Next Knitting Circle: Holiday Gathering at Kathryn's

... including our annual gift exchange (approx. $10 value). Please RSVP to Kathryn. (And note that the 2010-11 calendar has been posted too!)

Friday, November 30, 2007

Wild & Woolly Reopens by Private Appointment

Although her storefront in Commack is closing, owner Shoshana wants her customers to know that she will be reopening the second week in January out of her home, offering a select group of yarns and needles, classes and private lessons, and a monthly knit night. For more information, check her website after the holidays: http://www.wildandwoollywools.com/.

Don't forget that her storefront on Jericho Turnpike will be open until December 24th, offering yarns and needles at mostly 50% off, and books, patterns, bags and other items at 40% off.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Free Holiday Knitting Patterns!

See the following links for some great holiday gift ideas:

http://www.dailyknitter.com/patternsdetail.php?type=HY

http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/directory/christmas.php

http://www.knittingonthenet.com/holxmas.htm

And we've added "101 Designer One Skein Wonders" to the Bookshelf, as well as some new Sales!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

In Defense of the Stash

"It's not a stash ... it's a collection."

The writer goes on to describe the various types of yarn in her "collection": ambition yarns, shame yarns, dessert yarns, one-skein-wonder yarns ...

http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter06/FEATcollection.html

Important reading for those who have ever had to hoard, hide, rationalize, apologize for, or otherwise defend their stash!

10 Reasons for Multiple Simultaneous Knitting Projects

from another blogger:

(1) variety (so I allow myself to start new projects before finishing old ones, if they are different)
(2) easy *small* knitting that I can take with me to doctor's offices, on planes, etc.
(3) easy knitting that I can do while watching movies at home
(4) learning new techniques
(5) working with delicious yarn
(6) making clothes that fit me
(7) stashbusting
(8) practicing my design skills
(9) experiencing the delight of wearing homemade socks
(10) making practical things (hats, shawls that will keep me warm when my cat insists on having the window open in winter)

Pretty good, eh?

Thursday, November 1, 2007

The Battle over Alpaca vs. Acrylic

Here's a really interesting thread on "yarn snobbery", prompted by a writer who contends that luxury yarn is not always more expensive to knit with than cheaper brands:

http://goknitinyourhat.blogspot.com/2005/12/myth-of-cheap-big-box-craft-store-yarn.html

Sincerely,
The person who willingly paid $30 recently for a small but dreamy skein of baby camel hair yarn (you have to touch it to believe it!).