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End of an era

In events, knitting on July 6, 2016 at 10:28 pm

LaCasita Yarn shop has been a place that I’ve frequented for at least 2 years. In this time, they became my family. I always joke and say that they are my Cheers because everyone knows my name. It’s been home. It’s far away, but always worth the travel.

On June 30, 2016, this 6 year old shop closed its doors. Goodbye world! There were festivities and there were people, but at the end of all that, there was no more shop.  Where else can you get vegan chocolate cake, mulled wine, and a skein of yarn?  Where else can I see Jennifer Lopez without the paparazzi? 

Salute to LaCasita for transforming lives and for making Brooklyn great. You will be missed.

VKLIVENYC 2015 recap

In events, knitting on February 1, 2015 at 3:30 pm

There is a saying that is better to be late than never show up at all. So here I am showing up! By now you’ve heard the wonderful stories about VKLIVE5, but I will show you…

The first person I looked for was GG and I found her immediately at the Bagsmith booth.


I loved these bulletin boards! What an awesome way to track attendees! Look at the diversity across cultures and knitting brings us all together!


Hearing the CEO’s and actually meeting them made me more willing to renew my subscription. The first thing I noticed was that the packaging changed…sleek and simple. The best news I heard was no more novelty yarn!


Ute Lennartz tepee was a spectacular art piece and focal point near the entrance of the event.


The most inspirational pieces of art was the 7 wonders of the world display…all knitted. And even more exciting is that I’ve actually been to two…Stonehenge and Taj Mahal! My bucket list is set! They are as follows from the top left down: Stonehenge,Tower of Pisa, Taj Mahal, Mayan Ruins, Sphinx, Great Wall of China, and Easter Island.


These artistic socks I actually saw first at Stitches East several years back, then again at Rhinebeck last year. The company? Art for Your Feet, Tsarina of Tsocks. I bought the cowboy sock kit then…this time nothing. Her work is amazing still. I loved Loops spinning fiber…I always have. The colors are so vibrant and always reminds me of pretty sushi! Lol I loved the pigs because hey we’re cute and dressed so nicely! The bottom left picture are Cornielle Tuttle Hamilton’s designs. These are the 2 I wanted patterns for but she wasn’t finished writing them yet so they were not available. The sweater is Ease on Ravelry…I just loved the shape and the pop of color at the inner collar.


What did I get? Not much actually. My stash continues to grow and my wallet does not, so I curbed my desire for yarn.


What I really stuck around for was the Reader’s fashion show because my long time Ravelry friend Holly aka The Yarnista was a contestant. I got video footage of the show … Check out my Instagram to see the winner.

One way to organize yarn

In community challenges, knitting, stash busting on November 4, 2014 at 9:58 pm

Organizing one’s stash is one of the most challenging aspects of knitting.  There is no one way, right or wrong way to do it.  You have to find a method that works for you and there is a method for everyone.  Of all the methods I have come across, I like this one the best.  Instead of rummaging through bins of yarn, creating a paper catalog with yarn samples and the yarn band is  a no-brainer! And it’s easy to write other notations about the yarn, not outlined on the template.   I have already printed out about a dozen pages and all I need is the paper punch.

Courtesy of on Pinterest, click here.

I’m curious if any of you have thought of this method and if you have, what are your thoughts? I’m also wondering if anyone will do this besides me!


If I Knit For You

In knitting on August 12, 2014 at 12:49 am

If I knit for you I must love you

On some level, I must.

Romantically or maybe not.


But regardless,

Love is more than a like 



On some level of consciousness I must love you

I work too long and too hard 


Hours upon hours for me not to love you

Knitting until my fingers bleed blood

Red assorted yarn and strings from my fingertips.


If I knit for you, it’s a privilege not a right

Let’s be clear

Any demands will be null and void and you get absolutely nothing.

If I knit for you and there is no exchange of that green goblin that runs the world, for what I got…

Then I must love you

If I’ve made you a scarf, a sock or even a hat, I must have loved you.

A sweater

More than likely I haven’t made you one

That’s me giving you my soul

It’s the greatest gift you could ever receive

Up there with my heart

But not easily achieved.


In every stitch is a song

A sound so tender and sweet. 

The melody dances to a tranquil place

These days, I knit for myself mainly

I love myself a lot

But I can love you too

There’s room

But, I must love your spirit

I need to see you. 

Deeper than your skin.

Beyond muscles and deeper than neurons

Signaling and transmitting between synapses.


I can knit for you

And if I do, it’s because I love you

I must.


All I wanted

In knitting on June 30, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Here’s the rational…I had to win and win BIG. With that in mind, here’s what happened….

I was minding my own business checking my email when I received notice from Eat, Sleep, Knit that they were giving away double the lotto tickets today with any purchase. So, back to the rational… I told you my conspiracy theory about the lottery tickets before where I keep winning the $5 discount (which, at the end of the day,is better than none). I’m hoping that I can win one of the kits or free yarn this time around. I ordered 1 discontinued color skein of Madelinetosh tosh dk which ended up being $18 and change minus my $5 credit from before, plus $3 s&h so I ended up spending like $16 and change. I’ll let you know how it goes with my winnings!

Did I ever mention that my new system to shop here is in promotional events like this,and mainly during Black Friday. On Black Friday you can really win BIG….they have a random lottery at checkout and you can get your whole cart F.R.E.E.

#hello #smile #iheart

Update: it wasn’t my email (i could have sworn it was:oops:) it was facebook….I was still minding my business though!😋

String Theory trip

In community challenges, events on June 17, 2014 at 6:30 am

I forget the exact date, but early on during the sale in June, I visited String Theory. But not to fill my stash with beautiful yarns I don’t get to use regularly (though I wanted to), but initially just to check things out. I was there 1 hour (I remember because I was feeding the meter).

I felt a bit overwhelmed because I didn’t know what to get. And obviously, limited help in decision making. I mean, really, you cannot not go to a store closeout yarn sale and not buy anything! Seriously.

They had a fair amount of yarn there…Shibui, Debbie Bliss and Ella Rae, to name a few; I decided on a skein of luxury Madelinetosh Tosh Sock and a Knit Scene magazine I did not recall being in my possession.


I’m not sure what I’ll make with this sock yarn…maybe socks?!lol I do know that it can be used to make other things, so I’ll weigh all my options.

The sale continues and the store will close 6.28.14. Just remember, cash or check only, but if you forget, a Chase bank is nearby.

Another one bites the dust

In events, Uncategorized on May 25, 2014 at 10:47 pm
The only yarn shop in Westchester County (at least before the Tapanzee Bridge) is closing.
A lot of shops are dropping like flies.  This just goes to show how much more we need to be in support of our LYS. I’m guilty too.I did not shop here much; I’m not sure if I can buy anything, but I’ll look and see.
This is the email I received today.
It is with a heavy heart that I announce String Theory will be closing its doors permanently on June 30th, 2014The last 3 years have been a great ride but the combination of online competitive pricing and declining sales have made it impossible to keep the store open.
The Liquidation sale begins on Tuesday, May 27th 
Cash or check ONLY (NO credit cards)
Everything must go All yarns and accessories are selling for 20-40% off
All knitted samples are available for purchase
All fixtures and furniture must be sold
We will continue to accept all store credits and gift certificates until we close.  Thank you for allowing us to share our passion for knitting with you and for allowing us to share a small part in each of your projects over the years. Pictured are some of the many beautiful samples that are available for purchase.
All sales are FINAL

Uninspiring Yarn

In knitting, stash busting on May 17, 2014 at 10:48 pm

Under most circumstances, I would agree and say that we purchase yarns that inspire us to create.  And even if we don’t get the opportunity to create immediately after our yarn purchases, when we return to it, those feelings of inspiration return to us. We feel joy.  We feel delighted. We want to make.

I wanted to make…now.  And I chose Farmhouse Yarns Summer Spun.

I cannot say, that this is the case with this yarn.  When I bought Farmhouse Yarns Summer Spun, in those moments I loved it. I thought that I had, and would be, stepping up my knitting experience with this yarn.  I had increased my yarn repertoire, I thought.  I had ideas for it; it was a totally justifiable purchase in my mind.  But it wasn’t.  Here I am a couple years later, ready and anticipating using it and there it is… disappointment and regret rearing their faces.  I absolutely hate this yarn.  Well, maybe not hate, but it’s certainly not what I like to work with.

By now, I think you all know, I am a no fuss kind of gal. I like smooth yarns.  To me, this a pseudo-smooth skein, which I learned the hard way.  Since my intension for 2014 has been focused on depleting my stash account and tending to a more manageable one, I decided to get the Farmhouse Yarns out of hiding.

It was going to be the most fabulous bag, Linen-Linen Project Bag, but it wasn’t. I began this project about a week ago and it was an epic fail! The linen texture was not able to be showcased with the Farmhouse yarn which has a lot of nubbies (or the feel of).  My assessment was that the pattern really requires a smooth yarn which this is just not.

Not sure what to do with this yarn. I’m just  not finding patterns I am pleased with.  I’m just not pleased.

I’m thinking of giving it away, but I’m not sure.

Habu is moving…….SALE!!!

In Uncategorized on May 8, 2014 at 7:11 pm

Moving sale!


After being in the same building for 15 years, we are moving to a new locationas of July 1st. (in New York) I was going a bit nuts trying to make this change, but am quite excited.

Before we move, we really really would like to reduce the stock we have to carry to the new location. So! we are having a big sale on not just yarns, but some fabrics and other items.

It will continue till June 8th. Please go to this link.


In events on April 14, 2014 at 1:29 pm


Nothing could deter me from the Shibui yarn tasting at La Casita Yarn Shop Cafe on April 13, 2014. Unfortunately, space was limited for this event; I was ecstatic that I made the cut! And it was the perfect weather for the occasion and I had to celebrate! I donned my finished Hettie, for which I received several compliments on not only the fit, but also the finishing.

When I first entered the shop, the orange immediately grabbed my attention. I love orange, particularly with such rich,vibrant tones as displayed on the tasting tables. Serious eye candy!


Admittedly, I don’t know much about this company but what I do know, is that it is a quality product. The hand and drape are exquisite. I was introduced to this yarn first with an adult “arts and crafts” project. It got me really familiar with the textures and beginnings of Shibui.

Shibui is derived from a Japanese phrase meaning “elegance with a touch of bitterness.” It’s founder is based out of Portland, Oregon. I was most impressed with was that almost all the weights/fibers come in the same colorways that can be combined beautifully with each other.


Going through the portfolio of patterns available, I was most impressed. I couldn’t decide on which to make. This booklet outlined combinations of yarns and weight equivalents and Shibui collection of patterns. Almost all the patterns require the yarn to be doubled which the jury is not out for me on how I feel about that.


However, I eventually decided on Mix No. 15 tank top. Then the color, I chose Poppy, an orange red. Of course I am alluding to the fact that I bought yarn and the pattern! Diet failed! My justification is that it’s for my birthday, which is technically true. My birthday is in June….I couldn’t help myself! Lol I bought 5 skeins of Linen. I’m not going to lie, the only thing I’m not feeling about the linen yarn is that you have to put a knot on the ends because when tinking, it could become undone. My goal is to have the tank completed for/in the summer.

I returned home with knowledge about Shibui, an appreciation for fine yarn and a few mini skeins, as well as print outs of a few free patterns. I’m not really sure what to make with the mini samples, but I was thinking amigurumi. I have about a yard (36″) per skein. Any ideas?