November 13, 2009

Shibui Knits and StitchJones have both arrived…

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Just a little of what’s new at The Local Needle

We have some very enticing colors of Shibui Knits Sock and Sock Fluids.

Shibui Sock 2

They seduce you into making things other than socks.  Something along these cute little lines:


Then we received in specifically for this Cabled Rib Wrap:

cabled rib wrap

some Baby alpaca DK and some new colors of Silk Cloud – oh SO soft!

Shibui Baby Alpaca DK

Just in the nick of time for our HatHeel Sock KAL this Saturday, we received in a brand new sock yarn from an indie dyer originating in the Oregon area, StitchJones.   Her yarns will literally rock your stash!  Introducing StitchJones Titanium Sock…

Titanium Sock

And, since I still carry the torch for knitted lace, we received in a tasting of her Nirvana Lace.  Oh, my!  This is 1300 yards of an alpaca/silk/cashmere blend for a very permissive price.

Nirvana Lace

All of these can be found in the shop or online under New Arrivals.



August 11, 2009

made in Brooklyn, by Jared Flood…at The Local Needle.

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These lovely pattern booklets finally made it into the shop and online!  Jared Flood has teamed with Classic Elite yarns and designed the patterns that make up the booklet.  The photographs are examples of his usual quality… makes the knits real yummy!

The Beaumont and Seneca are two of my personal favorites!

Classic Elites made in Brookly, by Jared Flood

We also received in theClassic Elite’s Fall 2009 booklets, enough to keep us all busy for quite a while! 
You’d think it would be kind of difficult to be considering Fall Knitting, it IS in the 90’s today.  However… I’ve certainly got the bug, I always pick up the bug when something new and exciting comes out!

March 24, 2009

Namaste Bags in Eggplant!

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Coming to The Local Needle soon!

Preorder HERE!

March 11, 2009

They’re Here! Ty-Dy Socks!

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The Local Needle now presents…..

Ty-Dy Socks…from Knit One Crochet Too!

Ty-Dy Socks

Ty-Dy Socks

All nine colors, including 3 new ones; Panama, Butter Blue and Grapes:
ty-dy socks new

ty-dy socks new

November 2, 2008

Just a Wonderful Day!

Posted in Yarn Shop activity tagged , at 8:05 pm by outdoorknitter

Saturday was just a wonderful day at The Local Needle.  The only  thing on the schedule for the day was our 2nd meeting for the knit-a-long we had started 2 weeks prior.  We had all cast on for Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Adult Surprise Jacket. 

At approximately 10:30 that morning Kaycee popped in with some yummy broccoli cheese soup.  She then let out a “Happy Birthday”!  My birthday was coming in a few days, but she couldn’t know that, right?

When Mom stepped in with a crock full of chili, I knew something was up.  Mom does not cook in the morning…unless it’s to make pies for the Holidays! 

Next came Patty and Jeff, hauling nothing but a delicious Subway sandwich platter (I ended up having two of these!)

What’s a birthday without a cake?  Homemade sour cream pound cake arrived with Carol.

Last, but not least in any way…April brought Nacho fixin’s (which I ended up enjoying the most at 10:00 that evening, they hit the spot!)

It was a good day…

We had some new visitors too!

 Diane brought in a couple of her babies for P & J to see.  They are Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, just 4 weeks old.  Another way of making the day special.

And let’s not forget why we were all there…our KAL.

Diane says this is what happens when you socialize more than you knit!  She is using Alpaca With A Twist Highlander for her jacket.

Patty who had a math mishap, jumped back in with both feet!  She’s holding Dream In Color Classy in Spring Tickle.

Jeff as usual is doing a wonderful job and is also using Dream In Color Classy, but in Chinatown Apple…notice puppy in lap, heading back to Mama!

Kaycee is using Jojoland’s Rhythm color M10:

And April is using Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky:

And Mom the same, but a different color and she is striping with some Mango Moon Recycled Viscose.

Raeleigh and Sarah made another visit to the shop:

Diane getting a little guidance from “the master”:

And puppy meets her new Mom.

A very special thank you to all that made it the perfect day!  And…it didn’t end here, leftovers were taken home and I enjoyed a break from cooking dinner, which allowed for a very relaxing evening, perfect for knitting. 

You guys managed to give me the one thing I needed the most, time!

Halloween ’08

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We had a nice Halloween.  It was fairly quiet and this was the first year EVER that we haven’t decorated in some fashion. 

Daughter brought Grandbabygiraffe by the shop for a surprise visit:

 We have now lived in Macclenny for 4 1/2 years and I’m still amazed at how Tricks or Treats are “done” out  here.  Most likely due to the fact that it’s a very rural area.

We live in a neighborhood and just past 6 PM, this begins to happen:

Cars, Trucks, Trucks hawling trailers… all hauling Trick or Treaters.  Some park inside the entrance of the neighborhood and get out and walk, others drive real slow as their child goes from house to house.  Needless to say, more than half the neighborhood turn their lights off and fake a “not at home”.   We choose to participate until the candy is gone, then do the same.

I thought it was a perfect time to work on a little knitting between treaters.  We started a shop KAL at The Local Needle for EZ’s Adult Surprise Jacket.  I chose Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky in Grey Heather. 

It kept me warm, laying over my lap, but wasn’t too long to cover up my boney feet.

This was how our cute little deranged giraffe looked most of the time…One hoof kept falling off and the hat would slide down where she couldn’t see.

This was one of the best costumes of the evening…my kind of mom!  Two brothers dressed up as pirates and this was their ride!

October has already come and gone.  Looking ahead tho, we have some major knitting months approaching, gotta love it.

October 10, 2008

Sock The Vote!

Posted in Yarn Shop activity tagged , , , , at 7:55 am by outdoorknitter

Feel like stomping on the opposing candidate? 

Or…Want to show your support for your candidate? 




Schaefer Yarns has long been naming their colorways after memorable women and has designed these new colorways just in time for you to show your support in the upcoming election. 

Feel like stomping on Hillary?  or don’t like the way Sarah has raised her family?  Ease your mind and your mouth and let your feet do the work!

Or, you can show your support for a particular candidate?  Wear them proudly on your feet as you stride to the election booth!

Introducing Schaefer Yarn’s popular Anne Sock Yarn now available in these new colorways…available at The Local Needle, here’s the link

Michelle Obama

Sarah Palin

Hillary Clinton


And last but not least,

Cindy McCain

 These colors will be dyed by Schaefer Yarns only until Election Day 2008 (11/4/08) so get them while they are here!  They will be available at The Local Needle very soon – just waiting on the freight industry to deliver them to our door!!  You are more than welcome to email joan at localneedle dot com to reserve a skein!

October 3, 2008

1 Year Anniversary Celebration! – 1

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On Saturday September 27th The Local Needle had a grand celebration!  We have been one year at our current location (and took lots of pictures – thank you Carol)!

First up,..Hanne Falkenberg trunk show!

We are very excited about carrying the kits for these classics, you can find them online at the shop here!

1 Year Anniversary Celebration! – 2

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 On Saturday September 27th The Local Needle had a grand celebration…cont’d.

Next up….we had a Jojoland trunk show.  Melody, Harmony and Rhythm were flying off the shelf!  Everyone loves this slow-striping yarn.

We are still adding yarn and patterns to our site, but we do have available the every-popular Swirl Shawl


1 Year Anniversary Celebration! – 3

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  On Saturday September 27th The Local Needle had a grand celebration…cont’d.

Next…we had our first Yarn Tasting!  Customers were able to samples some of our new Fall yarns, like Classic Elite’s Portland Tweed and Moorland, Alpaca With a Twist Temptation, Zaol Angora and more (all of which are available for sale from our website). 

For our grand table setting Jeff was grateful enough to spread his first crochet-design on the table.  It is exquisite and he promises a pattern soon!

Please note the beautiful orchid, just one of several that Kaycee loaned us for the day.  Another way of making the day special.  Funny, I didn’t notice it the day of, just too busy I guess however, the stole on the table is a perfect match to the orchid!

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