Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Come Knit and Nosh with Us!

Join us this Friday night for our monthly social Knit and Nosh. Feel free to bring something to share. This is one of the most fun socials. Does it get any better than Knitting/Crocheting and Eating.

See you Friday night, 5-8 possibly 9 or 10.

And not to be's a view of some early knitters. I'd love to get more Men to come in and try their hand at knitting. Help them destress as much as we do. My nephew took our last kids class and did FABULOUS!

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Something exciting is coming again....

I can't give you all the details, as I don't know when it will arrive....but sometime this week, or possibly early next week, a shipment of our fastest selling yarn will be back in the shop. Who knows how long it will last? If you want to be called, give us a jingle at Knitique 916-714-7719. Here's a few hints of what it is.

And here's something I've made with it...

Monday, January 29, 2007

Finished Projects

Here at Knitique, we've been seeing lots of finished projects. One of my most favorite finished projects is the luxurious 5-stranded afghan. Linda, who's made probably a 1/2 dozen of these blankets, inspired us to try a couple on our own. Come to the store and check out the two I've made. The first one on accident (really!) doesn't match the shop but goes perfectly with my living room and family room. The second I did is a perfect match for the fun light heartedness of the shop. If you've come in on Monday, you've met Joann who actually knit the 2nd blanket. I picked all the colors, so that must count for something.

Here's a picture of Jennifer with just 1 of her two blankets. The first was for her daughter in rich shades of plum. The second blanket was done is a variety of blues in a basketweave pattern. Both of the girls loved their blankets and were tickled pink that their mom had knit them. If you need help designing your own 5 stranded afghan come on in and we will help work our magic in creating your own personalized 5 stranded blanket kit.

Next up Paula's fabulous Skull Hat

My handsome 2nd son B. He is always up for a camera shoot. Don't you just love his green rubberbands?
Once everyone saw the hat, we had other models anxiously awaiting their photo shoot.

Just a great cross reference of who this hat would look great on. It would match nicely with Yorick. Teresa made Yorick for her daughter who's received lots of compliments.
Paula will be teaching a Fair Isle class in February where you could choose to make the scarey skull cap.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Too much time on their hands

You ever wonder what my kids do at the shop?

Who says kids can't have fun with just a plain old felt pen.... and yes it didn't all quite come off for school the next morning.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

And it keeps coming

More new lovely yarns are gracing the shelves at Knitique

First up Tofutsies This new sock yarn is from South West Trading Company. There are 15 new colors, all better than the last. One of the most unusual features of the yarn is it contains Chitin (made from Crab and Shrimp Shells). This substance has natural antibacterial properties. So if you've got spouse with "Stinky" feet, Tofutsies may help.

Second up Boku by Plymouth Yarn. This loosely spun yarn is very similar to Noro Kureyon/Silk Garden. 95% wool 5% Silk
Hand wash, dry flat
Or felt it!
50 grams - 99 yards.
4 stitches per inch on size 7 needles.
8 delicious colors. I'm already eyeing one color which has green, blue and brown to do Klaraluund. Wonder Woman's & Lifelong Knitters versions can be seen if you click on the link. I'm concerned about the stripes further enhancing my girls, but am determined to start knitting more items for myself. Saundra finished one last year, and it looks fabulous on her.

Come on in, and fondle the new yarns. Late Night every Wednesday night 6-8pm. Open knitting or crochet anytime the shop is open.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

What's New in the Knitting/Crochet World

Classes, meeting people, & being surrounded by colorful displays is how I spent this past few days. I can't even begin to tell you about all the new yarns, textures, patterns and accessories that are coming your way soon.

One of the products I'm most excited about is Skacel Lace Addi Turbos. You read that right. The folks at Skacel have taken our advice serious and will be manufacturing an Addi Turbo with the most delicious points on them. Knit3tog will be a breeze. I believe they should be shipping in March of April. Whenever it is, we will definitely be bringing them to Knitique.

Fibers galore! All kinds of new fibers, pajama yarn from Knit One Crochet Two that is machine washable and dryable. Perfect for the new baby coming into your life, as well as for the oversized comfortable sweater. Crystal Palace has such luscious offerings as Panda Cotton & Bamboozle. Wool, cotton, bamboo, corn, camel, handdyed, space dyed, machine dyed, dye your own......

New patterns from our favorite lines

Oat Couture

Perfect for that special someone in your life that loves to play with dollies. These patterns are gauged just right for an 18 inch doll.

Knitting Pure & Simple, Dovetail, Mari, Keep it Simple & many many more.

It's going to be quite a Spring!!!

Monday, January 15, 2007

Classes, Classes, Classes

New Classes

Knitique's New Class schedule is at the shop and classes are filling up fast. Some are already filled. I wanted to highlight a couple of awesome classes, where you will learn lots of skills which will improve your all around knitting skills.

Einstein Jacket

The Einstein Jacket has been a very popular class. This jacket is designed by Sally Melville . One of the things I love about this jacket is the style of the jacket looks good on EVERY BODY TYPE. The only skills you need are cast on and knit. One of the cool techniques you will learn is a provisional cast on. This Class in on Saturday afternoon's January 27, February 10 & 24, March 10 1-3pm. This jacket can be made in a Child's size thru Adult XXXL.

Triangular Building Blocks Shawl

This is a great class to learn building blocks of color. Any self striping yarn will work well in this. Merino Stripes , Noro and Nashua Wooly Stripes. The small size took 8 Noro Silk Gardens. Beth said when she does it again, she will do the large size which should use 11 Silk Gardens or about 1300 yds. Beth will be teaching this class Saturday, February 3 and February 17, 2007 10:30am - 12:30am.

Mitered Felted Bag

Mitered Square Felted Bag is another great Felted Bag Class, you can use nearly solid yarns like Malabrigo, Manos del Uruguay or to really show off the pattern you can use self striping yarns like Noro's Silk Garden, Crystal Palace's Taos. Beth will be teaching this 2 part class on Saturday, February 24 and March 3, 2007 10:30am-12:30pm.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

And I'm off

I'm off to TNNA on Thursday morning. Hopefully the weather won't be too cold. I worry about ice on the wings. Silly, I know, but since I've had kids I worry more about something happening to me. I've always wanted to go skydiving. Both of my sisters have gone, and LOVED it. But, I had kids early, and I'd hate for them to be motherless too soon, as a result of my penchance for thrills.

I'm planning on taking a class from Nicky Epstein, and Annie Modesitt , plus numerous other classes. Market opens Saturday morning. I'm sneaking in my camera, where I hope to take some great pictures to show you what's new in the yarn business. I've already received some tantalizing postcards from many of the suppliers. What I'm most excited about is finding small Indie companies where I can support women, and local people. Keep your eyes peeled for future news.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

New Arrivals

Introducing our Newest Arrival

Erin Madison

7 lbs, 7 oz
19 inches long
13 1/2 head
Dec 27, 2006

Baby Girlie and Big Brother are doing great! Marcus loves being a big brother.

Wishing them a lifetime of happiness and laughter.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

The Best Way to Start the Year !

Last year, these diehard shoppers were so excited they were in line before I even got to Knitique . This year the numbers were tripled. With excited eyes looking through the glass front door, I felt like the commercial for Mervyn's, "OPEN, OPEN, OPEN." Armed with 2 boxes of Starbucks, and a box full of muffins, we were ready to start. Fast and furious were the shoppers, stuffing their favorite yarns into the bags. I can't wait to see all the fabulous hand created items the yarn will turn into.
Thanks to all who graced our doorsteps, in the wee hours of the morning. We appreciate everyone's support, but most importantly we appreciate your friendships.