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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

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

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

The Interworkings Of Your Pet’s Mind

Curious dog and cat


Pets are a wonder, aren’t they?  They keep us pretty busy with their crazy antics and make us smile when they are so darn cute.  We have a tendency to think they are simple minded, obsessing on ball-throwing and treats.  We have considered that, perhaps, they are smarter than we believe.  Because we at Knitting to Know Ewe adore our pets, we considered what is really going on in the world of pets.  

This is what we have noted about pets: 

1.  Diversion Technique:  In order to divert your attention from a stashed item (or misbehavior) some pets will show affection such as licking, jumping, and rubbing against your ankles.  If you find yourself being guided away from the sofa, for example, it is likely there is some mischief there.

cute dog peeking through fence

2.  Compliments and Disses: Pets tend to notice when you change your appearance in some way (unlike, ahem, some people). If pets like your look, they’ll tell you through their affection. They will lick you or rub against your ankle.  If they bark or hiss at you, that’s a pretty good sign that they don’t even recognize you anymore or dislike your new look.  Cats generally run and hide so they can laugh at you in secret.

cat grooming self

3.  Entertainment: Pets like to keep you entertained by doing insanely stupid things.  They will turn upside down and look up at you, or jump in a box, or pop up out of a pile of towels. You, or course, as their pet parent, think they are marvelous. You take pictures and videos of them and post them for your friends to see. (I wouldn’t be surprised if this was another diversion tactic. They are probably finding out our weaknesses to take over the planet).

puppy rolling in the grass

4. Begging: Pets utilize a variety of techniques to acquire extra food from you.  They whine, stand in front of where the food is stored and stare intently, look from you to the food storage area pointedly, rummage through pantries or cabinets, and lay down next to their food dishes and look disappointed and sad.  They believe that if they are consistent, we will cave. They know the power they have over you with their adorableness. Stay strong. 

cat looking up

(Do you know what the awesome Thor’s dog, Odin, thinks of him?  Odin thinks that Thor is as awesome as he is.)

Little dog dressed like Thor

In regards to Knitting to Know Ewe, there are TWO UPCOMING EVENTS

1. One Year Anniversary Party

Our One Year Anniversary Party is this Sunday, February 26th, from 11:30am to 4:00pm. Join us for refreshments and a celebration sale! Everything in our store will be 10% off!  Come in and celebrate with us!  We love our new location, and would love to see you there.

2. Manos del Uruguay Workshop

We are excited to bring in Lisa, from Manos del Uruguay, on Sunday, March 5 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm.  She will tell you all about how and where this beautiful yarn is made.  You will have a chance to see great projects made with this yarn, and ask her about the amazing group of women who make this yarn in Uruguay.  We have had one of her trunkshows in the past, and it was great.  Admission is free, so come and have a great afternoon with us.

See you soon!

Albert Einstein Dog

Future Planetary Ruler

Diane and Christin

 

Project of the Month

We are starting our first project of the month.  We picked a timely one.  We will be sending an email with more details, but feel free to contact us if you want to learn how to make it! Here is Christin, below, wearing her own pussyhat:

Make your Pussyhat

We have also gotten in some beautiful new kits from Loopy Mango!  Here are some of the great (and easy) projects you can make:

child in a pink scarf

Child with striped knit blanket

Girl in red, knit snow hat

We’ll post more projects soon!

See you soon!

Diane and Christin

Are you a Softee?

FeelGrate
In light of the upcoming Valentine’s Day, we thought we would focus on the people who truly embrace this day out of the year.  If you are, indeed, a Valentine’s Day fan, we salute you.  You most likely are what we, with great affection, refer to as a Softee.

Let’s take a little quiz to access whether you are one of these alleged Softee people.  Here is the quiz:

1.  Do you secretly have an extensive collection of romance novels with muscled torsos on the cover?

 

 

2.  Does your heart race (just a little) when you hear a love song from your past on the radio?

Naomi Cambell tearfully smiling

3.  Do you watch old movies with Cary Grant or Clarke Gable in them? (And let’s not forget Steve McQueen.)

Cary Grant saying you cant handle this

4.  Do you tear up watching sappy commercials on TV?

man crying

5.  Do you defend Twilight as a quality film?

Joey from Friends shrugging

We could go on here, but we believe the point has been made.  If you answered “yes” to all or most of the above questions, you are a Softee.  And, what’s wrong with that? Nothing at all!

We realize it sometimes isn’t so cool to be a Softee. In this cold, cynical world, it is easy to be scoffed at if you feel the need to drop to your knees upon encountering a puppy or see baby ducks at the park.  There can actually be eye rolling  or even gagging when you show this side of yourself to others.  But, who cares?  You are a dreamer.  A visionary in a cold, hard, jaded world. We are with you.

In light of this comparison we are making, let us explore when Valentine’s Day is expressed by some of these cynics.  Here are a few examples of when Valentine’s Day can go horribly wrong:

Valentines_Row1Valentines_Row2bad valentines

We believe our point has been made.  Left to their own devices, the Non-Softees just make a muck of things.  So keep your chin up.  Know that you are making the world better by believing that vampires sparkle in the sunlight.

(Do you know who is a bit of a Softee as well? That awesome guy, Thor.  He is a sucker for Valentine’s Day.)

Thor with a heart

Awesome Thor Valentine

Wool You be my Valentine?

Why, lookey here.  We’ve got ourselves a Valentine for knitters!  So, let’s talk about knitting.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we thought we would do something special.  On that day, everything red is 10% off in the store! There you go, Softees.

After Valentine’s Day, our store will be closed from Sunday, February 19th through Wednesday, February 22nd. Don’t worry! We’ll be back Thursday, February 23rd with all your favorite yarns, patterns, and knitting goods.

Stop by this magical month, and see the new things coming in!  We are here to help you put a project together, or help you with an existing one. We also like walks on the beach, writing poetry, finding ourselves, braiding each other’s hair…okay, now we’re just messing with you 😉

From these two Softees to another, Happy Valentine’s Day!

See you soon!

Diane and Christin

little boy aiming a gun at your heart valentine

Yikes.

 

Christmas Gift Ideas

Christmas is just around the corner! If you’re looking for a gift for the knitters in your family, how about one (or more) of the knitting products from Chica? They have amazing products that make a knitter’s life so much easier, like a needles and notions case, or a project bag that not only holds your knitting project but feeds the yarn to you perfectly! 

Project bags and needle and notions cases

We are bringing back our Web Only Sale of two great Schacht products for the holidays too! 10% OFF on the Schacht 18″ Cricket Loom and their Ladybug Spinning Wheel. Order these in time for the holidays! You can order now on our website. 

Loom and spinning wheel

If you think your loved one would like a gift experience, you could buy them a lesson from our store. We offer lessons in knitting, crochet, and weaving. You can purchase a lesson gift certificate and your loved one can choose instruction on just about anything he or she wishes to learn. If you can’t think of the perfect gift, we also have gift cards! We have a lot of stuff in our store, it is all pretty wonderful, and we always have more coming in! Doesn’t that make you just smile? ( We’re smiling pretty much all of the time just thinking about that. We just love seeing that UPS guy.)

We’re happy to help you pick out the perfect gift. Stop by soon!

Diane and Christin