More Yarn?


One joy of knitting is the preview of the next Interweave Knits. So, go check out the Summer Edition preview, click here.

Or stop by the shop and pick up a copy!

Picture from Interweave Knits.

The Mirasol Project

Mirasol Yarn came into the shop over the past few months and while it is lovely and knits up nicely, it is a yarn that contributes back to the Peruvian community where it originates.

Peru’s heritage and culture of textile artistry is rich and ancient. The Mirasol Project supports local communities in Peru through the sales of the Mirasol Yarn Collection, which includes yarn made from the animals tended by these communities for generations in the Peruvian highlands.

By purchasing it you are supporting the shepherds and their families ensuring the continuation of this tradition. A portion of every purchase goes directly to the funding of a centre in the remote area of Munani in the region of Puno.

In fact, click below to see the video slideshow of the community that this is helping.

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Weekend Wrap-Up

Look at this adorable premie bolero. We love the pink daisy button in the center (click to make the picture larger).

Check out this precious Baby Surprise Jacket in Colinette Jitterbug.

The BSJ, pattern by Elizabeth Zimmerman, looks fabulous in every fiber. This shop regular did a fabulous job!
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Knitting can make a change

This is a cute video about how knitting across the pond in the United Kingdom has made a positive change.


New Yarn: Malabrigo

Technically, it is not a new yarn for the store as we have carried Malabrigo, but rather new yarn shipment of Malabrigo. Look at all those bags of yarn.

We do have new colors in of the yarn as well as some classics.

Here's the four cubes containing several different colors in each totalling 35 colors altogether.
Some colors we received: applewood, praline, blue surf, buscando azul, vermillion, velvet grapes, shocking pink, and a few lovely colors.

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Color Collage

Here is Leslie's class on Sunday focused on creating a freeform crochet cuff.

One of the participant's brought in her recent accomplishment- a felted bucket hat! Is it Noro? Of course.

We also thought it looked super cool upside down as a basket.

Tomorrow, pictures of new yarn. Jenn stopped by today as we were unpacking it and could identify this store favorite from several feet away. Some of you have been asking about it; a great price, warm, and buttery soft.
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Weekend Wrap-Up

The buzz around town was all about the Spring Sale. The sale that had some Artyarns at $5.00 a skein, Unikat at $14.00, Regia at $3.00, Andes at $4.00, Ella Rae Classic at $4.00, and so many crazy prices it would be hard to list them all.

Leslie Nelle-Urinyi taught a Freeform Crochet class this past Sunday.

In order to take the class all that was required was a knowledge of basic crochet stitches and then Leslie went over techniques to expand one stitch into a living art piece. The above photo demonstrates some freeform that was shaped into bracelets.

For the pink enthusiasts, look at this lovely scrumble Leslie did.

Another sample from Leslie that will eventually become a scarf. How cool is that!

Leslie a fabulous crocheter with an eye for color also has an etsy shop where you can see some of her crocheted items.

Tomorrow, I will post photos on the class itself.

Have a great week!

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Cool Website

'Knitted Homes of Crime', Freddie Robins, 2002. Image comes from Victoria & Albert Museum.

A great website to read is the Victoria & Albert Museum (yes, the one in located in England). The museum contains a collection of knitted items, information on the knitting from the British Isles, as well as patterns from the 1940's and Rowan. An interesting section is on knitting designers which include pages on Joan Allen, Sasha Kagan, Ruth Lee, and Freddie Robins.

So, my favorite link to start investigating the website is the page entitled "Share Your Knitting".

And don't forget the Spring Sale ends tomorrow on Sunday. Sheila's got some great yarns at crazy prices.

Spring Sale

It is a great idea to pull out patterns you may want to knit and write down the gauge of the yarn and total yards needed for your project.

Almost Spring...

Susan dropped off two store samples that are visiting the shop. The patterns are available at the shop and the sweaters look so comfortable! They will only be hanging out at the front for a short time.

Judy stopped by and we had to stare with wonder at her purse- it is fabulous! She made the purse following the Via Diagonale pattern from Knitty. The photo doesn't show the lining she also put inside the purse. Fabulous!
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Spring 2008 Class Schedule

Monday, April 28: 6:30 – 8 PM 1 class session - Fee $35
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 your right and the other in your left hand! When you’re finished you’ll know the basics. Requirements: Intermediate knitters. Students must be comfortable working with circular and double-pointed needles. NOTE: PLEASE stop by in advance to purchase your yarn and pick up the homework assignment. You must bring the ribbing for the hat already knit so that we can start with the Fair Isle technique at the beginning of class.
**While this class is closed, we are taking names of individuals who are interested in this class. Debra will look into scheduling another class.

Monday, May 12: 6:30 – 8 PM 1 class session - Fee $35
You’ve learned the Moebius cast on and you are ready for something new. Try a lace Moebius in a spring yarn. NOTE: PLEASE stop in and select your yarn and needles prior to class. We won’t have time for ball winding and yarn selection. You need to be ready to knit! Requirements: For advanced beginner knitters.
Requirements: Must know the Moebius cast on – not for first time Moebius knitters.

Fridays, 11AM – 1PM April 18, May 2, 9, 16, 23 6 class session - Fee $150
If you have always planned on learning to knit, now is the time. 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. Please ask for supplies list when signing up. Materials must be purchased in advance. No knitting skills required!
Sundays, 10AM –12PM, April 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18 and June 1 6 class session - Fee $150 (No class Memorial Day weekend)
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. We will also be discussing fit. Come in prior to class to purchase pattern and yarn.
Requirements: Must know how to knit and purl.

Sundays, 2-4 PM April 20, May 4, May 18
Please note that this class meets on alternate Sundays 3 class session – Fee $90 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 needles. We will also explore tips and tricks for neater sock knitting. Please purchase yarn and needles prior to the class.
Requirements: Much know how to knit, purl, cast on and bind off.

FINISHING with Sunday
Friday, May 9, 10AM-12 PM
Saturday, May 10, 10AM – 12:00 PM 1 class session - Fee $35.
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.

Sunday, April 27, 2PM-5PM
Wednesday, May 7, 10AM-1:30 PM 1 class session - Fee $50
Many sock knitters fall victim to the dreaded “Second Sock Syndrome”. We fall in love with a skein of sock yarn, run home to knit the sock, and then loathe knitting the second. You can avoid this unfortunate condition by knitting 2 socks at one time. It is fun, easy, and has many practical applications. This is a class for knitters who are proficient at knitting socks. Please purchase your supplies prior to the first class. A list of required supplies will be provided when you sign up. Requirements: Must be an experienced Sock Knitter
with Leslie Sunday, April 13, 1PM- 4PM 1 class session - Fee $50 (includes supplies)
Do you “play” by the rules? Want to live dangerously (at least crochet dangerously) and forget about “rules” (and patterns)? Well freeform crochet can help you. Bring yourself, basic knowledge of crochet stitches (slip stitch, chain, single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, treble crochet, etc.; increasing and decreasing), your imagination, your desire to explore crocheting and creating without a pattern. Knowledge of other stitches is helpful (bobble, popcorn, bullion, fpdc, bpdc, etc), but don’t worry, we can help you with these. You’ll learn step by step, stitch by stitch, motif by motif (circles, squares, triangles, or any direction your crochet and yarn take you) how to make a scrumble and sewing scrumbles together. History of scrumbling will be discussed, as well as things you can make with your scrumbles.
Requirements: Basic knowledge of crochet stitches.
House Rules
• Pre-payment/Pre-registration is required.
• 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.
• Class fees do not include supplies and yarn. Materials must be purchased at stix-n-stitches prior to the start of your class or workshop. Exception is the felting class – see description above.
• Private knitting and crocheting classes available. Please call 973-744-3535.

New Store Sample

The Pineapple Hat by Chile Con Yarne in Cascade 220 Superwash. The hat is a free pattern for a baby (0-3 months). Since Cascade has 220 yards, the hat only used half the skein which means two pineapples in one skein. I would recommend using stash yarn for the leaves.

Stop by the shop and see the new store sample.

Also, Sheila is working on her third Spanish Dancer in Noro! Next time you are in you can see how the yarn looks in Twizzle, Mountain Colors, or Noro!

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