Saturday, August 15, 2009

So long sweet Sky Birdie

Sky Birdie passed away yesterday, August 14, 2009.

As most of you know, she's been our shop bird since we opened the store in June 2006. When Sky was a "tween" she was a gift to Melissa during her senior year of high school in 2003. When Melissa left for collage, Sky took up residence with my mom. Then mom began pet sitting a lot and needed a new place for Sky. She brought her to the shop one day and told me, "A bird brings good luck to a new business". Where she got that bit of wisdom, I have no idea...maybe in a fortune cookie?

But she was right...Sky was the ever cheerful, optimistic greeter of new customers, new friends, knitters and crocheters alike. She was always a topic of conversation for anyone new to Knit Picky. Even the yarn campers loved Sky and as they put name tags on themselves they stuck one to Sky's cage, too. Sometimes quiet and sometimes loud, Sky Birdie kept up with the social activities going on around her.

Last Saturday, Sky quit using her right leg and despite our best bird-nursing care, she didn't make it. I'll miss her. I already do. Especially during the quiet moments in the shop. Today Steve buried her in the back yard of the shop just behind the bluebird and beside the big ceramic chicken and chicks. So when you look out and see the antique yard art pieces, you can smile knowing Sky had a great life as our LYS pet. How many birds can claim that?!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Local Girl Onstage!!

Got home tonight, reading my many emails and that our Laura in wild colored knitted stockings on stage in Portland?? Why yes it is!! Laura Bullins of The Unique Sheep made the headlines (or sidelines) of Knitting Daily. Have you seen it? If not, here's a link.

And as luck would have it, Laura will be joining us at Knit Picky this month. On Friday night, Aug 21, we will have a fabulously fun P.J. Party. For only $30, you'll get to join the group and enjoy dinner and mingling as we hear Laura tell all about The Sock Summit in Portland, OR. We will also have games, goodies and our favorite massuse, Maryjean.

On Saturday, Aug 22, Laura and Kelly will teach classes. Sign up now to learn all about the Gradiance Technique and make either a fantastic headband or a child's sock. See the class details here and you may register online. We have limited spaces for both the classes and the P.J. Party.

Way to go, Laura Belle!!