Small Biz Saturday

November 17th, 2017

 

If Black Friday shopping just isn’t for you, come see us on Small Business Saturday instead, Saturday, November 25th.

 

We have a fun day planned from 10am – 5pm.

  • “Love the Yarn You’re With” T Shirts 20% off all day.
  • Hikoo yarn 20% off all day (Simpliworsted, Simplicity, Simplinatural, Zumie, Rylie)
  • Spend $100 and get our new tote bag.
  • Double reward points all day.
  • 20% off class registration all day.

Celebrate the small businesses that make our communities unique.

 

There is no better place to shop on Small Business Saturday than Stillwater. With over 100 independent businesses, this is your small business headquarters:)

 

Toy stores, fashion boutiques, art galleries, natural soaps, pastas, jewelry, spices, teas, culinary wares, kids/baby clothes, outdoor gear, shoes, purses, cupcakes, vintage goods, candles, home decor, accent furniture, candy, stationery, books, Minnesota wine & beer, YARN – all this and more in Historic Downtown Stillwater!

 

 

Thanks for your support of independent businesses like ours.

 

 

 

Plaid Friday

November 17th, 2017


The season is upon us. If you haven’t started your holiday knitting/crocheting/spinning/weaving yet…you’d better get on it!

 

We’ll be closed on Thanksgiving to eat, drink and knit. We hope you enjoy a food and fun filled day wherever you hang your hat.

 

We’ll be back open at 9am on Friday for Our Plaid Friday sale and downtown door busters.

 

Here’s why you should make the trip to see us.

 

  • 20% off store wide from 9am – noon.
  • 20% off Berroco Yarns all day. Some of our favorite kits are Berroco Yarns – Cable it Up and Fidra Hat for example.
  • 20% off class registration all day. Our winter schedule will be ready for you.
  • For you evening shoppers, earn double rewards points between 4-7pm.
  • Buy $100 in gift cards get a free $10 gift card all day.

A few other fun things…

 

  • The first 20 people in the shop get to choose from a 20% off coupon for another visit OR a free class coupon!
  • Spend $100 and get one of our new awesome tote bags for FREE. (they will be available for sale too)

Hey you can catch a free ride on a horse drawn wagonette and catch Santa strolling around downtown too. Why not come visit?

 

Click here to see all the fun things going on for the holidays in Stillwater.

 

See you the day after Thanksgiving, Plaid Friday!

A few things to note:

  1. We can’t hold yarn for you. So if you have something on the hold shelf it won’t be included in this sale. That’s not fair;)
  2. We may not be able to wind your yarn immediately, our winder will be working overtime. So, you can be patient and wait for winding, or you can leave it for us and we can wind for you to pick up another day.
  3. You have to be nice. We can’t have crabby, overfed knitters, crocheters, weavers and spinners wandering around!

Amazon turns our smile upside down

November 15th, 2017

 


Amazon Smile. Oh Amazon.

 

Amazon Smile is a program through Amazon that gives a percentage of sales to a charitable organization that the shopper has designated. It’s been all over social media lately. You’ve probably seen something about it. I know a few of the charities that my family donates to has sent us information about it.

 

I’m not really sure how to talk about this issue. I don’t want to make an organization that has shared the program with their donors feel bad. Trust me, I understand how difficult it is for a non-profit to have a steady revenue stream and I don’t blame them for signing up.

 

But I do want to give my take on this as a small business owner.

 

At least once a week, I am asked for a donation to an event or group. A lot of the time I give and I am happy to give. I donate knitting classes or products or gift cards or cash money. The gift is a value of between $15 and 50 on average. Many times its more. If one of our customers is asking for a donation, I’ll typically give more.

 

If you have been to a local silent auction or fundraiser for someone in ill health, you’ll notice that most of the gifts were donated by local independent businesses. Local independent businesses give back. They support their community. When you shop in a local business the money is circulated back into your community. It’s a fact.

 

There is a direct impact in our community when you spend a dollar at a local business. That means some of the money you spend in my shop I’ll spend at other local businesses. For example, I pay a Stillwater printer to print our patterns, business cards and other stuff. Your money goes directly from my business to the printer, another local business. The local printer I use pays a local company to repair their equipment. That same dollar you spent with us has now made it through 3 local businesses. Not only that, but the money you spend at my shop helps pay my employees and they will spend some money locally. So when Carly uses her paycheck to buy delicious cheese at the Wedge & Wheel (cause we all know she does), that money continues to travel locally. And the cycle continues beautifully.

 

When you buy from Amazon…no money stays in our community, none.

 

Trust me. It’s easier. Just click and buy. I get it AND if you can give back while you shop, all the better right?

 

Let’s look at the real numbers here.

 

Let’s say you buy something at Amazon and direct your purchase through Amazon Smile to a local charitable organization. That organization gets .5% of your purchase. So, a $20 purchase gets that organization 10 cents. So you’ll need to spend $4,000 at Amazon to send your chosen organization $20. WHAT?

 

Amazon is brilliant, no denying it. Make no mistake, they are doing this to increase sales. Look at the free advertising they are getting from this charitable program. All the social media shares from all the organizations they are “partnering” with. And they get to claim tax-exempt status for the Smile Foundation. Tricky.

 

I’m not saying never shop at Amazon. I’m not saying don’t participate in Amazon Smile. I just hope that when you think about making a purchase you try shopping local and independent first. Businesses like mine are making donations to local charities every single day and I can guarantee it’s more than .5%.

 

Make a few purchases this holiday season at local independent businesses in your community. They’ll donate more to local charities directly. It will make you feel good.

 

 

You’ll smile:)

 

 

 

 

Bridges

August 2nd, 2017

 

Today is the day, the day that we have been talking about for literally decades.

 

Our brand new St. Croix River Crossing opens and our 86 year old Stillwater Lift Bridge closes to car traffic. We are all so hopeful downtown. Hopeful that after living through years of construction and conversation about how terrible traffic is, the new crossing will make it easier for our customers to get downtown. I believe it will.

 

Eventually, we’ll have a walking and biking path on the old Stillwater Lift Bridge. So we’ll still be able to cross, it just won’t be in a car.

 

People are crossing the bridge for the last time. Traffic downtown has been particularly difficult. Everyone wants to get across in their cars one. last. time. I don’t blame them. I’ll drive my car across one last time in a few hours. Last night I headed home and cars were honking on the bridge. Saying goodbye with a honk I suppose?

 

It kind of feels silly to feel sad about it. I feel a bit silly writing it actually. But, we’ve been waiting so long. We talk about the bridge and the traffic it now causes every single day at the shop. We’ve been watching the bridge being built for years. Now it’s actually here and I have butterflies in my stomach.

 

I’m nervous. Change is hard.

 

I have a love hate relationship with this old bridge. I’ve crossed it 10,000 times in the 15 years I’ve lived in Wisconsin and countless times in my youth driving across to get to Wisconsin for things I shouldn’t write about:)

 

I was stopped a few mornings ago on my way to work for the lift. With the beautiful weather, my windows were rolled down. I started to feel a bit melancholy.

 

This bridge slows me down. That’s not a terrible thing I guess. I get 6-8 minutes to sit still. To put my elbow out the window, smell the river, watch the boats.

 

It’s going to be great to have a new bridge. We’ll all be able to get where we’re going faster. I believe it will be great for businesses downtown Stillwater, mine included.

 

I’m sure I’ll love it. But I’ll still miss crossing this one.

 

Makers’ League July

July 7th, 2017

Nothing better than easy knitting in July.

 

This project lets the yarn do all the work…well, you need to do some of the work.

 

Painted Mist Scarf is our July project.

 

 

 


The kit is 60+ yards in 9 colors of Painted Mist. Work the colors as you please! colors in each kit will vary slightly.

 

The patch is the super cute alpaca. awwwwweee!!

 

 

Click here for the kits.

 

9 Months and 12 Inches

June 6th, 2017

Kids finished school this week. 6th and 7th grades are behind us.

 

I took a pic of them the last day of school and then compared it to the first day of school.

 

Wha????

 

I knew my son grew a bit this year…but wow!

 

 

Life is moving fast!

 

Hope the littles or not so littles, in your life have a great summer!

 

A Reenactment…

June 6th, 2017

 
A reenactment of the daily struggle for random passersby to find the entrance to Smalley’s.

 

 

Nope, the entrance to the pirate bar is not through the yarn store:)

 

 


Aimee’s Oscar nomination is forthcoming we’re sure.
Oh and don’t get us wrong…we love our friends at Smalley’s and we are happy to have anyone find our shop, even if they are just looking for good jerk bbq:)

 

 

Darn Knit on the Patio

June 6th, 2017

 

 

Join us Saturday, June 10th, 2017 for World Wide Knit in Public Day!

 

As you know, we knit in public a lot, but this time we hope you’ll join us.

 

We’ll be crafting on the patio in front of the shop in celebration of World Wide Knit in Public Day. Yep, it’s a real thing.

 

We’ll be sitting out on the patio with some friends knitting and crocheting. Heck, bring your spinning wheel if you want!

 

Bring some snacks and your favorite beverage and we’ll wave at all the poor souls sitting in traffic!

 

Remember, the earlier you arrive the better…It’s looking like a beautiful summer Saturday so that means a bit of traffic in Stillwater!

 

We hope to see you on Saturday.

 

Makers’ League June 2017

May 31st, 2017

Our June Makers’ League project is Undertone Cowl by Tin Can Knits.
We love this easy and fun project. Perfect for knitting on a boat, deck or at a graduation party!!

 

 

This project is already packed for you in color combos you are sure to love.

 

The pattern comes in three sizes. Child short, child long, adult short and adult long. The cowl above, the blues, is the adult short. The perfect length to give you a pop of color, or tuck into your jacket on a winter day without too much bulk. You can probably get 2 of these out of the kit we have packed for you.
The cowl below, the rainbow kit, is the adult long with 24 stitches added to the length to make it just a bit longer. The finished size of this cowl is 49″. We think it goes around the neck twice just perfectly.

 

We have packed up Hikoo Simplicity or Berroco Vintage DK. Both kits will give you enough yarn to make the largest size cowl even a little larger.

 

The photo above and the one just below are Hikoo Simplicity. This is a merino wool/acrylic/nylon blend yarn. The merino makes this yarn super soft. Trust us, it’s worth the few extra bucks.

 

 

The photo below shows Berroco Vintage DK. This is the Jewel Tone Kit. Vintage DK is not merino wool but it is another wool/acrylic blend. By now you all should know the vintage line. This is the smaller version of the yarn we used for Cable it Up scarf!  A workhorse yarn.

 

 


The patch for this month is Just One More Row. We think it’s perfect for this project.

 

Oh one more thing…speaking of one more row. We worked 4 stripes of each of the 4 colors. The pattern calls for 3 stripes. We had the extra yarn and felt like it could handle another stripe!

Click here for the kit options!

 

We are horrible at selfies

May 31st, 2017

 
We are horrible at selfies…
Like really horrible.

 

We tried. This is the best we got.

 

 


Let’s switch sides…maybe that’s better?

 

 

 


Nope…

 


At least the cowls are cute! Makers’ League June. Undertone Cowl by Tin Can Knits. We love!
click here for the kits.