The Non-Knitters Guide

A “thing” of yarn is called a skein.

 It is an unfortunate fact of life that some of the most important people in our lives may not be yarn enthusiasts.  I see a lot of non-knitters dragged unwillingly into my store, so I thought I’d share a few thoughts for the non-knitters in our lives.  So parents, children, significant others, etc., read on!

  • Do not be afraid!  Yes, we carry sharp scissors and needles with us at all times, but for the most part knitters (and crocheters) are rather harmless.  We like to joke that we even share needles!
  • Multiple Projects are Normal and Necessary.  Don’t expect us to finish one project before starting the next, this is simply not realistic!  Sometimes we may feel like working on a simple project, sometimes we want something more complex.  Sometimes we just don’t feel like going downstairs, so we’ll grab something out of the upstairs knitting basket.  Multiple projects are a sign that someone is creative, hardworking, and a great multi-tasker.
  • Learn to Knit Kit
  • LYS (Local Yarn Shop) Behavior.  Did your mother tell you not to touch things in a store?  That’s not true at a yarn shop.  You should touch the yarn all you want, and comments like “Oooo, this is so soft!” are acceptable and welcomed.   
  • Yarn Budgeting.  There really isn’t any such thing.  Hold back your comments when your knitter buys yarn for an endless number of projects, or even says “I don’t know what I’m going to make with this yarn, but I just HAVE to have it!”  Resistance is futile!
  • Drink the Kool-Aid!  Tired of being a non-knitter?  You can join the knitters of the world by taking the Introduction to Knitting Workshop for hands-on help, or learn at home with a Lean to Knit kit that includes needles, yarn and a instructional book.

Happy Knitting!     Amy 

New Years Knitting Resolutions

So what are your New Years Resolutions for 2013?  And I don’t mean “Loosing Weight” or “Be a Better Friend” – I want to know what your Knitting Resolutions are!

Don’t have any?  Well, here are some suggestions:

    Building Blocks
  • Learn a new knitting skill.  Sign-up for a class for some hands-on instruction, or learn at home with “Building Blocks” by Michelle Hunter.  The book teaches 12 new skills.  You end up with 12 blocks that you can finish into an afghan, baby blankets, pillows – or whatever your imagination can come up with! You can also join one of Michelle’s Knit Alongs to learn new skills from home with video tutorials and support on her Knit Purl Hunter Ravlery Group!
  • Dig into your yarn stash.  We’ve all got a stash of yarn we bought with plans to use it “for something, someday.”  Why not now?  I like scarf knitting to use-up stash yarn – the size doesn’t matter, so you can just keep knitting until you run out of yarn.  If you prefer to go by the rules and follow a pattern, check out the Reverse Lace Scarf, it’s easy to knit and uses almost any kind of yarn! For those who like to multitask, you can complete two resolutions at once if you use your worsted weight yarn in your yarn stash to learn new techniques with the Building Blocks book. You might have an interesting looking blanket when you finish, but what’s wrong with a little color variation?!
  • Believe in UFOs (Un-Finished Objects).  Yes, you can finish that project that has been on the needles forever!  Need some friendly peer pressure to help you out?  Come to our free weekly Open Stitching every Thursday evening from 6 to 8 pm – just show up!
    Della Q Lily Zip Pouch


  • Visit More Local Yarn Shops.   This is especially fun to do when traveling.  Visit www.knitmap.com to find a yarn shop at your destination.
  • Needle Control.  Got all your needles stuffed in a coffee can?  A Della Q needle case will keep your needles well organized – and they’re pretty!

By the way, Sean has commited to losing 20lbs this year! It’s a “Threefer”:
1) It’s a New Year’s Resolution.
2) It’s a bet he made with his friend Joe.
3) It will be a minor miracle!

    Have a great New Year – and Happy Knitting!     Amy

    Feeling Thankful

    Once a year it does us all good to sit back and think about what we really are thankful for.  For me, I’d have to say sheep, alpacas, goats and other furry creatures that help keep us warm, modern medicine, good friends that love us despite ourselves, cats and kittens, and, of course, my husband Sean.

    The newest addition to FiberWild!, Rowan!    
    Walking around the shop I asked the rest of the crew what they were all thankful for:
    Wendi is thankful for a great job in a knitting store where she gets to play with lots of yarn … and for plenty of cuddle time with the office kitty! 

    Nicki is thankful that she lives so close to work that her “commute” is a 30 – 60 second walk, especially since her new boyfriend lives an hours drive away.  She’s also very thankful that her dog gets along with cats!

    Scout’s not sure he’s thankful for Rowan yet …

    Vera is thankful for juicy slices of turkey, a steaming blob of garlic mashed potatoes, all with rivers of gravy flooding over it.  Yummy food coma … Ice cream, definitely ice cream.  Maybe cookies, too … and kittens … and cats that act like kittens!

    Suzy is thankful that she can spend her days tending to her children and her sheep – and still do her Fiber Wild! database work after the barn is quiet for the night and the kids are in bed!
    Karen is thankful for her new grand-baby.  Wanna see some pictures?

    Sean said he was thankful for good friends, warm kittens, single malt Scotch, cold beer, low maintenance employees, being able to live in the country, ageing very very very gracefully, and his lovely wife.  Funny how he listed me last!  This caused some back-pedaling and protests of “But not in that order!  You didn’t say to put them in order!”  I should be getting some flowers or a really nice dinner out soon.
    Have a great Thanksgiving!    Amy