Labor Day Hours

Published on 31 August 2014 by in In the Shop

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imageCottage Yarn will be open 10am-4pm on Monday, September 1, for your convenience. Come take a look at our new fall yarns, get a deal on our closeout yarns, or just come to sit and knit. Happy Labor Day!

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Home Sick v. homesick

Published on 06 May 2014 by in In the Shop

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When I was thinking of a title for this post I thought, “Well, I am home from work today because I’m sick,” but when I said it in my head,  “Home Sick,” I realized that could also mean “homesick”. There have been a few times in my life that I’ve been homesick. My mom relates a story from my early childhood about when our family moved to Atlanta from Charlotte for my dad to take a job. She says that I was sick for the whole 6 months that we lived there. (I was only 3 so I don’t remember at all.) When she took me to the doctor, he told her I was homesick – that I missed my home in Charlotte. For reasons other than, but including that, we moved back to Charlotte not long after that.

One time I specifically remember being homesick was at a slumber party at a friend’s house when we were in 4th or 5th grade. I had never been to her house before and I didn’t mind being there during the day, but that night I was really scared to be away from home with girls I didn’t know very well. My dad had to pick me up in the middle of the night. I was quite embarrassed, but very relieved.

Some of you already know I went to Sweden as an exchange student between 11th and 12th grades in high school. You would think I would definitely get homesick being so far away from home for 2 months, but the family was so nice to me and I made new friends while I was there, so other than missing my boyfriend at the time, I was quite happy. I have many great memories from that summer, but one in particular stands out. One afternoon, Catarina, the girl in the family who was my age, and a couple of her friends were in the sitting room watching tennis (Andre Agassi was a rising star at the time, showing my age!) and KNITTING! Of course I wanted to do what they were doing, so Catarina took me to a shop to get yarn, needles, and a pattern. Since everything was in Swedish, and I didn’t speak or read Swedish, she just showed me what to do with the needles and yarn and gave me row by row instructions until I had made a whole pullover sweater! I don’t remember why, but once I got home I did not continue knitting. I really wish I had looked into it more at that point. Imagine all the things I could have made between then and when I really learned to knit 9 years ago!

So now that I am “home sick” today, I am taking advantage of the precious rare time I get to just sit around and knit (or crochet, as I am about to do as soon as I finish this post.) I would suggest that if you are ever “home sick”, or even “homesick”, make sure you have needles and yarn. They will always do the trick!

 

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Hours
M, W, F   10am – 5pm
Tu     10am – 8pm
Th, Sa     10am – 4pm
3rd Sunday every month   1 – 4pm

Welcome!

Welcome, new subscribers, to Yarns from the Cottage. We’re glad you’re here! Be sure to go on Facebook and like our page for the most up to date information (and fun pix from the Cottage!)

This year’s yarn crawl was lots of fun! Thanks to everyone who participated and supported all the local yarn shops. You are the reason we are here! Congratulations to all the Cottage Yarn daily prize winners, as well as the 26 yarn crawl $100 prize winners and, of course, the Grand Prize winner, Virginia Gagner! To see who won the overall crawl prizes visit the Charlotte Yarn Crawl site. The winners of the daily prizes at the Cottage are: Helena B., Rebekah A., Elizab…eth H., Frieda T., Kathy J., Amelia M., Stacy M., Bonnie L., Cynthia C., Patti F., Debby P., Kris A., Patti C., Erin H., Kathy V., Angelina G., Carol R., Gretchen C., Shelia M., and Krisitin B.

If you visited during the crawl and enjoyed the 5-minute complimentary massage, don’t forget to use the coupon Chloe gave you for Massage Heights at Cotswold. Be sure to ask for Chloe!

Open Sunday

This Sunday, October 20, is the third Sunday of the month, and you know what that means? Cottage Yarn will be open from 1 to 4pm. But even better than that, we are excited to welcome designer Amy Gunderson to the Cottage to sign the book 50 Knitted Gifts from Universal Yarn on Sunday. Amy is an accomplished knit and crochet designer. Her designs can be seen in Interweave Knits, Knitscene, The Unofficial Downton Abbey Knits, and even on the cover of the latest Interweave Crochet magazine. She also has a design in the 50 Knitted Gifts book that I have been eyeing since the book came in. I had no idea it was her design when I talked to her about visiting Cottage Yarn, but I’m not surprised. She has an amazing talent for creating elegant, striking patterns. I can’t wait to meet her in person on Sunday! Please join us and pick up a copy of the book while you’re here. There are tons of quick and easy projects for any and every occasion.

November Classes

At long last I have posted the November classes on our website. Thank you for your patience. After the yarn crawl, I got a terrible cold that made it impossible to concentrate on planning classes and getting this newsletter out. Finally, my head is a little clearer and able to focus.

Along with our standing Learn to Knit/Crochet classes, we are offering a few one-meeting classes to accomodate busy schedules as we approach the holidays. All of the projects would make terrific Christmas gifts so take a look at the classes and try to fit in at least one this month. Expand your skills and check off your gift list at the same time!

The Herringbone Neckwarmer, modeled here by Chloe, only takes one skein of Malabrigo Rasta, size 19 needles, and maybe 2-3 afternoons (not including the class time). The yarn is squishy and warm, perfect for the cold winter everyone keeps telling me is coming. And the colors are so gorgeous, you will have to make several simply because it is impossible to choose just one! We even have the big button to finish off your cowl!

The Viking Eternity Cowl is exquisite made up in Llama Sparkle by Red Barn Yarn. This crochet project is a great next step after learning the basics, but is interesting enough for even the most experienced crocheter. Dazzling and warm, what a perfect gift or holiday accessory!

Brioche knitting is a fun technique, and it impresses those watching the process. The Brioche Cowl uses two contrasting or coordinating colors in a ribbed-look pattern, producing a double-thick, extra warm fabric that is knitted in the round.

Susie’s Reading Mitts is a wildly popular pattern on Ravelry, and for good reason. Knitted in the round with just a touch of lace and a picot edging, they are a quick project, perfect for wearing or giving.

In addition to the project classes, we are offering Blocking for a Professional Finish, a one-meeting technique class to explain the benefits, methods, and tools used in blocking. We are also continuing our Tunisian Crochet class/crochet along on Thursday nights.

Therapy Night

For those of you who are new to Cottage Yarn, and as a reminder to those who are already familiar, Therapy Night is open to all knitters and crocheters every Tuesday evening 6-8pm. Bring whatever you are working on and join us for the best FREE therapy anywhere!

Don’t forget to “like” our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter!

Can’t wait to see you at the Cottage!

 

Lyn

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Hours M, W, Th, F   10am – 5pm
Tu     10am – 8pm
Sa     10am – 4pm
3rd Sunday every month   1 -4pm

Wasn’t Sunday morning beautiful? Fall is in the air. My favorite time of year! Everyone loves spring, with its promise of warmer weather and flowers popping out everywhere, but I really enjoy the fall. Thinking of all the new beginnings – back to school and new knitting and crochet projects – as well as the anticipation of the holidays, inspires me. I feel most productive in the fall. The days seem to get shorter, but really the darkness just pushes you inside earlier, which means more knitting time in the evening! That’s a good thing, too, because I usually have a list a mile long of gifts to make for the holidays. And don’t forget that sweater or vest or afghan or … (insert project here) that I want to make for myself. Not to mention, this year I have the Cottage, so I’m busy making samples to hang up, as well as my usual long list of WIPs (works in progress). Whew! I sure would like to finish some of my UFOs (unfinished objects) to get them off the needles, and to be able to enjoy them, but that baby blanket sure is cute, and the new Huasco yarn is gorgeous. What can I make with that? Oh yeah, and the Malabrigo yarn will be here on Wednesday. I know I will want to make something with that, too!

I need more hands and more time in the day! In the meantime, I can enjoy the yarns and patterns vicariously through you. I love seeing what you are making and would love to include photos in newsletters and on Facebook of your finished projects. It’s like getting to knit with every yarn in the Cottage without having to wait until I have time! So please feel free to stop by with your projects, finished or not, to share them with us at the Cottage. I look forward to seeing them!

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Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl

It’s that time again. The yarn crawl is back! September 27 – October 6. We will have extended hours during the crawl for your convenience. Monday through Saturdays we will be open 10am to 6pm. Tuesday we will be open 10am to 8pm as usual. Both Sundays we will be open 1 to 6pm. This time I get to participate from the other side of the counter! This morning I met with several other shop owners to discuss the details of the crawl, including the prizes. This year there will be one grand prize – a $50 gift certificate from each of the 13 yarn shops! That’s $650 in free yarn! You qualify by visiting all 13 of the 13 participating shops and turning in your fully stamped passport at the last shop you visit. The grand prize winner will be drawn from the group of fully stamped passports. Other prizes are awarded for those who visit at least 6 of the shops. There will also be drawings and giveaways that will be determined by each shop.

At the Cottage on both Saturdays, Chloe, who is a licensed massage therapist (license #13298), will be giving 5-minute complimentary hand/arm or neck/shoulder massages. Come early to get a number so you can browse while waiting for your turn. I have a feeling she will be booked up both days!

American Sock Knitting

Book Signing

Also on the second Saturday of the crawl, October 5, from 1 to 4pm, we are excited to have both the author and a designer from the book American Sock Knitting. Beth Moriarty, the author, lives in Orlando, FL, and Blowing Rock, NC, and Emily Marshall, one of the designers from the book, lives in Rock Hill! Both have agreed to come meet you and sign their book.

Once the crawl is over, we are having a sock class to make the socks that Emily designed. Be sure to check the classes online for details.

Land & Sea socks

Classes

October classes are now up on the website. The sock from American Sock Knitting is sure to be a hit so sign up early to reserve your space.

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Also, Chloe will be teaching a lace class in October! For all of you who have admired her lace-knitting skills, don’t miss her class on the Grand Army Plaza Shawl. This class is also going to fill up quickly so sign up early!

Daybreak Shawl

The Daybreak Shawl is one of my favorites from Stephen West. I wear mine as a shawl, a scarf, and even as a sash around my waist, and I get tons of compliments every time I wear it. Pick two contrasting or complementary colors and join me to make this versatile shawl.

 Entrelac tam

Kathy is continuing her wildly popular sweater class. I can’t wait to see the finished sweaters next month! She will also be teaching an entrelac class, making a tam to introduce you to the technique.

Many of you are already familiar with Ravelry, but for those who have never heard of Ravelry, or have heard of it but don’t have a clue what it’s all about, we will be having a one hour workshop during October to open the door to a whole new world of knitting and crocheting possibilities!

Be sure to check out the website for details on all the classes offered in October.

Don’t forget to “like” our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter for the most up to date information (and fun pix from the Cottage)!

Can’t wait to see you at the Cottage!

 

Lyn

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Hours
M, W, Th, F   10am – 5pm
Tu     10am – 8pm
Sa     10am – 4pm
3rd Sunday every month   1 – 4pm

Our first month has been quite a success! I really enjoy meeting each and every one of you as you visit the Cottage. If you haven’t been here since before April, you are in for a pleasant surprise! There are lots of new yarns in beautiful colors and fibers. Everything in the shop has moved. During our Grand Re-opening we emptied out one whole room of yarn so we have kept the back room closed for a couple of weeks. This week we have been receiving yarn almost daily so we are now expanding back into that room. Bear with us as we move the yarn around yet again. Some of the shelves are empty, but not for long.

As I write this, Knit One Crochet Too Ty Dy Cotton and Classic Elite Yarns Firefly and Soft Linen are winging their way to the Cottage, as well as the Vogue Knitting Crochet special issue, more copies of Knit Noro Accessories, and Knitscene Summer 2013. We already have the Summer issue of Interweave Knits, with lots of great patterns for the warmer months (which are finally starting to show up!)

Good News!

Many of you have expressed an interest in making the beautiful Gelato Scarf that is on display at the Cottage. I ordered the yarn back in March, but it has been on backorder…until now! I got a call yesterday that the yarn company has received the yarn. They are beginning the process of dyeing the yarn to our order and it will ship by the end of next week. As long as the weather stays warm in New Mexico (so the dyed yarn can dry quickly), we will have the Gelato yarn by June 1st! I will send out a special email and post on Facebook and Ravelry the day we receive the yarn. Be sure to check the websitefor our June classes. The Gelato Scarf class will fill up quickly so stop by the Cottage to reserve your spot early. Because of the enormous interest in this scarf, the yarn will be available on a first come, first served basis only. I will not be able to hold yarn or give descriptions over the phone. You must come in to the Cottage to select and purchase your yarn and sign up for the class. You will receive the pattern in the class.

New Yarns at the Cottage

We have been quite busy the past couple of weeks, receiving and displaying new yarns. Amazing pattern designer, Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton, has her own line of raw silk yarn called Shaman. Lovely hand-dyed silk softens as soon as you begin knitting it. There are 495 yards in this 50g ball.

 

Also in silk, Himalaya Yarns has a worsted weight 100% raw silk with 225 yards and gorgeous, saturated colors, solids and hand-painted, and a lace weight hand-dyed silk yarn that has 800 yards per skein in semi-solid and variegated colorways.

 

We got a huge shipment this week of Juniper Moon Farm Findley Lace in solids and variegated colors. Each ball is 798 yards of merino/silk blend. It has a wonderful sheen and excellent drape. If you haven’t seen Chloe’s top knitted in the Bittersweet colorway, you need to stop by the shop to see it! This photo doesn’t do it justice as the top just glows in person.

 

Long-awaited Rowan Fine Art sock yarn and pattern book arrived this week, as well. Absolutely beautiful patterns for wraps, scarves, and of course socks make this book a must have, even if it is just for the lovely photography.

 

Doctor Who fans (and those who just like a really long scarf) will love the selection of Indulgence 6-ply sock yarn that came in. Everyone who sees the sample showing all of the 12 colorways, wants to make the scarf. I am in the process of calculating how much of each color you would need to make it and will be putting together kits over the next week or so. I’ll post them on Facebook and include the information in the next newsletter when I get them together. Of course, you can also make socks from this yarn. As you can see, the self-patterning yarn makes up beautifully!

Knit Along

Our Sideways Garter Cardigan knit along is in full swing. Over 20 women have been attending our Tuesday night Therapy Knitting/Crocheting Group to knit the cardigan together, and even more have purchased the yarn to make it on their own. The colors they have chosen are knitting up beautifully. I can’t wait to see them all each week! In addition to knitting the same pattern, these women are making new friends who share a common interest. Some are even planning a fall retreat together! Even if you are not part of the knit along, please consider joining us on Tuesday evenings, 6-8pm, and bring whatever you are working on. It’s lots of fun!

Open Sunday

Don’t forget we are open this Sunday 1-4pm. We will be holding mini-workshops from 1:30 to 3:30 – Provisional Cast-On, Moebius Cast-On, and making and I-Cord on double pointed needles. Each one separately is $10, or attend all 3 for $25. Advance registration is required and space is limited so call the Cottage (704-545-8440) early to reserve your spot in the workshops. No walk-ins can be accepted for these workshops as there are items you need to bring with you to class. There is also open knitting/crocheting for those not attending the workshops.

June Classes


June classes will be posted on our website over the next few days. There will be classes to make the Gelato Scarf, of course, as well as Beginner Lace, Intermediate Lace, and Sock classes. We will also offer our Learn to Knit/Crochet classes every month. We look forward to sharing these skills with you!

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Don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook and “follow” us on Twitter. Also, check out our Ravelry group at http://www.ravelry.com/groups/cottage-yarn-friends.

Can’t wait to see you at the Cottage!

 

Lyn

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Sock yarn

Lots of sock yarn arrived in the shop today. So many colors and only 2 feet. I need a pair in every color!

The shop is changing daily as I make room for new yarns arriving. Just as I have the shelves looking good, the UPS man shows up again! Today it was the sock yarn and a big box from Feza with Alp Premier, Alp Dazzle, Alp Natural, and Tokyo yarns. The colors are gorgeous and vibrant! I can’t wait to make some samples for you to see how the yarn knits up.

Feza yarn

Even though it was cold and rainy today, I enjoyed a lovely visit from a customer. I helped her find just the right yarn for her project and discussed general knitting and yarn topics. She brought a ray of sunshine into the Cottage on this grey day! Thanks Charo!

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We all like free, so we’re offering a free class this coming photo(74)Saturday and Sunday from 2-3:30pm. 

This cowl is knit in the round using two skeins of our new Lago by Berroco.  If you can cast on, bind off and knit two together, then you can knit this lovely spring cowl.  The design is a six row repeat creating an open work pattern.

Please bring 24″ size 8 or 9 needle and stitch markers.  Come early to select your favorite color.

Because space is limited, call early to reserve your spot.

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Berroco Lago

Published on 08 March 2013 by in Free Patterns, In the Shop

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Lago from Berroco has a lovely sheen and drape and it’s here in the shop now! Only 3 hanks needed for this beautiful wrap.
Enjoy this free pattern:

http://www.berroco.com/patterns/polaire

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Learn to Knit Classes

Published on 28 February 2013 by in class, In the Shop, knitting

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Tuesdays, March 5, 12 & 19        Time:  10-11:30am              Cost:  $35 + materials

You will learn the knit and purl stitches, casting on and binding off, increases and  decreases.  We will begin a project which will allow you to learn to read patterns as well.

 

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Yarn Sale

Published on 15 February 2013 by in Events, Sales and Specials

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As a special Valentine treat, all colors in Rowan Colourspun will be 35% off this Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 16th and 17th.  Our hours Saturday are 10-4pm and Sunday 1-4pm.

Rowan’s Colourspun is a lofty spiral yarn. A soft variegated blend of wool and mohair wrapped with a fine variegated binder. The resulting yarn is light and airy, warm and rich. Use it by itself for a stylish winter jacket or combine it with solid colors for intarsia or Fair Isle color work.

prismatic scarf

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