Join us Saturday, April 17th for Local Yarn Shop Day. This is an opportunity to thank you for your support. There will be several drawings, free patterns from some of our favorite yarn companies, and as always…treats. This is an all day event, so stop in anytime from 10:00am – 5:00pm.

powder wrap

Casapinka. If you have knit a shawl, you’ve heard that name and very possibly knit one of her patterns. The Powder Wrap is a beautiful textured shawl that I came across several days ago. You can knit this in a worsted or fingering weight yarn. I have chosen worsted weight because I want a plump and thick wrap to throw on instead of a sweater (when the weather warms up).

The pattern includes guidance on a two color version if you are looking for more of a pop in your cables. Don’t fear the cables. We can help you master the cable needle. If you simply prefer to skip that section Casapinka suggests you repeat the other sections. It’s your project. You decide how you want your shawl to look.

handspun hope

We just received some gorgeous hand dyed knit kits from Handspun Hope. Each kit (Odette cabled headband & hand warmers and the Chantal hat & cowl) comes with the yarn needed to complete your project, adorable cow horn stitch markers, and a wax print drawstring bag to keep everything together.

The yarn is a lovely Merino/Angora blend in worsted and bulky weight. Making these projects quick knits ~ giving you plenty of time for wearing before the Iowa cold is gone.

Our first KAL of 2021

The year began with a shop KAL by Jennifer Steingass. Many of you may be more familiar with her as on Instagram and Ravelry.

Jennifer has over three dozen sweater patterns in a range of yarn weights. And she is currently offering a KAL discount on her patterns through the end of April. So, if you haven’t knit one of her lovely sweaters or you want to add to your bucket list of knits, now is the time to browse and get a few patterns at a great price.

The Goldwing seems to be a favorite with many at the shop. This pattern features two colors (or three) as you’ll see below and knit from the top down.

I picked a bottom up pattern, Seachange. I have spent many days deciding how long I wanted my sleeves. In the end I decided on bracelet length with no color work on the sleeves.

This year we are doing our KAL’s differently. There will be no end dates. Something you want to participate in? Start anytime and finish when you finish. There is always help available to you at the shop regardless of what you are knitting or what you are knitting it with. Our goal is community, sharing what we love, and encouraging each other along the way.

And remember…it’s only yarn and it’s always just one stitch at a time. Don’t be afraid to try something new!

there’s no place like home ~ a knit-a-long

img_0067We are about to begin our first throw KAL!

Join us for There’s No Place Like Home, a gorgeous throw by designer Emma Wright. This KAL will be 8 weeks long beginning October 28th, with the last clue releasing on December 16th.

I have all three colorway kits in the shop for you to have a look and decide which one you want to make. The kits can drop ship directly to your house AND there are free YouTube tutorials if you would like to complete this project at home!


Yorkshire Welcome

*Yorkshire Welcome

*Nordic Retreat

*Creative Place 

Yarn is Sirdar’s Country Classic DK. A soft and squishy wool and acrylic blend. Perfect for home projects. Great to throw in the wash and soft on the skin.

Below is a sample of some of the stitches you’ll be doing. What a great opportunity to try some new stitches and techniques. Call or email the shop for more information.

Kingsey Cowl and Hat

Berroco released this beautiful, heavy worsted yarn for fall. The Mochi is a chainette with speckles throughout the fiber. It is available in 9 gorgeous colors. We used it to knit up the Kingsey cowl and hat combo. This pattern calls for a size 6 for the ribbing and 8 for the main. It knits up quick and makes a great weekend project.

I will tell you as easy and quick as this pattern is ~ I found that using DPN’s is quite fiddly when decreasing in a pattern…in the round. If it hadn’t been so late I’d have gone down to the shop and grabbed my circulars and magic looped it. Next time.

Here is our friend Betty in her completed set! 🤍

crochet socks, toe up

I know we don’t have many crochet samples in the shop. However, we do have several crocheters that come into the shop. Michele, is a talented lady and has recently started crocheting socks. The pair she brought to Yarn Social this week was a pattern by Marly Bird.IMG_6236The Marly Bird, Toe Up Socks is for both a crochet or knit version. There is also a wonderful video tutorial for the free patterns.

Yarn is Regia by Schachenmayr.

Stop in the shop, grab a ball of yarn, a hook and get a jump on your winter crocheting.


a summer cardigan

IMG_6150-1IMG_6151The Summer Cardigan by Knitting Pure & Simple is the perfect summer sweater. Stacy put her own spin on this pattern. I think it turned out great. Light and airy. Playful. The increased rows of ribbing at the bottom give this a bit more shape. Can’t decide on which color? Use two and stripe it!

IMG_6152Stacy added more of her flair to it ~ starfish buttons. How gorgeous are these buttons! I want a bowl full of them just sitting there, glistening.

IMG_6021The yarn used is Lang, Divina, a modal/cotton/silk blend. This yarn is so very luscious, has an incredibly soft feel, and when worked up creates defined stitches.

What changes would you make to the pattern? Would you make it longer, add more of a sleeve, no buttons at all…? That is the beauty of our craft, the possibilities are limitless. The same pattern could turn out a 100 different variations.