Thursday, March 5, 2015

Closing Early For Ice

Hi All!

We'll be closing up Thursday at 3 instead of the normal 7.  We'll open back up tomorrow at 10.  Just don't want to be on unsafe roads tonight.

Thanks,
Allison

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

F.O. - Ann Norling Infant Set

Pattern - Ann Norling #68 - Infant Set III

Knitted By - Robyn Lebovitz from PA

Yarn Used - Sirdar Snuggly Crofter Baby Fair Isle Effect - a lovely dk weight yarn which gives a patterned effect with no effort.  Robyn used it to it's fullest potential in this gorgeous baby set.

Mods Used - Not a single mod here.

Tell Us About This - Robyn made this set for a baby shower gift.  It's sure to be the hit of the day.  The sweater is knit in one piece starting at the back hem, up and over to the fronts.  It's quite simple and ingenious.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Donation Drive (with prizes!)

Alright everyone,
We’re holding a donation drive for the local domestic violence shelter. The People’s Place SAFE house can use our help, and we, all blessed and living safely, are in a great position to help. We’ve done this before, and gathered so much for them, I know this drive will be a roaring success! From February 20th, (our 6 year anniversary!) to May 22, come in to Kitschy Stitch and bring an item off of their wish list to enter our prize drawing. I emailed a few yarn companies to ask if they’d be willing to send a prize, and was so cheered by the generosity of everyone. Several of our favorite yarn companies have already mailed us some exciting goodies to raffle off to all who participate. I’ll be posting pictures and details here and on facebook over the next few days to entice everyone.
**Donation Wish List**
Gas Gift Cards 
Wal-Mart Gift Cards 
Twin size sheets 
Twin size blankets 
Bed pillows 
Diapers and Pull-ups 
Baby wipes 
Bath towels 
Washcloths 
Pajamas 
Pocket calendars 
Planners/Journals 
Furniture donations are needed for transitional housing
We have so many awesome prizes, and this is such a great cause, I know you’ll all want to participate. So, luckily you can see that included in the list is Gas and Wal-Mart gift cards. If you don’t live near us, you can still mail us a $20 gift card for cheap, and be included in the running for goodies. Make sure to help spread the word so we can make this the biggest, greatest donation drive yet. :D

Friday, February 6, 2015

New in the Shop

We are now offering worsted weight sampler packs for a limited time.  Each pack contains 10 grams each of 10 different worsted weight yarns.  They range in fiber and price so that you really get a taste of everything.  We'll be hosting a worsted sweater along later this year, so this is a great tool you can use in choosing what yarn you'll use.  Included in the packs are Plymouth Encore, Tahki Tara Tweed, Classic Elite Majestic Tweed, Dream in Color Classy, Dream in Color Classy with Cashmere, Frogtree Pediboo Worsted, Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd's Wool, The Fibre Company Terra, Ella Rae Classic Superwash, and Cascade 220.  Come pick one up today!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

F.O. - Chain Loop Circle Scarf, or 2/52

Pattern: Chain Loop Circle Scarf by Ashley McCann which is not only crochet that's knitter friendly, it's also free.

Crocheted By: Allison

Yarn Used: Magnum by Cascade Yarns - a super bulky, ginormous hank of wool.  Instant gratification in great winter colors.

Mods Used: The designer recommended making 12 chains, which is of course just a suggestion, and I found that I had just enough yarn to make 11, and wrap them, so that's what I did.  If I did this again, I'd probably chain 10 or so fewer.

Tell Us About This: This was a quick, fun project which resulted in a great impact piece.  I really enjoyed making it, and will probably make one again in the near future.  The Magnum yarn is softer than I expected, and has a heather quality to the color which adds to the beauty.  I'm glad I didn't make it in pink or purple, because Mary's had her eye on this one.  At least she doesn't wear a lot of mustard.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

F.O. - Eleanor Cowl

Pattern - Eleanor Cowl by Audrey Knight which is a free pattern on Knitty.com
Knitted By - Charlene Curry
Yarn Used - Theodora's Foliage by Theodora's Pearls, a gorgeous 100% bamboo fingering weight yarn, held doubled.
Mods Used - Charlene cleverly added beads.  I think you'll agree it was the right choice
Tell Us About This - Here's a copy of Charlene's email, so you can get it in her own words -

Back in August, I was in your shop looking for just the perfect yarn to make a cowl for my Secret Knitting Santa and Mary was so helpful in pointing me to Theodora's Foliage (100% bamboo) in Electric Purple by DizzyLettuce.  The recipient LOVES purple!  Mary suggested I  double the yarn to make gauge and it turned out beautifully!  
I added beads and I am so pleased with the finished product and wanted you to see it, so here are a couple of photos.
Thank you so much, Mary, for steering me toward just the right yarn for this project!



Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Knitting Really DOES Solve Everything

      
        I have to tell you that 2015 is off to a great start here.  We’ve been cooking at home, and trying out new foods; we’re on top of the laundry, which is a huge deal for us; the shop is in order, and looking better each day; everything is going rather well.  But, as so often in my life, when I get control over one aspect of my life, something else tends to go awry.  Perhaps it’s a balancing of the chaos in the universe?  It just so happens that I have been unable to find my wallet for 2 ½ weeks.  I know.  It’s a rather HUGE thing.  All our money, credit cards, and ID’s are missing.  Most people would be a lot more disturbed by this, I know.  I tend to take it in stride as part of the flow of my life.  I did make sure of course that none of my credit cards had been used, so I was feeling pretty certain that I would find it in a matter of time. 
      
      When something goes missing, I tend to go to the obvious places first – the car, the 2 purses, and asking Owen if he’s hidden it.  When Owen was 1 ½, my house and car keys went missing for a month.  This made life altogether complicated.  I couldn’t drive anywhere it’s true, but I also was housebound, as I didn’t want to leave the place unlocked in my absence.  The fact that I lived upstairs in the same building as the shop made things much easier in this aspect though, and I just went about my daily business of running the shop, while tearing the house and store apart in the evening looking for the keys.  Owen had been known to hide things, so I asked him a few times if perhaps he had hidden the keys, and he insisted he had not.  I didn’t think he was lying, because he was so convincing, and you know I can be so forgetful.  I simply must have put them somewhere ‘safe’ and forgotten, or they’d fallen into a box.  After a month had passed, I gave up on looking.  It was clear that I was getting nowhere in my search, and this whole stuck in one building day in and day out was getting really old.  If nothing else, I could change the locks on the front door, and be able to take walks while I kept looking for the car keys.  A locksmith was called, and he came right over. I explained to Owen what was happening, and he toddled off.  It was a rather easy process, and within what seemed like no time at all, I was handed my new front door keys, and my freedom!  I thanked the man immensely, and was visualizing taking a walk to the boardwalk.  I would have to dress Owen, and we could take off right away.  The locksmith packed his tools away in the car, and closed the door to his van.  As he began to pull away, Owen came up to me with the biggest smile I had ever seen, and was holding out my keys for me.  I could have killed him.  So, this is why when anything goes missing for a length of time, I have to ask Owen if he’s hidden it just to be sure.

     
     After being assured by Owen that he had not put hands on my wallet in any way whatsoever, I set about searching and researching my 2 purses.  Legos, some saltine crackers, stitch markers, car keys, a mitten, my planner, and phone, but no wallet.  I searched the car high and low.  I found any number of things there, but still no wallet.  Next comes the looking in less obvious places – toy bins, freezer, hamper, and kitchen cabinets, but even those places came up empty.  I spent 3 days tearing apart my home, certain that I just hadn’t looked hard enough, I had even kept my knitting put away so that I could focus on the search, and I finally realized that I needed a break.  I got my project bag with my current sweater project in it, zipped it open, and lo and behold, there was my wallet in the bag with my sweater.