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Monday, April 14, 2008

Sponsor: Frivolous Fibers

Sanguine Gryphon has been kind enough to help us out with a blog about Frivolous Fibers, in St. Michaels, MD!

Frivolous Fibers is in St. Michael's, which is a really charming little Eastern Shore town a lot like Annapolis, only smaller. It's right on the main drag along with all the other cool antique, clothing, and quirky object shops.

The shop itself is split, with the yarn at the back and local art/crafts at the front, so you can drag a non-knitter with you and not worry that they'll be bored. They carry a very nice selection of standard essentials, like Debbie Bliss, Noro, Louisa Harding, Brown Sheep, etc., as well as a huge quantity of Blue Heron handpainted yarns, as Blue Heron is local.

There are also gorgeous crocheted shawls made by one of the owners, a vivacious Latvian woman, and all sorts of interesting patterns and kits. The staff is very lovely and helpful and they offer a variety of classes.

It's particularly a great summer yarn shop, because that's when the tourist season is booming in St. Michael's, making it more fun to look at yarn and then go get an ice cream. A yarn shop visit that's easily disguised as part of a family outing to the Eastern Shore. Here's their site:

Frivolous Fibers
112 N. Talbot Street
St. Michaels, MD 21663

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Sponsor: Knit-a-Gogo

We are super excited that some shops and friends in the DC knitting community were willing to help us defray some of our costs! We'll be posting about all of them in the next couple weeks, so stop back again! First up is Knit-a-Gogo!

Hi all!

I am Danielle Romanetti of Knit-a-Gogo. A couple of years ago I launched this funky little knit business to better provide knitting instruction, events and community building in the DC metro area. I love converting busy professionals to the wonderful world of knitting! Recently I have started more knitting related retreats and trips, such as the Exploration of Lace Retreat in March and a Knitting Event on Mother's Day for mothers and daughters who want to learn together or improve their skills.

My beginner and intermediate classes can be found in a variety of places, including coffee shops, community centers and even bars.

But my real specialty is the "knitted party." It is a great way to spice up a bridal or baby shower or even a get together with girlfriends. At a "knitted shower," everyone learns to knit, while creating a small square that will become part of a blanket for the new bride's home or the baby that is on the way. For more advanced folks, a knitted party can focus on a skill such as lace or entrelac or on a project like Harry Potter Scarves, holiday stockings or sexy lingerie.

I hope you will join me one day for an event or knitting class!