Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Well, going out of business sucks. But if there's one good thing, it's that we are contributing to the stashes of area knitters.

Let the stashing continue! Starting April 21, everything in the store will be 30% off. Books and Patterns will be 75% off! And we have freshly stocked sale bins up front that are 50%-75%.

Our last official day is April 30, but even after that, the sales don't quit!

Our LIQUIDATION SALE (I only seem to be able to type that in all caps) is Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 (Otherwise known as Oaks and Derby). Everything in the shop will be 50%- 80% off! We'll also have a $1 bin and $5 grab bags. Cash and check only, please.

Thank you so much for your support and friendship! We really appreciate it!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Eloise Sweater (again)

To review: Eloise Cardigan (free on Ravelry), one skein of Cascade Sierra, smallest size.

Here she is at two months.

One month.

And two weeks.

So MH has gotten bigger, but this sweater is still too big. I have a sneaking suspicion that all of her sweaters--no matter what size they are--will fit her perfectly in July.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Sad News

You have probably already heard the sad news that after five years, we have decided to close the Knit Nook. Many factors led to this decision, but the main reason is that we have been hit very hard by the economic downturn. Closing so soon was definitely not part of the plan. I always thought that my children would go to Bloom and come hang out at the yarn store after school. That they would grow up sitting at that big old table coloring, doing homework (and hopefully) knitting. But it just wasn't meant to be. It makes me sadder than I can even say...I just don't have the words. (And don't forget, I have my MFA in Creative Writing--a masters degree in figuring out how to say something!)

But even now, I have no regrets. The last five years have been a blessing. I got to do what I loved for five years. I might not have made much money, but being able to take all the yarn I ever wanted right off the shelves made me the envy of every knitter. And most importantly, I have formed more friendships in that tiny little store than in my whole entire life. My life is better because I owned the Knit Nook. And even though the store will close this spring, I know that I have made friendships that will last a lifetime.

Thank you so much for five wonderful years.


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Old sweaters

MH and I went to the Knit Nook today. Mimi (aka Cindy) was wearing one of the first sweaters she ever knitted. It was so long ago, in fact, that I don't remember the pattern or the yarn. (I think she made the pattern up and the yarn company went out of business, so a lot of good that information would have been anyway.)

But MH was sweaterless (again. I never seem to remember that people get mad when babies are hand knit-less in a yarn store. She doesn't even have a hand knit hat. I'm an embarrassment.)

But luckily, Mimi/Cindy was there and she had just the thing: another sweater that was knit a long time ago, except this time I sort of remember the stats. It was the lamb sweater from Slip Stitch Knitting out Swedish Yarns Baby Ull. It was the smallest size and I remember at the time we were convinced that it was impossible that a human could ever be so small, that only one of the smaller stuffed animals would wear it.

But here MH is at almost seven weeks and it fits her perfectly.

So MH has a new sweater. It was five years in the making, but definitely worth the wait.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

More baby pictures (by popular demand)

Mitzi requested more pictures of Mary Hadley. How am I to refuse such a request (especially when it's made by a brand new grandma?) I was also criticized at Stitch and Bitch for not dressing MH in any hand knits. So here's killing two birds with one blog entry.

Here she is in her Eloise Eyelet Cardigan. A few weeks later, and it's fitting a bit better. (MH is a month old now!)

And here she is in the One Skein Hooded Baby Sweater (rav link) that Mimi (aka Cindy) knit for her.

Posing for pictures is difficult work!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

First Sweater

I remember when I first knit this sweater and it didn't seem possible that a human being could ever be so small. Well, turns out Mary is even smaller than that! The sweater is a bit big, but she doesn't seem to mind! Here's hoping we'll get at least another month out of it.

Pattern: Eloise Eyelet Cardi (Lion Brand) [rav link]--the smallest size
Yarn: Exactly one skein of Cascade Sierra, gifted by Steven
Needles: US 8

This is a great pattern for a quick and easy baby sweater. It literally took me a day to knit.

In other news, we'll be closing early on Christmas Eve and will remain closed through the weekend. Have a Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 12, 2010


After 9 months of pregnancy and 12 hours of labor, Mary Hadley Dennis was born on Thursday, December 9 at 7:18 pm. She weighed in at 8 lbs 2 ounces and 20 inches. (I know how you all like the baby stats!)
We're both doing fine. Sleep deprived, but recovering nicely.
And did I mention that she's the most beautiful person that I've ever seen in my life? Definitely knitworthy!