Arcadia Knitting

Welcome to the blog of Arcadia Knitting, Chicago's largest yarn store! Owned by sisters Kathy and Sharon Kelly, Arcadia has been serving the Chicago knitting and crocheting community for over six years. Keep up with shop news and read more about our ongoing adventures in yarn...

Monday, April 30, 2007

How to Stuff a Pinata

Sharon is organized and task driven. I'm a little more chaotic.

Today we stuffed the pinata for our 7th birthday party on Sunday: candy and other goodies.

We had to re-think our plans when we saw how small the hole was versus the
rigidity of the things we were planning on putting in there. I ran
around and found other stuff that would fit. Here's a hint: needles
tend to be rigid, yarn is squishy.


Saturday, April 28, 2007

Birthday Greetings:

In seven years Arcadia Knitting has sold over 130,000 skeins of yarn, 70,000
stitch markers, 14,000 point protectors and 4,000 pairs of size 8 needles. We've had plenty of visitors: Debbie Stoller, Stephanie Pearl McPhee, Shannon Oakey, Perri Klass, and Annie Modisett.

Kathy and Sharon Kelly are very excited to be celebrating Seven Years in business. So from Tuesday, May 1 to Sunday, May 6 we are having fun and offering gift with purchase specials and other sale items.

Starting Tuesday, May 1 and all through the week enter our "Guess how many
point protectors in the jar" contest. Winner receives a Stash Minder packed
with goodies. All entries in the contest will be entered in a drawing for
other special gifts and prizes.

The Party starts Tuesday May 1st with Point Protectors Day.

Wednesday, May 2nd is Spinning Day, roving for everyone. Visit Windy City
Handspinning Guild for more information on locals who spin.

Thursday, May 3rd, Knit Check Day. AND Knitting Nature by Norah Gaughan Trunk
Show Arrives. Watch Kathy and Sharon un-pack and display 20 items from Norah
Gaughan's hit book, Knitting Nature. Need to know more about Norah's philosophy?

Friday, May 4th, Book Day - Book Plates Day. Super Special - Books from 10% to
30% off. Free Knitting and Crochet lessons all day long.

Saturday, May 5th - Stitch Holders and Sharon's Sweater Collection. See
Sharon's famous "rainbow" of color, from cream to roasted coffee. The entire
collection will be on display.

Sunday, May 6th Cake, PiƱata and drawings for more prizes from 1 - 3 pm. Plus
we name the winner of the "Guess the Number of Point Protectors in the Jar"

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Customers complain a lot about yarn taking over their homes. Yarn in the living room, yarn in the bedroom, yarn in the garage. And that's just the sock yarn.

Me, I have no problem with that. I have a lovely set of pull out drawers, silver mesh, with special trays for needles, accessories, and patterns. Organized. All my yarn is in there.

Last night I was driving home from the shop and saw a ball of red alpaca in the spot where we usually keep change for tolls. What kind of toll takes red alpaca? I wanted to listen to a CD, I looked in the glove compartment. No CD's. However, there was one skein of Classic Elite La Gran Mohair in fuchsia, from the 90's by the look of the label, a scrap of a cream yarn I used to make myself a sweater, should keep track of that for repairs, and some nameless brown yarn. Then I remembered a recent trip where we had to change a flat tire by the side of the road and I had such a hard time getting the jack out of the trunk because it was caught on a skein of Jaeger Extra Fine Merino. Hmm.

Are things out of control?

Where I really have yarn:

In the bookcase, 3 skeins of RYC Cashsoft Aran for Chic Knits' Arianne Sweater, put there when we were "cleaning up"
The Chic Knits Arianne sweater on the needles in the ottoman put there when we were "cleaning up" after it sat on the other ottoman for months
In the end table
In three baskets in the living room
In a trunk in the sun room
In three baskets in the bedroom

Found at the store:
Materials for samples for entrelac pillow class
one bag of yarn I just had to have six months ago
samples of my first spinning experiments

Dining Room