Saturday, September 15, 2007

Knitting? Nobody Told Me ...

Hi there! I'm back at the farm after several wonderful days with my nieces and new baby nephew. What a sweetie! Yes - I will get pictures to you, it's just that I'm at the mercy of my very busy brother-in-law. He will get some pictures downloaded and sent over to me soon.

I think.

In the meantime, I have something to share. It appears a huge movement has been going on all around me, it's practically a revolution. Now everyone knows that I have an inquiring mind. Very little gets past me. It can't - you know, I have the disease (notintheknowaphobia). Anyway, this entire revolution movement thing has been going on and I had absolutely no idea. Even my good friend Sam, whom I thought I pretty much knew everything about, has gotten sucked into this above said revolution and she never even told me about it.

It's called knitting.

Jack & I got a call a few weeks ago from a super nice knitting chick named Stacy who was opening a new knitting store in Austin. She was familiar with our lavender body care line and was interested in carrying it in her store. My initial thought was, knitting? Lavender Body care? Please connect the dots here for me.

Stacy was introduced to our lavender body care line during the Blanco Lavender Festival and purchased our No. 145 Lavender Lotion. She said that it was just the best stuff she had ever used, yes she did. According to Stacy, knitters can get very dry hands handling all that wool. Even Sam said (after she finally spilled the beans to me that she was a knitter) that those sweet little Alpacas can wreak havoc on your hands.

Stacy said that knitters love lavender because the dried buds in sachets are great to have in their knitting baskets to keep pesky little pests out of the yarn. Those of you from the Hill Country know how scorpions just love snuggling into nice little dark areas. But did you know that lavender is a natural moth and scorpion repellent? Instead of using stinky moth balls, place lavender sachets in your closets, drawers, trunks, or under your seats and sofa cushions - and by all means, in your knitting basket!

Anyway, Stacy called and told us she was opening her knitting shop, The Knitting Nest in South Austin. And y'all, it's a great, great shop! You have to check it out and see her assortment of really unique yarns; and of course Hummingbird Farms lavender sachets and lavender lotion, no doubt.

When Stacy called to inquire about carrying our product line, I really didn't realize at the time how hot knitting was. I was telling my friend, Sam (the one I thought I really knew, being that I talk to her regularly and have known her since I was 12) about The Knitting Nest carrying our products, and she said, "Oh that's great! I'll have to tell my knitting group about it." After spewing my diet coke all over the place, I said, "You knit? You're in a knitting group? Nobody told me" ... I've now learned that there's even an entire blogosphere out there that is solely dedicated to knitting.

Oh how I hate to be the last to know.

Yes, I distinctly remember Martha coming home from the big house in her new poncho knitted by her new inmate BFF. I just figured that her new inmate BFF was miserably bored and took up knitting to pass the time. I had no idea that this inmate was in the know, that she was part of the revolution surrounding us all - that she actually had one over on me!

Knitting is hot, hot, hot right now. I'm just about 3 years late realizing how hot it is. In fact, there supposedly are even a number of knitting celebrities that are so eaten up with the revolution you can see them knitting everywhere - in green rooms, on the set, in airports, just everywhere! Some regular knitters include Julia Roberts, Madonna, Hilary Swank, Cameron Diaz, Goldie Hawn, Julianne Moore, and Sarah Jessica Parker. Who knew??? And hey - if knitting is cool for Sarah Jessica Parker, well then you just know it's the thing to be doing.

Where are my needles?


Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Oh you are in trouble now... big trouble!
Bill says that $1 worth of yarn can keep me busy for hours. He doesn't have any idea how many of those little balls of yarn I buy.
Big Trouble!

justabeachkat said...

Every one I know (well almost) except you and me knits I think. I thought I was the only one. I'd love to learn, but I'm so behind on so many things, I wonder how I would do it. Let me know if you start...I don't want to be the last one standing :-)

Great news though about the knit shop carrying your products. Awesome!

Glad you're back.


Lavender Chick said...

Sandi & Kat,

I'll let you know if/when I dive into knitting. I'm scared to get started because I know it will completely suck me in and keep me from getting things done - kind of like blogging!

Sami K said...

When I got sucked into knitting, it was just so my friend Wendy would quit peer-pressuring me to try it. She's very persuasive -- Thank God she wasn't trying to get me to try heroin. So anyway it's quite a great hobby because we knit, drink wine, and solve the problems of the universe, all at the same time. I'll have to ask the other "Fiber Friends," but Martha's Big House poncho looks crocheted to me. I must be wrong, seeing how knitting is so hip and Martha likes to be on the cutting edge just like you do.

Lavender Chick said...

Sam - Thanks for clearing up for us how you got sucked into knitting. Please tell me that the Big House poncho is knitted, not crocheted - because then I'll have to not only take up knitting, but crocheting, too! I guess I can squeeze that in somewhere between midnight and 2:00 a.m.!

LivingTheLife said...

I want to learn to knit, too...basically for the same reasons as you...EVERYBODY is doing it....YES, I can hear my mother's voice saying..."well, if everybody else were lined up on a bridge to jump off...would you think you needed to do the same?"....Well...of course mom...I sure would...especially if I have my life jacket on...and it's not the Golden Gate Bridge!!...I'm game, if it's not too risky.

I have done some crocheting...not anything great of course...just dabbled in it, did a blanket or two and a couple of scarves...but I do like the thought of is so "hip" you know...I do like to consider myself very hip...ha! Now hippie ...yea maybe...hip...probably never...and by hippie I mean as in "pear" shaped of course...not the "Mod Squad" hippy Peggy Lipton was...or even the ever so hip...Marlo Thomas as "That Girl"!! or hip as in the "Mama's and Papa's" I'm just your ordinary middle aged pear shaped little more hip than hippie ...geez...that hurt...wanta be hip like crafter...ya know!