is it cowl weather yet?

i love cowls! i love making them. i love wearing them. look at these gems i found on ravelry!

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poppin dots cowl*

this poppin dots cowl would be great out of berroco vintage (50 wool. 40 wool. 10 nylon) or royal i (100 alpaca) for a little extra bit of luxury!

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cosmopolitan frill cowl*

and how about a little frill? this cowl has elegant cables and lacy edging. i’m thinking it would sing in classic elite yarns provence (100 cotton) or elsabeth lavold silky wool (45 wool. 30 silk. 25 nylon).

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and let us not forget crochet! how yummy is this cowl? and with razorback football season here, it would be perfect to show off your craft at those tailgating parties!

*the YARN mart is part of RAVELRY.com’s In-Store Pattern Sales Program. come in to the YARN mart and let us purchase these patterns for you off ravelry.com and we get a portion of each pattern sale. plus we will print you off a copy & email it to you & make sure it stored in your ravelry.com library so you will never lose it!

 

the best way to keep your local yarn shop around

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i’ve wanted to write a post about supporting local businesses for awhile now. it is something i’m really passionate about because it’s my livihood and life! i have written, deleted and written. i’ve worried that i might hit the wrong tone! but here goes…

y’all another yarn shop is closing! so sad! this one is in Chicago and owned by a like minded woman who i have become friends with via the magic of the internet!
we talk a lot about shop local as a society and in the world of Walmart and Amazon, it is easy to go for convenience and low price. but we, the small business owners of this city/this state/this country, are your family, friends, neighbors! we are the parents of your child’s classmate. we are the heart and soul of the community.
the other day i was chatting with someone about shop local. it was a good friend and she was bemoaning the closing of a great local clothing store. she said she hated to see it go and that she wanted to support it more but she just couldn’t find the time to get up there.

we hear a lot about shop local! american express even created an event to get folks to shop local on the saturday after thanksgiving. my friends up at a shop in minnesota wrote a great blog post about shop local.

check it out here!

and i understand the craziness of life. it is so easy to shop in your pjs at midnight on amazon and it will arrive tomorrow! i understand – i really do!

most days i’m running around like a chicken with my head cut off. get shop open. get kid from school. get dinner cooked. get favorite tv show watched. get some sleep.

and what do you get from shopping local that you don’t get from amazon? you get us! you get our help and expertise! you get to touch and feel the yarn! you get to make sure the color is just right! we come with the yarn!

and i know you want to save money. we all want to save money. but  small businesses can’t compete with online businesses. most online business don’t have the overhead a brick and mortar shop has. i don’t have the buying power of the big boxes to buy in huge quantity so i can sell it for less.

so i challenge each of you to shop more with local businesses today, this month, this year. every dollar you spend with us goes right back into the communities we live in. do you really need it tomorrow? and does $1 savings really make a difference?

 

 

 

5910 r street

we are here! the new space! it finally happened!

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i know i’m a day late with the blog post but i have a good excuse! this weekend we moved and organized and cleaned! it was exhausting but in a GREAT way! you know what i mean – when you work until you are completely worn out but the end result is just how you imagined it!

there are lots of people that helped make this move happen! my best friend, non-knitter, learned all about knitting needle sizes so she could organize them best on the new wall. another good friend, again non-knitter, knows all about yarn weight now because she worked on the yarn wall. then several customers loaded, lifted, moved heavy fixtures and seemed to even enjoy it!

can’t forget mary, pam, rebecca and holly plus our intern andi! they worked in chaos all summer long as i cleaned out the basement and sold stuff out from under them! all with the promise of extreme organization in the new space. i couldn’t have done it without their support and patience!

and then there is my husband and kid! a while back i had this bizarre idea that i wanted to own a yarn shop. it was a dream – be my own boss and let my creative vision lead me. but it was only my dream. my husband didn’t buy into this when we got married. he married a museum girl! now 12 years later we own a yarn shop and he is with me in it! it hasn’t been easy – married to me or letting me follow my dream or owning a small business. this is not his dream, folks but he’s letting me do it! he has more courage and strength than i give him credit for! more than me! more than you! more than anyone i know!

i’m so excited to be in the new space and to get back to the business of yarn and knitting and classes! no more cleaning out the basement! no more garage sale stuff! so let’s do this thing! come and visit us!

*oh and the parking is awesome!

that 2nd stitch…

do you know about the 2nd stitch?

so when you are working in magic loop or on dpns, ladders appear between the needles.

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wanna know how to avoid these ladders?

it’s all in the 2nd stitch.

as you move from one needle to the other, knit the 1st stitch on the new needles just as you would any other time. then when you enter the 2nd stitch give the working yarn a little extra tug!

voila!!! snug and tight!

problem solved!

rain rain rain

it has been raining for days and days here! i’m not complaining. i’ll take rain over 100 degree days! but the dark gray days make me long for bright colors and yummy yarns. here is some fun happy to brighten your day.

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sunshine coast by heidi kirrmaier – try in elsabeth lavold silky wool

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bright lights round ripple 8 by donna mason-svara – try in babe soft cotton chunky

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bright peak by meghan jones – try zumie

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POP blanket by tincanknits – noro kureyon and rowan pure wool