Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Holiday (and beyond) hours

Greetings from Knitting Addiction. I hope you have had a Happy Hannaukah or are almost to a Merry Christmas or at least a Happy New Year!

All is well here, there may be some big changes in the near future, but for now... here's the important stuff:

Holiday Hours:
December 18-21, 10-6 December 22 10-4
Closed December 23, 24 and 25
December 26-28, 10-6 December 29 10-4
Closed December 30, 31 and January 1

Open Jan 2-5 10-6

And...wait for it... Closed January 6-14(crazy talk!!)

We'll be back on winter hours after that Tuesday-Friday 10-5:30 and Saturdays 10-4.

I hope to see you guys all in the new year...funny that my fingers typed "new yarn" three times before I got "year" correct...hmmmm:)

Friday, November 16, 2012

Ellyn Cooper & SeaStar Trunk Show!!

Yea!!! The Annual Ellyn Cooper Trunk Show is off and running! We have been getting boxes almost every day. (I love my UPS driver:)

The mix of fibers and colors in this year's collection is wonderful. There is something for everyone. Awesome sock yarn, beautiful lace (including an amazing lace with sparkles!), wonderful fibers for sweaters or shawls. It is really a great mix. Some early favorites are the Annetoinette, a beautiful angora blend and Gemini, a wool/silk in a dk.

Come check it out.

We also have a wonderful SeaStar Handpaints event going on too. Brittany has been up to her elbows in the dye pots and has shipped an amazing array of her wonderful yarn. We have a ton of colors in several different fibers. Superwash wool in fingering and DK. Some of the fingering is dazzling with a little touch of sparkle to it. I love the DK weights, perfect for a cool hat or a pair of perfect socks!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Post-Storm Size Up and Ellyn Coming up!

Greetings from the Outer Banks. It was a wild and windy weekend across most of the East Coast. If you and yours were in the path of the storm that wouldn't stop I hope you are safe and sound. All is well here at Knitting Addiction and at home, I hope all my people can say the same.

Good news follows the stinky stuff: The annual Ellyn Cooper Trunk Show is heading our direction soon. Boxes should start arriving next week and the plan is to have yarn out for shopping by Saturday, November 10. I've let Ellyn have free reign on this one, so I'm not sure what magic will be in the boxes, but I am certain that there will be tons of it! I'll post pictures when yarn arrives.

The Trunk Show will continue through the end of November. I can't wait to see what arrives, and I can't wait to see you guys!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Thanks for a FAB summer!!

Greetings from the world's worst blogger! Summer has come and gone and we at Knitting Addiction are happy to say it was a GREAT season.

Huge thanks all around on this post. Thanks first and foremost to my AMAZING staff! If you had asked in May (and some of you wonderful folks did...) how the summer was going to be with staffing I am pretty sure my response was a pained grimace. Lucky for me, the universe stepped in and brought me a wonderful mix of great ladies to make my job look easy.

Huge thanks to my long time, part-time, fill-in-the-blanks and get-it-done, person, Karen. Karen has been a dear friend and an awesome employee for several years. She has a "real" job as a Dare County Paramedic, but on days off she helps out at Knitting Addiction and saves my life (or at least my sanity) from time to time. If you had the pleasure of working with Karen this summer, you know how wonderful she is. Thanks to Karen for being the strong steady force you are.

More thanks to the wonderful Chantel. Chantel joined the KA staff full time in May and worked her tail off all summer. As a long time crocheter, and a new knitter she is an awesome addition to the staff and has brought a wonderful element to the shop. Inventory doesn't stand a chance of being out of order or out of stock when Chantel is around. She is a great asset. I'm thrilled to have Chantel continue to work for me as she heads back to school working toward a nursing degree. Thanks to Chantel for all your hard work.

Still more thanks to the lovely Ada. Ada is Karen's daughter and I pirated her away from a job waiting tables this summer. She joined the staff full-time and was a delightful addition. Ada graduated in May with her nursing degree and was hired on full-time to a "big girl job" last week back in West Virginia. We will miss her humor and wit at Knitting Addiction, but some lucky nurse manager has an awesome new employee.

Last, and certainly not the least to be thanked are YOU, my wonderful, loyal customers who continue to shop with us year after year and make the whole adventure worth while. I love seeing what you have knitted from year to year (or week to week....)! I love hearing about kids, and grandkids, and new additions to family. I love the pictures and emails about what wonderful things you are knitting. And, I love being a part of your lives. Thanks for your continued business, thanks for your words of encouragement and support and thanks for a really wonderful summer.

Here's to the fall and more great things!!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

New! New! New!

Greetings from the Outer Banks! Hot and humid outside, but inside is filled with tons of new cool fibers! I'm just in love with the new inventory additions and I have to share.

I've added Knit One, Crochet Too fibers to the mix. The new fibers include Ty-Dy, an awesome long color run cotton. Machine washable, beautiful colors and simply wonderful to knit on. I knitted the Little Girl's Dress from Knitting Pure and Simple in it. To dye for!!

Another beautiful fiber from K1C2 is Babyboo, a bamboo/nylon blend that is a delight on needles and as a finished project. I had to knit the Girl's Shrug out of it (another great KP&S pattern). Babyboo is the yarn that I had to pass around for everyone to knit on when I was swatching. It machine washes beautifully and would be an awesome summer garment for adults and kids alike.

Other great new fibers include Crock-o-Dye and Ty-Dy Socks also by K1C2. I'm knitting the Crock-o-Dy into a beautiful shawl and have a pair of socks on needles in the Ty-Dy Sock. I'll post pictures of those as they get finished.

A couple of side notes. Congratulations to new mom and dad, Brittany and Joe Place. Many of you will remember Britt was my right-hand man for a number of years. She and wonderful husband Joe just welcomed little Emily Savannah into the world. Wishing Britt and baby and the rest of the family all the best.

Speaking of the BEST,....this week was simply wonderful. It was full of amazing, happy people who loved yarn and made all the work tons of fun. Thanks to those who were here and shared some of your vacation with us here at Knitting Addiction. Special thanks to Leslie, Chad and Hannah, you guys made my whole week!

Another big thanks to all who have contacted me through Facebook, email and review sites to let me know that we really are doing this whole yarn store thing pretty well. I appreciate hearing that we are pretty good at what we do and that most of the time we get it right.

If you love what a small business is doing tell the world, if you wish something was different tell the owner. Thanks to those who understand how much heart goes into what we do. I love my job and I love my customers. Thanks for staying on the ride with me!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Summer News and Sale!!

The world's worst blogger is back at it! I've been even worse at keeping the blog up since I started a very basic Facebook page. (It's a bunch easier to come up with a couple of sentences and a quick picture when the shop is busy.) I'm trying to keep it all going though, so here is the summer news.

Lots of great new yarns have been added to the inventory. Mendocino by Crystal Palace is a lovely worsted plied wool with a stunning transition of color. I've knitted it into Wingspan, a really cool shawl. The yarn is great to work with and quite striking.

Cuddles is another new yarn from Crystal Palace. Great heavy worsted acrylic that washes like a dream. Perfect for baby and kiddo stuff. We love this yarn.

We've also added some great Schaefer yarns. Nichole is a fingering weight superwash sock yarn. A skein does a pair easily with over 400 yards and the best part is it is a DREAM to knit on. This yarn just slides on the needles and is rapidly becoming a shop favorite. Great colors in the Schaefer tradition too.

Susan is another lovely Schaefer yarn. It is a mercerized sport weight cotton. Really lovely sheen and great stitch definition. This is a great summer yarn. Lovely in shawls and light tops or tanks.

Blue Heron's Cotton Rayon Seed has also joined the new fiber line-up. It has all the color of Blue Heron that we love and a really cool slubby texture. One skein is 425 yards. I've sampled it with Spud and Chloe Fine for a new twist on the favorite Cotton Shrug. Really neat stuff.

And with all the new and wonderful coming in, sadly, it is time to say good-bye to some old favorites that are no longer in production. The good news on this is it's time for a SUMMER SALE! Mission Falls 136, has come to an end (actually stopped production last year, but I stocked up). If you need some great DK superwash yarn for socks or light winter things there is still a good amount left. The stock that remains is now...40% off.

Another sad good-bye is to Pebbles by Classic Elite. Pebbles is a great DK weight cotton/ acrylic blend. It is machine washable, and has a cool texture. Great for summer tops and kiddo stuff, but it is sadly, no longer in production. I still have a good selection of colors and sweater quantities but it is time to make room for the new, so it too is 40% off. If you are reading from a distance and need some of the sale yarns, give me a call and I can take care of your order over the phone.

And a final note from a humble shop owner. Lately I've been quite unfairly blasted on one of the "unbiased review" websites. I'd love to be a duck and let some of it just roll off my back, but when the business is your lifeblood that is pretty hard to do. Dear reader, do me a favor. If you get great service at a locally owned business, tell the world. If you are unhappy with what happened in a small business, tell the owner .

If you read my blog you likely know that I've put heart and soul into Knitting Addiction. I'm not perfect, and if you've been around for the past year you know there have been a couple bumps, but I honestly love what I do. If you don't see that when you are at the shop let me know by email or phone. I'll do my best to fix it. If you do feel the love at Knitting Addiction (and maybe even love me or my staff) tell the world.

Thanks and Happy Knitting!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Blue Heron is HERE!!

Hi guys,

Just a quick note and some cool photos to let everyone know that the boxes of Blue Heron Yarns arrived today and I couldn't wait to DIG IN!!

We have a beautiful array of colors in the following fibers: Bulky Rayon Chenille (awesome for the perfect scarf!), Cotton Rayon Seed, Rayon Metallic, Rayon Loop (any of these would be good in a Skinny Triangle Scarf, Waves and Sunsets, the new Scallop Shawl or any project that needs a fine weight yarn with a beautiful drape). AND... Lace Knitters... here is your chance: Blue Heron's Bamboo Lace (1260 yards of amazing for $34) and Egyptian Mercerized Cotton (1000 yards of luminous loveliness for $41).

If you love the colors and fibers of Blue Heron this is the time for a visit!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Blue Heron Trunk Show and more that's NEW!

** Let me start off with a quick note of oops... I'm trying really hard to put pictures on the blog, but today the techno-gremlins are busy at work. The pictures are the correct orientation on in my picture file, but on here, they are a little wacky... sorry. Can I get points for at least trying??

A great Spring event is in the works. We have a trunk show of Blue Heron yarns April 3-14. Demian is putting together a bunch of new fibers for the fine folks at Knitting Addiction. Some of the new stuff includes Egyptian Cotton, an amazing fingering weight, Bulky Rayon Chenille and lots of other wonderful things. These yarns will be available for a limited time, so plan to get in early for the best selection.

Other NEW and notable this week. We are really excited about Panda Cotton! It is a lovely new fingering weight yarn from Crystal Palace. 59% Bamboo, 25% Cotton, 16% Elastic Nylon, it is machine washable and has a beautiful hand. It is great for socks or shawls and I have an adorable baby sweater in progress in it. There are 15 great colors. A ball is $7.50 and has 182 yards. We love it and hope you will too.

Happy news that Offhand Designs Circular Needle Clutches are back in stock. After a spell of not having them in stock I am thrilled to offer this great circular needle solution. I use one, have had it for almost 10 years and love it. It's my favorite compact circular case. Beautiful fabric colors in this shipment, but they will go fast, so don't delay!

We also have more pretties (and usefuls) from Della Q. The Travel Clutch and Combo Needle cases are a great way to organize a variety of tools. The Travel Clutch is perfect for packing the needles needed for a single project and the Combo Case really makes a great option for storing straight, circular and even double point needles. Great fabric colors, nice workmanship and your purchase helps support women's cooperatives in Vietnam.

Hope to see you soon.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Yeah!! New Yarn!!

On a completely beautiful Wednesday, I needed to share some equally beautiful yarn! In the last post I noted there would be more new stuff, and here it it is! Nichole Sock yarn from Schaefer Yarn is a really wonderful fingering weight sock yarn. It is 80% Extrafine Merino Superwash and 20% Nylon. A skein is 405 yards, plenty for a pair of adult socks for $32.00. Nichole has a great twist that reminds me of some other favorite sock yarns and is just dreamy to knit. The first batch arrived about 10 days ago and sold so fast I couldn't get a picture. Today's shipment had 12 skeins and some all ready have happy new homes! If you are in love with any of the colors give me a call at the shop and I can get some out to you.

The next great Schaefer Yarn is Susan, a 100% Mercerized Pima Cotton in a fine weight. It knits up beautifully for summer shawls or wraps and would make a lovely summer top or tank. The skein has 470 yards (Wow! That's a lot of yardage!) for $33.00. I plan on bringing in more colors as the summer rolls in, but I wanted to show of the new stuff before it is all gone!

Happy Knitting,

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Great Sale! Great New Stuff!

Greetings on Ground Hog Day! Great stuff going on around here at Knitting Addiction. I am thrilled about some new yarns and really getting excited about upcoming events.

First the new stuff: As most know I'm not a coffee drinker (want to be, love it... but it makes my heart jittery) so just the thought of a yarn called "CoffeeBeenz" made my heart flutter. Little did I know it was in a GOOD way!! CoffeeBeenz is from Plymouth, it is an Encore Family yarn. Same great blend as Encore, same great washability, slightly lighter in weight (about 5 stitches per inch on 7's or 8's). REALLY COOL FABRIC! I love it! The yarn has a really neat runner around the good solid Encore-esque core. The runner changes color slightly and has a mild thick and thin component. The end result is a really good looking knitted fabric. The color palette is a great mix of what I would call "guy" colors, navy blue, a couple great browns (yep- you heard it here), burgandy, wedgewood blue, black, forest green and even a really nice olive green. I'm taking some home to start a cute kid's vest from Knitting Pure and Simple pattern # 256. Even the biggest size, a finished 30 inch, only needs 2 balls of this great stuff. Super washable, super fabric, super price, 210 yards for $8.25, Super excited to be knitting this yarn.

Next new yarn! I just talked with Demien at Blue Heron Yarns and ordered his Cotton & Rayon Seed in several colors that compliment the Rayon Metallic that is already in stock. I am excited to see how these two fibers can play nicely in a beautiful shawl or wrap. The Cotton and Rayon Seed is a beautiful drapey DK. It has a really neat texture and would be beautiful worked into a Skinny Triangle Scarf or Waves and Sunsets Shawl. The yardage is great, 450 yards for $40. One skein will do a bunch of cool stuff. The box should arrive early next week, so come check out the new stuff. Demien also offered to send skeins of new fibers (the new stuff???) and I graciously accepted. I can't wait to see what else will be in the box!

Which leads to .... cool events to look forward to: Knitting Addiction will be hosting a Blue Heron Trunk Show the first 2 weeks in April. We did this in the past and it was a hit. Once I have a chance to look at the new and fab fibers (can't wait) Demien and I will brainstorm what we think will do well and then it's all over but the knitting, and a little waiting.... Blue Heron does so many lovely colors and fibers I know it will be an event to plan for. First 2 weeks of April, be here.

Other cool events- closer on the calendar: YARN SWAP! Feel the need to rid yourself of some pent up yarn guilt? Want to clear the decks for other cool stuff? Join us at Yarn Swap, Saturday, March 3 at 3:30. Everyone is welcome, bring your unloved, leftover, half knitted yarns, books or needles and claim a spot in the shop. Set out your stuff, check out other people's stuff and see what magic happens when you start negotiating. Light snacks and goodies will be served. This is a great chance to clear the closet of the yarns you have grown tired of and see what other "treasures" lurk in someone else's closet. Even I have a big bin that will be available for swapping. The only rules are you have to bring something to swap and you have to have an open mind. In the past this has been tons of fun. I'm really looking forward to another great afternoon.

But wait... there's more! Sale! Sale! Sale! I hate to see it go, but Mission Falls 136 has been discontinued by the manufacturer and it is time for me to clear some shelf space for something new and wonderful. All Mission Falls 136 (a lovely DK Superwash Wool) is on sale %25 off while supplies last. I still have sweater quantities of lots and sock and small quanties of even more. If you are in the market for a wonderfully soft, washable wool in a three season weight, now is the time to get it. While supplies last.

That's the news from here. Thanks for your loyal support. 2012 is going to be an awesome year!


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Happy New Year! Happy Knitting!

Ahh... the crush of the holidays is over. Whether you knitted for family and friends or if you just weathered the hectic pace of the holidays with a little knitting on the side for sanity, that is behind and now it is finally time to knit something fabulous for yourself!

The New Year brings all kinds of resolutions: eat less, move more, quit smoking, go on a diet, the list goes on and on. I'm not sure what your resolutions include, but here are a couple that are good for all of us.

1. Make time for yourself: In the constant contact, constant crush world we live in it is hard to turn off the ringer and just be unavailable for a while. It seems impossible to remember the days when people called the house phone and left a message and we returned it when we had a chance. Why not make a plan to give yourself a few minutes a day with something you love and just not be at the beck and call of the phone or text or computer. Turn off the ringer, settle in with a knitting project you are excited about and just "be" where you are at the moment. Enjoy every stitch and the rhythm of your knitting, enjoy the sound of the needles and the feel of the yarn. The person who can't figure out what to eat for dinner will be ok if they have to decide that on their own.

2. Get organized: As we zoom from place to place dragging all of our worldly possessions around with us we get scattered and collect clutter. Take a few minutes in the following weeks and pick a place in your life that needs a little organization. Your knitting bag might be a good place to start. Go through your bag and really look at what has been riding around in it. If you have bits and pieces of projects from last year's Christmas giving, clear them out. Collect yarn labels (with a small piece of yarn attached) and put them in a safe spot. If you find that you need more Spud and Chloe Sweater for your project you can call the shop and ask for the correct color and dye lot with out saying, "I bought this yarn, and it was blue...." The shop owner will love you.

Take a minute and find a system that works for your needles and notions. I love the Knitting Addiction Stash Pouches, the clear sides and handy zipper keep everything contained and easy to find. I keep all of my notions in one spot, a small KA zipper pouch: scissors, stitch markers in a little tin, yarn needle, tape measure, hand cream. I know that if I have my stash pouch I have just about everything I need for knitting. I move the stash pouch from project bag to project bag and don't have to worry about needing a tape measure when I am on the road.

3. Get inspired: Find a yarn or a project that makes you swoon and put your heart and soul into bringing it into fruition. If you are inspired by cables and haven't mastered the skill, come in to Knitting Addiction and let us show you how easy cables are. Has a particular yarn been calling your name all year? Now is the time to come in and find out what that yarn is yearning to be. A clever cowl or fingerless mitts for yourself in a really lovely yarn are the perfect way to start the year with some inspired style. The staff at Knitting Addiction is ready to help you with this final resolution.

Other news of note. Knitting Addiction will be open M. L. King Monday from 10-4. Please stop by while you are on the beach, we'd love to see you. Other shop hour notes: We will be closed January 24-28. Please plan your yarn needs and emergencies accordingly. We'd love to see you before or after those days to help you keep your New Year's Resolutions.