Shop Hop 2016 Review

April 13th, 2016
Sketch It

Sketch It

Shop Hop 2016 is behind us and it proved once again that the Twin Cities has the best group of fiber junkies in the country!

 

More than 870 hoppers passed through our doors during the 4 days of the hop this year. That is 100 more than any other year. Wow!

 

You were generous with your donations, helping our shop raise $1000 more than last year. Your donations will help Valley Outreach serve over $16,000 meals! What a difference 4 days can make :)

 

The overall shop hop theme this year was “Inspired by Literature”. Shops could choose a book, author or genre of literature to guide their yarn and pattern design choices. We chose graphic novels as our theme. We decided the best way to honor our theme was to write our own little graphic novel.

 

Click here to download our graphic novel Manic Maker

 

Manic Maker

Manic Maker

 

Little note about the pattern itself.  A very fast shop hop knitter has noticed an error in the pattern. It is changed on Ravelry and you can download the changed pattern here.  If you’ve already started and missed the error, no biggie…if the zig zag section is zigging and zagging, press on.

 

We had a little fun with our theme in a photo booth with conversation bubbles…here are a few pics from the weekend!
shop hop 2016 4  shop hop 2016 3

shop hop 2016 2  shop hop 2016 1  


  

 

 

Baby Surprise Jacket Tips

February 29th, 2016

We’ve been getting lots of questions about our March choice for Makers’ League, The Baby Surprise Jacket.

 

First off, we want to say…take a deep breath! It’s just a little baby sweater. It’s just a garter stitch sweater that when complete is folded up in a certain way than then. Voila! A sweater!

 

You only need to know how to cast on, knit, increase, decrease and cast off! The sweater has a very unique construction. You won’t be able to picture it while you are knitting. So just trust the pattern. Cast on the right amount, put your markers in and follow the pattern!

 

So, how many stitches to cast on is the first question…

 

Take a look at these images.

 

Baby Surprise Sizes

Baby Surprise Sizes

 
Both of these sweaters had the same number of cast on stitches (the middle number from the pattern) and both were knit with worsted weight yarn.

 

The top sweater was knit on a US5 in Malabrigo Rios. Carroll got 6 stitches to the inch. It measures for a 3-6 month old sizing.

 

The bottom sweater was knit from our Liberty Wool Kit, on a US7. Carly got 5 stitches to the inch. It measures for a 9 – 12 month old. Carly had about 10 grams of yarn left over from the 3 balls of yarn in our kit. If you want to make a bigger sweater than this you should purchase an additional skein of yarn.

 

Here is another picture

 

Baby Surprise Neve

Baby Surprise Neve

 
The bottom sweater is the same as in the photo above. The sweater on top is knit from our Juniper Moon Farms kit Neve. It is knit on a US6 casting on for the smallest size. We would say it measures for a 0-3 month old. There is plenty of yarn in this kit to knit a bigger size too!

 

You can play this two different ways…

 

You can just pick a size, pick a needle and cast on. You’ll knit line by line, fold it up and seam. You’ll hand this lovely sweater to a new mom or donate it to a hospital or school auction! Happiness!

 

Or…

 

You can do lots of research before you knit. There is lots of information about the BSJ out there. There is a whole Ravelry group devoted to this garment. There is a BSJ Wiki page with so much info in it that every question will have an answer. You’ll then do some measurements of the child in question, you’ll do a few gauge swatches to help you choose your needle and size. But at some point, you’ll cast on! You’ll knit line by line, fold it up and seam. You’ll hand this lovely sweater to a mom or donate it to a hospital or school auction! Happiness!

 

However you choose to knit your BSJ we are sure you’ll love to knit it! It’s a right of passage for all knitters. We can’t wait to see yours!

 

Makers’ League Map

February 24th, 2016

In addition to the 80+ Makers we have in the Twin Cities area, we have shipped our Makers’ League projects all over the country!

 

 

Is there a Maker near you?

 

 

2016 Yarn Shop Hop

February 16th, 2016

Yarn Hop Poster

 
We are so excited! It’s only 50 days until our favorite weekend of the year. Minnesota Yarn Shop Hop.

Save the date!

 

April 7th – 10th. If you can sneak away from work on Thursday you should!

Don’t know about the hop?  Read about it on the Minnesota Yarn Shop Hop website here. See our hop yarn from past years here and here and here!

More details about our theme soon:)

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.  Lightening didn’t strike her 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!

 

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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!!

 

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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