Hello all!  I’m the proud mom of a cross country runner.  Jessica just found out that she made the Prior Lake High School Cross Country Sections Team!  We’re so proud.  I wouldn’t miss her running for the world.

We will be closing the Twisted Loop Yarn Shop at 2:00pm on Thursday, October 23rd so that we can go and cheer her and her team on to State!  Go Lakers!

Thanks for letting me be a mom!

Happy Knitting,

Jenni

Ripken – October KAL

Rainy gloomy days like today beg for knitting.  Snuggling into a good project, streaming on Netflix reruns of my favorite movie and a cuppa something warm make me so happy.

Melanie Berg’s Ripken is the perfect knit for days like today.  The simple clean lines in stockinette are broken up by sections of striping that make this a doable rainy day knit – well a few rainy days actually.

I’m using Sun Valley Fibers merino/cashmere/silk blend in Glacier Blue and Kent Grey.  My eldest daughter is so excited for me to finish it.

 

Happy Knitting

Jenni

Varsity Run!

We just found out that today my eldest daughter is running in the Prior Lake High School Cross Country Home Meet and she’s so excited that she is running with the Varsity girls.

We will be there to cheer her on while she runs.  This means we will be closing the Twisted Loop Yarn Shop at 3:45 today.

Thanks for understanding a mom wanting to see her kiddo run!

Happy Knitting,

Jenni

Raw Honey – August KAL

I do enjoy my honey.  In tea, on a peanut butter sandwich, mixed with mustard over asparagus, yummmm.  We have friends who are “be-havers” different than “bee-keepers” as they don’t have as many hives as needed to be “keepers”.  I suppose that’s like the difference between a hill and a mountain… logistics.  The process of making honey is amazing, and the result is delicious.

It’s not surprising, knowing my love of the liquid gold, that I’d have a pattern called Raw Honey in my favorites folder on Ravelry.  This pretty pair of fingerless mitts will be perfect come time for hot tea.  Alicia Plummer designed this pair to be simple yet popped a pretty chevron pattern for some interest.  Check out Alicia’s Ravelry page.  She has several patterns that I’m wanting to knit-up.  Good thing Ravelry doesn’t have a limit on how many projects you can put into your favorites!

I plan on knitting my pair in Sweet Georgia Trinity Worsted.  The combination of merino and cashmere will make these not only toasty warm but wonderfully soft as well.

Happy Knitting

Jenni

I like a good mystery, one that makes you think a bit but doesn’t break your brain.  Michelle Purl Hunter is my kind of “mystery gal”.

This month she is doing a Progressive Mystery KAL.  All of the details are on her website www.knitpurlhunter.com  The project is a color work hat.  I’m a bit giddy excited about it.  The first clue is already out and I’m going to cast-on right away.  It’s a hat and I should be able to keep up… and if I don’t… I’ll finish it sooner than later.

Michelle uses two colors of Simplicity (and yes, I do carry it here at the Twisted Loop).  She had me at “two colors”.  I love colorwork.

Happy Knitting,

Jenni

 

I can’t believe we’re celebrating our third WWWKIP Day (World Wide Knit in Public)  on Saturday, June 21st from 10am – 3pm.

The weather is supposed to be nice (fingers crossed) and we have special guests from Sutton Ridge Farms, and Rabbit Hollow Creations bringing sheep and bunnies for us to enjoy.  Jennifer and Holly will answer any questions you have about their animals, and be doing demo’s on spinning and carding as well.

Diane Augustin will be here doing a demo on beaded knitting.  If you’ve ever wanted to learn to bead your knitting, this is a great opportunity.

We’ll be outside between the Prior Lake Library and Flowers Naturally.  We’ll have cookies and water for everybody.  Bring a chair and your knitting/crochet/craft and join us for fun.  If the weather turns bad, I have a plan for that.  We have a great room reserved inside the library with great light.

Join us on Saturday.  You’re sure to make friends and learn something new.

 

We’re bursting at the seams here at the Twisted Loop Yarn Shop.  I simply need to make room for all the yummy yarns and loot we have coming in over the next couple of months.

Here are the details:

Select yarns 40% off, select patterns $1.00

All books 25%, all bags 20% off (yes this includes Atenti and Namaste)

Specific Yarns:  Rowan Felted Tweed, Magnolia (yum), Magestic Tweed and Remix all 30% off 

Lumio is 40% off (great big fat kids hats – pattern on the ball band)

Frolicking Feet 20% off (just because it’s a great sock yarn and I need to make room for the new colors!)

All sales are final and non return/refundable.  I cannot hold yarns for you in advance – that’s just not fair now is it :)

Happy Knitting

Jenni

 

I’ve updated the class list for summer.  We revamped the beginning knitting and crochet classes to accomodate busy summer schedules.  We’ve also added some expanded “beginner/basic” classes to the schedule for both knitting and crochet.

Learn to read charts with the beautiful and lightweight Sylvia Scarf or really perfect your knitting and purling with the Purl Ridge Scarf by Stephen West.

Diane Augustin gives us a fresh look at crochet with her Scalloped Scarf and Chunky Crochet Moebius.  These two classes will have you ready to join the very fun and talented Kathryn with her Jolly Hooker Club (meets once a month and works on a specific project each month  – FUN).

Happy Stitching

June KAL – Lintilla

I can’t believe that June is just around the corner.  As I sit here typing this post, there is a June bug banging and buzzing up against my screen door.  Cool and icky all at the same time.

Our June KAL is cool but not icky.  The Lintilla Shawl is our final shawl by Martina Behm.  This shawl is shaped very much the same as the past two shawls except it has a really interesting (in a good way) ruffled edge.  I love ruffles!

I’m thinking Sweet Georgia Sock or Frabjous Fibers - Cheshire Cat for this project.  The beautiful thing about this little gem is that you can use as much yarn as you have.  If you want a substantial shawl use the entire recommended 575 yards or for a smaller shawlette – perfect for chilly spring and fall evenings - use a lesser amount.

Whichever you choose you can’t loose with Martina’s designs.

Happy Knitting,

Jenni

May KAL – Trillian

May is here and it’s warm… really… can’t you feel the warm?

This month we’ll be working on the third shawl in the Hitchhikers trilogy.  Trillian is a female character in Douglas Adams’ “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” book.  This pretty shawl/scarf again has the asymmetrical garter stitch construction we’ve come to know and love from Martina Behm.  Trillian has a twist, she’s got lace on both of her short edges.  She is narrow and long which makes her easy to wear as a little something warm just around your shoulders or as a funky scarf with a t-shirt.

I’m thinking Crazy Zauberball or three skeins of Claudia Handpainted would be very nice for this shawl.  Really, any soft squishy fingering weight yarn would do.

Let us know how you’re coming along on this month’s KAL on our Ravelry page.

 

Happy Knitting,

Jenni

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