Weekender Sweater Class

Weekender Sweater Class

Another successful Weekender Sweater class at Knit’n from the Heart.  Although we spent many hours sitting, (can you say numb derrière syndrome), it resulted in three relatively new knitters making their first sweater.  Huge needles, top down, and super bulky yarn make for a quick knit… and “instant gratification”.

This great learning experience for these knitters culminated in a visit  to Friday Nite Divas where they were welcomed with open arms, completed their sweaters and joined other knitters for some socializing and inspiration. As usual, this was very much in keeping with our store mantra:

Where Craft Creates Community!

They are already planning their second sweater with the same pattern…….

Heidi (Class Instructor)

Needleworks in Champaign!

Before I was a Gopher, I was an Illini.  We try to visit the University of Illinois campus and our family in Champaign at least once and twice a year.  A favorite stop is always Needleworks  on Green Street (http://www.cu-needleworks.com/staff.htm).   This shop is huge – two floors and sprawling.  Sharon is a nurse who has owned this store since 1984! It started out as a needlepoint and cross-stitch shop – but she was convinced in 2001 to start stocking yarns and knitting supplies.  She didn’t start knitting until after that. Amazing.

Unfortunately, Sharon was in Florida recovering from a hospital stay.  I missed asking her questions about the business and knitting.   She’s a great source of knowledge and walks me through the shop, pointing out yarns that are popular and those that are not.  There are always 5 or 6 knitters downstairs and upstairs, sharing stories.  We always strike up interesting conversations each time we visit.  Everyone is always impressed at Larry’s yarn knowledge —

The project that caught my eye this trip is Janice Farrell Pea’s Going to Market Capelet (http://www.cu-needleworks.com/Patterns/Shawls/Market_capelet/market_capelet.pdf)    I’ve picked up Noro Silk Garden to start one.  The staff told me that customers are making it in Silk Garden Light or Noro Sock Yarn for little girls.

Back from Travels

Organic Sprout Tank

Back from travels…and the shop looks great!

I’ve been traveling a lot lately – Washington, D.C., Champaign, Illinois, San Diego, and Tucson…a few yarn shops along the way.  I got back into the shop over the weekend.  It looks great. Julie has stocked a lot of new spring and summer yarns for new projects.   We just received a new shipment of Classic Elite Sprout – an organic, machine washable cotton with a nubby texture.  This yarn has great pattern support in two books in the shop – Beach and John’s Bay.  Several Sprout projects are “sprouting up” in the store.

Check out Julie’s Organic Sprout Tank that is featured on the cover of Ann Budd’s Knitting Green book…a darling quick knit for Summer.

One of Judy’s Winter projects, the BC Ruffle Wrap, was a popular knit in Chunky Alpaca.  She’s finished it in CEY Sprout – has a full class signed up in April, and is taking names for a new one.  This is a fun short-rows project and a wonderful spring-time wrap in the lofty Sprout.

You can see the BC Ruffle Wrap on our website at www.heartknits.com or stop in the shop and check it out.