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  • April 26, 2015 1:00 pmStitch Out Cancer Knit Along
  • April 29, 2015 5:00 pmKnit Night
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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!

Spring Forward!

Hi All!  I hope this finds you all well, especially after the beautiful Spring like day we had today :)   All it takes is the little things to spark that Spring Fever, eh?  Although, I am not sure the snowbank in my driveway will be gone until about July (if that), I love the idea that the days are getting longer.  This weekend we “Spring Forward” as we adjust our clocks for Daylight Savings!! I love having that extra sunlight time in the evening :)   I am feeling ready to come out of hibernation for sure. I thought I would share this Knitty pattern I found today with you, mostly because I love the title but also because they are the cutest little spring socks :) http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer08/PATTspringforward.html




Need something warm to do? Here are a few ideas :)

Hi All :)

Hope you are all well and staying warm.  I don’t know about you but I am enjoying doing a little knitting to unwind from the holidays and 2014.  A lot of times, January is a big knitting month for me as I just try to wrap my head around what has just ended and what is about to begin.  I don’t always make New Year’s resolutions but I do always think about what they would be if I did ;) This year, I am kinda sorta promising myself that I will go outside my comfort zone and try and learn some new things.  You know….get interested in things instead of staying stuck in the same old routine of life.  Buy something I’ve never tried at the grocery store (and actually try it), read a book on a subject I’ve always wondered about, go see some new live music, go somewhere, meet new people, get crafty, organize something, (I already did this btw, with my junk drawer.  I bought those little containers that fit in the drawer and sorted everything all out….elastics, pens, tacks, temporary tattoos) ;) .

I think you should try something new too, with me, or Marylou, or Sarah, or Karla :)

Here’s what we have in mind:

Two Hour “Big Hat” w/ Marylou ~ Choose either Friday, Feb 6, 10:30am-12:30pm, OR Monday, Feb 9, 6:00-8:00pm.

Learn how to knit in the round using circular needles and complete a great, chunky hat in a 2 hour session!  You should be comfortable casting on and knitting and purling to join this class. You will create a nice warm hat with a ribbed edge and an impressive pom pom!  Bring your own materials or get them here :)   You will need US sz 15 16″Circular and Double Pointed Needles (dpn), a stitch marker, and Super bulky yarn. The pattern will be provided for you.  The cost of this class is $10. Please pre-pay to reserve a space :)







Socks w/ Sarah ~ Mondays, February 2,9, and 16, 4-6pm (3 week class)

Take the leap and learn to knit socks. You will be so glad you did! Socks are the perfect project. They are easy and fun, small and portable, and you end up with something that has the potential to make any single person happy! You will love being free from the intimidation of the heel and realize it is one of the most satisfying experiences of you’re life! ;)

In this class, you will learn to work in the round on double pointed needles, turn a heel without fear, make a left and right leaning decrease, and close a toe using a simple and beautiful adaption of the Kitchener stitch.  You should already be comfortable with making the basic knit and purl stitches.

Fee for this class is $36 for all 3 weeks and includes the pattern “Classic Socks for the Family” by Yankee Knitter (the ONLY sock pattern you will ever need!) You will also need a set of US2 Double Pointed Needles (dpn) and 350 yards of sock or fingering yarn for a women’s and 450 yards for a men’s pair.



Pillows  w/ Julie ~  Dates/times/fee TBA (this class will begin sometime in February) ;)

Learn a couple new techniques while making your choice, or all 3, of the pillows featured in the pattern by Lindsay Ingram called “Snap, Crackle, Pop”.

Dress up your home with pillows made from your choice of worsted weight yarn to match your living space with perfection.  Learn a basic cable pattern, a basket weave(ish) stitch, and a funky slip and wrap stitch to make each one unique and practice some new moves.  You should be able to cast on, knit and purl pretty comfortably in order to sign up for this class.

You may bring your own materials or purchase them here. We have lots of great choices.  You will also need size US8 24″ circular needles, and a tapestry needle.  Also, a 16″ pillow insert. I will be doing some research on this, and might be able to just include the pillow in the fee.  The pattern will be included in the class fee.

Please contact us via email (peacelovehappyknits@gmail.com) or at the store (474-7979) if you are interested in this class, asap. You’re input will help determine the dates/times :)


While Karla awaits news of the birth of a grandbaby, she is holding off on committing to a scheduled class.  She is, meanwhile, ready to commit to HAPPY HOURS on FRIDAYS.  Join Karla from 4-6 every Friday for Knitting, crocheting, and social intoxication ;) .  This will be a regular Friday afternoon gig and is FREE!!  Let the good times ROLL baby!!

Watch for Wine & Twines’ to become a regular once a month get together as well as Knitting for a Cause on Sundays every now and again. 

Spoiler Alert:  The first Knit for a Cause will be held on Saturday, February 15th!!  Marylou is heading this one up with knitted or crocheted scarves to benefit “Stitch out for Cancer” http://shejams.com/stitch-out-cancer/ Make a note of it!! This is also a FREE event….just a simple knit-along….bring your own patterns and yarn although we will have suggestions for you here.  The only rule is the yarn must be pink and white.  Fun and doing something good!

Ho Ho Holiday Stroll yo

Hi :)   The Holiday Stroll is downtown Skowhegan is upon us again!  Lights are hung, windows are decorated, there’s snow on the ground.  The people in the Skowhegan area are feeling the holiday cheer :)   I hope you all get a chance to get out in town this weekend and enjoy the spirit in the air.

At Happyknits, we are feeling it ;)   Here’s what we have planned….

Karla will be at the store on Friday with extended shopping hours until 8 o’clock.  When you head over to the parade, be sure to swing in and say hello.

On Saturday, Julie will be opening for regular business hours, 9-3pm.  The Farmer’s Market will be going on from 11-1pm, and there will be activities for children in the entryway….craft activities for the kids until 1pm.

At 3 o’clock, just after the store closes, MaryLou and Sarah will be there hosting a Christmas ornament knit-a-long.  We have been busy knitting and constructing little ornament kits, equipped with yarn, needles, and a free pattern.  The kits are $8.50 and you can choose from 4 different designs, with a few different color options.  We have about 20 kits made.  It is not necessary you register or sign up ahead of time, but of course always helpful, and you are free of course to come in at any time on Saturday and choose your kit. The knit-a-long will end at 5pm which should give you plenty of time to finish your ornament…..and just think of all the good laughs you will have in the meantime :)

Enjoy your weekend Everybody….we hope to see you!!

Thanks for reading :)

Holiday Season at Happyknits

Hi Everybody!

We hope you are all well :) The HOLIDAYS approach and I am excited this year to share this time of year with my new partners. We have come up with a few ideas for celebrating here at Happyknits and this is a quick run over of the events we have planned. More details to come in the future as each date gets closer.

As most of you know, we are hosting the Wine & Twine at the Pickup Café (downstairs in the Somerset Gristmill building). We are hoping to join forces with the Pickup for many such events in the future if all goes well and you are all interested. We decided to keep the first attempt very simple. On November 15, a Saturday, from 4-6, we will meet at the Pickup and enjoy a laid back afternoon of knitting/crocheting/socializing. The Pickup staff will be there to take orders on appetizers, which they have graciously offerered to discount for Happyknits customers by 20%! We can also order beer and wine from them at their already discounted HAPPYHOUR prices. We will visit with each other and sample their food and drinks until 6:00 when the dinner crowd starts to roll in. Of course if you are interested, you can stay on and order dinner at the Pickup Café as well, but if not we will clear out so they have room to seat more customers. All of the Happyknits staff will be there…..it’s gonna be fantastic!!

A couple weeks from now, November 28, of course is Black Friday, or Plaid Friday as we small businesses like to call it. Plaid Friday is a great shopping day if you want a good deal. Happyknits wants to make you bargain hunters happy so we are offering the Gift Certificate Special on Plaid Friday for one day! You won’t have the opportunity to get this deal again until June, so if you like it, you should take advantage of it when you can. If you are unfamiliar with this deal, it is a discount on a purchase of a $100 Gift Certificate. If you spend $100 on gift certificate(s), you get a bonus $25 gift certificate to keep for yourself or to give to a lucky recipient!! This gives you a chance to have a sale on yarn at your favorite local yarn store (Happyknits ;) ) any time of year! Happyknits will be OPEN for regular business hours (10-6) on Plaid Friday! We will also have some other great gift ideas and a notebook designated for your wishlist in the event your husband, kids, friends, dogs want to buy you a gift….we’ll keep it on file for you!

The following day….the very day after Plaid Friday, November 29…is Small Business Saturday, https://www.americanexpress.com/us/content/small-business/shop-small/about/?linknav=us-open-shopsmall-homepage-about. Small Business Saturday is a movement started a few years back to encourage people to stay local and support the small businesses in their area. In celebration and support of this, we have communicated with other local downtown Skowhegan business and are joining together to offer you discounts on your shopping for staying local. Some LOCAL businesses have agreed to offer 10% off your purchase that Saturday when you present a receipt, dated November 29, 2015 from another participating business from whom you made a minimum of a $10 purchase. (Particpating business to be revealed at a later date) :) I think you should have to be adorned in jingle bells too, but I couldn’t get everyone to agree with that requirement ;)

Onward….this brings us to the Holiday Stroll, December 5-7, in Downtown Skowhegan, Maine! First, don’t miss the Parade Friday night! Happyknits will have extended hours that evening until 8pm, so stop in and see Karla….sit for a few minutes….knit….crochet…..buy yarn….sing songs ;) In the morning, business resumes as usual, with ME :) for normal business hours (9-3) along with the Skowhegan Farmer’s Market. We are busily working on putting together some kits for that weekend….the contents are a surprise…you’ll have to come in to see what we have. (Plus, we don’t really know yet what kits we will be constructing :) ) But, in the afternoon, from 3-5, Sarah and Marylou will be here, hosting a knitting/crocheting event with Christmas ornament kits. You will be free to choose which ornament kit you would like and sit and work on it here by our toasty warm fire. We will be getting out more details on this in the future. There will be a small fee attached and a registration for this event. Also, there will be an interactive, FREE Origami group of kids from the Cornville Regional Charter School in our entryway on Saturday as well. Again….more details to come.

So without skipping ahead to soon, this is an FYI blog just for the purpose of giving you the heads up of what’s to come. Enjoy the next couple weeks before all our lives are filled with red and green, and cookies, and music, and shopping, and snow, and santa, and booze ;) Gotta love it!!

See you all soon I hope….you don’t have to wait until the Holiday season to swing in and say “hi”.


What’s in Knit for me? New classes!

Hello All :)

What a great weekend we had for our Grand Opening! Thank you again for coming!!


I wanted to get on the website the classes we have decided to offer for the first round and add a little info.  All the classes are taught by one of the four of us.  We have chosen times that work well in our schedules.  The times and days may seem random and that’s because, they are :) .  Hopefully, through feedback from all of you, and as things change in our lives, we will be able to offer the right class at the right time for you….yeah you ;) .  For now, this is where we have chosen to begin.  We need 3 ppl minimum to run the class, and can take a maximum or 5-6 for space and time reasons.  Our classes will run for an hour, and this is how we have priced them, but we are all willing and expecting that sometimes, these will run over a little bit timewise.  Please contact us with ideas or requests on classes or times of the week, or even events that you would like to see happen.  Class costs include the class itself, and the “pattern”, but materials as far as yarn and needles are for you to bring of your choosing.  Of course, we have the supplies here and can point you in the right direction.

Here are the first round of Classes:

Stick your neck out Scarf: Learn something NEW!  Choose a scarf pattern based on your level of confidence in your knitting ability.  You are welcome to join but the patterns available will not necessarily be challenging, but they will be beautiful and fun.  Beginners will learn how to ball yarn, cast on, knit, and purl.  Intermediates will experiment with new stitches, knitting in the round (if necessary), changing colors, and potentially some seaming.  We will all become a little more comfortable with gauge.  w/Julie, Thursday evenings, 6:30-7:30pm, October 2 & 9, 23 $35.

Definitely not just 3 corners – (a simple hat class): Maybe you already know how to knit with straight needles.  Maybe you are tired of working your pieces flat and seaming them.  Maybe you see people knitting on circular needles and double pointed needles and you have needle envy.  Maybe your ears get really cold and you need a good hand knit hat to keep them warm.  If so, you should join Marylou for this class.  It is an introduction to circular and double pointed needles.  You will create a hat with your choice of edging…roll or ribbing, and experiment with different stitch patterns, all while becoming familiar with the concept of knitting in the round.  You should be comfortable with casting on, knitting and purling to join this class.  w/Marylou, Monday evenings, 5:30-6:30pm, October 6, 13, & 20, $35.

This Class Socks!: Join Sarah for 3 class sessions and learn to make socks.  In this class, you will learn to work in the round on double pointed needles, turn a heel without fear, make left and right leaning decreases, and close a toe using a simple and beautiful adaptation of the Kitchener stitch.  You should already be comfortable with the basic knit and purl stitch.  The class includes the pattern, “Classic Socks for the Family” from Yankee Knitter.  You will also need a set of US2 double pointed needles, and at least 350-450 yards of sock or fingering yarn.  w/ Sarah, Tuesday afternoons, 3:00-4:00pm, October 7, 14, 21, $36.

HOOKIN’ w/ Karla – intro to Crochet(!): Get Hookin’ right here at Happyknits!!  Finally, a crochet class!  Learn to create a chain, work into the chain, work a slip stitch, and double crochet to create a cute and colorful, GRANNY SQUARE.  Granny Squares are fun and versatile, you can hoard them for an afghan, use them for a scarf, or bag, or hat.  Totally retro!  YOu will also learn how to assemble the squares using whipstitch, or a crochet join.  You need no prior crochet knowledge or experience.  Knitters may want to take this class to broaden your fiber talents, combine the two hobbies, blow people’s minds!! Materials needed are sz H crochet hook, and a worsted weight yarn.  w/ Karla, Thursday afternoon, 1:00-2:00pm, October 2 & 9, 16. $30.

Sign up and pre-pay (please) at Happyknits :) Call, 474-7979, or email peacelovehappyknits@gmail.com with questions.  Spread the word….



GO (Grand Opening) FYI’s:)

Hi Everybody! I’m going to keep this short and sweet because I’m tired and it’s getting way too late for me to be working on a Friday night :P

Here are a few things we wanted you to know about tomorrow’s Grand Opening for the Happyknits, LLC:

First, we will be happily offering our Gift Certificate Special tomorrow.  If you are familiar with this (it’s the same as in the past), you can skip to the next bit of information, if not stay here for a minute.  If you spend $100 on a Gift Certificate, you will actually receive a Gift Certificate in the amount of $125. You are allowed to split that however you would like….take it in one lump sum or divide it amongst a few GCs’.  I like the option of 5 $25 GCs’, give 4 away, and keep one for yourself.  But if you want it all on one GC, you are basically getting a  20% (or something like that…I told you I’m tired) discount to use at your leisure.  Please remember though, it can not be doubled with any other sale or special, nor can it be redeemed for cash.

Second, don’t forget about the YARN SWAP!  We are having a table outside the door for a swap.  We will be bringing in some yarn that we are willing to SWAP, you do the same!  Free, no rules, just fun….could be really great, could be just a bunch of crap ;)   we’ll see……hahaha!

Third, make a purchase, OR sign our Mailing List, OR both and put your name and phone # on a red ticket for a chance to win a fabulous…and I mean FABULOUS Door Prize!!!!!

Lastly, we are introducing our new Loyalty Cards.  If you are a frequent yarn buyer, this will be your new best friend.  Make a purchase at the Grand Opening and get your new Happyknits Loyalty card.  After that, each purchase in the future will get you a punch and when your card is all punched, you earn a $25 dollar credit!!! You will get more details on that when you receive your card. :)

OH……and the class list will be out, and the new yarns are in, and we have new yarn bowls, and we have a SIT and KNIT space outside by the Farmer’s Market if you want to just sit and visit with us, and we will have coffee and cookies, and……holy moly…..just come see ;)

That’s it for now…..SEE YOU TOMORROW!!!


Hello Everybody!!

We would like to invite you all to celebrate our partnership, and hence the Grand Opening of Happyknits, LLC under our new business structure. We are hopeful (and confident, really) that this new arrangement will make the store a much better yarn store. With new management, organization, ideas, and teamwork, we will be open more often and consistently, more on top of inventory and reordering and restocking, so that what you need will be in the store when you need it. Also, Happyknits will be more inspiring, with 4 times the creativity!

The GRAND OPENING is scheduled for Saturday, SEPTEMBER 13, 2014! We have some fun things planned…a YARN SWAP, door prizes, kits, sit and knit, a new schedule with some upcoming classes…and more. The four of us will be at the Grand Opening, working, so it will be a good chance to meet all of you and for you all to become familiar with the new faces who will be happily and hopefully filling ALL your yarn(ish) needs.

Please watch for follow up blogs, emails, facebook posts with more details, and information. Message us or stop in with tips or ideas, or just to say HI :) We are so excited for the upcoming knitting season now that we are getting into the swing of things as a new posse ;) , learning new things, becoming friends, and running a better business. Thank you for following our progress and reading our blogs and posts, sharing our story, and sending new people our way….you are so appreciated. Hope your summer is going well and you have absorbed enough sunshine to carry you through the winter…NOT that it is right around the corner or anything….shhhhh! Enjoy every last minute of it, but as soon as your feet get just the slightest bit cold, start knitting some socks for yourself first before everyone else in your life starts demanding things from you ;) (fyi….we have some great new sock yarn).

See you SEPTEMBER 13, if not sooner….and then again on SEPTEMBER 13 :) :) :)

going’s on…

What is going on here exactly?

Hi! I am not really sure what’s going on in this picture, but I AM sure that I love it! But I am here to say “hello” and tell you what IS going on here at Happyknits. Our new schedule is working nicely, rotating days, and getting settled in. We are learning things…about each other, a partnership, the business, organization, and YARN. We are happy.

We have started meeting with Yarn Reps and have made some orders. Our needles and notions are stocked up well now, and we have started carrying metal needles along with the bamboo and hardwood. We have been to Bartlett Yarns in Harmony and stocked up on their Worsted, and their new 50/50 alpaca/wool blend, worsted in beautiful natural colors. It’s fantastic, by the way. We have some Malabrigo Rios and Worsted on it’s way, and some Noro Sock yarn. We have unanimously agreed on our first new yarn, and have composed a wish list of colors and weights to be introducing to the store and all of you in late August. We are looking ahead at the calendar and the going’s on of downtown Skowhegan. ;)

We are hoping you are all having a very happy and relaxing summer….taking time each day to be creative. I admit that I fall into the seasonal knitter category, but my fingers are starting to twitch again as we anticipate lethargy settling in after the busy excitement of the summer sun. I love the warm days, followed by cool nights. Be good to yourselves….knit or crochet with something that makes you say “ahhhhhhh” ;)
Stop in for a visit…peace.