Thistledown Shoppe

October 11, 2012 
Lake Effect
Welcome to Thistledown Shoppe

Thank you to all of our wonderful customers for a great summer.   It has been wonderful seeing our friends, along with meeting new ones.

On the personal side, I gained my first grandchild on June 29 and one of my daughters is getting married this Saturday, so life has been very busy for me.

And of course, a new grandmother is required to show off pictures of her new grandson.

Desmond and hat

 Desmond is about 1 week old and wearing a hat I knitted out of Fixation.

Desmond smiling

Several weeks later, he has learned how to smile.


And about 2 weeks ago.

Knit On,


Join Northern Michigan knitters in a special weekend event: the first-ever Greater Traverse Yarn Shop Hop 2012 on Friday, October 19th and Saturday, October 20th.


Take an entire weekend to enjoy the experience of shopping six different yarn shops around the Grand Traverse Area, where each shop will highlight unique yarns and patterns, offer refreshments and ideas for handmade holiday gifts.  Purchasing a $5.00 passport will gain you access to the shop hop.  With a $15 purchase at each store, your passport is stamped and eligible to be entered into a drawing for that shop's prize basket.  Stamp your passport at all six shops and you'll be eligible to win the Grand Prize Basket drawing, which includes a $50 gift certificate to each shop.


The participating yarn shops are The Yarn Market of Beulah, Thistledown Shoppe of Suttons Bay, Wool & Honey of Cedar, The Warm Fuzzy of Alden and Yarn Quest and Lost Art, both of Traverse City.  Each shop will be open from 12-8 p.m. on Friday, October 19th and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 20th.  Join in the spirit of community by visiting all of these specialty shops.  Who knows what you'll find-or win! 


For directions and more information, please contact Michelle at (877) 880-4511.


Shop Hop Poster 


Wonderful Wallaby KAL

Wednesdays: 10-31,11-7,14, 21,and 28
12:30 - 2:30 pm

Join Betsy and learn how to knit a Wallaby. The pattern calls for worsted weight, but we also have a sample knitted in DK weight.

What is a KAL?   It is a group of folks working on the same project, each at their own pace.  The group meets on a regular basis, either in person or through the internet.  They are able to have fun and share a common goal, along with motivating each other towards finishing the project.  Each helps the other with questions and problems.  Unlike a class, there is no set agenda.

Betsy has made around eight of these, so she will be able to walk you through the pattern. Learn how to knit a front pouch, add raglan sleeves and a hood.

Sizes run from 2 toddler up to a 52" chest, so you can create one for everyone in your family!

There is no charge for attending, but we do ask that you purchase the pattern and your materials from the shoppe.

Be sure to sign up as space is limited.
Here is a site for additional information on questions regarding the Wallaby.  This site is over 10 years old, so some of the links do not work.  Look here if you are a Ravelry member.  If you are not, check this out for pictures.

Call the shoppe at 231-271-9276 if you need more information.

 New and Updated

Beaded Elegance Kit - bracelet with magnetic clasps.  All you have to do is provide the needle to knit the bracelet.






Color Changing Cotton by Wolle's Yarn Creations

yarn susan

More Yarn Susans are in.   Lots of different woods, such as pau santo, cherry, Brazilian satin, purple heart, blood wood, birds eye, tiger wood, curly maple, and walnut. 

Join Us
Monday Morning Knitters

Join us for several hours every 2nd and 4th Monday morning from 8:30 am until 10 am or later. 
Inspiration.  Motivation.  Coffee.  Laughter.  Conversation. 


Yarn Lovers Night

Crocheters, knitters, spinners, weavers - whatever your fiber love is - meet with like minded folks every Wednesday night from 6 pm until 8 pm.    

 Inspiration.  Motivation.  Wine.  Laughter.  Conversation.

Weekly Whiteboard Specials

In conjunction with our fifth year celebration, we will be having weekly specials at the shoppe. They will be posted on our white board, located to your right when you first enter our shoppe.


Each special will run from Sunday to Saturday.


Make sure you stop in weekly to discover our special!


Several of our favorite patterns use short rows, which mean you need to know how to wrap and turn and sometimes pick up those wraps.  I like Knit Purl Hunter's You Tube videos to walk me through those steps.

Wrap and Turn 
Wrap and Turn

Picking Up Wraps 
Picking Up Wraps

Free Patterns

Hooded Baby Sweater with Back Zipper - Using worsted weight yarn, knit this newborn to 18 months sweater.  I used a similar sweater for my children and loved how easy it was to dress them for cold weather.  I suggest Liberty Wool, Tonic, Vintage, or Lamb's Pride Worsted.

Casu Cowl - Although the pattern was written for worsted weight, others have used fingering up to worsted weight yarn.  This pattern is accessed through Ravelry.

Daisy - Knit a baby cardigan using Sierra, Cotton Fleece of Serendipity Tweed.  This pattern is accessed through Ravelry.

Mara Shawl - This pattern was written for Madelinetosh DK, but yarns such as Pashmina, Eco, MillaMia, Moorland, and Nordique, Portland Tweed, and Lamb's Pride worsted would also make a lovely shawl.

Penguin Pal Hat - Worsted weight yarn is used for this cute hat.

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Yesterday we received


8 additional colors of Vintage


and 17 colors of Pashmina. 

And Ruth made her Rockefeller out of Madelinetosh Sock.

Thistledown Shoppe  

419 N. St. Joseph St.

PO Box 52 

Suttons Bay, MI  49682


231-271-YARN (9276) 


The Wee Shoppe with a Big Heart

Monday and Saturday 10-5  

Tuesday and Thursday 12-5 

Sunday 12 -4    


Want an up to date listing of what we carry and what we are doing?   Check out the blog.   

Want to know what else we have in stock?  Go to our blog and  scroll down on the right side to Some of What We Carry.  




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