The End of January Already

Wow!  January has flown by.  We are getting settled in to the new place more and more each day.  If you haven’t been by to see it yet, you should come check it out.  With the new place comes a new look for the website.  I hope you like it.


New Canvases.

Look at the super cute tooth fairy canvases that arrived this week.  There’s bound to be some little cutie in your life that needs a little tooth fairy pillow.

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Recipes and Special Scheduled Shopping

We had a group of ladies schedule a special “private” shopping time this week and it was a great time.  For their visit, Meg made soup and salad.  It was so tasty that they asked us to post the recipes for the meal.  So here they are.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

 1 cup carrots, diced
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped onions
½ stick butter
4 15oz cans chicken broth
1 packet Taco seasoning
1 15 oz diced tomatos
1 10 oz can Rotel tomatoes, original style
10 8 inch corn tortillas, cut into pieces
2 chicken breasts cooked and shredded
1 cup milk
8 oz Mexican style shredded cheese

Saute carrots, celery and onions in butter till soft. Add broth, tomatoes, rotel, taco seasoning and chicken. Bring to a boil. Add cut up tortillas. Let boil for 20 minutes. Reduce heat and add cheese and milk. Simmer for 10 more minutes.

Town and Country Salad

Lettuce, sliced strawberries, sliced bananas, sugared nuts. You can be creative with this. Pears and brie cheese can be used. The dressing is the secret.

Poppy Seed Dressing

½ cup sugar
½ salad oil

1/3 cup vinegar
1 tsp yellow mustard
1 ½ tsp poppy seeds
1 ½ tsp onion juice

Speaking of Scheduled Special Shopping… If your group would like to come on a Monday and have the store all to themselves for a time of shopping, we’d be happy to accommodate you.  We need a two week notice and a minimum of three in your group.  Call us to discuss.


We’ve scheduled several beginner level classes.  Three each for Crochet, Needlepoint and Knitting.  We are calling them 101 since they are intended to get you started.  These classes will be great for the absolute beginner and for the person who has been inactive for awhile.  We will do one of each class in February, April and June.  You can see the complete schedule on the classes page of our website or at the bottom of the page where events are listed.

We have also scheduled a knitted cable class.  You can pick a project with cables that appeals to you or if you don’t have one in mind, we will use Bowlegged Washcloth from Needyl.  All you need is some cotton yarn and the appropriate needles for the yarn.  The cable class is March 14.


Here are a few finished objects to inspire you.







Some Things I Hope You’ll Find Interesting

The Swoon in June Sale

25% off needlepoint canvases

(excludes full sized stockings, mini stockings with stuffers, New Orleans and select Halloween)

25% off most yarn (there are a few exclusions).



Saturday Snacks and Skills Classes

June 15 — Dealing with Borders (needlepoint).  You can bring in a canvas you are currently working on, or has been neglected because you just don’t know what to do with the edge, or you can take advantage of the sale and pick a new canvas.  The class is $20 and you will be treated to some munchies while you learn.  You can peruse our canvases here.


July 20– Santa Class.  Cost is $150 ($75 due at registration), which includes the canvas, threads, stitch guide, instruction and of course some snacks.  Here are the Santa canvases to choose from.





August 17 — Stranded Knitting.  That is not a class about what to knit when you are stranded.  It is a class on color-work.  Here is an example of stranded knitting.  Cost is $20 plus supplies.





Progress report

I’m sure you are all interested in Georgie’s Santa progress.  I know I am.  So far it is looking pretty amazing.


We’ve restocked some popular books

As well as the ever popular Welcoming Home Baby.


Are there any spinners out there?

Stacey brought her drum carder on Tuesday and our Knotty Knitters had fun trying their hand at something new.  She led us through the process of carding wool.  Olivia just happened in at the right time and got in on the fun.  She was very enthusiastic.








A Recipe

Apple Casserole

Cream together: 1 stick oleo and 1 cup sugar

Add 1/2# Velveeta cheese, 3/4 cup flour

Spread 1 can sliced apples (packed in water) in buttered dish. Spread cheese mixture on top

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes



Finished Objects





No Blog Today, I Want to Knit…

…I’m only kidding, I can be responsible.  Here you go.

Saturday Snacks and Skills

May 4, Cable Without a Cable Needle

If you are planning on attending the Cable Without a Cable Needle Class (and you definitely should) you need to come in and pick out your yarn so you can get started before class.  You will need to have finished about 10 rows before class.  It’s not a difficult pattern at all, so don’t be intimidated

The VooDoo Doll class was a great success.



Recipe Time!

Lainey’s Awesome Spinach Cheesy Bread


Unsalted butter, Allouette garlic and herb cheese x 2, chopped spinach, bread.

Melt enough butter to cover the bottom of a pan, add cheese (1.5 packages of cheese is good unless you want it extra cheesy). Stir till melted. Make sure spinach is well drained, then add to cheese.   Cut up the bread. Melt a little more butter to brush the top of the bread. Toast for a few minutes till crispy. Spoon cheese-spinach mixture onto bread, toast for a few more minutes.  Enjoy.


We don’t want to celebrate Leona’s screw-ups… but…

They do kinda encourage us just a little bit, don’t they?

This one was a knitting mishap.  Something about doing a k2tog when she should have been doing a ssk.

Her next one is a bit more surprising, since Georgie missed it, too.  This canvas went off to the finisher without being completely stitched.  Fixing a finished ornament can be quite a challenge.  Lavish Praise, Leona.  Pay more attention next time…




I guess when you are making twelve of something, a little mistake on one of them isn’t too much of a problem.




How about some finished objects from our friends.


Hey knitters, where’s your stuff?

We want to show you this pretty tea box made by the talented Alan McIntosh.  His wife is one of our finishers.  He sent it to Leona as a thank-you gift.