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26 March 2019

Are you open to the unexpected?

Hi there,

Years ago I read an article in Gourmet Magazine by a woman who had planned a dining trip around Europe. She scoped out all the top restaurants and booked hotels accordingly. For months before the trip, she pored over the menus, deciding what she would order, focusing on the specialties of each area and each chef to ensure the optimal experience at every restaurant and throughout her trip

After the trip, at home, writing about the experience, she realized that while she had eaten very well and had absolutely the best meals in the world, there was a anti-climactic feel to the experience. Going into the restaurant and ordering what she'd planned took away the excitement. She didn't get that thrill of surprise - the delight of the unexpected -- which is the most fun of all.

We all do this kind of thing to some extent - it's only natural to try and control your destiny, but there is such freedom in letting go - such joy! Think how awesome it would be if your husband or best friend called up continue reading

All the fun things going on!

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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!

Knit Night -- Knit one Sip Two

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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

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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

More details and to register

Nightshift has been a super popular project, but I think our version is the best. Keidi, who knit the shop sample in 7 different colors of Kureyon, has graciously accepted my invitation to get everyone started on your own Kureyon Nightshift. It's a fun project that looks complicated, but is actually pretty easy, using slipped stitches to create the intricate color work. There's even a neat i-cord knit right along for a smooth edge.

We had so much fun last week that we're meeting again this Friday - join us!

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.
KAL starts Saturday, April 27th

March Bookclub meets this week

The last painting of sara de vos

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos

Our selection for this March is The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, by Sarah Crichton.

In 1631, Sara de Vos is admitted as a master painter to the Guild of St. Luke's in Holland, the first woman to be so recognized. Three hundred years later, only one work attributed to de Vos is known to remain - a haunting winter scene, At the Edge of a Wood, which hangs over the bed of a wealthy descendant of the original owner. An Australian grad student, Ellie Shipley, struggling to stay afloat in New York, agrees to paint a forgery of the landscape, a decision that will haunt her. Because now, half a century later, she's curating an exhibit of female Dutch painters, and both versions threaten to arrive.

You don't have to be a "member" to attend, just read the book and join us to discuss it. The last Wednesday of the month.

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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