Simple Projects for Slow Living

An Ode to Laziness…

My stepfather has a favorite saying: “A minute wasted is a minute saved.” Meaning, I think, that time spent goofing off is a precious gift rescued from our overscheduled, multi-tasking days. The opening of the Los Altos Farmers Market this week is a reminder that summer is near and hopefully, a slower pace of life is in store. What better way to relax than with a knitting or crochet project that you can almost do on auto-pilot? Give yourself a break–tricky cables and intricate lace will still be around this fall. I invite you to “waste” some time with us, and we’ll share some  easy, relaxing projects-to-go all summer long!

Fun, Fresh, Fearless

Starting this Thursday, May 5 the Los Altos Farmers Market rolls into town and we’re kicking off the season with the perfect project: the Ilene Bag by Hannah Ingalls. This handy market bag is totally practical, comfortable to carry and a lovely teacher gift. Intermediate knitters and adventurous beginners will enjoy working in the round and practicing yarnovers and decreases. Try our kit using two colors of Punta African Summer cotton–specially priced for the week at $18–or choose your own favorite cotton or linen yarn. Each week we’ll highlight a new, no-stress project that you can travel with, or keep next to your lawn chair for impromptu yarn therapy. Coming up later this month: Among the Wildflowers cowl (one ball of Classic Elite Bella Lino) and Tier scarf (two skeins of Shibui Twig).

 

       

 

Simple Pleasures

It’s official: knitting and crochet are good for you. Whether you’re looking to reduce stress, manage pain, or create beauty, handcrafts can be soothing and satisfying; hospitals and prisons are finding real therapeutic benefits. We share favorite yoga studios and wine labels with our friends, how about sharing the benefits of knitting? Shellye is teaching one more Learn to Knit class before the fall, starting next week. An added bonus: turning your friends into knitters means you can bring knitting to parties and your hosts will understand! Just saying…
   
Our class schedule slows down a bit over the summer months, but we still have a few tricks up our knitted sleeve. I’m hosting another Crochet Studio this Saturday, May 7, and I’ll have two quick crochet necklaces to tempt you to pick up your hook and join me. (Above: Bergere de France pattern from #172; Crochet Collar Necklace by Mel Paton.) More classes are in the works and you can always find the most current schedule online. To register for any class, stop by the shop or call (650) 941-1815.
And Now: Shop Anytime, Anywhere!

I’m so thrilled to let you know that our online store is live! We are working hard to get all the yarns on the web site, and I appreciate your patience as we build up the online inventory. Nothing can replace actually handling yarn and seeing colors in real life, but when you get an inspiration after-hours, you’ll be able to see what we have in stock.