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!

  • July 29, 2015 5:00 pmKnit Night
  • August 5, 2015 5:00 pmKnit Night
  • August 12, 2015 5:00 pmKnit Night
  • August 19, 2015 5:00 pmKnit Night
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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!

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”.