Sweater Weather

September 30th, 2016

Great American Wool Swag

September 19th, 2016

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Check out the fun new swag available at the Great American Wool Festival this year. These great project bags are perfect. Cotton, with a drawstring and our sweet logo? What’s not to love?
The bags will be available until supplies last for $5 purchase. Fun!

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Are you a button collector? We’ll have this fun commemorative button for you just for showing up! It’s a freebie:)

We hope to see you on Saturday at the festival. 

Something in a bag

September 9th, 2016

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It’s the season. The season for pulling bags like this out of my yarn closet. How about you?

 

Now comes the fun part…where was I again?

 

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Hummmm…at least it’s still on the needles (even though I seem to have stopped mid row), and at least I have the pattern and even a few unwound skeins of yarn! Glory be!

 

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It even looks like I attempted to mark something with a blue pencil? That could help decipher it? I’ve held off the sleeves at least!

 

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It’s all coming back to me now, Dark and Stormy by Thea Colman. Knitting it out of Quince Chickadee in Sabine.

 

Who knows…if the weather cooperates maybe I’ll finish in time for the Great American Wool Festival!  Like to follow stuff on Facebook? Follow the Great American Wool Festival Facebook Event page for updates!

 

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August 23rd, 2016

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Vote.

July 29th, 2016

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Wow…what a couple of weeks it’s been. Politics.

 

Let’s be honest, it’s been a crazy year.

 

Whatever way you lean politically one thing I hope you do is vote. Participate.

 

My husband and I, and sometimes our kids, watched the majority of the prime time coverage of both conventions.  No matter what you think about either candidate, you have to appreciate the history of a convention.  For almost 200 years our country has gone through this process. Politics are fascinating.

 

My take away from either convention, the thing that I was thinking about last night, was the gold star mom who introduced Obama to the convention on Wednesday night. She was so inspired by meeting the president that she decided it was time to contribute to her community. She was 73 and she ran for school board in her town in Ohio. This retired nurse, mom, grandma, great grandma, decided that she needed to participate in her community. She won the seat and serves today on the school board. She is the one that is making America great. By making a contribution, by stepping up, by volunteering. I loved it.

 

I love hearing stories about regular people stepping up. Volunteering. Something as small as coaching your kids in ball, volunteering at the concession stand, making a quilt for a church donation, being an election judge. All of these things are contributing to your community.

 

Now how about your vote?

 

Sure the President is important, but the people who really effect change and make the laws and rules that you live by in your community are important too.

 

Congressmen and senators are up for election. You know the ones we hear about causing “gridlock” in Washington. Yep, those are important. Google them.

 

State Representatives are also up for election. Who is your representative? Google it.

 

Supreme Court judges, Appeals judges, Circuit Court judges. You may have a chance to vote for all of these in your state and county. Figure out who they are. What they stand for. It might take a bit of google searching. These candidates aren’t spoon fed to us on CNN or Fox News. These are important votes. They craft our justice system.

 

A women running for District Attorney in my county did some door knocking a few days ago. I met her and thanked her for introducing herself. I like when politicians knock on doors. I’m not bugged or bothered. I am awed that people want to put themselves out there. That they want to open themselves up for criticism and all that comes with public office.

 

I’m not sure I’ll vote for her. I haven’t Googled her yet:)

 

Makers’ League Tolt Bag

June 30th, 2016

Our July Makers’ League project is the Tolt Folded Bag. It’s a free pattern posted on a blog from a yarn store in Washington state, Tolt Yarn & Wool. You can see the blog post and get the pattern here.

 

Note!!!  There are 2 different options on the Tolt blog. One is garter stitch with ribbon yarn and US15 needles. We are NOT doing that option!  We are doing the stockinette version of the bag out of Quince & Co Kestrel! I used a US7 needle to get the gauge recommended.

 

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We do not have a printed version of this pattern, it is not our copyright. But we love it so, so much and think you will too, so we think you can handle it:)  It is a VERY simple pattern that is folded up in such a cool way that it makes this awesome shape!

 

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You can either knit this bag in one color, or choose an contrasting color. We suggest if using the contrasting color that you start working it first. Knit the contrasting color for 3-4: then start alternating every 2 rows with the main color. Depending on your gauge, your stripes will end up where they end up:) Finished size is about 16″ x 16″.

 

We have kit these up with the grey as a base and the natural as a base. If you want something different..just let us know and we’ll check stock!

 

We added a leather wrap to our bags. Which we think adds a nice finishing touch.
Leather wraps are also available to purchase. Click here to see the leather wraps.

 

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There is a crochet bag much like the knit Tolt Folded Bag. It is called the Masa Bag. Click here to see it on Ravelry. If you are interested in crocheting it instead…let us know and we’ll help you out!

 

We hope you love the bag and take it Darn.Knit.Anywhere!  The patch says so:)

 

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The Egg!

June 12th, 2016

We’re so excited to be a part of the River Valley Sculpture Tour. So fun!

 

10 statues are scattered around downtown Stillwater. A horse, a moose, a dragonfly…a bunch of others. They are easy to find!

 

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And then there is the egg.

 

We love it!  The artist is Kimber Fiebiger. She is a sculptor from Minneapolis. She has a whole series of these Humpty Dumpties. We are lucky to be able to have him for a while!

 

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Raphael and the Monkey

June 12th, 2016

So…remember when I said it wasn’t a competition…then this happened?

 

Well I was wrong and I think I won.

 

Could it get much cuter than Raphael and the monkey I made?  And the hat.  Really…

 

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Really…this is all a knitter needs. A sweet pic of the baby with the stuff you made. Thanks Ruth for snapping this pic and sharing it.  Much love to you guys:)

 

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Knit in Public Day 2016

June 12th, 2016

Join us Saturday, June 18th, 2016 for World Wide Knit in Public Day!  We’ll be knitting in public!

 

 

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Truth be told, 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. Yes it’s a real thing…

 

It’s actually a week long celebration of fiber artists and it takes place at different times all around the world.

 

 

We’re planning to sit out on our patio on Saturday, June 18th from 10am – 5pm.

 

 

Bring a lawn chair, some snacks for yourself and your favorite beverage and we’ll wave at all the poor souls sitting in traffic!

 

 

We’ll have a few canopies set up to protect us from the sun or rain.  So we’ll be knitting out rain or shine.

 

 

Bring your knitting, crochet, needlepoint, spinning, felting, weaving…whatever kind of fiber project you have going on. We hope to see you!  Come early, because you know how Stillwater traffic can be on a beautiful summer Saturday!

 

We have “the egg” this year…so that will be fun. Think of the photo opportunities:)

 

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Darn Knit AnyWHERE – Reboot

May 31st, 2016

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When we first opened the shop, we ran a fun program called Darn Knit AnyWHERE. I can’t believe that was 6 whole years ago! Wow!

 

Well, the time has come to bring it back with a little technology reboot because it’s easier than ever to share a picture these days!
Here are the basics…
1. Get yourself a DKA canvas tote bag (buy for $5).   Call us (651-342-1386) if you can’t get to the shop and we can ship you one!
2. Bring the bag with you when you go cool places.
3. Take a picture of the bag in one of those cool places…extra feel good points if your face is in the pic:)
4. Post the pic on our Facebook page or tag us on instagram or twitter or use the #darnknitanywhere or email it to us. dku@darnknitanyway.com

 

Do these 4 things and you’ll earn 20% off a day of shopping at Darn Knit Anyway, online or in store. You can tag us in as many pictures as you want, but you can only earn 1 coupon a year.

 

Easy huh?  So go somewhere cool and send us the pic!  Oh and you can use your Makers’ League bag in the pics too!

 

Here is the info from 2010 about the original program.
Here is the link to the original photos.
Here is a link to the facebook album of photos.
Here is a link to our instagram account
Here is a link to our twitter account