A Clever Title Eludes Me.

Last week I told you we were going to the ANG 2016 Seminar in New Orleans. We will be there from August 26 – September 2. While we are in NOLA, there will be needlepoint in Diamondhead since we are taking it all with us. Of course, the yarn will  be just as it always is. Come see us while we are there. The exhibits and shop are open to the public.


Upcoming Needlepoint Classes

We are planning a few needlepoint classes. How about a bracelet? Won’t that be fun? Mark your calendar for September 23 for the bracelet class. We have a selection of bracelets coming from Cheryl Schaeffer and Annie Lee Designs for the class, but you can see the designs here on their website.  Cost for this class is TBD.

On October 28, we will be doing a Voodoo Doll. We’ve done this one before, but it’s been awhile. The class is already almost full, so let us know if you want to join in. Cost for this class is $140 and includes everything.



UFO support group…

Let’s start a UFO (unfinished objects) support group.  It will be a judgement free zone. Dig deep and pull out those UFOs buried deep in the closet. We can help each other figure out where we stopped in the pattern all those months (or maybe years) ago. We will celebrate each other when we finish that UFO. And then, of course, we will inspire each other when it’s time to start a new one. Come by anytime for a session. Some days, it may be a private session. Some days it may be a group session. That’s one of the great things about The French Knot, you just never know who will be sitting around the table.

Here are some FOs to celebrate.

A few needlepoint FOs.

Two sweaters finished from the Sweater Workshop! Lovely job, Carole and Judy!

It’s hot outside! Let’s talk about Christmas.

You might like to know that Christmas is 24 weeks away. No need to worry though, we have you covered with a sale and a bunch of KALs.



We are putting needlepoint canvases on sale for two days this month. July 15 & 16 tons of canvases will be half price. In fact, almost all in stock canvases will be 50% off. That’s an amazing deal.  Canvases like these…  

Don’t worry, knitters. We have you covered as well. How about a series of Knit-A-Longs to get a pile of knitted gifts ready to give away this Christmas? For the next five months, we will start one project each month. Let’s start on July 19 with a set of mittens. It’s super fun to knit along with friends and we will give you all the help you need. All we ask is that you buy your supplies from us.

Mittens – Mittens for the Fishermen – by Erica Lueder (July)

Dishtowel – Slip Stitch Dish Towel – by Willow Yarns Design Team (August)

Scarf – No-Purl Ribbed Scarf – by Purl Soho (September)

Hat – Copy.Cat C.C beanie by Emily Ingrid (October)

Felted Oven Mitt – Felted Oven Mitt in one skein by Sandra Penny (November)


We have a few fun new things in the shop.


It’s been awhile since I showed you some finished objects.

Fun In February

Can you see Spring peeking around the corner?

It’s been awhile since we posted here on the blog so there’s quite a bit to tell you about.  Too much for a quick email…


Next Trunk Show… Starts in March

Toppers from The Studio. Quick and cute! We will announce on our Facebook page (which you can like right here) when they arrive.





Sock KAL, Crochet & Knitting Classes and a Sweater Workshop.

The next KAL is Fiesta Feet 314 by Lucy Neatby. While this pattern is not for the faint of heart, we plan to take it one row at a time and have fun.  We plan to start on Tuesday, March 1st at 4:00.  As with all KALs, if you can’t come start with us, just stop in and see Renee or Deanne.

Fiesta Feet 314 by Lucy Neatby

You can purchase the pattern on Ravelry at the link below.




Crochet 101 and Knit 101 classes in April…

Crochet 101 with Michelle is April 9 from 10-1.  $25 plus materials

Knit 101 with Deanne is April 16 from 12:30-3.  $25 plus materials


Knitting Classes in March & April

March 5 – Toe-up sock – Session 1 – 12:30-3.  $25 plus materials

March 19 – Recognizing and fixing your mistakes – 12:30-3.  $25 plus materials

April 2 – Toe-up sock – Session 2 – 12:30-3.  $25 plus materials

April 30 – The Devil is in the Details – 12:30-3.  $25 plus materials


Sweater Workshop starts March 5…

This eight week workshop is intended to get you over your fear of finishing a sweater.  If you have a sweater you’ve been dying to knit but are afraid of the seaming, fear no more.  Pick your own pattern or come by the shop for some suggestions.  The only rule is that it must be knit in pieces.  You need to have picked your pattern and yarn and have your gauge swatch knit before we start on March 8. We will meet every two weeks five times from March 5 through April 30 and each session is two hours and costs $20.  Sessions are March 5, 19, April 2, 16 and 30 from 10-noon.


Need a pattern…?

We have tons of books discounted to crazy low prices…

Super discount books
Super discount books…$1-$4.


New Yarn!

We have some great new locally dyed yarn from Holly & Ivy Dyeworks. This is fingering weight yarn and it comes in a very generous 462 yard skein for $28. Come give it the squish test. The colors will mesmerize you, I promise!






Finished Objects!

It’s November. What are you grateful for?

I’m grateful for all the amazingly cute canvases in the Burnett & Bradley Trunk Show.  Seriously, y’all, these canvases are so crazy cute.  And there is truly something for everyone.  Most are small enough to finish quickly, though there are some stockings that will take your breath away.  Come get yours. You won’t regret it.


I’m also grateful for inspiring finished objects.


I’m also grateful for great deals.  In this case, books!  We have deeply discounted tons of pattern books which means you can buy a whole book of patterns for less than the cost of a single pattern.  Come look through them.  You will likely leave with several.

Books, books, books.
Books, books, books.

Happy Halloween!

New Canvases!



November is Trunk Show month!

Not just any trunk show, but a Burnett & Bradley Trunk Show.  Check out their gallery here, then come into the shop during November to pick up one of their super cute canvases.


Upcoming Classes!

Knitting 101 is this Saturday, October 31.  There is still some room. Come join us from 10-1.

Session two of the Ho Ho Ho Class is on November 14.

Crochet-A-Long Progress!

Deanne is making progress on her Crochet-a-long… Two more months (four squares) to go.

Deanne's CAL Afghan
Deanne’s CAL Afghan


You can see Joni’s progress here.

Finished Objects!

Happy Fall, Y’all!

Happy Fall, Y’all! Here at the shop, we are having a ball!

New bling is just the thing, it puts a song in my heart and makes me want to sing!

Sing, sing, sing. We have new bling!
Sing, sing, sing. We have new bling!

Next up, you see, to give you a grin, new canvases, surely your heart they will win.

Mittens, pumpkins, mini-stockings are here, and this “Sweet Dreams” makes me wanna cheer.


 Also new, for your knitting delights,


From Misti Alpaca, set socks, shawls and hats in your sights,

 Now on to some inspiring things nearly done,

Kathy's Squares
Kathy’s Squares

Crochet-a-long squares, we are having such fun.

Quilters are great, look what Magnolia Quilters made,


They are raffling it off, when $1 is paid,

We have tickets here, we’d be happy to share,

But I sure hope I win, I have $1 to spare.

Now finally, I’m done and I’ll close with a few,

Of the sort of things, that we like to do,



Tons of Pictures today!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so think of this post as 21,000 words.


A very small sampling of the canvases in the CanvasWorks Trunk Show…



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Marie’s Dead Fish Hat is on the calendar for September 19.  This one will fill up fast, so call to register.


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And this beautiful crocheted bracelet has yet to be scheduled, but we will soon settle on a date and let you know.


Finished Objects…

We hope you find some inspiration to finish those projects.  We love to see you finished objects.


It’s July!!

It’s July…  Christmas finishing deadlines are looming.

We will be closed on Saturday, July 4


Trunk Shows

Canvasworks Trunk Show has arrived.  Such beautiful canvases.

Birds of A Feather Trunk show continues.


Yarn Crawl

We have been enjoying the Yarn Crawl.  We have been meeting so many great new folks.  It continues until July 11, so you still have some time to get your passport stamped.  See more on last week’s blog.


Melissa Leapman coming to Oxford, MS

Our friends at Knit 1 Oxford in Oxford, MS are hosting Melissa Leapman for some workshops and a book signing.  She will be there August 21-23.  Click this link to see what classes she will be teaching.  There are folks from the coast already signed up to go.  If you decide to go, tell them we sent you.



We’ve updated the Classes page with all the upcoming classes.

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Renee's Sampler
Renee finished her sampler from Needlepoint 101.



The July squares are posted!

The Windmill by Cre8tion Crochet
Snowfall by Aurora Souminen


Finished Objects.




Lots to tell you about today.

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First up … a Yarn Crawl

A “shop-hopping good time.”  Thanks to Pam at McNeedles for this great idea.  From June 26 – July 11 five shops will be participating in the Yarn Crawl.

McNeedles, Lacombe
The French Knot, Diamondhead
Quarter Stitch, NOLA
Knits By Nana, Baton Rouge
Yarn Nook, Lafayette

Get your passport stamped at each store between the dates of June 26th and July 11th and you will be entered into a Grand Prize Drawing. You can win a brand new set of Addi Clicks or a prize basket filled with goodies from each participating shop! The French Knot will be offering 20% off to each customer with a passport.  Come pick up your passport and start shopping!


Next up… Trunk shows

Just Libby is almost out the door.  Hurry in to pick your canvas.  These are so cute and each one has a stitch guide.


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Birds of A Feather is here until July 13.  This collection has a great variety of canvases.  So much color and something for everyone.



CALs and KALs…

The Crochet-a-long is going amazingly well.  Join us.  Two squares a month until the end of the year.  The great thing about this is that it’s never too late to catch up.  A 12-inch square works up quickly and by the end of the year, you have an afghan.  Deanne is using Cascade 220 Superwash and Michelle is using Classic Shades by Universal.  Some of the other yarns folks are using are Pacific by Cascade and Jeannee by Plymouth.

Deanne’s squares
Michelle’s green squares.
Michelle’s gray squares.


How about a Knit-a-long?  As a means of learning to read a chart and lace knitting, a few of our regulars are starting a KAL.  We are casting on The Lonely Tree this Tuesday (June 30) at Knit Night.  The Lonely Tree by the talented Sylvia Bo Bilvia is a free pattern on Ravelry.  The pattern recommends a worsted weight yarn so Deanne is planning to use Madelinetosh Vintage.  Come pick out your yarn and join us.


Class Schedule…

This Saturday is Knitting 101.  It starts at 10 am and costs $25.  Students get 10% off purchases on the day of the class.

All 101 classes are scheduled again in August.  Crochet 101 is August 8, Needlepoint 101 is August 15 and Knitting 101 is August 29.


A fun little project…

Michelle, who routinely knits her socks two-at-a-time using the magic loop method has accepted a challenge from Deanne to see how many socks she can knit at one time.  So she cast on four pair.  Let’s watch her progress, shall we? Go, Michelle!




And a few Finished Objects!

Sha’s hat.
Angel’s throw
Meg’s Advent Tree

Nice job, ladies.

I’m over the moon, ‘cuz it’s finally June!


You are going to love the trunk show for this month!  Just Libby is in the house and these canvases are so cute!  They are unique in that the canvas is line drawn and then includes a detailed stitch guide and photo of the finished item.  Hurry in to choose yours.  There is something for everyone.

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Another thing we are super excited about is the Needlepoint 101 class.  We are limiting the class size to ten, and we are at nine right now.  If you are thinking about taking the class, you better call asap.  Students will choose four of the six squares in the sampler.  Cost of the class is $50 and includes canvas and threads.  Pam will be teaching the class and it will be a great day of needlepoint.  June 20 at 10 am.


We have Crochet 101 and Knitting 101 scheduled in June as well.  Check out the Classes page for more information.



For you sock knitters who can’t use wool, we have you covered…

New colors of Naked Sock from Universal.  This yarn is 93% Acrylic and 7% Elastic.  Such fun colors and at a great price, too.



We’ve had this yarn before and it was a big hit.  Some of this is restock of previous colors and some is new.  All of it is beautiful.  $8.00 per skein, 470 yards.


DSCF6547A beautiful new canvas from Melissa Shirley Designs.



Mary Ann brought in this super sweet baby blanket.  She knit it using Smooth DK.  How cute is this? Nice job, Mary Ann!