String Theory Yarn Company http://www.stringtheoryyarncompany.com a feel good yarn store in Chicago's western suburbs Mon, 22 May 2017 21:57:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Inspired Knitter: Ellen Brisske http://www.stringtheoryyarncompany.com/blog/inspired-knitter-ellen-brisske/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=inspired-knitter-ellen-brisske http://www.stringtheoryyarncompany.com/blog/inspired-knitter-ellen-brisske/#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 21:57:03 +0000 http://www.stringtheoryyarncompany.com/?p=11488 String Theory Yarn Company

Ellen was our inspired knitter in April. How did you learn to knit? As a young child I spent summers in Union Pier, MI with my mom, sister, aunt, cousins and my grandmother.  When I was about 8, on a rainy day, my aunt taught my sister and I how to knit. I didn’t do […]

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Ellen and her granddaughters

Ellen was our inspired knitter in April.

How did you learn to knit?

As a young child I spent summers in Union Pier, MI with my mom, sister, aunt, cousins and my grandmother.  When I was about 8, on a rainy day, my aunt taught my sister and I how to knit.

I didn’t do much at that time but in the early years of my marriage I started to knit again making cable V-neck sweaters for my husband.  Once my children arrived the needles were put aside.

About 12 years ago, my sister reignited my interest in knitting.  I haven’t stopped since!  I credit my aunt for teaching me to knit but I don’t remember making anything as a child. The first thing I made as an adult was a scarf which I kept and followed that project with a felted knitting bag which I still have.

Crocus Shawlette

Favorite knitting spot?

At home: green leather chair in my family room, listening to audio books

At String Theory: the balance ball chair.

Little Sisters Dress

Favorite thing to knit?

My granddaughters each receive a new sweater for their birthdays and a hat for the holidays.

Continental or English? continental

Feroe Shawl

Next Project?

The Feroe Shawl or Banana Leaf Shawl

Favorite Designer?

Stephen West, the only designer whose patterns I have used more than once.

Lori Versaci, for her sweater designs.

Knitter you admire?

Jan Jones has such a great eye for color and is able to take a pattern and make it her own.

Ribbit

Tip for New Knitters?

Don’t get discouraged and keep trying

Thank you Ellen for inspiring us all!

Our inspired knitter for May is Sharon Carling.

Stop by so you can see her knitting in person.

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Nevertheless, She Persisted | June 2 http://www.stringtheoryyarncompany.com/upcoming-events/nevertheless-persisted-june-2/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=nevertheless-persisted-june-2 http://www.stringtheoryyarncompany.com/upcoming-events/nevertheless-persisted-june-2/#comments Sun, 21 May 2017 18:09:38 +0000 http://www.stringtheoryyarncompany.com/?p=11461 String Theory Yarn Company

Nevertheless, She Persisted Pattern Launch Party June 2, 7 – 9pm No tickets required. Everyone is welcome! When the phrase “nevertheless, she persisted” entered our lexicon earlier this year, I thought that it basically summed up all human achievement: “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” Or maybe they were talking about knitting: […]

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Nevertheless, She Persisted
Pattern Launch Party
June 2, 7 – 9pm
No tickets required. Everyone is welcome!

When the phrase “nevertheless, she persisted” entered our lexicon earlier this year, I thought that it basically summed up all human achievement:

“She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”

Or maybe they were talking about knitting:

“She was warned that knitting was addictive. She was told that the only place housework comes before knitting is in the dictionary. Nevertheless, she persisted.”

I decided that it was time to celebrate those that stand up for what they think is right, those that want to make the world a better place, those that persist!

So I called a few of my friends and asked them to help me throw a party.

Lorajean Kelley(the artist behind Knitted Wit) is dyeing up loads of Victory Fingering (including all her colorways that support heartfelt causes).

Sneak Peek of Ann’s Shawl Design

Ann Weaver has designed a quick and easy hap shawl pattern that will be launched at the party. The pattern will be free to all that buy yarn.

Ann also helped us pull together some great color combinations. Just in case you need a suggestion.

JamPdx is making us some mugs and I have a few other surprises up my sleeve.

Please plan to join us! I’d love to see you around our table casting on.

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Outside Your Neighborhood Contest http://www.stringtheoryyarncompany.com/blog/outside-neighborhood-contest/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=outside-neighborhood-contest http://www.stringtheoryyarncompany.com/blog/outside-neighborhood-contest/#comments Tue, 09 May 2017 04:32:45 +0000 http://www.stringtheoryyarncompany.com/?p=11336 String Theory Yarn Company

It is a contest! With prizes! Entries due on July 26th. To participate, use one of the following three Neighborhood Fiber Co. kits for something other than the pattern it is named for.  For example, did you know you can use the Yipes Stripes Kit to make the Eastside Cowl? Yipes Stripes Kit includes 5 mini skeins […]

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It is a contest! With prizes!
Entries due on July 26th.

To participate, use one of the following three Neighborhood Fiber Co. kits for something other than the pattern it is named for.  For example, did you know you can use the Yipes Stripes Kit to make the Eastside Cowl?

  1. Yipes Stripes Kit includes 5 mini skeins of Studio Worsted (60 grams, 100 yards each)
  2. Madison Park Hat Kit includes 275 yards of Studio DK and 30 yards each of three contrasting colors.
  3. Iodine Cowl Kit includes 1 skein of Chromium (440 yards of laceweight silk and stainless steel) and 1 skein of Loft (350 yards of laceweight silk and mohair)

You can knit or crochet, add another String Theory yarn to the project, use someone else’s pattern or design your own.

We will award two three prizes, one crowd favorite, one Instagram favorite (#oustideyourneighborhood) and the other judged by Ann Weaver and Karida Collins (the masterminds behind the kits).

Need some help getting started?
Here are a few tips:

  • Search Ravelry for projects with the kit yardage and yarn weight. For example, Yipes Stripes has 500 yards of worsted weight yarn
  • Play with the yarn.  Cast on 20 stitches and try out some different stitches. How does it look in garter, stockinet, cables, lace…. How does it look if you double strand it?
  • Think about something you made that you loved doing. The same pattern can look very different if you mix up the colors.

Come in now for the best selection of kits.

If you are on Instagram, post pictures of your progress with the hashtags #stringtheoryge and #outsideyourneighborhood.

Your completed project needs to be turned in (and posted on your project page on Ravelry) by July 26th.

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Behind the Scenes: NFC http://www.stringtheoryyarncompany.com/yarn-reviews/behind-scenes-nfc/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=behind-scenes-nfc http://www.stringtheoryyarncompany.com/yarn-reviews/behind-scenes-nfc/#respond Mon, 08 May 2017 17:36:01 +0000 http://www.stringtheoryyarncompany.com/?p=11309 String Theory Yarn Company

Behind the Scenes: Neighborhood Fiber Co. by Ann Weaver In April, Slate’s podcast Working featured Karida Collins, the owner of and artist behind Neighborhood Fiber Co. yarns. Host Jacob Brobin asks Karida how she became a yarn dyer, what she (and her staff) do all day, and how living in Baltimore shapes her work. The interview […]

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Behind the Scenes: Neighborhood Fiber Co.
by Ann Weaver

In April, Slate’s podcast Working featured Karida Collins, the owner of and artist behind Neighborhood Fiber Co. yarns. Host Jacob Brobin asks Karida how she became a yarn dyer, what she (and her staff) do all day, and how living in Baltimore shapes her work.

The interview is a detailed description of how yarn goes from undyed cone to finished skein, and it ends with a discussion about how Karida promotes causes in which she believes and gives back to the Baltimore community and the larger global community through her work. Read about it here.

After I listened to the podcast, I walked to the Neighborhood Fiber Co. studio to get some behind-the-scenes photos of Karida and her staff at work.

Everyone—even the boss—pitches in on the tedious work, like untangling skeins that come out of the dye pots and hanging them to dry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karida had some difficulty describing this machine in the podcast, which is understandable. It’s a custom-made yarn winder that winds a dozen skeins at once—FAST. Her name is Seven, after Engine No. 7, the name of the former firehouse in which the Neighborhood Fiber Co. studio is located.

Seven is so fast that she needs supervision to ensure none of the skeins get tangled or caught. Click here to watch it in motion.

Lots of pots are involved in the process because the industrial-grade stove can handle ten pots at a time. As Karida notes in the podcast, this is as much stove as they could get into their space.

Although Neighborhood Fiber Co. has more than fifty colors available, all of them are produced by mixing and layering relatively few colors. This is why precise recipes and consistency are critical. Mixing dye powders to create the liquid dyes in the bottles shown above is the most dangerous part of the job because inhaling the dye particles can be harmful. Dyers wear masks during this part of the job. Safety first! Or at least in the top ten. Kidding! First!

Here, Astrid, one of the Neighborhood Fiber Co. dye experts, cleans pots before filling them with water to dye yarn.

The Neighborhood Fiber Co. studio is located in an old Firehouse in Baltimore, Maryland. If you’re in the area, stop by the studio to watch Karida and crew at work. If you’re not in the Baltimore area, stop by String Theory to see Neighborhood Fiber Co. yarns in person!

— Ann Weaver

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Wollmeise at String Theory http://www.stringtheoryyarncompany.com/yarn-reviews/wollmeise-string-theory/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=wollmeise-string-theory http://www.stringtheoryyarncompany.com/yarn-reviews/wollmeise-string-theory/#respond Mon, 01 May 2017 23:19:11 +0000 http://www.stringtheoryyarncompany.com/?p=11260 String Theory Yarn Company

Wollmeise Twin Review by guest blogger Ann Weaver Wollmeise yarn, long coveted by knitters in the United States, has just arrived at String Theory from Pfaffenhofen, Germany! The basics: Wollmeise is pronounced “vole-mice” with the emphasis on the vole. Wollmeise Twin comes in 150 gram skeins, rather than the typical 100 gram skeins of fingering weight yarn. So these […]

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Wollmeise Twin Review
by guest blogger Ann Weaver

Wollmeise yarn, long coveted by knitters in the United States, has just arrived at String Theory from Pfaffenhofen, Germany!

The basics:

  1. Wollmeise is pronounced “vole-mice” with the emphasis on the vole.
  2. Wollmeise Twin comes in 150 gram skeins, rather than the typical 100 gram skeins of fingering weight yarn. So these skeins are 510 yards (466 meters) each. This is more than 100 yards longer than the fingering weight skeins we are accustomed to purchasing.

Petty Harbour socks by Reyna Curtis

Great stitch definition and durability

When I knit with Wollmeise, the first thing I noticed was its tight twist. This means that stitch patterns will be crisp.

Twin’s tight twist and fiber content, 80% wool and 20% polyamide, makes it an ideal yarn for hard-wearing socks. You can wash items knit in this yarn in the washing machine on the delicate cycle or even on the regular cold cycle without damaging them.

Mildly variegated Amazonas colorway

Knitting with variegated colorways

As you see in my Amazonas swatch, the variegated colors will pool (that is, sections of each color will move across your knitting in an unpredictable way changing with the number of stitches you are working with). If you’re pooling-averse, consider choosing semisolid or subtly variegated colorways.

If you’re wary of pooling, consider knitting a project with a chevron or feather-and-fan stitch pattern. Patterns that make your stitches go up and down break up unpredictable color blobs. Here are some fingering-weight shawls that do this nicely:

Multnomah by Kate Ray

Berkeley, CA Shawl by Emily Peters

The Berkeley, Ca Shawl stripes the variegated yarn with a contrasting solid which also breaks up any potential pooling.

The simple texture pattern I worked in my Amazonas swatch also helped break up the pools, but it didn’t eliminate them. I like it. I embrace the pooling.

The Perfect Crop Top

How about a summer top?

I love the idea of knitting a summer top that I can wash on the delicate cycle. I’ll get a lot more wear out of a top that doesn’t sit around waiting for me to hand wash it after I sweat it up on a humid day. Here are some patterns I think would be a great fit for this yarn:

Luxa by Andrea Rangel

Auden by Bristol Ivy

Tpct (The Perfect Crop Top) by Teresa Gregorio (feel free to make it longer)

Weathered Pullover by me

I was planning to knit socks from my Amazonas skein, but after writing this review I’m considering a simple summer top with minimal shaping. I’ll keep you updated!

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Inspired by Bobbi Wheatley http://www.stringtheoryyarncompany.com/whats-new/inspired-bobbi-wheatley/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=inspired-bobbi-wheatley http://www.stringtheoryyarncompany.com/whats-new/inspired-bobbi-wheatley/#respond Mon, 03 Apr 2017 20:47:04 +0000 http://www.stringtheoryyarncompany.com/?p=10850 String Theory Yarn Company

March’s Inspired Knitter was Bobbi Wheatley (aka rwheatle on Ravelry). When did you learn to knit? When I was nine years old, my much older sister came home from college with knitting needles and a how to knit book.  She struggled with the slippers she had started and gave up.  She told me I could […]

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Bobbi modeling “The Russians” cowl

March’s Inspired Knitter was Bobbi Wheatley (aka rwheatle on Ravelry).

When did you learn to knit?

When I was nine years old, my much older sister came home from college with knitting needles and a how to knit book.  She struggled with the slippers she had started and gave up.  She told me I could have the needles, book and yarn, that I might be able to figure it out and went back to college.  I struggled to figure out how to cast on, knit, purl, bind off, starting my life-long knitting addiction.  I knit slippers for everyone I knew in any color yarn I could get my hands on.

 

What do you like best about knitting?

I love the feel of yarn in my hands and find knitting to be a calming, meditative activity.  Exploring color, texture, and design is inspiring, and completing a project is always fulfilling.  Well, maybe I should say usually fulfilling because frogging is part of my repertoire.

Glacier Sweep

What is your favorite yarn weight to knit with?

My yarn preferences have changed over the years. I started out knitting only with worsted weight yarn, and then discovered bulky. When I retired I became a sock knitter and now have the courage to even do some projects using lace weight yarn.

Hard Cider Sazerac Mittens

Who is your favorite designer?

My favorite designer is Ann Weaver.  She inspires me to play with color and to use light weight yarns.  The project I am starting soon is her scarf, The Sermon.  The inspiration for this pattern is Moby Dick, so I have the book on the table to read in tandem with this project.

Jalapeño Margarita

Guilty Pleasure?

to be knitting late at night, alone in my chair with no TV or music, only the sound of needles clicking

Advice for new knitters?

Be patient, relax into the yarn and know that knitting is a journey that challenges, inspires and calms the spirit.

 

Take a look at Bobbi’s projects on Ravelry. She writes entertaining project notes.

 

April’s Inspired Knitter is Ellen Brisske. Stop by before the end of the month to see her works of art in person.

 

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Inspiration Corner: Linda Wallace http://www.stringtheoryyarncompany.com/customer-knitting/inspiration-corner-linda-wallace/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=inspiration-corner-linda-wallace http://www.stringtheoryyarncompany.com/customer-knitting/inspiration-corner-linda-wallace/#respond Tue, 07 Mar 2017 00:27:34 +0000 http://www.stringtheoryyarncompany.com/?p=10722 String Theory Yarn Company

We often say that show & tell is our favorite part of the day. So we decided that we should share a little of this with you. Every month we are going to introduce you to a different knitter/crocheter. You will see projects they have made and learn a little about their journey. Check out our […]

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Glacier Sweep

We often say that show & tell is our favorite part of the day. So we decided that we should share a little of this with you. Every month we are going to introduce you to a different knitter/crocheter. You will see projects they have made and learn a little about their journey.

Check out our Inspiration Corner at the store to see their work in person, or watch the blog for a digital tour.

February’s Inspired Knitter:

Linda Wallace
aka Toolew on Ravelry & Instagram

Tell us a little about your knitting journey

I remember my Aunt trying to teach me to knit when I was in grade school. I learned how to knit and purl. I didn’t pick it up again until high school when I made my dad a very “uneven” scarf. My neighbor cast it on for me and bound off. I didn’t pick up knitting needles again for almost 40 years!

My mom and I were shopping in Glen Ellyn one day and we stopped in String Theory (Fall 2012). She made the comment of how she loved knitting when she was young and she remembers by grandma knitting socks for the soldiers during WWII. I spotted some gorgeous yarn (which is easy to do at ST) and thought I would make a scarf for my mom as a surprise.

There were skeins hanging near the checkout area and a sample scarf knit up.  I remember it was skinny yarn …cashmere and silk with a metallic thread. I didn’t yet understand what all the different weights were. I’m not sure who helped me get started, but they picked out the needles I needed, wound the yarn and away I went.

BTW- This was not the best first project!!! But thanks to the patient ladies at ST, I got through it and became hooked!

Continental (picking) or English (throwing)?:  both

Earflap Hat

Favorite part of a project:

I love watching the recipient of a gift enjoy what I’ve made.

Current project: stranded mittens

Next technique to conquer: intarsia

Nekkid Gnome

Favorite knitting/crochet designer:

Toys? Rebecca Danger or Anna Hrachovec

Kid stuff? Tincan Knits

There are so many great designers…

Favorite Knitting Podcast

Knitmore Girls- it is easy to knit while listening, because I don’t have to pay close attention, but I hear about new books and yarns and designers, etc.

Describe your stash: neatly separated by weight in a dresser in a guest room

Guilty pleasure?   good wine

Cat in the Hat socks

Best part about knitting:

I love the meditative part of knitting, the feel of beautiful fiber, the challenge of learning something new. I think I’ve learned the most from listening to other knitters when I became brave enough to join people at the table.

Favorite thing about String Theory:

Community. It’s a sanctuary really; the warmth of the shop, the colors, the people, even the music. I like to spend time there when I’m happy and visit with other knitters, but also when I’m a little blue… just to be quiet and knit in the lovely atmosphere.

Giant pencil Linda made for our window display

Any tips for new knitters?: 

1. Take a class.

2. Ask questions and then go forth badly.  You will make mistakes! The nice thing about yarn is you can take it apart and start over.  Eventually you will be able to “read” your knitting and know when you’ve made an error before you’ve gone too far in the project.

3. Don’t start with dark yarn! It is harder to see the stitches as you work them.

4. Stitch markers are your friends – don’t be afraid to use them

 

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Golden Needle Awards 2017 Winners http://www.stringtheoryyarncompany.com/customer-knitting/golden-needle-awards-2017-winners/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=golden-needle-awards-2017-winners http://www.stringtheoryyarncompany.com/customer-knitting/golden-needle-awards-2017-winners/#comments Wed, 01 Mar 2017 15:49:00 +0000 http://www.stringtheoryyarncompany.com/?p=10702 String Theory Yarn Company

Every year in the spirit of the Academy Awards, String Theory hosts our Golden Needle Awards. Our favorite customers (you!) bring in their favorite projects (made with String Theory yarns, of course) for viewing and voting. The entries this year were amazing. We’ve been so inspired by you all! And the winners are…. Best in Show: […]

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Every year in the spirit of the Academy Awards, String Theory hosts our Golden Needle Awards. Our favorite customers (you!) bring in their favorite projects (made with String Theory yarns, of course) for viewing and voting.

The entries this year were amazing. We’ve been so inspired by you all!

And the winners are….

Best in Show: Kristen Baier with with her Poncho Air Lux in Manos del Uruguay Fino. Kristen noted that she left only 11 inches open for the neck rather than the 15 inches suggested in the pattern.

 

Best Accessory: The Baa-Ble Hat knit by Ivy Vaneekeren with Kenzie yarn. Ivy learned to knit fair isle by taking Karen’s Ombre Hat class.  This is only her second fair isle project.

Best Child/Baby: This darling Allspice Sweater was knit by Margaret King from Malabrigo Arroyo.

Best Scarf/Cowl:  Sharon Carling won for her Zick Zack Scarf made from Mille Color Baby yarn. Note – this yarn should be back in stock any day now.

 

 Best Sweater: Barb Bonaty made Alvy from Knitted Wit Targhee Shimmer DK in the color “Salted Caramel.”

Best Home Item: Jeanne Hoffman won this prize for the Bobble Sheep Pillow out of Blue Sky Worsted Cotton.

Best Shawl/Wrap: Jessica Cowger combined three different yarn types ( Fleece Artist Cottage, Neighborhood Fiber Co. and Handmaiden Fine Casbah) and won her prize for the Good Vibes Shawl.

 

We hope you will stop by this week to see all the winning entries in person.

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How to shop at our Artisan Showcase http://www.stringtheoryyarncompany.com/tips/shop-artisan-showcase/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=shop-artisan-showcase http://www.stringtheoryyarncompany.com/tips/shop-artisan-showcase/#respond Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:03:57 +0000 http://stringtheoryyarncompany.com/?p=10343 String Theory Yarn Company

Artisan Showcase: Zen Yarn Garden Saturday January 21 and Sunday January 22 This weekend we will have more than 600 skeins of the amazing hand dyed yarns from Zen Yarn Garden. Bases include: Serenity Lace, Silk +, Silk Single, 20, Glitter Sock, DK, Worsted, Chunky and Superfine Fingering. Many colors are one of a kind. Zen […]

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Artisan Showcase: Zen Yarn Garden

Saturday January 21 and Sunday January 22

This weekend we will have more than 600 skeins of the amazing hand dyed yarns from Zen Yarn Garden. Bases include: Serenity Lace, Silk +, Silk Single, 20, Glitter Sock, DK, Worsted, Chunky and Superfine Fingering. Many colors are one of a kind.

Zen Yarn Garden, Inc. is based is Ontario, Canada and run by full time husband and wife team Roxanne and Neville Yeun.

Their yarn is special.  Here is what they have to say “We know that every hank you buy is destined to have many hours in your stash and on your needles before it becomes a garment or accessory item that you will wear proudly. With each skein, we strive to reflect the same passion that you have for your projects and craft in our yarns.”

Castalia Shawl by Gale Zucker

It is easy to get overwhelmed at a trunk show like this. There is so much to look at. It is all beautiful! People are grabbing skeins. Suddenly all your project ideas disappear.

Welted Slouch Hat by Stephen West

So here is some advice:

  1. Before you come, check out the yarns on Ravelry. What have people made? In general, how many skeins make a shawl or a hat or a pair of mittens?
  2. If you have some projects that you have been wanting to make, bring those patterns with you. We will be happy to show you which of the yarns would work and how much you need to buy.
  3. Here are some ideas to get you started. The Castalia shawl takes three coordinating skeins of worsted. This cowl takes two skeins of Serenity Silk Single. The Welted Slouch hat takes one skein of Serenity 20. This wrap take 3 – 5 skeins of Serenity DK.
  4. Come look even if you don’t have time to do research. There are LOTS of things that you can do with just one skein of yarn (including combine it with another skein of yarn.) We will help you figure it out.
  5. AND everyone knows that sock yarn doesn’t count as stash.

Sunshine Fingerless Mitts by Kate Bostwick

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Mental Prep for the Golden Needle Awards http://www.stringtheoryyarncompany.com/upcoming-events/mental-prep-golden-needle-awards/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mental-prep-golden-needle-awards http://www.stringtheoryyarncompany.com/upcoming-events/mental-prep-golden-needle-awards/#respond Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:17:23 +0000 http://stringtheoryyarncompany.com/?p=10335 String Theory Yarn Company

  The end of February seems like a long ways off, but I know some of you need time to prepare (mentally) for our Annual Golden Needle Awards. The Golden Needle Awards is a celebration of the knitters and crocheters in our String Theory community. That’s you! The idea is that everyone brings in the […]

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The end of February seems like a long ways off, but I know some of you need time to prepare (mentally) for our Annual Golden Needle Awards.

The Golden Needle Awards is a celebration of the knitters and crocheters in our String Theory community. That’s you!

The idea is that everyone brings in the one thing that they have made in the last year (with yarn purchased at String Theory, of course) that they are most happy with – a sweater that fits perfectly, a color combination that really works, your first pair of socks….

One of the best parts about working at String Theory is the daily show and tell. We love it when you bring in your finished objects. We helped you pick out the yarn. We might have helped you fix a mistake or decipher a pattern. We love seeing your idea materialized. When we “ooh” and “aah”, it is because we appreciate all that went into it.

Jody posing on the 2016 red carpet

In the weeks leading up to the event, we ask people what they are going to bring to the Golden Needle Awards. Some people have already thought it through and have an answer ready.

It is the rest of you that I want to talk to for a moment.

Some people tell me, that they don’t have any of the things they’ve knit. They’ve given them all away! If this sounds like you, I challenge you to treat yourself to some selfish knitting in 2017. You are the most knitworthy person you know! Who better than you can appreciate a luxurious yarn, an intricate stitch pattern, something that fits just right?

Some people tell me that all their projects have mistakes in them. Of course they do! Most everything I make has a mistake in it. The only difference is that I don’t point them out. When I compliment others on a project they’ve made, too often I hear “I love the …, but do you see this mistake I made…?” Nobobdy is looking for your mistakes. Really.

So I encourage you to put the Golden Needle Awards on your calendar and then decide which of your recent projects is your favorite. We want to see it.

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