We’re Back

Well, Isaac has passed and The Stitch Niche survived with only some wet floors.  Stanley Steamer has been and gone.  Don’t worry though, no yarn or needlepoint was damaged.  Leona and Jane moved all the sale yarn away from the front windows and it has already been restored to it’s happy home.

Even in all the chaos, we have a few new things to share. 

All you knitters (especially you, Mary Ann) can come be inspired by the most recent Vogue Knitting magazine.  Check out that skirt!!!

We can all appreciate some new sparkle.   What you see here is a rack full of Hot-Fix Embellishments.  They are affixed with heat activated glue.  Leona put one on her candle holder (you can see the whole thing in the last post). 

 Of course to make room for it, Leona and Georgie had to move some stuff around…

 How about some finished objects?

Here are some pieces stitched by Yoko.  They are quite lovely, don’t you think?  I especially like the cherry blossoms.

Mary Ann finished the Key West Conch House.  Such fun colors.  Nicely done!

 Kerry finished a baby blanket.  Lucky baby!

It’s not a finished object, but…
Here is what a desperate knitter will do in a crises situation.  Isaac knocked out the power and a girl has to knit!

What Are You Working On?

Do you need some help choosing a project?  We can help.  Does someone you know need a belt or a wallet?  How about a scarf or shawl.  From simple to complex this place has you covered.

Of special note this week, we would like to draw your attention to the purse and shoe canvases. 

Here are some of the canvases you can choose from.  You can see more here and here.

And here are some examples of what they can be finished into.

For you yarnies, check out our selection of Classic Elite Provence.  It’s 100% Mercerized Egyptian cotton and 205 yards is $14.95. 

What can you knit with cotton?  Well how about a hat, a sweater or tank top, of course wash cloths or baby bibs and blankets.  Or how about some Amigurumi like the super cuteness over at Delicious Crochet?

Lots of Finished Objects This Week.

Cindy finished a beautiful cardigan.  It’s knit top down and she used Plymouth Tweed.  The buttons are deer antler that she found during her trip to Alaska.  Pretty cool, eh?

Leona and Deanne finished their Ravi knit-a-long.  Jane is modeling Leona’s.  Both are knit with Malabrigo Sock.

Deanne also finished a Chemo Cap.  The pattern is Cloche Divine, the yarn is Cascade 220 Superwash.  Stacy finished a shawl.  It’s Color Affection.

Leona finished a baby pouch and a preemie cap.

She also got back her candle holders from the finishers.   On the left is the canvas before it went to the finisher.  And on the right you see it finished.  Pretty cool, eh?

This adorable sweater is the Tobias Hooded Top found in Bright Young Things was knit by Georgie.  She knit it with Dark Horse Fantasy and it is so soft.

Georgie also finished this stocking cuff.

Katherine just sent this stocking off to the finishers.  Very nice.

Leona and Marilyn have been spinning.  Leona’s yarn is on the left and Marilyn’s is on the right.

Look at Deidre’s first needlepoint project!  Lavish Praise, Deidre!

Dog Days of Summer

We’ve entered that time of summer when we say, “Will it ever end?”  Well the answer is a resounding Yes!  And that means that Christmas will be here before you know it.  Now you already know we have a great selection of Christmas canvases.  We’ve featured some of them for you.  If you have some languishing unfinished, you should get busy so they can get to the finisher in plenty of time for the Holidays.

Here’s a small sampling of Christmas canvases.

But you can see them all over here.

Speaking of finishing… here are the dates you need to know for finishing. 

decorative pillows, large stand-up, kissing ball 

Halloween… August 17
Thanksgiving… Sept. 7
Christmas… September 10

brick, regular pillow, tote, purse, stocking
October 7


For you knitters and crocheters, gift ideas abound… hats, mittens, fingerless gloves, scarves, shawls, socks, cowls.  Oh, the list goes on and on and on.  We have binders full of patterns and shelves full of books full of patterns.  Of course whatever you decide to knit, we have the perfect yarn to knit it with.  Leona is, of course, our resident expert and practically lives here.  And if you want more opinions, encouragement or assistance, then Tuesday night is the time and The Stitch Niche is the place.  We are open until 8 on Tuesdays, and you will meet a wide variety of knitters and crocheters of every level of expertise.

A Hurricane Katrina Recovery Story.  

Many of you know that before Hurricane Katrina, the Stitch Niche was located near the beach in Pass Christian.  Leona had stitched a gingerbread house and it was displayed in the shop.  When Katrina came through, she was extremely rude and destructive.  Leona’s gingerbread house floated out of the shop and came to rest nearby at the home of another stitcher.

This kind-hearted person recognized and rescued the gingerbread house and wrapped it in plastic.  Since she was working on the same canvas, she used it for reference.  Recently, she completed the canvas and brought it in to be sent to the finisher.  She also brought in Leona’s original canvas.  Well, Leona gave it a closer look and decided that maybe it wasn’t destroyed after all.  She cleaned it up and sent it along to the finisher with the new one.

Well, look at that.   It looks pretty good, eh?  Leona’s is on the right.

Some finished objects.

Leona caught up on Chemo caps.   She made three, plus one preemie cap.

 Deanne finished her July Chemo Cap.

Julie finished Aestlight shawl using Malabrigo Sock.  Very pretty, Julie.

 Kerry finished a basketweave baby blanket, knit with Jeannie.

Aubrey finished a canvas that is destined to become a wallet.  Shhh, it’s a surprise.

Georgie finished a stocking cuff.  The picture is big so you can see how beautiful it turned out.

After the Sale.

 A Big Thank You!

Thanks for making our Christmas in July Sale such a success. You pushed us to a new high!  Now to the future!  Leona and the crew are busy checking the canvas inventory and restocking yarn. 

To continue the joy of the sale, we are featuring the Clearance section of the store.  Everything on the wall in this special place is 50% off it’s original price.  So now you have another reason to visit the bathroom.  Check it out next time you come in… or you can see them here.  There’s more to see, but it’s real hard to take a good picture in there.

Check it Out!

You can now buy your Nifty Swift ($96) and ball winder ($54.95) from us.  Imagine the joy of winding your own yarn whenever you want. It can be therapeutic.  

 Some Finished Objects.

Another first for Lisa.  I think she is hooked!  She told me she’s carrying yarn around in her purse.  Sounds normal to me.

Deidre is making stuffed animals.  They’re not the scary kind, though.  Orbit the Alien pattern is by Jenna Krupar, Jerry the Musical Monkey pattern by Rebecca Danger.