5 Things!

November 27th, 2015

Buy local.  Shop local.  It’s all the rage right now right?  We hear it everywhere.  Especially the day before Small Business Saturday. A day dedicated to shopping small.


We feel like we should shop local, but it’s so darn easy to click and buy online.  I know, I do it too.  It’s hard not to buy from them sometimes.  The price is right and if you can stand to wait a few days, you might save a few bucks.  Plus it delivers right to your door, no need to even go out.  I know.  It’s so easy!
But you don’t really matter to Amazon, Toys R Us or Craftsy.  Not really.
As a small business owner, I can tell you that you matter at my store.That every purchase matters at my store. Every. Single. One.
So, if you love a local, independent business you should buy something from them! Even one thing this holiday season. An independent hair salon, liquor store, coffee shop, yarn store.  I don’t know about you, but I love walking into my local independent liquor store and having the owner know my name.  On second thought…maybe the liquor store isn’t a great example:)  But…you know what I mean.
Take your local yarn store for example.  If you visit your local yarn store enough, they probably know your name, or at least your face.  They probably remember you had knee replacement surgery or they ask about an ailing parent.  They probably helped you pick up a dropped stitch or talked you through a pattern that you just couldn’t sort out on your own.  They probably helped you pick out the perfect yarn and pattern for your friend who needed a chemo cap.  You don’t have that kind of relationship with an online yarn store. You just don’t.
I am going to challenge you this holiday season, challenge you to buy 5 presents off of your holiday list from an independent local business. It’s not as hard as you might think.
In downtown Stillwater alone we must have over 60 independent businesses.  At least!
I challenge you to buy 5 things:)
Let me know how you do!!

Plaid Friday 2015

November 20th, 2015

It’s back!  Our Black Friday sale is happening again!

Come to Stillwater at 9am on Black Friday.  Yeah, we know…we’ve been opening later and later as the years have worn on:)
Downtown Stillwater is doing their Sleepyhead Doorbusters again this year.  We are joining The Plaid Friday revolution.  Want to know more about what all the cool kids are doing?  Click here.

There will be fun things happening that day and all season long downtown.  Check out Discover Stillwater for the details on the other happenings…
Here are our plans for Plaid Friday, November 27th.
-20% off everything in the store from 9am – 12am.
-The first 20 people get an additional 20% off coupon to use in the store at another time.
-Hikoo yarns will be 20% off all day long!  That is Simpliworsted, Simplicity, Caribou, Zumie and CoBaSi.  We love, love, love these yarns and know that you will to.

-BlueQ products (gum/coin purses/socks/lip and hand stuff) 20% off all day.

Come join us.

A few little rules:

  • We can’t hold yarn for you before the sale.  So if you have something on the hold shelf that is waiting to be purchased, that yarn won’t be included in the sale.  That just isn’t fair!
  • We’ll do our best to wind your yarn that day, but the winder will be working overtime.  So either you’ll have to be patient, or leave your yarn and we’ll wind it up for you to pick up later!
  • You have to be in a good mood.  We can’t have crabby, overfed knitters, crocheters, spinners and weavers wandering about!


Wish List 2015

November 20th, 2015

Wish List Logo
We’re going to help them, give to you this holiday season.
We are bringing back our Holiday Wish List program.
Here’s how this works…
Come in, fill out the Gift Wish List form with all the great goodies you would love to open up this holiday season.  Leave the list with us and send in your gift givers.  We’ll pull the list when they come to the shop and help them pick out the perfect gifts for you.
Fun huh?
Wanna hear something even better yet?  If your gift giver comes in and buys something for you off your wish list, they’ll be given Darn Knit Dollars to help fill your stocking.
You can come back in sometime in January and use up those Darn Knit Dollars on anything you want!  They’ll work like money in our store.
Spend $25 get $5 in Darn Knit Dollars
Spend $50 get $10 in Darn Knit Dollars
Spend $75 get $15 in Darn Knit Dollars
Spend $100 get $20 in Darn Knit Dollars
Darn Knit dollars are only for our Wish List Program, and thus only applies on purchases that OTHER people make for you.  So send ‘em in, you know we’ll take good care of them.

If your giver is across town and can’t make it to us, we can help them shop over the phone and ship to them too!   I think that just about covers every possible issue don’t you think?

Neato huh?
So come and and start your Wish List today!
A few little things I need to note…Darn Knit Dollars can’t be tracked, so don’t loose them cause we won’t have record of them.  Darn Knit Dollars can’t be redeemed for cash or combined with other discounts!  Darn Knit Dollars will expire January 31st, 2016! No exceptions:)

6 Years!

October 9th, 2015


It’s been 6 years since we officially opened the doors to Darn Knit Anyway.  6 years of dropped stitches, great conversations & building friendships.  It’s hard to believe. We’ve come a long way.


When we opened the shop, we had no idea what we were doing. What yarns to buy, what needles, what notions, what patterns? Those first few days Carly and I did Rock Paper Scissors to see who would help someone if they came in with a knitting problem. We didn’t want to win. We weren’t sure we could help.  We’ve come a long way.
We’ve come a long way and still have a long way to go! We will continue to have great yarns and samples for you to fondle.  We will continue be a place that is comfortable, easy and fun. We hope to always be able to say that we are more than a yarn store.
We aren’t having a big party today, no public celebration of 6 years, but we are celebrating.  Celebrating our little shop and the 6 years of beautiful, challenging, heartfelt, heartbreaking, hilarious memories we shared with all of you.
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Soooo many more photos we could add…thanks to all of you for being a part of our shop.
Thanks for everything!!

GAWF 2015

October 5th, 2015

We had so much fun at our 2nd annual Great American Wool Festival.


It couldn’t happen without our friends at The Yarnery.  Shelly, Scott and their crew are terrific partners for this fun, casual event. We look forward to many more years to come.  In fact, save the date for next year.  We’re booked for Sunday, September 25th!
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GAWF 2015 quince
GAWF 2015 Yarnery 2


GAWF 2015 Outside


Wondering about Wonder

October 3rd, 2015

I’ve wondered about my kids on this blog before.  I’ve wondered if you can teach optimism?  Turns out I don’t think you can:)


I’ve been wondering lately about wonder.  Can you teach a child to wonder about the world. To ask questions, to inquire, to be curious?


I don’t live in a family of talkers. Which is weird, because I am a talker.  When you come into the shop and I ask where you are from or what you are doing in town, I genuinely am curious.  But my family…we could be driving down the road and I’ll exclaim “Oh my gosh”.  It wouldn’t be strange if no one even acknowledged my exclamation.  Where is the curiosity? Didn’t they wonder what I saw or thought?


I’ll give you a few recent examples.


A few months ago, we had an extended family party at a park.  We loaded up the truck with our beanbags game, baseball mitts and coolers and backed down the driveway.  We got to the road and my husband unexpectedly pulled back into the garage.  He grabbed a pitchfork from the garage, put it in the truck, got back in the truck without a word and we backed down the driveway again.


Now, we don’t normally go around carrying pitchforks, so this is strange. I thought, I’m going to let someone else ask about the pitchfork. Even though my mind is screaming “WHAT IS THE PITCHFORK FOR?!”  Both kids saw the pitchfork.  No comments from the backseat at all. Didn’t the even wonder what the pitchfork was for?


I let the drive go on for a few miles until I couldn’t stand it anymore.  I say to my kids “hey guys, could someone craft a question for Dad about the pitchfork?”  Maggie says “Hey Dad, what’s with the pitchfork?”.  Jason says “we’re doing pitchfork throwing contests at the party”.  Obviously a joke, because that’s crazy. Neither kid bats an eye.  Oh. Of course. Pitchfork throwing contest.  As if we are in the habit of throwing pitchforks.  Not one follow up question or comment or even “come on dad”.  GAH!!


Another example happened a few weeks ago.  I was felting a bag in my front loading washer.  I was sitting in front of the machine looking in through the closed door.  Now, I don’t normally sit in front of the washer, in fact, I don’t think I have ever really looked at the wash as it was washing.  So this is unusual.


My son Max walked past the laundry room, looked at me, and kept on walking.  I didn’t get a “hey mom, whattcha doing there watching the washing machine”.  Seems an obvious question to me.  I would wonder.  So I say to him.  “Hey Max, come on back here and take my picture”.  I hand him my phone and he takes this pic.






He doesn’t ask why.  He doesn’t even seem to wonder why his mom just asked him to take a picture of her on the floor in the laundry room watching the washing machine.  How is that possible?


I say take another.


Please wonder

Please wonder

Nothing.  He hands me back the phone and off he goes.


I call him back.  “Hey buddy, did you even wonder why I was sitting on the floor in the laundry room looking at the machine?” He said “I guess.  What are you doing?”.  So I tell him and he asks a few more questions all on his own and then wanders off again.  Leaving me to the floor of the laundry room with my wonder about wonder.


The bag turned out great by the way.  In case you wondered, you can felt in a front loader. Oh and the pitchfork…it was borrowed and he was simply returning it;)


Uptown Funk

September 24th, 2015

Ok, ok…


This darn yarn…this Uptown Worsted Spirit Stripes…
I think this scarf picture, this very one, it’s the one that is doing us in.
uptown spirit stripes scarf
I literally picked up the yarn, pulled my US8’s out, started knitting from the outside of the ball.  That’s it.  I did nothing special, no extra work, no nothing.  This just worked.
Many of you have contacted us about this funny yarn.  Your scarves aren’t working out quite like this.  Some of them look like this.
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Or this…
spirit stripes
And this…
spirit stripes blue grey
The point I’m trying to make here, is that the yarn is different.  Even in the same skein, the little zig zag might zag zig every now and then.  It probably won’t be perfect.   I can pretty much assure you it won’t be.
A few things you can try if this just isn’t working out the way you hoped.
Go down or up a needle size.
Cast on a few more or less stitches.
Start the yarn in a different spot.
If you still hate, hate it.  Then maybe change your focus.  I just started this scarf and it seems much more forgiving. So if you are pulling your hair out and are cussing me out for saying this was the easiest scarf to knit:)  Maybe you should cast on for this one instead? And remember how much you love me!
uptown worsted scarf 1 x 1

Great American Wool Festival 2015

September 9th, 2015



We can’t wait!  Click here to see the review of last year’s #GAWF!



Click here for a map to Bruetrup Heritage Farm


Ronald McDonald House 2015

September 9th, 2015

ronald mcdonald
We are going to be participating in the Ronald McDonald House Charities Holiday Giving.


Things are a little different this time around.  Instead of felt bags, we’ll be making cowls to donate to the deserving moms of Ronald McDonald Houses. 
If you buy our suggested yarn at the shop for the cowl, make the cowl and return the cowl to us by December 1st you’ll get $5 in DKA dollars to spend at the shop however you want.  You get to make a donation to a very deserving cause AND you get a little DKA cash:) You only get the $5 gift if you have purchased yarn at the shop specifically for this project.
To make things easy we have selected 2 different projects for you to choose from for donations this year.
Kinetic Cowl
Knit the Kinetic Cowl. One of our most popular DKA patterns. Knit on a US15 circular needle it has knits and purls and yarn overs.  What could be better!
You can knit it out of Berroco Brio or Misti Alpaca Chunky Handpaint.


Gaptastic Cowl


Or…knit the Gaptastic Cowl.  The most popular cowl on Ravelry.  Again, just knits and purls:)
You can choose to knit it out of James Brett Marble Chunky or Classic Elite Chateau or Chalet.

We didn’t forget the crocheters…Carly is working on a sample cowl for you as we speak!  We’ll update this blog when we have it done:)

Ronald McDonald and your DKA crew thank you:)



Kick n’ Stitch Night

September 1st, 2015

MN United
We are participating in the MN United (soccer) Kick n’ Stitch Night on Saturday, September 19th.  You should join us!


Here is the info….
MN United VS NY Cosmos
Sept 19th, 2015
National Sports Center in Blaine, MN
Tailgate 5 PM, kick-off at 7PM
– Fiber art tailgate (all ages) – make bracelets, learn to weave and more with volunteers from the Weaver’s Guild of MN
-Get a free pattern to knit your own fingerless gloves or a can coozie.
-Community tailgate space means the grill’s already lit and you can socialize.
Discounted tickets are just $21 + 2.99 handling fee with promo code KICKNSTITCH at http://www.mnunitedfc.com/tickets
Or, if you want to tag along with our DKA crew.  Let us know you want in and we’ll secure the tickets for you and save the 2.99 handling fee:)
Drop us an email and tell us you want in!