There’s a Chill in the Air

Last winter I lost my favorite hat. One minute it was in my pocket, the next it wasn’t. Darn! I really loved that hat.

Since I’ve been working with beads on various projects, it seemed that a hat with beads would be the perfect choice for a replacement.

But which pattern? I like tams that don’t fit too tight because there’s nothing worse than hat hair! At a local bead show, I stumbled on a vendor selling beaded tam patterns. She had the sample there and it looked perfect. So for $6 the pattern was mine. IMG_2487

Now, I’m off to The Tangled Web to choose the perfect yarn. After consulting with Mary, I decided on Plymouth Select in Mystic Purple, a beautiful, soft DK Merino Superwash. I then bought some clear lavender beads, (Yes, The Tangled Web has beads) that I mixed with some already on hand.

So there I am sitting down in my favorite chair feeling excited to be casting on after pre-stringing 400 beads. But hold on, I think, it might be prudent to read through the pattern. Uh oh! Halfway through the pattern I have no idea what the designer has in mind. Not only does it not make sense, the symbols don’t make sense either. Not good.

Now what am I going to do. I’ve already got the yarn, the beads are strung and I’m ready to begin. Without missing a beat, I dug out the pattern I used on last year’s favorite hat, the French Beret. It’s a Louisa Harding design from her book “hatsglovesscarves.” Find it here.

9780600612551_p0_v1_s192x300The only change I made to the original pattern was to knit the hat in the round instead of sewing up a side seam. Of course, I had to use some math skills to figure out bead placement. Here, I was on my own because the bead placement on the now rejected pattern wouldn’t work on this one. I decided to start the beading on the first row after the ribbing, every other stitch, and from there on I just winged it, deciding as I went where the beads would go. It turned out to be great fun. I thought I’d be anxious about it but I felt incredibly free and creative!

I don’t know why I didn’t just start out with the French Beret pattern. Probably because it didn’t have beads and it didn’t even occur to me that I could add them on my own.

IMG_2474I think I may have learned my lesson about buying patterns from people I don’t know or have never heard of. This is not the first time I’ve gotten tripped up. But hopefully it will be the last. But it all worked out. I now have a hat that no one else will have. Plus I learned that I, too, can get a little creative with a pattern.

contributed by Donna Heron


Fall Hours are Back!!

PumpkinIt’s the moment you all have been waiting for since May. Our regular Fall hours begin today. Tuesday through Saturday 10-5 and Sunday, 12-5. We’ll still be closed on Monday so I can sleep in and do laundry. Oh yeah, don’t forget First Friday, we’re here til 8. Looking forward to seeing you all soon. It’s time to knit!!

Tangled Web Summer Camp

Join us for 4 Fridays of beautiful little projects perfect for summer knitting!


Yarn Bombing by Melissa Maddonnis Haims

Ready for some summertime fun?

  • First you have to pick a camp project! We have lots to choose from so don’t be shy. Easy, quick projects that are perfect for summer.
  • Next you’ll have to choose which Friday classes you want to take. We have everything from needlepoint to Japanese braiding so I’m pretty sure you’ll want to take them all. And there’s no charge for campers.
  • Next you should organize and prioritize your UFOs because we’ll spend an entire afternoon helping you get back on track.
  • You bring lunch and we provide bottled water and snacks throughout the day.
    Finally, you should KNIT, LAUGH, LEARN and then KNIT and LAUGH some more.

4 sessions: $200.00*
Friday, 11:00am – 4:00pm
July 10, July 17, July 24, July 31

Tuition includes:
Meet and Greet with Melissa Maddonni Haims, Local Artist, Sculptor and International Yarn Bomber.
Intro to Needlepoint class
Design Your Own Needlepoint Canvas
Kumihimo Braiding
Crochet Beaded Bracelet
UFO (Unfinished Objects) Workshop
Intro to Magic Loop

Plus a few surprises!!

After Hours Cascade Event


After Hours Yarn Tasting Event

featuring Cascade Yarns

Friday, November 21, 5-8 p.m.

We have enjoyed the Venezia Trunk Show so much that we asked Cascade to send us more yarns to try!

Join us for this “after hours” event and sample all the best of what Cascade Yarns has to offer. Erlinda Brennan, our fabulous Cascade rep, will be here to chat up all the yarns, share her knitted garments and giveaway lots of  patterns and kits.

This is an “After Hours” event so please R.S.V.P at

Make a purchase the evening of the event and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win one of the many project kits (valued from $25.00 and up) made available by Cascade.

Here’s just a little taste! 60MoreQuickKnits Cozy-Knits FW187 W507

 It’s Time to Knit!!

60 Quick Luxury Knits Trunkshow

Join us on November 7 for the opening of our 60 Quick Luxury Knits trunk show. Cascade is sending us 13 models from this best selling book to have on display through November 16. All of the patterns featured in the book are knit from Cascade’s Venezia, a super smoochy merino and mulberry silk blend that comes in worsted and DK weights. This book has literally been flying off the shelf in anticipation of the upcoming Lacy Leaves Snood KAL so we are thrilled to have so many other samples from the book on display and available for you to enjoy. Here’s a little taste of what you can expect.9781936096763-172_medium2 9781936096763-78_medium29781936096763-115_medium29781936096763-76_medium2

Sunday Hours Are Back!!!

We know that you have missed us on Sundays but never fear Sunday hours (12-5) are back. Now that summer is behind us (although you wouldn’t know it by the 90 degree temperatures) we are stocking the shelves with yummy yarns to tempt you and great patterns to inspire you. Oh, and let’s not forget that this is a celebration year, 20 years to be exact, and we have all kinds of great things planned throughout the year. So, keep your eye on your email or follow us on Facebook for all the details. See you on Sunday.

Kellbourne Woolens Yarn Tasting

Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Level 1: No experience required

We are in love with Fibre Company’s Terra. So much so that we are devoting October to knitting the Springtime Bandit Shawl in (guess what?) Terra. Now, although this is one of our all time favorites there are many other yarns that come from The Fibre Company… Tundra, Road to China and Canopy to name only a few.

We thought you might want to give some of these other yarns a go so we are hosting a Fibre Company Yarn Tasting. Stop by on Sunday, October 12 and meet the gals behind Kelbourne Woolens, try out some new yarns and knit a little. Kate and Courtney will be on hand with yarns to taste, patterns to try and handknits to drool over.

Yarn Tasting
Sunday, 1-4 pm
October 12, 2014