Click on the calendar to check out our new classes for Spring and Summer. Building Blocks comes back by popular demand starting on May 30th, Elements of a Sweater makes an encore appearance as well beginning on May 30th, as does the successful L’Enveloppe by Sally Melville which has it’s first session this month on April 18th. And remember to look for our weekly offerings of Beginning Knitting and Beginning Crochet courses for every level of beginner. Or….just drop by Tuesday and Thursday evenings for our Open Knitting Circles and make some new friends.
Espresso and Mixer from Berroco, Rowan’s line of Summerlite 4ply and Cotton Lustre, and Araucania Nuble are just some of the new yarns at Knit One. Click the title above to learn more about all of these exciting additions for your Spring and Summer knitting projects.
As the name suggest, Berroco Mixer is a fine and fanciful yarn made up of soft, lightweight materials fused together to create a beautiful fabric with fabulous drape.
Rowan Cotton Lustre is an interesting blend of cotton, linen and modal which gives it a wonderful drape with a soft handle. This yarn incorporates the essential summer shades and knits on 6mm needles making it perfect for quick summer knits.
The exciting new Araucania Nuble is silk-rich and super soft, with 75% ExtraFine Merino Wool and 25% silk. It has approximately 270 yards per 50g skein, and knits to 7.5 sts. per inch on a US size 4 needle.
Owning a yarn store has transformed my husband and his attitude towards knitting. I believe he is even beginning to accept the piles of WIPs astride my piles of books that have long been dubbed my “pile of shame.” Apparently I’m concerned that at the world’s end, there will be neither enough books to read nor enough yarn to knit. So fear not! Whilst huddled in the basement with meteors and zombies in our front yard, we will be both warm and well read.
Many people ask, “What is it with all the knitting?” My husband explains, as though surveying his notes like a researcher, “it appears that once they get past the hard part, they just can’t stop.” He must really be paying attention, because what he observes is absolutely true. So many people come into the shop to buy another two skeins of gorgeously variegated wool for their 43rd garter stitch scarf only to look longingly at the ladies on the couch, the Rowan books or the newest magazines at the register and proclaim themselves “beginners” and unable to entertain an item that involves measuring.
There is a hump… a line in a knitter’s life. Life before the hump includes dropping a stitch and going to the store to have the yarn ladies pick it up for you. OR shamefully pulling out all the rows you’ve knit in order to avoid the SHAME involved in admitting that you’ve dropped said stitch!!!! I dropped a stitch this morning when a particularly enthusiastic dog hurled himself into my arms whist holding my current project. I live post hump, thank goodness, but I want to coax a few of you over the hump. I know how to correct mistakes. I learned by making more mistakes than the average person, getting completely lost and being forced to fix them.
I encourage mistake making: in life, in school, in music, in love (ok, not so much there….) and in knitting. I think we’re too afraid to screw up. What’s going to happen, folks? I encourage you to embrace your mistakes. When teaching new knitters, I like to point out that those extra yarn overs that made exactly twice as many stitches as you originally cast on is actually an advanced technique! It brings up a dialog in a lesson that helps aspiring knitters begin to be able to read their yarn. Reading your yarn is the most giant step towards getting past the hump. Go ahead and take the offending stitch off the needle. OR… if there is a mistake that is 25 rows back and it took you this long to notice it, perhaps you should embrace it as part of the fabric of your knitting journey.
In the spirit of full disclosure, taking away the shame of returning to your LYS with sunglasses, head bowed low and knitting stowed in a Giant Eagle bag, I will be displaying my first knitting project in the store.
Let’s just say that I advanced to short rows in this project. It’s still a scarf, and my daughter wore it because her mom knit it for her.
So love your knitting journey, go forth without fear and embrace your mistakes… hump day will arrive much sooner that way.
March 6, 2014
Since absolutely nothing is accomplished by avoidance, something I always tell voice students, I am tackling the first blog post. Blogging, selfies… they seem completely incongruous with my WASPy, good-girl upbringing: trumpet blowing is not encouraged.
This has been a heady two weeks. I have been both elated and overwhelmed. Most important, everyone has been patient and warm: glad to see a good business continue to serve both clientele and community. In my most stressful moments, I am buoyed by their relieved faces and gracious welcome.
Last night, Barb (a Tuesday night regular) spent some time with me and brought up an interesting question: Why did someone who has never run a retail business, take on such a brave change? Brave? After 25+ years singing on the opera stage and 5+ years in Academia? I don’t think it’s a question of bravery.
When people who know me from my previous incarnation, “The Artist Formerly Known as….” in the opera world, they seem surprised to see me in this new role. It never occurred to me that these were such different fields. I consider myself a facilitator (some might say: supplier, enabler). In all of my roles I always like to regard what I do as a gift, wrapped in beautiful packaging. Performing, teaching, knitting, selling, it involves drawing someone into my world from the outside. How does that happen? I think it’s really an inexplicable, infectious joy for whatever you are doing. People want IN on joy. To be honest, I want in on joy, too.
The answer for me was where my joy was beginning to lie. Like taking sheet music full of lines and black dots, adding your vocal timbre, emotional interpretation, time and effort and transforming it into something personal, tangible to the ear and eye, yarn requires transformation. It is singular and beautiful on its own, but through the imagination and (semi) capable hands of anyone will gloriously transforms itself into something wholly unique. Like a conductor or music coach, a knitter requires someone to coax her imagination beyond just the instinctual draw to reproduce a pattern in a photo.
My joy will not be exclusive and I will not fear change that has come from within. There is room for all of it. Transformation of black dots on staves or black dots on charts into glorious unique creations requires one thing: a facilitator. So, perhaps now I shall return to the concert hall as a slightly over-educated listener of music, accompanied by my current WIP, tucked to my right, in a rear-of-house, aisle seat. There, I will glance across the aisle to see you: a teacher, accountant, doctor, dog-walker or retiree, hands subtly gliding yarn around needles: where my worlds collide.
Please feel free to share your story of transformation through knitting here, or to me in an email: email@example.com