These Are The Breaks


When a child needs dicipline, an adult will usually place the child in a chair. The child is told that he or she is being punished with a “time out,” and that they are not allowed to get up from the chair until the adult tells them that it is okay to do so. At that moment, the child hates the chair, because he or she has been told that this is a punishment. They are dying to get up and be freed of the chair. But, as the child gets older, the very same activiity will become a precious gift when someone utters the words, “Let’s take a break.”

Ah, the wondrous break. Who doesn’t love it? Whether it is a rest from something one is enjoying, like dancing, or from something not so enjoyable like working, it is always a great thing. So, we decided to pay homage to the break, and examine the different types of breaks one can take.

Ah, the wondrous break. Who doesn’t love it? Whether it is a rest from something one is enjoying, like dancing, or from something not so enjoyable like working, it is always a great thing. So, we decided to pay homage to the break, and examine the different types of breaks one can take.

The lunch hour break: This is a much better break. Not only because it is longer, but there is food involved. On this break you can actually sit, relax, chat with friends, and eat. True, it definitely goes faster than any other hour of the day, but it’s a much better “time out.” Some people actually grab something to eat quickly, and use this hour for other things. If you are spry, you can go shopping, run an errand, or do something else that’s fun. And yes, there are actually people who work through their lunch hour, thinking they are superior to others. This, in our opinion, is a foolish endeavor. Nobody thinks that you are superior working through your lunch hour, pal. You are eventually going to die with the rest of us. Have a chicken leg. Live it up. The work will still be there an hour from now. Carpe Diem.

You know who knows exactly what to do on a break? That awesome guy, Thor. He doesn’t waste an hour on stupid stuff. Thor naps. That’s how awesome he is,


The afternoon off: This is paradise. There is only one thing that beats the afternoon off, and it is the snow day. Let’s talk about the snow day for a second. This is a perfect day if you don’t have to travel to work in the snow. (If you have to travel to work, you get both a sympathy and a “hat’s off to you” gesture) But, when the announcement is made that the office is closed for the day, it’s like Christmas. Like your birthday. It is a beautiful, guilt free, surprise slice of heaven right there. A gift you weren’t expecting. Nothing better. As a matter of fact, it’s so great that we will override the afternoon off break, and just talk about the snow day. It is a WHOLE free day off. You get to stay in your jammies, and do whatever you want to do. These days don’t come along frequently, so we suggest that they are used wisely. Don’t emulate the “work through lunch guy”, and do something incredibly stupid with such a gift like he does by cleaning out a closet or reorganizing files. What a jerk. Bet he likes to say “Okay, back to work” as frequently as possible. And you know he was the kid who reminded the teacher she didn’t give out a homework assignment. You are not well liked, sir. The least you could do is work from home.

Is there wisdom to be found when examining the break? We think so. Our advice is to find your happy place within any break, and enjoy it to its fullest. Sure, that hairy, pocket protector guy mentioned above may get a raise or a promotion from working through his break times, but how wise is he to do so? He may have a bit more money, and a better office, but what does he spend his money on with no one who wants to spend any time with him? He blew up all his happy moments on a bigger desk. He is Hairy Attila the Hun Missed The Whole Point Of A Break Guy. And he is definitely not getting a weenie this summer. Let’s remember that. So, our advice is live it up in the free time that we are given. Read a good book. Sit in the sun and eat a sandwich. And, maybe, knit?

The Cocoknits Sweater Workshop Book, by Julie Weisenberger, is a new way to create different sweaters, using a sweater structure that is in every pattern. Once you learn how to make the “yoke”, you can then choose different versions of it, using different yarns. The sweaters are clean, and cutting edge in design. They are the sweaters you would choose to buy at the store. Simple and beautiful.
Here are what they look like:

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Starting on Sunday, February 25th,, will be the first class of the workshop. There are four classes altogether. You sign up for each class individually, so that you are not committed to all four classes if you don’t feel that you need them. You must register in advance for each class, though. There is a guest instructor, and you need to reserve your space. You can sign up for one or all classes on our website, by going to this link:

Class #1

Sunday, February 25th, 1:00 to 3:00

You set up your pattern in your workbook, you cast on and learn the increase stitches, and set up the yoke markers. You then do the twelve rows that begin the yoke.

Class #2

Sunday, March 4th, 1:00 to 3:00

Your twelve rows are completed before this class. You learn how to pick up the stitches for the shoulders. You then do the rows that complete the shoulders, joining in the round to begin the body of the sweater

Class #3

Sunday, March 25th, 1:00 to 3:00

With the body completed, you will pick up the stitches for the sleeves, knitting in the round, using double pointed needles or the magic loop.

Both will be demonstrated in this lesson.

After the first lesson, you will be able to register for the next class in the store while you are there. This is a beautiful way to make a sweater that actually fits, and we think you will enjoy learning this method. The class is $30.00 per hour. Please let us know in advance if you can’t make it. You can call us at 215.598.9276, write us, or stop by the store.

We also want to mention that we just got a lot of new yarn in, and it will keep coming. (Great stuff to make a Cocoknits sweater with). Right now, new Manos Del Uruguay, Madeline Tosh, and Big Bad Wool just came in. What also just arrived are the square needles from Knitter’s Pride that have become popular recently. Lots of new patterns, notions, and cool stuff.

Our store will be closed Tuesday, February 20th, Wednesday, February 21st, and Thursday, February 22nd. We will reopen on Friday, February 23rd.

So, we invite you to learn something new, or buy something new. Take a break and come over. Don’t be like that misguided, Hun guy with no weenie. (Don’t think that came out right.)

Happy Valentine’s Day And See You Soon!

Diane and Christin