Destined to be part of the shop decor, the needlework on this pillow was worked on re-purposed coffee sacking.
This is the back of our business card. The design is a collaboration by EK and myself.
Table runner for knitting table
The plan is to have this needlepoint table runner be on the shop knitting table. Like the sashiko pillow, the star stitches are worked on re-purposed coffee sacking from a local coffee shop.
The unusual shape is a reference to the eye of a peacock feather which in Asian tradition represents "Seen by God" which I expand to "Not forgotten, not abandoned" which is a vital concept for those who have been exploited.
Kazakh inspired tapestry
In construction this tapestry in no way resembles the brightly colored Kazakh wallhangings that inspired it. It is worked in cross-stitch over a Tunisian crochet base that I am creating as the pattern progresses.
Kazahk wall hangings
These chain-stitch embroidered hangings for the traditional steppe gaar (yurt) are the inspiration for the shop colors. Color choice is frequently decided by what is available at the market the day the maker purchases supplies and I was in awe of how they all worked together in the whole.
These hangings were at Mary and Martha Mongolia which is a FairTrade shop in Ulaan Bataar that helps provide manufacturing income to a number of Kazakh artisan as well as sales and English experience for young Mongolians.
My original wheel
The Ashford Traditional spinning wheel that I bought used when I was a teenager. It has been moved around the country in the meantime and still works amazingly well.
A tool for blending various colors or fibers for spinning. It is nearly impossible to get an attractive picture of a drum carder that makes its manner of use obvious.
8-shaft table loom
A versatile medium sized loom made by a small business in Wyoming. Although the loom isn't very old it has survived two inter-state moves and has held up well in them. The scarf being woven in the picture had a teal wool warp and a weft of blended cashmere, merino wool, and alpaca in shades of brown.
The side porch of the shop. It will have a few tables and potted miniature fruit trees. Beyond the fenced area is at least as much room again that will be great for EK to teach worship dance.
Prototype earring holder
Armenian needle lace over an armature of crape myrtle twigs make up this labor intensive shop display. Next step is to find out if it balances well enough to be effective.
A blend that I like to think of as "Caravan train to heaven" and is intended to seem warm and exotic without triggering common scent-related allergies. The main ingredients are citrus peel, "eastern" spices, and black tea.
Naomi at Chamber of Commerce luncheon
Left to right: Unknown Gentleman (couldn't read his nametag), Naomi, Guest speaker John Sullivan with the Houston Port Authority, Chamber President Steve Patterson.
Taken at a recent economic development luncheon.
If we are allowed to have a cat in the shop Yuu has been nominated. Her name means "Friendly", "Brave", or "Fish" depending on the kanji and whether it's Japanese or Chinese.
New business card design
The colors of the business card design were altered slightly to conform to those of the website and the background made uniform,
First order ready to be shipped
The very first sale through knitnkitten.org was from an online friend who wanted a cover for the hose of his CPAP machine. I try to always ship an item with a business card and tied nicely with some bobbin-lace or crocheted ribbon made from handspun.