Pumpkin Hat!

The Fall brings many things we love, knitting, holidays, and pumpkins. Jacob, that would be Sheila's grandson, is modeling a pumpkin hat that you may have noticed in the shop. The beauty of the pumpkin hat (besides wonderful photo opportunities like this one) is that it is a quick and easy knit.

Jacob's hat is following this pattern and used one skein of GGH Aspen. The pattern calls for 4 stitches to the inch. As for the stem, you can use scrap yarn in green or brown.

If you use Ravelry's search tool, you are sure to find other patterns in other weights. If you are looking for a fun and quick knit that will make everyone "oh" or "ah", then try knitting a pumpkin hat!

Felted Baskets

It is very easy to see clothing inspired by knitting styles in Anthropologie (or vice versa) but usually when we see knitting in furniture store catalogs, like Crate and Barrel, it is usually as accessories in the photos. For example, balls of yarn artfully placed in a basket.

After receiving the recent CB2 catalog (Crate and Barrel uber-modern catalog) I noticed a few felted boxes that reminded me of ones located in the Mason Dixon Knitting book.

If you are interested in making some felted and decorative storage containers, check a few of these out:

Felted Pods

Mitered Bowl

Felted Alien Egg (ok, I couldn't resist including this one)

First up is Lang Yarns Mille Colori Big. It's a wool acrylic blend with 207 yards and gets 12 stitches to 4".
Berroco Campus is a wool, acrylic, alpaca blend with 130 yards. The gauge is also 12 stitches to 4" on a 10.5 needle.

Thick n Quick Merino is 100% merino wool. It has 175 yards and is 2.5 stitches to the inch on an 11.

Berroco Borealis is an acrylic and wool blend. It's 108 yards and 12 stitches to 4" on an 11.

Viking Balder is 100% machine wash wool! It's 137 yards and also 12 stitches to 4" on an 11.

Schulana Pinturas is wool and self stripes. It's 87 yards and gets 3 stitches to an inch on a 10.

Schulana Rodeo is super kid mohair, merino, and nylon. It's 109 yards and the gauge is 2.5 to 3.5 stitches to an inch on an 11 to a 15.

Sculana Cambada is 87 yards and merino wool. It's gauge is 11 stitches to 4" on an 11 to a 15.

Ester Bitran Tirua is wool and 132 yards. The gauge is 3.5 stitches to the inch on a 10.

Cascade Magnum is wool and 123 yards. It's super bulky and gets 2 stitches to an inch on a 15.

Austermann Murano is a wool and acrylic blend. It's 262 yards and has a gauge of 13 stitches to 4" on an 11.

Finally, we have Feza Fanatic. It's a self striping yarn that's an acrylic, wool, nylon blend. It's 231 yards and gets 16 stitches to 4" on a 10. This would make a great "team" colored scarf. Monica suggests using this yarn to make Frankie Brown's Ten Stitch Swirl or Ten Stitch Blanket.

stix-n-stitches will be open on Sunday, August 29th, from 12-5pm. Please come out and support this event.


Hi All,

January is almost gone and we have not had our yearly January sale.
We can fix that!!

Sale will be:
Thursday January 28 (10-9)
Friday January 29 (10-4)
Saturday January 30 ( 10-4)

Pick a chip and apply the discount to your total bill.
ravelry discounts do not apply!

Yarn Swap

Yarn Swap - stix-n-stitches
214 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042 - 973-744-3535

Coming off the resounding success of the first event back in June, it’s time to chase away the winter doldrums with stix-n-stitches second salacious yarn swap!

Take this opportunity to pass on those yarns that have gone from “love at first sight” to “old flames” who just don’t quite inspire you the way they originally did.

Since you’re freeing up all that room in your stash, be sure to see what others have brought.

Maybe that perfect “just gotta have it” yarn has been hiding away in someone else’s stock and is ready to be made into that project you’ve been dreaming about.
The swap is a great time to get your fiber groove on in the company of other yarn fanatics and meet new friends. Come on in and have a great time!

We will be hosting the swap on:
Friday, January 29th 6pm-9pm
Saturday, January 30, 11am-3pm.
All yarns must be in separate plastic bags and tagged to indicate fiber content, gauge, yardage, price, and your name.

Friday will be a secret “email members only” swap direct between parties and you may leave your items to be sold in store to the public on Saturday - all monies go to you.

You may drop off bagged and tagged items at the store any time during business hours the week of Tuesday January 26- Friday January 29 from 10am to 4pm.

Please feel free to call with any questions or comments.


Weekend Wrap-Up


The KAL for balaclavas for the soldiers has been going great. We are still accepting balaclavas, so stop by the shop to pick up a pattern and yarn.


There are plenty of projects that still need to be knit. We have lovely colors of Lustre which is oh so shiny and looks great in this crocheted hat pattern. This yarn has a sheen that will attract your eyes.

Deb stopped by to show off some of her latest creations. She has been on a hat binge.


The hats are coming out great. The fashionable trend is towards the slouchy hats. Go on ravelry and check some out!


stix-n-stitches is participating in the Local Yarn Store National Helmet Liner Drive. You can support a soldier knit/crochet a helmet liner. The helmet liners will be shipped to our soldiers serving oversees. Stix-n-stitchers can pick up yarn and the pattern at the shop. There are specific requirements that need to be adhered, so it is very important to pick up information from the shop. We have already received several (see photo above) but it would be great to have everyone contribute.

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