Knockout Knits Release Party with Laura Nelkin (on Sept 12)

Laura NelkinJoin local knitwear designer and author Laura Nelkin for the release of her first book, Knockout Knits on Friday September 12th, from 6 – 8 pm. Laura will be bringing all the designs from the book for you to fondle, sharing anecdotes, and signing first edition copies.

Laura has designed 23 fun-to-knit projects introducing you to advanced techniques with enthusiasm. In her first book, she shares 3 favorite types of knitting using wrapped stitches, lacework, and beads. Each chapter begins with a quick knitted cuff to lay the foundations, then gradually ramps up to more complicated designs.

The result is an all-new collection of wearable, feminine knits with a slightly rustic aesthetic. Give them as gifts, stockpile for a chilly day, or dress up a casual outfit–these are knockout projects to enjoy knitting again and again. To get you started on the wonderful projects in the book, take 15% off when you purchase the yarn for up to three projects with your book purchase.

Light refreshments will be served.Knockout-Knits_web

Introduction to Rigid Heddle Weaving (starts Aug 13)

two 3-hour class; $35 + tax & supplies

This class is for people new to rigid heddle weaving. (You will need to bring your own rigid heddle loom.)   In the first class, we will choose individual projects (mug rugs, a scarf, place mat or table runner), select yarn, and put on the warp.  In the second class, we will begin weaving, secure the starting and ending edges, and discuss finishing the cloth.

Session Instructor Dates Status
Session 2 Susan Mehringer 6 to 9 pm Wednesday, 8/13 & 8/27

or call 277-1164. Please read cancellation policy.

Why We Knit

By Robin Tilling

Robin Sweater Workshop The store’s annual summer sale began Friday (going strong through the 27th, FYI!), which is always fun as it makes for a party atmosphere and brings people in that we don’t see as frequently as we’d like.  Stash buying is always a topic on knitters’ minds when they enter a yarn store and it often leads to some good discussions about the benefits of knitting.  There are products all over the internet sporting the phrase, “I knit so I don’t kill people.”  It’s rather extreme, but it does illuminate the way many of us feel about our craft.

I’ve always been a very public knitter – I knit everywhere. Meetings, the pool, in the car, waiting in lines, at movie theaters until the lights dim, parties, I am never without knitting. I find it makes the interminable less so, calms me when people prolong meetings by reiterating comments, allows me to enjoy the quiet moments while my kids are in scheduled activities, and makes me feel industrious when my time is seemingly not my own. It’s also an easy conversation starter in awkward social gatherings, and has led to marvelous friendships with people I wouldn’t have gotten to know otherwise. I know people who use knitting to lose weight (can’t snack when hands are busy) and quit smoking (ditto). Knitters have always known the benefits of this portable skill.

Now, researchers are examining how knitting, and other handcrafts, benefit our brains. They are calling it “a natural antidepressant” AND, even better, believe that craft activities like knitting fight the effects of aging on our brains. Sure, you can do crosswords or sudoku, but will you wind up with a marvelous gift for your loved ones or a fabulous sweater to keep you warm next winter? Couple this new research with the Yarn Harlot’s theory that knitting should be part of your “entertainment” budget, that if you factor the cost per hour of actually knitting it is a bargain as entertainment with the added bonus of a finished product, and it is mystifying that knitters are such a small part of the population.

Think about your friends and family and who might benefit from learning to knit. One husband was in the store recently and telling me that he learned to knit because he didn’t think his wife could work through her stash in her lifetime alone. How sweet is that? I probably shouldn’t mention that he was eyeing our new yarns.

The sale runs through July 27th, with all yarns on sale from 10-70% off.

P.S.  The Yarn Harlot’s theory can be found in her book, Knitting Rules.

Summer Sale (7/11 – 7/27)

Summer Sale 2014

It’s time again for our annual summer sale! Come shop for cotton, wool, silk, bamboo, cashmere, yak, merino, and alpaca. ALL yarn in stock will be 10% to 70% off, books 30% off! Summer Sale starts tomorrow, July 11 and ends on Sunday July 27. Sale prices apply to in-store purchases only and cannot be combined with other discounts.

We are starting the sale off with a bang on July 11 with Robin’s Yarn Tasting from 6 to 9 pm! Please reserve your seat with $10 fee. You will get a $10 credit towards purchase of any yarn in her tasting selection.  We’ll provide snacks. Bring a drink if you desire.

Knitted Wit Gumballs – A Knitter’s Fat Quarters

The other day I walked into the store and found a delightful basket filled with mini skeins called Gumballs, a cornucopia of colors with wonderful names (have I mentioned my affinity for a good color name?) like Oregon Skies, Orange You Glad to See Me, and Rain Rain Go Away. Even Salted Caramel, a family favorite ice cream flavor.

These mini skeins of 4 ply fingering weight superwash are 45 yards of spectacular colors, if the names didn’t already tell you that. With our collection of 40 different colors (yes, that’s right, 40 colors), you can:

There are striped elf hats, simple striped baby hats, baby beanies, and the Tropical Fish Hat for stranded knitting fun.

Come check out the knitter’s version of a quilter’s fat quarter, and color match to your heart’s content in air conditioned comfort!