On Monday, December 8th I fell on a patch of ice and hit my head giving myself a concussion.  Quite the Christmas present.

While all is just dandy, Shari and Jodi will again be manning the shop… I’m a bit worried as I have them looking over the inventory and filling in the gaps.  I wonder what they’ll order.  I am also rescheduling Friday Night Knit Club “Pajama Edition” to next Friday, December 19th.

Thanks for your understanding.

Happy Knitting

Jenni

 

It’s here – Small Business Saturday.  I’m so excited.  Bob the girls and I will be decorating the shop on Friday, November 28th in time to re-open at 10:00am on Saturday, November 29th for Small Business Saturday.

Here are the details:  You’ll receive 30% off all bags, books and pre-made kits.  I’ll have all the sale  yarn on the kitchen table and it’s all 40% off along with some notions.

 

Our hours this weekend are:

Thursday – CLOSED – Happy Thanksgiving

Friday – CLOSED – decorating and shopping with everybody else

Saturday – 10-4

Sunday – CLOSED

Happy Thanksgiving

I’m getting ready to go eat myself into a food induced coma at my eldest sister-in-laws’ house.  My brother-in-law will have made a wonderful turkey with all the fixins and we’ll have more people than we have chairs.  It’s simply perfect.

Eventually we’ll splinter off to our groups, the football watchers, the card players, the texters (with their cousins sitting in just the other room) and those who will wander into and out of each group.  There is a lack of  family drama, no sister-in-law dragging up old issues,  no mother that is upset because the family didn’t use her age old stuffing recipe, no brother trying to injure his sister with a bee-bee gun – well… perhaps that will happen again.

All in all we have a tremendous amount to be thankful for; our health, family and friends.

I have an additional group of people to be thankful for, you.  Thank you for all of your support these past 3 1/2 years, thank you for your creativity, your flexibility when I needed/wanted to see my kids participate in their various sports, and for your encouragement and patronage.

The Twisted Loop wouldn’t be where it is without each of you.

I wish you all the joy of the season, and hope you have as much to be thankful for as I do.

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Knitting,

Jenni

 

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

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