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Shop Hop 2017

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Whew! MN Yarn Shop Hop 2017 is done. What fun but we are tired!

 


The theme for the shop hop was Inspired by Music. Our shop theme was Broadway!

 

 

We were inspired by a photograph that was taken of the cast of Hamilton in Vogue Magazine in 2015. I’d share that pic here, but we don’t have permission to share it on our blog and we don’t want to get in trouble:)  But, you can click here and see it!

 

Sweetgeorgia Yarns worked hard to make sure our vision came to life. We love the finished product!
We have a few skeins remaining if you want to check that out click here.

 

 

 

Carroll designed a shallow shawl with a ruffle for our pattern. We were inspired by the cravat, the neck accessory, that was a wardrobe staple in the musical. Our is a modern take on this traditional piece. We love it. It’s long enough to tie at your neck and not too deep in the front. Perfect.

 

 

It’s free on Ravelry, download your copy by clicking here.

 

Thanks to all who donated to the food shelf in our area.  We’ll update you with total donation amounts soon!

 

Can’t wait to start planning next year.

 

 

Colonial Knit Shop

Thursday, November 24th, 2016
Colonial Knit Shop

Colonial Knit Shop

We decided to clean out some old pattern books and magazines last week.

A few of the old pattern books had “The Colonial Knit Shop” stamped on them. Birchwood Drive North is just up the hill from our shop so we were obviously intrigued about the history.

 

We sent out a request for info and what do you know? Ruth knew all about it.

This is her message…

 

Hello Aimee,

What memories your news letter brought back. The yarn shop at 318 Birchwood Dr N is across the street from me and indeed it was in a home. Nancy Rolloff was the owner. Her husband Doug remodeled their lower level into the shop. It was on ground level and you entered through a door in the garage. Nancy was a tireless business woman who had a way with yarn. She gave lessons and still had time to raise a family. She sold knitting machines also,  and you couldn’t tell the piece was not hand knitted. I still have the afgan she gave me. The shop was in existence in the early 70’s and closed when her girls graduated high school.

 

Thanks for the memory, Ruth

 

Thank you Ruth, for supporting small businesses for so long! We appreciate you and I’m sure Nancy did too:)

 

Plaid Friday 2016

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016
Carly's First Thanksgiving

Carly’s First Thanksgiving

We hope you enjoy a low stress, food filled Thanksgiving. We’ll be closed on Thanksgiving to do the same, but we’re back open at 9am on Friday!

 

It’s back!  Our Plaid Friday sale is happening again!

Come to Stillwater at 9am on Black Friday, November 25th 2016.
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Downtown Stillwater is doing their Sleepyhead Doorbusters again this year.  We are joining The Plaid Friday revolution.  Want to know more about what all the cool kids are doing?  Click here.

There will be fun things happening that day and all season long downtown.  Check out Discover Stillwater for the details on the other happenings…
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Here are our plans for Plaid Friday, November 25th.
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-20% off everything in the store and online from 9am – noon. Yes, that includes our prepackaged kits AND Makers’ League projects!
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-The first 20 people in store get an additional 20% off coupon to use in the store at another time.
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-Self Striping Sock yarn will be 20% off all day long.

-Cascade Yarns 220 worsted and 220 superwash worsted will be 30% off all day long!

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Come join us.

A few little rules:
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  • We can’t hold yarn for you before the sale.  So if you have something on the hold shelf that is waiting to be purchased, that yarn won’t be included in the sale.  That just isn’t fair!
  • Discount is only good on in stock merchandise.
  • We’ll do our best to wind your yarn that day, but the winder will be working overtime.  So either you’ll have to be patient, or leave your yarn and we’ll wind it up for you to pick up later!
  • You have to be in a good mood.  We can’t have crabby, overfed knitters, crocheters, spinners and weavers wandering about!

 

41 days…

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

 
We have been lulled into a false sense of security. It’s been above normal temps for the entire month.

I know you don’t want to talk about it, but lets just take a deep breath and face facts…

 

 

Winter is coming people and the holidays are coming right along with it!

 

There, we’ve said it. It’s out there.

 

We’d better get knitting!

 

A few quick gift ideas to get you going?

 

Misti Alpaca Fishermans Rib Cowl.
Knit on a US11 needle, with a beautiful chunky alpaca. Anyone would love this cowl.
We’ve prepacked some of our favorite colors. See them here.

 

 

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Quick Bulky Mittens
You can literally make a mitten in 4 hours. Trust us!
Click here for the free pattern and click here for Malabrigo Rasta. Think you need a little help? We still have room in a few mitten classes before the holidays.

 

Click here for our 2 week classes
Click here for our 4 hour workshop!

 

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Chalet-tastic Gaptastic
Doesn’t get much easier than this. Knit 1 Purl 1. Mindless knitting with a supersoft alpaca bamboo blend yarn. On a US13 needle. This will fly off your needles and it’s long enough to wrap a few times around your neck.

 

Click here for our Gaptastic kits. We’ve got them combined in browns or greys!
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Looking for something else? A baby gift, a hat…simple washcloths? Stop in and we’ll get you going!

Snow and cold and the holidays are coming! Let’s get to it!

 

Reality Bites the Blanket

Saturday, October 15th, 2016

 

 

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DKA Shop Window 2015

 

 

We’ve got this great big blanket in our front window. It gets quite a bit of attention.  It is pretty cool. Super big stitches are trendy and it is so soft! And it’s all over the internet right now. Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, everyone is sharing images of a blanket like this. Trust us…don’t knit it.

 

@anna.mo.ohhio

@anna.mo.ohhio

 

 

She looks so happy because she knows she spent a ton of money on a blanket that will look this great for about 6 minutes:)

 

There is no denying that these blankets look terrific in the photos and probably for a day or two.  If you want to hang this blanket on your wall, or over a chair you never use, go for it. If you actually want to use it as a blanket, be prepared. Prepared for fuzz everywhere, prepared that the “yarn” might come apart if you snag it on something. Do you have a pet that loves to play with yarn you bring home? Well, this roving will be no different. And how will you clean it? Remember, this roving is used for felting too, so any agitation with heat and water may felt the fibers. The online source for the blanket tells you to bring it to the dry cleaner. I can’t imagine a dry cleaner agreeing to clean this blanket.

 

This blanket is knit out of roving (technically combed top), not yarn!

 

Roving is wool that has not yet been spun into yarn. We sell roving to people who spin yarn and people who needle or wet felt. Or to people who want to make cute slippers like these:) Click here to get details.

 

3 Slippers

Cadeautje Slippers @ysolda

 

 

Wool roving or combed top, is the fiber sheered from a sheep and then processed. The processing, very simply put, cleans the fiber (gets rid of hay and other organic materials) and then it is processed in one of two ways. Roving is processed by carding, which aligns the strands in different directions to prepare it for spinning.  Combed top is processed by combing until the strands are parallel.

 

If yarn is the goal then the roving or combed top is spun into a single strand of fiber, a single ply. It more often is then spun again with more strands of fiber to make plied yarns that you buy in our shop. Yarn is more durable, less sheddy and pilly than roving.

 

The wool recommended online for this blanket is merino wool combed top. Merino sheep are super soft! They have strands of wool that are on average only 3″ long. So roving that you would make for this blanket are made up of millions of 3″ long strands. Remember, these strands are simply held together with the oils from processing and the natural scales on each individual fiber.

 

Again, this blanket is knit out of roving (combed top), not yarn!

 

Whether roving or combed top are used, it will look good for a short while and then odds are it will be come a pilly, sheddy, dirty mess in no time.

 

Ahhhhhh! We hate to be downers, but don’t knit this blanket. Save your money.

 

 

 

 

 

Sweater Weather

Friday, September 30th, 2016

Vote.

Friday, 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:)

 

Raphael and the Monkey

Sunday, 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:)

 

LOVE!!!

Knit in Public Day 2016

Sunday, 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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Shop Hop 2016 Review

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016
Sketch It

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!
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