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Earth Day Market Bag Kit Knitalong

Hello All :)

This Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, we will be hosting a Free Knitalong with the purchase of a Market Bag kit.  You may purchase a premade kit or build your own bag and choose your own colors.  The kit includes the yarn, and pattern, but not the needles.  The needles neccessary for this project are US sizes 8 & 9 16″ circulars and US size 9 DPNs.  The store hours on Saturday are 9am-3pm and knitters are welcome to come and go anytime during business hours.  This is not an instructional class, so please be comfortable with knitting in the round and using DPNs.  There will be support for any questions regarding the pattern.  If crocheters are interested, we have found a crochet pattern that is similar, but has not yet been tested. Karla is working on Saturday and is proficient in both knitting and crocheting.

Farmer’s Market days are just around the corner.  This is a quick knit.  Knit up a few, for big shopping days or as a gift for someone special. We hope to see you soon! Enjoy the warming weather. It’s time for knitting with cottons, hemps, linens, and other amazing non wool fibers.  We have a nice selection here at Happyknits! Stop in for a visit. Sit and Stitch with us….we love seeing you and seeing what you’ve got on the needles! :)

Superbowl kick off your socks SALE

Hi Everybody!  Maybe you already received Sarah’s quirky little email about our upcoming sock yarn SALE.  But just in case you are not into email and prefer the website…here it is!!

All Sock Yarn will be 15% of starting Tues, Jan 26, until Sat, Feb 6!!

MaryLou’s Sock class starts this week as well and we have one more space available for that class.  Of course, the yarn for this class is discounted as well.  Please call Tuesday before 3 if you would like to snatch up that last spot!



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. :)

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!

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….



get bombed on Saturday afternoons

making the world more colorful

Beginning this Saturday afternoon…from about NOON-3pm….participate in a free knitting/crochet group called “The Incogknitos”.  Bring scraps of yarn, old acrylic that you wouldn’t be caught dead knitting with now that you’re a “yarn snob”, maybe stuff you’re old Aunt Ezmeralda left you in the will, yard sale finds that you couldn’t turn down because it was only a quarter, or maybe just stuff you don’t know what else to do with.  Don’t show up with a sweater project, or a Christmas gift you need to finish, or a charity project!  Be spontaneous, and creative, and mindful in the moment.  Try out new stitches or color combinations or even try crochet or knit if you do the other.  Just come play.  We can meet and be wacky, and then figure out where to go from there.  I need a posse…..come be my part of something random and silly, and see how it becomes real, and meaningful.  If I want anything to become something….it’s this!!! :) Just show up and don’t worry about commitment….don’t plan on it, just let it happen…sometimes the best things in life just fall in place.  And….we can get bombed if you want!! Bring wine!! Bring your best friend….or someone you want to be better friends with….or someone you don’t like at all but feel bad because they need something cool in their life ;)   See you then!  (Don’t make me beg :/)

Intro to Cables Class – December 15

Basic Cable Hat

Level: Beginner to intermediate

Materials needed:

Size 10 straight or circular needles

100g heavy worsted or bulky weight yarn. Solid color will work best. Malabrigo twist recommended.

Smaller dpn or cable needle

Yarn needle


This is a great quick knit for anyone looking to learn how to knit a cable. The cable in this pattern is only going in one direction and is quite basic. Should not take more than one week to finish it – just in time for a holiday gift! Pattern will be available in children and adult sizes.


Class will be on Saturday, December 15th. Cost is $20 with the pattern included.

Email amanda.bisol@gmail.com, or sign up with Julie at the store so she can help you pick out a good color!

**Pics to come :) **

Holiday Stroll is just around the corner…See what’s up at Happyknits

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Deck the Balls!!
The Holiday Stroll is among us. The dates for this year’s downtown festivities are 11/30-12/2. Here’s a quick rundown of what kind of holiday knit will be happening around here…because after all…Knit Happens, right? :)
Thursday, 11/29: A special kind of KNIT NIGHT…I won’t give out too much info, but I promise it’s gonna be the BOMB ;) Starting at 5pm and “wrapping” up around 8-8:30pm.
Friday, 11/30: The Skowhegan Artwalk resumes again after taking a month off in October. Happyknits will host the one and only Khristina Thayer of The Naked Ewe. There will be other artists in the building as well for your shopping pleasure. All this goes on while the Holiday Parade parades around the rotary at 7pm. So Happyknits will participate in the special holiday hours, staying open until 8pm.
12/1, Saturday: LUXURY FIBER SALE!! Shop for someone special and spoil them with a luxury fiber like Alpaca, Angora, Cashmere, Silk, or blends of some of the above. 25% off select Luxury Yarns.
Knitted/Beaded Ornament Class from 2-4pm. In this two hour class you will create a beautiful hand knitted christmas ball with beadwork to adorn yours or someone special’s Christmas tree. You should be comfortable with casting on and knitting in the round, OR this ornament can be done flat on straight needles and seamed, US sz 2 needles, and Fingering/or Sock weight yarn.  You will learn the Beading Technique.  Call or stop by to sign up.  Fee $12.
It’s definitely begginning to seem alot like Christmas!! HOHOHO!!!

Mindful Knitting


As we approach the holidays, our lives frequently become increasingly hectic! Most of us long for more moments of calmness, centering, and peace, but struggle instead. Knitting As Meditation will offer participants an opportunity to purposefully set aside an hour to practice mindful knitting. Come, sit, and practice meditative knitting. Allow your yarn and needles to guide you to stillness. Sat morning, 8:30-9:30, Nov 17th, Dec 1st, and Dec 8th, $10/session.  Pre-registration is required and any needle size and yarn will do :)




Quick blurp about upcoming classes…


Do you know a super hero or a wanna be?  A class that teaches colorwork (stranded knitting) and results in a great gift (of course for the super hero in your life or one you know). Holidays are coming soon! Just saying!

Or, how about intarsia? Do you get stumped by this or end up with holes in your work? Come learn the art of intarsia. This is a two week class and the first week is spent learning how to do intarsia flat. The second week we will learn how to work intarsia in the round. Oh and by the way the resulting projects will make a great hostess gift or stocking stuffer for the up coming holidays!

These classes will be offered on Saturdays, November 10th, and 17th…both are two week classes.  The Mitts Class will begin at 10am-NOON, the Intarsia class will begin at 12:30pm and end at 2:30pm.  The class fee is $25 and includes the pattern.  You will need 2 different colors for each class.  The mitts use Fingering weight yarn and US size 1 & 2 DPN.  The intarsia class uses Worsted Weight and US size 7 circular, and straight.  Get 10% off supplies for this class if purchased at Happyknits :)