Save our Schools

February 11th, 2016

save our schools
I’ve hesitated to jump into the mix on this issue. I didn’t think I really had a stake in it. We live in Somerset, WI and my kids go to Somerset Middle School. I am not a resident or building owner.

 

I have jumped into the mix on plenty of issues that affect downtown. I’ve taken a stand on the new St. Croix River Crossing. Which got people talking about boycotts. I’ve talked about Lumberjack Days. I’ve written about anonymous social media trolls. Then talked about censoring myself.

 

I’m on the parking commission here in Stillwater and that brings up other issues I don’t want to relive.

 

So I thought, why not?  Why not finally after all these days of listening, reading & learning about the BOLD proposal, jump in. My friend Meg, who owns Alfresco has expressed her frustration with the administration and proposal in public. Other businesses have shown support. Leo’s & Gammy & Gumpy’s. Lightning didn’t strike them down. Why not me.

 

For the many friends of Darn Knit Anyway that don’t live or work in Stillwater, you probably don’t know anything about this. So, the basic issue is this…the administration has put forth a proposal to the Stillwater School Board to close 3 elementary schools. You can read all about it here from the Stillwater School District, or here from Stop Bold Cold, the organization formed to oppose the proposal. The proposal is said to be the path to “right sizing” elementary classrooms and to make more services available to every student in the district. The Stop Bold Cold group has rebutted every issue with statistics and real life examples.

 

There have been listening sessions and Facebook pages and petitions. The community is connecting over this issue like nothing I have seen before. Resources are being pooled. The skills of different parents and concerned citizens are being utilized. They are supporting each other through this very stressful time.  I am a member of the Stop Bold Cold Facebook page and am amazed at the civility of that group.

 

The vote is a measly 9 hours away now. Opponents of this issue have had many sleepless nights worrying about their children’s educational futures. Now the Superintendent has submitted a request to postpone the vote this evening for a month from now. So that they can “better educate the public” about B.O.L.D. The public already knows. They feel the betrayal and believe the administration has deceived them.  From an outsider standpoint. I think they’ve been betrayed too. All parents and voters of the district. Not just those that are in the 3 schools slated to be closed.

 

I hope for the sake of families in the district that the vote happens tonight. That it doesn’t drag on another month. That they can move on from this now and either way get out of the limbo that has been weighing them all down.  I hope they vote tonight and I hope its a no vote. I hope that if you are my customer and you disagree with me that you’ll be civil in the comments and won’t plan a boycott:)

 

I know I’m publicly late to the game, but…

 

Save our schools.

 

Nadia’s New Pattern

January 26th, 2016

Our great friend Nadia has created this super cute headband called Smitten with Colorwork Headband. Colorwork yeah!

 

Smitten

Smitten

 

 

 

Smitten

Smitten

 

 

 

Don’t you just want to knit one?  Only a $2 pattern on Ravelry.  You really should cast on for one:)

Here’s the link.

 

Just off the needles

January 26th, 2016

A few things just off the needles!

 

Agnes

Agnes

 

 
This is my Agnes Sweater.  I knit it with short sleeves..cause it seemed like a good idea in June when I started.  Turns out it was a great choice. Fits like a shell under my flannel:)

 

Grey Street

Grey Street

 

 

Grey Street by Elizabeth Smith is another project in Puffin I just cast off.  And then I cast on again:)  Knit in 3 colors of puffin, on a US13 needle.  Easy and fast and perfect for a snowy day like today.

 

Quince & Co Owl

January 19th, 2016

We finally have a great stock of Quince & Co Owl on our shelves today!

 

IMG_2286

 

 

Owl is a perfect blend of alpaca and wool.  50% American Wool and 50% New Zealand Alpaca! Knits up on a 6 or 7 to a worsted weight gauge. It’s a beauty!

 

Quince just published a new pattern that we LOVE for this yarn.  Nascha. 4 skeins each in 2 colors makes this lovely poncho. And it’s in a very addictive brioche stitch, reversible!!

 

quince-co-nascha-andrea-mowry-knitting-pattern-9904_small2

 

We don’t have the yarn available for purchase online, but call us and we can hook you up! 651-342-1386

 

 

Makers’ League Details

January 19th, 2016

MakersLeagueBlue
This post includes the who, what and where of Makers’ League.

 

Who: Anyone who wants to join.
What: A project of the month club.
Where: Darn Knit Anyway – online and in store.

 

Rules of play. It’s easy!
1. We choose a project for the month.
2. You buy the yarn for the project from us.
3. The first project you purchase for the year gets you a Makers’ League canvas tote bag and patch. (think Girl Scout patches)

 

For every month you join in, you get another patch to attach to your Makers’ League tote!  Collect 5 or more and get a coupon for 20% off an entire day of shopping at DKA!  Here are a few cute patches that you’ll have the chance to attach to your bag!

 

Sheep IHeartDKApatch Alpaca

 

A few other fun things to note.  We’ll be offering free project help during the month for Makers’ Leaguers (don’t think that’s a real word).  Our Maker’s League help will be Tuesday mornings from 10-noon and Tuesday nights from 6-8pm. But as always at Darn Knit Anyway, you are welcome to come anytime for help!

 

We have a limited quantity of patches. Only 50 per month. Patches aren’t available for purchase separately and you must buy the yarn for the projects from Darn Knit Anyway.

 

This is a pick and choose kind of program. You can choose to participate in all months of the year, or only 1.

 

Projects will be revealed once a month, but you’ll be able to purchase the projects throughout the year going forward.  So if you don’t get around to participating in February’s project now, but want to knit February’s project in May you sure can. You’ll be able to get the Maker’s League bag for whatever first project you purchase during 2106, you just won’t be guaranteed that month’s patch. Patches have a limited quantity available.
There is no additional cost to join Makers’ League, just the purchase of the required yarn.
Some months will be patterns designed by us and some will be patterns currently on Ravelry designed by other terrific people.

 

Join us in Makers’ League!  Our first project will be revealed next week and will be available for purchase February 1st!

 

Finish It Up WINNERS

January 12th, 2016

We will post the winners names here after we draw them on Monday mornings at 10am!  Check back each week for the winning name.  Or, watch the video on our Facebook page!

 

January 11th, 2016 – Carrie O.
January 18th, 2016 – Marnee K.
January 25th, 2016 – Peggy P.
February 1st, 2016 – Jo Anne W. M.
February 8th, 2016
February 15th, 2016
February 22nd, 2016
February 29th, 2016

Skin a Bear?

January 12th, 2016

 

Quick Bulky Mitten

Quick Bulky Mitten

 

Our first Quick Bulky Mitten class of the year finished up yesterday!
 

Great comments from our stellar students…
 

“I love taking classes here.  If DKA had a class on how to skin a bear I would take it.”
 

“These mittens should be called SuperBulkyFabulisticExpialidocious Mittens”
 

Both are great suggestions and are seriously being considered!
 

Wanna take the class?  Click here.
Wanna download the pattern?  Click here.
Wanna buy the yarn?  Click here.
 

It’s not a competition

January 6th, 2016

 
I know it’s not a competition, but I totally won the baby shower.  Well, almost.

 

Here’s the background.

 

Our cousin Bridget had a baby a few months ago…sweet Liam was born 6 months ago.  We had a baby shower for them, the first baby in our family in quite awhile.

 

I spent a lot of time, and yarn, on this great chevron blanket.

 

baby blanket

 

It got a few oohs and aahs and Bridget loved it.  I was happy, she was happy.

 

Then she opened Carly’s gift.  The Baby Sophisticate sweater. I can’t seem to find the picture of the one she made, but it’s not important for you to see it here.  Trust me, it was cuuuute. What is important to the story is that I can still hear the oohs and aahs and “oh my gosh how cute”s.  It was the winner, no doubt.

 

Lucky, another baby will soon be joining our clan and so another shower was on the horizon.  Our cousin Jake and his wife Ruth would be having a boy.  Jake’s sister Katie was throwing the baby shower.

 

I was not going to let Carly win this one.

 

There was planning involved.  Many shop debates about cutest patterns and yarn colors.  Oh the decisions.  It was settled.  I was going to knit Jerry the Musical Monkey.  Man did he turn out cute!

 

Jerry the musical Monkey

 

Carly was going to stick with the proven winner, Baby Sophisticate.   Carly’s gift was the first to be opened.  Ruth, the mom to be, loved it.  It was cute. No doubt.  Here is the pic.

 

Baby Sophisticate

 

Then came the moment of truth. My gift:)

 

me winning

 

This photo is from Carly’s camera.  It is not staged:)  If we could have figured out how to download an mp3 you could have heard the “oh my gosh so cutes” for yourselves!  Just look at the look of amazement on the faces of the crowd.

 

Anyway…I thought for sure I was the winner!  I basked in the glow for exactly 30 seconds until Ruth opened up the last gift of the day, Katie’s.  It was a hand knit sweater white sweater with blue trim.  What WHA?  What’s this last minute entry into the shower gift contest?  This wasn’t in my plans.  Katie doesn’t really knit?!  I wasn’t expecting to have another competitor.  RATS!

 

Then Katie told this story and it was all over.

 

Katie is much younger than us and when Nanny’s health was starting to fail she feared that maybe Nanny wouldn’t be around when Katie had kids of her own.  So she asked our beloved Nanny Jean to knit her a sweater for a future child.  This gift was that very sweater.  Katie told Ruth that it was on loan to her new baby until Katie needed it back for a future baby of her own.

 

FOR REAL!!  How can I compete with that?  The sweetest most lovely thing and all of us were crying.  That’s the reason for no picture of it.  We were all overcome.

 

Katie played the Nanny card.  Wasn’t counting on that.

 

Here’s to hoping for more babies in the Doyle clan, doesn’t get more fun that this!

 

Finish it Up Prizes

January 6th, 2016

 
Are you playing our Finish It Up game?  If so, here are the prizes for each week so you can decide what week you want to Finish It Up!!  Drawings will happen at 10am on Monday mornings and we’ll post the drawing for you on Facebook and here on our blog.

 

Registration will end tomorrow by end of day!  Because of a little confusion, we have extended the deadline by a few days.  Must have registrations in by end of day Thursday, January 7th! After Thursday you can no longer register projects.

 

January 11th – Gleener and Chic-a Yarn Bag

 

January 11th Drawing

January 11th Drawing

 

January 18th – $50 in Ravelry Patterns
Patterns apply that are available as an in store purchase

 

January 18th Drawing

January 18th Drawing

 

January 25th – Class Registration for you and a friend
Excludes Sweater Camp

 

February 1st Drawing
February 1st – Blocking Mats & Wires

 

January 25th Drawing

January 25th Drawing

 

February 8th – $50 in Quince Yarns

 

February 8th Drawing

February 8th Drawing

 

February 15th – Yarn Bowl

 

February 15th Drawing

February 15th Drawing

 

February 22nd – Any DKA Kit

 

February 22nd Drawing

February 22nd Drawing

 

February 29th – Ball Winder
Lacis Yarn Ball Winder II

 

February 29th Drawing

February 29th Drawing

 

2015 Wrap Up

December 30th, 2015

New Years 2015/6

 

Let’s face it, this is what we’ll all be writing in the for the next 2 months right?  At least I know I will!

 

As we do every year, we like to wrap up 2015 by telling you about our year at the shop.  We did it last year, and in 2013.
 

DKU student identification card

Nanny’s ID

 

595 Class Registrations!
 
Yeah! We are so, so happy about this. And there are even more chances for learning this coming year. If you know a friend that is ready to learn, we have learn to knit options almost every week through April! And remember, every registered student in this trimester earns 10% discount on any purchase through the trimester.  So that’s a 10% discount through April!
 
bead happy necklace
Our most popular kit – by far – this year was Diane’s Bead Happy Necklace Kit.  If you didn’t make one yourself, you are missing out.  It’s so fun!  Click here to get registered for a class to make the kit, or stop in and buy one.  So fun and easy!
 
gum
 
The misc item in the shop we sold the most of?  Our Blueq gum is the winner this year again. So funny and fun.
uptown spirit stripes scarf
Our most challenging project this year?  You’d think it was a hard fair isle hat or a sweater?  Nope it’s a simple knit 2, purl 2 scarf.  Who knew this one would be so challenging!!  This project required patience and flexibility for knitters this year:)  The yarn, Uptown Worsted Spirit Stripes in the Packers color was our top selling yarn this year.  The Vikings color was a close 2nd!
 
simplicity01
 
One of our most popular yarns and colors?  Hikoo Simplicity in white:) This yarn, in this color sold more than just about any other yarn.  Cream color was a close second.  We LOVE this yarn and the worsted version, Simpliworsted. Two of our most favorite yarns in the shop. You must love it too!
 
quince_logo
 
Our most popular brand of yarn, Quince & Co.  We sold more skeins of Quince than any other yarn brand.
 
cotton lustre wrap DKA_Linen_Stitch_Cowl_medium2
 
These two projects were our most popular of 2015 in the shop.  Carroll’s Cotton Lustre Wrap and Carly’s Linen Stitch Cowl. 
 
Thanks so much for another terrific year.  We feel lucky every day to get to do this job!  Here’s to a happy, healthy and blessed 2016 for all of us!