Wednesday, November 22, 2017

22 November 2017

We're going to have a colorful Black Friday that is without stress. Stop by the shop to see the new yarns that have arrived and have a sip of warm cider.

Bring your knitting sit and relax. There's enough room for everyone, even Betty White if she stops by.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

18 October 2017

For the next few weeks we have a large amount of

on display. Don't know what Wonderland Yarns are? Stop by and see. The Cheshire Cat will greet you with a smile.

Friday, October 6, 2017

6 October 2017

The ZickZack Scarf that I have been knitting in the shop only has a bit more to go. The color 'rotation' is not uniform (what I was hoping for). This makes for a non-repeating color pattern across the scarf.

As I observe how this is working using three colors of fingering weight yarn, as long as you like the colors of yarns you choose and there is a contrast in colors, it will work.

This is a scarf that will also work with scraps of fingering weight. Never have to worry about color repeats with scraps!

It really does have the Italian designer M****ni look.

Friday, September 22, 2017

22 September 2017

We're ready for the

Fall Porch Party!

 Iced Tea 
and other goodies for the party.

 The yarn color kits arrived for the KAL. If you haven't reviewed the pattern for the KAL it's on Ravelry and is called:

Time Trades by Caitlin Hunter
This will be a knockout with the colors of 
Queen of Hearts
yarn from
Wonderland Yarns

Friday, September 1, 2017

1 September 2017

Does the prospect of Harvey ruining your weekend have you down?

We're doing a  
Sit and Knit 
Saturday and Sunday 
Sept 2 & 3
during normal shop hours.

Come join us!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

30 Aug 2017

This scarf is much more fun than I imagined. It's call ZickZack by Christy Kamm and uses fingering weight yarn. The original used two balls of yarn used every two rows. The yarn was somewhat of a long period striping yarn.

Being me, and never doing anything simply, I chose three yarns. It's an interesting technique to knit with three yarns and alternate every row.

The colors at first were disappointing. As knitting progressed I started to get the effect that I wanted. The varying colors with the intermittent light and dark are "in the style of a great Italian designer".

Saturday, July 29, 2017

29 July 2017

I'm presently also knitting a yarn bundle from Wonderland Yarns called Opposites Attract. The pattern is included on the label. This is a simple to knit garter and eyelet shawl.

One of the yarns is a "slinky sport merino" called Mad Hatter and a "shimmering halo of silk and kit mohair" called Unicorn. This pattern was designed especially by Stephanie Shiman for the Frabjous Fibers and Wonderland Yarns Opposites Attract Kit, this pattern uses one skein each of our Mad Hatter sport merino and Unicorn sparkling silk/mohair blend.

It is a very easy and quick knit.

Here's my work so far:

And here's what you can see on Ravelry.

When finished, the finished size is 74" x 15".

Friday, July 28, 2017

Working with three colors

27 July 2017

We all have been knitting feverishly here at the shop so that we have new model showing the new yarns.

I had forgotten about this and though this technique might be helpful to those of you who dislike pooling colors or are trying to "shade" hand-dyed yarns.

Here is what I am doing:

Colors are better seen person.

The pattern is called ZickZack and it is a chevron pattern that is inspired by famous Italian designer.

Looking at the pattern and deciding that I didn't want too much of a color repeat I decided to use three balls of yarn simultaneously. Is your head reeling? No need. This is a very simple technique and has many uses.

Stop by the shop and I will explain and show you how it is done. It will just take minutes and you can be on your way knitting the same scarf. It's easy.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

12 July 2017

I hear many complaints about interchangeable needles coming unscrewed. Yes it has happened to me too.

One of the simplest things to do is to use the 'key' that comes with your needles. What helps is to also using a rubber gripper. The one that you have in the kitchen to open jars with is just right. It helps you grip the needle tightly enough to get a good 'lock' on the threads when using the key.

If that isn't working for you there is one more trick. I use the Aleene's Stop Fraying that we sell here at the shop. You can use Emer's WHITE Glue if you don't have the Stop Fraying. Just a SMALL drop of either on the tip of the treaded end will help lock the threads.

No unexpected loss of stitches with a needle and no cable.

Hope this helps.....

Friday, July 7, 2017

7 July 2017

Just a gentle reminder

Saturday July 8 and Sunday July 9
 Sit and Knit
during store hours.

Come by, relax and enjoy the companionship of fellow knitters (all needlearts are welcome).

I have added new items to the shop's
Anniversary Sale 
that will continue through the month of July.
Don't miss and opportunity for a good bargin.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

16 June 2017

Just Arrived!

Extrafine Merino Fingering

This is a hand-dyed fingering and Feza is stepping up their game when it comes to colors. This extrafine merino really is soft - it has a beautiful hand. I found an image of one of the colors but because of hand-dyeing and color rendition on computers  . . .  I think the one that I have is prettier.

This yarn knits at 7.5 sts/ inch and is 440 yards per skein. Did I say it has a beautiful hand?

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

14 June 2017

Just arrived!

Diamond Luxury
Pure Donegal Tweed
made in

This isn't the Donegal Tweed of old. This yarn has a nice hand and comes in beautiful colors - just what you want for that aran sweater that you've been thinking about. This yarn is true aran weight. The tweed knits at 16 sts/4 inches, great for cable definition.

With a small adjustment for gauge, this yarn would be great for knitting Lucy Neatby's, Cables After Whiskey.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

8 June 2017

Don't forget


We will celebrate the event here at the shop on the front porch. Cold sodas and a large fan for the hot day will be provided.

Come show the world that knitting can be a stress reliever!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Trunk Show Continues

3 June 2017

We had a great time at the Annual Porch Party! The weather was beautiful and the treats plentiful! The Mystery Trunk Show is no longer a mystery.  

We have the
Zen Yarn Garden Trunk Show
for another weekend!

So if you were off on a mini-vacation and missed the party, stop by and take a look. It is a large trunk show of fingering weight yarns and there are plenty of great colors left.

Monday, May 22, 2017

22 May 2017

10 – 5

We will have a 
for you to enjoy

along with iced tea and goodies to eat!

Come join us for a fun day and stitch with fellow knitters.

This will be the last weekend for the yarns from Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. On Monday, they all have to be returned. Don't miss out on seeing a large variety of colors that are on display.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

10 May 2017


We are thrilled to have at the shop all the yarns from Prism, Kauni, Mountain Colors, and Jagger that graced our booth at the recent Maryland Sheep and Wool show. These large consignments give you a special opportunity to choose your own favorites from a much larger variety than we usually have in stock. Hurry in for best selection! If you want to be part of our mailing list use the form below to sign up.

We're jumping into the 21st century. When something just can't wait for mailer we will notify you of special happenings at the shop through our mailing list. This will be for specials and impromptu trunk shows that may come up. If you want to stay informed. . . . . .

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

30 April 2017

I know I've been quiet lately but I've been hard at work knitting. The Agate Ripple Cardigan has been done and is hanging as a model in the shop (whew!) Stop by and see the finished product.

We just got in Feza Baby Gradient Blankets designed by Nancy Rieck. These packs will knit a blanket or two stoles. The yarn is called Baby and is sprayed dyed to two different intensities to create a gradient. The yarn is a cotton/viscose blend and is super soft and washable.

This is a think out of the box type of project. You can knit alternate stripes, add a pattern, what ever comes to mind. Be creative!

These kits will not be a our booth at Maryland Sheep and Wool (booth D16 Main Exhibition Hall). We will only have them at the shop.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

8 March 2017


We're going high tech with solar power and LED lighting. We have a sample of the LED lighting and need your opinion. The color of the light is what we're interested in. When you stop by the shop, take a look and let us know what you think!

Yes I've been quiet. I've been knitting Prism's Agate Ripples cardigan. There are color changes that use Fibonacci numbers. It's fun and as I knit I weave in the ends so they only need to be glued. I'm almost finished. I'm working on the collar and once that's done it's just sew in the sleeves and it's ready to be a shop model for you to try on.

Laura Bryant at Prism Arts will make this in any color you want. All we have to do is ask and she will send a colorway for your approval.

See you soon.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

14 January 2017

Friday the 13th passed unnoticed, and that's a good thing.

The weather apocalypse predicted for today is just that, a prediction. All we have is wet streets and no freezing rain, sleet or snow was in sight this morning. So if you're huddling in fear, fear not. We're here knitting and waiting to help you.

Lyn is finishing up the Gingersnap baby sweater using Jagger Spun Super Lamb. It's a quick knit and uses several colors of yarn. That makes the sweater fun to knit and allow you to show your creativity. You can see the sweater here on Ravelry. Simple and fun to knit!

When you stop by I can show you the progress that I've made on the Agate Ripples cardigan designed by Prism Arts. The cardigan is knit using Merino Mia, a wonderfully soft hand-dyed merino wool. The color change sequence assures that every sweater will be different. It is fun to knit and hard to stop because you want to see how the next color works into the design. Here's the design that appeared in Knitter's.

I'm knitting a different colorway than is shown in the magazine. The colorway chosen for the shop sample is called Dark Autumn and has the feel of a forest of fall leaves in full color.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

7 January 2017

Wow! Happy New Year.

We're not getting too much knitting done right now - inventory time.

If you're thinking about coming out the roads are all clear and dry. Little flurries but not any serious snow. Come on down.

You can see Lyn's progress knitting the Ombre Tunic that will be a Knit-A-Long.