Yarn Therapy, Inc. http://yarntherapyinc.com A Local Yarn Shop in Tallahassee, FL Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:08:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Rhinebeck 2014 http://yarntherapyinc.com/2014/11/rhinebeck-2014/ http://yarntherapyinc.com/2014/11/rhinebeck-2014/#comments Sat, 15 Nov 2014 22:21:43 +0000 http://yarntherapyinc.com/?p=684 Rhinebeck! Yes, we the mighty, traveled to the northern heights of New York State to suffer the likes of the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival. Poor us. (wink, wink) 

Dana and I caught up with Lindsay at La Guardia, and grabbed a rental car. The rental had a “start” button that evoked major “stupid car” utterances as we headed north. The drive itself was spectacular. I know that sounds over the top and dramatic, it was! Dana, the designated driver, (forever in her debt) listened patiently to the GPS spit out directions. I took pictures “OF EVERYTHING” and Lindsay, with quick fingers; made sure the GPS was actually going where we needed to go. What a team! Curly, Larry and Moe! Lots of curls if you count Dana and me.

PicMonkey Collage 3

We wound our way to our base camp, a charming house, log cabin to be exact, that had a “retrofitted” basement to accommodate visitors. Super nice with all the amenities, we lacked for nothing. We had a few humorous moments (okay, every day) with the very complex light switch system and the door lock. The owner’s instructions were very clear, we just…well you know, didn’t follow instructions very well. Sigh.


THE FESTIVAL is held during peak fall foliage and the vistas are breathtaking. We traveled throughout the area and stopped in at several yarn stores. It was delightful to meet up with the Owner of http://www.yarnandteashop.com, in Saugerties, our home base. A must stop, http://www.sticklesvariety.com, in Rhinebeck is utterly a time machine (in a good way, don’t miss it.) They have a variety of merchandise that will carry you down memory lane and a charming Yarn Garage in the back!

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Food. If you know me, you know it could all go south with the food. So, to say the food was exceptional, well THE FOOD WAS EXCEPTIONAL.  At http://www.breadalone.com, we had the most amazing baked goods and Dana had a dish involving asparagus and eggs that I failed to get a photo of, shame. Ah, then there was http://www.misslucyskitchen.com, the clear winner for dinner,

exceeding all expectations.


We arrived early to the festival grounds. We have Lindsay, be serious. We moved along relatively well and THEN IT GOT STUFFY. Hey, lots of people make a successful event. That said, we got in and out of the HUSTLE and BUSTLE at top speed. We thoroughly enjoyed resting and watching the goats be judged (and we learned a LOT.) Loads of beautiful yarn, lots of whispered profanities (too many choices!) and really nice people.


On Sunday we returned to the festival. A less hectic atmosphere, the livestock parading the grounds, the cooler weather, made this a more evenly paced day. We got Glen, my knitting buddy who graduated from CIA, in Hyde Park, on the phone and he sent us to http://thepalacediner.com, in Poughkeepsie, for lunch. Are these people serious? I don’t even know where to begin. The menu took us 30 minutes to read. We never looked back. What a place! Open 24 hours, top-notch service and AMAZING food (I am not exaggerating) you have to make this a stop. Following Glen’s lead we made our way to the CIA campus that is located on the shores of the Hudson River. We walked off our lunch (sorta) and soaked up the view. Another not to be missed.


The festival itself was an eye opening experience. I took away the clear message that we fiber nuts are not going anywhere, and are growing in numbers, post haste.

PicMonkey Collage

As to yarn additions to the shop? We met up with Lisa of Feederbrook Farms and delighted in the new colorways. We got up close and personal with Briar Rose and are working with Chris to add her beautiful yarns to our ensemble.


All in all we came home with full bags, empty pockets and lots of great memories. Perfect fall weather, winding roads, amazing food and great company made for a memorable Hudson Valley experience that I hope to repeat.


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Knitting Magazines http://yarntherapyinc.com/2014/09/knitting-magazines/ http://yarntherapyinc.com/2014/09/knitting-magazines/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 02:36:26 +0000 http://yarntherapyinc.com/?p=579 The Magazine: a media source that targets us, fills us with mostly unattainable desires, and in Zeno’s Paradox-like fashion, we probably won’t make it half way. And we just keep buying them, certain the next one will contain the answer the previous one promised.


After my last blog post it occurred to me that all those magazines deserved a post of their own. We have loads of them in our shop “library” for our customers, so I thought a few favorites deserved a mention.


But, but…. Knitting magazines? Knitting magazines, with shiny, glossy paper? Ah…the knitting magazine, to be folded, creased, passed around the table, copied, scribbled in, complained about, poked fun at and generally savored or cast aside. We love them and anticipate their appearance on our doorstep. Who cares if they contain the obtainable or not?


Here are a few favorites:


Cast On, the official publication of The Knitting Guild Association (www.TKGA.com) is a favorite. Full of colorful yarns, techniques, interesting articles and some patterns I might actually consider knitting (and several I wouldn’t be caught dead in) stands alone in thought provoking detail. And as I like to read my magazines from back to front (don’t ask, it must be a lefty thing) I find that some little sneaky-Pete has already had their way with my crossword puzzle. Note to self: make copy of puzzle and tuck in workbag for Sunday bag cleaning break.


Interweave Knits and their associated Interweave Press publications (Knitscene, Piecework, etc) are also favorites here at the shop. Often more than not, these magazines are pattern sources. We flip through them and point a lot, shake our heads or get all excited. It varies from one of us to the other as we discuss weird placement of stripes and cute collars, sleeve lengths and pattern errors. There’s a guaranteed “I would change that” along with a few “what were they thinking” sprinkled here and there, just to spice things up.


Vogue Knitting International always gets our attention. They, too, have associated publications; Knit Simple comes to mind. Vogue gets a gold star for glamour. Never a disappointment, the photography is gorgeous and makes you want to knit everything. That said, a lot of it is not very wearable unless you are a super model. But hey, remember what I said about unattainable? Our appetite for yarn makes Vogue a great source for eye candy.


Given our insatiable hunger for the new and different, we always have a few publications from across the pond. The UK publications like The Knitter and Let’s Knit, are a delight. There is almost always a pattern for a hot water bottle cover, which we find terribly charming here in Florida.


I wish I could go on about all of them but I have to save some time to actually read them. Happy Sunday to you!

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That’s My Bag! http://yarntherapyinc.com/2014/08/thats-my-bag/ http://yarntherapyinc.com/2014/08/thats-my-bag/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:16:18 +0000 http://yarntherapyinc.com/?p=544 It is Sunday. I promised myself that I would clean out my workbag. You know, the one I haul in and out of the shop every day. The one that contains, pretty much, my daily world.

Being that it is Sunday, I have lugged home everything I can think of to sort, read, tidy and balance from the entire week previous. The lock box, the checkbook and assorted bookkeeping paperwork, those memory vitamins that I can’t remember to take, and magazines. Magazines! I count, at a glance, seven magazines. I sort these by Must Read Today, Curl Up and Enjoy (with a glass of wine) and Bleh. Next, pads of paper covered in notes and lists. Do this, don’t forget that, look for them, why aren’t we, and for good measure, a never ending list of order these and pay those.

For a moment I glimpse Miss Panic perched daintily on my shoulder. The moment of ‘I will never get all of this done meets Thank GOD I wrote that down.’ Then Miss Hey That’s How I Roll strolls in to remind me the lights are on, the shelves are full, it’s all good. Snap.

Oh look! There is that list of Madelinetosh colors that Sarah and Erica gave me, organized by color family and all typed out for me.  Sigh, the worst part of my job, deciding what colors of yarn to order, poor me.

The baggies. You know, the zip lock kind. They hold the stuff that would otherwise sink to the bottom of my bag, never to be seen again. They have their order, sorta. One for receipts, one for office related items (paper clips, pens, etc. aka my desk in a baggie). Another holds ever escaping items from my knitting bag: circs, dpns and stitch markers, while another holds the keys to the kingdom: my red leather calendar from 2010 containing every scrap of everything that isn’t written down on the assorted pads mentioned earlier.  If I die, please guide my husband and children to this book, it will relieve and add to, in equal measure, their frustration with me.

Cowering near the bottom I find a smallish baggie containing some samples I brought back from TNNA that didn’t make the cut (toss), another magazine, another baggie with coupons and my passport (hey, you never know!), a couple of patterns I have been meaning to go over (note: give to Rosa to go over), and my trusty zippered pouch that my friend Glen made for me. It, of course, carries my knitting supplies, my migraine pills (is it any wonder?) and other can’t live without accoutrement.

It occurs to me, as I write, that my bag might possibly be a representation of my entire life. Contained, compartmentalized confusion. And it also occurs to me that I am okay, as long as the baggies don’t run out.

So there you have it. With the exception of my laptop (which is in my lap), I am good to go. Time to prop my feet up, drink my coffee and read a magazine (or 3?); then I am going to tuck it all right back in there.  A bit neater, less a few dog hairs and tissues, but hey, that’s my bag.

Cat not included

Cat not included

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Beautiful hand dyes by Prism Yarns http://yarntherapyinc.com/2013/06/beautiful-hand-dyes-by-prism-yarns-just-in-time-for-warm-weather-a-beautiful-selection-of-linen-and-tencel-come-see-these-rich-colors-in-person/ http://yarntherapyinc.com/2013/06/beautiful-hand-dyes-by-prism-yarns-just-in-time-for-warm-weather-a-beautiful-selection-of-linen-and-tencel-come-see-these-rich-colors-in-person/#comments Wed, 26 Jun 2013 20:12:43 +0000 http://yarntherapyinc.com/?p=439

Just in time for warm weather, a beautiful selection of linen and tencel. Come see these rich colors in person!

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Local Hand Dyed Sock Yarn From Haldecraft! http://yarntherapyinc.com/2013/05/local-hand-dyed-sock-yarn-from-haldecraft/ http://yarntherapyinc.com/2013/05/local-hand-dyed-sock-yarn-from-haldecraft/#comments Mon, 06 May 2013 17:26:06 +0000 http://yarntherapyinc.com/?p=428 Handmade for our store from Haldecraft in Gainesville. 3 new colorways: Sock Monkey; School of Circus, School of Magic; and Hogtown. 80% Superwash Merino Wool, 20% Nylon.

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New Stuff! http://yarntherapyinc.com/2013/04/new-stuff/ http://yarntherapyinc.com/2013/04/new-stuff/#comments Mon, 15 Apr 2013 21:43:33 +0000 http://yarntherapyinc.com/?p=402 photo-1Hello Everyone! Happy April! The yarn has been pouring in!

Cotton: Lots of requests for organic cotton, so check us out! We have the beautiful and lively CottonLicious from Sweaterkits Yarns 



The Wolle’s Yarn Creations has been running out the door! I have more on order too!

Wolle's Yarn Creations

Wolle’s Yarn Creations









The Unique Sheep

Speaking of gradience, we just received The Unique Sheep yarn!






Some new publications and books!

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And the latest from Blue Q!

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Lastly, THE GIRLS went to Stitches South (without me!) and brought back fun tales of their adventures!

stitches 2013-1


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It Takes A Village (and in some cases, an army) http://yarntherapyinc.com/2013/04/380/ http://yarntherapyinc.com/2013/04/380/#comments Mon, 01 Apr 2013 16:57:30 +0000 http://yarntherapyinc.com/?p=380 I get a lot of flack for not blogging on a regular basis. Frankly, between newsletters and all the other emails we send out, I find it hard to believe anybody wants to hear me prattle on. Today is different.

I have been moved beyond words, literally to tears, so many times during this process that I thought it might be time to say a few words.

Sharon Cummings collapsed. That sentence still stirs my heart in ways I find difficult to explain. One of our own just slipped between our fingers without even a whisper. And the world stopped spinning. Briefly. And then, by God, all hell broke loose. The engines readied, the armies assembled, the “we aren’t taking this lying down” crowd swooped in and the music began.

While we watched, worried and prayed, the orchestra that is WE was tuning up for our finest hour (okay, a few hours).

This is where I get to name everybody I can think of because you all deserve a medal (or two) for the performance that took place on Saturday, March 30, 2013, in honor of and on behalf of our dear friend.

Barely hours after we were notified, still reeling with shock, the parties gathered, the planning began, the music, sometimes a bit out of tune, began to play. Ruby and Emily were setting up an online fund raising account, Lindsay fell in as treasurer. Shari, with steady hand, kept the tempo.  A Caringbridge account, an online communication site, where everyone, including her friends in Australia, could keep in touch was created.  A separate Ravelry account was set up in Sharon’s name so that we could have a central location to communicate. Flyers were made, businesses were tapped, the world was put on notice. The “Sprout Some Green For Sharon” fundraiser was born!


Squares, knitted and crocheted, came in from all over the country, and all over this community. Enough squares to make a large colorful “quilt of love” and a baby size rendition as well. Shari took what was a veritable smorgasbord of colors and made them sing. The blankets were the stars of the raffle. Every square made with love and stitched together with even more. It all started with one square.

Where, where? We scoured and poked every corner of availability and low and behold our Bethany, the Queen of Spreadsheets and Auction Organization, Olive Tapenade maker, potter and all around “make it happen” person, came up with the Oglesby Union Art Center at Florida State University.

Food! We must have food! Ruby and her main man Magic Jackson Peel did their usual thing and wowed the crowd with smoked salmon. Emily made enough of her wonderful cookies for the rest of the year and the Friday night knitters gang chopped veggies until they had blisters. If I can wrangle Nathanael’s hummus recipe out of him I promise to share it here. And of course, Bethany’s Olive Tapenade! Our thirst was quenched with drinks, generously provided by Amy’s husband Bill who works for Coca Cola.

We never had to look for music. Laura Gayle just piped up, literally and figuratively, and then she showed up. Guitar in hand, she sang to the bidding crowd.

Money! People want to contribute, we need an account set up! Got to have a place for that money to go! Thank you Cathy for walking it through! And thank you Jen, the cashier, for separating the crowd from their money. You were the calm in the storm.

So, How much did we raise?

I wish I could name all of the people that dropped by the shop with their wallets open, check books in hand, needles hot, hooks on go. We have a pretty good record (did I mention that Bethany does spreadsheets?) of the donated items that were either part of the raffle or silent auction.  I know that down the road you will all be thanked individually but I want to thank you here. Your contributions helped raise over $5000.00 in one night. Okay, I am getting all teary again and I am not done.

All of our LYSs participated and worked together to raise money through raffle tickets and beautiful donated items. Chris, of Wooly Bully, donated her beautiful Lizard Ridge Blanket that raked in a bundle, and I won the bid on a gorgeous Line Break shawl donated by one of the teachers, Susan Johnson, at Really Knit Stuff.  Emily made Totoros, Shari made Bunny Nuggets, Mary Etta made Alan Dart Sheep and stitch markers and Lorna photo-34made Tumbling Bunnies for donation incentives. This, along with cash donations in my shop alone, raised over $1100.00.

Add the Garage Sale Sara and Erin held with the help of Lindsay, Larinda, Teri and Joy on a rainy miserable Saturday morning and add another $400.00. None of that would have been possible without the overwhelming response and subsequent donations from all of you.

Last but not least, Gofundme, the site that was set up for people to donate online, has pulled in over $4500.00 and is still going strong.

Do you see why I had something to say today? This is a very conservative estimate as there are still checks to be deposited, but you get the drift. I am now out of words. I am just overwhelmed with the kindness that is before me. Know that your generosity provides tangible and meaningful help in meeting a huge deductable and so much more. By contributing to this cause you have moved mountains.

One more. Thank you Sharon and Alani and Chellie (Alani’s Mom), for bringing the best out in all of us.  For showing us how it is done.  Your true colors are an inspiration to us all.

With much love and admiration, Marianne

P.S. Sharon continues to improve. She is working hard at regaining mobility and dexterity and is her ever-saucy Aussie self.  Rumor has it a secret mission took place and a bird feeder was attached to her window.

She is, for me, a miracle. To see her sparkling eyes and beautiful smile, to hear her hearty laugh; now that is a tune I can hum to for the rest of my life. That’s the plan.

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Marianne’s First Blog! http://yarntherapyinc.com/2012/10/mariannes-first-blog/ http://yarntherapyinc.com/2012/10/mariannes-first-blog/#comments Sun, 14 Oct 2012 14:23:43 +0000 http://yarntherapyinc.com/?p=324 Sunday in October! I just love this time of year. It is so great to have the windows open, I weary of canned air. Coffee and the front porch. Maybe a boat ride. Those are my goals for the day. My dear “sister-in-law” that I kept in the divorce asked me, “When do have time to clean/take care of your house?” I just laughed. I guess I could be doing that now but frankly the front porch is looking a lot better than the mop. Just sayin’.

I have so many things to say but lets start with a thank you to my very own “Lilbit” aka Lindsay.  Lindsay took the reins a few weeks back when I was attacked by those nasty shingles. I was completely down for a whole week. Lilbit just made things go. Pretty awesome, huh?

Lindsay is also interning at the shop this semester.  She is performing admirably in spite of her crazy master. She has been teaching classes and private lessons too!

Lindsay with her LTK student

So, I am trying to get the hang of this blogging thing! Everything just moves around a lot. Hope I am not making a mess (I can hear you laughing) but if I do, please forgive me.

I guess I can’t say enough about the New Leaf Farm Tour this year. Caney Branch Farm will be up and running and we are just so tickled to have a part in it! Yarn Therapy will be there with bells on! We will close the shop at 3:00pm on Saturday, October 20th so that Lilbit can come out to play! I hope you can make it too! It should be a lot of fun and they have worked SO HARD!


Maureen’s Sampler

Isn’t this just lovely? A quick colorwork swatch using all four of the new yarns from Caney Branch Farm Yarns that just arrived! WOW! This yarn is in limited supply so come get yours at the farm tour!







On a couple of personal notes, my BFF, Vinia, came to visit a couple of weeks ago. Lots of you had the pleasure of meeting her at the shop. She finally caught the bug and Lilbit put two sticks in her hands and it was all over but the cryin’!!!

Vinia & Lindsay!

So cute! I miss her bunches, she is so much fun!

Second personal note: LINDSAY TURNS 21! Clear the streets! We had a great time celebrating and all her knitting buddies showed up to toast! Margaritas abound!

The Gang’s All Here!

Thanks to all of you, we are building a little shop that I can’t wait to get to every day!

Happy Sunday to you all!

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Continental Knitting Class Date Changed http://yarntherapyinc.com/2012/09/continental-knitting-class-date-changed/ http://yarntherapyinc.com/2012/09/continental-knitting-class-date-changed/#comments Fri, 21 Sep 2012 16:25:18 +0000 http://yarntherapyinc.com/?p=278

The date for the Continental Knitting Class with Sharon has changed to:

November 3, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. 

Learn to pick instead of throw with Sharon. Continental knitting is faster for many people, conserves movement and makes it a little easier to do color work. You will work on a sampler square where you will practice a variety of commonly used stitches such as knit, purl and various increases and decreases.

Skills: Must be able to knit and purl
Materials: One skein Cascade 220 or other worsted weight yarn,
US size 7 straight or circular needles of your desired length
Cost: $25.00

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Needle Felting http://yarntherapyinc.com/2012/09/felted-hummingbird/ http://yarntherapyinc.com/2012/09/felted-hummingbird/#comments Sun, 16 Sep 2012 13:56:51 +0000 http://yarntherapyinc.com/?p=274

Needle felting can be so beautiful. We have Pollika roving, supplies, and an upcoming class if you want to give it a try.

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