International Women’s Day–Lest We Forget

Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030.   That’s the theme set by the United Nations today for International Women’s Day;  the history goes back to 1908, however, when 15,000 women marched in support of the garment workers, demanding shorter hours, better pay, and the right to vote.  Whether you stay home from work, don’t shop (gosh, you could shop at women-owned business, couldn’t you?), or attend an event, the important part of recognizing this day, is revisiting and remembering the historical struggles of women since the early protests of the 20th century…and teaching our children this history.  One film I used to show my 8th grade students when doing a unit on Women’s History was Iron Jawed Angels, which always was jaw-dropping news to them.  One early exhortation to keep history alive comes from Deuteronomy 4:9

9Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy son’s sons …. “

Aside from the gender-biased language, the sentiment is one we should take to heart, lest we forget, lest we lose what we have gained.

Knitters Retreat at AMC Highland Lodge–April 21st and 2nd

8 TH  A N N U A L  W H I T E    M O U N T A I N


April 21- 23, 2017

Highland Lodge

U.S. Route 302 (Crawford Notch)

Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

Enjoy a spring weekend in Crawford Notch and join other passionate knitters for knitting, fresh air and laughter. The retreat includes:


  • Modular knitting workshop with sweater expert, Ginger Burks
  • Provisional cast-ons and hat linings on Sunday morning
  • Help with unfinished projects
  • Knitters’ show-and-tell
  • Nature walks
  • Uninterrupted time to knit

Rates start at $144/person for the bunkhouse, $150/person for a shared room, $216/person for a private room and include two nights lodging, Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast and dinner and Sunday breakfast. Quoted rates do not include New Hampshire state tax. To make lodging reservations, contact the Appalachian Mountain Club at 603-466-2727, reservation code 346622. The workshop registration fee is $30 additional (not included in the above room rate) paid to Mary Lou Recor. For general information on the retreat or to register for the workshop only, contact Mary Lou at 802-660-2834 or The fee for the workshop only is $30 and does not include meals. Additional $10.95 + tax for Saturday lunch.


Felters Fling in August

I have had quite a few felters come in the shop to buy roving, and I’d like to make sure they are aware of this fabulous week of felting workshops from August 19th to 27th.  Felters Fling in Williamsburg, Massachusetts, offers 12 different workshops from garments to millinery, bags to wall hangings, and you can either go for the full week or for one half or the other.  The week is geared toward experienced felters, so check out their website and get inspired to up your game!

Round Mountain Bulky–Last Chance!

Unfortunately, Round Mountain fibers is no longer dyeing bulky yarn–it just didn’t sell as well as the fingering and worsted weight.  I was able to purchase the last skeins of the color ways, but this is it. If you have enjoyed it in the past and would like a few skeins, the time to buy is now!

Longest Night Knitting

We won’t be knitting into the night, but I’ll have cookies and tea for knitting during the shortest day!  Even if you haven’t knitted the cowl for Project Peace, which asked you to knit 4 rows a day in a meditative manner, tomorrow we’ll be knitting, pushing out the busy-ness of this week and welcoming in the calm before the storm.  Hope to see you in the shop!screen-shot-2016-11-22-at-12-01-45-pm

Cucumber Sandwiches and Wine Spritzers

Ah, the taste of fresh cucumber slices, lightly salted, between soft, crustless, white bread.  The nose of fresh mint while sipping the cold, slightly bubbly wine spritzer with undertones of raspberry.  The sound of people greeting each other familiarly, the rustle of project bags, (what?), the click of needles…oh yeah, it’s a yarn tasting!    We’ll be discussing our road trips!  NH Sheep and Wool Festival in May, Great Northern Yarn Haul in July.  See you at the shop, Friday, April 8, from 5-7.

Knitting Tip: Make 1 Right, Make 1 Left

I, too, have to continually look at the directions to refresh my memory about M1R and M1L. This is great way to remember it.

Love.Yarn.Shop. Tucker Sweater.

I love this picture of Katie.  She knit her Tucker Sweater by Amanda Scheuzger published in Interweave Knits Fall 2015.  She ended up bringing the body needle size from a 9 to a 7, in part, because she is a loose knitter.  She will be teaching a class starting March 4th–which is quickly approaching.  In retrospect, she wishes she had known she had enough yarn to make it longer and create a tunic, which is always fun in winter with leggings and tall boots, but as it was bottom-up, she couldn’t judge this with confidence from the amount of yarn she had.  It’s a lovely, easy knit.

Whew! Little Shell Hat and Boot Toppers is ready for Sunday!

So much knitting!  So little time!  With inventory and end-of-year tasks, it has been difficult to get knitting done.  I promised to have my pattern ready for Sunday to give away at the North Country Fiber Forum gathering and it is done!  We are knitting red hats for Heart Awareness Month–February–and I have two recent patterns, matching mother/baby sets in honor of the birth of Casey’s baby girl, Haley.  You can find them at my KISSpatterns Etsy shop.  I made the adult version with Peace Fleece’s Amaranth.  Love their yarn.  Love their story.  The baby version is knit with Kraemer’s Perfection.  Love their yarn.  Love their story.


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