Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Knitters for Peace.

...apparently I haven't posted here before about our wonderful charity knitting/knitters. I searched the blog for "charity" and "tuesday" and came up empty. I did, however, find a wall photo on Facebook (and I hope that link works). I feel terrible about that...not only because the ladies who show up week in and week out are what make Tuesdays a great day to work in the shop, but mostly because they create such beautiful works of art. for charity.

They call themselves Knitters for Peace. Most would call them angels. Here's a sampling of the latest hundred or so hats they've created to donate to Christian City Children's Village and the Mt Bethel United Methodist Homeless Ministry.
this is the "pile" - there were two more bags full sitting off to the side when I took this photo
see what I mean about works of art? look at the lovingcare that went into the details on this hat!
I had to try this one on!
 Would you like to join in? the only thing required is your time and bit of knitting knowledge. Theresa donates the yarn - if you know how to cast-on, knit and purl, we'll make sure you learn the rest of what's required to knit a hat! We'd love to have you!!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Maggiknits Weekend.

...if you receive our newsletter, you're already in the know about this special event (and my apologies for a repeat!). but if you don't (oh, and you should! please visit our shop's homepage to subscribe - it's the "join our email list" link at the bottom),

we have an exciting announcement!

We will be hosting Maggie Jackson at the shop for three days of fun including a fashion show and workshops. Mark your calendars!! December 2, 3 & 4.

In Theresa's own words:
"If you have been to Stitches, you know it's often difficult to even get close to the booth hosting Maggie and Maggiknits. I have experienced it myself at Stitches and Market and I’ll tell you why it’s so hard... Her garments are different, eclectic, statement pieces – like the kind of special wardrobe pieces that you would find in wonderful boutiques that are now few and far between. They are high style but very wearable and hugely fun to create."
We're starting off Maggiknits Weekend with a fashion show on Friday night and then we'll host two days of workshops on Saturday and Sunday. See below for details. Reservations are required for all three events - call the shop (770) 998-3483 to reserve your space (or visit us in person - we always love to see our customers)!

Friday Night Fashion Show - December 2, 2011
Refreshments 6:00 pm
Fashion Show 6:45 pm
Tickets: $10

Please join us for an informal Fashion Show presented by Maggie. There will be approximately 40 designs for your review. Refreshments will be provided starting at 6:00 pm followed by the Fashion Show at 6:45 pm. Space is limited and tickets must be purchased in advance.

Saturday "Oh No...Not Another Scarf" Workshop - December 3, 2011
10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Cost: $125 includes lunch and materials fee (enough materials for a project)

By the end of this class, Maggie hopes the piece you make will NOT go towards a scarf but to one of the other design options she will show including a table-runner, a pillow, a purse, a shawl a wall hanging, etc. Maggie will have you thinking 'outside of the box' by making holes in your work, cutting yarn in the middle of a row, just to retie leaving knots to the front of the work, joining her re-known tubes and working a Ladder Stitch. She will also show some finishing techniques for the project. Maggie will offer her advice on what she has learned from being a Fashion Designer doing Ready-to-Wear for 25 years, selling to well-known high end department stores and having a staff of 45 knitters. Samples of these stitches will be shown on garments to stretch your creative thinking. (Bring Needles size 7 or 8 US, preferably wooden, bamboo or plastic to work with the linen and other yarns and scissors.)

Sunday "Wearable Art" Workshop - December 4, 2011
10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Cost: $125 includes lunch and materials fee (enough materials for a project)

This class is a combination of various small squares which can be put together after class to make a scarf or put towards a larger project. We will make knitted and fabric bows on a square, a ruffle stitch square with a tube and 2 colored picot tube, knotting yarns to make a loopy stitch, to name a few. Samples of these stitches will be shown on garments to stretch your creative thinking. (Bring Needles size 7 or 8 US, preferably wooden, bamboo or plastic to work with the linen and other yarn and scissors.)

Following on the "weekend" theme, we are offering a $25 discount if you attend both the Saturday and Sunday workshops. Total cost to attend both sessions will be $225.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Bad News and Good News.

Bad News first:

Theresa received a note from Susie Gibbs this morning saying that she's sick and won't be able to be at the shop tomorrow. We're working to reschedule and we'll let you know as soon as we have a new date.

Good News last:

We were planning a party, and we're going to have one anyway! Bring your knitting and let's have fun in spite of the Bad News.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Susie Gibbs in Person!

three yarns and three supporting pattern books
Yes! the person behind Juniper Moon Farms will be at the shop - in person! - next week. Tuesday, October 11, from 5-8pm. We love her story and (love love!) her yarns and the opportunity to meet her "for reals" is...simply priceless.

Please plan to stop by.

Tuesday, October 11
fabulous company and luscious yarns, refreshments (and wine)
no charge

If you've started a Juniper Moon project - or have one in your queue, all the better. Please share! (and if you haven't. beware. it's enticing for sure)