DECEMBER 30TH through JANUARY 4TH
Sale on selected items and you all know I love a sale!
Please understand that individual assistance on picking out patterns or yarn is difficult during a sale, we will try to do our best to help.
During the sale we will be unable to wind yarn but you may bring it in at a later date for winding.
Happy Holidays to all.
If you have any questions, please call the store at 973-744-3535.
DO NOT send me an email.
Holiday Store Hours
Tuesday 11AM-9PM Yes we will Sit and Knit!
Thursday Closed - Happy New Year!
We will be closed for inventory on Tuesday January 6th through Wednesday January 7th.
Looking for a kitschy holiday knitting project? Check out this pattern for a knitted Christmas tree.
Bored and on the computer?
But you really want to be knitting?
Well, check out this website and generate your own holiday sweater OR see sweaters others have created.
Sit and Knit Holiday Party Thursday December 18th from 7PM-9PM Grab Bag gift - Value $10 Please bring a dessert!
Don't forget to check out Montclair's Local Merchants at:
Shop Local Montclair
We will be open Christmas and New Years Eve until 4PM. Closed Christmas Day and New Years Day! Remember to call the store at 973-744-3535 if the weather is questionable to see if we are open. Happy Holidays to ALL!
Read about the knitted tree from this site
Here are some February Lady Sweaters.
Isn't the Ultra Alpaca lovely?
Or how about this autumn colored one?
With the holidays quickly approaching, looking for some yarns that are pretty and a quick knit?
Check out the Linie 210 Padua. While the yarn only has 65 yards which knits at 13 stitches per 4" on size 10.5 needle.
Another quick knit that is super yummy is Sulka which has been restocked. Each skein has 55 yards and it knits 16 stitches=4 inches on size US 10 needle. This yarn consists of Wool, Silk, and Alpaca which translates into a super soft yarn.
stix-n-stitches will be closed for Yom Kippur on Thursday October 9, 2008
Sheila reports that Saul, her husband, had a successful surgery yesterday. He will be in the hospital for a week and then is expected a complete recovery! We are so happy for Sheila and her family! We have been thinking about you!
Fran of course! Isn't it adorable?
So, new yarns in the shop (in case you haven't noticed)...
New Colors of Reynolds Play Time. This worsted weight yarn knits at 19 stitches over 4 inches and machine washable. The yarn is wool and acrylic. It is a great yarn! Check out Susan Anderson's Itty Bitty Hats book for some great possibilities.
Also, back in the shop is The Queensland Collection Kathmandu yarn. This is such an impressive tweed yarn that knits at 18 stitches at 4 inches on size 8 US needle. The yarn is silk, cashmere, and merino wool.
Recommendations? For a man, try the Cobblestone Sweater by Jared Flood. For a woman, try The Central Park Hoodie. For something free, check out the Transitions Yoke Cardigan.
Kelly brought her completed sweater in Malabrigo. Kelly opted for no buttons in her sweater.
Kelly also stopped by to show off her baby blanket for a co-worker. She crocheted using various stash sock yarns.
Then, a bear stopped by, his name was Harry. He was very nice, but he left.
Then, Zelda came by the shop. She's not like Harry, she will be hanging out for a while.
She's staying at the shop with the ladybugs and all her buddies like Sheila.
Bear by Patty, jewelry by Sheila...
Remember, a bear can never have too many diamonds!
It has been 1 year since we moved across the street. To celebrate our anniversary we will be having a PICK A CHIP sale starting Wednesday at 11AM through Sunday at 5PM. Come in and pick a chip to see what the discount is- 15-20-25-30% off your total sale. No additional discounts may apply(ie. Ravelry). Some yarns have been marked down prior to the sale!
"Call 973-744-3535 to reserve a space in a class- emails will not be accepted." Sheila
MY FIRST MOEBIUS
Fee $35. Monday, September 15 - 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Learn the moebius cast on and get started on your first (of many) moebius scarf. We will review the i-cord bind-off and you’ll get instructions (with a free pattern) for a picot bind-off. Requirements: For advanced beginner knitters. Must be comfortable knitting in the round.
HOW TO KNIT
Fee $175 Fridays, September 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17 10AM-12PM - 5 sessions,
This is a beginner’s class or a class for people who need a refresher course in knitting. Learn all of the fundamentals: casting on, knit, purl, binding off, shaping, gauge, tools and how to read a pattern. By the end of the class, you will have learned all of the techniques needed to knit a sweater. Really.
KNIT YOUR FIRST (OR SECOND OR THIRD) SWEATER
Fee $175 Sundays, September 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26, 10AM-12PM - 6 sessions
This is a class for those who know the fundamentals, but who wish to go farther than knitting scarves. You will learn about sizing, how to do a gauge swatch, how to read a pattern, shaping, and anything else that comes up in your pattern. You will select a sweater after consulting with the teacher. This should be arranged in advance.
SOCKS ON SUNDAY
Fee $90 Sundays, September 21, October 5, October 19 – 2PM-4PM – 3 sessions
Socks are great portable projects and are easier to knit than you might think. After wearing hand knit socks, never again will you want to wear “store bought”. You will learn how to cast on in the round, knit in the round, turn a heel using the short row method, and graft a toe. We will teach both “magic loop” on one circular and double pointed needle. We will also explore tips and tricks for neater sock knitting. Please purchase yarn and needles prior to the class. Requirements: Must know how to knit, purl, cast on and bind off.
FAIR ISLE HAT
Fee: $35 Monday - September 22, 6:30 – 8:00PM
Learn to knit fair isle carrying a color in each hand. It is easier than you think. This simple hat makes a great gift and may just be the first of many fair isle projects. This is a class for advanced beginner/intermediate knitters. You must be comfortable knitting in the round with both circular and double pointed needles.NOTE: Stop by in advance to pick up your yarn, needles, and homework.
CAST ON/ BIND OFF
Fee $70 Tuesdays, September 23, 30 11:30AM-1:30PM - 2 sessions
While we all have our favorite go- to cast on, many current patterns use interesting, novel cast ons and bind offs. Learn four wonderful cast ons and bind offs and when and why to use them. We will focus on I Cord Cast on, Provisional, Life Line, and Twisted Norwegian Cast ons, and the 3 Needle, Sewn, Suspended and Picot Bind off.
FIX MISTAKES FEARLESSLY
Fee $35 Wednesday - September 24 - 11:30AM-1:30PM
We have had many requests for a class like this. Many knitters feel intimidated by fixing mistakes in their knitting. This class will de-mystify the process and give you plenty of practice so the next time you drop a stitch or need to turn a purl into a knit; you will feel like a pro. We will also teach some tips and tricks to help you avoid those dreaded mistakes. You will leave the class with a clearer understanding of the nature of knits and purls.
DESIGN A SAMPLER SCARF with REVERSIBLE STITCHES
Fee $40 Wednesday - October 1 - 11:30 AM–1:30 PM.
Reversible stitches come in many versions from simple to complex. You’ll get acquainted with several variations, learn to read stitch guides/charts, and how to calculate stitches for pattern repeats and changing pattern repeats. NOTE: Stop by in advance to pick up recommended yarn and needles.
Fee: $100 Mondays - Oct 6, 20, and Nov 3 - 6:30 – 8:00 PM - 3 sessions
In three sessions, 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. Class fee includes a nifty binder with reference materials for sizing and designing bags. Requirements: Ability to knit, purl, increase, decrease, cast on and bind off. Plan to select your yarn, needles, and notions at the first class. If you have size 13 circulars (any length) bring them.
Fee $35 Wednesday - October 8 - 11:30AM-1:30PM
Do you love to knit but hate to sew the sweater together? Learn how to seam, pick up stitches, make buttonholes, darn in ends, 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: Finishing class fills up fast. Please register early and pick up your homework assignment.
A FAIR ISLE KNIT ALONG
Fee $75 Fridays October 10, 17, 24: 12:30PM -2:30PM - 3 sessions
Fair Isle knitting has experienced a huge resurgence of popularity. This class is a knit along for the intermediate or adventurous beginner knitter. We will be knitting the gorgeous Endpaper Mitts, a free downloadable pattern by Eunny Jang. In this class, you will learn two handed stranded knitting, tubular cast on, knitting in the round, and how to read a knitting chart.
SHORT ROW PRIMER
Fee: $35 Monday, 6:30 – 8:00 PM, October 13
Get started with short rows. Learn a couple of methods and the pros/cons of each. Practice with a stunning and easy short row scarf – perfect for you or get a jump on your holiday knitting. NOTE: Supplies: 2 Skeins of Nikki and size 11 needles. Bring one wound skein.
FELTED MOBIUS BOWLS
Fee: $35 Monday, 6:30 – 8:00PM, November 10.
You know the moebius cast on, and you want to try something new!? These little bowls are so much fun; you’ll be making one for everyone on your holiday list. Bring your size 13 circular needles (50 – 60”). Requirements: Must know the moebius cast on. Stop by in advance to pick up your yarn.
PRIVATE CLASSES WILL BE AVAILABLE EVERY WEDNESDAY
Fee $30 per class 10AM-11AM September 17- October 29
Do you have a knitting project that has you stuck? Have you been interested in learning a new technique? You may have an old project sitting in your knitting basket just begging to be finished, but that has you frustrated. This is the opportunity to take a private class that will help get you going again. Must call to reserve your spot.
•Pre-payment/Pre-registration is required. No reservations accepted without payment. •Payment must be made by check or cash directly 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.
•Yarns used in the class must be purchased at stix-n-stitches. No exceptions.
•Many classes require purchase of materials in advance. See class descriptions for details. •Private knitting and crocheting classes available. Please call 973-744-3535
One of our knit regulars showed off the progress on her Baby Surprise Jacket in Colinette Jitterbug. Actually, she was picking out some cute buttons.
Patty's flat feet sock has been hanging out on the back table. For all those interested in Flat Feet-this should give a good representation of how the yarn then becomes a sock. Each yarn is unique!
Have a great week!
Well, if you are curious why we are raving about the February Lady Sweater, stop by the shop and check out what Luanda has been knitting. The February sweater is knit out of Venezia a cascade yarn that is wool and silk. Of course, stopping by on a weekend or Thursday Night you will probably encounter someone making progress on the sweater.
We got Moorland which is this stunning new yarn. Even though it looks like a worsted weight the gauge is 24 stitches over 4 inches. The yarn is Merino wool, baby alpaca, mohair with a little bit of acrylic. It has 147 yards which is recommended to be knit on a size 6 needle.
We also received Fresco yarn. This yarn is wool with baby alpaca. The gauge is 6 1/2 stitches to the inch on a size 5 needle. Each skein has 164 yards.
The Alpaca Stories has some great patterns, click here to look at a preview.
To look at Autumn, click here.
To look at Autumn 2, click here.
Patty showing off her February Lady Sweater. We love it!
Fran's hippo was hiding in The Fibre Company Organik yarn. He is showing off his sweater.
Here is Fran's hippo on top of the Melody sock yarn. He wanted you all to see the buttons on his sweater.
Look, the "Hey, Teach!" sweater from Knitty in progress on one knitter's space...
Here is a photo of the outside of her binder (her hand is blocking any personal information).
In the inside of this binder she keeps a photocopy of the pattern. On the back of the pattern (see to the left of the binder) she keeps the receipt of where she bought the yarn (and she labels the receipt which yarn is for what project), the yarn ballband with a sample of the yarn. I suggested taking a hole puncher to the ballband and then tying the yarn which she thought was a good idea.
This is a great organizational system. She also kept her yarn separated by project in bags with the name of the pattern written on it and the intended recipient plus diagrams she draws to understand the pattern.
Here is the super organized knitter modeling a wrap she is making for her friend.
By the way, she has not been knitting for a long time which I found impressive. You realize when talking to her that she really wants to comprehend the various knitting concepts and challenge herself.
As Sunday says, "Knit on!"
How about Flat Feet yarn which is handpainted in a sheet of yarn. There are two sections (although below I folded the sheet) so you make a pair of matching socks. Each flat feet is unique and fun!
There are bright colors (above) and more earth tones. These bad boys are going quickly (the pink one above was purchased by Sara as she witnesed the photo shoot).
The one below is being knit by Patty which you could probably watch on Thursday Night Knitting. Ironically, it reminds me of a multi-colored Union Jack.
So what are the details about this yarn?
The fingering weight yarn is superwash wool and 20% nylon and each set contains 450 yards. You knit this yarn from the flat sheet which means no winding and as one customer mentioned to today, "hey, I can just throw that on my shoulder."
ps More posts coming on the awesome new yarns arriving.
Did I forget to post that we have the new Norah Gaughan Volume 3 from Berroco? Since, I am a huge fan of her patterns and her impact on Berroco, she gets a special post.
For an online preview of the patterns, go here.
While checking out Berroco's website, click on free patterns and see some of their beautiful designs.
Some of my favorites include:
Okay, that's enough. You should go look for yourself...
This worsted weight yarn is fabulous especially for the Noro Striped Scarf by Jared Flood (known as Brooklyn Tweed).
We loved the silk garden so much that we also got the chunky weight version of Silk Garden.
And we should be getting the Noro Silk Garden sock yarn soon...
Also on the way is a lot of warm yarn that is luscious to touch as autumn enters our neighborhood. We will post yarn as it arrives!