Summertime... and the Knitting Is Easy!

The calendar says that summer officially begins this Saturday! Can you imagine?! This very slow start to warm weather has brought us to more wool! We have not yet been ready to move to all linen and cotton fibers yet, but we hope to soon! Tank tops, short sleeved shirts, and cover-ups knit up much quicker without those long pesky arms getting in the way after all!!

Our class schedule is again full of fun projects for the coming seasons and interesting techniques to make your knitting a true joy. Take a peak under the Current Class Schedule tab (clear your cookies or toggle through the months if it looks like we are still in 2013) to see what you can add to your repertoire. Whether it is adding crochet or finishing techniques to your knitting prowess or getting encouragement or guidance for your first pair of socks or lace shawl, there is something for everyone. We have set up some great classes to teach techniques while still getting a finished item to be proud of!

Cabled Cozy $20: This intro to cable class will get you magic looping and knitting cables in no time! This one week class will get you going (maybe even finished) on a coffee cozy with pretty traveling cables! July 8th

Socks $60: We will start at the cuff and work to the toe! This class is 3 nights, with knitting time in between! Starting June 26th, and continued July 3rd and July 10th. By the end you will have one completed sock, and all the skills necessary to make its match!
Afghan Blocks $20 each: We meet once a month to learn a new skill! July 1st we will master twisted stitches, and August 5th it is mock cables! If you have no interest in a full Afghan, know that each block makes a great wash cloth or two is a 12 inch square pillow cover!

Colorwork Mittens $60: Summer is the perfect time to start on those winter accessories! Not only are they small, and not hot in your lap, but there is less of a time crunch to finish them! These colorworked mittens will be stranded in a traditional Norwegian design, using two colors. We will work together over the first two weeks sessions on knitting with both colors and two hands, a provisional cast on, knitting in the round on two double points, reading a chart, and increases and decreases. By the third session you will have finished your first mitten as well as the lining mitten to make them extra warm and fuzzy and we will end with and I-cord bind off to join both mittens to one! Because of the detail involved these classes are spread out starting July 15th, continuing August 19th, and ending September 16th.

Faberge Shawl $60: This stunning shawl lets you play with two contrasting colors and beads to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece you won’t be able to take your eyes off of. Along the way, you will learn about swatching for multiple stitch patterns, creating a ruffled edge, a horizontal braid, a slipped stitch colorwork pattern, adding beads with a crochet hook, and finish off with some simple lace and finishing techniques. All with plenty of time to knit in between. Classes occur July 24th, August 14th, and September 4th.

Purslane Beret $20: This one night class will get you going on a beautiful beret! We will start with Emily Okar’s cast on, get introduced to simple lace with charts and discuss how you can add beads to any project! July 22nd only

Thrumed Slippers $20: This one night class with put soft lofty roving in your hands and fluffy slippers on your feet. As we knit these garter stitch slippers we will add some fluff to the bottom to leave you walking on clouds! This is a great small project to learn this skill on! July 29th

Advanced Lace: Baltic Blossoms Shawl $60: Summer is the perfect time to tackle an ethereal Estonian lace shawl, and Evelyn Clark is a master. Her Baltic Blossoms Shawl follows a classic design structure and gives you the opportunity to use three different lace patterns, including a lace edging. Double yarn overs, adding beads to a pattern, and nupps will also be covered. We will also discuss the use of life lines, rescuing dropped yarn overs, and blocking lace. You should be familiar with basic lace stitches. Class meets on July 31st, August 21st, and September 11th.

Damask Felted Bag $40: This two part class (August 12th and September 9th) with start with light Faire Isle knitting and a discussion on felting, while the second half will focus on lining your hand knits with fabric. This class will have some homework before hand to maximize our time together!

Chevrons and Stripes $20: This year we can’t seem to get enough stripes! This dramatic cowl is no exception! This pattern takes beginner’s skills and elevates them to elegance. This one evening course will cover knitting in the round, basic increases & decreases, stripes, an easy provisional cast on, and the tools you need to finish off with Kitchener stitch. Join us on August 7th.

Wooly on a Soap $20: This fun fast knit makes a great gift when you add a beautiful bar of soap! We will focus on gauge, shaping and bobbles! This little guy takes less than 50 yards and would be a great stash buster! August 26th

All classes begin at 6:30 and require pre-registration. We hope you will continue to join us for Knit Nights (Wednesday @ 6:30pm), Knit-A-Longs (Saturdays @ noon), and Spinning Saturdays (the 1st Saturday of every month at noon). If you have free time during the week and want to escape the heat, feel free to drop by for some social knitting time during regular business hours. Need help on a project or technique? Call the shop to schedule a private lesson at your convenience, or join us for Knitting ER–a drop in circle every Friday from 2pm-4pm. No pre-registration is necessary for Knitting ER; the cost is $20 for two hours, or $10 for the second hour only.

A customer recently expressed chagrin at her urge to knit through the warmer weather, but we have made it so much a part of our lives that a day simply wouldn’t seem complete without some knitting taking up a part of it. So, take a project to the beach with you, work on next fall’s socks while you are sitting by the campfire, and for the planners out there, get going on next winter’s holiday gift list. However you choose spend your knitting time this summer; we hope you will spend at least part of it with us!

4th Anniversary!

I am so excited to announce that Mothers of Purl Yarns will celebrate its 4th Anniversary tomorrow, March 15th. As I look around the shop, I am amazed at how much we have grown in the last four years. What I see before me is not something I could have wrapped my head around when we first opened our doors.  

This is all possible because of each and every one of you. Thank you. Thank you for your support, your encouragement, your enthusiasm. Thank you for being the reason we are excited to come into work each day. We love sharing our passion for yarn, fiber, and knitting with you. And, we are so grateful that you choose to spend your time with us.  

In celebration, we have pulled out the sale rack and filled it with arm loads of new goodies to help us make room for our spring shipments.  

So here’s to what comes next! We can’t wait for you to catch a glimpse of all the wonderful and exciting things headed our way in the coming months and years. Thank you for supporting YOUR local yarn shop.  

With sincerity and gratitude,
Megan & Cheri

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! We are closed Christmas Eve (12/24) & Christmas Day (12/25).

Come back for our Year End Sale starting on the 26th!

If you are in search of a last minute Gift Certificate, please call 443-286-0602.

More Fall Classes!

We’ve added even more fall classes to keep your fingers and needles flying!

Gambel Shawl Class- 11/4 – In this one evening class, we will use a luxurious fiber to create a classic triangular shawl. We will explore new territory by learning two double decreases and a double increase while creating a large eyelet edging pattern. ($20)

Swan’s Island Cable Wrap- 11/25This cozy shoulder wrap will give us the opportunity to practice reversible cables while creating an elegant pass-through wrap, perfect for a gift to a loved one…or yourself! ($20)

Basic Shawls to Give & Enjoy- 12/2 – In this overview, we will learn a trio of shawl shapes that will open a world of knitting possibilities.  All three can be knitted in basic garter stitch to showcase a precious skein or quick gift, or can be elaborated and expanded with multiple stitch patterns. We will start all three in basic stitches to learn how they grow and become beautiful garments to wear. ($25)

Beaded Ornaments!- 12/9 – Back by popular demand, these eye catching lace and bead ornaments are SO simple and quick to create and result in a beautiful way to trim your home or gift to give. Play with color, texture, and light to create heirlooms for your family and friends.  ($20)

Keep an eye out for even more class descriptions coming soon! (And, don’t forget about the other great fall classes detailed in the post below.) You can always see a calendar view of our schedule by clicking on the “Current Class Schedule” link at the top of the page.

Fall Update & Class Descriptions

Happy Fall! Fall has had a slow start with lots of wonderful Indian Summer days thrown in, but we are readying for the cooler temperatures yet to come.  The two of us have been busy dreaming of all of the fall and winter sweaters waiting to get on our needles.  The shop is busting with new yarn lines, patterns and inspiration at every turn.

We have also been busy ‘knitting-a-long’ every Saturday from 12-2.  Our current project is a toasty winter coat out of November Knits.  It is a trench with a large hood and a beautiful contrasting hem line!  The coat has very little finishing and is nearly seamless.  A great project for knitters of all levels!

We have also begun a hat drive.  TVCCA, a local homeless shelter in Norwich, is looking forward to all of your handy work.  They are happy to accept hats knit/crocheted in any fiber or weight, with no limits on wash-ability.  Your work will help those in the area that are trying very hard to get back on their feet.  And, as a thank you for your participation, for each hat you make we will enter you into a raffle for dinner out!

We have also expanded into tea!  We have a wonderful line of teas from Eastern Shore Tea Company.  Our current shop favorite seems to be the Pumpkin Spice.  It is a Chinese Black tea with cinnamon, clove and pumpkin essence.  Pop in to try a cup!

Our class schedule is constantly growing with a range of easy to advanced classes happening now.  All classes require pre-registration and begin at 6:30 pm.  Private lessons are available at your request for any skill you would like to learn.  The following is what we have happening now, but check back often as we are always adding on to the schedule!

BEGONIA SWIRL SHAWL: 10/21  A beautiful lace shawl with an interesting swirl set of increases for shaping with a beautiful floral lace edge! $20

INTRO TO COLORWORK: 10/22 A nice basic colorwork pattern in Hounds tooth, done in the round knitting with both hands! $20

INTRO TO CABLES: 10/28 A good beginner cable class with simple, yet impressive cables worked in the round to create a beautifully warm hat. $20

AFGHAN SQUARES: 11/5Our ongoing afghan class this month works with multicolored color work and cables to create 2 snowflake inspired squares using two very different techniques. $20

HILTON FIELD COWL: 11/11+11/18 An advanced color working class creating a cowl using different inside and outside colorwork patterns creating a reversible addition to your winter wear. This class will cover a provisional cast on, jog-less stripes, two-handed stranded colorwork, and the Kitchener stitch. $40

ADVANCED FIXING YOUR MISTAKES: 11/12 We will delve into fixing errors in your lace and cables.  We will drop down through rows to fix errors as well as be able to recognize them. $25

STEEKING: 11/19 In this class we will learn the basic slip stitch crochet as a reinforcing technique as well as the rush of cutting your knitting open! $25

If there is a class you are interested in us teach, please let us know.  We are always eager for your suggestions.

We are excited about the upcoming cold weather and all of the cozy knits working their ways off our needles and yours! Please remember to bring in your finished items, as it makes our days to see the beauty you can create with nothing but string, sticks and dedication!

There will be no knit night the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, but the shop will hold regular 11-5 hours.   Be looking for our Post Thanksgiving sale information, too!

We look forward to seeing you soon, and thank you for your continued support!

Cheri and Megan

Boost Your Skills With Our New Fall Classes!

Check out our Current Class Schedule to see all the new skills you could learn this fall! We are focusing on small projects to boost your skill set and help you get a jump on gift giving. Scarves, shawls, hats and socks are filling up our calendar, along with perennial favorites like “Fix Your Own Mistakes” and “Knitting Q&A”.

We also have lots of new fall yarns already in the shop, with even more to come. Let the season’s bounty inspire you to create your next one of a kind project!

May & June Classes Are Open For Registration!

Spring has arrived here at the shop. Evidence is everywhere, from the daffodils outside to the cotton and silk tops on our needles! With warmer weather approaching, our knitting has gone from heavy wool sweaters to fluttery silk ones and shawls in every color!

The next two months are jam packed with classes and events. We are still knitting along every Saturday on our Circle of Life Shawls, as well as knitting through our Featherweights! These two knit-a-longs make for great spring and summer knitting as they are lightweight and don’t add heat to your hands or lap!

Our class schedule is full of great summer knitting projects as well. We will start May (May 2nd and 9th) with the Indian Feathers Shawl. This two part class will give you a beautiful lace crescent shaped shawl. The first evening will cover basic lace (written or charted), nupps and/or beads, while the second class will cover short rows, an applied I-Cord Bind off, and blocking techniques.

In Afghan Blocks this month (May 6th) we will master picking up stitches, grafting garter stitch and knitting BACKWORDS!! Our two blocks this month are done in a few colors each with interesting construction.

May 13th we will start Vine Lace Vests in a two part class for the beginning lace knitter. The first part will cover getting your lace set up and reading it, while the second half of the class (June 10th) we will pick up stitches and mattress stitch. The break between classes gives you lots of time to get through the bulk of the knitting on the top and will help give you a finished vest by mid June.

May 16th we will start socks! This class offers you a variety of learning opportunities, with skills like, knitting in the round on 2 circulars, picking up stitches, decreases and Kitchener Stitch, all while giving you a sock perfect for your foot! It will run May 16th, 23rdand 30th.

May 20th we will start to prepare for beach weather with our beach bag class! This great beach/market bag is knit in linen making it perfect for all the stuff you drag to and from the beach or the heavy veggies at the farmers market. We will work on picking up stitches, simple lace knitting, and an applied I-cord finishing the class on June 17th.

June will also bring a design your own T-shirt class on the 6th and 20th. In this class we will discuss fit, gauge, stitch pattern and fiber choice to create a flattering shirt you will love to wear!

June 13th will be the Calza shawl. This is a cotton blend shawl made using a combination of garter stitch wedges and reversible cables (another great opportunity to perfect short rows). This is an approachable shawl with lots of classic appeal.

June 24th we will run another Knitting Q & A. This session is set aside for your questions. Come with your questions/concerns and get the answers you need, while benefiting from what others in the group are looking to learn. For example, you may have missed a finishing class and really need help with your mattress stitch. We will work on this together in the class. Someone else may be there to learn a few increases that it turns out you were not familiar with. You should both walk away with the knowledge you needed and then some!

We will end June (27th) with the ever popular beaded scarf. We ran this class right before the holidays. We will discuss a pre-stranded beading method, as well as a beaded cast on. This fast project is a show stopper for sure.

With all the warmth approaching, we at the shop are looking forward to beautiful days in the sun, knitting in the sand, as well as enjoying our indoor air conditioning on those super hot days! We welcome you to joins us in the shop at your leisure! Please let us know if there are events or classes you are looking for. As always, thank you for your continued support. We truly appreciate you.

Megan& Cheri

Third Anniversary Sale!

Three glorious years have passed for us at the shop! We started with two yarn lines, one line of needles, and a tiny (half) basement room, and have grown in these three short years to carry dozens of yarn lines and a half dozen types of needles in our current, airy location. This last year, especially, has been a whirlwind, all thanks to you, our loyal customers!

As a thank you, and a kick off to our next exciting year, we are putting everything, seriously everything, on sale! For every THREE like items you buy, you will get ONE FREE!!! We have also added MORE items to our ongoing discount rack and are upping the discount to 40%!

If you have not yet thought of summer knitting projects, now is a great time to get started. Get a jump on the upcoming season, as we have loads of summer yarns and patterns already in stock. Our Anniversary Sale will start today, Monday, March 11, and run through, Saturday, March 16. Don’t miss the chance for some great savings!

Again, thank you so much for everything each one of you has contributed to our success over the last three years. We are so lucky to spend every day surrounded by the people (and yarn) we love.

Megan & Cheri

P.S. If you stop by the shop an make a purchase on Friday, March 15th, you will receive a free gift! That is the actual date we opened our doors three years ago. Yay!

Happy Holidays!

I hope this finds you in good spirits and enjoying yourself as 2012 draws to a close. I am thrilled to say that I have finally been able to embed out class schedule into this web page, so that you don’t have to click an external link (it’s on the Current Class Schedule page). Our classes have been very popular over the last several months, and we are thrilled to be able to offer you an ever wider choice of project and technique classes to expand your knitting knowledge.

We have two year-long projects coming up in 2013 that we think you will enjoy. Every month we will be offering another installment in our Afghan Series. This year we are working on blocks out of the Great North American Afghan book. Each month’s class will introduce a new type of block. Take all 12 classes or just a few to create an heirloom you will treasure for years to come. Remember that if you want your afghan to be all one or two colors, you will need to pre-order yarn with us so that you can be assured of having all the same dye lot. We have color cards on hand to help you make your decision.

We are also embarking on a shawl challenge next year. Can you knit a shawl every month? We are going to give it a try. And, will be kicking things off January 3rd, with a fun Short Row Shawl. This is also a great way to add another technique to your knitting arsenal.

As always, if you have any questions or would like to register, we are only a phone call away (860-823-0434).

Happy Knitting and Happy Holidays!

Oh, October…

As October comes to a close, our weather here in southeast Connecticut looks like it may throw us all for a loop. With that in mind, I just wanted to remind everyone to (first and foremost) be safe, and of course knit on! We will be open during our regularly scheduled hours unless weather or conditions prevent us from traveling to the shop. If you are in doubt, check our facebook page: (You don’t need to have a Facebook account to view our page, you can just click on the link or type the above into any web browser.)  Or call the shop at 860-823-0434. We will try to keep the shop voicemail up-to-date, but that can be tricky if we can’t actually get to the building. Above all, we want everyone to be safe and sane (read: supplied with adequate knitting supplies).

One additional reminder, there is no Knit Night on Halloween, October 31st. Enjoy Trick or Treating!