Knitting in the summer is fun. It just requires a few adjustments. Going to an air-conditioned room is one option. The other, which allows for sitting on decks, porches, and in yards, is to choose a yarn that is comfortable to touch, even in high humidity. effrey Wall, one half of The Yarn Guys, the … More It’s summertime, and the knittin’ is easy…
October is a time to pick apples, pumpkins, and patterns for hand-knitted Christmas gifts. Hand-made gifts are appreciated, Ralphie’s pink bunny pajamas from “A Christmas Story” notwithstanding. If you are making gifts this year, some of our staff have strategies that may help you complete your knitting on time. Karen Haynes knits for relaxation. “Some … More Ready, Set, Go start knitting your Christmas gifts.
“My mission is to let people know about Swedish knitting, “ says Wendy J. Johnson, knitting designer and instructor. Her patterns and classes at Ingebretsen’s have drawn attention to Lovikka, Sweden, population 61 and home to the world’s largest mitten (12 feet tall). Here, in 1892, Erika Aittamaa first created he signature mittens. Erika may … More Wendy J. Johnson: Celebrating Swedish Knitting Traditions
Theresa Gaffey is a bit of a Renaissance woman, though she is more likely to describe herself, lightheartedly, as “a simple Irish peasant.” The author of knitting patterns available at Ingebretsen’s, Theresa is currently at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, where she writes, edits, and creates web content. Before that, she was the editor of … More Designer Profile: Theresa Gaffey
When knitters who want dependable, well-written patterns come to the needlework store, they know to go to the big binder marked “Nancy Lindberg Patterns.” For 32 years, Nancy Lindberg carefully tested, knit, and wrote directions that knitters trust. While Nancy is not writing any new patterns, she continues to sell her existing ones and Ingebretsen’s … More Designer Profile: Nancy Lindberg “I knew that I had to make this my job.”
It’s a fiber 8 times warmer than wool. It doesn’t shrink when washed and it doesn’t stretch. And if you own a long-haired dog, the raw material is free. Yarn made from dog hair is toasty warm, has a lovely halo, and is growing in popularity as a niche yarn. While it has never been … More A Shaggy Dog Story
There is a basket on a table in Ingebretsen’s Needlework Store, piled high with colorful, stitched balls in a variety of patterns, all made by Kate Sterner. “I didn’t even have a word for them until I started to do research. I wrote to Hemslӧjden (The National Association of Swedish Handcraft Societies),” says Kate. “They … More Teacher Profile: Kate Sterner with Singlade bollar