Posts Tagged ‘MN’

Learn to Knit Special

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

 

 

Come learn to knit with us this Spring and early Summer!

Class is only $15 for 4 hours of instruction.

Isn’t it time you learned to knit?
Did you learn to knit when you were a kid and need a refresher?

Join us.

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Back to School Open House

Monday, August 24th, 2015

 

Many of us are gearing up to send our kids back to school. Some kids even started school today.

 

In Somerset, WI, we start back up a week from today.  Our kid’s “back to school open house” is on Wednesday and the kids are excited.  It’s Max’s first year in Middle School and Maggie is more than excited (not) to have him join her there.  They’ll meet their teachers, drop off and pick up supplies.  They’ll find out where their desks will be and who else is in their classes.  You all know the drill.
 

Anyway, we thought it might be fun to do the same thing at Darn Knit University!
 
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So, on Monday, August 31st from 6-8 we’ll be hosting our first Back to School Open House.  You’ll be able to see all the projects for our Fall Trimester, meet the teachers, get supplies and maybe meet other students who will be enrolling in Darn Knit University too:)  If you can’t come during the evening, we’ll have the projects and supplies on display all day long, we open at 10am!
 
We welcome beginners!
 
No reservations or commitment to enroll is necessary for this fun night.  Welcome back to school!

 

Trade History for Progress?

Monday, January 5th, 2015

 

If you’ve followed Stillwater news lately, you’ve been treated to a few interesting stories.  In the shadow of all of that you may have missed one that I think is pretty important.

 

Chamber of Commerce

Concept Drawing from the Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce

 

This image was floated around social media recently. It’s an old story and I didn’t give it much thought really until a customer came in and told me that this is what Stillwater will look like when the bridge is finished.  She was surprised to learn, after a conversation with me, that this is not a plan that has been approved or even designed by the City of Stillwater.

 

The Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce’s initiative, the Downtown Revitalization Committee, commissioned a group of architects to come up with a plan for downtown.  These very skilled architects donated their time to come up with this concept.  I’ll admit that it does look pretty cool.

 

But just because they have drawn these plans up, doesn’t mean they will come to be.

 

This concept was designed without city planners, historic preservation committee members, or other city staff.  This concept was designed assuming no obstacles.  Obstacles like delivery trucks that cross Chestnut all day long.  Obstacles like the increase in property taxes that businesses, already paying high rents, are going to have to absorb for these changes.  These changes won’t come free to building and business owners.  How about the construction that will have to happen to get this done?  Businesses will have to live with more construction on our front door steps after surviving through years of bridge construction?  I know I seem like a Debbie downer but these are realities that will need to be considered.

 

And, then just because it CAN happen, does that mean it SHOULD?

 

This plan also includes widening sidewalks and putting in sidewalk cafes and trees.  That sound’s great too, but if we do all those things, what do we lose?  Do we lose our history?  We don’t want to look like any other shopping and dining district.  We don’t want to become 50th and France or Woodbury Lakes.  We are historic Stillwater MN for gosh sakes!

 

I think most people who have been around Stillwater long enough, locals, they would say one of the worst things that our city ever did was tear down the old Depot building.  Can you imagine if this building was still around?   It was raised in 1960 to put up a grocery store.  I wasn’t around in 1960 but I’ll bet many people thought it was a good idea.  Had I been around then I might have even thought it was a great idea.  How terrific it must have been to finally have a grocery downtown  (and I think people have fond memories of that grocery store too)  But that store is also gone and a parking lot sits in it’s place.  Progress?

 

Historic Stillwater Depot -

Historic Stillwater Depot

 

People complain that there isn’t a drugstore or hardware store downtown anymore.  They say that downtown is just not like it used to be.  If we do these modern changes to our streets, I fear we’ll be even further away from our history.  We need to be very careful not to trade our history for what could be a fleeting moment that some see as progress.

 

Luckily, our voices can be heard.  I’ll keep you updated on city meetings and hope that if you care, you’ll come to one:)

 

 

Shop Hop 2014 – Day 4

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

We can not believe the turnout for this year’s shop hop. What a fun group of fiber lovers!
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We, of course, did a few more mug shots:)
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Butterfly Knitters Needed

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

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It’s time for another dressing of the tree in our patio.
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We’ve done it a few times now…here and here

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This time we need your help.
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We are going to fill the tree with butterflies!
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So…
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We need bright, colorful rectangles knit in garter out of whatever bright colored yarn you might have around.  We’ll do the assembly, we just need your rectangles!
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12-14" wide

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6-8" tall

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Butterfly Assembled

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We’d love to bomb the tree on Tuesday, April 9th.  So if we could get your rectangles by Monday night or Tuesday morning we’d be able to assemble them and hang ’em up!
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We hope you’ll help us!
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We Decked the Tree!

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Deck the Tree

Deck The Tree

Deck the Tree

Deck the Tree

It feels a little Dr Suess to me.  How about you?

Well, you can check it out on Friday for our big sale!

 

Boycott – Oh Boy

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

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I got a call from a concerned resident.
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She wondered if I had a list of all the business owners on Main Street that were in support of the new St. Croix River Crossing.  I told her I didn’t have a list and asked her why she was looking for that list.  She told me that she and some friends were looking for a tangible way to protest the bridge approval and they decided that they would boycott downtown businesses.
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I wasn’t surprised.  I have been downtown for 3 years now and understand how these things work.  There are some people who think if you own a business you must have lots of money and power; that is most certainly not the case.   I know that I am making my fortune one ball of yarn at a time:)
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I told her that I would hate to see her punish 30 independent small downtown businesses with a boycott.  I asked if she was also planning to boycott Lakeview Hospital, Cub Foods, Target, Perkins, Lowes, Walmart, Menards, and the hotels on Highway 36.  Those businesses and the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce also support the new St. Croix River Crossing.  She seemed shocked that they were in support of the bridge as well.
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I told her that downtown Stillwater businesses already feel like local residents have boycotted Main Street. Not because of our support of the bridge, but because of the congestion that is choking Main Street.  She said she doesn’t come downtown because of traffic and parking.  (I kindly reminded her that we have over 1500 parking spots downtown and that November – April she can come down and pretty much park anywhere she wants!  For FREE!  Somehow it always comes back to parking.  Don’t get me started…)
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She was a very nice woman, we actually had a very nice conversation.  She lives near Hwy 36 and doesn’t want increased traffic or congestion in her neighborhood, safety was a top concern.  I told her that they were going to rework the intersections on Hwy 36 to make better turn lanes and better frontage roads.  She said she really didn’t know what the plan was.  HUH?  I wanted to ask her how she could protest something she didn’t have the facts about, but I held my tongue.  I did mention that the people who live on Greeley or 3rd street or on other “short cut” roads on the hill are looking forward to getting rid of the traffic on their roads from Wisconsin commuters.
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Unfortunately, not everyone can benefit.
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I know that this is a hot button issue and that some people live close to the new bridge and are worried about noise and traffic and I understand their frustration.  I really do.
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I am a firm believer that the new St. Croix River Crossing will reinvent Main Street.  That it will allow Stillwater residents to take back their town.  It will mean that people who come to Main Street will be people who actually want to be there; to sightsee, shop, or dine.  I haven’t even mentioned the walking and biking paths!
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I asked that she reconsider her boycott.  I hope she does.
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Interested in more information about the bridge?  Here is a cool video.  I hope the concerned citizen takes the time to watch it too.

 

Love Note

Friday, February 17th, 2012

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A few weeks ago, I was digging through my first grade son’s backpack and found a note.
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Love Note

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I asked him what it was and he said “a love note”.  He said it as though of course I should know that.
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I told him it had a dollar wrapped around it.  He said “I know, she said I could keep it”.
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I opened it up and read outloud (Max’s hands were over his ears) written in crayon was…
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“I love you, I know you love me.  Can I be your girlfriend?”
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It was so cute and sweet.  The paper was covered in hearts and stars.  I was impressed with the girls confidence.  I wouldn’t have had the guts to do that in college, much less first grade. It was a lovely little note and she is a sweet girl who obviously has a keen eye for charming boys.
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Anyway, we wrote a note back and included the dollar bill.
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“Thanks for the nice note to Max.  We can’t keep the dollar because Max can’t have a girlfriend until he is 23”
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Cute story huh?
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So, a few days ago was Valentine’s Day.  We don’t usually do much for the big V day.  We get our kids some plastic heart or something filled with chocolates and exchange nice cards.
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This particular Valentines Day, my husband left for work before I woke up.  I got the kids up and out to the bus and sat down at my computer to work for a while before I opened the shop.
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I needed something from my work bag, so I opened up my bag and found this inside.
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Aimee's Love Note

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I opened up the letter and written in crayon was…
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“I love you, I know you love me.  Can I be your Valentine?”
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Yep, I know.  I felt loved and lucky.
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I wish I had thought of it:)
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New Necklaces

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Darn Knit Necklaces

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Yep, these are super cute!  $18 and you can walk away with one too!  Handmade here in MN!
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Two sided necklaces

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Other side:)

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i.knit necklaces

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i.purl necklaces

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These great soldered necklaces are the perfect thing to express your love of the craft!  i.crochet and hook’r necklaces are on the way too!
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Power of a Purse 2011

Monday, May 2nd, 2011


Power of a Purse

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Power of a Purse 2011
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We are participating in this great event again this year.  Bring in a new or gently used purse to Darn Knit Anyway from May 1 – June 1 and get 20% off one of a new handmade purse!
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We are  encouraging mothers to reach for the power of their purses more purposefully.  In honor of mothers, the Twin Cities East chapter of Mothers & More will sponsor Power of a Purse May 1 – June 1 with the aim of activating mothers’ involvement in their life-long financial health.
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Year round, the Twin Cities East chapter brings mothers together for support connections in Woodbury, Oakdale, Stillwater, and nearby Washington County communities.  At Mother’s Day each year, Mothers & More focuses attention on key social and economic issues that affect mothers’ lives and well-being.
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During Power of a Purse 2011, Mothers & More invites Twin Cities residents to donate new or like-new purses that will be given to mothers seeking refuge at Tubman, Minnesota’s largest multi-service domestic violence agency.  The Twin Cities East chapter collected over 700 handbags for Power of a Purse in 2010 and Tubman received $500 from patrons of Woodbury Jazzercise, a Power of a Purse partner.  Each purse builds on over 10,000 purses donated through Mothers & More chapters across the country to mothers receiving aid from social service organizations, bringing recipients a sense of hope and community support.
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Power of a Purse highlights moms right here in Minnesota who face financial hardships as they emerge from personal trauma or family crisis,” says Dee Kauffman, Mothers & More project manager for Power of a Purse in Washington County.  “More than an accessory, a purse and its contents reflect the many roles and responsibilities mothers shoulder every day.  We hope that providing something as simple as a new purse to carry will be uplifting as they make that journey.”
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Today’s families rely on the income mothers contribute to essential expenses like food, shelter, clothing, health care, and education. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, moms serve as primary or co-breadwinners in 63 percent of U.S. families with children under age 18.  The White House Women in America report (March 2011) shows women’s earnings comprise a growing share of household income across all family types over the past 20 years.
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“Financial dependency is one of the primary reasons that people stay in abusive relationships,” says Tubman Executive Director Beverly C. Dusso.  “Many of the families in our shelters are forced to leave their belongings behind when fleeing domestic violence.  Power of a Purse supports our efforts to help women and families put their lives back together, guiding them on the journey from chaos and fear to healing and stability.”
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Kauffman agrees, “The continued support and enthusiasm for Power of a Purse from the businesses and organizations working with Mothers & More have been overwhelming.  They have gotten behind this project with such passion and every one of our 2010 partners is participating again this year.”
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Purses donated for the Power of a Purse may be taken to designated Washington County collection points:
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If you can’t make it to our shop, swing by one of these great supporters and drop off a purse!
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Lake Elmo
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  • Munchkin Markets Consignment Sale, Washington County Fairgrounds (4/30 – 5/1)
  • Whatnot Boutique, 3459 Lake Elmo Avenue N.
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Marine on St. Croix
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  • k. noel photography, 15150 Old Guslander Trail N.
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Oakdale
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  • Little Angels Preschool, Guardian Angels Catholic Church, 8260 4th Street N.
  • Scheduled Mothers & More meetings at Oak Meadows (5/4 & 5/19)
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Stillwater
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  • Darn Knit, Anyway, Brick Alley Building, 423 S. Main Street
  • Pure Yoga, Liberty Village Marketplace, 105 New England Place Suite 120
  • Little Victories Flexible Child Care Center and Preschool, 5595 Memorial Avenue
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Woodbury
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  • Primrose School of Woodbury, 10350 City Walk Drive
  • Woodbury Jazzercise, 700 Commerce Drive Suite 110
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