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
Yep, it’s Saturday. Christmas is officially here.
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.)
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
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.
- You had to shave this morning.
- You and your friends are driving to the desired trick or treat street.
- You are way taller than any height requirement for a ride at Universal Studios.
- 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.)
|Awesome Thor Pez Dispenser|
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.
See you soon!
Diane and Christin
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.
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:
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.
|Cool Barbecuing Thor.|
In the meantime, we are having a party!
|Rising Dawn Shawl by Stephen West|
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.
- Assembling anything made by IKEA.
- Ordering broiled flounder anywhere.
- Vacuuming out your car yourself.
- 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
- 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.
- Wearing pointed-toed, spike heeled ouchy shoes. You think you look great, but nobody looks good when they are dealing with that much pain.
- 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.)
- 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