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If It Ain’t Broke…

What should be more celebrated than the human spirit of invention? It is, indeed, a wondrous thing. We certainly covet and appreciate creativity and innovation. However, one must not reject a past creation, with its perfection, in the name of improvement. Some things simply do not require improvement. And, in the attempt to make it “better,” some inventors miss the entire point of what made the thing great to begin with. There are some things that just need to stay the way they are. They just end up being pretentious and wrong. Here are some examples:

The Grilled Cheese Sandwich

This is a perfect sandwich. The bread lightly grilled, the cheese (good old American cheese) gooey and warm, and served beside a steaming bowl of soup (tomato is our preference). 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 here. No cod fish. No wild boar. Settle down right now.

The Tunafish Sandwich

This is a sacred sandwich. We don’t mind if you change the bread to a roll. You can even put tomato or cheese on it. That’s fine. But seared ahi tuna is an abomination. It needs to stay on the sushi menu or in a stir fry. Whoever came up with this idea needs a time out. He needs to look within himself closely and come to grips with some of the issues that he’s been carrying around. Did his mother not hold him enough? Is he afraid of something like heights or inclosed places? Whatever his issues may be, he needs to work some heavy stuff out. Try to find his soul again. Geez

Pizza

Here is the 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. So let’s just mention what shouldn’t go on a pizza. Or, better still, let’s list some that have wicked combinations:

Tropical Veggie Delight (yes, this is a real thing) has zuchini and pineapple on it. Are you kidding? Zuchini shouldn’t be within ten feet of a pizza.

Asian Fusion Pizza. Chicken, peanuts, and snap peas. No comment.

Mexican Fiesta Pizza. Refried beans, chorizo, and beef. Sounds good if you are at Taco Bell.

At this point, we are willing to renegotiate. Let’s just call all the above flatbreads and we are good. Leave pizza alone, though. It is an icon. They got it right the first time./span>

Cheesecake

Again, this is a perfect thing. Cream cheese, vanilla, butter, sugar, on a graham cracker crust. Here come the wicked 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.

Ice Cream

This might be the worst one. Ice cream has always had a great range of flavors. We have no problem with that. But, today, the attempt to create the most pretentious ice cream flavor in an attempt to modernize it, has reached a feverish level. Here are some examples:

Lavender, hibiscus, and green tea ice cream. This is not ice cream. It is potpourri.

Cillantro, watermelon, cucumber ice cream. Not in a million years.

Cayenne, sage, vanilla ice cream. We like the vanilla part.

We could go on, but what are we trying to say here? The best way to say it is that, sometimes, simplicity is a beautiful thing. Like a great cup of coffee. (Let’s not go into what they have done to coffee. Adding all that whipped cream and syrups. That’s not coffee anymore. It’s a sundae. Who can drink that first thing in the morning without going into insulin shock?)

Or a great, clean lined, simple sweater. A sweater that requires no extra design. It simply highlights the incredible yarn with which it is made. It allows the yarn to do all the work. And it fits and looks great.

We have been making one sweater after the other from the Cocoknits Sweater Workbook. This is such a great book, and you can make simple, clean sweaters out of any yarn you want. The pattern is easy and fun. If you get the book, the worksheet book, and the color coded stitch markers, you are set. You can use your stash yarn up making great sweaters. If you can’t get to our store, here are the links to order the books and markers from our website:

http://www.knittingtoknowewe.com/patterns-and-books/

http://www.knittingtoknowewe.com/notions/

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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 have already started to get the orders we placed at the convention last month. Appalachian Organic Cotton has new natural beiges that just came in. They are great. Shibui Reed has arrived. It is their new linen, and it is soft and wonderful. Rain has also arrived in some new colors. This is Shibui’s pure cotton yarn. It is what the dark gray sweater above is made out of. Really beautiful stuff.

We are about to get in Big Bad Wool. All of it. You are going to love this yarn. 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.

So, stop by and see us. Think about a new project you want to make, and we will help you put something awesome together. We have lots of ideas and are here to help you through your project. So, get yourself an audiobook and sit by the pool, knit and listen. That’s our tip of the day.

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

 

We Are So Not Kidding. You Really Don’t Want To Miss This

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The Habu Event

Get ready for a huge all day Habu Event this weekend. On 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 while supply lasts, 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

One Year Anniversary!

Hello, all! We just got back from our TNNA Convention (The National NeedleArts Conference), and are really psyched about what we saw and purchased there. Some amazing things are going to arrive in our store in the next few months, so stay tuned and pop in to visit us! We will be receiving new Loopy Mango kits, Anzula, Manos del Uruguay, Knit Collage, and more.  

In addition to all that, there is a new book by Cocoknits!  This is not just any book.  This book will change the way we knit projects.  It incorporates notions that work with the projects, and will allow the knitter to make a project with any yarn they wish.  The patterns are amazing, and are beautifully easy to make.  This book is set to be released at the end of this month.  We are really jazzed about it, and think you will be too.

We also have a very exciting date coming up in the next few weeks. Can you guess what?  It is our one year anniversary in our new store!  We are having a little party in honor of the occasion on Sunday, February 26th, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m (the whole day, basically.) There will be refreshments, and EVERYTHING IN THE STORE WILL BE 10% OFF (look at it as an extended Valentine’s Day Softee Bonus)!  

So, come in and celebrate our being in Newtown for a whole year now.  We love being there, and love to see you when you come and visit us. 

See you soon,

Diane and Christin

 

Last Minute Christmas Presents

 

 

 

Yep, it’s Saturday. Christmas is officially here. Now or Later
For those who have perfected the art of procrastination, we say, “Good for you!”  You have worked hard to achieve a goal for yourself.  Nothing wrong with that.  We know what it takes to be an ace procrastinator: a distorted perception of time and a whole lot of denial.  

Well, not to worry.  Just for you, we will not only be open regular hours this week, but will also be open from 10:00am to noon on Christmas Eve for all you last minute shoppers!

We will be here helping you to slide right under the wire without anyone ever knowing that you waited until the absolute last second to get your presents.  No one has to know.  It will look like you planned this holiday gift giving bonanza months ago.  We will gift wrap whatever you purchase (we do an awesome job with gift cards as well). They’ll never know that you came in minutes before we closed on Saturday. 

(Do you know who never procrastinates?  That awesome guy, Thor.  He gets all of his presents way before the holidays.  He is that awesome.)

Thor in a Santa hat

We will also be open from 10:00am to 2:00pm on New Year’s Eve for those who entirely miss the mark and are trying to scramble for belated gifts.  

Also, keep an eye open for our next Newsletter! It is going to have a pretty good surprise in it. ( Hint:  It rhymes with pale. Get it?) 

So you see, we’ve got your back.  If we don’t see you this week, have a great holiday and a happy new year!

Diane and Christin

 

A Halloween Life Lesson

It is time for Halloween again! Fun, right? Little kids wait for this holiday all year. They plan out their costumes, and get ready to trick or treat. They can’t wait to trade candy with their buddies. All good fun. But, we just wanted to put out a message that we just couldn’t not do this year. You notice that we mentioned little kids, right? Little is the key word here. So, we are addressing the other trick or treater; the kid way too old to still be trick or treating.

Maybe you were on the fence about going out this year door to door. But, you love to trick or treat. Maybe you can get one more Halloween under your belt. Let’s rethink this, shall we?

Who doesn’t like an adorable little kid, ringing the doorbell and waiting for his treat? All he or she wants is for you to make a big fuss over how great they look and hand them a Kit Kat bar. But, after a certain age, this scenario takes on a whole new reaction. Let’s face it. The older one gets, the odder it is to go door to door asking for handouts. Instead of handing you a candy bar, it wouldn’t be a stretch to have someone with a taser in one hand and a cell phone in the other ready to dial 911 when they see you coming. Don’t know if you are too old to trick or treat? No problem. We have provided a handy set of guidelines for you.

You are too old if:
  1. You had to shave this morning.
  2. You and your friends are driving to the desired trick or treat street.
  3. You are way taller than any height requirement for a ride at Universal Studios.
  4. You are a registered voter.Get it? It’s over.



But, don’t be so glum. Let your little brother have his glory, dressed as Harry Potter, collecting confections. You can do tons of things he can’t do. Don’t you remember how tough it was to be his age? And, it isn’t all rainbows anyway. He is about to experience the heartache that is candy corn. (It looks awesome, and you get all excited about eating it. Then you eat it and remember that it is awful, and you ask yourself why you never remember that this stuff is terrible.)

(You know who never trick or treated when he got too old to do it? That awesome guy, Thor. He even created a Pez dispenser to hand out to little kids.)
Awesome Thor Pez Dispenser


And, we might add, if you are looking at your little brother right now, sad that he can go out and trick or treat and you no longer can, we feel this is a great way for you to prepare for the future, when the list of things you loved and you can no longer do gets longer and longer. (This is called aging, and it really sucks.)

See? A life lesson.So, here are your choices. You can either go to a party with others your age dressed in costumes, or stay home and answer the door when the kids ring the bell for treats. If neither of these work for you, go upstairs, take off your Jack Sparrow costume, and do something grown up like watch CNN, preparing for the first time you will vote. And, yes, you can steal some of the candy. We’re not heartless here.

We know that all this doesn’t have a lot to do with knitting. We just had to put this out there. Besides, there are no Newesletter rules. This isn’t Russia, people. But, since we are a yarn store, let’s talk knitting.

A ton of stuff has arrived this month. New Madeline Tosh, new Shibui, new Loopy Mango, new Manos, new Anzula, actually, more than we can list right here. Come in and see and touch everything. We have great new patterns and ideas for making your next project.

We like to mention, from time to time, that we offer individual, one- on-one lessons for anything knitting, crocheting, felting, or weaving related. We are happy to accommodate your schedule and your needs. Just call, write, or stop buy to schedule a lesson. The lessons are $28.00 per hour. (And, don’t forget about our gift cards. You can purchase a lesson for someone anytime. Think holidays.) We also are always happy to help you if you are stuck with a project (we do not care if you purchased the yarn from us). We will help you for free and will make sure you are able to finish your project. We like happy, confident knitters. It’s what we are all about.

So, new stuff (And always more coming, yay!), great support, and a life lesson. No tricks. Just treats.

Happy Halloween!
See you soon!
Diane and Christin

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Three Little Words: Back to School

Indeed. Back to school. It’s quite a “hi tech” activity these days. One simply goes online, prints out the new list of school supplies, and heads to Target. Or, they can be assisted by their new best friend in the whole world: Amazon. Just check off those items on the list, and they show up at your door all set and ready to go to school this year.

But, we decided to really go back to school. All the way back to when their were no “fancy gadgets.” Back to when the closest thing to Facebook was a photo album. A playlist was who you were meeting after school on your soft ball team. A tablet was a pill you took when you were sick. Yep. These kids today have it too soft. They didn’t play on monkey bars that were metal pipes set in concrete. They didn’t slide down a rusty slide that burnt your butt and dumped you on (of course) concrete. They didn’t wish for a short monogrammed last name like Stone or Smith, so that it didn’t disappear into each of your armpits of your gym suit. And ever really look at your pictures when you were at school? Oh yeah, that’s what your hair looked like before blow dryers.

But, there were some perks. Like actual food in the cafeteria. And let’s not forget, back in the day, you were encouraged to eat all of the food groups. Skinny was a bad thing. Marilyn Monroe was curvy. And when you got home from school, you watched Band Stand. You learned the latest dance. You twisted, and you played 45’s on a hifi. You actually learned math, and practiced good penmanship. There was no texting. No Twitter. No Instagram. There was Ed Sullivan, Gun Smoke, and Bonanza. (And later the real Star Trek).

Nothing beat new school supplies either. The list was short. New pencils (in their new pencil case), an eraser, a ruler, a scissors, some paste, a loose leaf notebook, and those cool black and white composition books (that are retro now). You had actual school books. You went to the library. You had a set of encyclopedias that contained all the knowledge of the world. You did reports and dioramas. You actually copied and pasted by hand. Downloading was stuffing feathers into a pillow.

(You know who went to school back then? That awesome guy Thor. He probably was the star quarterback in his school.)

We learned how to cook, sew, and looky what we have here…we learned how to knit!

And, speaking of knitting, we should mention what is coming into our store this month.

Our newest order of Anzula Cricket is arriving this week. It is gorgeous yarn of merino and cashmere in beautiful colors. New Loopy Mango cotton, that makes a fantastic baby blanket or throw. Really fast and easy.

We are featuring this month Toft CrochetedAnimals. Here are just two of them. There are dinosaurs, a pink flamingo, a sloth, a bat, and lots of others. If you crochet, these are really fun!

They are on our website to order at: http://www.knittingtoknowewe.com/toft-amigurumi-kits/

And, boy, are we weaving! Our weaving teacher, Sara Armstrong, created a shawl version of the Unicorn Tail Scarf with Madeline Tosh Merino Light and Shibui Silk Cloud.

unnamed (6)You can make a scarf just like this using a Cricket Loom. We sell these wonderful looms on our website at: http://www.knittingtoknowewe.com/weaving-and-spinning/ and in our store.

Get started weaving with a class with Sara by calling our store at 215.598.9276 or writing to us on our website. We will get right back to you to set up your class. Weaving with Sara is awesome. It’s a great new thing to do this Fall.

We are getting new things in all the time. Check out our new shawl pins by Jul. Here are just some of the beautiful pins to use with the new shawl you can make this fall.

You can order any and all of them on our website at:
http://www.knittingtoknowewe.com/accessories/shawl-pins/

So, as you stroll through the Back To School aisles in your local Target store, watching everyone check off their list of school supplies, smile. You know what a warrior you were when you were getting your school supplies. You survived with only three channels on the TV. You had a transistor radio and a princess phone. You knew what real milkshakes tasted like. You ate hot food on a tray at the school cafeteria. You wrote letters and put stamps on the envelope. And you went to the movies to see Star Wars for the first time. And almost everything you owned is now for sale again at Urban Outfitters. Yes, you were a warrior all right. And you were cool.

Well of Course We Know How to Barbeque!

It’s summer!  What a great time of year! Nothing but great, really, really warm fun, right?

There is nothing like laying on a beach, or in a hammock, or in a swimming  pool,  taking in that great summer fun. ( Plus, lots of sweating, sunburn, mosquitos, and poison ivy.)  How great is that!!

And what about picnics? Nothing like an old time family picnic to get the summer started. And what would a real family gathering be without the thing that says summer the most?

Why, of course we are talking about a barbecue!  And who doesn’t know all about barbecuing?  (Well, actually, we don’t. We actually have never barbecued.  But, hey, that doesn’t mean that we couldn’t. We are certain that we could barbecue if there was some sort of a barbecue emergency. How hard could it be?  We already know the basics)

We already know all of this:

There are various foods that one must procure for a barbecue.  We are just skipping this food supplying part.  We imagine some sort of hunting takes place. So, let’s say that the food is at the barbecue already. All prepared and what not.

The barbecue is some sort of container where the fire lives. Sometimes people poke the food with sticks. Sometimes people put a stick right through the food and then they spin the food. There is also a flippy thing that is used to turn the food over. So, we figured out that the idea is to keep the food in constant motion. Either poke it, spin it, or flip it. Just keep the food moving, and you can’t go wrong.  See? We’ve got this.

It is also pretty important to wear some sort of a hat. Like a chef’s hat, but more festive. It usually has something written on it. An apron is worn as well. Again, writing on it seems to be the thing to do. We have decided this is to identify one as a cook to the other cooks.

We would like to note that there is also some involvement with tiny black bricks. We have heard that these bricks are used before the fire comes. We have surmised that these bricks are used to build something before you have to start moving the food. We are guessing it keeps the cook occupied. We thought of many things that can be built with these bricks. A tiny house? Maybe a chair? How about a cool pyramid? We have decided that we would build the pyramid.

(You know who probably knows how to barbecue really well? That awesome guy, Thor. There is no need to have writing on his apron because everyone knows Thor. He really looks good in his barbecue outfit below, right? Plus, he knows all about fire. He is that cool.)

Cool Barbecuing Thor.

So, as you can see, we have figured out enough about barbecuing to do it if need be. We do, however, know a lot more about knitting. Speaking of knitting, we have just returned from our convention this month, and can’t wait to get all the stuff we ordered. Some of it is already at our store. But, we will be getting a steady stream of new things for the next few months. ( New Loopy Mango, new Habu, new Shibui, new Madeline Tosh, new gorgeous accessories from Jul, Cocoknits, Chica, and new Knit Collage. Just to name a few things. We will keep you posted as these things arrive. They will be on Twitter and Facebook)

In the meantime, we are having a party!

It is a “Let’s Go Crazy Party” in honor of Prince!  It will be on Sunday, July 17th, between 1:00 and 3:00. There will be purple sangria, Prince music, and everything in the store that is purple will be on sale!  We will be making an awesome shawl by Stephen West, called Rising Dawn. (Named after his mother, so sweet!).  It takes only two skeins of Madeline Tosh Twist. The event is free. Come and have fun and start your shawl. It is a really fun shawl to make, and, if you have never made a Stephen West shawl, this is a perfect first one.


Rising Dawn Shawl by Stephen West

Our store will be open on Saturday, July 2nd, and closed Sunday, July 3rd. We will be supporting someone who is barbecuing that day. Now that we know how to barbecue, we want to congratulate this unsung hero we call the cook.

Plus, we want to see what he builds with his tiny bricks.

See you soon, and have a wonderful July the 4th!!

Diane and Christin

Stuff You Never Have to Do Again

We all have stuff we absolutely can’t get out of doing. Lots of things, like paying taxes, going to the dentist, walking the dog, colonoscopies, and maintaining good hair. And, after all, we are pretty responsible people, aren’t we? We’re tough. We do what has to be done.

And we do it 24/7.

But we realized that there is this other list. The list that has stuff to do on it that nobody is putting a gun to your head to do. Stuff you just think you have to do anyway. But, good news! You don’t have to do anything on this list. You just didn’t think it through. No gun here. No devastation if you do not do any of these things.  We have comprised a list of just a few examples of things that never have to be done again.

Here goes:

  1. Assembling anything made by IKEA.
  2. Ordering broiled flounder anywhere.
  3. Vacuuming out your car yourself.
  4. Sharing your dessert with anyone. (Come on. First sweet  treat in three months. That is why they give you a fork  instead of a spoon. Makes a great weapon.) You know who never has a problem with someone trying to share his dessert? That awesome guy, Thor. They probably give him their desserts to share. He is that awesome
  5. We can really help with number 8. We are getting new Habu in this week. We just got in more beautiful Shibui, and we are on our way to the convention this weekend to buy more great stuff for you!  So, the store will be closed Saturday and Sunday, June 11th and 12th, so we can check out what is new and fabulous, and then bring it home.Planting bulbs with that weird, round, hole making thingy. (Hard work. The squirrels eat most of them. And big deal. They last like a week.
  6. Wearing pointed-toed, spike heeled ouchy shoes. You think you look great, but nobody looks good when they are dealing with that much pain.
  7. Volunteering to make that casserole with the string beans again this Thanksgiving. Stay quiet during the meal planning. Let somebody else go looking for cream of mushroom soup and those onions that come in a can. (Let’s face it. It’s a very strange casserole.)
  8. And how about this? Continuing to work on that sweater you have been knitting for, like eleven years now, thinking that you have to finish it because it is a reflection on your character and good name if you do not. Big news; nobody cares at this point. The sweater is probably out of style by now, and you don’t even wear that color anymore. Plus, you are not enjoying knitting it. Geez. Just come in and pick out something new and gorgeous and exciting to make.

 

There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, June 18th, at 10:00 a.m., by the Newtown Business Association, welcoming us to Newtown! We are excited to be part of Newtown, and appreciate this warm welcome. In honor of this special occasion, there will be a nice surprise at our store that day. Watch for more details to come.

Feel free to add as many items to the list as you wish. Nothing beats listing things you never have to do.  Well, almost nothing beats it. ( Maybe that store that has the little blue box beats it, or finding out Johnny Depp has had a crush on you since he was fifteen, and wants to take you too Paris for the weekend, beats it.  But that is definitely it.)

See you soon!
Diane and Christin