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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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Feeling stranded?

Feeling stranded?

Bet you're getting a little cabin fever - I sure am.  I love my cozy snow days, but I'm starting to get a bit of a house headache.  Our driveway is pretty much cleared, and I'm so looking forward to getting back in the shop.   Come join me!  Ginni has a beautiful stranded knitting project planned for tomorrow afternoon! 

If you thought about the stranded mitten class but decided it was more of a challenge than you wanted, you'll love this!  GInni's doing a stranded hat knitalong.  It uses Shepherd's Wool and Noro Silk Garden.  Noro stripes by itself so your contrasting color will change by itself so you look like a genius without even trying.  Since it's a knitalong, you'll have lots of help and support, so you'll have fun and not be frustrated.  Join us this week (today!) and the next couple of Tuesday afternoons!    2 p.m.  

Come pick up a perfect color combination and get started - it's a great skill and a beautiful project - you'll be so proud!

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Happy colors

Happy colors

Color is powerful. We don't think about it much because it's so integral to our lives, but the colors we choose for our homes, for our clothes, and for our knitting, play an important part in our everyday happiness.  I think that a lot of what they call the winter doldrums is the lack of color in the world this time of year. Cheerful holiday decorations are gone, and things can seem a little drab. Neutrals are nice, and certainly very calm, but it's a fine line between peaceful and downright boring.  Especially in the winter, I need some happy colors. 

Happy colors are different for everyone.  Each culture views colors in a different context - for many westerners, yellow is a very happy color, while in Japan, yellow symbolizes deceit!  Regardless of a color's cultural meaning, there is a complex function of associations in our brain that gives a color its appeal for each of us.  Think about it - when you're browsing in the shop and you happen across a skein of yarn in that color, you feel your breath catch a little.  It's a visceral response.  You tell yourself, "I really should get out of my box," but you buy it anyway because it's just so beautiful that just owning it an looking at it makes you happy.  That's totally okay.  I'm making this 64-Crayons afghan, and I have all the skeins piled up in a big basket in my family room.  It makes me happy to see them there. 

If you're feeling a little drab, find a little yarn in your stash in a color that makes you happy, and whip up a little had or a pair of bright fingerless mitts. If nothing in your stash does it for you, you can stop by the shop and get a nice big dose of happy.  Especially before this weekend's snow. Happy knitting!

I look forward to seeing you in the shop and around the table - you are always welcome here.  ~Ellen

Back to the 19 January 2016 Newsletter

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Better late than never

Better late than never

I've heard the road to hell is paved with good intentions.  I'm famous for just not quite getting everything I mean to do actually done.  While this foible is unlikely to end me up in the fiery flames of eternal damnation, I do beat myself up about it.  Like, say, when I come across a perfectly good blog entry I've written and forgotten to post. 

It is my New Year's resolution to be better at follow through and completion, so I hope you will forgive me for just now posting this blog entry I wrote last month. 

December 26 - afternoon
This is my favorite part of the holiday season  The frenzy of preparing for the big day is over, and it's time to relax and enjoy.  For me that's taking some quiet time to be with my kids and to just be still and knit.  Yesterday afternoon I finished my Cavendish Throw, and am just thrilled with it. 

I can see why Mary has knit three of them.  I am really into knitwear for the home right now.  Knitted throws are everywhere - from Pottery Barn to Target, but nothing has been has been as pretty or as fun as the those I've seen being worked around the table here at the shop.  

I like neutrals furniture because it's versatile, but it can get boring.  That's why I love knitting  these throws in fun colors that inspire me and give a room that pop of color.  

My next throw adventure is going to be a fabulous pattern called 64 Crayons by Amy Swenson.  I even love the name.  It reminds me of the wonderful childhood joy of a brand new box of Crayola's with the tips all fresh and pointy and full of possibilities. 

The throw is worked in Kureyon, Noro's most playful yarn with bright bands of color and an earthy texture.  In this pattern you're working strips using two different colors at a time to create alternating stripes.  Strips of stripes.  Say that five times fast.  Anyway, it's a super fun project, and I can't wait to get started!  Want to join me?  We're doing 64 Crayons as a knitalong starting Thursday, January 21st from 2 to 4 p.m.  Come get started and feel like a kid again! 

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Simply Noro - Simply Beautiful

First day of the Noro Event was fabulous!  There seems to be one standout project every year that gets the most attention in each yarn.  In years past it's been Klaralund, Bettna, and Holly.  This year it's Cavendish, a gorgeous throw that's simple to knit and lets Noro do what Noro does best. 

Mary has knit three of these.  You could say they're a bit addictive.  She says they're the perfect project going into the fall because they keep you cozy and warm while you're knitting them.  I am excited just to have the yarn in a big basket by my sofa because the colors are so perfect. 

The pattern is called Cavendish, and you might remember it from  Simply Noro by Jane Ellison.  The book is out of print, but the good people at Knitting Fever have made the pattern available for purchase through Ravelry.

Order the kit, or come by and pick one up.  We're offering a free class this week to get you started on this fun and simple knit.  Thursday, October 22nd at 2 pm. 

 

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Felting at its stylish best

Designed by felting pro, Nora Bellows, Lipstick and Change is a perfect little accessory that holds just what you need for an evening out - your keys, your phone, and a lipstick.  This chic little purse knits up in no time flat.  It's a super quick knit, and everything you need is right there in the kit.  

Like everything, it's more fun when you do it with friends, so join us to get started.  We have our own felting machine right here in the shop, so when the knitting is done, we can felt them right here.   When it's all felted, we'll walk you through finishing process where you'll add the beautiful frame, sparkly bits and little feet that make this purse so professional looking.  No one will believe you didn't buy it at a high end boutique!  

A perfect gift for the fussiest of fashionistas!  Join us for three sessions and walk away with a great looking accessory. 

Wednesday, September 30th, October 7th, and October 14th

2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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