Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Knitting and crochet schedule...

New yarns, patterns and books have been arriving daily at the shop, we are so happy to have finally received our Malabrigo sock! I have it on my needles already, working on my Ulmus Rectangle- so far- so fab... Now, we're trying to wait patiently for our Madeline Tosh... Very exciting!!! We posted some classes for the fall, take a look...

Tunisian Crochet: Quick Stitches for a Beautiful Woven Look What do you get when you cross a knitting needle with a crochet hook? You get the tool used for Tunisian crochet! Learn to do an old technique that is very "hot" today. Crocheting witha long hook works up very fast and creates a fabric that looks woven. It also uses less yarn than traditional crochet. Get started on an accent scarf, evening wrap or afghan. Tunisian crochet is versatile, giving you the freedom to create a wide variety of projects. Suitable for new and experienced crochet students. Knitters welcome! Cost: $50 plus materials Wednesday, Oct 14 & 21 7-9 PM

Knit or Crochet Thrum Mittens – These are the warmest mittens ever. Either knit or crochet a pair of mittens with fleece on the inside forming an extra layer of warmth. Lots of colors to choose from. You’ll make them for everyone in the family. Cost: $50 plus materials 2 classes –Monday, October 19 and 26, 7-9 PM

Speed Knitting – Continental Combination – Too much knitting, too little time…so why not knit faster. Learn to pick stitches rather than throw the yarn. You’ll be knitting faster in no time. Added bonus, purling is easier than knitting. No kidding. Cost: $30 plus materials 1 class – Tuesday, October 20, 7-9 PM

Socks using the Magic Loop Method – Learn to knit a sock or holiday stocking using one long circular needle rather than 4 double points or 2 circular needles. This method can be used for any circular project. Cost: $30 plus materials 1 class – Tuesday, October 27, 7-9 PM

Fair Isle Knitting – Learn stranded knitting and knit with 2 colors…one in each hand. If you already know how to knit Continental and American, this is a great way to combine skills into a single project, a tam. You’ll also learn to read a chart, increase and decrease. Cost: $50 plus materials 2 classes – Wednesday, October 28 and November 4, 7-9 PM

Crochet Throw – Have you seen the funky afghan throws in Anthropology? Learn to make the shapes and designs to create a special piece of your own and put it all together. Basic crochet stitching knowledge is all that’s needed. Learn to select and combine colors to match any room. Cost: $80 plus materials 3 classes – Monday, November 2, 9 and 23, 7-9 PM

Felted Clogs – These are fantastic slippers! Made on circular needles with a double strand of thick wool, you learn short rows, circular knitting, changing colors and felting. Make them for the entire family. Leather soles are available. These are the only slippers I wear. Skill Level: Intermediate 3 2 hour sessions Cost: $60 plus the cost of materials. 2 classes – Wednesday, November 18 and December 2, 6-9 PM

Crochet Lace Sampler – If you love crochet and want to explore several techniques, this is the class for you. Learn crochet lace techniques, hairpin lace and broomstick lace. Each uses different tools to achieve beautiful results. We’ll explore all 3 during the first session and during the second session you can start a project of your choice. Cost: $50 plus materials. 2 classes,Tuesday, Nov 3 and 10, 7-9 PM

Monday, September 21, 2009


The first time I laid eyes on this hat, I knew I had to have one. Of course with a bajillion things going on needles and a million on my list, this took some time to get to. Until, last week or so, Ko came in with her girls, and they picked out colors for a second Sikkim, and then that was it! I couldn't wait any longer! Once we started mixing color combinations, the inspirations and temptations were all that I could handle. I went home to think about what I wanted and I'm so happy with the end result. I used 2 skeins of KPPPM, one a peach multi and the other a dark olive multi. The natural is a Blue Sky Alpaca sport weight. I love the way the colors play off of one another, and the hat knits up rather quickly. Scarlett loved it, and put it on immediately, hopefully I'll get to wear it one day. In the meantime, staring at her wearing "our" hat brings me much joy... I'll have the pattern for Sikkim in the shop, along with Kirsten's new and fabulous Ulmus Rectangle pattern. You'll love this one too! I can hardly wait to cast on....

Monday, September 14, 2009


Lately, without warning it seems, my eyes have just been welling up with tears... My baby is going to kindergarten!!! To think she started coming with me to work since she was just a little over a month old... All of my customers have watched her flourish over the past (almost) 5 years, and it has really been a beautiful journey to say the least. I guess when I look back over the years, I feel so very grateful that I've worked this hard at creating an establishment that would allow me to do what I love so much and spend each and every day with my children in the process. To all of my customers who have supported me, and allowed me to grow as well, thank you.

So enough with my mushiness, my favorite gal pal needed a new special cardi for kindergarten! I think my favorite book of all time for the kids is The Rowan Story Book of Little Knits. We browsed through the patterns together a few weeks ago in the shop, and Scarlett picked Quail, by Marie Wallin.. It's a cozy cardigan, which is perfect- just what we wanted. We loved the stripes, and of course my favorite detail is the crocheted scalloped edging, the ideal touch for a girly girl. We chose Cashmerino aran, because she loved the colors, and there you have it.. Check her out- I think she loves it!!