I am a self employed paraprofessinoal and mom of three beuatiful children. Knitting has become an absolute passion and stress buster and my true addiction! I go no where without my knitting bag and alwyas have mutliple projects in the works!

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Guild Member Cathy B. sent me pictures of her latest projects - Cathy THANK YOU!!! I love posting pictures of all of the different projects everyone is working on.
Cathy writes "These are from the Speed Knitting book... fun projects!!! The sweater came out ok... the coasters were fun to make... One could go crazy with the whole charm thing!!"
The Speed Knitting Book will be in the shop (Yarn KNit All!) by March 7th. I LOVE this book and it is a WONDERFUL book for those graduating from scarf knitting AND those more advanced knitters looking for beautiful projects that are not complicated. I am thrilled to have found this book. It was reviewed in Vogue Knitting and it is definitely a great book to have in your knitting library!


Sunday, February 25, 2007

Guild Member Kristin works on her "besotted" cabled scarf. She has been at the shop working on this diligently. She is working with a beautiful oatmeal colored tweed and the scarf looks fantastic!

The Next Guild Meeting is this Saturday. March 3. Hopefully many of you will be able to make it! For those of you that cannot... The other March meeting will take place on March 15th at 6:30. The agenda is listed herre for your information. Looking forward to seeing you!

Knit Happens
Naugatuck Knitting and Crochet Guild
March 3, 2007 and March 16, 2007

· Sign up for “Knit Crawl” in NYC will be available. Final number needed to obtain discount train tickets (from Bridgeport) by March 16th. Tickets will be $15.50

· Discussion of upcoming meetings and potential projects, programs etc.

· Discussion of possible monthly Meet up at Yarn Knit All! of any interested Guild Members to knit hats for Waterbury Hospital. (In addition potential for knitting mini blankets for the still born babies at New Britain General Hospital and possibly Waterbury Hospital).

· Discussion/Presentation of “fiber Retreats” at Sunpower Farm in New Hampshire with Lorna McMaster and dates of same (May12-13 2007 and June 23 – 24 2007)

· Other discussions/ideas by members

The next scheduled meetings for are April 7thth at 3:00p.m. and 19th at 6:30 p.m.


Knitting Guild Member Amy has been working on the incredible mobius sweater on the cover of the current Vogue - you know the one - the incredible cabled jacket that is gorgoues but looks soooo complicated. The thing that really shocked me...... ???? This is Amy's FIRST sweater! I told her I have incredible admiration for her ambition! She has been in the shop frequently! She has been sitting in lounge and plugging away on this sweater and is almost done! IT IS GORGEOUS!!!!!!! GREAT job Amy! I will post full pictures once she is done for everyone to see!


Yarn Knit All is open for business! Although it was so bittersweet saying goodbye to Lucille, I am so excited to have Yarn Knit All! open and exploring the new world of retail.
See for full details!


Lorna McMaster returned to Naugatuck to teach needle felting to a new group of eager students. The gnomes all came out so differently and beautifully and an entire group of new "addicts" were created!

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Just a quick post today to let everyone know that Yarn Knit All! has a web site and it is up and running - please go to that for a full class and special events schedule! .

Meanhwile please remember that the Saturday, February 3 Guild Meeting is CANCELLED as the shop will be in total disaray as I get it ready for the grand opening on Feruary 15th - I apprecaite your undestanding! The February 15th Guild Meeting will take place but no official agenda will be discussed as it will be the same night as the Grand Opening so to recap:
  • Febraury 3rd Guild Meeting Cancelled
  • February 15th Guild Meeting 6:30 PM is scheduled - NO agenda to be discussed
  • February 15th 6:00 PM GRAND OPENING of Yarn Knit All!

Yarn Knit All! store hours:

Sundays/Mondays - closed

Tuesdays/Wednesdays - 11:30 - 5:00 PM

Thursday/Fridays - 11:30 - 7:00 PM

Saturdays - 10:00 - 2:00 PM

I can NOT wait to see you all at the Grand Opening!


Friday, January 12, 2007

Welll, I kind of feel sad here! I feel like I am handing my baby over here BUT I so know that the blog and all of you are in VERY capable and wonderful hands. I am signing off as the manager and custodian of the blog (sniff sniff!) I have to say that the releif in knowing that Shelia will do a fantastic job keeping the Guild informed has been liberating!!!

That is not to say you have completely gotten rid of me. For the most part I will be giving my information to Shelia to work into her postings - I want to not interfere too mcuch. BUT I am sure there will be times I will "pop" in quickly to do a quick post of info! I have to say that I joke at the Guild meetings of the "self imposed" pressure I put on myself to do posts once a week. - I have REALLY had fun with it and I so hope they have kept all of you informed and (pardon the pun ladies!) in the loop during those times you missed a meeting. Joelle will give her mintes now to Shelia and they will still be posted on the blog in their entirety and Shelia is going to do an awesome job. Never hesitate to send her your info - projects etc!

I bid you all aduei for now - YAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! I can NOT wait till the 15th to show you all everyithing I havbe found for the shop! Meanwhile I will see you next week!

It's official! The Guild is now registered with Lions Brand and I am hoping that it will appear on their new Club Finder shortly. PLEASE visit and check it out! The Club Finder currently has NO Connecticut clubs - I am hoping that Knit Happens will be one of the first!

You can "rate" the club and I encourage you all to do that! I am hoping our membership will continue to grow! We will keep Sue busy! Today is just a QUICK posting to let you knw and I hope you will check out Lion Brand for our listing. If you have anything you would like me to add to our information , please let me know and if they offer the opportunity to update I will!

Have a great day and keep the needles and hooks flying!


Thursday, January 11, 2007

Well gals.... All I have to say is JOB WELL DONE!!!!! The GRAND TOTAL: 167 Hats!!!!!! I am so impressed with the incredible work done by everyone on the Caps to the Capital project!
Here they all are laid out by color the best I could get them and then all packaged with ribbon (in groups of ten) and boxed. They are going out tomorrow. I know we are a bit late but they will still accept them! With the store closing I had forgotten to grab them all out of the shop.
I was amazed while sorting them at the incredible attention to detail that went into each and every one. There was one that even had the most beautiful cables! Another had included little mitts! You ALL did a fantastic job and kudos to you ALl! What a GREAT project for the Guild to have taken on! You should all be very proud!
Meanwhile, as was dicussed in the Guild Meeting - Lions Brand will be having a new web site for guilds to get them known etc. They are still developming the site. Knit Happens will definitely hop on board once it is ready! Keep your eyes and ears open for that exciting venture!
I am currently trying to figure out if it is possible for Shelia and I to post as co authors to the blog. Either way she will take over the maintenance and posting of the blog after tomorrow. I will continue with contributions and I encourage you all to share your thoughts, finds, prjects, pictures and anything else. This is YOUR Blog! I will be off to do a blog for the shop and hopefully a web site as well!
I think that is FINALLY it for me tonight! Enjoy your weekends!


GREAT NEWS!!!! Fiber Artist and teacher Lorna McMaster is returning to Naugatuck!!!!. She will be at Yarn Knit All! on the following dates so please save the dates! All classes will be $40 plus a $20.00 supply fee. Lorna will be prviding everything you need to particiapte. The $40.oo fee is due at the time of sign up - supply fee is paid to Lorna on day of class. In addition I am pleased to announce that Yarn KNit All! will be an exclusive supplier of hand grown, and dyed Sunpower Farm wool roving. Lorna's colors are beautiful and unique and may be used not only for sculpting but all your needle felting needs! We are truly excited to offer this to you and you will have an ability to see the entire line at Yarn Knit All!'s Grand Opening!
Saturday, February 24th 9:30 - 3:00 (a break for lunch)
Needle Felting Basics. If you missed the beginner class December 17th you definitely want to get in on this one. Basic Needle sculpting techniques will be taught. A great class and you will be well on your way!
Saturday, March 10th 9:30 - 3:00 ( a break for lunch) Needle sculpting Woodland birds and creatures. Children over 12 years old are welcome to particiapte as long as accompanied by an adult taking the class as well.
Saturday, April 14 9:30 - 3:00 (a break for lunch) ADVANCED Needle Felting Lorna will cover the Advanced Human form. Sculpting of limbs, fingers etc as wellas detailed facial features. (prerequirement - MUST have attended the beginner class on 12/16 or 2/24)
There will be more information to follopw at Guild Meetings and at the shop once it opens. Please keep checking in on the blog meanwhile so as to keep up to date!


Sorry it took so long everyone but here is the schedule for the meetings of 2007. Please remember to bring any friends who may even be remotely interested. 2007 will also bring more needle felting and I am working on spinning too! It will be a FUN and exciting 2007!

Knit Happens – Naugatuck Knitting and Crochet Guild
Schedule of Meetings 2007
Meetings take place at Yarn Knit All! (fka Lula's Melange - 26 Church Street, Naugatuck)

The First Saturday of every month at 3:00 PM and the third Thursday of every month at 3:00 PM with exceptions as noted by a (*). The months of July & August will only have the Thursday night meetings. The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, January 6, 2007 3:00 PM at Lula’s Mélange
Thursday, January 18, 2007 6:30 PM at Lula’s Mélange

PLEASE NOTE: due to Tammy preparing store for Grand Opening the February Saturday meeting will be cancelled

Thursday February 15, 2007 6 PM-Yarn Knit All! Grand Opening
Saturday March 3, 2007 3:00 PM at Yarn Knit All!
Thursday March 15, 2007 6:30 PM at Yarn Knit All!
Saturday April 7, 2007 3:00 PM at Yarn Knit All!
Thursday April 19, 2007 6:30 PM at Yarn Knit All!
Saturday May 5, 2007 3:00 PM at Yarn Knit All!
Thursday May 17, 2007 6:30 PM at Yarn Knit All!
Saturday June 2, 2007 3:00 PM at Yarn Knit All!
Thursday June 21, 2007 6:30 PM at Yarn Knit All!
Thursday July 19, 2007 6:30 PM at Yarn Knit All!
Thursday August 16, 2007 6:30 PM at Yarn Knit All!
*Saturday September 8, 2007 3:00 PM at Yarn Knit All!
(2nd Saturday due to Labor Day weekend)
Thursday September 20, 2007 6:30 PM at Yarn Knit All!
Saturday October 6, 2007 3:00 PM at Yarn Knit All!
Thursday October 18, 2007 6:30 PM at Yarn Knit All!
Saturday November 3, 2007 3:00 PM at Yarn Knit All!
Thursday November 15, 2007 6:30 Pm at Yarn Knit All!

December meeting – Christmas party TBA


I wanted to share another project from Speed Knitting. It is a great book for quick projects for gifts!! I highly reccomend it. This is definitely an easy and quick one. I knitted it up with a cotton from Berroco. I love the colors. I changed the bottom a little and loved the end result! My niece looked adorable in it and I was so happy that she liked it. It will wash easily for my sister which I am sure she will appreciate. The next project I plan on from that book is a GORGEOUS ballet wrap sweater and I may even try it in cashmere. Depends on how brave I get. I have never worked in that fiber before but I think it would be beautiful!

Tuesday, January 09, 2007's a "learn-to-cable" scarf pattern from Lion Brand. I've completed the first group of rows (must repeat them 10 more times or something like that) but I can't believe it actually looks like its supposed to!!! It's silly, I know, but I'm so excited!!! Guild Member Lori

There has been quite a buzz here. I have been very busy for the shop and have yet another meeting with a sales rep tomorrow. My plans are shaping up and I know that the 15th of Feb. will be here before I know it - Minor emergencies - like the woman who has done all of my printing for ten years and I trust explicitly) being laid up for the next month (ACK!) - have made things interesting to this point but that keeps me hopping. I am just so excited and the enthusiasm and excitement from all of you and your emails has been wonderful! Thank you so very much!! Word of mouth advertising IS the BEST way so I whope you will all come to the Grand opening or at least in that Grand Opening week and if you like what you see - please let friends, coworkers, neighbors - EVERYONE know!

The photo here is of Guild member Lori's first cable! Thank you Lori for sending the firts picture I have received by email! Her email was great and she was SOOOO excited and I cannot wait to cover cables with you in the shop! It seems SOOO daunting but I have to tell you that cabling is soooo easy and once you have done it you wonder what ever stopped you! I plan on having Melissa Leapman's latest book in the shop (Cables Untangled) and hopefully enough of you will be brave enough to jump in!

So you all know - I am preparing a new blog to follow the shop and am handing over the Guild blog site to member Shelia to be custodian of. This change will be coming within the week. I will email all of you her info so that you can properly inform her of news - send pictures - etc to share with the Guild's blog and hopefully there will be a link to the shop's blog (and future web site) on the blog as well.

Look for those changes soon. We will be posting the minutes from the month's meetings soon. Meanwhile continue to check in as the next few weeks will be full of exciting and happy news and changes. I hope to see you all at the next guild meeting (at the shop - Thursday, January 18th 6:30 PM) OR at the shop when it reopens as Yarn Knit All!
Please be sure to stop by Guild Member Jennie's site as she has several new and beautiful postings to her gorgeous blog!


Well, the Guild meeting was a great success and there was great turnout and the news is out there and today it became OFFICIAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am taking over Lucille's shop site and I will be in on February 1st with my knitting shop - Yarn Knit All! - Rossi's Yarn and Woolworks!!!! So.... be sure to not give up hope - you just need to get through the rest of January and come February there will be a new Knitting shop! I am very excited and have been VERY busy and a bit overwhelemed at times. I totally surprised Lucille when I asked her December 17th if she would be at all interested in entertaining the thought of me buying her out. I am so grateful not only for entertaining it but supportign and being excited!!!!

After much agonized thought I decided to go under my own name and we have finished our negotiations and my lease will start February 1st. My goal is a Febraury 15th GRAND Opening Party (SAVE THE DATE!) I hope to have a "soft opening" for the Guild priro to that!

I am brimming with ideas and had my first face to face meeting with a sales rep today for 5 hours!!!! I am so excited and I really look forward to meeting the Guild's and new customers' needs. I have tons of thoughts regarding classes and offerings and cannot wait to share them with you all!

I hope that you will all come down and check things out! I promise a wonderful continued adventure in Knitting and Crocheting!

I apologize for not having the minutes to post this evening ! The BIG news is here and that was what I wanted EVERYONE to know about. I am still playing around with hours as I will still be operating my Paralegal business in the mornings but I WILL be open two nights a week and Tuesday through Saturday and see how it goes! I hope you will all freely give me your likes and dislikes and opinions as I want to make it very much your shop and continue the same excellent comfort and service Lucille gave. I am so sad that she is gone but will never be able to thank her enough for her allowing me to grab this opportunity. She is a dear friend to so many of us and I look forweard to her continued presence in everything we do. We had a nice visit tonight and I value her opinion and guidance so very much and know I will use it as I work my way through the learning curve! THANK YOU LUCILLE!

I did ask at the Guild meeting for a volunteer to take over the blog! I will be retiring as the "blog keeper" as I will be maintining a blog until I can get a website up for the shop and it would be too much. A HUGE thank you to Shelia for her volunteering! I know she will do a fantastic job! It is late and I am so very tired but I wanted to get the news to all of you and I promise a few more blog entries to get you all caught up and to help out Shelia in the beginning.

I want to thank ALL of you for your excitement and I promise not to disapoint!

Have agreat day and I will talk to you soon.

The NEXT Guild Meeting is Thursday January 18th at 6:30 at the shop! See you then!!!


Friday, January 05, 2007

Well, here I sit at 2 AM with still at least another hours worth of typing for the business and all I can think of is knitting. A HUGE apology to all of you who may have tried to hop on in the hopes of new entries. The holidays kidnapped me and a busy New Year has not released too much of the grasp on me either. I promise multiple entries, pictures and interesting articles and news before the end of this weekend. Most importantly I wanted to remind you of this Saturday's Meeting. It will be held at Lucille's shop at 3PM. I certainly hope that you can come and I look forward to seeing all of you. It seems like it has been forever.I have listed the Agenda below. We of course will probably discuss even more than this but this is the outline for Saturday so far. Bring your stix and visit with us. We look forward to seeing all of you. Take Care and check back on Sunday for more postings. Keep the sticks flying.

Knit Happens
Naugatuck Knitting and Crochet Guild
January 6th and January 18th, 2007

· Finalize logo. Goal of February 1st to have finalized logo for Guild.

· Sign up for “Knit Crawl” in NYC will be discussed as will transportation. Final vote by Guild members needed if group rate is desired again traveling together by train from Bridgeport

· Discussion by Joyce of upcoming Prayer Shawl Retreat and Binkypatrol program

· Discussion of upcoming meetings and potential projects, programs etc.

The next scheduled meetings for are January 6th at 3:00p.m. and 18th at 6:30 p.m.

Upcoming events and field trips:
· NYC Knit Crawl – February 10, 2007 – Snow Date March 24, 2007
· A day of knitting and crocheting with Melissa Leapman – Spring 2007
Upcoming Dates:
Next Meetings January 6th and 18January 31, 2007 – Deadline for Red Scarf Project