Welcome to happyknits, a yarn store and commuknity, located in the old jail/new Somerset Gristmill in downtown Skowhegan. happyknits offers gorgeous yarns, funky knitting accessories, and occasional insaknity...

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Tuesday-Friday 10-6

Saturday 9-3

Knit Night Wednesday 5-8

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Knit’s a Date!

  • November 28, 2015Small Business Saturday
  • December 2, 2015 5:00 pmKnit Night
  • December 3, 2015 4:00 pmMittens for Everyone!!
  • December 4, 2015 4:00 pmLearn to KNIT
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local shopping and saving…

Happy Monday Everybody! The snow was pretty this morning, and it sure did put me in the mood for knitting, but I am glad it was only a covering and that it did not stay, and that there is no more in the forecast quite yet.  I hope you all enjoyed it’s beauty as well.

So here we are, Thanksgiving week, and kicking off the Holiday season.  As you all are aware, it’s Black Friday (or Plaid Friday if you’re shopping small and local). As tradition goes, we will continue to have our Gift Certificate Special.  If you are not familiar, it goes like this:  If you spend $100 for a gift certificate, or gift certificates, you will be awarded a gift certificate(s) valued at $125.  Let me make this clear, we are not giving you a gift of $125.  If you pay us $100 for the Gift Certificate, we will write it out for $125.  And, you may split that into multiple gift certificates if you choose.  (Example:  buy 4 $25 gc, receive a 5th $25 gc, or 10 $10 gc, and receive the value of $25 on another or break that up as well)  Understand?  Call the store with questions if this is too confusing.  I always struggle with the wording of this, but believe me…..it’s a great deal!!

This offer is good for both Black/Plaid Friday, and Small Business Saturday!!!

So now….Small Business Saturday. Remember way back when Happyknits first opened, I started offering a small discount on your purchase at the store if you could provide a receipt saying you shopped at another small business in Skowhegan?  Every year I have offered it and a few of you have taken advantage of it.  Last year, Sarah took it a step further and arranged with other downtown businesses to reciprocate, and it was great….all warm and fuzzy.

This year, Main Street Skowhegan has jumped on board and amped it up even more!!  Here is the link for more info: http://mainstreetskowhegan.org/index.php/info/smallbusinesssaturday.

Basicallly, several business have agreed to offer some sort of savings for local shoppers.  At each participating business, if you make a purchase, you will receive, first a passport at the first location, and then a cute little sticker for your passport at every following business (I love stickers).  Then at the end of the day, when you are all done shopping, you turn your passport in at the last location, and you get entered in to a drawing for a $100 Visa gift card (donated by Bangor Savings) :)   It’s FUN, and important and supportive, and responsible and rewarding, and just plain great!! ;) ;)

Happy Thanksgiving Everybody.  I hope you all have a warm, and safe holiday week, with lots of love and peace and stuff.  Happy shopping, happy eating, happy crocheting, happy knitting, and happy anything else you are doing :)   Hope to see you all soon!!


warm hands, warm heart

Keep someone's hands warm this winter

Hello Everybody :) I hope you are all well, and happy, and warm, and knitting, or crocheting, or whatever else makes you feel content, and peaceful, and creative :) :) :)
Some of you may have received the email from Sarah about her mitten knit a long, but I wanted to add it to the website as well.
Sarah is hosting a knitalong every Thursday from 4-6pm at Happyknits.  This is FREE for all, but please be fairly comfortable with double pointed needles to join along.  She is available for help but will also need to be available for other customers at this time. She has designed and written a pattern which is also free and available at the store.  The idea for this came from the charity knitting we decided to do this holiday season and even on after the holidays.  We will be collecting donations of mittens, all sizes, and dispersing them amongst local schools, doctor’s offices, and at Spectrum Generations (a program for elderly).  If you would like to participate in this, please talk to us about receiving a 10% discount on your yarn for this project.  Ideally we would like to see you at the knitalong in order to receive the discount, but if the timing doesn’t work for you and you still want to knit mittens for donation, let us know.  We trust your honesty and trust that we will see you again with some beautiful handmade mittens to add to our “Mitten Tree”.
Of course you are more than welcome to knit with whatever yarn you choose from your stash as well.  You do not have to purchase yarn at Happyknits to participate in the knitalong. We would love to have you :)
I hope you, yourselves are all looking forward to the upcoming season….it is knitting/crocheting season after all :) And please, know that you are welcome and encouraged to come sit by our fire at any time during store hours and relax and work on any project you have going.  We love visitors!! Thank you so much for reading and following us here and on our other social media sites, and for being loyal, supportive, and straight up fantastic people.  Bring on the snow, eh? ;)

Friday Night Knitting w/ Vicki Twigg

Hey All :)

We hope you are all well and knitting or crocheting your sweet fingers to the bone ;) What beautiful Fall weather we’ve been having….even the rain.  Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the upcoming Winter is just as enjoyable.

Meanwhile…..at your Local Yarn Shop :)

Friday, November 6, 2015 we will host Vicki Twigg, ( http://vickitwigg.com/about/) .  Vicki is a Designer and Author or the book “Twigg Stitch”.  The twigg stitch was created by Vicki.  Twigg Stitch is a reversible, double sided knitting technique that produces a mirror image on both sides, in different colors, and double thickness.  Vicki will be here to teach her technique to you, and us!

This will a 3 hour workshop, running from 6-9pm here at Happyknits.  There is limited space, so we are asking for pre-registration, and payment, by October 31st, in order to hold your space and give us and idea of how many to expect.  The fee for this workshop is $35.

You will need to bring yarn of your choice, lighter than a worsted, heavier than lace, and needles to match the gauge. Of course if you would like to purchase supplies at Happyknits, and are registered for this workshop, we are offering 10% of all necessary supplies.

Visit Vicki’s website, (Vickitwigg.com),  or her Ravelry page,( http://www.ravelry.com/designers/vicki-twigg).  As always, email us or call the store, preferably, stop in, with questions or to register. :)

coming soon….

Hello All :)

Just wanted to let you all in on some of the fun stuff we have been working on….

Our BRAND NEW Website will be up and running very soon!  It will have a new look and be freshly updated and mobile friendly.  We will have a new Calendar, and pages(!).

We are very excited and are looking forward to feedback on it.  We are hoping to launch this in early September.  Please stay tuned and watch for this…Thank you :) Hope your Summer is going well.  Stop in and see us, and what’s in our clearance basket!


Artwork by Sarah Davis, Karla Bailey, Sherri Vigue

“Pedaling Yarn” is the cute name of this piece of Art created by our very own Sarah Davis, Karla Bailey, along with Sherri Vigue. our loyal customer. An old school bike we bought from Somerset Cycles, an volunteer based, unincorporated, non-profit company, providing free bikes to kids, and bike maintenance for the Skowhegan community, is dressed up in our favorite fibers, beautifully and colorfully. It was entered in and excepted to an Art Show at Common Street Arts (http://commonstreetarts.com/) in downtown, Waterville. Go check it out! It will be on display starting June 20, and the following 2 weeks. :)

Gemini Top KAL

We’re always looking for great patterns to knit up for ourselves, for the shop or to tell you about, and that’s how we came across the free Gemini Top pattern on Ravelry. The sample in the shop looks great on everyone who has tried it on. If you are interested in making one yourself please join Sarah at Happyknits on Thursdays from 5-8 pm beginning May 28th and ending June 25th. There is no charge for this knit-a-long, and we well be offering a 10% discount on yarns used on this project for anyone joining in. We have a variety of summer weight yarns in cool fibers perfect for summer that would look great in this pattern.

The Gemini is a top-down, in the round, raglan sleeve top that can be worn with the lace bodice in the front or the back. There is no sewing! Although this is not a difficult sweater to knit, you should be familiar with knitting and purling in the round, yarn overs, increasing & decreasing and binding off.

So come join your friends (or meet new ones) and walk away with a wonderful summer top that you can dress up or down. The link to the pattern is attached so you can print it out and look it over. this will be a casual get-together, so there is no need to attend every session. If you can join us or would like more information please call or email us at the shop.http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/gemini-3

Cascade Yarn Sale

Well it looks like Winter is finally gone! So in celebration we are offering all Cascade Yarns in the shop at 15% off from May 19th through the end of the month. We have lots of varieties in stock, from fingering to chunky in wool, alpaca and blends. Lots of colors too. come on in and check it out!

Mothers’ Day Special!

Mothers’ Day is just about a week away and we’d like to extend our
> appreciation to all of you out there (mothers or not) by offering a gift
> certificate special. During the week of May 4th through May 9th, a gift
> certificate with a value of $125 can be picked up for $100. If your family
> (or, ahem, even you) would like to honor you with something that won’t
> wilt, doesn’t need watering, is free of calories, fits perfectly, is fun to
> use and will make you think fondly of them every time you look at what you
> made from it, this is it!
> What could be easier for them to pick out?! (But choosing from our new
> summery yarns in bamboo, cotton, silk and linen might be a tough choice for
> you)!.

Wine & Twine/HIGHLAND HANDMADES Trunk Show

Hello All!

Please join us this Saturday afternoon, March 28, from 3:00-6:00pm for what may be our last Wine & Twine for a while. We will be hosting it in the Happyknits shop (bring a chair if you’d like but we should have plenty), and we will be providing some light snacks and beverages, (you may also bring a beverage of your choosing *wink wink). We will enjoy some knitting and a presentation by a special guest…

Heather Kinne of Highland Handmades, a Maine based online business, will be here sharing her story and showcasing her YARN with us. You may know Heather’s yarns, we carry her Silver Maple and Sugar Maple sock, you also may know Heather from the Fiber Frolic, or the Millinocket Retreat, but she’s also everywhere on line. She has an adorable podcast called the Fiberista files…check it out…she’s cute and genuine and smart. She is also on Youtube, and Ravelry as Boutrosbabe (http://www.ravelry.com/people/boutrosbabe), and all kinds of other places….pinterest, etsy, twitter, etc. :) It will be fun, and informative, inspiring, and supportive. :)

As I mentioned, this may be our last Wine & Twine for a bit. We would love to see you. The Wine & Twine participation has been great but few. We would love feedback on how you feel about this type of event. Should we continue….should we try something else…hmmmmm ;)

Call with any questions, 474-7979. This is a FREE event btw!! Bring a friend!! :)

when one Sale closes…


Hello All!  I hope you are well :)

So you remember that Sale that started as a Superbowl Kickout Sale and then turned into a Never Give Up Sale and then sort of turned into a We are too Lazy to take down the Sale signs Sale?  The one that is still going on?  Well….all good things must come to an end :(   We will continue this Sale through Saturday, March 14.   So, for all of you who have been thinking that maybe you wanted to pick up some of that Sale yarn but thought maybe the Sale would just go on forever and you would get back in and pick it up….you better get your butts in here and get it now ;)


The GOOD news is....as one Sale closes....another one begins!! But this one is only for ONE DAY!!! Really. Just one day.  For St. Patrick's Day, March 17th, we will offer all green yarn in the store at 17% OFF! You know....just because it's fun :)


Hope to See you! Have a great week!