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2 April 2019

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Earlier this year I was in Seattle visiting my daughter, Elizabeth, and her fiance, Andrew. They were trying to buy a house. It’s a hot market in Seattle -- new listings have several offers in just a few hours. It’s crazy. Elizabeth asked me to go and look at the two townhomes they were considering. One was newer with granite countertops, hardwood floors, and a large pantry. Its one car garage meant that either Elizabeth or Andrew would have the challenge of finding street parking every day. The other home was a few years older, and although it was completely remodeled, there was no pantry and only one master bathroom sink. However, this older house had not only a garage, but a driveway, giving them effectively two parking spaces.

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Good Mood

April First Friday, indulge yourself in Happiness, the lusciously soft new yarn from Wooladdicts. This is a fun project, and as a special bonus, you can get the pattern for free courtesy of the wonderful folks at Berroco. Order Good Mood on Ravelry and use the code WOOLADDICTS - You'll have to hurry though, because this offer ends April 3, 2019

Get your pattern and come choose your color, or order 6 skeins of Happiness here Join us Friday night for our special, helpful techniques for this pattern

Looking forward to seeing you First Friday.

mystery knit

Spring Mystery Knit

Our Spring Mystery Shawl knitalong is coming along. We've got the yarn and the beads, and we're super excited to take you on a fabulous 10-week journey. There will be some new and interesting things you may never have seen before, but I think you'll find it fun and exciting. Mary will be in the shop Wednesdays and Thursdays to help you with any tricky parts, but overall, it's like anything else - just take it one step at a time and enjoy the ride!
There are 7 color options each with its own coordinating beads. Come by the shop and choose your favorite, or you can order online here.

The fun starts April 12th, and the project is a shawl featuring Silk Degrade, a beautiful gradient yarn in 100% silk. I guarantee it's like nothing you've ever knit before. There will be ten weekly clues, so you shouldn't have any trouble keeping up!

We have a limited number of kits available, so when they go on sale next week, be sure to pick yours up right away!

Strong spirit

Strong Spirit

Strong Spirit Knitalong

This beautiful sweater is a quick knit in shimmery Sunshine. Worked with three skeins of the main color and one skein of each of two contrasting colors. The sample is white with light and dark gray, but how fun would it be in navy, light gray, and white -- or red, taupe, and black. Soooo many fun options! Come choose your colors, or you can order them online here

Get all 23 patterns in the Wooladdicts #2 Spring Collection or order the single pattern here on Ravelry

Join Gina to get started Sundays starting April 14th at 1:30

Cowl Shell

Cowl Shell Knitalong

Melissa of the Flying Feathers fame is back for a new spring knitalong of the Cowl Shell. This is a beautiful and timeless sweater that flatters a the feminine form and takes advantage of the kinds of yarns we love for warmer weather.

Worked in the round up to the armholes, with a lovely draping neckline created by German short rows, this is a quick project and a fun knit. I can see this becoming a wardrobe staple to wear under a jacket for work or on its own. Might need on in every color. We're using Rustic Silk, a lightweight silk yarn with beautiful tonal colors.
Join Melissa Saturdays starting April 27th at 2 pm


Local Yarn Store Day

Local Yarn Store Day is a fun event, and the kickoff for our Spring Fling celebration. Join us all day for fun promotions, yarn events, and prizes.

There'll be a brand new Gedifra Trunk Show and yar tasting, brand new products, and cool treats from Cocoknits, and more. See you Saturday, April 27th

beginning knitting group

Learn to knit Wednesdays and Fridays

Did you know that we have beginning knitting classes every Friday morning and every Wednesday evening? If you'd like to learn to knit, brush up on the basics, or work through your first (or tenth) project with some hands on guidance, join us. These are one-hour group lessons. Space is limited, so you will need to register to ensure your spot. Sign up for one or several right here

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learning to knit

Bring your own project, we've got the wine! Bring whatever you're working and join us for an evening of fun and knitting. Get a little help with your project, or get the basics of knitting. Knit One Sip Two is a perfect great way to decompress, practice mindfulness, and give yourself a little me-time either by yourself or with your girlfriends. Continue Reading

map and ship

You still have a chance to join me on a fabulous Viking River Cruise through the Bordeaux region of France - home of legendary castles, chateaux, and wine. I'm not big cruise ship kinda girl, but this is a small, luxury ship built for the Gironde, a very small waterway where the Dordogne and Garonne Rivers meet. I've always wanted to do a trip like this -- it's going to be amazing! We'll have beautiful sights, delicious food, and legendary wine. If you are thinking of signing up, there is still space. Please contact Shirley at Cole Travel to see what cabins are available and to make sure you get our more info

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