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?

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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

 

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

An Honest Thanksgiving?

One of the major themes in the recent presidential election was honesty. In light of the emphasis placed on this issue, we got to thinking. Honesty should not only be a political theme. It should ingrain itself into one’s personal life as well. There is nothing wrong with living an honest, wholesome lifestyle. And what better time to start this new honesty thing, but on Thanksgiving Day? Let it be an opportunity for one to cleanse oneself of the lies and deception we have readily shared with our friends and relatives. What do we mean by this? We think you know. It’s the little things we have omitted in an effort to maintain harmony and peace with our loved ones. But, for one day out of the year, let’s try this honesty thing. Let’s come clean, and tell people what is honest and true. Here are some suggestions:

Tell your Aunt Sally that, yes, you have heard the story about Mickey Rooney winking at her. Take time to tell your cousin Bertha that her baby closely resemble Gerald Ford (it’s a girl). How about your Uncle Stanley? It’s time he faces the truth: anyone with two eyes can see that he is wearing a hair piece. Instead of smiling through Aunt Irene’s “famous” pumpkin pie, tell her she should make something different. Or perhaps stay out of the kitchen altogether. And don’t forget about Uncle Hank. You can finally give him a piece of your mind about hogging the candied yams.

Well, maybe honesty isn’t always the best policy. Sure, you could tell all of your relatives what you really think of them this Thanksgiving and break all of their little hearts with your truthiness (Stephen Colbert invented this word.) But, what’s the point? Let’s face it. The truth can be tough to hear. And you don’t want to slaughter people in the name of honesty. You are one of the sweetest people on the planet. You’re like the good witch, Glinda.

Glinda the Good Witch

Let Aunt Sally tell her Mickey Rooney Story. Your only real job here is to act surprised again. She is 93. Pour yourself a scotch and gasp when she gets to the winking part.

Tell your cousin Bertha that you see her granddaughter in the political arena in the future. (After all, it doesn’t hurt to already resemble a past president.) Maybe she will be our first woman in the oval office.

Politely ask Uncle Hank to pass the candied yams. You’ve been dealing with Thanksgiving politics for years. You know how to handle a food hog.

As for Uncle Stanley, there is only one thing to do for him. Knit him a great hat. Who knows? Maybe he will become a hat guy. No need for a toupee under a hat, right?

And speaking of knitting, we have the perfect hat for your Uncle Stanley. Loopy Mango has come out with a great hat kit. The merino is super soft, and the hat only takes a few hours to make (around three). Great for Uncle Stanley and it looks good on women too. Here it is below: This kit comes with the needles, the pattern and the yarn (and this cool box). The kit is priced at $39.00.

Woman in a gray, knit cap

You are welcome, Uncle Stanley.

We are also getting an unspeakable amount of Madeline Tosh arriving next week. Just in time for the holidays. Could anything be better?

But for now, our store is adjusting it’s hours for the holiday. Tuesday, November 22nd, we will close at 4:00pm. We will be open all day on the 23rd, but closed Thanksgiving Day to celebrate with our families. We will return to normal hours on November 25th. Yay!

Have a great Thanksgiving. Smile and hug everyone a lot. There is nothing wrong with being a Glinda. And, remember: on this one particular day, alcohol is your friend. And that’s the truth.

Pumpkin pie

Sigh.

See you soon!
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

Still nope.

 

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.