Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Shapely Shawlette Workshop

We are proud to announce Judy Pascale will be joining us on February 2nd to teach one of her famous workshops. This class will be a hands -on workshop on how to achieve shaping for the "Shapely Shawlette". As described on her website, "It's perfect petite triangular size and method of shaping makes it versatile for either work or evening."

 (All photos in the post are property of Judy Pascale)

Be sure to call the shop for details and to reserve your spot as space is limited.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Back Wall Sale!!!

How's this for a little pre-superbowl treat...

2 Stix & A String will be having a back wall sale this weekend! 
Everything on the back wall will be discounted 20% From Friday 1/11-Sunday 1/13.
 Come in and stock up on a few new projects, or just stash some of that lovely yarn you've been eying!

FINE PRINT: All sale yarn is non-returnable or exchangeable. Stamp cards cannot be redeemed on purchase of sale yarn.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Rowan: Holiday Gift Guide

With only a few weeks left until Christmas, we are quickly knitting up a storm. Rowan yarns are great for holiday knits as they can be used to make virtually any project out there. The yarns are so versatile and the quality is unmistakable. Here are some of our favorites.


The "it" pattern at the shop at this moment is Tipsy by Martin Storey. This cowl is knit using three skeins of Rowan Big Wool and can be knit in a few nights. Our favorite thus far was knit by Alice in Sun-068.

Next up is the Belle Cable Hat also by Martin Storey. Lima is definitely one of our favorite yarns to knit hats out of. It makes for deceptively warm caps that have a lovely drape to flatter anyone (yes, even that person who thinks they don't look good in hats).

Link by Sarah Hatton is a quick cowl, knit flat and then seamed together. It can be knit in both a short or long version and Frost offers an amazing snuggley drapiness (not quite a technical term) that's to die for. Stop by the shop to see the sample we knit!

Last, but not least, why not indulge yourself in a longer project in the middle of the holiday knitting frenzy? Madison by Martin Storey is a beautiful cape knit out of Creative Focus Worsted. We also have a shop sample of this lovely knit which could easily be knit a little at a time through all of those fun holiday activities.

Stop by and see everything Rowan has to offer this season!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Bergere de France

For as long as I can remember, I have always admired the patterns and yarns released by Bergere de France. This company has been around for 65 years, so they are obviously doing something right. More notably, these patterns make me WANT to knit. Even my daughter, who learned to knit at an early age, looks through the pictures and says "I'd knit that!"

After Sandy blew through with her mighty fury, I had several options laying before me. After cleaning up and re-opening, I finally decided to give the line a shot. Boy am I happy I did. I ordered three of their yarn lines into the store: Magic +, Ideal, and Alaska. All of these lines are not only machine washable, but also machine dry as well! The patterns and pattern books are absolutely amazing. Added plus, many of the patterns can be beautifully knit up with other lines we carry that our knitters know well.

Pattern books currently available for purchase are:
Mag 164- I'm a Beginner
Mag 159- Irish Knit Mag
Creations 2012-2013
Mag 163 "Tricot Kid" 4-16
Mag 158 "Tricot Kid" 4-16
Mag 160 Layette

I look forward to showing you all that Bergere de France has to offer!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Madeline Tosh: Holiday Knit Guide

I recently received a box tightly packed with Madeline Tosh yarns and couldn't help but squeal with glee. As I sit here looking at all of the pretty colors, I have been imagining all of the things I want to knit up from it! All of this pondering has lead me to come up with a Holiday Knit Guide for the yarns.

First up, ToshSock!

I have already knit up a sample of this beautiful beret! The pattern is the Rustling Leaves Beret by Alana Dakos from Coastal Knits. The pattern was extremely easy to understand and I definitely found myself experiencing the "just another round" syndrome as I began to see each leaf take shape. The i-cord topper is just charming. I loved everything about this project!

Damson by Ysolda Teague would be another great knit in this wonderful hand dyed yarn. The simplicity of the shawl would highlight the beauty of the colors wonderfully. One hank would make a shawl, and even better, it would be a great television knit for those hours spent in front of the TV while your other half watches the game.

This wouldn't be a post about sock yarn without mentioning a sock, right? One of my favorite patterns is the Monkey Socks by Cookie A. I have made a few of these socks and they work up very quickly. The pattern repeat is very easy to memorize and of course, they look great in hand dyed yarns!

Next up, Tosh DK.

Elizabeth Zimmerman's February Sweater is a timeless classic. What mother or mother-to-be wouldn't love to receive this beautiful sweater for their baby girl? I can't decide what would be more exciting, choosing a color or choosing buttons! What do you think?

The Honey Cowl by MadelineTosh is a super fun, super easy knit. Designed with this yarn in mind, it offers amazing drape. The honeycomb stitch highlights the yarn perfectly. Better yet, you can choose to make a short of long version using one or two hanks respectively.

Last, but not least is Hannah Fettig's Calligraphy Cardigan. She designed this beautiful cardigan with Tosh DK in mind and boy is it an amazing fit. This is a perfect project for those long trips to see family this holiday season. We knitters tend to forget to indulge ourselves through the frenzy of gift knitting that we have going on.

I hope you enjoyed this little post. Over the next few days, I will be posting a Holiday Knit Guide for each of the lines that we stock in the store.