The year is coming to an end and it is a good time to take stock of our ups, downs and moving right alongs. Opening the shop had been a lot of work, but I wouldn't trade it. Getting to keep a crafty/knitty/sewy place in Northeast Minneapolis has been very rewarding. Learning about your families, helping you with your projects and just getting to know you all has been wonderful.
I look forward to all this continuing in 2018.
Happy Holidays and a Wonderful New Year!
Candace is one of our great sewing teachers. She has helped many a budding crafter learn to sew or to expand their skills. Read on below to learn a little more about her and the classes she runs here at Knit & Bolt.
Hello! I'm Candace, and I love to sew, knit, embroider and bake. I have 2 little boys and they think it's great that I can make toys and clothes for them. I have my own sewing business and try to split up my crafting time between making for work and home.
How long have you been sewing?
I started sewing when I was 12. I wanted to make a shirt for myself and decided try it out one night. I've been sewing and creating in some sense, either by hand or with machine, for 20+ years now.
What is your background in teaching?
I started teaching sewing at Crafty Planet in 2009 and taught there until they closed in 2017. Before that I was teaching friends to sew on my own. Now I'm teaching some of the old Crafty classes at Knit & Bolt and new classes like the Cleo Skirt class.
If you can't make any of the prescheduled classes Candace also teaches one-on-one. Just shoot us an email with what you would like to learn and dates that work for you.
When someone asks me "Do you know anyone that teaches knitting?" the name comes to mind, Johnna Lush. She has a wonderful infectious laugh and a way of explaining things that just makes since. She has a few upcoming classes like Magic Loop Socks, so why don't we get to know her.
Who are you?
I am Johnna Lush. I live in NE Mpls with my husband and a 25 pound, 17-year old chihuahua mix breed named Jane. I am a Poli Sci graduate from the University of Kentucky who is currently a mail carrier. Oh, and professional yarn smeller!!
How long have you been sewing, knitting, etc?
I taught myself knitting in 2005, and have been compulsively knitting ever since. I love stranded knitting, entrelac and knitting shawls. I have no love for intarsia. I dream of road tripping to sheep and wool festivals around the country (and New Zealand too)!
What is your background in teaching?
Started teaching at CP in 2011 (I think). Have taught all types of knitting and can't believe I get paid to get other people knitting!!
If you can't make any of the prescheduled classes Johnna also teaches one-on-one. Just shoot us an email with what you would like to learn.
I finished my Halloween quilt.
When it isn't living at the shop, it will be on my lap with the cats at home.
I used each of the fabrics from Cotton+Steel's Lil' Monsters collaboration collection. I added a few spider webs from Moda's Eerily Elegant collection to round it out. The eyeball bias tape was a suggestion from our quilting instructor Annie Chen.
The pattern I followed was from FilmInTheFridge (which is a great name by the way). It was her Sleeping Porch 2x4 quilt, with not a lot of attention paid to size. My Finished quilt ended up being 39" x 64". An odd size, but great for a couch back and lap with kittens.
I'm looking forward to Halloween!
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Coming up with a costume idea, making it, and seeing everyone's creations is so much fun. This year I have the opportunity to make a fun halloween quilt out of the cool fabrics that have come in.
With Moda's Eerily Elegant line and Cotton+Steels Lil'Monsters line I think I can come up with something fun. Simple and small, but fun.
What are you going to make with halloween fabrics?
We recently got in Blue Sky Fibers' new limited edition yarn American Scenic. This yarn is a partnership between Blue Sky Fibers and Tabbethia Haubold, the fiber designer of Long Island Yarn & Farm. They have worked together to come up with a very cool, squishy yarn. The yarn is even spun in a family-run US mill in small batches. And as craft brewers can tell you, small batches are the best.
The four colors that the yarn comes in are all in stock at the shop. I have them sitting on the front counter with me. That way I can give them a squeeze during the day. I thought about keeping them all for myself. However, sharing them with all of you and seeing your creations is much more fun.