I have been knitting for a long time, a really long time, almost half a century. For most of that time, until about 10 years ago, I limited myself to simple knitting and purling.  Don’t get me wrong, I knit beautiful sweaters with perfect gauge and could compete with the best finishers out there, but with the exception of sweaters for my tiny nephew and niece that had little elephants marching around the yoke, I never tried anything beyond plain old knitting and purling with one color at a time.

Then came the internet and I found out people were engaging in all kinds of adventurous knitting. Gorgeous color work, lace knitting, beaded knitting, modular knitting, double knitting, people even made (gasp!) SOCKS. After hearing my mom talk about the agony of knitting my dad a pair of argyle socks way back in the 1940s, I swore I would never go THERE. This was a woman who happily knit a full sized afghan in popcorn stitch. Yes, the whole thing.  If she could do that and not complain, those socks must have been a nightmare. When I found out there was a whole internet discussion group with thousands of members dedicated to making socks, I had to check it out. After reading that list for a while and with the encouragement of other local knitters, I finally gave sock knitting a try. And I was hooked.

Since then, I have ventured into other knitting realms without trepidation. After all, it is all just moving string around; what could go wrong? (There are a few bags shoved in closets and under the bed that can answer that question, but for the most part, it has been fun.) I have never regretted stepping outside of my self imposed limitations to try new knitting techniques. As my new found adventurous knitting spirit has evolved, more and more knitting doors have opened. No longer do I decide against trying a pattern I love because it employs a new technique. On the contrary, I seek adventure.

In that spirit, Knit On! is offering more technique classes for you this fall. Are you willing to step outside of your self imposed limitations to try something new? This week you can join us to learn how to knit with beads, how to knit lace and/or how to knit a sock. Later this month, you can learn how to Crochet By Numbers. (If you want to learn how, but don’t crochet, take the Learn to Knit/Crochet class offered twice a week and you will be ready to go. One session should do it.) Other techniques will be offered in weeks to come. And if we don’t offer a technique you would like to learn, ask and we will try to get it on the class list.

What techniques have you been too timid to try? I challenge you to learn at least one new technique this week. Take a look at our calendar to make your choice, then call us at 859-291-5648 to reserve your place in class. Feel the excitement of embarking on a new adventure in knitting or crochet!
 
 
In my last post, I wrote about new beginnings. The problem with new beginnings is they take a while to put into place, and then you have a lot to talk about all at once to get all of that newness out there where everyone can find out about it, so this blog is chalk full of news. Let’s get right down to it! Since we in the social media are supposed to keep things short and to the point, I feel the use of bullet points is in order.
  • We have new inventory arriving daily. That’s not a slogan. It is the literal truth. We will be rolling out pics on Facebook, Twitter and Ravelry, so be sure to like, follow and join us.  Also, please share and re-tweet to spread the word.  The more new customers we have, the more great inventory we can bring to you!
  • We have a new interactive calendar right here on our website.  Click on the word “Notes” after each calendar entry for a full explanation of what the class or event is. Then call the shop to sign up for the classes and events!!
  • We are introducing our Fabulous Fiber Fridays this month.  Every 3rd Friday, we will have some kind of event for you to attend.  For our first event on September 19th, we are very happy to be hosting an awesome trunk show from Mindy Wilkes Designs. Meet Mindy and see her beautiful shawls and accessories in person. Her patterns (and of course our yarns) will be available for sale during the trunk show.
  • Our first Cash for Stash sale will be held September 20th and 21st. Everyone who has heard about this is so excited!!  Now you are about to be, too. You drop off your unloved stash you want to sell during the week before the sale starts, then come back to shop for great bargains on the sale days.  If your stash sells, you get Knit On! Cash to spend like money in the shop.  The details are in the Cash for Stash Sale Note on the calendar.
  • Why do people wait until two weeks before a baby shower to send out the invitations? Don’t they know it takes time to make a baby afghan? With our Baby Afghan Club, you never again will be caught unprepared. We will meet every 2nd and 4th Thursday to build our stash of baby  afghans and increase our skills.  There will be one knit and one crochet selection every month or two, depending on the speed with which we complete our projects. Check out the calendar for pics of this month’s selections. Nanci and Linny will be teaching.
  • While you are on the calendar, check out the new classes. In September, TJ is teaching Blocking 101 and Oops! I Can Fix That! We are offering a $10 discount if you want to take both classes. More classes in September include Scrubbies with Sally, Beaded Elegance Bracelets with Nanci and our Learn to Knit or Crochet/Student’s Choice with Sally which is offered every week all year round.
  • Look ahead to October classes when Laura will be teaching a lace series (Lace 1, 2, 3).  She has three beautiful projects lined up for you. If you take all three sessions you will get a $10 discount.  Sally will be teaching a three part sock knitting class and Dina will be back with Crochet By Numbers. If you have not seen Dina’s work, you have missed out.  It is amazing.  Her crocheted portraits look like photographs. Four samples of her work are hanging in the shop, so take a look when you stop in this week. Wouldn’t it be great to crochet an afghan to look like your favorite photograph? Our October Fabulous Fiber Friday will feature a trunk show of gorgeous shawls and other models from Baah Yarn. There will also be an abundance of Baah Yarn on hand for your fondling (and purchasing) pleasure.
  • Did I mention we have tons (not literally) of new treasures in the shop? Stop in to see them all (and buy some of them, too).
See? I told you we've been busy! We hope you will take advantage of all of these great classes and events in the shop. We are putting them together for you.  If there is a class you would like to take or an event you would like to attend, but we haven’t thought of it, just let us know.  We love to hear from you.  We will do our best to accommodate all reasonable requests. Call 859-291-5648 or email kniton2004@aol.com