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Winter Mystery Knitalong

Winter Mystery Knitalong

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 more

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Winter Mystery Knitalong

Winter Mystery Knitalong

I just bought a new cookbook because it's going to change my life.  It's called  A New Way to Dinner, and it's all about cooking once for the whole week.  I know, there are dozens of articles about cooking a thing and using it over and over, but this book is laid out by season, with 4 week's worth of menus, grocery lists, and game plans for each. It doesn't cover every single week of the year, but that's ok.   Most weeks I kind of enjoy meal planning - poring  read more

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Five reasons to love linen

Five reasons to love linen
Reed is the smooth, suave linen fiber that's totally changed my mind about knitting with linen.  When Shibui introduced this yarn, I kept touching it and thinking; Wow, this is linen?  Really?  It's so smooth - so soft -- so silky.  How can this be?  The answer is in the construction.  Rather than being a traditional plied yarn, Reed is a fine chainette that creates suppleness and loft in a fiber that lacks both.  This fingering weight yarn that takes advantage of linen's crispness but tempers it into a lovely smooth fiber that has totally seduced me.  Reed, you are my kind of fiber... Continue reading

Summer Mystery Shawl KAL

The Mystery Shawl Knitalong (KAL) starts Saturday, July 15th  If you've done a Mystery KAL with us, The yarn is here!!!!  It's a beautiful soft pima cotton that's a joy to knit wonderful to wear. Choose your color here, or stop by the shop to pick it out in person.  If you're unsure about joining the fun, here are 4 reasons you should do it:
  1. Sometimes the look of a project can be very intimidating -- all those fancy things going on. Truth is, knitting happens just one stitch at a time, and when you focus on just the stitches you're working right now, even the most complex pattern is mindful and quite achievable.
  2. It's easy to fall into a knitting rut. We like what we like, and that's how we end up with everything on and off our needles looking basically the same. A mystery shawl KAL opens you up to something you will absolutely love but might never have chosen for yourself. Is it a bit of a risk? Sure, but it's a calculated risk - this is Mary's pick, and has she ever steered you wrong? I didn't think so...
  3. Getting just one clue a week means that there's a built-in break. You can only work as much as we tell you, so there are these wonderfully satisfying milestones you get along the way. You can never binge-knit a mystery KAL
  4. The anticipation is intoxicating. There's a little thrill of suspense as you wait for the next clue - what will it be? How will it change the project? I wonder what it is.. With instant 24/7 communication, today's life is thoroughly lacking in mystery. Just the idea that you don't already know everything there is to know about a thing is deliciously refreshing.
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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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    Umaro class and knitalong

    Umaro class and knitalong

    Did you ever see the play Annie..or maybe the movie?  It has that catchy little tune, "Umaro, Umaro, I love you Umaro, you're always a day away..."  Oh wait, it's tomorrow...oh well, doesn't matter, Umaro is actually what I love.  Cozy and quick, Umaro is a beautiful throw designed by Jared Flood.  Shirley Walker knit one, which she graciously loaned me - it's in the shop window - you should come see. We have the sample of it knit by Shirley Walker in our window you should come see.  It's even prettier in person that the official picture from the pattern here.

    Umaro throw by Jared Flood

    Worked in super bulky yarn on size 15 needles, it's fun and fast to knit.   I've had it in my queue to knit for over a year, and I'm starting it Saturday, February 4th.  If you want to knit along with me, here are the skills you'll need for this project:

    • Knit and purl
    • Relaxed long-tail cast on
    • Right-leaning and left-leaning decreases
    • Yarnovers
    • Cables
    • Chart reading

    In case you're not quite up to speed on any of those skills, join us Wednesday, February 1st for a class on the Umaro stitch pattern.  We'll work one repeat of the pattern so you'll get those skills and be perfectly comfortable with all aspects of the pattern.  Bonus is that this can be your swatch too, so you can come to the knitalong Saturday, all ready to go!  Class includes one skein of Ushya and the pattern.  Bring or buy at class, US Size 15 needles. Choose afternoon 2:30-4:00 or evening 5:30-7:30.  Click here for more info or to sign up.

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    Monkey Sock Mondays (yes, Mondays)

    Monkey Sock Mondays (yes, Mondays)

    How many times have you wished we were open Mondays?  And at least one evening. Because you work and can't get here by 5.  I know, right?   I hear you.  I truly do.  So, Mondays is your day. And your evening. Starting September 12th (one week from today) we'll be open Mondays from 1 to 7 pm. 

    Jenny will be celebrating our special new hours with a fun knitalong of Monkey Socks.  A very cute pattern free on Knitty, and a terrific "next sock".  Here's what Jenny has to say about Monkey Socks:

    The Monkey Socks by Cookie A has over 20,000 projects listed on Ravelry! That alone tells you what a great pattern this is. I've knit two pair so far and it is my new favorite. It is the kind of pattern that looks like you spent hours on but in reality, it is a very simple to follow pattern. It's just perfect for someone who is a little bored with plain socks and wants to spice it up a bit. They tend to fly right off my needles so it also makes them perfect for gift knitting. They also work with just about every colorway - from a beautiful solid to the most colorful yarn you can imagine!
    If you're ready to move on from vanilla socks, come knit these along with me!
    If you're a sock knitter, or you've taken one of our beginning sock classes, you're ready. We'll be open at 1 p.m. - knitalong starts at 4.  Get the pattern and get here when you can!   
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    Jessamyn knitalong - what's not to love

    Jessamyn knitalong - what's not to love

    This gorgeous cardigan was my favorite from the Ginkgo trunk show last month, Worked in elegant Berroco Ginkgo, Jessamyn is exactly what you want to take you gracefully into the fall season, Worked in one piece with only two small seams at the shoulder, Jessamyn is as fun to knit as it is to wear.

     

    The fabric is nice and squishy and really highlights Ginkgo's beautiful texture. It looks like ribbing, but there's no purling. In fact, you can knit the entire body of Jessamyn with no purling at all! Sounds like magic, but, I promise it's super easy.

    I've been champing at the bit to start this project, and I thought I'd invite you to knit along with me. Several of you have even bought the yarn already! We'll meet in the shop to work on it, but I'm also going to blog about it regularly so that folks who are not local can be part of the fun. I'll send out the blog posts at least weekly, and occasionally more often if I find out something important. Click here to register for the knitalong, and you'll get the posts in your inbox along with the regular blog.

    The hardest part will be choosing which beautiful Ginkgo color you want. Come by the shop and get your yarn and the pattern so you'll be ready to swatch with us Saturday, September 3rd at 12:30 pm

    Yes! Sign me up for the Jessamyn KAL!

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    Hollyhock - February First Friday project

    Hollyhock - February First Friday project
    Louisa Harding Hollyhock Cowl worn Long
    Our February First Friday project is Hollyhock scarf Louisa Harding.  Mary finished the sample  last week, and it is utterly beautiful.  The candid pics I took in the shop didn't really do it justice, so I decided to take it home and do a few glamour shots.   It looks great worn long or doubled. 
    Louisa Harding Hollyhock Cowl worn doubled
    Hollyhock uses three different yarns in coordinating colors and a mix of stitches to make it interesting and fun to knit.
     
    Louisa Harding Hollyhock Cowl closeup
    Join us First Friday for pink drinks and to get started on Hollyhock with us.  We have Hollyhock kits made up in three different colorways: Hyacinth, Snapdragon, and Impatiens.  It will be hard to choose just one!.  The kit, which includes 5 skeins of yarn and the pattern, is $45.  Buy it on First Friday and save $5.  
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    64-Crayons Knitalong meets today

    64-Crayons Knitalong meets today

    Don't forget this afternoon's knitalong - 64 Crayons by Amy Swenson.  I've been working away at it every chance I get.  The pattern is mindless enough to do while you're watching tv, but the interplay of Noro's colors make every row a delight, so you'll never be bored!

     

    This is a full-sized throw made in strips using two different colors of Noro Kureyon at a time to create alternating stripes.  Strips of stripes.  Say that five times fast.  Anyway, it's a super fun project, and you'll love knitting it as much as you'll love having it!  Join me today and every Thursday for the next few weeks.  From 2 to 4 p.m.  

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