Bridges

August 2nd, 2017

 

Today is the day, the day that we have been talking about for literally decades.

 

Our brand new St. Croix River Crossing opens and our 86 year old Stillwater Lift Bridge closes to car traffic. We are all so hopeful downtown. Hopeful that after living through years of construction and conversation about how terrible traffic is, the new crossing will make it easier for our customers to get downtown. I believe it will.

 

Eventually, we’ll have a walking and biking path on the old Stillwater Lift Bridge. So we’ll still be able to cross, it just won’t be in a car.

 

People are crossing the bridge for the last time. Traffic downtown has been particularly difficult. Everyone wants to get across in their cars one. last. time. I don’t blame them. I’ll drive my car across one last time in a few hours. Last night I headed home and cars were honking on the bridge. Saying goodbye with a honk I suppose?

 

It kind of feels silly to feel sad about it. I feel a bit silly writing it actually. But, we’ve been waiting so long. We talk about the bridge and the traffic it now causes every single day at the shop. We’ve been watching the bridge being built for years. Now it’s actually here and I have butterflies in my stomach.

 

I’m nervous. Change is hard.

 

I have a love hate relationship with this old bridge. I’ve crossed it 10,000 times in the 15 years I’ve lived in Wisconsin and countless times in my youth driving across to get to Wisconsin for things I shouldn’t write about:)

 

I was stopped a few mornings ago on my way to work for the lift. With the beautiful weather, my windows were rolled down. I started to feel a bit melancholy.

 

This bridge slows me down. That’s not a terrible thing I guess. I get 6-8 minutes to sit still. To put my elbow out the window, smell the river, watch the boats.

 

It’s going to be great to have a new bridge. We’ll all be able to get where we’re going faster. I believe it will be great for businesses downtown Stillwater, mine included.

 

I’m sure I’ll love it. But I’ll still miss crossing this one.

 

Makers’ League July

July 7th, 2017

Nothing better than easy knitting in July.

 

This project lets the yarn do all the work…well, you need to do some of the work.

 

Painted Mist Scarf is our July project.

 

 

 


The kit is 60+ yards in 9 colors of Painted Mist. Work the colors as you please! colors in each kit will vary slightly.

 

The patch is the super cute alpaca. awwwwweee!!

 

 

Click here for the kits.

 

9 Months and 12 Inches

June 6th, 2017

Kids finished school this week. 6th and 7th grades are behind us.

 

I took a pic of them the last day of school and then compared it to the first day of school.

 

Wha????

 

I knew my son grew a bit this year…but wow!

 

 

Life is moving fast!

 

Hope the littles or not so littles, in your life have a great summer!

 

A Reenactment…

June 6th, 2017

 
A reenactment of the daily struggle for random passersby to find the entrance to Smalley’s.

 

 

Nope, the entrance to the pirate bar is not through the yarn store:)

 

 


Aimee’s Oscar nomination is forthcoming we’re sure.
Oh and don’t get us wrong…we love our friends at Smalley’s and we are happy to have anyone find our shop, even if they are just looking for good jerk bbq:)

 

 

Darn Knit on the Patio

June 6th, 2017

 

 

Join us Saturday, June 10th, 2017 for World Wide Knit in Public Day!

 

As you know, we knit in public a lot, but this time we hope you’ll join us.

 

We’ll be crafting on the patio in front of the shop in celebration of World Wide Knit in Public Day. Yep, it’s a real thing.

 

We’ll be sitting out on the patio with some friends knitting and crocheting. Heck, bring your spinning wheel if you want!

 

Bring some snacks and your favorite beverage and we’ll wave at all the poor souls sitting in traffic!

 

Remember, the earlier you arrive the better…It’s looking like a beautiful summer Saturday so that means a bit of traffic in Stillwater!

 

We hope to see you on Saturday.

 

Makers’ League June 2017

May 31st, 2017

Our June Makers’ League project is Undertone Cowl by Tin Can Knits.
We love this easy and fun project. Perfect for knitting on a boat, deck or at a graduation party!!

 

 

This project is already packed for you in color combos you are sure to love.

 

The pattern comes in three sizes. Child short, child long, adult short and adult long. The cowl above, the blues, is the adult short. The perfect length to give you a pop of color, or tuck into your jacket on a winter day without too much bulk. You can probably get 2 of these out of the kit we have packed for you.
The cowl below, the rainbow kit, is the adult long with 24 stitches added to the length to make it just a bit longer. The finished size of this cowl is 49″. We think it goes around the neck twice just perfectly.

 

We have packed up Hikoo Simplicity or Berroco Vintage DK. Both kits will give you enough yarn to make the largest size cowl even a little larger.

 

The photo above and the one just below are Hikoo Simplicity. This is a merino wool/acrylic/nylon blend yarn. The merino makes this yarn super soft. Trust us, it’s worth the few extra bucks.

 

 

The photo below shows Berroco Vintage DK. This is the Jewel Tone Kit. Vintage DK is not merino wool but it is another wool/acrylic blend. By now you all should know the vintage line. This is the smaller version of the yarn we used for Cable it Up scarf!  A workhorse yarn.

 

 


The patch for this month is Just One More Row. We think it’s perfect for this project.

 

Oh one more thing…speaking of one more row. We worked 4 stripes of each of the 4 colors. The pattern calls for 3 stripes. We had the extra yarn and felt like it could handle another stripe!

Click here for the kit options!

 

We are horrible at selfies

May 31st, 2017

 
We are horrible at selfies…
Like really horrible.

 

We tried. This is the best we got.

 

 


Let’s switch sides…maybe that’s better?

 

 

 


Nope…

 


At least the cowls are cute! Makers’ League June. Undertone Cowl by Tin Can Knits. We love!
click here for the kits.

 

 

 

May Makers’ League 2017 Oops

May 1st, 2017

 
This is how we felt this morning.

 

 

We love the first of the month.

 

We send out a newsletter announcing the project and we wait with nervous energy hoping that you guys love our project as much as we do.

 

Usually by the time we get into the shop we have a dozen or so orders through our online store and we are excited to see what color combos you liked. We love to to pack them up and ship them to you.

 

This was a different kind of first of the month.

 

Carly was already here when I came in this morning and we only had 1 online order. Only 1. We were so bummed. We designed the bag and hoped you would love it.

 

Carly said “Well Aimee, we can’t win ’em all”.

 

We went through all the possible reasons…
Maybe its bad looking
Maybe it was too cheap
Maybe it was too expensive
Maybe people don’t want to knit a market bag
Maybe because the newsletter went out last night and not this morning
Maybe the photo wasn’t that great

 

We felt sorry for ourselves.

 

Then…Char called and told us the news…”ummm, I’m trying to buy one of the kits through your website and it won’t let me. It forces me to click wind and then when I do it says they are out of stock.”

 

WHA?!

 

Sure enough, as soon as we fixed the mistake online the orders started coming through.

 

Oh and thanks to those of you who emailed me with the problem too, sure would have been a better morning had I looked at my email sooner;)

 

This is how we feel now!  Carly and I can’t stop giggling about it.

 

 

 

Thanks for your continued support of the crazy that is Darn Knit Anyway. We fly by the seat of our pants!

 

Click here to see the colors that are now actually available to buy.

 

May Makers’ League

April 30th, 2017

Our May Makers’ League project is a market bag! We call it”River Market Bag”.  See it here on Ravelry.

 

The bag is knit with 2 – 200 yard skeins of worsted weight cotton yarn. Knit from the bottom up, with some easy lace thrown in for fun.

 

It’s stretchy and perfect to take to the beach or the market or the yarn shop:)

 

 

Click here to see the kit colors we have packed up for you.
We hope you enjoy this fun easy project perfect for summer!

 

 

 

Shop Hop 2017

April 10th, 2017

Whew! MN Yarn Shop Hop 2017 is done. What fun but we are tired!

 


The theme for the shop hop was Inspired by Music. Our shop theme was Broadway!

 

 

We were inspired by a photograph that was taken of the cast of Hamilton in Vogue Magazine in 2015. I’d share that pic here, but we don’t have permission to share it on our blog and we don’t want to get in trouble:)  But, you can click here and see it!

 

Sweetgeorgia Yarns worked hard to make sure our vision came to life. We love the finished product!
We have a few skeins remaining if you want to check that out click here.

 

 

 

Carroll designed a shallow shawl with a ruffle for our pattern. We were inspired by the cravat, the neck accessory, that was a wardrobe staple in the musical. Our is a modern take on this traditional piece. We love it. It’s long enough to tie at your neck and not too deep in the front. Perfect.

 

 

It’s free on Ravelry, download your copy by clicking here.

 

Thanks to all who donated to the food shelf in our area.  We’ll update you with total donation amounts soon!

 

Can’t wait to start planning next year.