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by erin on January 22, 2016

Mary just returned from a trip to TNNA in San Diego, and she has a wonderful array of cute things she brought back!


This is a fantastic 100% cotton yarn, and I love the way it’s dyed:



And then there’s this wonderfully colorful bamboo/acrylic/nylon blend with a whopping 180 yards packed into each skein:




And, with this gnarly winter weather coming at us, what better accessory to knit up quickly than this fantastic bit of head gear?




This is knit up in Funky Chunky,a really snuggly bulky soft wool that knits up at 2 sts/inch.


This next yarn is a little bit of heaven spun into a cotton/nylon blend that you have got to feel!




This Dreambaby DK Paintpot yarn is wonderful–a blend of microfiber and nylon that would be fantastic for anyone expecting a baby!  The possibilities are endless with 174 magically packed into each skein:




This next yarn is really exciting:  Mykonos by Berroco–a linen/nylon/cotton blend with a depth of color and sheen that I really like:




Even better, there is a pattern book at the shop for inspiration on how to showcase this gorgeous yarn:




I really like the scarf on the cover, and I’m tempted to knit it up in that gorgeous purply merlot color!


You have to admire the way Mary goes after some of the best yarns that TNNA has to offer, and brings it home for us to play with!




What is also special about The National NeedleArts Association is that it’s a way for the crafting community to reconnect every year and assess where things stand with the fiber arts every year.  This year some surveys are going out among the crafting community to gauge the changes that have been occurring in this special, unique community and we will revisit some more of what went down at TNNA 2016 over the next blog post or so–stay tuned and STAY WARM!


Knitting Isn’t For the Faint-Hearted

January 12, 2016

Gather ’round, boys and girls, I want to tell you a story about what happened today.   You see, I like to knit.  I like to sneak in knitting everywhere I can.  At the museum with my kids, waiting in line at places, even while waiting in the car line to pick up my daughter […]

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The Uh Oh Before The Storm

December 22, 2015

I am still knitting.  I am going to ignore that box on the calendar that has a “25” on it, and just keep cracking away at my list, and realize that the people I’m knitting for know that this stuff takes time, and time’s been a little scarce.  Right now I’m sitting alone downstairs by […]

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Release the Kraken!

December 15, 2015

I just finished my finals–my semester is officially O-V-E-R!!  YEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSS!  Fist pump!   That means I can now knit like a maniac kraken on Mountain Dew to finish the few things I feel I must get done and sent out before Christmas.  Like, two things.  Oh, well, four.  Well, let’s not go there.   On a random […]

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It Just Got Real

December 6, 2015

Y’all, we have just entered….The Holidays.  Dunh dunh dunh!!!!!   Hanukkah is starting tonight (oy!), Christmas is in 18 days (I cannot type the words my mind is screaming right now as I look at that), and Kwanzaa is the day after that.  Solstice falls on December 22, and I can’t think of any other […]

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November 20, 2015

I meant to post last week.  I just had to get through a math test, and I had knitting to share and talk about.   The day had different plans for me.  I had a couple of near misses with other cars in the parking lot outside school (younger students are extremely important, in case […]

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The Bee’s Knees

November 6, 2015

I really really REALLY love crafty people who rise magnificently to a challenge.  I also really love crafty people who don’t even wait to the last minute to rise (magnificently) to said challenge.  People who crank out hats and drop them off at Yarns Etc, for instance, and keep coming back with more hats.  A […]

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Focus and Distraction

October 30, 2015

Have you ever had something really important to do, and a certain date to do it by?  And, knowing that you already have a lot to do, you really can’t get distracted by things that could eat up your time and make attaining your goal harder.  You really need to focus on, oh, say….holiday knitting. […]

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Beautiful Friday

October 23, 2015

It is a truly glorious day out there, and a Friday to boot!  Double win!   I have some things to show, and I tried to use some of that beautiful autumn light to display them to their best advantage.  And then this happened instead:     I am SO keeping these socks for myself!! […]

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A Call To Arms to Warm Some Heads

October 7, 2015

I have the coolest challenge for you knitters and crocheters in Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Durham, Carrboro, Apex, and wherever else you all hail from.  Everybody likes working with yarn, yes?  Anybody feel like throwing the gauntlet down to knit/crochet up some hats for a very good cause?   A friend of Mary’s, Dr. Jeff Berndt, […]

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Bright, Shiny, and New

September 23, 2015

Yarns Etc has moved officially!  The sheep now reign supreme over a lovely new location!     Mary’s little lambs totally approve of the new digs.       The new place looks wonderful, warm and inviting with lots of natural light for the lovely yarns to bask in!         This place […]

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Getting a Move On

September 20, 2015

As you all know by now, things are changing at Yarns Etc in Chapel Hill…we are MOVING!! However, we are not going far at all–just around the corner, actually.   The new location is the Mariakakis Plaza on 1322 Fordham Boulevard, Suite 4.  This is very near Trader Joe’s and the Eastgate Shopping Center.  Meanwhile, […]

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Deadlines and the Whooshing Sound That Accompanies Them

September 11, 2015

I really thought I’d be completely done with this wrap last week.  Like, eaaaaarrrrly last week.  I was very confident it wouldn’t take but about 7 seconds after posting my last blog post and I would be binding off on a finished knit, blocking it, and demonstrating it in all its finished glory.  I don’t […]

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You Can’t Escape Math

August 28, 2015

Man, has it been a week!   My oldest went back to school (can I get an AMEN?) and my daughter will go back in the next couple of weeks.  I’ve been up on campus myself, studying Chemistry (which is code for “being stunned by Chemistry”) and actually enjoying myself in my Pre-Calculus Algebra class […]

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Oscar Wilde Was Right

August 21, 2015

I’m sitting here on the couch, second cup of coffee being slowly ingested, savoring the feeling of not having to be anywhere or do anything right now.  I had my first week at school this week, my first time being a full-time student in…oh…15 years, and it went well so far, but getting the blog […]

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You Might Want To Consider Calling In Sick

August 13, 2015

So, the sale starts today at Yarns Etc in Chapel Hill.  Have you rented your U-Haul yet?         This is the equivalent of a ball pit for knitters.  One sale.  Once a year only.  This is only some of what there is at the shop! You could…uh….call in sick tomorrow from work….this […]

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August 4, 2015

Hi everybody, hope your summer is shaping up to be one of the best ever!  I have been having ever so much fun knitting since my summer class ended.  School starts back up in just a couple of weeks (gulp) and I feel like a kid that showed up at Chuck E Cheese’s about 3o […]

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Chugging Along

July 21, 2015

I’m on fire here, folks, and only partly because it’s hotter than Hades outside.   I finished my first knit on my Christmas 2015 knit-list.  Yes Haw!!!     This is Luxe Cowl, by Margaux Hufnagel.  I knit it up in Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky in a delightful warm brown (as you can well observe). […]

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Here I am!

July 15, 2015

Geez Louise, y’all.  It has been a couple of weeks, hasn’t it?  I can’t begin to tell you what went down, between finishing up my summer class (amen and hallelujah), going on a family vacation to Cincinnati (and I didn’t even get a chance to scope any local yarn stores while I was there!), and […]

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Knitting and Rock Concerts and Thunderstorms

June 24, 2015

I had a really exciting weekend last weekend, particularly last Friday night.     I got to go see Hozier at the Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh with these awesome fellow knitters.     We were so excited!  The weather was looking rather iffy, so I dressed in clothing and brought knitting that I wouldn’t […]

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What She Sees and What I See

June 8, 2015

My friend DJ (y’all know DJ–she works at Yarns Etc) has excellent taste in colors, which comes in extremely handy with stuff like knitting, crocheting, dyeing, picking out furniture, painting stuff, dressing yourself, and basically everything except breathing.  Now I can maintain the whole color thingy pretty well.  Give me a box of Crayola basic […]

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