Sunday, June 29, 2008

Flowing In - The New Items

So I've been to the TNNA show and seen all my reps and the new items have started to flow in. Don't have any photos to show right now but I will tell you about some of them. The most unusual item is a new needle gauge in the shape of a chambered nautilus sea shell. It is small and compact and can be worn on a chain around your neck to keep it handy. It is a different version than the long plastic gauges we are used to. This is made out of metal and comes in different colors. Retail $16.00.

Next is some glorious sock yarn from Claudia's Handpainted Yarns. This is the first time I have purchased her yarns and I don't know what took me so long. We have added about 12 colors in the fingering weight, beautiful colorways. The hank is 175 yards so it would take two to make a pair of socks. Retail $13.00.

Just arrived from Plymouth Yarn: Alpaca Lace, about 400 yards for only $7.50 -incredible! Also, Alpaca Prima, slightly heavier and the new colors in Baby Alpaca Grande including new Tweeds and Hand Paints. Just gorgeous! They also sent new patterns to complement these yarns.

We received a new plate by Laurel Burch. That's right, a plate in the shape of a cat head. How cute this is. Also coming from LB are new designs in totes, luggage and flip flops. I was so worried that her line would not continue when she passed away but someone there has obviously taken over where she left off and we are very grateful. Come see all her happy faces.

There is much more on the horizon and I will report as they arrive. Don't forget to turn in your Toasty for Needle Nook socks by July 5th for the contest. Hope to see some great new designs.


Sunday, June 22, 2008


Here is a list of our summer classes. Look it over and come join us for some summer fun and learning. There is something for every skill level and interest, so pick one out and sign up now. If you can't make it in to sign up our website will handle this for you. Go to to see the class project photos too.

Noni Bag Knitalong - select your favorite and let Lou guide you through the process. Lou has knit many samples for Nora and knows all about her patterns. Tuesdays, 11AM to 12:30PM, June 24th to July 15th. $60.00 plus supplies.

Lace Shawl Knitalong - New dates - Join Shirley, lace knitter extraordinaire, to learn how to knit your very own lace shawl. We will be using the "Knitting Lace Triangles" book for this class. Thursdays, July 31st, August 28th and Sept. 25th, 11AM - 12:30PM. This gives you time between sessions for knitting on your shawl. $45.00 plus supplies.

Baby Surprise Jacket Knitalong - New dates - Once again Shirley will guide you through the process of knitting Elizabeth Zimmerman's very inventive baby jacket. Saturdays, July 19th, August 9th and August 30th, 11AM-12:30PM. $45.00 plus supplies.

Knit A Market Bag - Everyone is going green these days so we have a knit market bag you can take along with you when you shop for groceries. Saturday, June 28th, 3:00-4:30PM. $15.00 plus supplies.

Learn To Cast On For Toe Up Socks - OK- you know how to knit a sock from the top down but how about from the toe up. The trickiest part of it is the cast on and toe shaping. Eve will show you how to do this using Judy's Magic Cast On. Saturday, July 12th, 3:00-4:30PM or Wednesday, July 16th, 11AM-12:30PM. $15.00 plus supplies.

Helpful Hints For Happy Knitters - This class is for those who have just begun to knit or those who already knit and would like to learn some tips that make your knitting more efficient and pleasant. We will discuss items such as how to read a yarn label, how to convert meters to yards and much more. You won't be disappointed when you leave this class. Sunday, July 13th, 2:00-4:30PM. $25.00 plus supplies.

Swirl Shawl - Another innovative design from Jojoland, this shawl forms delicate swirls which connect together to form a lovely shawl. You must know how to knit on double point needles to take this class. Please come in and see our model of this beautiful piece. Saturday, July 26th, 3:00-4:30PM. $15.00 plus supplies.

Heel For Toe Up Socks - OK - you've taken the cast on class and have knit your sock up to the heel- now what? Since you are knitting the sock in reverse, the heel construction is different than from cuff down socks. Eve will walk you through this process. Saturday, August 9th, 3:00-4:30 PM or Wednesday, August 13th, 11AM-12:30PM. $15.00 plus supplies.

Please register in advance for all classes. We request that you purchase your class supplies at the Needle Nook. Some classes have homework prior to the class. Supply list available at the shop. We hope to see you at one of our summer sessions.