Thursday, December 18, 2014

Inspiration: Stocking Stuffers

Whether you're shopping for a loved one or you need to send some ideas to your dearest, we have you covered with our favorite stocking fillers. These make the perfect gift as they're small enough to fit into stockings, and they make great gifting for your knitting group too. You may even find yourself adding one or two to your own bag!

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ONE: The handiest tool to have, the Stashbot, a comprehensive guide to building a useful stash. This compact booklet is perfect to take while traveling and fits nicely in most knitting bags.

TWO: Chic-a Single Yarn Keepers are great for keeping your yarn tangled-free and protected. Great gift idea for the organizer in your life!

THREE: Change it up a bit and add a pattern to the mix like these Woolfolk Yarns leaflets. These gems are great for the person who has it all. They're sized to fit nicely in small project bags too.

FOUR: Give the gift of some lovely buttons - these precious stones shown here are handmade from Tom in Colorado, a truck driver who collects rocks and polishes them into beautiful one of a kind works of art. As knitters, we can all appreciate handmade.

And of course (not pictured), but a an all time favorite of ours are some gift certificates! The staff here at Monarch Knitting just love them. Swing by the shop or visit us online at MonarchKnitting.com to place an order.

We hope you've found this inspiration to be helpful! Happy stocking shopping!


Monday, December 1, 2014

December 2014 Newsletter

Monarch Holiday Open House

Please join us on Saturday, December 6th, as we celebrate together and share our love of this wonderful craft. We are busy planning a fun day that will include treats, drawings for prizes and an opportunity to share the projects you are working on. We are grateful for all who have made Monarch a part of their knitting world and we want to take time to thank you and share the holiday spirit. The party will go throughout the day on the 6th and we hope you can stop in and stay to enjoy some of the cheer.


Projects of the Month... Quick Knits

As knitting season picks up around the holidays, we are often asked about projects that are quick to knit. We've come up with a variety of patterns to choose from that are easy, fast and fun! Join us as we knit mitts, beanies, and easy cute accessories. Like the Mistake Rib Beanie, Susie's Reading Mitts, the Ashley Flower Headwrap, and the Button Band Hat, just to name a few. Give the joy of a hand-knitted gift and wrap-up those you love in cozy knitted warmth.  





Holiday Hours... We will be closed on Christmas Eve

To give our staff members time to be celebrate the holidays with their family and friends, we will be closed on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. If you need a last minute gift, please visit monarchknitting.com to purchase a gift certificate. Who wouldn't love that in their stocking?  
  • Closed for Christmas Eve - Wednesday, December 24th
  • Closed for Christmas Day - Thursday, December 25th
  • New Year's Eve Store Hours - Wednesday, December 31st, from 10:00am to 3:00pm
  • Closed for New Year's Day - Thursday, January 1st

Monarch Gift Registry... Your Letter to Santa

Is there something special at Monarch Knitting that you would like to see under the tree? Perhaps it is the perfect skein of yarn for your next project, a special set of needles, a handy knitting bag or yarn bowl. Just let one of our helpful staff members know and we will add it to your profile.  Take advantage of the convenience of leaving hints for those shopping for you!


We Value Your Opinion... Help Us Create the 2015 Calendar

We are working hard to create the calendar for the up-coming year. We will be announcing classes and events further in advance so it gives all of you a chance to plan ahead! Lessons, trunk shows, vendor sales, and designer visits are all things we are currently penciling in. We want to serve our local knitting community so please email us at customerservice@monarchknitting.com and let us know how what you would like to see at Monarch Knitting in 2015.


Quick Tips for December

Don't miss any of our quick tips to improve your knitting knowledge. 
Come in any time between 3:00pm and 4:00pm on Wednesdays or 11:00am to 12:00pm on Saturdays to get a free 10-15-minute demonstration on a knitting technique.  This month's tips are:
Week 1 - Sewing on a button
Week 2 - Duplicate Stitch
Week 3 - Jogless Stripe
Week 4 - Finishing Hats





New Arrivals... 



Anzula Nebula is back in stock! The shelves are shimmering with this lovely fingering-weight plied yarn that is 400 yards and is comprised of 86% Superwash Merino and 14% Sparkling Stellina. Perfect for those who are looking to add a touch of sparkle to their next project. 





We have received some additional colors of this super soft, cloud-like angora. Fashion Print yarn from Schulana is 80% angora, 20% nylon and comes in 245 yards of pure fluffiness. Quickly knit-up some Susie Reading Mitts or a cowl that will be oh-so feather soft against your skin!



Freshly stocked on the shelves, we have Home, a lovely superwash merino chunky-weight from Madelinetosh. With nine color choices and at 110 yards per skein, you can knit cowls for everyone on your list! Perfect for a fast knit this season!




We still have a lovely selection of Atenti bags in the shop - we have some doc bags, short and tall caddies and totes with pouch inserts in a range of prints. These bags are American made, of the highest quality materials and just so stylish too! These would make a great gift choice for the knitter who needs a new project bag or two!



Keep you tootsies warm with Opal Sock Yarn!  Superwash wool and polyamide are paired perfectly in 465 yard skeins for colorful and durable socks.  This yarn also makes lovely toys for children.  Have you seen Susan B Anderson's Opal Sock Yarn Bunny?... Cute as a button!


Saturday, November 1, 2014

November 2014 Newsletter

Project of the Month... Cozy Cowls



Crisp mornings and cooler evenings have us all reaching for quick knits. This month, join us as we knit and crochet some of our favorite cowl patterns in our wide selection of chunky and bulky weight yarns. We'll be featuring the popular Gaptastic Cowl in Berroco Kodiak, the super quick Dropped Stitch Cowl in Rowan Kidsilk Haze Amore, Ann's rapid Pebble neck warmer in Malabrigo Rasta, Northern Loop in Quince and Co.'s Puffin, Koryn's Ice Queen Cowl in Misti Alpaca Hand-Painted Chunky + Rowan Fur and Jenn's Cozy Brioche in Madtosh A.S.A.P.






November Lesson... Christmas Stocking

We loved knitting our Christmas stockings last year so we're excited to bring back this fun class! In this two-session class (November 8th and 22nd from 1:00pm to 3:00pm), you will cast on the stocking and learn about turning the cuff, afterthought heels, toe decreases and making I-cord. Plus, the best thing about knitting a Christmas stocking is that you will not experience "Second-Sock Syndrome!" Please come into the shop to purchase your pattern, yarn and needles. It would be great if you could knit a swatch so you are ready to begin your project during the class. Class size is limited, so please sign up ahead of time to join us!











November Lesson... Aranami Shawl

Designer Olga Buraya-kefelian was inspired by the Japanese ocean in winter to create this shawl. Knit in Woolfolk's Tynd, the shawl is light and graceful. The scallop motifs are worked in tiers, starting from the lower point and working upward as the shawl widens. Join Diane, on Saturday, November 15 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm as she'll teach you how to navigate this beautiful shawl, perfect for intermediate knitters. Practicing the cast-on and knitting the first scallop is recommended and Diane is happy to help on the Thursday before class. Sign-up ahead of time as seats are limited.







Quick Tips for October

Don't miss any of our quick tips to improve your knitting knowledge. Come in any time between 3:00pm and 4:00pm on Wednesdays or 11:00am to 12:00pm on Saturdays to get a free 10 to 15-minute demonstration on a knitting technique.  This month's tips are:
Week 1 - Picking-up Stitches
Week 2 - Mobius Cowl
Week 3 - Two stretchy bind-offs
Week 4 - I-Cord
Week 5 - Sewing a button


New Arrivals... 



New yarns! We have received our Madelinetosh A.S.A.P. and it is oh-so super bulky soft! This fabulously thick superwash merino is perfect for this time of year. And at just 90 yards, you'll whip up knitting in no time at all. Great for gifts!




We have more from Quince - just in time for holiday and winter knitting! Puffin, a 100% American sourced wool, is spun into beautiful, single-ply skeins and comes in an array of lovely saturated hues. At 112 yards each, this chunky sturdy yarn is great for quick accessories and wear-all-day sweaters.



The latest from Alchemy Yarns, Sparky and Silk Purse. These gorgeous silk yarns are just beautiful on their own, but held together, they can truly dazzle. Sparky is 97% silk and 3% polyester while the buttery soft Silk Purse is 100% silk.


Lovely Jade Sapphire Cashmere His and Hers Scarf Kits. Each kit contains approximately 350 yards of 8 ply worsted weight luxurious Jade Sapphire cashmere and a booklet offering 7 patterns, either for women or men. These kits include colors that are stunning and rich. This yarn must be felt to be believed and we are thrilled to carry such beautiful kits this season!


Monarch Holiday Open House

Please join us on December 6th as we celebrate together and share our love of this wonderful craft. We are busy planning a fun day that will include treats, drawings for prizes and an opportunity to share the projects you are working on. We are grateful for all who have made Monarch a part of their knitting world and we want to take time to thank you and share the holiday spirit. The party will go throughout the day on the 6th and we hope you can stop in and stay to enjoy some of the cheer. 






Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October 2014 Newsletter

Project of the Month... Guernsey Shawl and Triangle




Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed is known for simply elegant knitting patterns.  His Guernsey Shawl and Triangle are no exception to this rule.  Both of these pieces feature the knit-purl patterning of Guernsey fisherman sweaters.  The shawl is knit with worsted weight yarn and is enjoyable to knit.  It is a classic piece that you can wear all winter long.  The triangle was designed to be a counterpart to the shawl.  Knit in fingering weight yarn, you will have the same lovely textured pattern in a smaller, more delicate piece to stave off a fall chill.  The patterns are very clear and provide charted and written instructions as well as detailed blocking instructions, an important, final step in creating these light and soft projects.



October Knit Along... Forest Foliage

As the mornings and evenings begin to chill, wrapping up in a lace shawl is the perfect accessory for any autumn wardrobe. Join us as we knit Alana Dako’s ForestFoliage, from her beautifully inspired book, Botanical Knits 2. With its solid knit autumn leaves floating in a sea of lace stitches, Forest  Foliage is an intermediate knitted lace project that requires just 550 yards of fingering weight yarn. Some of us here in the shop can’t wait to cast-on and we thought it would more fun to knit collectively! This KAL will begin the first week of October. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page and our ravelry group for details and updates. 

October Lesson... Lace Knitting Tricks and Tips

Are you afraid to try lace knitting?  Are you confused by charts?  On Saturday, October 11th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm let us take the mystery out of lace knitting.  In this class we will show you how to work with lace charts, give you tips on how to keep track of your knitting and teach you how to "read your knitting.  We will also discuss the importance of life lines and what to do if you make a mistake.  Finally, we will review the most important part of lace knitting... blocking.  Your beautiful stitches will sing after this class.  You need to know how to knit, purl, increase and decrease to truly get the most from this class.  Join us and expand your knitting skills!

October Lesson... Fixing Boo Boos

Back by popular demand, our class that will help you to understand how to repair mistakes in your knitting.  Whether it is tinking back, picking up a stitch, an extra stitch at the edge, twisted, running or incomplete stitches that pop up on your way to finishing knit projects, we all can use a little help along the way.  This class is perfect for those who are ready to learn how to fix these little bumps in the road.  To fully benefit from this class, you should know how to knit and purl.  So join us on Saturday, October 25th from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm and you will be on your way to solving those problems that happen to all knitters.


Quick Tips for October

Don't miss any of our quick tips to improve your knitting knowledge. Come in any time between 3:00pm and 4:00pm on Wednesdays or 11:00am to 12:00pm on Saturdays to get a free 10 to 15-minute demonstration on a knitting technique.  This month's tips are:
Week 1 - Provisional cast-on
Week 2 - Tab cast-on
Week 3 - Lifeline for lace
Week 4 - Make one left and make one right
Week 5 - Jenny's surprisingly stretchy bind-off




Follow Monarch Knitting on Instagram

We are pleased to announce a new addition to the team. Sarah Higgins is a local graphic designer, photographer and runs the blog sarahinpursuit.com. She has been a long time customer and will be assisting with our Instagram feed. We encourage you to follow us on Instagram @monarchknitting. We will be posting not only inspiration, and beautiful photographs, but special contests and giveaways.  Don't forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Pinterest as well! We love to interact with you!


New Yarns coming to Monarch

Madelinetosh Pashmina Worsted - this lovely yarn is in stock now!  Wow!... a luxurious 4-ply yarn made from 75% merino wool, 15% silk, 10% cashmere.  This is an incredibly soft yarn with great drape.  The colors are stunning and you will not be able to resist our newest yummy base from Tosh.

Also from Tosh and just in time for cozy holiday knitting, we will be receiving A.S.A.P. Working up in a super-bulky weight, this fabulously thick yarn is 100% superwash merino wool. Each squishy soft skein is hand-dyed in small batches and available in their opulent glazed colorways.

Remember our announcement of Woolfolk? Well, we are excited to share that the first shipment will arrive the first week of this month! Each one of us cannot wait to stock the shelves of their sport-weight Tydn, and their aran-weight, Far. Both bases come in simplistically stunning shades, making them an easy choice for any project.

We consistently fall head over heels with Shibui, and their latest yarn, Maai has us knocked over as well. Constructed as a springy-chainette ply, Maai is made up of luxurious 70% superbaby alpaca and of 30% merino wool. Stop in the shop to see the gorgeousness of this yarn. We have many colors in stock!

Looking for something lightweight this season? Shibui's Kavo is just the ticket. Comprised of decadent silk wrapped around strong 2-ply cotton, Kavo holds an incredible soft drape. Each colorway has a dazzling sheen. Be on the lookout as we will receive it within the next two weeks. 





Sunday, August 31, 2014

September 2014 Newsletter

Project of the Month... Piper's Journey
Piper's Journey has been in our Ravelry queue for quite some time. Finally Koryn can add it to her project page!  Sometimes there is a perfect marriage between pattern and yarn and this is it.  Piper's Journey is a fun and clever knit and a perfect project for all levels of knitters.  Quince's Chickadee is a 100% American wool full of bounce and lovely stitch definition.  Koryn says that with Chickadee, "the stitches slide across the needles with such ease" and that she cannot put the project down! So come by Monarch, pick up 3 skeins of Chickadee (or your favorite yarn), the pattern, some US6 needles and cast on the perfect fall project.  Your fingers will thank you!



Open House... Show Off Saturday
What did you knit or crochet over the summer? Join us for coffee and treats on Saturday, September 6th from 10:30am to noon to show off what you knit or crocheted.  This fun Saturday open house will give you inspiration and great project ideas for fall.  Nothing compares with seeing a completed project!  Bring the project you are working on and sit and knit for a while as well.  Let's kick off fall with friends!



Accelerating Stripes Fingerless Glove Class
Join Koryn for a fun fingerless glove class on Saturday, September 13th, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.  This version of fingerless begins at the cuff and the stripes become progressively thinner as you knit toward the fingers.  In this class you will learn how to use – and not be afraid of – double-pointed needles to knit in the round.  You will also develop the skill to change color and knit "jogless" stripes.  Koryn will also review how to shape a thumb using directional increases.  Since this is an item where gauge is very important, you will need to knit a swatch. Everyone's tension is unique!  We will review how to check your gauge to assure your gloves will fit. To join in you will need double point needles, size US2.5, two colors of fingering weight yarn, about 175 yards of each, and two small stitch markers.  The pattern is free and the cost of the class is $30. 


Shibui Mix Party
We love our Shibui yarns!  Shibui is a beautiful collection of soft, rich, luxurious and inspiring fibers.  Marge Okuley (aka Ann Norling), our representative from Shibui, will be at Monarch Knitting on Saturday, September 27th from 10:00am to 12:00pm to take us on a tour through the endless possibilities created by mixing Shibui yarns.  Knit single stranded, they are a dream, but mix the fibers, and they sing.  Mix two or three strands and you have a yarn line that will be your go-to each time you look to start a project.  They are also perfect yarns with which to create your CustomFit sweater!  We will also have a Shibui trunk show at the store, so you can see the latest patterns from the line.  If you have knit something from the Shibui line, bring it in... we love seeing what everyone has created!  We will have coffee and treats to munch on, door prizes from Shibui and other special surprises.  Please call the store or email us to sign up for the Mix Party as space is limited.  Cost is $10.00.


Quick Tips for September

Don't miss any of our quick tips to improve your knitting knowledge.  Come in any time between 3:00pm and 4:00pm on Wednesdays or 11:00am to 12:00pm on Saturdays to get a free 10 to 15-minute demonstration on a knitting technique.  This month's tips are:

Week 1 - Felted Join
Week 2 - I-Cord Cast-On
Week 3 - Jogless Stripes in the Round
Week 4 - How to Read a Chart

When you come in do not forget to pick up you Quick Tip Rewards Card!  For each Quick Tip Session you attend, you will receive one hole punch on your card.  Once you have reached ten, turn it in and receive a free Monarch Knitting class of your choice.  

Botanical Knits 2 Trunk Show
Come by Monarch Knitting now through August 23rd to see all of the beautiful knitted projects from Alana Dakos' fabulous new book Botanical Knits 2.  Alana's books, Coastal Knits and Botanical Knits are some of our favorites, as they are spilling over with projects that will fill your "to-knit" list.  Botanical Knits 2 is no exception to this rule.  This book celebrates the beauty of nature and the designs are inspired by leaves, vines and blossoms.  Not only is the book filled with well-written patterns, but also the photographs and design of the book make a joy to peruse.

Coming Soon... Woolfolk Yarns
Fall is coming quickly and along with it a new yarn, Woolfolk. This exciting new line was developed by Kristin Ford, formally with Shibui, who has stepped out on her own to create these beautiful yarns.  Coming to you in a wide variety of colors, 12 total in each weight, Kristin has elected to use Orvis 21 Ultimate Merino for her line as it is the finest merino wool on the market.  Harvested from sheep that live in the grasslands of Patagonia, this fiber is feels more like cashmere than merino.  The wool is single sourced, the amount is limited, and is brought to market as part of a program to support the regeneration of Patagonia's grasslands and to boost the economic opportunities for farmers in the area.  This yarn will only be available in a few stores across the country. Monarch is thrilled to be one, and we are excited to bring you her sport-weight Tydn and aran-weight Far.  Kristin has partnered with with Olga Buraya-Kefelain (you know her as Olgajazzy) to design the single patterns and PDFs for her yarns.


Instagram Prizes! And Don't Forget Facebook
Monarch is happy to announce we are now on Instagram and that could mean a prize for you. We are excited to bring you a wide array of project photos and fun information (and some fun contests) from Monarch so take advantage of this by following us. Keep an eye on our Facebook page as well as the latest news from Monarch is always there along with class and project information.