DYC March – May 2014

April 16th, 2014

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Check out our selections for our Darn Yarn Club March – May 2014
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Skeins in the Stacks dyed our yarn for March.  A pretty sparkly yarn perfect for these mitts.  We included a DKA book light and of course our project bag.
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April’s yarn club was perfect for our long, cold winter.  A beautiful yarn from Phydeaux Designs, a great cowl pattern with beads!  Our hope was it would lift your spirits.
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april yarn 2014.
april pattern

Stay tuned for May’s yarn…if you are keeping track it’ll be Sweet Georgia:)
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Different Stripes

April 13th, 2014

Our shop hop pattern for 2014 is Different Stripes for Different Types.
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Our theme for this year’s hop was the Historic Stillwater Prison.  Stillwater was the location of Minnesota’s very first federal prison.  It housed members of Jessie James Gang and other bad folks:).  Even some women were housed there.
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Anyway…we knew we wanted to do the obvious, and stripe something.  But weren’t exactly sure what to do.
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We wanted something very easy to knit and crochet, something that even newbie knitters could make.  We chose a simple triangular shawl with an increase only on one side.  What we hate about triangular shawls is that they aren’t easy to wear.  If they aren’t long enough to tie around your neck securely, you have to use a shawl pin or else the points are always falling off your shoulders.  We hate that!  So, to make it easier to wear, we added a keyhole!
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One skein of our yarn (Sweet Georgia, Cashluxe Fine color Prison Grey) is the perfect amount to make this perfect scarf, shawl, neckerchief…whatever!  We added the stripes by making roughly 42 yard mini skeins of some of Sweet Georgia’s standard colors.  Pink = Orchic, Orange = Dutch, White = Birch, Yellow = Saffron, Blue = Summer Skin, Green = Lawn.
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So now…where to put the stripes?  We decided to write a little quiz.  We’ve all taken them.  Work the quiz, add up your score and use our suggested stripe patterns, or just stripe it wherever you wish!
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Find the pattern here (it will be available for download on Monday 4/14/2014)
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Hope you enjoy!
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Oh and we have a crochet version too:)

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Shop Hop 2014 – Day 4

April 13th, 2014

We can not believe the turnout for this year’s shop hop. What a fun group of fiber lovers!
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We, of course, did a few more mug shots:)
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Shop Hop 2014 – Day 3

April 12th, 2014

Even more convicts…
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We could have used one more hand today, just to take mug shots!  We missed so many of you.
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Thanks for another fun day all!
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Shop Hop 2014 – Day 2

April 11th, 2014

More convicts…from Day 2!
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Shop Hop 2014 – Day 1

April 10th, 2014

The theme for the yarn shop hop this year is Local Color!  Our local color?  The historic Minnesota State Prison.  The first Federal prison in the state of MN.  Governor Alexander Ramsey, in 1853 said “there should be proper and safe places of confinement” for prisoners in the new territory.  Stillwater was the place for prisoners in 1853!   Read all about the history here.
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We dressed the tree up as a convict.
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So, we thought maybe we’d find a few more convicts:)
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Can’t wait till tomorrow:)


 

12 in 12 2014 May – August

April 3rd, 2014

Our 12 in 12 program for this year has changed just a bit…read about it here.
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Sweaters May – August are chosen below.
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Hiro, by Julia Farwell Clay,  is our May Sweater.
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Sarah looks great in hers.  She used Cascade 220 worsted.  Read about her sweater here.
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June’s sweater is Hitofude Cardigan.
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This beautiful sweater is an easy lace pattern, knit out of a fingering weight yarn.  Perfect for June knitting:)
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July’s sweater is Nyanen, by Cecily Glowik MacDonald.  We are knitting this beauty out of Quince & Co, Sparrow.  It’s perfection.
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We are also doing another CustomFit sweater in July!  So, you get another chance to work on a CustomFit.  Oh and fun news, we are going to be a CustomFit shop!  So we’ll soon be able to measure and help you get patterns directly from CustomFit.  Cool huh?   Knit the sweater in a class too!
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August’s 12 in 12 is the Mondo Cable Cardi.  This very wearable sweater is worked in worsted weight yarn and will be the perfect sweater to head into fall.  Make it with full, short or cap sleeves.
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Opening Day 2014

March 31st, 2014

Well, it’s back.
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If you have a baseball fan in your house you know already.
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And on opening day every year I dig out this video and watch it.
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So humor me and click.  You might want to turn the volume down:)
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WIN TWINS!
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DYC December – Feb 2014

March 13th, 2014

Darn Yarn Club Selections
December 2013 – February 2014
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December
Yarn: Cephalopod Yarns, Bugga
Pattern: Oh, Chicken Feathers!
Click here to see the pattern.
Extra Gift: Rooster Scissors
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December 2013

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Cephalopod Bugga

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Chicken Feathers

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January 2014
Yarn: Plucky Knitter, Plucky Single
Pattern: Garden Gate Scarf
Click here to see the pattern.
Extra Gift: Felt Coin Purse Leaf
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February 2014
Yarn: Knits in Class, Merino Silk
Pattern: Polar Vortex Hat
Click here to see the pattern.
Extra Gift: Pom Pom Maker
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Polar Vortex Hat

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Want to see spoilers for the next club?  Click here for our Ravelry Forum.

Darn Yarn Club Sept – Nov 2013

March 12th, 2014

Darn Yarn Club Selections
September – November 2013
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September
Yarn: Zen Yarn Garden, Serenity Silk
Click here to see if any extra skeins remain.
Pattern: Eye Like It
Click here to see the pattern.
Extra Gift: 6/0 Toho Beads and threader
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DYC September 2013

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Eye Like It

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October
Yarn: Hazel Knits Devine
Pattern: Autumn Leaves are Falling
Click here to see the pattern.
Extra Gift: A pair of socks!
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DYC October 2013

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Autumn Leaves are Falling

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November
Yarn: Sun Valley Fibers
Click here to see if any extra skeins remain.
Pattern: The Grind Mitten
Click here to see the pattern.
Extra Gift: Coffee Coin Purse
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DYC November 2013

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The Grind Mitten

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