We all find ourselves inspired by something or someone at some point in our lives and sometimes, nothing hits the mark. Lately, my knitting has faltered with a lack of inspiration. Periodicals, blogs, even Ravelry is just not doing it. We have an In The Loop friend who stated to us two years back as we all gathered outside our favorite coffee shop in Warren Rhode Island after the Sheep and Wool Festival, that she changes up her projects with the seasons. Fall and winter are jammed pack with knitting projects and spring/summer is time to pull out her crocheting. Ok, so I can see your minds turning and the words forming "don't go there", but for two years now I have struggled with 'knitting pause', my ineptness to put that spark back into wanting to cast on some great new project. Whether it was divine fiber intervention or a waxing of nostalgia, I have pulled out the hooks and find myself comforted by memories of my Nana's voice and arthritic hands guiding me through my first crochet lessons. 
Crocheting has come a long way since I first picked up a hook and who doesn't still have images of the brown, blue and gold acrylic granny square afghan or the granny poncho's avec trim we proudly wore back in the late 60's and early 70's. Guess what? Crocheting is experiencing the comeback that brought knitting back in the early 2000's and it's time to put your needle-of-choice prejudice on hold and take a second look at what hooking has to offer. 
The fiber community happily assigns us the moniker 'bicraftual', I prefer to call us the Mix Masters!



                                       TIME TO MIX IT UP




Tembetari by Angelia Robinson
Elise Shawl by Evan Plevinski
Inside Out Jute Bowl by Elizabeth Pardue




Lace Cardi by Lili M. Chin
Patchwork Blanket by Bernat Design Studio





Granny Log Cabin Blanket by Miriam Felton

Just joining in on the fun or a hooker at heart, then you may want to take a look at these recommended crochet blogs by some of our fellow hookers at ITL. 
ARE YOU IN THE LOOP?
                   
 NO APRIL FOOLS 
OUR OPEN TABLE SESSIONS ARE EXPANDING



Not only have we changed the name, we are adding more table time. Sit and Knit will now be called Open Table as our table has grown with additions of many crocheters and spinners.

Starting Thursday, April 14th, we have added another Open Table Session from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Stop in and have a seat at the table and enjoy some 'me time' with others.  If you can't join us on Thursdays, come grab a seat on Friday or Saturday mornings from 10:00 to Noon. Please remember that Open Table is a non-instructional gathering. 



Come GET HOOKED with our Not Your Granny's Crochet                                     Workshop
Saturday, April 30th from 1:30 to 3:30




Workshop fee: FREE but you must purchase your Kit here at In The Loop. Your Not Your Granny's Crochet Kit contains (3) colors of Rowan Pure Wool Worsted and size G hook. 
Kit: $35.00
Registration begins Saturday, April 9th and class size is limited. 
Learn how to chain, single crochet, double crochet, slip stitch and be ready to start making your first of many Not your Granny's Square or a skills brush up for our Happypotomus Happy Hippo Summer Workshop. 



PUG



Join us on Saturday May 7th with Katy Wescott from Katrinkles for another awesome PUG /Pop-Up-Gallery starting at 10:00 am









SAVE THE DATE



WE CAN TEASE YOU BUT WE CAN'T LET THE CAT OUT OF THE KNITTING BAG YET. A SPECIAL EVENT HAS BEEN PLANNED FOR MONDAY, MAY 3OTH AND IT'S A BIG ONE. MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR A SPECIAL EVENT EMAIL. 





Celebrating it's sixth year, the GREAT RHODY YARN CRAWL will run April 8th, 9th and 10th. We have had several inquires as to our participation in the crawl but this is a Rhode Island tradition which remains steadfast. However, since many of our customers will be crawling and have planned a trip here to ITL as part of their crawl, we will be supporting and celebrating right along with you on Friday the 8th from 10-2 and Saturday the 9th from 10-4, by offering 20% off * to Crawlers with passports in hand.
Make sure you check out the Fiber Artist Market Place on Sunday the 10th, from 10-4, at Mount Hope Farm in Bristol RI.
 
* Your passport must be presented at time of check out (we won't be stamping them but just checking to see you are participating) and discounts cannot be combined with any other offer and does not include specialty items, Quince and Company Yarns or PUG products.   



WHAT'S ON OUR NEEDLES FOR SPRING
Spring blooms, colors pop and light happy projects are in the works.....




Ellas Rhythm Shawl by Marie Segares, uses (3) skeins of Fibre Compay Acadia and once you get beyond your 5 row written set-up, it is an easy to remember two-row crochet pattern if you are looking to brush up on your skills. We are also working on a lighter weight version in Ito Kinu.



Color Wave Cowl by Ann Miner uses (1) package of Phydeaux Minis in Seabreeze along with (1) skein of Baah Sprites. 


Lil Shepherd by Julie Partie. We used (1) skein of Quince Osprey for the 6 months size. 


Tal's Nourri using (1) skein of Julie Asselin's Nurtured in now up on Ravelry. 
HEATHER'S HELPFUL HINTS
With the rapidly growing population of crocheters at the shop, I dedicate this hint to you! If you are not currently crocheting or need a refresher, stop in and see us!

For easy to follow videos, cool tips and lots of free patterns check out The Crochet Crowd.


SAVE 20% 

Are you celebrating a birthday in the month of April?
Clip this coupon and bring it in for a (one time only) 20% savings on anything in the shop during the month of April excluding Quince & Company, already discounted or custom items, workshops, classes or special events.
 
**We are very happy to celebrate your birthday with you by offering you these savings but we ask that this coupon be presented at time of check out during your birthday month only. Thank you for understanding. *Coupon may be redeemed in-shop only.

Offer expires April 30, 2016