Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Tears to Hugs
Great impressions are made by what we say and do. I've always believed life is lived going the extra mile and so my summer story unfolds.
The phone rang on an afternoon, 'Could anyone fix stuffies?'  I replied bring them in so I can take a look. Not too long afterwards, in walked Mom, Henry and Evelyn both carrying stuffies. They could be mended; so colors were chosen. Dilemma -- stuffies couldn't stay, they must go in the arms of their owners.
Quickly I measured, counted, scribbled notes while Mom responded to the following .... what is she doing? ... are they fixed yet? Evelyn inquisitively passed me a large knitting needle, will this help? They departed, Henry asking, 'When' s she going to call us? '
I laid the shop project aside and commenced knitting from my sketchy notes.
The following week, the new family to Saint John returned; the work to date passed inspection and a surgery date was set into motion.
Anxiously I waited for their arrival. Parts were tried on. Then the moment of separation --hugs and waves. Henry and Evelyn were off to adventures in the library and lunch.  This surgeon went to work mending holes, adding stuffing, attaching new parts.
Coco stuffy was in recovery and I was joined with my Assistant Evelyn pulling yarn and cutting threads on Bongo stuffy. Intensely stitches were sewn with an on-going, heartfelt conversation unfolding to all around. Magnifying glass in hand, Henry gave detailed instructions of how to stitch a shark on his pocket. Delight was evident to all.
Measurements were taken for a new fall sweater for Evelyn; measurements of stuffies too!
For sure, we welcomed newcomers to Saint John and I’ll always remember the stuffies at Cricket Cove. Here’s a closer look at the before and after x-rays.
Cindy Alcorn

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Spring Fling 
April 24 
Join us for a fun afternoon at our Fredericton shop.
Treats, draws and two great classes. Call shop to register at 506-450-KNIT or visit shop 647 McLeod Avenue

Beginner Design Your Own Shawl with Gena
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Materials: (please purchase at shop)
100g/220y Worsted weight yarn in one color or two coordinating colors
5.5mm needles
Stitch Markers 
Sketch book (optional)
No pattern needed

Comfort with knit and purl stitches needed, and basic knowledge of increases and decreases are a plus.
Students will learn how to create their own basic custom shawl using purposefully placed increases to determine shawl shape. Choice of increase types, stripes, stitch textures, eyelets, and bind offs will make shawls unique and one of a kind. This class is intended to be a stepping stone to more complicated shawl designing.

Magic Loop knitting - Maine Morning Mitts with Sarah
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Materials: (please purchase at shop)
1 ball of Noro Kureyon - or any desired worseted weight yarn
4 - 4.5mm - 32" circular needle

Here's your chance to conquer Magic Loop knitting- you'll want to knit all of your socks and mitts using this fun method.