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Yarns Etc

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 […]


I am on a garter stitch bender.  I don’t even want to stop.     I love this crazy project.     It feels like I’m knitting some sort of IKEA bookshelf, what with all the turning and picking up stitches, turning corners, and the I-cord borders   It makes no sense looking at it […]



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 […]


Making More Knitters

by erin on April 29, 2014

I’ve had some time lately to watch knitters interacting.  I’ve been struck by the sheer enjoyment knitters get from teaching others about knitting.  This extends to needle felting, crocheting, and probably macrame, but I’m particularly struck by the patience and enthusiasm shown when one knitter is teaching another.   This can happen in many different […]



by erin on December 17, 2013

My Monday started off like the perfect storm of all Mondays ever.   Sunday night, I was kicking butt and taking names.  I finished a hat for a certain retired Marine grandpa we know and love.  I used  some Rowan Cashsoft DK and really love the color combination, not to mention how soft it is. […]


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 […]


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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A Tale of Two Socks

by erin on October 1, 2013

I’ve just come off of a fantastic weekend.  My mother’s birthday was celebrated, and we snuck my sister in from Chicago to surprise both her and my father.  We are not a family of pranksters, so my folks never saw it coming until my sister was standing in their doorway.  It was wonderful.  And what […]

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An Autumnal Palette to Enjoy

by erin on September 3, 2013

I love this time of year.  It’s still hot as fire out, muggy as the devil’s armpit (ew), but there are approximately 7 leaves out there starting to turn, and every now and then there’s a cold note in the wind (maybe it’s my heat exhaustion starting to kick in), and then there’s this:   […]

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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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We’ve Been Looking Forward To This!

by erin on June 12, 2013

Yesterday I stopped by Yarns Etc.  Alone, sans children.  It was lovely.  It’s always nice to chat up the knitters and browse around the store and see what’s new and gorgeous.  On a whim, I took the camera with me, and it turns out that it was fate that I did that.   We knew […]


The Very Definition Of Devotion

by erin on June 11, 2013

One thing I really love about garter stitch is that it is all knitting, every stitch, every row.  Why do I love that?  Because I can knit without looking at my hands all the time.  So then I can knit at any point of my day, regardless of what is going on around me–watching a […]


I’ll Show You Mine

by erin on June 4, 2013

So, last night I sat down and prepared to thoroughly, thoughtfully, and brutally toss my stash.   I have never.  Ever.  EVER.  Gotten all my stash out at the same time.  There was no better time to do it than last night, though.   My husband was working late at night (and he will never […]


The other night I was puttering around my house, putting on my wet suit, getting ready to go diving.  Stash diving.  Deep, deeeeeep stash diving.   I opened up my closet door and began the process of gingerly pulling the lids up on my rubbermaid bins of yarn, trying to peek in and see what […]


Showin’ And Tellin’

by erin on April 2, 2013

  There are so many pictures in this blog post that I am really hoping none of you out there have dial-up.  Be prepared for quite the show-and-tell.   I paid my usual visit to my most favorite, hallowed, lovely place on earth (also known as the LYS) and got whacked fully in the face […]


Some Hits and Maybe A Miss

by erin on March 26, 2013

I am so OVER this weather!!!   Ahem.   Ok.  Sorry.  Just had to get that out there.  I figure I’m not the only one, right?  I like fall and winter, I really do.  It’s when this knitter in the South gets to shine.  The rest of the  year, especially during that soupy, steamy season […]


In The Know

by erin on February 19, 2013

So it’s a marvelous thing when I walk into the local yarn store (LYS for the peeps in the know) and see bags and boxes of goodies strewn about.  When I walk into the LYS, I’m already a very happy person, but let me tell you that the yarns and goodies that Mary has ordered […]

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