December 22: Lavish Luxury


There is little more sinfully lavish than silk. The fiber that always in style, always in season. Spring yarns are beginning to roll through the door, and silk will be a big part of our spring line up.

As with other fibers, there are varying qualities of silk. The highest quality and most luxurious is mulberry silk. The silkworms feed off of mulberry leaves, producing long fibers that yield the most durable and refined of all the silks.


Mana, a kettle dyed pure mulberry silk from Araucania Yarns is simply splendid! We’ve greatly expanded our color selection of Mana for spring.

If you have not had the pleasure of knitting with pure mulberry silk, I highly recommend it!


Silk dyes like no other fiber. One of my favorite yarns to dye for our in-house le Cœur line is POSH, a lightweight mulberry silk. I can create the most splendid colors!  We were importing the silk base from the UK, and unfortunately they stopped producing this particular yarn. Sadly, what we have left in stock is all that is left.

Lady in RedMarina

I have two free pattern downloads for you today. Lady in Red, worked with 2 skeins of Araucania Mana -and- Marina, worked with 3 skeins of le Cœur POSH. Download your copies by clicking on the pattern names/photos today, for the link will be gone tomorrow.


Everyone should have the experience of working with mulberry silk! I’m going to help one of you toward this goal today, by giving away two skeins of Araucania Mana to one lucky reader. Simply state in the comments what color you’d like to win. You can see the colors of Mana here. Sorry, drawing is over!

Are you a Lady in Red, or a Lady in Emerald, or a Lady in Pink…we have a shade to suit all personalities.

Christmas is fast approaching! In my family Christmas Eve was always the big-to-do, and Christmas Day was visit the in-laws day. Santa Claus would even make an in-person appearance on Christmas Eve, with a special delivery of our gifts.


Now that I’m an orphan, Keith and Mason are the only immediate family I have left. Christmas is now just a visit the in-laws day for me, so I guess it is time to come up with a new tradition. I’ve been on the fence as what to do for Christmas Eve this year, and still can’t decide.


Since I can’t get my boys on board with any of my ideas, I guess I’m just going to come to work. We were originally going to be closed on Christmas Eve, but since I plan to spend part of the day in here in my happy place I figured I might as well open up for a bit.

So our new, revised hours for Christmas Eve are 10am to 2pm. Drop in and see me. I’m sure there will be some gift wrapping going on!



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47 thoughts on “December 22: Lavish Luxury

    1. Congratulations! You’ve won 2 skeins of Mana mulberry silk. Please pick up your prize before 1/31/19 or it will be put back in the prize hopper.

  1. They are all beautiful. I am picking Stardust and stepping out of my comfort zone because it is so pretty!

  2. Agree that Stardust is lovely! OTOH, the Silver is lovely, too! Thanks for the patterns! So many patterns – so little time!

  3. Mana 03 Viola -they are all beautiful colors. Thanks for the patterns! Happy holidays to you and yours.

  4. I’m sure this is lovely in any color (samba and jadine caught my eye). Thank you for the patterns!!
    Wish I could visit you on Christmas Eve but I have prior commitments (I do hope to see you during the week tho). New traditions can be difficult—hope you find the perfect one for your family! Wish you a very Merry Christmas!

  5. #03, Viola, is calling to me. 🙂

    I, too, am struggling to find a new way to celebrate Christmas. I quit flying to PA to see my family at Christmas several years ago. Those trips were stressful and unpleasant, for various reasons, and I didn’t want Caleb to grow up associating “stressful” and “unpleasant” with Christmas! And maybe it’s that I’m getting older, but I find myself bristling against the imposed obligations and expectations of the season. I have packages to ship to my family, and Caleb and I both have December birthdays; that’s kind of enough, without a maelstrom of baking and decorating and socializing.

    This year, we have no decorations up, which Caleb and I are surprisingly fine with. I do plan to spend some time in the kitchen tomorrow or Monday, so that we can graze and snack our way through Christmas Day; Mom started that tradition years ago, after she realized she was in the kitchen so much that she was missing all the family fun, and I think it’s a fine idea. As a new tradition, I bought myself a big, challenging jigsaw puzzle that I’ll start on Christmas Day. I’m really trying to keep things relaxed, listen to my intuition, and do what makes my heart sing.

    And there will be knitting, naturally! I’m excited to hear the store will be open Christmas Eve! Don’t be surprised if you see me and a pair of socks-in-progress — a Christmas gift I didn’t get to early enough, of course.

  6. Thanks for sharing your story. I didn’t know why Mulberry silk was so grand, so I learned my something new today. Thanks for that.

    I’m loving Jadine. ( And Amethyst and Viola…)

  7. Mana #01 Silver
    I’ve learned to adjust with the changes in family traditions. Those who’ve passed on, weddings/divorces and babies that have added to the family are continually changing when, where and how Christmas is celebrated now. It’s more peaceful to just accept the situations and be grateful for what is, although there are moments where I’m sad for the lost traditions. My hope for you is to have a Merry Christmas with loved ones held close and soon you’ll have new traditions and remember the old traditions with fondness and not sadness.

    Merry, Merry Christmas to you, Keith and Mason from John and I.

  8. I am a Lady in Red and she would look great is Stardust!

    Thanks for doing the giveaways! Merry Christmas!

  9. I got so busy downloading the patterns yesterday, that I didn’t realize I hadn’t read to the end of your post! If I’d been on time, I’d have liked the Laguna. If I still didn’t have food prep to do, it would be fun to come and stitch tomorrow. Maybe I should see what I can get done today…..
    Merry Christmas, Keely!

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