Posts Tagged ‘yarn shop minnesota’

Where are you? No shame here…

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Where are you?

Where are my Building Blocks people?
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You know who you are…you who registered to come to a class once a month for a year.
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You were either going to learn some new skills or just hang out with friends.  Yep, I’m talking to you.
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Where are you?
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We do have a few people coming still in each class, but…we certainly have lost a big chunk of you.
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Are you still knitting the blocks?  Have you put them to the side and forgotten about them this summer?
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This email is not to shame you, no, it is simply to welcome you back now that fall is arriving.   It’s a lot like my experience getting back to the gym. Which I don’t want to talk about:)  But I understand!  Don’t feel bad that you haven’t been in, just start coming back!
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We are still running classes the 3rd and 4th Monday’s of every month.  At this point you can come to any or all classes.  We don’t care who comes when, we just want you to finish your blankets.
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So, the next classes are…
Monday, August 26th 10am, 3pm and 6pm
Monday, September 16th 10am, 3pm and 6pm
Monday, September 23rd 10am, 3pm and 6pm
Monday, October 21st 10am, 3pm and 6pm
Monday, October 28th 10am, 3pm and 6pm
Monday, November 18th 10am, 3pm and 6pm
Monday, November 25th 10am, 3pm and 6pm
Monday, December 16th 10am, 3pm and 6pm
Monday, December 23rd 10am, 3pm and 6pm
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Everyone is at a different place in the blanket.  Some are knitting the block of each month and some are still on earlier blocks.  It’s ok.  Some people are on their 2nd blanket too!  Just come with what you have, it’s cool.
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If you want to have the blanket finished before Christmas, you’ll need to knit 2 blocks in a month so you are ready to put together in the December classes.
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For those of you that will be done by then and want to get it finished early, we are going to add a few sessions for sewing the blocks together.  We’ll need a bunch of space to do it, so you’ll have to register for that session.  We can only have 6 in each session.

Please click and register for the SEW IT session you want.   Just like the monthly classes, these are free.  Because there is limited room, please only register if you really believe you can be there.

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We want you to knit these squares…no shame here!
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August 2013 Week 2

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

 

Stay tuned for a message from the sponsor of this post, Jennifer.
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Hello Fellow Chambourcin Knitters,
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As of today I have about 19″ of the back knit.
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Chambourcin

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Chambourcin

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Its beautiful and I am happy with how beautiful it is to this point. But, now I am stuck. I have started the arm hole. I am about 2 inches in and I have spent an inordinate amount of time trying to decide what to do with the lace pattern at the underarm. The designer does not specify, at least I can’t find it anywhere, on how to progress with the lace pattern, once you start the decreases.
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I checked out how the various sizes have done it on Ravelry. Some have carried 1/2 of the lace pattern up to the top and others have dropped the lace pattern and carried stockinette stitch rest of the way to the top. I like how the stockinette looks, but most of the finished garments that I looked at only had 4-5 rows of stockinette. After, I’ve finished decreasing I have nine extra stitches remaining. I think that would just look too wide and not right.
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So, I have thought about decreasing 3 more stitches on each side, so that I only have 6 stockinette stitches at the edges. Generally I find my armholes rather gaping on me so perhaps this is what I’ll do. Needless to say, I just can’t come to a decision that I’m comfortable with…..
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Oh decisions, which way would you proceed?
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All input is welcome. I’m so rarely undecided about how to handle knitting patterns and their corresponding idiosyncrasies, but this one just happens to have me stumped.
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Yes, I really, really like my sweaters to turn out perfect. I guess some would say that makes me a perfectionist, but indecisive, now that’s not me. Please, help me get out of this quagmire of choices!
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Cheers, and happy knitting and decision making!

-Jen
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Darn Yarn Club Deadline Approaches

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013



Darn Yarn Club June – August registration is under way.  Registration will close 1 week from today.
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Only 12 spots left before we close the registration!
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Get to getting!
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.Click here to register.

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Fall Craft Along…Stitch Yourself

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Our Fall “craft” Along is going to be a fun one.  We are stitching ourselves!  In celebration of our 2 year anniversary.  So cool.  We are asking all of our customers to stitch themselves and send it or bring it in to us for display during our Anniversary week (Oct 10 – 16th).
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Our goal is to get 50 of you to stitch yourselves for a window display.  We are proud of the customers we have met over the last 2 years and we want to show you off!  How fun will it be to see 50 of us in our front window?
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The very creative force behind Stitch London has created the patterns and she is excited that we are going to stitch ourselves too!
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The pattern will be available at the shop, or you can download via Ravelry here.  Here are a few of the finished ones we love!
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Knitsandpots Stitch Yourself

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Gingerknitsuk Stitch Yourself

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LindsayKoehlers Stitch Yourself

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Aren’t they awesome?  They are 6″ tall and so fun!
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The knit pattern is pretty easy…double pointed needles and some creativity will get you far!  You are a newbie knitter?  Don’t worry, as long as you can knit and purl, we’ll teach you the rest.  You are only limited by your imagination.
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There is a crochet and a sewn pattern too, so don’t think you can’t participate if you don’t knit!
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If you aren’t local, you can still participate.  Mail them to us and include an address to mail it back and we’ll send it back to you after it visits with us for a while.
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Come on…join the fun.  You can do this on your own, or come to a night along night or a study hall time for extra help and some laughs with the rest of us.
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Hummm…so…wonder if I have time to knit 12 tiny sweaters for my “mini me”?

August 2nd…Ummm…July Done!

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

July Done

Pretty, pretty

Broken Rib Back

Broken Rib Back

Well...almost done

It’s done!  Yipee!
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Well, almost done, just 2 little ends to finish weaving in.  I ended up doing the back in broken rib instead of the cables.  I needed a mindless knit while waiting for Maggie, my 7 year old, to get an x ray on her arm.  Broken.  Bummer.
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Broken Arm. Bummer

The cables were just too much for my guilty mommy brain to handle.  I waited 3 days to take her in to get the x ray.  I was sure it wasn’t THAT bad.  I mean she could move all her fingers and everything.  Oh well.  Chalk that one up to a learning experience.
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Maggie is happy now, she is at Girl Scout Camp this week at Lakamaga.
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Maggie at Lakamaga

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I am happy now, because I get to knit plain old stockinette for August!
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If you want to participate…we have 5 months left!  Join us!
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Peanut Butter and Wool

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

It all started with peanut butter.  At least that’s how I remember it.  The size of the jar got significantly smaller and the price went up.
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Then I started noticing smaller stuff everywhere: Cheerios boxes, diapers, toilet paper.  You name it the size decreased and the price increased.   Pile that on top of skyrocketing gas and electricity prices and ARGH!  Enough already!
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As fiber fans, we’ve been pretty lucky.  The prices of our favorite yarns haven’t increased much or at all in the past 5 years.  Yarn companies have been feeling increases in raw material costs for years, doing their best not to pass it on to the consumer.  However,  it has finally all become too much and now we are about to feel it too.
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Some of the big yarn companies will be increasing prices on many, many yarns in the coming months.
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Because we are fiber lovers like you, we are going to do our best to source the best yarn for the best price we can.  We are going to do all we can to absorb as much as possible, but there will most certainly be increases on yarns you have come to love.  For example, our beloved Cascade Eco Wool is going up $5 a skein.  Now, it has been said that this yarn was a big, big bargain to begin with, but $5 is a big increase.  Cascade 220 will go up by $2 a skein.  Plymouth Happy Feet will go up from $5.99 to $7.99 and Cascade 220 will go up by $2 a skein.  You get the idea.
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There are many things that contribute to this price increase.  Less sheep and more demand is the simple answer.  If you want a little more history about why yarns are going up check out this Wall Street Journal Article.
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The silver lining in all of this is that wool producers might actually make some money on wool, and we certainly want to support them.   Farmers, who typically don’t make enough money to cover the cost of sheering their flock, might actually cover the cost now.
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I think she knows she's valuable. She's smirking.

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I think it might be wise in the coming months to get to know your wool.  Where does it come from anyway?  I know I will be paying closer attention.
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Now, like peanut butter before it, if Cascade 220 becomes Cascade 196, I might have to start complaining.
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6/9/2010

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

I am clicking right along with the June sweater.  I was feeling some serious sweater exhaustion and then I started this one.  Happy again!
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June Begins

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Look at this pretty raglan.  I love a raglan.  I am knitting this out of Blue Sky Alpacas, Alpaca Silk.
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Pretty Raglan

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I also finished the Springtime Bandit shawl.  LOVE this thing.
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Springtime Bandit Finished

Lanesplitter Knit Along

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

We’ve chosen our next knit along and it starts on Friday, May 13th from 6-8pm and runs every other Friday through June 24th.
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It is the Lanesplitter Skirt.  Check out the link to the pattern here.  You’ll have to print the pattern yourself from this site, but it is free!
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If you are a raveler…check out the other skirts on this ravelry link.
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Our knit along is free, we just ask that you purchase supplies from us.  We are suggesting Plymouth Boku, Kudo or Crystal Palace Mochi Plus!  Remember you get 10% off supplies if you are participating in this knit along!
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Lanesplitter Skirt Knit Along

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Call us (651-342-1386) or email us (carly@darnknitanyway.com) to get your name on the list for the knit along.  We’ll make sure we bring enough chocolate!

5/2/2011

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

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Turns out I should have stopped at 2 sweaters in April
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April #3

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This is the Ruched Yoke Tee from Interweave Knits Spring 2011.  I am knitting it in Blue Sky Alpaca Skinny Cotton, the same yarn it was designed for, my gauge is right…but for some crazy reason it is  too big for me and I am knitting the appropriate size this time.   Might frog?  Might gift?
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I have put April #3  on hold happily while I cast on for May.
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Harvest Moon

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Harvest Moon is the May sweater from our 12 in 12.
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I am knitting it out of Blue Sky Alpacas Hand Dyed Worsted.  The yarn is a bit fatter than the yarn the pattern calls for, so I am going down a needle size.  I still am only 16 stitches over 4 inches (2 less than the called for gauge) I could get the right gauge by going down yet another needle size, but I don’t want the fabric too tight,  so I am going to make the size 38 and hope to get about a 36?  We’ll see what happens.  That is the fun of hand knitting right?
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Harvest Moon Collar

Cool Collar Construction

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So, this is a pretty cool collar construction.  It is knit the short way…so, cast on 20 stitches and knit in garter, but the stitches at the edge of the collar are slipped and knit, which gives them a really neat and clean look.  LOVE it.   I am 3/4 of the way through the collar, the fabric feels a bit tight, but I am hoping that once I get to the stockinette part of the sweater it will loosen up.
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Check out all of our 12 in 12 sweaters here!

Owlet

Friday, January 28th, 2011

So…I had to do SOMETHING this week.
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owlet

do you see the owls?

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If you can’t commit to knitting the big version of this owl sweater…try knitting this sweet kids version.   I can’t let you into the 12 in 12 party doing the kids version…BUT it is super cute and really fast and easy!  A great first cabling project too!
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I did this one as a cap sleeve.  The owl neck detail made that so easy.  Here are the changes I made.  First, I knit this out of Blue Sky Alpaca Worsted Hand Dyes (let me just say yum).  The pattern calls for a chunky, this leans more aran.   I knit it on a size 8 needle and I knit the size 4 (made to fit a 9-10 kid size).  My daughter Maggie is 7 and I figured that with the smaller yarn and needle and bigger size, it should fit perfectly.   As far as the sleeve goes, the pattern is designed as a long sleeve.  I thought we’d get more wear out of a short sleeve, so at each arm, I just put 4 stitches on a holder, then cast on for the top of the sleeve (bottom of the owls).  I finished the edge under the arm with a single crochet!  LOVE!  If you are on Ravelry check out the page here for more details.
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This was a home run in my book.  Maggie tried it on this morning and said “can I wear it to school today mom?”  This coming from the girl who recently told me “mom, I only want to wear things knit by Target right now”.   Homerun!
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