Thursday, July 23, 2015

It's YarnCrawl, Y'all!


AND Knit1 turns 10!!!!

Knit1 opened in August of 2005 with Karen Clements as the owner.  I remember literally coming to a dead stop in the middle of Lincoln Avenue when I saw the sign!  I couldn't believe that a yarn store had opened in my neighborhood.  Karen and I became fast friends and I started working for her maybe 8 months or so after she opened.  I started by teaching a class and then working in the shop, there's more to the story, or maybe to the history, but here we are 10 years later.  I bought the shop in March of 2010 when Karen and her family moved to California.  It's truly been the best years of my life.  I've made incredible friends, learned a lot from all the students and customers who come to the shop and hopefully gotten to be a better knitter and shop owner over these years.  And now it's time to celebrate!

What a happy bit of synchronicity it is to have YarnCrawl and our Anniversary coincide.  To celebrate these occasions we have several things planned: First, our Annual Crawl Party is going to be on Friday, July 31st starting at 6:30PM. We are overjoyed that Karen Clements will be here to celebrate! Our free Yarn Crawl pattern is a piece designed by Karen exclusively for Knit 1's 10 Year Anniversary. As part of our celebration that night we will have a new palette of our limited edition Knit 1 Yarn designed especially for our Anniversary event by local dyer Dagmar Klos.  

Second:  Our other dear friends from California, Anzula Luxury Fibers, will be here for a trunk show and yarn sale on Sunday, August 2nd starting at noon. They are here for 3 hours only.  If any of you were here last year for the trunk show you know it's gonna be good!  They bring tons of yarn and sample garments and it's yarn-y, stitching heaven!  If you haven't seen their yarn, even more reason to come by, plus they bring some of the lines that we don't carry but lust after. We'll have refreshments, raffles, free stuff and the usual merriment!  


We can't wait to see all of you!
Lynn and Karen



Monday, June 22, 2015

Welcome to Summer

This is pretty much what we've been dealing with lately.   Last Monday we listened to tornado sirens for at least an hour.  I've lived here most of my life and I can't remember hearing those sirens here.  Pretty creepy, indeed.

In stitching news, though summer has barely begun we are already anticipating the new yarn we've ordered for fall -- Swan's Island, the new fiber from Shibui and a new fiber from Sincere Sheep -- just to whet your appetite.  And wait'll you see the pattern support!  So many things I want to stitch.  Many really creative people are creating yarns and patterns.  I'm so energized by what I'm seeing and I feel excited about the future of our crafts.

We're also working on Yarn Crawl which is coming up in just over a month!  It's our 10 year anniversary and I can't wait to celebrate with all of you.  Stay tuned....

In the meantime, brave the weather and come see our summer yarns and my favorite new item the Ambatalia Bento Bag.

It comes in 3 sizes -- small $18; medium $20; and large $24.

The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain.  ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
See you soon,
Lynn

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Spring and KAL

It's spring.  Is the other shoe going to drop?  Is a late season blizzard going to blanket our new crocuses?  Will we ever be wearing sandals ever again?  Yes. The answer is YES we will wear sandals, but in the meantime I'm soothing myself with new projects and new yarn which I think is a perfect metaphor for spring and growth and renewal and all those words that make their way into the lexicon this time of year.  Look at what we're planning!

Spring Knit A Long!



The Modern Tunic Knit-a-Long is about to begin.  We're casting on Monday, April 13 and we'll wrap up on the weekend of June 13 and 14.  This is such a great garment and it can be knit in so many yarns and combinations.  When Lori was here for the workshop in January, she was wearing it knit in Shibui Linen and Cima.  I've started mine in that combo and I love it.  I'm continually impressed by the brilliance of Shibui yarn.  So many yarn combinations work and you can choose to mix colors as well.  You don't need to do it in Shibui, we have lots of other yarns that would be perfect.  Stop into the shop and we'll get you all set up.

Here are the deets:

•Come in anytime to buy your yarn and pattern and receive 10% off on all supplies specifically for this project.

•Check in with us here in the comments section or by email info@knit1chgo.com and/or here on Ravelry.  You must check in to get your discount.

•Join us on Monday evening for the official kick off.

•Great prizes for the first people to complete their garment.  Prizes will be awarded the weekend of June 14th.

Can't wait till I can wear this with some white jeans and sandals!
Lynn