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!

 

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:)