Saturday, September 27, 2014

Planes and Socks and Classes and Yarn, lots of Yarn

Socks are ideal small canvases for the skills and preferences of knitters: made with beautiful hand-dyed, or colourful self-striping yarns; showcasing breathtaking stitch patterns; and featuring a level of detail and ornament to rival any sixteenth-century silk stocking. 
-Kate Davies from her blog

Man working on his small canvas

Yesterday was insanely quiet.  After the fire at the FAA in Aurora not a single plane was in the air over Chicago.  I know it created an enormous mess and my heart broke for people who couldn't get to weddings and family reunions and other events with loved ones.  However, on the ground?  Blissfully quiet.  We had a full house in the shop, the door was open, the breeze was blowing and the shelves are groaning with yarn!

We have posted the fall classes:  there are several sessions of Beginning Knitting; Intro to Crochet; Socks, ummm, SOCKS, people!  this is for all of you all who say "you should teach a sock class!" OK!  we will!! Now sign up for it!!!  It's really fun, wait'll you learn to turn a heel!  You won't believe what you can do with some sticks and string.  And, the piece de resistance --- Tubular Cast On class.  You will be amazed by this cast on.  It's fun to do, plus it gives everything this polished, professional edge.  It's the perfect accompaniment to your fall and winter accessories.  Check out the Class tab for times and dates. 

And speaking of socks, in November we are teaching our insanely popular Christmas Stocking.  There are so many cool skills learned in this class, plus it's a chance to craft your own, unique stocking using any colors you want.

I know it's really warm this week, and I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but this is your heads up, people -- it's gonna get cold, really cold -- your head and your hands and your feet will thank you for knitting up a little some'in.

See you soon,

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Habu Department + Japanese Knitting and Crochet

Many years ago I came across a Japanese Knitting book in a book store.  It was exquisite -- like Haiku -- evocative and perfectly crafted.  Ever since, I've been enamored of Japanese crafts.  I'm always hunting for things Japanese so when I discovered Habu I was smitten.  Slowly, we have created quite a collection of their beautiful yarns.  Often customers will come in and ask what they can make with the cones of yarn with the lovely little paper labels.  We now have a vast resource of patterns we've been collecting to help guide you. 

While at the Needle Arts Trade show in May, I chanced on a company from California that sells unusual accessories and books and they had a first-rate selection of Japanese knitting and crochet books.  I ordered the titles that intrigued me most and I'm not disappointed -- they are endlessly inspiring.  I hope you'll come in and look at them and the Habu yarns and embark on one of these compelling projects.


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Knit 1 Hearts Chicagoland Yarn Crawl!

It's July and new yarn and samples are coming through the door at lightning speed!?  It can only mean one thing -- Yarn Crawl starts next weekend.  Here are the highlights:

Friday, August 1 from 6PM - 8PM Customer Appreciation Party
We will be debuting a limited edition, Private Label Knit 1 Yarn.  It's exclusive and artisanal and gorgeous.  The party features door prizes, a $50 gift certificate for the winner of the evening's raffle, refreshments and a chance to pick up your Passport.

We are featuring the wonderful yarn and concept that is Shibui.  Come see a selection of model garments made with mixes of Shibui fiber.  The mix idea, in the words of Shibui fuses modern taste with classic silhouettes, creating a line of elegant and functional designs.  Affordable luxury yarns and inventive, elegant patterns with  creative and accomplished designers like Julie Hoover, Kirsten Johnstone and Lori Versace just to name a few, is what Shibui is all about.  On Wednesday, August 6 you will have a chance to explore the concept yourself during The Mix Party.  Each participant receives mini skeins of each fiber.  You will have the chance to try your own mixes and try on garments; it's akin to mixing paint colors, but it's fiber!  This party is for knitters of every level and budget; you can't make a mistake and you can make a wonderful and unique piece for under $50.  There is a $10 charge for participating, but you can apply it to your Shibui purchase of $20 or more on the day of the party. Please call to register 773-244-1646 or send me an email at

A new shipment of Madelinetosh is in the house!  We also have a fantastic selection of Jul closures, a great selection of the new Addi Rocket needles and a whole lot more!  And as with each Yarn Crawl, everything in the store is 10% off. 

We love Yarn Crawl and we can't wait to see all of you friends, new and old!