Posts Tagged ‘stillwater’

Darn Knit on the Patio

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017



Join us Saturday, June 10th, 2017 for World Wide Knit in Public Day!


As you know, 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. Yep, it’s a real thing.


We’ll be sitting out on the patio with some friends knitting and crocheting. Heck, bring your spinning wheel if you want!


Bring some snacks and your favorite beverage and we’ll wave at all the poor souls sitting in traffic!


Remember, the earlier you arrive the better…It’s looking like a beautiful summer Saturday so that means a bit of traffic in Stillwater!


We hope to see you on Saturday.


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?

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Vogue Knitting Live 2016

Monday, November 7th, 2016

What a fun weekend!


Our first experience at Vogue Knitting Live was so much fun, even the Star Tribune thinks so!




What a fun way to wake up this morning!  Our cut out in the paper:)


We took so many pictures of all of you with the cut out…






and we giggled along with you. What fun!




We saw so many familiar faces, and met so many new people. We shared our Makers’ League kits and some of our most popular projects with the fiber junkies at Vogue Knitting.


Thanks for stopping to chat with us. We’ll have the cut out set up at the shop for your chance at the photo op:) We hope to see you soon!


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!



wwkip day

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:)



5 Things!

Friday, November 27th, 2015

Buy local.  Shop local.  It’s all the rage right now right?  We hear it everywhere.  Especially the day before Small Business Saturday. A day dedicated to shopping small.


We feel like we should shop local, but it’s so darn easy to click and buy online.  I know, I do it too.  It’s hard not to buy from them sometimes.  The price is right and if you can stand to wait a few days, you might save a few bucks.  Plus it delivers right to your door, no need to even go out.  I know.  It’s so easy!
But you don’t really matter to Amazon, Toys R Us or Craftsy.  Not really.
As a small business owner, I can tell you that you matter at my store.That every purchase matters at my store. Every. Single. One.
So, if you love a local, independent business you should buy something from them! Even one thing this holiday season. An independent hair salon, liquor store, coffee shop, yarn store.  I don’t know about you, but I love walking into my local independent liquor store and having the owner know my name.  On second thought…maybe the liquor store isn’t a great example:)  But…you know what I mean.
Take your local yarn store for example.  If you visit your local yarn store enough, they probably know your name, or at least your face.  They probably remember you had knee replacement surgery or they ask about an ailing parent.  They probably helped you pick up a dropped stitch or talked you through a pattern that you just couldn’t sort out on your own.  They probably helped you pick out the perfect yarn and pattern for your friend who needed a chemo cap.  You don’t have that kind of relationship with an online yarn store. You just don’t.
I am going to challenge you this holiday season, challenge you to buy 5 presents off of your holiday list from an independent local business. It’s not as hard as you might think.
In downtown Stillwater alone we must have over 60 independent businesses.  At least!
I challenge you to buy 5 things:)
Let me know how you do!!

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!
dku logo
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:)



They may throw it away

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

We’ve talked about this before.  How we (crafty people) make things for people and then we never see the thing again.  We may never get acknowledged even for making said crafty thing.  I wrote about it here in this letter.
As the gift giving season approaches again and we are all hand crafting away for the people we care about I give you this to think about.
Things you’ve knit for people, they may get thrown away.
Things you’ve crocheted for people, they may get given to a neighbor.
Things you’ve quilted, sewn, stamped, beaded, cross stitched, and calligraphied (is that a word?) they may get put in the Goodwill box.
But they may not.
They may be put away in a treasures box and pulled out 24 years later.
This one was.  Just this morning.
Doll from Nan 1
Doll from Nan 2
Doll From Nan 3
And memories of our Nan came flooding back.  I am yet again inspired and filled with joy for the hand making season.
I love you too Nanny Jean.


Log Jam Time

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

stillwater logjam
Well, we’ve been talking about it for a year now.  Actually, not quite a year.  Stillwater Log Jam is upon us.   It’s this weekend, July 18th, 19th & 20th.


It was back in October that I posted this blog and asked locals to be vocal.   The decision was made by our City Council to bring back a big summer festival, so now the decision was what group would treat downtown the way it deserved to be treated?  Did we want a big promoter to come into town or would a more locally run event earn our support?  I, like many residents and businesses, felt that a locally run event would be our best shot at getting back to an event that the community could enjoy.  That’s why The Local’s earned my support and the support of the Mainstreet Stillwater IBA.
I know that summer festivals in Stillwater are divisive.  Some are disappointed that the event might be smaller, some are glad it’s smaller and some wish there wasn’t one at all.   Whatever your feelings about the event, it’s here and I hope you bring your family down and support it!



If you are planning on coming downtown for the event, and I hope you do, watch for us!



Soap Box Derby
Yes, we are participating in this crazy event!


  • Wednesday night we’ll be downtown at the car show showing off our Soap Box Derby Car.
  • Thursday night at 7:30 we’ll be at The Freight House for the soap box awards ceremony.  You know our car will look good!
  • Friday at noon is check in for the soap box derby.  We’ll be hanging out on 2nd street and Mulberry making sure our Derby Car can make it down that hill:)
  • Then Friday between 2 and 4 we race!


Yes!  There is still a parade!  Sunday at 1pm we hope to see lots of you on the route.  Our Mainstreet Stillwater IBA is going to be walking in the parade.  We have a fun “float” and many downtown businesses will be walking together.


If you do see us this weekend out and about make sure to say hi!


Oh Hay’ll No!

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014


Our old historic bridge is only so tall.


Yesterday, a truck hauling hay across from MN to WI misjudged the height of his load and off went a good dozen bales.  Stopping traffic both directions…right around rush hour time.


hay on bridge



Jen thought we should make the most of the traffic so she made a little sign for us…


jennifer darn knit anyway bridge

The back side reads…”You might as well stop for yarn!”


Here’s to a hay-free, delay-free summer of driving in Stillwater!

Build faster MNDOT and WISCDOT!  Build faster!