Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Fabric of Our Knitch Lives

Sara shoulders a stash of Amy Butler's fun fabrics

We've moved our beautiful fabric offerings to their own bright spot right in front of our new shop. No more climbing of the dreaded circular stair to find these treasures from Amy Butler, Kaffe Fassett, Tina Givens, Jay McCarroll, Jennifer Paganelli and Anna Maria Horner. They are great for lining your knitting projects or creating projects in their own right. We have some wonderful pattern books too for jiggling your imagination.

The fabric niche at Knitch!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Blue Moon Is In the House!

We had to show you our wonderful assortment of Blue Moon Fiber Arts yarns on display. We don't sell it online, so you'll want to come into the shop and have at it!

Here's some of our Icelandic 100% Australian wool, hand-dyed and gorgeous. The Think Big Cowl on the mannequin is a quick knit from Vogue Knitting International, the Holiday 2009 issue.

Above is pictured just one spectrum of colors we have in shimmery Silk Loops, a blend of 54% Kidmo (mohair/nylon), 26% silk, 15% wool and 5% nylon. If texture is what you're looking for, you'll be thrilled with this. We love it combined with ThickieThin (see below) for the ultimate in textural contrast.

Above: ThickieThin, 100% wool ultra-slubby yarn
and one of a trio of
Family Hats that Nell whipped up
to show off this fun fiber.

Below: Luscious Single Silk, a 50/50 blend of Merino and Silk
is a single strand of soft
worsted weight, spun just enough to make it yarn.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Friends and Family Pot-Luck Thanksgiving

The incredible colors outside remind us that our favorite holiday is just around the corner. We have so much to be thankful for and look forward to celebrating with Knitch friends and family on the Sunday prior to Thanksgiving, November 22, in our new home on N. Highland from noon on. Starting tonight, Thursday evening, we'll have a sign-up sheet available at the shop so you can let us know that you are coming and what yummies you plan to bring to share with our knitting community. Or if you prefer, you can give us a call and we'll make sure you and your culinary contribution are on the list.

Kim has ordered the turkey, stuffing and squash casserole. Everything else is up for grabs!

Since our new shop does not have a kitchen, we'll be using paper goods this year. Please remember to bring serving utensils and understand that we will not have the capacity to reheat/keep warm or to wash any dishes prior to your leaving. So bring a container to transport the dirty dishes home (nothing can be left for others to enjoy this year - when you go, your dish goes!). We are looking forward to seeing you at our third Thanksgiving at the shop!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Fabulous First Days at 1044 N. Highland

Kim with Jared Flood, aka Brooklyn Tweed, who inaugurated
our new store in a big way with three fantastic, fascinating workshops.

We are amazed, exhausted and exhilarated! To think we were open for business on St. Charles on Tuesday and by Thursday we were welcoming folks to our new store on N. Highland . . . well . . . it leaves our heads spinning. Our staff and loyal friends worked way beyond the call of duty to make it happen. Good spirits were overwhelmingly evident the whole time; any weariness was trumped by the thrill of creating this vibrant space.

Not only did we open on Thursday, we also welcomed Jared Flood that evening for the first of three workshops in our new space, which we found very versatile and accommodating to the twenty eager participants. Here are some more photos from our first couple of days.

Marina was the very first to pull up a chair at the farm table.
She loves all the light which makes it that much easier to
what she is doing and to appreciate the colors she's working with

Becky Douville proudly showed us a
just-finished sock she made from Handmaiden Casbah.

Baby Tucker Belle (with Dad) models our Happy First Birthday
hat -- so appropriate on our first day!

Charles Gandy was with us all day, knitting
away while waiting for Jared Flood's workshop.

Suddenly we have this bright and welcoming corner
in the
front of the store for knitting and visiting with friends.
Haley is enjoying a gelato from the shop next door.

Joy and satisfaction are clearly evident in
smiles of Donny, Stephanie, Nell and Kim.

Kim introduces Jared Flood for the first of three fascinating workshops.

Jared greeted every participant personally,
winning hearts as well as minds.

Jared shows a swatch to illustrate a point.

Jared, Jane and Nell exult in a day well-spent!