Get to know Johnna, Knitting Instructor Extraordinaire

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. 

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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!! 

Here's Johnna (black tshirt) Teaching our recent colorwork class. Her students made some pretty cool stockings. 

Here's Johnna (black tshirt) Teaching our recent colorwork class. Her students made some pretty cool stockings. 

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.  

The Halloween Quilt is finished

I finished my Halloween quilt.

When it isn't living at the shop, it will be on my lap with the cats at home.

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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!

It's never to early for 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. 

Moda's Eerily Elegant collection has a lot of spidery goodness

Moda's Eerily Elegant collection has a lot of spidery goodness

Cotton+Steel's Lil'Monsters collection has some of the cutest cat and some spooky party goers. 

Cotton+Steel's Lil'Monsters collection has some of the cutest cat and some spooky party goers. 

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?

American Scenic Limited Edition Yarn

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.

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They have released two patterns that show off this yarn very well. There is the Long Island Cowl that uses 2 skeins and the East Bethel Cap that uses just 1 skein. The blend of 50% US Aplaca, 30% US merino wool and 20% silk will keep you warm and it's so very soft. 

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.