Baby Blanket

October 14th, 2014

Baby Blanket

5 skeins of Simpliworsted
I used…colors, 06, 09, 10, 37, 38
I’m changing colors every 12 rows:)

The pattern is Chevron Baby Blanket

5 Year Anniversary

October 7th, 2014

5 Year Anniversary
Darn Knit Anyway!
Come celebrate with us

Aimee on "official" opening day

Aimee on “official” opening day

 

This image was from the first day our doors were “officially” open, September 9th, 2009.  Word had spread quickly through Stillwater that a yarn store was opening and none of you could wait until we opened.  You peeked your heads in, you encouraged us, you wandered through and oo’s and aah’d even before we could take your money.

Kids in the classroom

Kids in the classroom…they were so little

Nanny Jean on lease signing day

Nanny Jean on lease signing day

Read about Nanny here, she’s our knitting inspiration.

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The shop on lease signing day.  We were so excited we couldn't wait!

The shop on lease signing day. We were so excited we couldn’t wait!

 

Well, we couldn't wait.  Jason was just fine waiting thank you.  Doesn't he look happy to be painting a yarn store:)

Well, we couldn’t wait. Jason was just fine waiting thank you. Doesn’t he look happy to be painting a yarn store:)

 

We’ve come a long way in 5 years, it’s hard to believe.

 

On Thursday, October 9th we’ll be celebrating all day and we hope to see you!  We’ll be open from 10am – 8pm so come have a piece of cake and a laugh with us.

 

Thank you.  Thank you for always supporting us.  Thank you for being enthusiastic about crazy things we want to try. Thank you for letting us be the place you come to for help.  Thank you for sharing your lives with us.

 

Who knew when we opened that we’d come to share more than just knitting with our customers.

 

Thanks for 5 great years.  Here’s to 5 great more.

 

Aimee, Jennifer, Carly, Amy B, Heather, Nadia, Katie, Carroll, Corrina & Michelle

 

Thanks to our teachers, sample knitters, artists and employees from years past.  You’ve all helped make the shop what it is today.

 

Krishell, Kate, Elizabeth, Jamie, Karen, Diane, Robbin, Carol, Jennie, Doreen, Jen, Becka, Tracy, Gay, Kay, Krisha, Lynn, Shelly…we’re sure we’re missing someone!

 

Bring a friend for free

October 3rd, 2014

We are in a generous mood here at DKA.  We are 5 years old next week!  Yahoo!  We’ve learned a lot in 5 years.  Wow.  We looked back at our first year here.  It’s good stuff!

 

To celebrate we are offering all classes as 2 for 1.  That means when you sign up for a class, you can bring a friend along for free.  How great is that?

 

keep calm and bring a friend

 

So, if you are going to take the Polar Vortex Hat class for example.  And why wouldn’t you?

 

 

Polar Vortex

Polar Vortex

 
You could sign up online, and when you check out, just put your friend’s name in the notes!  If you sign up by calling us, 651-342-1386, just let us know who your bringing along. We’ll be excited to have you both.

 

We can’t wait to have you in a class soon!

 

 

 

 

 

Great American Wool Festival Review

October 3rd, 2014

 

The first annual Great American Wool Festival is in the books.  Can we all agree that for social media purposes #GAWF will work next year?  The full title is a lot to type with our thumbs!

 

What a great time. A perfect partner with The Yarnery.  We had perfect weather (maybe even a little hot),  great yarn and fun fiber friends.  What’s not to love.   We loved it so much that we already booked next year.  Save the date for Sunday, September 27th, 2015.  We’ll see you then with a few new surprises.

 

We would love for you to share any of your photos with us.  The day got away from us quickly so we’d love to see the event through your eyes.  Email us, post them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and feel free to with #GAWF…save your thumbs:)

 

By the way…I did a quick Urban Dictionary search of GAWF, based on my purple nurple fiasco, and it looks like we are good to go!
bruentrup

 

Bruetrup Farm 1

Thanks Scott for these great shots!

 

A few more fun shots of the crowd

A few more fun shots of the crowd

 

Inside the barn

Inside the barn

 

More fun in the barn

More fun in the barn

 

Thanks for joining us.  We can’t wait for next year!

Bags for Ronald McDonald House

September 10th, 2014

ronald mcdonald
Calling all knitters, or crocheters!

 

Ronald McDonald House Charity needs our help.   I’m sure you are familiar with the great work that the Ronald McDonald House does providing housing for families who are going through a medical crisis with their children.  They have 3 separate facilities that at any given night can house 67 families.  Many of those families stay for months at a time, some even stay for years while their children are receiving treatment.

 

Every year around the holidays, they do a fun activity called “12 Days of Sharing”.  For the 12 days leading up to Christmas, they surprise families with small gifts in their room.  This year they are asking for 50 felt bags for one of the surprise gifts for the moms!

 

They’ve asked for our help to make them, and we are asking you!

 

Here is our proposal.  You come to the shop and buy yarn for a felted bag.  Go home, knit and felt it.  Then come back to the shop with the finished bag and we’ll give you a $10 gift card to Darn Knit Anyway!  You get to make a donation to this great cause and you get $10 to spend at your favorite LYS!  It’s a win-win!

 

There is no specific bag requirement.  Any felted bag is fine.  Our requirements are only that the bags are handmade, felted and brand spanking new.  Remember, these are extra special moms, so they need extra special bags!

They have asked for 50 of them and they want them by December 1st.   Let’s not let them down!

 

Do you knit?  How about this one, Angela’s Fabulous Felted Bag ,or this one…Booga Bag

 

Do you crochet?  How about this one…Felted Purse, or this one College Tote.

 

Happy Anniversary

September 10th, 2014

It’s coming on 5 years.  Wow.  5 years since we first opened the doors of our shop.

 

We purchased our point of sale computer (our cash register) exactly 5 years ago this week.
It decided 5 years was enough.

 

Computer's a gonner

Computer’s a gonner

 

So, if you’ve been in the store, you’ve noticed we are using our square and ipad to check you out.  Lest you think all of your history at the shop is gone, fear not.  All of our data is fine (BACK UP YOUR STUFF PEOPLE!!).

 

We have a brand new computer now that will get us through the next 5 years!

 

We’ll be celebrating our 5th anniversary the weekend of October 11th.  Details to follow, nothing big, but we’d love to have you visit!

 

Wool & Wisconsin

September 9th, 2014

Jen and I traveled to the Madison area this past weekend.  We were invited to vend at the Madison Knitters Guild on Monday.

 

This guild isn’t messing around!  400+ members meet once a month in a gigantic office in Fitchburg, a town just outside of Madison.   They meet in an office building that has a huge auditorium.  They invite a few vendors each month and we were lucky enough to get September.

 

Why was September such a lucky month to get?  Well…we didn’t know it, but the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival was going on this past weekend too.  Timing is everything.

 

What did we learn from our day visiting the WI Sheep and Wool Festival?  Wisconsin folks like their Green Bay Packers.  I’m sure we could probably look around Shepherd’s Harvest and see MN Vikings yarn, but…

 

packer yarn sheep and wool

 

Some of the above yarn was from our friends at Sun Valley Fibers!  It was a fun festival.  Way more animals that at our Shepherd’s Harvest festival.  We might be a bit biased, but we think Shepherd’s Harvest is more fun:)

 

 

Then we went to the Knitters Guild meeting.  A great group of knitters.  Those folks aren’t messing around!  Thanks for the invite Madison Knitter’s Guild.  Hope to see some of you at the MN Yarn Shop Hop in April!

Around Town

August 28th, 2014

 

There is nothing like Stillwater, MN in the summer.

 

Thought I’d share a few images of why we love this town so much and can’t imagine our yarn shop anywhere else.

 

Santa Conventions!

Santa Conventions!

 

Karin's Hot Air Balloon Pic

Karin’s Hot Air Balloon Pic

 

Great views from the Gondola Romantica! gondolaromantica.com

Great views from the Gondola Romantica!
gondolaromantica.com

 

We were an Amazing Race-Like Road Block for a scavenger hunt!

We were an Amazing Race-Like Road Block for a scavenger hunt!

 

Sailboat Club meet up on our river bank.

Sailboat Club meet up on our river bank.

There are still beautiful days to be had in Stillwater this fall!  Come enjoy!  Check out Discover Stillwater for everything going on in the St. Croix River Valley.

 

 

Brickless and Hazel Knits

August 26th, 2014

I knit up our October DYC selection last week.  I just couldn’t wait.
 
This base from Hazelknits is perfectly named.  Divine.  Divine it is….75% superwash merino, 15% cashmere and 10% silk.  It’s a dream.
 
Wanna skein for yourself?  Click here.  We are taking pre orders through Sept 5th, 2014.
 

I knit Brickless, see my Ravelry project nfo here.

 

brickless hazelknits 1
 
brickless hazelknits 2
 
brickless hazelknits 3
 

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!