Thursday, Nov. 24th – closed. Happy Thanksgiving!
Friday, Nov. 25th – 8:00 am – 6:00 pm. Black Friday Sale!
Saturday, Nov. 26th – 10:00 am – 4:00 PM. Small Business Saturday!
11:01 am – 6:00 pm — 15% off the entire store!
Passports on sale now!
Be sure to mark your calendars for September 15th, 16th, 17th, & 18th for the brand-new, re-designed shop hop. We’re changing things up a bit this year! Our new name is the Mid Mitten Yarn Shops (MMYS), in place of CAYSC (because who could remember what that stood for, anyway!), and look for a lower ticket price ($15 instead of $20), among other changes. As most of you know, we lost a yarn shop in the year since our last shop hop, but we also gained a fantastic new shop and partner in MMYS, Sticks & Strings in Old Town. So join us, fellow knitters, as we celebrate all the fantastic fiber and inspiration from your local yarn shops, the Yarn Garden, Rae’s Yarn Boutique, Sticks & Strings, and Woven Art!
|Swatch with US 8 needle (stitch x row) = 3.875″ x 4.1875″|
|Swatch with US 9 needle = 4″ x 4.625″|
5. Wring out the extra water and let them air dry. I swear by ShamWows!… they really are extra absorbent and dry really fast. Plus, there’s no lint like from a regular towel.
|US 8 swatch = 4.125″ x 4.25″|
|US 9 swatch after bath = 4.5625″ x 4.625″|
9. What I would do differently – I forgot to measure before I trussed up the swatches. That way, we could actually see what the difference was before and after they were weighted. Oh well, next time.
So yes, swatching AND BLOCKING really IS important, even though it feels like it takes time away from our “REAL” knitting. Knitters, go forth and knit with confidence, knowing ahead of time how your project will turn out!
Close up of my favorite part of the project. The button hole loops were made at the same time as the applied i-cord edging, then wrapped with yarn. Cool, huh? And the super awesome buttons are hand made by my friend, customer, fellow knitter, and local artist Stormi Stuler.
|“Oh you scared me! What are you doing in my garden?!” I exclaimed.|
|“Poor little guy… I’m not going to hurt you! My name is Lindsay, what’s your name?” I asked gently.|
|“Don’t worry Irving, I love little knit guys like you. Why don’t you come inside?” I said coaxingly.|
|Irving cocked his little ears and said, “I guess you’re all right for a human. What’s inside?”|
|“Uh, Lindsay? Why do you have this stuff in the bathroom? That’s weird!” Irving asked. I replied, “Why not? I have a captive audience when they’re in there!”|
|“This mug is glorious! I love the sheep and the green yarn floating around it. It’s very comfy for a monster like me to rest in.” Irving rambled on and on.|
|“Irving, why don’t we go meet another toy? Leave poor Henry alone!” I exclaimed, hurrying to rescue poor Henry.|
|“Finally, some normal friends. Not weirdo pink bears… what were you thinking, Lindsay!? Everyone knows that monsters and bears don’t get along. Sheesh!” Irving scolded.|
|“LINDSAY!” Irving yelled. “I don’t like this place… it’s too far away from all the action!”|
|“This is perfect! Now I can see both doors, and make sure no one sneaks up on me. And, then I’m closer to you and we can talk all about……..” Irving started rambling.|
Pattern: Bermuda Scarf, designed by Ilga Leja
Link: Ravelry link – can be downloaded here!
Yarn: 180 grams of Silk Garden Sock, colorway S322
Needles: 24″ US 8 (5 mm) addi Turbo
What a pretty day! The sun is shining in the bright blue sky, the winds are relatively calm, and it looks pretty warm out. You know what this weather is good for? Eating a ball park hot dog at Cooley Law School Stadium and cheering the Lugnuts on to a victory. Wait… what’s that? There’s an event planned just for knitters? Called Stitch ‘n’ Pitch? That sounds too good to be true! Combining all of the above as well as knitting and yarn buddies. Could it get any better?! Why yes, it could. Make it Ladies’ Night and throw in drink specials and salon services!
Interested? Join us for Ladies Night on Wednesday, June 15th as Yarn Garden and Woven Art host a Stitch ‘n’ Pitch at Cooley Law School Stadium to cheer on Lansing’s own Lugnuts. For just $38, there will be a catered dinner, boys in baseball pants (ahem!), drink specials, a goody bag (with a baseball-inspired sock pattern designed by yours truly, and Lugnuts-inspired sock yarn hand dyed by Nancy!), and a host of other activities. Tickets on sale NOW, call to reserve yours!