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