Sunday, December 26, 2010

New Stitch Markers

I normally don't blog about every new item I list, but I'm just too entirely excited about a new line of polymer clay stitch markers!

On the top row are my very new and oh-so-cute ice cream cones, your favorite candy-coated chocolates, and calorie-free s'mores! All are in sets of 6 for $12 a set.

And on the bottom row you'll see three of a few new Swarovski crystal stitch marker colors. They are in sets of 8, also for $12 a set.

You can find both lines in my Etsy store.

But the best part? This is just the beginning. I have plans to bring you many more varieties from both lines. 2011 is going to be a very exciting year at JL Yarnworks!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Mr. Cute Bunny Hopkins

I think it's about time I introduce the newest member of the Yarnworks family.

In September, my husband had the joy of accompanying me to North Country Fiber Fair. It was his very first fiber show.  After helping me set up, he wandered the fair. Within minutes, he was back at my booth. "There is the cutest gray bunny in the corner over there," he said. He leaned over me a bit. I was sitting and he's 6'5". "And I *want* him."

I chuckled a bit, knowing I've been talking about angoras for the past year or more only to have him scoff at me.

Together, we ventured over to the two angora booths, admiring the different types. Finally, I saw the one he'd fallen for. A gorgeous black English Angora. He'd been raised by an 8-year-old boy as a 4H project and was being sold by the angora breeder for him. I've always been partial to the English Angora, so I looked at him and ever-so-coyly said, "He's very cute. If you really want him..."

The kids were thrilled when they found out we were getting a pet! They wanted to call him Hoppy or Hopper. Then they suggested Bouncer. *sigh* Finally, we came up with Hopkins. Then Miss Kate suggested that he needed "Cute Bunny" as a middle name.  We settled on Mr. Cute Bunny Hopkins. Though we usually call him Hopkins or Mr. Hopkins.

He has free run of the living room. Really, he has free run of the house, but he never strays far from his cage. His favorite spot is behind his cage, looking out the sliding glass doors. He even has a wild bunny that visits him from time to time. We see the little paw prints in the snow! I wonder what they must think of each other, separated by glass like that.

Hopkins loves toys. He loves throwing them around and gets mad if you move things around. Just picking up stray toys in the living room will usually result in an angry foot thump from him.

So if we got Hopkins back in September, why am I just now blogging about him? Well, because he accompanied us to our Christmas photo shoot today! He's a natural! Waaaaay easier to pose than my children!!!

Here is my newest favorite photo:

And the whole family...minus Mr. Yarnworks who is still in Afghanistan:

Monday, December 13, 2010

Gift Wrapping

I spent my weekend shipping out special Christmas orders. I absolutely love this time of year! Not only do I get to spoil my own friends and family, but I get to help spoil yours as well!

Here's an example of an order that shipped out this weekend:

And guess what? This is a service that I offer FREE of charge! Whether it's Christmas or a birthday or a secret pal, I'll make sure your package is done up right! All you have to do is ask. And, please double-check that the paypal "ship to" address is the gift recipient's address.

There's still time for Christmas gifts! Order by December 18th to make sure that your gifts get there in time for Christmas!