Wednesday, December 30, 2009

This Week's Holiday Hours

Originally, Yarn Nook was to be closed Thursday, Friday & Saturday during New Year's Week. However, Kim, Kitty & Suzette have decided to open the shop on Thursday and Saturday. Come by and check out the great new items that have arrived!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Holiday Hours

For the next two holiday weeks, Yarn Nook will be open on Tuesday (10am - 6pm) & Wednesday (10am - 8pm) with regular Sit & Stitch on Wednesday both weeks (6pm - 8pm).

The shop will be closed both weeks on Thursday, Friday & Saturday.

We hope you get a chance to stop by during the holidays. Bring your family & friends in for a visit as well ~ we would love to meet them.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Christmas Party Info

Due to the bad weather expected for this evening, the Oil Center has postponed the Festival of Lights, so we will also be postponing our Yarn Nook Christmas party as well. The festival and our party will take place tomorrow evening, Saturday, December 5th, 4pm - 10pm. In addition to baskets and jewelry, we will be showcasing some beautiful oil paintings. See you tomorrow night!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Annual Yarn Nook Christmas Party

Yarn Nook will host its annual Christmas Party during the Oil Center Festival of Lights on Friday, December 4th, 4pm - 10pm. We will be hosting two trunk shows during the evening ~ a basket artist and a jewelry artist will be showcased. You are welcome to bring your favorite finger food (appetizer or dessert) to share with your Yarn Nook friends. We hope to see you there!

Make your Christmas Wish List at Yarn Nook!

Does someone you know need a little help from Santa's elves when it comes to gift giving? Well, help is here! Come by Yarn Nook today to make your Christmas Wish List. We will keep your list on file at the shop and will be glad to help your friends and family choose the perfect gift when they come by to shop for you. We are also happy to send a postcard to that special someone and let them know you have made a Yarn Nook Wish List. Come by today to take advantage of this great service. Also, gift certificates are available for sale in any denomination.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Thanksgiving Week

Next week we will have a few changes in our hours because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Monday ~ closed (as usual)
Tuesday ~ 10am - 6pm (as usual)
Wednesday ~ 10am - 4pm (no Sit & Stitch on this night)
Thursday ~ closed
Friday ~ 10am - 4pm (as usual)
Saturday ~ 10am - 4pm (as usual)

Bring your out of town guests by the shop to meet your Yarn Nook family and friends...we would love to meet them! Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

More New Arrivals

On Tuesday Kim was busy unpacking boxes upon boxes full of fun stuff for us!

A big order from Cascade arrived including 220 Wool, 220 Superwash, Pima Tencel, Baby Alpaca Chunky, Magnum, Venezia, Venezia Worsted, and Dolce.

The needle section of the shop is completely stocked with needles from Bryspun, Susan Bates, Addi, as well as interchangeable needle sets by Hiya Hiya and Addi.

Chiaogoo needles are coming soon! We are expecting a shipment of Chiaogoo bamboo and stainless steel circulars any time now.

We hope you can stop by soon to check out these new arrivals!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Just in at Yarn Nook

Hello all!

Last night was such great fun….what a crowd! I hope you all enjoyed the Schaefer Trunk Show. For those of you who missed it, you did not miss out entirely….there are still many beautiful new skeins of Schaefer yarn to be found at the shop!

Also, the huge shipment of Addi needles arrived…..lots of needles in all sizes and lengths as well as the Addi Click interchangeable needle sets!

The UPS man also delivered lots of new Mini Mochi and Mochi Plus in the great colors you already love as well as many NEW COLORS!

Come on by the shop to see these great new items!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

A Season of Change at Yarn Nook!

Here's a note from Kim Gunniss, owner of Yarn Nook:
Dear Yarn Nook Family,
It's official! I am sure many of you have heard the Yarn Nook now has two new owners. Kitty Longman and Suzete Bienvenu have partnered with me to continue my dream of making the Yarn Nook the best little yarn shop in Louisiana. This will allow us to extend our hours, add more classes and increase our inventory. Please be patient with us as we implement changes we feel are necessary to make Yarn Nook the best that it can be. We will continue to provide the large seating area for everyone to gather for classes, for help and just to enjoy each other. We want everyone to feel comfortable and welcome in our Yarn Nook home.
~Kim

Kim, Kitty and Suzette are offering a great coupon to celebrate their partnership. Print the coupon found here to receive $10 off any purchase of $50 or more through December 31, 2009. (Coupon must be presented at time of purchase to receive the discount.)

The new Yarn Nook hours will be as follows (beginning Tuesday, November 8th)
Tuesday, 10am - 6pm
Wednesday, 10am - 8pm (Sit & Stitch 6pm - 8pm)
Thursday, 10am - 6pm
Friday, 10am - 4pm
Saturday, 10am - 4pm

Kim will be working Tuesday through Thursday, Kitty on Friday, and the three of them will take turns working on Saturdays. Due to the increased activity at the shop, please consider calling ahead if you are coming specifically to get help on a project. We want to make sure to devote the necessary time to helping you.

Project Helmetliner Update

As you may know, Yarn Nook’s Project Helmetliner was featured on KATC TV3’s evening news on Tuesday night. Here is a link to the news story on KATC’s website, just in case you missed it. Since the story aired, we have had a tremendous response from the people of Acadiana. Many people have come by the shop to learn to knit just so they can knit helmetliners, and others have called or come by to lend support and to make monetary donations. Because of this, we have formed a non-profit organization, Project Helmet Inc., which is a separate entity from Yarn Nook and will allow us to collect donations that are tax deductible. The money collected will be used to pay for the yarn necessary to knit the helmetliners, and volunteer Yarn Nookers will knit them for the troops. To donate to this great cause, you may come by the shop or send your donation to:
Project Helmet
321 Oil Center Dr.
Lafayette, LA 70503

Don’t forget that The Daily Advertiser will be running an article about the project in the paper on Monday. Also, Kim and Pam will appear on KLFY TV10’s Passe Partout on Friday Morning!

We are so proud of all of you who have worked on helmetliners with us. We urge anyone who is willing to donate their time to this worthwhile project to please come by the shop to pick out their yarn today! We have tweaked the original Helmetliner pattern provided by CitizenSam ~ click here to request a copy of our revised instructions.

New arrivals

Yarn Nook is expecting lots of new arrivals this month. A large selection of Addi Turbo needles and more Addi Clicks interchangeable sets should arrive on Wednesday, November 9th. We have ordered lots of new yarns and new colors of yarns from lines we currently carry as well as yarn from several new lines ~ our UPS man will be extra busy for the next few weeks!

Trunk Show

On Wednesday, November 11th, Yarn Nook will host a Trunk Show featuring Schaefer Yarn Company yarns from 3pm to 6pm. Come by to see what Shaefer has to offer and stay for Sit & Stitch from 6pm to 8pm.

November Classes & Workshops

This month, our focus is on knitting Helmetliners for our troops. Because of this, we will not have any scheduled workshops. As always, if there is a class that you would like to take or a specific technique you would like to learn, you are welcome to call the shop or stop by to schedule an individual class at your leisure. If you are able, we ask that you volunteer to spend some time at the shop knitting a helmetliner with us and/or helping others to knit a helmetliner.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Yarn Nook in the News!

Yarn Nook will be featured tonight on KATC TV3's 5pm evening news. KATC visited the shop to do a story about our involvement in Project Helmetliner. The story will also run on the morning news tomorrow. For more information on this project click here.

On Monday, November 9th the Daily Advertiser will include a story about our efforts.

Also, the Yarn Nookers will visit the set of Passe Partout on Friday, November 13th to spread the word about Project Helmetliner.

Friday, October 30, 2009

New Arrivals

Kim got in some great new things this week!

A few of the new arrivals are Hiya Hiya Interchangeable Needle Sets (needle sizes 2-8), Universal Yarns such as Poems worsted, Poems sock, and Camo Wool (desert and jungle colorways), and a beautiful Alpaca and Soy silk blend by Southwest Trading company.

Come by the shop soon to see them for yourself!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

October Classes and Workshops

(Call or stop by the shop to sign-up for classes. Those of you cannot attend daytime classes, please let us know what class you would like to take ~ we would be glad to create a class for you in the evening or on Saturday.)

Beginning Knitting Class
This is a class for those who have no prior knitting experience and can be scheduled at your leisure. If you would like to schedule a beginner class for yourself or for a group of friends, just call the shop to set up a time and date.

Intermediate Knitting Class, Tuesdays, October 6, 13, 20, 27, 10am - 12pm.
This class is offered every Tuesday. Students will work with Kim to choose an appropriate project they would like to work on in this class. Those who sign-up for this class should have already taken the Beginning Knitting Class or have a good knowledge of the basics of knitting.

Helmetliner Knit-a-long, Tuesdays, October 6, 13, 20, 27, 1pm - 3pm.
As a participant in the Helmetliner knit-a-long you will learn the long-tail cast-on, joining in the round, knit2 purl2 ribbing, knitted cast on, picking up stitches, decreasing, binding off, working in the round, and reading a pattern!

Sock & Lace Workshop Day, Wednesdays, October 7, 14, 21, 28, 10am - 3pm.
Sock and Lace workshops will be held every Wednesday. If you would like to begin a pair of socks or a lace project, or if you need help with any aspect of knitting socks or lace, you are welcome to join the workshop at any time. You may choose to knit your socks Cuff-down or Toe-up.

Aran Afghan Block of the Month, Wednesdays, October 7, 14, 21, 28, 3pm - 5pm.
In this class series, you will create a beautiful Aran afghan one block at a time over the next few months. Each month, we will focus on one of the squares in the book The Great American Afghan. You may attend as many of the class sessions as you would like during each month. Come by the shop to get your copy of the pattern book for this beautiful afghan and to choose your yarn. To view a photo of the pattern book, click here.

The Sidekick Bag, Thursday, October 8, 1pm - 3pm.
Felting is fun, and in this class you will create the terrific felted bag pictured at the top of this newsletter. It is a quick knit full of fun new techniques for you to learn!

Fair Isle ULL Bag, Thursday, October 15, 1pm - 3pm.
Show your school spirit when you sport this great University of Louisiana, Lafayette bag designed by Kim. If you would like to create a bag for a high school team or another college team, Kim will be glad to help you with the design of your unique bag.

Fair Isle LSU Bag, Thursday, October 22, 1pm - 3pm.
Show your school spirit when you sport this great Louisiana State University bag designed by Kim. If you would like to create a bag for a high school team or another college team, Kim will be glad to help you with the design of your unique bag.

Yarn Tasting, Friday, October 16, 11am
Each participant will receive lunch, a “taste” of the beautiful Plymouth Earth Oceanside Organic Cotton yarn, and a technique class during which you will tryout your new yarn.

October Events at Yarn Nook

The Oil Center and Travis Technology Center are hosting a Meet Your Neighbor Poker Walk on Tuesday, October 6th. This event is designed for everyone to explore the shops in the Oil Center. Yarn Nook will remain open until 6:30pm, so come by to knit, pickup some supplies, or to participate in the Poker Walk. (Note: We will still have Sit & Stitch on Wednesday night as well!) To get detailed instructions about the Poker Walk, please click here.

Happy Halloween! In order to celebrate Halloween together, Yarn Nook will be hosting a Halloween Pajama Party on Wednesday, October 28th during Sit & Stitch. Join us in your PJs for a spooky fun night.

Join us for fiber and fun during Festival Acadiens et Creoles on Saturday, October 10th. We would love for you to stop by Yarn Nook on your way to this amazing festival in Girard Park (just 1 block from the shop)! We will have a tent setup outside the shop where you can relax, knit or crochet a bit and enjoy the great festival music.

The Fall Gathering Craft Show at the Cottage Shoppe is the place to be the weekend of October 24th and 25th. You are welcome to submit any of your knitted or crocheted items for sale in Yarn Nook's booth at the craft show ~ you will, of course, receive any money your items earn. Starting on Tuesday, October 20th, you are welcome to drop off your items at Yarn Nook ~ we will have price tags available for you to attach to your items. We hope that you will take the time to joins us at the craft show for a fun knit in public weekend as well. For a map to the Cottage Shoppe click here.

The Yarn Nookers are still working hard knitting and crocheting helmetliners for the troops in Afganistan! If you are willing to donate your time and expertise to this worthwhile project, please come by the shop to pick out your yarn today! Knitting a helmetliner is a great way to support our troops and a terrific opportunity to learn lots of new techniques! Please note that we have tweaked the pattern instructions as per suggestions from military personnel, so please take the time to get our revised instructions from Kim.

Of course, you are all also invited to our regular Wednesday Night Sit & Stitch every week 6pm - 8pm.

Oil Center Poker Walk

The Oil Center and Travis Technology Center are hosting a Meet Your Neighbor Poker Walk on Tuesday, October 6th. This event is designed for everyone to explore the shops in the Oil Center. Yarn Nook will remain open until 6:30pm, so come by to knit, pickup some supplies, or to participate in the Poker Walk. (Note: We will still have Sit & Stitch on Wednesday night as well!)

Poker Walk Schedule: (as provided by OCRA)
  • 4:30 - 6pm ~ Walker registration ~ Walkers register and pick up free t-shirt and map at Travis Technology Center, 110 Travis. $5 registration fee will be donated to OCRA.
  • 4:30 - 6:15pm ~ Poker Walk ~ Walkers visit participating merchants and collect a minimum of 7 playing cards in sealed envelopes. The envelopes must remain sealed. For those who cannot walk watch for the MAXGXL limo.
  • 6:15 - 6:30pm ~ Return ~ Walkers return secret poker hands in sealed envelopes to Travis Technology.
  • 6:30pm ~ Awards Festivities Begin ~ Enjoy music and snacks and festivities, meet your Oil Center neighbors, visit with walkers. Walkers register for drawings, enjoy demonstrations, chair massages, blood pressure screenings. Yarn Nook will have a booth!
  • 7:30pm ~ Awards Presentation ~ Winning poker hand receives $500; multiple winners will split the pot. Walker with the most playing cards in sealed envelopes wins Steven Scott's Master Strategies of Super Achievers, a $600 value. In case of tie the winner will be drawn. Drawings held for other prizes, such as a free weekend at the LaQuinta on Pinhook. Yarn Nook will have a drawing for several free knitting lessons.
  • 8:00pm ~ MAXGXL Broadcast ~ View previously televised broadcast in Travis Technology Center. Desserts and coffee. Seating limited to 40.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Fall Gathering at the Cottage Shoppe

Kim will be sponsoring our Yarn Nookers' booth at The Fall Gathering Craft Show at the Cottage Shoppe once again. If you would like to place your handknit or crocheted items for sale in the booth, you are more than welcome to do so. Any money your items earn at the show will of course go to you, so get started stitching! We also welcome you to join us to sit and knit or crochet at the booth during the craft show. Our booth is about selling our handmade items, but it is also about stitching in public and showing our love for our craft! The craft show will take place on Saturday, October 24th and Sunday, October 25th.

The Yarn Nookers will also be knitting and crocheting in public at the following events, so please mark your calendars now!
October 9th & 10th at Yarn Nook ~ Festival Acadiens et Creoles
December 4th at Yarn Nook ~ Oil Center Festival of Lights

Helmetliner Project Update

The Yarn Nookers are working hard knitting and crocheting helmetliners for the troops in Afganistan! If you are willing to donate your time and expertise to this worthwhile project, please come by the shop to pick out your yarn today!

Military mom and fellow Yarn Nooker, Pam Frey, is collecting money from non-knitters who are interested in helping our cause. If you know a non-knitter who would like to sponsor a helmetliner, have them contact the Yarn Nook ~ one of the Yarn Nookers would be glad to knit their helmetliner for them!

Beginner knitters who feel uncomfortable about tackling the entire helmetliner are welcome to do their part by knitting the ribbing and then passing it off to another knitter. Please consider participating in the Helmetliner Knit-a-long as well. The Knit-a-long will be held on Tuesdays, September 8, 15, 22, 29, 1pm - 3pm and we will walk you through each step of the helmetliner!

Knitting a helmetliner is a great way to support our troops and a terrific opportunity to learn lots of new techniques! Please note that we have tweaked the pattern instructions as per suggestions from military personnel, so please take the time to get our revised instructions from Kim.

To see a photo of a completed helmetliner, click here
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September Classes and Workshops

(Call or stop by the shop to sign-up for classes. Those of you cannot attend daytime classes, please let us know what class you would like to take ~ we would be glad to create a class for you in the evening or on Saturday.)

Beginning Knitting Class
This is a class for those who have no prior knitting experience and can be scheduled at your leisure. If you would like to schedule a beginner class for yourself or for a group of friends, just call the shop to set up a time and date.

Intermediate Knitting Class, Tuesdays, September 8, 15, 22, 29, 10am - 12pm.
This class is offered every Tuesday. Students will work with Kim to choose an appropriate project they would like to work on in this class. Those who sign-up for this class should have already taken the Beginning Knitting Class or have a good knowledge of the basics of knitting.

Helmetliner Knit-a-long, Tuesdays, September 8, 15, 22, 29, 1pm - 3pm.
As a participant in the Helmetliner knit-a-long you will learn the long-tail cast-on, joining in the round, knit2 purl2 ribbing, knitted cast on, picking up stitches, decreasing, binding off, working in the round, and reading a pattern!

Sock & Lace Workshop Day, Wednesdays, September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 10am - 4pm.
Sock and Lace workshops will be held every Wednesday. If you would like to begin a pair of socks or a lace project, or if you need help with any aspect of knitting socks or lace, you are welcome to join the workshop at any time. You may choose to knit your socks Cuff-down or Toe-up.

JoJo Land Fair Isle Hat, Fridays, September 4, 11, 25, 10am - 12pm
In this class you will learn to knit a stunning fair isle beret. The hat is featured in the left-most photo at the top of this newsletter.

Yarn Tasting, Friday, September 18th, 11pm
Each participant will receive lunch, a “taste” of JoJo Land's beautiful Melody yarn, and a technique class during which you will tryout your new yarn.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Summer Sale!!

The 2009 Yarn Nook Summer Sale begins
Saturday, August 8th!

25% off patterns with yarn purchase
25% off Susan Bates circular knitting needles
25% off Clover straight single point knitting needles
25% off select yarns
25% off all Project Bags
50% off all Knitting Bags

Come on by the shop to take advantage of these great bargains!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Project Helmetliner

The Yarn Nookers are starting a new charity project beginning this month! We will be knitting and crocheting helmet liners for our troops to help to keep them warm this winter. The son of one of our Yarn Nookers will be leaving for Afghanistan at the beginning of 2010, and we hope to stitch enough helmet liners for his entire platoon! Come by Yarn Nook to pick out your yarn and to get a copy of the pattern for the project. Please note that we have tweaked the pattern instructions as per suggestions from military personnel, so please take the time to get our revised instructions from Kim! You may want to visit the Citizen SAM website to read more about this hugely successful and very worthwhile endeavor.

Here is a photo of one of the helmetliners we have knitted so far!

Vintage Pins you will adore!

At Yarn Nook, Kim is always looking for great yarn and other items that will pique our interest, and she and Kitty have outdone themselves this time! Kim and Kitty have worked hard searching high and low for vintage pins which they have beautifully and lovingly restored to their original glory! Shop now for terrific vintage pins to go with your hand-stitched items and to include with your special knitted or crocheted Christmas gifts.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

July Classes and Workshops

Beginning Knitting Class
This is a class for those who have no prior knitting experience and can be scheduled at your leisure. If you would like to schedule a beginner class for yourself or for a group of friends, just call the shop to set up a time and date.

Knitting Classes for Kids, Pre-teens and Teens
Call the shop to schedule individual or small group knitting classes for your child or for a group of your child's friends. Knitting classes will be a fun summer diversion and a great gift from you....a terrific lifelong hobby! Call the shop to set up times and dates.

Intermediate Knitting Class, Tuesdays, 10am - 12pm.
This class is offered every Tuesday. Students will work with Kim to choose an appropriate project they would like to work on in this class. Those who sign-up for this class should have already taken the Beginning Knitting Class or have a good knowledge of the basics of knitting.

Dye your Own Yarn Workshop, Saturday, July 25, 10am - 1pm, $60 class fee
Have you always wanted to learn to dye your own yarn...well, here's your chance! In this workshop, you will learn to dye yarn using 3 types of dye and 3 different dying methods. Call to sign-up soon, class size is limited. Class fee includes everything you need for the workshop including yarn ~ the only thing you are required to bring is a crock pot. See Kim for details.

Each of the following 3 projects will be taught as a series of classes. You may begin the project on any of the four dates listed for the class, and you may attend as many of the classes as you like.

Malabrigo Loafers
, Wednesdays, July 15, 22, 29, 1pm - 3pm, $40 class fee
In the Loafer series, you will learn short rows, wraps and turns, hiding wraps and turns, picking up stitches, and decreasing while knitting a beautiful and comfortable pair of slippers.

Swirl Shawl, Fridays, July 10, 17, 24, 31, 10am - 12pm, $40 class fee
While knitting the beautiful Swirl Shawl you will learn to use 2 sets of circulars to work in the round, decrease and pick up stitches.

Felted Bag, Fridays, July 10, 17, 24, 31, 1pm - 3pm, $40 class fee
In this series, you will choose to knit any one of three felted bags by Three Old Bags. You may choose the Lucy Bag, the Mother & Daughter's Bag or the Double Handle Project Bag.

Sock and Lace Workshop Days, Wednesdays, July 15, 22, 29, 10am - 4pm.
Sock and Lace workshops will be held every Wednesday. If you would like to begin a pair of socks or a lace project, or if you need help with any aspect of knitting socks or lace, you are welcome to join the workshop at any time. You may choose to knit your socks Cuff-down or Toe-up.

Weekly Yarn Tasting, Fridays, July 10, 17, 24, 31, 12pm
Each participant will receive lunch, a “taste” of a fun yarn, and a technique class during which you will tryout your new yarn.

Friday, June 26, 2009

World Wide Knit in Public Photos

Our Knit in Public event at Barnes & Noble was a great success and BN was the perfect venue. The Yarn Nookers met many knitters and crocheters who will no doubt become regulars at the shop. Our group also sparked the interest of non-knitters who stopped by to chat and ask questions about knitting!

We look forward to many opportunities to knit in public during the next year and to spending World Wide Knit in Public Day at Barnes & Noble next June. Thank you to everyone at Barnes & Noble who helped make our day so enjoyable!

Thank you Kitty for taking great pictures for us!


Sorry it took me so long to post the photos!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Yarn Nooker Spotlight #3

Welcome to our Yarn Nooker Spotlight created to help us to get to know each other better.

Amy Ducote

Amy is the self-employed owner of Temporary Pharmacy Solutions, LLC , a temporary pharmacist staffing company. Her job keeps her extremely busy, but allows her the flexibility to enjoy time with her two furry children, her wonderful supportive husband, and her knitting hobby.

Amy has been knitting for 3.5 years, but if you look at the complexity of her projects and the wide range of skills she has acquired in such a short time, you would think she has been knitting all her life! Amy began knitting right after hurricane Katrina struck. She and her sister were looking for something to do to kill time while they waited for life to become somewhat normal again. Amy's mother taught her the thumb cast-on she had learned in her high school home-ec class and the rest was “knitting history” for our friend.

Amy knitted English style for about a year and then switched to Continental which she prefers. She has taught herself how to do lace, shaping techniques, toe-up, top-down, garments, and felting among other things. Amy likes the discipline and challenge of knitting and enjoys the quiet of her mind while she is knitting. She has begun designing garments for herself and other types of patterns for classes that she has taught at Yarn Nook over the past couple of years. Amy is a talented knitting instructor who enjoys sharing knowledge with others and watching new knitters get inspired with the passion of knitting. "Knitting has opened up a new community for me to be involved in and has brought me a whole new group of friends that share a common interest."

Past Yarn Nooker Spotlights:
Jill Lyons
Suzette Bienvenu

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

New arrivals at the shop!

Kim has received lots of new and fun yarns, needles, notions, books, and patterns at Yarn Nook in the past couple of weeks. Here are two of the most recent arrivals:

Hiya Hiya Sock Kits
Each kit contains 9 inch circular knitting needles in sizes 1, 2, and 3, a bag for the needles, stitch markers, and a Hiya Hiya sock pattern.

Patterns from Two Old Bags including the ever-popular Lucy Bag pattern.

Come by the shop to get yours today!

Hiya Hiya Interchangeable Needle Sets are also on order and should be arriving soon!

World Wide Knit in Public Day!!!

The Yarn Nookers and Barnes & Noble will be hosting a great Knit Out to celebrate World Wide Knit in Public Day. The knit out will take place this Saturday, June 13th from 10am until 6pm (or so....you know how we are when we get together, we never want to leave!!). Kim will be at the bookstore the entire day, so look for her when you arrive.

As I have said before, this will be a great way for all of us to share the knitting and crocheting love with the public and inspire others to begin knitting and crocheting themselves! So, please come by Barnes and Noble Saturday and plan to hang out for as long as you would like ~ bring a couple of your current works in progress and/or completed projects to show off and to work on!

Yarn Nook will be open Saturday, so you can stop by the shop to pick up anything you may need on your way to the bookstore.

We want to extend a great big THANK YOU to Barnes & Noble for hosting this event at their store!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

June Classes and Workshops

Beginning Knitting Class
This is a class for those who have no prior knitting experience and can be scheduled at your leisure. If you would like to schedule a beginner class for yourself or for a group of friends, just call the shop to set up a time and date.

Knitting Classes for Kids, Pre-teens and Teens
Call the shop to schedule individual or small group knitting classes for your child or for a group of your child's friends. Knitting classes will be a fun summer diversion and a great gift from you....a terrific lifelong hobby! Call the shop to set up times and dates.

Intermediate Knitting Class, Tuesdays, 1pm - 3pm.
This class is offered every Tuesday. Students will work with Kim to choose an appropriate project they would like to work on in this class. Those who sign-up for this class should have already taken the Beginning Knitting Class or have a good knowledge of the basics of knitting.

Each of the following 4 projects will be taught as a series of classes. You may begin the project on any of the four dates listed for the class, and you may attend as many of the classes as you like.

Clapotis Wrap, Tuesdays, June 9, 16, 23, 10am - 12pm, $40 class fee
The Clapotis is a very popular pattern. It is a fun, beautiful way to learn shaping techniques and why you would want to drop stitches on purpose!

Autumn Tam, Tuesdays, June 9, 16, 23, 1pm - 3pm, $40 class fee
In this series, you will knit a beautiful fair isle tam. You will learn the following techniques: Fair Isle knitting, working in the round, increasing, decreasing, and reading a chart.

Loafers, Wednesdays, June 10, 17, 24, 1pm - 3pm, $40 class fee
In the Loafer series, you will learn short rows, wraps and turns, hiding wraps and turns, picking up stitches, and decreasing.

Swirl Shawl, Fridays, June 12, 19, 26, 1pm - 3pm, $40 class fee
While knitting the beautiful Swirl Shawl you will learn to use 2 sets of circulars to work in the round, decrease and pick up stitches.


Sock and Lace Workshop Days, Wednesdays, June 3, 10, 17, 24, 10am - 4pm.
Sock and Lace workshops will be held every Wednesday. If you would like to begin a pair of socks or a lace project, or if you need help with any aspect of knitting socks or lace, you are welcome to join the workshop at any time. You may choose to knit your socks Cuff-down or Toe-up.

Weekly Yarn Tasting, Fridays, June 5, 12, 19, 26, 11am
Each participant will receive lunch, a “taste” of a fun yarn, and a technique class during which you will tryout your new yarn.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Poll # 3 ~ Results

Poll # 3 asked:
Which of the following describes you best?

66% answered, I most often buy yarn because I love the yarn ~ I figure out what to do with it later.

34% answered, I most often buy yarn with a particular project in mind.

If you are in the later group like me, you still buy lots of yarn you just have projects in mind for ALL OF IT....heehee!!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Mini Mochi is here!!

A terrific box full of Mini Mochi by Crystal Palace was delivered today. Many of you have been anxiously waiting for this wonderfully soft fingering yarn ~ great for socks, lace work, baby items, scarves, etc. It is 80% Superwash Merino wool and 20% Nylon and is absolutely beautiful!!! Come by to choose yours today!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Come by the Shop to Check Out Our New Arrivals!

Kim received lots of new stuff today including the following:

Dark Horse Yarns (new to Yarn Nook)
50 colors of Fantasy (superfine acrylic & nylon yarn)
Undyed wool
Rhapsody (100% wool)
Cindy (beautiful wide ribbon yarn)

Cascade Yarns
10 colors of Magnum chunky wool (for the felted bags you are all crazy about!!)
Mirage DK (50% wool, 50% acrylic)
Splash DK (100% acrylic)
Greenland (100% superwash merino wool)
Heritage Paint (75% merino wool, 25% nylon, Handpainted sock yarn)
Eden (100% bamboo in solids and prints)
Eco Alpaca (undyed natural colors)

Vogue Knitting Magazine (more copies of Spring/Summer issue)

Pints and Purls Portable Projects for the Social Knitter (a fun book!!)

A great time!!!!

Oh my! The 1st Annual Yarn Nook Customer Appreciation Party was a great success!!! Ben and Kim's house and property are perfect for entertaining... absolutely beautiful... thank you both for making us all feel so comfortable at your home!!! A big thank you to Ben & company ~ the crawfish, shrimp, crabs, and all the fixins were AWESOME!!!! So awesome, in fact, that I did not get one photo of anyone eating or of the food because I was busy eating and eating....(and chasing kids and visiting of course)!!! I was having such a good time that I only pulled my camera out the last few minutes before we left....anyway, here are the photos I got....

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Party at Kim's House on Sunday

Don't forget that the 1st Annual Customer Appreciation Party will be held Sunday at Kim's house. If you haven't already done so, stop by the shop to RSVP and pick up a map. Great food, great company, and lots of fun are guaranteed. Kim has lots of fun activities planned for the kids, too.

Click here for more details about the party. Oh yeah, don't forget to bring your knitting or crocheting!!!!

We have a winner!!!!

Well....actually we have 2 winners......for our Name That Sheep Contest!!!

The Yarn Nookers voted on the best name for our sheep friend last Wednesday, and we actually picked first and last names that were submitted by two different people and combined them to form our sheep's name. So, two of our creative friends will receive a skein of Happy sock yarn of their choice as a token of our appreciation for helping us to come up with such a great name!!!

Without further ado.....the name of our sheep friend is......
Ewenida Knitmore (You needa knit more...heeheehee)

Dean came up with Ewenida as a first name, and Erin came up with Knitmore as the last name. Isn't it great?!?! Thank you so much, Erin and Dean, for sharing your creativity with us, and we can't wait to see what you do with your new yarn! Hats off to all of you who submitted names for our sheep.....you came up with some great ideas!!!!

Friday, May 8, 2009

1st Annual Yarn Nook Customer Appreciation Party!!

Kim and her husband, Ben, invite you and your family to the Yarn Nook 1st Annual Customer Appreciation Crawfish and Crab Boil!!

We talk about our families all the time at the shop, but many of us have never actually met each other's families and this will be a great opportunity to do so!! Also, it will be fun for all of us who hang out at Yarn Nook to meet each other. For example, those who are there mostly during the day can finally meet those who are there mostly on Wednesday nights!!

The party will be at Kim and Ben’s house on Sunday, May 17th, 3pm until, and will be filled with great food and lots fun!!! There will be crawfish, crabs, potatoes, corn, mushrooms, etc…. and hot dogs for those who do not want seafood!!! Please bring your your lawn chairs and an ice chest with drinks for you and your family!

Your kids are invited to bring a bathing suit and/or fishing pole so they can play on the blow-up water slide and fish in the pond. Older kids can swim in the pond, too.

Please stop by Yarn Nook to RSVP and to pick-up a map to Kim’s house!!! We hope to see you all there!!!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

World Wide Knit In Public Day!

World-wide Knit In Public Day has been set for June 13, 2009! The Yarn Nookers love to knit in public, in fact, many of us never leave home without something to knit or crochet…just in case! We have met lots of new friends and recruited many new knitters by knitting in public individually and as a group. Whether knitting in a waiting room, at a festival or a craft show, waiting in line at carpool, our new friends seem TO FIND US! People want to ask questions - they want you to know that they used to knit or want to learn to knit. We hope that the people we meet can sense our love for knitting and crocheting and will join us and come to love it too!!

In order to honor Knit In Public Day, we will be knitting in public on June 13th at Barnes & Noble on Johnston Street in Lafayette from 10am to 6pm! We hope you will join us and encourage your friends and family to do so as well. This will be a great opportunity for the knitters and crocheters in the area to get together and share our love for our craft with the public!!!

A special thanks to those at Barnes & Noble who are helping us to plan this event!!

Check out the bookstore’s June newsletter ~ the Knit In Public event will be listed!

Click here for a map to Barnes & Noble.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Yarn Nook in the News!

During the most recent Yarn Nooker knit in public event at the Cottage Shoppe craft show we met Laura Faulk. Laura, a writer for the Advocate in Baton Rouge, was intrigued by the dynamic of our group and the passion we all share for our craft and asked if she could share our story. Laura attended last week's Yarn Nooker Night and wrote a great article which you can find on the first page of section B in today's Advocate. You can also read it online here: Yarn Nook arcticle.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Poll #2 ~ Results

Our second Yarn Nook Poll asked:
How many WIPs (works in progress) do you have on your needles or hooks at this time?

Results:
0% of you answered 0 WIPs
0% answered 1 WIP
26% answered 2 or 3 WIPs
50% answered 4 or 5 WIPs
7% answered 6 or 7 WIPs
3% answered 8 or 9 WIPs
11% answered 10 WIPs or more

I am loving these polls ~ it is so fun to see how the votes turn out! I feel so much better knowing I am not alone with my many WIPS!!!!

Please vote in the new poll on the sidebar to the right!!

Friday, May 1, 2009

May Classes & Workshops

Beginning Knitting Class
This is a class for those who have no prior knitting experience and can be scheduled at your leisure. If you would like to schedule a beginner class for yourself or for a group of friends, just call the shop to set up a time and date!!

Intermediate Knitting Class, Tuesdays, 1pm - 3pm.
This class is offered every Tuesday. Students will work with Kim to choose an appropriate project they would like to work on in this class! Those who sign-up for this class should have already taken the Beginning Knitting Class or have a good knowledge of the basics of knitting.

Each of the following 4 projects will be taught as a series of classes. You may begin the project on any of the four dates listed for the class, and you may attend as many of the classes as you like.

Botanica Medallion Cardigan
, Tuesdays, May 5, 12, 19, 26, 1pm - 3pm.

Toe-up Lace Stockings, Wednesdays, May 6, 13, 20, 27, 1pm - 3pm.

Fingerless Gloves, Thursdays, May 7, 14, 21, 28, 1pm - 3pm.

Summer Scarf, Fridays, May 8, 15, 22, 29, 1pm - 3pm.

Sock and Lace Workshop Days, Wednesdays, May 6, 13, 20, 27, 10am - 4pm.
Sock and Lace workshops will be held every Wednesday. If you would like to begin a pair of socks or a lace project, or if you need help with any aspect of knitting socks or lace, you are welcome to join the workshop at any time. You may choose to knit your socks Cuff-down or Toe-up.

Weekly Yarn Tasting, Fridays, May 8, 15, 22, 29, 11am
Each participant will receive lunch, a “taste” of a fun yarn, and a technique class during which you will tryout your new yarn.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Yarn Nooker Spotlight #2

Welcome to our Yarn Nooker Spotlight created to help us to get to know each other better. This week we spotlight someone who has become crazy addicted to knitting in the past couple of months and has fast become a regular at the shop! Without further ado we introduce to you....


Suzette Bienvenu

Suzette is a busy lady! She works as the office manager for an architectural firm in the Oil Center, is happily married, and is the mother of 3 (almost) grown children. She has a 23 year old son who lives in Houston, a 21 year old daughter who is a nursing student at UL, and an 18 year old son who is a student at Lafayette High School and also takes classes at UL.

Suzette taught herself to knit, but became stuck in the rut of knitting mostly squares and rectangles...mostly baby blankets and scarves...and things that only involved knitting and purling. One day, she saw the Beginning Knitting Class listed in the UL Potpourri brochure and decided to sign-up. Suzette took the Potpourri classes at Yarn Nook beginning in early January and enjoyed the series of classes so much that she has gone on to take several more individual and group classes in the past few months. She has made two purses, a headband, a pillow, a wrap, and has learned to felt ~ all since mid-January!! Suzette's most recent accomplishment is knitting a beautiful top-down baby sweater!!

As I said earlier, Suzette has become crazy addicted and calls knitting her new passion. She says, "Everyone needs to find their passion, and this is it for me! I can't wait to get home from work, cook, and then knit. I've never enjoyed something this much! It's amazing!" She also says that because of all the great stuff Kim has taught her, she sees herself knitting items she would have never dreamed of tackling before and she has learned many useful tips and tricks as well.

Suzette has also begun to share the knitting love ~ her enthusiasm has encouraged a good friend of hers to want to learn to knit as well, and Suzette says her friend will be joining her in the shop soon! Yippee, another Yarn Nooker in the making!

Two new things Suzette is proud to have added to her knitting bag of tricks are how to knit continental and how to "read" her work. The thing that she would love to learn to do is knit two socks at a time on two circulars. If her past successes are any indication, I suspect that she will be sporting a beautiful pair of hand-knit socks very soon!!

Past Yarn Nooker Spotlight: Jill Lyons

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Name that Sheep!

I'm sure many of you have noticed the cute little addition to the shop pictured here.

You have seen our sheep hanging around in different locations in the shop and in our shop photos on the blog. We have yet to come up with a suitable name for our sheep and decided to ask you all for help. So, Yarn Nook is pleased to announce its name that sheep contest.

If you have an idea for a great name for our new friend, please click on the link below to email us your suggestion. We will collect the submissions during the next two weeks and will announce the winner on the blog on May 7th! As a token of our appreciation, the winner of the name our sheep contest will receive a skein of Happy sock yarn by Wendy. Happy comes in lots of great colors, is 75% Bamboo and 25% Nylon, and each skein contains enough yardage to knit a pair of socks.

Click here to Name that Sheep! (don't forget to include your full name in the email)

Pajama Party!

Don't forget ~ tomorrow night at Sit & Stitch we will have a pajama party!! You are all invited to join us for fun, knitting, crocheting and just lounging around in your PJs! If you've never been to Yarn Nook on Wednesday night, you've got to stop by to see what you've been missing. Each week there are more and more people who come by and we love to have new people to join in on the fun! Here is a link to some photos taken at Sit & Stitch.

PS ~ If you don't want to wear PJs that's fine, too, of course!

Friday, April 17, 2009

You know you're a Yarn Nooker when:


  • You know who all the red yarn belongs to.

  • Your car wants to automatically turn toward and drive to the shop when you are anywhere near the Oil Center!

  • You know who is ready and willing to give your drink a refill on Wednesday night.

  • You have your own coffee cup at the shop.

  • Friends and family call the shop looking for you.

  • You have the shop's phone number on speed dial.

  • You've laid claim to a particular chair.

  • You walk through the door everyone knows your name.

  • You know the difference between Heather One and Heather Two.

  • You know who the Sock Lady is.

  • Kim leaves and tells you not to forget to lock up.

  • Hanging out and shopping at Yarn Nook is not so much a luxury as a NEED!!!


If any of these things applies to you, then you you must be a Yarn Nooker!! (and you are in great company if we do say so ourselves!!)

These are just a few things we came up with when we were hanging around the shop the other day. If you have suggestions about what we should add to this list, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post!

Poll #1 Final Results

Our first Yarn Nook Poll asked:
Do you knit, crochet or both?

Results:
54% of you answered that you only Knit
2% answered that you only Crochet
42% of you answered that you Knit & Crochet!

Interesting....very interesting!

Please vote in the new poll on the sidebar to the right!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

April Newsletter ~ Finally!!

Our April Yarn Nook newsletter finally went out today! The beginning of this month was so busy so we were running a bit behind. If you do not currently receive the newsletter but would like to, Click here, then click 'Send'!

Here are some of the highlights for those of you who do not receive the email newsletter:
The April class list is set. Click here to view it then give us a call or come by the shop to sign up!!!

The Spring/Summer 2009 edition of Vogue Knitting magazine is in!! Come by the shop to pick up your copy and get ready for some fun classes in May!

Our very own Jane Hebert sent a question to Creative Knitting Magazine which was published in the April 2009 issue of their online newsletter. Along with her question, her knitting backstory was also printed. Click here for the April issue and scroll down to Reader Letters to read her story.

On Wednesday April 22nd, Yarn Nook will host a Pajama Party during Sit & Stitch / Yarn Nooker Night at the shop (6pm - 8pm). Come to the shop in your pj's, relax with friends, and knit or crochet a bit.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Knitting Challenge 2009

From the AslanTrends website:
ASLANTRENDS KNITTING CHALLENGE “THE CONTEST”
will be an annual contest in which, through the use of AslanTrends Yarns, we ask entrants to create their own designs based on a set of creative guidelines. A panel of prestigious judges from the professional Knitting community will take part in determining the winners. Top tier winners will receive cash, AslanTrends Yarn and other prizes.

Click on the link below to learn more, then come by the shop to pick out your yarn and begin designing!!!
http://www.aslantrends.com/contest.html

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Knitting & Crocheting in the News

A fellow Yarn Nooker sent me this link about knitting, crocheting and your health. It is a video from The Early Show....it's great to see knitting and crocheting getting good press...check it out!

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=4917058n

The same friend also sent me this link...it shows you that you should make sure you keep your knitting close at hand at ALL times....poor lady!!

http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/93980/Meet-the-98-year-old-quake-survivor-who-knitted-to-stay-alive

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Fun Weekend!

Wow! This weekend was a blast! The Yarn Nookers' booth at Cottage Shoppe Spring Gathering was a great success! Many of our shop friends came by to knit & crochet or to just hang out with us and shop. We also met lots of folks who we hope will become new friends for us to hang out with at Yarn Nook! Those of you who expressed interest in learning to knit or crochet, we can't wait to see you at the shop soon!!!

Of course, I took some photos!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Just a couple of things!

I wanted to remind you all that the Spring Gathering at the Cottage Shoppe is this weekend and we would love to see you all there. I think you will really enjoy it. See the previous post for some more details. Also, if you still have items you would like to submit for the booth, you can take them over to Yarn Nook and give them to Kim.

If you didn't already do so, please answer the poll in the right hand column. Every once in a while we will place a poll question over there. This is just for us to all get to know our Yarn Nook community a bit better. We would love to see what you have to say.

We are also working on a new class schedule, so if there is a class or technique you would like to see included, please let Kim know!

Of course, I took more photos at Sit & Stitch / Yarn Nooker's Night last night, so here they are!


Wednesday, April 1, 2009

April Classes & Workshops

Beginning Knitting Class
This is a class for those who have no prior knitting experience and can be scheduled at your leisure. If you would like to schedule a beginner class for yourself or for a group of friends, just call the shop to set up a time and date!!

Intermediate Knitting Class, Tuesdays, 1pm - 3pm.
This class is offered every Tuesday. Students will work with Kim to choose an appropriate project they would like to work on in this class! Those who sign-up for this class should have already taken the Beginning Knitting Class or have a good knowledge of the basics of knitting.

Entrelac Class, Wednesday, April 15, 1pm - 3pm.
In this class you will learn to knit a very impressive woven-looking technique called Enterlac. You will use this technique to create a one of a kind purse!

Covered Hanger Class, Wednesdays, April 15, 29, 4pm - 6pm.
In this class you will knit a beautiful beaded cover for a satin covered hanger. Amy has placed some amazing samples in the shop for you to check out. Supplies needed are yarn (come by the shop soon to make your choice!), satin covered hanger(can be purchased from Bed Bath, Beyond or Wal-mart), beads that will allow yarn to pass thru them(optional), tapestry needle.

Beginner Lace Class, Wednesday, April 22, 1pm - 3pm.
In this class you will knit an exquisite lace scarf by a highly renowned designer. You will learn many new techniques including how to read a knitting chart.

Sock and Lace Workshop Days, Wednesdays, April 15, 22, 29, 10am - 4pm.
Sock and Lace workshops will be held every Wednesday. If you would like to begin a pair of socks or a lace project, or if you need help with any aspect of knitting socks or lace, you are welcome to join the workshop at any time. You may choose to knit your socks Cuff-down or Toe-up.

Weekly Yarn Tasting, Fridays, April 17, 24, 11am
Each Friday, the shop will host a yarn tasting beginning at 11am. Each participant will receive lunch, a “taste” of a fun yarn, and a technique class during which you will tryout your new yarn.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Cottage Shoppe Spring Gathering

The Yarn Nookers will have a booth at the Spring Gathering craft show at the Cottage Shoppe this weekend: Saturday, April 4th (9am - 5pm) and Sunday April 5th (9am - 4pm). If you have any knitted or crocheted items you would like to include in our booth at the show, please bring them to Yarn Nook by Wednesday, April 1st so we can get everything organized.

We hope to see you all out at the craft show as well. It is a great gathering of very talented artists, so please come on by! The Cottage Shoppe is located at 800 East Broussard Road. Click here for a map.

Friday, March 27, 2009

New Orleans Knit Out Dates

Our New Orleans trip was originally planned for Friday, April 17 thru Monday, April 20th but the dates for the trip have changed due to scheduling problems. We are now planning to make the trip on Friday, May 29 thru Monday, June 1st.

We will travel to New Orleans on the train to spend the weekend knitting in the Big Easy. After a restful long weekend, we will return to Lafayette, again on the train. We will be booking hotel reservations and the train tickets very soon, so call the shop ASAP for more information and to reserve your spot on this fun trip!

Yarn Nooker Spotlight

In order to help us all get to know each other better, we are instituting the Yarn Nooker Spotlight. We are very excited about this new addition to our website and hope to spotlight a Yarn Nook family member each week. So, here we go....this week we are spotlighting the sweet, gracious and very brave (you know being first and all).....



Jill Lyons

Jill is a self-employed mother of one 16 year old son named Austin and is engaged to her wonderful fiancee, Brad. She owns Lyons Publishing and publishes the phone book for Acadia Parish.

Jill grew up surrounded by crafty women. Her mother and grandmother were seamstresses and did other needlework. When she was about 10 years old, a cousin taught her to crochet granny squares, and she has been crocheting on and off since then. Jill enjoys crocheting afghans and baby blankets most of all.

Recently, Jill read the books Friday Night Knitting Club and Knit Two and was inspired to learn to knit. Searching the Internet for a yarn shop in Lafayette, she found Yarn Nook and visited the shop. Jill and Kim hit it off right away and she has been taking lessons for the past two months. She has learned to knit continental style because of her background in crochet. Jill is working on three different knitting projects right now and is pictured here with a beautiful ruffle edged scarf that she will soon cast-off.

Spending time at Yarn Nook several times a week has become something that Jill looks forward to. Her favorite thing about the shop is how much fun everyone has and the great friends she has made. She enjoys the interaction among people of all ages and skill levels, and the feeling of community at Yarn Nook. Jill loves spending time with her new friends and spent last weekend participating in the Race for the Cure as a member of the Yarn Nooker Team. Jill says, "The diversity in personalities and creativity of the women at Yarn Nook is amazing. I could have gotten a book on knitting and tried to teach myself, but Kim made it so easy for me and I love being a part of the Yarn Nook family!"

Jill's goal with her knitting is to make beautiful items that she will love to wear! After seeing her scarf, we all know that she is on the right track. Great job Jill!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Race for the Cure

As you can see from the photos below our fellow Yarn Nookers had a great time Racing for the Cure last Saturday! Great job ladies...we are very proud of you!

For information on how you can get involved in the breast cancer cause, click here


Friday, March 20, 2009

Pat's 7 Layer Bars Recipe

Pat brought this wonderful dessert a couple of Wednesday nights ago and we all loved it. She says she got the recipe from cooks.com! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Ingredients:
¼ lb. butter
1 cup crushed graham cracker crumbs
1 cup angel flake coconut
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 can sweetened condensed milk (Eagle Brand)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Melt butter in 8½ x 11 in. pan. Add layer by layer (do not mix) above ingredients in order listed.

Bake 32 minutes at 350° in an aluminum pan OR 28 minutes at 350° if a glass dish is used. Cut in bars when cool. Time baking carefully.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Wednesday Night Sit & Stitch (Yarn Nooker Night)

Tonight's Sit & Stitch was loads of fun and I've got the photos to prove it!!! (I wish I could have gotten a photo with everyone in it!) Good food, good friends, good knitting...what could be better? The diversity of projects tonight was amazing - socks, scarves, wine cozies, sweaters, bags, wash cloths, home decor and wraps - WOW! It was great to meet all of the first timers, too - you are all doing so well!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day

At Yarn Nook this St. Patrick's Day you will get 10% off any green yarn of your choice and 10% off any Clover product purchase (includes needles and notions)!

10% discount is good only on March 17, 2009. Please mention this blog entry at checkout to get the discount.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Berroco Has Arrived

Just In!!!! Berroco Comfort in lots of fun spring colors. Great for all those baby projects you've been dying to knit. The new sock yarn Happy, 75% Bamboo & 25% Nylon. "It's like butta."

Also, Addi Clicks arriving Tuesday. Limited quantity. Call to reserve your set ASAP.

What is a Yarn Nooker?

Pronunciation: \yärn nu-kər\
Function: noun
  1. a person filled with enthusiasm for fiber art
  2. one who tends to become completely absorbed in any conversation involving yarn, knitting, or crocheting
  3. a knitter or crocheter who loves to hang out and shop at Yarn Nook (or friend of knitter or crocheter who gets drug along to the yarn shop and LIKES it!)

Thursday, March 12, 2009

A Few Photos

I took a few photos of the shop a couple of days ago and thought I would share them. I will be posting some more soon and I especially want to get some of the knit & crochet nook in the back of the shop. I hope you know that you all are welcome to stop by anytime to relax, chat and knit or crochet!


Monday, March 2, 2009

Group Activities

The Yarn Nookers will be participating in the 10th Annual Komen Acadiana Race for the Cure on Saturday, March 21st. A team of knitters from the shop will be racing for a cure. Here are some ways you may choose to participate:
  • Join us in the race on March 21st. You must register online or by mail by March 13th. Be sure to join our team at registration by entering Yarn Nookers as the team name!
  • Donate money to Komen Acadiana in the name of one of our Team participants. If you are unsure of who all is participating and would like to donate in the name of our team, you can donate in Kim Gunniss’s name. She is the shop owner and team captain.

To learn more, register or donate click here.

Kim is having team shirts printed for us to wear during the race. The shirts will say “I love to knit at Yarn Nook” and will cost $10. If you would like a shirt whether you are participating in the race or not, call Kim ASAP to let her know so she can include you in her order.


The Yarn Nookers will have a booth at the Cottage Shoppe's Spring Gathering on Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5. The Cottage Shoppe hosts this arts & crafts show each spring and fall. All of you are invited to submit items for sale in our booth, and of course any money you earn from the sale of your items will be yours. We will have more specific information about this soon, but go ahead and prepare by knitting and crocheting your items for the booth now! You are also invited to stop by to say hello to your fellow knitters and crocheters who will be manning the booth and to check out the other terrific booths at the show. The Cottage Shoppe is located at 800 East Broussard Road. Click here for a map.


The Yarn Nookers are hosting a New Orleans Knit-out! Our New Orleans trip was originally planned for Friday, April 17 thru Monday, April 20th but the dates for the trip have changed due to scheduling problems. We are now planning to make the trip on Friday, May 29 thru Monday, June 1st.

We will travel to New Orleans on the train to spend the weekend knitting in the Big Easy. After a restful long weekend, we will return to Lafayette, again on the train. We will be booking hotel reservations and the train tickets very soon, so call the shop ASAP for more information and to reserve your spot on this fun trip!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

March Classes & Workshops

Call or stop by the shop for more info or to sign-up for any of the following:

February Lady Sweater KAL: Wednesdays, March 4, 11, 18, 25, 4pm - 6pm
We are very excited to invite you to join our February Lady Knit Along! We will be knitting the beautiful February Lady Sweater. We have many beautiful yarns at the shop to choose from for this project. Come by today to choose your yarn and sign-up!

Intermediate Knitting Class: Tuesdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 1pm - 3pm.
In this class you will learn to knit a top-down raglan baby sweater. Students who sign-up for this class should have already taken the Beginning Knitting Class or have a good knowledge of the basics of knitting.

Beginning Knitting Class: Friday, March 6, 10am - 12pm.
This is a class for those who have no prior knitting experience.

Intermediate Knitting Class: Saturdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28, 2pm - 4pm.
In this class you will learn to knit a top-down raglan baby sweater. Students who sign-up for this class should have already taken the Beginning Knitting Class or have a good knowledge of the basics of knitting.

Beginning Knitting Class: Saturday, March 7, 10am - 12pm.
This is a class for those who have no prior knitting experience.

Covered Hanger Class: Thursday, March 12th, 3:30 - 5:30pm.

Sock and Lace Workshops
Sock and Lace workshops are held every Wednesday. If you would like to begin a pair of socks or a lace project, or if you need help with any aspect of knitting socks or lace, you are welcome to join the workshop at any time. You may choose to knit your socks Cuff-down or Toe-up. Dates for the next few workshops are as follows:
March 4, 11, 18, 25

Weekly Yarn Tasting
Each Friday, the shop will host a yarn tasting beginning at 11am. Each participant will receive lunch, a “taste” of a fun yarn, and a technique class during which you will tryout your new yarn.
March 6, 13, 20, 27

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Friday, February 27, 2009

About Yarn Nook

At Yarn Nook we strive to inspire your knitting, crocheting and spinning by offering you all the tools and help you need to create beautiful fiber pieces. We continue to get better and better and our little family keeps on growing. Come share a cup of hot coffee and friendly conversation in our cozy nook. You will be welcomed by Kitty Longman or Suzette Bienvenu, the shop owners, and will be surrounded by all the wonderful colors and tactile pleasures of our large array of fibers, books, project bags, notions and gift items.