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In Search Of…

Anyone else remember that late '70's/early '80's TV series "In Search Of..." presented by Leonard Nimoy which featured a new mysterious or paranormal subject every week-Martians, Bigfoot, Immortality? It really reminded me of my recent search for a knitting group. I'm still trying to understand the attitude and rationale behind some of the conversations I had… Continue reading In Search Of…

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Review: ‘Yarn’: And You Thought It Was Just for Knitting Mittens – The New York Times

You have almost certainly never seen a better documentary about yarn than “Yarn.” It isn’t perfect — it’s a little too airy and artsy in spots — but still, thread and string should be jealous.The film, by Una Lorenzen, should really be called “Yarn and the Artists Who Love It,” because it’s not so much… Continue reading Review: ‘Yarn’: And You Thought It Was Just for Knitting Mittens – The New York Times

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One hundred years of people knitting

In 1915, the manager of the New York Philharmonic Society’s Concert Hall had a unique problem. There had been some unusual disturbances during performances, and to address this, he included a notice in the program. It was titled “Knitting During Performances”. After acknowledging the importance of helping the war in Europe, he wrote, “many complaints… Continue reading One hundred years of people knitting

Attention Shoppers! · knitting · Mailbag

Thank You for Your Patronage

Those five little words that no yarn shop lover ever wants to hear…

Even though this announcement was published mid-October, I only picked up on the “going out of business” aspect when I received their latest newsletter and saw that shop furniture was on the block. (sigh) Needlework Unlimited, like Ram Wools before it, was one of my very favorite shops to go to when I lived in and later, visited the Twin Cities. I can only wish everyone there the best of everything and truly hope that there will be a miraculous last-minute offer by someone who loves amazing yarn shops and wants to keep this gem going. Amen!

Needlework Unlimited

With mixed emotions, we are announcing that we will be closing our doors on December 15th. We’ve searched high and low for the next shop owner, but running a fine needlework store is a lot of hard work and unfortunately we could not find a suitable match before our deadline. We are grateful for the time we had at the store and we wish Karen only the best as she pursues her next adventure in life!

This week, we will be closed today and tomorrow so we can prepare for a private event on Thursday and Friday. We will open to the public on Saturday, October 15 with our normal hours, at which point all regular price, in stock merchandise will be 25% off until it’s gone.

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Ashforth and Plummer’s history of mathematical knitting

Better late than never, I say! Ashforth and Plummer have been doing this for ages and I still remember the joys of knitting a Klein bottle after they got popular on the Knit List (does anyone here remember life before Ravelry?). Pat Ashforth and Steve Plummer are two British math teachers who have been trying… Continue reading Ashforth and Plummer’s history of mathematical knitting

Attention Shoppers! · knitting · Online Life

Teach someone to knit and make a friend for life.

https://twitter.com/designtaxi/status/749185904984612864 Nu, really? Meet a friend for coffee. Teach them a skill they'll enjoy for years to come. Hopefully as long as your friendship. 🙂

Confessions · Mailbag · Online Life · Stash

Let my skeins go!

(and surprisingly not, "Let go of my skeins!") Earlier this week I dove into the yarn stash, boxed some up and sent it off to an old internet friend and a relatively new knitter. Don't think this was easy. Even though I'm not really knitting much these days, it was an emotional hurdle to let my skeins go. Every bag… Continue reading Let my skeins go!

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2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Needless-to-say, this was not a stunning year for blogging here at The School for Wayward Skeins and I am not going to make any wild resolutions that there'll be a lot more posts written in 2016. When I start knitting more, then that… Continue reading 2015 in review