June 8, 2019 is World Wide Knitting in Public Day! While many of us knit in public any old day, this is a great reason to grab your needles (or hook!) and show all those non-knitters what they’re missing.

If you go to https://www.wwkipday.com/ you will find out so much information about this wonderful event. There are also local events and meet-ups posted and as well as virtual meet-ups.

Since knitting in public is usually easiest if you’re working on a small project (so that you don’t need to bring your entire kit of supplies with you), some projects which are great are dishcloths, socks, chunky cowls, knitted knockers … but really, whatever your heart desires.

On June 8th, I will be watching my husband play in a slo pitch tournament so I will grab my lawn chair and some Cascade ultra pima fine cotton and work on some knitted knockers. I love working on these in public as it not only gets the knocker done to be sent to a breast cancer survivor but it also gives me the chance to promote this great organization! I find when I’m knitting or crocheting in public, people will stop and ask me what I’m working on. What a great chance to not only share your love of the craft but also create awareness for an organization. I know some of you knit preemie hats for NICUs and I’d love to hear about some of the other charitable organizations that you support with your talents!

If you are interested in creating a knitted (or crocheted knocker), all of the information (including free patterns and recommended yarn) can be found at Knitted Knockers of Canada. We stock the recommended
cascade ultra pima fine cotton and cascade ultra pima cotton as well as the appropriate needle and hook sizes if you’re looking to get started. We also have the printed patterns available so please just add a note on any order if you’d like the printed pattern sent along.

Because I would love for you to join in World Wide Knit in Public Day, here’s a coupon code for you to use on anything in stock – even sale items (not gift cards and shipping). The coupon code is WWKIPD2019 and will give you 15% off!

I hope some of you will share some of your World Wide Knitting in Public Day photos! I would love to see them. Feel free to share here in the comments or in the Facebook group.

Happy Making!

Monika

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We have made it to green grass and blooming flowers here in Alberta (finally!) and The Stitchery celebrated its first birthday! Since a year has gone by, I would like to say thank you to our customers, subscribers, social media “likers” and our suppliers! It’s been a year of learning for me – SEO, bounce rate, QST – so many things involved in having an online shop.

I’ve met so many new people either via email, social media or in person and absolutely love hearing from you. Please feel free to reach out at any time to share your thoughts. I have had some very helpful product suggestions and one rather unhelpful criticism that it was very complicated to find our shop’s physical address (just to clarify The Stitchery is 100% online!). Something I would love to hear from you is how you heard about us. If you are reading this and don’t mind, please drop a comment on this post and let me know. I will be adding this question for future subscribers but I would love to know how you all found us!

On to what’s coming to the shop! Many of you have seen the Scheepjes Skies advertised on social media. It is so lovely and 100% cotton (vegan!). Currently, you can pre-order as we are anxiously await the shipment to arrive from the Netherlands. There are two weights available (1) lights which is fingering and (2) heavy which is DK and two sizes (28 g and 100 g). If you can’t decide which of the 9 colours suit your fancy, there are assorted boxes of the complete colour line in either weight.

There are already some great patterns coming out for this new Scheepjes line. For example, Cloud Catcher is a free crochet pattern on Ravelry by Mark Roseboom but this lovely soft cotton can be used for garments, shawls, blankets – anything you want a lovely soft cotton for!

Cloud Catcher by Mark Roseboom

© Mark Roseboom

Speaking of Scheepjes, by popular demand, we are stocking more whirl colours! They are also en route from the Netherlands but should be posted in the shop very soon. I recently finished the Spotting Clouds Top by Christina Hadderingh and am now looking for another garment pattern for the Whirl and am thinking the Embrace of the Sun dress. If you look at Schweta’s project page on Ravelry, you can see she has used just one whirl in Blackcurrent Squeeze Me to knit up this lovely dress!

Spotting Cloud Top made with one Blueberry Bambam by me for me

I feel I can’t write a blog without mentioning knitting socks … I love knitting socks. I knit them anywhere and everywhere. There’s always a sock on the go in my bag in case I have to sit and wait with idle hands. We have some lovely new sock yarns in the shop and my current favourite is Opal Ice Cream. This lovely sock yarn is reasonably priced with the great quality that we know Opal provides.

If you feel like you just don’t get enough of me … you’re in luck! Did you know that The Stitchery has a YouTube channel? My disclaimer is – I am not a professional YouTuber and the videos are created to show products and kits (as I know it’s difficult to buy online) and to offer reviews and tips. The next video I will be publishing is how to do the kitchener stitch (very useful for seaming the toes on cuff down socks). I would love for you to check out the channel and would be even more pleased if you subscribe to the channel so that you will be alerted when new videos are published and also so that I can show my son that people do actually watch my super boring knitting and crochet videos (his words).

Thank you for all the love over the past year! It really is true that every time an order comes in, I smile and get excited to pack the order up for you with a little something extra tucked inside. I want you to know that you’re buying from a small, local business owned by a yarn-loving human where every sale is still as special as the first.

Happy yarning,

Monika

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