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

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

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

 

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.

 

New Year’s Resolution

A brand new year is upon us!  A blank slate.  A fresh start.  How great is that?  We start the celebration with a toast.  We wish all good things for everyone.  It’s all good.  Then, we yank out that timely tradition and set ourselves up for the next 365 days.  What are we talking about?  Why, none other than the New Year’s Resolution.

From an early age, we have learned that by proclaiming our many flaws and weaknesses at the beginning of every year and resolving to change them, we are on the road to becoming new, improved versions of ourselves.  We at Knitting to Know Ewe ask, is this really the best idea?  Maybe this tradition requires some rethinking. Resolutions are great and all, but not when it compromises a fundamental character trait.

Here is a case in point:

What if your New Year’s Resolution is to be more thrifty this year?  You could certainly stand to tighten the old belt, right?  No problem. You can do this.  Piece of cake.  Now there you are a week later, walking in the mall past one of your favorite shoe stores. You say to yourself, “Self, there is no harm in looking in the window.” Besides, you certainly aren’t going into the store. Just looking. Hold up –

What is that you see there in the window?  Jimmy Choo heels 20% off!  What??? They are really great, but…nope; not gonna bite. Your resolution is firm. It is solid. And you will be much happier sticking to it…but you’d be pretty happy in those shoes, too.  In fact, you know you would do a happy dance if you had those shoes (and you’d look fabulous doing a happy dance in those shoes). But no. You are strong.

You turn to walk away, but what is this, now?  Who is this lady and why is she looking at those beautiful shoes? Yep, she definitely is looking at those shoes.  You peek over and, yes, it looks like she could very well be the same size as you.  What if there is only one pair left? What if this is your last chance to ever buy a pair of perfect Jimmy Choo shoes? Is she going to take them? Hmmm…this woman looking at the shoes reminds you of someone.  Oh yeah, your second cousin, Theresa.  You never liked her.  And she never liked animals.  There is something wrong with a person who doesn’t like animals.  Yep, there was definitely something wrong with Theresa.  Bet the shoe lady doesn’t like animals either.

Why would you let her take the last pair of Jimmy Choo heels and be happy?  She doesn’t deserve them.  She must be a hater.  Plus, you would look so much better than she would in those shoes. She doesn’t have the right vibe to wear those shoes, and you don’t like her personal ethics. She doesn’t like animals. Those shoes really are not right for her.  Why, you would be doing her a favor by taking them.  Better go in and grab them.  You’re welcome, you soulless Theresa wannabe.

Jimmy Choo shoes

Of course, in a situation like the above, you can’t even feel good about your awesome purchase, because you now feel like you have let yourself and the world down.  It’s sad, really.  But, you wouldn’t have felt bad at all had you not made the resolution in the first place.  So if you still want to keep this tradition going, we have a few suggestions.  The rule of thumb is to set manageable resolutions.  Want to be healthier? Don’t resolve to lose 50lbs, just resolve to drink more water! Or you could resolve to floss everyday, or water your plants more regularly.  See where we are going with this?  This way, you have an opportunity to feel successful and improved.  Don’t set the bar so high that you feel bad about yourself, and a pervasive sadness takes over, and you are hurled into the Great Abyss of Failure. Not a very happy new year in store like that, is there?

New Year Dog Of Sadness

New Year Dog Of Sadness

(You know who never sets himself up for a New Year’s Resolution failure?  That awesome guy, Thor.  Of course, he doesn’t have any issues to resolve.  He is that awesome.)

Thor smirking

Awesome Thor with no issues to resolve

Another reason to be happy you don’t do the spending resolution is because we are having a Big Habu Sale Event!  That’s right.  From now to January 20th, Everything Habu is 30% off! Come in and load up on all the Habu you have always wanted.  It’s beautiful stuff.  (Don’t let that Theresa impersonator beat you out).

Our store will be closed from Friday, January 20th, and reopening on Wednesday, February lst. 

(We will be at the TNNA Convention, buying more ridiculously great stuff.)

We also should mention that we just got a truck load of Madeline Tosh in DK, Lite, ASAP, Silk, and Pashmina.  Lookey here:  

Tosh yarn

This isn’t even all of it. We had to use an additional wall. We’re talking a lot of Tosh here.

So, to summarize: don’t make any big declarations this year, unless they are to seek out ways to be happy and appreciative of the superb individual that you already are.

And resolve to see us soon!

Happy New Year!

Diane and Christin

lemur

What? Theresa doesn’t like me?

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