Pattern Reveal

SONY DSCChurchmouse Yarns & Teas is not only a destination yarn shop with knitters visiting far and wide throughout the year, but they are also known for their patterns that are sold in select yarn shops around the US. SONY DSC These patterns are not only sold in store at Churchmouse Yarns & Teas, but they are also available on Ravelry.

I’m lucky to live nearby this somewhat famous yarn shop, I live in the same county and can visit anytime I want, as the shop is open seven days a week.  When we heard of the release of new patterns, my friends and I had to set up a date to meet up for this event.

The store was busy, and some where waiting anxiously to get in to see these patterns.SONY DSC  Any excuse to get into the shop, see the new fall yarns, and of course those new patterns.  Churchmouse writes a pattern that has been knit many times over by various peoples.  I have a saying amongst my friends “trust the Mouse”!  I mean it!  Pick the right yarn, knit your gauge and follow the directions — the rest will take care of itself.  Do a proper blocking and you will have a timeless piece that will guarantee many compliments.

SONY DSCWhether you are picking up yarn for a project you’ve been dreaming about, purchasing that new pattern, treating yourself to some tea, or picking up a fancy mug, a trip to the Churchmouse is typically memorable.SONY DSC

Personally, me and my friends are knitting the Easy Folded Poncho.  It’s not one of their new patterns, but we are all knitting it and having a blast, all in different yarns.  I wish I had a photo to share — be patient~SONY DSC

The founding and selling of a yarn shop!

I’ve known Deb Degan, Debowner of The Woolery, a yarn shop in Wilton, New Hampshire since October of 2008 when she decided to be a supporter of America’s Knitting.  This year, I found out that The Woolery is up for sale and Deb is retiring.  Here are a few words for Deb, from an email that she sent to me.The Woolery3

So, The Woolery was founded in 2000 and has been supplying quality yarns, a vast array of needles, buttons, notions, books, patterns and classes ever since.  Our motto is Fine Yarns & Knitting Necessities, but we also cater to crocheters and needle felters.

We pride ourselves on friendly, helpful service.  We are located in the beautiful Monadnock region of New Hampshire, in a small, mostly rural, town.  But the shop is on the main east-west highway so we see plenty of traffic.

NeedlesAfter all these years, I will miss the customers, the reps and the yarn, but it is time for me to ride off into the sunset.  I’m a life long knitter (over 50 years) and would like to have more time to knit!Flower Box

If you know anyone who would be interested in buying the business, we have a lease in a great location, a good mailing list (over 1400 names), a stellar reputation and all the fixtures, etc one would need to get going in the yarn shop. Deb~

I know, that to own a yarn shop is “livin the dream” for most of us knitters.  Owning your own business does take a head for business, good people skills, and a strong dedication to the craft and your community.  I’m doing a series on facebook right now called “Knitting is Life”, where knitters submit a photo every day, of knitting in their life, no staged photos, just real.  Well, that is a fact for yarn shop owners.  Knitting really is life in a big way.  Thank you Deb Degan for having your store open, for all your kindness to others, for teaching us the craft, and allowing us to be part of your life.  I hope you have a most memorable last year at the store.  AND, thank you so much for always supporting America’s Knitting.Table

If you live in the Wilton, New Hampshire area/county, and are interested in owning your own yarn shop, email Deb, and talk to her about it, as the shop is for SALE!!  You can walk right in, take over where Deb left off, and make it your own~Deering 7-14-14

Happy 1st Anniversary Rainy Day Yarns, Gig Harbor, Washington

SONY DSCSherry and Rainy Day Yarns in Gig Harbor, Washington just celebrated their first anniversary!  Congratulations to them — and I remember when they opened.  It’s like kind of store where you basically love everything they have but can show restraint because at the same time it somehow makes you think of your projects and you think you want to finish them, and then regret not getting all the stuff you wanted when you were there.  All more reason to go back again for a visit, except for the fact that there is a slight anxiety about whether your yarn will still be there.  Have no fear, Sherry will ship it to you.

Although it is Sherry’s business, her sister plays and hand as well with stitch markers, bags, and the mother at times fills and helps.  I guess you could say, it’s a family business. SONY DSC The store has a special relationship with local yarn makers Sleepy Hollow and Cantering Crow, and they also pride themselves on stocking yarns that are made in the United States.  For the special one year anniversary, Cantering Crow made up a special dye just for them.  Sure, the colors are pretty, but Sherry had the yarn already knit up into a sample and it was even prettier all knit up. SONY DSC

Rainy Day Yarns is an active store on Facebook, and has regular KAL’s and classes, so no need to worry that you will be left hanging.  Wanting to learn fair isle, they have you covered, ready to tackle a sweater, no worries, socks…right up their alley.

This business works with Lisa Ellis Designs and actively supports all our local sports teams, especially the Seattle Seahawks.  THANK GOODNESS!

Happy Anniversary Rainy Day Yarns, I am looking forward to this store being around for years to come.