Happenings in the shop….

APRIL 28th, 2017 —- Thank you ALL for your thoughts, cards, flowers, food and prayers as our family dealt with the passing of my dad, we appreciate it, and thanks to my wonderful staff & artisans who all kept the shop running!!

Speaking of staff – I hope a number of you have had a chance to meet (& greet) Patty – our newest instructor/ employee …. she joins us from Suzies and has jumped right in with sweater & poncho classes – be sure to check the schedule for other fun garments … if you have been in lately you have seen me sporting the ‘Movie Night Cocoon’ that she whipped right up, perfect for this weather!

awesome cotton yarns
awesome cotton yarns

A wonderful selection of cotton yarns has arrived from Plymouth. Not sure about working with cotton – did you see my email? No – stop in and grab a copy and be sure to sign up for future emails. Lots of great new choices and colors and options for this yarn. Check out the New Arrivals display next time you are in the shop.

The fifth day of the month be it Sat, Sun, Wed whatever always plays havoc on scheduling ….  so I decided to have fun this month!

Join Us Sat, April 29th 10-4 for a 5th day celebrationbuy 4 skeins and get the 5th skein (of  equal or lesser value) FREE!!  yep we are giving it away – just for you! 

Other events to take note of:

Design our next project bag: we need a new design – so put your thinking caps on and sketch out your design….  the person with the winning design will get the first bag off the press FULL of awesome yarn! So start sketching/ doodling whatever ..  designs need to be submitted by the end of May. (The graphic design team will formalize the image just give us a sketch to work off of!)

truck4Mark your calendar for our Beginning of Summer Party on Sunday June 25th.  

String Theory will be here with their truck full of hand dyed yarn – and you know how much we love independent hand dyers – so join us for a fun day, drawings, testing, camaraderie and of course food!!

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MARCH 26th, 2017 —- SO much seems to have happened this week – wow how does life keep going at such a pace? Have you stopped to take a moment for something you enjoy??  That is so very important – and take a minute to hug those you love!

Did you notice the Zig Zag Weaving class is listed on two dates? No, Janet is not teaching it twice this month – just on Sunday April 2nd. Not the 9th as listed! That is Palm Sunday! How can Easter be here already?? wow! My understanding is that there is still a spot or two open for that workshop.

Yes, we have a number of Spring/Easter gifts showing up – Spring17 table I think the spring-like weather we have experienced has motivated the artisans …  swing by to see their new inventory! oh and don’t forget to register for that class or two you have been wanting to take.

Have you checked out the new Periwinkle Sheep yarn that has arrived! The most gorgeous of colors – awesome tonals for spring shawls, and we have a binder of great ideas for gradient sets…  ask for it if you don’t see it.  Speaking of spring shawls the Wonderland Yarns from Frabjous Fibers new kits are just scrumptious…  wrap yourself in our sample and feel how wonderful it is… the perfect size to use as a shawl or a scarf!  hold your breath – more kits are coming! Actually let us put your name on the list to pick one up once they arrive. They should be in this week! The pattern comes in the label – such a great idea!

Thank you everyone for your awesome support!

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MARCH 12th, 2017 — are you braced and ready for this coming storm?snowstorm

Have your projects and supplies? We are open Sunday 12-4, Monday 10-8, and depending on the snow we actually get I will post our hours on Facebook – not on Facebook don’t forget the feeds are here on our website. So stay tuned!

Join us in WELCOMING Patty to our team of instructors and our staff!!  She will be teaching Bavarian Crochet this month, then a poncho and sweater class in April with other fun classes coming in May. Check out the class page for details and to register now!

She will be staffing the yarn shop on Mondays, so be sure to stop in and welcome her!

Additionally, we have added another Drop-in on Wednesday mornings 10-12; a friendly reminder, these are free social sessions for knitters and other handcrafters to enjoy each other’s company… so grab your project, your fav beverage and join us!

Be sure to check out the gift side for those very special unique hand-crafted items….

Specifically, check out Joyce’s cuddly stuffed animals…  Aren’t they the cutest and it is warming to know that the proceeds from those sales will be going to help other animals…. well you won’t believe the adorable dresses she has brought in! She is the most amazing seamstress. I will get a photo up later today. Seriously tho, don’t wait these are flying out the door!!

Additionally we have received new pottery from Bill Campbell and Cheryl brings in new pottery and rug hooking pieces just about every week …..  stop in to check them out!

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MARCH 2nd, 2017 —- we are very excited about all the newest additions to the schedule; be sure to check it all out and download the newest version now…. Socks, Knitted Rabbit (Julie Williams’ pattern), and we have 1 spot left in the Boot Camp for knitters class…. don’t wait to sign up!

On the gift shop side, we have received a new shipment of Campbell Pottery – just beautiful. Time to stock up for wedding gifts. Bev has brought in several new baskets, Betsy has been bringing in table runners, and Anne has finished up a knitted rabbit and some new baby sweaters – don’t wait before these fly out the door!

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FEBRUARY 13th, 2017 —–  All set for Valentines Day?  We have some yummy chocolates, lots of wonderful gifts and some lovely cards from Jane all waiting for you!!  and we will be open late tonight.

The March Calendar is almost ready to be published ….  notable classes include:

Knitting Book Camp using Heritage Fiber Publications book. This is a 4 month class that will be meeting twice a month to help you knit with more confidence and help you make your knit projects look better! Graduates say:

  • The class is an investment in your knitting. It is well worth the time and effort you put into it.   KBC_logo
  • This class is a real confidence booster! I am now ready to try new things with my knitting.
  • This class gave me confidence to try techniques on my own and the ability to critique my own work. No doubt each of us will move to more challenging projects.
  • The class was extremely well organized and full of content. KBC is an invaluable experience. It will totally change your thought process when knitting.

Additional classes include Clapotis Knitted Shawl taught by Rachel our lace instructor. This is a drop stitch done on the bias, a lovely addition to any spring/ summer outfit!

And we have Patty joining our team of instructors with her crochet expertise. She will be teaching a session of Bavarian crochet. Wed March 22nd. Once you learn this lovely unique way to add texture and color to your project, she will discuss lots of project options. Create home decor and fashions using this unique two-round stitch technique!

Janet will again be offering her Weaving Techniques class, Sunday March 5th …  take your weaving to the next step and get adventurous!

See you soon!!

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JANUARY 23, 2017 —–  A whole new week – and I have taken several deep deep breaths — and told myself it is not personal …  this was done by someone really sick with no sense of values …  talked to the police, got security cameras …  and now on to the running of our awesome shop!!heads

Did you get our newsletter? It went out on Saturday morning … if you did not get it, and would like to, just sign up on any page on the website. The shop is full of  lots of wonderful new inventory and we have great classes on the calendar. Check out our new hat/ cowl display!

We received some super bulky Mondo yarn last week, Kim quickly made a lovely cowl – and added a class for kids + to learn how to make these fun, bulky, soft and totally trendy cowls or scarves. Sign up today!

Congrats – 28 of you have redeemed rewards on our new Loyalty Program; it seems to be working well – we hope you are happy with it and looking forward to future rewards!

Thank you again for all your support through last week…..  :)

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JANUARY 17, 2017 …..  Thank you, thank you all for the support and words of encouragement …. and a wonderful customer, Naoko who came in with some kimono fabric she got from her mother to help ….  so sweet! Thank you!

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JANUARY 16, 2017 …..  I sit here with my heart in my throat, wanting to close the shop, wanting to rage …..  our lovely kimono jacket walked today …. my bad as they say – we had it on a mannequin near the door ….  where folks could admire it and be inspired by the pattern….. don’t get me wrong, we have had a couple of smaller items walk much to the chagrin of all of us – what makes folks think it is ok? We all work hard, I work 10-14 hour days to keep the shop running …. these are honest crafts people …..  they work hard to make items for the shop – all they ask is a reasonable price to cover the cost of materials and some of their time making the items…..  what makes folks think it is ok to take these items without paying???

Now instead of having money to bring in more lovely crafts, we need to spend money on a surveillance/ security system   …..  if anyone sees our jacket please take a photo and send it to us, let us know or notify the police….  and if by chance you happen to have it in your possession ….  please return it.

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JANUARY 7, 2017 – 

Thank you all for your patience while we reset the shop! I am sure you will LOVE the new layout! It always feels as though the shop is so much bigger – just more room without the trees to fill with new inventory…  AND there is a lot of new inventory.

A big WELCOME to Arthur & Martin – our newest woodworkers; Patricia & Carolyn wonderful ‘painters’.

Stop in to check out inventory from: Write It Down Journals; Root Balance Candles and Effie’s OatCakes.

We have also successfully (I think) launched our new loyalty rewards program – have you redeemed your points yet??

Sadly we had to pack up our Anzula Trunk Show – sorry if you missed it – we do have a great selection of Squishy, Cricket and now their Bulky as well …  stop in and ‘squish’ this awesome cashmere blend….

In its place, we will be launching Claudia Hand Painted Yarn and Wonderland Yarns. Stop in soon and check out these glorious colors. We are still working on our shop samples, however the yarns themselves will certainly inspire you.

Don’t forget to stop in for all your supplies before this new winter storm we are supposed to be getting!!

 

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JANUARY 1, 2017 – 

Happy New Year!!  

Just a reminder – the shop will be closed today, Sunday Jan 1st, 2017.

The Yarn shop will reopen tomorrow, Monday January 2nd 10-8 with classes starting up – so register now and plan on coming in!

We also have the Anzula Trunk show for 1 more week – so be sure to check out their luscious yarn and take advantage of the discount we are offering this week!

The Gift Shop will reopen on Thursday, Jan 5th after our annual re-do with a whole new look and lots of new inventory – so plan to stop in and check it all out then!

 

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NOVEMBER 2016 – 

THANK YOU, THANK YOU for supporting the shop this past weekend. We loved seeing so many of our customers and meeting so many new folks in for the first time! We certainly hope you liked what you saw.
New inventory for restocking has started coming in already and we are expecting a lot more this week… so stay tuned for postings!
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In case you missed the email … here is a rundown of our Small Business Saturday events starting at 8AM – bright and early just for you!  Serving a simple Continental Breakfast with coffee from LalaJava YUM!!
AND we will have a supply of coupons for LalaJava for the first 30 customers on Saturday.
Enter Our Drawings: Gift Basket of handmade goodies from the shop OR
a Big Bag of Hollywood Glitter Yarn from Cascade
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Friday 11/25/16 through Sunday 11/27/16
Buy a $50 Gift Certificate for only $25
limit one per person with an ADDITIONAL $25 purchase
Gift Certificates are redeemable 12/1/16 through 1/31/17

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We also have an awesome deal for you from
PLYMOUTH YARN
 The first 10 customers who purchase $50 of Plymouth yarn and/or patterns will receive a coupon to save $20 off your next $50 Plymouth Yarn purchased during  the month of  December.
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For Every $100 Purchase of American Yarns you will
Receive a $15 Gift Certificate Good On Future Purchases
(can be used for purchases of either gifts or yarn!)
Remember that when YOU Check Out With Your American Express Card,
American Express Will Be doubling ALL REWARDS POINTS!

We hope to see you on Saturday, 11/26!

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Thanksgiving is the perfect time to share how thankful we are for your continued support of Craftworks.
We wish you a memorable Thanksgiving Day with family, friends, food, parades and even football…. and….thxgiving
We’d love to meet your visiting relatives and friends.

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Lots of great goings on in the shop ….  as always!
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We have been working on some fun things for Small Business Saturday ….  starting with opening at 8AM and serving up a lite continental breakfast and for later in the day Lala Java coupons … just for you!
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We have attracted a number of new artisans and are very excited about all they bring to the shop! Awesowood-yarn-bowlsme gifts for so many folks on your list…..  and of course for yourself, starting with these gorgeous hand made wood yarn bowls with other wood items coming in soon, and we have received the leather notebook covers for refillable notebooks, these you have to see to truly appreciate.
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Wow! Is this weather just the greatest?!?!?!  Have to love the chance to be outside!  But we are busy INSIDE, so stop by to see what is going on….. Christmas is s-l-o-w-l-y coming to the shop – full re-do will be next week.  We have other Exciting news: A number of new artisans have joined us recently,  and we are sure you will be excited as well!!
Many of you have stopped in and asked about Jenny’s Soothey blankets. We have received some of  adult sized/  weighted blankets. The children’s sizes will be in in a week or two, let us know if you want to be notified once they arrive.
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The first thing you will notice when you stop in the shop will be on our wall where we have some gorgeous fused glass pieces from Jaky & Jeff in Alabama. You have to get up close to see the fine fusing that was done – just gorgeous – oh I did say that right?? Gorgeous! Come in and judge for yourself.
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We have two new leather products in the shop as well. First, some fun handpainted coin purses, credit card holders and eyeglass cases from Elisa in Concord. Bright, colorful and FUN!
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We have also received some handmade leather journals. These are also a must see and touch – perfect gift forsomeone who  loves to journal or write – I think one of these will be perfect for my son who teaches yoga and writes down meditations to share in his classes ….  shhhh don’t tell him!
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On the fun side of life we have received a shipment of Subway Word Art from Nikole in Utah. She will do special orders based on names, special dates, weddings, anniversaries etc etc….  perfect for that special person/ date/ event!!
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Have you stopped into the Craft Fair at the Middle School – the one held by our Junior Women’s Club? Well the florist who is always set up in the hallway there has finally joined us!!  Actually we have been talking with her about joining us for a couple of years and she has taken the plunge – we have lots of beautiful small arrangements from her. Come check them out.

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ATTENTION: those of you who are still thinking about making your holiday gifts – there is still plenty of time and our talented instructors have added a number of quick one time workshops to help you out!
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We still have a spot available in Judith’s Weaving Tapestry techniques for Wearable Art (11/13). Call today as there is prep work to do for this workshop.
And on Monday 11/14 – Lynn will be teaching her Magic Loop Class – 6-8PM – this awesome technique will help speed up your circular knitting to help get those gifts done sooner!
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Other New classes that have been added include:
Anne’s Beaded Ornament class – Sunday the 20th – 1-5PM;3d-felted
Carol has added a 3D Santa class on Monday the 21st 6-8PM  – isn’t he the cutest!!
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Drop-in Rug hooking has added Wednesday the 23rd – this in place of their Thursday meeting (we will be closed on Thanksgiving!) then back to Thursdays.
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And Janet has added a Beginner Weaving Class on Sunday 11/27 – 10-5PM – come away with a lovely scarf, table runner or cowl.
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Don’t forget to mark your calendars and join all your local small businesses on Small Business Saturday – the Saturday after Thankgsgiving. Come and shop local without all the hustle and bustle – but with fantastic personalized service!!
See you around the shop!

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October 2016 – Indian Summer days, cooler nights, and the beautiful full moon…. you have to just love Fall in New England!!

So much has been going on in the shop this month – getting ready to ramp up for the holidays with lots of new inventory that is starting to come in. Can’t wait to start putting it all out.

Folks are well into their socks, a Knit-a-long (KAL) from Michelle Hunter, is moving right along,  hosted by Beth – thanks for joining us!  We have a number of one-night classes for knitters this month and in November – great for some last minute gifts, it is not too late to get started. 

Janet will be teaching a beginner weaving class – folks this is the last offering before the holiday – so register now and join in the fun! The creativity this allows you is just amazing! You will get addicted! and be able to whip up a bunch of awesome gifts.

Once you have that class under your belt, author and instructor Judith Shangold will be here to demonstrate and walk us through tapestry techniques for weaving. cowl

TAPESTRY TECHNIQUES FOR WEARABLE TEXTILES

Learn to paint with yarn using tapestry techniques. We usually think of tapestries as densely woven fabrics used for wall hangings and rugs.

However, the same techniques can be used with finer yarns and balanced weaves to create textiles suitable for clothing and accessories. Again space is limited so don’t delay in registering.

 

Anne will be holding her Fix-it Mistakes class and has added a Beaded Ornament class. This is one of Lynn Wilson’s patterns. Folks will be in awe of what you are able to knit – and fairly easily as well! whip up a couple to give as gifts or for an awesome ornament swap.

I just took a workshop led by Steven Berg – better known as StevenBe – Be Inspired, Be Brilliant Be Limitless. This was right up my alley!!  Mixing yarns, textures, sizes etc etc.  Ladies – we no longer have STASH – we have a COLLECTION of yarn, of inspiration, of joy – it was so much fun – and of course you can expect some samples to start cropping up around the shop. No need to panic if we do not have enough yarn for your project – we will be happy to help you ‘stretch your comfort level’ and add some spice to your knitting! I mean after all do you really want to knit something you can purchase in a shop ….  well if you really do – that is fine to we will get you all the yarn you need! Either way we are here to help you enjoy knitting!!

Things have been hopping in the gift shop as well!!  We have had a number of new artisans join us – their inventory will be here  (or is arriving) in time for our Christmas redoscarecrow gourd  Nov 1st.  Don’t forget we still have a wonderful selection of carved gourds perfect for your seasonal decorations.

We have some new baby diaper holders and changing pads from Rilos & Mimi; Jenny came in  on her birthday to deliver our first shipment of Soothey heating/ cooling pads, Jennifer of Gracies Gunnies brought in a new supply of tote bags – perfect for lots of things but especially knitting!!  and we have the most beautiful pysanka eggs from Daniela for our tree…..  and so much more you have to stop in to check it all out!

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Friday Sept 2nd – can you believe it is September already???  I certainly am having trouble believing it – yikes where did the summer go.

We are into our last week of our Summer Sizzler SaleI hope you have taken advantage of this to stock up on gifts and fun things for yourself – it has been a blast! (This week includes wood items, yes, toys too, and dichroic glass).

The Greater Boston Yarn Crawl is just around the corner September 15-18 – this is a time to grab a passport and go around and visit area yarn shops. All shops will be offering a variety of raffles and specials every day, well worth checking them out! We will be giving out new shop project bags with the purchase of passports; these will be on sale starting Tuesday Sept 7th.

Sunday, Sept 11th will mark the re-opening of our Sunday hours – so stop in and join us for an Open House as we unveil our new re-do and lots of new inventory!!  (Door prizes and munchies too!) We hope you will join us!

Click here for a re-cap of our events:   Fall 2016 Events.

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Sunday August 14th – hopefully this rain will cool things off!!  We have been keeping the shop at a comfortable 75 degrees so join us for lots of great knitting!!

This week’s Summer Sizzler Sale will include Toys and local Author Books on the gift side; and Rowan and Classic Elite Yarns and their pattern books on the yarn side, all 30%off! 

Reminder that Space Cadet Yarn tasting will be this coming Thursday Aug 18th 6-8PM remember to bring some needles we have several weights of yarn for you to test. Have you been in to see the vignette yet? Great colors! The $10 registration fee will be credited towards any Space Cadet yarn purchased/ ordered.

Sunday Sept 11th will mark our re-opening on Sundays and to celebrate the day, we will be hosting An Open House Party 1-4PM ….  launching a number of new products for the fall, and new yarns as well; so stop in and join us! (Raffles and Give-aways too!)

The Greater Boston Yarn Crawl is creeping up on us …  Thurs-Sunday September 15-18th .…  we will have Crawl Logo 2014-2 passports available soon. We will be doing something different this year – in order to offer special Trunk Show folks an undivided time, we are going to feature them at different times during the year…  this year we will showcase our selection of yarns, and have folks coming to offer Tricks of the Trade over the course of the 4 days. Additionally, Bead Biz will be here on Sat 17th showing some different beading techniques.

You can Download Fall line-up here. Don’t forget we have limited seating for some of these events….  so register now!

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August  8th – Wow – not sure where this summer is going…..  our Summer Sizzler Sale has been going really well – congrats to those of you who have taken advantage! This week we are featuring Anzula, MalaBrigo and A Hundred Ravens yarns at 30% off.…  take advantage to stock up on holiday knitting supplies!.

Be sure to mark your calendars, and register now for the most luscious Space Cadet Yarns that we will be tasting on Thursday Aug 18th – 6-8PM (be sure to bring some needles). We have suspended other Hob-Knobbing Thursday events. We apologize for any inconvenience!

We had a wonderful meeting today with the new Cascade rep today and placed an order for several new yarns! Can’t wait for these to start coming in….

Don’t forget to mark your calendars the Greater Boston Yarn Crawl will be held Sept 15-18 this year. Passports will be available soon.  Our local Applefest Street Fair will be held on Sunday Sept 18th!

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July 17th – congratulations to everyone who took advantage of the Jewelry sale last week and crossed some off their Christmas shopping list – doesn’t that feel great??  and to those who purchased books – happy reading!!  Jan16_tea

This week’s special sale includes All food/ Tea/ candy items and on the yarn side all Fiber Art items – so anything to do with rug hooking, weaving, needle felting & spinning –  Knitting and Crochet items including yarn are NOT included.

This Thursday’s event is yarn tasting of Classic Elite yarns. Come with your needles and test out the new yarns …. Next Saturday’s Test Drive will be Crochet and knitting come and get a quick free demo/lesson!

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July 12th – did you see the email/ FaceBook posting? This week’s special sale includes Jewelry and all Books…  so don’t wait the sale ends on Saturday… come in today for the best selections.

This week’s Summer Yarn event includes Jennifer coming down from NY to offer a yarn dyeing workshop… be sure to sign up tonight! $45 gives you 2 skeins (more available); and test drive Saturday includes Rug Hooking & Basket Weaving. 

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July 2016 – Thank you to everyone who made the first week of our Summer Secret Sale such a success! Beautiful flower arrangements and baskets are adorning lots of homes! so the big question – What will be on sale next week! Don’t forget to friend us on FaceBook or check the feed here on the website to find out on Sunday.

Devrieze skirtThe Rhichard Devrieze yarns have been a big hit – did you love the skirt?  Even better is working with the yarn – so soft and lovely colors!

We are also excited about having Judith Shangold’s doll clothes on display.Shangold

These will be an awesome SMALL knit for the summer – perfect for any 16inch doll lover

– yes, they fit the ‘American Girl Doll’!

Most of her patterns are written for several sizes and several gauges – lots of choices all in ONE pattern!! Check them out soon.

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Sooooo my thoughts here is to start eliminating some of the website redundancy …. yes, we want you to see all the wonderful opportunities we offer no matter what page you land on, however – redundancy is driving me a bit crazy ….  hold your comments there!

I have just finished loading up the SPECIAL EVENTS page (under the Workshops & Classes tab).  So if you want to see some of the things we have planned for the coming months – this is the page to visit!

We are back from TNNA so expect a number of changes in the shop over the next month or two as we implement a few of the great ideas we got…..  first thing you will notice are the tags on the sample garments – and we are working on making sure it is not so difficult to find the patterns for you! (My staff will greatly appreciate this move!) We are also in the process of changing them on the class samples – making it easier for you to spot the sample you are looking for….  let us know what you think!

Next move will be trying to find room for all the new yarns …..  yum – just wish I could figure out how to knit faster!

Speaking of new yarns, Classic Elite yarns have started arriving, Liberty Wool Light and their super soft Alpaca sox! Who would not want to sport a pair of alpaca socks?

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GIFT SHOP: We have ordered more of the Wish upon a Sign signs – I love having them right by the desk – customer’s laughter is so infectious – one is better/ funnier/ and so apropos than the next!

Silver Forest has just finished swapping out their stock. Don’t forget they offer the free pair after the purchase of 5 pair….  so come load up!

Have you seen me lately? Chances are I am sporting a lovely multi-fabric summer weight scarf – check them out!

If you look closely around the front of the shop, you will see some new mobiles from Timber Bay hanging around the shop. These mobiles are perfect for hanging on a porch, from a tree branch, or inside your home.  Specially balanced to dance and twist in the slightest of breezes, they are approx. 24″H x 15″W. We have dragonflies, butterflies and hummingbird ones in the shop.

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Janet’s Weaving classes will be offered this summer “on demand” ….  so if you have a hankering to try your hand at weaving then give us a call and we can start our list.

Our next Knit-a-long (KAL) with Michelle Hunter (led by our very own Beth) will be offered in October and my understanding is that the project will be Socks this time. So mark your calendars and get ready to join us.

Speaking of KALs, Shirley is leading one to make the knitted garland mittens. Add numbers to turn it21030735303_ae97de767c_m

into an Advent Calendar, or not and just have a lovely garland! Yes, there will be 24 of them if you choose to do them all – these are cute and small, a great way to practice your skills – colorwork and working in the round with magic loop. Meetings will shift to Saturdays through the summer.

Thank you to Kat L. for letting us use her pattern – it can be downloaded from Ravelry.

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