Socks on Sunday

May 26th, 2015
Lara Neel

Lara Neel

We are so excited to have Lara Neel back at the shop this weekend!

 

Lara is a local knitter and author of the great book sock construction Sock Architecture.

 

 

 

Sock Architecture

Sock Architecture

We have 2 classes coming up on Sunday, May 31st.

 

The first class is Beyond the Basics Socks.  You’ll learn all sorts of cool sock stuff.
-How to work the “new” ssk
-Three ways to increase, m1L, m1R and m1P.  How they play well together and how to use them.
-How to work the “extra needle” cast on the easiest, fastest provisional cast on, ever.
-Learn two ways to start toe up socks.
-Work Jeny’s Stretchy Cast Off, using either a knitting needle or a crochet hook.
-Use dental floss to make grafting easier
-Pick up stitches from gussets with confidence, every time.

 

This class is from 10am – 1pm.  Click here for registration information.

 

The second class is Heels You May Not Know.  Sick of one boring heel pattern?  Learn about all the other ways you can make heels!
-The thumb-joint afterthought heel can be made either toe up or top down.  If you think you don’t like the fit of afterthought heels, you may be in for a surprise.
-The balbriggan heel can only be made from the top down.  It has little or no gusset and is very fast to work.  Lara will teach you tricks for grafting and picking up stitches for beautiful results, every time.
-The joined heel flap doesn’t have the most romantic name, but is an easy way to make toe-up socks for an unusual look and a quick knit.

 

This class is from 2pm – 5pm.  Click here for registration information.

 

Hope you can join us!

Peanuts and Crackerjacks

May 24th, 2015

My niece Brooke is obsessed with the MN Twins this season. And when I say obsessed, I mean 15 year old obsessed. She has apps on her phone that alert her to game scores and big plays. She knows all sorts of stats. She has even started following baseball players, and their kids her age, on Instagram.

 

So when a customer came in looking for yarn to make the Crackerjack scarf, I knew I had her Christmas gift all sorted out.

 

This scarf is so fun. It’s knit in the round, like a tube, and then sewn or grafted together.

 

Brooke's Crackerjack

Brooke’s Crackerjack – colors 46, 37, 51, 38

Here are the basics.  You choose 4 colors that represent the team you have chosen.  Those 4 colors each represent a win or a loss, at home or away.

 

So, mine are:

 

Home Game Win: Red
Home Game Loss: Dark Grey
Away Game Win: Blue
Away Game Loss: Light Grey

 

So when the Twins have a game, I find out the score and then knit 2 rounds in the appropriate color.  Fun huh?

 

I chose a heavy worsted, Hikoo Simpliworsted.  But you could just as easily do a lighter weight version.  Just choose a yarn you love and go for it!

 

We are 1/4 of the way through the season and so I am 1/4 of the way through the scarf.  Looks like the finished garment will be 56″ long, perfect for wrapping twice around her neck. Unless they make it into the post season:) I started with one skein each of the Simpliworsted. I’ve gotta be honest and say that I’m not really sure how much yarn this will take. I figured I’d start with 1 skein of each color and get more if I need as the season goes on. Dye lots won’t matter!

 

It’s not too late to get started on one of your own. Maybe you aren’t a Twins fan, but a Brewers fan?

 

Crackerjack Brewers - 37, 11, 01, 57

Crackerjack Brewers – colors 37, 11, 01, 57

Or a San Francisco Tigers fan?

 

Crackerjack Tigers

Crackerjack Tigers – colors 02, 55, 37, 36

 
You’re smart…you get the picture:)

 

Click here for the yarn. – Message us if the color you want is out of stock:)
Click here for the pattern on Ravelry.

Ch ch ch changes

May 19th, 2015

I’m just going to come right out and say it.

 

Jennifer is leaving Darn Knit Anyway.

 

She has decided it’s best for her family at this time to not have the business stress of the shop.

 

There are no other issues, no one is mad, no one is ill, there are no hard feelings.

 

There will be some pains as we try to reinvent shop life without Jennifer and I’m sure she’ll have some pains reinventing her life without the shop, but this is the best thing for her and her family at this time.

 

She’s on Ravelry, you can find her there if you want to stay in touch.  “jenknits4darnknit”.

 

It’s hard to run a business. Harder yet to run a business and keep a happy family at the same time.

 

We’ll miss her around here…

 

 

jennifer images

Knit in Public Day 2015

May 19th, 2015

Join us Saturday, June 13th for World Wide Knit in Public Day!

 

We’ll be knitting in public!

wWKIP

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.  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 in lawn chairs on our patio on Saturday, June 13th 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!

Garage Sale Birthday Party

May 19th, 2015

garage sale
It’s spring cleaning time at the yarn store!

 

We found so many things we just don’t need that we decided to have a garage sale.  We don’t have a garage, but we do have a big classroom that will be full of interesting finds.

 

This isn’t a yarn sale.  There may be a few random skeins of yarn in the sale and some yarn remnants, but it’s not a yarn sale.

 

There will be baskets, zippers, random sewing patterns, button tubes, shop display items, purse handles, duct tape and random containers…all priced to move:)

 

Like any garage sale, it’ll be CASH sales only:)

 

happy birthday

The other fun thing about Saturday is that it’s my (Aimee’s) birthday.  We love to celebrate birthdays!

 

So, to celebrate my birthday we are offering 15% off any regularly priced purchase that is over $43.00 when you wish me a Happy Birthday!  Cause yep, I’m turning 43.

 

Oh and we are opening at 8am on Saturday!  You’ll be able to get in and out before traffic gets crazy:)

 

If you get in early enough you’ll find plenty of free parking on the street in front of the shop.  If you prefer a lot, behind us in the Brick Alley Parking Lot is free to you.  You’ll need to bring $5 cash for the attendant and we’ll reimburse you in the shop.  This is only for the lot BEHIND the shop, we can not reimburse for the city lot.  More parking details here.

 

See you at 8am on Saturday!!!

 

St. Croix River Crossing

May 14th, 2015

 

Last week, our IBA group (Mainstreet Stillwater Independent Business Alliance) had a meeting with the people who are running the St Croix River Crossing Project for MNDOT. Many of us have been very supportive of the new bridge project, we very much believe that the new bridge is going to make historic Downtown Stillwater a better place to live and visit.
 

Me being supportive back in the day

Me back in the day


 

We believed it then and supported the St. Croix River Crossing Coalition. Even with threats of boycott. Remember that? Oh well…water under the bridge:)
 

Anyway…I was fascinated with this guy, the MnDOT project manager. I asked all sorts of enlightened questions like…”Do you sleep at night?” and “How do you even know both sides will meet up perfectly in the middle”.  In case you wonder, “No” was the answer to the first question and “GPS Coordinates” is the answer to the second question.  There were more questions that were equally hard hitting but I don’t want to bore you.

 

But I couldn’t imagine having this job. I can’t imagine the stress.  When someone special orders yarn and it doesn’t come in to meet their deadline I feel so bad about it. I feel terrible disappointing someone. Imagine if you made a mistake or missed a deadline on the St. Croix River Crossing project. Whoa!

 
But you can tell this guy loves this job.  Someone would ask a question about something and he was genuinely excited to answer. You could tell he felt lucky to have this gig. He talked with what seemed like pure joy about creating new habitat for the over 30 different mussel species in the St. Croix.  He talked about how the water quality in the St. Croix River will improve because of this project. He knows how special this is. How this is a project that doesn’t come along often.

 
How cool to know that he helped build this bridge that will last through the lifetimes of his children’s, children’s, children.  How cool to know that I was around when the bridge was built too.  My kids will be able to say, “I remember when…”

 
Among those other hard hitting questions, he answered lots of others that were much more interesting.

 

They updated us on the timing of the bridge completion. It’s still set for Fall 2016.

 
They updated us on the cool bike trail that will be completed.  Some of the loop will be finished as soon as this fall!

 
There are really cool video animations on the website.  Check them out!

 
The updated us on what will happen with the liftbridge when the new bridge opens.  It’ll close to cars and will be modified with a bike path and a walking path.  It’ll be repainted green.  The same color it was when it was built.

 
In case you are dying to see up to the minute photos, there is a cool webcam webpage!

 

We hope you love to see the changes as much as we do. We are excited for the changes to come!

 

Abracadabra Yarn

May 14th, 2015

Fun new yarn!
Turns from white to pink or purple…

Think of the possibilities.

 

Cotton Washcloths

May 8th, 2015

washcloth 3 ps
Perfect summer knitting…cotton washcloths…
1 skein of this yarn makes 3 washcloths!

 

Supplies Needed:
1 skein of Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton
US4 needles

 

Diagonal Pattern
Cast on 4
Increase Rows:
Row 1: Knit 2, yarn over, knit to end.
Repeat row 1 until 57 stitches on your needle.
Decrease Rows:
Row 1: Knit 1, K2tog, yarn over, K2tog, Knit to end.
Repeat decrease row 1 until 4 stitches remain.  Bind off.

 

Seed Stitch Border Washcloth
Cast on 41.
Work 8 rows as follows: *K1, P1, repeat from * to last stitch, K1.
First and last 5 edge stitches will be worked every row as follows: K1, P1, K1, P1, K1. Maintain the 5 edge stitches on each row below.
Set Up Row (rs)*P1, K3; repeat from * to last 4 stitches, P1, K2, KFB.
Row 1 (ws): P2, *K1, P3; repeat from * to last 4 stitches, P1, K2, KFB.
Row 2: K2, *P1, K3; repeat from * to last 4 stitches, K1, P1.
Row 3: *K1, P3; repeat from * to end.
Row 4: *P1, K3; repeat from * to end.
Repeat rows 1-4 a total of 10 times.
Work next row: *K1, P1; repeat from * to last 7 stitches, p2tog, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1.
End working 7 rows as follows: *K1, P1; repeat from * to last stitch, K1.
Bind off

 

Textured Stitch Washcloth
Cast on 41
Knit 8 rows.
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: K5, P1, *sl1wyib, P1; repeat from * to last 5 stitches, K5.
Repeat rows 1 & 2 until wash cloth measures 6″.  Knit 8 rows. Bind off.

 

Click here to see the pattern on Ravelry.

Cotton Lustre Wrap

May 5th, 2015

Check out this fun new pattern! The Cotton Lustre Wrap.
Click here for the kit.
Click here to see the pattern on Ravelry.

cotton lustre wrap

Yarnover 2015

April 24th, 2015

YARNOVER!
Saturday, April 25th 7:45am – 3:45
That’s tomorrow!

 

yarnover

 

We have packed up ALL of our Quince Linen yarns for the trip to Hopkins for Yarnover.

 

So, if you were planning a trip to our Stillwater shop this weekend in the hopes of purchasing Quince Sparrow or Kestrel, you should come on Sunday instead!
 
There will be NO Sparrow or Kestrel in the Stillwater shop tomorrow, Saturday!
 
What’s Yarnover you wonder? It’s a fun 1 day event put on by the MN Knitters Guild. Lots of great hand dyed yarn dyers and other yarn stores and vendors will be there too. It’s always a great time!
 
It’s gonna be crummy weather tomorrow so you might as well come and wander the market.
 
You don’t have to be a member and it doesn’t cost you any money to get in.
 
Getting out of the market with money left in your wallet will be the trick:)