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Knitting/Crocheting for Mental Health

Knitting/Crocheting for Mental Health
I worry about us this winter. We must stay vigilant to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but taking precautions against the pandemic--particularly not being able to gather with friends and loved ones--may make winter feel especially long....

Summer Top Season Is Coming!

Summer Top Season Is Coming!
It has become tradition every May/June that we celebrate the promise of good weather to come by casting on a summer top in our Summer Top Knit-Along (KAL). While this spring is different from any other spring any of us has seen, we are determined to stick to tradition. Summer WILL come. We WILL get to be outside. And we hopefully will get to see friends and family and neighbours who will admire our summer tops and ooh and aah at our impressive knitting skills.

An Upside to the Downtime

An Upside to the Downtime
We're all reeling a bit from this "new normal" we're navigating due to the oppressive presence of Covid-19.  My greatest hope is that you are all s...

TNNA Days 3 & 4

The National Needlearts Association offers learning opportunities specifically for retailers of needlearts products. In my four days in Cleveland, ...

TNNA Day 2

Whew! It was a whirlwind! I started my day at 6:30 (which I virtually never do!). My first workshop was at 8, and I was plagued by a not-enough-sle...

TNNA Day 1

TNNA Day 1
I am blogging a day late because I had just no time yesterday! I met a fellow shop owner over breakfast: Mary Virginia from Dixie Knits in Pensaco...

A Love of Knitting Unites Us

Hello, friends! I am blogging from Cleveland, Ohio, where I am attending my first National Needlearts Association (TNNA) conference. Exciting!

My navigation system said the drive from Cobourg was only 5.75 hours without stops—not bad. And it was a good day for a drive, with sunshine and clear skies the whole way. Since I had the whole day, I used Ravelry's new Road Trip feature, which lists all yarn stores between a traveller's starting and ending points. 

Our First Anniversary

Yesterday we celebrated our first year. Since practically day one, I have felt elated and overwhelmed by the response the store has received. Yesterday, though, that feeling was increased tenfold.

It Takes a Community to Build an LYS

Opening Yarn It! was the realization of a longtime dream. I'd never taken the dream seriously because I didn't think it was realistic, plus I had a...

Gathering and Frolicking: Helpful Hints for Attending Fibre Fests

Fibre fest season is in full swing, and I know that many of you are attending a festival for the first time. Thinking back to my first time at the ...

Gauge Swatching

Who wants to do a gauge swatch when there's all that fun knitting to do? However, for certain projects, a gauge swatch really needs to be the first thing you cast on. If you're knitting a scarf or a shawl, the gauge doesn't matter a lot. But if you're knitting a garment intended to fit the person you're knitting it for, gauge matters.

Our First Knit-Along

Our first knit-along was in January 2018, and we had about 20 active participants, either online or in-store or both. The knitted results are just beautiful, as are the friendships blossoming among many of the knitters. We have KALs planned throughout the year, and they're always free to join!