Welcome to deep Winter. We have had a fun winter as far as more than one beautiful snowfall here in Oklahoma. We rarely get snow anymore. When we do get snowfall, it’s special.
We’re celebrating deep Winter here at A Chick That Knitz. When we do get snowfall, I often think of the movie “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”. It has such a magical crystal white wintery snow filled landscape that is charming. It inspired me to create our magical wintery snow themed windows.
We have the lion, the witch (Elsa), and the wardrobe. It’s full of warm, soft, and squishy wooly knits.
This is Mr. Tumnus’s cottage where he invites Lucy in for tea. We have two large super chunky and soft and squishy blankets to snuggle up in next to the fire. We’ve got a hot pot of tea ready to warm your insides and baskets of yarn for knitting and crochet projects nearby.
I wanted to show off this beautiful wrap that Sharon Keane of “KansasKlicker” on Etsy made with our 2020 Advent kit! It’s so pretty! It’s the Adventuresome Wrap by Ambah O’Brien available on Ravelry. (Sharon, just keep on knittin’ kitten! I love all your fiber art!)
We’re planning on adding more beginner classes and teachers. I may even teach a beginner class or two!
I wish each and every one of you many blessings. I want everyone to turn from fear and sadness and turn to love, kindness, and happiness. Be generous with your friends and neighbors and even strangers. We all have had to face hard times this past year and I’m so proud of the people that have kept their chins up and carry on with kindness and generosity. We can all find something to be grateful for. I truly love each and every one of you!
Hello Friends! It’s been a minute! This year has been amazing. 2020 will be remembered for a long time! 2020, if anything, has been a year of change. I have a yarn store!
I’ve outgrown my home studio. It’s still here. I work in it every day. I had to move my living room to storage to make room for my yarn. When my daughter finished college and moved into her own home, I confiscated her bedroom for undyed yarn storage. My garage, living room, and 2 bedrooms were completely dedicated to yarn. I thought if I had to pay rent somewhere to carry on and grow, then I was going to have a retail front.
Here she is in charming Downtown Edmond, Oklahoma. We are well received! I had looked and looked all over to find the best place and boy! did we land in the perfect spot! This wasn’t my first choice, it was my 5th choice and the BEST choice. (If your first few choices of something you want don’t pan out, don’t panic! Trust me, it’s for the best!)
This is the 80/20 Sock wall. Keep in mind, all this yarn was in my living room! Check out the amazing socks that fellow knitters made for me! I feel like the richest woman in the world with socks!
This is our wall of beautiful color and yarn. It’s our Singles Fingering, Worsted, and DK.
We have a wall just for mini skeins. Every color is available in mini sock and mini sparkle.
Let me introduce you to Jan Rose’, my manager, my friend, my mentor, my everything. I’m going to tell you, I have the Best of the Best! She has a heart for people and knitting. Look at her smile. That is who she is on the inside and the outside. She teaches our classes and is assembling a wonderful group of teachers; knitting, crochet, fiber art, and hoping to add more! I would love to have a macrame’ teacher!
We also have Knit Nite every Thursday from 6p-8pm. We’ve had two so far and they are fun! We bring our projects and have snacks and sometimes a glass of wine. All yarn is welcome in the shop. You can bring whatever you are working on. If you need to use the swift and ball winder to wind your yarn, bring it in. We are here for you and your needs and to promote all yarn and crafts.
This is a favorite top of mine, The Weekender by Andrea Mowry. We will be having a KAL (Knit-a-long) with this pattern soon. It’s an easy knit and a good top for a somewhat new beginner. You can see in the background we have a large selection of Atenti knitting bags and purses.
My intention is to support artists and makers and promote the hand made industry. We have a consignment aspect to our shop where we sell handmade finished projects for those that do not knit or crochet. We are in the heart of Downtown Edmond and have a lot of local traffic. Many have walked in to check us out and want to buy my finished samples.
We teach classes on how to knit and crochet and have beautiful unique hand dyed and hand made projects for everyone. It’s a win – win for everyone.
I also want to have unique items in the shop for everyone to enjoy. As we grow, I hope to have more hand made unique jewelry items. I love the wrap bracelets and have a large selection. I love rustic and romantic. These bracelets are so darling! Check out the gorgeous necklace. Gail is making more for me and will be in the shop soon. I will have an article dedicated to her and her beautiful jewelry soon. She makes this with yarn! They are unique and gorgeous!
We’re having a 25% off sale online thru the weekend, ending on cyber Monday. Come check us out!
This is Evelyn, the newest Loops Store Shepherdess. Shelly Brander of KnitStars and Loops Yarn Store posted this on her weekly newsletter. I had to grab it and show all of you!
I was strolling down the page and saw Evelyn. I was thinking, ” What a pretty lady.” when I spotted that cowl and was gobsmacked at how pretty it was! I was like, “Wowwwww, that is so pretty. Those colors look like my Dijon Mustard and Robin’s Egg…..Holy Toledo!! Those are my colors! That’s my yarn!
Ev had whipped up her own version of Susan B. Anderson’s Barrett Cowl, using two skeins of Bulky.
Ev has made this cowl multiple times, in various gauges. It’s a simple fisherman’s rib pattern that even beginners can handle! You can also find a video tutorial on Susan B. Anderson’s blog or YouTube channel.
To make Evelyn’s version, you need one skein x 2 colors of ACTK Bulky. NOTE: For this super-quick version, use a #11 needle, cast on 64 stitches and follow the pattern for the depth of the cowl and when to change colors.
Get your yarn here. (Loops online store). Loops is located in Tulsa. If you are in the area, check them out!
Find the pattern on Ravelry or Susan’s site, here.
I just had to share. If you don’t know about KnitStars or Loops, please look them up. The KnitStars program is amazing and every knitter and crocheter should sign up. They are entertaining, informative, and educational.
I’m at the dye pots today, so I need to get back to them. I wanted to show off the lovely Evelyn and her gorgeous cowl.
I have my first finished project for 2020! It’s the Scrappy Happiness Poncho by Tif Neilan of Tifhandknits. It’s actually a test knit and will be released on Jan 22. I will add the link here when the pattern is available.
Sandy is so affectionate. She’s giving me a little kiss here.
My daughter, Lindy, got me these super cute tassel earrings for Christmas. I didn’t think I would look good in them, but I LOVE them! They are perfect with the poncho!
Tif, the designer calls this “a party in the back” due to the fringe. This poncho is so me! It has lots of different colors (5 total). You can use as many colors as you want. It has an easy slip stitch pattern and the different color combinations kept me engaged.
I used “Paris”, “Jiminy Cricket”, “Dusty Rose”, “Merlot”, and “Primrose”. I used the Deluxe Sparkle fingering yarn in Primrose held double to add a little glitter.
2019 was a GREAT year! I’m so excited about 2020. Two large companies have picked up my yarn line. I have been kindly warned to get prepared for rapid growth! One of the companies, KnitCrate, ordered 20 different colors from me that will be exclusive to their online store. (I hope I can come up with 20 different colors!)
The other company is Loops in Tulsa. Shelly Brander, the owner, produces KnitStars! She knows everybody in the yarn industry and she is going to introduce me to the world in February. She is the one who warned me to get prepared to get busy. I nodded and laughed and she pulled me aside and said, “I’m serious. You need to prepare for rapid growth!”. I am listening to her!
Every time I finish a new project, I have a yarn give-a-way. I do this on Instagram. Be sure and find me on Instagram ‘A Chick That Knitz” to enter the give-a-way! The colors I will be giving away are the same colors in my Scrappy Happiness Poncho.
Lauren and I finished our The Weekender top by Andrea Mowry. I used our color-way Rocky Mountains and Lauren used Paris.
Lauren may actually kill me for posting these pictures, some are not flattering. I like them because they show the fun love Lauren and I have for each other.
I needed a haircut. My bangs were in my face and frustrating. I tend to be that person that cuts my own hair and horribly messes it up. I was proud of myself for superman like strength in restraining myself from taking the scissors to my bangs the day before a trunk show! Now that the trunk show is over, I’ve cut my bangs and should have done it then!
I don’t remember what we were talking about here, but the look on our faces is funny. I want to say Lauren smelled something bad and was asking me if I “did it.”.
Apparently, it was really funny!
Lauren and I have such fun the in dye studio. I feel so blessed.
The Weekender is a great easy knit. My size actually fits Lauren better and Lauren’s size fits me better. We tried to trade sweaters, but we each loved our own version and yarn choices better so we stuck with our own projects.
Lauren recently made “Angel Fire” and I can’t wait to see this knit up!
I’m off to dye up some yarn to fulfill some orders. Have a great day and Happy Holidays!
Lauren made this GORGEOUS shawl by Susanne Sommer of SuSo Knits. It’s called Brioche Tiles. It is so pretty! She did a fabulous job! I’m so proud of her. Brioche is a little challenging. Once you get it down, you’ve got it. This project is not mindless knitting. You do need to pay attention to it, but, it is well worth the time!
We have the Nightingale Kit on sale. It has the 3 skeins of yarn to make this beauty! I am so proud of her! She did a fantastic job! It’s stunning.
David’s Yarn in Edmond, OK had a little Halloween party. This is Pixie (the blonde) and her best friend, Lydia (the red head). They are the characters, angel and demon, from “Good Omens”. I thought they looked great.
This is a beautiful shawl in our color-way “Fern”. I don’t know the name of this pattern. If you are interested in it, let me know , and I will find out for you.
I’m off to list some new shawl cuffs in the shop. They are so popular, they sell fast.
It’s cold and wet here in Oklahoma. My husband is lighting the fireplace now. Maybe some hot chocolate later… We put Kahlua in our hot chocolate. Try it. It’s delicious!
Happy Fall y’all! I hope you are enjoying the cooler weather! It’s knitting time! The kids go back to school, the cold weather is right around the corner and it’s my favorite time of year!
I have a friend named Kara and she is the crochet teacher at our local yarn store. She is opening an online shop to sell her crochet projects. Here are her kiddos modeling her super cute hats. Sage made a darling present for my dog Brodie.
Isn’t that cute?! Brodie is so handsome! She made him a dog collar charm.
This is Lauren. She is a fan of A Chick That Knitz yarn. She made this lovely shawl with our color-way “Golden Rosebud”. She tells me that she wears this in the office and her coworkers all want one too. I LOVE that this is crochet.
This is April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio. She is a local designer and loves ACTK yarn. Check out her website for some cute gifts for friends and family. This is ACTK color-way “Daydream”.
To celebrate Fall and apple season, here is a yummy apple salad recipe that everyone loves! Enjoy!
To celebrate this beauty, we are doing a Give-A-Way of the three skeins of Dk weight yarn needed to make this gorgeous piece. You enter on Instagram. Find me “A Chick That Knitz” and Follow me and tag a few of your fiber friends. That’s it. That enters you into the drawing. The drawing ends on Sunday at noon on 9/29/19. The winner will be announced on Instagram.
I’m also wearing a shawl cuff, it’s the red leather wrap holding it all together. Teresa, from Two Unravelled Chicks and a Llama has a beautiful assortment of these. You can purchase them online at her shop.
This adorable kitty was shared with me at my Etsy store. It’s made in our color-way “Gold Rush”. I am just amazed at what cute things people make. I am actually taking a class starting next week to learn how to do this. I will be making a Llama.
I am also so pleased with my Mount Pleasant top.
Gugga and Luke
Crop tops are all the rage right now to wear with high waisted jeans. I do not wear the high waisted jeans. I have a belly. I like to wear empire waste type tops to cover my belly. Wearing a flowing type top under the Mount Pleasant looks great. It allows me to wear these super cut tops. I made this with our “Dijon Mustard” color-way.