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

ANY ITEMS RECEIVED AFTER THESE DEADLINES WILL INCUR A $25 LATE FEE.

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.

Some New Stuff and Some Not New Stuff


NEW STUFF!

We got some new project bags! They are so cute.  There are several sizes, styles and colors.  Here is little tour for you. 

Both of these have holes to let the yarn through.  The bag on the right has a bottom section to hold the yarn with holes to feed it through into the bag portion. It sells for $43.  It has a drawstring top and a shoulder strap.  The little on on the left costs $24.

On the left are two drawstring bags.  The larger of the two costs $25 and the smaller one is $18.50.  Above is a set of two bags and a chart holder for $48.

Hurry, though, they are flying out the door.

Some Not New Stuff, but we thought it would be good to refresh you memory…
 

All the things you need to get those projects done.  There are too many to list, but you know what’s there.

And the featured category for this week is Oriental.  A great selection of really great canvases.

So what have we finished this week?


Leona got back several finished needlepoint projects this week.

Here are a few heading off to the finisher… We’ll try to show you what they look like when they come back.

 

 

How about some knitting.

Lynn, an accomplished crocheter, finished her first knitting project.  We are so proud!

Lisa’s first “not a rectangle” came out pretty awesome, don’t you think?

Check out Rose’s Yarn Yarn Bowl!  Lavish Praise!

Our very own Natalie is modeling a hat knit by Janet, and on the lovely Suzanne’s feet you see socks knit by Leona.


From this…                                                                     … to this.  A knitted “balloon animal.”


 


Georgie knit this oh so sweet barnyard blanket.  The pattern is in 60 More Quick Baby Knits.

Deanne stole a chance to sit in the boss’s chair.  It doesn’t happen often, so we captured it for posterity. 












Since it’s Christmas in July…

…you should check out the stockings.  There is quite a selection spread throughout the two rooms.  You can peruse them here.

How about some yarn.

Y’all, we carry a whole lot of Cascade! You should come feel all the different varieties. 

Eco +, Pearl, 220 Superwash, Pacific & Pacific Chunky.

Epiphany, Cloud, Alpaca Lace, 220, 220 Superwash Sport & Fixation.

Covington, Ultra Pima, Kid Seta, & Eco Duo.

Some finished objects…

Deanne finished the Gaia Shoulder Hug.


Leona finished these two canvases.

Lindsay finished her Elf School canvas.  Check back for a picture of it when it comes back from the finisher.

And a little surprise for Leona from some of the Tuesday night knitters.

Since Leona has a way with unicorns, some of her friends brought her one.  Unfortunately, the poor thing bled out on the floor.

Look at This

The sale is going very well. If you haven’t come in to take advantage of the discounts, you really should.  Most of the store is on sale for 20% off through the month of July.  Things like these canvases.

On the left is the wall full of Mini Socks.  You can find them on the website here.  On the right you see a whole lot of Mini Socks with Stuffers.  They are on the web over here.

These cute little canvases are ornaments and come with the dogs to stuff the ornament with.  You can see them on the website right here.

We got a box from Malabrigo today.  It was full of such wonderful goodies.  Most of it was Malabrigo Sock in a huge variety of colors.  Deanne is currently knitting a pair of socks with this yarn and it feels so good.  Leona and Deanne are both knitting a sweater with it as well.  It’s versatile as well as beautiful.

In addition to Sock, the box contained a new color of Rios.  Here is a picture.

On the right you see the other surprise in the box… nine colors of Malabrigo Lace.  A skein contains about 470 yards, it is 100% Baby Merino wool and costs only $9.

And now for a few finished objects. 

Deanne finished a sweater.  It’s Flaming June from Knitty.com.  It’s knit with Classic Elite Soft Linen, which of course is available at your favorite LYS.

Deidre finished her “Shawl That Never Ends.” Lavish Praise, Deidre!

Our designated Tuesday night supermodel, Marley is modeling a scarf of her own making (left) and a Wingspan shawl that Suzanne knit.

Remember Leona’s challenge to knit one chemo cap a month?  Well here are the results of that challenge for last month.  These are quick and easy to knit and are a great use for those leftovers in your stash.  And of course you get to knit something that can be an encouragement to someone going through a tough time.

Christmas In July Sale!

It’s that time of year again.  Christmas in July. 
Most everything is 20% off. 
How’s your stash? 

And of course you need to know when to have those projects done if you are sending them off to be finished. To have your decorative pillows, large stand-up or kissing ball project back by…

…Halloween… have it to us by August 17
…Thanksgiving… have it to us by September 7
…Christmas… have it to us by August 30

To have your brick, regular pillow, tote, purse or stocking project back by Christmas, have it to us by October 7. If you miss the deadline, the late fee will be $25.

New Stuff!!

Silk Lamé Braid in a bunch of new colors.

New knitting magazines… Vogue Knitting and Knit ‘n Style.

 Some Finished Objects.


Bunny Sweater knit by Georgie.  On the right you can see a close-up of the bunnies.  Pretty awesome, isn’t it?

Socks and a shawl finished by Deanne.  The socks are knit using Kaleidoscope, and the shawl is knit using Silk Splash.  Both yarns are by Blue Ridge Yarns.

A couple of needlepoint projects back from the finishers.  Leona stitched these.

By the Sea.

 Announcement… 
The Stitch Niche will be closed July 3rd & 4th.  

 And now back to our regularly scheduled programming…

Of special note this week in honor of the crazy heat we are enduring in South Mississippi, we are showcasing the Seashore category of our needlepoint canvases.  It’s quite a selection, is it not?  And for the month of July you can score one for 20% off.

 From the ceiling.

Middle of the wall.

To the floor.

That’s a lot of canvases, no?

But wait, there’s more!!!  It’s not just Seashore that is 20% off.  Nearly every canvas and skein of yarn in the whole store is on sale.  The needlepoint exceptions are the New Orleans and Charlie Harper canvases.  The yarn exceptions are Calligraphy, Cotton Rayon Flax Metallic, Cotton Rayon Seed, Dreadlocks, Egyptian Mercerized Cotton, Footprints, Gypsy Garden, Heather Yarn, Kaleidoscope, Kid Silk Creation/Haze/Haze Stripe, Little Star, Lucatape, Malabrigo Yarns, Pixie Dust, Moondance, Pizzazz, Point 5, Rayon Metallic, Regia Two-ply, Rivertwist, Rolling Stone, Rowan Fine Lace, Silk Splash, Soft Twist Cotton, Soft Rayon Twist, Swagger, Swagger Light and Twizzle.


Time to stash up!  But remember, sale items can’t be returned. 

New Knitting Stuff

This book is full of the coolest patterns.  It’s a real must-have for your knitting library.

A variety of felted bags.  Something for everyone.

Finished Objects.


First, from Georgie…we have Humpty Dumpty



Christmas is only 179 days away.  Are you ready?  Leona is… maybe…


A cute little rooster canvas.

 

Leona has also been knitting.  There is this collection of scarves she whipped up for her sister.  Modeled for us by the magnificent Marley and the lovely Lindsay.


And Jane is modeling Leona’s Daybreak by Stephen West.

A nice little hat knit by Deanne.
A very lovely shawl by Stacy.

Jane also graciously agreed to model Mary Ann’s owl hat.

Oh and speaking of Jane…

Can it be?  Her blowfish is done!!! Lavish Praise, Jane!

"What is a Yarn Tasting?" You Ask.

So… we threw a party.

There was food…
 

And some wine…







There were prizes…





 …and of course there was yarn!







Everyone who came received a bag with a sampling of eight different yarns.  Then the fun began.  Each knitter chose what to do with the yarn.

Leona and Georgie were quite busy.




Stacy finished a bracelet.
You should have been there.

Check out the new stuff.

This is Silk Splash by Blue Ridge Yarns.  It is 82% Superwash Merino and 18% Tussah Silk.  Gauge is 6-7 st/in on size 2-3US needles.  400 yards sells for a measly $27.

Here is a sampling of the Waterfall colorway.

 
Also from Blue Ridge is a huge new assortment of colors to restock the Footprints collection ($28).  Do you remember those?  That’s the sock yarn the comes with two different colors.  One for the main sock, one for the toes and heels.  Of course sock yarn is great for more than just socks.  For example…

Speaking of new colors… We have two new colors from Blue Heron Yarns in their Egyptian Mercerized Cotton (1000 yards for $40.50).  These are hidden in the back room, by the door.
Here is the complete selection.
And now for some Finished Objects…
 
Ale House Annie stitched by Neva.
Siren still being stitched by Jeanon.
Here are a few of Leona’s latest canvases ready to go to the finisher. 
Suzanne’s “Your Dog on Yarn” Socks.
Lavish praise is in order.
 
A happy little scarf knit by Leona.

Let Your Light Shine!

Look at this adorable night light.  You could make one, too. 

The fish has been retired, but we have several others that are just as nice.  Come in and pick one out.

Announcements
A Yarn Tasting
… June 21, 6-8 pm…
Call to reserve your spot.

Christmas in July Sale
Begins June 30
(the shop is closed July 3 & 4)
Canvases will be 20% off. 
(Charlie Harpers, New Orleans and Sale canvases are excluded)

All yarn will be 20% off.
A few select yarns will be excluded.
Items already on sale will not be further discounted


Some finished objects.

Hockey Skates by Leona.  And two finished needlepoint canvases.



It’s done!!!! Lavish Praise, Georgie!
It will be a carpet bag when it comes back from the finisher.  I, for one, am looking forward to seeing this finished.  Be watching for a final picture.
 

Jane’s Blowfish is getting very close.  It’s in the final details stage.  She claims it will be done in two weeks.



More lavish praise is in order for Anna.  She finished a project! We are so proud.  What’s next?