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10/11/19 - CHECK OUT THE VIRTUAL TOUR OF OUR SHOP!




9/22/19 - THE PASSPORT FOR THE 2019 GREATER BOSTON YARN CRAWL IS READY!

Check out the winning baskets on display in the shop! We were in awe of the donations our wonderful vendors sent in and all the wonderful baskets that were put together! Thank you vendors!!!  
Download the passport here and NOW and start planning your trip - remember this year the stamps on your passport mean something! 
13 - 15 stamps - puts you in the Grand Prize drawing - 2 baskets at this level
9-12 stamps - puts you in the 2nd Prize drawing - 3 baskets at this level
5-8 stamps - puts you in the 3rd Prize drawing - 5 baskets at this level 

Additionally many of the shops will have many of their own specials and drawings each day - check those out by clicking here.
The official crawl shawl patterns are here:  https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lacy-crescent-scarf for the crochet version and the knitted version https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/knitted-lacy-crescent-scarf   - remember these are free ONLY through the end of the crawl - be sure to download them now and make yours - wear it on the crawl and receive extra goodies at each of the shops! 


9/9/19 - SEPTEMBER . . . FALL . . . COOLER DAYS

It's time for shawls and to bring out all those lovely scarves!! 
if you don't want to make one, we have some lovelies available for sale! Come check out all the fun fall decorations in stock now. 
Have you been browsing the website? Lori is on board and has been working hard at getting products loaded and navigation working....  what do you think? Let us know! 
We have re-opened Sundays - stop in pick, up some great gifts (for others and for yourself! ), join the knitting group or just hang out with us! 
New Weaving class structure this month, take the loom home to work on your project - makes for a shorter day (2 days for the class) and you get to enjoy working at your speed! Register now! (Sept 15 & 29 10-1PM)
Anne loves working on small/ unique projects ...  next up is Arne & Carlos' birds - stop in to check out the samples and Register Now for this workshop. It is a 2 day workshop and fair warning - they are addictive! 
Another Cocoknits Sweater class (Sept 22nd 10-5) is on the calendar. This is the perfect 1st sweater class for folks, or for those who want to perfect the fit of their sweaters. Register now!  
Berroco has released some great yarns for the fall - Beth has loved each one she has tested and has put together another fun tasting for you! Register for this event now as space & # of kits is limited.


8/24/19 - AND TIME MARCHES ON . . .

Have you finished your back to school shopping with the kids? Everyone settled into colleges? you getting used to empty nesting? Our grandson arrives this week for a last fling of summer; will be great to see him! 
And in the meantime things are flying in the shop ---  Cozy Color Works has been packed up, Knitcircus unpacked and oh so inspiring!! Can't wait to get something on the needles with this yarn! 

We have been checking in a lot of new goodies from crafters as well - ramping up for fall! (Are you loving these cooler mornings?) A wonderful box from 
Blue Bus Jewelry  arrived and we have been putting some of their jewelry on the website too!  
Additionally, we have been busy receiving awesome gifts from our vendors to use for prizes for the Greater Boston Yarn Crawl - hope your calendars are marked: Oct 3 - 6!
Oh, oh, oh BREAKING NEWS!!!  we just got our contract from Alasdair Post-Quin!!!  VERY VERY Exciting! Sunday Nov 10, 2019. Mark your calendars and watch for details.  


8/13/19 - HOW IS YOUR SUMMER GOING?

We have been busy, busy in the shop!  
I hope you were able to stop in and take advantage of our awesome sale in July that was supposed to be a 1 week sale and turned into a whole month! Cleared a lot of shelf space and made room for some wonderful new inventory....  Dorothy brought in some gorgeous new hand-woven scarves, Sue, her daughter has been having fun exploring the world of nuno (wet) felting and we have a few of her felted bird houses on display - so cute! Journals, barrettes and calligraphy pictures have arrived; Picture frames, new colors of SolMate socks are arriving as are several other new items - can't wait! 

Of course we have not be slouches on the yarn side either - Cozy Color Works Trunk show has been a great hit! We will be packing it up to return later this week ....  and KnitCircus yarns will be arriving in a couple of weeks - our trunk show for September, luscious gradients! Can't wait!  Unfortunately, Vrinda Yarns have had a disastrous issue with one of their milling machines and their trunk show has been pushed out to a later date. 

New on the calendar, Berroco's fall yarn tasting in September, Cocoknits sweater workshop and Anne is going to be teaching an Arne & Carlos bird workshop.... lots of great things planned for the fall. Remember we have limited seating so don't wait to register! 
Can't wait to see you soon! 



6/26/19 - I AM STILL SPINNING FROM THE TRADE SHOW!

Awesome experience as always, took some great classes - connected with some awesome yarnies & other shop owners!
Biggest take-aways were Emma's new mohair dyed to compliment her yarns - we have some great pattern ideas for these yarns! 
We brought back some Toft alpaca pompoms - read their story no alpacas are killed for these pelts; also in our bags were some of Bonnie Bishoff stick pins.  
Alexandra's sock blanks - also made an impression on us - the yarn is knit on a machine (doubled) and then dyed. You start unraveling the yarn and knit 2 socks at a time which will come out perfectly identical! They are getting scarfed up - No worries about the crimp from the knitting machine these hardly show and will come out once the socks are blocked.....  blocked you say - I never block my socks! (or anything for that matter) here is a great article as to WHY you should block your finished items. 

Stop in on Sunday during our party to check out all the new goodies! Craft Fair, mini Fiber Fest, Meet & Greet Fishnet Crochet Guild and try a hand at weaving with our Make-it Take-it woven tile project. 


6/12/19 - HAVE YOU NOTICED THE WEBSITE?

Well, I know you are on it reading this ... but we have been busy loading up the yarn shop inventory...  needles, some yarns, this is quite a process .....  slowly but surely. If you have any thoughts on navigation please let us know we would love to hear from you and to make this as easy a process as we can! 

Have you marked your calendars for our Summer Kick off - on Sunday June 30th,  11-4? We have some Independent yarn folks coming, some of our crafters will have tables out in the parking lot - so a mini fiber fest AND craft fair! Hope to see you there! 

We hope to see you soon! 


4/28/19 - WOW ..... WOW ..... WOW ..... WHAT A DAY WE HAD YESTERDAY! 

You are all the best!
Thanks to all of you who managed to make it in, and to all our vendors who put together some really great specials! Don't forget to download your patterns if you got some free codes yesterday - some of those expire tonight! and we will not be able to do anything about it except to sell you a copy of the pattern!!  
We do have some of the specials available today - just not the "Roulette wheel" and those prizes.....  sorry! 

So what's going on this week....  Weaving and Fix Your knitted mistakes today, Charity Knitting on Thursday and Drop-Spindle spinning workshop on Friday - Friday is also our WCC Dropin from 5-8PM (Wine, Cheese & Chocolate) so mark your calendars and join us! 
May calendar of all our classes and workshops is available online as well - don't get left out ..... also good news we have had a number of openings in our Beginner Knitting classes and have been working our way through our wait list - thanks for your patience!! 
See you in the shop soon..... 


4/4/19 - HAVE YOU CHECKED OUT THE WEBSITE LATELY?

We have started adding Online shopping for your convenience! It is fun to start this process - but oh.... it is going to take a lot of time!  We will be shipping items via Priority Mail - hence the pricing, however you do have the option of picking up in shop - this might be a preferable option for some of those hand-dyed yarns that only come in small batches....  don't wait! In the meantime check out Alexis' monthly batch of "Hydrangea" April 2019. 
 

We hope you have marked your calendars for this Friday, April 5th - our first WCC evening - (Wine, cheese & chocolate) 5-8PM - we hope you will join us for this social knit/ crochet event.

Have you met Sarah yet?  We are lucky to have her join our team of instructors and will be well versed to cover both sides of the shop. She will also be teaching, and in fact has covered a few of Shirley's classes while she is out recovering from yet another back surgery. Hopefully this one will be more successful. 

March 24th we held a 'Professional Development Day' for our instructors and we all learned how to knit a sweater using the Cocoknits method. Once we formulate our syllabus we will be offering this class. All of our 11 instructors were very happy with the class - so you can expect a lot of sweaters on the class schedules in the near future. It was very exciting. 

Many folks have expressed an interest in Rowan yarns, so this weekend, Janet and I will be heading to Philadelphia to a Rowan Yarn presentation. I hope to come back with lots of samples and some great ideas. 


3/2/19 - WHAT A BLAST WE HAD LAST NIGHT! 

A great turnout for our first ever Lock-in / Potluck - and no the doors were not actually locked and a few hearty souls made it till midnight - whew!!  Several folks finished some projects: Marci finished up 2 of them; Kate finished her Free Your Fade and Paula finished up several pumpkin hats for the charity sale. Not only did we enjoy some awesome food - Jean came in and showed us how to do some meditation and Tai Chi moves to relax our hands, we played Pass the Pandas and of course had an hourly drawing thanks to donations from several of our vendors. Good time! 
lock-in groupWhat a great group !! 
midnight crewHearty souls who made it to midnight! 

 

 





Not sure when we will do the next one; however everyone unanimously decided that we do want to have a Friday night Wine/Cheese/ Chocolate Drop-in ....  we are going to give it a try - 1st Friday of the month 5-8PM .. mark your calendars and join us! 


2-19-19 - DOES ALL THIS SNOW PUT YOU BACK IN THE MOOD TO KNIT, KNIT, KNIT (OR CROCHET)?

We have some lovely yarns and great patterns - Leading Men Fiber Arts yarns have been returned however we did keep a lovely selection - so if you missed them - no worries we have some! 

The new March Calendar has been published and full of great classes & workshops ..  starting with our First ever Lock-in/ Potluck!
Friday March 1st 5:30-midnight come join us, door prizes, goodie bags and fun ....  what better way to spend a Friday night than with friends and working on finishing some of those projects that have been bugging you? Register now! Seating is limited.

1st ever -Lock-in/Potluck 3/1/19
Fun with Stitch Dictionaries 
Technique Tuesday - Steeking








New yarns that we are expecting soon include Elemental Affects - good basic yarn! 
Technique Tuesdays include Short Rows Feb 26th, Steeking (Cutting your knitting!) March 12th and Review of various Cast-on/ Bind offs March 26th  ....  a great refresher! Check out the rest of the calendar here.


1-31-19 - YOU KNOW IT! WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE? 

Obviously the beginning of January saw us taking down Christmas and redoing the shop - and I am loving what Carol has done with the new floor plan! A number of new crafters/ inventory items have been put out and of course all our regulars have rotated out their inventory as well. Some of the new items include: Sven leather bags, Each an Original magnet sets, lots of new journals, some beautiful new quilts, new home decorative painted pieces etc etc.

On the yarn side, we launched Sweet Georgia Yarns and the current Trunk Show are yarns from Leading Men Fiber Arts yarn out of IL. They have sent us some fingering weights in cashmere blends, yak blends and some DK. Stop in soon as this trunk show goes back Feb 11. Brigitte and friends have started Follow Your Arrow KAL - all of them are looking lovely and of course each one is different!  

Technique Tuesdays has been launched....  these workshops (2X a month) are designed to introduce you to new techniques to add to your tool box. Who knows you just might find your new passion! Jan saw workshops in Color Magic and Double Knitting; Feb 5 will be Brioche, and the 19th Short Rows. Come give these techniques a try! 

Charity Knit
continues the 1st Thursday of the month with a slightly different twist if you will. The theme will change each quarter rather than monthly. This quarter they are working on items for infants/ children. This includes octopus, hats, blankets ...  and more! 


We hope you have found some time to do things you love in life ....    


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