What a great weekend this is going to be! Local Yarn Store Day Saturday, Earth Day and Sample Sale Sunday. Unlike Earth Day, which has been celebrated for many years and has quite a following, Local Yarn Store Day is a new event intended to bring attention to those brick and mortar operations that sell yarn. Since you're reading this, you are obviously a customer of my shop, and probably moreContinue reading
It's finally getting warm enough for me to be excited about spring. It's been a long time coming, and I'll admit, I've had a bit of a hard time getting psyched up about it, but I'm ready for spring yarns, spring sweaters, and spring everything. Come see the demo of our Cocoknits Sweater Care Kit and get a free sample of Soak. Try out the new fibers, and see the new samples!
We've gotten huge shipments of fabulous fibers from several of our favorite companies! First is the elegant new Fern and new colors from Shibui. Clean moreContinue reading
The shop is brimming with exactly what you want to knit and need to wear right now - lots of fresh spring produce! I'm especially excited that we've finally received our big order from Manos del Uruguay in all the fibers and colors you crave. We still have the trunk show, and I'm going to do a Facebook Live event as we open each box and see all the new lovelies! It's all my effort to lure you to the moreContinue reading
Going through my mom's boxes looking for pictures to use for her service, I found all kinds of treasures she'd saved -- from letters of my misery at summer camp to scrawling drawings I'd done. Even then it was clear that my talents were verbal rather than artistic. Despite her encouragement and indulgence with all manner of media, I simply never progressed past stick figures and their landscape equivalent. That's okay, because drawing was never my interest -- I only drew things moreContinue reading
The Winter 2017 Mystery Knitalong starts December 21st, first day of winter. This is the shortest day of the year with only 9 and half hours between sunrise and sunset. We thought this would be the perfect day to begin our mystery knit, shrouded in darkness and, well, mystery. Plus, by this time, most of the rush of holiday planning, baking, shopping, etc, is probably done, and you'll be settling in or traveling off for the coziest time of the year read moreContinue reading
Life is full of beautiful moments, from the exciting new experiences to special times spent with loved ones. But what makes those times special? Certainly, the emotions involved are a big chunk of it, but I believe it's more than that. I think it's the rarity of an experience that makes it special. The thrill stands out against the everydayness of our lives. It is when we don't see someone we love for a long time that the time spent together is all the sweeter. It's the contrast of the ordinary against the spectacular that highlights the beauty of our day -- of our lives. We especially treasure those events all the more because they are rare.
I've been thinking a lot about Noro lately, and wondering why I like it so much, and why it inspires such strong opinions - both positive and negative - in others. Noro detractors often point to that random "ugly" color that they'd like to just cut out of the skein. When you take that color out, though, the yarn loses much of its beauty and interest. Noro yarns are inspired by nature - their colors are drawn from the palette of the environment which, like life, has brilliant and dull in equal measure. The dull makes us appreciate the bright even more. The rich brown earth sets off your beautiful garden. A black sandy beach makes the the Caribbean Sea that much more dazzling. That contrast is what Noro colors are about, and why I love them so much. Here are some photos to show you what I mean. I'm sure you can think of hundreds more. If you do, please share it with me. I look forward to seeing you at the Noro Trunk Show Sunday - 12-4
We had a lovely evening with Michele Franey last week at Mindful Knitting. Before we started with the knitting, we had a mindfulness exercise in which we took our time to appreciate a piece of fresh fruit. We experienced it slowly and with all our senses, taking a moment to look at its colors and to think about its history -- the entire process of its growing and being tended, harvested and transported to us. It was a really different and beautiful way to approach something we so often take for granted. The exercise created a grateful acknowledgement of everyone involved in bringing the fruit to the table. After the exercise, everyone commented on how very connected they felt to the wider world, and how they find that knitting does much the same.
Knitters seek other knitters. We find connectedness through our craft. We find the common thread that unites us despite differences in age, race, politics, and other factors that can so often be divisive. Through our knitting we are one, and we are part of the larger universal effort that supports our craft. We are linked together in ways that we may not even know. Connectedness is empowering, whether it's the strength and happiness of our knitting community, or the shared vulnerability to threats like breast cancer. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. To put it into perspective, on an average day, two or three of the women who come through our doors has had, or will have, breast cancer. I don't mean to be a purveyor of gloom, but I do want to make clear the frightening statistics, because there's only one way to fight: Awareness. Every woman needs to know the importance of regular screening, and every woman needs access to it. Sadly, many women in our community still don't know about the importance of a regular mammogram, and others simply cannot afford them.
This month, Crazy for Ewe, and other businesses around the town, are raising money to support MedStar St. Mary's Breast Cancer Outreach and Awareness efforts that provides free breast exams and mammograms to uninsured and underinsured women throughout Southern Maryland.
There are lots of ways you can help. Knit a heart for the Crazy for Ewe entry in Uplifting Designs. Come First Friday and vote generously on your favorite bra. Come to First Friday and purchase Awareness Cowl, our Pink Friday project and pattern. We're donating $10 from every kit to MedStar. While you're here, enjoy a glass of wine - we'll be donating $2 for every glass at First Friday and at all of our evening classes all month. You can also support the other businesses in town that are donating a portion of their First Friday proceeds to the cause.
We can't prevent breast cancer, but we can support early detection for every woman in our community.
I look forward to seeing you at First Friday, in the shop, and around the table. You are always welcome here.