Keep It in the Creek Week
Next week is Harborcreek's annual Keep It In the Creek Week! Come out and support local Harborcreek businesses all week, and check out the Harborcreek Community Engagement's list of activities that celebrate our beautiful township.
In honor of Keep It in the Creek, every purchase made between Tuesday, September 20 and the close of business on Saturday, September 24 earns you the chance to win a $20 gift certificate to the store.
I LOVE YARN DAY, OCTOBER 8, 2022:I know, I know. We love yarn EVERY day! But, October 8th is when we get to loudly proclaim our enduring love of yarn and fiber (perhaps to the dismay of others). Keep an eye out for some special discounts and sales on I Love Yarn Day this year.
Pumpkin Make-along:A couple of years ago we hosted a virtual Pumpkin Make-Along in October, and many of us had so much fun decorating our spaces with pumpkins that, at the request of Sara who saw that Wrong Side Pumpkin posted by malabrigo (pattern by Brittany Hatcher), we decided to host another one this year! There are tons of pumpkin patterns out there for knitting, crochet, Tunisian crochet, weaving, wet felting, needle felting, and sewing. Some are free; others are paid patterns. Choose whichever pattern you want, just remember that to participate you must use fiber from the store.
November - December Countdown to the Holidays Make-Along:While some people are pretty good at getting a head start and finishing their holiday handmade presents well in advance of the holiday season, some of us tend to procrastinate and set up our own personal Christmas Craft Challenge where sometimes we win and sometimes we lose (I did, actually, wrap a photo of a craft project I planned to make my brother one year and give him the photo with the promise that I would eventually finish the actual project). So, rather than going it alone, we'll be hosting a virtual Countdown to the Holidays Make-Along starting November 1 and ending December 31 to help those with their holiday crafting woes. But you don't have to be a last-minute crafter to join! Even if you want to just work on a project for yourself or that doesn't have a time crunch for finishing, you are more than welcome to join us for some laughs (trust me, I have a treasure trove of crafting memes saved up) and good spirited craft chat.
One Skein Ball, January 2023: During our first January as a shop, we hosted a one-skein Ball contest where people were challenged to create something using a single skein of yarn.
This coming January, we will be reviving the One Skein Ball, but with a few changes, as this event will be VIRTUAL.
The basic challenge is this: To create something unique out of a single skein of yarn. HOWEVER, you cannot add anything--fabric, buttons, additional yarn--to that skein. Your finished project must be completed with ONLY a single skein of yarn and nothing more. You don't have to use the full skein, but you can't add anything to that skein.
Then, members of the HW community will vote on the winner.
1.) You must create a unique, original project from a single skein of yarn or a single roving braid or rolag. Yes, that means NO USING SOMEONE ELSE'S PATTERN. What you come up with needs to be ORIGINAL WORK ONLY.
2.) Your skein of yarn, roving braid, or rolag MUST be purchased at Habetrot's Wheel between now (September 9 and January 15, 2023.
3.) You cannot add ANYTHING to your one-skein wonder. No additional yarn. No buttons. No fabrics. Nothing. It's a one-skein wonder, after all.
4.) Your submission must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org in the form of an attached photo and include your name, the skein you used and its date of purchase, and the title of your entry by January 20, 2023.
5.) Submissions will be included in the outgoing newsletter and posted for voting on social media. Prizes TBD.
Wildflowers Bouquet Shawl Knit-Along, February 1 - 28, 2023: A hearty thank you to Sara N. for suggesting this particular KAL. Throughout February, through the website groups, we're going to host a knit-along to make Charlotte Alpine's Wildflower Bouquet Shawl. The shawl uses about 563 yards of fingering weight yarn--one full skein and perhaps some minis or a second fade, gradient, or variegated skein and plays with an i-cord cast on, colorwork with wrapped stitches, and a picot bind off. You can purchase the pattern at the shop with Ravelry's in-store pattern purchasing.
I'm still working through several other ideas, so stay tuned!
GNOME MAKE-ALONG March 1 - 31, 2023: Juli requested this one. Imagined Landscapes has been hosting a number of different gnome-alongs for the past several years, and because gnomes are small, quick, and fun projects that are a great way to play with mini skeins, we'll be doing a Gnome Make-Along in March.
While I tend to be partial to the gnome patterns by Imagined Landscapes, there are a number of fun gnome patterns online, and we want crocheters, weavers, Tunisian crocheters, and knitters alike to feel welcome, so you can choose whichever gnome pattern (or patterns) you feel like making.