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After nearly five years in business, The Knitting Experience Café - both the online and real life versions - closed at the end of May, 2010.  The reasons behind our decision can be found here.

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All inventory now 40% OFF!!

We are incredibly grateful for the overwhelming support we have received in the days since we announced the closing of The Knitting Experience. My email is full of the most wonderful messages expressing how our knitting community has affected your lives. While the work at the shop has kept me too busy to properly respond, I want to thank you all for your support and encouragement!

And for your shopping!!  In the past 11 days knitters have taken home many beautiful yarns, needles and patterns.

However, there are numerous treasurers still to be found. This is the time to stock up on needles, make sure you have those patterns you've been eyeing, and snag a great knitting book or two! If the past week is any indication, we do not expect our inventory to last until the end of June. Based on the incredible response we have received, we have adjusted our timetable and now aim to close at the beginning of June. Our final date will be announced as we get closer to the end of the month.

Due to the faster timeline, we are now putting all in-stock inventory at 40% off!!

We have also put many of our shop samples on sale. These items are available in the shop only, and are priced as marked with no additional discount available.

As the shop is closing, all sales are final.

Again, thank you all for your incredible support.


May Days SALE has started!

This weekend marked the start of the beautiful month of May. And around here, that means the start of our May Days Sale!

This is how it works:

Each week during the month of May, we will be putting a different yarn, or yarn line, on sale to help you get started on your next great project.

To kickoff the May Days Sale, we are starting with one of our most popular lines: Blue Sky Alpacas and Spud and Chloe. Starting May 1st, all in-stock Blue Sky and Spud and Chloe yarns and patterns will be 20% OFF until the following Saturday when something new will go on sale. Sale items will be available online and in our Brunswick shop.

Happy Knitting!

Lovely Knits

I finished my Tappan Zee!

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All that remains is to find the perfect buttons. 

While working on our KAL, I got a little excited about the idea of having pretty summer knits to wear, so I started a couple other projects.

First was the Ribby Shell from Chic Knits:

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I can't even tell you how pleased I am with the way it knit up. I used (only 3 skeins) Cascade's Venezia so it is silky soft. The side ribbing is the best part - it provides shaping that fits YOUR body's shape. I think I may want to make the Ribby Cardigan now. 

Then, a new yarn arrived at the shop, and I had to grab needles for a third project!

Introducing Canela - a cotton/rayon/nylon yarn that is incredibly beautiful when knit. 

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The fabric is light and soft, while the subtle thick and thin nature of the yarn makes for an interesting texture.

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What am I making? The Shawl Collar Cardigan from Knitting Pure and Simple. Since each skein has 348yds, I only need 4 for the whole project. You might have noticed that Canela is a dk yarn, and this pattern calls for a worsted weight. Well, that is exactly what I wanted for this project. I envisioned a light, airy weave of the fabric to make this summery coverup. So, I am using a smaller yarn than called for, but still getting gauge.

Other knitters have also been making pretty things.

Look at Luanne's shawl out of Dream in Color Starry:

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Aren't the sparkles beautiful against the black yarn?

Sarah has me thinking that it's time I knit another sweater out of Silky Wool. Look at the stunning piece she just finished:

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I LOVE the ruffles, but the entire sweater is perfect. She did an amazing job!


Inspiration Monday - Noro projects!

Seeing as how we are having a HUGE sale on Noro yarns and patterns, I think I would be terribly remiss to not give you Noro inspired projects to consider this week.

When knitting with Noro, you have to think COLOR. Noro - regardless of the yarn - is all about color. It is about letting the color do the work. That means selecting patterns that make the most of the gorgeous color repeats. 

A few of my favorites:

The Lizard Ridge Afghan. This project is a great way to use odd lots of Noro Kureyon or Silk Garden.

The Danica Scarf. While not designed in Noro, the entrelac pattern in this scarf is perfect for the long color repeats.

The Noro Striped Scarf. A simple design, that looks terribly sophisticated. 

Then there is the absolutely beautiful Simple But Effective Shawl using Noro Kureyon Sock

What is your favorite Noro pattern?

Noro Sale Starting Saturday!!

Are you enjoying these lovely April days? I've been eagerly anticipating the explosion of color that will surely happen once we get an extended stretch of sun and warmer temperatures.

That got me thinking... how can we satisfy the craving for color that hits this time of year?  With Noro of course! No one does color like Noro, and we'd like to help you treat yourself to a fibery infusion of color with a Noro SALE.

All in-stock Noro yarns - Iro, Kochoran, Cash Iroha, Kureyon, Silk Garden, Kureyon Sock -  and Noro pattern books, will be 20% off starting this Saturday, April 24, through Saturday May 1st.

As an extra special bonus, we'll also be putting all in-stock bags on sale for 20% off. This includes those by Namaste, Blue Sky Alpacas, and Mainely Totes.  Our very popular project bags will also be on sale, so this is the perfect time to stock up!

See you on Saturday!


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