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These are a few of our…

favorite-things

We like it when you are happy.  Making you happy motivates us.  Perhaps we cannot help with the big things in your life, but we would like to help you with what brings you peace – your knitting.

At the Shop we see all of the knitting possibilities.  We hear, see and feel things and we knit things constantly in an effort to find the best for you.

We thought – why not pass along to you some of our favorite things?  Now, with a little help from Britta, who has the brain and moxie to navigate cyberspace,  we can do just that.  Through a series of emails we will pass along what we have come to love from head to toe – hats, scarves, fingerless gloves, and socks.  Each email will include three favorites and each will include patterns suitable for the men in your lives.

Our biggest challenge was to recommend only three.  We begin with the simple!

Each item will be offered to you as a kit.  All you have to do is decide which one you would like and in which color.  You will be able to order from our online shop or, of course, you may call or stop by the Shop.  If you do not see exactly what you want – you would like another color or a different fiber than we recommend – we can work that out too.

The first email – 3 of our favorite hats – will go out this week.  Our hope is that our favorite things will soon become your favorite things.  Enjoy!

Your Local Yarn Shop – Just A Click Away!

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What does one do without a local yarn shop nearby?  My growth and courage to take on new knitting challenges is attributable solely to the women of my LYS.  I can only imagine how hard it would be without them.

We know that many of you who regularly read our emails do not live near Knit1 or any other LYS.  We regret that you cannot spend time at our table and that we do not get to know you better.

We commiserate with your loneliness and understand how difficult it must be to live far from a great yarn shop.  We want to help and make it possible for you to become our “local customer” and for us be your LYS.

Of course, you can go online to one of the big box sites and find everything that is available in the fiber world.  But there are tangible advantages to buying from an LYS even remotely.  While we do not offer everything, we do offer the best of what is possible – a curated experience.   We have knit the pattern and worked with the yarn.  We offer knowledgeable advice about any elements of the project before you buy.  We can wind your yarn so that you can start as soon as it arrives at your door.    We soon will have short videos available online so you can meet most challenges in any project.  And MOST importantly, we are only a phone call or a visit away for help.

Buying from an LYS whether live or remotely helps the Shop and helps you.  It is most definitely a win-win.  We hope to be a part of your knitting circle.  We may not be in your real neighborhood but we can be your neighbor!

 

 

A Lovely Evening at Knit1

fullsizerender3Good evening from Knit Night at Knit1 Oxford.  Today, we are especially glad to be here.

October 12 is the day Lynn and I celebrate our birth. We started together years ago and sharing this day just adds to the magic of our new, but very old-feeling, friendship.  We share a birthday and joy, laughter, color, passion, and a mutual delight in knowing each other.

We also are very happy that the last two weeks are over.  We had several “circumstances beyond our control” happen to the people we love.  Now everyone is pretty much where they should be – in each others lives.

And, in celebration all of that, we had chocolate.  That always makes the day go by with a little bit extra joy.  It is a perfect Wednesday evening.

We hope you can join us for Knit Night sometime.  We chat and laugh and knit.  If you are stuck on a project, we help.  If you need yarn, we have it for you.  If you need chocolate, we can supply that too.

See you at the table.

Welcome Knit Collage to Knit1…

We can carry on about the joy of Knit Collage.  The yarns are dreamy, funky, colorful and full of whimsy.  The young company owners and their beautiful small child are so much fun we kept returning to play with them and their fibers at the trade show.  The KC designer is a joy who creates delightful fashion pieces.  They have built a company with a deep commitment to make fabulous yarn while helping to make the world a little bit better.  Each of their yarns is handcrafted with love and care.

The truth is that until you can touch the yarn for yourself, the pictures say all you need to know.  We have the yarns available to make any of these glorious pieces and more.  Get your big needles ready!

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Knit Collage Trunk Show

Tuesday, September 13

4 – 6 pm

Things you need to know that you didn’t even know that you didn’t know…you know?

The shop will open on home football game Sundays from Noon – 4 p.m. We like the idea of having Sundays together and agreed to add a little something fun to the afternoon.  We thought about how to describe it and the name above is what we came up with…laughing at our own hilarity!

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This is the deal:  Kathy will unlock knitting secrets in her Sunday Tips sessions.  We will serve a little snack and Kathy will serve up a little wisdom.  Join us on these Sundays from 1-2 p.m. Each session is $10 and you receive a $10 voucher to buy something at the Shop.  Even if you think you know everything that Kathy will say that day…we bet you will be amazed and enlightened about, you know, what you did not know!

The schedule is as follows:

September 18 – Cast Ons – Make it easy on yourself!
September 25 – Bind Offs – Fix that sloppy last stitch, get loose, learn Elizabeth Zimmerman’s favorite, and more!
October 2 – New ways to fix a problem

All Sunday Tips sessions will be demos.  If you wish to get the most from our sessions, bring supplies and simple swatches as listed on the Classes page.

We will announce new classes in October!

Call to reserve your seat at the table – 662.238.2829.

A Tale that is Perfectly Wrong

cropped annie shawlThis is a story for any fiber artist. It is told to amuse and support. It is a reminder that knitting is a process that includes making mistakes, unknitting and re-doing. Mostly it is a creative PROCESS that is as much about the journey as the finale (very zen).  On some occasions we discover the error early enough to correct it without too much agony.  Sometimes we discover it when there is no going back.  Ann taught me how to think about such moments and made me laugh and relax.

Ann – a deeply experienced knitter – approaches projects fearlessly and with joy. She knits for pleasure and for others and her work can be breathtaking. She just finished a glorious Shibui shawl, Spectrum, using Rain and Silk Cloud. The beginning of the pattern is 12 rows of stockinette in both yarns and four rows of Silk Cloud alone. That pattern is repeated 11 times before it changes.  Easy peasy…and so the story begins…

We were at the table when Ann had finally arrived at the 10th repeat. Yay! She was almost ready for phase two of the pattern.  That prompted her to look back at the written pattern.  There was a long, very meaningful pause, a gasp, and then she shrieked,  “Oh NOOOOOOO!”

The look on her face was familiar. I have had that look on my face often. She stood up and stomped her foot several times as we watched in awe and filled with curiosity.  She then utter these words:

“I have done this pattern PERFECTLY WRONG!  It is just PERFECTLY WRONG!!”

Rather than 12 rows using two yarns, she had knit only 10 rows. For the next 30 minutes all she could say is “it is PERFECTLY WRONG”. We tried to soothe her but we also were grateful.  If she could do such a thing then, of course, so could any of us!  And it gave us a whole new way of thinking.

Her knitting was “wrong” in that it did not follow the pattern.  But it is, as you can see in the picture, a perfectly beautiful shawl.  Just not that perfectly beautiful shawl.

We laughed…we cried with her a little…then we laughed more.  Our new motto:  Do it and love it whether it is perfect or perfectly wrong!

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Welcoming the Fabulous Rosy Green!


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There are many reasons to knit with Rosy Green Wool.  We search for yarns that are special and that have a good story to tell.  That is what attracted us to this wonderful company and its unique yarns.

Rosy Green wools are 100% Organic as certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) – an independent and strictly controlled organization that oversees production from animal to yarn.  Each skein bears the GOTS stamp of approval.

Many yarns say “organic” but it turns out that there is no standard for the use of the term and so the focus can be on only one part of the production process.  Further, most organic yarns are available only in undyed shades because the dyeing process can use of substances that undermine the organic properties of the yarn.  Rosy’s yarns are dyed without those substances and come in colors that neither harm your health nor the environment.  Their yarns are created from organically sourced merino and endangered sheep breeds which contributes to the protection of the species.  All of this somewhat dry sounding information actually adds to the very special nature of their yarns..

The company was founded by a young couple in Germany who were in search of a truly organic yarn.  Frustrated by what they found on the market they decided to create their own company.  They searched the world (quite literally) including spending months in Argentina and Patagonia to find wool that would meet the rigid standards they set for themselves.

Rosy Stegmann is the driving force for Rosy Green.  She has a PhD in Computer Science.  But her roots in the fiber world extend back to her grandparents who founded a small spinning mill in Southern Germany in the 1950s.  The mill was eventually run by her parents.  She recalls a childhood filled with the smell of wool and a lot of knitting and crochet.

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Rosy Green utilizes the finest Merino wool that is extremely soft and machine washable.  The yarns are wonderfully versatile and can work well even for children’s wear.

We hope you take the opportunity to love on Rosy Green soon.  You will not be sorry!


 

Kathy Approves This Message – Candace Rocks!

candace strickWhat a treat that Candace Eisner Strick is coming to Oxford. I have taken her classes and can attest that she is delightful, funny, down-to-earth, sincere, and personable. That is why, when we considered who we to invite for a weekend workshop, I suggested we put Candace at the top of the list.

I took a Candace class at the most recent Stitches conference – Knitting in the Hood, a moebius scarf/hat combo – that drew a standing room only attendance.  It is hard for me to describe her exceptional teaching ability.  She is patient, yet attentive to various skill levels.  We learned a new technique at which I was a miserable failure at my first attempt (hey – it happens) yet felt like a pro by the end of class.

At Stitches, Candace made a special presentation introducing her new book Knit my Skirt that engendered an enthusiastic response. It excited me so much that I am (almost) convinced to knit one myself!  She will make the same presentation to us at our Friday special event.

I was thrilled to spend some one-on-one time with her! She is very generous with her knowledge and is as excited to come here as we are to have her with us.

Look for more details soon about Candace’s professional and personal background (cello, pianist husband, wonder bunny and parrot) and the classes she is bringing to Oxford!

I know that once you spend a little time you will understand why I gush so about her. She is a real knitter’s treasure.

Officially a Bag Lady


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I love bags.  I love small ones and huge ones.  I love bags with pockets.  I love bags that close with a zipper.  I love bags that close with a button.  I love bags.  I love that my knitting passion gives me good reason to buy more bags.

With that in mind that we headed to market with a goal to bring more bags to our shop.  And, WOW! did we ever.

We have the Kaboodle Bags – the stunning tapestry carpet-style bags designed exclusively for us by Cover Girls from California –  and Happy Hands project bags created in Memphis.

We recently proudly added Della Q bags to our collection.  We already expanded our Della Q inventory as we found more to love in each bag and accessory.  They are uniquely designed for the knit and crochet artist and it shows!

Now, we introduce you to Danica.  They are not so much designed for knitters as they are designed for knitters to love.  We fell for the “pencil roll” that is perfect for storage and transporting dpns, and the metal “pencil case” that is too cool and perfect for little things that sit around your knitting table.  We love the linen totes designed to make you smile.

No excuses now.  We have a little bit of whimsy for every taste that will fulfill your every passion and desire to organize but not too seriously.

Come and add to your collection…or give as a gift and spread the joy around.  No project or stitch marker ever need be loose again.

Not too hot, not too cold, but just right!

outlast blogOne of the fibers used in Mrs. Crosby’s Train Case yarn is called “Outlast Viscose”.  The word Outlast is trademarked and we wanted to know more.  We know the yarn feels terrific but were curious about a fiber we had never heard of before.

It turns out to be a very interesting story.  Outlast technology enhances textiles by providing temperature regulation that manages heat and moisture.  It is a process that can be incorporated into fabrics and fibers that was first developed for NASA!

For those of us without a science background compare the Outlast technology to an ice cube in a drink.  As it melts, it can absorb heat while it cools the drink.  The Outlast process provides this benefit to the fibers.  It also has the capacity to absorb, store and release excess heat.  The claim is that any product containing Outlast technology “has the ability to continually regulate skin’s microclimate.  As the skin gets hot, the heat is absorbed, and as it cools, the heat is released.”  The intention, simply, is to keep you cool.

Outlast is not the same as wicking, which manages moisture by pulling it away from the skin.  Outlast is supposed to proactively manage heat while controlling the production of moisture.

While this may be more information than anyone needs in order to enjoy Mrs. Crosby’s yarn, it sure is pretty fun.  Plus, what a perfect yarn and technology for any garment – particularly that pair of socks for your favorite man.  You can tell him that the fiber has been “Tested in Space”.

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