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Thursday, April 9th, 2009
5:56 pm - sales type post

slightly off topic, so please forgive me if its not of interest..... i am placing my initial order with babe's Fiber Garden for spinning wheels and such, so i am having a sale.. the details are on my LJ of course......
so if anyone needed a babe spinning wheel and didnt have a LYS that had them in.... you may want to read.

back to knitting

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Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006
6:04 pm - It's getting colder and darker... let's heat things up a little.

Knitting will be at the Clubhouse in Newtown from 7:30 to 9:00 Thursday nights for the winter months. Under 21? You're allowed in the bar (until 10pm).

Hope to see you there!

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Sunday, June 25th, 2006
7:27 pm

I'm from New York and am spending the summer in the Doylestown area as an intern...and when I saw this community, I got very excited because I have very little to do other than bum around my aunt's house where I'm living for the summer...do you all still meet up and such? And would you be interested in being joined by someone new?

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Tuesday, June 20th, 2006
9:38 pm - Lisbet's Hot Flash Sale

Lisbet's in Doylestown will be having a 50% off all yarn sale Tues, June 27th through Friday, June 30th from 11am-3pm.

For directions and drooling, visit http://www.lisbetsknittingcafe.com/

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Wednesday, June 14th, 2006
4:03 pm

Looks like tomorrow night will be in the 70's and clear- should we try Tyler again or meet someonewhere else?

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Wednesday, May 31st, 2006
2:33 pm - Tomorrow's meeting...

Will be at Tyler instead of ZSW- same time, though. If the weather's rainy I for one don't mind still being outside, since there's a nice pavilion and BLASTING F'IN HEAT WAVE, but I'd bring something to sit on either way as rainstorms are predicted for tonight.

Joann's has some nice portable cushions for a couple bucks each, I'll pick some up if my son ever decides to quit napping.

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Monday, May 22nd, 2006
2:53 pm - New forums on the tightlyknit webpage!

I set up some forums for local folks on the tightlyknit.org website- it should be the last link in the navigation bar.

Can someone try to sign up for an account? I want to make sure I did this right.

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Wednesday, May 17th, 2006
1:03 am

Hello all,

My sweet cat has been missing since late Friday night. I'm near the Bensalem/Philly city line, but I have no idea how far he may have wandered if he was frightened by something.

He's five years old, mixed breed, neutered, but not declawed. He's an orange tabby with a little bit of white, though he might be grubby and it could be hard to see the white. He was wearing a light blue collar with tags. He's normally quite friendly and outgoing, but under the circumstances might be timid. His name is Ace. If you have seen any cat that might be him, or you have found him and know where he is, PLEASE comment. I will come get him or meet you to pick him up as soon as possible. Thank you for your help.... from me and my hubby and little girl. Any leads or info would be appreciated.

Cross-posted, I apologize if this spams your friends list at all. I am trying to get the word out as much as I can. Also I'm sorry because I know this isn't knitting-related.... but I hope you will understand. :(

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Monday, February 20th, 2006
10:31 pm

Somebody can tell me where can i find idees to knit dogs sweaters? I am knitting like a normal sweater and my dog is hating it. I have enough time now until winter to knit something cute... any idea? Thank you.

current mood: confused

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Friday, November 18th, 2005
10:46 am - Sorry I missed you...

But Neen was so cute staring openmouthed at the stage- we have front row seats and she now thinks I am the Greatest Mommy ever!

I took some crochet to work on at intermission but was led all over the theatre instead.

Did I miss anything?

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Monday, November 14th, 2005
9:45 am - Twist

Unexpectedly found a new yarn and spinning shop yesterday, while driving to another yarn shop that landed up being closed. Twist just opened three weeks ago, on Route 202 smack in the middle between New Hope and Peddler's Village, next to the intersection for Aquatong Road. I remember seeing some weaving stuff there (including coned yarn) and if I had foreseen writing something here, I would have asked more about that. It's a comfortable shop with lots of natural light and an inviting seating area.

Alex and I dropped in, simply looking for a circular needle. Debbie, the owner, told me she didn't have the length I was looking for and promptly offered to order it for me. Being eager to work on something that day, I just went with the longest one available. So I told her I was going to walk around and she spied Alex staring at the numerous spinning wheels, clustered about like a school of fish in the front of the store. "Want to give it a try?" He said yes and they started discussing the differences between the wheels. She offered to teach me as well, but I didn't think my grouchy, tired mood would allow me to enjoy something new. I paid close attention while she patiently walked Alex through making a small skein of yarn. I was equally impressed with her honesty and knowledge. She even told Alex how he could dye his yarn using natural methods. I can't wait to stop in there when I'm well rested to give spinning a try.

Being just three weeks into operation, the yarn selection hasn't matured much, but it has room to grow and already stocks a nice variety. Prices ranged from a wee bit less expensive to even with other area yarn shops on the most commonly found items, such as Manos, Debbie Bliss (already the most I've seen in one place), Cascade, and Noro. Rare finds that stuck out to me were the lace weight yarns and a bookshelf of natural hand-spun yarns. The front parking lot is small and backs to Route 202, so I would suggest parking in the rear lot that I saw signs for while I was having a splendid time waiting to back out of the spot onto busy 202.

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Wednesday, October 12th, 2005
11:10 am - My friend Cletus at the Temperance House tonight...

Just wanted to let you know, tonight my friend Cletus McBride, one of the worst Irish singers you've ever heard, will be playing at the Temperance House. Could we possibly meet at the ZSW and maybe skootch over there when he comes on?

Edit for those interested- he's supposed to be on at seven, which means he'll be there around 8:30 if I know Cletus.

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Thursday, October 6th, 2005
4:33 pm - Knitting tonight?

Is anyone going to be at the Zebra Striped Whale tonight? I might pop by...

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Friday, September 23rd, 2005
4:22 pm - Going back inside for the Winter...

So next week we'll be meeting at the Zebra Striped Whale again. It's at 12 S. State Street from 7 til whenever. The owners are warmly welcoming us back, which is nice. They also have Wi-Fi now, so if that means anything, cool.

Hopefully this time I'll remember my needles- last night I was in such a rush I brought my yarn but left my needles and hooks at home!

(Also- what do you think about making a 'donation' box for people who want to learn but don't have the money to 'invest' until they know it's for them? Donating scrap yarn and needles you have two sets of, that sort of thing? That way we can throw in a couple 'how to knit' sheets, and we can give them to people who feel interested? That way they've got something they can take and work on, and we're not lending out stuff we can't afford to lose?)

(X-posted to bucksknit & phillyknitters)

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Wednesday, September 21st, 2005
9:07 am - Thursday Night and some news...

I'll be at Tyler at 6:30! I'm almost done my scarf of alpaca yarn- does it sound stupid to say I'm dawdling because I like working with it so much?

Also, there's a new Meetup group for central Bucks if you're interested.

(X-posted to phillyknitters and bucksknit)

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Friday, September 16th, 2005
12:32 pm

Anyone going to Market Day or the Wrightstown Ren Faire this weekend? Usually the first has some pretty cool wools, the latter I think will have the SCA- and our local chapter has some very old-school yarnworkers...

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Thursday, September 8th, 2005
9:39 am - ewwww

Inspired by the wonderful Miss Shay... here's random observations about two shops around New Hope.

Gazebo Plus
Official address is 7 Village Row, New Hope. It’s off Route 202, closer to New Hope then Peddler’s Village. The village row shopping center/office complex is composed of multiple honeycomb shaped buildings, and it’s in the honeycomb farthest from Route 202. The center is attached to a small strip mall with a Giant.

This store is so out of the way, you almost expect to need a password to get them to open the door. It's small, about half embroidery paraphernalia/half yarn shop, with the half and half blending together in a swirled center. Clearly, they are trying to convert crafters of either persuasion.

The layout is impossible to describe...unless you remember that feeling you had as a child when you saw a freshly raked pile of leaves. "MUST JUMP IN," is exactly what I thought while gazing over piles of yarn, sloping towards metal shelves at an angle that hide the bottom shelf or two. It certainly has the potential to be overwhelming, but the employees I have encountered during my visits have known exactly what they stock and where to find it.

There are posts hanging haphazardly just about everywhere, holding hank upon hank from Cherry Tree Hill Yarn and Great Adirondack Yarn Co. Yarns I specifically remember seeing included Frog Tree Alpaca, Lobster Pot Yarn, Recycled Sari silk and nylon (?), and tons of luxury yarns I had never heard of before. There’s Debbie Bliss and Noro a go-go hiding in diamond shaped cubbies behind the notions-covered counter. To the best of my knowledge, it’s the only place in Bucks County that actually gives a hoot about sock knitters. Sure other places will have a colorway or two of Cascade Fixation, but Gazebo Plus gives you wool options—but no Cascade, go figure.

Stitch Inn
Peddler’s Village, right along Route 202, easy to find!

While this seems like a small shop from the outside, the cathedral ceiling and squeaky clean interior make the inside feel like a church of yarn. This place is so free of clutter that it is easy to forget about the (if you’re anything like me) ridiculous amounts of yarn you have sitting at home, stuffed in bags. There are big bookshelves along the walls and lower metal shelving units in the center of the main room. Even the needles and notions hang perfectly on a small interior wall, spaced just so they never inappropriately touch each other.

The yarns are mostly organized by material. I particularly recall the wide varieties of bulky and super bulky yarns, more than I had seen anywhere else. If you need alpaca or cashmere that knits up at 4 stitches per inch, Stitich Inn is the place to go. The bulky stuff is laid out near similar yarn in thinner gauges. They also have humongous hanks of hand-dyed wool (company name escapes me) large enough to produce an adult sweater. The store also has a lot of Rowan. No, strike that, they have A LOT OF ROWAN. I encountered many kinds I had never heard of before and was amazed how many colors they stocked of each. There is a Maggie Jackson shrine of sorts, and the author visits the shop for fashion shows on what seems to be a regular basis. There’s a large back classroom with a decent selection of pattern books and felting wools.

I almost forgot about the service. I was greeted with a very polite “hello, feel free to look around and ask questions” and the saleswoman was back on the computer after I briefly responded that I understood. No pressure and no eyes following me around the store, but when I asked questions, she seemed to fly over to my side. perfect.

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Tuesday, September 6th, 2005
1:29 pm - Doylestown, Doylestown, Doy-doy-doylestown....

I found myself with a little free time, and free arms (in the form of my darling and smitten-with-his-son husband who kindly carried the boy) in Doylestown last week. So I went to Forever Yarns (almost by accident!) and Lisbet's to get a feel for the places.

Sadly, I couldn't spend enough time in FY to get you more information than a couple recollections, though I can tell you the owner is nice as strawberries in season and the selection looked pricey but wasn't that bad once you read the actual price tags, so don't let that put you off. Forever Yarn is a little hard to find- basically they're down an alley but the map doesn't show it that way- which is a shame because they have a lot of nice yarns and a well-lit space to sit and knit. Their hours are: Sunday 12-4, Tues, Wed, Fri, and Sat 10-5, and Thu 10-8. (New knitting space, anyone?) Like I said, these are just impressions, since little Xander was getting fussy after playing and needed some lunch.

He had been playing and had a fuss made over him at Lisbet's Knitting Cafe. Lisbet's is back to their regular hours now: 10-5 TWTF, 10-4 Sat, but may be moving in the future, so keep an eye out for any moving sales. The store is organized by color, which is a wonderful feature, especially for those who like to free-knit capelets or shawls- and there are bags of complementary colored yarns sold as 'shawl kits' that seem to be $5-10 less than you would spend on them seperately- a nice touch. Lisbet and her staff are probably the nicest folks I've met, although they could use a skosh more resources in the patterns department- they didn't have any of Debbie Stoller's books, Knit Wit, or any of the other books that have pulled in so many younger yarn workers. A note from MommyShay- Lisbets probably has the most kid friendly staff I've met- while I certainly made sure he didn't pull any yarn skeins into tangles, they are more than happy to have a baby crawling around doing baby things- and have some toys there for kids to play with, too.

All in all, a fun day, and I got on their mailing lists, so hopefully I'll be able to tell you about any upcoming sales.

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Monday, August 29th, 2005
2:17 pm - Stitches East

Hey, is anyone going to this at the end of Sept? Maybe we can do it together?

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Sunday, August 28th, 2005
3:13 pm - Switching to Tuesdays?

My meetinghouse can give us a nice, brightly-lit classroom for the upcoming incement seasons, but only have Tuesday night open- is that good for anyone?

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