The Passing of Time

August 18th, 2014

 

It’s Minnesota State Fair time again.  Can we believe it?

Great MN Get Together

Great MN Get Together

I was looking back at some pictures and was reminded of the passing of time.

We take our kids photos every year in the same chair, by the same pigs.  We must have missed a few years but you get the idea.

 

Maggie 3

Maggie 3

Maggie 4

Maggie 4

Maggie 5

Maggie 5

Maggie 6

Maggie 6

Maggie 7

Maggie 7

Do you do have some State Fair traditions?  Do you pay to park in a fair lot or do you park in the neighborhoods?  Do you get cheese curds in the food building (the best place by the way) or do you prefer another fried cheese stand?  Do you ride the skyride?  Do you head to the grandstand and listen to the guys selling slicers and dicers?  Do you ride the giant slide?

Yeah for the Great MN Get Together!

 

A Few Good Men/Women

August 14th, 2014

DKA Prisoners
We are always on the lookout for great people to join our staff.  These ladies look like they love working at DKA don’t they?

 

With our busy fall/winter season upon us, we just might be looking for a few good women…or men!

 

You don’t need retail experience to apply.  I didn’t have any.  Well, I did work at The Limited at Maplewood Mall in high school and at a T-shirt shop in Madison during college, but I don’t think they let me run the cash register at either place:)

 

You must be able to work weekends (not every weekend, but a few weekend days a month).

 

You must be a good knitter and of course you must be patient, friendly and willing to help others!

 

Don’t worry, we’ll teach you how to use the ball winder!

 

If you think you fit the DKA mold drop us an email.

 

Save the Date

August 14th, 2014

 

WoolFestivalR1

 

Join us for something new and fun this fall!  We’ll have live music, a fashion show, mini classes, new patterns for great yarn and of course lots of knitting.  Best of all, it’s free!

 

Full details to come soon, but for now, mark your calendar for September 28th.  You won’t want to miss The Great American Wool Festival!

 

We hope you see you there!

 

Book Club 2014

July 22nd, 2014

 

We tackled our first book club last year and it was harder than we thought!  We loved the idea of it, but it was just too much for us to do while trying to run a yarn store.  So, our good friend Anne offered to help Jennifer out this time.

 

So, if you love knitting and reading, please join us every other 2nd Friday for our book club.   The first session will be Friday, September 12th from 6-8pm.

September’s book is Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
November’s book is Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
Please email or call us to reserve your spot.   We will limit the group to 12 people each session.

 

dku@darnknitanyway.com or 651-342-1386

Soap Box Derby

July 22nd, 2014

What a fun crazy weekend we had celebrating Log Jam Days here in Stillwater.

 

We built a car.  We built a soap box derby car.  Well, actually Toby built the car, we just decorated it!

 

derby car show

 

We went to the car show a few days before the race to promote the race and show off our handy work and a teenager walked past and said “that’s sick”.  I think that’s good right?

 

We had fun on Thursday night at and event that most of the racers attended.  We got to size up our competition. Wow!  Stillwater has some creative people!   If you want to see the others , click here for the Stillwater Current article.

 

The day of the race finally came and I must admit when I first saw the course I wasn’t going to let Elizabeth race.  For reals.  I was scared for her.

 

Logjam Prerace

 

The safety check for the race was to take a run down the course and see if you could stop.  Really.

 

Now, Toby made a sturdy car, we were sure it wouldn’t tip over, but the stop and steer left a little to be desired.  We were all a bit nervous watching the first few safety checks.

 

Our nerves weren’t easily calmed as the first 2 safety runs crashed through the hay bales at the finish and the third flipped over completely and left the derby car out of commission.

 

I told Elizabeth she was out, that we had already won by getting the car done and decorated.  She was having NONE of that.  She was going to race no matter what I said.

 

So we raced.  We won the first heat!  How fun is that?

 

 

The second race we lost, and the lovely Elizabeth smashed into the hay bales.  Just for the fun of it she said.  Geez!
Here are a few more pictures from the race!

 

And a few more here along with a cool video from the guys at Lift Bridge Brewery.

 

Next year…better brakes:)

 

 

DYC is a’ changin!

July 22nd, 2014

DYC_logo

 

 

We’ve been a whole year now of Darn Yarn Club and we’ve learned a few lessons.

 

#1 People like to know what they are going to get. Yes, there are some that love the surprise. But most clubbers would love to know what the yarn is going to be before they commit. I would be that person.

 

#2 Patterns are sooooo hard! We have great ideas and awesome designers in our shop. But it is so hard to plan the pattern with the yarn and get it out to you all correctly in a timely fashion. We have spent many a sleepless night worried that we wouldn’t get the pattern done.

#3 The yarn is the most important part. You guys really don’t care about the rest of the goodies, although they are fun to get. The yarn is the most important part of yarn club.

 

#4 It’s expensive to commit to 3 months at a time.  We get it!  We want the club to be as accessible as it can for our customers.  Hopefully that means more business for our hand dyers!

 

So, with those things in mind we have decided to change up yarn club going forward. From here on out we will be letting you know what the yarn is before you choose to join that month. You’ll see a description of the yarn and photos. This way, you’ll know if you love it. Seeing the yarn each month will also give you the chance to decide if you want more than one skein.

 

We’ll still give you a DYC project bag and a notion, but we won’t have patterns going forward. The patterns were just too much stress. Not enough bang for the buck so to speak.

 

That leads us to September’s Darn Yarn Club selection.

 

Click here to see the yarn.

 

Rowan Big Wool Sale

July 16th, 2014

Rowan Big Wool on sale now!  50% off.  Normal price $15.95.

 

We are moving out our Big Wool to make room for new colors!    Click here for our online store link.

Get a jump on your Holiday knitting and crocheting.  You’ll thank us in December:)

 

 

Make this! Drop Stitch Cowl

big wool drop stitch cowl

Or this…Marian Cowl
marian cowl

Or this…Shroom Hat
shroom

Log Jam Time

July 15th, 2014

stillwater logjam
Well, we’ve been talking about it for a year now.  Actually, not quite a year.  Stillwater Log Jam is upon us.   It’s this weekend, July 18th, 19th & 20th.

 

It was back in October that I posted this blog and asked locals to be vocal.   The decision was made by our City Council to bring back a big summer festival, so now the decision was what group would treat downtown the way it deserved to be treated?  Did we want a big promoter to come into town or would a more locally run event earn our support?  I, like many residents and businesses, felt that a locally run event would be our best shot at getting back to an event that the community could enjoy.  That’s why The Local’s earned my support and the support of the Mainstreet Stillwater IBA.
I know that summer festivals in Stillwater are divisive.  Some are disappointed that the event might be smaller, some are glad it’s smaller and some wish there wasn’t one at all.   Whatever your feelings about the event, it’s here and I hope you bring your family down and support it!

 

 

If you are planning on coming downtown for the event, and I hope you do, watch for us!

 

 

Soap Box Derby
Yes, we are participating in this crazy event!

 

  • Wednesday night we’ll be downtown at the car show showing off our Soap Box Derby Car.
  • Thursday night at 7:30 we’ll be at The Freight House for the soap box awards ceremony.  You know our car will look good!
  • Friday at noon is check in for the soap box derby.  We’ll be hanging out on 2nd street and Mulberry making sure our Derby Car can make it down that hill:)
  • Then Friday between 2 and 4 we race!

 

Parade
Yes!  There is still a parade!  Sunday at 1pm we hope to see lots of you on the route.  Our Mainstreet Stillwater IBA is going to be walking in the parade.  We have a fun “float” and many downtown businesses will be walking together.

 

If you do see us this weekend out and about make sure to say hi!

 

It’s a Mystery

June 26th, 2014

 

 

I’ve never done a mystery knit along before.

 

I know…lots and lots of people have and they love them.  But me?  I don’t like surprises really.  I don’t like suspense either.  I like to know whats going to happen and when.  In fact, I even like to know how a movie is going to end before I see it.  I enjoy the movie so much more when I know how it will end.  I don’t get nervous or anxious.

 

So, a mystery knit along really isn’t up my alley.   If you don’t know, here are the basics of a mystery knit along.  The designer gives out one clue a week and you knit that clue.  Then you wait patiently for the next one.  So, it’s a mystery ending AND I have to be patient.  Oh boy!

 

This particular knit along is from KnitPurlHunter and it is a 2 color hat.  It begins on July 3rd and each clue comes out every Thursday at 8am in July.

 

I’m going for it and I talked Carly into joining me.  Wanna play along?

 

The yarn required is Hikoo Simplicity.  You’ll need 2 skeins of the main color and one skein of a contrast color.  Carly’s doing pink and black and I’m doing blue and white.   We have almost every color in stock now.  Click here for the online shopping link.  You can buy it online and we can ship it to you in time for the knit along or you can come down and pick it out in person;)

 

 

Carly Knit along

 

 

 

Aimee Knit Along

 

Trust us!  You can do this.  Even if you have never worked with 2 colors of yarn.  She’ll give you tons of tips, video links and more.  AND you have us for help!

 

Materials List:
-Simplicity – 1(2, 2) skeins MC, 1(1,1) skein CC
-US#4 needle – straight or circ
-US#8 needle – 16″ circ
-US#8 dpns or 32″ circ for magic loop method for crown decreases
-cable needle
-one 3/4″ button
Sizes
baby (child,adult) 16(19,21)”

 

Wanna join us?

Alisha Goes Around

June 16th, 2014

Alisha Goes Around is heading to DKA!

alisha goes around_opt

Hope you’ll join us for a trunk show on Thursday, June 19th from 4-8pm with Alisha of Alisha Goes Around.

If you were able to make it to Yarnover or Shepherd’s Harvest this year, you probably checked out her booth.  If not, you shouldn’t miss this!

We’ll have her stuff in the shop for a few days, so if you can’t make it Thursday night, how about coming Friday to our Party on the Patio?