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Back on the Rails

by erin on April 29, 2016

Do you remember when I messed up my Stripes Gone Crazy cardigan?  Twice?   Me too.  I couldn’t bring myself to fix it yet again, and then the perfect day presented itself:     This is not fun, I have to say.  Pulling the circular needle out of something, especially something lightweight like fingering weight […]


Inspiration Just Got Delivered

by erin on February 23, 2016

This is a blah day.  It’s cold, rainy, dreary, and it’s like winter is being really codependent with Chapel Hill and isn’t willing to surrender to the inevitability of spring.  It’s a good day to wear a warm knit like…this wrap!     This is a modified version of Carolyn Kinghorn’s I Want That Wrap, […]

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Release the Kraken!

by erin on 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 […]


The Bee’s Knees

by erin on 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 […]


A Call To Arms to Warm Some Heads

by erin on 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, […]


Bright, Shiny, and New

by erin on 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 […]


Getting a Move On

by erin 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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by erin on 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 […]



by erin on October 29, 2014

Looks like some Spanish sheep are shivering in their skivvies this week!   Yep.  I bet there’s a bunch of shorn sheep out there in Spain, because all their wool is in Mary’s shops! The alpacas would also like to lodge a complaint.  It’s awkward being an alpaca (have you seen them in action?!) but […]

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Sock It To Me

by erin on October 14, 2014

There’s a nip in the air (but not today) and a whole bunch of lovely sock yarn (and other yarn) waiting for us at the local yarn store…         Is anybody interested in knitting a pair of socks for the Socktober event at Yarns Etc and Great Yarns?  I’m tempted to have […]

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by erin on September 30, 2014

There is a cool new event all month long at our favorite local yarn stores!  Check it out:     (crash, bang, BOOM).   Darn it.  Stupid thing won’t work, so here’s the skinny on Socktober:   Celebrate at Yarns Etc and Great Yarns! with Beautiful Sock Yarns Classes Tricks and Techniques Sock fun for […]



by erin on August 6, 2014

Things are tripping along nicely over here in my harem of hand knits.  Totally loving that phrase still.  Come on a little woolly tour of my trio of gorgeous knits:   Over here you can see I have made appreciable progress on my V-neck sweater.  I have finished all the the major knitting and now […]


You Had To Be There

by erin on December 10, 2013

I…so.  This past weekend…it just…I…yeah.   My brain has been blown wide open in the best way with all kinds of crazy fun.  This weekend was chock full of firsts.   First, this is the first time I’ve been a part of large gathering of knitters.  Does that make it my first first?  Can I […]


Get Ready To Gather

by erin on December 3, 2013

It’s that time of year again.  The gloves are off.  Or are they on…your needles?  Ba dum dum.  I’ll be here all week, folks.   Yeeeeeah.  Welcome to Go Time.  Welcome to the Challenge.  Welcome to that time of year that makes the Ravellenic Games look like a weekend fling in Paris.  Welcome to the […]


Hard to See the Forest for the Trees

by erin on November 26, 2013

I wanted to start by saying how much I love that everybody is as excited by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s visit as I am.  Seeing everybody chattering in the comments has been lovely.  I can’t wait to see us all in action when we get our party on in a couple of weeks!!   I’m knitting up […]


A Little Poem

by erin on November 19, 2013

  Listen my knitters and you shall hear Of how we got the Yarn Harlot to come here On the Sixth of December, in Two Thousand Thirteen; She will give us a talk with a witty gleam It makes my knitting self give a cheer! Ok ok ok, so it’s not the Midnight Ride of […]

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by erin on November 12, 2013

I have news.  I have such news for you.  This is the kind of news where your hand grabs your cell phone and you are calling your other knitter friends and freaking the frak out while you’re reading this post.   That kind of news.   Let me start with a little story.   I […]


It’s a Whopper

by erin on October 22, 2013

I finished my cowl.     I know.  I’m amazed, too.   I’m used to falling in love with these largish knitting projects (Hello Blue Blankie?) and having them languish for months like that time I had mono in college.  But this?  This fantastic floppy tube of awesome?  D-d-d-done!  Shazam.     This is Honey […]



by erin on August 15, 2013

It was a regular morning, and I was struggling to get the kids out the door to run an errand when I got a phone call.   It was from my bestie DJ from Yarns etc and she said, “Two words…Madtosh Sock.”   “C’MON WE GOTTA GO!” I started yelling up the stairs to the […]


Where Did The Week Go?

by erin on August 6, 2013

Normally, I am a contented woman after posting to the blog.  It’s a satisfying thing to check off my to-do list, and I love doing it.  In addition to this, I know I have a week to knit and work on the next thing in order to take pictures and post a new blog post […]


Walkin’ In A Woolly Wonderland

by erin on July 16, 2013

Oooooh, the weather outside is… Balmy.   Nope.  Not working for me. Wait, wait.  Hang on a second. Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell SOCKS! Come to the Yarn Store ’cause Christmas in July Rocks! So many projects to knit and crochet…. It will keep Christmas Panic at bay! (I cannot believe I actually kept […]

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