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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:)





Darn Knit on the Patio

Tuesday, 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.


Learn to Knit Special

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017



Come learn to knit with us this Spring and early Summer!

Class is only $15 for 4 hours of instruction.

Isn’t it time you learned to knit?
Did you learn to knit when you were a kid and need a refresher?

Join us.

Share with your friends!

Click here for details.



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!




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…






and we giggled along with you. What fun!




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!


Knit in Public Day 2016

Sunday, June 12th, 2016

Join us Saturday, June 18th, 2016 for World Wide Knit in Public Day!  We’ll be knitting in public!



wwkip day

Truth be told, 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. Yes it’s a real thing…


It’s actually a week long celebration of fiber artists and it takes place at different times all around the world.



We’re planning to sit out on our patio on Saturday, June 18th from 10am – 5pm.



Bring a lawn chair, some snacks for yourself and your favorite beverage and we’ll wave at all the poor souls sitting in traffic!



We’ll have a few canopies set up to protect us from the sun or rain.  So we’ll be knitting out rain or shine.



Bring your knitting, crochet, needlepoint, spinning, felting, weaving…whatever kind of fiber project you have going on. We hope to see you!  Come early, because you know how Stillwater traffic can be on a beautiful summer Saturday!


We have “the egg” this year…so that will be fun. Think of the photo opportunities:)



5 Things!

Friday, November 27th, 2015

Buy local.  Shop local.  It’s all the rage right now right?  We hear it everywhere.  Especially the day before Small Business Saturday. A day dedicated to shopping small.


We feel like we should shop local, but it’s so darn easy to click and buy online.  I know, I do it too.  It’s hard not to buy from them sometimes.  The price is right and if you can stand to wait a few days, you might save a few bucks.  Plus it delivers right to your door, no need to even go out.  I know.  It’s so easy!
But you don’t really matter to Amazon, Toys R Us or Craftsy.  Not really.
As a small business owner, I can tell you that you matter at my store.That every purchase matters at my store. Every. Single. One.
So, if you love a local, independent business you should buy something from them! Even one thing this holiday season. An independent hair salon, liquor store, coffee shop, yarn store.  I don’t know about you, but I love walking into my local independent liquor store and having the owner know my name.  On second thought…maybe the liquor store isn’t a great example:)  But…you know what I mean.
Take your local yarn store for example.  If you visit your local yarn store enough, they probably know your name, or at least your face.  They probably remember you had knee replacement surgery or they ask about an ailing parent.  They probably helped you pick up a dropped stitch or talked you through a pattern that you just couldn’t sort out on your own.  They probably helped you pick out the perfect yarn and pattern for your friend who needed a chemo cap.  You don’t have that kind of relationship with an online yarn store. You just don’t.
I am going to challenge you this holiday season, challenge you to buy 5 presents off of your holiday list from an independent local business. It’s not as hard as you might think.
In downtown Stillwater alone we must have over 60 independent businesses.  At least!
I challenge you to buy 5 things:)
Let me know how you do!!

Back to School Open House

Monday, August 24th, 2015


Many of us are gearing up to send our kids back to school. Some kids even started school today.


In Somerset, WI, we start back up a week from today.  Our kid’s “back to school open house” is on Wednesday and the kids are excited.  It’s Max’s first year in Middle School and Maggie is more than excited (not) to have him join her there.  They’ll meet their teachers, drop off and pick up supplies.  They’ll find out where their desks will be and who else is in their classes.  You all know the drill.

Anyway, we thought it might be fun to do the same thing at Darn Knit University!
dku logo
So, on Monday, August 31st from 6-8 we’ll be hosting our first Back to School Open House.  You’ll be able to see all the projects for our Fall Trimester, meet the teachers, get supplies and maybe meet other students who will be enrolling in Darn Knit University too:)  If you can’t come during the evening, we’ll have the projects and supplies on display all day long, we open at 10am!
We welcome beginners!
No reservations or commitment to enroll is necessary for this fun night.  Welcome back to school!


Trade History for Progress?

Monday, January 5th, 2015


If you’ve followed Stillwater news lately, you’ve been treated to a few interesting stories.  In the shadow of all of that you may have missed one that I think is pretty important.


Chamber of Commerce

Concept Drawing from the Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce


This image was floated around social media recently. It’s an old story and I didn’t give it much thought really until a customer came in and told me that this is what Stillwater will look like when the bridge is finished.  She was surprised to learn, after a conversation with me, that this is not a plan that has been approved or even designed by the City of Stillwater.


The Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce’s initiative, the Downtown Revitalization Committee, commissioned a group of architects to come up with a plan for downtown.  These very skilled architects donated their time to come up with this concept.  I’ll admit that it does look pretty cool.


But just because they have drawn these plans up, doesn’t mean they will come to be.


This concept was designed without city planners, historic preservation committee members, or other city staff.  This concept was designed assuming no obstacles.  Obstacles like delivery trucks that cross Chestnut all day long.  Obstacles like the increase in property taxes that businesses, already paying high rents, are going to have to absorb for these changes.  These changes won’t come free to building and business owners.  How about the construction that will have to happen to get this done?  Businesses will have to live with more construction on our front door steps after surviving through years of bridge construction?  I know I seem like a Debbie downer but these are realities that will need to be considered.


And, then just because it CAN happen, does that mean it SHOULD?


This plan also includes widening sidewalks and putting in sidewalk cafes and trees.  That sound’s great too, but if we do all those things, what do we lose?  Do we lose our history?  We don’t want to look like any other shopping and dining district.  We don’t want to become 50th and France or Woodbury Lakes.  We are historic Stillwater MN for gosh sakes!


I think most people who have been around Stillwater long enough, locals, they would say one of the worst things that our city ever did was tear down the old Depot building.  Can you imagine if this building was still around?   It was raised in 1960 to put up a grocery store.  I wasn’t around in 1960 but I’ll bet many people thought it was a good idea.  Had I been around then I might have even thought it was a great idea.  How terrific it must have been to finally have a grocery downtown  (and I think people have fond memories of that grocery store too)  But that store is also gone and a parking lot sits in it’s place.  Progress?


Historic Stillwater Depot -

Historic Stillwater Depot


People complain that there isn’t a drugstore or hardware store downtown anymore.  They say that downtown is just not like it used to be.  If we do these modern changes to our streets, I fear we’ll be even further away from our history.  We need to be very careful not to trade our history for what could be a fleeting moment that some see as progress.


Luckily, our voices can be heard.  I’ll keep you updated on city meetings and hope that if you care, you’ll come to one:)