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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

 

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

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

Why You Should Start Your Projects For Winter Right Now (Yes, Right Now)

While it has started to become just a tad warm out there, and you probably don’t feel like knitting with wool, hear me out.  You normally don’t start your sweaters, coats, and blankets until it starts to get a bit cooler, right?  Well, those are pretty big projects.  They take a lot of time, especially if you like working with small gauge. My thinking is, why not start those puppies now so you have them by the time it cools down again? How awesome would it be when October rolled around, and you had a toasty cardigan made of, say, baby alpaca, merino wool, or cashmere all blocked and ready to go? Pretty darn awesome, that’s how much. Continue Reading Why You Should Start Your Projects For Winter Right Now (Yes, Right Now)

Scarfaholic – The Summer Scarf – Part Two

(For part one of “The Summer Scarf” click here )

I must mention the Habu Kusha Kusha Scarf if I am doing a blog on summer scarves, for this light weight and amazing scarf has traveled with me to various climates and worked well in all. I am frequently stopped and asked about this scarf wherever I travel.  Knitting To Know Ewe is getting all new supplies of the stainless and merino within the next week.  Here are the images and the pattern for this wonderful scarf that is frequently worn layered with another.  An amazing look: Continue Reading Scarfaholic – The Summer Scarf – Part Two

Scarfaholic – The Summer Scarf – Part One

I am not a warm weather person and losing the ability to wear my winter clothing makes it even harder to endure, because I love sweaters, boots, layered clothing, and, of course, scarves.  When traveling to Europe, everyone (especially in France) continues to wear scarves in the warmer weather.  I decided to adopt this trend, so I have knitted and purchased a ton of summer scarves over the years. I will share some of my findings and thoughts over two separate blog posts.

Online Knitting SuppliesDon’t be quick to discount the summer scarf.  Like its winter counterpart, it finishes off and “ties together” an outfit.  I really like the way a tank top looks with a light summer scarf.  Obviously, the materials one would choose to make a summer scarf will differ greatly from the thick and soft luxury fibers chosen to make a winter scarf.  This doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice all luxury fibers in making a lighter weight scarf, just that you will have to choose fibers smarter.

I am currently working on a few summer scarves, hoping to have them finished and ready to wear in the next month.  One is made of Shibui Linen, and is a free pattern on their website.  It is designed by Antonia Shankland, who always seems to design scarves that I would choose to make.  They are easy and gorgeous.  I am making this particular scarf with the colors brick, apple, sidewalk, and tar in the Shibui Linen.  All these colors can be ordered on our website.

Online Knitting SuppliesI am also working on a scarf using Habu linen.  So far, I am still experimenting with this pattern, trying to combine two yarns throughout the scarf and haven’t been happy with the results.  I will put this finished scarf in a future blog when I get it right.  Having said that, I am more than happy with the Habu Linen itself.  Here is what I have knitted so far.  This just might be an all linen scarf.  You cannot tell from the picture how light and beautiful this linen feels knitted up. Continue Reading Scarfaholic – The Summer Scarf – Part One

Knitting to Know Ewe Pattern Featured by Shibui Knits

Strata Shibui Knits

Diane Greenfield shares her Strata scarf with Shibui Knits at TNNA.

Shibui Knits is now featuring a scarf designed by Diane Greenfield, owner of Knitting to Know Ewe. Shibui has chosen the Strata scarf to highlight their yarns. Knitters across the country are now working on the Strata scarf!

The Strata is a “knitted piece about process.” This scarf uses a combination of Shibui Silk Cloud, Cima, and Pebble yarns and is a great pattern for knitters looking to combine different textures and colors. Yarns are held double or triple throughout the progression of this gently textured scarf—a background of twisted stockinette makes this knit meticulous, but not difficult. The final result is a lightweight scarf that celebrates color. When finished, the scarf is 92 inches long and 14.5 inches wide.

Shibui is offering the pattern for free with the purchase of yarn. Get started on your own Strata scarf today! Stop in to Knitting to Know Ewe to pick up some Shibui yarn and the Strata pattern.

Scarfoholic: A Scarf Isn’t Just For Keeping Warm

Habu Textiles, created by Takako Ueki, is one of our favorite lines of fibers in our store. I, personally, have made several scarves and garments with Habu, and love them all. They are not only unique, but very wearable items. I always say that the things I have made and seen made from Habu yarn are the things I would buy at a store if I saw them hanging there.

Since this is a Scarfoholic blog, I will speak to the various choices a knitter has to make spectacular scarves out of Habu Textiles. Since we carry just about everything in the Habu yarn line at our store and on our website, we are always thrilled with the limitless possibilities we have to make amazing projects. They are truly works of art, and I am always impressed with what our knitters come up with in terms of color combinations and their own ideas for scarves.

Habu Scarf

Habu Kusha Kusha scarf made with Habu Stainless Steel and Merino.

I had to write about one of my favorite scarves, not only in our store, but in the whole knitting community. It is the Habu Kusha Kusha Scarf pattern made with Habu Stainless Steel and Merino. In this blog I will share not only the pattern information with you, but show you several examples of this scarf.

As you can see, this scarf is unusual. I think it looks more like jewelry than a scarf. Whenever I wear it, heads turn. I am frequently asked where I got the scarf, and when I tell someone that I made it, they want to make one for themselves. One of the features of this scarf that cannot be shown in a picture is that it can be manipulated into different shapes because of the Stainless Steel. This is one of the things that makes this scarf so special.

The scarf is typically made with two cones of Habu Stainless Steel, and one cone of Habu Fine Merino. Some knitters have chosen to make the scarf longer and/or wider. The combinations of Stainless Steel colors and Merino colors are endless. The Stainless Steel comes in three different fiber combinations; linen, wool, or silk. We carry all three choices. Stainless Steel is a wonderful fiber to use. The Wool Stainless gives more of a matte finish. The Silk Stainless is the softest. The Linen Stainless is the shiniest. As for the Fine Merino, it is absolutely lovely. I will include in this blog a project that was done using only the Fine Merino, so that you can see what it looks like on its own.

Continue Reading Scarfoholic: A Scarf Isn’t Just For Keeping Warm

Another Scarfoholic Favorite: The Ostrich Scarf

This is an oldie but goodie at our store. I wanted to make a scarf using a stitch that looked complicated, but was easy. I came up with this one. It is basically a stockinette stitch with one row that changes it all.

Here is the stitch pattern:

  • Cast on desired amount of stitches to make your scarf
  • Knit in stockinette stitch for as many rows as desired. End with a right side row.
  • Next row: *Purl 2tog, yarn over, repeat from * to end.
  • Repeat above to desired length.
  • Bind off on a stockinette row.

Continue Reading Another Scarfoholic Favorite: The Ostrich Scarf

A Confessed Scarfoholic

scarfSince learning how to knit at the age of ten, it is unnecessary to say that I have accumulated somewhat of a hillock of knitting projects. There have been tons of sweaters knitted just for the store alone. And, don’t get me wrong. I do enjoy putting on that finished sweater and prancing around the house, singing “I made this! I am a genius!” (Let’s face it. There is nothing like self praise). I have gone the gamut from socks, baby sweaters, afghans, and gloves. I have nurtured a healthy addiction to all aspects of felting, from dry needle to knitted felting. But, far and above everything else, I LOVE making scarves. Why, you may ask? Okay. I will tell you.

There are limitless types of scarves. It is an ideal first project. It can be a very basic design, but made out of a luxury fiber, it can be spectacular. When I am teaching someone to knit, we start with a simple scarf. But, it is my belief that using a quality yarn and great needles makes knitting easier to learn, and ends with a much nicer scarf. Continue Reading A Confessed Scarfoholic