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Treat yourself

I started buying myself a little holiday gift each year about 20 years ago.  It is a tradition that I continue as a way to celebrate the spirit of giving and taking an opportunity to give myself a treat.

This year I will be wrapping up a pair of our new scissors that just arrived at the shop.

 

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These beauties are from Studio Carta, all sourced in Italy.  Shown top to bottom- crane, small 3 1/2″, and medium 4 1/2″.  These are absolutely gorgeous and are tempting Theresa as well.

She is also considering some Anzula Cricket to make another poncho since she gifted hers away.  And she is also flirting with the idea of getting one of the stunning handcrafted barn wood trays that arrived several weeks ago.

 

theresa wish

Dawn has her heart set on Bijou Basin Sport Weight yak down in grey.  She is also eagerly awaiting the Fringe Supply tote we are expected to receive sometime soon.

 

dawn wish

What is on your wish list?  You may want to consider a quick visit to the shop to ensure that what you most desire finds it’s way under your tree this year.

Down to the wire

We received some fresh new skeins from Madelinetosh that may be just the thing if you need to knit a quick cowl for your favorite someone.

 

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These are the super bulky yarn A.S.A.P.  With 90 yards of superwashed goodness, this wool is the perfect choice for gift knits.  Some of our favorite ideas that you’ve seen here on the blog and in the shop include the Magnum Cowl featured here in October.

 

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We also love Abi Gregorio’s Vermonter Hat or Drop Stitch Cowl seen below.  All three of these FREE pattern can be knit up in an afternoon spent in front of the fire with a pot of tea or mug of cocoa.

 

bulky knits

An for the finishing touch… some humorous gift tags that make sure that your carefully crafted gift is received in the spirit of fun and joy.

 

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Take it from us, there is little as rewarding as the smile of someone who has received something beautiful that you’ve hand made.  It makes every stitch worthwhile.

We’d love to help make all of your gifts a success and will be available for any last minute needs that arise.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

Holiday hours for the shop

With the holidays just around the corner, we wanted to share our special shop hours with you.

Tuesday Dec 23rd 10-8
Wednesday Dec 24th 10-3
Thursday Dec 25th closed
Friday and Saturday 26th & 27th 10-5

Tuesday Dec 30th 10-8
Wednesday Dec 31st 10-3
Thursday Jan 1st closed
Friday and Saturday Jan 2nd & 3rd 10-5

We hope that you have a very happy holiday week!

January Classes for a fresh start in 2015

We have published our new classes for 2015 and we are very excited about what our teachers have planned for you!

For beginners, we will continue to offer the monthly Learn to Knit class and Fixing Mistakes class that can help get you started.  And for intermediate knitters we have a top-down sock class, an intarsia hat class, as well as a cowl project that will have you doing a special stranded color technique that you are going to LOVE!

You can learn more about our offerings on our website.

And that’s not all; we have a couple of FREE programs that you won’t want to miss.

 

color affection

We are launching 2015 with a fun Knit Along of Veera Välimäki’s Color Affection shawl.  We’ll be offering select yarns in amazing colors at a 15% discount all month long so that you can find the perfect shades to work with.

We’ll be casting on for the project Tuesday January 13th and will be working through the project all month long.  We hope that you can come join the fun during any of our Community Knit Nights on Tuesday evenings from 6-8pm.

And in anticipation of the third section of this pattern that involves short rows, Julie will be offering a FREE demonstration of the German Short Row technique on Saturday January 10th from 9-10am.  Bring some spare yarn and your favorite corresponding needles and you’ll have a chance to get some hands-on practice.

We look forward to all the fun new projects that 2015 will bring us and are eager to help you with all that you have planned to craft in the new year.

Hostess gifts

Kimberly has found some great ideas around the shop for thoughtful hostess gifts this holiday season.

 

washcloth without blur

We never like to arrive empty handed and love the idea of exchanging a Tatine candle, a hand-cut bar or soap from Windrift Hill or better yet a bar of soap accompanied with a hand knit washcloth!

We received some new skeins of Shibui Cork Chenille that knit up effortlessly into wonderful washcloths with this FREE pattern.

We hope that your holiday season is filled with lively festivities.  Stop on by the shop for a visit so that we can help you prepare for all the fun!