18 August 2015 Knitting is love For bookclub this month, I'm reading Unforgettable, Scott Simon's story of his mother, a former showgirl and all aro

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18 August 2015

tanya s tunic

Tanya's tiny baby tunic

Knitting is love

For bookclub this month, I'm reading Unforgettable, Scott Simon's story of his mother, a former showgirl and all around bonne vivante, as she succumbed to cancer at 84. Simon opens by saying that death is the reason for life. It's why we do what we do. Death is why societies construct monuments and make art. It's why couples have children, and it's why we struggle to build something that will endure after we are gone. It's because our time on earth is finite that we feel compelled to create.

At some level, I guess it's why many of us knit. Unlike so much of what we do, knitting is proof of our time spent. It's a tangible representation of continue reading

ambidextrous mittens

Beginner Mittens

Beginner Mitten Class this Saturday

Mittens are a terrific little project - small, portable, and full of learning opportunities. This particular pattern is really a gauntlet with a flared cuff that transitions into ribbing around the wrist. That cuff is not only attractive but functional. The flare helps block cold air from going up your coat sleeve, so you stay nice and toasty.

This is a fun class - two sessions, and you can easily finish the pair in that time. This class is a great introduction continue reading


Caesious, a beautiful introduction to the wonderful world of Curls!

August First Friday project

Caesious Curl KAL kickoff

We still have Hunter Hammersen's Trunk Show featuring projects from all four of her books - Curiosity Cabinet I, II, and II, and her latest book Curls. We're especially excited about Curls, a collection of shawls with an innovative shape that's fun to knit and easy to wear.

It's not too late to get started on our August First Friday knit along -- the Caesious Curl in Breathless DK from Shalimar. Breathless DK combines cashmere, silk, and merino into an elegant yarn with a beautiful hand. Your Caesious will be a treat to knit and an luxurious accessory to enjoy.


Thinking about a cozy fall sweater?

6 week Custom Fit Sweater Class

This class is a guided knit for your Custom Fit Sweater. If you are a newer knitter, there may be some sweater knitting techniques that are unfamiliar to you. This class will show you exactly what is meant in the pattern and how to accomplish it. It will keep you on track and help ensure your Custom Fit sweater not only fits perfectly, but looks professional.

If you're already an accomplished sweater knitter, you will find that the structure of a class helps keep you on track. Continue reading

color sticks

Beautiful New Shawl Pins and Sticks

When we were at TNNA, Ginni and Mary and I found this beautiful new line of shawl pins and stick pins. We brought a few back with us, and they were gone within a week. Fortunately, we had worked with the artist and scheduled a trunk show to coincide with our Curls Trunk Show, As I said above, it really is a match made in heaven.

These pins feature colorful inlays of polymer clay in white bronze and lead free pewter settings. Some of the polymer based pins encase metal armatures in their structures. Everything is crafted in the USA, of nickel silver made exclusively for Bonnie's designs.

Betcha can't pick just one!

Moebius cowl

Beautiful Colinette Giotto

arrived recently - such happiness! Shimmery cotton ribbon hand-dyed as only Colinette can. Oh my goodness. We'd barely gotten it into baskets when Mary showed up with this cute cowl. A perfect summer thing - beautiful colors, mindless stitching, and fun fringe to really show off the yarn. Of course you can leave the fringe off you prefer a sleeker look.

Come choose your color and get started on a quick summer fling - just one skein!

Spanish Bay sweater

Custom Fit sweaters are perfect every time

Custom Fit Workshop September 20

This three hour session comprises a series of exercises in which you'll really think about and determine your personal style. You'll look at your clothing preferences, your personal style, and your body silhouette. You'll discover which sweater shapes flatter your silhouette, which styles make the most of your best assets, and which types of sweaters work best with the way you like to live.

Once you know what types of sweaters you like, what flatters your shape, and what suites your lifestyle, we'll move on to the nitty gritty -- making a flattering sweater that fits you perfectly. We'll take a complete set of your body measurements and store them in the Custom Fit database for you. continue reading and sign up


Art Work Shop - Explore the Creative Arts

Saturday, September 12th

1 day - 15 Artists -- Endless possibilities

The St. Mary's Arts Council, in conjunction with the Leonardtown Arts and Entertainment District is hosting a fabulous day of art workshops. Painting, bead crochet, shadow knitting, poetry, needle felting, and much more! The very best artists from Southern Maryland and beyond are coming together to teach and share. Class for all skill levels - beginner and advanced. You can register here, but hurry because space is limited and you don't want to miss it!

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