It’s no secret that I love to knit socks.  I always have a pair on the needles.  When local author Lara Neel emailed me and offered to do a book signing and trunk show of her most recent fabulous book Sock Architecture, I jumped at the opportunity.  Lara will be here on Wednesday, November 19th from 6pm – 8pm selling and signing her book Sock Architecture.  I’m so excited.  I can’t wait to see all her knit socks.  I’m sure I’ll be inspired!

Here is a description of her book:

Jump right in to this ultimate guide to the world of sock knitting! Sock Architecture is perfect for both experienced and novice sock knitters. This thorough, imaginative collection of sock shapes and patterns gives you the tools to construct an astounding variety of custom socks. All heels and toes are carefully explained and clearly photographed, and you can plug in your own numbers to work at the exact size and gauge you want.

If you’d rather just pick up the needles and start knitting, Sock Architecture also includes 17 fully designed patterns. Most span five sizes, from women’s extra small through men’s large. And most of the patterns offer guidelines for an adjustable size you can choose your own gauge, size, or both. Make socks that are as unique as you are!

Lara demystifies popular sock-knitting techniques and gives you tips and tricks that could only have come from the mind behind the Math4Knitters blog and podcast. Terrified of grafting? Love afterthought heels but hate retrieving those tiny left-on-hold stitches? Adore the look and fit of your usual top-down heel, but hate picking up gusset stitches and dealing with that weird little hole at the top of the heel flap? Lara gives you all the tools and methods you need to address these issues and build your own great socks.

To celebrate socks and the sock knitter in all of us we will be having a sale on all sock yarn while Lara is here from 6pm – 8pm.  Take advantage of a 25% discount on all sock yarn!  What a great savings and just in time for Christmas.

Happy Knitting,

Jenni

 

 

 

A good squishy knit with a simple yet not-too-simple pattern is my idea of a pretty near perfect project.

Blue Sky Alpaca filled that need when I decided to take on the Cane Bay Wrap.  It’s simple pretty curved lines with a tad of lacework appealed to my desire to do something more than stockinette for rows upon end.

   

 

 

I also gravitated to the yarn “Extra” that the pattern called for and I was not disappointed.  “Extra” is a squishy round drapey aran weight yarn made from baby alpaca and merino.  Knit up on a size 10.5 this was a quick and satisfying project.

I hope you’ll join us for the Knit Along (KAL) this month.  The Cane Bay Wrap would make a beautiful Christmas Gift for you or someone knitworthy.

Happy Knitting,

Jenni

This has been a busy week at the Krosnowski Farm.  First it was Jessica’s making the Prior Lake High School Cross Country Sections Team, then Emily’s Volleyball Tournament.  It’s my turn to play!

I am a founding/board member of a local 501(c)3 called R.O.C.K (Reaching Our Community’s Kids).  We are hosting our 1st Annual Trick-Or-Treat Walk/Run at Lakefront Park here in Prior Lake.

We will be closing the Twisted Loop at 12:00pm on Saturday, October 25th and heading over to the park to hand out candy and raise awareness of the hunger issue right here in our own community.

Check out R.O.C.K at www.ROCKMN.org for more information.

Again thank you for letting me be a mom, volunteer and shop owner this week.

Happy Knitting,

Jenni

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

 

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