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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!!



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. :)

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!

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”.


as my world turns….

Hi Everybody…

Have I mentioned how grateful I am for all of you? I don’t think I could ever fully express the warm fuzzies I feel when I think about the last 3 years, having been surrounded by the best community of people that I can imagine. In a few weeks I will acknowledge and (silently) celebrate 3 years of Happyknits. The amount of growth I have experienced is indescribable….but I will try anyway. ;) I am a newer, updated version of myself. I am confident in ways that I am not sure I would have ever realized I lacked. I am knowledgeable about things I can’t believe I never knew. I have friendships that exist that break my heart to think they might never have developed. I have a faith that is stronger everyday, because it has gotten me through the day before….beautifully. I am creative, and free, and have a new perspective on life. I feel like every interaction I have had with you has been a lesson. I hear you, I see you, I feel you. You have touched me and helped me grow.

Today, I am just saying “Thank you”…

Happy Spring :)

April Fool’s Day….but this is no joke ;)

Hey :)

How are you all? I am well but really trying hard not to be a total grump about the winter weather. I know complaining doesn’t do any good, but man….it’s wearing me down! I’m okay….don’t worry ;) but I will be dancing a jig all over town when this snow and cold is gone…just sayin :)

I considered not cutting my hours back this year to 3 days a week like I did last year….but I gotta be honest…it makes me happy!! :) I need to get outside as soon as the weather allows me to and move my body more with my husband and kids. If I don’t….the truth is….things might start spontaneously combusting around me. Ha!

image from http://yarnexplosion.com/

That being said….my last Tuesday will be April 1st.  Beginning the following week, April 6 (sunday), my hours will change to WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY.  PLEASE, make a note of it.   Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays have always been constant….the hours won’t change and Wednesday evening’s Knit Night, as well as Friday morning’s Sit and Knit will continue as usual, and Saturdays are always great.  But that’s it!:)


I hope Spring hits us as hard as Winter did, and Summer is as persistent and hangs around as long as it likes.  I look forward to cool breezes on warm sunny afternoons, bike riding, hiking, and swimming, music festivals, grilling and frosty mugs full of cold beer :) I wish all the peace and love and happyknits to all of you as well.  Thanks for being the best community of people a yarn store lady could ever wish for!!!!!!

Oh the Holiday season…

yarn love

Look at this BIG deal for Black/Plaid Friday AND Small Business Saturday in this tiny new sized Gift Certificate from your Local Yarn Store!!! O.M.G.! :)

Yup, that’s right….the Gift Certificate Special is on again this weekend for both days!  If you haven’t heard about this special or need a reminder of how it plays out, here goes:  Purchase $125 worth of Gift Certificates for only $100!  You can put all the value on one GC or divide it up and gift it to several people if you want.  You can divide it in anyway you wish.  You can use it any time and for anything in the store  (Just a reminder though….it can not be used to double up on other already reduced items….like clearance or in combination with other sales or specials…it just doesn’t work out on my end very well :/)

Also, if you would like a deal but maybe aren’t in the position to spend quite that much this weekend, I have a special idea for you as well.  If you spend $30, you may pick one FREE skein from the clearance bins on the table just outside the door.  I will be adding a few things to it this week so you may be lucky and find something you love that you can keep for yourself! Skeins of yarn are also great stocking stuffers. Maybe couple it with a set of needles for a beginner knitter or with a gift certificate for a free private lesson!!

There’s more!  On Small Business Saturday, if you come in and show a receipt from another small locally owned and run business in Skowhegan, I will give you 10% of your entire purchase (again, remember I can’t double up on specials :) )  OR if you have a smart phone and have FACEBOOK, and you “Check-in” at Happyknits and show me that you have done so, I will give you 5% off your entire purchase.  If you do both of those things (the receipt and the check-in), I WILL double that offer so you can receive 15% off your entire purchase.

There will be a new YOTM, yarn of the month, which of course is always 25% off it’s original price.  That’s a surprise, you’ll have to come in to see what I have chosen! :) (and, I don’t know yet what it will be :) )

As always, I hope most of all you just enjoy your holiday and be safe and happy and healthy and eat lots of yummy home made food and get real jolly and stuff ;) Peace…



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 :/)

GC Special, YOTM, WWKIP Day, and IYB Day! WOW!

Hi All :)

GC Special!!!! Reminder, the GC Special that has run in July is being offered in June this year instead. Check out my blog about this, but basically you get a good deal on a Gift Certificate(s)!! :)   Also in June, a new YOTM (Yarn of the Month). This month I have 2 yarns on YOTM:   Araucania Lontue and Araucania Ruca (solid and multy).

YOTM - Lontue

YOTM - Ruca Multy

~Araucania Lontue is a light fingering, 3 ply, 50%cotton, 50% linen.  It comes in a 50 gram hank with 249 yards.  It gives 5 sts/in on US sz 6.  ~Araucania Ruca (solid and multy) is a DK weight, 8 ply, 100% plant fiber from sugar cane.  It comes in a 100 gram hank with 263 yards.  It gives 5.5 sts/in on US sz 4-6.

Both yarns are unique and I have seen some beautiful knits with them.  Nice summer yarns!

Well, Spring is almost over and the Summer Solstice is upon us. The first day of Summer this 2013 is June 21st, a Friday. Wow…I am not sure what to think about that. I am hoping for a nice relaxing Summer, busy with fun Summerish activities, but I am thinking about how quickly the time passes….*sigh*.   Live each day to the fullest, I guess.  Anyway…the Summer Solstice marks the day when Summer Hours at Happyknits take effect. Starting June25th, I will be back on Tuesdays!! So the Summer hours are the same as the Spring, add Tuesday  9:30am-5:30pm.

WWKIP Day/WEEK, begins this Saturday, June 8th. Here’s the link: WWKIP stands for World Wide Knit in Public Day/Week. I will be knitting in Public here at Happyknits on Saturday, and if the weather is nice, I may go right outside where the whole world can see me!!!! Total rebel. Join me or find a place and someone special to hang around in public with and click some needles! Take pictures….send ‘em to me or post ‘em on my Facebook page if you do that sort of thing.

Coincidentally, this Saturday is also IYB Day!! lYB stands for International Yarn Bombing Day!! Do it….go totally bonkers….get all knitty and stuff :) If you’d like to come knitting with me, we could work on some funky bombs and graffiti the crap out of the Farmer’s Market or the Grist Mill. Don’t tell anyone though….it’s all incog-knit-o you know.

Stop in, say hi, knit a bit.  :)  Peace

March Madness….or “insanknity”

“]crazy knitter


Knock knock….

who’s there?
Boo who?
Don’t cry…the February sale might be over but if you subscribe to my website and follow me on Facebook, you can still get all kinds of good deals to nurture you fiber addiction!  It’s March Madness, right?! So stay tuned closely to my internet buzz and join in on the insaknity!!  Also, if you would like…send me your e-mail address and I can add you to the mailing list.
Be inspired to knit something CRAZY during March Madness, and hey if March comes in like a Lion and then also goes out like a Lion, at least we will have a longer knitting season!!  Knit some Madness and share it on my Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/happyknitsmaine?ref=hl#!/happyknitsmaine Thank you!!