Saturday, August 1, 2009

August? Seriously?

It must be August, because the corn is taller than me & we've had thunderstorms almost every day this week. Besides, it is hot & it is humid. Which is why it stands to reason that I am knitting lots of cozy woolies! I have socks on my needles, an alpaca sweater, and a few other things (mostly shop samples & swatches).
We made some big changes these past few months.
The Lancaster Yarn Shop is back to one location, at 3519 Old Philadelphia Pike in Intercourse, PA at We closed the downtown shop with much gnashing of teeth & rending of garments. Actually, we made a careful business decision, and acted on it. I am much calmer & the shop is beautiful.
We're blogging at Check it out, there is a yarn giveaway there! You can follow us on Twitter, too at lancyarnshop. Email for the shop is

Hope your knitting is going great!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

hello from March

They say Spring starts on Friday, that will be fine.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Now What?

Is it only Sunday? We're just home from dropping Ellie at Simon's Rock College--where there is lots of snow on the ground. We've got lots of work to do and lots of new to share, but I'm going to go have a cup of tea and call it a night. It is good to be home.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Is that Korean?

It only took us about half an hour to get the flickr badge on here--but why is there whack text under it? Well you may ask!
Well, I don't know how to get rid of it, so enjoy!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

January Classes at LYS

Here is our class list for January, 2009. I know it's really late, but we're getting our bearings and we'll be posting February's classes really soon! Call the shop at (717) 393.4044, or stop in, to sign up for classes. See LYS Class Policy Statement below.
Happy Knitting! See you downtown!

Fingerless Mitts Class with Rachel-Marie

Includes a copy of the book "Weekend Knitting" by Melanie Falick and a custom handspun of your choice for the project. A great way to branch off from knitting scarves and explore the texture of handspun yarns. Requirements: cast on, knit, and cast off.

Fingerless Mitts Class A January 6th and 13th from 1-3
Fingerless Mitts Class B January 20th and 27th from 6-8
Cost: $60.00

Knitting in the Round I: Making hats on both circular and DP needles

Learn long tail cast on, how to join for knitting in the round, and simple patterning. This hat is knit from the brim up with decreases to shape the crown. We’ll start on a 16” circular needle, switching to double pointed needles as we work.

Two classes, 1 ½ hours each.
Tuesdays, January 6 & 13 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $25.00
Skill level: Cheerful, advanced beginner.

Knitting in the Round II: Top Down Hat on DPN & circulars

Cast on 4 stitches to make a hat? Counted increases make a beautiful spiraling top as we knit our way from the crown to the brim to make this simple cap. Suitable for women, men or kids, this is as simple a hat as you can knit.

Two classes, 1 ½ hours each.
Tuesdays, January 20 & 27 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $25.00
Skill level: Cheerful, advanced beginner.

Very Beginning Knitting: Scarf

We’ll meet 3 times for 2 hours. Learn different cast-on methods, how to knit and purl, how to bind off, and simple finishing techniques. Includes an overview of contemporary resources for knitters including books, magazines and the internet. We’ve scheduled enough time for most students to finish a scarf (with maybe a little at home knitting time). Tuition includes one skein of Brown Sheep Yarn’s Lamb’s Pride, and a pair of size 8 or 9 Brittany birch knitting needles. Take home your own copy of the indispensable knitting reference book by Vicki Square “The Knitter’s Companion.”

3 classes, 1 ½ hours each
Saturdays, January 10, 24, 31 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $80.00
Skill Level: Beginner

(No class 01/17)

Very Beginning Knitting: Technique/Skill building

We’ll meet once for 1 ½ hours. Learn to cast on, knit, purl and bind off. We recommend a worsted weight wool or wool blend yarn and size 8 or 9 needles. Class includes overview of contemporary resources for knitters including books, magazines and the internet.

1 class, 1 ½ hours
Saturday, January 10 1:00-300
Cost: $10.00
Skill Level: Beginner

Classes coming in February:
Drop Spindle Spinning
Simple Cable Scarf
Very Beginning Knitting
Knitting in the Round I and II
Valentine Workshop (free!)

LYS Class Policy Statement

Payment required at time of registration.

Class fees are for instruction and do not include cost of yarn, patterns, or needles, unless specified in class description.

Class fees are non-refundable unless LYS cancels the class.

If class minimums are not met, LYS may cancel or reschedule classes.

Unless arrangements are made with instructor, there is no refund or make-up class for missed classes.

Please have your supplies and yarns at the start of your first class session. Material lists will be provided and will be available at LYS.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Did I mention that my other shop... a Christmas shop? Or that we are really, really, really busy this time of year? I haven't been to the yarn shop for a real day in what seems like ages! I'm so lucky to have Rachel-Marie and Faith and DJ holding down the fort! I'll be back on my knitting feet soon.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

25 November! It's almost Christmas!

Rachel-Marie took this picture today after we put lots of hundred year old ornaments on our little shop tree. Tucked in the front window, imagine that our late-nite, last minute knitter has just gone to check on the kids before sitting back down for a cup of tea. We have a few more doodads to add to complete the scene; like the knitting! Conveniently, I have a half knit pair of socks to lend an air of knitting reality! We'll finish the display tomorrow. It was fun to decorate the tree with Rachel-Marie, we listened to Christmas music! Special thanks to the National Christmas Center in Paradise, PA for the Christmas antiques. If you live in the area and haven't had a chance to see their exhibit, see if you can fit it into your holiday plans (you'll need an hour and your camera!). There is also a beautiful exhibit in the Lancaster Quilt and Textile Museum curated by the NCC, called a Lancaster Christmas.
Well, that's a lot of Christmas right before Thanksgiving! Happy Thanksgiving!
Practicing gratitude,