Wool Bam Boo

Classic Elite has just released Wool Bamboo and this yarn is gorgeous. I don't know if the pictures can accurately capture the sheen this yarn has and you have to touch to truly appreciate the softness. The colors are incredible attractive.

This yarn is, as the name suggests, wool and bamboo blend. It is 5 1/2 stitches to the inch. It has 118 yards.

A few folks have already begun knitting this yarn and it is stunning!
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New Yarn

Well, we have been working hard on the move into the new space. The new space will allow us to carry more yarns including the new Fall ones above (shown above). As well, we have more arriving and will find a great new home at 214 Glenridge Ave. We have Lacey Lamb, Revue, Wool Bamboo, Soxx Appeal (to name a few). Above are some you may already have seen in the old shop. Later this week, I should have some before and after shots of the new space.
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Thursday Night Recap

The store was hopping as a lot of people took advantage of our sale, buying sweater yarn, needles, and enjoying some of Patty's Mom's brownies. Some things witnessed around the shop include:
Ellen working on her scribble scarf for a friend allergic to wool. So, of course, she is using "I am allergic to wool" yarn. She made some progress...
Another knit night regular finished a sweater in Debbie Bliss yarn. This was so nice, you have to touch it to believe how soft it is...

Marlis demonstrating her modeling skills. Marlis' mom came to pick out some knitting projects and Marlis fell in love with Ozark. We can't wait to see the hat and scarf.
And this is Rocky whose mom was also shopping. He was incredibly sweet and his mom explained he was found as a stray. Rocky realized a good situation when he started getting dog treats and then he danced and he danced. Don't you love happy endings to stories?
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Red Scarf Project 2008

Just a friendly reminder that we are still accepting red scarves for the Red Scarf Project. The store offers a 10% discount on red yarn to be used for donated scarves (although as I type this there is still the store sale which is 20% off ending Friday). You can drop off completed scarves at the store by October 10th and Sheila will mail. You can also attach gift cards with the scarf for the students or even a nice handwritten card with washing instructions. I just read they are asking for quality scarves, not quantity.

Here's some more info from the website...

Scarf Size: Approximately 60" long and 5" to 8" wide.
Style: Think unisex collegiate. Ask yourself if your son, brother, and/or husband would enjoy receiving the scarf. Fringes are optional. Your scarf should drape and tie easily.
Yarn: Preferably DK, double fingering-weight, worsted weight, or light bully yarns. No laceweight, super-chunky, or mohair yarns as there are many people who find mohair too itchy. The yarn should be soft.
Color: Red! However, this could mean burgundy, cherry, russet, red stripes with other colors, or multicolor hues including red. Other unisex colors, including black, navy, teal, olive or gold are also welcome.
Finished and tagged: Yarn ends should be securely sewn in. For a personal touch, attach a tag saying "Handmade for You" with your first name, city, and group affiliation, if any. Donors have also included washing instructions, messages of encouragement, gift cards, burger bucks, books of stamps, etc.

Here's a collection of the 13 scarves we have collected so far, in various yarns, patterns, and styles.
They all look so beautiful, and they feel divine. The various yarns range from cotton, wool, and alpaca.
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These baby surprise jackets are not only a quick knit but also a fascinating knit (and possibly an addictive knit). This is an Elizabeth Zimmerman pattern which is included in The Opinionated Knitter as well as in Knitter's Workshop. Or, you can purchase this pattern individually from our shop or take home the whole book for a wonderful read with EZ's knitting insights and humor.

left to right:

-One skein Cherry Tree Hill Sock Yarn (red variegated yarn) with dark pink buttons

-Reynolds Odyssey yarns (Color 504), 4 skeins , with vintage buttons

-Louet Gems Yarn (French blue), 1 skein Sport weight, and Claudia Handpainted Yarn, 1 skein Sport weight (sport tea cup) with light blue buttons
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New Sheep

Anyone who has stopped by the shop will probably notice that we have a sheep fetish. Granted, we don't have an existing head count for how many sheep exist within the walls of stix, we do enjoy adding new ones to hang out with us.
Please meet our newest addition to the stix home. This guy will probably be hanging out at the front. If stopping by for the sale, say hello.
Don't forget sales ends this friday but is a flat 20% off everything.
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Alpaca Sox

This yarn is alpaca, wool, and nylon, and is luxuriously soft. One hank is enough to make a pair of cozy socks for yourself or someone you love, and check out the lucious colors....
And you can read about Wendy's comments about this yarn as well. This is a great thing to pick up during the sale as even new Fall items are included in the sale which ends Friday, September 21, also known as tomorrow.
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Tofutsies Arrived!

South West Trading Company Tofutsies yarn is in the shop and looking lovely! It is superwash wool, soysilk fibers, cotton, and chitin. And as the little crab graphic on the label states, "Chitin is fiber from shrimp and crab shells! It's naturally antibacterial!".
Here is the close up shot (and yes, better focused) of the colors. As one customer stated, "This yarn reminds me of the summer and the shore."
One skein makes one pair of socks.
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Thursday Night Fun

We bring you this update on unique things that you may run across on a Thursday Night Knitting Group.

Yes, that would be a trool. But, what a knitter or crocheter notices is that this troll is stylishly wearing a handmade sweater by her pal Fran. This isn't the first sweater Fran has made (she has a small gang of trolls all sharply sporting knitted items).
In fact, we have a side profile of the garment for your appreciation (our lady is standing on some Cherry Tree Hill Yarn).
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Where: 211 Glenridge Ave., Montclair
When: Saturday, September 15 ending Friday, September 21st


We will be closed September 22 and 23 (Saturday & Sunday)

Why: We are MOVING to 214 Glenridge Ave. (across the street)
As of September 25, we will be open in our new space!

Fall 2007 Knitting School

A new schedule of classes is starting up for Fall. Register early with pre-payment to assure a spot. It is time to think about a project just for you: a first sweater, a Moebius, a lace shawl, a cowl in a luxurious yarn, exquisite socks that fit you like no store-bought sock ever could! At stix-n-stitches, we have gorgeous yarns, oodles of great loose leaf patterns, the latest knitting magazines, wonderful books, expert help to get you started, and lots of camaraderie to keep you going and finishing. Let your fall knitting begin!For added motivation, pick out a class and register early. Classes are a great way to meet other knitters while you learn new skills, tips and tricks.

4 classes, Wednesdays 12:30 – 2:30 Sept 19, 26, Oct 3, 10
You won’t believe it until you finish it – a handsome garter-stitch jacket knit in one piece with a single seam at each shoulder. Enjoy the genius of Elizabeth Zimmerman’s timeless design while you learn sizing, double increases/decreases, edging details, armhole modifications and more. You’ve seen the Baby Surprise Jacket in the store; don’t deny yourself the adult version!Requirements: For intermediate knitters who have completed a garment. You must purchase your yarn and bring a completed gauge swatch to the first class. When you sign up for the class, you’ll receive swatch directions, a list of recommended yarns, and assistance choosing yarns.
Fee: $100 for four sessions, including EZ’s pattern and all handouts. Yarn and notions additional.

6 classes, Saturdays, 10:00 am –noon, September 8, 15, 29 October 6, 13, 20, (No class Sept 22)-
6 classes, Wednesdays, 10:00 am- noon, September 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17
If you have always planned on learning to knit, now is the time. The yarns coming in for fall are truly beautiful. Learn to knit, purl, cast-on, bind-off, decrease, how to fix mistakes, and basic finishing techniques. By the end of the class, you will have learned everything you need to know to start your first sweater! Join us for six, informative, fun classes, and learn how knitting can enhance your life.Requirements: No knitting skills required.
Fee: $125 per six-week session.

6 classes, Sundays, 10:00 am –Noon, September 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14, 28 (No class, Sunday October 21)
Do you know how to knit, but feel hesitant about following a pattern? In this intermediate class, we will take you beyond squares and rectangles (baby blankets and scarves). Learn how to read a pattern, choose yarns, calculate yardage, increases, and decreases, pick up stitches, start a new skein of yarn, and finish, while knitting a simple pullover of your choice. Come in prior to class to purchase pattern and yarn.Requirements: Must know how to knit and purl.
Fees: $125 per six-week session.

1 class, Wednesday, September 12: 12:30 – 2:30 pm
Learn the moebius cast on and get started on your first (of many) moebius scarf. Stop by in advance to purchase your yarn and needles.Requirements: For advanced beginner knitters. Must be comfortable knitting in the round.
Fee: $30. Yarn and notions extra, see moebius note below.


1 class, Wednesday, October 3, 12:30 – 2:30 pm
Take your moebius knitting to a new level. Try a lace or chevron pattern and watch the beauty magically unfold from the center out.Requirements: For advanced beginner knitters. Must know moebius cast on. Must be comfortable knitting in the round.
Fee: $30. Yarn and notions extra, see moebius note below.

1 class, Wednesday, October 17, 12:30 – 2:30 pm
Learn Cat Bordhi’s techniques for felted bowls with moebius handles. These little bowls are so fetching you'll want several for yourself and for gifts.Requirements: Must know moebius cast on. For advanced beginner knitters. Must be comfortable knitting in the round.
Fee: $30 includes felting instructions. Yarn and notions extra, see moebius note below.

MOEBIUS NOTE: We are teaching Cat Bordhi’s moebius techniques, thus all attendees must purchase or own the relevant Cat Bordhi book.


3 classes, Thursdays 1:00 – 3:00 pm, September 20, 27, and Oct 11.
Learn how to: design a square or rectangular handbag or tote; select yarns and needles appropriate for felting; knit, felt, block, dry and care for your felted accessory. As a bonus, you’ll also learn knitting in the round, I-cords and I-cord bind-offs, yarn over buttonholes, and some simple exercises to keep your wrists and hands relaxed while you knit.Requirements: Ability to knit, purl, increase, decrease, cast on and bind off.
Fee: $95 includes a nifty binder with reference materials for sizing and designing bags. Plan to select your yarn, needles, and notions at the first class.

FINISHING with Sunday
1 class, Wednesday, October 24, 10am- 12pm
Do you love to knit, but hate to sew the sweaters together? Learn how to seam, pick up stitches, make buttonholes, darn in ends invisibly, and much more. Included are tips and tricks to make your sweater a garment you will be proud to wear. Intermediate knitting skills required.Requirements: Contact us with your email address for homework requirements.
Fee: $30

FAIR ISLE HAT with Debra
2 classes, Wednesdays, Oct 24 and 31: 12:30 – 2:30 pm
Want to learn Fair Isle without committing to a sweater? It’s easy with a hat, circular needles and bulky yarn. You will learn how to work two colors: one in your right and the other in your left hand! When you’re finished you’ll know the basics.Requirements: Intermediate knitters. Must be comfortable working with circular and double-pointed needles.
Fee: $55 includes handouts. Yarn and notions not included.Note: Our hat class is the natural precursor to a Fair Isle sweater. Depending on interest, we’ll be offering a Fair Isle sweater class to build on the skills learned in the hat class.


1 class, Wednesday, November 7 10:00 am- 12 Noon
Are you sick of knitting scarves? Learn a new technique (circular knitting) in time for knitted holiday gifts. Mittens are fast and very easy, and will keep your family warm this winter. We will also provide you with the option of fingerless gloves- very fashionable this season.Requirements: Must know how to cast on, knit, purl and bind off.
Fee: $25

3 classes, Tuesdays, October 2, 9,16 7-8:30pm
Want to learn how to crochet?Learn how to make a basic chain, moving on to single and double crochets. Use introductory skills to begin making Granny Squares using simple patterns to create a scarf or afghan. Learn skills you need to complete your project. Requirements: Materials to be purchased during the first class.
Fee: $75.00

Looking for inspiration and camaraderie? Need in-depth support on a particular project? Join other knitters and crocheters on Thursday nights from 7:00 – 9:00pm.

Call to schedule a private lesson. Please call 973-796-2860

• Materials must be purchased at stix-n-stitches prior to the start of your class or workshop.
• Pre-payment/pre-registration required, by cash or check (payable to the instructor).
• If you need to cancel, notify us as soon as possible. Your registration fee is refundable if and when your spot is filled.
• If a class is cancelled by stix-n-stitches, registration fees will be refunded.
• If the weather is bad, call us to confirm. We will reschedule if a class is cancelled due to inclement weather.

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