Posted in Blog, Bob on November 21st, 2012

TKG will be closed 
Wednesday and Thursday 
November 21 & 22 
in observance of Thanksgiving
but we will reopen regular hours
Friday November 23 and Saturday November 24

In celebration of 
Small Business Saturday 
we will be having a SALE on selected yarns 
50% off on Rowan Extrafine Merino 
50% off on Rowan Cashsoft 
50% off on Merino 8 (washable wool) 
50% off Plymouth Circular Needles 
50% off on Purelife Cotton 4 ply 
and more…. 
Come in and support your local LYS
on Small Business Saturday.
November 16- November 18 Lucy Neatby Workshop
We just finished the most wonderful teaching weekend with Lucy Neatby. Not only was she a knitting guru but she was witty and fun.
We cannot thank her enough for sharing her knowledge with us, we have all come out better knitters from her class.
All we can say is we hope you can come back Lucy, we miss you already!!!

New Shop Inauguration

Posted in Blog, Virginia's Corner on November 6th, 2012

It was a wonderful weekend, the weather has turned finally into fall, South Florida style.  Perfect light outside cooler weather and our sunny skies in full splendor.  We could not have asked for a better Saturday for our grand reopening celebration.

So many friends came by to see the new location and say hello.  All were so happy to see our new space where the yarns are the decoration, where colors are prevalent and the samples can be framed.  Thank you for all your kind words, beautiful thoughts and sharing the love of fibers with us.

Hope you had a great a time as we did! mostly hope we see you around for many visits more……

 

 

Scarf Week

Posted in Blog on August 23rd, 2012

   

 August 27 – 31 TKG will be giving

FREE CLASSES

with the purchase of yarn

           starting at 11:00 am

   Get started on your Holiday gifts

Monday August 27 –  I-cord cowl

 Two skeins of  Rowan Alpaca Chunky @ $18.00 each

Wednesday August 29  – Prism Galaxy Scarf

 One skein of Prism Galaxy $25.00

Thursday August 30 – Markey’s Sol Degrade

 One skein of Lang Sol Degrade  $20.50

Friday August 31 – Scarf ‘n Scarf

One scarf kit $60.00 includes silk scarf.

TNNA 2010

Posted in Blog on June 17th, 2010

We just came back from our annual TNNA trip.  For those of you who are not familiar with TNNA it is The National Needle Arts Association.  This is the main event for viewing and purchasing yarns, patterns, notions, and accessories. For Annie and me, going to the TNNA was like taking children to a candy shop.

On our first trip last year we were overwhelmed. We wanted to try every piece of candy and ended up with an upset stomach, even though we enjoyed every minute of it! This year we behaved like mature adults and planned our time better.  We reached for our favorites, Nestle’s Chocolate with Almonds, Butterfingers, and of course Lindt Truffles, yet we also kept in mind that there are great home made chocolates out there, and we definitely tried to scope those out.

The show was a huge success.  It was not as crowded as last year but the attendees were all busy placing orders with enthusiasm.  Most vendors had a waiting line for orders, which is always a great sign.  The yearly and much awaited Fashion Show was full of wonderful new and trendy garments from small scarfs to full length coats. The amount of garments was much larger and more varied than last year. It’s worth taking a look when the video comes out on You Tube.  We will post it on our Ravelry page when available.

Now for the fun part. What is “in” for the FALL of 2011? Well ladies and gentlemen the answer is cables, cables and more cables accentuated by drop stitches on the sides—from small delicate lace-like cables to very large “let’s make a statement” cables.  Drop stitches on each side are the perfect canvas for these cables.

As for yarns, the most common fibers for new yarns are “Wool & Cotton.”  A perfect combination for summer and warmer climates, the wool portion of the mix gives strength, elasticity, and memory while the cotton adds a light airy cool fiber to the mix. Some of these combinations are delicious, such as Amy Butler’s new yarn. Amy was one of the highlighted designers at TNNA with a beautiful booth featuring her fabric, luggage, and yarns.  We have her new autographed book for you to browse.  The most popular booth—judging by the amount of customers waiting—was MadelineTosh yarns, with their incredible colors and Noni patterns and with some new and very creative purses for fall.  She has stepped out of her comfort zone of flowers and come up with a line of elegant and modern purses.  Her sister Jul has all the perfect finishes for her bags.

The amount of accessories featured speaks for the commitment and love of knitters for anything that reflects yarn or sheep.  Mugs with cute sheep, note books, notepads, garment labels, totes, pins—you name it, they had it.  We have very cute surprises in store for you.

The most important reason we left our friends and our shop is LUCY NEATBY.  Both Annie and I had the privilege of taking a class with this world renowned teacher/designer.  What a class act!  She is not only talented but witty, patient, and a fantastic teacher with a never ending wealth of information.  She is an inspiration to any knitter.  We have come back with great teaching tools and are full of enthusiasm for new and wonderful projects and classes.

Stay tuned for our updates on all that’s new at The Knitting Garden.

Great to be back!

Annie & Virginia

Cookie A Workshops

Posted in Miss Margarita on September 17th, 2009


What a delightful weekend we spent with Cookie A. !!  She is a spirited, smiling, super sock-knitting teacher for sure. Students came from towns all around –even from across the state. Needless to say, the workshops were wonderful.  Cables were a lesson in charts and design and the math was fun….really.  The little socks knit in the toe-up class are surely bound for holiday trees. The tips and techniques we learned guarantee that we will kitchener no more.

Our host committee made sure Cookie A’s first trip to Miami included all of the highlights, nightlights and gourmet specialties for which we are known.  She even got to walk on the beach and dip her feet in the Atlantic surf, by moonlight.

Cookie A , we can’t wait for your new book and we hope you will come back soon.

cookiewholeclass

Wednesday Breakfast Club

Posted in Miss Margarita on September 11th, 2009

 The first official Wednesday Breakfast Club got underway this week, promptly at 10:00.  On the menu-bagels, cream cheese and coffee.  The talk was all about knitting and the new yarns that happened to share the table with the breakfast crew.  You may not have heard about the Wednesday Breakfast Club before and it was not on the calendar, but it is official now and you are invited any Wednesday.  What a way to start the day!

Yarn Test

Posted in Virginia's Corner on September 9th, 2009

Those of you that have known me for a while probably have noticed my unusual habit of smelling yarns.  When Annie and I sit to review a yarn, as most other knitters do, we use our visual and tactile senses.  Colors jump out at you and entice your hands to then touch and feel the softness and warmth of yarns. I have added an extra step that is almost as important to me, smelling the yarn.  Natural fibers have a distinct smell from man made fibers and for some strange reason from my first yarn purchase I developed this extra step in my approval process.  Taking a deep breath of a great natural yarn is delightful and delicious, and now I even have Annie smelling her yarns before deciding her final choice for a project.  So, beware, if you see two middle age women smelling the yarns in the shop, do not fret it is only us making our yarn rounds around our shop.

Labor Day Retreat – What a Way to Spend the Day

Posted in Bob on September 8th, 2009

The Labor Day Retreat was FABULOUS – just ask Lyn, Lynn, Lynne or Bill. Among our knitters were three with the same first name and yes, I am not the only guy around here. There were two tables of happy and creative knitters who chose all variety of colorful chunky yarn to knit their Mobius Shawl. Many used a provisional cast-on for the first time and everyone “got” the pattern. Sorry there are no pictures for the Blog or Gallery. Our Ansel Adams was out to lunch. Speaking of lunch, it was delicious. We started with gazpacho and ended with two different flans – all homemade. Lunchtime entertainment? We saw one of Lucy Neatby’s instructional DVD’s and picked up some new tips and techniques. We will let you know when we select a new pattern and Retreat again.

Knitting Essentials

Posted in Annie's Corner on September 5th, 2009

Gadgets! We all love gadgets. Here is a list of knitting notions we should never leave home without.

1. Small sharp pointed scissors.
2. Stitch markers round
3. Stitch markers locking
4. Tape measure
5. Quick Tool (Susan Bates)
6. Highlighter Tape
7. Stitch Holders
8. Tapestry Needle and Chibbi
9. Magnetic board with magnetic ruler
10. Magnetic Board Stand
11. Cable needles
12. Post-its
13. Colored pencils, lead pencils and/or pens.
14. Emory boards
15. Calculator
16.Crochet hooks (several sizes great for cable cast on).
17. Dental Floss (life lines)

Start your collection now. Coming soon wonderful accessory and project bags from Della Q, Atenti and Offhand designs. These are handsome enough to carry… EVERYDAY!

Welcome to our new blog!

Posted in Virginia's Corner on August 26th, 2009

Check back often for tips, news and more!