<![CDATA[KIDEWEKNOT.COM - Blog]]>Sat, 11 Jul 2020 12:05:18 -0400Weebly<![CDATA[Designer Showcase with Trendsetter Yarns]]>Thu, 09 Jul 2020 23:04:49 GMThttp://kideweknot.com/blog/designer-showcase-with-trendsetter-yarnsJane Slicer-Smith Designs
A huge thanks to Barry of Trendsetter Yarns for sharing these beautiful and inspiring samples of Jane Slicer-Smith's designs.
The design details and color choices are stunning. As Barry says, when you wear a Jane Slicer-Smith design, expect to attract attention!
To see kit options and sizing for the designs showcased, head over to our online shop.

Here's the link to purchase Swing, Swagger, Drape as a pdf or stitchip.

See more from Jane at her website.
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<![CDATA[New and Upcoming Events]]>Mon, 25 May 2020 19:05:47 GMThttp://kideweknot.com/blog/new-and-upcoming-eventsThanks for coming back!
The shop is OPEN!
A summer tradition is back again!
We are very excited to participate in the 4 Day Knit a Long with Marie Greene of Olive Knits. We made the Beekeeper Cardigan and the Foxtrot Cardigan... and now for something new!
Here's a few things to know about the Knit a Long.
  • you do not have to knit an entire sweater in 4 days - unless you want to.
  • this can be the first sweater you have ever made! Top down, seamless and with lots of support and encouragement from lots of people doing it, too, seems like a great idea.
  • Pattern pre-sale begins May 28
  • Pictures are released on June 15
  • Join us on May 29 for Zoom meeting with knitwear designer and author, Marie Greene, for a live chat about the 4th Annual 4 Day KAL. We'll chat about your best yarn options for this year's sweater, color ideas, and more!
  • We're knitting a two-color, DK weight unisex circular yoke pullover with finished bust/chest fit of 32-64". Shop samples are being knit in Sirdar Snuggly Replay and Plymouth Select DK Merino Superwash. You are sure to find a color combination to make you sing! We will be placing special orders on June 23- pick any color you want!! (there are 49 choices in DK Merino Superwash, 16 colors in Replay!)
  • KAL begins July 1 and runs through the first week of August.
Minted KAL begins this weekend!- Join Andrea Mowry for a Hat-in-a-weekend challenge. (totally doable)
We have many options to make this fabulous hat. If you need a fluffy silk/mohair to carry along with a gem from your stash or if you are looking for inspiration, we have it. Call for an appointment or plan on Drop in Shopping on Tuesday or Saturday 12-3.
The PATTERN is available through Ravelry at 10% off through May 28. Cast On Thursday, May 28 and Cast Off Monday, June1. Then post in her group and be entered to win a prize or 3! Sounds like fun and a great way to fluff the holiday knits pile.

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<![CDATA[Opening the Doors]]>Tue, 12 May 2020 18:13:48 GMThttp://kideweknot.com/blog/opening-the-doors
We are reopening the shop for in-person shopping on May 19, 2020.
To enter the shop
  1. you must wear a mask (we will, too)
  2. you must use the hand sanitizer we provide at the door (we are frequently washing our hands, too)
  3. If you are not feeling well, please stay home.
We ask that you limit the amount of touching you do to only that which is necessary. We are happy to be your personal shopper.

You are welcome to schedule an appointment for private shopping by calling the shop 412-257-2557 or by choosing your appointment time here.
  • Appointments will be 20 minutes in length, with time in between each customer to wipe down surfaces and hand wash.
  • the fee to reserve your appointment will be refunded on your purchase during that appointment
  • if you reserve but do not attend your private shopping appointment without prior arrangement, your fee will not be refunded, nor applied to a future purchase. Please only make an appointment if you intend to keep it. We do not have unlimited time and many people would like it. Use drop in shopping if more convenient.
We will have drop in shopping time on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 12-3. 
We ask that only 2 customers be in shop at a time, if when you arrive 2 people are already in shop, please wait for someone to leave before you enter. While in shop, maintain 6 feet of distance between yourself and other people as much as possible.

Yarn Winding will not be available during appointments. You may return to pick up wound yarn in our curbside bin, usually the next day. We will not be able to wind previously purchased yarns at this time. Ball winders and Swifts are available for purchase and we will happily show you how to use them.

You are welcome to call the shop to inquire about available appointment times if you are out and would like to stop by. Please note that since the appointment windows are short, we will not be answering the phone during an appointment. We will return your call as promptly as possible.

Online Shopping!
The website is open 24/7 for shopping convenience.
We are shipping for a small fee up to $149, Free Shipping on orders over $150.
Curbside Pick-up is always free. Tuesday thru Saturday 11-3.
Email, Facebook Message and Virtual Shopping.
We are happy to yarn shop with you in whichever way is most convenient for you. Contact us and we will make arrangements to suit your comfort and schedule.

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<![CDATA[Two Color Varieties]]>Tue, 05 May 2020 12:30:00 GMThttp://kideweknot.com/blog/two-color-varieties
The variety you can get with two colors is pretty amazing! Click on a picture above to link to the Ravelry pages.

Th colorwork above is slip stitches (mosaic) and stripes. So much can happen... or a little at a time. For sure it is never boring.
The Emiliana Shawl is what turned Craig into a Mosaic Madman! Fun and way easier to knit than your friends will believe.
Heather made Cameo in hand-dyed souvenir cashmere while on our first Ireland Knitter's Tour. With simple garter stitch stripes and eyelet lace pattern, it is simple and soothing knitting for perfect for travel.  And it has become her most worn accessory, especially when traveling!

I hope this is inspiring you to and your stash. Of course, you can go over HERE and just plop some beauty in your cart. Easy 😃

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<![CDATA[Working on Strange Time]]>Mon, 04 May 2020 17:33:35 GMThttp://kideweknot.com/blog/working-on-strange-timeI fell off my blog again. Not intentionally. And if I had someone to transcribe the monologue in my head into the blog, well, you would be well and sick of me!

It has been strange times for us all and it seems to be the status quo for a while. At this time we do not have a date for safe re-opening, though I am working on our policies and procedures for doing so. That will be it's own post, but I do want you to know that your health and safety is of utmost concern to us. As well as mine and my family and all of my fabulous staff.

We will continue to offer purchases through the website (24-7), over the phone (it's OK to leave me messages!), email (kideweknot at gmail dot com) and Facebook messages.

We will schedule virtual shopping (zoom or skype or something similar) and we will have a procedure for being in shop. Those details are relevant later.

It seems like forever and just a blink since we've been together. Strange times indeed.

For now, I just want to say, HI.
Don't hesitate to let me know how I can best help you with your fiber needs.

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<![CDATA[Be Fabulous, even at Home!]]>Tue, 31 Mar 2020 15:01:12 GMThttp://kideweknot.com/blog/be-fabulous-even-at-homePicture
We think EVERYONE should be Fabulous.
So, because we are making lemonade out of the big bushel of lemons left at our doorstep, I am extending a special stay-at-home opportunity to join our upgraded Fringe Benefits group, Fabulous Ewe.

The price is discounted for the later enrollment and membership is valid until December 31, 2020.
You will receive a custom color of Ms Knotty yarn. I do still have a few Swag bags available, while supplies last, to be distributed in order of enrollment. All other details are HERE on the Fabulous Ewe page.

You may call the shop or email or Facebook message Kid Ewe Knot to enroll. Additionally, due to the wonders of technology being pushed along by world events, you are able to enroll HERE on the Scheduler and you will automatically get the invitations to our Zoom knit*nights (weekly on Wednesday at 7pm until May 20 or until no longer necessary.)  Yay!


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<![CDATA[Gift Card Bonus!]]>Sat, 28 Mar 2020 16:54:23 GMThttp://kideweknot.com/blog/gift-card-bonus
Gift Card Bonus!
With every $50 gift card purchase you will receive a BONUS $5. Purchase $100 get $10, purchase $250 get $25 BONUS!
Call the Shop 412-257-2557 or send an email (kideweknot at gmail dot com) or facebook message and we will arrange payment and delivery.
Thank you for supporting Your Local Yarn Shop!

Mystery Bags!
Do you love a surprise? Need a little excitement?
We have mystery bags available for you.
Each bag is full of fiber lover goodness, at a great price! $30 bag ($50 value) $40 bag ($60 value) or $60 bag ($100 value)!  Bag values are a minimum.
Consider a mystery bag and gift card combo!
A little fun now and a little more fun later.
Contact us today!

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<![CDATA[Binge Worthy]]>Tue, 24 Mar 2020 19:01:55 GMThttp://kideweknot.com/blog/binge-worthyPicture
Who's spending more time than usual watching movies and listening to audio books? My hand is up!
And like you, I am knitting and crocheting.
Have you thought about making inspired by your favorite shows?
We have a bundle in our Ravelry Favorites inspired by Outlander. Super Bulky cowls (combine stash yarns to make super unique combinations!) gauntlet mitts, and capes. These types of projects are great gifts for the fans on your list!
Do a search for your favorite genre. (Set a timer, I spent too much time poking around with these!) If it is a popular TV series or Movie, there is pattern support for you!
Dr. Who
Star Trek
Harry Potter
Little Women

Are you a reader?
Try a search of the author or genre you enjoy. This produced some unexpected results!
Jane Austen
Mystery
History
Sci fi
Royal


One Last Tip!
If you haven't looked at the library app, Libby, it is free and a great resource for audiobooks. Likewise, Hoopla is another app that many libraries use to make other types of content available to you, including movies!



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<![CDATA[Low Tech in High Stress Times]]>Sat, 21 Mar 2020 01:40:14 GMThttp://kideweknot.com/blog/low-tech-in-high-stress-timesWell, as fancy as I think I want to be for you. I'm not.
I'm a yarn lady! I can get pretty fancy with yarn. So, I'll take it where I have it.

In the Meantime...

Saturday (3/21/2020) is looking to be a full day in the Shop for me. Not for you, though, because we are on lock-down here in PA and that means that the doors are closed, but I am connecting with my peeps via Facebook Messenger, email, and telephone to prepare packages for shipping.
You can call the shop tomorrow (3/21/2020) between 10 and 2 for an answer to your yarn and notion needs. If you get the voicemail or the answering machine, leave a message!

Sunday is a Day of Rest

It is too easy for me to be a workaholic. Especially when I have access to so much from home.
In NORMAL times, (ah, remember last week?) I was pretty good about being present at work during work hours and home during home hours. But now, I am having trouble shutting myself down. Sure, it is uncertainty and stress. Sure, everyone is feeling it. Sure, we all need a break.
So, I am going to not look at anything digital on Sunday.
Yes. I said it. And I am truly going to do my best to do it.
If you need me, I will answer you on Monday. And if I answer you on Sunday, give me an electronic rap on the knuckles.

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<![CDATA[March 20th, 2020]]>Fri, 20 Mar 2020 12:30:00 GMThttp://kideweknot.com/blog/march-20th-2020

The Holidays
aren't going to
make themselves!

I am a fan of warm hands.
A gentleman in shop last week informed me that it isn't necessarily that I am negatively charged (as one darling husband may have asserted) but the fact that women generally have colder hands than men is the reason I have a hard time getting my touch devices to respond consistently. That is nice to know! And further justification for all of the fingerless mitts in my life.
So, of course, I think that knits (and crochets- wait, you know what I mean) for hands are a great gift. Not only can most be accomplished with 50-100 grams of yarn, but they can be as complicated or simply constructed as you like. Mitts are a fabulous palette for color play in the making and the embellishing! Beads, embroidery, needle felting... really, you have bits and pieces in your stash to incorporate and mash up and elaborate the humble, practical mitt into coveted gift.
I think it is super important to remember as we are digging through our stashes to be open to the mixing and matching of friendly yarns. Carry a mohair along with a wool, add stripes into a pattern that is plain, make coordinating but not matching mitts! (that is a heretical statement in our house. ask me sometime about Erika's socks)
Here's a link to our Favorites Bundle of Hands.
My personal faves:
Last Minute Mittlets - chunky/bulky and so fast. I love them for myself and gifting. I make many of these every year even though I tell myself that I'm not going to... Don't have a chunky in your stash? How about holding multiple strands- fingering and dk? worsted and lace weight mohair? dk doubled? just check your gauge and go!
X-Mitts- written for both Fingering and Worsted, knit flat or in the round. This pattern is awesome for a hand-dyed yarn. Fun for the knitter is key!
Kwolek- sport weight and designed by Helena, one of our favorite designers and member of the Oink Pigments dye team. And considering how crazy popular the days are when she visits in shop, you have some Oink Pigments yarn in your stash (we have some in shop if you need a refresher). This pattern works well with solids or hand-dyes or a mixture. Again, fun to make!

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