Shetland Wool Week @DKA

August 24th, 2015

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Carroll can’t stop talking about Shetland Wool Week. If she could, she would be on the next plane, train and boat it takes to get to the Shetland Islands in Scotland.

 

In it’s 6th year, lucky Shetland Wool Week participants get to take classes and see demos all related to Britain’s famous Shetland Textile Industry.

 

Carroll isn’t lucky enough to make it to the Shetland Islands this year, but we wanted to give her a taste of it. So, join us on Thursday, Sept 24th from 6-8pm for this fun knit along.  The Baa-ble Hat is the pattern we’ll be knitting and it is free from the Shetland Wool Week website. The $10 registration fee to hold your spot will be available to you as shop credit towards a purchase that evening.

 

And we’ll have some Shetlandy treats…as soon as we figure out what those things are:)

 

Come celebrate with us! Click here to reserve your spot.

 
Carly and I love these:)

 
Aimee & Carly baable hat

 

Scoreboard Knit A Long

August 24th, 2015

scoreboard kal
Join us for this fun Knit Along!  This isn’t a class…just a fun virtual knit along:)

 

If you’ve been following my knitting on the Crackerjack scarf, and wanted to try one yourself but can’t stand how slooooow baseball is.  How about trying your hand at the Scoreboard KAL?  We all know how fun Knit Purl Hunter’s KAL’s are.
 

You’ll need a dk yarn that comes in a lot of great colors.  We love Simplicity by Hikoo.  They have the perfect colors for most of your favorite football teams both Collegiate and Pro.
 

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The idea is that you choose 2 colors, one for your favorite team points and one for the opponents points.  A field goal is 3 rounds of knitting, a touchdown is 6 round a extra point is 1 round.  You get the idea.  You can choose a 3rd color to use to signal the game finished too if you want.
 
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This cowl has been pretty popular, so they are out a few a few colors at the moment.  If you are cheering on the Packers, we have the yarn on order and get get it to you as soon as it arrives.  If you are cheering on the Vikings, we have the purple, but the gold is on back order.
 
We have the Badgers and Gophers in stock:)
 
If you are a football fan, this should be a fun record of a year of your favorite team!  If you aren’t a football fan, what better way to pay attention to the game than to knit this!
 
The pattern is officially released on Sept 3rd.  We hope, hope, hope to have the yarn in stock then too! But no worries if not, you can always catch up!

Back to School Open House

August 24th, 2015

 

Many of us are gearing up to send our kids back to school. Some kids even started school today.

 

In Somerset, WI, we start back up a week from today.  Our kid’s “back to school open house” is on Wednesday and the kids are excited.  It’s Max’s first year in Middle School and Maggie is more than excited (not) to have him join her there.  They’ll meet their teachers, drop off and pick up supplies.  They’ll find out where their desks will be and who else is in their classes.  You all know the drill.
 

Anyway, we thought it might be fun to do the same thing at Darn Knit University!
 
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So, on Monday, August 31st from 6-8 we’ll be hosting our first Back to School Open House.  You’ll be able to see all the projects for our Fall Trimester, meet the teachers, get supplies and maybe meet other students who will be enrolling in Darn Knit University too:)  If you can’t come during the evening, we’ll have the projects and supplies on display all day long, we open at 10am!
 
We welcome beginners!
 
No reservations or commitment to enroll is necessary for this fun night.  Welcome back to school!

 

Selfie School

August 11th, 2015

I need to go to selfie school…
 
Wanted to take a pic of the very cool Bead Happy Necklace and the very cool Quick Sand Cardigan on an actual person…me.
 
This is terrible.
 
How do the kids do this?
 

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Selfie Take 1

 

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Selfie 1

 

Selfie Take 3

Selfie Take 3

 

Selfie Take 4

Selfie Take 4

 

Selfie Take 5

Selfie Take 5


 
The necklace is awesome by the way…you should totally make it.
Click here for the class sessions.

Update on Crackerjack

July 14th, 2015

crackerjack at all star break

 

I started knitting this cowl months ago.  At the start of the Minnesota Twins season actually.  It’s called the Crackerjack Scarf and it’s so much fun.

 

It’s knit in the round, on a 16″ circular needle.  Every 2 rounds represents 1 MN Twins game.  Red is a home win, blue is an away win and the light and dark grey are home and away losses.  The Twins are on the All Star Break now, so I am halfway through the scarf! It’s going to be the perfect length to wrap twice around the neck.  Even better if they make it into post season play:)

 

My favorite part of this cowl is that you can only knit so far.  There is no need to feel guilty that you haven’t finished yet!  They play a game and I knit 2 rounds with the appropriate color.

 

It’s gonna be a great gift for the Twins lover in my family:)

 

here is my earlier blog post that tells you all about the yarn I’m using.

 

Anzula Trunk Show

July 14th, 2015

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We are excited to welcome the creative minds behind Anzula Yarns to our shop on Monday, June 2oth.  Join us from 4-7pm for this trunk show!

 

Our classroom will be full to the brim with trunks (literally) full of yarn and samples.

 

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You’ll be able to touch, feel and buy this beautiful yarn from Sabrina, the dyer herself.

 

Bring your knitting along, we’ll have beverages and munchies.  You can sit and knit a while after you choose your newest project:)

 

See you then?  If you are a Facebook fan, find our event listing and let us know you’ll be coming!

 

Monday, July 20th 4-7pm.

Discounts and coupons can’t be used on trunk show items.

Anzula Trunk Show

July 2nd, 2015

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Save the date!!!

Monday, July 20th 4-7pm

Anzula is coming to the shop for a trunk show.

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You’ll be able to touch, feel and BUY yarn that night from the dyer herself!

Hope you can join us.

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Discounts and coupons can not be used on trunk show items.

“It’s Nan”

June 21st, 2015

 

Smiling, Knitting and Singing

Nan

 

If you’ve read our blog at all over the last 5 years, you’ll know about our beloved Nanny Jean.  She is Carly and my grandmother. We called her Nanny or Nan.  There are plenty of blog posts about our Nan.  This is a great one..and this…heck, just search Nanny on our blog:)
 

Anyway…we are always paying attention for little signs from our Nan.  We are open to that kind of stuff.  Friday was a big one!
 

Here is how it went down.
 

I got a call early last week from a sweet older woman looking for help on a prayer shawl.  I told her I’d be happy to help if she came in.  Then she said it was crochet.  Now, I can crochet and if necessary I could probably have limped my way through helping her, but really Carly was the person for this task. Carly is my cousin.  Our Nan taught us both to knit.  You can read a bit more about Carly here.
 

Carly isn’t the worlds most proficient crocheter either, but she’s better than me.  So, I told the lovely customer when Carly would be in and told her maybe it was best she come in when Carly was working.
 

A little preface here…
Our Nan loved coins. She got in some trouble once buying too many coins:) She used to collect coins for Carly’s kids. Hogan got quarters, Lily got dimes and Henry got nickels or something like that.  Anyway, coins and Carly and Nan are connected.  A few years ago Carly was moving to a new house and starting a new phase of her life. When she was all done cleaning out a storage locker, she was sweeping it out and found a threepence.
 

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Have I mentioned our Nan was from England?  We just knew then that Nan was watching out for Carly.  Since Nan passed, Carly has been finding dimes in random spots.  It’s just a weird little thing.  So, whenever Carly finds the dimes, she takes a sec and thinks of our Nan.
 

Cut to Friday.
 

The crochet customer came in Friday for help with her project. Carly got her back on track (of course she did) and the customer was ready to leave.  She got her cane and started walking out of the classroom. Carly could sense she needed some assistance so she took her elbow and started to help her.  All of a sudden the customer bent down and picked something up and handed it to Carly.
 

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It was a dime. The customer said “I think this is for you”.  This person, who was having trouble even walking, bent all the way down like it was easy as pie and picked up the dime. Carly asked her for her name and it was Fran.  Carly thought, of course it is.  It rhymes with Nan.  She smiled.
 

There were a few people in the shop at the time and Carly told them to hold down the fort.  She was going to walk Fran to her car.  So she took her hand and made sure she made it safely into her car.
 

When she got back in and back to the counter she said to the next customer, who had been patiently waiting, “Remind me of your name”.  The customer said “It’s Nan”.
 

Carly said “Excuse me?  What?”
 

The woman said “It’s Nan.  That’s my name”.
 

Carly thought, of course it is.  It’s Nan!  She smiled.
 

We hear you Nan! We love and miss you!
 

Sun Shower Blanket

June 17th, 2015

We’ve had the perfect baby blanket knit up for a year or more now and I realized I hadn’t shared it here yet!

 

Sunshower Baby Blanket by Melissa LaBarre.

Sun Shower 1

 

It’s knit on circular needles in the round. A fun easy little lace pattern at the center starts this blanket out, then it’s smooth sailing with stockinette stitch in the round.

 

Sun Shower 2
 

If there is baby knitting in your future, you should consider this one!

 
Yarn: Hikoo Simplicity – Click here for yarn packaged and ready for you.

 

Pattern: Sunshower Blanket – Click here to download the pattern from Ravelry. Or, and we can buy it for you!

 

Want to make up your own kit?  We have pretty much ever color of simplicity on the shelves now.  Make up your own:) 

 

 

Tahiti Shawl

June 10th, 2015
Tahiti Shawl

Tahiti Shawl

 

Perfect summer knitting!  Cast on 5 stiches and increase as you go. The yarn does the real work!

Click here for the yarn
Click here for the pattern