Friday, January 13, 2006

Feelin' HAT, HAT, HAT

A lot has been going on in the Lovie household. I'll fill y'all in later, but for now I present Hatfest 2005/06.

The specs:

Pattern: I based this off of the Children's Cotton Hat pattern in Last Minute Knitted Gifts.
Yarn: Rowan Kid Classic
Comments: The yarn I chose did not fit the pattern, so I just used it as a guideline. The Kid Classic is a very nice everyday type of yarn. Good quality, warm, not too itchy, and the price isn't bad.

Pattern: French Girl's Violette
Yarn & Notions: Rowan Big Wool and velvet ribbon from MJ Trim
Comments: I have knit this hat now six times. That's right, SIX times. I've made it for the girls, and for several friends and relatives as a gift. This pattern is cute, quick, and well written. Too bad I will probably never wear it in Texas. Oh well, I just have to pray for that 20 yr cold front to blow through.

I also want y'all to see what the lovely and talented Sheryl made me for Christmas. Her own design, of course. Can you believe she had time to make this with all of the things going on in her life? I love it, and I'm sure I will be able to wear it. It is a super soft mohair yarn. Much lighter than the Big Wool.

In other news (in bullet form, so this post doesn't ramble):
- The bank approved our loan!
- It was my ten-year anniversary last Friday
- We moved the girls into their own bedrooms
- Yarntopia's "coming soon" website is live. I'd love to know what y'all think of the logo and colors. The blue is brighter than the robin egg that we will be using for the store, but it looked better on the computer.
- Sheryl and I are heading to the TNNA trade show next Thursday. If any of you live in the San Diego area, I'd love to meet you. Please email me!


Blogger Laura said...

I love the logo and the hats!

I can't wait for your store to open and I'm so jealous that you are going to TNNA!

2:58 PM  
Blogger Julia said...

The hats are adorable and that is great news about the loan coming through! Congrats!!!

2:58 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

one more thing--Yay for January Weddings! (our 8th anniversary was the Jan 10.)

congrats to you and Mr. Lovie

2:59 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Glad to "read" you again! I love all the head covering FOs! Violette is an awesome pattern. Have fun in San Diego!

3:15 PM  
Blogger Scoutj said...

Super cute! That blue hat would go great with the bag I just made. In blue of course!

BTW - I LOVE working in my LYS so much. You must be sooooo excited for your store!

3:18 PM  
Anonymous Jeanie said...

Woohoo! Good news all around. You'll have a blast at TNNA... be prepared to be overwhelmed ;-)

Love the site too... can't wait 'till April!

3:28 PM  
Blogger Shelley said...

The logo and colour of the website are great. I love the hats you made; gorgeous! Are the 2 girls yours? They are beautiful.

3:59 PM  
Blogger Lolly said...

Amy dear, great post! Happy all around ;) Great hats - both the ones you made, and the sweet gift from Sheryl.

Happy belated anniversary too!

4:08 PM  
Blogger Jenni said...

How wonderful to "see" you here again! I love the Yarntopia logo--really fun/classy!

A belated happy, happy 10th anniversary to the Lovies and congratulations to your big girls on their exciting move!

4:19 PM  
Anonymous Isela said...

Congrats on the loan!! The hats are adorable, I am off to see the new place to spend my pennies :)

4:47 PM  
Blogger knittinmom said...

I really like the website colors, and the logo is too cool. Great job! I wish you weren't so far away - I'd come visit! Have a great time at TNNA - I'm going to join as soon as I can get qualified as a designer, so maybe I'll be at the next show!

PS - love the hats! Your girls are so cute.

5:04 PM  
Blogger Lynda said...

Man those girls are cute - but I can definitely see where they get it!!!

Love the logo! Wish I lived closer, is it wrong to fly clear to Texas just for a yarn store grand opening??

6:08 PM  
Blogger knittingnurse said...

Oh Amy,

I am SOOOO Proud of you and Sheryl! What a great job on the website, what a great job at getting Yarntopia off the ground and YEAHS all around for all the goodies in your life.

BIIIIGGGG cyberhug for you my friend!

6:40 PM  
Blogger candsmom said...

Such good news- what a feel-good post! Happy Belated Anniversary to you and congratulations on the loan!! Your website looks fantastic and it looks like Yarntopia is really taking off. I love all the hats you knitted (where do you find the time?!) and the hat that Sheryl made for you is just wonderful. Take care and congratulations, again! :-)

12:19 AM  
Blogger Mom (a.k.a. Mary Ann) said...

I love the logo on the website. It is bright, clear, and memorable.

5:42 AM  
Blogger Catherine Kerth said...

have a safe trip! can't wait to see pics :) yeah yarntopia! i am soooo excited!

5:51 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

I think the logo is great! Congratulations!! Have fun at TNNA!

6:19 AM  
Anonymous Rachel said...

I love the logo and the colors! I think the blue is just right for online. Very cute and fun and whimsical. I'd shop there!

Those hats all came out great. You'll have to plan a New England ski vacation sometime so you can all wear them with abandon.

Congrats on all the milestones and good news!

6:53 AM  
Blogger Allena said...

those hats are great! thanks for the links i'm off to check them out. Has anyone told you that you look really good in hats? if they're light weight enough you should wear them all the time!
have a great day

7:36 AM  
Blogger Joanna said...

The hats are so CUTE all around!! I think the site looks good so far, I love the bright colors and the logo... my only criticism is that I think a different font would be easier to read. The lines of Century Gothic are very thin, and I think something a little bolder would have more contrast with the bright background. Could just be me though. ;) Otherwise it's looking great!

8:29 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

The hats are v cute!

Congrats on the loan!

Happy belated anniversary!

Love the logo!

I think I covered everything! ;o)

11:40 AM  
Blogger Donna said...

Yay! Congratulations on everything. If I am ever in Katy, I'm coming to your store.

1:38 PM  
Blogger Saun said...

I love the french girl hat, happy anniversary, and congrats on the loan. I really like the logo on the website.

6:37 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Glad to see you back! Congrats on the loan, love the hats, happy anniversary. How are the new big girl beds working out? Thanks again for meeting me. I really enjoyed hearing about the store and I look forward to visiting y'all! You and the girls look adorable in your hats!

7:23 PM  
Blogger Jes said...

Congrats on the loan and the anniversary!
I love the hats!
I also love the logo, very cute.
Keep us up to date ;)

5:50 AM  
Blogger traveling knitter said...

Good luck and have fun and TNNA. I have NEVER made a hat, and yours look so cute....I'm going to have to start....I have to have a few available for our next ski trip. :)

8:00 AM  
Blogger Sheryl said...

You look so FAB in hats - you need to wear them all the time! You are a hat girl and I am a sock girl - we've got things covered from head to toe! Fun reading everyone's comments on the logo.

8:06 AM  
Anonymous Amy said...

What great hats! Makes me want to do a hat - it has been several years since my last one.

3:30 PM  
Blogger Knitterista said...

darling hats...and loving your hair color!

9:31 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

Those hats are all adorable! I'm so glad everything is going well with Yarntopia.

And congratulations on your 10-year anniversary!

10:50 AM  
Blogger JustApril said...

LO! A lot of lovely little ladies!
cute cute hats! It was actually hat wearing weather here today.

3:13 PM  
Blogger Cirilia said...

It is always so nice to get your comments, thank you for always cheering me on! I love YOUR cloche! Cloche fever is sweeping the nation--I think Naomi Watts in King Kong is to blame!

I have seen the books and actually the Websters have to meet with Andra Asars tomorrow to go over the line. Should be fun...the are totally hit or miss, and I think the way they present the ads is really sterile/1990s. Rowan really has it right with the lush, evocative settings. Berroco has a great new design director though (Norah Gaughan) so we'll see how things go...

Two more things: love the logo, and the colors! Retro but not overly kitschy, just really cute! Have fun in San Diego, my bosses will be there scoping out the goods as well, and I'll be there in Feb. for Stitches, whoo-hoo!

5:17 PM  
Anonymous Lilly said...

I found your blog at lolly's links. She sure does have some fun links!

Anyway your hats caught my eye and I just love them! What cute pictures in this post too.

Congrats on the store. your web page is so cute and love the blue and red together.

8:52 PM  
Blogger Rayne said...

I love your hat! What's the ribbon size? I went to the website and there was so much to choose from!

11:52 AM  
Blogger knit_chick said...

ALL the hats look great! Congrats on all the great news in your life (and happy belated anniversary)!

I'm so glad you have a website. I love the logo! The robin egg blue definitely reminds me of Tiffany's ;)

8:28 AM  

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