Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Teeny Project Runway

Ann from Mason Dixon Knitting hosted a Teeny Project Runway Contest. My mom and I got right on that.
If you've been in our shop, you must recognize the penguin. We made her into a "modern day ice princess," and having her hold her fins and waddle that way down the runway really conveys that concept (for those of you who have been watching Project Runway Season 4, think Victoria during the candy project and you'll totally get the joke).

But that's not all! Tonya, the Shizknit, made a fierce look for her ugly doll. Even Nina Garcia can appreciate the genius of that gown!

The judges might die over it, or they might die because of it. Either way, it was a blast to participate. You can vote for your favorite here.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Water Thicker Than Yarn

Due to the terrible weather, we will be closing early today, Thursday, February 21st, at 1 pm. Stitch and Bitch is cancelled. We apologize, but you all will have to knit out of your stash today.

See you tomorrow.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day!

Or as my brother says, "Happy V. D.!"

This is my Valentine's Day package for my mom. I made the 4 embossed Hearts wash cloth found here out of some Creative Focus Cotton. I have also included a bar of rose soap, some organic rainforest chocolate, and some leftover crocheted hearts I made to decorate Jim's sock yarn bouquet for Wendi (he is seriously the best husband!) Those things were so fun to make, I seriously made twenty of them in just as many minutes. I wore a couple pinned to my shirt yesterday. (Nobody knew what they were because they curled so badly, so people were like, "Are those knitted shrimp?" And I was like, "No, they are crocheted hearts!")

And in other news, we finished the blanket! It looks great, y'all! Thanks to everyone who helped make it possible.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Knitting for Animals

Earlier this week, Mason Dixon announced that they are hosting a Teeny Project Runway Contest. For those of you equally obsessed with dressing up animals and Project Runway, this is an opportunity to bring your obsessions together! (Can I tell you how excited I am?) The rules are that you have to knit an outfit for a non-living, non-human, non-teddy bear animal, an outfit outrageous enough to be deemed Project Runway worthy. Make it work and I'll see you on the runway!

Speaking of animals wearing clothes, here are some gratuitous dog pictures. This is my friend Lettie's dog Sleepdaddy wearing the cabled ear flap hat Lettie's mom made her for Christmas.

Even though I secretly believe that all animals should wear clothes, Sleepdaddy was born to wear hats. It's like how some women complain that they don't look good in hats because their hair is too short so they look like they're bald, Sleepdaddy looks great in hats because his floppy ears stick out of the bottom, despite the ear flaps. Harper, you better watch out! I think you're getting a sweater before long!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Mylea wins!

Last year, Whitney taught a class on the slip stitch jacket from Interweave Knits. Four people, including Whitney, started their sweaters. When only the back, and maybe a front, was complete after the class was over, everybody gave up. "Maybe this can be a pillow or something," they all said.

Except for Mylea. She finished her sweater. So, she wins.

Mylea's sweater is made out of Lamb's Pride Bulky and she left off the collar, and crocheted an edging instead (very Chanel, circa Jackie O!) I'm pretty sure this pattern is from the Fall 2004 Interweave Knits, but this issue is no longer linked on their website anymore, and from what little internet research I've conducted, this issue doesn't seem to exist anywhere. Maybe Knitting Daily will make this pattern available in their online store?
Not that it matters. Even if you wanted to make this sweater, Mylea already beat you to it.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Funniest Thing Ever.

The funniest article ever from The Onion. Let's just say that it's about alpacas and Mitch McConnell. (And for those of you not aware, The Onion is to newspapers what The Daily Show is to news shows--who said I'd never use the SAT analogy format?)

We gotta a new blog in our line up.

Kevin has joined the ranks of Knit Nook customers who also have a craft blog. (And the very first guy!) You can read all about Kevin's knitting anxieties and painstaking triumphs at The Ballistic Knitter (which is such a great name for his blog for so many reasons).

Welcome to blog-land, Kevin!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Thank you!

Our 2nd annual Super Bowl Sunday Sale was a great success! There are no pictures of the event (sorry, Kevin), but that was because we were too damn busy selling yarn! Thanks to everybody who came out. We really value your support and friendship!

If you missed out on the sale, never fear. Our sale bins are replenished and we are in the process of shelving some pretty awesome spring yarn: Calmer, All Season's Cotton, Creative Focus Cotton, Silk Garden, with some Fixation, Cotton Fleece, and Blue Sky Cotton on it's way!

Because no blog entry is complete without a picture, here is one of Colleen's hat and a wonderful knitting story to go along with it.

After a few attempts, Colleen knitted the perfect hat. She threaded yarn through the bottom and everything to get the thing to stay on her small head. Unfortunately, she lost the it one day at Target and she thought that she would never recover it, what with Target being so big and Colleen's hatred of leaving the Highlands being so strong, especially when she just got home. So she came to the Knit Nook to complain about her lost hat and console herself with some good ol' fashion stitching and bitching. Heather was there and she said, "I'm actually going to Target right now. I'll look for your hat!" But everybody assumed that it was a lost cause, so we all lost ourselves in our knitting.

Not even an hour later, guess who came into the shop and guess what she had? (If you guessed that it was the Yarn Harlot personally delivering handknit socks for everyone, you would be wrong, but who can blame you for making such a guess because that would be totally awesome!) It was Heather! And she had Colleen's hat!

Turns out, somebody--probably recognizing the superior quality of the handknit among the Target clothes like a diamond in a pile of rocks--turned the hat at the Customer Service desk, and all Heather had to do was ask if anybody turned in a hat that was obviously not manufactured in a Chinese sweat shop. So thanks to Heather, Colleen got her hat back! Reunited and it feels so good!

Friday, February 1, 2008

Super Bowl Sunday Sale!

This Sunday is our Super Bowl Sunday Sale, our annual football and knitting combination event (as demonstrated by this lousy clip art). Actually, it's not about football at all, it's all about yarn. EVERYTHING in the store will be 15% - 75% off. We'll be open 10 am - 6 pm, so come early!
We'll also be collecting yarn and handmade hats and scarves for the Coalition for the Homeless. So this is a great opportunity to clean out your stash, donate what you don't want to a great cause, and buy more at a great price!