Beat the Heat: Think Small!

July 04, 2023

Beat the Heat: Think Small! Yarn Folk

I looked at the weather app, and the 90° days stretch out as far as the predictions go. 

Are you a year-round stitcher? I am, and was even before it was part of my job. But how do you cope when the temperatures soar?

  • Fire up the A/C! Kidding/not kidding. But when it really heats up outside, finding a cool spot at home can bring some relief.
  • Find a shady spot outside, especially early in the morning or later in the evening. You've got a Lumos light, right? Let it shine.
  • Christmas in July. Hear me out; this is actually the perfect time to start working on holiday gifts, and often that means small projects--hats, fingerless mitts, cowls. 
  • Home items. Your icy glass of lemonade is covered with condensation, right? How about a new set of coasters? (Make extra sets for gifts.) See also: dish cloths, pillows, baskets, pot holders...

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…mark your calendars

Social Stitching

Every Saturday, 2-4pm

Join us around the big table for a couple of hours of convivial stitching. 

Temporary Schedule Changes

July 22

9:00a - 1:00p (no social stitching)

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…new in the shop


We've got some new things rolling our way in large brown trucks--look for them to start appearing on the shelves (and here!) next week. But we do have this month's Pretty Pretty Yarn Club color--Parasol. It's another color with big summer energy!

And one other small announcement: when you purchase a pattern through the Ravelry in-store program, we are now offering the option to purchase color printing at 50 cents per page. Black and white printing remains complimentary.  

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…to inspire



One of the small project suggestions above is coasters, and here's a Ravelry bundle that includes patterns that have the added bonus of giving you a low-stakes opportunity to experiment with techniques. Brioche? ✅ Tunisian crochet? ✅ Double knitting? ✅ Steeking? ✅ Mosaic Knitting? ✅ Intarsia? ✅ Modular knitting? ✅ You get the idea! Learn something new in a small bite, and end up with a useful item or gift, too.

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...currently stitching



I was so excited to start Tif Neilan's Quill Tee, and in just a few more plain rounds, I'll be ready to separate for the sleeves. I'm using Baby Cat Fingering in Smoke Up, Johnny for the main color and Desert Rose and Sedona for the contrast colors. Aerial view made possible by Purl Strings, of course. 

I'm still working on the Basic Beanie from Tin Can Knits (the 1x1 rib version in DK), and I pulled some Malabrigo Susurro to start the crocheted Aixellence Tank Top.

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