Vote.

July 29th, 2016

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Wow…what a couple of weeks it’s been. Politics.

 

Let’s be honest, it’s been a crazy year.

 

Whatever way you lean politically one thing I hope you do is vote. Participate.

 

My husband and I, and sometimes our kids, watched the majority of the prime time coverage of both conventions.  No matter what you think about either candidate, you have to appreciate the history of a convention.  For almost 200 years our country has gone through this process. Politics are fascinating.

 

My take away from either convention, the thing that I was thinking about last night, was the gold star mom who introduced Obama to the convention on Wednesday night. She was so inspired by meeting the president that she decided it was time to contribute to her community. She was 73 and she ran for school board in her town in Ohio. This retired nurse, mom, grandma, great grandma, decided that she needed to participate in her community. She won the seat and serves today on the school board. She is the one that is making America great. By making a contribution, by stepping up, by volunteering. I loved it.

 

I love hearing stories about regular people stepping up. Volunteering. Something as small as coaching your kids in ball, volunteering at the concession stand, making a quilt for a church donation, being an election judge. All of these things are contributing to your community.

 

Now how about your vote?

 

Sure the President is important, but the people who really effect change and make the laws and rules that you live by in your community are important too.

 

Congressmen and senators are up for election. You know the ones we hear about causing “gridlock” in Washington. Yep, those are important. Google them.

 

State Representatives are also up for election. Who is your representative? Google it.

 

Supreme Court judges, Appeals judges, Circuit Court judges. You may have a chance to vote for all of these in your state and county. Figure out who they are. What they stand for. It might take a bit of google searching. These candidates aren’t spoon fed to us on CNN or Fox News. These are important votes. They craft our justice system.

 

A women running for District Attorney in my county did some door knocking a few days ago. I met her and thanked her for introducing herself. I like when politicians knock on doors. I’m not bugged or bothered. I am awed that people want to put themselves out there. That they want to open themselves up for criticism and all that comes with public office.

 

I’m not sure I’ll vote for her. I haven’t Googled her yet:)

 

Makers’ League Tolt Bag

June 30th, 2016

Our July Makers’ League project is the Tolt Folded Bag. It’s a free pattern posted on a blog from a yarn store in Washington state, Tolt Yarn & Wool. You can see the blog post and get the pattern here.

 

Note!!!  There are 2 different options on the Tolt blog. One is garter stitch with ribbon yarn and US15 needles. We are NOT doing that option!  We are doing the stockinette version of the bag out of Quince & Co Kestrel! I used a US7 needle to get the gauge recommended.

 

Tolt Folded Bag

 

We do not have a printed version of this pattern, it is not our copyright. But we love it so, so much and think you will too, so we think you can handle it:)  It is a VERY simple pattern that is folded up in such a cool way that it makes this awesome shape!

 

Tolt Bag Flat
Tolt Bag Folded Once
Tolt Bag Folded

 

You can either knit this bag in one color, or choose an contrasting color. We suggest if using the contrasting color that you start working it first. Knit the contrasting color for 3-4: then start alternating every 2 rows with the main color. Depending on your gauge, your stripes will end up where they end up:) Finished size is about 16″ x 16″.

 

We have kit these up with the grey as a base and the natural as a base. If you want something different..just let us know and we’ll check stock!

 

We added a leather wrap to our bags. Which we think adds a nice finishing touch.
Leather wraps are also available to purchase. Click here to see the leather wraps.

 

Leather Wrap Handle

 

There is a crochet bag much like the knit Tolt Folded Bag. It is called the Masa Bag. Click here to see it on Ravelry. If you are interested in crocheting it instead…let us know and we’ll help you out!

 

We hope you love the bag and take it Darn.Knit.Anywhere!  The patch says so:)

 

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The Egg!

June 12th, 2016

We’re so excited to be a part of the River Valley Sculpture Tour. So fun!

 

10 statues are scattered around downtown Stillwater. A horse, a moose, a dragonfly…a bunch of others. They are easy to find!

 

rivervalley sculpture

 

And then there is the egg.

 

We love it!  The artist is Kimber Fiebiger. She is a sculptor from Minneapolis. She has a whole series of these Humpty Dumpties. We are lucky to be able to have him for a while!

 

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Raphael and the Monkey

June 12th, 2016

So…remember when I said it wasn’t a competition…then this happened?

 

Well I was wrong and I think I won.

 

Could it get much cuter than Raphael and the monkey I made?  And the hat.  Really…

 

Raphael and the Monkey

 
Really…this is all a knitter needs. A sweet pic of the baby with the stuff you made. Thanks Ruth for snapping this pic and sharing it.  Much love to you guys:)

 

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Knit in Public Day 2016

June 12th, 2016

Join us Saturday, June 18th, 2016 for World Wide Knit in Public Day!  We’ll be knitting in public!

 

 

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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. Yes it’s a real thing…

 

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 out on our patio on Saturday, June 18th 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!

 

We have “the egg” this year…so that will be fun. Think of the photo opportunities:)

 

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Darn Knit AnyWHERE – Reboot

May 31st, 2016

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When we first opened the shop, we ran a fun program called Darn Knit AnyWHERE. I can’t believe that was 6 whole years ago! Wow!

 

Well, the time has come to bring it back with a little technology reboot because it’s easier than ever to share a picture these days!
Here are the basics…
1. Get yourself a DKA canvas tote bag (buy for $5).   Call us (651-342-1386) if you can’t get to the shop and we can ship you one!
2. Bring the bag with you when you go cool places.
3. Take a picture of the bag in one of those cool places…extra feel good points if your face is in the pic:)
4. Post the pic on our Facebook page or tag us on instagram or twitter or use the #darnknitanywhere or email it to us. dku@darnknitanyway.com

 

Do these 4 things and you’ll earn 20% off a day of shopping at Darn Knit Anyway, online or in store. You can tag us in as many pictures as you want, but you can only earn 1 coupon a year.

 

Easy huh?  So go somewhere cool and send us the pic!  Oh and you can use your Makers’ League bag in the pics too!

 

Here is the info from 2010 about the original program.
Here is the link to the original photos.
Here is a link to the facebook album of photos.
Here is a link to our instagram account
Here is a link to our twitter account

Shop Hop 2016 Review

April 13th, 2016
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Sketch It

Shop Hop 2016 is behind us and it proved once again that the Twin Cities has the best group of fiber junkies in the country!

 

More than 870 hoppers passed through our doors during the 4 days of the hop this year. That is 100 more than any other year. Wow!

 

You were generous with your donations, helping our shop raise $1000 more than last year. Your donations will help Valley Outreach serve over $16,000 meals! What a difference 4 days can make :)

 

The overall shop hop theme this year was “Inspired by Literature”. Shops could choose a book, author or genre of literature to guide their yarn and pattern design choices. We chose graphic novels as our theme. We decided the best way to honor our theme was to write our own little graphic novel.

 

Click here to download our graphic novel Manic Maker

 

Manic Maker

Manic Maker

 

Little note about the pattern itself.  A very fast shop hop knitter has noticed an error in the pattern. It is changed on Ravelry and you can download the changed pattern here.  If you’ve already started and missed the error, no biggie…if the zig zag section is zigging and zagging, press on.

 

We had a little fun with our theme in a photo booth with conversation bubbles…here are a few pics from the weekend!
shop hop 2016 4  shop hop 2016 3

shop hop 2016 2  shop hop 2016 1  


  

 

 

Baby Surprise Jacket Tips

February 29th, 2016

We’ve been getting lots of questions about our March choice for Makers’ League, The Baby Surprise Jacket.

 

First off, we want to say…take a deep breath! It’s just a little baby sweater. It’s just a garter stitch sweater that when complete is folded up in a certain way than then. Voila! A sweater!

 

You only need to know how to cast on, knit, increase, decrease and cast off! The sweater has a very unique construction. You won’t be able to picture it while you are knitting. So just trust the pattern. Cast on the right amount, put your markers in and follow the pattern!

 

So, how many stitches to cast on is the first question…

 

Take a look at these images.

 

Baby Surprise Sizes

Baby Surprise Sizes

 
Both of these sweaters had the same number of cast on stitches (the middle number from the pattern) and both were knit with worsted weight yarn.

 

The top sweater was knit on a US5 in Malabrigo Rios. Carroll got 6 stitches to the inch. It measures for a 3-6 month old sizing.

 

The bottom sweater was knit from our Liberty Wool Kit, on a US7. Carly got 5 stitches to the inch. It measures for a 9 – 12 month old. Carly had about 10 grams of yarn left over from the 3 balls of yarn in our kit. If you want to make a bigger sweater than this you should purchase an additional skein of yarn.

 

Here is another picture

 

Baby Surprise Neve

Baby Surprise Neve

 
The bottom sweater is the same as in the photo above. The sweater on top is knit from our Juniper Moon Farms kit Neve. It is knit on a US6 casting on for the smallest size. We would say it measures for a 0-3 month old. There is plenty of yarn in this kit to knit a bigger size too!

 

You can play this two different ways…

 

You can just pick a size, pick a needle and cast on. You’ll knit line by line, fold it up and seam. You’ll hand this lovely sweater to a new mom or donate it to a hospital or school auction! Happiness!

 

Or…

 

You can do lots of research before you knit. There is lots of information about the BSJ out there. There is a whole Ravelry group devoted to this garment. There is a BSJ Wiki page with so much info in it that every question will have an answer. You’ll then do some measurements of the child in question, you’ll do a few gauge swatches to help you choose your needle and size. But at some point, you’ll cast on! You’ll knit line by line, fold it up and seam. You’ll hand this lovely sweater to a mom or donate it to a hospital or school auction! Happiness!

 

However you choose to knit your BSJ we are sure you’ll love to knit it! It’s a right of passage for all knitters. We can’t wait to see yours!

 

Makers’ League Map

February 24th, 2016

We have shipped our Makers’ League projects all over the country!

Is there a Maker near you?

 

 

2016 Yarn Shop Hop

February 16th, 2016

Yarn Hop Poster

 
We are so excited! It’s only 50 days until our favorite weekend of the year. Minnesota Yarn Shop Hop.

Save the date!

 

April 7th – 10th. If you can sneak away from work on Thursday you should!

Don’t know about the hop?  Read about it on the Minnesota Yarn Shop Hop website here. See our hop yarn from past years here and here and here!

More details about our theme soon:)