We’re proud of you!

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Be very proud of what you have made!We hear a lot of people get down on themselves for producing an ill-fitting garment, not having the “right” gauge and tension, selecting the wrong yarn for a project, and a multitude of other things.

We have a secret: we’ve been there, too. These sorts of things have only helped  to make us better knitters and crocheters, though.

Before you get to this point, come into the shop with your project or issue and let us help! We’d love to get you on the right track and cheer you on. We know you can do it!

If you need a little extra attention, we have clinics throughout the week where you can get more focused assistance from an instructor. Call the shop for dates and times and to get registered in advance: 612-925-2454.

Join our Book Club KAL

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nu-social-square-2016-03-02Have you read any good books lately? We’d love to have you join us for our first knit-along this weekend! We’re knitting up the Reader’s Wrap over the next month and a half while we talk about our favorite reads.

There’s a small one-time fee of $5 to help us pay for classroom materials & snacks, but otherwise we just want you to hang out with us! Register online or call the store at 612-925-2454 to save your seat.

Hop over to the Facebook event to get the discussion ideas started!

Extended Stitches Workshop with Bente Geil

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We were so fortunate to host a class & reception with Bente Geil of Geilsk Yarns on Friday afternoon. She inspired us with a  few different ways of rethinking some texture in our knitting, including cables and a Bloom motif.

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Bente shared licorice candy with us, which she explained was everywhere in Denmark – and cute with her company’s logo printed on them!

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Laura modeled our shop sample of one of Bente’s pattern, Comfort Piece.

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After class, we relaxed and chatted about our projects. It’s so nice to get a fresh perspective from a pattern designer! Thanks for the fun afternoon, Bente – and thanks to everyone who joined us!

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What inspires you?

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"I can...be inspired by a certain fold in a skirt, or a sweater wrongly buttoned." - Bente Geil

We’re so excited to host a class & social reception with Bente Geil tomorrow night (Friday the 26th) at 3pm. For the class, she will also be specifically covering various kinds of stitches to enhance to your knit work – which means we’ll get a peak into how she comes up with her beautiful garment designs!

Are you interested in joining? Call the store at 612-925-2454 to ask about reserving your seat.

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Knitting for Health

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Recently there have been several articles about how knitting reduces stress and improves other physical traits —

From the New York Times:

Dr. Herbert Benson, a pioneer in mind/body medicine and author of “The Relaxation Response,” says that the repetitive action of needlework can induce a relaxed state like that associated with meditation and yoga. Once you get beyond the initial learning curve, knitting and crocheting can lower heart rate and blood pressure and reduce harmful blood levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

But unlike meditation, craft activities result in tangible and often useful products that can enhance self-esteem. I keep photos of my singular accomplishments on my cellphone to boost my spirits when needed.

 

From Collective Evolution:

According to a study published in 2011, elders who participate in arts and crafts are up to 50 percent less likely to experience a decline in brain function or a mild cognitive impairment compared to those who don’t.

 

And in the Chicago Tribune:

“Even if people have a bad week or don’t feel well, we encourage them to come,” she said. “A lot of the people here don’t have a lot of family nearby, and this provides them with some company.”

 

Of course we agree with all of this positive news about knitting! We’d love to see you in the store (whether you knit or crochet). You can schedule a private lesson, join a clinic, or considering visiting during our monthly Urban Knitters group which meets on the last Saturday of the month from 3-5pm.

RSVP to join on Facebook and let’s keep the fun conversations going online!