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What makes a great partnership?

What makes a great partnership?

Last week I posted this picture of the Crazy for Ewe team at our weekly meeting.  It's so wonderful and inspiring to get together with these amazing women and plan all the fun things for the shop.  Here we are, four very different women, each with our own strengths and weaknesses.  It is exactly those differences that make it a powerful more

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The Decemberist - December First Friday Project

The Decemberist - December First Friday Project

A lovely bit of instant gratification from one of our favorite shawl designers, Melanie Berg, the Decemberist Shawl  is just what you need on your needles right now.  Make it as a last minute gift for some incredibly lucky (and knitworthy) individual on your holiday list, or as a cozy indulgence for yourself.  You've been read more

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We are all connected

We are all connected

We are all connected

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.

~Ellen

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Summer's last gasp

Summer's last gasp

Can you believe it's August already?  When our kids were small, we would spend this first week of August at the beach - the last gasp of summer break before it was all back-to-school shopping and associated madness.  This year, schools don't start until after Labor Day, so we have this lovely respite in which to enjoy the last taste of the season.  Here at the shop, we're doing the same.  Our August First Friday project is a beautiful excuse to indulge in an exquisite new yarn perfect for the last of summer and into those September dog days we know all too well.

The fiber is Luxe Fingering, a delicious blend of equal parts mulberry silk and merino, carefully hand-dyed in softly gradient tones by artist Liz Capik, owner of Apple Tree Knits.  The project I've selected is Brickless, a fun and easy knit that shows off the subtle shift in colors as it moves from one stitch pattern to the next.  Not hard, and not boring, it's a perfect match of yarn and design. 

We'll be starting the pattern together this First Friday, August 4th.  I'm also excited to note that this will be our first Knit 1 Sip 2 event, so come grab a skein of Luxe Fingering and a glass of wine and settle in for a lovely evening.  Outside on The Square for First Friday, enjoy the sounds of "The Lucky Few" playing classic rock.  Weather looks like it might even be nice enough to have the doors open in the shop.  Join us - it's going to be a wonderful evening!

I look forward to sharing a glass of wine and some fun conversation around the table with you.  You are always welcome here!

~Ellen

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Luma love

Luma love

Stone Point poncho by The Fibre Co. at Crazy for Ewe

It's First Friday tomorrow.  We're starting a beautiful new project called Stone Point, and it's clearly a home run for The Fibre Company.  The design is comfortable and flattering, the stitch pattern is interesting but not hard, and the yarn is lovely and not too expensive.  It's a one-size poncho that's easy to customize if you want it longer or shorter, narrower or wider, or without the collar shown.  That's a great project, in my book.  If that were the only pattern for their new yarn, Luma, it would probably be enough, but they've got at least three other designs that are just as nice (almost),  Here are my favorites.

First is Yale Harbor.  Cozy as your favorite sweatshirt, but way more chic, Yale Harbor is exactly what you want to slip into for an early summer walk on the beach.  It's the kind of sweater I want to have handy to throw on while I sip a glass of wine and watch the sun go down.  Worked in a simple slipped stitch pattern, Yale Harbor is a fun knit and wonderful go-to garment. 

Next is Bennett Creek.  A cropped sweater with a very current high-low hemline, Bennett Creek is a beautiful modern twist on the classic cabled sweater.  Before you say, I don't wear cropped sweaters, picture it over a long tee or a crisp blouse.  It's a very fresh look that's easier to wear than you think.  The front features a wide cable that gives you a flattering vertical line.

Rue Cambon Cardigan Kelbourne Woolens

Luma also looks great for dress up, as in Rue Cambon.   From their French-inspired collection, April in Paris, this cardigan is perfect for those of you who love working sweaters top-down, in-the-round (talking to you, Jenny, Holly, and the rest).  Reverse stockinette stitch shows off Luma's subtle texture and highlights the styling details at the shoulders and cuffs.  This would be very comfortable to wear and would make a great wardrobe addition.

 So, come down tonight and enjoy First Friday and get started with us on Stone Point, or choose another beautiful design for lovely Luma.  See you tonight!

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Project and jewelry and music, oh my!

Project and jewelry and music, oh my!

It's First Friday this week, and we a wonderful event planned for you.  First is the gorgeous new project, Nobadeer, a generous shawl worked in Findley DK.  A perfect marriage of silk and merino in  a palette of soft spring tones, Findley DK is exactly what you need to remind yourself that spring is right around the corner.  Nobadeer is available as a generous shawl as well as a smaller scarf.  Come see the sample and get started on your own.

Also on First Friday, I'm excited to welcome Arina MacFarland, a representative for Chloe & Isabel, a line of beautiful hypoallergenic jewelry at First Friday. 

Designed by a New York team the line includes chic statement pieces, as well as smaller, more delicate necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.  There are very fashion forward pieces as well as elegant classics that make any outfit look stylish and modern. 

In honor of Youth Art Month, the Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra and Choir will be performing at  various venues around town during the evening.  I'm thrilled to have their largest group, Ambassador Program Singers showcasing their talents in a wide range of ensemble and solo songs from your favorite musicals, including: Les MisMatildaAnnieSouth Pacific, The Sound of Music, The Wiz, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, and much more! 

This is going to be one of most fun First Fridays ever - you do not want to miss it.  This week from 5 to 8 pm.  See you there!

I look forward to seeing you at First Friday if not before.  You are always welcome here.

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December First Friday Prism Trunk Show

December First Friday Prism Trunk Show

Join us at Crazy for Ewe First Friday for the Prism Yarns Trunk Show! 

This week kicks off the glitzy and glamorous holiday season.  Festive events call for things a little more sparkly than you might wear other times of the year.  A gorgeous wrap or glittery scarf is a great way to look and feel dressed up and ready for the season.  Come see all the beautiful yarns and get started on your stunning accessory. 

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July First Friday Project

July First Friday Project

It's First Friday this week, and we have a great project planned for you.  This beautiful wrap in Noro Tokonatsu is part shawl, part capelet, and totally fabulous. 

Noro Tokonatsu Lace edge Shawl from Noro Magazine Issue 8

 

Noro Tokonatsu Wrap

It's just what you need to keep your shoulders covered in those frosty, over-air-conditioned spaces we brave all summer - the grocery store, the movie theater, and most restaurants.  It's even a nice way to keep the blazing sun of your shoulders when you're out and about.  The clever use of two increase points makes this shawl look like a trendy capelet and keeps it on your shoulders without any fiddling or fussing as you go about your busy life, so you look and feel relaxed, comfortable, and pulled together. 

Noro Tokonatsu wrap on model

The shawl features a simple lace edging that's modern looking and easy to knit.  It takes just 3 skeins of Tokonatsu, so it's a fun and quick project.  Come see how beautifully soft and wearable it is. We have lots of colors, but they're going to go quickly, so come choose your favorite and get started with us First Friday. 

Can't make it into the shop?  Order the kit on-line here and we'll pop it in the mail to you.  Depending on where you are, you should have it in a day or two, so you won't miss out on the First Friday fun!

 

 

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Need a haircut?

Need a haircut?

So much fun stuff is coming up, I don't know where to start.  It seems like we jumped right into warm weather this week and our collective mood shifted to summer mode.  We're kicking things off with a great First Friday project for June, a simply shaped top modeled after so many I've admired from classic designer Eileen Fisher.  

Later next month, Mary will be kicking off our summer shawl Mystery Knitalong in beautiful Pima Kuri from Mirasol.  Also this summer I'm introducing a fun new class format called Knit One, Sip Too.  These are evening classes with wine - perfect for a girls' night out.  And finally, I'm  excited to announce that Jenny May is back on the Crazy for Ewe team with fun sock classes and knitalongs.  She'll also be stepping up the shop's presence on Ravelry, giving you another way to be part of the Crazy for Ewe community.  Remember that you can comment on the blog or the newsletter, and you can follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, or Twitter.  Most importantly though, you are always welcome to come into the shop and sit around the table to knit or just to visit.

The importance and value of our time around the table struck me the other day when I saw this TED talk by Dr. Joseph Ravenell about a Harlem barbershop.  The men go there about every other week for a trim, and lots of them stop in more frequently just to hang out and visit.  They've been coming to this shop for years and years, and it's more than just a place for a hair cut. It's a place where they talk about things - sports, life, health.  It's a safe space, and the men share more information about their health with their barber than they do a doctor.  Dr. Ravenell explains, "The barbershop is  a place of connection, loyalty, and trust"  where men are comfortable talking about difficult topics, like high blood pressure, a leading killer among his demographic.  Recognizing this phenomenon, Ravenell has helped this and other barbershops offer free blood pressure screening and has probably saved the lives of many men.  It all started by recognizing where the men gathered and shared their lives.  Ravenell ends by asking, "What is your barbershop?"   

My barbershop is around the table at the shop.  It too is place of connection, loyalty, and trust.  It is a safe space where we talk about our lives, our health, our families, our jobs, our relationships --the experiences women experience throughout their lifetime.  There is a wide range of ages around the table, and we can share the changes we experience in our bodies and in our lives.  So many conversations start with, "So, this thing happenend..."  or "Is it weird that I've been feeling....,"  and to hear from the mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends who've gone before say, "No, that's perfectly normal," or maybe, "You might want to have that looked at."  

In this disconnected world where we share more personal data than we should in social media, but find that we cannot or do not take the time for actual conversations in real life, it's nice to know that there is a place where can come and be part of the sisterhood of women like you who care for each other and about each other.  I look forward to seeing you in the shop and around the table.  You are always welcome here.   ~Ellen

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Dangling Conversation - May First Friday

Dangling Conversation - May First Friday

This week is First Friday!

Dangling conversation at Crazy for Ewe

Our May First Friday project is Dangling Conversation, a lovely, large scarf worked in a silky soft self-striping cotton. Shimmering beads at the cast on and along the edge give the scarf a subtle gleam and provide just the right amount of weight to help keep your wrap in place.

Don't worry about choosing colors - the yarns bring their own gradient palette - there's a very summery aqua and peach combination as well as one in sophisticated shades of charcoal to pale silver.  Mary did the sample using two different coordinating colorways.  Isn't it gorgeous!

If you're on top of Pantone's spring color forecast, you'll love the Rosy Quartz and Serenity (rich pink and soft blue) option - my favorite! It's a fun and easy pattern and the beads are a snap to add as you knit - no need to thread them ahead of time.

Join us First Friday to get started - 5-8 p.m.  Pink drinks as usual.  :)

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