Every year, Robert Kaufman keeps us in suspense. On December 31st, and not a minute before, Kona's color of the year is announced. Kona is Kaufman's line of solid cottons that come in what seems like 100 colors. And the 2018 Kona Color of the Year is Tiger Lily which is the definition of a "warm" color. And coincidentally it just so happens that several of our new prints ordered from the Houston Quilt Market incorporate this stunning color. Like the Blushing Peonies Layer Cake by Moda standing up between the Kona charm squares and Kona yardage pictured above. It would be hard to find a more beautiful collection of Spring prints. We are absolutely in love with the whole array. And apparently our customers are too since we have only 2 layer cakes left after only two weeks. So, do drop by soon for the best selections.
I am always learning the same lessons and the latest one was: if you are following a lace chart and ending up with the wrong stitch count too many times, go to the written directions. Hopefully your pattern will contain both as does Milton, a beautiful shawl pattern using Done Roving's Frolicking Feet Mini Gradient kit. Granted this isn't a public knitting project but one that should be undertaken in the morning light. My first mistake was knitting at Sunday's knit salon. Wrong! And despite intense concentration at night, I still couldn't get the count right. That's when I turned to the words and to my great relief, I began making progress. But eventually even the words stopped working for me. Argh! If the yarn and pattern were not so beautiful, I would have buried this in the WIP cemetery. Not to be deterred, I studied the pattern until I figured out that occasionally there are stitches after the stitch marker that are not part of a repeat. And for some reason my eye just skipped over these. So I highlighted those buggers in yellow and then highlighted the repeats in pink. FINALLY, I am well on my way and loving the knitting life again. So next time you're having trouble, remember your words, use your highlighters, and persevere!
Today is a sad day in South Park. When the sheriff's cars were parked out front of Rebecca's, all of us shop owners were out on the sidewalk asking each other what was going on. I realized that as the veteran shop owner in the 'hood it was now my responsibility to step into Rebecca's flour-dusted shoes. She was always the one watching out for us. I walked across Juniper Street and told the none-too-friendly sheriff that I owned the shop across the street. He confirmed that the locks were being changed. The owner was there, a "suit" (i.e., probably the real estate broker), a locksmith, and a videographer. The love notes to and from Rebecca that covered the windows were torn down, butcher block paper slapped up, and the "R" removed. They are moving quickly. And now, as in 2003, I look across the street and that entire block is in darkness and it is a sight I can hardly bear. We all work so hard as mom and pop shop owners and I feel Rebecca's great effort to turn this neighborhood around deep in my own bones. I've witnessed it all. I know change is inevitable. I know there is a time for all things. But I want, no I insist, that this little corner of the world remain the special, neighborhood place that it has come to be. So if you have a choice, shop at the indie boutiques in South Park anytime you can and keep us going. With a sad but grateful heart, goodnight South Park.
Susan Wells is the owner of South Park Dry Goods, formerly the Grove at Juniper & 30th, which is located in the indie boutique neighborhood of San Diego known as South Park. She's been a creative force in the neighborhood for 15 years and has taught hundreds of people to knit. She takes great pride in her community and loyal customer base.