Monday, October 31, 2011


We have been waiting for this month's special issue from Interweave Knits with great anticipation, and it is finally here!! The editor for this awesome magazine says it best- " Jane Austen captures the essence of humanity: quietly, succinctly, and with great humor". We couldn't agree more!!

Make a nice pot of tea and snuggle into your favorite chair as you flip through the stunning pages of this magazine. Spoil yourself with a pair of Pemberley Slippers, or knit your very own Mr. Knightly a dapper vest. Keep your hands warm with charming cameo mittens, and make a bright statement with a Scarlet Capelet.

There are so many finds in this issue, it will surely become one of your loveliest treasures. Because we are so taken with the charm and romance that Jane Austen inspires, we are organizing a Knit Along (KAL). We will gather on Wednesday evenings, choose whichever one of the patterns from the Jane Austen issue, and knit together as we listen to one of her fabulous novels on CD.

Now, here's the question: Which book? Sense and Sensibility? Pride and Prejudice? Emma? You tell us! We will be taking a vote and will announce the winner on November 11th. Stay tuned! Our official kick off for the Jane Austen KAL is Wednesday, November 16th at 6:30 pm. Call and sign up to secure a seat for this fun event!

Enjoy the rest of the day, my fiber friends! Happy Knitting and Crocheting!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


One thing I've noticed now that I'm rummaging through my sweaters is that I have a lot of simple, run of the mill sweaters. I could be nice and say they are "classic" sweaters, but in reality, they are just plain boring. But remember, scarves and cowls often times replace the need for jewelry.

Thankfully, we have some really fun and interesting novelty yarns at the shop. In about two hours, you can have a brand new scarf to liven up any sweater! Cast on eight to ten stitches, and you are well on your way! Let me show you what I mean!

Jen designed this quick little scarf using one skein of Riviera. She kicks it up a notch with some chunky buttons.

Tul gives an air of pomp and circumstance.

Triana is perfect for those days when you feel a little sassy!

The ruffles of Rizos screams fun, fun,

We have shelves stocked full with frilly and ribbony yarn!

And if those aren't enough for you, we have a wall covered with lovely novelty yarns to choose from! See, there's really no excuse to have a boring wardrobe!


One of our customers came in the other day wearing a cowl s
he made using Malabrigo Rasta. One look was all it took for Jess to make it her pick of the day! To make things even better, we have both the yarn and the pattern book! Come and check them out!

The beautiful Malabrigo Book 3, a nice addition to y
our personal library.

Here's the Rasta Neckwarmer that made our little blondie smile.

We encourage you to sit at our table and look through this and many other of the beautiful books we have here at Woolworks!


Just as a reminder, our website is getting better every day! Make sure you check in and see what's new! Also, join us on Facebook! Keep in touch with members of the Woolworks family, and see what Jen has to say! She's been known to ambush us with a surprise sale, so definitely keep your eyes open!


Last but not least, our first official Spinning Group met on Sunday, and it was awesome! Thank you so much to Liz Conway from Fibers 4 Ewe! Because of her we have a lovely space to play. As expected, we had a small group, but we are certain that we will increase in size as time goes on. It was just so nice to spend a few hours talking and spinning scrumptious fiber into beautiful yarn! Our next meeting is on Sunday, October 23rd. Join us!

Happy Knitting and Crocheting, my friends!

Friday, October 7, 2011


As knitters and crocheters, weavers and spinners, we know how wonderful yarn can be. It is for that reason that we put our own special touch of color throughout Putnam. Already it's been fun to see the look of surprise on the faces of passersby as they see........

a tree hugged in yarn.......

invitingly, colorful benches......

a more discreet goddess..........

and some smiling faces clad in knitted sweaters and hats!

We want to thank all the ladies who worked hard on Thursday night to enhance the town of Putnam with some yarn fabulosity, and thank you to Sharon A. for taking pictures as the fun unfolded!


On Saturday, October 29th, and Sunday, October 30th, Woolworks is having a tag sale in the back parking lot! We have an assortment of
treasures that need to find a good home! If needlepoint is one of your passions, you can't miss this sale! We have a large variety of needlepoint wool and several beautiful printed needlepoint canvases that must go! Of
course we have yarn to sell too! Mark this day on your calendars!


Two of the best selling books here at the shop have been 60 Quick Baby Knits and 60 Quick Knits.

These books feature Cascade 220 worsted weight yarn, so they all work up beautifully.

If you're ever in a bind and need a quick hat or pair of mittens to make as gifts, these two books are always there to save the day. Because we love these two books so much, it only made sense to order the sequel, 60 More Quick Knits.

Come on down and check it out! It's a beauty!

That's all for now, my fiber friends. Enjoy the crisp fall weather and happy knitting and crocheting to you all!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


Whether you are a brandy new knitter or you've been knitting since the beginning of time, having one or two really good reference books in your personal library is ALWAYS a good idea. We work with knitters and crocheters everyday, and quite frequently we find ourselves perusing our reference collection to help people along the way to a fabulous finished project. Here are some of the books we think are worthy enough to sit amongst your treasured yarn stash.

This expanded and updated edition of the Knitter's Companion is one of our favorites. With full color drawings and photographs, and very detailed instructions, this book empowers all knitters, regardless of their skill level.

It's all about the lingo! SSK, PSSO, P2togtbl, w&t, are just examples of the types of things that can make a knitter go hmmmmm........?? Well, arm yourself with KnitSpeak and you're well on your way to understanding and eventually speaking like a knitter!

This book is also a great addition to your collection. Just like the others, it is chock full of useful tips, and it goes that extra little step to entice future designers by providing you with tips about finishing and edgings, embroidery essentials, creating textures and managing color.

I love these books. I am biased, they're my favorite, but I love them and I think you all should have one, ESPECIALLY if you want to design your own special items. (Did I mention I love these books?) Both of these reference books provide you with the basic designs you need to make just about ANYTHING!

If you're interested in just making sweaters, you need a copy of The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns.

You really want a good foundation to make mittens, gloves, hats, tams, sweaters, vests, and socks? Get your hands on The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns! You won't regret it.

And the best part is that it ranges in multiple sizes and gauges. Just pick a yarn, pick your needles, choose your gauge, and go, go, GO!

Of course there are many other books, but these are a great start! And if you already have one of these gems, share the wealth! These make really awesome gifts!

Enjoy the day, my yarn-y friends! Happy Knitting and Crocheting!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


Fall is here again, and yes, it means that cooler weather is on the way; but cooler weather is sweater weather, and sweater weather means knitting and crocheting time! Because we know the holiday season rapidly approaches, we've purposely constructed a class list that lends itself to making beautiful items quickly! Each project has a little something to make it interesting, and sometimes even a bit spicy, but they are all manageable, and they all make wonderful gifts.

For some reason, socks seem to be the most intimidating endeavor to a knitter, with all of those fan-dangled needles and that bothersome heel! That is why it is one of our favorite classes to teach! Join us and learn why most knitters always have a sock in the works, and why you'll never want to wear a store-bought sock again! I just thought I'd mention that the socks that are pictured above were knitted and DESIGNED by our very own Jess Reed, who has only knitted scarves and a BSJ up until now! We are super proud of you, Blondie-Blonde!

Jess (aka Blondie-Blonde)

WHEN: Tuesday , October 18th, 25th, and November 1st
TIME: 12:00pm - 2:00 pm
SKILL LEVEL: Enthusiastic Beginner


Entrelac knitting is glorious thing. The interesting woven look created with this method of knitting surely turns heads! We have come across several hat patterns that showcase the art of entrelac, but this one really appealed to me because it incorporates goodies like cables and lace and it's quite versatile! It looks stunning as a dignified beret, a distinguished snood, or a bold slouchy hat! You don't want to miss this class!

WHEN: Wednesday, October 19th and 26th
TIME: 6:00pm - 8:00pm OR
WHEN: Sunday, October 23rd, and November 6th TIME: 12:oopm - 2:00pm
SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate


With every passing day, we become a little more enamored with crochet. With hopes to encourage our knitters to try crocheting, I made up this fun little twisted cowl. Using two different colors of a fingering weight yarn (I used Sausalito), I quickly worked up this snazzy, visually "intwisting" accessory just in time for the cooler weather.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 2nd, 9th, 16th and Friday, November 4th.
TIME: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
SKILL LEVEL: Enthusiastic Beginner


That's right, we're sockin' it to ya two at a time! Do you hate measuring to make sure your socks are the same length? Do you tend to lose your needles? Do you get a recurring case of SSS (also known to us knitters as "Second Sock Syndrome"? Then sign up for this class pronto! Learn how to make a pair of socks at the same time! That's right! When you're done, you're DONE! It really is quite exciting!

WHEN: Wednesday, November 9th and 16th TIME: 12:00pm - 2:00pm OR
WHEN: Sunday, November 13th and 20th TIME: 12:OOPM - 2:00pm
SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate


We are happy to say that we have officially created our spinning club! We've been talking about this for a very long time, and we are so excited that the time is here! In conjunction with our very talented and fiber-licious friend Liz Conway from Fibers 4 Ewe, we will be gathering at her fiber mill starting Sunday, October 9th, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm, and every other Sunday after that! Bring your spinning wheels, drop spindles, your favorite bump of roving, and spin your cares away!

There's more to come, my friends! We are still working on our website, Jess is frantically trying to find room for the new yarn that just keeps on coming! We encourage you to come in, sign up for classes and embrace autumn! Happy Knitting and Crocheting!