Well, I was going to close on Labor Day but I decided to have a Sale! It is the unofficial end of summer and there are things coming in. Many, many yarns will be on sale for buy 2 get one free of the same yarn. There will also be hourly specials so come hang out a while and shop and knit.
What’s new? There is lace weight Berroco Boboli – really it looks more fingering weight and would make a great little fall shawl.
And then there is Brio – a great self striping super bulky yarn with a bit of sparkle. It’s beautiful….
Oh and a sock yarn from Berroco – Ultra Alpaca Fine in pretty solid colors and heathers – wool alpaca and nylon – perfect for a very soft pair of socks.
I am also putting out a selection of fine alpaca – some huacaya, some suri. It was a deal I found at a mill and I bought a lot. Pretty natural colors in sport, fingering and lace weights. Some of it is on cones and some in skeins. I’ll be putting the coned yarn into skeins so it will take a bit longer for it to be put out, but if you are interested in whole cones come see me in the next ten days or so.
I started knitting a linen and silk sweater a couple of weeks ago and have had to stop. Neither fiber has any stretch to it and it has been killing my shoulders and back to knit with it. Makes me very sad because I love the yarn. Maybe I can get it done for next year. But that brings me to a tip about knitting with yarns that don’t have any stretch – if it hurts, stop. Really, after two trips to the chiropractor over it I will only knit a row or two a night with the yarn and then move on to a project with wool. Cotton, linen, acrylics and silks have very little give and are hard on you to knit with if you have joint problems. Stick to wool or wool blends.
Lisa is teaching some basic classes this month – a pretty cowl and some fingerless mitts with a cable. Robin will be teaching Beginning Crochet on a Wednesday afternoon and a class on Crocheted edgings. Stacie will be teaching Knitting 101 again at the end of this month. If you know how to cast on and knit but not much else this class is full of information and more things to learn. If you’ve never knit before it is a great place to start.
Lisa will be at the Library on the 21st at 11:30 to demonstrate spinning. If you or your children want to see that, she is usually pretty informative and entertaining when she does these demos. It is part of a series of classes they are doing. I am sure their website will have information on them.
The Fall KAL starts the afternoon of the 21st. We will be doing a modular shells shawl. The pattern is free on Crystal Palace’s website – www.straw.com. Theirs was done in Mochi, I did one in Noro and they’re all pretty. It’s a fun technique and no sewing!
I try to post on the blog and facebook, but have not been keeping up lately. I’ll make more of an effort next month as new things are coming in. So look there for new things and announcements there
I have news, actually. We are no longer ordering Cascade yarns. Lately their customer service has deteriorated and they moved a good bit of their production to China. While I like yarn from everywhere, the combination of these two things and a few other factors mean yarn with possibly less quality and more difficulty in getting them, not to mention it being a poor choice ecologically. Since we are switching, I have chosen to go with American made yarns wherever possible to replace them. Brown Sheep Nature Spun with its 80 colors seems like the best choice for replacing Cascade 220 & 128. I just ordered some samples and they should be in next week. To celebrate I will have them out to feel and see and test knit as soon as they arrive. And starting in August we will be doing an Afghan Knitting Group. I found a fun pattern of 60 knitted squares (honestly you could pick 30 and have perfectly lovely blanket). The booklets will be here next week as well. This group will meet the first and third Monday of the month and we will work through the more challenging squares 2 at a time for 5 months. This is a great way to learn new stitches and techniques and have an afghan by Christmas. Class is free if you buy your yarn here. It can be a solid color or a couple of colors. I would like to be able to order your books and yarn in time for the first class so if you are interested in coming to class please let me know as soon as possible. Another great thing about the Brown Sheep yarns is that there is more yardage for less $ in each skein. And they will allow orders for just how much you need, not in their prepackaged amounts.
It seems folks are thinking of fall already and planning for sweaters and warm things. A new yarn came in and we put it out today because I finished a fun side to side shawl that shows it off well. It is a self striping alpaca yarn and very soft and pretty….I am going to enjoy wearing the shawl later this year.
Fall yarns will be coming in soon and I still need room for them so the Summer Basket of Savings will continue through August at least. I will have a basket of odds and ends I add to periodically as well as weekly specials and Fabulous Fridays. Patterns will remain at 99 cents through August as well. Check your weekly emails, facebook or the blog for current sales. This Fabulous Friday sale is a basket of some random alpaca yarns – things I only have a few left of or am not ordering again. There will be some pretty great yarns in there and they will be 30% off on Friday only.
I am still in a Weaving Frenzy and so have added a Weaving for Fun class in August. This is the one that I warp the loom and you just come in and make yourself a beautiful scarf/table runner/whatever. You can see some of my latest weavings on Ravelry on my projects page too. I’ve inspired Robin and Lisa to weave ….They would tell you I have gone a little nuts….
And here’s a little extra notice of next week’s summer savings special…Plymouth Tweed and Vittadini Natasha are 45% off.
Happy knitting and weaving and spinning and crocheting…Get out of the heat and come in so you can.
There’s so much going on at the store this summer! In brief : It’s the Summer of Savings, there are Fabulous Fridays, a Yarn Tasting to introduce a new yarn and a new weaving class!
We’re calling it the Summer of Savings. So here’s the story…(and I am sticking to it)...When the yarn reps have been here Lisa comes in and talks me into things. That means there is yarn coming in the fall and I have nowhere to put it. Starting next week on Sundays we’ll announce a weekly special. There will be a basket or three on the table full of yarns marked 45% off. It will change weekly. When the week is out they’ll probably move to the clearance shelf where they will only be 40% off – so the basket of savings will be the best deal that will be on them all year. It is a great opportunity to get yarns for your stash, for presents or just because it is pretty. I’ll be posting the specials on the website, on facebook and twitter. Look for announcements in your inbox too. We will also have Fabulous Fridays where I will put one yarn or other thing on sale for just that day. I will announce these earlier in the week on Facebook and the blog. For instance, today, Ella Rae Lace Merino Chunky is on sale and there’s a free pattern with the purchase of 2 skeins. Fabulous Fridays might be anything, so check them out too.
From the Yarn Tasting Cascade did, a baby yarn called Pluscious was pretty popular so I ordered it (Another Lisa thing – so she’s knitting the sample). Some of it came in yesterday and Robin is tagging it now. It is a chenille type yarn, machine washable and dryable and SOFT. On Ravelry folks are doing baby blankets and there should be one here soon.
I ordered a new yarn! Eco Butterfly Organic Cotton. Regular cotton growing and processing is one of the most chemically intensive processes anywhere. Growing cotton requires massive amounts of insect killers. Well anyway – not the thing I would want on my skin or a baby’s. The cotton I ordered is from Peru, where they do not even allow genetically modified seed in the country. But cotton is grown is a wide variety of greens and browns and creams that are very pretty, especially when combined. The yarns are vegan friendly except for a few dyed ones that are not. All the dyes are biological – environmentally friendly and non toxic. The company is fair trade – meaning the workers are paid fairly. There will be sport and worsted weight, mostly natural colors (grown that way) and a few dyed ones too. To introduce them we are throwing another yarn tasting! Saturday June 29th from 9-12 a lot of the yarns will be on display, ready to be tried out, even ones I am not currently carrying which you can order anyway. Come try the yarns, see the quality and variety and colors available, and register for door prizes too.
So last thing, this is going long…I have been weaving a lot lately and want to teach it more. I added a new kind of weaving class to the schedule. The usual weaving class is pretty intense. This will be an easier, more for fun kind of weaving class for those who just want to try it out with out the big commitment of learning to warp and make different patterns and such that the other class entails. I’ll prewarp the looms and you can just come and learn to weave on them. Make a scarf/table runner or just fabric to sew later and take it with you, but without all the fuss of warping first. I will bring some fun yarns from my stash on those days, these can be incorporated into your weaving too. It is called Weaving for Fun! Try it out.
See you soon
Hard to believe it is almost May. Doyle tilled the clover under this week to get ready for the garden which we will plant when we get back.
We will be on vacation next week and the store will be closed Sunday through Wednesday, reopening on Thursday. I won’t be back in the store until Monday the 6th though.
The last Daily Special is Friday April 26th. All Berroco Yarns are 15% off!
May 11, from 9-12 (yes that’s right, we will open early) we are hosting a Cascade Yarn Tasting Party. There will be yarns, new and old, to sample. We’ll have breakfast munchies, door prizes, and 10% off Cascade yarns bought during the Tasting. Mike, the yarn rep, is driving up from Texas with a load of yarns for us to try.
May is baby month around here. (The last of Doyle’s four great grandchildren for the year is due in June). The window will have baby things and a lot of the classes will be for baby things – vintage baby booties, crocheted baby bonnet, a colorful baby sweater.
If you have a wonderful baby project you have knitted or crocheted and want to show it off - Bring it in!. We’ll display it here for a few weeks and everyone will see your awesome work.
Eva is back teaching needle felting. This time it is flowers. A felted flower could make a great brooch or hair decoration, a whole bouquet would be nice and they wouldn’t die on you. The class is May 18th.
I have put up classes through October, though they will likely change some. The monthly KALs are changing. We’ll do a seasonal KALs instead. The summer KAL will be Dreambird, a really beautiful shawl. The pattern is for sale in Ravelry and the KAL meets the 1st of June, July 13, and Aug 3rd. You don’t have to attend all of them, but they are available. The first meeting is a class to help you get started with the technique. It is free when you buy your yarn here. This sample is not mine, but came off the ravelry page.
Robin and I are doing some summer crochet classes on Fridays too. I am back on a crochet kick and finishing up a spectacular Moorish Mosaic Afghan, maybe in May I will have it done. Taking crochet on vacation too – a light lacey shawl in some alpaca I brought back from Maine a few years ago.
See you in May
|Mark your Calendar|
are closed for vacation April 28 - May 1
No Knitting Group on May 3d.
Yarn Tasting Party
Saturday May 11, 9am-12pm. sponsored by Cascade Yarns.
10% off Cascade yarn during the party.
My peas are inching up, the kale is edible size now and I am waiting on asparagus. In spite of all that garden stuff, I am still knitting and crocheting a LOT. I finished three things last week and wrote the patterns for two of them today.
During April I will be posting on the blog every Monday, Wednesday and Friday a daily special for those days. Wednesday this week it will be Jarbo garn Soft Cotton yarns in stock are 45% off. But check facebook or the blog or twitter during the week to see what’s up. It might be a yarn you have been waiting for!
I’ve changed about half the store around and the new yarns are out.
Among them are some linen blends. Elsbeth Lavold’s LinSilk is here and really pretty. There are pattern books as well. And there is a rayon/linen blend from Knitting Fever called Tristan that is pretty awesome. Also new is 100% Hand dyed cotton in thick and thin super bulky from Aslan Trends – Lecco. Very pretty spring colors.
A few yarns that came in last month and you may have missed are Mark & Kittens Linen – a nice fingering/sport weight 100% linen yarn great for sweaters and bags. Another that has been here a little while, but kind of hidden is Lang Moina, a viscose/silk & polymide blend that is super soft.
I got a surprise in the other day – Angora fiber from a local farm for spinning and felting! It is very yummy stuff and would be wonderful blended with a nice wool and spun into yarn. There are some creamy and grey colors, but mostly it is very white and really soft.
We are going on vacation this month for a few days and will be closed Sunday April 28th through the Wednesday May 1st. Lisa, Robin and Alisa will be opening Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I will be back on Monday the 5th. This gives me a few days at home to maybe get the stash room cleaned up and do some projects that need doing.
February is For Finishing. So what projects are you working on? I have too many UFOs to even make a list but two are done and another looks close…Bring in a finished project in February and get 10% off yarn for one more project.
I went through the stash room the other day trying make the list/straighten up/find my sewing machine. I found yarn I had been looking for for months. Big furry hand spun Suri Alpaca I had gotten in California. I made a scarf from some of it in Friday group. It is odd, and I love it. We don’t have that yarn here, but we do have some fun one of a kind yarns that I have dyed and attached things to. Mostly it is located on the tower of yarn….
I am getting the urge to move things around again but for now I will settle for just the tower of hand spun/hand painted/fun felted yarn. I will be putting a tower of hand woven scarves in its place and marking them down 10% off until the end of February. Okay I will throw some knitted things on it too. Whatever is on the tower is 10% off.
New spring yarns are coming in. We have a new cotton from Queensland – looks like mohair but is cotton and acrylic. It stripes and is really pretty. There are new colors of Phoenix the luxurious Egyptian cotton from Ella Rae. We got in Sublime Superwash wool DK. Also got a Superwash DK weight Ella Rae Merino that is hand painted and oh so soft. As always there are new colors in of some old favorites – a shipment of Raggi is here with some new to us colors. And as I write this Doyle walked in the door with a box of beautiful hand painted yarns from Mountain Colors. Mountain Colors is the yarn I used to buy when I traveled since I didn’t have it here for a long time.
Someone told me the other day that Michael’s is no longer going to carry Sashay since it is so hard to get. I am working on getting some similar yarn of another brand - Ice. I will try to get a few colors of it (including the UT colors I have had so many requests for). We’ll see how that goes – they are in Turkey and so far haven’t responded to my email.
The KAL for March is Double Knitting – Lisa is working on the design for some coasters. The KAL meets Sat. Mar 9th at 11am. Lisa will be teaching the cast on and how to follow the pattern.
March is National Crochet Month and we will be having lots of crochet classes. Friday afternoons Robin and I will be teaching a different class every week. They will be fun, but yes you do already have to know a few basic stitches for these. The Beginning Crochet class at the end of February would give you all you need for the other classes.
I have scheduled another sky scarf meeting for Tuesday Mar. 12 at 4pm. Bring what you have so far and show off or come in to get a quiet minute to catch it up.
Check out the schedule for more fun classes.
Happy Valentines Day!
It is starting to be scarf weather. I went through my scarf stash this weekend and sorted and found things I’d forgotten. And realized I want a few more new scarves. Really I think you can never have too many – though possibly I am close to disproving that.
The new scarf book is out, the cowl book has been revised and has some new patterns.
There are tons of new yarns and I just got the call this morning that a shipment of silk yarn and roving from India is due next week. Much of the silk coming in is muga silk. There are 4 types of natural silk produced in India – Mulberry, Tasar, Muga, Eri. Muga is derived from the Assamese word 'muga' meaning yellowish. It is superior in every respect to the normal white silk available all over the world. This silk is much more durable than the normal one. And interestingly it's brightness improves with every wash while the normal silk has to be very carefully washed. Apart from normal dressings, it is used in other furnishing and decoration stuff too. Muga clothes are so durable that it can be used for decades. Muga Silk is supposed to be one of the costliest fabrics in the whole world. Betcha didn’t know all that. Me either, I had to look it up.
There are a LOT of new yarns from Auaracania and Mirasol. Hand dyed luxuriousness that has had us groaning with pleasure while we put it up. Sorry Karen, you missed out.
This means, of course, that we have been moving things around again. I had to get another shelf……
We have LOTS and LOTS of novelty and ruffle yarns. There will be some coming in between now and Christmas but get ‘em while they’re here, after the holidays there will be no more coming in.
Crochet 101 starts next week. The last one til the end of the year. Crochet is pretty hot right now and you need to know how. Just trust me on this. You just do. It means you can add fabulous edgings to things, crazy freeform embellishments and hey you could make doilies too. If you think doilies can’t be cool, check out the one in the window at the store – a circle of witches.
Lisa’s double knitting class is on the 13th. Double knitting is fun she says…..
So is my no pattern hat class - kind of a freeform hat that is great if you don’t want to always follow patterns or have stray balls of yarn bugging you to used.
Fiber in the Boro is at Lane Agri Park on Oct 19 & 20. So far we have over 40 vendors and it is going to be bigger than last year. Classes are up on line and you can register for them now. Some of the class samples are here at the store if you want to see them. There is a website www.fiberintheboro.com and a facebook page as well. The store will open that day, but we have a booth at the festival too.
Halloween things: Come into shop on Halloween in costume and get a discount on yarn.! I love dressing up. So I will, tee hee. It could be scary or funny or both.
Check out the website for updates on classes and other announcements. We have a facebook page if you didn’t know, Karen keeps that up to date and if you like us there are often coupons and promotions.
Knitting happily away
Late July/August 2012
It seems like it has been a while. Things are busy; there are lots of new yarns in and more on the way. We have a new person who’s joined the staff this last week. Robin will be working Tuesdays and some Fridays. She’s very sweet and she crochets, weaves and knits. Robin was part of the original Friday Night Knitting Group before I opened the store, and I am glad to have her here.
There are many new colors of Manos de Uruguay, I am almost finished with a vest I am making in Wool Classica, and I love knitting with it. Their new one – Serena – is a lovely combination of alpaca and silk.
We’ve added Ella Rae yarns and some new Auracania yarns since the move. Ella Rae Merino Lace and Chunky hand dyeds are the most luscious yarns. There is some matching Luxury Mohair – Hand dyed mostly mohair with a bit of silk. It came in Monday, and Lisa left me a big note “Where are we gonna put this? Well, we found a place. There is Noro Hitsuji, which I made a large bag from and put out this afternoon. It has been waiting in back for more fall knitting to be on my mind.
There is new yarn and kits from Great Adirondack Yarn Co. They do luxury hand dyed yarns. Lucci yarns sent some awesome hand tied combination yarns that are really fun.
There are new and more interesting ruffle yarns coming out every week it seems, and we have those too. I am still a little sequin crazy, and there are lots of the carry along sequin yarns here. I LOVE LOVE LOVE them plied with hand spun yarns.
New hand dyed sock yarns are in from a couple of places, as well as some new colors of Step – the one with Aloe and Jojoba in the yarn.
Another interesting thing I just started carrying is Art Felt Paper – You lightly needle felt fiber to it, wet it, roll it up and toss it in the dryer. It is so much easier than the normal wet felting process.
Did you know we carry tatting needles and shuttles, how to books and also locker hooks and hairpin lace looms? We also have a good supply of different sorts of crochet hooks, including the Denise sets. I have just restocked the crochet cottons too; there are now more colors and some finer threads. Makes me want to crochet doilies…..There’s just not enough time to do everything. I have way too many projects in my queue.
There are some fun classes coming up in August. Hairpin lace is being taught by Lisa August 4th. Eva will be teaching a Spinning on a Drop Spindle class the week after the Spinning Circle. Knitting 101, Crochet 101, Knitting 200 are on the schedule too. Next week I will have my Modern Quilt Wrap finished, and it will be on display…..because at the end of August there is a Modular Knitting class too. There are several other modular knitted things in the store as well. It’s fun and easier than you might think. I don’t have the schedule completed for September yet; look for that in a couple of weeks. Check the website at www.knaughtyknitter.typepad.com for more class information.
Happy Knitting or whatever fibery thing you do. Come on by and check out the new digs if you haven’t already.
Yeah March! Windy and cool and great for flying kites. Plus the whole “February is for finishing” thing has ended. I won’t feel guilty anymore about all the projects I start instead of finishing what is sitting there. Though I have finished two baby sweaters, two scarves, two pairs of socks, a couple of hats and made really good progress on my Modern Quilt Wrap. Besides I have finished a wrap I started out of Noro’s new yarn Karuta. The pattern for this is available and a picture will be on the website this week.
The National Needlework Association market was a couple of weekends ago and Karen and I went and scored some pretty cool new things for the store. There are lots of gorgeous new baskets, yarn boxes made from pretty silk (you just have to see them), new sorts of stitch markers and gauge thingees and chart keepers….. Come by the store and try the new Hiya Hiya interchangeables! They will be making a more substantial appearance soon, but I love that they have 16” cords and shorter needles available as well as sharp points and smaller sizes of needles (down to #2). And they have smaller kits, more cords – it is just a good thing.
I found another ruffle yarn kind of like the other one with larger holes. The three companies who make the ones I have had before are still out of theirs, but this one, called Elicia, will be in soon. I still have a bit of Flora, Bossa Nova and Gemini. There are a couple of colors of Berroco Lacey left here as well and when I called for more this morning they were completely out. The new yarn by Berroco called Ric Rac is in now too, with more due any time. Some other really different ones are on order from Knitting Fever, but those aren’t due til April. This is the new generation of Ruffle yarns and they are knit a bit differently and are actually easier I think. I crocheted a Lacey scarf in less than an hour. Crocheting it was easier than knitting it – it likely would have been 2 hours of knitting for me.
The big news is that there is a St. Patrick’s Day Sale coming up on March 17th. Some yarns will be marked up to 40% off and who knows what else I’ll do.
I got a bit more of the new Cestari yarn too. Since it is grown and milled in Virginia it is a bit easier to get. I have a cowl blocking at home that I just finished in Cestari fine merino. I really like knitting with this yarn, the texture is a bit different and really nice.
There are some new cotton yarns just in that will be appearing on the shelves this week. Versa from Berroco is a pretty new ribbon yarn in cotton and acrylic and nicely variegated. We do have a sample and patterns to go with it even.
Cascade’s Pima Fine is a sport weight very soft cotton, perfect for baby things or very yummy grown up things too.
There is a knitting 101 class starting in April and a space or two left in the Weaving class at the end of the month. I have some of the April classes up, but will be adding more things soon.
Happy Knitting and Kite Flying!
It is finally really cold! (Well, for here anyway) It is good we started on the mittens earlier this month. It is not too late to do some mittens, I sure was grateful for mine this morning.
There is new yarn at the store - Manos del Uruguay is a Fair Trade hand dyed yarn that has really beautiful colorways. Each skein is signed by the person who dyed it and tells where they live. We have several of the wool yarns and Silk Blend that is a very scrumptious blend of wool and silk. I’ll have a picture of my new cowl up in a day or two and the pattern will be available too.
A bunch of words about snow policy: We are usually open no matter the weather. Doyle has said he’ll drive me in on the tractor if he has to. That is not something I would like, so lets just say that if the car can make it, I’ll be here. However, I will cancel Friday group if the roads are bad, cause it’d be worse in the dark. People’s definitions of bad are different, so if in doubt, call or check the website. Unless there is an ice storm that knocks out electricity everywhere (then we would be closed) I will post something about any closures or class cancellations there. Normally, classes are on a pretty compact schedule that makes rescheduling difficult, so canceling them is pretty rare. Again if in doubt, check the website or give us a call. And as always, use your best judgement to decide whether you can make a class or not. And if it is icy, be careful walking into the store – I try to keep the walkway salted or swept, but can’t do all of the parking lot.
Due to demand I have added another Afghan Square of the Month class on Thursday Jan 26th at 4pm. This has 6 spaces left in it, but don’t delay signing up, it’ll fill up quickly. For January’s square you will need one color of yarn.
I have classes up on the website through March. I am doing a crochet 101 class again in March and also one crochet technique or project class a month. February’s is Tunisian crochet and we’ll be doing a striped bag with several different Tunisian stitches – big enough to hold a knitting project but not huge. I have a set of Denise interchangeable crochet hooks that will work well for Tunisian if you really love it but we have smaller Tunisian hooks available too.
Okay I am going to go work on some knitting now!
Aren’t the trees pretty? Makes me want to knit in those colors.
Fiber in the Boro was a hit and if you didn’t come this year, make sure you put it on your schedule for next year. There were really nice door prizes donated by the vendors. . It was pretty wonderful. And cold – I was very grateful for my felted hat, hand spun socks and Lopi sweater.
First announcement: Several Shelbyville Fiber Guild members at the Fiber in the Boro were sporting Mrs. Weasley’s sweaters from Charmed Knits – the Harry Potter knitting patterns book. They were slight variations of them anyway. I want one, so does Lisa, and I would assume others might too. They used a sweater or jacket that they cut the sleeves off of and then crocheted new ones on in fine Mrs. Weasley tradition. We’ll be having Mrs. Weasley Lunch Bunch on Fridays 12-1:30 in November and December to work on our own version of these. The first is this Friday (I am going to Goodwill on Wednesday to find something I can cut up). Bring your “Jacket” and some yarn and we’ll get started. The Charmed knits book is helpful to have and there are still some in stock here, but since we are doing a variation you could do without if you are good at making things fit you. This is a fun thing to do with scrap yarn and leftovers. Worsted weight is easiest but you could also hold several yarns together to make a worsted weight.
There are still plenty of new yarns coming in from time to time. I still have a bit of the ruffle yarns and some other interesting yarns they’ve come up with this year but the big news this month is the Hand Painted Knitting Yarns Trunk Show. I don’t know the exact dates yet but sometime this month they will be sending lots of fabulous yarn and knitted & crocheted things to see. These are the folks who make the scarf in a scarf kits (you knit a scarf with their yarn and they’ve included a matching dyed silk scarf to weave through it and wear in various ways.
There a few classes this month but I especially want to mention my scrap shawl class this Saturday. Using scraps and leftovers you can design a unique shawl just for you. It is still possible to sign up for this one.
Secret Scarf class this month will be SIMPLE and EASY as requested by those who were there last month……So that’s all the clue you get, “Be grateful for simple and easy”. It’ll be luxurious yarn though…..Class is Tuesday Nov 15th at 5pm.
Check out the class schedule on line for updates and new classes.
This not only means we can soon wear woolly things again but that Fiber in the Boro is almost here. There are still some openings in classes left. If you want to register go to www.fiberintheboro.com and click the classes page. It’ll lead you through registering.
There are still tons of new yarns coming in, and some still in boxes because I can’t find places for it just yet. Karen has ordered me not to buy any more! Hah! We’ll see about that. Karen has been straightening and trying to make order out of the chaos. She is making a valiant effort anyway. We have some new colors of Kureyon and Silk Garden. There is a whole host of new fun yarns that are quick knits for scarves – Link from Berroco, some sparkly ruffle yarn, Aloha from Katia which doesn’t even require knitting.
Hat knitting is about to start in earnest around here. I just completed the Autumn Tam from Jojoland. I am teaching this class in the next few weeks and it is really pretty. Tams are kind of neat cause they are a relatively quick knit and can be worn and shaped like a regular stocking cap, or blocked to be a tam. The picture will be up on the website this week. My next hat is an entrelac one…
My friend Molly just brought in the most amazing quilted wall hangings. They are such works of art to look at. She has put so much work and detail into them you could spend hours looking at them. She is selling them, but they will be hanging here for a bit (or until they sell). If there is interest I might be able to talk her into teaching a workshop on some of her techniques.
Check out some of the classes. October’s clue for Secret Scarf Club is that Double the Trouble means Double the Fun! Secret Scarf Club meets Tuesday Oct 18th at 5pm.
Hurray, Fall is coming!
This means it is time to get started on holiday gifts if you haven’t already. The Raggi is here and perfect for making nice warm socks for people on your list. It is worsted weight sock yarn, soft, with really pretty striping.
There is another new yarn – Willa. This one is a luscious chunky blend of mohair and merino. The mohair is not that brushed mohair that gets so fuzzy – Willa just has a nice halo after it is knitted. There is a cowl pattern to go with it because I had to knit something with it after it came in.
Rustic – a newish yarn from Cascade will be on the shelves in the next week or two (when I can find room for it). This is a linen and wool blend that is really nice and heathery but not as warm as just wool would be.
I have some new patterns that are different and really intriguing – I found these from Yumiko Alexander who designs for Universal Yarns and just love them. I have some of her loose patterns in the store now and her first and second books are on order and should be in this month.
The approach of Fall also means I spend a lot of time outside and that means dyeing yarn and fiber. There are some new colors of BBFL/Tussah blend spinning fiber in already and a few matching silk hankies. There is now Mountain Colors Hand Dyed Targhee fiber and some hand dyed pencil roving from Pagewood Farms. I have something special in mind for some of this stuff for the non spinners out there. Pencil roving can be knitted without spinning it and I am turning an idea around in my head for this beautiful stuff that combines knitting and needle felting.
A local woodworker just dropped off some really gorgeous hand turned drop spindles, nostepinnes and bowls. These are available now too. Anyone want to learn to drop spindle? Spinning group is September 3rd (This Saturday) at noon. Buy your fiber and drop spindle here and I’ll get you started spinning any time on Saturday.
The clue for September’s Secret Scarf is – Notice how the light changes this month, the trees and plants seem to sparkle as the evenings get cooler. It’s good – I started it yesterday, tee hee….Sign up for Secret Scarf by September by Friday the 16th.
And now for Tantalyzing Tuesday sales. This is the last week of Tantalyzing Tuesday sales so this week Tuesday is BOGO pattern day – buy one regularly priced loose pattern and get one free. The pattern sale box is still marked at only $1.00 each and I have added some to it. There’s a bin of booklets and actual books near the front door that is on sale too. Lopi is going to be 40% off until it all goes. The distributor changed and sadly I no longer am going to carry it. Get it while you can. The same goes for all Jo Sharp yarns. And Tuesday some of the cotton yarns will be up to 45% off and a few other yarns around the store will be marked down as well. Let’s see, how about Koigu 10% off, Encore 15% off, Cascade 128 20%. Fiesta yarns 25% off. Cascade Magnum 30%. I may even find a yarn or two that are buy two get one free…hmmmm. And watch the blog in September for blog only specials. I’ll announce a special of the day from time to time on the blog and you mention it when you come in and get a discount or other surprise.
A word about Jan’s Nuno Felting class (see schedule at the side). These scarves are really unique and beautiful. She doesn’t teach class this very often, so grab the opportunity now, it could be years before we see it again. Sign up deadline for this class is Tuesday September 6th. She needs 5 people to make it go.
And about Fiber in the ‘Boro… Inside spaces are full up for vendors but there are some spaces left outside. The big news is that classes with descriptions are up now – I will be making some corrections and additions this week but the classes will be available and you can do online registration starting Friday – that’s September 2nd.. Go to www.fiberintheboro.com to see the classes and register. If you have questions you can write or call me at the store or write to the email@example.com address and we’ll get back to you with answers pretty quickly.
The Knaughty Knitter
Store hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 10-5, Friday 11-6 (group til 8 most times), Saturday 10-3, Sunday 1-4
And strangely cooler temperatures. It is just odd. All my tomatoes are splitting and some of the watermelons too. Watermelon glut has hit and I may be on sugar high from eating so much of it. I think I will have to come up with a watermelon daiquiri or something…..
Tantalyzing Tuesdays are going well. This week it’s Alpaca! 30% off!
August’s secret scarf club meets Monday August 15th at 5 and there are two slots left in this month’s club…no real clue for this one – I don’t know why but a clue has escaped me….just know there will be beads……You’ll need #10.5 needles, a #10 or #11/12 crochet hook (I have these in stock due to my recent obsession with crochet).
Speaking of crochet obsession….more crochet thread #10, #20, #30 is in, more small hooks and more books are here too. It has been about a month and I have done doilies, a scarf, and now most of a bedspread. I have one of six squares left to do and the border – and most of this was done in the last two weeks. Then there are the 50 or so tiny little medallions/flowers that I am doing and sewing to a gauzy piece of linen for a shawl. Most of my knitting has been on hold for a month and I am not letting myself start anything new until I finish a thing or two. Which means the new project ideas are piling up and becoming frustrating…time to start writing them down I guess.
The new yarns coming in for fall are exciting – they are trickling in almost daily. There is the ruffley fluffy yarn Marina, and some new silk from Louisa Harding and new Noro colors, kits and yarns from Hand Painted Knitting Yarns (also a trunk show from them in the future)….Lots of yarn companies have really pulled out all the stops and have some genuinely new stuff coming out.
The class schedule is a little sparse for August, since most folks seem to be busy with school starting early and vacations and gardens. September’s schedule is here too, not complete but at least a few things are up. Beginning knitting will start back soon too. I am thinking of adding a weekly teaching group on one evening during the week. It would be 90 minutes or so and just a small fee for coming. You could come and learn new things every week, get project help, inspiration, etc. It would be great for beginning knitters and crocheters wanting new skills, also good for more experienced knitters who just want help with something. Let me know if you are interested in this sort of thing and I will put it on the schedule starting in September.
Happy Knitting & Crocheting, Stay Cool
July snuck up on me and there is so much going on. I hope everyone had a nice 4th of July. The garden is going crazy – I must have picked 30 lbs of squash and cucumbers this morning. Fortunately the neighbors took a lot.
I have been crocheting more lately and am pretty happy about the Freeform Crochet Class coming up later this month. There are a couple of freeform knit and crochet projects sitting in my UFO pile and maybe this’ll make me get back to them. (My UFO pile is way too big right now, even though I am working on it)
The yarn reps have been making the rounds after the big market in Columbus last month. There are quite a few new yarns on the way over the next couple of months. Right now there is Kauni Effekt – a fingering weight Shetland type wool that stripes in long colorways, completely different colors from Noro, and equally as beautiful, but without that annoying twist that you have with single ply yarns. There are several thousand gorgeous projects on Ravelry with it. Take a look ‘cause they are downright inspiring to look at. Along with that came a kit for a shawl from Danish designer Cristal Seyforth. I can get more of these if folks want them and will keep mine at the store a lot once I get started on it. There are several colors of tans and red and I am making them into sort of magic balls at this point so I can start knitting. There are lots of new glitzy and fun yarns coming out, some very bulky yarns, some hand dyed rovings and they will all start trickling in soon.
Secret Scarf class this month is Monday (July 11th) and Saturday the 16th – there is still room in Saturday’s class if anyone wants in. Bring #6 needles, preferably ones with a pretty sharp tip to them. Straights are fine, circulars, whatever you prefer.
Secret Scarf for August is on Monday August 15th at 5pm or Saturday August 20th at 2pm. I kind of have an idea what the scarf will be, but have not figured out the clues yet. I’ll post them on the website when I do.
I am still taking names and numbers of people who are interested in Nuno felting class. Jan moved it to September 10th, 9-5 or so. July was just going to be too hot for being outside.
I have been dyeing again and this time it is silk. Caps and hankies for spinning and knitting, and a selection of shawls and scarves too. The scarves and shawls are here at the shop and for sale too – perfect for a quick gift for a coworker or that last minute birthday present you completely forgot about. And of course lovely for yourself too.
Okay I have been dyeing some yarn too – mostly sparkly yarn and there is more coming.
My only problem is letting go of it and actually bringing it in to sell. I want it all.
Mark your calendar now! The Fiber in the ‘Boro fiber festival is October 29th and you don’t want to miss it. We are expanding from what used to happen at Cannonsburgh, there will be classes and demonstrations and lots of vendors and animals. We will be at Lane Agripark in the Livestock Barn and Show Arena. (It is over on John Rice Blvd, past Sam’s, near Paws – where the farmer’s market is on Tuesdays and Fridays.) If you want a vendor application or have any questions you can call me here at the shop or email. It is going to be awesome.
Happy Knitting – Stay in and knit – keep out of the heat.
Happy Memorial Day Weekend Folks
We will be closed Saturday May 28th and also on Memorial Day. So go to the Middle Tn Fiber Festival in Dickson and enjoy. Karen will be here Sunday though (Yeah, Karen).
There are some great classes coming up. Entrelac knitting class is next weekend (June 4th) and still needs another person in it. Sign up before Monday if you are interested. It is a fun and very pretty technique.
I am on a crochet kick lately and just finished a granny square shawl in Mini Mochi. I am about to order some more of that stuff, cause when you see it you’ll want it. I’ve been playing in the dirt (we’ve got A Really Big Garden this year) a lot lately and too tired after to knit anything complicated so this was a great project – The Flower Garden Shawl pattern is from Crystal Palace’s website and has been in my queue for a long time. (Just so you know – too tired to knit complicated doesn’t mean too tired to knit or crochet – that only occurs when I fall asleep in my chair knitting needles in hand) Beginning crochet and a Freeform Crochet classes are coming up too.
Knit Noro (the book) came in yesterday (it has been on back order at two different companies for over 6 months! It has some pretty good patterns in it, and of course Noro yarn rocks anyway.
The new price list from Plymouth last week and that cotton shortage we heard about earlier in the year is having an effect now. The price of cotton is going WAY UP in June. There will be some odd skeins here at the old prices but it tends to go fast so come in before the 10th to get it at the old prices. Plymouth’s Fantasy Naturale will be going up to over $7.50 a skein (it is 5.49 now). Berroco’s Pure Pima (they sent an increase list too) will be going up as well. So this is a good time to get that yarn for summer knitting while the prices are still reasonable.
Happy gardening and happy fibering
There’s the promise of spring (the daffodils are blooming round the side of the store) – it obviously ain’t here yet – I am still wearing hats and scarves and mittens. And with the promise of spring is the knitting of spring things…..little cotton tops for later, light shawls (cause as we know I am ALWAYS cold) and those cute short sleeve sweaters with lace in ‘em.
Secret Scarf Club is going strong. I have a lot of fun writing patterns for it. February’s scarf was fun and different. There are three spots left in March’s Club (Clue: Think Irish) for Saturday only. That’s Saturday the 12th at 2:30. When that fills up you’ll be able to register for April’s Club.
I completed a bunch of projects on my February is for Finishing List, but there are some larger projects left yet. To make up for not being able to start knitting projects I’ve been busy making other things- adorable one of a kind little project bags with hand embroidered embellishments, more stitch markers, and just today I started a shawlette out of one of the new yarns – Vita by Plymouth. The yarn is a little splitty – cotton and cashmere – though it makes up for that with softness. I put a couple of unusual stitches into it and I am hoping to have one done by next week. It’ll be a great beginning lace project and I have added the class for it to the schedule near the end of the month.
Okay I am going to go knit now. Take a look at the class schedule check out the blog when you can for special things happening this month.
Are you cold? I sure am and have started another Lopi sweater. I have been starting a lot of stuff lately – It is probably good that February is for Finishing . I have set up a couple of nights in February for finishing groups where you can get some help too. (see the class calendar) Come to group those nights, finish your long hidden UFOs in group and get 10% off your yarn and pattern for another project. On Ravelry I will start a discussion thingee at KnaughtyKnitters group so we can all list our UFOs at the beginning of the month and then let everyone know what you finish during the month. (Finishing means all the knitting and sewing too) Although, another option is hiring out the finishing. We have couple of folks who do some finishing for you and I am going to start to do some limited finishing too. I like sewing things up so I will, as time allows, be able to offer that at the store starting in February.
Another new thing starting in February is Secret Scarf Club – 11 scarves in 2011. Once a month I will write a pattern for a scarf that only club members will get. The price of the club includes yarn, pattern, and a class to help get you started. You don’t have to sign up for every month. There is only limited space – 20 per month - so don’t delay signing up. Each scarf will use a different technique so it is great for new knitters and still will be interesting for more experienced knitters. It is a great chance to try out some of the yarns too. And at the end of the year you’ll have a box of scarves you can give as gifts.
We have so many new yarns at the store I can’t remember them all. Really a lot of things came in and the inventory is higher than it has ever been. One of my favorite new things is from Plymouth – they came up with an interchangeable set of Rosewood needles. It’s just luscious to knit with, has plenty of cords. There’s a fabulous new linen yarn coming from Berroco too – Lindsey – patterns for it are in already but the yarn will be in next month.
The hospital asked me for some baby hats. They would like red ones for February and would need them by 4th – so please have any you make to me by the 3rd of February and I will take them over.
Check out all the great classes coming up. I’ve put some of March’s classes on here too.
A couple of registration deadlines coming up are for Felted Bags and Weaving classes. Let me know if you want to get in on these.
Check the website for news and updates. At www.knaughtyknitter.typepad.com
A quick note.....
I hope everyone has a happy and safe Thanksgiving. We will be having a HUGE Black Friday Sale the day after Thanksgiving. Everything, except books, in the store with the bigger older tags will be at least 35% off. (We have newer smaller, and according to Doyle, unreadable tags now.) There will also be some specials announced during the day as I spot things that I had forgotten about that I think need homes. I am not getting up at 4 am to open like some folks…A 10am opening will do just fine and we will close at 5pm. There is no group that night. In addition – books will be 20% off and I will put a 10% discount on spinning wheels and looms that are ordered that day. There is one spinning wheel in the store that I will discount as well – the MSRP is $720. It is a double treadle, portable Joy, with the carry bag and it will go that day only for $620.00. And there’s more…Spend $100 dollars on regularly priced merchandise and get a gift certificate for $20 that you can spend later or give as a gift to one of your knitter friends. That’s like a 20% discount even on new yarns.
In addition there are way more yarns on the clearance shelf than they were meant to hold – these are still 45% off. Judging from the UPS delivery today there will be more. Today 7 boxes of things – yarn, notions, and stuff came in so there is a ton of new yarn…new Baskets and notions, yarns and books. Amoung them are a lot, lot, lot of new Noro yarns. Their boxes have new colors of Silk Garden, Kureyon, sock yarns and more. There is Alpaca with a Twist sock yarn (Socrates) and Fino – a lace weight alpaca and silk. The big one though is that we finally have Koigu yarns. Lots and lots of Koigu. KPM and KPPPM…(It is sock weight hand painted loveliness).
We are having a Holiday Ornament Contest. Design and make an original ornament using supplies from the store. It can be knit, crochet, felted – whatever else you can think of. Bring it in before December 10th and folks will vote on the favorite one. It’d be great to have a pattern or instructions for people to make them, but not necessary. Voting will be Dec 11-20th and the prize is a gift certificate. The amount of the gift certificate goes up when more people participate.
Interweave Knits is offering a $5.00 rebate on the purchase of any of their products – magazines or books. Just ask for the coupon to mail to them with your receipt.
Classes are mostly up through January. But I am sure there will be additions so check back at the website..
We have been in the news lately. The Murfreesboro Post did a story on us and the DNJ came by for information so I would guess that’ll be in soon too. The link for the Post story is on the website. We are on Facebook now (thank you , Karen) and you can friend and like and probably poke us. Karen, who works on Sundays, is also handling lots of the marketing & computer stuff for me – I totally appreciate it too, cause I just can’t get it all done even if I did understand how to do it. And I have started putting a few things up on Etsy for sale. You can certainly buy something there and pick it up at the store. It is sometimes hard to see it all here, there is so much. And look for us on HobNob too. I am hoping to put some coupons and specials up there. The calendar of events will also have our classes on it. Oh, and one of the giveaways they do will be a gift certificate, and we’ll be giving away something for the 12 days of Christmas on HobNob too.
And last….I think – We’re collecting items to take over the VA – cowls, scarves, hats, mittens, lap blankets, - whatever you feel like making. The first batch will go over early in December, but I will take more in January too. There are way too many veterans coming home to shattered lives and few resources. Give generously if you can.
Okay – I though it would be quick, but really I kept finding things to say…so really just an important note.
Happy Knitting and Crocheting and weaving and spinning
Fall is here and there are so many things going on, I’ve been a bit overwhelmed.
Fiber Festival was great, the weather was awesome and it was inspiring to see all that fiber and those colors and textures.
November 10th is the store’s 5 year anniversary! I still love doing this. I am very happy I made the change and left work I no longer liked to do this. And I know we wouldn’t still be here and couldn’t do it without you all. The Knaughty Knitter has great customers. Thank you all for your business and support. So, I am declaring November Customer Appreciation Month. There will be things going on all month – giveaways and incentives and such. First, for the month of November when you bring in a new customer who makes a purchase, you’ll get 15% off your own purchase.
There will be a drawing for a gift basket. Come in between November 1st and 10th and when you make your purchase (over $10) you can enter the drawing for a gift basket of knitterly notions and things worth $150.00 - $200.00 (I haven’t put it together yet, but that is the range I am thinking of. On Nov 11th I’ll draw a name for the basket. I will put up a picture of the basket (or bag) on the blog on Monday Nov 1st.
If there are any knit or crochet designers out there who want to show off their stuff – bring it in. During November I will be displaying customer projects made from original patterns. I would love to have a pattern to give someone who admires your project, so if you are willing to give it away for a short period of time, bring it on in
There will be Free Gift Monday – One Monday in November I will be giving a free gift with purchase – I’ll announce this on the website, so watch for it.
And Free Pattern Saturday….who knows where my brain will go with this….I’ll announce more stuff on the website as it comes up…maybe sock yarn Sunday….we’ll see.
Oh about the website/blog….I know folks see it, but I’ve wondered why there were seldom any comments. I do read every one I get, but can’t always respond to them. I do love reading them though and hope folks will do more of that.
I have been busily making cowls and writing patterns for them. I just finished the last one yesterday and need to photograph it and do final editing of the booklet. It will go on sale in November too. It’s a baker’s dozen…Do you know how that term came about? Bakers in England in the 13th Century were subject to severe punishment if they shortchanged a customer. To insure against that happening they gave 13 items for the cost of 12. Anyway it’s a lot of cowls, some for every skill level, and out of many different yarns and weights.
I have also been in dyeing mode for the past month and am going a little nuts, I think. Really! But it continues never the less and there is an abundance of hand dyed fiber, yarn and roving done in acid dyes, natural dyes, and other kinds too. Of course, this along with the way too much other fiber I ordered, has expanded the spinning area out into the middle of the room. I am out of baskets and room too.
Classes for November and December are always updated on the website but here are some highlights.
Weaving on the Knitter’s Loom – Saturday Nov 6th at noon. Learn the basics of the weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom
Advanced Weaving on the Knitter’s Loom – Tuesdays, 5-7pm Learn more techniques to use on the Rigid Heddle loom for interesting textures and patterns.
Knit It Now! – Currently scheduled for Friday Nov 12th at 4. Learn to Cast On, Knit, Cast off and make a simple scarf. It’s not Knitting 101 but it’ll get you going enough to make a scarf or two before the holidays and the cold hits. The schedule may change, or I may add another of these so check the website on this one.
Lace Knitting – Beginning lace knitting is Saturday Nov 13 & 20 at 10:30
Knitting 102 - Saturdays Nov 13, 20, 27, Dec 4 at 1pm. If you already know how to knit and want more, or need a refresher, we’ll be reviewing some basics and learning new skills. We’ll be making a hat in class to learn knitting in the round, using double points, decreases etc, but also doing some other techniques too.
In December I am only doing one class – Handmade Stab Bound Books. (Okay, really I am only teaching this one as an excuse to make some myself) There are samples of how it looks in the store, just ask to see ‘em. Class is Saturday Dec 11th at 1pm. This is a great way to make yourself a knitting journal or make gifts for others. Supplies for 2 books are included in the class fee.
As always check the website for more details and updates.
September almost already! Fall is in the air and the light is changing and it is time to start thinking about knitting or crocheting warm things again. I’ve already done one hat and am planning my grandson’s winter hat (a fair isle chullo in alpaca)
I have been straightening and inventorying and sorting and I really need some room in here for yarns coming in. I have made an entire wall of clearance sale items! Yes, lots of it is “Fashion Yarn” but there are some real treasures buried in there too and I add to it constantly. I personally like “fashion yarn” but not everyone does…..
Here are the classes for September
Knit & Crocheted Flowers is Saturday Sept 11, 1-3pm. Learn to make flowers - class will focus on whichever techniques class members want to use so some may be knitting some may be crochet. You must know basic knit OR crochet stitches. $20, purchase of book required.
Crocheted Edgings is Saturday Sep 18 & 25, 10:30-12 Learn to make these great edges to put on knitted items, or baby blankets or towels. You'll learn pattern reading and have fun too. Robin is teaching this and I’ve seen the samples and they are really nice. $30
My First Sweater is Tuesdays, Sep 7, 14, 21, 28, 5:30-7pm Normally I do the top down raglan sleeve sweater for this class but I think a Cardigan is going to happen this time, a simple worsted weight one that flatters everyone. I’ll post a picture on the class page soon.
We will be closed for Labor Day on Monday September 6th.
Beginning Sunday September 12th the store will be open on Sundays again. Karen will be working most of these. I have really been enjoying the time off and don’t want to give it up.
Saturday September 28th I will be at Lane Agriculture Park from 9-1. They are having "Adventures in Agriculture Day" and I will be demonstrating preparing a fleece for spinning, spinning on a wheel, and weaving on a rigid heddle loom. The store will be open though.
I’ve put a new class policy in place just to preserve my own sanity….If there are less than three folks registered for a class by the week before class I will be cancelling it. SO, in light of that, please do not wait until the last moment to register for a class, it may be gone by then.
I am working to create a bigger space in the store for crocheters. I know they often feel left out at a knit store. We now carry Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Cotton, more crochet patterns, and Interweave Crochet magazine. There will be more advanced crochet classes as well – we are thinking of Filet Crochet in October and maybe Freeform Crochet in November. Robin will be teaching some of these and she’s gonna be great at it. She’s very patient.
I also want to encourage folks to look at the website more for information….so….I will be posting sale information on the blog from time to time over the next month. Check it out – the first one went up this week. You just mention the sale info you read on the blog and you get it on sale. It is like a verbal coupon!
Happy Fiber Days
Whew, the hot weather finally broke and it is still warm, relatively dry and windy and it is such a relief. It is actually possible to work in the garden now without fear of immediate collapse from heat stroke. The squash glut is over in my garden, now it’s tomatoes and after the next two weeks I will be spending much of my spare time putting up corn. All that followed by periods of sitting on the porch spinning or knitting. I am almost done with the knitalong from June – The Dianna Shawl only needs a lace edge around it. Several years ago I did an Entrelac purse and said NEVER AGAIN! Well this time around Entrelac has been pretty fun…. There’s the knitting backwards that keeps it from being too tedious and the lace pattern to keep it interesting. And it’s pretty, which helps. I would do more of it and may work on designing a lace entrelac thing myself this summer. I have been dyeing things again and so look for more yarns and spinning fiber in new color combinations at the store. There are few new yarns in. Batik from Mango Moon is here. It is an unspun fabric strip yarn made from recycled Sarongs – 100% soft lovely rayon. Also from Mango Moon there are a few recycled silk hand woven scarves for sale. There is a shipment yarn due in from Noro this week too. Chirimen is a cotton & silk blend in the usual lovely Noro colors.
Karen has joined the staff here. She has worked a couple of days for me already. She is one of the best knitters I know and has been at this a long time. She was one of the original Friday Night Knitters who met at Books a Million before I opened the store. .
Now the big news! Tennessee Crossroads was here filming this spring and the segment is scheduled to show on July 8th, 7pm and again on Sunday July 11th (9 or 9:30 – I can never remember exactly) I am both excited and a little worried – how can they condense 4 hours of film to six minutes (yet they always seem to do it and do it well) and then there is the me not being very photogenic issue…guess I’ll survive but not sure how long I can watch myself.
I think I will celebrate and also distract myself with a yarn sale. So during that week Thursday the 8th and Friday the 9th and Saturday the 10th we will have a Big Summer Sale. Some things will be up to 40% off, and some new things added to the list daily. It’d be a good place to escape the heat for a while as well as plan for holiday giving early.
Speaking of Holiday presents – July is for Christmas in July classes. There is still time to sign up for some of them. Felted Bowls in Friday July 9th at 4 and again the 16th. Hat & Mitten Set is Tuesday mornings 6, 13 & 20 (& 27th if we need it) at 11:00. The Christmas stocking class is Saturday mornings at 11 starting July 10th. The complete list is on the website and there may be some changes and additions during the month as well.
Stacie will be teaching the next Knitting 101 class starting Thursday, August 12 at 6pm
If you are just starting and need to pick up some more skills this is a great class for that too.
Oh, and Spinning Circle is this Saturday (July 3rd) from 12 -3pm. August’s spinning circle is Aug 7th from 12-3 as well. There is a weaving class scheduled in August as well – the 14th from noon to 4.
Happy 4th of July to everyone (and yes, we will be open on Monday)
Hi Knitting Friends,
I hope everyone is safe and drying out after these storms.
Pioneer Day was really fun. I dressed up in fun clothes and sat outside in beautiful weather and spun all day. What could be better?
There are some great new things going on here. Of course there are always new yarns and notions. I have some amazing new buttons and purse findings coming – to go with the new Noni patterns that are on the way. Plymouth has a new Hemp blend yarn that is coming too. Hemp is durable and pretty – this’ll be great for bags or a summer top.
Stacie and I were talking and thought a Knitting Camp might be fun for this summer. So, June 7th through the11th that will be happening. There will be learning to knit of course, and a fun striped scarf as well as the beginnings of a second project. We will also be learning to spin on a drop spindle and dyeing yarn and there’s a wet felting project too. It’ll be a fun, fiberful week. We are now finalizing the details but here’s what we know so far. We’ll meet Monday – Friday from 9:30-11:30. Camp is for children 8-11 years old. Preregistration is required. Register early and save – pay the full fee by May 11th for $10 off the regular price of $125.00. Space is very limited so get your child in quickly. You will have to come into the store to register because there are forms and things to fill out. There will also be a kit to purchase with all the needed supplies – yarn, needles, fiber for felting and spinning, the makings for a drop spindle, and more. That’ll be about $25.00.
For Mother’s Day we’ll have a special deal the Saturday before. May 8th all day, bring your mom in (or moms, bring your child in) and get a free beginning knitting lesson for you both. Get your first knitting supplies at 10% off. If you know anyone who has been wanting to learn, this is a great opportunity for them to get started.
For May, the only class currently on the schedule is Entrelac Knitting on Saturday May 15th from 1 – 3:30pm. For the class we will be doing a scarf (that could be a shawl if you like) This is a fun technique for using self striping yarns and getting more texture and interest into your knitting. It is also helpful if you are going to do the June Knit Along of the Dianna shawl. I am doing mine in Jojoland fingering weight yarn. The pattern can be downloaded on Ravelry. I have put a link on the Knaughty Knitter group – under Dianna knit along. We will start on June 1st. Knit Alongs are free and we’ll meet a time or two during it. This is not a shawl for beginners, it requires some knowledge of lace and entrelac knitting. The first meeting is Tuesday June 1 at 4pm.
Spinning Circle in May is the 29th at 1pm.
Yeah, Spring is finally really here. The dogwoods are gorgeous and our fruit trees are blooming. This year we are doing a square foot garden (that old method from the 70’s that might be easier to maintain, and produce better than the really poor soil where we are)– well, and still planting a field of corn and squash out in the bigger garden. We – really Doyle – planted clover in the garden last fall and it is coming back out. Usually by May 1st it is blooming and there’s a small field of scarlet flowers that the bees love. Then it gets plowed under and helps improve the soil. This morning Doyle is out in search of good compost – he says he found some worm castings and mushroom compost in Hendersonville. He and Skip are going. Tomorrow I get to spend the day digging the weeds out of my garlic patch and the flower beds and everything else. If you are gardening there is a great little site – One Million Gardens – where you can interact with other gardeners, blog about your garden and show off your stuff too.
Mine is at Ty’s Grandma’s Garden……
And then there’s the knitting - It is Dyeing Time again for me, now that I can hang the great skeins and bits of roving outside to dry. I have a couple of skeins I did the other day at the store and there will be more to come. There is less knitting time for me this part of the year. But I still do plenty in the evening – really the dishes can wait – plus air conditioning makes me soooooo cold when I am sitting still.
New yarns and books have come in pretty regularly over the past few weeks. Cascade’s 60 Quick Projects from Cascade 220 book is here and full of delicious little things – all of them would make awesome presents later in the year.
Classes this month are a little sparser – Knitting 101 starts April 15th (Thursdays at 6pm) and Crazy Lace starts April 24th at 10:30. Crazy Lace is a great beginning lace class. The first class will focus on basic techniques of lace knitting – and we’ll pick a few patterns to do a sampler scarf. The next session will be crazy lace – lace that is freeform and flowy and requires no pattern once you have the skills to do some basic things. The class schedule is up through July but is subject to a few additions between now and then.
April 17th is Pioneer Days at Cannonsburgh from 10-5. I will be there in a booth with some unprocessed (but already washed) fleece – combing and spinning it. And of course I will be dressed in not very authentic pioneer garb that I threw together mostly last week. I still have finishing touches to add to it. Although the head covering I have is borrowed from Lisa and is a really nice authentic reproduction. I think I will dig through my stash of vegetable dyed yarns and maybe sell a few of those too.
And just a reminder that our hours have changed a little. I am closed Wednesdays and Sundays, open Mon, Tue, Thurs from 10-5, Friday 11-6 (groups is 6-8 and we are open if there is group) Saturday changed a little too – now we are open 10-3 (though sometimes classes run over that)
Happy Knitting and Gardening too