night is going to be a great night. Bring in all the things you have made and we will take pictures of them. Then you can post them on RAVELRY or send them to friends so they can see how talented you are. Anna and the gang will have mannequins to use for your sweaters. It is also Happy Hour so bring your knitting and join us at the table after your pictures are taken.

Did I mention the new yarns? WOW. UH OH Frankie is on the yarn baller I guess the yarns will wait until tomorrow. Maybe I should take her back to Kansas and leave her.....


Monday, May 4, 2009

The store is rocking

After being on a ship for almost 2 weeks this month I don't have my land legs back. I spent the past 2 days hanging out in my favorite yarn just waiting for the world to stop rocking. I hope it stops soon.

Since I was a little under the weather, I missed out on much of what has been going on in the shop. I heard lots of laughter from the Friendship Table yesterday but I didn't have the strength to move. Between the Christmas stocking class, the eyelet stitch polo and the beginnigs of a new Custom Knit class I wasn't the only one rocking yesterday. The store has so many people coming and going - and many staying for the fun.

Speaking of fun - tomorrow night is Happy Hour Tuesday and it is also Cinco de Mayo. Maybe there will be margaritas and chips and salsa to celebrate. That would be fun. But I Frank will remain in my cubby where the ground doesn't move. Hopefully, the ground will stop moving before i get on the plane to head to Ireland. Jetlag and rocking planet earth would be a bad bad combination.


Saturday, May 2, 2009

Curise - 2 Frank - 0

Well, I went on my 2nd cruise and it wasn't as bad as the first but I, Frank the Mascot Sheep, vow to never do this again. While it wasn't as humid, this time I coulndn't get off the ship. Something about Swine Flu. What do I care if pigs have the flu? It can't be any worse then the Fleece flu, which I seemed to have a touch of during the cruise. The doc quarantined me to my cabin. What fun that was. NOT!!!!!! I wanted to see the sites, have a margarita, hit a pinata. Anna and Pam assured me it was for the best. There was lots to do on the ship but I had to promise everyone "what happened on the ship stayed on the ship" Anna even made me a card to wear around my neck to remind me of that. So mum's the word - at least until Anna isn't looking. I think she is worried about what stories I might tell about her. But her "secret's" are safe with me. (wink wink)

So much going's on at the shop. Happy Hour is back Tuesday night. I bet Pam will be happy to tell tales about the cruise. She will be teaching her Afghan square class that night. I need to check with her about what a sheep needs to pack for Ireland.

Have you checked out the sample of Debbie's Crochet kids poncho and hat. She will be teaching it Friday May 8th from 11-1.

Saturday is a HUGE HUGE day. Secret sale day. "You don't Have to Be a Mother"sale. So if ewe are a son, daughter, husband, aunt, uncle, or neighbor to a mom come on in and pick up something for the mom nearest you.

Pam agreed to teach the Debbie Bliss Purse class next Saturday. SHe taught this class on the cruise and everyone loved it. It is large enough to hold all your goodies (and a spare sheep or 2 for good measure on your next trip)

In honor of Mother's day the shoppe will be closed Sunday May 10th. Make sure ewe spend time with your mom that day. I will be calling mine. Hope Anna doesn't check teh phone bill to closely.


Friday, May 1, 2009

That is a great book!

you heard about the book and it is really cute, Pints & Purls . . . . . . .
Check out the pattern for the "Recovery Lap Blanket"
a red cross and coffee cup

Hints for Mom's Day

was thinkin, which in my case can be dangerous,
there are some great 'already finished' pieces of art
at the store,
grab Mom a great scarf!?