Monday, March 9, 2015

Spring Cleaning Sale!



Starts Tomorrow (3-10-15) at 10 am
  Storewide 
25% off
Selected yarns and books 
35% off
Mixed Fiber yarns
10% off

Come help us clean house!
Today through Saturday (3-14-15)

All sales final  
No sale on special orders or needles 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

We have a Winner!

Ever since Michelle Hunter from Knit Purl Hunter started her free knit alongs (KAL's), Charlie has been participating....and finishing her project in the right amount of time and sending a photo of her hard work to Skacel Knitting, who sponsors all the the KAL's with Knit Purl Hunter with the hope that she will win one of the prizes!!!  The last KAL project was called  "Endgame" and guess what....She won FIRST PLACE.  I am so proud of her.

Do you know about Knit Purl Hunter Knit Alongs?  I can't imagine there are many who don't however Michele does a GREAT job with instruction and techniques and free how to videos about anything new she may add into her patterns....there is always a new thing to learn and a wonderful video to tell you how to.  And the best part is these KAL's are FREE.

I have joined in on a few of them and loved them.  They are paced very well, you have 4 weeks to complete the project and Michelle has created really nice pieces to enjoy for yourself or to be given away as a gift.  I highly recommend trying a KAL out if you haven't already.  We have the yarn at the shop....Next one is in April....think about it.

And to Charlie....hats off.  She now has a first place win and a second place win.  Collecting her loot from Skacel isn't half bad.....and she has learned so much in the process.  As I say:  Just keep knitting!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Valentine's Day Treasures

Valentine's Day is coming up fast and we have lots of options for gifts for your sweetie or for you from you!  Who says you can't buy your own Valentine's presents.

Here are a few:

Faith, Soaps & Love is handmade in Hastings, MN. We introduced this to the shop before Thanksgiving and have fallen in love with it.  Makes an excellent gift for anyone.  I love it and you will too!    
Jellycat Bunnies are everywhere in the shop.  Soft, snuggly, and wonderful.  Along with the bunnies we have dogs and sheep and cats and lambs and and and.  Very fun!

We are so proud to be able to bring Moulin Roty to Mahtomedi.  They make such wonderful things for children.  We have fantastic stuffed toys, able to become a family keepsake.  Moulin Roty also makes baby booties and they are adorable. 

Felted coin purses are just some of the small, quick gifts for just about anyone.  

And of course the gifts for the knitter, project bags, needle cases, yarn, needles, notions,  you name it we have it for you or for the knitter in your life.

Monday, January 26, 2015

So Many New Things!



2014 Advent Scarf
New Old Blog in the New Year!

I am the blogger and not a very good one at that.  I just read an article about not having to be good at everything and although I am not great at much, I am not a good blogger.  I am recommitted to the blog so check back to see how I do.

New Things 
Fox Paws

Perhaps on of my biggest Ah-Ha's after being in the yarn business for 6 years is that we are a fashion industry.  And fashion changes.  New yarns come and go, some faster than others so I wanted to highlight a few new things and a few that just don't go away cause they are so great.  

Many of you come into the shop saying "I am looking for some inspiration" or "I needed to come to my happy place" or "I want to see what is new" or "I just love to poke around, I see something new every time I come in!"

It makes me happy that you feel that way about us.  We love to see you and can't wait for you to come back to visit again.  

Some of my favorite Ravelry Patterns
(Name of the pattern takes you to the Ravelry page)

Easy
Easy by Martina Behm
I used one skein of Trippin' with Dixie Sock Yarn to make my Easy that is in this photo.  And it is just EASY enough to keep you interested but also allows you to let your mind wander.  Martina Behm is a wizard.  I love her simple designs.






Turkish Delight



Turkish Delight by Donna Druchunas - This was a fun color work hat.  I used a skein of Liberty Wool variegated from Classic Elite Yarns & a skein of Nature Spun from Brown Sheep Company for the solid color.  It took concentration but the result is beautiful.
Min Ulla Hat & Scarf

Min Ulla Hat & Scarf by Elinor Brown
One of our great customers made this hat and scarf.  She did a fabulous job and I am jealous because I have wanted to knit this combo for a long time.  Now that I seen this knitted I just have to.  Knit with Berroco Ultra Alpaca.  I am so impressed Mary.  Thanks for sharing this with us.



Until Next time...Just Keep Knitting!



Monday, July 21, 2014

Yarn Bomb @ the White Bear Center for the Arts!



YARN BOMBING
A type of graffiti or street art that employs colorful displays of knitted or crocheted cloth, rather than paint or chalk. While yarn installations--called yarn bombs or knit bombs--may last for years, they are considered non-permanent, and, unlike graffiti, can be easily removed if necessary. 

Believe it or not in some places it’s illegal but we believe that
YARN BOMBING is an art form…


The White Bear Center For The Arts has asked artist Polly Dix Hart and Lila and Claudine’s Yarn & Gifts to join together in a YARN BOMBING collaboration in the newly renovated Art Center’s Sculpture Garden. 

This is a unique opportunity for you the fiber artist, whether you knit or crochet, to be a part of something significant.  An opportunity to spread the fibers and the word about how important knitting or crocheting is to you.  We need people who are passionate about their craft to help with the creation of this work of art. 

Although it may sound overwhelming, your participation can be a big or as small as you would like.  From crocheting a few Granny Squares from your own stash 
or knitting yards and yards of a garter stitch scarf, it is simply up to you.  

Here is the super fun part this week:

Tuesday, July 22 from 1pm to 8 pm, We are taking the “Knitting Room” to the Art Center to kick off this project.  It is an opportunity for you to see what and where we are going to do our yarn bombing!  We will have some food and drinks and lots of laughter and fun.  The shop will be open during this time….but we will  have the knitting room

What to bring with you?
Bring any stash yarn you would like to donate to this project.  Large knitting needles and crochet hooks will help and you love of fiber and community.  

Where?  

The White Bear Center for the Arts. 
4971 Long Avenue
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
651.407.0597



Directions:

From Minneapolis: Take I-94 to 35W. Take I-35W north to
Hwy. 36. Merge onto MN-36 East and travel 6.8 miles to U.S.
61 north. Travel north on U.S. 61 to 8th Street. Turn
left on 8th Street, then right onto Long Avenue (the frontage road). The Art Center will be on your left, just north of the nursery. 

From St. Paul: Take I-94 to 35E. Take I-35E north to 694.
Merge onto 694 traveling east. Travel east on 694 to U.S. 61
north. Travel north on U.S. 61 to 8th Street. Turn
left on 8th Street, then right onto Long Avenue (the frontage road). The Art Center will be on your left, just north of the nursery.


Friday, January 17, 2014

Elizabeth Zimmerman & Lila and Claudine's January Stretch Goal


My mom was a huge Elizabeth Zimmerman fan & follower.  EZ taught her to be "the boss of her knitting."  We learned from mom that you can do what you put your mind to and away we went.  

Fast forward to today...and the Lila and Claudine's January Stretch Goal.  We are knitting Elizabeth Zimmerman's Saddled Shoulder Aran Cardigan/Pullover/V-neck.  Mindset for the stretch goal - Do It The Right Way!


What does that mean?  First, doing a gauge swatch to determine the number of stitches you knit an inches, allows you also to practice stitches.  Plan to make a hat or a cowl or a headband out of your swatch....no effort wasted.  Then block it and THEN measure gauge and THEN proceed with your sweater....the way gauge is supposed to be done.  

Things I learned from doing this.....practice is good, you can change the way you do the stitch patterns if you want...and your gauge really can change when you wet block your piece....imagine.  Many of us hate to do gauge...because armed with fresh yarn and new pattern you can't wait to jump in & knit BUT it does make a difference.....really.


So armed with all the "Good to do's", I started my sweater, planning to steek to a cardigan.  I worked on being "perfect" within reason...and after 4 hours of concentrated knitting last night I realized that one of the stitch patterns should be reversed on the left and right side of my sweater....duh!  

So now do I rip it out?  Or do I keep going? 

How many times are you faced with this question....and what do you do?  After looking at my sweater,  pacing around my house a bit, doing some cleaning, looking at my sweater, pacing some more, rolling to rip or not to rip around in my head, looking at my sweater I have decided to...wait for it.....rip.....updates to follow!

You can find this pattern and many more of Elizabeth's patterns at www.schoolhousepress.com



Monday, January 6, 2014

Coldest Day!

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It has been a long time since it has been this cold in Minnesota!  I hear many say this is weather of our childhood.  Maybe.  When I was a kid we didn't spend so much time worrying about the weather.  We were kids and I just listened to the radio say my school was closed and that was good enough for me.  

I do remember snow pants and hand knit scarves frozen solid from the condensation of your breath outside.  Handmade mittens and snow stuck between your mittens and your jacket sleeve, piles of it and red raw wrists because of it.  

I remember "stocking caps" my mom made, and sweaters and in them I made forts, skated or skied.  Was I warm?  Probably not that warm...was it fun?  Loads.  So here's to the coldest day in awhile in Minnesota.  Here is all those handmade things that kept me warm years along and all of them that keep me warm now.  Oh yes, and the sight of bright yellow daffodils to remind us nothing ever lasts forever!  Just keep knitting....Kirsten 

Free Pattern for bulky mittens: