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How To Be Cool

Do you sometimes think, “I used to be cool, wasn’t I?  What happened? When did I lose my edge?  My overall coolness? Well, we have a theory on this.  This lack of coolness might stem from the fact that we are surrounded by a new generation of technologically, savvy people with their own set of rules as to what is cool and what definitely isn’t.  If you have kids, grandkids, younger siblings, or whatever, and you want to impress them, you might need some guidance.  So, we thought we would share our observations with you.  Here are some tips and facts, that just might put you back in the game a little:

What to do and what not to do for overall coolness:

Stop calling people.  Kids today do not call each other. (Or write emails, by the way.  Don’t think that if you sent them an email, they actually read it.)  This is an annoyance to them.  They post stuff.  Texting, Instagram, Skyping, and Tweeting are the most frequently used ways to communicate.  Facebook is not as popular with kids as it used to be, but is still used.  An older generation now wants to dazzle you on Facebook, with their announcements of where they ate lunch, or when they stopped at the restroom.  Kids like to take pictures of their lunch, and a selfie in the mirror of the restroom.  See the difference?

Texting abilities are important.  If your grandaughter watches you text slowly, pecking at the letters with one finger, she will start talking to you like you are three years old, and this is your first day at kindergarten.  Kids text, generally, with their thumbs.  Like this:

Cellphone

Don’t feel bad that you are not great at this right out of the gate.  These kids have been texting since they were babies.  Practice in privacy, and maybe do some thumb strengthening exercises.  Don’t go overboard and try to do chin lifts with just your thumbs. ( Although, a lengthy hospital stay will give you lots of time to practice.)  Nah.  Don’t do it.

What appears to be a great idea to people of all ages these days, but especially kids, is to walk down the street, looking at your phone.  This tells people that you are not only popular, but busy doing important things. (Maybe, in the future they will have cool I-Helmets to protect people from walking into poles and things while texting on their phones. They will say it prevents I-Concussions.)   Also, talking on the phone and walking is also done with frequency.   Gone are the days when you got home, sat in a chair, and called a loved one for a chat.  Nope.  People today talk on the phone in any setting.  They can have an entire business conversation at a table in Starbucks with their laptop and phone, where everyone can hear (whether they want to or not).  Note:  This is a very impressive activity with kids.  Take your granddaughter to Starbucks along with your laptop or tablet. Get on your phone, and have a very official sounding business meeting with a pretend someone.  Embellish it with phrases like, “Sell that one.”  And “Excellent progress.  Keep me informed.”  Superhero stuff right there.

This is a texting addition.  Learn to write in abbreviated terms as much as possible.  (Sadly, all those “A’s” in grammar you accumulated are out the window.) Today, it’s a bunch of letters.  We will provide a few to get you started:

BTW is by the way, IDC is I don’t care, 2moro is tomorrow, NVM is nevermind, BFF is best friends forever, B3 is blah, blah, blah (one of our favorites), SEP is someone else’s problem, EM? is excuse me?, KMN is kill me now, FYI is for your information.  We could go on here, but you get the idea.  Note:  Do not attempt to make up your own abbreviations.  This does not work and is a CWOT (complete waste of time). In it to win it.

Here is a trick to get your granddaughter to stop texting someone while you are sitting at the table, having lunch with her and feeling isolated and lonely.  Send her a text saying “I am sitting here waiting for you to stop texting. WYWH.” (wish you were here).  Good one, right?  LOL (laughing out loud). See?  Getting savvier all the time.

The bottom line here is that, even though you don’t know how to create shortcuts, create a link on Youtube, or set up your keychain, you are still pretty cool.  How many of these kids can make a pie from scratch or, even better, knit?

Speaking of knitting, our store is loaded up with new yarn, accessories, and great new projects.  Big Bad Wool with the big fur pompoms is an awesome new hit in our store.  Here is the Oshare the love…..blanket, also from Big Bad Wool, that we are working on:

oshare blanket
Shibui’s newest yarn, Birch, 100% extra fine merino, is on it’s way to our store this week.  Here is one of the new patterns for this wonderful yarn:

Shibui BirchBeautiful, isn’t it? It’s the ICON Colorblock Wrap

We are getting ready for a boat load of Madeline Tosh to start coming in.  New colors in Twist, Pashmina, DK, ASAP, Home, and Light.  GR8!

We are having a promotion that will, not only make you cool by using Twitter, but might make you another kind of winner.  Follow us on Twitter, and you will be entered in a contest to win a $25.00 gift card for our store!  (Practice by texting your information with two thumbs. But don’t doing it while walking.  You are probably not ready for that.) 

If you know someone who always wanted to learn how to knit (like, maybe your granddaughter?), we are now offering two different kinds of beginner’s knitting classes.  The first is our usual one-on-one lesson (Usually 1-2 hours at $28.00 per hour.  We teach you the basic knit stitch and purl stitch.) and now we are offering a Beginner’s Knitting Course.  This is a five hour course (first lesson is two hours, then one hour a week for the next three weeks), where you make this great hat below:

Robby_small

By making this hat, you will learn several techniques.  Ribbing, teaching you how to read stitches, decreasing, and following a pattern.  The course is $140.00, and we give you a 10% discount on materials.  You can come in for your hourly class when it is convenient for you every week.  At the end, you have a great hat, and a lot of skills for knitting your next project.  This would be a great gift for someone who wants to knit.  (You are on your own with the pie making.)

So, start practicing your texting and tweeting.  Soon you will, once again, be hip to the jive.  (We know you know what we just said, but don’t ever say that out loud to your granddaughter).

BTW, FYI, this may all be BS. See?  You already knew the last one.  Cool.

See you soon!

Diane and Christin

 

Habu Yarn Sale!

We’re not kidding! Get ready for a huge, all day Habu event this weekend. I’m sure you’ve been looking for an excuse to experiment with these textiles and – oh! here it is. Seriously, you don’t want to miss this.

JulyBlog_2017On Saturday, July 15th and Sunday, July 16th, everything Habu in our store will be 30% off!  We told you it was big. Come in and grab all the Habu you want at a great savings! With savings this great, our supply won’t last long, so hurry in and make something that has been on your to do list.  

Is there a blue moon this weekend?  We’ll check.

See you soon!

Diane and Christin

New Yarn!!

We are beginning to receive the orders for new yarn that we placed at the convention last month!

sheep and a mug

Appalachian Organic Cotton has new natural beiges that just came in. They are great.

Appalachian Baby washclothes

Shibui Reed has arrived. Their new linen is so soft and wonderful.  

Burnished orange shibui linen

Rain has also arrived in some new colors.  

pink rain yarn

We are about to get in Big Bad Wool. All of it. You are going to love this yarn.  Along with all of these, Madeline Tosh, Loopy Mango, more Shibui, Freia, and a brand new yarn from Blue Sky Alpacas are also coming, plus tons more! We will keep you posted as they arrive. This Fall is going to rock!

Stop by and see us. Think about a new project you want to make, and we will help you put something awesome together.  You have the creativity, we certainly have the material! If you’re in a creative slump, we have lots of ideas and we’re here to help you through your project.

See you soon!

Diane and Christin

Tip of the day: Get yourself an audiobook, sit by the pool, and knit. Enjoy the summer while it lasts!

Looking to use up leftover yarn?

Sometimes, you have too much of a good thing. You finish up a project and have all this leftover yarn. We’ve all been there. But what do you do with it? In our experience, you stick with simple, clean, versatile patterns. Some people try and get creative, and while the human spirit of innovation is something to be celebrated, sometimes things are better left as classics.  As the saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Here are some our favorite classics that you just can’t beat:

The Grilled Cheese Sandwich

GrilledCheese_June2017This is a perfect sandwich.  The bread lightly grilled with a touch of butter, the cheese (good ol’ American cheese) gooey and warm, and you can’t forget to serve it beside a steaming bowl of tomato soup.  This is a good thing right here.

So, who’s idea was it to make a brie grilled cheese sandwich?!  Or goat cheese?  Even the three cheese thing is overkill.  We will, at this point, allow bacon to be added – but the line must be drawn there.  No cod fish; no wild boar. Settle down right now.

 

Pizza

cheese pizza with basil

A simple recipe:  tomato Sauce, cheese and dough.

Okay.  We get it that people like to add things on their pizzas.  Pepperoni, sausage, onions, ground beef, olives, etc.  But there are some toppings that just shouldn’t exist: zucchini, pineapple, peanuts, snap peas, refried beans, chorizo…the list goes on and on.

Leave pizza alone; it right the first time.

Cheesecake

vanilla cheesecake

The perfect dessert: cream cheese, vanilla, butter, and sugar on a graham cracker crust.  But, of course, someone wanted to be fancy and ruined a perfectly good thing. Here come the unmentionable combinations:

Pistachio Coconut Cheesecake, Macadamia Mango Cheesecake, Walnut Lemon Cheesecake.  Who are these people with their nuts and fruit?  If they have to add all this stuff, put it on top so we can scrape it off.

Sweater

Woman wearing Raiun sweater

Simplicity is a beautiful thing. There is nothing classier than a clean lined, simple sweater.  A well-made sweater should require no extra design. It simply highlights the incredible yarn with which it is made, letting the textile do all the work.

We have been making one sweater after the other from the Cocoknits Sweater Workbook. This is such a great book. The pattern is easy, fun, and extremely versatile – you can make sweaters out of any yarn you want!

All you need is the book, the worksheet book, and the color coded stitch markers, and you are good to go.  You can use your leftover yarn to make great sweaters. If you can’t get to our store, order the books and markers from our website!

 

Cocoknits book and sweaters

If you aren’t looking to use up your leftover yarn, and instead want to buy something new, there is a great event at our store on July 15th and 16th this month.  It is The Great Habu Event!  Everything Habu will be 30% Off!  Now is the time to load up on all the Habu projects you have wanted to make.  It should be a fun weekend.

Our store is open this weekend before the Fourth of July.  If we don’t see you this weekend, have a great holiday!

We are here to help and welcome you.  We’ve got a lot of time.  After all, how long does it take to make a grilled cheese sandwich?

See you soon!

Diane and Christin

Go Easy On Mother’s Day

Mother's DayWhat a special day Mother’s Day is, right?  And let’s not kid ourselves – mom’s expect to be pampered.  Sometimes the pressure of making a fuss can be challenging.  What do you do to let your mother know just how special she is to you?  Some people are more creative than others.  Some go a little overboard in their enthusiasm.  So, here is a friendly guide as to how extreme one should go when celebrating their mother on her special day.  There is a fine line between wow and uh-oh.  Here is an example:

Fran wanted to give her mother, Theresa, a new and exciting experience.  She booked a reservation at a fancy French restaurant that just opened in her neighborhood.  It was tough to get a reservation, but she managed to get one and whisked her mother there on her special day.  

Fran suggested that Theresa order a meal consisting of things she had never tried before.  When the meal came, she was pleased to see how much her mother enjoyed all the new flavors and spices that she had never experienced eating.  During dessert, Theresa began to feel strange.  By the time the coffee arrived, Theresa’s face hadMother's Day begun to swell up.  In a few minutes, her face grew even larger, resembling a balloon in the Macy Parade.  Something like the photo to the right. 

Fran rushed Theresa to the hospital.  They gave her shots and told her to wait on the bed.  Theresa turned to see a small child staring at her.  The child freaked out and ran into the hall, tripping a nurse, who bumped into a cart.  The cart rolled into a patient in a wheel chair with an ankle injury.  The patient fell out of the wheel chair, breaking her collar bone. A nurse that had attempted to catch the falling patient missed and slid into a patient’s room while the patient was closing the door.  It slammed into the nursed head, and she passed out.

Moral of story:  French food is dangerous.

Here is another story with a happier twist: Simon decided to give his mother a makeover for Mother’s Day.  He sent her to a swanky salon and told them to do the works.  Estelle, his mother, was pleased with her makeover.  She thought she looked like a young Ethel Merman.  

Simon was very nearsighted, and when arriving to pick up his mother who was in front of the salon, he didn’t recognize her.  He drove around the block over and over again.  He began to panick.  He dialed the police.  The police came with their light’s flashing and pulled up in front of the salon.  Estelle crossed the street to get out of the way of all the cars and ended up in a line waiting to board a bus to Las Vegas.

 On the bus, she met Herman.  Herman took one look at Estelle and thought she looked like a Vegas showgirl.  They really hit it off, and by the time they reached Las Vegas, they were in love.  They got married in a small chapel that night.  Herman owned a restaurant off the strip called “The Winning Hand.”  Estelle became the hostess, and on occasion, even sang a few songs there.  Unfortunately, she may have looked like Ethel Merman, but she didn’t sound like her.  So it was not very often that she sang anything.  Estelle and Herman are still happily married, and Estelle says that that was the best Mother’s Day she ever had.

Moral of story:  Never hesitate to board a bus to Las Vegas.

(You know who always has been thoughtful to his mother?  That awesome guy, Thor.  Even as a kid he always made his mother a great card with his brother.)

Handmade Mother's Day Card

Awesome Thor and Loki’s Mother’s Day Card

So, what have we learned from all of this?  We have learned that it is, indeed, the thought that counts.  All your mother really wants is for you to let her know that you appreciate her.  Stay away from potential disasters that might occur while telling her this.  Stuff like eyebrow weaving, abrasive facials, skiing trips, unusual pets, or water slides. Stick to simple things like jewelry, flowers, or maybe a lap dance. Things that make her happy.  Like, maybe a gift card from our store.

And speaking of our store, boy, did we have fun last weekend with Lisa, from Manos del Uruguay (Fairmount Fibers), who taught us how to brioche!  We all had a great time, and hope that Lisa, who is an awesome teacher, will come back soon to teach us something else.

The new Shibui linen is on it’s way, along with great new patterns.  New Appalachian Baby kits have arrived as well.  Organic cotton is the way to go for a great baby blanket for all seasons.  More Madeline Tosh is coming, and we just ordered more Cocoknits Books that sold out.  (Just finished a sweater from this book, and it is fabulous.)  More stuff is coming everyday.  We can put something great together for your mother.  Just think how great it will feel to know that she will love it and that it is a very safe choice. (Plus, if she is feeling daring, she can knit on the bus to Vegas).

In honor of this special day, we will be closed on Sunday, Mother’s Day.

So, enjoy your mother on Mother’s Day.  And stick to simple foods.

Mother's Day Dinner

See you soon!
Diane and Christin

Brioche Knitting Class

We hope you all had a fabulous Easter weekend! We are very excited to tell you about a great event that will be held on Sunday, April 30th, between 12:00pm and 3:00pm.  Lisa Myers, owner of Fairmount Fibers (Manos Del Uruguay), will be teaching a brioche stitch class!!!

We will be doing the Churros pattern:

Churros pattern, manos del uruguay yarn

Isn’t that lovely? Please register in advance for this class.  Here’s what you need to know:

  • You will need a size 6”, 24″, or 32″ circular needle (if you don’t have one, we can provide it).  
  • We will be using two different colorways of Fino of Manos Del Uruguay (we will have a selection of this yarn from which to choose).  
  • The cost of the class is $30.00 (You can register online, stop by our store or call at 215.598.9276).  
  • It will be great fun to make this beautiful scarf!

In other news, we have nearly sold out of the new Cocoknits book, but don’t worry – more are on the way!  All of us at Knitting to Know Ewe have been doing projects from it. And may I just say how awesome it is??  Come in and check it out! While you’re at it, choose a great yarn to use. We have just gotten in more Madeline Tosh, Shibui (New Shibui Linen! Yay!), and beautiful Anzula. Lots of great new things to choose from!

See you soon,

Diane and Christin

Epic Cake Failures

cake fail
Who doesn’t love a cake?  Not only are cakes delicious, but they convey the many expressions of humanity in a succinct, confectionary message.  Typically, we find messages of joy, love, and well wishes.  Sometimes, however, amidst the delightful world of cakes there are a few epic fails. We discovered that there was a whole other world that existed.  Who knew just how many different sentiments could be conveyed on a cake?  Here are just some of the many examples that we found (yikes):

Cake fail

cake fails

 

cake fail

Sometimes, we are in such a hurry to convey a heartfelt message that we are a little hasty with our execution.  We don’t always get it completely right.  What can we say?  It doesn’t get much better than this:

cake failscake fails

Clearly somebody was rushing through the cake decorating process. Learn a lesson from these bakers for your own knitting projects – don’t rush! Take your time and enjoy the process. Of course, no matter what the finished product looks like, your gift (of cake or knitting project) will be greatly appreciated.

 

Please be aware that our store will be closed on Easter Sunday, but open on Saturday (in case you want to stop by when you aren’t hiding eggs, or baking a cake).

Have a great holiday! Remember, cake is always a nice thing, even if they may be…surprising.

CakeFail_7

 

See you soon!

Diane and Christin

Project Of The Month

Knitting Project of the Month
Aalto Poncho Pattern

 

Turn heads with Aalto. Bold geometry contrasts with a graceful bateau neckline for the perfect easy-to-wear summer coverup.
Skill Level

Easy

Materials
  • Shibu Knits Twig
    • 46% linen, 42% recycled silk, 12% wool
    • 190 yds/50g
    • 7 (7,8) skeins

Gauge

22 sts & 28 rows = 4″ in St st after blocking, with 1 strand of Twig, on size 6 needles or size needed to obtain gauge

Needles

Size 6 (4mm) needles