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.
20150924_153948And this…
spirit stripes blue
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.  It’s pretty easy, simply buy the materials from our shop for a project listed below.  Make the cowl.  Return the cowl to us by December 1st and 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:)
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:)
We are trying to be very consistent this year with our donation. We are only collecting cowls that are these specific patterns and yarn.
So come on in and we’ll get you set up!
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!



Shetland Wool Week @DKA

August 24th, 2015

baable hat
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.

professional colors

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.
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!
dku logo
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?

Selfie Take 1

Selfie Take 1


Sefie 1

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.