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Exciting New Colorway!!March 31, 2015

Babs has been working on developing the PERFECT color for a long, long time, and today, April 1, seems like an excellent day to reveal it! Discerning knitters will appreciate the subtle color shifts, which look almost magical in some lights! Because of the way dye is applied, this beautiful new Babette will never pool or flash, and with this super-special color there is no need to alternate skeins. We love how the colors blend and pop!  Amazingly, Babs somehow managed to take all the things we love about her colors and blend them harmoniously into one single colorway. Bold in...

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Inspiration Knits Blog Tour: Palette Pattern CollectionMarch 29, 2015

We are pleased to be a stop on the blog tour for Louise Zass-Bangham's new pattern collection, Palette, featuring the Painted shawlette and Fresco shawl. Painted is a long, narrow triangle. It uses 400-440 yards of fingering weight yarn and is easily adaptable to use up the full amount you have on hand.  Fresco is a deeper triangle worked in DK or worsted weight yarn and requires 500-550 yards - which is perfect for one skein of Yowza! I know variegated yarns, while irresistible in the skein, can be a challenge to work with. I am always delighted when a talented...

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"State of the Studio" - 2015February 09, 2015

The POTUS (President of the United States) gets a State of the Union and GOTN (Governor of Tennessee) get a State of the State, I might as well get to have a State of the Studio. 2015 brings us to a bustling year and we are absolutely busting at the seams in the studio in terms of people and yarn as we prep for shows. And we want to thank everyone who participated in the Annual Gratitude Sale! It emptied our racks - which now means I am dyeing madly to try to refill them, plus dye yarn for shows....

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!December 25, 2014

Thank you all for a wonderful 2014! I find myself at this time of the year, like most years, taking stock of what has just passed and my hopes for the future. This year, like many in the recent past, has been a whirlwind. And, like most years there have been ups and downs, but it is important to keep putting one foot in front of the other.   I also take time to count my blessings and to consider what I have to be thankful for in the year that has just passed. I feel it is important for me to...

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Martina's Easy ScarfNovember 23, 2014

I have been having fun knitting Martina's relatively new pattern called Easy.  It was designed in one skein of Zauberball which has a yardage of approximately 460 yards.  However, I chose to knit this with 2 different skeins of Kilimanjaro 437.  The first time I knit this, I used Ebony and Ansel.  I love this combination because I wear so much black and it makes a bold and striking statement.  Here's Jen modeling the scarves.     But the problem is that you can't see the change in direction that occurs when you are halfway through the scarf (that doesn't...

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Summer Harvest - Chow-Chow RelishAugust 21, 2014

Ever since I was a little girl, July and August meant putting things up in jars and freezing vegetables from the garden. I come from a family of women who canned lots of pickles, preserves, conserves, jams, and jellies. My granny, Gladys Smith, was known for taking sugar on a camping outing so she could make jam and jelly while they were out in the forests using wild-picked berries. She also made a living making really good preserves and conserves and selling them to visitors to the Smokies of North Carolina.   Granny was an incredibly interesting woman having come...

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Another K for the DKJuly 22, 2014

First off...Thank You!  Naming things is a constant activity here at Miss Babs, and generally we enjoy the process, have fun with it and make it a game.  Finding a name for our New DK yarn was makin' us crazy!  Thank you all for the suggestions and words that led us breadcrumb-like to our New DK's name...Kaweah DK.Your Mountain suggestions drew us to the western United States where we found another "K" to add to Katahdin and Kilimanjaro.  The word Kaweah is Yokuts Indian for "crow" and names not only several mountains, but a river, a lake, and a colony.We...

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Help! New DK needs a name!July 14, 2014

Coming soon from Miss Babs - A new DK yarn that we would like YOU to help us name!  The new yarn is soft, superwash, 100% Merino with 3 smooth plies that create a smooshy, springy DK weight yarn.  Please join us in the quest to come up with a terrific name for our New DK!  You can submit your suggestions by commenting here, on our Facebook page, or on our Ravelry group. We will compile all the entries and select TWO winners.  One winner will be randomly selected from all the entries.  One winner will be selected from those...

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Twirly Skirt Winner!July 02, 2014

Thanks to everyone who commented on yesterday's post! Our randomly selected winner is Suzi H--if you think this might be you, please check your email! We hope you all have an enjoyable July 4th!

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Babs' Birthday ColorwayJuly 01, 2014

Happy Birthday!  Twirly Skirt is evocative of that feeling, as a little girl, of spinning in a circle with arms wide.  We've all had that special skirt, that spun with us and made us smile!  The colors are taken straight from the gardens here at the studio.  Babs has planted a variety of daylilies that usually decide to bloom right around her birthday.  We have the limited edition dry and posted to the website.  Post a comment here and we will randomly choose a winner on Wednesday July 2nd for a skein of Cosmic Twirly Skirt!  

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