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Blue Heron art

The Blue Heron event was amazing.  I always forget how gorgeous those colors are and how many fun garments you can make with just a skein or two.  

Although we've packed up the samples to make way for the Indigo trunk show, we still have the Blue Heron yarns on hand through Tuesday.  So, you didn't have a chance to stop in over the weekend, you can still get a Blue Heron fix, but you'll have to hurry, because everything goes back home to Easton Tuesday at noon.   

I enjoy going over to Easton to pick up the yarn.  It's a long trip, but a nice drive up Route 4 and across the water, even if the Bay Bridge is kind of scary.  The Eastern Shore is a lovely destination, and Blue Heron Yarns has some beautiful fiber art on display.  My favorite is the one above with the hand-dyed silk shoreline and the heron in front.  Here's another very nice three dimensional piece.  

 

 

 

 

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Blue Heron Trunk Shows

Blue Heron yarns were in the house this weekend.  Demian Savits, Blue Heron owner, brought box after box of beautiful fibers. The biggest hit was the Bulky Rayon Chenille - I mean really, who could resist this luxurious fiber and the plushy fabric it makes!  Lots of people bought it for a gorgeous one skein cowl - a terrific gift for those of you thinking about holiday knitting.

 

One skein cowl in Rayon Chenille

Cowl in bulky rayon chenille 

Another really popular project in the Bulky Chenille was this beautiful long vest.  Knit side to side, the colors fall in flattering vertical lines.  It's open at the sides for an easy fit that looks great on all body sizes and shapes.  It's a very simple construction, so it's easy to knit, and easy to modify, if you like.

mini ruana chenille 

I wore the vest most of the day Friday.  It feels so nice on - I can't wait to make my own.  I would be starting immediately, but Paulette saved me by purchasing my favorite color. Thank you, Paulette.  I do need to finish something before I start this.

Paulette purchasing Bulky Chenille 

Demien brought tons of Rayon Metallic, his most popular fiber, in every Blue Heron color he had in stock as well as lots of samples.


choosing Rayon Metallic

What fun to see how the different colorways worked up!  I am always surprised at how subtle the sparkle can be in this fiber - especially in stockinette stitch.   Beautiful in the evening, it's perfectly appropriate for daytime garments and casual tanks.

Holden Shawlette in Rayon Metallic
Tank in Rayon Metallic, Poppy 

Because Blue Heron Yarns come in generous hanks, there were several very popular one-skein projects.  This topper in laceweight Cotton Rayon Twist is one.  In this yarn, a strand of rayon is plied with a strand of cotton; the two fibers take the dye differently for a shimmery yarn with a beautiful hand.

Lacy top in Cotton Rayon Twist 

Another very fun project is this fringed shawl.  Triangular shawls can be tricky, but this one is large and open and very flattering.  This is one skein of Rayon Metallic and pattern free with purchase!

Lynne in Spider 

There was lots, lots more - I know Demien took more pictures that he'll probably post on Facebook, and I'll post more on the Pinterest board.

This was a fun weekend.  Over the past year or so, I have made some very conscious decisions about companies with whom I want to do business.  There are plenty of companies out there making yarn, so I have the luxury of choosing those that share my values and my commitment to customer service.  Blue Heron Yarns is such a company.  They are small and local, and all of their fiber comes from small independent mills in the United States.  That makes a difference to me.  From a customer service perspective, Demian stands behind his product.  His quality is consistent, his prices are fair, and he delivers on time.  And Demien's a really nice guy.  I look forward to working with him more in the future and bringing you lots of beautiful yarns from Blue Heron.

Demien Savits, Blue Heron owner with his son, Jackson 

Demien Savits and his son, Jackson 

 

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So, what's a Trunk Show?

If you've never been to a Crazy for Ewe trunk show, you're probably wondering what it's all about.  You may even harbor secret fears that it's like one of those in-home parties where you're captive for hours and hours while someone extolls the virtues of all manner of jewelry/baskets/gadgets/plastic-ware.  Right?  Let me set your mind at ease by saying that a Crazy for Ewe trunk show is nothing like that!

A trunk show simply means that we have a whole bunch of sample garments on hand for you to see and touch and try on. It's a casual and relaxed event - come when you can, and stay as long as you like.  I love trunk shows because it's exciting to see garments in real life those pieces we often see only in books, magazines or on the web.  It's hard to know just how long they are, or how big the neckline is, or what the fabric feels like when you're just looking at pictures.  Having access to the actual garments allows you see what the garment looks like, but more importantly, to see what it looks like on you.

A trunk show often has a theme - sometimes it's all the garments from a particular issue of a magazine, like Vogue Knitting, or a book, like those we've had from Wrap Style, Lace Style, and others.  Sometimes a trunk show focuses on a particular fiber, like those we've had from Manos del Uruguay featuring Silk Blend and Serena.  Often I'll ask a yarn company to bring garments in a few of their fibers as well as a selection of those fibers as a special treat for you, as we are doing with the Blue Heron trunk show this month, and the Claudia's Handpaint trunk show in September.

There's a little secret about trunk shows too - attending one gives you that great opportunity, while you and your knitting friends are sitting around looking at pattens, to say, "Yes, I tried on that very garment, and it looked fabulous!"  Who doesn't love that just a little bit!  Keep an eye on the calendar for upcoming trunk shows and lots of other fun stuff too.

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