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Summer 2016
News from the Knittery Mosaic Knitting Pattern Designers Who Excite and Delight


News from the Knittery

We haven't had a newsletter for a while. This does not mean we have been sitting and twiddling our fingers. Many scarves, socks, and such have been started, and some even finished.

As for what is new, we have added Monday hours. Monday hours will be from 11am to 4pm Right now the plan is to have these hours for the summer and re-evaluate for the winter months.

Brenda has the Thursday evening hours 6pm-8pm and Sundays 12pm-4pm. There are some Thursdays when the shop will close from 5-6. Please call if you need to know if that hour will be open or not.

Mosaic Knitting

This is a new favorite project. Mosaic knitting is a great way to get two color geometric patterns without carrying two colors of yarn. This pattern look is created with slipped stitiches. This technique can either be worked flat or in the round. This opens up many possible projects. Janelle has been exploring this technique and is offering to get people started on Mondays. She may offer a class later this fall.

To create the mosaic knitting, you can use either holey scarf or gathered stole. These are both free patterns from skacelknitting.com.

Both use one skein of either laceball or laceball 100. Both are lace weight and have 800 meters (870 yds) Laceball is 75% superwash wool and 25% nylon. Laceball 100 is 100% wool. If you are wondering about colors, there are some amazing ones. They have great color that runs in anything from neutrals to rainbows.

Pattern Designers Who Excite and Delight

I am always coming across knitting pattern writers who excite me. There are many that customers have told me about. Let us know if you find a new designer you like.

I will start out by highlighting Martina Behm. She is a German designer who many of you already know her shawl/scarf patterns Hitchhiker and Leftie. She states on her Ravelry designer page that she knits because she loves to create. She tries to design the patterns so they are fun as well as beautiful. She loves easy, mindless projects with very few purl stitches. She understands the business of life as she is the mother of two in a small village in the very north of Germany.


November 2015
Thanksgiving Week Schedule and Specials Holiday Extended Hours X-mas Gift Ideas
Yarn Spotlight    

Closing at 3:00 on the day before Thanksgiving

Closed Thanksgiving Day

Day After Thanksgiving: open at 7:00am with 30% off

8:00am-1:00pm 20% off

1:00pm-5:00pm 15% off

Extended Holidays Hours

For the months of November and December, we are extending our hours for your shopping and knitting convenience.

Monday: 11:00am-4:00pm

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm

Thursday: 11:00am - 8:00pm (Beginners Classes also being taught 6:00pm - 8:00pm)

Saturday: 10:00am- 4:00pm

Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm

X-mas Gift Ideas

There are many new gifts available at the Blue Heron Knittery! Coffee mugs with clever sayings that would give many of your knitting friends a chuckle.

Also, for the times when it is your knitting that is giving you a little stress, the Knittery now carries therapeutic coloring books and colored pencils!

Featured Yarn

We have featured the Juniper Moon Farm Tenzing Yarn before, but Sarah loves it so much, we are featuring it again!


Juniper Moon Farm


85% extra fine wool

15% yak

50 gram

$12.00 a skein


October 2015
1st Saturday Scarfs Laura D Cabled Hat Class  


1st Saturday Scarfs

Scarfs are made on 1st Saturdays! This fall, a class will offered on the first Saturday of each month.

On October 3rd at 1 p.m., we will begin with the Brioche Stitch Scarf. The class will last 2-3 hours depending on your comfort level. The pattern is provided free. This scarf may use many different size yarns and you may “up” the difficulty by adding a second yarn to knit together or String Along sequins. The possibilities are endless.  The skill level is beginners. The class cost is $15 (to the instructor) plus supplies. When purchasing your supplies at the Blue Heron Knittery there is a 10% discount for supplies.


November 7th at 1 p.m. the Cluster Stitch Scarf is our project!  This beautiful scarf is simple to knit and is elegant to wear!  It is a free pattern you may print from Cascade Yarns.  The skill level is beginners.  Supplies needed are 1 skein Alpaca Lace, Size 6 needles (with pointy ends!) and you!  The class will last 2-3 hours depending on your comfort level.  Class cost is $15 (to the instructor) plus supplies.  When purchasing your supplies at the Blue Heron Knittery there is a 10% discount for supplies.


December 5th at 1 p.m. the Arrowhead Scarf is next.  This fun scarf uses 1 skein of Premier by Feza, Size 11 needles.  If you want to add fringe you will need a second skein.  The pattern is obtained from the free patterns at Feza Yarns.  The skill level is beginners.  The class will last 2-3 hours depending on your comfort level.  Class cost is $15 (to the instructor) plus supplies.  When purchasing your supplies at the Blue Heron Knittery there is a 10% discount for supplies.


Laura D Cabled Hat Class

Thursday, October 22 and Thursday, October 29, 6-8 pm

Description: If you would like to learn to knit cables but do not know where to begin, this class will be ideal for you. Knit the beautiful Greenery hat. The hat pattern is free on Ravelry.com.
Skill Level: Beginner. 
Cost: The class cost is $25 (to the instructor) plus supplies.  Supplies include worsted weight yarn (approximately 200 yards), #6 6" circ needles



June 2015
World Wide Knit in-Public Week Crazy Days Cat Bordhi


World Wide Knit in Public Week

World Wide Knit in Public Day was started in 2005 by Danielle Landes. It began as away for knitters to come together and enjoy each other's company. Knitting is such a solitary act that it's easy to knit alone somewhere and sink into your work without thinking about al the other knitters out there. Neighbors could spend all their lives never knowing that the other knits. This is a specific week to get out of your house and go to a local event (with your knitting in two) just for you and people like you. Who knows, you might even bump into your neighbor! Consider this a spark to ignite a fire, getting all of the closeted knitters out into fresh air. (summary taken from www.wwkipday.com)

In celebration of national Knit-in-Public Week from June 13 through June 21, the Blue Heron Knittery is offering 20% off on yarn, notions, books, magazines, and patterns.

So, come knit with us!

Crazy Days

Crazy Days in Decorah is July 18th this year. That event starts at 8:00am as opposed to 7:00am as it has in years past (which Sarah is very happy about!) The Farmers' Market is going to be up on Water Street as well with music and many great deals. We hope to see you there!

Cat Bordhi

Cat Bordhi,an expert knitter and teacher, is going to be teaching three knitting classes and giving one lecture during in September.

Cat is a passionate teacher who teaches all over the world, and who puts her students at ease while she nurtures the best in them. As one of her students wrote, “Your generosity of spirit and kind attention to everyone set the stage for all to grow and learn.” Her Youtube knitting tutorials have over three million views, and her innovative books, Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles, A Treasury of Magical Knitting, A Second Treasury of Magical Knitting, New Pathways For Sock Knitters, Personal Footprints for Insouciant Sock Knitters, Cat’s Sweet Tomato Heel Socks, The Art of Felfs, Versatildes— a New Landscape for Knitters, and an award-winning novel, Treasure Forest, have reached hundreds of thousands of readers. Cat teaches throughout the Americas, and has a great love for the people and textile traditions of Peru, where she and her brother Jim Petkiewicz bring small groups of knitters into intimate contact with their friends among the indigenous communities high in the Andes. For more information, visit www.catbordhi.com.

The three classes she is teaching are: The Magical and Blissful World of Moebius Knitting on Friday, September 11, from 9:00-4:00; The Art of Felfs on Saturday, September 12, from 9:00-4:00; and Versatildes ~ a New Landscape for Knitters on Sunday, September 13, from 9:00-4:00. For more information, please go to our classes page.

We are extremely lucky to have Cat in our area, so take advantage of her expertise. Spaces are limited, so sign up soon!