happy holidays, don't forget to knit/sew for those less fortunate!
- Hello friends, we at Rocking Horse Farm wish you a nice holiday and a
blessed New Year!
Our store will be closed tomorrow (Saturday, December 24th) but open
as usual the following week. We considered taking some time to do
inventory and other things but have decided to remain open for
business... even though our store calendar said we "may be closed"
inbetween December 27th and December 31st.
The January/Winter 2006 issue of the Rocking Horse News has been
mailed out to all subscribers. We were told mail is slow due to the
holiday, so some recipents may not receive their issue until after the
This issue features a page about Barb Kuklok's new sewing and
embroidery design CD's, that come complete with pattern files and/or
printable instructions for projects. Check page 11 for ordering info
Other newsletter features are patterns for headbands on standard, mid
or bulky knitting machines, a great article about how to chnage
written patterns to create a custom fit, and a fun "2006 wish list."
We are especially proud of two articles in this newsletter issue. The
first is an illustrated description of how to do an E-wrap cast-on
(page 2). The second is a tutorial about Sponge Retainer Bars: what
they do, why they work, and how to know when to change it. You will
see pictures of different types of sponge bars and a picture of a
sponge bar that is "past it's prime." You wouldn't believe how many
emails we get each week from people saying they acquired a knitting
machine from an unknown seller or non-dealer and it wouldn't work
because it didn't have a decent sponge bar. We even get an occasional
email about acquired machines without sponge bars at all. It's
unfortunate that some people get introduced to machine knitting in
this frustrating way.
Other news from the shop: We have had inquiries about patterns for dog
sweaters on the knitting machine. There isn't any one reliable free
pattern for a universal dog sweater, I've discovered. The patterns
I've found don't seem to make sense or are for a special-sized dog.
Therefore I have to stick to recommending a book to purchase called
"CANINE HAUTE COUTURE" by Peggy Barton. This book MUST be good because
we constantly sell out of this book. We don't have any in stock right
at the moment but will be re-stocking it soon. So if you are waiting
to hear from me about a pattern to knit a sweater for Poochie, please
wait just a bit longer. The book isn't very expensive, it is easy to
read and use, and has a variety of sizes.
We have organized our entire class schedule for 2006 and I will be
posting it as a .pdf file on our website and here in the group soon.
Speaking of the website, I am having trouble using earthlink to host
pictures all of a sudden... so if you go to the newsletter page you
may see "under construction" instead of the color pictures of the
latest patterns from Rocking Horse News. I am working on this and will
get the pics up ASAP. We KNOW pics are important!
Lastly, we were able to turn in over a hundred items that were here
decorating our "Mitten Trees" this December. Some items went to a
women's shelter, some to a food shelf, some for national distribution,
and a few pairs of slippers went to Operation Toasty Toes.
A few days ago I got a great email from a soldier. I am going to end
this mailing with some quotes from the message. Keep this in mind when
you are embroidering and knitting so you won't forget to make an extra
item for the charity of your choice.
last year while in iraq I received a set of your slippers and they
were a blessing. Right now I am back again and have a group of 60
Hospital Corpsmen with me from 2D Marine Division in Camp Lejeune. We
are part of the 22nd MEU out here securing an area north of Baghdad.
We are living in tents and building with no heat or running water. I
was able to get this email out at one of camps that have all the
ammenities of the States.
If you feel it in your hearts to send a package again my way, I will
distribute your warm slippers to my guys.
We are working on getting a package out ASAP.
Happy holidays to all our friends.