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Greetings from KnitWit Yarn Shop!
Come knit with us! We're going to set up shop on the sidewalk again and enjoy the sea breezes this Saturday starting at noon. Make KnitWit a stop on the Fiber Arts Tour Weekend, beat the heat with a glass of iced tea, grab a chair and knit for a bit. More info on the weekend below right.

If you're a fan of the gorgeous designs and thought-provoking articles
to be seen at,
please join us for a very special trunk show from Twist Collective here at KnitWit on Sat, Sept. 19th at 3:30. Meet Julia Farwell-Clay, Twist Collective features editor; peruse the collection of sweaters she's bringing for us to see and touch, and help us celebrate the start of fall knitting season with a burst of color and and texture. Julia will have patterns and Twist buttons; we'll have a great discount on yarn you buy for Twist proj
ects. Did we mention door prizes? Please join the party - and get inspired!

Save the Date! Twist Collective Trunk Show & Tea Party at KnitWit,
Sat. Sept. 19th, 3:30 pm.

Back to Basics

Sometimes you just want something simple, but perfect. So why is it so difficult to find it sometimes? A couple of  months ago I opened a box of Manos del Uruguay and fell in love with a pinky-raspberry color, and decided that a clean-lined, scoop-neck sweater on big needles would be a satisfying summer knit. I was echoing the refrain heard from customers all summer: "I just want something I don't have to think too hard about." I wanted the sort of thing that I would wear a lot myself - I'm drawn to beautiful, delicate sweaters with interesting shaping, but I never really want to put them on for more than the rare occasion. For one thing, it's not practical - I'm a slob, and my clothes seem to take a beating. I need sturdy, cozy sweaters in good colors and flattering shapes. (Don't we all?) Though I have made a few patterns they've been pretty straightforward; no sophisticated shaping and draping. I haven't had time (or perhaps inclination) to go any further than imagining and sketching something more complicated. I still don't feel entirely comfortable in just making a basic sweater. And I want to be. I figured I would dive in and bang it out pretty quickly and be wearing it by the time we got some chilly nights.
So...the 'quickly' part didn't exactly happen. I've reconfigured the sleeve caps once and the neck shaping twice. Changed my mind about the body shaping (it was minimal - too minimal) and the length (too short - twice) and the ribbing (first it had none, then it needed some.) Got temporarily confused about side shaping and was bailed out by Dawn, who eyeballed it upside-down from across the table and made recommendations. And she always helps me out when I get all sweaty and peevish about basic math. In short, it's been a great exercise in simple sweater construction. Once it's done to my satisfaction, I'm going to re-knit it one more time in a different yarn, and write up the different sizes. Because who knows - you might want one too!

Frankensweater in progress. The balls are all that remain of a skein that was ripped out so many times it ended up in bits...but I think it was worth it.
Make your own flock! We love Peace Fleece's egg cover kits. They include hand-dyed yarn and fleece to make six chickens complete with needle-felted combs and beaks, plus eyes, of course.
We're hard at work on the fall class schedule and excited to bring you new goodies!
Here are a couple of tidbits:
- We're pleased to introduce Ginger Burke, who bowled us over with a stack of sweaters knit in every possible color and direction, all originals - we're working with her to concoct a class that focuses on both knitting to fit, and having a blast with color and design while you do it.
- Lynne Barr, author of Knitting New Scarves, will teach a brioche stitch workshop. Lynne makes deciphering brioche stitch instructions easier and more intuitive.

Stay tuned for more info on the class schedule as we fine-tune it!


In the new yarn
Opus 1, from Zitron. It's 207 yards of organic merino, infused with jojoba and aloe, dyed with low-carbon-footprint dyes that leave no chemical residue. Zitron is a heavy worsted that can be knit on a size 9 needle.
Attention yarn hoarders: Does anyone have one or two skeins of Savannah Dk from The Fibre Company, color Sage, they'd be willing to part with for someone who is desperate to finish a project? Please contact Anna at KnitWit.

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 Tues - Sat. 11 - 6, and Sunday 12 - 5.
We will be open 10 - 5 each day of the Fiber Arts Tour Weekend
August 7, 8, & 9th


 In the wonderfully weird department:

Josh found this:
Natasha Fadeeva's sewn, needle felted and (my favorite) knitted animals.
This is a red hamster.
Got a summer potluck to go to? Try this with blue corn chips...
 Mango Salsa
(2 cups) 
2 T olive oil
2 yellow onions, diced 
2 t peeled, minced fresh ginger
2 ripe mangoes, peeled, seeded and diced
1/3 c orange juice
1 t brown sugar
1/2 t salt
1/2 t pepper
1 minced fresh jalapeno
Saute the olive oil, onions, and ginger in a large saute pan over med-high heat til onions are translucent. Add garlic and cook for one more minute. Add mangoes, orange juice, brown sugar, salt, black pepper and jalapeno, and cook for 10 mins. or until orange juice is reduced, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Serve at room temp.
Adapted from Barefoot Contessa Parties, by Ina Garten
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 Fall Interweave is here!

New patterns: here are some good ones for a deserving man in your life. Or perhaps you are the deserving man in your life.
The guy on the cover looks like he might have a little problem with his equilibrium; other than that, the patterns are very attractive and are done in dk or aran weight yarn.

Jane Ellison, Queensland Collection
Book 9 


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