Knitting Newsletters now out

The most recent Schoolhouse Press newsletter is now out.  If you have ever knit the baby or adult surprise jacket you will want to read about the latest pattern update.  They have created a stranded circular version.  It definitely peaked my interest.    My niece is expecting and I have already started Knitting Pure and Simple’s baby sleeping bag. I am doing it in Classic Elite’s Liberty Wool.  I love the idea of a sleeper that will keep a baby  warm even if they have totally wet their diaper in the middle of the night.   This new baby surprise sweater will be on my list to try next.

Twist Collective is really a full knitting magazine available online.  Since the magazine is free, any patterns you want out of the magazine require you to purchase the patterns.  It really has some nice eye candy and the articles are informative.  For example check out this page with some interesting tips/techniques  or this page about how mistakes look.

Petite Purls  The latest edition 14 is about colorwork.  Great source for children patterns.


schoolhouse knitting camp

Now is the time to register for the schoolhouse press knitting camp.

From  the schoolhouse press website: 2013 marks the 40th year of Knitting Camp! Knitting Camp came into being when Elizabeth Zimmermann began teaching a weekend knitting course at an extension of the University of Wisconsin. Elizabeth Zimmermann passed the torch to her daughter, knitting designer Meg Swansen, and Schoolhouse Press now offers four sessions Thursday through Monday during four weekends in July.

Schoolhouse Press has a newsletter that comes our periodically.  You can see the current 2012/2013 winter issue here.   Or you can sign up and the newsletter will be delivered to your email whenever it is ready.

The old newsletters are archived so sit down and enjoy a good read by going through the archives.

New issue of Knitty is out

The new issue of magazine for spring/summer 2013 is out.  I love the write up that leads into the 1870  child sock.  If you are new to knitty, of course check out the current issue, but you will also want to check out the pattern archives.   You can search through the knitty archives or you can use ravelry and use the power of ravelry’s search to find the pattern you want.  (It is free to  create a user account)
Both of these sites are free and wonderful resources to knitters and crocheters.




old store location

I went by the old store location.  It is now a cycling place.  Interesting.   Next door is a Mead tasting place that is open 3 days a week ( yes the drink made from honey).  Interesting.
Muggswisz has added a location and it is in the Shakertown Plaza of my old store location.  I plan to put some business cards on their bulletin board in the next few days so if you are interested in group or private lessons come by and pick one up.  Even if you don’t want a card, their coffee is great.

Just general news

Since I last posted, I have  been doing knitting classes while pursuing other work and interests.  I am finally getting around to making  the website  look better this week.  My domain/server etc changed and it really looks wonky.  Without the shop it just wasn’t a top priority and I just let it slide.  My goal is to get it done by next week.  It is always good to have goals.

Since it has been so long since I posted here are some bullet points:

  • I started a Needlechat group at the Plain Local community branch.  We meet every  Wed 10 AM. Knitters, crocheters, cross stitch, needlepoint or anything with a needle please come by.  Most library branches have a group.
  • I finally signed up and when to the schoolhouse knitters camp last summer.  It was a wonderful experience.  Traveling there was an experience but the camp was great.
  • Still enjoying ravelry.  It is truly a great reference source.
  • I recently completed a scarf for the humane society fundraiser.  To make it look more special I went to Avenue Antiques.  The pins I got there were perfect.  She also has a great selection of cuff links.  Cuff links are a great way to pin a shawl in position around your shoulders.
  • I  will teach group or private lessons.  If you have a group, I can come and do a one time session or multiple sessions.   If you have a scout troop or a kids camp and need an activity contact me.
  • I have posted several videos on the yarniashop youtube channel.  I find youtube a handy tool for students to be able to look up skills they were taught in class.

Totally non knitting tip……  I love caramelized onions but they take so long.  So, when I do them for a dish, I will chop up 5-6 onions and make a HUGE batch.  I use what I need and then I put 1/2 cup to 1 cup plops on a sheet with parchment paper on it and stick it in the freezer.  In a short while, I pull these off and store in an airtight container.  This way if  I want them on a burger or it pops up as an ingredient for a dish and  I don’t have the time or energy to make them, I can have some in a matter of minutes.