Posts Tagged ‘Darn Knit Anyway’

12 Days of DKA 2017

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

 

 

Twas 3 days before Christmas and all through the shop
People were asking for yarn, gift cards and stuff

 

We’d picked up all of your last minute stitches
And found the perfect yarn for for someone who itches.

 

We’d eaten Chicago Mix, Strawberries and lots of peppermints
You guys were so generous with your kind thank you gifts.

 

Everything was great, it was going so swell
It was fine until I heard Carly yell.

 

I ran to the classroom to check it out
Carly said there was something we had forgotten all about.

 

Our 12 Days of DKA was not on our list
And now we were 2 days before Christmas Day Bliss

 

Soooo

 

Instead of a calm 12 day release
You’ll get them all now, all in one piece.

 

Here we go…get ready to shop
Here they all are, all in one pop.

 

On the ___ day of DKA my favorite yarn store offered me…

 

DKA T Shirts for $18 each
DKA Coffee Mugs $12 each (in store only)
DKA Tote Bags free with $50 purchase
MN Mittens and hats $20 each (in store only)
20% off Cable It Up Scarf Kits
20% off Wonderland Yarns
Self Striping Sock Yarn buy one get one 50% off (in store only)
20% off Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock
20% off Simplinatural by Hikoo
20% off Class Registration (doesn’t include sweater camp or building blocks)
20% off Sweet Georgia River Yarn
20% off Juniper Moon Farms Herriot

 

Next year we promise we’ll remember all 12 days
We won’t be in such a Christmas Cookie haze!

 

Happiest of Holidays to all of you!

 

While supplies last of course, some limitations apply and you can’t use any other discounts or coupons.

Small Biz Saturday

Friday, 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

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

Wednesday, 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:)

 

 

 

 

Shop Hop Donations Begin

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

 

Starting today we have MN Yarn Shop Hop EZ and VIP passes available with donations.

 

What do the passes get ya?

 

Well, in addition to the great feel goodness of making a donation to a local food shelf, you’ll get some other cool things too.

 

The EZ pass is a $50 donation. You’ll get to take home this year’s canvas tote bag and you’ll be guaranteed the collectible pin from each shop you visit. You’ll get the tote bag the day you donate, so you won’t have to worry that we’ll run out.

 

The VIP pass is a $100 donation. You’ll get the tote bag and the collectible pin for each store you visit as well as a 20% off coupon good for whatever you purchase at one of the participating shops. You’ll also be entered into a drawing to win the custom dyed shop hop yarn. We are drawing 2 names, so you will split the 14 skeins with another lucky winner. That means you go home with 7 of the custom yarns!

 

We love the shop hop. It’s so much fun to see all of you!

 

Can’t make it into the shop to get your pass, just call us or drop us an email. We can take payment over the phone or you can mail in a check. We’ll have your bag and passport waiting for you!

 

And of course we welcome you to Give as you Go too!

 

See you at the hop!

 

Small Business Saturday

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

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Join us on Saturday, November 26th for Small Business Saturday!

 

If Plaid Friday shopping just isn’t for you, come see us on Saturday instead to celebrate Small Business Saturday. Celebrate the small businesses that make our town, and your town, unique!

 

We’re getting some fun new tuckable Darn Knit Anyway totes that will be available on Saturday and the first 20 people in the door get one for free! Spend $100 or more that day and you get one to take home too. Or, buy one for yourself for only $5.

 

Plus…
Self Striping Sock Yarn will be 20% off all day.
Cascade 220 and 220 superwash will be 30% off all day.

 

If you have kiddos with you, you can head down the block to the pedestrian plaza and see live reindeer and Santa between 1 and 4pm

 

 

Hope to see you next weekend!

 

Vogue Knitting Live 2016

Monday, November 7th, 2016

 
What a fun weekend!

 

Our first experience at Vogue Knitting Live was so much fun, even the Star Tribune thinks so!

 

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What a fun way to wake up this morning!  Our cut out in the paper:)

 

We took so many pictures of all of you with the cut out…

 

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and we giggled along with you. What fun!

 

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We saw so many familiar faces, and met so many new people. We shared our Makers’ League kits and some of our most popular projects with the fiber junkies at Vogue Knitting.

 

Thanks for stopping to chat with us. We’ll have the cut out set up at the shop for your chance at the photo op:) We hope to see you soon!

 

Something in a bag

Friday, September 9th, 2016

Project in a bag

 

It’s the season. The season for pulling bags like this out of my yarn closet. How about you?

 

Now comes the fun part…where was I again?

 

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Hummmm…at least it’s still on the needles (even though I seem to have stopped mid row), and at least I have the pattern and even a few unwound skeins of yarn! Glory be!

 

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It even looks like I attempted to mark something with a blue pencil? That could help decipher it? I’ve held off the sleeves at least!

 

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It’s all coming back to me now, Dark and Stormy by Thea Colman. Knitting it out of Quince Chickadee in Sabine.

 

Who knows…if the weather cooperates maybe I’ll finish in time for the Great American Wool Festival!  Like to follow stuff on Facebook? Follow the Great American Wool Festival Facebook Event page for updates!

 

Great American Wool Festival 2016

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

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Great American Wool Festival 2015

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

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We can’t wait!  Click here to see the review of last year’s #GAWF!

 

 

Click here for a map to Bruetrup Heritage Farm